If one interpretation of the Mayan calendar is right, Earth's days are numbered. And if that's the case, with apologies to the Book of Revelations, I'm going out with bottles of brew rather than horsemen, where breaking the seal leads to a pleasurable experience rather than pestilence, famine and death. Here are a few choices on the apocalyptic theme.
Unibroue La Fin du Monde
If there's a better Canadian beer than this Quebec-brewed, Belgian-style Tripel, I've yet to taste it. A cloudy light straw in the glass with a thick, foamy head that collapses slowly, this beer offers a touch of clove and pepper on the fruit-laden nose. The palate is a delightfully complex mix of flavors, including mango, creamy malt, clove and white pepper, finishing with a refreshing citrus tang. The name translates from French as "the end of the world," and it's a world-class brew for the end of days.
Shock Top Belgian White
This entry from Anheuser-Busch is an effervescent pour that's a hazy gold with an egg-white head that fades quickly. The aromas are reserved, but you do get some appealing grain backed by touches of spice and citrus. It's light but pleasant on the palate with a nice tartness that turns creamy. The Shock Top website features a countdown to the end of the world, and this pick definitely beats a bottle of Bud Light as the final day approaches.
10 Barrel Brewing Apocalypse IPA
A thick and clingy froth tops this orange-tinged, yellow brew. The hop-driven aromas are a mix of pine and citrus with a light, herbal touch. It's a lively mix of sweet malt and bitter hops on the palate. In this well-balanced ale, hints of grapefruit and orange come through on the clean finish. Locally, the impending apocalypse will be a little easier to swallow once this Bend, Ore.-based brewery expands to downtown Boise.