According to RateBeer.com, the current title for the world’s strongest beer goes to “finis coronat opus” at 57.7 % ABV by Schorschbräu. Like their competition, BrewDog “The End of History,” Schorschbräu went for a name to mark an epic end to their accomplishments: “Finis coronat opus.” Latin for “The ending crowns the work.”
In a Lautering interview with Schorschbräu’s owner Georg Tscheuschner, Tscheuschner gave the deets on his crowning glory:
“In order to get a better a colour I blended it with a 45% bock to make the world record beer with 57,7 Vol. At this point I see the search for the strongest beer of the world finished for me . Higher contents of alcohol are only possible if I have to leave my beloved German purity law. But that’s what I’m a little proud of: to brew the strongest beer in the world in accordance with the purity law… The mother liquid is beer and stays beer till the end. No other liquid was added or an extracted part of it used as end product. This is pure contentration. That’s the difference to distilling. And, it tastes like beer!”
At a limited edition of 43 bottles, each one is signed by the brew master, officially sealed with wax and goes for $266. But what does it actually taste like you ask? Like sweet toffee with a mean burn. Something you’d drink like a glass of whiskey, with the bodiness of beer.
(photos via Schorschbräu & Michaela Rehle)