Trois Pistoles - Unibroue
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4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Unibroue Trois Pistoles
Appearance: A member of the catchall style that is “Belgian strong dark ale”, Trois Pistoles pours a dark brown with a ruby red tint. As seems to be the norm for Unibroue beers, the head requires a gentle touch in the pour to keep within the glass. Treating the bottle like a small child yields a gorgeous tan head three fingers in height. It is stubborn, sticking around for ages and leaving amazing lacing all over. The beer is also extremely effervescent, which is perhaps a factor in the staying power of the head. There are no alcohol legs, surprising for its 9% ABV.
Aroma: As expected, dark fruits abound. Figs, grapes, plums, cherries (slightly tart) are the dominant aromas, but there are also sweet caramel malts, honey, spiciness like black pepper, clove, and a touch of coriander. There is also a bready, yeasty smell, that seems characteristic of Unibroue beers. Alcohol is present in a slight tingle. Like La Fin du Monde, this one has a lot of nice things going on in the aroma (and smells true to style) but simply is too weak overall to really impress.
Taste: Praise be, it is much more flavorful than the nose would let on; in fact, it nearly follows the nose perfectly, but exponentially stronger tasting than it was smelling. The dark fruits are prominent, tasting mostly like plums and cherries, but with a fig sweetness. Then comes a great molasses/brown sugar component from the malts that really reigns in any sourness that the dark fruits may have given it. Cola is a prominent flavor as well, and there are even some lighter fruits like pears present toward the back of the taste. The very end of each sip brings the spicy yeast character that ties everything up in a nice, dry bow. This beer finishes very clean with only lingering earthiness. A really fantastic example of the style, if not quite on par with its Trappist colleagues.
Mouthfeel: Trois Pistoles is creamy, nice carbonation, medium-bodied, and exceedingly drinkable, especially for the style. Beers like this usually feel much heavier, but this one goes down smooth and is surprisingly refreshing. The alcohol is there, but sits at a comfortable warmth that builds as the beer goes down. The finish is reminiscent of red wine in its dryness. It is a bit odd for the style, but a little deviation here improves the drinkability (something that may be dangerous given the relatively high ABV).
Overall: This is a fantastic example of the Belgian strong dark ale style. For the most part, it is very classic, but the shift toward drinkability greatly benefits the beer overall. Based on this and La Fin du Monde alone, Unibroue is most deserving of its sterling reputation. This beer is up there, though not better than, the great examples of the style, and it is certainly cheaper. If you, like me, have been waiting to pull the trigger on this or other Unibroue beers, wait no longer: you are missing out. 17.5/20
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2013 02:26:51 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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