Beer Reviews Unibroue Trois Pistoles

Unibroue is one of Canada’s more unique breweries, and one of the first I’ve found that can stand up to the craft beer scene in the U.S. Unibroue, located in the town of Chambly, Quebec has been producing Belgian inspired ales since 1995 with their first release, an imposing ale called Maudite. Since the company’s inception, Unibroue’s beers have become available not only across Canada but in the U.S. as well.

Like so many of Unibroue’s beers, Trois Pistoles has its roots in local legend. This legend revolves around the town of Trois Pistoles and its building of their church Notre Dame de Nege. Work on the church was well behind schedule and the priest was desperate to have the church completed on time. According to legend a local bishop conjured up the devil himself in the form of a great black steed held in servitude by a blessed bridle.

I’ve long been intrigued by Unibroue’s devotion to Belgian beer making as well as local legend. Until now, their beers have been something I’ve just never gotten to. Well, it’s time for that to change and Trois Pistoles seems a good place to start. Trois Pistoles is a russet brown ale with a slight haze. Heavy carbonation supports a thick, than colored head. Head dissipates surprisingly quickly.

First impression Is how this beer displays a definitely Belgian quality. Aroma starts off with yeast and dark fruit. There’s also a spicy aroma giving the impression of spiced rum. Notes of alcohol add an overall depth to the aroma. Medium bodied ale greets me with flavors of clove and coriander combined with flavors of fig and dried dark fruits. In this way, flavor seems to follow the nose. Dried fruits provide some roundness in the center. Roundness moves quickly into a dry finish accentuated by flavors of spice.

Trois Pistoles is in that weird grey area where it’s better than I expected but somehow doesn’t quite do it for me. Overall, Trois Pistoles is full flavoured, nicely balanced, and present flavors I’ve enjoyed in many similar European ales. There’s just an aspect to the flavor that doesn’t quite come together for me. In short, the flavors are there but for my tastes they don’t quite mesh. That being said, Trois Pistoles is worth a 7.5 out of 10.

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