A lot of viewers have been requesting I review beers by the Unibroue brewery out of Quebec, Canada for a long time. I actually have drank almost every beer in their line, but for some reason I don't review them on this show that often. Well, thanks to http://youtube.com/nevets4433 and http://youtube.com/punkrules45 I'm finally reviewing a Unibroue beer. I believe these guys actually wanted me to review the "La Terrible," but I substituted this beer instead (hope that's okay guys). I also give a subtle shoutout to my favorite French Canadian http://youtube.com/PlatypusGuitar
3.8AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a Belgian ale glass.
Appearance: Dark brown color with dark red overtones. Forms a small, yellowish, sudsy head which evaporates almost entirely. Small, slowly-crawling carbonation bottles are visible around the edge.
Smell: A basket of dark fruits: cherry, plum, fig, pomegranate, etc. A very organic, authentic fruit smell with slight presence of alcohol.
Taste: Sometimes I think I should just have a template for my beer reviews because many of the "Belgian Strong Dark Ale" tend to taste extremely similar, if not exactly alike. It’s the certain "je ne sais quoi" that separates them. Not that Unibroue Trois Pistoles is bad - far from it. It’s more like the best kind of generic.
Much like the nose indicates the palate here is a mélange of dark fruits. Cherry being the most prominent. It’s sweet and rich, but never cloying. The beer finishes with a sharp, slightly dry bitterness and alcoholic kick. It reverts back to the fruit notes just as it goes down to bring it back full circle to the sweetness. The aftertaste is surprisingly clean - no sticky syrupy sensation, nor any dry alcohol residue. I’m surprised.
Mouthfeel: Only medium-bodied with a slight fizziness or minor vibration across the tongue.
Drinkability: For such a big beer brewed in the style of Belgian strong dark ales, Trois Pistoles almost seems to be deliberately drinker-friendly. The palate is complex and tasty, but never cloying. The alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting - even at 9% ABV. The mouthfeel is thin and the aftertaste is clean and CO2 doesn’t cause belching after each swig. This beer is dangerously drinkable!
Overall, I think this is a good example of a what a Belgian strong dark ale can be as made by people other than Belgians. I’d love to try a vintage of this to see what happens.