Trois Pistoles

Unibroue

Canada

I love Unibroue beers because their labels offer such beautiful apocalyptic artwork. Trois Pistoles is no exception. What's funny is their beers are based on Belgian Abbey Ale styles, which are brewed by monks, and here they are offering label art that is reminiscent of fire and brimstone. This beer is quite good, with a nice plum flavor and aroma, very rich and fruity. Definitely on-target as a Tripel. It's no crazy drunk-ass flying canoe beer, but it's nice for cold weather nights, especially at 9% ABV. O Canada, you lucky bastards.

Reviewed: September 24, 2005

Rating: 7/10

The guy down at the LCBO laughs at me when I ask for "three pistols". I guess he expects me to try and pronounce the name of this beer "en francais" instead of simply translating it. Truth is I hate butchering other languages so I'm kind of hesitant when it comes to saying anything in French. This beer comes from Unibroue in Quebec and if you're not familiar with their beer you ought to be. At least if you like Belgian style ales anyway. Not as dry as La Fin Du Monde and more alcoholic than Maudite. This beer is damn good. Strong, dark, and rich. You'll taste and smell a lot of fruit in this beer. But it is no lightweight. Initially bitter and then sweet with the alcohol giving you some fire in the aftertaste. The aftertaste really lingers and you'll be reminded of port a little bit as you drink this. I find this beer best drunk on it's own, but it'll work with hearty foods like pasta, game meat, and even salmon. It's sweet enough to drink with dessert too. For whatever reason this beer doesn't do me in as much as Maudite does even though it has a higher alcohol content. It's equally as good.

Reviewed: December 18, 2005

Rating: 9/10

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