983: Trois Pistoles

Name: Tres Pistoles
Brewery: Unibroue
Country of Origin: Canada
City & State: Not Applicable
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 9%
First Brewed: 1997

Tasting Notes
Almost black in color, Trois Pistoles is spicy enough on the nose, but in the body presents more dark stewed fruit and chocolate notes. Of moderate sweetness for its strength.

Ricky’s Thoughts
It’s black… which immediately makes me think this is going to be a stout, or something similar. But the nose is more that of an ale. This is a Belgian strong ale, after all. (I still haven’t figured the difference between a regular ale and strong ale.) I do like that a lot of the beers we are drinking have a Belgian influence. Perhaps when we finish this project, we will take a trip to Belgium.

The beer isn’t very carbonated. It is actually quite smooth. There is an instant rush of sweetness, and a smooth dark aftertaste. But the aftertaste doesn’t stick around for long. It feels heavy on the tongue though. I am sure that is the 9% ABV. The head on this beer is pretty weak too. But after one drink… I find myself wanting a second almost immediately. The aftertaste leaves so quickly I want to see what else there is for my palate.

I worry that if this beer was easily accessible, it would get me in a lot of trouble. It doesn’t drink like a 9%. It’s so smooth. I like that though, as it allows me to drink a lot casually. That’s what this is… a casual beer. Imagine toasting with this at any given graduation, wedding, or funeral. (People drink at funerals, right?)

I like it… but I am not in love with it. It’s good, I would buy it again, but the most important part about this beer is the story. I mean, who wouldn’t be intrigued to drink a beer that was produced with a story about a devilish black steed? Just look at the bottle… creeps me out!

Bottoms up people!

Rating: 2/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
I keep pronouncing the name of this beer wrong, and Ricky keeps informing me that it’s not pronounced that way.  Oh well.  I don’t speak French.  But it sure looks like “pistols” to me.  I guess that extra “e” does make a difference.

The beer poured out a very dark brown and very thick with a thick cream-colored head as well.  It smells kind of creamy, too, kind of like a milk stout type of smell.  Let’s find out what it tastes like.

Wow.  I just asked Ricky what kind of beer this was, and he informed me that it’s a “Belgian strong, dark ale”.  These ales we are trying are not like the ales I’m used to.  Apparently in other countries ale just doesn’t mean the same thing.  This reminds me more of a porter or a stout.  I love the flavor, though.  It’s very rich, and has the chocolate and coffee taste of a lot of porters or stouts.  It’s kind of got a sweet taste to it, too – not really bitter at all.  It leaves a solid, tasty aftertaste in your mouth long after you take a drink.  This is good, something I’d definitely like to have again.  Thumbs up!

Rating: 4/5

982 bottles of beer on the wall…

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