April 2008 – Unibroue Trois Pistoles

Unibroue Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles is by far my favorite beer name ever. I’m not sure anyone outside of my head would understand why. The only other French word I know is dix-neuf, but the name of this beer (along with the apocalyptic horse on the bottle label) brings a smile to my face every time. I just love saying it. Trois Pistoles. Rolls off the tongue. And that’s not to mention the fact that it’s from Unibroue brewery in Chambly, Quebec. It’s linguistically titillating.

I would nominate this for Beer of the Month on name alone, but this also happens to be a very fine brew. A strong dark Belgian ale, it offers a slightly different twist than the more traditional Belgian doubles and triples. The color is a very dark brown, similar to that of a stout, but it is much sweeter and spicier than most stouts. It has a subtle caramel or chocolate flavor that comes out later in the aftertaste.

I would say this is an excellent post-dinner or dessert beverage. It is quite strong at 9% ABV, so it is certainly a sipping beer to be savored slowly with fine food and friends. It has an excellent complexity that you can truly savor. I credit this as one of the first high gravity beers that introduced me to the genre. I first had it on a wedding anniversary weekend trip to Highlands, NC. I was like a kid in a candy store, as I dropped about $100 on beers I had never had in that gas station. What a glorious day.

As an aside, Unibroue has an awesome tutorial on the proper way to experience beer. Check it out, it is quality…

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One Response to April 2008 – Unibroue Trois Pistoles

  1. nikki3bags says:

    Because I love Unibroue’s broues so much, I’ll forgive them for using a black background and reversed out text on their web site.

    I still remember the first time I saw (then drank) Trois Pistoles during that trip. I assuredly said, “Oh, yea, ‘pistoles.’ That’s ‘pistol’ in French.”

    When I found out that pistoles is the French word for “coins,” I was slightly crestfallen. But, damn, is it a good beer!

    (And I hope my high school French teachers don’t ever see this comment.)

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