Sunday, July 29, 2012

Unibroue Trois Pistoles

Type: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Origin: Chambly, Quebec, Canada
Price: $8.49/4-pack (sampler)
ABV: 9.0%
NSP: 15.07 (unscaled)

Guess I went for the dark brooding motif with the photo for this one.  Kind of fits with the goth-ass bottle.

At this point I've got high expectations for these Quebecois bastards, after La Fin du Monde and Don De Dieu were so good.  Presumably this one's named after the town in Quebec.  Apparently the University of Western Ontario's French immersion program is based there.  Go Mustangs.

I could smell this from the moment I opened the bottle, but even after I'd spent several minutes with my nose in the glass, I wasn't sure what I'm smelling because there was so much going on with it.  There's nice Belgian funk, but it comes across soft and sweet, unlike the usual sourness of a Belgian pale or a tripel.  I suppose that's probably the malt talking- it seems to round off that sharp sourness you get with the lighter Belgian fare.  There's some cola-like smells in there, a bunch of spice (Christmas-type spices), and as the website says, rum.  It's pretty impressive, especially for a beer that cost just over two bucks.

The flavor isn't quite as complex as the nose, but that's not to say that it's underwhelming.  The Belgian funk is first and foremost, but again it's softened by the enhanced malt.  In the glass it looks like it's going to be pretty rich, but the carbonation's elevated so it cuts right through.  There aren't a lot of super-refined flavors to be found.  I'll just say that it's definitely the most rum-and-coke-ish beer I've ever had, which can be a feather in its cap (I'm in this category) or a reason to stay away, depending on your preference.

Another good offering from Unibroue.  I didn't like it as much as I did the other two, but someone had to come in third in that race.  I'm beginning to think that Unibroue should sponsor Non-Snob, because they seem to make beers that fall right in line with the target around here- really good, well-crafted beers that aren't so overly complex that you feel bad about just drinking them, highly boozy, not too expensive, and easy to find.  If that ain't Non-Snob, I don't know what is.

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