Unibroue Trois Pistoles
Yes, it’s time for another Unibroue beer from those fine Canadian brewers. This is Trois Pistoles, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
Before we begin, this one gave me a bit of surprise when I was opening it. I removed the cage from around the cork in the bottle but didn’t remove the cork. I turned to do something else, but while I was otherwise occupied, the cork shot out of the bottle and straight up into the air. The foam of the beer started pouring out the top and made a bit of a mess. It was a definite party foul and I lost a little bit of beer. The lesson here is to keep the cage on a corked beer until you’re ready to open it. I still have plenty though (as you might have guessed by now), so let’s get to it.
I don’t speak French; when I first saw the name Trois Pistoles, I thought it meant “Three Pistols”. The actual translation is “Three Coins”, and Trois Pistoles is a village in Quebec. According to Unibroue, a number of legends have originated from Trois Pistoles, including one about the black horse featured on the label. This black horse was a “good devil” used to haul large stones to build a church in Trois Pistoles. Someone removed the bridle on the horse right before the last stone was placed; the horse disappeared and the stone was never set. The hole in the wall exists to this day.
This 9% ABV beer pours a dark reddish brown with a light tan head. Yeast dominates the nose, and the taste is malty, sweet with caramel and fruit, and a good amount of spice. I find this beer absolutely delicious and I think it’s my second-favorite Unibroue behind La Fin du Monde.
Here’s the obligatory link to the Unibroue site for Trois Pistoles. As always, it’s magnificent.
Once again, and I realize I’ve said this before (perhaps more than once), Disney really needs to sell Unibroue in another location besides Le Cellier in Canada. These are easily the top beers in World Showcase in my opinion. So what if they’re $6.75 a glass (which is the current price at Le Cellier)? These beers need to be out front alongside Moosehead because let’s face it, Canada does not have the greatest beer selection outside of Le Cellier. (end drunken rant)
On a final note, I love how Unibroue puts a little picture of the glass the beer is supposed to be served in on the back of the bottle. I know that sounds crazy, but it just serves a nice little reminder to me that these beers belong in a specific glass. Instead of pulling out a standard pint glass, I get out my Duvel glass and enjoy the beer the way it was meant to be enjoyed.