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Beer of the Week: Trois Pistoles Unibroue

BY DAN VERHILLE | DECEMBER 13, 2012 6:30 AM

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Name: Trois Pistoles Unibroue

Product Of: Unibroue Brewery, Chambly, Qu├ębec, Canada

Serving Style: Snifter, chilled

Size: 12 fluid oounces

I'd heard good things about the Unibroue brewery in the past, but I always resisted trying one of its beers because I had ambivalent feelings about the demonic artistry on the packaging. While I still can't say I'm keen on the packaging, because it gives me the feeling the beer was brewed for gargoyles to drink atop the Cathedral of Notre Dame, I'll admit it is a tasty and a refreshing change of pace.

Smell: When first poured into the glass, Trois Pistoles gives off a strong, fruity aroma that reminded me of champagne. In particular, I was found of how lemon, raisin and cinnamon scents dominated the aroma. 4.8/5

Look: Trois Pistoles is ruddy black in the glass but transparent amber when held up to light. A 2-inch head of tiny bubbles demonstrates that the beer is strongly carbonated, before they dissipate without lacing the glass. 3.7/5

Taste: Trois Pistoles first hits the tongue with notes of sweet fruit, which slowly fade into a delicate but delightful mix of spices and finally slide into a port wine flavor. The beer may be of medium body and viscosity, but the playfulness of the beer on the taste buds is anything but moderate. 4.2/5
If you can get past the demonic-looking Pegasus on the label, Trois Pistoles is worth a try in spite of what I consider a rather tacky branding execution. My personal opinion of the monster mash labels excluded, Unibroue has put together a product that does a fantastic job bedazzling the senses.

Overall: 12.7/15


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