Unibroue Trois Pistoles

Total Score: 9.15/10 WhiteWine1 DarkFruits1 BrownSugar1 Tulipglass1

Whenever I think of Unibroue I wonder if it’s pronounced “unibrow”, and then I start thinking about people with unibrows and I find it difficult to focus on the splendid beer I’m about to drink… does anyone else get that or am I just weird? [don’t answer that!]. So yeah, Trois Pistoles is the beer Dennis (I guy I know who sells beer and got me on to Rodenbach Grand Cru) says is THE BEST beer that Unibrow make. So yeah, go the unibrow… or shave off the bit in the middle… either way I’m looking forward to this epic brew.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark chestnut brown hazy body with a dense packed 1 cm khaki head that reduces to a light lace cover on top… looks can be deceiving but this looks like one mighty tasty drop! I am, as you will see from my previous ratings, though more partial to dark beers. 10/10.

S: Botrytis (or ‘Noble rot’) grape big on the nose with lingering background notes of plum, dark cherry, macerated figs, a hit of brown sugar and sourdough yeast in the finish. The aroma is fragrant and moreish, however it is fully slanted towards sweet with little in the way of a balance noted here. 9/10.

T: Tasty and dry are the first things you notice, sweet as well but more restrained than expected, if I was going to describe a beer with colours this would be an aquamarine/purple mix with a touch of gold thrown in – it is one tasty drop. How would I compare it to Chimay Bleu? (it’s primary style combatant in the war for my affections) read on to find out as I’m describing the flavour here mister. Botrytis (though in lesser form), plum, fig, dark cherry, brown sugar, black pepper and sourdough yeast are balanced throughout with a finish that is fairly dry with sweetness that cuts the bitterness until the aftertaste – which is an ever so slight medicinal herb note. Damn. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a dense and light carbonation. Mouthfeel is spot on! 10/10.

D: Could I drink this all day? Yes. Is it as good as Chimay Bleu? It’s right up there with Chimay Bleu, in fact I think it’s a dead heat between the two, which is a surprise even for me: I never imagined that some upstart Quebec brewer would be able to compete on the same playing field as Chimay, and I think the texture of this brew is better than Bleu. Negative? The price – I can almost buy 2 Chimay Bleu 330ml bottles for the price of one of these, crazy! 9/10.

Food match: The Canadian flag dipped in blue cheese and maple syrup.

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