Saturday, August 18, 2012

Unibroue Trois Pistoles

This is a 9.0% ABV strong dark ale, bottle conditioned in the Belgian style, from Unibroue of Chambly, Quebec, Canada.  The name means "three coins" and comes from the name of a village in Quebec that has spawned several legends, including that of the Black Horse.  A local bishop spawned a good devil in the form of a black steed that hauled all the rocks to build a church.  Someone removed its bridle when there was only one stone left.  The horse ran away and the stone is missing to this day.

The beer pours very dark brown, nearly black in appearance, with tints of ruby when held to the light.  There is a large foamy head, light brown in color.  The aroma is yeasty, lots of banana, spices, especially cloves, and doughy.  The taste is nicely sweet, not cloyingly so, and follows the aromas, with a bit of a tang on the end.  It is much like a fruitcake or spiced banana bread.

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