Sunday, February 12, 2012

February 12th, 2012 - Easy Livin' with Trois Pistoles

Today I am pairing Unibroue's Trois Pistoles and Uriah Heep: Classic Heep, An Anthology ( a double disc chronicling the early years of the band.)  I'm also dedicating this pair to my nephew, Michael Athens ( a big Heep fan!)

Unibroue's Trois Pistoles (Three Coins) is a dark yet mellow ale brewed in the Belgian tradition.  Though a strong, dark ale in style, it is fruity and spiced like many Belgians.  The Trois Pistoles has a frothy, 1-2 finger head with sustained lacing and a soft, fruity nose.  It has fine, sustained effervescence and an almost "fuzzy" mouthfeel.  The flavor is rich, slightly sweet, and malty with subtle notes of banana, chocolate and spiced Jamaican rum.  With 9% alcohol content by volume, the Trois Pistoles is a big and complex ale, great for slowly sipping while kicking back on a cold Sunday and enjoying the classic, early '70s sound of Uriah Heep.

Where to begin with Uriah Heep: Classic Heep, An Anthology?  There are so many great songs on this collection.  Songs like "Come Away Melinda" (also covered by UFO), Who-inspired "The Wizard," and "The Park," bring out the mellowness of the ale while proto-metal hard-hitters like "Gypsy," "Tears In My Eyes," "Rainbow Demon," "The Magician's Birthday (they use kazoos on this song! ha!)," and the quintessential "Easy Livin'" accentuate the dark color and intensity of the ale.  The driving guitars, drums, and amazing Hammond organ of the Heep really bring out the profundity of the Trois Pistoles.

Learn more about at Unibroue's Trois Pistoles (along with the legend) at


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