Trois Pistoles - Unibroue
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3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Original review 2-20-2003...
Aroma: slight maltiness with some wisps of alcohol, raisins and plums.
Appearance: a tawny, reddish-brown, creamy off-white head, some haze (not from chilling). The alcohol content killed the head pretty quickly, even in a clean Chimay glass.
Taste/mouthfeel: a lot of alcohol warmth, slight sweetness, a touch of raisins round out the flavor. The high carbonation gives it a nice flavor break, in lieu of hop bitterness or flavor (of which there is little). A fair amount of caramel aftertaste, but also a slight note of sharp bitterness unrelated to hops.
Overall: A well-crafted beer. Unibroue has not disappointed me yet. This is a great example of a dubbel/strong dark ale, though I generally like a little more presence of the dark, dried fruit characteristic. I have another bottle of this that I'm going to lay down for a couple of years.
UPDATE 7-21-2009: [Review of a bottle aged 4 years beyond its best-by date]
Appearance: ruddy dark brown, slight haze, very little head formation
Aroma: dark brown sugar, port-soaked raisins, prunes, alcohol, and wet dog
Flavor: malty sweet with hints of cork, licorice, multivitamin, chocolate, molasses, and stewed prunes; finishes semisweet with a musty/spicey aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium-full body, zesty carbonation, alcohol warmth
Other comments: The bottle didn't make much of a pop when I uncorked it, so it must have lost some carbonation over the years. However, extended aging did not harm this one as much as it harmed the bottle of Maudite I cellared next to it. This one is still a drinkable, fairly interesting beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2003 21:16:12 | More by GreenCard
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