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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 3854
Reviews: 1860
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%


Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000)
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark raison color (mahogany/burgundy color) with a thin even, creamy layer of toffee colored foam.

A - Raisons, figs, Belgian spice, red grapes, light pepper, slightly bready.

T - Belgian spice, pepper, cloves, plums, cherries, earthy, slightly musty, red grape skins, figs. All the flavors are balanced throughout and the alcohol is completely masked which makes it deceptive.

M - Light medium body with silky light carbonation and lip smacking sticky.

O - Unibroue is a solid brewery and IMO dos a fine job.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 01:24:06 | More by jzeilinger
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elNopalero

Texas

4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’ve been drinking this one for so long I had just assumed I posted a review up at some point. So this is going to be short and to the point, but really what more do you need to know other than: it’s fantastic. Delicious. Drink it. For the price, the accessibility, and above all the quality this can’t be beat.

Pours a thick, dark ruby-burgundy with light foam. Wonderful bouquet with stone fruits dominating. The flavor shares an equal profile, with some plum and fig as well as a date-like sweetness standing out. What I find remarkable is how smooth (and smoothly sweet) this is. I mean, almost velvety. While not unusual I forget. (Belgian Strong Ale is not as clearly defined a category in my mind as say a dubble or triple and the wide variation is part of the reason.) This one won over some new converts recently and I can’t wait to share some more soon.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 07:51:27 | More by elNopalero
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Very light beige head on a deep mahogany body. Oily, clear lacing. Aroma dominated by a Belgian yeast, candi sugar licorice and spices. The spices are maybe some clove and white pepper? Taste includes sweet caramel malts, some fig, some overripe banana, and again, some spice that is hard to describe. A taste unique to this beer. Another classic by Unibroue.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 08:18:11 | More by KickbacksSteve
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a trois pistols tulip at novare red

The beer is dark, brown In the light but otherwise black. The head is surprisingly light a offense which covers the top of the beer while lacing hangs to the side.

The nose is clearly Belgian, yeast, clove and other spices. The nose is much more aromatic as it warms.

The taste starts almost fruity which lingers and a big yeast clove and spice enter and dry the mouth. Not my favorite style but true and as good as any from Belgium.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 19:42:56 | More by bishopdc0
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jtd1969

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark and light lacing, good carbonation

S - Pear, dark fruit and some sweet bread

T - Some stout like roastiness, Belgian yeast, raisin, spice, caramel

M - Medium body, low carbonation for style, but perfect for beer

O - OMG, what a beer, so so good... I had it on tap and what a delight... Wish I would have ordered a second one! It was so so good!!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 00:01:13 | More by jtd1969
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FrankyGee3

Kentucky

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ebony in glass with a deep cherry wood color when held to the light; bouncy, deep tan head that sat two fingers high (barkeep did a very slow pour from the tap, and a bottle pour would likely produce three fingers). Laced on glass well. Head dissipated quickly to 1 CM, then disappeared within a few minutes.

Smell: Fruit aromas (largely fig, plum) along with maltiness; some phenols which dissipate quickly. Others have mentioned chocolate but, after three separate tastings, fail to find much if any.

Taste: Rich, smooth, fruity with perhaps a touch of coriander/citrus. Sweeter than expected, but not overly so. Fruitiness balances well with the ale bitters - each side presents well.

Mouthfeel: Coats well, surprisingly light - crisp, no oiliness, but smooth and felt everywhere on the tongue. One of the best ever for me with a mellow alcohol tang. While not a very carbonated drink, what carbonation there is sparkles in the mouth when sipped and contributes to a lighter mouthfeel, even surprisingly light for an abbey ale, but with substance - a delightful blend.

Overall: While described as an "Abbey Style Strong Dark Ale," it was not as strong tasting as expected. The lower alcohol warmth - especially for a 9% ABV ale - surprised me, as did the substantial fruit tastes. At times, the taste was a bit like a fortified digestif wine (say, a port or very fruity brandy) without the syrupy wine texture, but never lost it's beeriness; it also didn't have the nose-confusing, overwhelming alcohol delivery of a digestif. While not a fan of sweet beers, this is a nice blend of fruits and dark abbey ale which balances the best of both. Perhaps an all-time favorite for blending so many distinct flavors and characteristics in such a balanced way. In the end, I'd give it a 4.75 (I've yet to find a 5), but that's not an option here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 19:40:22 | More by FrankyGee3
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having not been particularly in love with some of the other beers from Unibroue which I've tried (particularly Maudite - just not for me), I found Trois Pistoles to be a rather delicious offering that has renewed my interest in the brewery. All of the great things I've heard about Unibroue make more sense now that I've tried this one. It's complex and remarkably tasty. The cherry notes are my particular favorite part. Alcohol is nice and warming. Not a beer to take lightly, but a glass of Trois Pistoles every now and then is quite worthwhile.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 17:54:02 | More by TheRealBigC
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a dark brownish brew with a reddish tint. Upon serving there was a light white head that faded rapidly to give a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of dark fruits with notes of roasted malt and brown bread. It is mixed with a light yeast, spice and chocolate aroma. It is quite nice.

Taste – The taste starts out as dark fruit and cocoa. It’s a nice dark chocolate covered cherry and raisin taste mixed with a brown bread flavor. As the taste advances the fruit and the bread remain but the chocolate begins to fade. In the middle some tastes of yeast and a light spice come to the tongue. From there a lighter caramel and toffee sweetness mix. All these flavors persist to the end where they are met with a lighter alcohol flavor that leaves a warming sweet taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the creamier side with a medium level of carbonation. Both are quite fitting for the sweeter complex flavors of the brew. The body provides enough thickness to where it can really permeate the tongue while the carbonation suits the sweeter flavors well.

Overall – A very nice tasting Belgian dark. A great flavor profile with a wonderful aroma and feel. A brew to try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 23:42:40 | More by Darkmagus82
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keytown

Kentucky

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a leather brown with a 1 finger white head.

S - Tart cherries, hint of chocolate, dark fruits & some spice.

T - Subtle cherry tartness, sweet caramel & chocolate malt goodiness!! Grassy hops, but not overwhelming at all.

M - Very smooth & medium bodied.

O - This a complex, but well balanced & drinkable beer. The alcohol is very deceiving in the beer, would never know it was 9%. This is an outstanding beer & a must have for all beer enthusiast!

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 04:36:35 | More by keytown
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Phelps

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at Tops.

Deep burgundy, dark enough to be almost opaque, though the thinner parts show some amber translucence. Head is half a finger tall, off-white and popping away pretty quickly, leaving not a trace of bubbles.

Fantastic nose. Brown sugar, lots of clove, prune, wood smoke. The smoke and spice adds a ton of interest. Bit of Belgian hops in the back. Piquant and spicy.

All of the above, and more. Clove, dried orange peel, prune, a hint of smoke, tangy raisins. The swallow brings a blast of spice and citrus. Kind of different from your average uber-sweet Belgian dark, but good nonetheless. Hint of licorice.

Lightly massaging bubbles die away quickly, expanding into soft fizz. The body is a hint under medium while it lasts. A good amount of fumes in the nose, but the heat is well-hidden overall.

Not bad. Trois Pistoles has more spice and citrus than I'm used to, and it’s a bit lacking in the complexity of established Belgians. But it’s different, at least.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 06:38:49 | More by Phelps
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adam42381

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/29/11.

Poured on draft into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel brown with a light tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet light and dark fruit with a touch of Belgian yeast.

Taste: Sweet dark fruit with a touch of citrus up front followed by Belgian yeast in the middle before ending with a touch of alcohol. Bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. The elevated ABV% would keep you from drinking multiples, but the flavor is very good.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I love most everything Unibroue puts out, and I'm a big fan of Trois Pistoles in bottles. On draft, it's still very good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 22:49:30 | More by adam42381
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tapped into a brandy glass.

Appearance - Dark ruby body. Small white head.

Smell - Coffee. Tons of candy sugar malt.

Taste - Toasty. Coffee. Malt. Sweet No aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Slightly watery.

Overall Drinkability - Overall good beer. Refreshing if you're in the mood for a medium-bodied, refreshing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 18:36:19 | More by ZenAgnostic
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into its proper Unibroue tulip.

A: Dark, hazy plum body with a finger of dense, creamy tan foam. Great retention, spotty lace. Pretty solid, but unspectacular.

S: Big, bold, and yeasty. Great mix of fruity esters + spicy phenols, backed up with some terrific dark fruits: grapes, plums, raisins. Very nice.

T: Follows the nose - super yeasty, with bubblegum, clove, pepper, and pear; chocolate and grape maltiness on the tail end; slight booze on the finish. Very tasty, but a bit more depth would have been welcome.

M: Substantial, smooth, and fully carbonated. Lovely.

O: Excellent beer, but in my opinion it doesn't quite measure up to the best authentic Belgian examples of its style. At happy hour, though, it's always a terrific choice.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 03:32:50 | More by woosterbill
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Devi0us

California

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last Friday on my last day in Hawaii at The Yardhouse.

A- Poured a murky brown with cherry cola highlights. About a finger tan head that mutated into a ring that attached to the glass throughout intake. Hardly any lacing.

S- Smell of raisins and molasses, perhaps some banana. 

T- The taste was sweet upon first sip. Figs and Belgian yeast characteristics are there. Slight alcohol heat at the finish compliments the flavors.

M- This was medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Easy drinking.

O- I've been into Belgian's lately and this beer is only steering me further away from the stouts that I love. This will be my go to beer whenever I go to The Yardhouse.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 00:50:00 | More by Devi0us
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yard House in PBG, FL. Served in a goblet.

Appearance - Dark red, nearly black with no head by the time it got to my table. No lacing. Doesn't look like it has much carbonation.

Smell - Delicious smell. Figs and dark fruit. Some caramel malts and the typical candi sugar smell. My friend smelled coffee, but I did not.

Taste - The taste isn't as impressive as the aroma. Some aromas translated into flavor: the figs and other fruits and the belgian candi sugar. A bit of licorice in the finish. Just not as complex as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied for such a strong beer. Probably from the added sugar. Low carbonation and a very dry finish. I wish it had been a bit thicker.

Overall - Tasty, but nothing I'd order again (especially at $7.50 a glass...wow). Finished the glass easily without feeling as though I had drank a 9% alcohol beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 20:17:43 | More by Alieniloquium
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ThreeDimesDown

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off tap, pours a muddy rust color with a creamy white head that dissipates to a thick skin. Minimal lacing.

Aromas and flavors of dried fruit ranging from blood oranges to cranberries.Lavender accentuates a flowery presence.

Med to full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, with some stickiness.

Really enjoyed this brew, nice complexities and great balance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 18:19:00 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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nickhiller

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: date or raisin in color, one finger head is gone in a flash, streams of carbonation, thin lacing.

S: floral, kind like honeysuckle or jasmine nectar, Fabuloso cleaner (the Mexican one), plums and dark pit fruit

T: the familiar trappings of a Belgian: bubble gummy yeast, sweet sweet malt, a slight sourness, bananas, apricot, vanilla--a little like bourbon--red grapes, brown sugar.

M: medium body, smooth carbonation, though it does go a little flat, warming alcohol definitely matches up with that ABV.

D: a pretty delicious, though a little too sweet for my tastebuds, but it's definitely a legit BSA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 22:50:47 | More by nickhiller
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SkunkWorks

New York

3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap (or maybe cask, the menu wasn't clear) at Dek's in Rocky Point, NY. Served in a Trois Pistoles glass.

Look: reddish brown, almost purple, body. Its quite pretty but there's no head at all and consequently, no lacing. This might be an issue with the place but I'm not sure since a few other reviews I'm looking at indicate no head formation or lace.

Smell: caramel with some dark fruit, like fig, plum and dates. Bits of spiciness but that is subdued. The nose isn't as strong as I would like for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Its good but not great.

Taste: follows the nose. Dark fruit, plums, dates and figs, a bit sweet, dark caramel. Really, there's not a whole lot going on and those familiar, Belgian flavors I am looking for simply aren't there. A bit disappointed in this one. Not to say its bad but its certainly nothing impressive.

Feel: really, this is the biggest short coming of this beer. The body simply isn't style appropriate or pleasing in any way. It is way too thin, which is exacerbated by the fact that it isn't carbonated very well. Its way too light for the style. I understand that Belgian Dark Strong Ales aren't supposed to be big, thick or chewy, but this is thin even for the style. The body feels almost like its lightly carbonated fruit juice, not a beer.

Drink: I deliberately went slow on this, hoping to pick out some nuances as I went, but you could drink this easily if you wanted to. The light body helps with this. The question is, would you want to? For me, I wouldn't.

Overall, this was my first Unibroue beer and I was a bit disappointed. This beer just wasn't anything I look for in a Belgian Dark Strong. Maybe it was because it was on tap, but I've had BDSAs on tap before and loved them. Perhaps I'll give a bottle of this a try after I give some of Unibroue's other beers a chance, just going on Unibroue's reputation. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2011 15:59:04 | More by SkunkWorks
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue Trois Pistoles, on tap.

Appearance: A dark amber nearing a deep dark ruby in color. Small off white head sticks around for a bit. Looks the part of a Belgian dark.

Smell: White grape juice, accompanied by a light boozy note. More fruity notes as it warms, an overall inviting category making me want to take another sip.

Taste: Dark fruits right up front, raisen, plum and fig are all there. The Unibroue yeast strain is present in most of their Belgian dark ales and this is no different with a juicy fruit flavor. Alcohol is tame but there. Malt provides suggestions of cocoa. Overall a very nice well rounded dark.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium to full bodied feel, carbonation is good. Another winner from the Unibroue line, this is a nice go to beer and is certainly worth the endeavor. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 18:52:35 | More by Stinkypuss
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Retsinis

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this On tap at Instant Replay. Was Poured & served into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance is a light brown with less than an inch of head that fades, leaving some lacing.

Aroma wise, toasty malt, grape, and a hint of caramel. I also pick up stainless steel, or a copper note, basically metallic.

Taste is also white grape, yeast, metal, with a caramel finish. Also pick up some dry fruit.

Mouthfeel seems a bit thin for the style, but goes down easy, despite the abv, which is not really noticeable.

This was not the first time I've had this beer, and it could just be that my palate has changed, this was a bad keg, or just that the bottle is better (which I have also had)

Overall, while this may be harsh, I've had much better for the style, and this time around, I was not impressed. Will update this review the next time I have a bottle for a fair review/comparison.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2010 23:23:08 | More by Retsinis
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown-ish color to almost black. In the aroma, roasty malt, white grape fruitiness, ad a caramel like hint. In the taste, white grape sweetness, and a bit boozy, and a caramel like end. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry fruity aftertaste. A bit boozy, and a nice fruit presence. Not too shabby.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 14:42:05 | More by OWSLEY069
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a chalice.

Pours a nice deep hazy brown with a small very creamy light yellow/brown head. Nose is that Québécois yeast nose like all Unibroue beers, it's got more f a roasty bitterness that's a bit metallic.

Taste is very Belgian inspired with some rowdiness and a bit of a sweetness. Mouthfeel is rich and full, prett easy drinking given the abv.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 01:41:11 | More by kingcrowing
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with hints of red. Nice off-white head and ok lacing. Smells of dark fruity cherry and a hint of chocolate. Taste is really complex, the fruit with some mild bitterness. Quite a sweet beer. Quite aggressive carbonation. One of my favourite beers from Unibroue.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 21:04:04 | More by kwjd
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impending

California

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Petaluma Taps - into a Trois Pistoles chalice. Poured with a minor head leaving little lacing, a murky brown with caramel highlights.

Everything about the aroma is a strong dark belgian - dark ripe fruits, cherries and figs, roasted dark malts, burnt dark crystal sugar, typical yeast and a minor whiff of alcohol. Unibroue's signature yeast is on display.

Very fine flavor but I was hoping to like this more than a B+ but the sweets are too forward for me. Very nice minor hot finish. I wanted the taste to closer match the near perfect aroma but the sweets dominated beyond what the aroma leads you to expect. Best as an after dinner drink not to be served with a meal if the focus is the food.
cheers
jd

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 22:40:24 | More by impending
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a stemmed glass.

The color is very dark and is almost black with a shade of maroon when held to the light. Has a thick and some slight lacing.

The smell is of dark fruits, some raisin and even a little grape flavor with a little banana in there as well.

The taste is sweet with some of the same fruit flavors as the nose. There is a bit of a oak or woody flavor in with the dark fruit.

The feel of this beer is a bit light with a low amount of carbonation. There is a bit of a dry finish as it goes down but is smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 02:06:57 | More by Duhast500
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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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