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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,003
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 168
Gots: 279 | FT: 6
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000)
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Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

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

Poured a nice deep brown/black with two fingers of sepia-colored head that laced very well, into a snifter. The nose yielded molasses, caramel, cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate, dark plum, and malt. The flavor yielded all of the above in copies amounts, but also revealed more sour/tart fruitiness..plum and cherry...which surfaced mid-palate through the finish. Furthermore, the finish also revealed the alcohol content, and left some alcohol-induced warmth afterwards. Silky, medium body; just a fantastically flavorful beer to sip appreciatively, or pair with a good meal. My only knock on this beer (if I was forced to pick something) is that when it warmed to room temperature, the sweetness was a little too much.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 21:54:51 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Very cloudy reddish-brown colour to the body. Light-brown rich soapy head. Great retention and pretty good lacing.

S - Typical Unibroue yeast small hits your nose right away. Then you start getting nice dark fruit notes, with a hint of chocolate and port wine.

T - Starts out sweet and malty, with a strong yeast taste as well. Dark fruit notes start becoming more apparent. The chocolate undertone is very subtle, and I could also taste a little banana and a touch of clove-like spiciness. The finish definitely developed a port-like potent sweetness.

M - Medium-bodied, with moderate crisp carbonation. The alcohol is very well-masked, I wouldn't reckon this was a 9% beer if I didn't know it for a fact. Smooth, coats your mouth really nicely.

D - Drinks easily if you're accustomed to these kind of beers. But watch out, the alcohol will hit you if you don't stop before it's too late!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 00:45:19 | More by NightINgale
Photo of Lunch


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

Served from a 12oz. bottle into my Trois Pistoles goblet at cellar temperature (11/08/09).

A: Pours a vibrant mahogany brown with ruby highlights capped off with a finger of an active off-white head.

S: Dark fruits dominate the bouquet with highlights of plums, prunes, raisins, and a hint of brown sugar and cola.

T: The dark fruit theme continues with raisins, plums, prunes, and cherries along with banana, orange and sweet malt. Fruity esters and phenols develop leading to a cola and alcohol finish that is quite pleasing.

M: Medium-bodied with very active carbonation.

D: Rich flavors that are soothed with vibrant carbonation creates one of the most sessionable Belgian Strong Dark Ales around even though it is 9%abv.

Overall I find this beer to be an exceptional North American representation of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Unibroue has quite the line up, but this Maudite and La Fin Du Monde slightly stand apart from the rest. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 20:33:50 | More by Lunch
Photo of HopBacchus


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer looks pours a brown amber with a large creamy head. You can see yeast floating around in the beer. Lacing is impressive thick head vanishes after a bit

S: There is certainly a presence of alcohol here but the overwhelming scent is of fresh fruit and Belgian spices there is also a doughy yeast like smell.

T: Rich fruity malts are the dominant flavor in the beer mixed in a with faint herbal taste and powerful Belgian spices. Peppery even,

M: This brew is well carbonated and creamy, the alcohol makes this beer a bit lighter in body than i would have expected and keeps the brew exciting warming as it goes down overall i would say its medium bodied.

D: 9%? uh oh this beer is far too drinkable can lead to disaster, drink with caution.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 20:12:51 | More by HopBacchus
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass. A large, active head rises quickly, but there is little retention on this one. The color is very dark brown, almost black, and is only minimally translucent around the edges.

S: Raisins. Brown sugar, fruits like plums and prunes. Soda.

T: Cola. Fruity esters. A sweet malt beginning that fades into a mild roasted malt finish with a light lingering aftertaste. Somewhat vinous, with hints of peat (or a light woodiness) and bubblegum. Quite interesting.

M: Medium in body (a little lighter than was expected) with heavier levels of carbonation. Leaves a light malty mouth coating.

D A little sweet with a bit of funkiness, but not overdone. A somewhat complex beer with higher alcohol that is still quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 03:38:51 | More by Florida9
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North Carolina

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

12oz bottle poured into duvel glass

a-black...nice khaki two and half finger head that fell rapidly..swirling brings it back...nice lacing..

s-phenols and alcohol..figs and plums are there...fruity..nice banana yeasty character...estery

t-banana and figs...a little roast...yeasty and bready..plums and alcohol finish this one off

m-a tad thin for me but it is acceptable...nice carbonation...a little slick..

d-goes down way to easy..if it werent for the abv i would drink more..

overall i remember a night a while back that involved this brew and a bonfire which ended in some charred crocs for me..but i still come back for more..

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 00:09:45 | More by stoutfiend27
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a Chimay glass this almost looks a purple shade of black, like the skin of a black plum, but light reveals a ruby russet color lurking beneath. A ring of foam encircles the glass, within it lies a swirling film of foam--it retains this nicely to the end

The aroma is rich brown sugar and red grapes, prunes and an overall pleasing sweet fruitiness.

The taste is similar, with an abundance of plums and cherries, a tartness lurks at the edges, and an orangeyness pervades throughout. Has a medium-dry finish, with just a little residual still sugar kicking around. The alcohol is present but it plays nicely against the fruity sweetness.

This is full bodied and the carbonation does a great job of softening and melding the flavors together. Very smooth. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 00:57:46 | More by MeisterBurger
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. Labeled as best before 09-03-11

Appearance: Gorgeous. Pours into the glass like something a bit more viscous. Cloudy brown colour which is dark unless held up to the light, after which it shows a beautiful medium brown gradient througout the glass. Head retention leaves a lot to be desired, but most unibroue beers seem to be that way for whatever reason. Gets even more hazy after the second pour, to the point where there are swirling patterns of sediment.

Smell: Yeasty like a Don de Deau, but not as much so as a Chimay. Almost smells a little boozy. Spicyness comes out in the nose. A peppery clove scent with a hint of the sweetness of liquorish. Has a little bit of sourness which reminds me of grapes, or more specifically like a french Pinot Blanc.

Taste: A tartness not commonly tasted in such an ale. Sweet and pretty yeasty, I can definitely taste the Unibroue strain of yeast, especially easy if you know what youre looking for. Boozy and warm in the mouth even though I chilled it. Very noticable light grape flavour. Almost as pronounced as the clove and moreso than the weak banana flavour. Nuttiness comes into play after the second pour (obviously with the massive influx of sediment). Im not sure how I feel about the ridiculous amount of sediment in the bottle, but im sure it helps more than it hurts. Little floral element to it as well; not hoppy at all but some sweet flower that you might smell in the early summer when its sweltering outside. (I recognize the taste/smell of the flower specifically from where it used to grow outside my house but sadly I cant recall) This would be fantastic on a hot day in the early summertime.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and much more concentrated carbonation to the point where it bites the tongue (and even hurts a little!). Alcohol taste is very much present, not hidden like in the other Unibroues I've had. Carbonation is much more aggressive than in champagne but fits better with this beer. Warmth is a dominant trait once the beer has warmed up a little in your mouth. At least you know what youre drinking at 9%

Drinkability: Maybe I'm just a little full, but this beer isnt really something I'd love to have more than one or two of in a night. Although it is damn good and complex to boot. Not a perfect beer by any stretch, but still a fine brew which I would like to drink more often. Not a session beer....a bottle is an acceptable size, which has gotten me feeling a little silly (and i'm sure a bomber would get me acting outright goofy...)

Final Notes: It's an interesting, albeit not extremely inventive, take on the style. Probably my favourite of the Unibroues. Still theres something about the yeast that I just am not a huge fan of. Also, their beers never give enough head for my personal taste. But enough about that, this beer is pretty damn solid and is better than a lot of stuff Ive had.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 09:35:04 | More by Whiteweasel
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Well, to be frank, it's pretty average looking. Cloudy, brown with little head or head retention. However, it does throw down some nice lacing. I should point out that the head formation, retention and lacing varied greatly in the 6 bottles in my 6 pack. A couple formed very nice heads/lacing, and a couple poured out like they were barely carbonated. The remaining 2 were somewhere in the middle. However, the carbonation was about equivalent in regards to mouthfeel in all of them.

S - Wow. Nice. One of the nicer beers I've smelled. Dark fruit character balanced by alcohol gives it a rich aroma. I have poor sense of smell, and this stuff smelled great.

T - Take "La Fin Du Monde" and swap out the cloves and spice for dark fruit and you've got Trois Pistoles. That's a good thing. There's a strong malty flavour (as I guess should be expected) with just a bit of earthy bitterness (and I mean a very little bit) that does enough to keep everything in check and leave a nice dry feeling on the palate. The aftertaste is outstanding as well. That clean, dry earthiness sticks around making sure each sip is as sweet as the last. Seems like a small deal, but for me personally, a beer this rich can wear on me fast, and this one does a great job of preventing that from getting overwhelming.

M - A little thinner than I would have liked, and I think a little thin for the style.

D - Conversely to it's mouthfeel, the lightness of it enhances it's drinkability. I could easily drink a few of these in a session. At 9% ABV, that's a little concerning!


Damn. Unibroue is just killer. I want to drive out there and give them all a sincere hug. This beer to me really does seem like Fin's cousin. I guess that should be expected. I think it should also be appreciated. The fact that I can get it from "The Beer Store" in 6's makes it a highly rated "go to" beer for me now, because frankly, I couldn't care less about it's appearance.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 05:07:24 | More by clockwerk
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4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a deep dark brown, almost black color that is completely opaque with only the slightest bit of mahogany color in the edges when held to a light source. Massive 3 finger frothy dark tan head with excellent retention, only slowly fading to a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing in it's wake.

Dark malty aroma with a lot of estery dark fruit and peppery spice. Silky chocolate and caramel malt as well as some toffee notes along with hints of raisin, plum, fig, sour dark cherries and fig.

Carbonated up front with some smooth roasted malt, sweet dark fruit, candy sugar body with a dry and bitter yet sweet roasted finish. Dangerously quaffable with the high ABV being very well masked. Only a very slight hint of alcohol warmth.

Nice chocolate malt flavor that is roasty, but not too much so. Lots of estery dark fruit notes, especially raisin, fig, plum and sour dark cherry along with sweet candy sugar notes. Very well balanced. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 00:59:38 | More by corby112
Photo of ryanonline


4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark deep amber appearance with traces of ruby. quickly dissipating thin, rocky head leaves no real lacing

amazing sweet aroma, a candied fruit smell makes itself well known with maybe a hint of fig and raisin. underneath it all is a definitive alcohol aroma.

moderately sweet, nice and malty. the fruit takes a backseat to a slightly more biscuity flavor. the finish has a complex sweet, almost caramel, and dry, biscuit again, combination.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Clean and lightly carbonated, just enough to be prickly, as well as a nice burn down the throat.

drinkability is good, though it can sit a little heavy and the carbonation may leave you feeling somewhat bloated.

overall a really great quality beer, the smell is really something else, and the taste is just complex enough to be interesting. Good stuff, definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 00:57:48 | More by ryanonline
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark appearance. Has a near perfect mouth feel with just the right amount of carbonation. The smell is really nice and makes you excited to start drinking it. Has a very sweet bite at first that then dissipates into a mellow after taste that makes me feel like I just took a bite of an apple. I could probably drink this beer all day long and never get tired of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 04:54:58 | More by brewsky24
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown

Smell - Sweet aroma

Taste - Complex burst of flavors

Mouth Feel - Smooth, slightly creamy and pleasant

Drinkability - This is a beer to reach for to enjoy for the rest of the evening. Excellent burst of flavor, only slightly sweet, many wonderful complex flavors, mild bitterness, clean finish - Extraordinary!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 23:16:30 | More by rhollman
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well there is nooo head on this thing but for a bottle conditioned beer there is alot of carbonation on the side. looks like dr pepper lol, which from what ive had is pretty unique.

the smell is amazing. sweet and fruity and can just barely smell the alcohol.

the taste is also sweet and fruity with a smooth maltiness in the background. honestly i can see similarities in the new belgium trippel. delicious!

the mouthfeel is very carbonated and pretty smooth.

the drinkability is great for the alcohol percentage

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 17:06:59 | More by joozyboozy
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Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful artwork on the label, true to any unibroue offering. 750 ml corked & caged bottle into a duvel tulip. Poured dark brown, almost opaque with a 3 finger head that quickly decipated into a thin white film. Leaves no lacing.

S- Typical unibroue yeast, dark fruit, berries, a good mix of spice.

T- Dark fruits, candied sugar, clove, cinnamon, spice. You can detect the booze, but everything compliments eachother so well here, so it works.

M- Medium body, creamy feel. Medium carbonation.

D- This is a big beer given it's abv, but it's an absolute pleasure to drink. One 750ml is enough for me though.

When I first got in to craft beer I just didn't get any of unibroues offerings until I had this one. Now I enjoy them all, but this is the one that started it for me. I've got a bunch of these in the cellar now, I can't wait! As a side note, this went really well with the spicy peanuts I had.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 03:52:35 | More by Dawkfan
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bottle with cool label and silver foiled top. Poured into chalice. Dark brown color with small head. Head dissapears very quick. Smells outstanding. Over ripe fruits...booze...like your basic belgian strong.

Taste is incredible. Definately pick up the dark fruits. Very smooth. Leaves a nice flavor on the tongue, almost resembles wine.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 02:33:03 | More by ShadesOfGray
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours almost black with hints of red. Highly carbonated at first, but it settles quickly.

Sweet aroma, smells of fruit and caramel malts. Almost too sweet at first, but is seems to mellow out as the beer settles.

Complex, but balanced taste overall. Definitely taste the sweetness, but it is very drinkable. Masks the alcohol very well and is very enjoyable. Label art is an added bonus.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 02:58:41 | More by mirish72
Photo of curasowa

New York

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

Poured a dark, brown, cloudy color with 2 big fingers of head that faded slowely. Smells of roasted malt with some grape and yeast aroma in the mix. Taking a sip, the flavor fills the mouth with a chewy sweetness. A mild bitterness builds on the back end followed by a surprisingly clean finish that leaves you wanting more. The only downside is a slight medicinal note, probably due to the high alcohol content. Overall, a freakin' awesome beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 23:13:47 | More by curasowa
Photo of josiahschlender


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Unibroue try, Trois Pistoles pours an ambiguous murky brown with orange and amber highlights. Orange-brown tinted head isn't too impressive or long-lived for me. I love the hefty bottle and cork.

Very complex aromas, it seems like something different vies for attention with each whiff. Banana, cloves, dates, plus some alcoholic fruity sweetness that reminds me of a liqueur. While they're good, the smells aren't quite up to the intensity that I hoped.

Flavors are also very complex, something I love. Banana, dates and cloves are abundant at first, then give way to surprising bitterness and some sour notes at the end of a long dry finish. Medium-full body is adequate, maybe slightly too bubbly.

Overall a memorable and enjoyable beer. I got this in a very affordable Costco four-pack that only set me back a few bucks for the bottle. If I see them come up again, Trois Pistoles will be a good reason to snag that Unibroue mixed pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 06:38:13 | More by josiahschlender
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Sep 22, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark black. Has that initial wine taste up front, like the La Fin Du Monde, but very different after taste. I'm having a lingering after taste of pear here. Maybe i'm crazy. Very nice beer though, easy to drink. Can't taste the alc. % at all. Very solid brew.

Had this again over a year later. Really enjoying it this time around. Have had a better appreciation for belgians lately, and this is quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:02:01 | More by WeedKing4
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3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep coppery brown with light tan head. Aromas of sour cherries, clove, sugar and alcohol. The flavor is governed by malty sweetness with reach fruity esters of sour cherries, quite cherry liquor alike. Generally on the sweet side but towards the finish sourish bitterness prevails with addition of palate-burning alcohol.
Not particularly complex with alcohol to evident the beer is to sharp to go down smoothly. Anyway, this is a decent dark strong Belgian but only if none of the originals is available.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 21:13:12 | More by crnipeter
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into goblet.

A. Very loud pop when opened. Poured a well carbonated 3 finger off white head. Dark ruby brown color. Ok lacing. Good head retention.

S. Big smell of fruit. Dark fruit, berries, malt sweetness. Almost has a grape soda smell to it. Definitely one of the more unique smells that I have encountered, but it is very pleasant.

T. Complex flavors that are hard for me to describe. Dark fruit. Very fruity at times. Caramel, spices, alcohol. Some hops come out as it warms. That hard to describe "grape" flavor that I got from the nose.

M. Medium/full bodied. Well carbonated. Dry finish.

D. An elegant and uinque beer. Very delicous.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 14:48:01 | More by siradmiralnelson
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3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Best before 05/05/2012.

Nearly opaque russet body revealing bronze highlights when peered down into from above. A wheat colored head dwindles quickly to a swirling archipelago, but then with tremendous crackling sounds builds itself back up to a creamy shoreline; an assymetrical sickle with good retention. Very unusual behavior. Lacing is uniform but somewhat thin, like a water-color wash.

Malt and dark fruit are the most pronounced aromatics, but the alcohol notes are somewhat incongruous, and borderline solventy/medicinal despite not being especially powerful.

The effervesence brings the flavors surging over the palate, with malt, plums, brazil nuts, and blueberries all suggested. Orange and lemon zest are hinted at as well, rounding out the profile. Brandy, cola, bread, and yeast form the finish, which won't commit to being sweet or dry.

Medium-bodied, spritzy and creamy all at once. Warming is pleasant and substantial.

A very good example of the style, but lacks the remarkable alchemical synergy of La Terrible. Perhaps a year or two in the cellar would be the remedy - I'll have to report back after concluding such an experiment.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 19:36:50 | More by augustgarage
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3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pretty much completely opaque and black. 2 fingers of head with good retention.

Smell - Dark fruits and sugar.

Taste - Very strong, sharp and biscuity. Surprisingly similar to St Bernardus Prior 8 (despite being a different style), but not quite as good. A little less complexity than I would expect from a Belgian style ale.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability - Very good for the style.

Overall - This is not really one of my favourite Belgian style dark ales, but it is still very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 06:13:12 | More by Cs1987
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New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second attempt at a Unibroue brew.

Love the label on this, figured anything with that badass of a label had to be a badass beer.

Pours a magnificent dark brown with a thin head and some lacing. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, very sweet with a hint of some spices as well. The taste is incredibly complex. First it hits you with a bit of the spice, then it mellows out to a sweet, fruity blend, including apples. Extremely well balanced between the two. No hint of the alcohol, which is interesting considering its 9%. This makes it extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 04:09:11 | More by patobandito
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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