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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,054 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,054
Reviews: 1,870
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 172
Gots: 289 | FT: 7
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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 civilizedpsycho


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into goblet.

Appearance: Very dark brownish color that cannot be seen through. Mine poured with a very small head.

Smell: Strong malt base with much fruitiness throughout. Maybe hints of apple and mild citrus, perhaps. Very appealing.

Taste: Very sweet with a very smooth finish. Again, very fruity flavors throughout with the slightest hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: A fair body. Not thin by any means, but not thick or creamy; it's just right.

Drinkability: Excellent beer. Something I would like to get again...and again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 17:52:59 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of mdwalsh


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

A: Two fingers of head with big bubbles. The beer is cola brown both as it pours and once it's in the glass. That is much lighter than expected. The head is tan/off white and leaves an ok lacing.

S: Chocolaty, raisiny, cherry smell, only slightly sour. No hops, no plain malt sweetness. Very good and inviting, not too strong.

T: Not "typical" at all, for Belgians or beer in general. Not too sour at all. No hops, but not too much candi sugar wither, which I think most Belgians have too much of. No alcohol taste, but plenty of complex malt tastes. A very solid aftertaste.

M: Creamy and not watery at all, which I expected a little from the color. Good amount of carbonation.

D: I don't know, even though the ABV isn't TOO high and it's not TOO heavy, I think this beer would get to me pretty fast. Too fast.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 18:11:47 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of bonsreeb85


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

A - pours a deep and very dark brown(nearly opaque) body w/ an oustanding 3 finger(and growing) beige head.

S - dark fruits(raisins, dates and figs)over-rippened bananas, brown sugar, tea-like spicy hops. also scents of red wine.

T - almost identical to the aroma. taste is quite complex, very sweet at first, but then opens up to a nice spicey and lingering tea flavor. this is slightly alcoholic, and makes for a nearly medicinal flavor. very interesting. the booze adds a little warth, but i would never call this beer "hot"

MF - body is medium full, creamy feel and sharp carbonation, but not overly done IMHO.

D - goes down easy, this makes for a great after dinner beer. this reminds me of the months to come. I am actually looking forward to kicking back by the fire w/ a few of these and some good old movies this winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 18:42:58 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Trois Pistoles pours a nice dark color with a slightly reddish tint and a big foamy white head. The smell is lots of spice, possibly coriander, orange zest and the trademark Unibroue Belgian yeast smell that all of their beers posses.

The taste is fruity esters, grapes, kind of a vinous appeal. Almost tastes like carbonated wine with a little bit of malt base and bitterness. Some warming alcohol and flavor.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy, but is then interrupted by a little too much carbonation and harsh wine like flavors. I feel like the drinkability and overall flavor of this beer could be enhanced if the malts were allowed to come through more. I've had other beers with a strong wine presence that I've liked but this one doesn't really do it for me. Not a bad beer, but not the first dark Belgian or Unibroue that I would go for.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 02:36:28 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of ocelot2500


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

Pours a deep, dark brown that is almost black with a small tan head that dies quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell is of funky spice with some dark fruit thrown in. Mostly the fruits are more figs, but not quite raisins and no apple.

Tastes of the dark fruit mostly. Again, not much in the way of apple, but there is some fig type notes in there. There is some spice, but not as much as others. There are also some chocolate flavors with the malt.

The mouthfeel is thinner than expected. It is not unenjoyable, but I would expect something a little more full given the style. Moderate carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

This is drinkable, and I would say it is more drinkable than others given the thinner feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 02:38:12 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of ClevoPiwo


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

This beer pours a nice rich burgundy brown color with a decent head that dissipates into a nice frothy ring around the glass and leaves a nice lacing.

The smell is a complex bouquet of earthy and grassy aromas mixed will vinous elements, dark fruits and maybe a hint of chocolate. The grassy and yeasty flavors are the most pronounced with undertones of the fruitier elements.

The taste is similar to the smell, with a sweet earthy flavor up front and a dry aftertaste. Definite earthy, grassy and grainy notes up front complimented by dark fruits. The finish is a bit vinous with a lingering yeasty or grassy aftertaste.

This is one hell of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:22:30 | More by ClevoPiwo
Photo of kegger22


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

Opaque brown with a respectable bubbly head that quickly dissipated. The aroma of aged dark fruit was there for me. It had slight cola taste to it, and also sour black cherries. No aftertaste. A little carbonation left even at the end for the tongue to play with, medium bodied. No discernable difference as it warmed up. I found it similar to Rochefort 8, which I was not impressed with. I will probably drink again, especially if I can find it on tap. I think it could be that I do not like the style Belgian strong dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 22:58:51 | More by kegger22
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

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

Poured from a caged and corked 750 into a Chimay Chalice

A-Deep mahogany with ruby highlights with a deep creamy tan head. This is what beer should look like...beautiful. Clear in the initial pour, but cloudy as the bottle goes down.

S-Belgian yeast, dark fruits (raisins, figs,
dates, dried cherries, etc)

T-Nose carries through to the taste with a marked alcohol presence...not overwhelming, but definately there and warming. Some sweet chocolate covered cherry in the taste as well...delicious.

M-Well balanced mouthfeel with balanced carbonation and a medium full mouth.

D-Exceptionally drinkable. Another great beer from a brewery that has the whole Belgian thing down to a science.

This is damn near perfect. Now which is better, this or Brooklyn 2? My money is on this....

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 01:11:44 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of ectomorph


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle (screw top?!?) with a Best Before date of 8-28-2011, so this is fresh...

A - Dark mahogany almost masks the crazy carbonation beneath. Huge tan head parks on top refusing to give.

S - Grassy with Figs, raisins, and cloves in the initial pickup. Floral hop background and yeast round this one out.

T - Dark cherries and some chocolate with alcohol expected and only slightly noticed when it creates the belly warmth. Sweet with dark fruit and clean.

M - Classic Belgian mega-carbonation and yeasty body make this one a mouthful, literally.

D - @ 9% ABV it's moderate to low, but it isn't out of character for this style at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 20:46:20 | More by ectomorph
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4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy plum color with a nice 2 finger light brown head that provides some lacing.

Smell is heavenly, sweet dark fruit with some spices

Taste is heavenly also, sweet dark fruit, some spices, malty, a little alcohol and some hop bitterness on the way down. Nicely balanced.

Pretty high carbonation when first poured, but it burns off quickly.

Very drinkable, even with the 9% ABV

This is one tasty beer, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 03:19:20 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of TommyW


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark a murky with nice off-white head that sticks to the glass.

S- Grassy and bready with some underlying dark sugar notes.

T- Bready and grassy malt flavors are blended in with some complex sugar notes. Nicely balanced with hops; also a nice tart flavor that reminds me of lime. Lingering sweet aftertaste.

M- Aggressive carbonation up front that really make the flavors jump. This mellows out into a smoother feel. Nice medium body overall.

D- Me second beer from Unibroue, and I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first. Really an amazing beer. I'm looking forward to trying some more from them.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 03:58:19 | More by TommyW
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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet which allowed the brownish plum colored brew to retain a small amount of head. The lacing was not there, but it was still a pretty beer. Dried fruits and great smelling spices and esters throughout. More raisins and old dried dark fruits in the tastes. It is supposed to be an old beer and it is. Taste like something that has tons of character. I love the diversity and complexities here. I didn't feel like I had 3/4 of a litre of 9% liquid either. Nice drinkability. I like this one much more than the Maudite I had the other day.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 03:52:47 | More by joshuadlight
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep and dark plum color with a very small, thin head. Zero lacing and poor retention. The color is rich and nice, but the lack of a quality head is a bit disappointing.

S: Rich and sweet dark fruit. Delicate spices like light cinnamon and clove. There's a light chocolate and faint toasted nuttiness. Very rich and bold.

T&M: Delightful flavor. Starts with notes of sweet dark fruit, burnt sugar, and dark spice that segue into a rush of raw sugar, rich fig-like fruitiness and cinnamon spice. Finish is long and sweet, but not cloying. Full bodied with a spicy carbonation. This displays a good bit of balance for how big it is.

D: Big, bold, and sweet, but it's still a pleasure to drink. An excellent strong dark ale, probably one of my favorites to date from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 19:03:41 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black and opaque with a three finger head that recedes quickly to a coating on top of the beer. The head is very fizzy, light tan and not creamy at all, not lacing is left by it down the glass, this takes away from the appearance. The smell is good, belgian yeast, a good amount of fruits/citrus, maybe some raisins in there too. Tastes of belgian yeast, fruits, definately heavy raisins in here, good spice, alcohol comes in here but in a good way, malts, a very complex overall taste. The mouthfeel is good here too, smooth medium body with a PERFECT amount of alcohol warming on the tongue, mouth is coated with an aftertaste of raisins and dark fruits. Alcohol in this beer is great, it is used tastefully, there is presence but it does not taste chemically or over the top. Drinkability is good here too, it is not too heavy, the alcohol presence is good but not over the top, you get a good example of a dark belgian beer for a good price, have had this before and will continue to drink it and other Unibroue brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 03:05:31 | More by cbutova
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New Hampshire

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

A- pours a dark brown with a two-finger frothy head.

S- A bit sweet, hint of alcohol, spicy dates and raisins. Like a strong dubbel...

T- Very boozy upfront.... A bit spicy and clovey, like the smell, dates and raisins maybe soem mollasses. Notes of citrus and coriander in the finish.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

D- A little boozy upfront but still goes down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 22:45:32 | More by JayNH
Photo of OnThenIn


4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A two inch tan head that dissipates surprisingly quickly in my DFH snifter. There is a tiny bit of lacing, but nothign truly remarkable. This beer initially looks black, but on further examination is a nice dark mahogany. Overall this beer is a looker.

Smell: This first sniff gave me this wonderful bready yeasty smell with some wonderful sweet malt aroma backing it. There is definitely a fruit smell to this beer that goes great with the malt. There is definitely some clove in there and somehow it just smells crisp. I can even smell some wonderful caramel to it.
I also poured it in my signature DFH glass and holy shit there is a toffee a plenty. Totally different aroma going on here and the dark fruity I was getting earlier suddenly became rather tropical.

Taste: Definitely some strong spicy flavor in this beer, like black pepper. There are also dark fruit flavors swimming around in this beer like raisin, apple, and grape. Maybe even a hint of plums. There is a wonderful bready finish to this beer that I have never anything similar to. There is of course the sweet malt backbone to all of this just insane beauty. There is even molasses flavor in this beer. I am this beer has everything I could want from flavor and has showed a couple new flavors I was not expecting.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little bit to high for me, but wow this beer is light and refreshing.Even though this beer feels so god damn light, due not get the impression that it is thin. This has a nice medium to full body. It finishes a little dry, but just slightly like a some of my favorite wines.

Drinkability: Because of how light this beer is, but yet so complex in taste and aroma I can drink this all day. I mean WOW I am in love with this beer. Also, even though I can feel the 9% alcohol there is no way I could tell from drinking this beer. I mean this beer is DEADLY. Deadly delicious that is.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 23:54:57 | More by OnThenIn
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher. Dark copper pour, lots of yeast floating round. Good head, nice persistence. Would have liked some lacing though.
Aroma is lovely, with the Unibroue yeast, plums, prunes, blackberries, candi sugar, caramel, nougat, red wine and sweet sherry. Very perfumy/rose-like.
Taste shows more of that classic yeast, lots of residual sweetness (candi sugar, I guess). Esters are reminiscent of lighter fruit than the aroma, namely pear and white grapes (more akin to a tripel!). Some alcohol, but reasonably well masked.
Not as full a body as you'd expect, but it works well the the lighter flavours. Not too much carbonation (unlike a lot of the Unibroue beers). Very slight warming on the palate. Quite enjoyable.
This seems to have a less dominant yeast character (than the other Unibroue beers), I'm pretty sure that's why I've rated it so much higher.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 10:20:28 | More by CrazyDavros
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown color topped with a large tan head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S- Molasses , caramel, toffee, clove, banana, raisin, and spice are present in the nose. Very complex right out of the bottle, as it warms it becomes even more so.

T- Malt upfront, molasses and toffee in the middle. Complex notes of spice follow with cloves and pepper being the dominate ones. Semi-sweet dry finish with a warming presence of alcohol.

M- More than medium but not overly heavy, well carbonated for a crisp and refreshing beer.

D- Very drinkable, the 9.0% ABV shows up at the finish with it's warming effect. It's just enough to keep you from having one too many of these.

Another great beer from Unibroue. I have yet to have a bad one from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:51:28 | More by ToddT
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a deep nutmeg brown with fair head which quickly fades leaving virtually no lacing at all.

smell: malty sweetness

taste: almost cinammon on top along with sweet malt;hardly any evidence of the 9.0% alc. content.

mouthfeel: full bodied but not overpowering to the palate, crisp and very refreshing

drinkability: this is a thoroughly drinkable brew from Unibroe

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 17:07:56 | More by sirdrinkwell
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3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12oz Sam Adams tulip/pint...

Pours a reddish-black into the glass with minimal head which dissipates quickly, gently lacing the inside of the glass.

Wow, I've heard of hop bombs and malt bombs, but this one I have to describe as a YEAST bomb. Underneath all the esters and phenols that are wafting from this brew, I smell dried fruits... mostly raisins and maybe a little prune. Still, it's nothing compared to the yeast.

Nowhere near as yeasty as it smells, it's surprisingly dry. Sure, there are the same dried fruits, witrh some black currant and blackberry, but the finish is quite clean.

This beer is silky-smooth, and I'd expect nothing less from Unibroue. Excellent Belgian yeast-like carbonation.

I could see myself having more than one of these, if I had a designated driver. Still, pretty drinkable for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 18:53:03 | More by JimsArcade
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Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black olive that, with enough light, reveals a very rich stain of burgundy. Although most remains a solid mass - and swirling makes restoration easy - parts of its head become decrepit; this gradual occurrence is well heard, the bubbles sizzle like meat hitting a hot pan. The constant resurgence of fresh bubbles, however, is equally as entertaining; their little crackles spew forth like lava and at hypersonic speed no less.

Sniff. Now pause. Now sniff again. Were you paying attention? Did you smell it? That's everything you can expect to find in a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The lush dark fruits, any and all varieties, decomposing, musty and mature. The sweet, seemingly honey or port-soaked malts, their dark character almost evoking the thought of chocolate. Its phenols, amply spicy and intensely aromatic, tickle the nose with hints of pepper and clove.

We could do the same exercise with taste. Once again you'll note the pervasiveness of over-ripened dark fruits - plum, prune, red grape, raisin, both red and black current and, in particular, heavily bruised red apple, tart blueberry and wild blackberry. There is a definitively red-wine like character aroused by these hints of earthy, ripe dark berries as well as the strong herbal character (black pepper, nutmeg) as gifted by the yeast.

Trois Pistoles not only showcases the best qualities of a BSDA, it also displays many of the characteristics that we'd associate with a fine, aged red wine or expensive port. The presence of alcohol is respectfully noted but its potency wondrously concealed behind the complex interaction of phenols, esters and fine-grained nuances that come only with age.

The complexity of this beer is seemingly endless. All of a sudden the flavour seems to have shifted to chocolate and roasted red peppers, but still all the while maintaining its intricate port-like temperament. How can this be so supple and smooth, both warming and mellow, spicy yet sophisticated? Bordeaux, Chianti, Rioja, Madeira... what's missing? Chambly.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 04:21:46 | More by biegaman
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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm working thirough the Unibroue beers and this one is another great from them

appearance: black, almost opague

smell: nice chocolate and sweet aroma

taste: great.... nice deep dark flavor

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: overall I appreciate it and it';s a great example of a belgian dark ale

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 03:04:55 | More by CampusCrew
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights, producing a light tan head that quickly fades away and leaves little to no lacing.

Smells lightly fruity and yeasty with a faint caramel sweetness in the background.

Taste starts with fruity notes of raisin and cherry and has lightly sweet notes of brown sugar in the back. A little yeasty and spicy in the finish.

Mouthfeel is mostly smooth with just a touch of prickly carbonation. Finish is somewhat dry. Pretty good stuff here, I never would have known this was 9% just by tasting it. Everything is very well balanced and there's enough going on in the taste to almost completely mask the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 23:36:33 | More by Vengeance526
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle into duvel tulip glass, (damn! and I just bought the trois pistoles glass)

A - this is an extremely good looking beer, big head settles down to a good 3/4/ finger layer in the glass. colour is a very dark brown, like black but obviously not black. head is an off white colour, maintaining very well. the head looks amazing, like right off of a guinness draught. there are medium sized bubbles and then there are some at the top which are indefinitely small, which look like a cream of sorts.

S - the nose is good, but it isnt nearly as strong as it should be; there are no actively pervasive notes that jump right right out. a bit of cherry like swetnes and malt, some alcohol but not much; maybe some chocolate, but thats pushing it. definitely cherries though, that is one the only redeeming factor. the finish is extremely mild.

T -taste is good, but pales in comparison to the belgian versions of this brew; not a bad tasting beer by any means, not one that is living up to the hype either. a chewy malt palate is the most noticeable thing, really big malts and very creamy. initial tastes are of the malts and some fruity notes, dark fruit of course; currant and figs are what come to mind. then out comes the alcohol, there is no way around it. almost has a wine puckering tannin like flavour; if i wanted wine, i would go get some, give me the pure beer flavors. the finish is more of the same: malts, booze then some hop;s. not bad but the wholly lacking in relation to its belgian counter parts. the after taare is like brown sugar, alcohol, and fruit. a good beer, no doubt, but not crown ususrper.

MF&D - the body is not quite right, too thin and not enough muscle, carbonation is a bit weak to.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 20:19:03 | More by erz316
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of light brown head, dark brown body, good clarity.

S - Light caramel with some spicy yeast notes. Some dark sugar notes, toffee and a bit of banana.

T - Dark, sweet malt up front. Brown sugar, toffee, molasses and some chocolate. Dark fruit notes come out in the middle plums and black cherry. Caramel in the finish with spicy yeast, light hop notes, and a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. This is complex and well balanced with great dark sugary character that does not become the least bit cloying. It is hard to believe, but this is a sessionable beer despite its 9%ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 04:56:47 | More by nickfl
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,054 ratings.