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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,508
Reviews: 1,934
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 213
Gots: 490 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Bootleggers after becoming addicted to the Unibroue collection. $7 such a good deal for a world class beer. Excited to be trying another dark ale, we shall see if it lives up to the other Quebec classics.

A- A finger and a half of head on this dark menace. Moderate to heavy carbonation and a ruby black coloration that is shrouded in mystery.

S- Subtle nose overall. Apricot and spice with other fruit elements, light yet balanced.

T- Fruity and sweet! well spiced quite drinkable as it is quite smooth. Alcohol hidden until right at the end where it kinda lingers. Lovin it

MF- carbonation lingers on after taste, not so suggestive at the introduction. Velvety smooth with a full mouthfeel though something missing as if diluted in a way.

Overall, not as good as the grand reserve 17 but an exceptional specimen and a dangerous drink due to drink ability and high alcohol content.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, murky, swampy brown color, completely opaque. Some very minor hints of ruby can be seen when held up to direct lighting. A very fine-bubbled, beige head forms with decent retention, though lacing is minimal at best. One whiff of this stuff and it's very clear that it's a Belgian style ale. Belgian yeast abound, hints of dark, fruity esters, light banana, spices, clove, plums, and mild phenol. The aroma isn't nearly as strong, sweet, or abundant as many other BSDAs, which is somewhat of a let down. Naturally, things get a little better as it warms up, but I was still expecting a bigger punch out of this one.

The taste matches the nose quite well - earthy esters, dirty, slightly musky hop bitterness, sweet prunes and dates, spicy yeast, clove, pumpernickel and rye toast, light caramel-like malts, very faint molasses and sugar. Some grape skin flavors are there as well, which mesh with the alcohol character to produce a wine-like sweetness that comes out at the end. Nice mix of yeasty-fruity with spicy-earthy; there isn't one flavor that severly overpowers any other, so if there's one thing this BSDA does extremely well - it's balance. Much like the aroma, I would've like the flavor to be a bit bigger and bolder. The body was even a little thinner than I would expect for this still, medium at best, with a high amount of carbonation. The aftertastes dies down with some spice grape and apple skin esters erring on the earthy side of things, maybe with a touch of clove and spice.

Maybe I was being a little too critical because I had such high hopes for this beer after many recommendations from friends and such high ratings on this sight. Don't get me wrong, this beer is damn good, balanced excellently, and certainly unique. But it doesn't quite hit "blow-me-away" status. Something I definitely wouldn't turn down if offered, and certainly not bad at only 8$ for a bomber.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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