Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of justintcoons
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark brown with ruby highlights. 2 Fingers of lacy white head billows up and dissipates slowly clinging to the side of the glass.

N: Clove, black licorice, dark fruits, barnyard and maybe some coriander and black tea.

T: Clove, cinnamon, coriander and peppercorn spices are upfront. This is followed by ripe plum, fig, molasses, barnyard and maybe some candy sugar. Finishes with lingering spices, yeast and small traces of banana and bubblegum.

M: Medium-full bodied, smooth, clean and dry.

O: This is one robust beer! This is huge in the spice & yeast department so if you don't like clove, coriander, cinnamon, peppercorn or funky yeast you won't like this. This might be a good beer to cellar to help mellow out and bring the dark fruit flavors forward. Still a very enjoyable beer with no sign of the 9% abv.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice dark brown color with a nice offwhite- tan colored head. the smell is sweet, spicey with hints of dark fruits. the taste follows the smell with dark fruit flavors and a nice spiceness from the yeast. the mouthfeel is medium boddied and very well carbed. overal a very good beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
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.


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Photo of soju6
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Uncorked and poured a dark mahogany color with a tan head. very inviting.

S: Primary aroma of dark fruit and spice with a host of others fragrances coming through. Smells delightful.

T: Taste of dark fruit and some spice with a bit of caramel. Delicious throughout. Left a clean, dry finish.

F: Medium body, very smooth and velvety. Very well balanced.

O: Outstanding beer, one of the best I have had to date. Virtually no hint of the 9% ABV. Great choice for any occasion, even a quite evening.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - A dark brown body with brick hues and a decently sized tan head.

S - Awesome dark fruit profile that is loaded with carmeizedl malt sugars and aromatic spices like cinnamon and a little pepper.

T & M & D - Just like the nose the mouth is full of deep dark fruits, figs, raisins, cherries and the like. The sugars are deep sweet and roasted. The mouth is medium heavy and smooth and the ABV is well hidden.

O - A good representation of the style with a fantastic flavor profile. A sipper that should be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz->Trois Pistoles Chalice

A ~ Pours a dark red wine color with a deep brown hue. Opaque with an Ovaltine colored head that fades into delicate, tiny bubbles. No Lacing.

S ~ Raisins, Dates & Figs. Notes of plum, straw & blackberry jam. Hint of clove and cocoa.

T ~ Bold Grape flavor upfront that is very crisp with flashes of pomander & various wild berries. On the throat there's black cherry, plums & dark bread. More dried fruit & bready malt (banana bread) comes through as it warms a bit.
Very vinous.

M ~ Leaves a dry sensation on the palette that is very enjoyable. Fruit is prevalent throughout but the is a delicate balance. No sense of ABV whatsoever.

D ~ Love this more & more everytime I have it. I absolutely love this beer with Italian food. Would be a perfect introductory-ale for someone getting into Belgian-styles for the first time.


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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass

A: Pours a very nice deep brown with a slight maroon hue, has a very nice amount of thick foamy toffee foam, the brew is entirely opaque
S: slightly sweet scent with slight licorice and nice dark fruit aromas
T: deep dark fruit, slight licorice
M: thick on the palate, strong carbonation, lingering depth on the back of the tongue
O: very nice brew, a bit too deep for my particular taste but by no means unappealing

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served in snifter.

LOOK (4/5) Pours a very dark, almost black mahogany brown - when held to the light, it shows itself to be almost 33*SRM. It's very opaque for the style. Two and a half fingers of off-white, mousy head is given off the pour. This lasts a long time, but fell with little lacing. Some nice carbonation was seen.

SMELL (4.5/5) The smell is dominated by yeast-aromatics with a lot of malt, but it has a drier finish to it. Melanoidin character is not as strong as others of this style and I get a bit more roasty or chocolate notes. Yeast aromatics are strong and they have a character that is hard to describe, but which is typical in Unibroue products. It has some of the following notes: spices (peepper, not clove); a hint of banana; a hint of grape; and a bit of bubblegum. In any event it sets of the melanoidins well. A bit of alcohol warmth.

TASTE (4.5/5) Similar to the smell. The maillard flavors are a bit stronger on the palate and it works well with the yeast. As for the yeast, the pepper is a bit stronger in the flavor than in the nose and this helps make a drier finish (maybe a hint of harder water?). Some alcoholic warmth on the finish.

FEEL (3.5/5) This was the only part that I had a problem with. The feel was a bit too light on both the body and carbonation fronts. A bit of a more substantial body might have worked well with the flavors.

DRINK (4/5) The lighter body makes this a bit more drinkable, though. I like the flavors so much, but they're a bit too dark for a good session. Really tasty, though!

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Photo of CaptainTripps
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750m Bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: The beer pours a Coca Cola color, deep mohogany with reddish amber hues on the edges. 3 Fingers worth of creamed color head came with the pour that left good amounts of lacing on the glass.

S: Dark Fruit explosion!! Figs, plums, raisins and black cherry are very pronounced in this beer. Belgian yeast is intertwined with a toffee malt character. Some alcohol coming off the beer as well.

T: Again, Figs, plums, raisins and black cherry are coming through combined with a small spice and candied sugar character. Toffee malts with hints of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied beer with plenty of carbonation for the style. Alcohol a little warm fresh, but this beer with some age would improve greatly.

O: Excellent beer that you can find just about anywhere, which makes me like this beer even more. This beer introduced me to the style and I haven't stopped loving it since.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 01/14/13 on the bottle. I think that makes this a bottle from '09.

A- Black cherry soda appearance, lots of ruby highlights. Two finger tinged red head that dissapears rather quickly. Lots of carbonation hitting the surface and popping! No lacing at all, the foams just bubbles and fades.

S- Yeast and deep dark fruit hit the nose first. Fresh cut plums, dried figs, and sour cherry juice. Lots of unexpected banana, clove, star anise flavors that usually come from wheat beer. Sweet candy sugar and caramel notes, before the red wine and banana notes come rushing back in.

T- The fruit is still bright and fresh even after a couple of years sitting in the darkness of my cellar. Lots of banana-yeasty strains still alive and well. Time has been very generous to this ale. I've had this fresh, and it's really good... but after this long... it's superb!!!

M- Really nice carbonation, lingering deep cherry, leather, banana notes that stick to the tongue like their life depends on it. Light body, but full of flavors that burst in your mouth like Pop-Rocks! Slight sourness that makes you long for more.

O- I need to run out and try to find some more old stock of this brew. Really nice mouthfeel, amazing nose! This brew should be enjoyed any time that you'd drink a nice Cab! Nice thick aged Porterhouse with cherry glaze for example... damn... now I'm hungry!!!

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Photo of zoso493
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: The head begins to be a big foamy, but eventually it recedes to a nice, thick, even eggshell-colored coating atop the brew. The color of the beer is just about dead on. It's a nice mahogany brown color with just the right amount of garnet being illuminated when held to the light.

Smell: The smell is a little on the subdued side, but it's enjoyable nonetheless. There are a lot of good estery and yeasty smells up front, followed by a tinge of fruitiness this is uncommon for the style, but a welcome addition.

Taste: The taste has a lot of very authentic belgian yeast, clove and estery goodness. It's a little too subtle for my taste, but this is a good beer.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is where this beer struggles a bit. It's a little on the thin side, I think because it's just a tad overcarbonated.

All in all, this is a solid brew. I haven't had too many offerings of Unibroue, but I've never been overly impressed. They do tend to make some authentic Belgian imitations, though, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unibroue Trois Pistoles is a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a few problems.

A: Brown colour and a huge 4 cm head that lasts. 5

S: Smells of Belgian yeast with a hint of cloves and some... soapiness? 3.5

T: Sweet, dark malty flavour with some raisin-like flavours. The aftertaste is roasty with some alcohol flavour. 4

M: Soapy.

O: Maybe it was my glass, but this beer hint a faint soapiness to it that I didn't like. 3.5

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Photo of Tford
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a very dark brown colour with a two finger brown head

S: It has a very yeasty and malty smell; however, some fruits are also present

T: The malts are very strong at first, and then fruits take over. It tastes like grapes are the strongest but not dominant. It goes down very smooth and leaves a dry, bitter aftertaste

M: This has a heavy body with average amounts of carbonation.

O: This is pretty good, as expected since it is brewed by Unibroue. It is quite unique tasting and I will definitely buy it again, but it isn’t quite as good as its brother, La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1" tan coloured head which dissipated over 3 minutes over top of dark brown liquid.

S: Very yeasty smelling.

T: Bitter, yeast, some malt, maybe a touch of red grapes.

M: Very nice mouthfeel, high level of fine carbonation and thick viscosity.

O: A good interpretation of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but not as good as the ones from the old country.

Edit: I drank this from a 750 mL bottle and the last 250 ML or so is just magical. If only the whole beer was this smooth, thick, and tasty it would be an A+ and be better than Chimay Blue overall.

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Photo of axfelix
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I burned out on Unibroue pretty severely after moving to British Columbia, but I'm always up for a Trois Pistoles now and then. The typically cheap-tasting Unibroue notes are well masked in this one, simply because it's so sweet, but you do need to be careful about the temperature it's served at; I've had this turn syrupy on me without warning more than once.

It seems that everyone knows these guys for La Fin Du Monde, but there are plenty of better blonde tripels out there. This one is relatively unique.

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Photo of fields336
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle poured into Sierra Nevada 30th Anny snifter.

A: Great appearance on this one, Dark ruby red/brown, opaque and 2 fingers of a solid khaki head on it. Viscous bubbles are rising through the head, and carbonation is very visible from the bottom of the glass. Head retention is excellent. Just a beautiful looking beer.

S: Smell at first is overwhelmingly dark fruits, such as raisins and figs or cherries, behind it, is a caramel and toffee malt presence. Perhaps some lighter fruits like apple or white grapes. Not the greatest, but as it warms improves a bit.

T: Wow, just a great tasting beer. At the forefront of the tongue is sweet dark fruits just like the smell, as it moves to the back, candy, fruits cross your palate, and there is an almost metallic taste as well. Aftertaste lingers on very sweet. I've never had port wine, but the bottle claims that this is similar to it.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy and silken, as it rushes across your palate with medium body and light-medium carbonation. Just a treat to have in your mouth. So smooth and tasty. Extremely drinkable.

O: Overall, just an amazing beer. For the price, I dont know of a better Belgian style beer. Stimulates your tongue and tastebuds with its amazing mouthfeel and flavors. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice and rich take on a Belgium Strong Dark Ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown foiled and screw capped bottle. Front oval label framed in silver with the name of the brew and an ominous illustration of the winged horse flying over the church of Trois Pistoles representing the legend that names the brew. Back offers notes with general description of the brew, serving suggestions, best by date (12-22-13), and shows 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep brown pour with ruby edges, rich frothy head, rather fizzy, moderate retention, short surface memory and minimal lacing.

S - The initial fruity yeast touch is long and reaches far away from the glass. A malty and fruity nose settles rather nicely. Figs, prunes.. Unfermented sugar..

T - Nice long palate, sweet and malty full of fruit touches. Ripe dark and dried fruit in the range, unfermented sugar... Light spicy touch in the tongue as it finishes.

M - Medium body with quickly settling medium carbonation offering a good finishing tingly sense.

O - Nice flow, rich and stimulating, a solid standard from Unibroue.

Notes: Long time since I had a Trois Pistoles. It was one of those that I bumped into years ago when I was expanding my interest in craft brewing and for some reason or another it faded away from the radar. This try rediscovers a brew richer than what I had stored in memory, maybe it is not for the ages, but it is quite pleasing and solid all around.

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Photo of Blanco
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with best by date of 9/3/11

Pours a dark purple color reminiscent of a very dark red wine. pours with basically no head despite a decently aggressive pour. Lots of carbonation bubbles visible in the bottom of my Chimay goblet. Aroma is incredibly fruity, almost like juice and hardly reminiscent of beer. The taste is sweet and also fruity. Very good actually and not what I expected. It's light bodied and lively. Overall, this drinks very nicely. Reminds me a lot of what I liked about BSDA's when I first tried them and was introduced to what belgian beer can be all about. Classic taste. It's hard to tell how much age has improved this beer since it's been at least two years since I've had its mates and I did not take notes, but I can't imagine it hurt. i don't remember liking this one as much as I do now.

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Photo of Devi0us
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Allagash chalice.

A: pours a cherry-brown with cola-like highlights. 2-finger off-white head settles into a thin, oily surface with a 2mm ring of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Leaves no lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, bananas, spice. A hint of dark stone fruit in the center, followed by apple and licorice.

T: Strong, juicy dark fruits up front, followed by Belgian yeast, brown sugar and sweet malts. Finishes with notes of licorice and semi-sweet chocolate; somewhat sour in the tail-end, with a touch of alcohol as well.

M: Medium-high carbonation. Very "sharp" as many BSDA-style beers tend to be. Doesn't cream up quite the way it should though, and drinks somewhat thin for the style.

O: At $6.99/750 ml bottle, Trois Pistoles is a very well put together BDSA. Nicely balanced and quite juicy on the tongue, this would match up nicely with grilled or roasted meats. Not sure it's my favorite from Unibroue, but it's up there.

A very worthwhile, reasonably priced BDSA.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
2/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It’s black… which immediately makes me think this is going to be a stout, or something similar. But the nose is more that of an ale. This is a Belgian strong ale, after all. (I still haven’t figured the difference between a regular ale and strong ale.) I do like that a lot of the beers we are drinking have a Belgian influence. Perhaps when we finish this project, we will take a trip to Belgium.

The beer isn’t very carbonated. It is actually quite smooth. There is an instant rush of sweetness, and a smooth dark aftertaste. But the aftertaste doesn’t stick around for long. It feels heavy on the tongue though. I am sure that is the 9% ABV. The head on this beer is pretty weak too. But after one drink… I find myself wanting a second almost immediately. The aftertaste leaves so quickly I want to see what else there is for my palate.

I worry that if this beer was easily accessible, it would get me in a lot of trouble. It doesn’t drink like a 9%. It’s so smooth. I like that though, as it allows me to drink a lot casually. That’s what this is… a casual beer. Imagine toasting with this at any given graduation, wedding, or funeral. (People drink at funerals, right?)

I like it… but I am not in love with it. It’s good, I would buy it again, but the most important part about this beer is the story. I mean, who wouldn’t be intrigued to drink a beer that was produced with a story about a devilish black steed? Just look at the bottle… creeps me out!

Bottoms up people!

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Photo of crewfan16
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a-poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep reddish brown with a 1" white head that fades fairly quickly. beer seems very cloudy and there seems to be quite a bit of carbonation

s-smells fruity and sweet with some yeast and malt. definitely on par with the style

t-candied sugars and yeast initially. the fruits seem to follow at the end with a sort of dry raisin or possibly cherry. very tasty

m-the drinkablity is very good considering the 9% abv. very highly carbonated though. body is nice but not huge

overall, another great brew from Unibroue. For the price, I dont know if I can find any belgian style ales. I think I prefer the Maudite over this one, but it changes every time I try it

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Photo of Stocean1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a one finger head from a 341ml bottle into a large wine glass - dissipated quickly with thin lacing - able to regenerate the head with a quick swirl - loads of carbonation - could have made it a three finger head - beautiful dark chestnut colour - caramel coloured head

S - dark fruit, vsnilla, light banana and cloves, sweet malt, floral - got better as it warmed while I sipped it on the front porch

T - dark fruit (grapes) and banana up front with the malt coming after - belgian yeast, slightly boozy (but nice) - a little bitter in the after taste - exceptional really

M - lots of carbonation, medium bodied, only slight bite, warming alcohol, a little silky

O - I really do love this beer and I think I prefer it slightly to the Maudite (splitting hairs) - I would give it all fives but I am not going to make that call until I have had some of the highest rated beers to compare

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Photo of bdo894
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown amber color with a three finger head.
Smelled sort of light and with vanilla and caramel notes.
Tasted caramel a little banana but not unpleasant maybe a bit of cream
Felt really really smooth barely taste the alcohol
A very well made beer. A little cleaner than Raison. After drinking this for a little while all I could taste was banana. A little annoyed that I picked up on that.

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Photo of zrab11
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a purply brown color with a nice 2 finger head

S- Has hint of dark fruits and yeast and maybe even come carmel

T-has a dry fruity taste to it with a nice sweetness in the middle and finishs with a dry fruity floral taste

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this was very good. might be alittle dry for some but overall this was very good. will get again

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,943 ratings.
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