Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

4,966 Ratings
Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a one finger tan head which dissipates quickly. Smells of Cherries, candi sugar, caramel, and alcohol. The taste is much like the smell, and I can pick up some bananas and cloves which I did not detect from the smell alone.

Medium bodied, high carbonation, and the alcohol is not hidden at all. A nice beer to drink all the same, and I can honestly say that so far every beer I have had from Unibroue has been a winner.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.51/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled 750mL poured into a glass (two doses).

A: Pours a very dark, translucent brown with garnet translucence against the light. The head settles quickly and resolves into a ring. No lacing to speak of.

S: The signature Unibroue smell: yeast, dark fruits (raisins, figs, plums), a dash of caramel, and a strong burst of coriander.

T: The dark fruits come through first as a hefty mix of raisins, plums, and figs. There is some caramel and a light cherry cola flavor (including cinnamon) in the mid-taste. It's spicy, but not overly so; there is a murky coriander element that doesn't quite resolve into anything sharp. The finish is kind of watery. They refer to this beer as "mellow" on the label, but I think it's kind of weak, really.

M: Medium-bodied, with prickly carbonation. It's thin and airy on the palate, which is ok for most styles, but not for a BSDA, in my opinion. The ABV is well-disguised, though there is a light burn on the finishing end of this 1-year-old bottle.

D: I used to regard this one as the best Unibroue beer, but after having had it a few more times over the course of my palate evolution, I think it was more nostalgia than anything. This was one of my first gateway beers into the craft world, and sadly, it's not able to be much more than that. It's been relegated to my standard of an "average" BSDA.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed one Trois Pistole as part of a mixed six pack. I haven't had this one in a while, but figured I'd reminisce and review.

A: Pours a jet black with a massive creamy beige head that leaves copious lacing. Yeast floaters somewhat noticeable. The head maintains itself for quite awhile, leaving the lacing.

S: The first thing that came to mind was malt, grapes and other dark fruit. A slight yeast funkiness as well, can be detected.

T: A trifecta of dark fruit, malt and slight bitter chocolate. I'd say this is probably the most unique Belgian dark ale I've had to date. Malt sweetness remains on the palette after every sip. The complex taste can make one forget this one is has an ABV of 9%.

M: Well carbonated with a creamy and mildly syrupy mouthfeel. If you're not thinking about the mouthfeel while sipping this one, that's probably a good thing.

D: Due to the complex flavors and high ABV, this is an excellent sipper but not exactly a session. Would make a great aperitif along with dark chocolate or sharp cheese.

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Photo of davidf45
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer when I was able to try it at a beer tasting. I found it had more interesting flavor when aged for 1 year. It quickly became a favorite when the aged version was introduced to me. As for the overall taste of the beer when enjoyed fresh, I fel that it was a decent beer with a bouquet that was not overwhelmingly unique and muted flavors.

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Photo of popery
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good sweetness and fruit makes Trois Pistoles stand out from the already strong Unibroue lineup. Dark, nearly opaque burgundy liquid with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is maltier and doughier than most from Unibroue. With notes of raisins, plums, bananas and clove, there are many dark Belgian-style fruit flavors from the yeast and malt. The flavor is mildly sweet for the style but still right in the normal range for a good quad/BSDA. Mouthfeel is full and lively. All of Unibroue's beers are well-made. Trois Pistoles is a very nice BSDA. I have no real qualms with it, but I'm not sure how well it would stand out against a field of the top examples of the style.

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Photo of aristeros
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I am pretty heavily biased in favor of Unibroue.

Pours a darker amber from the bottle into my Chimay goblet. Once the glass is full, it's a black coffee brown, lighter cola brown in the light. A nice two fingers of off-white head that faded to a half finger after about two minutes, with thick lacing.

Smells boozy and yeasty. Dark fruit--black cherries and dates--over banana and spices.

Taste is subtler than I remember Maudite and Fin du Monde. Fairly sweet, with a strong alcohol presence throughout. Heavy dark fruit presence, similar to the nose. A maple syrup or brown sugar aspect to the sweetness on the back end, finishes with nutty flavors.

Fairly boozy. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, and the carbonation is lively and works overall with the flavors and aroma.

Superior. Not the best thing Unibroue has made, but not one to miss. If you've never had a beer from this brewer and like the dark Belgians, recommend trying one or two.

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Photo of Donerik
3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark Black, purplish, half inch head in my snifter dissipates over time, 15 minutes in there is only a ring.

S: boozy, fruity esters

T: nice booze burn, esters, like a Belgium strong dark ale should.

M: a bit over carbonated, it did not strike the balance that Rochefort 8 had.

D: So So drink ability, I like this beer but I won't want another one tonight, it's not heavy but is 9% alcohol by volume.

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Photo of mbudner
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into an over-sized snifter.

A- Deep brown, almost black cover with a 1-finger remarkably white (maybe a little off-white head). The head is very even and uniform across the large surface area created by the snifter. No lasting lacing.

S- Very yeasty, lots of banana, caramelized sugars, dried figs, and definitely some booziness.

T- Banana-y esters, yeast, raisins, starts very sweet, but ends sort of dry on the palate, some heat from the alcohol in the finish, but not too much at all.

M- Nice prickly carbonation. As described in the taste, the finish is nice and dry on the back of my tongue.

D- It's a little sweet to drink a lot of, but I felt 12 oz was a very manageable portion. It's more of the style than the beer itself and not necessarily the alcohol, more the flavors.

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Photo of towersfall
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown with a thin head that dissipates extremely quickly.

Smell: Booze and spices. Extremely enticing and welcomes the senses with open arms.

Taste: Yeasty and bitter with a hint of nuts and a strong amount of booze. Quite tart as it stings the taste buds but drags you into the glass sip by sip. Interesting combination of flavors make up this great brew.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, warm and refreshing all at the same time. Bit on the boozy side but the carbonation helps for me at least. Great aftertaste that I thoroughly enjoy.

Drinkability: Just 2 please. I'll be good for the rest the night.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I havn't had one of these in a while. What a fantastic beer.

Smell - overripe fruit, dark cherries, candied fruit and fruit cake. So sweet and delicious.

Taste - Thick and smoothhh....Every time i drink this beer i just enjoy the sweet warmness of it. Prunes, candied fruits and a tough of bitterness thrown in, very light, but slight bitterness..

I love this beer, one of the best from Unibroue.

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Photo of KI9A
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark hazy brown. No tmuch head, no retention, no lace.

S: Sweet Belgian yeast, roasted malts, raisins.

T: Sweet candy, bitter chocolate. Dark fruits, prunes, pear.

M: Medium body. Alcohol burn on the way down.

D: Not nearly as good as the Maudite I just had. Damned decent none the less. Certain sipper, not much of a quaff.

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Photo of cynicgiraffe
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, almost black, pour. Translucent. No head on the beer. Spicy Belgian nose with some dried fruit (raisins maybe?). Moderate alcohol up front. Lots of carbonation. Sweet fruit and some spicy Belgian finish. Bitterness afterward. Nice palette. Overall pretty good, but not my favorite Unibroue offering.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A recent pick up from Premier Wine and Spirits.

Pours a really dark broiwn, almost black when pouring into my goblet. A half finger of head is briefly retained, then dissipates.

Mild malt scent. Some alcohol is also slightly apparent, reminding me slightly of wine. Also something that reminds me slightly of molasses.

Taste initially rolls over the tongue. Some sweet malts are apparent, as are some darker fruits. Molasses/brown sugar like taste is slightly present. Alcohol is also apparent at the end, somewhat like a less strong barleywine in character. The taste has a pleasant lingering quality to it.

The alcohol character isn't as apparent as one would think, and is smoother than 9% ABV should really be. I wouldn't say this was an enjoyable 'surprise' given the average rating, but I can certainly see why it is so high and am definately glad I picked this up.

Something for a nice evening in winter around the fireplace, or a similar setting.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  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!

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Photo of Lunch
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of HopBacchus
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.95/5  rDev -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..

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.25/5  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.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of clockwerk
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

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Photo of ryanonline
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of brewsky24
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,966 ratings.
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