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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Drawing on Quebec folklore, Unibroue chose the name Trois Pistoles to honour the city’s historic importance and pay homage to the legend of the Black Horse. Conjured up by a priest to help build a new church, this incarnation of the devil ran off when its bridle was removed. Because construction was still underway when the horse vanished, a stone remains missing from the church to this day.

Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz silver foiled bottle into a regular snifter carefully. Not sure of the date on this one.

A- Trois Pistoles has a red to dark mber color with traces of bronze and orange around the edges. A one inch deep white head with a medium build showed itself before leaving a thin sheet of lace. When it was full the white head was quite the sight resembling vanilla cream.

S- First wiffs I smell something resembling wine. After a while the dark fruits regular to this style come up some dates and figs as well as some pear and apple. Some weak spices as well. TP nose is somewhat weak compared to others in the style.

T- The dark fruits are first up including the dates and figs as well as an addition of licorice and raisins. A bunch a malt selections fight off an apparent hop punch trying to break through. Some spice including black pepper. The alcohol is a bit too up front and could of been hidden better. The alcohol really gets in the way.

M- A bit on the light side for this style and the amount of alcohol in it. Again the alcohol really stands out in the mouth. Would of liked this to be a bit bigger and bolder. A high amount of carbonation though.

D- At 9% two and through for me. This really doesen't warrant excessive amounts as the flavors are just not all together and integreated. The alcohol is also not masked too well. This is nice enough though to keep in the cellar from time to time.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Very dark brown almost black beer that starts great white head and quickly fades to almost literally no head, very light bubbles,

Smell- Chocolate and wheat hops, an intriguing calling you in smell

Taste- WOWOWOWOWOw, another great beer by unibroue this is amazing, a great blended beer so perfect cant even describe, sweet malty balance brew great dark belgian,

Mouthfeel- smooth and delicous


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Photo of marcpal
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasting notes on 2/4/09.
After a hiatus away from Unibroue, number two in the sample pack that has got me converted. Not quite as good as LFDM, but tasty nonetheless.

12oz foiled bottle poured into Tremens goblet.
Bottle Graphics: 1/10. Hideous.

A: Chestnut body, very low carbonation and a coffee colored head.

S: A tint of yeast, some fruity flavors, chocolate. Not really the same dried fruit that comes out through the flavors.

T: Not too sweet, especially for the style. There is some bitterness present, some spices, and plenty of chocolate and fruit flavors. The dominant character is dried fruit, specifically the taste of dried turkish apricots- those juicy brown ones. Just too dry.

M: Pretty full body and super dry in the finish. Lightly carbonated with a cotton mouth after effect.

D: Not the most drinkable and not its greatest aspect. A little heavy sitting but still a pleasure to sip on. Not something I reach for a second bottle of if I had it but something that I will lean on more often moving forward.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very dark brown with nice tranluscent (clean motor oil glow) murky amber edges. The off-white head is a great contrast, unfortunately it dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing in the glass.

The nose is dominated by dark fruit...mostly raisins and possibly figs. There is a mustiness that I think results from the yeast. There is also a little spiciness that demands your attention.

I thought the taste was similar to graphite and chalky. The chalky bubblegum flavor was between the hard ass stick of gum from 80's baseball cards and pepto bismal. There was definitely a sense of dark fruit although not as luscious as I would have hoped for.

Medium bodied ale that goes down smoothly with quite a bit of carbonation, leaving your mouth with a crisp feeling. There was a slight bitterness overshadowed by the chalky "tongue thickening" feeling.

Don't misinterpret my review, I thought this beer to be pretty enjoyable. The alcohol was almost unnoticeable and it has a spiciness that intrigues your tastebuds. A complex experience.

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Photo of confer
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- A hazy, carmelly brown appearance. One-finger light-brown head.

S- Dried dark fruit smell (prunes, and raisins), and a somewhat sweet smell.

T- Multiple flavor of dark fruits (prunes, raisins, plums), fills your mouth with bursts of immediate flavor which lingers for quite some time even after you swallow. The after taste is almost Cola-like.

M- Thick, smooth, creamy feel in your mouth.

D- For 9% ABV this beer is extremely drinkable, I would describe it as a 'Dessert Beer'.

Thanks to Don H. for this bottle.

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Photo of droomyster
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, very dark mahogany with a light brown head. Smells of rich, dark fruits, sweet and tropical fruits, spices, and yeast. Taste is out of this world. Complex, dynamic interplay of dark fruits, Bazooka bubblegum, cloves, there's a LOT going on and it is all delicious. Medium body is packed with lively carbonation that lifts the liquid immediately off the tongue and fills the mouth. This beer is nothing if not a treasure.

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Photo of TehAnkh
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, dark amber brown with single finger of off-white to tan head that disperses quickly. Fine lacing that seems to run away quickly. If you didn't hold it up to the light you'd think it was cola.

S: Grassy and little herbacous. I smell a little sweet cherry and a hint of milk chocolate.

T: Spicy and mildly sweet. Tastes faintly of cherry, some medicinal qualities come through that seem to throw it in to cough medicine territory. Hints of chocolate and light grassy hops. Esters are abound, and the alcoholic notes come through as if you car-bombed the glass with a shot of vodka.

M: Medium bodied and crisp. A lot more carbonated than the appearance in the glass would lead you to believe. Somewhat creamy, and slightly dry at the end.

D: I'm having trouble getting through my first one without getting buzzed. While it's medium bodied, I find it slightly less drinkable as the alcohol isn't quite as hidden as other offerings from Unibrou (such as La Fin Du Monde). However, it's crisp, refreshing, and I'd gladly crack open a second one... But that's it!

Notes: If it walks like a Belgian and talks like a Belgian, it may still may not necessarily be a Belgian. Like other Unibroue selections, it has surprised me with it's fantastic representation of the style. Dangerously drinkable, even if a tad strong.

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

A dark, dark brown with an off white head of good size. A few spots and streaks of lace. A thin covering remains. No visible carbonation almost impossible to see through.

A malty nose with dark fruits and light cherries, banana, and other yeast esters. A touch of alcohol.

Taste is malt with a big dark fruit component featuring rasins and figs. A light chocolate malt comes in with light fusel alcohol. Toasted dark malts layer in withthe chocolate malt. Finish is light hop florals. Dry and short with lingering bananas and dark toasted scones.

Feel is dry and grainy with light carbonation. Medium light weight.

An exceptionally drinkable beer for it's strength. Sneaky even though the alcohol does show itself a little is the taste. So well put together that you just keep on sipping and sipping.

From notes 1/5/09

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

750ml bottle. I all can think of when I see this beer is another bit of Canadiana - 'Three Pistols' by the Tragically Hip. My native apophenia, I guess.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark reddish cola amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy pale beige head, which leaves broad swaths of undiscovered continent lace around the glass as things slip away.

It smells of yeasty, dark fruit - sweet raisins, figs, and cooked sour apples - a soft caramel malt, musty earthen cellar, a bit of candi sugar, and soft leafy, wooden hops. The taste is sweet caramel, toffee-tinted malt, softly tart black fruit, minor floral Belgian yeast, a twinge of metallic alcohol, and mildly spicy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, yet pleasantly frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and decidedly smooth. It finishes off-dry, strangely, as the heady malt and yeast fruitiness is tempered somewhat by the booze and hop spice.

A rather enjoyable version of a BSDA, as there isn't any overly obvious astringency from the 9% ABV, which makes for surprisingly good (if slow and steady) drinkability. A pretty decent selection for the beverage component of the beer and pizza remuneration for an afternoon of helping friends move, I'd say.

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Photo of ibbjamin
2.8/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Paid $7.49 for a 750ml bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into a goblet. There appears to be a date above the bar code on the back of the bottle; 01-15-11.

Pours moderately thick, leaving about a 3/4 inch creme colored fizzy head consisting of rather large sized bubbles after a standard pour. Very dark brown in color, it has dark ruby shades when held to a light. Much carbonation visually present. Some head retention and lacing.

Fruity nose of grapes mainly, along with some raisins. There is a yeast and sweet malt backing to balance things out. A bit too much on the sweet side for my liking.

The taste is also quite sweet as predicted by the nose. Dark fruits a la raisin, fig and grape varietal.

The mouth is somewhat overpowering. Quite crisp, watery and overcarbonated. The aftertaste is of grapes. Lacks the silky smooth characteristic I look for in a Belgian Dark.

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Photo of jdklks
2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

not impressed. the beer pours dark brown, almost black, with a white head. smells of all different sorts of sweetness, but mostly black licorice. the taste is of malt, licorice, and the beligian yeast that haunts me so. ill admit that it is fairly complex, but this is not in a good way. it is overly carbonated, and has little drinkability.

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Photo of FatCaster
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug and only then noticed the advisory on the bottle to use a snifter. OH WELL.

A--Dark brown, tan head, very little light allowed through the cloudy dark mass.

S--Fruity and rich, with a bit of caramel.

T--The smells transfer right into the tastes. Sweet but rich, with caramel type flavors running through and very little alcohol burn despite the content. No bitterness whatsoever.

M--Not heavy carbonation and pleasantly thick.

D--Not much to say. It goes down so easy that I am not sure exactly where mine went to. It appears to have disappeared.

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Photo of aletales
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured the color of rich earth with a tight, caramel colored, well bubbled head that dissipated quickly. The aromas of licorice, and malt promised that the best was yet to come. On the palate it's vigorous carbonation was followed by a thick and smooth and creamy feel with a rich, roasted malt taste and a fruity finish. Certainly, the commercial description of a Port wine and ripe fruit is completely accurate. The complexity of this beer made every sip an adventure.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown, almost black with a nice head of foam.
Smell: Caramel, dark fruits, molasses, raisins and yeast. Not as pungent as I expected.
Taste: Initial sweetness of the malt followed by a surprisingly sour and tart finish. A little boring to be honest.
Mouthfeel: Medium-Full body with nicely camouflaged abv.
I expected great things from this brew after loving La Fin du Monde and Maudite, and was a bit let down. It doesn't offer the complexity I was looking for or the bold aromas and tastes that I've come to love from Unibroue. A good beer overall, but far from Unibroue's best.

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Photo of mothman
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Color is a dark dark brown, nearly black. Pours a creamy, slight tan head. The head stays around for the entire time, however there is no lacing at all.

Aroma is very fruity and malty. There is a banana and clove smell that is dominate along with some carmel malts. Taste is very malty. There are a lot of flavors that seem to blend together. I taste the obvious bananas, along with cherries and raisins. There are slight grassy hops present as well.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. This is where the 9% abv sneaks out. The aftertaste is extremely clean; not sticky, dry or anything bad.

Overall, this is a solid beer. It is extremely easy to drink and the 9% abv is masked pretty well. I could definitely handle another, but that would probably be it. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of discovolante65
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz from a four pack. poured into a chimay goblet.

Pours a caramel colored, cloudy brown with a good frog-eyed tan head with brief retention and some great lacing.

Smell is a good balance of yeast/bread dough with banana and alcohol. Maybe a touch of raisins in there.

Taste is roasted malts, sugary fruits, turkish figs are all I think of, when they're all crystallized. I get more raisins than in the nose and less banana, but it's there, towards the finish. I get some spice in there but cannot pin it down. Little bit of bitter cherries on the end. Has a wine-type finish.

Mouthfeel is just about the best. Creamy and fizzy. delicious.

Drinkability- This beer gets better the longer you sip it. It seems to balance itself out after it sits for 15-20 minutes. It is well-balanced to begin with, but really takes it up a notch as time passes. I grabbed this after a friend of mine got an assortment pack and broke the lone Trois. Good price on the 4 pack, so I went for it. I promised him he could have one, looks like I might have to "break" one too!!

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle purchased at Repete's in Holland, Michigan.

This one pours beautifully with a dark raisin color with a hint of purple! in the light. White sand colored head with great retention.

I smell cherries, port wine, chocolate, fruity berry and banana smells.

Tastes like ripe berries, cherries, and sweet wine.

Mouthfeel on this one is amazing. Leaves behind a bit of fruit and port wine taste on the tongue. No overpowering flavors, well balanced and well made.

This one is a keeper!

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with red hues. Purple? Not much head, no lacing.

Smell is dried fruit; apples, prunes, raisins, and figs. A lot of yeast and alcohol in the nose too

The taste has a lot of fruitiness to it as well. Dark dried figs and raisins, fresh apples and pears, red grapes. The malt is sugary sweet and the hops are spicey and linger in the aftertaste. I drank this from a wine glass.

The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with a sharp carbonation. Good drinkability all around.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles, bottle from the Brickskeller, after 5 previous orders were met with "We're out of that." Wouldn't kill you to change your menu every once in a while then. But I digress. Supplied to me with a tulip glass.

Appearance: A pitch black brew (at least in this light), though close inspection reveals a few brown hues and overtones around the periphery. Atop sits a dull white though perhaps slightly off-white head of average retention. The inevitable recession leaves me with a bold but flat collar and a thick dusting of snow.

Aroma: Brown sugar and figs are the first to greet me, rather warmly too, though not due to any alcohol - the esters are instead largely fruity, grape-like, hints of cherry, other roasted, caramelized malt notes, and a handful of sweet and spicy earthy yeast notes. Quite the concoction I've got my face in.

Taste: Similar to the nose, but instead, in the mouth. Huzzah. Roasted malts, thick and sticky with overtones of caramel and light toffee, mingle with tons of dark fruits, raisins, more figs, cherries again, as well as your sweet, spicy cloves, your sweet, high-in-the-mouth bananas. Complex, yet somehow still formulaic. That's Belgium for you.

Mouthfeel: Huge sublimation effect, evaporating into a big even and full cloud as soon as it hits your tongue, though perhaps with some slight hesitation. Crisp yet creamy, on the whole very nice.

Drinkability: I'd been putting this one off far too long, and it was a pleasure to finally try it, even if it wasn't under the best of circumstances (I only picked it because it was directly in front of me, so I knew they had it in stock). Pretty much a classic Belgian dark, and though nothing here took me by surprise, I didn't want nor expect it to. I'm glad 750s of this are only $6.99 at Beer Run here in town.

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Photo of tosshin
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a : Light pour, very nice foam head, white. Very dark red, not a whole lot of light passes through this beer.
s : Sniffing reveals a slight fruit aroma, cherries, and a hint of alcohol.
t : Taste reminds me of a red wine, has hints of dark fruits (cherries) and a slight alcohol taste afterwards.
m : This beer coats the mouth well and leaves a nice tingly feeling after it has gone down.
d : I would be able to drink a couple of these, but due to the high ABV it is not a good session beer. It however is not so heavy that it would be a bad beer to drink on a hot day (I know).

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Photo of tbeck
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was given to me by my good beer buddy dnichols.

Pours a very dark red with a slight off white head. Head has very little retention, but does develop a decent collar and a slight laciness. Very fruity aroma, reminds me of a wine, a lot of belgain sugars. Taste is very fruity, but sharp, and complex. Also a lot of belgain sugars in the taste. Light and thin texture, but beer sits very heavy. Overall this beer has good flavor and is enjoyable. A little on the sweet side and is high in alcohol.

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Photo of beveritt
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750 ml Belgian-style bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label depicts a black horse, flying above several old buildings. Best by date of 01-15-11.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of tan, dense head. This settles slowly, leaving behind a small amount of lacing and a thin coating of foam. The beer itself is opaque when full, but you can see the true reddish brown hints around the edges.

Smell: Smell of copper, dark candy sugar, figs, dark cherries and yeast.

Taste: Bready malt with a tart cherries and a long lingering sweetness. Slightly acidic bite.

Mouthfeel: Average to higher than average carbonation level, as expected for the style. Very creamy mouthfeel backed by excellent body.

Drinkability: I think I initially poured this one a little too cold, as the flavor and mouthfeel both improved significantly as the drink warmed. All in all, a very flavorful and full bodied example of the style.

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Year old bottle stored in the cellar.
Appears a dark brown plum with copper edges when held to the light. A 2 finger, fluffy head slowly mellows into a mild cap and hearty collar. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of dark Belgian candi sugar, plums, prunes, spices, black pepper, caramel, figs, tropical fruit, and raisins.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a spicy, peppery, prune, lekvar-like, fresh dough, caramel, and brown sugar.
Mouthfeel full bodied, peppery, yeasty, spritzy up front, with creamy, sugary, alcohol finish.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A-Dark, like a dark cola, opaque and brown. Dark vanilla-colored head, big and thick, creamy, with moderate retention.

S-Ripe fruits, I think I pulled some pear out of it. Some cloves with a slight banana hint.

T-Clovey phenols with ripening fruits. Bready, both from the malts and the yeast. Some wine-like flavors. Bitterness is not present. Finishes with bread and alcoholic warmth, with a slight fruity tartness.

M-High carbonation with a medium-heavy body. A noticeable alcoholic warmth in my belly.

D-Well, this is a tasty beer. It's a bit different than many of the Belgian brews that I've encountered, but I did enjoy it. The flavor profile was complex, making it very nice.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-review: December 30, 2008
A - Gentle pour yielded a dark mahogany brown beer with a piling of off white head that retained beautifully in an Ommegang goblet. 4.5
S - Hints of mellow citrus with port, figs, and ripe plums. Some spiciness of coriander too. Excellent. 4.5
T - Initial sweetness of caramel malts metamorphs into a winelike taste of dark fruits. Toffee and a light roastedness becomes uncovered but is quickly finished with a bittersweet ending with grapefruit citrusiness. Aftertaste is abundant in alcoholic tones, port wine, and carob. 5
M - Full bodied and well carbonated. Quite smooth, sits well on the palate. 5
D - An extremely drinkable beer despite ABV. I can definitely do a few in an evening. 5
Overall - A most exquisite beer by a most exquisite brewery. This is an excellent beer to accompany sharp cheddar cheese or as an after-dinner dessert. Truly amazing. One of the finest Belgian Dark Ales I have ever had the pleasure to drink.
Original March 19, 2008
A - poured dark brownish with garnet red hues in the light. Small bubbles make a 1" head with excellent retention and decent lace. 4
S - Sweet fruits of figs, and raisins, caramel malts, some spiciness as well. 4.5
T - Caramel, raisins, plums, and spices. Balanced with a malty, portlike finish. I feel like I am doing this beer an injustice by trying to analyze it! 5
M - dark, heavier beer that sits well on the palate. Alcohol is well hidden and carbonation is very light. 5
D - a very good beer to enjoy over a conversation or with some currant cakes. 4.5
Overall - I don't even know what to say. This is such an immensely good beer that I just want to sit back and enjoy it. Great after dinner! Well worth the money. I have a few of these aging right now :)

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,011 ratings