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Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 2687   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Strong Belgian type ale similar to a Port wine ! Is as dark as can be, mellow in taste with an aroma of ripe fruits. It can be compared to an old porto and is brewed from well roasted malt.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Good beer. Nice head, quickly dissipated. Nice dark color. Beautiful aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2003
This cloudy, reddish brown beer has a quickly dissipating white head. The nose is fantastic! There are nuances of wine, sweet malt and leafy, citrusy hops. The palate continues the vinous character, but is enhanced by malty sweetness and a tinge of hoppiness on the finish.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2004 Dark brown/amber with a medium dark beige head. Yeast and fruit aroma. Sweet, malty, spicey, a little acidic. Very smooth and drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Quite the kick with this one. A deep sepia color and a sweetness that was slightly syrupy. A simple beer, I didn't pick up on too much complexity maybe some fruitiness but little if any spice. Still, a good, solid (if slightly stolid) beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Wonderful beer. Nice a smooth with a good fruity aroma. Alcohol flavor came in very late in the swallow.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Dark purple brown. . . fluffy light brown head that out of which floats vanilla, plum, and nutty aromas. Wonderfully complex, creamy and smooth. Spicy and delicious. The big malts and alcohol soothe the senses, gorgeous.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2003
Very flavourful. You do no taste the high 9% ABV at all. Only complaint as by the time I was finished I was a bit tired of it. Still a great strong ale with a fruity tase.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Absolutely delicious. Pours out to a plum color in the glass with a decent, brown sugar-looking head. The aroma is all over the place, with fruit, plums, yeast and although it sounds strange, a sweet tart candy smell. Taste is excellent, with a variety of spices lingering in the mouth. Mouthfeel is near perfect and the finish, while warming, masks the high ABV. Yum.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Dark purple color. Small head. Aroma is slightly vinous, fruity and dusky. Malty and fruity. Very complex flavors; raisins, grapes, figs with a musty undertone. This is a very nice beer. Very smooth, it hides the 9% alcohol very well. There is a hint of alcohol tartness on the tongue. Tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is slightly bitter.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rambis (12) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Some Belgian ales are overpowering. Trois Pistoles takes all the complex flavors of the better Belgians and makes them far more subtle. There are times I want the strongest flavors out there, but this is far more drinkable on a regular basis than many strong ales. A wonderful brew to complement a meal, for instance, rather than stand out from it. References on the bottle to port wine are referring to the complexity and subtlety of the flavors - not that it tastes like port. More like a tawny port (more subtle and complex flavors) than a ruby (more obvious and overt flavors). Will buy and drink often.


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