Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber with a soapy (appearance) head. Smooth and thick on the palate; as I drank it, it seemed to thin out a bit, curiously (maybe it was just me). Warming alcohol was hidden well behind a thick and chewy yeastiness. Some subtle fruity aromas. Rather salty notes throughout, which was a minor turnoff. At times, some of its flavors reminded me of Chimay Bleu, which I liked. Overall, I found it pleasant and enjoyable to drink, though not as great as the hype may be.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 At 9% ABV, it hides the alcohol well. Nice vanilla aroma; goes down silky smooth. Beautiful. So sweet and rich, it is best indulged on occasion -- like a special dessert.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head, no carbonation, no lacing, even if you try to coax something out of it, it quickly diminishes away. Big ripe banana smell upon opening the bottle, with an equally large corriander/spice nose in the glass. Hint of brown sugar or molasses helps to impart a Tawny Port feel. Crisp, effervescience in the mouth, but still doesn't make up for the appearance (this beer feels alive in the mouth, but doesn't look it in the glass). Ends a little puckering (grape skin).
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice complex brew that hides the relatively high ABV well. Spicy, fruity aroma. Tate is fairly complex, dry and fruity with a high degree of carbonation and in my opinion a little less robust that I had expected. Pretty red/brown color with a tan head rapidly diminishing.
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
i normally tend not to like the stronger ales but this one was pretty good. dark color with some fruity tinges to it.
guzzler67 (1578) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, cloudy appearance. Nice head, but it doesn't stick around too long. Initial taste was tart cherry, the aftertaste a bit more raisiny. Very smooth finish. Alcohol punch will hit you when you are done. A subtle, complex, well-crafted beer.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful dark mahogany colour with a huge head that lastes forever. Aromas of malt and cherries(?)Taste not as sweet as I thought it might be and has a nice balance between the fruit and caramel malt. Alcohol wasn't too strong but was noticable. This baby just keeps getting better as it warms
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - APR 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown colour, generous creamy head. The aroma is really nice, strong and sweet (toffee), with fruity traces (cherry and strawberry). From a so strong aroma I'd have imagined a really sweet beer, but I was wrong: Trois Pistols is a really balanced beer, quite delicate and smooth with a good complexity and good fruity traces (strawberry, cherry and raisin). The sweetness (caramel, vanilla, toffee) is balanced by a nice sourness. Long aftertaste, even if a little too much alcoholic. An high quality beer; this was my first Unibroue beer but surely not the last one!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber brown color,No head of any kind.Sweet malty aroma fruity.Almost smells like rasberry os IMO like a lambic or strawberry soda pop.Very faint alcohol in the aroma as well.Flat as hell no carbonation.slightly sweet some fruit tones to it hard to put my finger on just what kind of fruit.Theres a slight watery feel to this as well with the after taste being slightly bitter fruit with a alcohol like finish.I guess i don't see the attraction to this beer its nothing special and IMO not worth trying again it just doesn't float my boat.There are definately better belgian's out there
desurfer (1259) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2004 First of all, the label is really cool. Then theres the beer. Deep ruby body with large rocky, tannish head. Huge aroma of berries and alcohol. Taste is surprisingly mellow, with a sweetness that is strong but not overpowering. There are notes of grape and malt. I see the comparison to a fine Port. It hides the 9% ABV well. Overall a great tasting beer that drinks well.