Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,559
Reviews: 1,948
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 228
Gots: 520 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000

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Ratings: 4,559 | Reviews: 1,948
Photo of justinp444
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Thin soda like white head that dissipates quickly, cola like brown color. Smell of chocolate, malt, citrus, apple, and lemon. Taste of citrus, chocolate, nice carbonation, malt, grape, end notes of nuttiness and warm alcohol. Nice rich mouthfeel that has a big crispness about it.

Photo of mabermud
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Chunky cola.
Smell: Overripe fruit. Brown bananas. Sugar. Clove or spice.
Taste: Same as the smell.
Feel: Nothing to write home about.

Overall: I would have this again. This is similar to a Rochefort 8, but different. Not bad.

Photo of pat61
4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant dfark chestnut under a 2” light tan foam ccollar with a very fine bead.
S: Some dark sugars, ripe to over ripe fruit,
T: An initial sweetness with dark malts and sugars, traces of banana and fruit cake, ripe fruit, plum, raisin and citrus. Dry, spicy grain flavors especially on the finish punctuated by a dose of tartness.
F: Very creamy Belgian bottle conditioned carbonation gives the beer a very soft texture. A big beer but surprisingly light on its feet – not heavy or cloying.
O: A well composed and well balanced yeast driven Belgian style dark ale with big flavors.

Photo of Sirwootalot
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served room-temperature, in a standard pint glass.

The nose from this brew hits right away - a swirling potion of estery goodness, evoking banana bread, dried berries, and even a hint of wild mushrooms. The head is ferociously chunky, and with even the most dainty of pours kept surging its way up.

The taste is an experience. It's initially thick, fruity, and slightly bitter, much like a raspberry cacao truffle - and then the aftertaste kicks in, almost defying description. It's an effervescent explosion of strange and delightful flavors; I was reminded of cinnamon, white pepper, galangal root, espresso foam, walnuts, blackberry syrup, and smoked brisket. This beer dominates every last cell in your mouth, but isn't even remotely astringent or sticky. It goes down disturbingly easy for how strong it is, in every sense of the word.

This is not the best beer I've ever had, but it's WAY up there. I imagine it would pair stupidly well with authentic barbecue, or with maple-syrup-heavy breakfast.

Photo of scottsoileau
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good, bordering on great BSDA.

Photo of RobAM
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems like every beer this company makes is very good.. This one is no exception. Try it.

Photo of Bunman3
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh my. Dark, sweet, and yeasty...reminiscent of dark lovers and dangerous affairs. Even better, it shares a name with one of my favourite Tragically Hip songs. This is an incredibly complex, sweet, and boozy dark ale. Like a good pistol, it finishes with a bit of a kick and opens your eyes a bit. This is definitely a "special occasion" brew - not so easy to find, but so worth it when you do.

Photo of E-McFarden
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with creamy white head, looks to pour heavy. I get dried dark fruit and nutty scents with earthy aroma hops and alcohol. Getting my nose a little closer to the glass lends a scent comparable to Dr Pepper. The profile of scents is so complex and balanced that I could sit there and just smell this one for quite some time, however, I love drinking beer too much to do that. The taste brings forth more complex spices as well as that Belgian yeast profile. I still get some of the nutty dried fruit undertones on the palate. This one finishes wet and heavy on the palate, leaving me with the alcohol that matches up with the actual content. Good brew here

Photo of milwaukee512
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's a rare beer that makes this hop-lover enjoy a malty, dark Belgian like Trois Pistoles. As is typical for Unibroue, the mouthfeel and carbonation make this beer uniquely drinkable for the style. Drinks like a lighter, more manageable Gulden Draak, which is high praise. I would have never guessed that this beer is 9% ABV, but that's not to say it isn't substantial in flavor and feel. Everything this brewery makes is about as high-quality as you will find, and makes paying twice as much for true Belgian imports seem silly. A no-brainer for fans of dark beers, Belgians, craft lovers who like to try the best of the best, or even red wine drinkers.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(best before: 12-03-18 - poured into Chouffe tulip, leaving behind lees)

L: fizzy head - bit of yeast trouble?... clear, deep dark black-cherry red liquid... lovely jewel-like glow

S: subtle clove and allspice... large charge of sweet orange peel... highlights of coriander emanating out from all the cracks

T: like a spiced red wine, moderately rich malts... cherry skin and mild booze in the aftertaste, whisper of clove... somewhat like Abt 12 with tweaked spice character (oriental in nature?)... the mild burnt qualities of brown sugar playing against the dark fruit and spice... well-balanced alcohol... several sips in, what started as citrus (orange, coriander) undertones develops more into a key element level with the malt

F: bit of lingering warmth... bit of a numbing effect on the tongue tip... smooth, delicate flow of its light-medium body... very easy to knock back in big sips despite a mild sting from the high carbonation

O: on the surface, perhaps a bit too clean (could be a result from whatever may have been up with the lees - over attenuating?)... may have always been close to this anyway (haven't had this in awhile)... it's so hard for them to do wrong with whatever yeast/spice combo they use - so good

Photo of iwhoopedbatman
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After some early discouragement with Unibroue (due to getting the wrong beers for my taste), they are quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review taken multiple times. This particular review was taken early summer 2014.

12oz brown bottle with the beautiful Unibroue shape, perfect silver foil covering the cap and neck. More great artwork from Unibroue with a winged horse over their famed castle like artwork. Poured into an authentic Unibroue stemmed tulip.

A - murky dark brown with hints of the darkest of amber in the light. Opaque character out of the light with a massive dark beige head that leaves sticky lace all over the glass.

S - dark fruits and sweet malt. Hints of chocolate, and bready yeast. Brown rum and Belgian style spices. A delicious and inviting aroma. A touch of roasted malt adds to the complex aroma.

T - sweet malts and rich ripened dark fruits. The brown rum character doesn't fade in the flavor. Dark Belgian spices with hints of dark cherry, chewy caramel, chocolate and cocoa. More light roasted malt notes contribute to the balance of the big dark fruit sweetness. A tasty flavor!

M - big medium body with an even bigger thickness and texture. This thing drinks like a dessert which is typically what I drink it as. Exceptional coating quality. Alcohol booze is there once it warms but only adds to its spices.

O - A sweeter strong dark ale but an exceptional offering. Another true craft beer classic from this great Canadian brewery. One of the breweries who just know belgian style beer and craft them with such quality it's truly remarkable. Trois Pistoles is one of my all time favorites and I'd advise anyone to get it a try. Brilliant.

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
1.93/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very strange beer, tastes like wine to me... not my thing

Photo of BeerWatcher
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours murky, muddy brown. Raisins, and plum dominate the aromas. Palate is thick and slightly sticky. Tastes are the aforementioned raisins and plums, but some up front mint is on the tongue too. Maybe a bit of sweet molasses on the swallow. A good solid craft brew, but the hyperbole swirling around this one, exceeded the actual experience of drinking it.

Photo of dmgeng
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been recommended to me several times and finally tried it.

A - Deep brown color that is ruby in the light. Medium white head with fine bubbles that subsides quickly. Not as cloudy as most but still some yeast in suspension.

S - Pretty rich smell with lots of the typical Belgian yeast spice character (phenolic) and a very pleasant dark fruit character like raisin or prune. Just underneath that are the strong malt and caramel tones.

T - Very similar to the smell the Belgian character holds true but isn't the only player with lots of malty goodness sitting on a bed of the caramelized sugars. Has a lot of sweetness from the dark fruit and malt but the spice character helps and It's a complex beer that gets even more complex the more your tongue gets used to the Belgian flavors and it warms pulling you more in to the depths of this Belgian strong ale.

M - Full to medium mouth-feel. Has some light bitterness and finishes complex with an aftertaste that isn't exactly the same as the flavor but doesn't stick. Light carbonation.

Overall, a very delicious beer. Not the best beer I've had but the amplitude of the dark fruit character in compliment to the Belgian character is very flavorful. I would recommend this beer to anyone that likes Belgian beers or if you enjoy the dark fruit character of other beers.

Glass- Goblet

Photo of Redneckwine
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - That typical, fantastic BSDA look - murky dark brown with a huge, fluffy 2 finger tan head. Lacing is awesome, epic retension.

Smell - Spicy, musty dark fruits, a little funky, very ripe banana - that yeast is kickin' in a great way. Light grassy/herbal hops. Doughy sweet maltiness is hanging out too. Caramely and candy-like. Great smell, very complex.

Taste - Big-time flavor bomb: rum-raisin, loads of ripe dark fruitiness, subtle grassy/herbal hops, touch of cocoa, musty and pungent, spicy with clove and others, malty and bready, caramel sweetness, vanilla. Alcohol is very well integrated, but there is a boozy twang complete with a bit of burn in the back of the throat, just let you know this is 9%. Finish dries up quite nicely. Very complex and everything works together beautifully.

Feel - Creamy carbonation, smooth, fairly high carb complements the medium-full body nicely.

Overall - Just a really expertly put together BSDA. Very complex, very smooth and dangerously drinkable for its heft like any big Belgian worth its salt should be. Great beer - stands up there with anything from Belgium in my book.

Photo of mtomlins
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cola in color with a big billowy head with great retention and leaving curtains of lace. The nose comes with some toasted malts, dried fruits and yeast. The taste is dominated by that wonderful ‘Belgian’ profile of yeast, bread, candied sugar and caramel. The high carbonation keeps this 9%’er highly drinkable.

Photo of RossiDaMan
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm a relatively new reviewer so pardon the simplicity. Look: a very deep coffee/dark chocolate brown. 2 finger tan head that lasted 2 mins on the tulip. Smell: very rich-- again some chocolate and sweetness. Taste was awesome as I'm a big fan of smoothness over bitterness. This 9%'er nailed it and had a sweet spice aftertaste that made me want more. Overall, great deep and smooth flavors that (along with La Fin du Monde) has made this newbie a fan of Unibroue.

Photo of dukeandduke
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

3/22/15 (Bottle) - Excellent dark pour with a nice white tan pillow head. Several fruits including raisins, cinnamon as well as caramel and others. Very pleasant taste, light texture and mild carbonation, but heavy kick and ABV - you feel it after drinking.

Photo of FrothFanatic
1.79/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

It's just not my type of beer.

Really dark, really bitter, whatever sweetness intact from the malty raisin aromas is quickly subdued by this really heavy bitter overtone which is to be expected from a 9.00% ABV, a relatively high alcohol content brew.

I bought this on a spur of the moment type of impulsive bye, just liked the label thought it was a cool design and looked pretty neat but I will not be buying this again.

Final Score: Poor it down the Drain.

Photo of uvachief
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank an entire 750ml bottle. Pours a copper reddish brown with big carbonated head that lingers. Not dark like a stout. Opaque. Aromas of fruit such as raisins or plums. Slight hint of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg maybe. Tastes extremely smooth for a Belgian dark ale. You'll taste the raisins or plums, cinnamon and sugars. Not sweet though. Very mild and abv is unnoticeable even though at 9. Easy drinking beer you can enjoy over a long sporting event. Excellent BDA.

Photo of Salsashark3d
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. I've had it a few times this week and it definitely hits the spot. good game to slowly drink on to last you through those March Madness games, and will help you relax in those tense ot's

Photo of MisterGone
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is listed as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. However, it is a deceptively smooth one. (From a 12 into tulip... twice) this pours a deep copper brown with a quick ascending khaki head. The head then dissipates to hold a finger or so of head for quite a while.

The aroma is not unlike many (North) American Dubbels. Spice, dried fruits - especially raisin, and ripe plum. The flavor is that same palate, distributed. Spice and raisin up front, dried fruit across, and a finish with the ripe plum. The bottle mentions a port or sherry flavor on the finish and I wouldn't argue that.

So here's why i say deceptive. There is no real alcohol blast at the finish. This does not bring the Belgi-funk hard even though it is bottle conditioned. It may just be an ideal intro to the genre of Belgian Strong Dark - but beware. This smooth, drinkable brew sits at 9ABV, so perhaps have some poutine before hand.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown, with a deep red tint, and mild, moderate white head. Mild lacing.

S - Bright spike of yeast, suggesting dark fruits, like raisins and prunes, a touch of leather.

T - Plum skin and sour pale plum flesh, a touch of minerality. Spice in the middle, with a full, lovely breadiness and toffee. Close is snappy acidity that fades out.

M - Moderate carbonation.

O - A rock solid rendition of a BSDA. Quite full and robust.

Photo of OB1Kubota
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Medium body, bold dark fruit and just sweet enough. Very easy to drink. The fact that it is relatively easy to get is a real bonus.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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