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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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94
outstanding

4,217 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,217
Reviews: 1,885
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 180
Gots: 358 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000)
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Reviews by DougT:
Photo of DougT
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle dated 11-14-14 into Rochefort chalice.

A: Clear very dark brown to nearly black. 1 finger tan head that quickly dissipated to nothing. No lace at all, and that's in an etched beer glass.

S: Yeast, spice and grains, a little fruit. Like a good bread but not as strong. Subtle scent of dates and flowers.

T: Smooth, not sweet but definitely not bitter. A little dark fruit, but subtle. A little bitter in the finish. Peppery. Not hoppy. I can detect a little alcohol. Not very complex, but a very nice dark ale flavor. Not as sweet as a Belgian, but the flavors remind me of some of the Trappist ales, just more subtle.

M: Very drinkable. Very smooth with a light-medium body. Not as heavy as the color would imply. Mostly involves the top of the tongue. Mellow and subtle. Plenty of fizz tingle even with no lace on top.

O: I find this a very versatile ale. I could drink this for refreshment on a hot day or sip a chalice sitting next to a warm fire on a cool winters eve.

DougT, Mar 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium brown with a medium sticky head,aroma is sweet and spicey with some alcohol notes.The taste is sweet and and malty with some real nice spicey notes,very clovey and sweet very appetizing.The alchol really comes thru as it warms,a real true belgian stule ale,very appetizing.

oberon, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 341ml bottle. Darl ruby/brown pour with a lively tan head.

Smell: Malty and sweet. A raisiny nose with sweet citrus hints. Lots of over-ripened fruits and a port-like pinch.

Taste: Raosted maltiness with an underlying burnt-sugar sweetness. A chewy, raisin and plum-like quality accompanied with a spicey body. Lingering sweetness on the tongue with hints of port and wooden cask.

Mouthfeel: Very lively and bursting with bubbly falvour. A sweet, cloying finish.

Drinkablility: A nice beer but not somethig i would have everyday. To me this is a sweeter, less spicey version of Maudite.

Popsinc, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of Marty
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm still waiting for this brewery to make a mistake. Their line of beers is simply amazing.

Appearance: Hazy, dark red/brown. Highly carbonated. Big foamy--but not sticky--head.

Aroma: Tingles the nose. Smells sweet and spicy.

Taste: Very sweet, like Fin du Monde and Maudite, but not quite as spicy. Very balanced. Not extremely hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Smooooth going down. Carbonation adds a little excitement to every sip.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable.

Marty, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The thick and dark, almost black, body sits underneath a big head.

Smell – Typical aroma for the style. The dark fruits come out at first, followed closely by the big, dark, bready yeast scents. This is a beautiful fragrance.

Taste – The yeast comes out even bigger here. It is a wonderful flavor, and complimented well by the fruits from the smell. Prunes, raisins, plums, and overly-ripe apricots meld with some banana and tobacco for an excellent flavor.

Behind this comes the yeasty bread. If you’ve ever made fresh bread and taken a taste of the yeast and sugar mix before all the flour is added, this is it. A baker would appreciate this flavor. It is absolutely phenomenal.

Mouthfeel – I like the big carbonation of this brew, but it may be just a tad off style. But, in the end, this feels great.

Drinkability – The big carbonation slows one down a bit, but this is a work of art.

Comments - It’s hard to overachieve in this category, but Unibroue has once again come up with a winner.

Update – I reviewed this initially with a 2003 and thought it would be interesting to review a 2004 vintage. This beer just blows me away. I can’t believe that it’s not brewed in Belgium. I just love so many things about it, but that dark yeast flavor just puts me in heaven. I juggled some ratings around to include upping the Drinkability to a perfect 5.0.

RoyalT, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

aszatk01, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of cam477
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

cam477, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Floral. This beer is very flowery. Jasmine, Coriander, and…Asparagus? This is very interesting. The bouquet is just grand. Taste is mixed berries with a sweet front that gives way to complex tart oak notes. Jasmine wraps the toungue half way through each sip and gives way to a dry asparagus. The color is a brilliant deep brown with amber hues. The head is fairly thin but lasting. Lacing is decent. Carbonation is exceptionally aggressive. Texture is meaty like a rib eye. Drinkability is flawless. This is a dangerous fellow to dabble with. My taste buds wish to consume far more than my kidneys could bare. Well done.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of beerhunter13
5/5  rDev +18.2%

beerhunter13, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, murky, swampy brown color, completely opaque. Some very minor hints of ruby can be seen when held up to direct lighting. A very fine-bubbled, beige head forms with decent retention, though lacing is minimal at best. One whiff of this stuff and it's very clear that it's a Belgian style ale. Belgian yeast abound, hints of dark, fruity esters, light banana, spices, clove, plums, and mild phenol. The aroma isn't nearly as strong, sweet, or abundant as many other BSDAs, which is somewhat of a let down. Naturally, things get a little better as it warms up, but I was still expecting a bigger punch out of this one.

The taste matches the nose quite well - earthy esters, dirty, slightly musky hop bitterness, sweet prunes and dates, spicy yeast, clove, pumpernickel and rye toast, light caramel-like malts, very faint molasses and sugar. Some grape skin flavors are there as well, which mesh with the alcohol character to produce a wine-like sweetness that comes out at the end. Nice mix of yeasty-fruity with spicy-earthy; there isn't one flavor that severly overpowers any other, so if there's one thing this BSDA does extremely well - it's balance. Much like the aroma, I would've like the flavor to be a bit bigger and bolder. The body was even a little thinner than I would expect for this still, medium at best, with a high amount of carbonation. The aftertastes dies down with some spice grape and apple skin esters erring on the earthy side of things, maybe with a touch of clove and spice.

Maybe I was being a little too critical because I had such high hopes for this beer after many recommendations from friends and such high ratings on this sight. Don't get me wrong, this beer is damn good, balanced excellently, and certainly unique. But it doesn't quite hit "blow-me-away" status. Something I definitely wouldn't turn down if offered, and certainly not bad at only 8$ for a bomber.

tectactoe, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 1L. corked bottle into my snifter.

A - Pours very dark amber to black in color. Leaves a nice thick tan head that leaves light lacing around my glass. Looks a bit more than mildly carbonated.

S - Smells of fruit and lots of sweet and carmely malts. I also get a slight nose of wood, oak and cherry maybe.

T - Lots of fruit and malts. Get a slight sour fruit taste and maye some peach and cherry.

M - Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Leaves a good tingly feeling on my tounge. Has an almost wine feel.

D - This beer is drinkable and tastes good. High alcohol comes through a bit but I definitely felt it after a while.

ExtraStout, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.4%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served in snifter.

LOOK (4/5) Pours a very dark, almost black mahogany brown - when held to the light, it shows itself to be almost 33*SRM. It's very opaque for the style. Two and a half fingers of off-white, mousy head is given off the pour. This lasts a long time, but fell with little lacing. Some nice carbonation was seen.

SMELL (4.5/5) The smell is dominated by yeast-aromatics with a lot of malt, but it has a drier finish to it. Melanoidin character is not as strong as others of this style and I get a bit more roasty or chocolate notes. Yeast aromatics are strong and they have a character that is hard to describe, but which is typical in Unibroue products. It has some of the following notes: spices (peepper, not clove); a hint of banana; a hint of grape; and a bit of bubblegum. In any event it sets of the melanoidins well. A bit of alcohol warmth.

TASTE (4.5/5) Similar to the smell. The maillard flavors are a bit stronger on the palate and it works well with the yeast. As for the yeast, the pepper is a bit stronger in the flavor than in the nose and this helps make a drier finish (maybe a hint of harder water?). Some alcoholic warmth on the finish.

FEEL (3.5/5) This was the only part that I had a problem with. The feel was a bit too light on both the body and carbonation fronts. A bit of a more substantial body might have worked well with the flavors.

DRINK (4/5) The lighter body makes this a bit more drinkable, though. I like the flavors so much, but they're a bit too dark for a good session. Really tasty, though!

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Zakk, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
Photo of cynicgiraffe
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

cynicgiraffe, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of withliterature
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown; black without light and a dark reddish brown with light shining through; highly carbonated; small whitish head that reduces to a nice white lace

S: not too sweet; pleasingly balanced; not intensely strong; very yeasty

T: again not too sweet; yeasty and complex, but not as complex as La Fin Du Monde; a little fruity but not in a fresh way (definitely aged)

M: thin; not sticky; clean finish that's unusual with such a strong beer

D: very drinkable for something that looks and tastes so intense; I could have three

I liked this quite a bit. My only real complaint would be, "not as good as La Fin Du Monde"! I prefer the golden cloudy yeastiness of La Fin. This is much darker, but not thicker or more filling. A very nice beer. I would definitely get this again as part of a mixed six, and I'd like to try it on tap if ever I see it.

withliterature, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a mean beer. Trois Pistoles... pistol in the face.

A- As dark as a beer comes almost stouty look on this one. Head turn in to a rim around glass no lacing.

S- Multi-complex scent of dark fruit and alcohol with massive hints of plums and more alcohol. Very alcohol smell...dangerous!

T- Smooth alcohol ester warm the buds with strong fruit flavors of dark dried fruits and sweet brown sugars.

M-D- Smooth enough mouthfeel for 9% alcohol and sticks to the tongue with massive estery alcohol notes. Nice change in flavor. Will drink again!

wesbrownyeah, Apr 29, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

TimBeaulieu, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

ricksrealm, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

JacobMutberg, Oct 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 16, 2013
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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,217 ratings.