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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,097 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,097
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 174
Gots: 310 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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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Necronomad

Switzerland

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-27-2014 17:28:29 | More by Necronomad
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

08-08-2003 01:27:22 | More by oberon
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

07-26-2003 18:35:52 | More by Popsinc
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Marty

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

11-09-2005 19:55:14 | More by Marty
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

09-03-2003 03:16:08 | More by RoyalT
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-03-2012 02:03:48 | More by aszatk01
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-18-2013 20:50:03 | More by cam477
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

11-18-2005 01:00:52 | More by DaPeculierDane
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-15-2012 15:56:36 | More by beerhunter13
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

04-26-2014 10:58:07 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

02-04-2013 19:14:02 | More by tectactoe
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

01-01-2011 17:36:40 | More by ExtraStout
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Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

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!

07-17-2011 14:41:04 | More by Rijtjeshuis
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Zakk

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-08-2012 17:08:16 | More by Zakk
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-18-2013 15:58:50 | More by jono0101
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cynicgiraffe

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

11-16-2009 02:08:52 | More by cynicgiraffe
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withliterature

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

12-20-2010 04:19:41 | More by withliterature
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

04-29-2009 03:23:23 | More by wesbrownyeah
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-19-2013 02:53:42 | More by tbryan5
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-14-2013 03:54:05 | More by TimBeaulieu
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ricksrealm

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-11-2012 20:20:59 | More by ricksrealm
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-15-2013 20:07:44 | More by SkiBum22
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JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-10-2012 23:15:13 | More by JacobMutberg
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-16-2013 16:25:51 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

This one pours out of the silver foil topped bottle a deep dark brown, nearly black with a nice off white head. Hints of red sneak through when held up to the light. The smell on this one is a mix of chocolate covered cherries and raisins, some molasses and nice roasted tones.

The first taste is upfront with a sweet cherry cocoa roastiness. A nice spiciness (cloves?) rolls along the tounge as well. Quite tasty and flavorful. New flavors peek through with each sip and the alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

Mouthfeel is good as well. A nice full body that coats the mouth and goes down smooth. Drinkability is nice here too. Not a session brew, but a couple on a cold night would be nice. I'm looking forward to trying more Unibroue products.

10-25-2004 00:51:19 | More by orbitalr0x
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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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