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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,219 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,219
Reviews: 1,886
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 180
Gots: 359 | 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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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
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Bsterner4, Today at 03:26 AM
Photo of Roxie_B
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Two fingers of long lasting beige head. Cola colored
Smell: Rich bready aroma
Taste: Cherries, plums, figs, currants, wheat berries and yeast.
Mouthfeel: Satiny but very carbonated!
Overall: Well done Belgian Dark. It reminds me of a dense brown bread studded with dried fruits.

Roxie_B, Today at 02:31 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

pisano, Tuesday at 02:05 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BKotch, Monday at 11:21 PM
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

A_Taylor47, Monday at 09:46 PM
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4.04/5  rDev -4.5%

Faroveryonder, Monday at 12:36 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

lmaduells, Monday at 06:48 AM
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Jmathews011, Oct 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Nightkota, Oct 19, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

AvaStJames, Oct 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

briandaube, Oct 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

kybeerdrinker, Oct 17, 2014
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4.96/5  rDev +17.3%

Wfl3185, Oct 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

David_Hahn, Oct 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

hmvalp, Oct 15, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

The_Event_Horizon, Oct 14, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +15.4%

REBatten, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of Chief_Mug
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Look, Smell, and Taste were all rated at 4.5 The feel I only gave it 2 due to the over-carbonation (too fizzy). That was the initial taste and letting it sit for a while.

Chief_Mug, Oct 13, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

OCSA_1978, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 3/8/16; into a tulip.
Appearance - deep mahogany; look hard and you can see plenty of carbonation and sediment floating in the glass! Thick, foamy beige head. Lacing is minimal.
Smell - sweet dark fruit, citrus fruit and spices; great aroma from both the bottle and the glass!
Taste - very flavorful and easy to drink for a darker ale! Sweet, ripe, dark fruit; paired with yeast and spices.
Feel - surprisingly light feel, nicely carbonated, 9% ABV is incredibly well hidden!
Overall - I could drink this year round; truly an outstanding brew!

DenverHopHead, Oct 11, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an opaque brownish black with a 1 finger off white head. The head eventually dissipates to a thin collar and sticks around for the remainder of the beer. Not much lacing, only a few spots.

S: Smell is of raisins, grapes, figs and cherries. Predominately dark fruits with some yeasty esters. Alcohol is faintly present on the nose.

T: The taste is mainly of alcohol soaked dark fruits and yeasty esters. Some tastes of caramel and a bit of a cherry flavor also enter the mix as the beer warms, along with a varying mix of malt flavors. This beer is very complex with fruit, malt, and caramel flavors along with the typical spicy/yeastiness that exists with most Belgian styles.

M: This beer is very chewy on the palate with a nice dry/smooth finish. The finish has a bit of a lingering yeastiness to it. Alcohol is masked very well and hardly detectable even as the beer warms.

O: This is a very full bodied and complex beer. It has many different flavors from fruitiness to maltiness along with the typical spice and yeast notes that most Belgian styles usually possess. Alcohol is slightly detectable on the nose, but is masked very well when it comes to the taste and mouthfeel. An excellent representation of the style that I will surely be having again.

TheItalianStallion, Oct 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Fruity taste. Not much carbonation. Amazing Belgian Ale coming out of Canada.

SurferEric, Oct 09, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

doom_deluise, Oct 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

UrbanCaveman, Oct 08, 2014
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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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