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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,119 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,119
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 174
Gots: 315 | FT: 8
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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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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

This one pours dark brown almost black. Small head with big bubbles. Lots of carbonation.

Smell, funny I detect banana... my nose probably played a trick on me. Ask people with me, couldn't smell definitely banana but found something else that they were not able to tell.

This, in my opinion, the less fruity beer from Unibroue. From the ones I've tasted. Almost all.

I like it, but would only drink one per night. Definitely not a beer that I would bring in a 6-pack format.

I have to try it again to be sure on my rating.

07-01-2008 00:37:43 | More by ZorPrime
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

The head of the Trois Pistoles seemed to oddly change, from just slightly off white to definitively tan. Maybe the yeast settling in? The brew itself was dark, dark brown. Nearly opaque. There was a reddish, maroon quality to it.

When cold, the Trois Pistoles had burnt caramel and brown sugar on the nose. When it warmed up a bit, I was surprised by some additional, seemingly buttery sniffs in the nose.

For taste and mouthfeel, the the beer was effervescent up front, with the nose and taste giving a hint of alcohol to come. Alcohol seems to hit upfront. It doesn't bite, which I appreciated, and instead seems to roll (allowing flavor to overtake it) throughout. There was a malty, fruity flavor, with e some - I detected - apple. Very full, well-rounded mouthfeel.

A pretty darn good brew. I'm (somewhat kidding here) a bit tired of Unibroue being so consistently good - will they ever be able to release a beer that truly, utterly stands out?

06-30-2008 03:17:05 | More by TheMistler
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy deep mahogany, slight red hue against light. Thick tan head that hangs around for a while and leaves some streaks of lacing.
S: Spicy and dark fruit, slightly medicinal and touch of alcohol.
T/M: Similar to nose, but stronger, very spicy and dark fruit (cherry, plums, etc) sweet with belgian yeast. Grainy, earthy background and alcohol finish. Very creamy, carbonated, chewy mouthfeel
D: Very strong and a sipper but definitely my favorite Unibroue beer. In my experience tastes great freshed or aged for a year or two.

06-23-2008 01:06:02 | More by yourefragile
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roadhouse

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown that appears a deep red when held up to the light with a light tan two finger head. Lively carbonation leaves a little bit of lacing down the side.

Aroma is spicy Belgian yeast, plum, and caramel. It's sweet kind of like bubble gum, yet the spiciness presides over it.

Flavors are basically the same as the aroma. Spicy yeasty flavors dominate with some tart plum and some bready malt. A little bit of sourness at the end along with a very light touch of hops.

Medium bodied. Carbonation level is good, it leaves a nice tingling finish on the tongue for the flavors to dance around on. Finishes nice and dry.

Overall, I thought it was quite good. It seems like it's hard to find anything bad from Unibroue. It's not top of the line, true Belgian, but it's also much cheaper. For what it is, it's damn good.

06-19-2008 06:31:54 | More by roadhouse
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spointon

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

I poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into a Gulden Draak snifter...

A= This brew poured a dark brown with mahogany highights and almost zero head. Loads of yeast particulates present. The 1/4 inch tan head quickly dropped to nothing with very little lacing down the glass. Carbonation release was decent throughout.

S= The aromas off this ale were full of funky Belgian yeast, dark candy fruits, mollasses, and malty bread.

T= Much like the aroma, the tastes presented by this ale were of candied fruit, spice, sweet dark (unroasted) malts, and Belgian funk. Despite the ABV, there was little alcohol in the finish. The spiciness was elusive and popped up in various ways throughout the glass.

MF= Medium-heavy body, decent carbonation, smooth across the tongue.

D= This is one drinkable strong Belgian dark ale. Unibroue is reliable outstanding and this is no exception!

06-16-2008 05:12:19 | More by spointon
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joeysmokedporter

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Served on draft in a heavy glass chalice.

A: pours dark, brown with rub-red highlights, tan head that dissipates but leaves good lacing. Somewhat clear.

S: dark fruit, raisins, plum, herbal spice, a little caramel, molasses

T: Starts with the sweet fruity flavors, including the raisins, plum, dried dark fruit; moves into a sweet malt flavor, light molasses; finishes with a spicy slightly bitter aftertaste. Not as complex as the Trappists but a very good example of the style.

M: fairly heavy, carbonation about average and not too fizzy, allowing the malt and fruit flavors to stand tall

D: while it didn't have the complexity of a Trappist, this was a very easy and good drinker, although at this abv one has to be careful. An enjoyable experience all around. I happened to be eating a Chicago-style hot dog at the time, and while not expecting a good match, the beer was able to hold its own and not get crushed by the tangy condiments. With chocolate this would have been heaven.

06-15-2008 23:27:57 | More by joeysmokedporter
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance: Pours a rather dark, reddish-brown body with a foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Spicy, sweet-smelling aroma of rum-soaked spice cake, orange zest, random berries, and dark caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet, sugary dark malts with well-blended tastes of caramel, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Punchy, tangy fruit character throughout. Mild bitterness. Dash of white pepper. Very, very slight sour hint. Touch of alcohol near the end. Fruity, fizzy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very tasty. I'd been quite some time, years in fact, since I'd last had one of these. I oughta be ashamed of myself.

06-15-2008 05:03:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.68/5  rDev -13%

750ml corked bottle served in a chalice. Poured a dark copper with lots of carbonation. Two fingers of off white head. Fruity with some spice in the aroma. Smooth, medium bodied beer with some malty sweetness and a little spice in the finish. Sometimes the Unibroue beers blend together with me. Nothing really jumps out at me, but I still enjoy them on a purely hedonistic level. Good value for your money.

06-04-2008 01:15:07 | More by homebrewhawk
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RixBeer

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4%

Dark Brown Mahogany color with 2+ inches of head that fades very very fast into a mere millimeter. Damn I know what a millimeter is.

Plum, raisin, lightly spiced rum or maybe even brandy with a hint of burnt charcoal. And of course that undeniable whoft of that weird Unibroue water.

Smooth hop and malt balance that is accentuated by an unsweetened fruit and caramel flavor along with a grainy, dry spiciness.

Every sip has a kick of lively carbonation in the front of the mouth that fills every inch from cheek to cheek. Very fizzy in the back of the throat. It is good. Not awesome but very good.

This beer is drinkable in a four pack. I would, could and have and will again drink this wondrously magic brew from the crazy canucks up above me. My favorite from these guys!

06-01-2008 03:27:54 | More by RixBeer
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a deep, dark mahogany, quite cloudy and a massive, big bubbled head that soon diminishes to a covering. Aroma is classic Unibroue, plentiful fruits: cherries, grapes, raisins followed by rich toasty malts, hints of chocolate, and spicy alcohol. On the palate, its richness is quite nice, it starts of big and bold malty, plenty of toasty malts and fruity esters. A mid palate sweetness finishes relatively dry given its high carbonation. Overall, a solid offering from Unibroue, one of my favorites and one I too often overlook at the store.

05-28-2008 14:25:27 | More by dreadnatty08
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jdubjacket

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -9%

Brought a couple of these over to a BBQ for me and one of my friends. I found out firsthand that the other partygoers had brought Budweiser, and would not stand for that. Looks like a ruby black, if that makes any sense. A pretty frothy head and a lot of bubbles along the side of the glass. Smells like dried fruit with hints of cocoa. Tastes like prunes, raisins, spices, not unlike port. A very effervescent mouthfeel. Not the most drinkable beer due to the higher ABV. These things pack a punch.

05-26-2008 16:45:34 | More by jdubjacket
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

Bronze-orange color, hazy and attractive. Tan head jumps up several fingers, but leaves too little lace for a wonderful score.

Lots of dark fruit, more like figs than dates as it lacks the unbridled sweetness. Spicy and herbal notes are also present. Should be interesting.

Lots of spicy fruit in the flavor, that's actually rather dry. Not much sweetness like I'm used to in style. The mouthfeel also lends the imagination to something that's a bit thinner and more watery than it really ought to be.

Hm. I remember this as being a little better. Perhaps it's not the wonderful one-off of my memory. Check it out for yourself.

05-24-2008 03:05:15 | More by BretSikkink
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FleeVT

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz. brown bottle with best before date and some instructions on preferred glass and pouring style.

A: This brew pours thin with a deep, brown color and a tan head. The head dwindles down in my goblet to an extremely thin (read sparse) layering.

S: A sweet nose with lots of fruits and spice. Pear and coriander seem to be the most distinguishable. Earthy and grassy notes provide some balance.

T/M: The mouthfeel really jumps out of this one first. It's got a high carbonation that tingles the tongue, but it complements the creamy medium body by providing an additional texture. The palate again comes through with sugar and spice. Coriander and a bit of sweet cocoa goodness are first and foremost followed by a healthy dosing of alcohol. Extremely dry and warming.

D: My first exposure to this brewery. I'll be buying everything available from them. A great representation of the style, actually my favorite I've tried. A great balance of strength (alcohol), spice, fruits, and malt.

05-22-2008 01:41:28 | More by FleeVT
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Folderol

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -29.6%

I haven't tasted many Belgian Strong Dark Ales, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was so impressed with Maudite that I could only expect a darker version to be even better. That's usually the case with English ales, so why not Belgians? What a letdown. This beer looks so good, dark brown with a rocky tan head that filled my glass and never fully receded. But that's where the fun ends. This doesn't smell like something I want to drink. It's not inviting or malty, more a sort of twisted fruitiness that I can only describe as "rotten flowers". The taste follows the smell - it's sharp and dry in a way that defies description. I was hoping for some imperial stout-like dark fruit or chocolate or something, and all I get is... I don't know. I can't describe the taste other than not my cup of tea. I'll stick with Maudite next time.

05-21-2008 23:05:54 | More by Folderol
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Lexluthor33

New York

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours dark,reddish brown with a big foamy head that remains as a one inch lace. The aroma is malts,grapes,berries/fruits and light hops. The taste is sweet and slightly spicy,hints of chocolate and grapes. Cherries,hops,malts and the obvious alcohol taste. The feel is slightly dry in finish with some yeast notes and very proper carbonation.

Notes: Boy,oh Boy. This blew me away. So good to sip on even as it warmed. The balance was unbelievable. The flavor was to die for.
The finish was simply just as good as the beginning. This will be in my fridge at all times as long as I can find it. The alcohol was always there,but it was so well hidden. A tiger in a cave,roaring,yet not attacking.
Simply a wonderful brew.

05-19-2008 03:28:25 | More by Lexluthor33
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

341ml bottle
9.0% ABV

I tried this beer on January 17, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. I've been trying to get a hold of this for a while but it has been rather elusive. The beer poured a dark brown, with a thick creamy tan coloured head that lingered a few minutes. The aroma was sweet malt, some yeast, some dark fruit, and some spices. The mouthfeel was creamy, full-bodied, with high carbonation. The flavour was malty, sweet, yeasty...with a little licorice.

05-13-2008 05:22:35 | More by cyrenaica
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pwoods

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz.(or maybe 11.2oz?) silver foil topped brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Chalice.

A: Pours a very deep reddish brown that's solid as a rock. Big head forms with much carbonation but remains creamy and holds nicely. Little bits of lacing.

S: Yeasty, fruity, sweet, caramel, pepper, spices, alcohol, carbonation...I can't believe how fast I went from disliking Belgians to loving them.

T/M: Caramel malts with an almost molasses thickness completely covers the tongue. The lively carbonation and prickly, peppery, spicy, fruity yeast cut through to balance. Alcohol is sweet and warming with some drying effect in the finish. Body is on the lighter side.

D: Tasty and easy to drink. What more do ya need?

05-09-2008 02:00:43 | More by pwoods
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gpogo

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

A- Opaque dark brown, up to the light a slightly red brown tint. Off-white head which quickly goes thin, finally ending as a small ring with no lacing.

A- Raisins and cherries. A very dark fruity aroma.

T- Fruity sweetness similar to aroma with raisins and cherries. Finishes dry with a slight bit alcohol.

M- Medium bodied with high carbonation. Incredibly smooth

D- Definitely. Goes great with a meal. The alcohol is definitely there, but is rather hidden.

05-04-2008 17:40:03 | More by gpogo
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MrMonkey

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours an opaque dark brown with some lighter highlights when held to the light. A two-finger, creamy light-tan head fades slowly to a thin cap and then a ring. No lacing.

Smell is sweet dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Raisins, figs, plums and cherries all meld nicely with a faint toffee maltiness.

Taste is sweet and tart dark fruits up front; reminds me of carbonated cran-raspberry juice. There's some malty sweetness in the middle, with more dark fruits similar to the nose. Just a bit of mellow, earthy hops in the finish.

Medium-bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel.

A great beer that goes down smoothly.

05-02-2008 20:56:42 | More by MrMonkey
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soultrain19

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured a dark mahogany color with a quickly dissipating head. I was quickly hit with fruity esters which seemed to overwhelm a backdrop of maltiness. It has a sour aftertaste with no hop presence. Very crisp carbonation that settles nicely. For a dark ale it is not overpowered with malty sweetness but rather more subtle fruit essence. As the label says "remarkably mellow".

05-01-2008 00:15:58 | More by soultrain19
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santa109

Quebec (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Served at 55 degrees.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with a medium sized head that doesn't stick around for very long. Settles in a thin film.

S: Plum, usual unibroue spices (tamer than their other brews), a bit of alcohol reminiscent of port. There are some other unidentifiable aromas. As it warms, plums fade away and only the spices and alcohol remain.

T: Wow, very refined sweetness, like plums. It's very complex, this bottle tastes smoother than usual, it's possibly aged already. There's some spices coming from Unibroue's typical yeast, but in a much tamer way than their "Fin du monde" and others. Flavors are meshed together, not separate. I love this. I've yet to come across another beer with a similar taste.

M: Interesting chewy mouthfeel that complements the taste very well.

D: Alcohol is present, yet in a tame way and it doesn't get in the way of the drinking experience. This is a beer that commands respect, a sipper.

Overall, this beer needs it's own category, I don't think I've tasted anything that comes close to it. In my opinion, Unibroue's best, not as in your face as the others, yet extremely complex. A dessert amongst beer!

04-26-2008 04:25:32 | More by santa109
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -20.1%

Pours a dark red-hued bronw, thick white head that sticks around nicely. Lacing is present and quite nice.

Aroma reminds me of a dubbel, a bit of wheat malt, a bit of yeast esters and phenols. Flavor is quite rich and malty, a bit of fruit and a smack of unibroue's signature yeast.

I remember being blow away by this ale, it seems to have been "melowed" down from what i remember... a good dubbel, but not a extraordinary one like it used to be.

04-24-2008 01:44:48 | More by bloberglawp
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BoitSansSoif

France

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a dark reddish-brown with thick beige head. Retention is impressive, and there is an intricate lacing around my snifter.
On the nose, dried, dark dried fruit and some cherries, faint spice, cocoa, and lightly sweetened dough.
Taste is a rich, hearty blend of slightly sweet and toasted malt, raisin and faint dried papaya with uplifting spicy yeasts that carry the ale though a smooth finish. Nice, medium body and the carbonation picks at the tongue and soft palate just like a nice champagne, leaving the same dry mouthfeel at the end. The body is lighter than other varieties of this style, but it marries up perfectly with the spice and flavor. This is a delicious, well-balanced beverage. There is also a veil of mineral presence that lingers in the aftertaste along with some faint hops that cleanse the palate just enough to make you want to take another draw. The light sweetness lingers on.

04-22-2008 18:27:51 | More by BoitSansSoif
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Douglas14

California

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours what could be black, but black doesn't quite describe this color. Black is for stouts...this is more of an extremely dark wood? It has an incredible, thick, fluffy, beige head that seems to be sticking around for a while. No webbing on this one; a solid layer of head sticks to the walls of the chalice. An immense cotton candy-like essence radiates outwards and is followed by malty, fruity, and spicy undertones. Surprisingly floral as well. The taste is complex beyond belief. It starts out sugary (candied sugar) and spicy (cloves for sure) followed by some oak, vanilla, and earthy tones, and finishes with rich bread and malt characteristics. This brew has is full bodied and very rich. Trois Pistole is something else.

04-20-2008 04:28:24 | More by Douglas14
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Murky brown with orange edges and a good head.

Like the label says, smells like ripe fruit, with a bit of alcohol. A bit grassy as well.

Taste is fruity. Spicy dark fruit. Peach, plum, and grape and a finish of alcohol. Long aftertaste. Complex but very mellow.

Nice mouthfeel. Smooth and somewhat dense.

Not blown away, but this was pleasant and well done.

04-11-2008 02:14:13 | More by Strix
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,119 ratings.