Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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94
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4,379 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,379
Reviews: 1,905
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 190
Gots: 410 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000)
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Photo of Sammy
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of My favorite beers. Every sip is a different delicious taste sent to the brian. Top pick from Canada's finest brewery will hold its own against Belgian ales. Nice at the end of a meal or for lunch instead of a heavy latte. Five and a half years till finally found on tap, at Volo's, and really not as good on tap, not as much body and taste, though aroma was there.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a rich dark cola color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to nothing. Lacing is little to none.

S - Brown sugar mixed with sour/unripe fruits. There is also a bread/yeast essence. Smells extremely tasty.

T - Like a warm biscuit with sweet fruits on top. There is a spice element to this beer that the alcohol helps bring out.

M - Very full but smooth. There is good carbonation in this beer.

D - Very drinkable for the 9% ABV it carries. One of my favorites from Unibroue.

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with hints of crimson. Nice off-white, tannish head.

S: Loads and loads of dark fruits and hints of cherry with some caramel and toffee in the background.

T: Creamy dark fruits overwhelm the palate. Raisins, figs, dates, and dried cherries.

M: Nice and creamy. Good medium body with excellent carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable. Big fan of this all around and have to say I enjoy it quite a bit more than La Fin du Monde.

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: A rather complex aroma of cherries and other dark fruits fills the nose, along with some notes of yeast and hints of alcohol.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sweetness with flavors of apples, cherries, dates, figs, spices and yeast. There are also some notes of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes this beer relatively easy to drink.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark tawny color with ruby highlights; the tan head leaves many strands of lace

Smell: Caramel, dates, fig, pears, cherries, bananas and a touch of cinnamon; a veritable fruit salad of a beer

Taste: Starts with a caramel and a fruity banana flavor from the Unibroue house yeast; builds with a range of dark fruit (fig and raisin) flavors; after the swallow, the black pepper and other earthy spices kick in, adding a touch of grain and woody complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied and highly carbonated; plenty of warming down the throat - it is 9%, after all

Drinkability: With all of its complexity, this is a very approachable beer and one of this brewery's best

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a burgudy pour, Trios Pistoles delivers a lively carbonated pour, releasing an egg shell white head that though short, leaves great lacing and lasts the entire session wiht a delicate sheet of foam. Both bold and elegant.

Vinous and fruity in aroma, the beer leads with grape, raspberries, blueberries, and black currants. The spicy yeast gives elements of white pepper and a mimic of oak-aged tanins.

Flavors are ester forward with the same fruits found in the nose. Aided with candied fruits of berries, grapes, and currants, the malts also give a fruitcake or rum-soaked cake taste that is both complex and rounded. Spices of orange peel, corriander, and anise also decorate the peppery phenols in an intricate way (in only a way that the ommition of hops can give, and is also characteristic of great Belgian ales).

The body is almost sticky-sweet up front but with a quick drying period midway through. But then the beer dries out swiftly and wonderfully with only a whisper of the sweet malts and deep esters that started it all. Fruity aftertastes remind me of Cabernet wines. Lovely through and through.

Trios Pistoles is a wonderful beer that can't quite rival the great Westvleteren or Rocheforts but settle in nicely behind the St. Bernardus Abt. 12's and Westmalle's. A joy to drink any day, and for the price a bargin.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown brew with a creamy dark white head. Real fizzy, I still had bubble coming on top five-ten minutes after the brew was pourred. The alcohol was not too prevalent and the taste was sweet and fruity. Usual malt taste from Unibroue. Very nice brew overall.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: thin head on a dark amber and brown body.

S: nicely complex with spices, apple, raisin and figs with some malts.

T: this one is a touch smokey with more dark fruit and spices as was in the aroma. inter-mixed cocoa and yeast notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: another excellent beer from this brewery. One of the best in a genre with some big name and very well made beers in it.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeasty brick red with a generous amount of dark bronze (center) and ripe orange (edges). Unfortunately, the head doesn't look anywhere near as good as the beer itself. Ecru in color, it has that somewhat harsh, unsticky texture that neither looks good nor deposits much lace. Or, in this case, any lace.

The nose is enjoyable, but it isn't strong enough or complex enough for this strong, complex style. It's primarily dark fruity, on the order of unsweet dates and dried figs (not dark enough for raisins and not light enough for apples and pears). There's also a moderate amount of an indeterminate, musky spice.

Trois Pistoles is good beer that doesn't blow me away. I'm still waiting for the Unibroue beer that will blow me away. Like most of their offerings, this one is on the lighter side of the style spectrum. Light is appropriate for a witbier or a hefe weizen, but I think BSDAs should be big, bold, spicy, and semi-chewy. That isn't to say that the beer isn't enjoyable, just that it doesn't fit my favored profile for the style.

Sweet and bitter fight to a draw, with spicy fruit maintaining center stage throughout. It isn't as spicy as say... oh, your average Belgian BSDA, but it's no shrinking violet either. The fruit comparison isn't obvious in beer that's this unsweet, but it's there. Dark caramel and even carob notes are present as well.

The mouthfeel is enjoyable if you like light and airy BSDAs rather than full ones. Although the carbonation is finely fizzy when beer first meets tongue, it fades quickly. Again, not my idea of perfection, but someone has to hold down the left edge of the bell curve.

I had high hopes for Unibroue Trois Pistoles. Why, exactly, I have no idea, since nothing that this brewery has yet released (that I've tasted) has lived up to the hype. I've found that the higher alcohol brews (Maudite, La Fin Du Monde, Don De Dieu) have been more to my liking than their lower alcohol counterparts. That said, they still can't hold a candle to the Belgian originals. This is good beer, but it isn't even close to special.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another goodie that I got to try on tap at Barleys last night. This one I had been wanting to try so what the hell right. Served in a goblet, this one was consumed on 06/11/2009.

The pour was very nicely done. Rich looking dark colors swirling around in my glass. A really nicely done looking head of off white comes climbing up and over the top settling down into a fine pillow. Lots of dark fruit on the nose here, prunes, raisins the biggest players by far. Light earthy notes and perhaps a touch of grain as well. Nice medium body,great carbonation here really letting the profile pop. Lots of grain and bready taste mid palate before it is washed away one last time by a nice touch of fruit and a hint of spice. Well hidden alcohol I have to say let this go down very smoothly.

Overall I have to admit this one was pretty damn good. Not the best, but very solid and I am glad I got a chance to try it on tap.

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a deep brown color with a nice looking tan head on top. The lacing is pretty good here. The smell of dark malts and fruits blend with the Belgian yeast aromas creating a slighty sweet aroma on the nose. The taste of the beer is lightly roasted, the sweetness of the fermented fruit flavors come through and leaves a dry finish in the mouth. The mouthfeel of this brew is a little creamy and had some light carobnation making this brew an easy going sipper that can be enjoyed for a while. Overall I found this to get better as it warmed up, this is a really nice brew.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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