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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,509
Reviews: 1,934
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 213
Gots: 490 | FT: 7
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of tedsox31
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. The color is a very murky, dark brown, with a thin head of tan foam that sticks around ever so slightly. Some lacing along the side of the glass.

The aroma is of dark cherries, raisins, lots of spicy clove, and some cinnamon. Malty sweetness quite present. Perhaps a hint of chocolate.

The flavor is spicy up front with lots of clove, but finishes with the cinnamon. The darker fruits come in the middle; raisins, figs, and cherries. Not really any bitterness to speak of, from what I can detect.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, creamy. The sweetness and cinnamon-like spiciness lingers into the finish.

This is a very good beer. The clove spiciness could be a little less, but the flavors all meld quite nicely to make a delicious beer. This is a beer that could definitely improve with age.

Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a deep nutmeg brown with fair head which quickly fades leaving virtually no lacing at all.

smell: malty sweetness

taste: almost cinammon on top along with sweet malt;hardly any evidence of the 9.0% alc. content.

mouthfeel: full bodied but not overpowering to the palate, crisp and very refreshing

drinkability: this is a thoroughly drinkable brew from Unibroe

Photo of Grunewald
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours cloudy burnt umber. The head is tan and drips lacing.

S - musky fruit malt, rye bread, aromatic yeast, spice

T - dark rye/pumpernickel bread, light molasses, dried fruit, tannic hops and a spice finish

M - medium carbonation, medium-thick body, feels heavy in the mouth and has a dry finish on the tongue

D - great fruity bread/grain flavors

Photo of DrewV
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle out of the beer fridge at 45 degrees F into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass.

A: Solid cola-colored liquid in the glass with a 1.5-fingered light tan head. Spotty lacing clings to the glass until the very end.

S: Amazing balance of light and dark fruits. As with other Belgian Pale Ales, much apple and pear aromas blend with the darker cherry and plum aromas suited to Dark Ales.

T: Follows the nose with the same amalgam of light and dark fruits, followed by a substantial twang and eventually a full boozy kick as the beer warms. Belgian style? Check. Dark Ale? Check.

M: Sharp, well-carbonated and supported nicely by the booze. Moderately drying to the palate and the carbonation scrubs it nicely.

O: An oustanding Belgian Dark Ale. The vitrual dark ale equivalent of Duvel, except with the addition of some hot booziness. Even still, it is a fairly well balanced and powerfully flavored example of the style that comes with a warning: Beware the 9% ABV! My favorite dark ale thus far; a solid "A" brew.

NOTE: Frankly, I'm shocked at the number of reviews that claim the alcohol is "well hidden". This brew is fairly boozy and very warming to the body. There's no hiding those facts. Let's just say that the alcohol flavor is not off-putting, but by no means is it hidden.

Photo of jjm2503
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sourgrass
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of HopheadEd
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After the first sip, I told my wife this is my favorite from Unibroue. She quickly reminded me that I said that after La Fin Du Monde, Maudite, etc. Pours a dark brown with a big foamy head that lasts, and laces well. Slight aroma of fruits, maybe bigger, but I have a slight cold. Wonderful dark fruit taste and smooth mouthfeel. Silky going down. Clean finish with hints of pepper and spices to go with the fruits. Just a great Belgian Dark. Big alcohol prevents me from having more than 3 or 4 or.....

Photo of SaunaKing
3.19/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Working my way through the 12pack Unibroue sampler - first time i have tried anything from this brewery. This is a dark brown beer with a nice thick beige head and chunks of yeast sediment suspended in the brew.

There is no smell to this beer. I simpy can't smell anything. No aroma.
Taste is a little spicy but I can't identify what it tastes like. Its smooth with a soft finish. The yeast particles definietly impact the taste (positively).

Not a bad beer. I haven't had too many nor liked high abv brews but this is ok stuff.

Photo of DPMomutant
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, but not quite opaque. The head is very nice and large but doesn't last long. Very fizzy as well, looks pretty good.

Most of what I smell is berries. Looks like it may go well with the strawberry shortcake I'm eating.

The taste is delightfully complex. Fresh fruit in the front and wine at the end. The alcohol is not overpowering, but you can tell it's a higher than average ABV.

This beer goes down smooth with even carbonation as long as you look out for that alcohol again.

This 750ml bottle will probably be all I have tonight. This is a pretty complex beer I will say. Looks like wine until you see the bubbles. Still might be hard to have too many but what I'm having will drink fine....and yeah it goes pretty good with this dessert.

Photo of Faunland
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FrankK
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of animalchin
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a chalice. Freshness date says good until 2013.

A - A complex and layered array of dark caramel brown with a nice lighter outline around the chalice. A nice thick head resides for sometime, but then dissipates into a mere layer with some sporadic and circular lacing about the glass.

S - Dark and fruity malty characteristics followed by a more sweeter, yet spicy action. The sweetness consists of raisin and caramel, with the spice being clove.

T - A bittersweet introduction (literally speaking) - definitely very aggressive upfront with all kind of malt and spice taking action. Hard to say where to begin with the characteristics; has all of the basis of a Belgian dark ale - plum, raisin and the stickiness of caramel with the bitterness of cocoa.

M - Very murky and chewy, with very minimal activity as far as carbonation is concerned.

O - Probably one of the finest beers I've ever reviewed. I admire a brewers ability to keep me guessing and finding new traits in their beers with each sip, and this one is no exception. This work speaks volumes about the style, and truly brings out characteristics that one may not often come across.


Photo of don1481
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Pours dark brown with an tan head that lingers.

Smell: Cloves. Caramel. Sugar. This smells really good and really complex.

Taste: See smell. Lives up to its expectations from the smell. Yummy.

Mouthfeel: Cloves linger slightly. Full body.

Overall: Yum. Very yum. Do prefer Fin Du Monde ever so slightly, but this is really good.

Photo of Roke87
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle, chilled, and poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown in colour, not completely black but on the darker side, has a good 2 fingers of light cream coloured head, which slowly dissipates to a good sized lace, leaving minimal spotting throughout the glass.

Smell- Is very interesting and there are a lot of different flavours going on here, right off the bat you get some licorice, definitely some dark fruit smell and spice in there.

Taste- Is definitely spice and licorice right away, minimal fruit flavours in the taste and finishes with more licorice.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied on the pallet, with good carbonation, and finishes with more licorice taste that lingers till the end.

Overall- Haven’t had a beer yet from Unibroue that didn’t almost completely knock my socks off and this one is no different, a great smelling, great tasting dark ale that has all the qualities of a world renowned beer. If you’re a fan of darker ales and have this readily available, pick it up, you won’t be disappointed, and at the 9% ABV it goes down very smooth.

Photo of acat25
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Chisfinest84
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of NoetheMatt
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Flip_Smash
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

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!

Photo of skillerified
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brew with reddish tints around the edges. Tan colored two finger head fades to about 1 cm that seems to be sticking around for awhile. Good lacing.

Very complex aroma. I'm getting floral scents strong up front, but there's a layer of cinnamon underneath it. I'm also picking up grain-like scents. I almost want to say cooked rice, but not quite, just a little sweeter than that. There is definitely a sweet hint of fruitiness too (non-citrus though). I think it keeps going if you keep sniffing. A really incredible smelling beer.

The taste seems to be as complex as the scent. A hint of coffee/chocolate. A hint of cinnamon. A hint of dark, but sweet fruit. As it warms, it seems to be moving toward the grain flavors. The alcohol is just slightly noticable, but adds even more depth to this brew. It's hard to imagine it getting much better than this.

The beer feels a little heavy on the tongue. A touch of sweetness at the start fades quickly to a middle that honestly doesn't do a whole lot. It really doesn't have to, because the flavor really kicks in that point. The finish has a pleasant bitterness and lasts a long time. Carbonation really pricks the tongue throughout, maybe just a little too much actually. Seems to kind of stick to everything in there too.

I want another already. High ABV will lower the drinkability a little, but I could easily down two or three of these and call it a night.

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Westmalle chalice, at fridge temperature.

A: Poured a nice, dark ruby to brown with large bubbles and active carbonation. Head developed quickly into a tight, 1 inch cap, but then faded quickly to a ring around the chalice. No lacing to speak of.

S: Aroma is of raisins, dried fruit, toffee and the characteristic Unibroue house yeast. Some clovelike notes.

T: Fruity first presentation yielding to a dried fruit and burnt sugar finish. Carbonation, surprisingly, is not really noticeable despite its presence in the appearance. Finish lingers in the center of the tongue in a rather pleasant way.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable. The alcohol content is undetectable, and the light body and smooth flavor make it a quick glass.

Overall: This is a very good interpretation of a Belgian-style dark ale. I prefer the La Fin du Monde, but this is a very nice beer. I won't weigh in on the debate as to whether this is a strong dubbel, a quad, or a "strong dark ale," mostly because I don't think it matters.

Photo of mjyoung
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split w/ bbb099. Drank 5/2/11.

A: A DARK burgundy, with a hint of dark chocolate. Mild head, but not a lot of lacing left on the glass.

S: The smell was a little different then I was expecting, as it wasn't quite so overpowering as the ABV led me to believe. Dark fruit dominates the nose, but that's about it. Good, but not great.

T: Fruit fruit fruit. As a third party said, "it tastes like rotting berries". This isn't the knock it sounds like it could be, but it is strongly reminiscent of rotgut wine. It finishes with a nice sweet note, and a hint of hoppy bitterness. The Belgian runs underneath everything, providing good continuity through the taste.

M: Very smooth. No hint of alcohol. I actually really enjoy less heavy dark ales, so this hits the spot nicely. That said, it is a bit on the airy side.

O: As solid as this beer was, I'm not sure I can give it it's average for the

Photo of tonyf55
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Tom_Servo
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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