Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,932
Hads: 4,608
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 244
Gots: 552 | 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 watermelonman
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a plain dark color with a decent head that shrank quickly but stuck around in small form. There's very little lace left in the glass. Bubbles cling to the side of the glass but slide down after each sip.

The taste has hints of fruit with a potent alcoholic punch.

It's a very good beer, and stronger than Maudite, but it may not be as well balanced. Still, the layering in the taste makes one come back for subsequent sips out of curiosity. (461 characters)

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hats of to Unibroue. This is yet another delicious brew.

It pours a big (full) brown color into the glass with a hearty head. The smell is complex and difficult to define - some alcohol, fruit and something, je ne se quoi.

The flavor is a mixture of hops and dark fruits - they combine in the mouth together for a very pleasant, big flavor that lasts well beyond the actual sip. (385 characters)

Photo of sponberg
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Not that far different than the bottle. The same big, chewy, portlike character is there along with hints of black cherry. The biggest difference that I found was a distinct "prickly" mouthfeel on tap. This may be due to the keg not having time to settle down overnight, but it did detract a bit from its drinkability. I will try this again in a couple of days and reassess if needed.

Serve this on nitro mix and rename it "Trouble." With a capital T. (481 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $2.59. I love the Unibroue labels. Hell, I love Unibroue beers! This one has what looks like a demonic version of Pegasus rampaging in a red sky above what is probably a church.

Poured a very dark brown - so dark I thought it was pitch black until I held it up to the light. Very small tan head that dissipated quickly, but left a foamy collar throughout it's duration in my goblet. Nice sheets of lacing.

Smell was complex. Very sweet, sugary malts vying for attention with dark fruits. Also a "winey" smell.

Taste is simultaneously sweet and sugary AND dark and bitter. Imagine a sweet belgian pale ale combined with an imperial stout. The darker aspect of the flavor keeps the beer's feet on the ground and prevents the sweeter aspects from becomng too cloying.One thing that does not show up in the taste is the 9% abv. This goes down very easy.

Mouthfeel is just about right. It is substantial without being too thick. For a beer with this much going on, it is charmingly light without being too whimsical.

This is very drinkable. It's just as well that there is a dark bitter aspect, otherwise someone might be tempted to drink a lot of it at once. At 9%abv, this would be a bad thing come morning. I think I have now tried every Unibroue offering that I can get around here. Hopefully a journey to an area with more beer options - like, say, Seattle or Portland - will change that. (1,455 characters)

Photo of RootedFool
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 750 at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

I love the macabre, fantastical label.

Pours with barely a half inch of bubbly foam that falls fast, leaving some gray swirls of film on the surface of the brew. The body is black, but on closer inspection it has a brown glow.

The smell is of intensely sweet malts, very brown sugary, dark fruits (raisins, prunes), and sinus-evacuating alcohol.

Taste opens with a bitter-sweet nudge that elevates into a sharp sweetness like bananas drenched in caramel and lots of powdered sugar -- and throw a few maraschino cherries on top. The sweetness holds through to the finish, with some hop bitterness sitting in the corner and barely saying a word.

The high ABV warms my gut, throat, nose and spirit; but isn't evident in the taste.

Lots of carbonation, gives the mouthfeel an airy quality that's pleasant, but leaves some puckering stickiness on my palate. (932 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack. Foiled cap.

Poured into a Rapscallion snifter, hearty inch tall tannish colored head formed on top of an extremely cloudy reddish-mahogany hued brew. Good lacing, after swirling it justs hangs on the sides of the glass. Sweet, malty aroma, with a tinge of alcohol. Nice, hearty, bready flavor, with hardly any taste of the alcohol, just the slow, warming trend down the esophagus. Nice. Just what I expect from a dark Belgian-style ale. (530 characters)

Photo of jsolack
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown, light head. Looks thick and cloudy.

Chocolate and licorice come first and mild coffee comes later.

Absolutely great taste! Very sweet in the mouth. Very little bitterness. Has sweet brown sugar aftertaste.

Smooth and thick in mouth. Little carbonation.

I could drink the whole 750ml bottle... probably the best tasting beer I've had. (413 characters)

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trois Pistoles was served from a 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. It poured dark brown but in a Duvel tulip it was nearly black, and glowed a hazy reddish-orange-brown with backlighting. It was topped with a beautiful creamy off-white head that left very nice lacing. The fantastic nose was beaming with fruity esters, dominantly cherries, dipped in fine chocolate. Other esters were noticable just outside of the spotlight, such as cantolope and coconut. A tad of alcohol was present from time to time. The taste closely reflected the nose, but was much more complex. Again, the dominant sensation was one of sweet, dark cherries and chocolate, but this time, a whole world of other fruits/flavors danced over the palate. I imagined notes of cola, melon, pear, apple, banana, and bready yeast. All of this was presented with an active bite from the start, which contributed significantly in launching the flavor score to "exceptional". This wonderful world of flavor was followed by a sensation of warming in the throat and lingering flavors of sasparilla, cola, chocolate, and cherry. The body was fluffy, very smooth, and full. In conclusion, Trois Pistoles is a superb creation: Big complex flavor and strong, yet meticulously balanced and deft enough to make for easy drinking. This is likely my favorite Unibroue! (1,319 characters)

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

Trois Pistoles pours a dark brown with a very foamy brown head that quickly vanishes. Its aroma is malty with fruit and nuts notes. Quite complex.

The taste is equally complex. Malt and nut flavors combine with other tastes while a noticeable alcohol flavor presides over 'em all. Quite a nice taste.

The body is good and solid, despite the alcohol level.

I'm a big fan of Belgian Strong Dark Ales and Trois Pistoles is an excellent example. Unibroue maintains its reputation for quality with this ale. (512 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very dark marroon color with a fizzy tan head that disaptes quickly. No lace left behind. Smell is of dark ripe fruit with plum and raisin coming to mind. Very sweet smelling. The taste is extremely sweet with dark roasted malts and a very slight hint of chocolate. The fruits really bring out this beer with plums, raisins and figs. The alcohol is well hidden under the rich taste of this beer. The aftertaste is just as the bottle says "old port wine". A quality product from Canada. (498 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent beer but enjoyed "Terrible" more...

Pours a cloudy ruby red....minimall head....nose is sweet dark cherries...plums..even some grapes...flavors are dark fruits too...plums...but also a big peach flavor that jumps out..some spicy alcohol notes..

Mouthfeel is carbonated...slightly spicy from the alcohol....

Overall a high quality brew...but I'll take "Terrible" any day over this... (416 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very nice dark amber color with brown highlights. A very nice tan head formed to leave a beautiful lace.

Smell: Sweet yet lightly spicy. No alcohol is evident in the smell.

Taste: Sweet with some light spices that are mixed very well in the flavor. Alcohol is evident but not too strong or overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and consisten with enough carbonation to make the exprience very pleasureable. (426 characters)

Photo of Hex92
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured kinda cloudy and the head disappeared quickly with no lacing. But the beer was great in all other categories. Amazing flavor, smell etc. You can kinda taste the alcohol, but its not overpowering. Very good beer overall. Definitely in my top 10-15. (254 characters)

Photo of babyhobbes
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm, Unibroue!

This poured a nice brown color with a good-sized white head. It smells of malt and delicious spicy fruits. The taste is very much like the smell. The fruit is definitely more noticeble at the end. There isn't much sweetness here either. It's just right! This feels great in the mouth and has just enough foamy thickness to enhance the flavors. This is a drinkable brew and I'd like to have another. Alas, there is only one. (443 characters)

Photo of resirob
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second selection from Unibroue, and a fine one at that.

Poured a dark, mysterious, murky black/brown. The tan foamy head sticks around and leaves behind some beautiful Belgian lace to contemplate while sipping this wonderful elixir.

Aromas of wet hay, roasted malts, dark fruit, pear, chocolate, and some slight solvent esters.

Fruity beginning with a pleasant sweetness (not cloying), giving way to chocolate and a spicy, coffee-like dry finish. Alcohol lends a warming touch at the end.

Crisp and smooth mouthfeel.

Alcohol is hidden enough to make this beer drinkable, perhaps dangerously so. This one is destined to become a staple in the beer fridge. (673 characters)

Photo of vwahaszee
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer was black, without much head. It smelled good, a berry type of smell. The taste was pretty good, you can certainly taste the fruit, as well as a somewhat chocolate taste. However, I didn't like the mouthfeel of the beer, since it had very little carbonation, and by the time I finished the 750 ml bottle, I had had enough of the beer. (343 characters)

Photo of CortexBomb
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Remarkable beer here, the appearance is cloudy dark brown with plenty of head, and the smell is fruity but the flavour is where it shines.

The beer starts out with big dark fruits with plums being noticeably present along with some pears and the typical Unibroue yeast flavour with nary a hint of the 9% alcohol content. The finale also has a surprising cherry hint. These flavours work remarkably well together, and this is a very tasty beer, probably my favourite Belgian Dark.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and while still maintaining body while the drinkability is very good, this beer is smooth, and despite the distinct and strong fruity tinge. Dangerously drinkable.

Trois the crown jewel of Unibroue's all around marvelous line of craft beers. Balanced, beautiful, and tasty. A must try experience for all beer fans. (826 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not at all what I expected.

Not an impressive looking beer at all in the glass. Pours a coppery brown with a minimalist(I'm being kind)head. Perhaps I had a leaky bottle but the carbonation is just not showing itself. Smells weakly candy like with some sugars and nutmeg coming through. The taste is rather flat off the top with a real nice ramp up to the spices and brownie like texture. Carbonation is a little more present on the palate. Extremely easy on the tounge with a real smoth mouthfeel. Slightly sweet and very dry. Definitely a sipping beer. (558 characters)

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out with a huge, bone-white head of small, dense bubbles that quickly fizzes out like a soft drink. Bah! (Disclaimer: I have had samples that look much better, easily worth a rating of "4.") Threre's a bit of oozy cling to the liquid itself. Color of beer is near-opaque ebony; just a little bit of light comes through at the sides. Aroma is sweet from across the room; up in the nose it suggests fresh, sugary plums and black cherries; baking spices (mostly nutmeg?); and a strong, persistent yeast backbone that is somehow not bready. It's like they took my mom's black forest cherry cake and turned it into a beer. Despite the imposing appearance, nosefeel is delicate, cool, and expansive. Sweet taste (again, fresh! plums and black/sour cherries) would border on cola but a zap of spice (cinnamon especially, but also clove/nutmeg) levels it out, getting quite spicy in midpalate. The label suggests "port wine," okay, I can see that; there's a continually developing tannic/dusty grapeyness to it. A combination of fresh fruit "plumpness" and dry fruit sweetness... Bold carbonation in a near-fudgy mouthfeel dries out to a very full, dry, powdered-chalky finish that takes its time moseying away. No alcohol detectable at any point, even at 9 abv. Superb as a digestif and bordering on decadent. Mm. (1,312 characters)

Photo of counselor
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a moderate head. Muted aromas of nuts, plums, roasted meats. The flavors are similarly soft, of mild meats, slow roasted vegetables, and overipe fruits. The mouthfeel is well balanced and the beer goes down smoothly with little of the alcohol taste present in this offering (9%). A decent beer, but not as up front as some other of this style, and less so than this brewers other offerings. (414 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer forced me to taste it - when I unscrewed the 12 oz bottle, a rush of froth came pouring out of it unexpectedly and I had to taste it (or catch it, depending on how you look at it) as it was bubbling out of the bottle.

Once I decanted it into a glass, I was absolutely amazed by its head formation. The head on this baby was huge and noisy - audible from almost a foot away with its bubbles. The head instantly slumped away into a tiny rim of dirty white.

This strong dark ale is well, dark. It is a nice dirty nearly non-translucent brown. There is a bit of that sour Belgian yeast flavor on the nose.

The taste of this one surprised me for sure! I was expecting something deep and slow-drinking, but instead I found a roasty, chocolately treasure! There is a wheat consistency here, but nothing overwhelming - it really excells with its high-carbonated almost hoppy self.

I will go out of my way to get this one again. (943 characters)

Photo of JamesBerry
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As expected, another victory for Unibroue. Straight out of the bottle, Trois Pistoles is mean. Like the image on the label, this beer is dark and broody with more than a few surprises up its sleeve (like the unnoticably high 9.0% abv). From its black body arises the aroma of fruit, like unripened pears. On the tongue, it feels at once crisp and dry as well as mellow. No hops are needed for this to stand tall like the Three Towers of its name. Very drinkable, but probably not recommended for long sessions, unless you've got the liver for it. (546 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear Coke a Cola brown with lots of carbonation.

Smells slightly sour and spicy, with malt and molasses in there too. Also has a mild nutty aroma.

Tastes mildly sweet and bitter, with an unmistakable alcohol bite. This is a very subtly flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

An exceptionally easy to drink brew, very mild. If you like strongly flavored beers this will not satisfy you. If you like subtle flavors then this beer is for you. (455 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours an opaque ruby brown, the color of dark tea. A tight, light tan head blooms, then settles gradually to an uneven film of froth, with pillows of soft foam floating independently on the surface. Dotty lacing slides slowly southward from whence it came.

The aroma brings a healthy waft of grain earthiness, along with a dry citrus aura. The sourness of the yeast is mild enough to be a true asset. Berry fruit notes swirl at the outside of the aroma. Alcohol appears after the rest of the elements have dissipated.

A sweet grain backbone supports strains of dry grapefruit citrus along with mild toasted tones of caramel. A yeasty dough-like sourness plays nicely with the malt components. There's a very slight phenolic resonance at the top of the mouth that disappears as quickly as it arrived. A real alcohol presence works its way forward toward the end. The finish yields a distant but pleasant lingering cherry memory. Overall, not complicated, but basic and balanced, and a model of well-brlended simplicity.

Slightly heavier than medium bodied, it coats and lubricates sensuously. The buoyant flavors combine with the body and carbonation to swirl and fill the mouth.

Again, it's not complicated, it's just great! There's no need to hunt and peck through the flavors; each piece fits well and compliments the others. Each character is enjoyable and alluring. In spite of the very present high ABV, I'll brave the alcohol for future indulgences. There's just enough of each thing, and never too much of any one thing, so three cheers for the Three Coins! (1,583 characters)

Photo of dauss
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up a 750ml corked bottle of this brew. Pours a cloudy orange red. Massive light yellow-brown head with a very gentle
pour. Dissapates at a moderate pace but never fully disappears. Smells a lot different than other beers I've had. If you let it warm up in the mouth you can faintly taste the alcohol. Its a little fruity, very malty, and has a very good wine-like aftertaste. With a 9% ABV, it is deceivingly drinkable. A very fine brew indeed. (454 characters)

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,932 ratings.