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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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3,849 Ratings

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Ratings: 3849
Reviews: 1860
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%

Brewed by:
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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 ngandhi


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite Unibroue.

The pour is dark amber, with a head that subsides to a good lace.

The nose is mellow raisins and more indicative of what's inside than Fin du Monde. The palette opens to malt after malt after malt and arrives at a taste much like raspberries. Some chocolate notes, I suppose, and mild spice, but mostly this beer is luscious, ripe fruit. A magnificent Belgian; the relationship to Chimay is apparent. The fruits give way to a light hoppiness and then return. The finish is medium dry, the sweetness of the raspberries still holding firm.

Outside of a slight fizziness, the mouthfeel is exceptional. It seems that Unibroue threw a ton of malt into this one and let the yeast go wild. The final product is a relatively sweet, textured brew that drinks dangerously well. With FDM, I know to stop; it's hard to stop with Trois Pistoles. Spectacular effort. Maybe it's too much to ask, but I would have appreciated a little more hop effort. I know, I know -- this beer's not trying to do that; but if it is wanting in anything, it is only in that. Balanced enough as it is though.

A stunning archetype of the Belgian strong dark ale style.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2003 18:58:27 | More by ngandhi
Photo of bigbelcher


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

This is a big beer, 9% alcohol. I think the beer would be better if they made it a little sweeter. As it is not the high alcohol gives you a very warm drinking feeling. The brewer used to brew at Chimay and makes a good beer. For the style this isn't my favorite but it is a good beer and well worth the money. Wish they had a draft version.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 05:56:09 | More by bigbelcher
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium brown with a medium sticky head,aroma is sweet and spicey with some alcohol notes.The taste is sweet and and malty with some real nice spicey notes,very clovey and sweet very appetizing.The alchol really comes thru as it warms,a real true belgian stule ale,very appetizing.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 01:27:22 | More by oberon
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "best before" date -- in this case 09-03-05 -- on the back; $7.99/4 pack from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City.

Appearance: Pours a deep, cloudy honey-brown hue with a fat, off-white head and marginal lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts; banana and cherries; mild clove.

Taste: Sweet malts upfront and throughout; dry spiciness in the finish; secondary characteristics include black pepper, chocolate, banana and slightly toasted grain. Thick, chewy mouthfeel well-balanced by a crisp, tight carbonation.

Notes: Delicious. Prefer this to La Fin and Maudite.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 05:18:38 | More by Mustard
Photo of scottum


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown with a nice head. Nice and spicey with a touch of fruity (cherry perhaps.) Malts are sweet and strong, but the flavor balance is nice. Very complex, even for Unibroue. The 9 percent is very hidden. Perhaps too hidden. Quite the drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 00:58:31 | More by scottum
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 341ml bottle. Darl ruby/brown pour with a lively tan head.

Smell: Malty and sweet. A raisiny nose with sweet citrus hints. Lots of over-ripened fruits and a port-like pinch.

Taste: Raosted maltiness with an underlying burnt-sugar sweetness. A chewy, raisin and plum-like quality accompanied with a spicey body. Lingering sweetness on the tongue with hints of port and wooden cask.

Mouthfeel: Very lively and bursting with bubbly falvour. A sweet, cloying finish.

Drinkablility: A nice beer but not somethig i would have everyday. To me this is a sweeter, less spicey version of Maudite.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 18:35:52 | More by Popsinc
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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

Another gothic Francophone painting on this label to match the motif of the one on Maudite. Like it's heralding a dark omen. In fact it's trying to say that it is fiendish how good this ale is, so beware of your mortal soul, as you soon may just lose it to this bottle.

Poured from a brown 750 ml bottle, it is a heavenly cherry oak tone, frothy tan head that recedes to a thick ring and some lacing. Nose contains cherries, caramel, spices, mild herbal tones. Flavour is immediately that of sweet malt, sour cherry, some citrus, a bit grassy, a bit woody, then on to a spicy finish, some floral hops, and a boozy sherry-like aftertaste (to be expected with the 9% abv). The flavour then comes back again with a caramel/toffee taste that lingers in the mouth long after it's been swallowed. This ale is utterly remarkable, only the second time I have ever tried it. I am kicking myself now, as I'll soon be setting some bottles aside to mature. If I were a genie, this is the bottle I'd choose to live in.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 04:14:02 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of faernt


4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a huge pleasure of a beer. It isn't the first time I've had this one and definitely not the last. It pours with a pleasant head which dissipates to a golden ring which never really leaves. The color is cinnamon. It forecasts that this is a beer for food. With cinnamon I'd expect a dessert but this beer is firstly a steak beer (trust me here.... I've been drinking it for years) and then with aged goat cheese....it's a pairing to revisit. It tastes wonderful by itself and with food it matures into the straight man in an improv sketch. It's an all night beer. The ABV makes it a short one but worthy.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 00:25:39 | More by faernt
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle.

Poured a cloudy, dark, amber brown with a huge light beige head that left fair lacing.

Aromas of perfume, fruit, malt, and yeast. Smelled absolutely heavenly. The nose pulls you in. My fiancee smell the glass and wouldn't hand it back.

The taste is just as good if not better than the smell. Fruit, yeast, malt, and candy. Incredibly smooth and creamy, very little to no carbonation and a little light on the mouth. Goes down way to smooth and to fast. This is the best of the Unibroue line IMHO.

To quote my fiancee, "This is the best beer I've even had." I don't know if its the best but definately in the top 10.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 22:08:23 | More by Loki
Photo of Indybeer


3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured a hazy amber brown with a good head that slowly receded to a fine ring, leaving sone thin lace behind. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and slightly malty. Very appealing! Taste is sweet, with a cream sherry like flavor and finish. Good carbonation, with a smooth mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is pretty good, but needs some aging to mature.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 02:10:22 | More by Indybeer
Photo of granger10


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

Pours an amber brownish color that looks thick and has a good sized head. Looks very good. And the taste is equally as good. This beer has a very sharp taste to it (probably from the high amount of carbonation). The sweet malts (namely caramel) are noticeable but not dominate, they just hold the other flavors together. Other flavors include some spicyness from the hops, a dark fruit taste mixed with a dark wine taste. Alcohol is only apparent in the spicy, dry finish. Another great one from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 18:21:20 | More by granger10
Photo of stcules


2.35/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Mahogany colour, with winy reflexes.
Foam with a very short duration.
Smell totally fruit: cherry, orange, strawberry.
It is a warm and doughy beer.
In the taste the fruity character is less evident. Maybe it is too strong and sharp.
A hint of hop in the aftertaste, quite persistent.
Medium body, malty.
Interesting but a little too dry, and with a little drinkability.
The alcool is a little too evident.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 17:34:19 | More by stcules
Photo of WVbeergeek


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

Appears a deep amber brown hue almost opaque with a tawny cream colored head with little or no lace forming in my snifter. Aroma really full hop aroma here pine cone scented this hopped up Belgium style barley wine harmonizes with spices and peppery ripened fruit tones and just a touch of an alcholic finish. Taste is difficult to describe teh complexity of this beer is so vast, I will say I love it. A spritzy ginger like sweet tone blended with a nice amount of ripened fruit awesome beer in my opinion. Mouthfeel has a nice carbonation buttery mouthfeel with a medium to full body very well built cerveza. Drinkability is addicting, in the sense that I could sit and daydream about having another one of these beers although feasibly probably a one at time 9% abv big boy.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 16:16:17 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Mitchster


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark-mahogany in color with a fine sediment of yeast, forming a punchy dark-beige to light-tan head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is actually less apparent than most other Unibroues..maybe my nose is off tonight, but I am only picking up some clove, bananas and apple esters, phenols, vanilla, and some distant plain amber malts. Mouthfeel is initially spritzy and ends bright with a lightly wet finish and subtle slickness. Body is medium-light (Unibroues are always lighter in body than most other beers with the same ABV), and carbonation is medium-strong. Taste begins with a phenolic eruption of bubbles on the tongue, quite spicy at first with cloves and carbonated acidity, followed by some plain amber malts which dissolve slowly into a weak roasted note, sweet light chocolate, a mild metallic taste, some fruity esters towards the end and a brief tang of ruddy, earthy hops in the finish. Dark fruits are minimal. There is a mellow vinous sweetness that lingers in the finish. Alcohol is imperceptable in taste, but it warms the esophagus and packs a pleasant buzz. As it warms, and the carbonation mellows, it becomes more drinkable, but the alcohol becomes slightly perceptable in taste.

Certainly, this is a well-crafted brew, but it just doesn't do as much for me as Don De Dieu, Maudite, or La Fin Du Monde. The light metallic note, overly spicy spritzy mouthfeel and phenolic finish take some getting used to compared to other Unibroues, but it is still a very good beer compared to most.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 18:07:37 | More by Mitchster
Photo of MissOrch

New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I pored this 750ml bottle for a myself and a friend. After the initial pour, the thick head continued to swell, overflowing all over the coffee table. Cleaning up the mess, I noticed the malty, dark, almost sticky sweet murky odor. The lacing remained crusted on the glass until I scrubbed it the next day. The table had a sticky feel the next morning. It tasted malty-sweet, slightly like cherries, or even cherry flavored cough syrup. It also reminded me of sourdough bread, thick and bready, with that sour, mulch-like taste. The high alcohol content knocked me on my ass, and there were no seconds! Not for the meek.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 07:32:30 | More by MissOrch
Photo of euskera

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML bottle..

Pours a out a lightly cloudy brown with a nice head that holds the lacing very well. Smell is on the sweetish side, with malt and a little chocolate overtone. Taste is complex, with cloves and raisins feeling the mouth with the alcohol touching the edges of the tongue. Well balanced and tasty; a brew I'll go back to again easily.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 18:55:09 | More by euskera
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Dark Ale is a deep brown color with ruby highlights and tan head. The complex aroma includes roasted barley, spicy hops, fruit, cloves and fumes of alcohol. The deep rich malt houses flavors of caramel, toffee and a hint of banana. Highly hopped with spicy and lemony citrusy bitterness along with ripe mixed fruit. A powerful, well made brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 07:13:39 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of SheepNutz


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one in a 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a very dark brown with 2 fingers of head that die off slowly. There is almost no trace of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a sweet aroma of banana and toffee. A strong smell, but not overpowering. The taste has a bit of fruit and caramel to it, with just a hint of toffee. The balance is a little on the malty side, and there is an alcohol taste to the finish. The mouthfeel is okay, but a little bubbly. The drinkability is just fair at 9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 21:58:57 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of PhantomVodoo


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

Murky, dark brown with a tan head.
Aroma of yeast, clove, banana, and sweet malts.

Taste shows a substantial sweet, caramel malt backbone. Hops do a decent job of balancing this one. Yeast, clove, and banana also present in the flavor.

Mouthfeel seemed overcarbonated.
A bit harsh and the flavor profile didn't strike my fancy. Not nearly as drinkable as Don de Dieu.

Overall, a good beer, but I prefer Don de Dieu or Maudite. I think those 2 both have a better flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 20:50:26 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of hotstuff


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a large invigorating tan head with fine-small bubbles that quickly dissolved. The lacing was sparse on the sides of my glass. The body was a reddish brown. The aroma was fruity and sweet. This brew had a smooth taste and a good mouthfeel. I REALLY, REALLY enjoyed drinking this brew!! Do we have more of this one thedm??

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 05:55:59 | More by hotstuff
Photo of TheDM


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured an envigorated large head of fine to medium sized bubbles that left little lacing and lasted a good length of time. Its body was a very cloudy semi-opaque deep brown color. It has a very nice strong malt aroma and a very smotth initial flavor that finishes much more complex than it starts. its high alcohol content is well hidden in its flavor. The flavoe is very hard to describe. It is highly complex with a lightly fizzy, tongue tingling sensation of malts and spices. Extremely good brew. I will definately try this again in one of their larger bottles.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 17:16:12 | More by TheDM
Photo of tavernjef


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wild color of dark and deep amber more brown towards the top & moderately cloudy, lots of bubbly carbonation flying up the glass. Super tall head that overpowered and took a few minutes to pour my 12oz bottle into my 14oz brandy glass. Head slowly poofs away and is a puffed whipped cream of dark ivory hue. Tons of heavy settling in the middle and tons of gluey lace in large patches and shelves, great consistency.

Has a nice light citrusy dark aroma, spicy, with caramel and banana notes, some wet breadyness also noted.

Taste is subtle, layered in mellowing smoothness and dark, lots of dark fruits in front of banana, strawberry, raisins, a lemony sweetness but soft and dark as well, takes the stage leading to dark caramel, with hints of nuts and bread yeast and some small hops rounding out and bringing a firm but mellowing balance together. Nice texture thats a bit astringently soft yet complex in its lingering. Feel is full medium body, smooth and a bit creamy with that tingly effect late from the carbonation.
This is one awesome brew, I could drink alot of these but the 9% hits ya if you drink it fast, but its so good why not, you gotta go sleep sometime. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 19:48:56 | More by tavernjef
Photo of jcalabre


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 17 June 2002. Cloudy, dark brown color w/ a nice head, this beer is elegant. There are so many subtle fruity & spicey flavors that it was like tasting a fine wine. Don't miss this one. Take your time to savor it. great job unibroue

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 17:22:16 | More by jcalabre
Photo of irishmoss


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

First off, wow. A beautiful brownish-ruby color with a nice tan head that dissipates somewhat, but a nice thin line remains. The taste was somewhat fruity to begin with (banana-nut bread), then finished spicy and crisp. Perhaps the taste was more like a spicy port wine. There was definitely something about the flavor that I can't even imagine to appropriately describe, and I loved it. The drinkability of this dark ale was surprisingly high. I'm certainly a huge fan and I'll be buying this one many, many more times.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 10:02:26 | More by irishmoss
Photo of pio


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i've got to, first, give a salute to the beer label. usually i wouldn't let a label effect my appearance score but this is the shit! it has hellfire, evil looking heavy metal print, a demon-pegasus, spires and a gothic looking set of metal wings on the bottleneck label. it's cool if you're into that kind of thing, and i say i am! that aside, pours a color of an apple slice left out in the air. a special color for sure, capped securely by a beige pocked head that's died down but not relenting, it stays at about a quarter inch. i approve!

aroma of alcohol and a malt or port wine. flavors of malt with rasins or fermented grapes (yeah, ok) there is a quite spicy nip that says nice things to the tip of the tongue. it finishes nicely: warm spice and carmel balance on ripe fruit. some hints of cinnamon, coco. mouthfeel is thick and crispy too, alot of bubbles help convey everything. burps high into the nose with spicy Co2. this is a very good beer as far as i am concerned. thanks for reading my review.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 18:56:25 | More by pio
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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