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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,216 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,216
Reviews: 1,885
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 180
Gots: 356 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what it is, but if it says Unibroue on it I love it. Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Dark brown color with an awesome head. Smell was bready with just a touch of hops. Taste was similar to other Unibroue's which must be why I like it so much. Mouthfeel was medium-heavy and drinkability was easy for such a strong brew. Nice stuff.

rdub, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silver outlined label shows trois pitoles (three pistols) black on on crazy background. Very cool label. Always poured from a bottle into various glassware - this particular review based on a pilsener glass (sue me).

I found this beer has become one of my regulars. It's just outstanding to this reviewer's taste in every way and very drinkable.

The smell is just downright exceptional. It's bready, fruity, sweet and tart at the same time. It's a bit champagne but I just attribute that to the hints of dark fruits and spices. I did not think the head thin by any means and it pleasantly throws the aroma straight into my nose.

Taste does not disappoint and is noble and well done. It's dark enough but not heavy on the tongue. It tastes like it smells. Delicious and properly spiced, fruity breadiness.

Drinkability is very good as most belgian-style ales are.

The alcohol? It's present - but not enough to be remarkable in any way to this reviewer.

Hellabeerguzzler, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Rizalini
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy brown color, with a very foamy off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of ripe fruit immediately, followed by a slight alcohol smell.

T - Mellow for a dark ale, but good malty-fruit flavor with a slight dry finish. Strong alcohol on the front. The Belgian yeast rounds out the flavor nicely, but with no real lingering finish like promised on the bottle.

M - Light-medium mouth feel. Very bubbley; almost champagne-like. I expected a little fuller mouthfeel from this dark ale.

D - It's a good beer, very drinkable, but it just seems like there's not enough there to make me wanna have another one.

Rizalini, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of rdilauro
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The more and more I try strong Belgium ales, the more I enjoy their complexity.

The initial pour was uneventful, it poured a nice dark brown/black with a good white creamy head. The aroma did not show any hops, but I got a strong pleasant amount of yeast. I might have detected a bit of orange and also some wooden oak.

The taste was very clean, no hops, just a good mouthful, a bit malty (or perhaps yeasty) What I found really great about this Ale, was the LOOONNNNG aftertaste. The taste lingered on and on, and it was something that you almost didnt need to take a second sip, since the first was was taking care of everything

rdilauro, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of evanlarkin
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, similar to the color of the bottle. Through light more of a Dr. Pepper type color. That's also consistent with the head, which dissipated very quickly and left minimal lacing.

Belgian candy and a grapey flavor sticks out. It smells kind of like a dry champagne. I always find Belgian smells exciting, and this is no different.

Again, the flavor initially reminds me of a dry champagne. It gives way to dark fruit flavors and oranges. Lots of orange actually. Imagine a dry mimosa in a glass. Very different.

Bubbly and tingly. I have to make a champagne comparison for the 3rd category in a row.

Not 100% to my taste when I'm looking for beer, but I can certainly enjoy it. I see it as a solid Belgian style beer that lots of people who may not normally like beer could enjoy.

evanlarkin, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Dojima
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall wiezen glass.
The beer actually looks a little darker than the bottle.
Creamy, tan 2 finger head that never wanted to recede.
Didn't think I could wait. Nice creamy lacing.
Nose wafted of Belgian candy, brown sugar and of course a bit of alcohol at 9%.
The taste was a hint of sweetness with a dark fruity taste that was similar to raisins and dates or figs.
Carbonation spiraled from the bottom of the tall glass feeding bubbles in the head. At one point, this resembled a tan merangue head.
I actually enjoyed this beer more than the other unibroue offerings. The taste wasn't too sweet and it dissipated soon after without leaving any funky after notes. I am a fan and think that there aren't too many other beers that hide the alcohol as well. I didn't really get a taste of alcohol even though I detected it in the nose. It would be easy to go overboard.
I will continue to sample this one. Cheers.

Dojima, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap (or maybe cask, the menu wasn't clear) at Dek's in Rocky Point, NY. Served in a Trois Pistoles glass.

Look: reddish brown, almost purple, body. Its quite pretty but there's no head at all and consequently, no lacing. This might be an issue with the place but I'm not sure since a few other reviews I'm looking at indicate no head formation or lace.

Smell: caramel with some dark fruit, like fig, plum and dates. Bits of spiciness but that is subdued. The nose isn't as strong as I would like for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Its good but not great.

Taste: follows the nose. Dark fruit, plums, dates and figs, a bit sweet, dark caramel. Really, there's not a whole lot going on and those familiar, Belgian flavors I am looking for simply aren't there. A bit disappointed in this one. Not to say its bad but its certainly nothing impressive.

Feel: really, this is the biggest short coming of this beer. The body simply isn't style appropriate or pleasing in any way. It is way too thin, which is exacerbated by the fact that it isn't carbonated very well. Its way too light for the style. I understand that Belgian Dark Strong Ales aren't supposed to be big, thick or chewy, but this is thin even for the style. The body feels almost like its lightly carbonated fruit juice, not a beer.

Drink: I deliberately went slow on this, hoping to pick out some nuances as I went, but you could drink this easily if you wanted to. The light body helps with this. The question is, would you want to? For me, I wouldn't.

Overall, this was my first Unibroue beer and I was a bit disappointed. This beer just wasn't anything I look for in a Belgian Dark Strong. Maybe it was because it was on tap, but I've had BDSAs on tap before and loved them. Perhaps I'll give a bottle of this a try after I give some of Unibroue's other beers a chance, just going on Unibroue's reputation. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, the beer is an extremely dark, almost opaque amber-brown coloring with a bubbly, biege, airy head. On the nose, you get a whiff of the carbonation from the yeast in the bottle, as well as lots of dark fruit sweetness (plums and dates), and a little booze. The beer leaves a great lace along the glass as you move it around and drink. The beer is heavy, but crisp at the same time. Malty sweet flavors, with slight hints of spice to balance. Tastes like coriander, mostly, but it's too subtle for me to be sure. The fruit sweetness is a highlight along the molasses characteristics of the malt. Very heavy and robust flavors, but the light body does well to balance all of this. The aftertaste is extremely mild, with the slightest hint of spice and malt, but only a whisper. Clean, neat finish makes this one an easy drinker.

GarthDanielson, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of herman77
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours the color of Coke with a light tan head that dies off really fast to nothing. Lots of carbonation bubbles, it pretty much looks like Coke. No lacing.

S: Sweet and fruity (dates, figs, pears) with a bit of that belgium yeast spice.

T: Lightly sweet fruits, dates, pears and figs again with a good amount of carmel malt. Its got that belgium banana, spice yeast thing going on as well. Has a nice malty and slightly buttery aftertaste just like La Fin Du Monde.

M: Medium to lighter body. Really high carbonation. It does have a decent, though light smooth/creamy feel going on.

D: Decent drinkability. Its good, but only something I can have once in awhile and that itch has been scratched after one.

Kind of ironic that this is probably my least favorite beer from Unibroue so far, yet I have the Trois Pistoles goblet.

herman77, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of beerlove82
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep Roasted reddish brown with a creamy khaki head.

S: Fruit, Malt, Roasted, fruit, yeast, sorta nutty.

T: Now thats something special! yeast, Roasted malt,

M: Perfect. Carbonation is right on for me, not dry or wet on the pallet.

D: Good with seafood or a steak meal, or just a few by its's self.

beerlove82, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance; deep murky brown, almost black. Off-white head transitions nicely. Moderate retention and patchy lacing.

smell; doughy and wet malts, some zesty citrus hops. Bitter yeast scents and medicinal fruits, cough drop-like.

taste; very spicy and alcoholic. Some sweet plums and cherry juice but bitter hops keep it in check. The hops are very zesty and herbal but the aftertaste is bitter overall.

mouthfeel; floury alcohol, typical substance from the brewery. Could be smoother. The alcohol is very warm and the carbonation is grating.

drinkability; Tasyy but the aftertaste and alcohol make it a little much to drink in quantity.

Sachsenfreude, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz into Duvel Tulip.

A- nice 2 finger head. Deep, dark, almost purple-tint to the color. This is what beers in my dreams look like

S- You can practically taste the beer from the smell - dark fruits(plum, raisin, apple?) slightly sour, yeasty, nearly perfect.

T- Just like the smell, but its in liquid form and you can touch it. Perfect mix between alcohol and malt/hops/yeast.

M- Very nice carbonation level, it feels like large bubbles in your mouth briefly and dissolves into a very well balanced feel; not too thick or thin.

D- I've never dared to drink more than one in a sitting, but the goodness of this beer makes it a highly pleasurable experience. One of my favorites in the style.

mychalg9, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of shodrod
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(poured into a tulip glass)
This beer pours a dark brown color with a nice head that sticks around for a bit. A nice bit of banana and clove meets the nose with a hint of caramel. A true Belgium dark, the majority of this beer is spice, banana, chocolate, and coffee.
An excellent example of a Belgium dark ale, Unibrou knows how to make a Belgium-style beer!

shodrod, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip stemmed glass

A - Beer has a dark body and beige head that holds very well; good amount of carbonation

S - Sour notes; malts and yeast smells that produce floral scents

T - Belgian style; spices; yeasty and packed with lots of great Belgian style flavors

M - Thin and effervescent feel on the tongue

D - This beer is a great drink and another quality brew from Unibroue; nice strain of yeast in this beer

ferrari29, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue Trois Pistoles, on tap.

Appearance: A dark amber nearing a deep dark ruby in color. Small off white head sticks around for a bit. Looks the part of a Belgian dark.

Smell: White grape juice, accompanied by a light boozy note. More fruity notes as it warms, an overall inviting category making me want to take another sip.

Taste: Dark fruits right up front, raisen, plum and fig are all there. The Unibroue yeast strain is present in most of their Belgian dark ales and this is no different with a juicy fruit flavor. Alcohol is tame but there. Malt provides suggestions of cocoa. Overall a very nice well rounded dark.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium to full bodied feel, carbonation is good. Another winner from the Unibroue line, this is a nice go to beer and is certainly worth the endeavor. Good stuff.

Stinkypuss, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with annoying foil at 48 degrees into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours an opaque dark purple color with a half-finger of dirty white head that recedes to the edges quickly but laces okay.

S: Sweet dark fruits, some light citrus mixed in, grape, and the typical Unibroue yeast character.

T: Sweet red grapes, figs, and plums, peppery spice, coriander, and a faint, dry grape peel finish.

M: It is continuously bubbly with a medium body and long-lasting flavors.

D: This is very port like in flavors and sweetness and is very fruity for its style.

bucklemyshoe, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours to a deep brown with a dense beach sand colored head that raises to two-fingers, quickly settles to 1 cm and laces averagely.

aroma is spicy and fruity and a bit herbal with not much sweetness being detected at first.

that spicy unibroue yeast arrives first and is then taken over by some unsweetened dark fruits and berries, a bit of roasted malt provides some sweetness and some herbs appear on the finish.

silkly smooth with gentle carbonation, a smooth swallow and a long-lingering aftertaste.

drinks well. nothing spectacular, failing to separate itself from the trademark unibroue yeast profile, but tasty and enjoyable nonetheless.

silentjay, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Hasser82
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trois Pistoles was my first encounter with Unibroue and Dark Ale but it will not be my last. I just picked up some Terrible.

12 oz bottle served in a goblet

A: Dark amber color, nice head
S: Strong smell of malt
T: Wow. After the second drink it begins to taste smooth but it has a strong malty flavor.
D: Strong at first but smoothes out and builds in flavor. Very strong beer, hard not to want another.

Hasser82, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of MrWinky
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Nice cola color pour with a root beer-like head that recedes timely

S. Deep malt/yeasty/cocoa...not as overall intriguing as I had hoped.

T. More depth than I thought based on the smell...you notice the alcohol with yeasty tang, get some malty chocolate baking kinda baking with dark fruit notes...

M. Not overly carbonated, not too sharp considering the ABV, and no lingering heavyness.

D. Far too easy...it doesn't hold you down...on tap I'd be in trouble!

MrWinky, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with a dark cream colored head. very nice looking. a lot of bubbles visible at the edges, the head stays and there is some lacing.

S-heavy belgian malts. they're a tad sweet but slightly buttery smelling. its not a very complex smell. medium strength.

T-comes in with only a hint of dark roasted belgian malts. Its not as if there is any other taste that gets in the way. Its just the initial taste is fairly weak. The after-taste is my favorite part. Its a long lasting hit of the great dark malts. they're slightly sweet, at least more so than spicy as belgian malts some times tend to be. i feel the malts are laced with salted caramel. This is not a complex offering of the style...but it is a fine example considering.

M-medium to almost heavy carbonation with an extremely smooth finish. very, very light bodied for the ABV.

D-lacking no negative qualities, the is one of the more drinkable strong belgian dark ales that i've tasted. it has a lot of good flavor in a nice light body. in fact, this is almost dangerously drinkable for the ABV, i know i could get the 4 pack of this beer and drink it all in a night and then possibly regret it the next morning.

AdamBear, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a chalice glass. Pours a deep black with a half finger creamy light brown head. Nose is like most other Unibroue offerings -- heavy on the plum/raisin with a slight spice and yeast. This one was a little sweeter though, almost as though the fruit were slightly sweetened or barely dessicated. Very smooth and velvety in the mouth with a light carbonation that enhanced the sweetness of the fruit and allowed some spice to develop after. Alcohol was very well hidden again.

CuriousMonk, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of JamesS
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice deep brown (pretty much black) with a bit of decent head and some decent lacing. Nice deep malty scent, with a slight spiciness in the nose. Excellent deep malty flavor, with excellent hints of roastiness, tastes of fig and plum, and a nice spicy yeast/hop finish. Goes down a bit rough, alcohol heat is noticable, but not bad.

JamesS, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of WhiteOak
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 04-07-13

A- Cloudy cola-brown color with an amber edge to the light. Big dark tan head recedes to a ring but leaves behind copious lace.

S- A blast of Brett-like funk blows right off, rising like a fast clearing curtain, revealing seductive aromas of bananas Foster, allspice, nutmeg, pepper, bread pudding, yeast, dark sweet fruits (figs, Medjool dates), fermenting apples, vanilla, chocolate-coated almonds and cherries. Very nice...

T- Sweet, delicious dark fruits. Brown sugar. Banana bread baked with black, spontaneously fermenting over-ripe bananas, gingerbread.

M, D- Medium bodied. The aroma and flavors tempt drinking. ABV imperceptible.

WhiteOak, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown, nearly purple, with a cap of creamy beige head.

Smell -- Dark fruit, honeyed biscuit, rum-soaked raisin, toffee, gentle spice. The aroma is quite inviting.

Taste -- Still plenty of dark fruits, especially berries, apple must, cocoa, earthy yeast, clove, coriander. Lingering flavors of plum and coriander.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with ample tight carbonation. Slightly fizzy at the onset, but time makes amends.

Drinkability -- Overall, pretty good. Great aroma, balanced and subtle. A solid drinker that is readily available and at a reasonable price. If only this tasted as good as it smelled...

yeahnatenelson, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of HeightsEats
3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The appearance poured into a large snifter was unique, almost black / gray. The smell was largely of alcohol and dark fruit (e.g. cherry). The taste was complex with a clear roasted quality with a bit of sweetness, fruit and alcohol overtones.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin with the alcohol coming through more than it should, making me wonder if there should be a "best consumed AFTER" date on a beer like this. The "best before" date was early April 2013, 26 months off. Yeast flavors were also surprisingly subtle for a Belgian-style beer, making me wonder if the they were still not quite finished working (i.e. if this would have been better six months from now).

Drinkability was what really got to me on this, though. The high levels of not very mellowed alcohol and sugars (and active yeast?) made me a bit queasy halfway through, and, despite having a rye ale halfway through for something cleaner, I never quite finished the glass.

HeightsEats, Jan 24, 2011
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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