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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,155
Reviews: 1,877
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 176
Gots: 330 | FT: 8
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 ShanePB
2.95/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a foil wrapped 341 ml bottle into a signature Unibroue La Fin du Monde tulip glass.

A: Mahogany brown, enormous sudsy slightly off-white head, reddish hues in the light.

S: Dried dark fruits, alcohol esters overwhelm everything that is here, though. Nice subtle malty backbone with some peppery spice. Hops seem to be all but lost.

T: Burnt sugary crust, raisins, figs, overall very "fruity" (dark) profile here. Again, the hops are missing, though I'm not surprised. There's something about this that doesn't sit too well with me, though it may just be not my favorite style.

M: Pretty thin body, though the carbonation gives it a solid medium-bodied feel.

D: Not my style, I'm gathering. This flavor profile is overall too much for me -- the flavors seem balanced but they're not my preference.

I wouldn't buy this one again, but judging the beer for what it is, the mark is pretty dead on for a Belgian Strong Dark. I wish there was something else giving this a bit more depth than is displayed.

ShanePB, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of afinepilsner
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Trois Pistoles was dark brown with a beige head. The head was rather small and didn't last with very little lacing. The smell was dark malt and some dried fruit. The taste was full of dark malt and fruit flavors with a touch of peppery spice. It finished dry and throat warming. It was medium bodied with fine carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a tasty brew and well worth trying.

afinepilsner, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of CaptainIPA
2.83/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola color with scarlet highlights and a two-finger beige head that quickly fades to a rimming of foam. Lacing that sticks. Aroma is truly rank in that it smells like stale vomit.

Taste starts out on a bad note, specifically a metallic one. After that unpleasant introduction, flavors of dark fruit, raisins and plum begin to meld with caramel malts and bittering hops. Alcohol emerges with a decidedly bourbon-based character. Middle moves into suggestions of candied fruit and prunes. Finishes bitter and coarse with a scratch of husky grain.

Rich and full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Complex enough character once the ale eventually warmed, but too many strikes against it to fully embrace this offering.

CaptainIPA, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown with ruby and even purple hues when held to the light. A few finger bubbly tan head that settles quickly.

S - Clove, signature unibroue yeast, plum, rum soaked raisin, fig, brown sugar, even more sweet candied fruits and maybe even a hint of chocolate covered cherry.

T - Spicy unibroue yeast with a rich maltiness, dark fruits that become over taken by a bitter/spicy combo. Toasted bread, candi sugar and more dark fruit. I think the unibroue yeast/carbonation actually take away from the flavor of this one.

M - Medium body with very prickly carbonation scrubbing the palette after each sip. Creamy but I think a touch less carbonation would help out hte flavor.

D - The carbonation makes it feel simpler than it is. There is a lot going on in this beer.

brewcrew76, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of jiggahertz
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beer bours a caramel brown turning black at full depth in a snifter, off-white head dissipates to a decent lace. A little bit of lacing throughout the rest of the drink.

S: Caramel, toffee, some citrus on the nose. Roasted malts and sweetness really come through.

T: Crips and refreshing up front, then the sweetness of the roasted malts come through. Big finish with traces of molasses, caramel, and a sweet fruit.

M: High carbonation and full bodied. Tastes takes a while to hit the palette from the carbonation.

D: Sweetness makes this a slow drink for me, one bomber is my limit here.

jiggahertz, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of goalie33
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into 13oz tulip glass.
A: Dark brown with slight red hues around the edges. One finger of off white head.
S: Smells almost like a red wine. Alcohol smell is definitely present along with smells of dark fruit
T: The alcohol on the nose is not present in the taste, but the fruits are also much less potent and only appear on the finish.

This is a solid beer with a great smell but the taste does not match up to it.

goalie33, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Erish
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 750 ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: clear, dark mahogany color, fizzy tan head quickly falls into a persistent cap, good lacing.

S: clove, nutmeg, raisins, dates, plummy note, and a hint of Belgian funk.

T: dark fruits up front, quickly followed by spicy, ester-like middle, the finish is dry, spicy, and long lasting. I am glad I tasted this so soon after I tried the Rochefort 8. The Rochefort has the richness and the intangibles that make a perfect 5 for taste. Trois Pistoles is close, oh so close, but lacks just that little bit of depth and finesse that makes a good beer a great beer.

M: medium-bodied, silky, moderate carbonation.

D: This is a very good beer, but is not a bargain next to the real (Belgian) thing. I cannot see spending the same money for a lesser beer.

Erish, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle. Bottled M0309 which I assume is December 2009.

A - Almost black but appears a deep amber when held up to light. Thick, creamy, cloud like head that is going nowhere appears beige. Lot's of carbonation. Cloudy. Insane lacing going down leaving layers of foam all around the glass except where I've been drinking. Cap of half a finger of head remains throughout. Great, great, great looking beer.

S - Lot's of yeast. Sort of a molasses character. Lively aroma.

T - Molasses and dates I think. Yeast comes out right before the finish. Sweet in the finish. Lingering dark fruit flavours. Methodical almost.

M - Carbonation is appropriate. Medium bodied. I would expect more body for something like this.

D - I could rock this stuff as a session beer no problem. Delicious. Not overly complex but you get a quality beer and the price is always good.

tbeckett, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Swedes21
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours with about 2 fingers of thick off-white head. The head stays around for a bit as well. The beer itself is very dark auburn, however, does filter light. Hard to tell carbonation levels.

Smell - strong grape presents as well some nice earthy tones. This beer is a very distinct smell. You can also pick up some hints of spices and faint caramel.

Taste - nice tasting beer that leaves a warm feeling in your throat. The beer really brings fwd the dark fruits as well the earthy tones. There is a slight hint of sweetness, but you gotta go looking for it.

Mouthfeel - the carbonation adds a velvet feel to this beer, really takes over the mouth. The taste of dark fruits as well some burnt caramel comes fwd. The aftertaste remains the same with a warming feel.

Drinkability - This has been a great beer to end a decent beer drinking day! The beer is one id stock for sure and want to share with friends. Canada's struck again with a top beer!

Swedes21, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of hawks10
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - Best before January 16th, 2010 - Probably means this was bottled January 16th, 2009, almost two years old when I drink it - Poured into my Trois Pistoles chalice...

When poured, the beer appears black, but up to the light you see some dark ruby red and plum colors, very nice looking actually. Two fingers of light tan head forms and quickly recedes into a cap of haze, a bit of lacing is left behind...

Aroma is rich with dark ripe fruits, sweet and malty, caramel and toffee. Slightly surprised to smell some hints of chocolate and roasted malts, which cut slightly into the dark fruit/sweet aromas. Just the littlest amount of Belgian yeast spice shows up in the nose as well...

Taste follows nose, sweet, dark fruits and raisins. A little alcohol heat mixes with a strong spice at the tail end. Caramel and chocolate malts really show through in the middle of the drink, slightly bittering the beer a bit and cutting into the sweet (almost too much so) dark fruits upfront. Belgian yeast shows up after a few sips and alcohol starts to show through more and more...

Medium bodied, a bit thinner than I would like, with a good amount of prickly carbonation. Beer still drink slick. A bit of some booze burn towards the end and a slight, weird sweet fruit aftertaste...

Not bad, this used to be one of my favorite beers, haven't had it for about a year, until this review. Can't help but be a little let down by my old standby, sweetness was a bit too much with a weird lingering fruity aftertaste, too thin mouthfeel as well...

hawks10, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle ---- Pours deep mahogany with a nice, off-white head. Yeasty aroma, with fruity and brown sugar notes. Medium, tart body. Flavor is of yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar and some unpleasant chalkiness. There are much better Unibroue choices.

mikeg67, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of mariposafan
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, super-dark brown - almost completely opaque - with a fluffy creamy head that dies down to moderate lacing over time.

The aroma is dark, fruity and spicy with Belgian yeast mixing in.

Taste is a little sweet, a little bitter, rich, fairly malty and somewhat spicy with a taste of cloves. There's also the taste of dried fruit - raisins and maybe figs.

The mouthfeel is medium, maybe a little lighter than that but with excess carbonation. Creamier would have been better.

It's pretty potent and pretty rich - definitely one a night for these. For that one beer, however, it's pretty easy to pick up and awfully difficult to put down.

mariposafan, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of jmarvin4189
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - dark as night with an off white head

Smell - malty smell with some spice undertones

Taste - has alot of spice flavor with some sweet fruity tastes as well.

Mouthfeel - medium carbination, a little alcohol burn but not bad just adds to the flavor and pronounces the spices

Drinkability - very drinkable, a heavier beer so it fills you right up

jmarvin4189, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of BatDaddy
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark caramel cola color with a nice bubbly head. It settles to a fine clinging lacing that hangs around and won't seem to quit.

S - Dark fruits, cherry, hint of alcohol, some grassy herbal-ness, hint of yeast.

T - Sweet malts with some slight chocolate undertones. A little bready with mild dark fruits. A bit of spice. Dry. Lots of complexity rolling around in this one.

M - Dry and bubbly.

D - Very nice. Definitely a sipping beer at 9%, but a fine sipping beer for sure.

BatDaddy, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Swill5786
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear, brown, one finger tan head. No significant lacing. Strong wheat in the nose - reminiscent of a dunkelweizen. Perhaps a slight spiciness in the hops. Fruity start, then strong yeast presence. Dark fruit, raisins in the aftertaste. Heavy mouthfeel, decently carbonated. Drinkability is just so-so.

Swill5786, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost black with reddish hue.
S: Usual Belgian yeast funk. Raisins
T: Warming alcohol. Dark fruitiness. Sweet but not cloying. Spicy notes are there but restrained. Clean finish
M: Silky from high carbonation.
O: Well balanced. Neither the sweetness, fruitiness or spiciness is overwhelming. The best part about it is the clean finish, which is hard to find in beers of this style, and makes it delightfully drinkable. Personally, though, I can't drink such sweet beers too much or too frequently.

jibbyvonjibb, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of UTCengOwl
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a 12 oz bottle from a four pack that my mom bought. Gotta love coming back for Thanksgiving. Served in a wine glass.

The beer appears dark at first, but when held up to he light, it shows itself to be clear and brown with some hints of pink and orange color coming through. The head is a homogeneous tan with small, tight bubbles. It's not as creamy as I'd like and it dies down a bit quickly, but it leaves a nice layer across the told and some lacing down the glass.

The nose is surprisingly sweet. Yes, there are the standard Belgian fruits and spices, but there's something strangely sweet here.

The taste is also sweet. There's some depth here... fruits, drier spices. Not as bold as their other BSDAs, but it's not an unwelcome change. The only real negative comment I hae here is that sometimes it leaves a strange aftertaste... something with the fruits.

The moufeel is ok, but not great. A bit thinner than I was expecting. It's definitely not magic on my palate.

The beer isn't all that drinkable. There's a reason that my mom wasn't able to finish the four pack and she's been getting interested in BSDAs. I may need to steer her back on course with a La Terrible.

I had high hopes for this beer, but it ended up being my least favorite Unibroue offering that I've sampled (aside from an Ephemere). I'm surprised the ratings were this high.

UTCengOwl, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep brownish mahogany color. A one finger, off white head that has sub par retention, there is no lacing which is not very consistent with this style.

S - Yeast is most present but there are some great fruity notes here. Some sweet raspberries, with some dark plums. Very nice.

T - Yeast is up front followed by a great layer of flavors. There is some raspberries, blueberries, and plums. There are some slight citrus and grass notes followed by a subtle hop tingle that finishes this ale off wonderfully.

M - Great amount of carbonation that really helps the flavors come out.

D - Considering the ABV, you better really watch yourself when your throwing these back or you may not be able to finish your review. Amazing.

LairdChisholm, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep cola color with amber tones, a tan whispy head that leaves little lacing.

S- Apples, chocolate, spices

T- Tones fo caramel, chocolates, dark fruits, and spice.

M- Medium bodied

D- Very enjoyable and sweet. Slight bite is nice and warming. Very good beer.

JayS2629, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of ChugsMugs
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep brown/black with slightest amber when held up to light. Pours an offwhite airy head, that surprisingly disipated quickly.

S- smells liks apples, phenolic/band aid.

T- sweetness of apples, presence of alcohol.

M- thinner than expected, carbonated, yet has a strong lingering taste.

D- overall very enjoyable, but not blown away.

ChugsMugs, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of philphilphil
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Trois Pistoles 12 oz. Served in leffe chalice glass.
Appearance is deep reddish brown.
Smell is nice with Fruits and spices.
Taste is smooth and complex at the same time, fruits, spices, but all not too intrusive.
Mouthfeel is good for the style, could be a tiny bit thicker.
Drinkability is good except for price as with all unibroue products, worth it all the same.
99th in my bottle collection, hoping i can find some don de dieu soon.

philphilphil, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a handful of Unibroue beers recently, and this was the first one I cracked. Poured a clear, deep garnet color, with a little off-white head. Aromas of molasses, red grapes and plums. On the palate, full bodied, nutmeg, molasses, caramel and brown sugar. Heavy, and tough to drink a lot of these, but a good beer nonetheless.

emmasdad, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of peensteen
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black colour with 1/2" of head that settles on top of the beer and stays there the whole time. There is a lot going on in the nose its almost overwhelming. Bready yeast, leather, plum, dried fruit with a touch of port wine kicking around. Also lots going on in terms of taste. Yeast, dried fruit and ripe plum with a nice effervescence, very complex. Medium mouthfeel that is just perfect. This drinks a little too well for 9% glad I have 4 more to put away for a while because this has made its way to my top 10

peensteen, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of EsoxLucius
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Again, a wonderful beer from Quebec, Canada. i actually prefer this over la fin du monde and you'll read why later on.

A: pours dark brown with some deep purple, a very robust head.

S: cherry with some yeast, very pleasant
T: a wee bitter, but sweet. cherry and malt are distinct.

M: moderate carbonation with decent thickness for the type.

D: i find the alchohol content to be nearly none detectable, it's excellent and a little less yeasty to me than La Fin Du Monde. i could drink this all day, if only it weren't for the ABV that sneeks up on ya!

EsoxLucius, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of banana and bubblegum, but darker than usual for the style. Some citrus and dark fruits and some apple. Moderate sweetness. Flowery yeast esters. No detectable hops.

The taste is bubblegum flavors, with mild darker caramels and some apple/grape flavors. Some moderate sweetness and notes of light barley wheat malts. A Belgian spicy yeast tingle mingles in as well.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice carbonation bite and smooth finish. Alcohol is well hidden but apparent as it warms.

Overall this is a very good Belgian dark ale, but one of the lighter tasting versions I have experienced. A distinct apple/grape white wine qualities. Excellent nose, flavors, and mouthfeel. ABV is well hidden and it is drinkable but there are examples of the style I prefer.

claspada, Nov 17, 2010
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,155 ratings.