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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,295
Reviews: 1,896
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 187
Gots: 373 | FT: 6
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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 imprezawrxsti
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found in a 750ml bottle at Argonaut in Denver's Capitol Hill.

Pours a nearly opaque plum colour, fuzzy with suspended yeast. Some head which fades but leaves behind noticeable lacing.

Smells delicious...all sorts of fruit and nut notes, very complex, almost overwhelming but in no way overpowering. One sniff only makes you want to tip your glass a little further back. Which I did...

Tastes quite like it smells, with well-balanced tastes from all over the spectrum...cinnamon, nutmeg, dried fruits and dates. Even a bit of licorice. Bottom line, it tastes very, very good, and feels adequately thick but again, not overwhelming on the palate.

This is one of my favourite beers of all time (so far haha). It's a sipping beer, layered and complex. And did I mention it's 9%? If you can find this beer, it's not one to miss.

imprezawrxsti, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
2.78/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled dated best before date of 09-08-13 (9th Aug 2013? or is that 2009-Aug-13th??). If it's the latter, then this review might explain what happened.

Out of the bottle a stupid amount of carbonated noise. Head is a light tan but goes fast. The brew doesn't even leave a collar (there is one in my bottle though). Body is a real nice dark cherry it almost resembels wine, but that's because there is NO head on this or even a collar at all. Not that impressed here, looks like dead on arrival. But hey... best before 2013 so no excuses guys, so review is onward. Final pour on slow brings the collar finally!

Nose is small, box grape sweet Welches juice and powedered dry yeast. Doesn't seem too bad, after some smells and whiffs it's actually kind of nice, I feel like I am in wine mode here. I'll go with this yeah sure.

First taste... is gaseously awful and off putting. But strangely, another sip and it comes out much improved and that burn is never felt again. Sweet mild chocolate and that cheap Welches Concord like grape taste again. Mouthfeel has some coating quality and minor chewy-ness. Pricklyness and gas subsides and goes to an almost tannic dry mouth in the front. have to admit after some time this gets ALOT better...

What the heck is it with Unibroue and these beers sometimes? They seem either really great or incredibly.. bad isn't the word.. it's more as if they are dysfunctional. This one... hard to put into words, but I know I wont be having it again (except maybe on tap if I don't have a choice). Still... doesn't stop me from trying their goods!

smakawhat, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle at Sean's Unibroue tasting). Pours caramel color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel and anise which is really nice. Taste is sweet like a tootsie rol. Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel. I forgot how good this beer is. This is a really nice beer.

trappistlover, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Quaxile
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a bottle.
Appearance was almost black. Silky and delicate.
Smell is bright and pungent. Alcohol mixes well with the malt.
No off flavors. Great taste and balance with the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is crisp and fresh.
I love this beer and it is in my top ten.

Quaxile, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of SHODriver
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very dark brown, near black. at the edges of the glass it shows a orange to light brown color. ample white head is produced which recedes to a small pool.
S: sweet on the nose with a bit of sourness. Cherries, caramel, raisins, and a bit of a wine like nose
T: A whirlwind of flavors from this beer with some cherry like flavors and some sourness. Mostly fruity flavors from this one with a hint of caramel. Aftertaste leans toward the bitter side and doesn't linger for long leaving the mouth wanting another sip.
M: Prickly carb with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Not too heavy and not too thin.
O: A damn good beer from Unibroue. I could drink this until I passed out. It's a bit too high in ABV to session but it is most definitely pleasant to drink and the alcohol is hidden quite well.

SHODriver, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Roke87
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Roke87, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yard House in PBG, FL. Served in a goblet.

Appearance - Dark red, nearly black with no head by the time it got to my table. No lacing. Doesn't look like it has much carbonation.

Smell - Delicious smell. Figs and dark fruit. Some caramel malts and the typical candi sugar smell. My friend smelled coffee, but I did not.

Taste - The taste isn't as impressive as the aroma. Some aromas translated into flavor: the figs and other fruits and the belgian candi sugar. A bit of licorice in the finish. Just not as complex as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied for such a strong beer. Probably from the added sugar. Low carbonation and a very dry finish. I wish it had been a bit thicker.

Overall - Tasty, but nothing I'd order again (especially at $7.50 a glass...wow). Finished the glass easily without feeling as though I had drank a 9% alcohol beer.

Alieniloquium, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow oh wow this beer is the bomb!

the appearance is dark ...not midnight black but it is dark....with a nice head...and no lacing

the smell is of dark fruits....there is an astringent smell almost i said almost reminds me of vinegar not quite though...

the taste is full flavored to say the least! ever so slightly bitter but not quite...i taste a dark fruitiness...

the feel is very dry....nicely carbonated...

overall i aged this beer almost a year and it was def. worth it!

nickthegun12, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of animalchin
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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.


animalchin, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4-pk of this beer from Gabi's Wine & Spirits on Manchester Road in Manchester, MO. Poured into my Schlafly Tulip glass and has a BEST BEFORE 09-08-13 on the back.

Appearance- Pours a Deep Brown with 2 finger, Tan head. Decent Retention with almost no lace on the sides, just Islands of leftover head.

Smell- I can smell a huge amount of Cherries at first, and then there are notes of cinnamon and prunes possibly? Great!

Taste- Very fruity upfront taste, has a darker taste then with a prune type of taste and then has almost a grainy/sawdust finish. Such a complicated and complexed beer. Very good as well.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High amount of carbonation and a warming feeling all the way through.

Overall- A very nice ale! I wouldn't be able to drink all night, but enjoyed thoroughly. I would say the La Fin Du Monde is still more of a favorite for me but this one was also a hit for me. I like how all the ales from this Brewery are very complexed and are presented well. Will be having more!

DCon, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off tap, pours a muddy rust color with a creamy white head that dissipates to a thick skin. Minimal lacing.

Aromas and flavors of dried fruit ranging from blood oranges to cranberries.Lavender accentuates a flowery presence.

Med to full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, with some stickiness.

Really enjoyed this brew, nice complexities and great balance.

ThreeDimesDown, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of bobhits
3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep dark reddish brown color (right on for the style), but a terrible head that quickly vanishes. Bland.

The aroma is of dark fruits, some spice, and perhaps a hint of alcohol. There isn't much aroma and it's hard to pick up anything here. Bland.

A somewhat complex mix of fruits, figs, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol. That sounds good, but it's not overly flavorful and once again pretty bland.

Carbonated enough I suppose, but somewhat thin and watery for the style.

Really this beer is an A-? There are just so many better beers in this style....from all over the world even.

bobhits, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass, from Trader Joe's Unibroue 4-pack variety pack.

A: Deep brown with ripe cherry red tones. Thin head, with nice swirling patterns on top.

S: Medicinal, herbal, grassy, a hint of menthol iciness, like a cough drop almost. A hint of tart cherries. A very earthy effervescent scent this has.

T: The medicinal aspect hits at first but the taste has a beautiful cadence which heads from earthy medicine to ripe cherries and mild spices. There is a savory finish to this which is really impressive. Tart cherries are the capping flavor which is absolutely delicious, yum.

M: Lightly carbonated, even keeled, feels excellent on the inside of the cheeks, sweet and well balanced, slightly bready.

Overall, I am extremely impressed with this beer on what is my first tasting. Unibroue rules and this beer is no exception. I see this as a winter beer , and look forward to having this with a rich meal in the colder months next year, (even though it is in the 30s in late March right now.)

Avantyawn, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of SebD
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: : It has a very nice dark brown almost purple colour to it. It has a nice off white/beige head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing all the way through.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of chocolaty malts, spices, fruity notes and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice dark fruit taste along with a yeast taste. The malts have a nice sweet roasted/chocolaty character and the hops bring no bitterness. The spiciness of the beer also adds to the great taste and balance. The flavours are definetly very complex.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with an incredible balance of flavourrs. It has a nice smoothness to it and leaves your mouth full of numerous flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. The complexity of this beer definitely hides some of the alcohol. It's an overall great, tasty, complex and distinctive Ale. Unibroue has impressed me once again.

SebD, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Charlotte09
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown cloudy color comparable to a cola. Head is about a finger-width thick and a creamy beige color.

S: Smells lovely of dried fruits such as raisins, apples, and spices along with some roasted malts.

T: Very fruity taste, upfront apples and raisins, followed by some roasted malts again and a hint of molasses. Alcohol is pretty well balanced.

M: Mouth feel is very smooth, pretty light body with some slight fizzy carbonation but not overpowering.

O: Overall this beer is quite enjoyable to drink. Love the variety of subtle flavors keeps me interested and wanting to try more. For a Strong Belgian Dark Ale this one is very easy and nice to drink.

Charlotte09, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of wrightro07
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown with a orange/reddish hue. A white fluffy head that retains really well.
S: Strong Belgian yeasts and malts leaving many fruity subtle fruity smells.
T: The taste is really good. It has a light fruit taste from the yeast and malts with a complex aftertaste. It reminds me of some of the better Belgian strongs I had while I was in Belgium.
M: Light to moderate body with large bubble carbonation.
O: Overall I like this is a good Belgium Strong worth trying if you are a fan of the style.

wrightro07, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Aiptasia
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at 60 degrees from a 12 oz. brown bottle.

A: Pours with a nice thick tall head. Decent amount of lacing with halo rings around the glass + 2 mins after pour. The body is dense and opaque with the color of molasses.

S: Smells of clover grass and horse blanket.

T: Sour cherry and toffee on the front, pumpernickel bread in the middle. Hops offer no bitter resistance. Dry, slightly sour finish.

M: Medium-full bodied. Decent carbonation on the front but dies out fast. Alcoholics present throughout and noticeable. Very warming.

O: Good, just not quite the orgasm in a glass that everyone else seems to think about this beer. The slightly sour cherry flavor isn't a fave of mine. I enjoy La Fin Du Monde much better.

Aiptasia, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of etkndr
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - this was possibly my favorite aspect of the beer. deep brown, a hint of dark purple, with an off white, 1 1/2 finger head. tons of bubbles flowing up from the bottom. there was also lots of lacing left as the beer disappeared.

s - delicious. i could tell i was in for a treat. dark fruit, prominently raisins, topped with yeast.

t - the taste followed the smell. raisiny, heavy on the yeast. a bit of sweetness, no bitterness to speak of.

m - medium. a little too carbonated for my liking at first, but that tapered off after five minutes or so.

o - a very good beer, love this style. i'm definitely planning on purchasing more of this in the future, possibly aging a couple of bottles as well.

etkndr, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of JMad
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip...

The beer is a very dark brown with mahogany on the edges of the glass. The head is off white and extremely lofty, it stuck around throughout the process. The beer smells of orange and grape and has a bit of sourness to it. First you taste fruits such as dates and plum, a smoothness washes over the tongue leaving a sweet, bready aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied with lots of soft carbonation, does not have a dry finish. This beer is a must dry, Unibroue has failed to disappoint so far.

JMad, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of Duckmancgy
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle to snifter.

I don't know what to say except I have a new favorite. This beer is simply outstanding in my mind. More like a fine wine then a beer actually.

Upon opening the nose is treated with a slightly alcoholic smell paired with ripe fruit and spices. Pours a gorgeous dark brown with easily a 2 finger tan creamy foam head.

**be sure to try this slightly warm as the flavours truly develop when warmed**

First taste brings on spice and fruit, carries on a very warming feel to the mouth. The snifter, I think brings out a depth of flavour that would be lost in a normal pint glass. Simply delightful as I continued to drink the beer. If you hold it in your mouth a bit you find a caramel flavour enveloping the tongue with the small bubbles as they dissipate across the mouth.

Easily a drinkable beer with a meal or just sitting around enjoying the company of friends. The Unibroue site has a pairing section for this and their other beers, but really a good glass and some friendly conversation would work for me!!


Duckmancgy, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of ssuggs01
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trois Pistoles is a deep brown color, almost black except for around the edges. Off-white head transitions nicely into a moderate head and patchy lacing. Smells of wet malts, some zesty citrus hops. Bitter yeast scents and dark fruits. Taste is spicy and alcoholic is hot. Some sweet plums and cherries but the bitter hops keep this under control. The hops are very zesty and herbal but the aftertaste is bitter.Mouthfeel could use to be a little smoother. The alcohol is very prevelent and this takes away from the drinkability. This is a belgian strong dark that represents the style very well although I did wish Trois Pistoles was a little more balanced.

ssuggs01, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark molasses colored with ruby edges. Lots of carbonation and a decent head.

Smell: The closest beer I've had that smells like sherry. Lots of dark fruit notes. Some spiciness and earthiness from the Belgian yeast strain.

Taste: Initially a bit fizzy but a few swirls and the carbonation lets up. There is a sherry-like quality to this one. Crisp yet complex.

Mouthfeel: Very good. A bit thinner than medium. Almost like a dubbel.

Drinkability: A definite sipper but the alcohol is well hidden. A pleasant drink. Will have again.

Brunite, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: date or raisin in color, one finger head is gone in a flash, streams of carbonation, thin lacing.

S: floral, kind like honeysuckle or jasmine nectar, Fabuloso cleaner (the Mexican one), plums and dark pit fruit

T: the familiar trappings of a Belgian: bubble gummy yeast, sweet sweet malt, a slight sourness, bananas, apricot, vanilla--a little like bourbon--red grapes, brown sugar.

M: medium body, smooth carbonation, though it does go a little flat, warming alcohol definitely matches up with that ABV.

D: a pretty delicious, though a little too sweet for my tastebuds, but it's definitely a legit BSA.

nickhiller, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darkish brown with an off-white head. The best part of the appearance is the wonderful lacing. The bubbly lacing sticks to the glass with ease creating exciting patterns.

This smells of red grapes, funk, brown sugar, cat hair, and dark fruits.

The overall taste is that of mildly sour dark fruits, metal, brown sugar, and mild yeasts.

The highlight of the mouthfeel is the drying in the end. It feels light in the mouth despite the abv.

Overall, this is very drinkable and very tasty for the style.

TCgoalie, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of ebby82
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, plum color into a tulip glass with a minimal head.

Aromas of fruit, belgian yeast, and perhaps a bit bready.

Taste of fruits, and belgian yeast. I really like this beer, but I'm not quite sure how to describe it.

A very good beer, I just wish I had a better way to describe it.

ebby82, Mar 04, 2011
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
95 out of 100 based on 4,295 ratings.