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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,123
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 177
Gots: 317 | FT: 7
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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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3.83/5  rDev -9.5%

Bottle to chalice. Best before date of 2/18/10. Review from notes.

A: The average size head is light brown and filled with big short lived bubbles causing the crown to deflate quickly. The body is a murky shade of dark brown walnut. Completely opaque except at the thinnest parts of the glass.

S: Roasted caramel malt character, backed by piney/resiny hops and a dank barnyard, musty earth yeast. The nose is fairly impressive and is this beer's best feature.

T: Fermented apple cider and red grape juice. Various dark fruit flavors of blackberry, currant, prune and date come through as well. Slightly woody. Also, anise and various spices. Unfortunately, there is a hint of paper and a slightly metallic edge. For what its worth, this bottle has exceeded it's best by date by two weeks.

M & D: There are several consistent qualities across Unibroue's spectrum of beers: The sound upon opening a bottle rivals a gunshot, the head fills the glass and fizzes out quickly, lacing will not happen, the taste lacks depth, the mouthfeel too light and thin, and then there is, of course, the trademark super fizzy effervescence which is almost always the highlight of the beer.

04-21-2010 16:42:55 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured an almost black hue with a very thin light brown head. No lacing left on the glass at all. Lively carbonation that I've come to expect from Unibroue.

Smell was of mostly dark fruits and some yeasty goodness.

Taste was more complex than the smell in that it had spice, sweetness, some alcohol bite, and an earthiness that all combined to be very pleasant. None of the tastes overwhelm each other and it makes for a smooth sipper.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and it had some nice fizzy carbonation to it. Drinkability is good, definately not a brew to be chugged.

04-20-2010 21:10:51 | More by snpub540
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

A - cloudy brown, slightly red, some lacing

S - sweet, dried fruit, with a faint tangy aroma

T&M - cherry with a hint of raisin and caramel. smooth character, only a slight semblance of alcohol

D - at 9, dangerous

Overall, a great beer, I don't drink a whole lot of bottled belgian, but this was one of the most balanced and easy drinking I've had. Was a perfect beer to break out the Tripel Karmeliet glass and get nice.

04-17-2010 01:50:20 | More by al3
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4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Served from a 750 ml Belgian style bottle.

Appearance: Murky, tawny brown with a fizzy tan head.

Smell: Dark sugary fruit with some faint sourness.

Taste: Juicy and slightly sweet fruit with some caramel upfront. Finishing with some faint hop bitterness and alcohol twang to balance the malty sweetness. Also a faint chalky aftertaste, I'm guessing from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very dry, but not off putting at all.

Notes: Complex and very tasty. This is a dangerous brew, I could easily drink three or four glasses of this, but at 9% ABV you need to take it slow with this one.

04-15-2010 01:37:45 | More by irisier
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into dimpled stein.

Appearance: White head that collapses shortly after. Unperceived Effervescence. Dark reddish-brown color.

Aroma: Medium high intensity. Nose of spices, bubblegum, banana and dark fruit. Spices CLEARLY dominate the profile.No hop aroma.

Taste: Medium high intensity. The taste follows up on the nose: Coriander seeds, clove and generic spices upfront. Banana, bubblegum and dark fruit on the back. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium full bodied. Light carbonation. Slight sourish twang. Low bitterness. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Drinkability: Very "Drinkable" as it's not to sweet nor does the alcohol show itself to much. Fits the style, it's complex and interesting but lacks an extra "oomph" in the nose and tongue to warrant a 4.5.

04-12-2010 13:16:18 | More by endovelico
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Glass = Chimay chalice

A - Pours a what looks like a deep opaque brown color but backlit it turns a cloudy ruby red. a nice light tan head which quickly fades to just a bit of foam on the top of the beer.

S - lots of fruity esters cherry and raisen are dominate. some spicy beligan yeastyness. lots of sweet malts as well as some mild roasty stort of aroma.

T - follows the nose. very malt forward. lots of dark cherry and raisen esque fruity flavor. and a nice roasty bitterness in the background to balance it out. long finish. top notch.

M - medium bodied. not much carb but deffinitly right for the style.

D - for a 9% abv ale there is no trace of alcohol in the nose or taste. very flavorful with out being to cloying. one of the better belgian style darks i've had.

04-10-2010 04:20:22 | More by Teleweizen2
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New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Trois Pistoles 12oz into Duvel tulip

Pours a murky brown with what appears to be deep purple highlighting, as well as some ruby and gold around the edges. Has a two finger lopsided-rocky head of tan bubbles that dissipates pretty quickly without leaving any real lacing. A couple dainty laces as you take a few sips.

Aroma is something that everyone should experience. It smells like grape soda and Flintstone vitamins. No kidding, those are the two most prominent and defines aromas pouring off of this beer. Sweet dark malts, figs, dry dark fruits, Unibroue house yeast, candi sugar. Very interesting to say the very least.

Sweet Belgian candi, rich dark malt, a long hit of dry dark fruits, a bit of that grape soda thing that was present on the nose, dry yeast. The palette is definitely a bit delicate for the style, by all the components are well integrated and flow into one another effortlessly.

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy with a big, boisterous carbonation. Good for the style, though it could be considered by some a bit too light.

Easy to quaff and overall unpretentious and inoffensive. This has a very well hidden alcohol and could likely be enjoyed by those who aren't beer savvy. My second favorite offering from them behind the great La Fin.

04-06-2010 12:55:37 | More by Flashsp2
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Multiple pours into a Duvel Tulip....

A- Slow pour yielded a dark brown beer with some ruby hues. Massive creamy off white head with tons of bubbles. Throughout the duration of the beer, a thich lucious layer or white sediment was like a blanket.

S- Sweet and some sour notes. Most notable fruit presence was cherry. Sugary and sweet.

T- Dark rich fruits. Red Grapes. Cocoa and even some cinnamon. Banana and chocolate covered cherries.

M- High carbonation. Sleek mouthful. Very easy going down.

D- What an excellent beer. I will pick this up again. Unibroue has never dissapointed. Ever.

04-02-2010 12:56:33 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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4.85/5  rDev +14.7%

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a rich dark cola color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to nothing. Lacing is little to none.

S - Brown sugar mixed with sour/unripe fruits. There is also a bread/yeast essence. Smells extremely tasty.

T - Like a warm biscuit with sweet fruits on top. There is a spice element to this beer that the alcohol helps bring out.

M - Very full but smooth. There is good carbonation in this beer.

D - Very drinkable for the 9% ABV it carries. One of my favorites from Unibroue.

03-30-2010 05:18:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Bottle into the appropriate goblet.

Dark, hazy mahogany with a creamy white head, about an inch. Low retention, fair lacing.

Rich fruits, plums, figs, hints of rotten banana and apricot. Some spices, chocolate, and cream. Dense, but not too strong.

Creamy, dense, and fantastic carbonation. Gives depth just from the nearly velvety texture. Figs on the tongue, with hints of chocolate tying it up. Spices are next, the carbonation gives a nice bite along with the spices. Hints of the over-ripe banana next, then the carbonation gives a clean bite on the tail with gentle subdued hops cleaning off the palate.

Creamy, dense, flavorful. Hard not to like.

03-30-2010 00:26:31 | More by BillyBoysPie
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4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with freshness date on back label. Dark brown, burgundy color with about an inch and a half of head that quickly fades to about a third of an inch. Sweet strong scents of fruits. Dark grapes and fermented scents. Heavy yeasty smells. Flavors of green apples and some fermented apples and grapes. No real hop flavor. Balanced malts. But more yeast flavors. Alcohol is well balanced with the flavor. Very drinkable and relaxing.

03-28-2010 22:53:30 | More by mtnbikerpa
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours dark, Brazilian rosewood brown with a nice parchment head with fine bubbles. The aroma is sweet, with the essence of dark fruits. Prunes, black sweet cherry and blackberry. Also has spice notes of clove and pepper. Flavors include plum, cherry, port wine and clove. Also sensing some musty character and alcoholic warmth. This beer has a tartness to it that I think really brings everything together and takes it to the next level of enjoyment. Body is medium with smoothness at the start and sticky dryness rounding out the finish. The tartness lingers on the palate long after one swallows, leading one to take another sip. This leads us to the drinkability, which I think is pretty damn good for this style of beer. The first beer I tried from this brewery, and still my favorite. If the taste wasn't enough it also has sweet bottle art with Pegasus seemingly emerging form a fiery sky. Badass.

03-26-2010 00:22:22 | More by zoso1967
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4.83/5  rDev +14.2%

This is a moment I've been waiting for, Trois Pistoles.

Appearance: A dark undercurrent with thick one finger head that dies into lively carbonation. Very wispy, almost non-existent lacing.

Smell: dark, light sweet cherry. Kind of a spicy wood hint, like lightly toasted fruit (sour apple or crab apple) smoke. Lighly boozy, not strong. Very, very pleasant smells all around. Hops are slight if at all, undetectable to my unrefined palate. As it warms, it gives off coca-cola notes.

Taste: Unreal. This is the perfect balance that I feel that Ommegang Three Philosophers is missing. Where 3P is strong and fruity, this is much more subtle, like the difference between using a brad nailer and a full-on pnuematic hardwood floor nailer to apply a small trim piece. Vanilla oak-cask flavors wisper up on the finish. The carbonation and alcohol content gives this a hint of spicy notes, but nothing overpowering. After a few swigs it is very warming in the chest.

Mouthfeel: If you swish it around, it generates a huge frothy feel that is very fruity and filling. If you do not swish, it almost has a dry finish that dissipates slowly. Carbonation was apparent at pour, and alcohol is present, spicy yet mild. finish has sweet oak char and vanilla with dominant cherry notes.

Drinkability: even though it's strong in ABV, I discern that this is yet another brew that could sneak up on the unwitting. Smooth and rather potent, I would not recommend a lot of it. But it is extremely driknkable.

Overall, this is among my favorite beers ever.

03-22-2010 00:46:13 | More by Scrapss
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from the bottle, into my St. Bernadus goblet. Dark brown with an orangish-ruby tint. Head is ample, and tan in color. Laced slightly. Smell is greatly complex with the typical Belgian spice combined with some dark fruits and citrus. Taste is similar, with the various flavors molded together very well creating quite a smooth ale. Feel is lighter than expected and very smooth. Carbonation starts aggressively both smooths through the bottle. Really enjoyed this beer and will have to keep an eye out for it at the stores.

03-21-2010 05:38:44 | More by jacobseyb
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

750ml bottle, wine glass, best before 08-27-12, shared with my brother and dad.

Large towers of lightly tan foam topping a body that scans from middlin' yellow to tiger orange to fudge brown in the middle. The middle is also opaque.

I smelt black cherry quickly, and I think there is green apple as well in terms of fruit. Smell the skin of a plum without biting and you would know at least half of what is in the nose of this beer.

This offering is very like Maudite. Lots of black cherry and a very effervescent mouth. Clove and the rest of the yeast fill in the middle. The ending is hop bitterness with surprising raisin sweetness.

There is the normal Unibroue fizz. I like Belgian Strong Darks now; Unibroue has helped with the approachable fruity, non-yeast dominated Maudite and now Trois Pistoles.

03-21-2010 02:18:07 | More by brewerburgundy
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4.4/5  rDev +4%

I met Unibroue at an Oyster/Beer tasting ... the oysters were all Crassostreia Virginicas except for one Kumomota Crassostreia Sikameia. The concept was 12 oysters and 12 beers. 11 of the beers really sucked . . . Unibroue, on the other hand, was an interesting product ... and 3 Pistols was the best of the lot. Drinkability? I LIKE Imperial Stouts, Porters, etc. But I especially like versions that you can drink in some quantity, i.e., not excessively powerful. Ergo, I'm off to drink another 3 pistols ... except, BTW, the Unibroue La Fin de Monde is a slightly better oyster quaff for those who really dig the tasty bivalves!

03-16-2010 01:01:53 | More by ThomasFeeney1
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3.68/5  rDev -13%

Appearance: orange/dark brown in color, huge head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: plum, dark fruit, Belgian spices, bread

Taste: plum, apple, dark fruit, Belgian spices, bread, and some alcohol

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, semi-sweet, light bodied

Drinkability: This has that Unibroue taste. This is an above average dark ale where the alcohol is hidden for the strength. I could have a couple of these max. Complex, yet nothing I am going to rush to get again.

03-11-2010 14:07:06 | More by tigg924
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured In: Snifter

Appearance: The pour unleashes an aggressive carbonation that results in three fingers of creamy head. The color is between a dark sienna and bistre and a light cocoa powder colored head. There isn't a lot of lace produced on the side of my glass; there's just a few wide streaks that occur after each sip, with the previous streaks disappears with each consecutive sip.

Smell: The nose on this is much more pleasant than the last Belgian dark ale I had. Belgian yeast is sticking its head out the most, including some clove and pepper notes. There's a slight toasted edge brought on from the dark roasted malt and alongside the malt comes a dash of sweetness including molasses and figs.

Taste: Just like the nose, the first thing I pick up on the palate is Belgian yeast. More spice notes of pepper and clove. Alcohol starts to shine through just a little, turning it into quite the warmful drink. More of the molasses comes in after the alcohol, followed by a blend of fruity notes including fig and plum.

Mouthfeel: Trois Pistoles comes in with a thin to medium body and highly carbonated. I actually think the beer could use just a little more body on it.

Drinkability: The last of my Unibroue bottles that I got in a sampler pack. I've really enjoyed all of the Unibroue beers, they have all been top notch and have turned me on to the Belgian style of beer even more.

This was a great beer to finish out the series. Really easy to sip on, and it had a nice fruity and spicy blend in the nose and on the palate.

03-10-2010 02:10:23 | More by Ek0nomik
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

One of three birthday presents from my brother. Mmm, tasty presents.

A: Poured a deep, dark crimson-brown. Initially 1-1.5 finger head which dissolved fairly quickly. Lacing stuck around on the top afterwords.

S: Somewhat fruity smelling, some apple was detectable. Also smelled of malt and yeast. A slight hint of alcohol was detectable in the same way that wine smells of alcohol.

T: Very complex flavors. Starts sweet but ends a little bitter. Fruits were tasted, well balanced with a hint of alcohol.

M: Fair amount of carbonation, swallows smoothly with a bit of lingering aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable, alcohol is not very prominent so I'm sure it'd be easy to go overboard with this one. I intend on having the whole 750ml bottle though.

03-10-2010 00:29:21 | More by Daktyls
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3.8/5  rDev -10.2%

750ml bomber into my Kanne chalice.

A: deep, dark brown with a somewhat thick head that couldn't stand not being beer itself. Almost zero lacing, but a thin layer swirled atop the brew as I drank.

S: fruity (apples and pears) & yeasty aromas dominate the nose. Some malt too.

T: super complex -- everything from the nose is here, fruit up front with some interesting dark funk added by the yeast. Very bold and dry start to finish; sweetness is there but not in the limelight. Alcoholic warmth as it goes down, just enough to make you smile by the bottle's end.

M: very highly carbonated, but somehow turns creamy towards the end of the drink. I definitely prefer less carbonation in my brews so can't rave about this beer here.

D: decently easy drinking for a dark Belgian strong, but one bottle is plenty for me. An enjoyable drink for sure.

03-07-2010 07:16:13 | More by brystmar
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4.88/5  rDev +15.4%

Got in a bottle at a local bar. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Poured a deep crimson color, almost like blood. Had a nice thick cream colored head that lingered but dematerialized after a few minutes.

Smell: Very intriguing. Smelled more like a fine wine then a beer. Definitely attractive.

Taste: Delicious. The wine-like smells it emitted are instantly tasted upon the first sip. Fruity and bold, with a some sharp tones to make it noticed. Tastes great overall.

Mouth Feel: While it tastes great, it is a very thick beer. I normally drink stouts, so I'm used to thicker beers, but this was a different kind of thick. I can almost say it was "syrupy", but not in a bad way, it fit with the taste of the beer.

Drinkability: Definitely a dangerously drinkable beer because of it's fruity tones that hide its ABV make it a deceptively delectable brew.

03-05-2010 05:09:11 | More by undeadozzy
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Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

Unibroue Trois Pistoles pours a bright deep red brown, with a nice creamy light brown head that lingers. The aroma is fruity, estery and slightly phenolic. Tons of dry yeast aroma and sweet dark fruit mingling nicely. The flavor is fruity and sweet upfront with the yeasty flavor giving way to a creamy, dairy like flavor. The dark raisin caramel maltiness comes through in the finish with a bit bit of bitterness. The alcohol is there, but pretty well masked.

02-28-2010 21:43:56 | More by ericj551
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Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Edit: I had this beer again the day after my first review, and discovered even more things going on, most notably in the taste. IMO, this speaks to the great complexity of this beer.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, that when put directly in front of light, changes into a gorgeous hue of marmalade red. Two fingers of off-white creamy head top this beer, displaying excellent retention and leaving large patches of creamy lace.

Citrus and apple juice tartness in the foreground that reminded me a bit of Orval, contributing to the somewhat vinous quality that is present throughout, with deep notes of raisons, figs, caramel, yeast, hints of cocoa, pepper, and various other spices in the back. Very, very complex.

The tart and slightly sour characters that seem to stem from apple and lemon hit the palate first and serve as an excellent balance for the sweet dark fruits and yeast that quickly come after. The 9% ABV only makes itself known only in the warming feel it gives off in the palate and chest.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, smooth, chewy, and full bodied. It took me awhile to figure out what was going on in here, and that's what makes it such a pleasure to drink, especially with the alcohol being so well disguised.

Another fantastic beer from Unibroue, making them one of my favorite, if not my favorite Canadian brewery. The wonderful appearance, combined with the layers of complexity in both the nose and palate, excellent mouthfeel, and dangerous drinkability makes this an exceptional brew. I enjoyed one of their other BSDA's, Maudite, just as much. Highly, highly recommended.

02-26-2010 22:29:51 | More by ludachris
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Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

from the 750,ml bottle

listening to Nine inch nails,

Apprearance: quite dark brown brew, some offwhite head that dissepear slowly. medium carbonation

Smell: alcool, sweetness, ripe fruits

Taste: like the smell, sweetness,alcool, and some fruits, all together, make a nice, complex taste wich is well balance

mouthfeel: texture of the brew is like a liquor,porto, round and smooth, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A classic brew
good, strong beer,

02-26-2010 01:21:49 | More by Otterburn
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruitsand spices, slightly sweet. Taste is good, dark fruits, spices, just a touch of alcohol, very balanced. Feels full bodied and tasty in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

02-25-2010 14:40:15 | More by tone77
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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