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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,308
Reviews: 1,897
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 188
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 DrDemento456
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I purchased this at 3 sons sixes and suds in wexford for 4.25. A bit pricey but since it was one of my must haves for new years I picked it up.

A - Hazy brown with a purple hue. Interesting color and little head.
S - figs, rasins, ans spices.
T- smooth taste of the smells including a slight orange undertone. The ABV was incredibly hidden.
M - Not really creamy or thick a really smooth bodied brew.
D - I could easily see a bomber disappear within an hour in my hands but sadly I can only get 12oz portions so this will do.

Overall I really enjoyed the beer but it seemed to good to have it along with other expensive beers so I may try this again some time this year.

DrDemento456, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass.

A - Poured a rich dark purplish red with red highlights along the bottom of the glass when held to the light. Frothy head with lacing that clings to the glass and slides slowly down once drinking.

S - Fig, fruit medley with hints of grape, orange, spices and a citrus undertone.

T - Apple, grape, cranberry, orange, coriander, figs, cherry, plum and other exotic fruits. Love me them Belgian Strong Dark Ales and this is another fine example of the rich dark fruity flavor that this style embodies.

M - Even and balanced with a tingly yet bready aftertaste. A bit darker feeling than some of the other BSDAs from Unibroue.

D - Flavorful and easy to drink. High ABV makes a 750 enough for an evening and the rich flavor medley is a bit filling.

cosmicevan, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with some red edges and almost no head and no lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt and caramel malt with dark fruits, plums and black cherries present. There is also some yeast notes as well. The taste is of a caramel malt backbone with hints of plums, cherries, and raisins in it. The taste isn't as big and bold though as i had hoped for it was a little disappointing compared to maudite. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is average you could drink a lot and enjoy them but I was left wanting a big flavor.

goblue3509, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Good color, a nice dark amber orange and brown, the head is definitely the downside of appearance as there isn't much there

S: Smells pretty mild, just getting some dark fruit notes and a little spice

T: Again not quite as big as I was expecting, the sweetness is there as well as some bitterness, but not distinct hop flavors to me, dark malt plays a role as well

M: Some fizzy carbonation makes it feel lighter than it really is

D: Not high, but not bad

Notes: I was a little bit let down with this beer. La Fin du Monde is the only Unibroue I had drank before this, but I'm not sure Trois Pistoles quite lives up to that.

dpodratsky3, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of drtth
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a dark, dark brown that looks almost purple with some dark reddish tones and a ½" tan head that begins to recede fairly soon. At first the ring and patch of foam do leave a bit of foam on the sides of the glass but the lacing itself is pretty sparse to almost nothing. Later sipping, after the foam has reduced to a small ring around the liquid there is not much if any lacing or even speckles on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has some ripe dark fruits and a nice Belgian yeast character. Among other things the fruit basket seems to have in it some plums and dark cherries along with a trace of raisins, all sweetened by some dark caramel.

Taste: The flavor has more in it than appears in the nose. The ripe dark fruits, yeast and light touch of dark caramel sweetness blend with some dark berries, some ripe banana and some nice spices (e.g., traces of clove and pepper) and a barely detectable trace of alcohol

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied, and almost smooth and creamy but the carbonation is barely adequate to sustain this for the entire beer. The medium finish contains the mixed fruits in balance with some light bitterness and finishes with trace of dry spicy bitterness.

Drinkability: I've enjoyed this beer before, and will do so again in the future. It is well balanced and complex. While it doesn't rock you back on your heels the way some of the top Trappist BSDAs do, it is much more approachable and quite tasty. Definitely recommended.

drtth, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of BreworFerment
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fermented on the lees this dark ale has immensely enjoyable creamy mouthfeel. At 9% it doesn't taste like it. Aroma has a hint of grape and it pours dark with a hint of ruby which belies its port wine flavors in the finish. Great beer I enjoyed every drop and it was gone all too quickly.

BreworFerment, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of kjyost
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown with a large, although quickly disappearing head. The remaining head lasted for a good while about 1/8" tall, with lacing down the sides of the glass.

Yum. Does this beer ever smell good. Floral, and complex on the nose with hints of citrus and spices, perhaps cloves & coriander.

Yum. Does this beer ever taste good. Not a hint of the strong alcohol content initially, and the beer seems to hit you in stages. First it leaves a some of that light citrus on your palate which is then followed up with the maltiness and it finishes with a light bitter note. Well balanced, as none overpowers the other over time. There is light carbonation and it flows nicely. As you continue to sip away at the beer the alcohol is more noticeable, but not in any negative sort of way, in fact pairing nicely with the flavours...

This is a great beer, one I would drink regularly if it were available to me in such a manner.

kjyost, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer should score extra points for the packaging, but it didn't.

G - Tulip

A – Almost jet black, quick fizz, with little head that subsides to a ring around the glass perimeter.

S – Sweet banana ester, rye bread, licorice

T – Malty, roasted and sweet, estery banana, black licorice, slightly peppery with a very mild hop and warming alcohol

M – Medium-heavy body, with a spiciness that lingers

D – Not my favorite, but well-crafted and certainly worth considering.

ktrillionaire, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of danetrain0101
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A amberish brown liquid with a very thin sprinkling of foam.

The smell was as unique as the labeling. A nice yeasty aroma with hints fruit.

Alcohol is very evident in this drink. Many spicy flavors are present with a peppery sweetness that moves into a grainy underlying taste.

It feels very thick, like a chocolate porter. It doesn't leave much left in the mouth.

For a drink with such high alcohol content, it does have a great drinkability to it.

danetrain0101, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The horse on the bottle portrays a devil horse used to build the Trois Pistoles church. Between the satan horse, the damned canoers of Maudite, and a beer dubbed "the end of the world," I'm not really sure how to feel about Unibroue.

Opaque black/dark brown with a large, dirty, off-white head. Solid retention kept me company for the whole glass.

Aroma is nice and fruity. Ripe fruit, spicy Belgian phenols and cola--but good, gourmet cola, like Stewart's, not Pepsi. Mildly port-ish but I blame that on Unibroue's power of suggestion.

Tastes is, again, ripe fruit, cassis, with a mildly licorice pumpernickel malt. Sneaky alcoholic. Not as effervescent as most Unibroues.

Good stuff but after hearing so much about this beer I was expecting to get my socks knocked off. Much to my chagrin, I am very much still apres socks. Regardless, $7 a bomber for good Belgian ale--I'll take it.

donkeyrunner, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of cagocubs
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown mahogany. Nice two finger ivory head that maintains. Leaves decent lacing on glass.

S: Dark Fruit was the first thing I noted. Dates/plum, bread (yeast) and some alcohol.

T: You can taste the dark fruit and sweetness close to banana. Some spice like clove, and you can taste the alcohol bite.

M: Medium bodied with surprising carbonation. Leaves nice aftertaste.

D: The alcohol content at 9% is evident with every sip. Luckily, the complexity of this beer mask it as much as it can. Great beer to drink slowly and enjoy, not one to crack open again and again.

cagocubs, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of PangaeaBeerFood
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus Chalice. Dark murdy brown, borderline black color that's translucent around the very edges and opaque in the center. Not much head retention, but I think that was my fault, not the beers. It dissipated in a way that makes me think someone in the house washed my beer glass with soap.

The smell is completely unexpected. From the color and description by Unibroue, I expected this to have a Stout-esque character, with lots of roasted aromatics. The roastiness is very faint. Initial sniff is almost Wit-esque, with a spicy, citrusy character at the front, which fades into notes of dark fruit and booze and allows a little bit of roasty, chocolatelyness in at the very end.

The taste matches the smell, with all of the aforementioned characters present, only with more emphasis on the dark fruit and booze than the spice and chocolate. Speaking of chocolate, that's what I'm eating with this beer (as per Unibroue's request) and it's an amazing pairing.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. It's slick and slippery, but has a ton of carbonation which stops it from feeling heavy.

Drinkability is initially very high. As the beer warms, the alcohol and strength of the brew become more present. This is a sipper.

PangaeaBeerFood, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of whtguitarguy
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was delicious! But very alcoholic. Pours to a cloudy dark brown almost like coke but a little bit lighter. Alcohol shines through in the aroma with some sweet notes. Strong yeasty flavor and alcohol are most prevalent with some sweet notes that I couldn't place.

whtguitarguy, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my tap at home into a Chimay chalice glass.

A: A dark brownish with some hints of red, very cloudy and the head is a light brownish two finger. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Dark fruits with a yeasty spicy nose, alcohol is picked up. You get that classic Unibroue yeast smell.

T: Very nice flavor with dark fruits up front. Plum, red grape, raisins, fig maybe coupled with a full belgian yeasty flavor. Spices poke through with the bready sweetness that tries to turn sugary but never gets there. Some slight hints of darker chocolate and I guess I get the port flavors. Finish turns dry and spicy with the backround sweetness staying. Very complex beer, very enjoyable.

M: Full, coating, lingering, sweet but drying finish. Alcohol is evident but it is very well hidden. Enjoyable.

D: For the ABV, drinkability is high. I enjoyed two easily while at home one night.

Overall what can I say, another really great beer from Unibroue that is extremely enjoyable by itself or with a meal. This beer is best enjoyed a little slowly, but I prefer it with a bit of chill so don't let it sit too long. A great keg that I will enjoy. Cheers.

Kadonny, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottld poured in a Chalice.

A: Pours a nice dark brown bit cloudy color and a huge fluffy beige head when poured. Retention is quite good. It never disappears totally leaving some lacings

S: Sweet, spicy and a bit fruity in the nose. Toffee, caramel malts, earthy yeasts and coriander. Dry raisins, hops and a bit of alcohol in the end

T: Full of taste. Quite pleasant. Fruity and sweet upfront. Reminds dark dry fruits. Port wine. Spicy. There's something in this beer that gives a quite refreshing sensation in the mouth, I would guess coriander. Earthy yeasts and a delicate hoppy bitterness. A warmy beer

M: Medium creamy and molasses body. Reasonable carbonation

O: Extremely drinkable beer. Dispite of the Belgian influence, the Canadians of Unibroue were able to do it their own way. Unibroue beer have personality and are well done

eduardolinhalis, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque hazy brown amber into a pint glass with very hazy drips at the bottom of the bottle.
Smelled of grass, strong bready yeast, unidentified spices

Taste of cherries, bread dough, cakey yeast, cocoa powder and a finish of brandy as stated on the bottle -

Light mouthfeel, but this is a Belgian, so expected with the crisp yeast flavors. Very well balanced though, and does not have the dry finish many other belgians have.

Very drinkable , glad I bought a four pack of 12 oz's instead of the 750 ml bottle for saving for later....

alpinebryant, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of bump8628
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle with best before of 8/27/2012.

Soft, bone-colored head that laces down the glass with a clear, deep brown body.

Clean spice and fruit on the nose with hints of cinnamon, fig, light pepper, and warm pie crust.

The tasted is loaded with dark fruit notes and touches of light spice, malt, and just a bit of medicinal character from the yeast. Alcohol is virtually unnoticeable.

Body and mouthfeel are light lending a surprisingly refreshing character.

Overall, an elegant beer with a load of complexity, yet an overall soft character.

bump8628, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of tanousa
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful dark cherry looking color with a nice lace foam that disipates quickly to leave a thin lace.

S- yeast , some figs ,plums and alcohol.

T- Some sweetness there , nocite the 9% alcohol, dark fruits and clove.

M- Medim to high carbonation, dry finish , good overall.

D- Because its complexity , high carbonation and alcohol volume it is a one time beer to enjoy slowly for the night.Good job as usual from Unibroque brewery.

tanousa, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a one finger tan head which dissipates quickly. Smells of Cherries, candi sugar, caramel, and alcohol. The taste is much like the smell, and I can pick up some bananas and cloves which I did not detect from the smell alone.

Medium bodied, high carbonation, and the alcohol is not hidden at all. A nice beer to drink all the same, and I can honestly say that so far every beer I have had from Unibroue has been a winner.

hardy008, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
2.42/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled 750mL poured into a glass (two doses).

A: Pours a very dark, translucent brown with garnet translucence against the light. The head settles quickly and resolves into a ring. No lacing to speak of.

S: The signature Unibroue smell: yeast, dark fruits (raisins, figs, plums), a dash of caramel, and a strong burst of coriander.

T: The dark fruits come through first as a hefty mix of raisins, plums, and figs. There is some caramel and a light cherry cola flavor (including cinnamon) in the mid-taste. It's spicy, but not overly so; there is a murky coriander element that doesn't quite resolve into anything sharp. The finish is kind of watery. They refer to this beer as "mellow" on the label, but I think it's kind of weak, really.

M: Medium-bodied, with prickly carbonation. It's thin and airy on the palate, which is ok for most styles, but not for a BSDA, in my opinion. The ABV is well-disguised, though there is a light burn on the finishing end of this 1-year-old bottle.

D: I used to regard this one as the best Unibroue beer, but after having had it a few more times over the course of my palate evolution, I think it was more nostalgia than anything. This was one of my first gateway beers into the craft world, and sadly, it's not able to be much more than that. It's been relegated to my standard of an "average" BSDA.

Arbitrator, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of irishking1977
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed one Trois Pistole as part of a mixed six pack. I haven't had this one in a while, but figured I'd reminisce and review.

A: Pours a jet black with a massive creamy beige head that leaves copious lacing. Yeast floaters somewhat noticeable. The head maintains itself for quite awhile, leaving the lacing.

S: The first thing that came to mind was malt, grapes and other dark fruit. A slight yeast funkiness as well, can be detected.

T: A trifecta of dark fruit, malt and slight bitter chocolate. I'd say this is probably the most unique Belgian dark ale I've had to date. Malt sweetness remains on the palette after every sip. The complex taste can make one forget this one is has an ABV of 9%.

M: Well carbonated with a creamy and mildly syrupy mouthfeel. If you're not thinking about the mouthfeel while sipping this one, that's probably a good thing.

D: Due to the complex flavors and high ABV, this is an excellent sipper but not exactly a session. Would make a great aperitif along with dark chocolate or sharp cheese.

irishking1977, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of davidf45
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer when I was able to try it at a beer tasting. I found it had more interesting flavor when aged for 1 year. It quickly became a favorite when the aged version was introduced to me. As for the overall taste of the beer when enjoyed fresh, I fel that it was a decent beer with a bouquet that was not overwhelmingly unique and muted flavors.

davidf45, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good sweetness and fruit makes Trois Pistoles stand out from the already strong Unibroue lineup. Dark, nearly opaque burgundy liquid with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is maltier and doughier than most from Unibroue. With notes of raisins, plums, bananas and clove, there are many dark Belgian-style fruit flavors from the yeast and malt. The flavor is mildly sweet for the style but still right in the normal range for a good quad/BSDA. Mouthfeel is full and lively. All of Unibroue's beers are well-made. Trois Pistoles is a very nice BSDA. I have no real qualms with it, but I'm not sure how well it would stand out against a field of the top examples of the style.

popery, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of aristeros
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I am pretty heavily biased in favor of Unibroue.

Pours a darker amber from the bottle into my Chimay goblet. Once the glass is full, it's a black coffee brown, lighter cola brown in the light. A nice two fingers of off-white head that faded to a half finger after about two minutes, with thick lacing.

Smells boozy and yeasty. Dark fruit--black cherries and dates--over banana and spices.

Taste is subtler than I remember Maudite and Fin du Monde. Fairly sweet, with a strong alcohol presence throughout. Heavy dark fruit presence, similar to the nose. A maple syrup or brown sugar aspect to the sweetness on the back end, finishes with nutty flavors.

Fairly boozy. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, and the carbonation is lively and works overall with the flavors and aroma.

Superior. Not the best thing Unibroue has made, but not one to miss. If you've never had a beer from this brewer and like the dark Belgians, recommend trying one or two.

aristeros, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of Donerik
3.05/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark Black, purplish, half inch head in my snifter dissipates over time, 15 minutes in there is only a ring.

S: boozy, fruity esters

T: nice booze burn, esters, like a Belgium strong dark ale should.

M: a bit over carbonated, it did not strike the balance that Rochefort 8 had.

D: So So drink ability, I like this beer but I won't want another one tonight, it's not heavy but is 9% alcohol by volume.

Donerik, Nov 25, 2009
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
95 out of 100 based on 4,308 ratings.