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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,469
Reviews: 1,922
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of atremains
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber, nearly opaque. Carbonated bubble float quickly to the top to take care of what small head this beer produces. Smell is earthy and dark. Sweet fruits, raisins, cherries, and hints of chocolate. Taste is quite bold, with cherries striking me followed by an some subdued earthy hops. The carbonation is is balanced well in the medium feel of this beer. Delicious.

Photo of crhensel
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle into tulip) 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, so be very careful if you want to try more than one! Another top notch ale from Unibroue, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries!

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, corked and caged, poured into a chalice:

A: The beer poured a black with a brown head that was big and thick but not that well retained. Head was dense with small bubbles.

S: Aroma is a strong Belgian influence, sweet with dark fruits, figs and raisins mostly.

T: Taste is good, not my favorite style. Good Belgian flavor with a stronger dark fruit.

M/D: Body is light to medium, excellent carbonation, certainly not as creamy or as thick as expected. The beer is smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of mbunje
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (from a 4 pack) poured rough into a Tulip.

A - Head is about an inch of offwhite/bone color. Very dark brown...almost opaque through the middle. Edges are an amber color. Ample carbonation is on display with small bubbles rapidly moving from bottom to top.

S - I smell dark fruit/port and some funk that is typical of the belgian style. Smells like a Quad.

T- Really nice. Many layers. Dark fruit followed by bitter chocolate and a tangy something or other in the finish.

MF - Lighter bodied than I expected. Champagne-like carbonation. Dry-tight finish with a bit of alcohol burn.

D - High ABV (9%) but medium to med-light in body, interesting flavor and all for less than $3/12oz. I say quite drinkable, not too filling and the alcohol is well hidden.

Got to be may favorite Unibroue offering. Nice!

Photo of emsoud726
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer now both on tap and by the bottle. As is typical with the darker Unibroue beers, let it sit a while and it will not disappoint.

Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Dark with a nice reddish hue if put up to the light.

S: Darker fruits, berries, raisins, maybe even a bit of black cherry

T: Backs up the dark-fruit smell. Mellows out and gets sweeter as it lingers a bit.

M: As I've found with a lot of the Unibroue beers, it starts off with a bit of a tingle, but subsides as the beer warms a bit.

D: Despite the 9.0% ABV, I didn't notice it as much as say, La Fin Du Monde. Tasty beer overall.

I highly recommend tasting this beer on tap. It is an ENTIRELY different experience. At least twice as flavorful. Definitely inching up the list of my favorites.

Photo of elgiacomo
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 24, 2009

12oz bottle. Pours brown with a small off-white head that lasts well down the glass. Nice lacing, although not sticky.

Aroma is big on fruits.

Flavor is very fruity, apple, apricot, grapes, pear, also yeasty, with some caramel malt. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, low carbonation.

A wonderful Belgian-style ale, my favorite of the Unibroue line.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, completely opaque black. Only under the light does a slight amber hue appear near the surface. A nice dense off white head. Such a fruity smell out of what looks like it should be a roasted stout. A very malty fruit smell, sugary sweet. Subtle hints of roasted malts in there. Very sweet taste and only a slight alcohol flavor. A very good beer from a very good brewery.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Deep, dark red with a small, creamy head.

S: Lots of dark fruit: blueberries, raisins, plums, blackberries and spices. Cloves maybe?

T: Fruity at the start, ripe berries and orange peel. Finishes a little bland with a spicy character. Cinnamon and pepper mouthfeel.

D: Not sure I could have more than like two of these in a sitting.

Value: As with most of the Unibroue brews I have tried, worth every cent.

Photo of Hanger
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A - very dark almost black colour with 7-8 mm of creamy that dropped quickly to a fine layer

S - strong dark and malts

T - swet malts and dark fruits, becomes sugary as it lingers in the mouth

M - medium to heavy bodied and sweet although easy to drink

D - very good but not as complex or rich as other belgian strong dark ales. still a very good beer

Photo of Grunewald
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours cloudy burnt umber. The head is tan and drips lacing.

S - musky fruit malt, rye bread, aromatic yeast, spice

T - dark rye/pumpernickel bread, light molasses, dried fruit, tannic hops and a spice finish

M - medium carbonation, medium-thick body, feels heavy in the mouth and has a dry finish on the tongue

D - great fruity bread/grain flavors

Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of goblue3509
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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.

Photo of drtth
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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.

Photo of kjyost
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of cagocubs
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of PangaeaBeerFood
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of whtguitarguy
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Kadonny
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,469 ratings.