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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,431
Reviews: 1,913
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 erz316
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle into duvel tulip glass, (damn! and I just bought the trois pistoles glass)

A - this is an extremely good looking beer, big head settles down to a good 3/4/ finger layer in the glass. colour is a very dark brown, like black but obviously not black. head is an off white colour, maintaining very well. the head looks amazing, like right off of a guinness draught. there are medium sized bubbles and then there are some at the top which are indefinitely small, which look like a cream of sorts.

S - the nose is good, but it isnt nearly as strong as it should be; there are no actively pervasive notes that jump right right out. a bit of cherry like swetnes and malt, some alcohol but not much; maybe some chocolate, but thats pushing it. definitely cherries though, that is one the only redeeming factor. the finish is extremely mild.

T -taste is good, but pales in comparison to the belgian versions of this brew; not a bad tasting beer by any means, not one that is living up to the hype either. a chewy malt palate is the most noticeable thing, really big malts and very creamy. initial tastes are of the malts and some fruity notes, dark fruit of course; currant and figs are what come to mind. then out comes the alcohol, there is no way around it. almost has a wine puckering tannin like flavour; if i wanted wine, i would go get some, give me the pure beer flavors. the finish is more of the same: malts, booze then some hop;s. not bad but the wholly lacking in relation to its belgian counter parts. the after taare is like brown sugar, alcohol, and fruit. a good beer, no doubt, but not crown ususrper.

MF&D - the body is not quite right, too thin and not enough muscle, carbonation is a bit weak to.

Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of light brown head, dark brown body, good clarity.

S - Light caramel with some spicy yeast notes. Some dark sugar notes, toffee and a bit of banana.

T - Dark, sweet malt up front. Brown sugar, toffee, molasses and some chocolate. Dark fruit notes come out in the middle plums and black cherry. Caramel in the finish with spicy yeast, light hop notes, and a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. This is complex and well balanced with great dark sugary character that does not become the least bit cloying. It is hard to believe, but this is a sessionable beer despite its 9%ABV.

Photo of CoolJosh
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my first craft beers out of the safety walls I had built around my comfort zone. It is time to revisit.

Poured from a 12 oz glass, pours an opaque Deep dark brown with translucency around the edges. Poured no initial head, but a slight film has risen up as the beer warms.

Some chocolate is there but this smell is really mute. Belgian yeast and light sweetness. It smells like air, mostly.

The taste is typical to that of a belgian strong dark ale. Not nearly as complex as a Trappist ale, but the yeast strain is very smooth and really strings all of the flavors together. Nice rich dark cocoa, some vanilla, some sweet banana, belgian candied sugars, and clove. Really nicely done from the homies up north. Some nice fruit flavors rise out of the malt sweetness as the beer warms, mostly plum and raisin. The mouthfeel is a well carbonated and dances well on the palate. Would definitely go with this any day of the week.

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

Bomber poured into snifter.

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. Seems to be very well carbonated, although the foam doesn't seem to last. A swirl brings it right back. Nose is characteristically Belgian with a nice fruity spice despite the dark hue. There's also a bit of chocolate aroma with a faint alcohol sweetness. This is a medium light bodied drink, which I always love in big dark beers. The taste is particularly fruity and spicy with a sweet malty finish. Hops are not in the forefront by any means, but there's a slight bitterness that really ties this whole thing together. This is a wonderfully delicious beer and I look forward to enjoying a LOT more of it in the future.

Photo of steveshields
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(For the record, I am probably DISGUSTINGLY biased toward this beer, only because I am a fan. I have NO affiliation with anyone who sells it or makes it.)

After Abita's Abbey and New Holland's Black Tulip today, I was not satisfied enough- I had to go back for some of Unibroue's Trois Pistoles.

This, I think, is my favorite, aside from St. Bernardus ABT 12.

Trois Pistoles is classic. It LOOKS amazing. DARK brown/black with very little transparency, with the exception of holding it directly under light. It froths up a bit on the pour and is heavily carbonated, which i love. Like a coke a cola but sooo much better. This is a beer you can HEAR.

It smells beautiful, with a PILE of clove scent that makes me weak. Seriously. I love this beer. It consistently smells fresh, malty, and is amazing.

The taste kills me. In the best way. This is my standby, and if a bar sells it in Chicago, I probably go there or would love to go there.

Mouth feel is exceptional. I am giving it a 4.5 hoping that there is something out there somewhere that tastes/feels better.

Super easy and delicious to drink. If you haven't tried this yet, you are missing out. It is easily my favorite beer, with St. Bernardus in a dead heat.


Photo of sweemzander
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a chalice. Best by 11-11-2011.

(A)- Pours a super dark brown; almost purple highlights. Light tan, almost white frothy head dissipated rather quickly to bubbles.

(S)- Sweet dark fruits of berries. Some bananna. Almost roasted malts, but not really. Smells kinda like liquorice.

(T)- Sweet berry flavors with bananna. Some yeasty bread amidst that almost liquorice flavor.

(M)- Smooth as silk. Spot on carbonation level. Rather refreshing and crisp despite its dark color :)

(D)- Despite its 9%abv, this brew certainly doesnt feel as such. However, I remember this beer to be much better than this. I think it is much more successful from the larger 750mL bottles for some reason. Still a solid beer though.

Photo of MisterClean
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From total wine

A - Pours onyx with a 2 fingered white head, and dissipates very quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S - Reeks of coriander, pilsener malts, dark fruit, maybe figs, and some grassy hops.

T - Coriander up front, pilsener malt, very slight amount of plums and hops.

M - Light to medium bodied, malt dominated, and a little astringency. Light alcohol too.

D - Not my favorite beer from unibroue. This is more of a dark, imperial witbier.

Photo of simskl
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured very dark into a large glass at about 12 degrees Celsius. The color was fantastic when held up to the light it had a beautiful black/red hue, I wish I knew some poetry to describe how much I like that color. There was a really weak head that disappeared quickly.

The smell was a little funky but not as weird as some of the other Belgian styles. The taste was both smooth and sweet, the 9% alcohol was barely detectable and this beer could be dangerous because of that. Fortunately it is filling as well so volume consumption was limited. The beer felt almost thick on the tongue but there was no burnt malt taste.

Unibroue, as usual, did a fantastic job with this beer and I will try it again when I can find it.

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

Nice brown color with a tinge of red. When I first smelled it I got a nuttiness that reminded me almost of Amaretto then a fruit smell. The taste reminded me of fresh figs. I expected the beer to feel thicker than it was. I also found the carbonation to be nice. Everything I have tried from Unibroue has been different and interesting. This beer is certainly worth exploring.

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

12 oz. bottle with silver foiled top.

Pours a deep, blackish-brown with a creamy, thick head. Gives off a malty aroma, sort of resembles dried fruit. Tastes similar is this regard: dry, with hints of raisins, almost wine like. Alcohol well concealed, very drinkable considering the ABV.

This beer is my introduction to Belgian strong dark ales. Hopefully others will be as good as this.

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

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into an oversized wine glass. No bottling date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.79.

A: Deep violet brown with ruby edges and root beer 2-3 finger head that disappears quickly and leaves a few specks of lace. A forboding appearance overall.

S: Dark fruits (figs, raisins, plums) and fruity yeast aromas dominate yet are accented by leafy, earthy hops aromas and a light spice and carob notes. Alcohol is faintly detectable.

T: The flavor is excellent with heaps of dark fruit maltiness, lightly toasted, with fruity Belgian yeast aromas and drying earthy, spicy, herbal hops. Very vinous and musty with a leathery, dry aftertaste. Alcohol flavors are nowhere to be found.

M: Feel is a bit light and more carbonated than expeted but not unpleasant. More chewiness would have enhanced the dark fruitiness and vinous qualities a bit more, although the lighter feel adds to the drinkability and sneakiness of the ABV.

D: A very fine Unibroue brew. Robust without being overly heavy with a dark, earthy quality that is inherent in Unibroue beers.

Photo of cavedave
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a deeply dark reddish brown, almost opaque, topped by a creamy cap of foam that dissipates rapidly to floating islands and persistent ring. Certainly a less carbonated look than any of the four others from Unibroue I have enjoyed.

The aroma is orange zest, caramel, sweet Unibroue yeast, herbal and floral notes, and an effervescent feel to the bouquet in the nose. This is a wonderful smell. Additional inhales reveal some subtle spiciness.

The taste is a creamy seduction of dark fruit, yeast, candy, joined to muted floral sweetness, an undertow of citrus and earth, gentle herbosity, and mysterious undernotes that let the finish be long and juicy but still dry and clean enough to keep the flavors pure in the mouth. It is a dark and sweet flavor, and is wholly delicious. Taste-wise, the 9% ABV is MIA.

Mouthfeel is spectacular, as in above taste desc. Nuff said.

That this is a 9% ABV I find alarming. Much, much too drinkable.

Photo of TheViolator666
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle from Unibroue sampler poured into snifter.

A: Pours a very deep cherry reddish purple. Leaves a very nice creamy off-white head that keeps for most of the drink. Very slight lacing.

S: Smells of sugar and cherries. A hint of cinnamon spice.

T: Cherries come through the most. Cinnamon notes are also there. Sweet malts and slightly tart and bitter as well. Not nearly as yeasty as the other ones from Unibroue I've had.

M: Medium-light body. The amount of carbonation is a bit too much for my tastes, though.

D: Probably my favorite out of the Unibroue's I've had, I could see myself drinking a couple of these without a doubt. I will most likely get this one again.

Photo of schmitter
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip, poured a beautiful dark, brown with a nice head and great carbonation from the yeast. Smeeld malty, sweet and a bit like coffee. Coffee hints were presnt in the tase as well, along with notes of licorice and rich caramel. Deep fruits and banana scents also lingered. I loved this beer and would love to drink it all night.

Photo of mulder1010
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750, served in my Belle-Vue kriek glass.

A-- Looks like a very dark version of Coke. Head was a sand/ tan color. disappeared in about a minute or so. No real lacing. Good carbonation on it and it reappears quickly on swirling glass.
S-- Like sweet coke but with some raisin and spices. Reminds me of the chimay blue in the smell department. Just a bit sweeter though.
T-- Expected it to be a darker feel in the taste department. Sweet with Plum and rasin. Still has the coke sweetness to it which is odd. Mostly due to not expecting it. I want to think Chimay Blue with the taste.
M- Pretty solid mouthfeel, except for the sweetness with this. More of the plum and rasin with the spices in the mouth. Kind of confusing because the beer is dark but tastes more like a hefeweisen in a lot of ways
d- ABV creeps up quickly. Big time sipping beer, and one at that. Has a lot of character and is quite complex. Back of my mind so thinks Chimay blue in every respect but this is a dark ale. Biggest negative is the sweetness in this beer. Has a coke like quality to it in the sweentess. An excellent beer but in my mind a late fall/winter beer. Not nearly as good as La Fin Du Monde is but an excellent beer still.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let's do it to it with some more from Unibroue. Breaking out my seldom used Duvel glass for this, really feel like cradling the aromas in the beer as much as I can.

A: Pours out like a Belgian Strong should, dark cola brown with a sandy fizzy head that does not stick around for long but comes back easily with a few swirls of the glass. Not much Belgian lace, maybe it's the ABV on this one.

S: Smells like a dark hefeweizen to begin with, ripe banana and clove but then transitions into a far fruitier complexity than it originally leads on. Cherry, raisins, plumb, cinnamon and sugar breadiness

T/MF: Rum raisin, caramel apple, nutmeg and cinnamon, plums, dates, almost nutty. Finish reopens the inital door of clove like spiciness mixed with a delicate sugary, ripe banana mix. I know that I'm not even coming close to nailing the complexity on this, with the alcohol so well hidden it makes each sip a pleasure, a fact finding mission to locate and discover new flavors in every sip. Mouthfeel is delicate, robust with a slightly dry, clingy finish. It's amazing how light a beer this big can taste.

D: A fantastic offering from a fantastic brewery, almost light enough to qualify as refreshing, if of course the alcohol were not factored in. A great sipper, though would probably be more fitting as a winter brew instead of a hot and heavy summer night sipper as it is at the moment of this review.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Started off with a huge head, but dissipated very quickly; ruby and brown color, visible carbonation.

Sweet cola smell -> like cherry coke, and maybe some dates.

Flavor was very nice - noticed cinnamon spice, sweet molasses, rich ripe dark fruits, and finishing with a light smokiness.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel gets a bad score here - too thin in my book, and hardly any noticeable carbonation.

Overall, very easy to down this - even at 9%. Could easily have two in one sitting.

Photo of gatorbreath
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 750mL, often do, often drink 1-2 or 1 of these and another unibroue offering...

Pours very dark with a lot of head, in a Duvel snifter, which sticks around and leaves some lacing for ya. The smell is good, lots of dark dried fruits, no hops to my knowledge. Taste is similar to smell very unique taste, and very good taste. Mouthfeel is very full, very complex beer. Leaves a taste of port wine on the tail end of the taste. Drinkability is great as the alcohol is hidden well.

A couple of these will have you feeling irie and I'd recommend the Don de Dieu, Trois Pistoles, and the 17.

Overall, one of my favorite offerings. Damn near perfect broue.

Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 13/06/2009, served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet.

A: pours a very dark brown hue, nearly black as the yeast sediments do darken the colour a bit more; the beige beer head comes frothy, retreating slowly to a thin cap, while the carbonation is semi-lively and fine in texture.
S: the nose is herbally-sweet malty upfront along with clear trace of rich dark candy-sugar, while densely-textured plumy flesh make up the second, fruity layer; perfumy flowery-esters along with a milder input of chocolatey malts, licorice and sweet nuts stay loyally in the background. Smelling like a true Belgian strong dark ale here in the glass~~ If anything, the licorice-ish black treacle notes are a bit too strong to allow for a finer balance - but tis just my preference, of course.
T: a soothing and juicy entry of black prunes, black cherry preserve, candy sugar, sweet toasted nuts, and (mildly smoked?) black malts makes up the main theme, ensued by a slowly developing stream of semi-dry, semi-bitter herbs running underneath well into the very end of tasting, as witness to the good amount of hops used in the brew.
M&D: at 9%abv., this full-bodied beer drinks very light indeed, as the carbonation level is most smooth and any alc. feel is kept at bay by the slightly lower serving temp. A delicious ale all round!

Photo of cpmau11
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue Trois Pistoles
12 oz bottle silver foiled top

Poured into a snifter glass. Large two inch creamy head, brown body with rings forming around the glass. Smells very floral and malty. Taste is malty, carbonated, slightly roasty, not a strong alcoholic flavor. Mouthfeel is exceptional, warm and rich but not thick. Drinkability is good.

Overall I really like this one, its not the best unibroue beer but its definitely a good one. As far as Belgian Strong Dark ales, it fits the characteristics but its not breaking any barriers.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with some red/orange highlights peeking through. If the light is right, you can see a few carbonation bubbles trailing up from the bottom of the glass. The head, which was light tan/beige, dissipated to just a skim of a ring around the edge of the glass, leaves a ring of lace at every sip, but the ring disappears soon. Nice.

Good dark fruit/fermented fruit aromas, with some brown bread, darkened grain.

Some sweetness, but well hidden, kinda an alcohol-soaked dark cherry with brown bread. Lots of grain forward flavors. Alcohol, at 9% is hard to find in the flavor -- maybe a hint of chemical, but super smooth. Finishes with a little grainy yeastiness and fairly clean.

Decent body and some carbonation on the tongue. Perfect for this beer.

This onee is going down fast for 9%. Really easy to drink -- terrific stuff and by far my favorite from Unibroue.

Photo of LibraryTom
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was a little cold and tight coming out of the cooler at the end of the party.

A ten minute hiatus, and she was ready to be drank. Tons of dark Belgian malt fruit, nuts, and dried fruits. True to its own style this beer doesn't particularly remind me of any of its brethren. Smooth burnt caramel, with a mellow sweetness that fades slowly into the background. A great one to finish off after the BBQ. Big enough to stand up, but not overly sweet or cloying. Low carbonation. Fantastic with the brownie I had on the side!

The yeasty character from the lees added later brought a fullness to the beer but did not overpower. I would enjoy with the lees at the end.

Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a maroon with a huge beige head, lots of little bubbles, and good lacing.

smells of grapes, dark pitted fruit, some yeast, cocoa, and malt.

taste is fizzy, prunes, raisins, malt, cocoa powder, and a few hops in the back, ends dry and a little bitter.

Photo of ccrida
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 10-14-11, I guess this bottles about 8 months old, 6 of which it's been in my cellar. Dark brown, like cola, with a loud fizzy noise and large light tan head that quickly settles to a thick creamy skim, leaving scattered lace.

Smell is very sweet, fruity esters, pretty classic Unibroue.

Taste is also super fruity and sweet, big grape notes, some fig and raisin as well, more so on the lingering finish. Spice from the abbey yeast.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit sugary of course, but light bodied, highly digestible.

Drinkability is pretty high if you like this style of beer. I've always been a big fan, although it's been awhile since I've had one of these classics, and admit it seems a bit simple.

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

Another goodie that I got to try on tap at Barleys last night. This one I had been wanting to try so what the hell right. Served in a goblet, this one was consumed on 06/11/2009.

The pour was very nicely done. Rich looking dark colors swirling around in my glass. A really nicely done looking head of off white comes climbing up and over the top settling down into a fine pillow. Lots of dark fruit on the nose here, prunes, raisins the biggest players by far. Light earthy notes and perhaps a touch of grain as well. Nice medium body,great carbonation here really letting the profile pop. Lots of grain and bready taste mid palate before it is washed away one last time by a nice touch of fruit and a hint of spice. Well hidden alcohol I have to say let this go down very smoothly.

Overall I have to admit this one was pretty damn good. Not the best, but very solid and I am glad I got a chance to try it on tap.

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,431 ratings.