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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,101 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,101
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 175
Gots: 312 | FT: 8
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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 Patrick999


4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours from the little bottle a ruddy dark brown into my chalice. Head retention good, not much in the way of lace.

Smell is great, slightly boozy candied cherries, among other fruity aromas. That Unibroue yeast sure seems to want to throw out all kinds of esters at you - characteristically strong Unibroue nose.

T - A no-brainer. Nearly a perfect Belgian Strong Dark, well-integrated, nothing in particular jumps out at me other than that slightly sweet cherry flavor. I note that others have claimed a roasty taste; I'm a little disappointed to find that I don't really get that, but it's still a very tight beer. Dries out nicely to a couple fruity burps, not much of an aftertaste at all. Alcohol very concealed, moreso than the Chimay Blue, which (to me) likes to show off the alcohol a little

Feel is that nice airy, gentle typical Belgian feel, causing you to completely forget you're drinking a strong beer. Geez, this barely tastes like an alcoholic beverage to me.

Drinkability is very good - most of the heavy hitters in this style are quite drinkable for their strength, and this is no exception. This passed the test with flying colors; I'll pick up the 750 next.

01-25-2008 01:11:53 | More by Patrick999
Photo of Halcyondays


4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, with a thick off-white head, which recedes quickly into a thick rim, with very small bubbles.

S: Distinct smell of raisins, figs and Unibroue yeast character.

T: Taste is unique for a BSDA, it is very yeasty, but there is a certain quality in the taste that is markedly different from a brew made in Belgium. Quite malty on the first sip melding later into a heavy character of Mission fig, ending with some drying alcohol and carbonic acid.

M: Velvety mouthfeel, very soft and calming on the palate, light bite from the carbonation.

D: This is a very good beer, possibly my favourite from Unibroue, definitely one of the tops in the style, highly recommended.

01-23-2008 05:17:47 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Tballz420


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

This thing is either a dark purple or completely black, some brown hues when held to the light. Very large tan head on the top leaves a fair amount of lace behind. Fruity scents, plum, spices, other dark fruits. Large malt presence on the taste, hints of chocolate. Spice with different fruit tones. Warming alcohol pops its head in as the beer warms. A nice treat indeed.

01-22-2008 02:54:49 | More by Tballz420
Photo of jmalex


4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

I think this might be my favorite beer. Maybe. I dunno, but this is one of the first beers that completely blew me away. My tasted have matured a lot since then, so we'll see.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very dark brown with some vague crimson highlights into my Trois Pistoles chalice. The off-white head starts out decent, but shrinks to a medium collar and large patch of bubbles floating on the surface.

SMELL: The smell is amazing and balanced between all the right aromas. The signature bready Unibroue yeast stands out as it does in all their beers. Dark fruits come out in cherry, plum, and raisin aromas. A slight alcohol accentuation comes with an all-spice-type spiciness.

TASTE: The flavor sneaks in, but comes through big time. The yeast works perfectly with the huge fruity flavors this beer brings. The finish starts out a bit sweet, but then drops out as stealthily as it came in. What you're left with is just a fleeting hint of what you just drank, demanding another sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-bodied but it seems much lighter. The carbonation is just off the level of high and effervescent but still within acceptable levels.

DRINKABILITY: Off the charts. No alcohol is detectable whatsoever. This beer CANNOT possibly be 9%. I'm only drinking the 355mL bottle today, but I think all of my future Trois Pistoles purchases will be 750mL.

Yeah, what a fantastic beer. Is it my favorite? That's a tough call - one too tough to make. But let's just say that I'll be stocking up for as long as this beer exists.

01-21-2008 22:35:52 | More by jmalex
Photo of DoubleJ


4/5  rDev -5.4%

Trois Pistoles is the finale here in the Unibroue "Les Autres" Invitational. This is one of the best reviewed beers to be involved in all my invites so far, but it has a huge peak to scale and get over if it wants to win. According to every sports movie ever made, this is going to take the crown. But not so fast, I want to see for myself, so on to the beer:

It pours a ruby brown into my chalice, providing a deep brown color with dark red hues on the edges and a good head. There's a sweet aroma of dark ripe fruits. Simple enough. Now I'm going ot put it on my tongue. Tasty. The yeast plays a mild role in the flavor which is dominated by dark fruits, ripe banana, and a shake of pepper for balance from the alcohol. Slight feel of wax. This is a fine beer, no doubt about that, but I'm not sure this will be enough to get over the peak in this invite.

The Unibroue "Les Autres" Invitational is offically over, so now it is time to announce the winner. And the winner is:

Don de Dieu!

What an invte this was, five of Unibroue's other beers, one which came out victorious here. I feel priviledged to try them all (yes, even Éphémère, which I disliked), and now I have more confidence for which ones I'll be going back for more of. You can check the previous results of the invite to see what you missed. Good night everyone!

01-21-2008 03:37:34 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

Dark Brown/Red Color with about 2 fingers of head. Head laces glass as you drink.

Smells of a caramel/slight cherry malty aroma.

Taste, this beer is fantastic. As far as a Belgian Strong Dark goes, this beer is kind, even though it is from Canada. Strong Malty taste with a caramel/cherry hint. Aftertaste of alcohol warms.

Good thickness and easy to consume.

I Love this beer.

01-20-2008 02:35:31 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Gehrig


4.85/5  rDev +14.7%

Magnificent is the best way I can describe Trois Pistoles, a very smooth, very delicious BSDA. The presentation is first-rate, three fingers of slightly tan foam resting atop a dark mahogany body with faint reddish highlights, beautiful. Terrific nose, with lots of sweet fruit rising fast, with moderate spiciness following close behind.

The taste is an explosion of flavors--roasted malt, brown sugar, plum, pear, orange, a little caramel--just wonderful, a different flavor in every taste. The spicy finish is a great reminder of what the nose portends, with a good dash of pepper helping to finish a first-rate beer. Great mouthfeel, medium carbonation, smooth texture, and eminently drinkable, easily hiding the high ABV (9%).

Tremendous work from Unibroue, the first I've had from this Quebec brewery and certainly not the last of either Unibroue or Trois Pistoles. I'll be sure to grab a few more of these in the near future for another cold, snowy day. Don't pass this by.

01-15-2008 03:34:15 | More by Gehrig
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4%

This is my third sample from Unibroue, and after already trying a couple, I must say that every beer I've had from this brewery has been world-class... Their Trois Pistoles failed to disappoint... top-notch flavor and quality that reeks from this brew... great dark-grape appearance with decent foamy, frothy head leads to a fig and prune aroma... great dark taste, full of caramel, malts, and slight cocoa flavor with underlying sweetness that truly satisfies... despite a hefty 9% ABV, you would never detect any strong alcohol behind a sweet, satisfying combination of ultra-rich, thick flavors that dominate the palate... definintely a top-contender brew, one of the best in my opinion, with a characteristic flavor that is truly unique... Definitely a must-try, a very unique representation of the style that really hits home... Definitely recommended...

01-14-2008 23:45:13 | More by dsa7783
Photo of CrescentLake

New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Absolutely one of my favorites... the milestone for all belgian beer, even though it's French-Canadian. The contrast of dark Belgian trippel-esk notes and almost bavarian wheat estery-hints add for a complex experience that is best paired with sweet duck or and rich non-chocolate desert... I'm salivating
Oh, and by the way... it's 9 % Alchohol... The folks over at UNIBROUE are alcohol magicians. Definitely try the Trois Pistoles siblings who don't quite offer the fruit complexity, but can hide up to 12% ABV like it was a dirty magazine.

01-14-2008 17:14:04 | More by CrescentLake
Photo of czechsaaz


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Big fruity fermentation character right off the bat on the nose. Also dark caramel malt aromas and just a very faint alcohol aroma.

Deep brown with red highlights when held up to the light. Smallish head but a persistant rim around the glass with a little bit of lacing.

Flavor is very nice. I get lots of dark dark crystal (like 100-120) and a hint of roast malt. There's also just a hint of treacle/butterscotch. Fermentation character includes huge amounts of fruity esters that come off as plums and raisins and baked apples. Hops are spot on for bitterness but otherwise the hops are kind of an afterthought in this malt complex beer.
I do get a little bit of alcohol flavor which is the only thing that keeps me off a 5.

Big bodied with a pretty sharp carbonation level, higher than the head would lead you to expect.

On a quality/price/strength ratio this is a knockout. You could drink better at higher prices and you could find a lot of mediocre beer at the same price level. This is a damn fine beer that works as a sipper and as a food pairing with roast meat or spicy food.

01-11-2008 08:39:58 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of BuffaloBill91

New York

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%

I bought this one and have held on to it for maybe 3-4 months before drinking

A- nice red brown color - pretty cloudy with lots of yeast flakes floating around. I got a big head on a light pour- looks like this thing has a ton of carbonation. Head settled to a nice 1/2 finger thick head quickly...

S- Very fruity maybe apples and pear or grapes with some floral tones- suprisingly no hints of the alcohol in the smell, which i was expecting with a 9% brew.

T- Quite sweet, close to the smell pretty fruity with an almost wine like taste yet nicely retains the ale qualities and a nice yeasty and caramel flavor in the aftertaste -Tasted pretty close to a true Belgian quad I had before. Nice brew- nice job Unibroue. Top notch.

M- Smooth- somewhat medium bodied and actually a lot thinner than I would've expected which accounts for the great drinkability im sure. -good carbonation- looks highly carbonated but its not.

D- Amazingly drinkable for a 9% --i could down these better than any macro. This is one of the best tasting ales I have tried easily as good as some beers that are twice the price.

01-11-2008 02:26:32 | More by BuffaloBill91
Photo of paulzy


3.78/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard conical pilsner glass. Had to roll the yeast out of the bottom of the bottle to get it all into the glass.

Appearance: Rich brown color straight from the bottle, a little like root beer. Head was frothy right away, and took several moments to settle down to two fingers worth. After about 5 to 10 minutes and several sips, the foam finally settled down to a carpet above the brew.

Smell: Very malty with a thick syrupy sweetness, full of fruit. I expected darker fruit smells, but I got a citrus-like smell from this beer. You know how you can smell it when someone opens a bottle of Coca-cola? Like that.

Taste: Tastes very balanced for a beer that smelled as strong as this one did. I tasted something a little like brown sugar early in the beer, to finish with a thick sweet malt with hop-like balance late to dry out tongue. A satisfying flavor that doesn't let you be satisfied. The hole in the bottom of my glass was mighty large with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Gentle mouthfeel, not too thick, not too empty. Carbonation is mild and does not interfere.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable. This is one of the better offerings I've had from Unibroue, and I'm glad I picked up more than one. It's more drinkable than I'd like, frankly, for a beer with this character.

Overall: An interesting, if mild, brew for a beer drinker. It's to be savored.

01-09-2008 23:55:22 | More by paulzy
Photo of Stimack

New York

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured this brew into a chalice and it poured to a deep rusit brown color with a thick off white head that had very good retention and left a fair share of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma has a lot of interesting smells to it, dark fruit of raisins, plum and maybe a hint of grapes? The flavors are very good as well, make this an easy sipper even at 9%. Has a nice sweet profile that lingers with a yeasty break near the mid section and lingers. Caramel notes seem to come to mind more and more. Spices coe out more and more as it warms. Overall this is a great brew, very sorry that I have not had more of this in the past but there are just to many brew out there. The majority of the time I am very impressed with Unibroue and this just shows why.

01-07-2008 01:44:14 | More by Stimack
Photo of MMAJYK


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

A- Dark and deep brown with 1 inch of tan head after a medium pour. Brew is non transparent. Lacing works its way down the glass for the duration of the drink.

S- Smells of citrus fruits, toffee and caramel, vanilla, and some woodsy and roasted malts satisfy the nose.

T- Chocolate, same roasty malts, and dark over-ripened fruits. Leaves the mouth bitter with slight alcohol warming sensation on the back of the throat and chest.

M- Medium thickness and high carbonation. There is a nice sting all over the surface of the tongue.

D- High. Smooth and soft to drink, but the alcohol tastes and feel takes away a little bit of the drinkability factor.

Overall- Nice beer that is true to style. Complex and very enjoyable as a stand alone or maybe have 2 or 3 to really catch a heck of a buzz. Solid.

01-06-2008 17:23:14 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of Lukie


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Great pour. Dark with hints of fiery orange as you hold it up to the light. The lacing sticks well to the sides of the glass, which is what I expect from good quality beers.

Dark fruits dominate the nose. Dark plum, raisin, sultana, and some nice sweet figs. Hints of alcohol come through the finish, but hop notes are non-existent.

Soft dark fruits. Hints of dark red grape, blackberries, and a hint of raspberry in the finish. Plum and slight raising also make it's way into it, coupled with slight hints of dark chocolate in the finish.

Zesty carbonation gives this a great feel, while still not too heavy to sit down and enjoy. The alcohol is masked well, and this one is a great late night sipper.

01-06-2008 13:48:41 | More by Lukie
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%

750ml corked & caged bottle, served in a Chimay goblet. Slow pour, as I prefer to keep the yeast in the bottle.

A - dark brown color with a lot of carbonation evident in the glass. Tiny bubbles kept rising to form and maintain a steady ring.

S - raisin/date, malt and yeast aromas fill the nose.

T - delicious tasting brew, sweet malty flavors dance on the tongue with a finish that's dry and smooth leaving a sweet fig after taste.

M - medium/full bodied with delicately crisp, clean carbonation.

D - exceptional brew; it doesn't get much better than this.

01-01-2008 02:15:29 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.83/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a nearly opaque ruby with a tan head. Nose is yeasty with rubber tones. Flavor is robust with hearty tones, though not overdone. Sweet a fair bit, but also like a grapey caramel. Feel is decent. Smooth with a fairly good level of carbonation. Pretty good as far as drinkability goes, but for the style I think there are stronger examples. Seems to be a bit too sweet overall, which leads me to judge that it has a more immature overall profile. Nice to try, but not one I would return to most likely.

12-30-2007 14:03:26 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of 1fastz28


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

pours a VERY dark black color, pure black in color, head looks like a rootbeer float, like an opaque off white. smell is really neat. like a spicy, ginger nose to it, maybe with a slight toffee scent. its out there but i like it. taste is equally unique, white the mouthfeel is kinda thin, the taste is good,
it really is all over the place, spicy but sweet. i enjoy it, another very good beer from unibroue, i just discovered this brewery and they do some awesome beers.

12-30-2007 05:07:26 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of SargeC


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance: Deep brown-black with a tan head.

Smell: Sharp yeast character, fruit.

Taste: Apples and berries coupled with the bold yeast character. An acidic twang leads to a good finishing bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Flavors linger well.

Drinkability: Complex and flavorful. Very easy drinking.

12-27-2007 00:36:53 | More by SargeC
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4/5  rDev -5.4%

This is another good offering from those crazy french canadians. Pours blackish brown with a thin slightly tan head. The nose is of some spice and dark malts, but mostly grainy belgian yeast. this beer has the good flavor of a belgian, but as is common with unibroue (IMO) the mouthfeel is way too thin to be convincing. You do taste the belgian yeast and dark fruit flavors in the beer, but it does not hit you like it should. Too thin in the mouth. Not sugary enough to belgian. However, it is incredibly refreshing and is dangerously drinkable. possibly one of the most refreshing "belgian styles" there is. Very thirst quenching, not afraid to take fat-ass gulps. It has that classic unibroue taste, and is very drinkable. Any beer that has that is ok in my book.

12-25-2007 08:07:41 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of stephens101


4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

Pours dark brown with some yeast dregs floating within. Has an almost immortal, prolific tan head that dares you not to destroy it with a drink. Smells of dark fruits and some chocolate in the background. Tastes slightly bitter up front then some breadiness, alcohol heat, coriander and white grapes to round things out, leaving things complex yet balanced to perfection. Fairly light-bodied and very drinkable with a unique residual alcohol heat that warms the palate throughout the session. I will be revisiting this one many times in the future.

12-24-2007 20:17:52 | More by stephens101
Photo of GAPit


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from tap into matching glass at the Stumbling Monk, Seattle. Pitch black with two fingers of dark coffe head, lacing stays till the end.

Smells suprisingly fruity, alcohol very present, finishes with malty, doughy, mapley goodness, i'm exicted.

Sharp spicy/tart/dry fruitiness up front leads into malty/vanilla finish with a very present and a little overdominating alcohol burn.

Smooth and creamy in mouth, suprisingly light carbonation. Once again alcohol burn dominates towards the end.

Overall another good beer from Unibroue, although not my favorite.

12-21-2007 20:43:03 | More by GAPit
Photo of BeerLover729

New York

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%

This beer is an opaque dark copper with a large fizzy head that fades to a light laceing. The smell is of dark almost burnt malt with a notablely strong phenol smell that seems to volitalize and dissipate after a short time. The remaining aroma's are fruity and spicey and are most closely described as clove-like. The taste is slightly dry with a malty, but not overpoweringly sweet, finish. Some fruityness-grape, plum, etc.- with phenol's coming through as well. Medium to light body with sharp carbonation and minimal cloyingness. Alcohol is hidden decently well, goes down easy. Decent beer.

12-19-2007 01:06:37 | More by BeerLover729
Photo of Beerzebub


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

750 ml, best before 6-12-10. Cellar temperature.

Dark ruby color, fizzy beige head, nice lace.

Smells of fresh tart grape, Meyer lemon, tangerine, berries, yeasty spicy doughy malt, caramel, touches of milk and soy sauce, and slightly solventy alcohol.

Tastes of sweet doughy malt and fresh fruit, with savory roasty caramel, dried fruit/ raisin, leather, yeasty spice. Hints of alcohol and acidity. Cohesive and characterful, tasty, and supremely balanced.

Smooth texture, very nice but bordering on too fizzy. Superb drinkability.

Great beer. Plenty of character and a pleasure to drink.

12-17-2007 09:12:53 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of BiereBlanche


4.83/5  rDev +14.2%

12 oz bottle poured half into a snifter. I love the presentation, as I do all of the Unibroue bottles.

Pours a dark, cola-colored brown with a bit of yeasty sediment. The cap is two fingers high of a delicate light-brown that descends slowly and leaves large, lingering lacing. The aroma is quite mellow and pleasant. Lots of yeasty breadiness with delicate notes of citrus, light fruits and a perfectly faint hint of alcohol. The taste is perfectly balanced, delicate, mellow. A harmonious blend of bready sweet and light citrus flavors, very little alcohol presence. The same characteristics linger on seemingly forever (and wonderfully) in the aftertaste. Medium and with enough carbonation to add a lightness. Trois Pistoles is a dangerously drinkable offering. It holds up to the bottle's claim of being "remarkably mellow" and is delicate and perfectly balanced. I am most impressed at how perfectly the alcohol is presented, hidden enough to be incredibly drinkable, yet present in both aroma and mouth just enough to let drinker know Trois Pistoles is a serious, sophisticated drink to be sipped and enjoyed.

12-17-2007 04:04:02 | More by BiereBlanche
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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