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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,435
Reviews: 1,914
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 199
Gots: 442 | FT: 7
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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 Brenden
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is black with deep chocolate brown highlights. A nice head forms and leaves a thin tan head liberally behind.
Very complex aroma unlike anything I've smelled before. It's like a liquor, very much a whiskey alcohol smell with dark fruits, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate and toasted malts. There's also a touch of an herbal, grassy sort of earthiness.
For something with such a high ABV, I'd expect the alcohol to be much more up front. It lurks and warms as you're sipping. Again, there's very much a whiskey element to this. There's a lot of dark fruits like cherry or plum, roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa, caramel and a biscuity note backed up by hops that leave a balancing bitterness that simply ties it all together. There's a very light spice that shows up more in the finish, which is also where I feel the alcohol the most.
This one's dry and thick, almost chewy, with a big full body and moderate carbonation.
This is like an expensive, very fine cigar. You don't chain smoke these things. Besides, you'd drop after a few. An exquisite brew.

Photo of greg202stewart
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into a duvel tulip, this beer is a dark brown with a nice light brown head

S- The smell is very sugary and sweet

t- This one has some exceptional flavors going on with roasted malt, spices and some other deliciousness

m- This beer has the mouth feel of a port wine, but is not as bitter as some port wines can be.

This has become my favorite Unibroue beer along with 17 and La Fin Du Monde

Photo of gameface23
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy/murky brown with a nice looking tan head. Smell is sweet, with brown sugar dominating. The taste is great, with more brown sugar and plums. Not as much of a raisin flavor as other Belgian Strong Ales and I like this one better because of it. Drinkability is pretty damn good for a 9.00% Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I hadn't stopped wanting more even after finishing off the 750mL bottle.

Photo of Riccymon
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a deep brown with about half an inch of head that quickly boils away. Interestingly, I smell and taste the orange peel and coriander flavors I'd expect from a wit. Also present in both the aroma and taste are cherry and whiskey notes, with a bready flavor also in the taste. The spiciness in the taste and finish is strong and leaves my stomach a bit unsettled. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, but on par for the style, and this is a pretty heavy hitter where the ABV is concerned. I enjoyed this bottle, but I think I'll save my Unibroue dollars for La Fin Du Monde in the future.

Photo of SleepyMonk
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle corked and caged.

Poured into a chalice glass and it throws up a solid pale chocolate head that invokes thoughts of a strong latte. Speaking of coffee and chocolate - trois pistoles puts both to shame in terms of its darkness.

Smell brings the notes of dark fruits and roasted nuts.

The dark intimidating hues coupled with a fine nose promises a great taste and the drinker will not be disappointed. Complexity defines the taste of this beer. For the first second of holding this beer in the mouth there is a feeling of disappointment but that quickly builds into a toasty fruit taste coupled with a strong chocolate and molasses burst.

This explosion of contrasting, yet wonderful, flavors eventualy gives away and the drinker is almost left with a crispy feeling.
The initial mouthfeel is heavy yet evenly weighted. The mid swing towards fruit et al and its a beautiful experience.

Not an all rounder and in no way a session beer. More like a late night sipper or a peaceful experience on a cold and rainy saturday afternoon - this is extremely drinkable.

Legendary beer!

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a mean beer. Trois Pistoles... pistol in the face.

A- As dark as a beer comes almost stouty look on this one. Head turn in to a rim around glass no lacing.

S- Multi-complex scent of dark fruit and alcohol with massive hints of plums and more alcohol. Very alcohol smell...dangerous!

T- Smooth alcohol ester warm the buds with strong fruit flavors of dark dried fruits and sweet brown sugars.

M-D- Smooth enough mouthfeel for 9% alcohol and sticks to the tongue with massive estery alcohol notes. Nice change in flavor. Will drink again!

Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, corked and caged pours into a chalice a dark, cola brown with big bubble head which quickly fizzes and cracks (quite the audio treat) and then leaves. Some bubbles coming up to leave a few on top of the beer.

Smell is lots of fruity esters, slight hints of molasses and brown sugar, some citrus.

Taste is smooth and balanced. Hints of cola, oranges, spices, citrus fruits, raisins. A little too carbonated for my liking, I think it would aid the smoothness and drinkability of the beer if it was dialed down a touch.

Really a nice beer from Unibroue (shocker). Their production is world class and this is certainly one of the better ones - my only complaint is the carbonation.

Photo of JMBSH
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A tan head almost instantly shrinks to barely a coating. So hazy that it almost looks a dark brown until held to direct light. Only then does a redness come out.

S - Very fruity. Reminds me of some candied fruit from around the holidays.

T - Again fruity. Cherries is the dominate flavor that comes to mind. The alcohol gives a warth and doesn't seem overpowering. After another sip, the spices really come out. I wish I had tried this beer closer to Christmas. It seems to fit for some reason.

M - Sweet and fairly carbonated.While the beer is strongly flavored, it doesn't linger long after swallowing. A hint os left but your mouth is ready for a sip to bring the flavors back.

D - Very drinkable though with the amount of spice and the high alcohol, I can't see being able to drink more then a couple.

Photo of daythree16
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass. Pours with an initial 3/4" head that quickly fades to thin ring around the edges. Very dark brown in color.

Lots of dark fruit in the nose. The taste has those dark candied fruit qualities but there is a hint of sour cherry that really balances the heavy raisiny taste. The high ABV makes itself known only through the warm finish.

Mouthfeel is full and has plenty of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty awesome considering the 9% ABV and the heaviness that I usually associate with the style. This one definitely goes to the top of the list along with my Chimay Blue.

Photo of coalcracker
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Unibroue's artwork- depiction here is of a winged horse flying above some sort of castle.

Appearance: Pours a dark red/brown with a touch of head. Carbonating bubbles keep emanating from the bottom of the glass long after the pour.
Smell: Spicy and very fruity aroma noted upon first opening. After the pour, sweet and ripe fruits (apple, fig, raisin) notable.
Taste: Sweet and spicy initial taste- hops really well-balanced. Mid-taste brings out the fruity qualities as mentioned in 'smell', but also a touch of chocolate. Alcohol warmth pulls through by this point. Finishes quite dry with a long aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and drying. The initial taste is also a little spicy and stings the tongue.
Drinkability: preferable as a sipper to fully enjoy the taste complexities. A fairly high ABV will also limit you to less than a couple bottles. In pure terms of taste, not at all simple; a dream for beer advocates.

Overall- another pleasing beer by Unibroue. Well-crafted strong ale.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with silver foil wrapping into a 14 oz mug.

A: Pours a medium, nutty brown with deep amber hues around the edges of the mug; opaque with sediment in the glass (bottled conditioned). A light khaki, two finger thick head foams up but quickly vanishes. Leaves a very fine lacing (very tiny bubbles clinging to the side of the mug).

S: First note I get is a sweetness of dark fruits (dates, cherries). A spicy, peppery scent seems to dominate, likely from the alcohol. Then there is a hint of malts, creating an airy, freshly-baked bread note.

T: The first taste I get is from the malts, creating a grainy, nutty, bready taste, but not burnt or toasted in any sense - just tastes like doughy bread. Those bread flavors then give way to a bit of residual sweetness from ripe dark fruits, and a hint of molasses or caramel followed closely by a medicinal alcohol flavor - spicy and warming. In the finish, the yeasty, bready notes reappear, although drier with more emphasis on the grainy flavors.

M: Very crisp carbonation leaves a tingly, lightly "powdery" mouthfeel. Kind of what I came to expect from a Belgian strong dark ale with high ABV; definitely wasn't expecting something super thick and oily.

D: You can tell this is a high ABV beer - the 9% presents itself upfront in the aroma and fairly quickly in the taste. A couple sips in and I'm starting to get a warming feeling. Still, this a delicious strong dark ale and I would easily go for a second bottle, though I'm sure that would be enough to get me started on an evening-long buzz.

A delicious Belgian-style dark ale and another solid offering from Unibroue. The flavors are complex and yet not too in-your-face which I have heard is one issue new beer enthusiasts have with many Belgian strong ales. I would like to have this beer again, and I would also like to seek out other strong dark ales to see how the flavors compare, but this is a good first experience.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle split. Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Best by date of 11/11/2011 as well as opening, glassware, and pouring instructions.

A - Almost opaque black with ruby highlights. Thick tan fluffy head that's got a good level of retention. Not much for lacing though.

S - A good delicate combination of esters, more specifically banana. Clay hints. Big yeast as well as some light sweet malts. Citrusy aroma pairs well with a very fruity smell and some bread.

T - Rich and bold yet delicate and complex. Fruity like crazy and yeasty as well as sweet with a superb citrusy balance. Slight spice. A mineral water hint is the only drawback to the flavor.

M - Smooth and rich, this velvety beer flows smoothly across the palate!

D - Easily drinkable despite its foreboding packaging and color. Totally awesome!

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy chocolate with a beige head.

The nose is cidery yeast and dark fruits.

Tastes of sweet cherries and plums. A prominent yeast character, and an unexpectedly dry finish, but no real hop flavor.

It's a bit syrupy, and the ABV is quite high, so it's not exceptionally drinkable, but the prominence of the dark fruits (though, in my beer, they're not really my thing) make this warrant at least one try.

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

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very deep mahogany color, almost black in the middle of the glass. Had about an inch of deep tan head that dissipated semi-quickly that left no lacing.

Deep, full aroma features a fruit aroma (cherries and a musky earth scent I couldn't identify). The flavors follow along nicely, with the fruit sweetness wonderfully countered by a slight, sharp tang on the finish.

Very good body, perhaps just a slight bit thin, that coats the tongue but doesn't cling. As smoothly drinkable as a 9% beer can be.

Overall a very good version of the style, worth seeking out if you haven't had it, and worth having again if you have.

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

Dark brown to black. Nice head

Smells of dark fruit and Belgian style yeast.

Big dark fruit flavor with some spice and a nice long sweet lingering finish. A bit more carbonation than you might expect but pleasing.

Keeps you coming back for more. A very nice offering form Unibroue and quite a value as this can reasonably be compared to Chimay Blue. I will try to make sure this is always on hand.

Photo of mhatters
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had it on-tap at my house poured in a Duvel glass

An absolute brilliant Belgian style ale.

Appearance: Beautiful dark and deep with a hint of rose in the body, great toasty color head

Smell: Sugary, malt, faint cherry and slight tannins

Taste: Crisp, slightly alcoholic,with cherry and a touch of chocolate; good finish

Mouth-feel: perfect,lightly carbonated, soft and sweet

Drinkability: perfect, can drink this all day, a classic

Photo of Martin2D
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pitch black that looks heavily carbonated

S - Weak aroma, can't pick up much here

T - Strong roastiness with flavors of banana, clove, and a hint of alcohol

M - Heavy carbonation and medium-thin in body

D - A pretty good beer. I've had better examples of the style, but it's fairly drinkable.

Photo of juju7
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a weak, tan head. Very dark brown with ruby highlights.
Great nose, chocolatey truffles and vanilla with some black fruits in the background. A fine, smooth drink with some nice liqourice and spice coming out with that Belgian yeast. Was lucky enough to enjoy this with some Belgian chocolates. Very tasty. Cannot believe this is 9%.These guys don't seem to be getting much competition in the "best Belgian beer outside Belgium" category.

Photo of sbe1
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fantastic Belgian Ale from one of the best brewers in the world.

Appearance: Deep dark ruby color with a sudsy, long lasting tan head, a great looking beer

Smell: Sweet malt, cherries, faint alcohol

Taste: Creamy, cherry, chocolate, a little acidic, clean, warm alcohol finish

Mouthfeel: clean, refreshing, sweet, light carbonation

Drinkability: excellent for such high abv beer.

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

Unibroue is clearly the best brewery in Canada, and their Trois Pistoles is a very favorable offering. It pours a nice brown slightly mahogany color with a decent slightly efforvescent off white head, decent retention. The beer is bottle conditioned, but fairly clear in its pour. I didn't see tons of yeasty bits floating about. This is about the least boozy, well proportioned 9% ABV beer I think I've had. Wow, better watch out because this one is eminently drinkable. It is surprisingly light for what it is. The nose on the beer is raisin, orange, florals, spices, some sweet malts. Maybe a musty phenol in there too. There just is no alcohol in the nose, which is amazing for a 9% ABV.

The taste is very refreshing, quite light, not at all syrupy, very sweet. The beer has some caramels, some clove flavors, orange rind, some other vague florals. Boy, this is very smooth, with just a touch of the yeasty Belgian-esque prickliness underneath and the efforvescence to keep this more of a sipping type beer, but not by much. There is some hop presence, a slight brown sugar sweetness, with a dash of spices in the cardoman family. I'm enjoying this beer with each sip. This is truly an excellent option from the best brewery to our North.

Photo of joecast
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an imposing beer from the start. a sharp pfft and pours quite dark into the glass which gets slightly murky near the end. a decent off white frothy head sits above a near black beer with medium carbonation.

full on malty fruity aroma. classic bsda (at least from my limited experience). light belgian yeast character couples with some alcohol to hint at the strength of the beer. very gentle overall and begs you to take a sip.

taste exposes itself in layers across the palate. yeast character comes on a bit stronger here disguising itself as a much lighter wheat and yeast driven beer. another layer shows dark fruits and lightly sweet malts. alcohol never gets in the way with this beer wearing several masks to cover its true effect.

the best thing is, this gets smoother as it warms. seriously classy beer, well made and it shows. a pleasure to drink.

Photo of dacrza1
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another treat from the October case... a fragrant yeast grabs the nostrils with that Belgian crispness distinctive to Unibroue... thick, dark body with an equally thick yet diminishing off-white head--substantial and worthy of its label... a mellow, even body--quite surprising--with a soft, retreating aftertaste that makes the drink that much more enjoyable.... a pleasant, refreshingly light mix of Belgian hops and something darker that makes this a perfect after dinner desertif. Something sweetly mingles with the beerish properties to bless Trois Pistoles with a light yet filling end. And where is the 9% alcohol? Perfectly placed somewhere, I believe...I could use the word "perfect" a few more times, but one gets the picture...

Photo of NCSUdo
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle

A: Deep brown under a large off white head. No lace and very little retention.

S: Sweet, brown sugar, dark fruits, malt. A hint of tartness. Very appealing smell.

T: Sweet again, with dark fruits and some brown sugar. Again some small tartness, hint of toasted malt. Very little bitterness. Very nice taste.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is just right. Drinability is exceptional. I could really drink this beer one after another. A very good example of the style.

Photo of bamadog
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish/amber color; it appears a little cloudy; H-U-G-E 2 1/2 finger head is present and it's very fluffy and soft - does not linger long at all and fades to a thin, uneven layer of bubbles on the top; no lacing at all, just a thin oily residue hanging to the sides; On the swirl, the head finds new life and sprouts up again to just under one finger, but then quickly fades. Pretty cool to sit and watch :)

Smell: Smells like sweet, fermented dark fruits (prunes, raisins?); a rich dark maltiness is hidden beneath smell of the fruits, and a slight hint of burnt sugar; behind all of that is the scent of alcohol, but based on how it is worked into the smell and slightly hidden, I can only imagine that it is masked quite well in the taste.

Taste: Dark, sweet chocolatey malts really dominate the flavor spectrum, but right behind those would be the dark fruits, very sweet and almost candied; mild burn of alcohol, but as expected it is very well masked. There is a sweet spiciness to it as well... perhaps nutmeg?

Mouthfeel: A very nice body that is not too thick and not too thin; very smooth carbonation; slightly warming vapor from the alcohol that also leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

Drinkability: Very nice, moderately high. I'm expecting the ABV to play into this though as I continue to drink it down. This is a tremendously enjoyable beer and great for a long night of sipping -- not sure if anyone would dare call that a session, but something that I am preferring to take my time with.

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = A lot of dark fruit and some spicy elements in the background.

T = A semi-complex flavor of dark fruits (raisins mainly), caramel, and belgian yeast. Alcohol was masked fairly well, but the warming was felt. Finish was somewhat dry and no bitternes or sourness perceived.

MF = Fairly thick body with just below moderate carbonation.

Overall, this was a very solid, and flavorful, Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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