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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,162 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,162
Reviews: 1,878
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 176
Gots: 334 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000)
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Photo of sammartin68
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A strong good beer. Well i think it's my favorite beer from unibroue. This beer have a good appearance. A beautifull brown-black color. The smell is good, i reconize some chocolat and frouts. In my mouth that better, we have these aroma but with houblon aroma. So, this is a good beer!

sammartin68, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue glass. Trois Pistoles pours a rich balck color with a slightly off-white head that fills the glass at first and then drops off to about a quarter of an inch. Beautiful fall fruits on the nose. Pear and apple particularly with a ton of cloves. The flavor of the beer matches the baked apples and pears and cloves from the aromas perfectly. Warm mouthfeel, but not from the high alcohol. High carbonation as well. This would have to be my favorite Unibroue overall.

paulthebeerguru, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle has a cool label easily worth some extra credit point. Poured a thick, but bubbly, dark red with tan head that quickly leaves. I'd like to see an x-ray of myself after drinking this one.

The smell was excellent. Far from what I expected. Aromas were sweet, mostly red fruits like cherries and maybe some raspberries.

The taste was a bit too sweet for me. It was nice, but had a sugary taste to it. Cherries and caramel dominated. They tasted good, but it was a little over the top in my opinion.

Felt excellent. Crisp and dry, making the sweetness and high ABV very tolerable. Had a creamy feel too, maybe from the carbonation. Interesting and worked well.

Overall, the sweetness hurts drinkability. I'm glad I tried it, and I'm sure for some people this is a world class beer. But it didn't quite hit the spot for me.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into the tulip

A - Near black- dark brown with reddish hues. Off white, thick head, slow to disappear. Lacing is small bubbles and very persistent in coating.

S - The heavy perfume of dark fruit, some flower and spice. Hard to get past the fruits.

T - My God, heavy heavy pour of cooked for pastry dark fruit. Hard to remember it is barley, for sure. Nice neutral finish.

M - Medium, coating and good carb for the style.

D - Not your everyday suds.

srandycarter, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark mahogany, with light tan two finger head and nice lacing.

S: Dried dark fruit, molasses, dark sugars, and soicy yeast.

T: Raisin bread, dates and figs, coriander, pepper, and sweet dark sugars.

M: Champagne feel with a crisp and dry finish.

D: This is a great beer for drinking. It is very easy to drink considering the ABV. It is not too sweet or overpowering it is just a perfect balance of flavors.

Biscuit033, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a bottle to a goblet. Gave about a half inch of head that didn't last an overly long time. Had a brownish, cloudy appearance. Very rich looking.

The smell - to me at least - was dominated by fruit. It had a complex odor with a few smells jockeying for position.

As with most Unibroue's beers, the taste on the Trois Pistoles was excellent. It had a fruity texture, with apples and some pears apparent. There was also a smokiness to it that gave a bit of a bite.

Had a decent mouthfeel, highly carbonated but not ridiculously so.

This is an incredibly drinkable beer, one that goes down pretty easy and will warm you up.

avalon07, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of ablaze
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cola brown, good clarity with a nice tan head that settles swiftly in my beer chalice. Lacing is average.

Floral nose, dark fruits and spicy incense...lots of esters.

Initially a bit spicy and musty. Pretty complex with a nice outline of hops on a big woody malt base. Hint of lavender from the hops with nice serving of overripe dark fruits, faint smokiness. Yeast is prominent, big banana overtones but not too offensive, a bit tart in the finish.

Creamy, medium body with tight carbonation, clean dry finish, slightly astringent and cloying.

I love this beer and it's so tasty. Perfect after dinner sipper, especially on a freezing evening like this. Well made Belgian ale with an elegant nature.

ablaze, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark cherry color with a tan head. Good lacing and retention.

Belgian yeast, dark ripe fruit and candy.

Sweet fruity malts and earthy belgian yeast. Peppery alcohols and more Belgian spices.

Full and thick with good carbonation.

Nice and sweet example of the style. Good stuff.

rye726, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a pair of 'La Chouffe' tulips from a 750ml caged/corked bottle (dated best before: 02-28-10). My wife and I paired this with a terrific roasted pork loin, potatoes, brussels sprouts, & apples. Yum.

A: A tulip really showcases the billowing, fizzy ivory head atop this one. 3-fingers at least, even with a careful pour. Head drops to a denser foam, lace sticks randomly. Appearance is very dark brown, but shows a lovely ruby when held to light with plenty of rising carbonation.

S: Musty yeast, earthy and dry. Dark spiced fruit, figs or dates with a soda-like acidic tangy.

T: Juicy and fruit-filled, very dark and toasty. Evolves from sugary caramel to ripe, crisp fruit to a sultry bourbon woodsiness. Full-flavored, vinous with a touch of tartness.

M: A concentrated carbonation bristles across the tongue, with a tantalizing alcohol warmth in the finish. Softens, becoming more velvety as it warms. Body is medium, building towards heaviness as that malt and alcohol seems to thicken on the tongue.

D: Near the top of my BSDA list of favorites. A sipper for sure, and a solid performer...

msubulldog25, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of morimech
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a best before date of 12/21/2009. It has a dark reddish brown tint with a large off-white head that grows slightly after the pour. Very little lacing.

The smell is very similar to a red wine. Red grapes, cherries, and other dark fruit. Some spices like cloves are noted. A slight hint of alcohol is detected.

Dark fruit flavors dominate the taste. It is very wine like. Some spiciness from the yeast adds to the flavor. A slight warming from the alcohol is also in place. Finishes semi-dry with a lingering fruity aftertaste. I would say it has a medium body, it holds the flavors really well. Carbonation is lively.

This is an interesting and quit tasty brew. It is a sipper and I may have trouble finishing the bottle. A glass would be enough.

morimech, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Patrick999, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Halcyondays, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Tballz420
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Tballz420, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of jmalex
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

jmalex, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

DoubleJ, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Hojaminbag, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Gehrig, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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...

dsa7783, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of CrescentLake
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CrescentLake, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of czechsaaz
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

czechsaaz, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of BuffaloBill91
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

BuffaloBill91, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of paulzy
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

paulzy, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of Stimack
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Stimack, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

MMAJYK, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of Lukie
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Lukie, Jan 06, 2008
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,162 ratings.