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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,217 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,217
Reviews: 1,885
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 180
Gots: 357 | FT: 6
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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 cswhitehorse
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Trois Pistoles pours a dark brown cloudy hue with a solid 1-2 finger foam head with some lovely sea wave lacing.

The aroma smells medicine like with a slight alcohol tinge.

The taste is unique and reminds me of a custom made root beer. The alcohol character is well hidden in the taste. It is sweet bready malt. In the mouth is mealy with a slight bitterness that goes away quickly. Overall a solid brew which I will definitely drink on a yearly basis.

cswhitehorse, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, caged and corked

Dark brown...dark umbar to be precise. Really nice silky head.

Unique aroma. Well, unique to unibroue I should say. They've got some sort of prorpetary yeast or something. It's really nice.

Grassy soggy stale hay aroma. I've heard it called horse blanket before... Not bad, it really isn't just different,

Chewy sweetness and the spicy alcohol is right up front. I've had 12%'s that have less alcohol presence in the taste. At 9%, this one is surprsingly spicy.

Grainy earthy flavors in there too. Really a treat.

I really like the mouthfeel and the aftertaste on this one. A real nice sipper. One of my favorite Unibroues.

SurlyDuff, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of ScottUCF84
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a goblet. Wow, this one is different, and complex.

A- Very, very dark with hues of cola. A decent tan head that left scattered suds clinging to the glass.

S- Roasted malt, prunes, figs, and other dried fruit; a bit of chocolate, and some banana.

T- Very much matched the smell; lots of dried fruit dominate the flavor, along with alcohol, toffee, and roasted malt. The finish is what is the most interesting, which was reminiscent of a merlot or other type of red wine. Do I want my beer to taste like wine? Normally no... but this beer is an exception.

M- Medium to heavy body, with a generous amount of carbonation. Finishes very dry.

D- I could not drink this all the time, but when you are craving something that stands out in complexity, this one takes the cake.

ScottUCF84, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Best before 10/11/10

A: Pours a deep, dark, cola-brown with a light tan head that leaves some draping sheets of lace in its' wake.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, fruity yeast, cocoa, cherry, cola nut, faintly grassy hops, chocolate, caramel, and tangy berry. Wonderful!

T: Spicy and fruity yeast, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa dusted cherry, dark fruit, fudge brownies, grassy hops, tart cirtus, tangy berry, toffee, and a slightly metalllic flavor at the finish.

M: Slick and coating. Big sweet mouthfeel countered nicely by the peppery, cut-grass hops and spicy yeast flavors. Sweet, dry, and bitter chocolate-in that order.

D: Alcohol presence is virtually non-existant. Have two in a row of these and you'll certainly "feel" the alcohol, but never taste it. Awesome!

GbVDave, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of WaveRebel51
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out very dark, with a purplish hue under the light, almost like a very dark red wine. The aroma combination of malts and fruits is very pleasant and unique. The complexity of the flavors is something else -- the mix of malts and fruity esters is complemented by a nice bitter finish. The mix of sweetness, sourness and bitterness masks the alcohol pretty well and makes this very drinkable. A terrific and tasty beer.

WaveRebel51, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was amazing!

Poured a dark brown, head was cottony and extensive, smelled sweet and fruity.

Taste was sweet, again fruity, oaky, very complex, with a strong alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel was heavy, a bit thick, alot of carbonation, but very balanced.

Drinkability is good. I now pick up one or two of these everytime I go beer shoppin'. Not my favorite beer but my favorite from Unibroue.

LumpyGuitar, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of biggmike
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with fluffy white head that stayed for a while. Aroma was of sweet dark fruit. Flavor was dark fruit and sweet maltiness with a touch of spice. A bit of chocolate taste at the finish. Mouthfeel was pleasant, and this beer hid the 9% abv very well. Great beer.

biggmike, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of hero27
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
9% abv

Pours a dark chestnut brown, persistent off-white head forms on top.
Vinous aroma of figs, raisin, and various dark fruits..
Flavor is sweet & spicy..plums, prunes, cherries, and raisin flavors sit on a blanket of wet barley. There's an alcoholic residue with every sip that leaves a slight burning behind, and a citrus zing accompanies it.
Not a beer to be trifled with...this is a very good strong ale that will leave you pleading for more.

hero27, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass from a 12oz brown bottle. 2007 vintage with a black winged horse set against an ominous sky on the label.

Appearance - Pours a dark dark brown with a 1 1/2 finger white bubbly head.

Smell - Smooth and sweet. Dark candied fruit smell, a little bit of cherry. Each swirl brings a treat to the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Dry with a delicious spiciness at first taste. Dark fruits, and a sweet malt backbone explode after the first sip. Alcohol is well hidden, especially for 9.00% abv. Crisp mouthfell at first, but flows wonderfully into that smooth caramel malty finish. Touch of sweet chocolate in the back.

Drinkability - Great to taste this beer year after year. Keep it in my fridge at all times. It's a juggernaut of a brew! One of my favorite all time Belgians, and the best Unibroue has to offer. This beer was one of the treats that opened the window to the Belgian world for me. It truly belongs among the all time greats!

ryrust5301, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of GeoffW
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Very, very dark color, almost black. Nice 1in head with good retention, also some nice lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity but not too pungent. There's something here that I can't put my finger on, but I like it. "Wild" would be a good way to put it.

Taste is very sweet. Nice and complex, almost floral-like. Again, I don't really know how to put it with this one. Mouthfeel is surprisingly balanced for such a sweet beer, but this stuff has just the right amount of hop to even things out- or at least put a curb on the sweetness.

Drinkability is good, this beer has something special to it that I really like, but I wouldn't want to drink it like I would some others.

Overall a damn good beer, one that I will be buying in the future.

GeoffW, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark and cloudy ruby color. A large foamy head forms that eventually recedes to a rim. Lots of lace. This looks great.
S: Pretty much all malt. Tons of dark fruit, plumbs, raisins, dates, ect. Complex and hard for me to describe.
T: Follows the nose closely. Lots of malt and dark fruit and some peppery spices.
M/D: This feels good in the mouth. Rich, creamy, and well carbonated. A nice change because I find some of the other Unibroue a bit watery. Not this beer. This is a sipping beer because of the high ABV, but the alcohol is well hidden. Very smooth and easy to drink.

An excellent beer, and my 100th review (yay). A malty, tasty treat that I would recommend.

champ103, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle marked 11-08-09. Consumed on 9/1/07.

Pours a dark, slightly cloudy raisin color. A big head quickly dissipates, leaving only a thin skin of off-white foam on the surface. Above-average, lively lacing keeps minimal head constantly replenished. Nose is fruity and sweet, full of malt character. Slightly thicker-than-water mouthfeel marked by a noticeable astringency (almost a pleasant burning). Goes down smoothly. Flavors of raisin/figs/dates and malt (as in the nose) mingle on the palate with a bit of vinous acidity. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so with hints of spice (cinnamon?). Clean finish with fruity aftertaste is both agreeable and short-lived.

charlzm, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby brown with a thick tan head... healthy carbonation... good lacing...

S: Sweet candy like banana aroma with some pepper and alcohol...

T: The taste disappoints the expectations the aroma gave me... mostly sweet malts with black pepper... the banana candy isn't as prevalent as you'd like

M: Medium-full bodied.. you know you are drinking beer when this is in your mouth...

D: Good for a Belgian strong... not the top of the pack, but respectable effort from those Canadians

callmemickey, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of bearrunner44
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown in color. Mostly opaque. Somewhat bourbon-colored in the few spots where light penetrates it. Big, foamy head, medium-tan in color.

Aroma: Smooth, mellow malt aroma. Vaguely fruity, bringing to mind bananas and orange peel. The alcohol is evident, helping lend a spicy overtone.

Taste: Toasty malt backbone; a little sweet, but not candy-like. It leaves a fruity aftertaste on the tongue, sort of citrus-like. The malt tastes a little dryer towards the finish. The combination of lively carbonation and a strong flourish of alcohol flavor lends a lively, spicy kick to the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat unusual for the style, mostly due to the carbonation; it's almost fizzy.

Verdict: Though it's not my favorite Belgian-style ale, I admire this beer's individuality. It doesn't taste a whole lot like many of the other Belgians I've tried. Definitely worth a try for fans of good, strong ales.

bearrunner44, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my chalice and receive minimal head that stuck around and had lacings clinging to the glass. With a dense, dark brown body this beer has a very good smell. Dark currants and citric flavors like cherry give it a sour, hoppy smell although the yeat presence is strong. The first thing that hit my tongue is the malts, which seemed sweet and maybe a hint of rosting. There are traces fruits in the beer but more importantly there is caramel (it could be chocolate) in there that gives it a very smooth, almost slick driving force down your throat. There are some spices/pepper in there, natch, that give a slightly dry feel but they are not overpowering, and neither is the high ABV. If it weren't for that ABV I would session this in a second.

clayrock81, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of TCadillac
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say?
Poured this baby in an oversized wine glass with a 3 layer ripple bottom.

The pour leads to an immaculate browish/amber hue color with a slight minimal 1/8 inch head.
I gave my Trois a furocious spin around the glass to reveale an aroma of raisin bread, cloves, nutmeg, unidenitiful herbs and spices, and a slight hint of banana bread. Taste....my god...Dark chocolate, rasberry, caramel, candied apples, chocolate covered cherries. Mouthful is somewhat cabornated, full bodied, smooth, gracious, velvety. Hell of a damn beer. Treat yourself to what is Trois Pistoles!

TCadillac, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of triplecoil
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Unibroue glass at Publick House.

Poured a deep reddish-brownish-black with a moderate tan head that leaves a great lace. Smell is fruity and spicy, with chocolate and port, and just a tinge of belgian yeast/farmhouse to it. Taste is malty and herbal with dried fruit, chocolate, and pepper and leaves you with some tart/sourness (not too much). Mouthfeel is somewhat viscous with moderately reserved carbonation...does nothing more than lend itself to the flavor of the beer.

After having this a number of times from the bottle, this is my first time on tap (and my first review of it). I have never been disappointed by this brew, and I can probably say this is my favorite of the consistently excellent Unibroue selection. Fantastically complex beer that is easy to drink, despite it's high ABV. I whole-heartedly endorse this one.

triplecoil, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle bought from Super Valu in Dublin...

Gushed from the bottle even though it had been sitting undisturbed for weeks resulting in lots of yeasty floaties... Colour is deep dark burgundy red... Light mocha head poured pretty tight and thick but faded almost immediately to wispy covering with thick edging... very light lacing...

Aroma - Amazing deep rich alcohol soaked stewed fruits (dates, prunes, raisins, blackcurrent, light banana, orange), toasted bready malts, lots of dark treacle sweetness, spicy yeast, butterscotch, roasted nuttiness, alcohol is fairly noticeable with some red wine and port hints, rich fruit loaf / Christmas cake notes, light anise, decent amount of spicing - cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg all coming through...

Taste - Pretty much as above - an amazing mix of deep dark rich fruits, bready malts, spices and alcohol notes... outstanding..

Feel - Smooth and creamy... medium / full body... dangerously drinkable at 9%...

Overall - An outstanding Dark Ale - up with the best of the Belgians... highly recommended...

mdagnew, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first proper Canadian beer, even if it is a Belgian style offering.

The same brown 33cl bottle most people have reviewed (I think). Mine was bought in Brussels at a Canadian stall in the annual Christmas Market (2007).

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip shaped glass.

Very dark ruby red (deep purple in a different light) with a huge light biege head which falls away to a good covering.

Raisins and plums come to mind when you smell this, Christmas pudding with yeast and extra alcohol really.

Rich and strong, this is a sipping beer. The alcohol is there for all to find, but there is more to this brew than just alcohol.

Having had a few strong dark beers from Belgium, I can safely say this fits in well, not a leader, but OK. The flavours and smells stay within the feel. A sweetness comes into the mix as the beer warms up, which I don't like much, but all in all a fine beer.

BlackHaddock, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of mmmbeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best by 12/13/09. The beer is a highly-carbonated, opaque, reddish-plum, topped with three fingers of khaki head that leaves decent lacing. Smells sweet and malty, with dark fruits, pear, apple and orange. On the palate, it's almost candy sweet, with caramel malts and a big nuttiness. Some yeast and banana in the mix, and fruity esters taste of green apple and melon, while the hops are spicy and peppery. The medium body is tingly at the beginning, but becomes smooth by the end, lingering nicely on the palate. A delicious, very easy to drink Belgian - I can't wait to see how it ages.

mmmbeer, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a Growler Fill.
Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Smell is wine like with lots of dark fruits. Plums, grapes, it's all in there. Taste is much the same, with some belgian candy sugar. Mouthfeel is creamy velvet. This is an easy drinker. There are definite port like qualitites with it.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (dated best by 4-4-10) poured into a tulip glass.

A- There was a 2 finger light tan head on top of a chestnut brown liquid. Medium carbonation was apparent through the dark beer.

S- The aroma was quite sweet initially. At first it could have fooled me into thinking it was a hefe. I picked up some of the candied or over-ripe banana tones. There were a lot of spice tones that became more apparent as the beer warmed and a dash of alcohol aroma.

T- Again there was a lot of sweetness that melded with sour and spice flavors to create a complex flavor. The sweeter malts reminded me of some sort of whiskey mash. There were a myriad of spices, the strongest of which was pepper. The black pepper flavor was a little overwhelming for me.

M- It had a solid grainy feel that I expected of the style.

D- It's a slow sipper. Robust flavor and ABV quelch any hopes of chugging this beer. It's pretty solid. Although I didn't agree with some of the spicing, the complex flavor gave it a bit of a "wow" factor.

GRPunk, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of dsigmon
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby/brown in color with large head. Poured into my Unibroue tulip.

S: Strong citrus and fruit aroma with a little bready yeasty undertone.

T: Tastes of dark fruits and a little bitter citrus to pull it together. Somewhat spicy and bready in the finish.

M: Wonderfully carbonated with dry finish leaving a little oil on the palate.

D: Great brew to sip on for an afternoon.

dsigmon, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of steelcutoats
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part two of the UNIBROUE review for tonight. Now is a time for a dark Belgian style brew. Trois Pistoles poured into my tasting snifter and deep darkness, with a small head that quickly vanished. I didn't notice much of a difference between this and the Maudite, except for two main instances. While the smell was similar, it wasn't as pronounced and second, the finish was a lot different. There isn't that "champagne-like" finish that you get, which I'm guessing has to do with the yeast used to ferment. It is still a very enjoyable beer, worthy of your time.

steelcutoats, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like natural root beer - very well-carbonated. Head is thin and fades quickly.

Smell is powerful - caught whiff from eye level even when pouring. Carbonation makes the aroma travel well - good, sarasparilla (sic?) and coriander tones w/Belgian yeast; malt or hop tones are extremely subtle.

Nice molasses backbone with deep caramelized profile and additional yeast and underlying spice tones.

Heavy carbonation at outset makes this much lighter than expected, but still has that nice coating feeling.

Could drink more of this than expected; alcohol is there but hidden well.

IBUnit63, Feb 19, 2008
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,217 ratings.