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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,508
Reviews: 1,934
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 213
Gots: 490 | 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 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.

Photo of eat
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

This pours a creamy, light-beige head which quickly settles down into a decent layer, but can't really be called a head. Deep, dark brown in colour with a blood-red tinge. This beer is as dark as some stouts I've seen.

The major aromas I can pick out are of caramel, blackberries and roasted malt presented in a fantastic balance. Faint smell of spices (cinnamon). This smells absolutely delicious.

Dark, roasted malt up front. Not as sweet as the smell would suggest, which could be a good thing since it essentially smells like a dessert. The flavours I would have expected from the smell aren't really coming out, which is too bad. If this would have tasted like a less sweet version of the smell it would be an easy 5 but I'm mostly just getting lots of roasted malt.

Maybe it's a bit too cold, I'm going to wait for it to warm up a bit...

Yeast and dark grains come out more as it warms. Still not as complex a flavour as I was anticipating. Bitter blackberries and raspberries on the finish. As with all the Unibroues, it seems, the high ABV is nowhere to be found.

Great mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied, creamy, nice medium carbonation.

Goes down smooth and smells real nice, but I'm really not picking up that much flavour here. It definitely doesn't taste bad, just doesn't taste like much. I would still buy this again though, as a good smooth, strong dark ale. I just wish it tasted like it smells.

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

12 oz. bottle into tulip. Pours a very dark, murky brown with moderate beige head which mostly dissipates. Thin lacing throughout. Very, very pleasant aroma of dark fruit (raisin, fig, plums), slight caramel and vanilla, wood and hint of alcohol. Also well-carbonated throughout. Wonderful flavor and excellent finish of dark fruit. Yes, it has a kick but to me is well hidden. It is enticingly smooth & mellowfor its style and ABV. Yeast formations remain with head. Getting better as I partake of this great beer - a rival to the trappists IMO and cannot wait to have my 2nd - Cheers!

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into Snifter glass.

Pours a deep murky dark-brown with a booming slightly off-white head that is very bubbly and quickly dissolves to create a nice layer across the glass. The aroma is full of fresh berries with some yeast and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is sweet plums, slight bready malts and some dried fruits which I'm having a hard to naming. Its a very light beer and more than efficiently carbonated. Even before I knew what good beer was all about, this beer had me hooked from the first time. Extremely enjoyable.

Photo of MaxBrews
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 355ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a opaque dark brown, only caramel color is coming from the bottom of the glass. Great head, made the mistake of getting yeast particles on top. Head retention is good, and dissolves into a great soapy lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, presence of alcohol, a slight caramel rustic charm, followed by a very slight floral and fruit note.

Taste: Slightly alcoholic although ABV is masked quite nicely. Yeasty, rustic, slighty caramel with an aftertaste of clove and a barrage of spice. Overall well balanced, not complex to the point of being mysterious, but too well balanced to be neutral and boring. Well balanced in an elegant way.

Mouthfeel: Perfect balance, not too carbonated, not bitter, not to smooth or sweet.

Drinkability: Absolutely great for a beer with a high ABV, you obviously couldn't drink many, but you'd want to. I think its less intense then la fin du monde so its a faster drinking beer. I still prefer la fin, but this is a different style. A great strong ale. Not complex enough for my palate to award an A+, but it is up there.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: poured from a tap at The Libertine into a Trois Pistoles goblet.

A: pours a darker brown with nice 1 finger head and tight bubbles. No lacing to speak of and head dissipates as it warms to nothing eventually.

S: vaguely of dark fruits like fig, belgian yeast and some alcohol in the nose.

T: very solid. Light chocolate notes and alcohol which doesn't burn; better as it warms. Over ripe bananas are quite predominant as well.

M: a little undercarbed maybe, and slightly on the thin side but barely.

D: I don't think I love it enough to drink all night but once warm its easy to drink!

Overall a recommended try for all Belgian lovers which I am myself!

Photo of bfields4
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a reddish purple tint. Very nice full head.

Very sweet dark fruit smells with a little spice.

Dark fruits carry to the taste maybe coriander is the spice from the nose that also shows up in the taste. Cherries and a soft chocolate malt presence also provide for a nice complexity. The alcohol provides a nice little burn too.

Very smooth with a nice full carbonation. Unibroue very rarely disappoints.

Photo of bosco7
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blackish brown with a nice white fluffy head.

Cola, pepper, coriander, brown sugar and yeasty funk in the nose.

Sweet cola and prune flavors hit the palate first followed by caramel and toffee. A bit of cherry and plum in the middle. Spicy pepper and coriander finishes the sample off. Flavors intensify as the liquid warms up. Nice.

The mouthfeel on this beer dances on the edges of being full and delicate. Very nice Strong Dark. Highly recommended.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a small fizzy tan head.

Scent of soda, sugars, yeast, and sweet dark fruit. Sweet and sugary aroma with a bit of yeast to balance.

Taste of sugar, yeast, and sweet dark fruit. A tasty brew, but I would like to see a bit more complexity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation.

Photo of Docer
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged up a bottle at Cost Plus World Market.. best before Feb. of 2011..

- Huge violet/white head... inch thick.. and I tried to pour it slowly! Dark sun-tea complexion.. lots of bubbles... lasting head with massive amounts of lacing.

- Ester, fruit, apple, cider, almost like a champagne-like scent... with a bit of Belgian yeast odor..

- Fruity flavor, and hints of apple... yeast and bread notes.. light malt.. light ale taste..

- Slightly dry, ester aftertaste.. not chewy at all..

- Would be more drinkable if it wasn't so carbonated... way too much bubbly... although the strength was hidden very well and it had a very smooth and crisp flavor... but I probably wont buy this one again. I like the La Fin Du Monde much better... and look forward to trying the Mudite or whatever its called..

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

The nose of Moxie mixed with Coca-Cola and vanilla ice cream gives way to fairly dry chocolate, clove, and cinnamon on the taste buds. Sweetness comes back a little in the finish with notable orange citrus and a hint of anise just a hair too light to be called licorice.

The warm, spicy aftertaste is pleasant but lingers overlong. If Mr. Po-lice pulls you over half an hour after you've had one or two of these, he will want to know what you've been drinking.

Unibroue proves again that drinkability, complexity, high alcohol, and a reasonable price for the quality of the product may dwell in harmony in the same bottle. And yes, harmony can require a small sacrifice from everyone involved.

Photo of bum732
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark brown, nice creamy head, some lacing. Smells of heavy spicy clove, faint chocolate, some earthiness. Tastes of sweet clove followed by a nice spicy bitterness. Finishes with more clove and quite dry. Nice creamy body that feels great in the mouth (thats what she said).

A very nice beer, didn't really blow me away, but very solid belgian that is very drinkable and not overly sweet. Dry, spicy and delicious.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured half into a wine glass and half into a small pub glass.

Trois Pistoles pours a dark chocolate brown with slight hints of red when held to the light. A light, bubbly two-finger head dissipates quickly, and lace fights a short losing battle to cling to the glass before falling to the body.

The smell is sweet and malty with the slightest hint of old fruit. The taste is also sweet, but with a more pleasant fruit (black cherry) dominance. The aftertaste is deliciously tart and sweet. The feel is bubbly and clean, with little-to-no bitterness.

Trois Pistoles is more delicious and refreshing than the smell and alcohol content would indicate. This would be good at the end of a long summer day or with a rich dessert after a winter holiday meal.

Photo of SirDrinxAlot
2.75/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a very dark ruby brown with 1.5 finger head that dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing.

Smell was fruit, chocolate, fig, spice, and malt

Taste was malty and fruity with some light spice and malt. Sweet flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick with a strange carbonation. Almost like a sparkling wine fizz. Fairly smooth. Low drinkability.

This beer is described as an after dinner beer that pairs well with chocolate. Much too sweet for my taste and the carbonation was off to me. Wouldn't seek this out again.
Sampler best before 9/3/11

Photo of TLove
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle to Chimay goblet.

Appearance is dark blueish with a light head and a complex lacing.

Smell is ridden with those fermented dark berry flavors of blackberry and blueberry, which render so much to the flavor.

In addition to the dark fruits in the taste, there is a touch of cider, cherry wood, and caramel. Dark and complex and well-balanced.

Finish contains a grainy winterwheat finish with a touch of sweetness and yeasty sugars. Strong 9% ABV, but finishes remarkably well.

Photo of ByTor2112
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to my Chimay Goblet. Pours a murky brown with a thin tan head that reduces to a film.
Aroma-Dried fruits, cidery.
Mouthfeel- rather vinous with some sweet flavors. Fruit flavors that bring out some of the cidery flavors/ some tartness. Good but nothing too complex, not bad. A froth on the palate releases the alcohol which is well-hidden. the label says it hints a port wine and that flavor is present to me at the finish. The grape comes through. I received a Unibroue sampler for my birthday. I have never really been drawn to their brews, but impressed so far.

Photo of seand
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized red wine glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, near black, with about a finger of light tan head. The head dies down fast, but leaves a layer on the surface and around the rim, which does stick around. Pretty good lacing.

S: Strong malt and fruits, with a touch of alcohol.

T: Sweet and pleasant, with a small hint of bitterness. Slightly tart on the finish.

M: Very carbonated, fairly full bodied and a little sticky. Almost has a bit of crispness, which I wouldn't expect from the style.

D: Would have no problem drinking more of this than would be a good idea, given the ABV.

This is a good beer, but certainly not my favorite from Unibroue. I'd probably grab a Maudite instead.

Photo of manchester81
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750 ml corked bottle.

The beer is a dark brown, with a substantial, active, light brown head that leaves noticeable lacing. Beautiful beer! The smell is of sweet, rich fruit with a little bit of spice. The taste is balanced, sweet up front with a wonderful lingering aftertaste that I can't quite place. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but adequate. Drinkability is high for a strong beer. I will have no problem finishing the bottle.

Overall, this is a great interpretation of strong belgain ale. Unibroue makes a number of excellent ales, and this is one of them.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11-11-11 Is the drink by date on the bottle

Aroma - Spice and yeasty aroma

Appearance - Cloudy dark red with a thick tan head that hung around for a while.

Taste - An interesting balance to this beer. I like this one more than the other Unibroue beers I've tried. It still had plenty of spiciness but was more balanced with the rest of the beer.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Not bad but this spicy stuff is not for me.

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

App - Very dark brown color, slightly cloudy (?), largish white head with decent retention.

Aroma - Gentle alcohol aroma, some dark malt - chocolately, and a bit of fruity yeast character.

Taste - slightly malty, slightly fruity from the yeast. minimal alcohol flavor.

Medium body and carbonation. Mild alcohol warming, no astringency. Really nice mouthfeel.

Tremendously drinkable for a 9% ABV beer. Well controlled alcohol as expected for a dark belgian, no syrupy sweet, nothing crazy about it. Just nice.

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

Poured a very very dark brown. The head wasnt particularly large (noting it was poured into a fairly wide rimmed chalice) but who cares when a nice thick lacing completely covers your drink until the very last drop.

Very aromatic smell, very fruity, I'm thinking ripe wild berries and stone fruit with a nice malt undertone. Perhaps even an overripe/fermented smell but in a good way like a port or liqueur. Perhaps that liqueur scent is very very faintly of maraschino. With all this talk of fruitiness I feel like I should again mention the pleasant underpinning of burnt maltiness.

The taste is surprisingly light but complex. I generally dislike fruity estery flavours in my beer but this is different. I'm not sure how much that fermented berry taste is really just down to the smell. It is not at all too sweet, there is a suggestion of sweetness. Their is a very complex maltiness, almost a nice roasted flavour coming through, though this aspect isnt particularly strong. It's a fairly strong beer but the alcohol is well hidden other than it hits your head. There is a fruity spiciness too. I must say that the dark (80% cocoa) Lindt chocolate I had really complimented this beer well. It accentuated the musky qualities of the beer and the beer brought out an aromatic fruitiness in the chocolate.

A medium bodied drop but quite smooth and creamy and refreshingly dry.

A beautiful sipping beer that goes well with chocolate and I could imagine it going well with a nice wildberry compote.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On to my second Unibroue review of the day. I've had this one before, and remember liking it. Well, here we go:

A: Pours alot like Coca-Cola. Brown, but light penetrates through the edges. Nice foamy head that is diminished due to the carbonation.

S: I get alot of cherry. Tart cherry, cherry pits. Maybe hints of currents and grapes.

T: Again, lots of tart cherry and cherry pits. Kinda sweet tasting. Other dark fruits like grapes and currents. Maybe a hint of roastiness. Pretty good overall.

M: Very prickly and very crisp. Medium to light bodied. Non-cloying finish. Yeah, not bad.

D: This one goes down easy, but coats the mouth and is pretty highly carbonated. Tastes good, but hard to drink alot of.

I haven't had alot of Unibroue brews, but this one is the best I have had. Its got a great dark fruit flavor and is very crisp and bubbly. 'I want to go to there' Liz from 30 Rock.

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

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,508 ratings.