Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,377
Reviews: 1,905
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 192
Gots: 407 | FT: 7
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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 Bergenboy1981
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer of this style I've had, being a belgian white drink this beer was very dark for was REALLY good though!

Very fruity and sweet and malty.
Goes down very smooth. There wasnt a very strong alcohol taste at all.
I was really happy with this beer and would definately get it again and recomend it to people.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A dark coffee color with hints of red when held up to the light. Good amount of yeast sitting at the bottom. Thick, soapy, cream-colored head that descends to a quarter-inch cap. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell: Bananas, raisins, cinnamon, cherries, vanilla, and even nutmeg. Pretty damn complex. I could sit around smelling this one for a while.

Taste: Wow! Where to begin? Cherries, no, chocolate covered cherries, bananas, vanilla, pumpkin/nutmeg, and a peppery kick to finish it. Almost reminds me of some merlots I've had lately. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and pretty highly carbonated. Seems like all Unibroue beers feel the same... and I like it. A lot of mouth numbing going on, probably due to the alcohol piggy-backing the carbonation. Carbonation stings at times.

Drinkability: Flavor is really pleasant, but I don't think I would last long drinking these pups. ABV is high and hits you quick. Other than that, a really solid beer. Way to go Unibroue (once again)!

Photo of jar2574
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark beer, with very little head. The bubbles don't cling to the sides on the way down. Average appearance, but luckily everything else is excellent about this beer.

Malts and sweetness in the scent. Then the taste is excellent. Really, really good. Dark fruit and malts, with enough carbonation to keep things lively.

This is a dangerously drinkable beer, considering its 9% alcohol content. Exceptionally drinkable, you don't even sense the extra alcohol. Watch out!

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

750ml bottle served in a Chimay glass.

Appearance: dark ruby brown, thin head, good lace

Smell: brown sugar, alcohol

Taste/Mouthfeel: refreshing, sweet, bubbly, caramel

This company has continued to impress me with their Belgian style beers. I also like the artwork on the bottle and unique names.

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

A: Pours very dark with a bit of carbonation. Formed a nice long lasting head. Very dark when held up to the light, no light is getting through this.

S: I smell malt, brown sugar, and can detect the smell of alcohol as well. Little fruit in there as well.

T: First thing I notice is a fruity flavor, and a definite warmth from the alcohol. Hint of apples and raisins, with a bit of a hoppy aftertaste.

M: Feel is decent, the pronounced fruit and carbonation make themselves known immediately. Still, I expected a bit more thickness from a beer that pours as dark as this one. Not thin, but felt it could be a little thicker.

D: I found this to be very drinkable. It's sweet, but not overly so. The fruit flavor to me sticks out the most, but it's not overdone like in some beers I've tried. Definitely worth a try, I wouldn't complain if I had a chance to drink more of this.

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

Had the unique pleasure of sampling this on tap at American Flatbread. Poured a deep and ominous maple color with a fluffy tan head of tiny bubbles. Soft aroma of figs and the so called 'horse blanket' mustiness. Bold flavors of dates, raisins and figs, rich malt in the middle, currants, hints of ginger and some alcohol esters. Very complex and layered . The high ALC% is well concealed by the sugars and the slap-you-around flavors. Light to medium carbonation and a rich mouthfeel. Lots going on with this one and quite challenging without being unpleasant. A great example of the style (Belgian Dark) and yet another reason Unibroue is one of the best breweries on planet earth.

Photo of abfraser
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got off my lazy butt and wrote my first review.


A: Pours a massive off-white head that takes up half the glass; no lacing to be seen whatsoever; appearance is dark burgundy bordering on black.

S: Yeasty, caramel, raisin, some dark fruit.

T: Sweet and fruity, with an alcohol kick that detracts somewhat from the overall mouthfeel

M: Initial hit of sweetness gives way to good mid-palate. Carbonation is definitely apparent, although doesn't overwhelm

D: Exceptionally drinkable, especially given it's 9% price tag

Photo of Zadok
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark deep amber with a thin bubbly head. Amber borders on brown/black but it apparent with a little light that its true color is amber. This beer never stops fizzing, from beginning to end.

Initial aroma is of very sweet malts and medium to dark fruits.

Tastes are quite sweet in this one. Sweet caramel malts and an array of fruits such as plums and raisins. All flavors are very well balanced and squeezes in a scent of alcohol in the distance.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with decent bite because of the medium/high carbonation.

It is very possible that this brewery from Quebec is becoming my all time favorite. This delicious brew makes for a 3/3 tally in favor of Unibroue. Will be making it a top priority to finish off what they have to offer in a reasonable timeframe.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown -- almost black -- with a nice mocha-colored rocky cap and superb lacing.

S - Dark, dried fruit and malt with a touch of burnt caramel. Very nice.

T/M - Reminds me of a lighter version of St. Bernardus 12. Quite a splendid, complex dark ale with hints of raisin, leather, fig and even a bit of chocolate. It has perfect carbonation and a very appealing, creamy mouthfeel that's not heavy.

D - Very drinkable -- perhaps too drinkable -- at 9% ABV I could scarcely detect. Would be great with grilled meats.

Photo of prosper
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is great. Dark, reddish. Probably cloudy, but it's dark enough that I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. The head is foamy and fades quickly.

Smell is about the same as other Unibroue belgians. Fruity, phenolic and malty with a slight note of hops.

Taste is good, not great. There are cidery notes present, and the high alcohol content is apparent. There is also a very present grain/malt flavor to this one. Hops are there, but not in the first row.

Mouthfeel is quite full. There's a relatively small carbonation presence, and the co2 zing is very mild.

Photo of changeup45
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thick off-white head. Alcohol, yeast, dark fruit and sugary aroma. Slightly sweet tasting with vanilla yeast, some dark fruits and a roasted chocolate flavor with some caramel but not crazy over-powering like I was expecting and the alcohol seems to be hidden very well. Very good beer.

Photo of boralyl
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours 2 fingers of tan-ish head in a chalice glass, that has pretty good retention and doesn't really leave any lacing. It is a very dark brown that I can't see through and has some ruby highlights when held to the light.

S - Smells of plums, apples, and dark fruit. Also has some spiciness and a slight citrus smell. A nice complex aroma.

M - A light-medium bodied. It's fairly heavily carbonated.

T - Dark fruits at first mostly plum, followed by some toasted malts. A slightly metallic finish leaving an alcohol heat after swallowing. More flavors become apparent after the beer has warmed a bit.

I very complex beer, best enjoyed slow to savor all of the flavors.

Photo of whynot44
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, almost opaque brown with ruby notes against the light and a substantial off-white head that subsides fairly quickly.

The aroma is complex - raisins, plums, apples, yeast and toasted malt, hints of smoke, citrus and alcohol.

The taste is rich, fruity and spicy with notes of plums, figs, apples, raisins, hints of brown sugar, lemon and chocolate. The finish is spicy with a slight metallic hops bite to offset the sweetness and a lingering fruit aftertaste with some noticeable alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied, smooth and sippable. Take your time and enjoy it the flavor develops as it starts to warm a bit. Very nice.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is poured with a dark brown and a fair amount of carbonation. The head retention isn't that great, but I wasn't really expecting much more. The nose on the beer really reminds me of a dark wheat beer mixed with the ale yeast and spices; it's very complex. The taste is filled with complexity, like this style is supposed to be. It's fruity, has the usual Belgian spice to it, and a nice roasted maltness that brings out the plum flavours. This is quite tasty. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. It's drinkable for a Belgian style beer.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a substantial fluffy off-white head. Heavy Aroma of raisins, plums, spices, roasted malt, and alchohol. Taste has bits of smokey apple pie and roasted coffee. Flavor gets more and more complex as it warms. Lively carbonation and mouthfeel. It can taste and feel a bit boozy but overall it's a nice treat.

Photo of giblet
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a damn fine brew. poured dark with very little light shining through. excellent carbonation and about three eights inch head. aroma is of fruits and very pleasing. taste is very very yummy with the apple and malt flavor perfectly matched. this is one excellent brewery. i can thank this website for finding such a gem.

suckem up and movem out.


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

Pours a dark brown, black from a distance, with some red hues around the edges. A large one inch light tan foamy head forms and quickly dissipates leaving no lace behind.

Aroma is nice. Definitely some dark fruits, plums most noteably. A little bit of sugar and spice as well.

Taste is fine. Dark fruit, spice. Slightly bitter and metallic. Some alcohol warmth too.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with tons of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is ok, but alcohol is high. I'm pretty indifferent on this one.

Photo of BWH3
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Well done deep brown in color. Clarity is translucent not opaque. Pours an exceptionally well carbonated and heady beer. Champagne like fizz settles the beige head into a thin creamy ring that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A mild scent of dark fruit/prune is most evident in this lightly sweat aroma. Some roast grain notes with a contribution of spice and esters as well as the solvent like quality of the high EtOH.

Taste: Approximates the aroma well. Neither the dark fruit nor roast grain flavors comes through in a bold way. In addition, a peppery spice hits the tongue and palate in the finish. Overall, nice dry clean finish without a lingering aftertaste. A mineral like hops bittern.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally crisp, light medium body. Head retention is too poor for my liking. The carbonation does not seem as excessive as the other Unibroue beers.

Drinkability: The best of the Unibroue beers.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was out to dinner last night for Boston Restaurant week and saw this on the menu at Pigale's on Charles Street. Figured we would give it a try.

The beer was served in a glass made specifically for the Unibroue Trois Pistoles glass.

The waiter poured the beer and did not provide as an aggressive pour as I would have desired. As a result, there was not that much of a head that formed atop the beer. What was there was a wispy off white thin foam that did fade rather quickly. The beer was a deep dark brown that looked pretty rich and intimidating (in a good way) There was no lacing to speak of as the beer was consumed.

Aroma was rather thick and rich and reminded me of dark fruits and immediately figs & dates came to mind. Additionally there was the typical spice note of a Belgian Ale that was the first indication of what was in store for you.

The taste was rather nice and followed suit with the aroma. Deep rich fruit flavors that included dates, figs, prunes and plums. A spice note that worked with these from front to back as well. I have to admit that these beers are growing on me. This reminded me of Ommegang Abbey Ale even though I believe they are different styles.

Mouth feel was almost full bodied and this was a rather rich beer. One that went very well with food. I had a chocolate & dark cherry dessert and wished I still had some of the beer left to go with it. I think it would have been a very nice match.

The beer really grew on me as I consumed it and I think this is a hint to the drinkability.

Not a session brew, but one to savor.

Photo of Romulus141
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a steep wine glass to approximate a chalice.

Appearance: Pours an intriguing deep, dark brown that blocks most any light that tries to pass through it. The brew produces a fluffy, manilla colored head that simply will not dissipate. Strong lacing is left behind on the sides. On the bottom of the glass, strong upward currents of carbonation rise to the surface. This beer makes a strong visual impression.

Smell: Fruit is the dominant characteristic, with notes of dark fruits being at the forefront. The smell is sweet and supple, yet strong and bold. The scent also has a flowery and yeasty character, which blends well with the fruit. A complex smell, which builds anticipation for the tasting to follow.

Taste: The initial flavor is a mellow blend of apple and raisins, which saturates my palette. This is mixed with a hopped bitterness, which balances out the sweetness of the fruit taste. The finish of the brew contains some alcoholic notes, which warm my chest. A pleasant aftertaste remains, reminding you of the experience. Unibroue once again has a winner here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. This drink is silky smooth, and just glides around the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a great tasting brew which, despite its richness, goes down quite easily. I could sip on this for an entire evening. However, one must beware of the ABV, as it is high and could get you in trouble if you have too much.

Unibroue has not let me down yet, and consistently makes high quality Belgians. Highly recommended.

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

Dark Red, opaque. Pours slowly. Smells.... Cherries, almost like a glass of red wine. Pours into my chalice with a good head initially, which dissipates quickly. Tastes fruity, with a sweet taste that lingers. Very smooth and drinkable. I found myself drinking most of a 75cl bottle without realizing it. Given I'm not personally fond of red-wines, I found this beer slightly less than amazing, but for what it aspires to be, those who are looking for this sweet, edged flavour will not be disappointed. The Alcohol is deceptive, in that it doesn't seem to hit you for an hour before it rears its head all at once. It's worth noting that this bottle wasn't cellared at all, but bought and consumed on the same day. I strongly suspect this beer would benefit strongly from cellaring.

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

a: This was a dark, murky brown. It pours with a medium sized, fizzy, light tan head that fades fairly quickly.

s: I smelled peaty, floral cherries with some raisin notes. Candied sugar, some alcoholic warmth, and just a hint of something spicy.

t: This was on the sweet side, but not at all cloying. Peaty cherry and raisin flavors with a little vanilla dominate. Just a touch of heat at the end as it warms.

m: As with most Unibroue brews, I thought the carbonation was too fizzy.

d: One of the best I've tried from these guys. Definitely on the list of beers to buy again.

Photo of dstc
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, almost black color with a nice creamy off white head. Head stays for whole glass with nice lacing.

Nice malty aroma, almost earthy.

Big roasted malt taste. Smooth and fruity, very nice.

Full bodied and smooth in the mouth. Simple carbonation.

Very nice brew. Heavenly.

Photo of kinger
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what can I say to best sum up the overall experience of this remarkable brew. Got it in a 750 ml bottle (which I will be keeping for my home brew). Poured into a wine glass a very dark reddish purple with a big foamy head that soon diminished. I allowed this one to warm up a little before sampling. The aroma consisted of sweet fruits perhaps grapes, cherries, and maybe even plums. Finally it was time to try a taste and the flavors burst inside of my mouth. This dark ale is very unique in that it drinks like a beer, but finishes almost like a red wine. Good carbonation and rather smooth to drink, I enjoyed sipping on this for a good while. The strong alcohol content is masked by all of the complex flavors in this beer. Wonderful experience, not an everyday selection but worth the price for a long cold night.

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

12 oz bottle poured into my st feuillien goblet

a: pours a deep dark mohogany/black color with about a half inch of head that quickly dissapates to a filmy layer of lace that covers the top of the beer
s: hints of alcohol lay in the background of a sweet dark fruit aroma. there are also hints of a sweet fruity aroma im thinking kind a peach
t: dark fruits with a lot of sweetness, even though he 9% abv there is only a very little alcohol burn from this very nice
m: medium bodied beer with little carbonatoin

overall, i got this in a make-your-own-6'er that was $7.25 a very nice beer for a very nice price

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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