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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,164 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,164
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000)
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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep brown body with thick tan head. bubbles rise to the top.

S- Whoa intense pungent smell of alcohol and grapes. Smell is similar to a strong port wine.

T- the taste is much lighter than the smell. Grapes and dark fruit at the beginning mixed with some malt. This is followed by a slight alcohol burn. The 9% isn't hidden as well here as in unibroue's other offerings. Sugar and grapes remain long after the alcohol burn is gone.

M- high carbonation and sticky body. goes down fairly smooth.

D- this has similar drinkability to a wine. Its not bad and its definately a different experience that is worth a try.

PittBeerGirl, May 02, 2007
Photo of PhiloPsych
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I allowed the bottle to warm for about half an hour before opening. The bottled bubbled over as soon as I popped it open. The beer looked very dark in the bottle. As I poured it, the color was coffee brown. There was a big active head at first, but it quickly faded down to almost nothing. Aroma was strong, alcoholic, fruity, and a little bit spicy. The mouthfeel was thick and smooth. Flavor was malty, fruity, and maybe just a little bit smokey. With some sips I got a slight solvent flavor in the aftertaste; I didn't like that so much. The first time I tried this beer, I found it overpowering; I am happy to have enjoyed it this time. It paired very nicely with the barbecue beef I was eating and held up against the strong flavor of the food. It also served nicely as a dessert afterward.

PhiloPsych, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of cktison
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL cork top bottle to goblet.
A: Dark brown, clear, huge foam head that subsides quickly. Nice lacing that sticks around. Amber, golden brown, beautiful.
S: Sweet & spicy, not much there, but its pleasing.
T: Sharp, chocolate brownie, cherries and spice and pepper. This is very good tasting. Alcohols and esters are there
M: Highly carbonated, dry, sharp. Clean finish, a bit bitter.
D: Goes down too smooth for 9%! Very nice, refreshing, powerful. Great, great beer.

cktison, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is such a lovely beer. Had on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a rich dark brown/black color, with hints of red. There is very good head retention with excellent lacing. On the nose one gets Belgium spice, interwoven with cherry, port and chocolate. Heavenly. The palate replicates the nose, but has a thick, rich, viscuous mouthfeel. The beer is sweet, but not excessivly so. There's even a touch of dryness, one would assume from the hops. Well balanced and not cloying, with hints of chocolate, cherries, prunes and port. The beer finishes very nicely, with a long finish.

Considering how rich this beer is, it's remarkably drinkable. One would never guess the 9% abv., at least not while drinking it. Another excellent beer from the folks at Unibroue.

John_M, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of sethmeister
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into snifter

Pours dark caramel brown which appears black in the glass. Fizzy and fuzzy off white head drops quickly leaving no lace.

Scent is sour and vinous: port wine grapes, tart cherries, salty with a musky barnyard (the inimitable "horse blanket") funk.

Taste is delicious funky sour belgian yeast, sweet brown sugar, tart cherries and plums, tannic grapes and peppery spice. If that weren't enough there is even some chocolate hiding in here, not to mention caramel.

Mouthfeel, though somewhat light, is nicely coating and a bit chewy with a slight warming at the back of the throat. Prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent and the 9% ABV is well hidden.

Another excellent beer from Unibroue.

sethmeister, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of joedon
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foil wrapped bottle poured into a tulip glass. Lots of tan foam over a very dark brown beer; too dark to see through.
Aroma is of spice, sour fruit and something metallic.
Big flavor starting with orange and tangerine, citrusy tartness, sour fruit and dark brown sugar. This beer tends towards sourness but in a pleasant way. Aftertaste of more fruit and malt.
Could be heavier on the body. Nice mouthfeel but a bit thin for a big beer.
Excellent sipping beer. Gets better as it warms up.

joedon, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of fank2788
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle marked best before 10/09 poured into a goblet
A careful pour, my goblet only holds 12oz, reveals a deep mahogany brown to black beer with medium clarity and a thin layer of tight bubbles on top. The smell is of sweet dark fruits raisins and plums with a touch of an oaky and peppery character along with a slight cloviness and earthy smells from the yeast. In the taste the sweet dark fruit comes through up front along with a decent alcohol flavor and port wine like complexity and warmth. There is a bit of earthy grassy flavors in the taste as well that could possibly be attributed to the yeast, I'm not sure about that though. The mouthfeel is spot on, this beer is very full but has enough carbonation to keep it active on the tongue. The beer finishes very dry with a good deal of pepper and alcoholic spice. A sipping beer but yet dangerously drinkable, it has highly complex flavors but no single flavor or aspect of this beer comes through to overwhelm the senses and make it difficult to drink. I would like to see how this changes after some time in the cellar.

fank2788, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of rec
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, I'll start by saying this is my second from Unibroue, and it's far better than my first; Maudite.

Once again the pour was impressive, despite the lack of lacing. The opaque dark brown body is definately something to appreciate.

Rich sweet malt, cloves and spice as well as mixed fruits (both dark and light) stream through in the deliciously complex aroma.

On the tounge I first register strong spice and citrus - I might also say there's even a dash of vanilla here which creates a smooth taste. It's quickly followed by alchohol warmth and the lingering taste of sweet malt. The alchohol is perhaps a little harsh, but overall it's balanced rather well.

From a mouthfeel perspective it feels a little overcarbonated and definately adds to the harshness of the drink when paired with the spice and alchohol - this is probably my only real complaint.

Due to that issue, I could hardly say it's a session beer, but I could easily knock back a couple without too much trouble. A must try for any Belgian beer fans - I dare say Unibroue is as close as you'll get to the real deal!

rec, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Premier Wine & Spirits.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola like brown in my Leffe chalice. Fizzy light brown head dissolves quickly, leaves some lace.

Aroma: Sweet fruit, plums, banannas, very herbal, some cloves. Very very nice. Possible the most pleasant smelling beer I've had.

Taste: Complex spices in here. Plenty of cloves and prunes. Plenty of alchohol warmth with some underlying vanilla notes. This has winter written all over it.

Mouthfeel: A nice fizzyness, rich. A sipping beer for sure.

Final Statement: My second run at Unibroue is much more enjoyable. My palette has really developed over the last 6 months or so, and I find myself really enjoying this one. It's a sipper best suited for winter months. Tonights cold rain is welcomed as well. I think I found my beer for next christmas eve.

MMansfield, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of Shadman
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

some of the local stores are carring this so maybe Sleeman's owning them isn't such a bad thing. Otherwise I'd never see the stuff 'outwest'.

beer poured a dark brown that was cloudy. Noticed translucence on the sides of the glass. I found the head and lacing to be poor for some reason, hence a few points lost for appearance.


hints of banana, spice, and some light vanilla.

spicey and fruit filled flavours in the front end. Middle is quite clove spiced and the back end has a that port wine taste as advertised. The alcohol is warming, but well disguised here.

smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. Found it to be slightly creamy. All in all a nice beer experience.

for a beer so strong it is very nice. A brew to be sipped slowly due to the ABV and the overall sweetness, not to mention the complexity in it's flavours.

Shadman, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of chrhowe
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poures into a goblet a very dark, porter like with a one finger head. Smells great, like a port or barley wine? Definitely comes from the alcohol. There's also a good bit of plum as well. Taste is heavy, but good. Dark fruits like plum. Mouthfeel is really good! Very creamy. Once poured it seem to froth somewhat and become twice what it is. If that makes sense. I say because of the cream feel it definitely is quite drinkable.
This beer provides a great experience! The head is pretty much perpetual until the end. As it continues to warm it continues to get creamier and more frothy. Definitely a warm feel. I really like this beer.

chrhowe, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown thats somewhat translucent with a decent head and lacing. Aroma is pretty typical strong dark, with light toffee, fig, banana,and clove. Fairly light, though. The flavor is more of the same,somewhat subtle flavors.There are also some vanilla notes and some dark fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied- the creaminess is delicious and makes it worth drinking.

Georgiabeer, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another favorite of the style, although I usually prefer a little age on this beer. This bottle is pretty fresh, so we'll see.

Pours a dark amber/brown. Clarity is low. As with La Fin Du Monde, the yeast that has made it into the glass is no problem - it settles out quickly. I can't see the lines of bubbles rising through the beer, but there they are breaking on the surface. Without this continual bubbling at the surface the retention of the light tan head is otherwise low.

Intoxicating port-line aroma, with just a bit of spice. Fruity, lots of alcohol. This beer is going to be warming.

Tasty. Roasty but not overly so. I love this sort of orange/raisin/plum flavor. Warming alcohol. Aftertaste is fruity sweet but I also get my first hit of bitter. This makes it like a really nice orange peel lingering flavor, and anything but cloying.

Really nice mouthfeel that I nonetheless find underwhelming. Perhaps I've had too many world-class beers lately to appreciate something that is simply great? Hmm. Anyway, the initial high carbonation dies down quite quickly, but a perfect bite remains.

This particular bottle is still pretty hot and I find myself taking small sips. I won't have any trouble finishing it, but I find I still prefer it aged.

udubdawg, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of crwills
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favourite of the Unibroue line. I've had this many times, but finally decided to review the bottle I just shared with my brother and Dad for Easter. Great stuff!

Pours a cloudy, slightly grainy reddish brown into our crystal sampling glasses. A good half-finger head, white, if poured correctly. Smell is excellent -- that famous Unibroue yeast, mixed with some fruitiness (cherry and other field berry), sourdough bread, caramel, and a hint of molasses. Taste is mildly fruity but very yeasty, especially if you pour some of the "lees" in with it. Very mild combination and an excellent moderate mouthfeel make this an incredibly drinkable beer. Were it not for the 9% alcohol, I would love to drink this all day! Wish it were more easily locatable in Ontario!

crwills, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of gonzo138
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a very dark brown, creamy beige head that retained decently, but laced well

S- rich sweet malt aroma, a little bit chocolatey, spicey corriander present as well, that same unibroue yeast smell is there too

T- sweet malt taste at first, little bit chocolatey, corriander spiciness is there as well, a light citrusy hop taste at the end

M-heavy body, sticky mouthfeel, good carbonation

D- good, would only have a glass or two though, pretty potent stuff

gonzo138, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of vancurly
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, hazy, chestnut edges. Beige foam.

Berry aromas. Cool. Subtle spice, with slight tropical notes.

Very spicy profile, with hints of musk, pepper, coriander seed. Kind of like a dark wit....

Medium body, full mouthfeel, with little bitterness.

vancurly, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of MurphysIrish
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet smelling and pruney tasting, this "strong dark ale" certainly lives up to its billing in the alcohol department but loses some points in its body (carbonation, for example, is lost and the beer seems just a little too thin on the palate). Hops are missing in all the syrupiness making it seem a bit medicinal on the aftertaste.

Still, it is lovely to look at as it pours to a caramel color that is nearly red. Most definitely an after dinner beer: I wouldn't imagine including it in a session.

Not bad, but I won't readily seek it out.

MurphysIrish, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of paleoplant
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The taste of this beer was fabulous. Always a fan of Unibroue products it a rare treat when i see this in a store. I can't find many strong dark ales in my neighborhood but this is a wonderful example. The smell initiailly has a strong yeast smell but it settles to hints of fruit but I can't discern what. It almost has a cedar-like scent. Flavor, mouthfeel and drinkability are all rated highly by me.

paleoplant, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles flows from the bottle like a muddy river quickly forming a large, tan head that falls quickly, lots of carbonation.

I found lots of citrus in the aroma, oranges and grapefruit. Raisins and figs come into play as well. I also noted a cashew smell alongside a grainy, peppery scent I couldn't pin down for sure.

The taste is impressive, massive complexity. Malty and yeasty sweetness hit you for sure, with oranges, cherries and almonds taking the floor soon after. There is a slight hops presence. Hinted in the alcohol are the dark fruits, raisins, figs, and licorice. Also bits of caramel and molasses, all in perfect balance.

Highly carbonated and medium bodied, coats the tongue in pleasant way. Highly tasty, but high alcohol and high carbonation make it hard for me to drink a lot in a sitting.

dogger6253, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head on this beer when poured is immense. Its a dark colored beer, with a tan color head. The smell is of faint fruit. the taste confirms this. I bought a 4 pack a couple of months ago, and am just now revisitng this beer. I do not know if the age has dulled the intensity or not, but i enjoy this beer more now than i remember. I could have also just changed taste, but holding one back for a while might be worth trying. The flavors are layered, but im not sensative enough to figure out what they all are. it is a great beer considering the strength and easy to enjoy. I would suggest giving ths beer a try.

Redwood21, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, pretty much black, with only the slightest russet highlights poking through at the edges. Initially the head is thick and off-white, but it fades quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma is thick with spices and fruits: coriander, anise, maybe some cardamom(?), dried dates. On the palate, a sharp, lightly sweet blast of fruits hits first off, along with a blast of juicy carbonation. Sweet, smooth malts kick up at the mid-palate, then the spices come out before things dry out a bit toward the finish. A final flash of fruit crops up at the very end, then there's a long, dry, buzzy finish that lasts for 30 seconds or so. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with big carbonation -- it's pleasingly un-syrupy and un-chewy. Overall, this is a fabulous strong dark ale -- one of the best, in my opinion. Great spicing, very good fruit character, and that wonderful Belgian sweet-but-dry character. Wonderful.

geexploitation, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of Shiredave
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date: 3-09 - corked bottle.
A huge frothy head of tan foam billows above a deep, mohagony brown liguid. Backlighting shows effusive streams of carbonation supporting an ever present cap of Guinness-like foam that sheets the glass in lace.
Big Dubbel aromas of plums, chocolate and cherries. Very sweet scents of candy sugar and hints of smoke or burning coco. Wonderfull yeasty / fruity smells.
The flavors are multi layered and mirror the aromas. Lush and full bodied up front, it sort of " lightens " midway through and allows the roasted grain and hop bitterness to come forward. Chocolate covered cherries steeped in brandy with a great dry, warmly bitter aftertaste.
Excellent after dinner or dessert beer, with rich game or roasted red meat. Hell - this would be great with sloppy joes and oreo cookies!

Shiredave, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of BurnsTau
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, murky hue and light brown highlights. Head quickly settles but stays around for a while.

Smell is fruity, with some spices as well. Taste is spicy, some ripe fruitiness is apparent with quite an alcohol bite. The 9% ABV in this beer is pretty apparent, but is pleasant and warming. Medium body and carbonation make the mouthfeel very nice.

Strong is definitely an apt name for this beer, but it is very enjoyable. I definitely wouldn't recommend drinking many of these in one night, unless you want to be on your ass. Recommended.

BurnsTau, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black with some deep purple hues when held up to the light. Nice 3 finger tan head receded quickly to near nothing. Spotty drippy wet lacing.
Nice earthy spicy alcoholic aroma. Very pleasent in the nose.
Caramel, brown sugar, molassas and dark ripe fruits dominate the flavors. The alcohol gives it kind of a smooth spicy finish. Or it may be the hops. Either way it has a nice pleasent lasting finish that lingers until the next sip.
Nice smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.
The medium body lends to a more drinkable beer than some others of it's style. This is a great beer that I recommend.
Best before 9/8/2008.

wcudwight, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of brushpig
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had one at home, part of the sampler, served in a tulip glass.

Dark carmel brown color with a good foam that left rather quickly.

Sense of coco, grass, fermented fruits, spices in the nose.

The taste is smooth, rich, toasted coco's. very earthy with light fruits, complex but well balenced. Simply a great tasting beer .

Great brewery that Unibroue.

brushpig, Mar 08, 2007
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,164 ratings.