Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,380
Reviews: 1,905
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 190
Gots: 410 | 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 Folderol
2.98/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I haven't tasted many Belgian Strong Dark Ales, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was so impressed with Maudite that I could only expect a darker version to be even better. That's usually the case with English ales, so why not Belgians? What a letdown. This beer looks so good, dark brown with a rocky tan head that filled my glass and never fully receded. But that's where the fun ends. This doesn't smell like something I want to drink. It's not inviting or malty, more a sort of twisted fruitiness that I can only describe as "rotten flowers". The taste follows the smell - it's sharp and dry in a way that defies description. I was hoping for some imperial stout-like dark fruit or chocolate or something, and all I get is... I don't know. I can't describe the taste other than not my cup of tea. I'll stick with Maudite next time.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours dark,reddish brown with a big foamy head that remains as a one inch lace. The aroma is malts,grapes,berries/fruits and light hops. The taste is sweet and slightly spicy,hints of chocolate and grapes. Cherries,hops,malts and the obvious alcohol taste. The feel is slightly dry in finish with some yeast notes and very proper carbonation.

Notes: Boy,oh Boy. This blew me away. So good to sip on even as it warmed. The balance was unbelievable. The flavor was to die for.
The finish was simply just as good as the beginning. This will be in my fridge at all times as long as I can find it. The alcohol was always there,but it was so well hidden. A tiger in a cave,roaring,yet not attacking.
Simply a wonderful brew.

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

341ml bottle
9.0% ABV

I tried this beer on January 17, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. I've been trying to get a hold of this for a while but it has been rather elusive. The beer poured a dark brown, with a thick creamy tan coloured head that lingered a few minutes. The aroma was sweet malt, some yeast, some dark fruit, and some spices. The mouthfeel was creamy, full-bodied, with high carbonation. The flavour was malty, sweet, yeasty...with a little licorice.

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

12oz.(or maybe 11.2oz?) silver foil topped brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Chalice.

A: Pours a very deep reddish brown that's solid as a rock. Big head forms with much carbonation but remains creamy and holds nicely. Little bits of lacing.

S: Yeasty, fruity, sweet, caramel, pepper, spices, alcohol, carbonation...I can't believe how fast I went from disliking Belgians to loving them.

T/M: Caramel malts with an almost molasses thickness completely covers the tongue. The lively carbonation and prickly, peppery, spicy, fruity yeast cut through to balance. Alcohol is sweet and warming with some drying effect in the finish. Body is on the lighter side.

D: Tasty and easy to drink. What more do ya need?

Photo of gpogo
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque dark brown, up to the light a slightly red brown tint. Off-white head which quickly goes thin, finally ending as a small ring with no lacing.

A- Raisins and cherries. A very dark fruity aroma.

T- Fruity sweetness similar to aroma with raisins and cherries. Finishes dry with a slight bit alcohol.

M- Medium bodied with high carbonation. Incredibly smooth

D- Definitely. Goes great with a meal. The alcohol is definitely there, but is rather hidden.

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

Pours an opaque dark brown with some lighter highlights when held to the light. A two-finger, creamy light-tan head fades slowly to a thin cap and then a ring. No lacing.

Smell is sweet dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Raisins, figs, plums and cherries all meld nicely with a faint toffee maltiness.

Taste is sweet and tart dark fruits up front; reminds me of carbonated cran-raspberry juice. There's some malty sweetness in the middle, with more dark fruits similar to the nose. Just a bit of mellow, earthy hops in the finish.

Medium-bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel.

A great beer that goes down smoothly.

Photo of soultrain19
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark mahogany color with a quickly dissipating head. I was quickly hit with fruity esters which seemed to overwhelm a backdrop of maltiness. It has a sour aftertaste with no hop presence. Very crisp carbonation that settles nicely. For a dark ale it is not overpowered with malty sweetness but rather more subtle fruit essence. As the label says "remarkably mellow".

Photo of santa109
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Served at 55 degrees.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with a medium sized head that doesn't stick around for very long. Settles in a thin film.

S: Plum, usual unibroue spices (tamer than their other brews), a bit of alcohol reminiscent of port. There are some other unidentifiable aromas. As it warms, plums fade away and only the spices and alcohol remain.

T: Wow, very refined sweetness, like plums. It's very complex, this bottle tastes smoother than usual, it's possibly aged already. There's some spices coming from Unibroue's typical yeast, but in a much tamer way than their "Fin du monde" and others. Flavors are meshed together, not separate. I love this. I've yet to come across another beer with a similar taste.

M: Interesting chewy mouthfeel that complements the taste very well.

D: Alcohol is present, yet in a tame way and it doesn't get in the way of the drinking experience. This is a beer that commands respect, a sipper.

Overall, this beer needs it's own category, I don't think I've tasted anything that comes close to it. In my opinion, Unibroue's best, not as in your face as the others, yet extremely complex. A dessert amongst beer!

Photo of bloberglawp
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red-hued bronw, thick white head that sticks around nicely. Lacing is present and quite nice.

Aroma reminds me of a dubbel, a bit of wheat malt, a bit of yeast esters and phenols. Flavor is quite rich and malty, a bit of fruit and a smack of unibroue's signature yeast.

I remember being blow away by this ale, it seems to have been "melowed" down from what i remember... a good dubbel, but not a extraordinary one like it used to be.

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

Pours a dark reddish-brown with thick beige head. Retention is impressive, and there is an intricate lacing around my snifter.
On the nose, dried, dark dried fruit and some cherries, faint spice, cocoa, and lightly sweetened dough.
Taste is a rich, hearty blend of slightly sweet and toasted malt, raisin and faint dried papaya with uplifting spicy yeasts that carry the ale though a smooth finish. Nice, medium body and the carbonation picks at the tongue and soft palate just like a nice champagne, leaving the same dry mouthfeel at the end. The body is lighter than other varieties of this style, but it marries up perfectly with the spice and flavor. This is a delicious, well-balanced beverage. There is also a veil of mineral presence that lingers in the aftertaste along with some faint hops that cleanse the palate just enough to make you want to take another draw. The light sweetness lingers on.

Photo of Douglas14
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours what could be black, but black doesn't quite describe this color. Black is for stouts...this is more of an extremely dark wood? It has an incredible, thick, fluffy, beige head that seems to be sticking around for a while. No webbing on this one; a solid layer of head sticks to the walls of the chalice. An immense cotton candy-like essence radiates outwards and is followed by malty, fruity, and spicy undertones. Surprisingly floral as well. The taste is complex beyond belief. It starts out sugary (candied sugar) and spicy (cloves for sure) followed by some oak, vanilla, and earthy tones, and finishes with rich bread and malt characteristics. This brew has is full bodied and very rich. Trois Pistole is something else.

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

Murky brown with orange edges and a good head.

Like the label says, smells like ripe fruit, with a bit of alcohol. A bit grassy as well.

Taste is fruity. Spicy dark fruit. Peach, plum, and grape and a finish of alcohol. Long aftertaste. Complex but very mellow.

Nice mouthfeel. Smooth and somewhat dense.

Not blown away, but this was pleasant and well done.

Photo of KeefD
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chilled imperial pint glass. Ran a hazy, dark brown to deep burnt orange color with a hefty 2 finger head and light lacing. Plenty of carbonation bubbles making their way up from the bottom. Head disappears quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Has a slight port wine smell. Alcohol is present with strong aromas of roasted malts, plum and slight hops.

Taste is sweet upfront. Hints of chocolate and dark fruit. A bit of licorice and medicinal taste lingers in the back.

Good mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation, as it goes with bottle conditioning. Full-bodied, lovely dark ale.

Good dark beer. I've had better, but I like this one. Maybe a bit too sweet for me, but the sugary taste drops as it's being consumed. Tastes a bit too much like wine for my preference, however. Another good Unibroue brew!

Photo of mattster
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened 750ml bottle, poured into snifter glass.

Pours a nice thick head of 2". Some lacing across top and sides of glass. Brew is a dark opaque brown brew.

Smells of malts and dark fruits, a hint of currants. Bubbles are strong, but as beer drinks, they become more sublte. Alcohol is well balance and brew finishes quite nicely.

Nice brew.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,380 ratings.