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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,217
Reviews: 1,885
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 180
Gots: 358 | FT: 6
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 unibrew
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've been a BeerAdvocate member for a long time now without ever reviewing a single beer. Very sad, I know. Time for that to stop! I have built up too much beer-knowledge, and, I'd like to share. No better way than with one of the best beers out there, Trois Pistoles.
I must admit that I love Unibroue, and many of their creations. Their style seems to suit my palate very well, and Trois Pistoles comes in at their very best. I used to love Eau Benite the most, but, since they no longer export it to the USA, I may have forgotten what it tastes like! But, trust me, it's awesome.
Trois Pistoles is excellent in it's own right. It's pretty smooth, medium carbonation. Above average carbonation for a belgian style, but, it doesn't hinder it's drinkability. The 9% APV is pretty well hidden, but, your brain will certainly know it after a nice 750ml bottle, but, pleasantly so. I'd be hardpressed to ever rate a beer above this one I think, but, it is my never ending search to do so of course!
Trois Pistoles moves to the head of the class. With a great, dried fruit taste, and all the smoothness you can expect for the style, it's one of the best ales out there. Enjoy!

PS- No, I'm not a shill for Unibroue, though I may sound like it.
The Blanche de Chambly is too weak for me, and I really didn't care a lot for their 15th Anniversary Ale, but, I don't think you can go wrong with 90% of their other offerings. My .02¢

unibrew, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of tomvt
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presently my favorite beer made by Unibroue. (warning, you may become quite fickle and fall in love "with the one you're with" when you taste Unibroue's products for the first time. Trois Pistoles has the wonderful taste and drinkability of Irresistible Brune (sadly no longer made) with a slightly more mild aroma and kick of La Terrible. If you're still upset about the Irresistible, try their Chambly Noire. You'll get over the loss!

tomvt, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of pweis909
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a garnet-brown translucent beer with a carbonation and alcohol content that gives it a champagne-like texture -- dry, with lots of fizzing, but without retaining the initial foaming head.

The smell is not powerful, but hints at phenolic spices and a leatheriness that I often find in belgian ales, with some noticeble malt and a definite yeasty breadiness.

It is sweetish to the taste, but lightly so, with the high alcohol balancing the malt. No hoppy flavors.

For the high alcohol content it is easy to drink, going down smoothly.

pweis909, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of Onibubba
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz into a Duvel glass. Beer fizzes over the neck as soon as I open the bottle. Pours a dark dark brown with reddish highlights and a large mocha head which lasts only briefly. It does look nice.

Smell is...not what I was expecting. I'm not getting the spice or the dark fruits. What I am getting is...bannana? Bready, biscuity, yes.

I assume that this is more from my expectations after that aroma, but this tastes like a dunkelweizen to me. A flat, bland one. Not bad, but if I want this taste, I have 3 dunkelweizens I'd take over this any day.

Mouthfeel is OK. Low carbination and a bit thin, but the alcohol is completely masked, making the drinkability of this quite good.

Well, this was my second offering from Unibroue, and while I did like this much more than the Fin du Monde, it will probably be my last. I'm just not feeling what makes these beers so desireable to most. Again, not bad, just not my thing.

Onibubba, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of goo
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle

Pours a cola-like colour with a fairly large head. The head eventually settles to about .5 centimetres and doesn't change from there. While pouring I was able to pick up on the fruitiness of the beer right away. The smell also appeared to contain some spice maybe pepper or cinnamon.

As expected the taste corresponds to the smell. The taste is well balanced and the alcohol is hidden.

The carbonation is moderate and is pleasant on the mouth.

Good beer, I would have a few subject to the ABV.

goo, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of uconnalum2
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a dark reddish-brown with a big tan head that goes down a bit but lasts throughout. The smell is sweet and fruity and reminds me of red wine. The taste is complex and also reminiscent of red wine. Sweet dark fruits like cherries and figs are evident. I can barely taste the alcohol. A very, very tasty beer. Mouthfeel is carbonated but goes down velvety smooth. This is a very drinkable beer, especially for its ABV. Overall, this is another excellent offering from Unibroue. I love this brewery.

uconnalum2, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of jmatthew
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beads of carbonation form a lining at the bottom of the glass and then subside to reveal an opaque earthy dark brown liquid with orange tinges. The initially large head subdues to little more than a thin ring. Smells are suggestive of toast, dark fruit and raisins with a distinct hint of black pepper. Sweet caramel and molasses is first to hit the tongue, and is then rounded out with some dark candied fruit and spiciness in the middle. The flavors meld into a long warming finish that is reminiscent of tawny port (as accurately described on the bottle). A slick mouthfeel and very smooth for its hidden strength.

jmatthew, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of llitsua
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep copper color, with 2 finger head that fades to cm ring, a
good bit of lacing left behind

S- Plums spiced with cloves seems to overshadow everything else,
with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and pears

T- Similar to the smell- plums, cloves, hint of brown sugar, finishes
with pears and a citrus tang

M- Medium-heavy body- good bit of carbonation, a bit of stickiness

D- For a dark Belgian ale, this went down quite easily, a very
drinkable beer to be savored slowly

llitsua, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of klewis
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle 3/13/09 freshness date

A: Pours a dark burgandy with a big frothy head that casually subsides to a small bubbly layer. No lacing.

S: Big smell with fruity esters, bready malt aroms, spice, and a bit of a red wine aroma.

T: A strong taste of dark fruits and spice. No alcoholic taste here.

M: Full-bodied with a long finish. A bit too fizzy for my taste.

D: One of my first craft beers and still a favorite. A great beer at a good price that is readily available. Can't beat that.

klewis, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish-brown body with very thick khaki head (the bottle almost overflowed on me!). Smells sweet, citrusy, kind of earthy/peaty (sp?), similar to a scotch ale or wee heavy. Tastes malty and citrusy. Relatively smooth. While it's high in alcohol, you almost cannot tell that that's the case. Fruity. Tasty but not overly strong or unbalanced. Medium-to-full body. Definitely a sipping beer, but not overpowering. Good alcohol warming. Another good ale from one of the best breweries in North America.

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of dwarvenspirits
2.42/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I tasted a 2004 bottle of this, aged for two years. I'm not sure if it was past its prime or not. The pour was very nice, a beautiful copper hue color with a nice thick head. It is high in carbonation with helps with head retention and also has a good lace to it.

There is some belgian candi flavor taste which presents itself as sweet but also has some kind of spiciness to it, like pepper corns. It's extremely dry and there is a prominent taste of alcohol. Even after two years the alcohol was both there in the nose and in the taste.

Upon first tasting it went like this: Sweet -> dry ->sweet -> dry.

It's a nice sipping beer which can possibly be paired with a dessert. It almost tastes like a scotch, too.

Taste with a few other people just in case it's not one for you.

dwarvenspirits, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of BillyB
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown with some ruby red highlights.
Thin tan foamy head.

I was not very impressed with the smell. Slight hint of sweet malt. Maybe some dark fruit. Spices, similar to those in a winter warmer.

Taste is a little bland. I was expecting more. Typical dark fruit, rummy, candy sugar tastes but not much complexity. There seems to be some spices added but they don't really compliment the style.

Mouthfeel is full but kind of flat and bland.

Drinkability is okay. I'm not saying this is a bad beer. I just think I had high expectations for it that weren't met.
It's almost like a cross between a belgian dubbel and a winter warmer but it doesn't totally work for me.

BillyB, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of therica
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't think I could drink much of this in one session. It seems more like a specialty beer akin to a fine sipping wine.

Pours a nice prune-wine color, very little head. Still, some lacing on the edges that cling to the glass when sipped.

Nose-- really interesting-- smoky prune with some other alluring characteristics.

Taste-- very nice, slightly tart and dusty but very nice. Not much in the way of hops that I've found, yet. Reminds me of an herbal potpourri of sorts. Almost a brandy-esque effect to the taste.

This was fun. It's something that I might buy again on rare occasion, or with an appropriate complementing meal. Or maybe for an interesting carbonated apertif'. Otherwise, not really in my "drinking beer" category.

therica, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liquid the color of weak black coffee settled in a tulip glass. The head was frothy, about two and half fingers, with decent retention and only random dots of lacing.

The aroma featured spicy yeast, coffee, chocolate, and plenty of jammy, plumy, grapey, fruit. The taste delivered gentle clove, plum, cherry, cocoa, coffee, and red wine--the overall effect resembling the flavor of warm Dr. Pepper, if warm Dr. Pepper tasted good.

Mouth is light, sweet, and fruity with a drizzle of syrup. Very bright, dancing all over the tongue. This beer is sweet, but in a such an elegant way. For a 9% beer the alcohol is well disguised. The only thing out of personal preference I might ask for would be more spice. A delicious concoction for sure.

Osiris9588, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - deep dark brown with a reddish tinge, big off-white head with good retention and lacing

s - very strong aroma, lots of ripe dark fruits, spices (cloves), and a yeasty/bready smell, cannot pick up any alcohol

t - very sweet, fruity and malty up front, notes of hoppy bitterness on the finish, but the malt dominates, alcohol is somewhat evident as the beer warms up

m - moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, slightly dry finish, definite warming sensation from the alcohol though you can barely taste it

d - very drinkable, the alcohol is well-hidden and the taste and aroma are such that you want to keep drinking it

Another great brew from Unibroue. A wonderful example of the style as well.

WeisGuy, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding indeed. While some of the Unibroue stuff seems to be slightly overrated (don't get your knickers up in a bunch, I said "slightly"), Trois Pistoles is a world-class beer, real close to the best Belgian dark ales that it emulates.

It certainly doesn't look out of place in a large Gulden Draak glass, and not many beers are worthy of such an honor. The head is tan and tight, a lot like nougat. The color is an opaque ultra-dark brown. Makes the drinker anxious to dive right in.

The aroma is wonderful, full of big juicy dark raisins, cocoa powder, nutty yeast, candy sugar and toasty grains.

Flavor is a well-balanced combination of all those aromas, with milk chocolate (think Tootsie Rolls) also coming through, a grape-y feel in the finish and a similarly slick mouthfeel that delivers enough tingle to keep the tastebuds dancing. A dry hops element and sweet spiciness popped up as the beer warmed. The well-hidden alcohol isn't entirely absent, as there's a light warming sensation as the sipping goes on. [I lowered the taste score from 5 to 4.5 a few days later, as several more glasses revealed the sweetness to be a tad too dominant...still, this beer is no slouch in any way.]

Damn, what's not to like? Plenty of depth, great balance of the sweets and bitters, even a cool label. Bravo.

Metalmonk, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - This beer pours with a very soapy and slightly tan head. It dissipates at an average rate, settling at a nice cap at the top of the brew, with nice lacing down the glass as you drink it. The liquid is pitch black until you hold it up to a strong light, then you can see that it is a very dark reddish copper (mostly red). It is quite clear as long as you don't accidently pour a large amount of the yeast which has settled at the bottom of the bottle for refermentation. One wicked looking Belgian-style ale.

Smell - As per the style, there are strong aromas of dark ripe fruits, with a very dominant scent of straight-from-the-vine wine grape. There are plently of spice notes, from cinnamon to clove, and they are easily noticeable. The hop aroma is in the background and smells somewhat dry and not too bitter. The malt is slightly bready and earthy, with a nice richness and presence. There is little alcohol aroma.

Taste - The most outstanding taste of rich bready maltiness hits you immediately. Accompanying this is an equally flavorful taste of the dark ripe fruits along with the clove and cinnamon notes. The grape flavor is much less than the smell. The finish has medium notes of dry hop flavors, along with an earthy flavor which follows through to the aftertaste. Also in the aftertaste is a nice alcohol burn as you exhale after a taste, but not overdone.

Mouthfeel - There is a medium carbonation bite when the liquid first hits your tongue and mouth, but it quickly levels off and you are left with a nicely "bubbly" brew. The beer is medium-bodied (although on the lighter end of "medium") and is very smooth in your mouth.

Drinkability - What can I say? It's a Unibroue, I could drink these all day. For such a flavor and dark brew, this stuff is so well put together and gives your tongue and mouth such a pleasing sensation that it's easy to sip a few of these throughout a nice evening.

Overall...again...it's a Unibroue, which means quality, flavor, and attention to detail. Just another example of their fantastic skill as a brewery. Simply, this beer is phenomenal. A definite MUST have (several times).

dblinkhorn, Aug 23, 2006
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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a brandy snifter.

Poured Dark/mahagony brown with deep red hues. Thick, bubbly 2" head, dissipated to a thin amount of lace and circular covering. The most active point was the very center on the head(the eye!), bubbling up like a gyser.

Smelled spicey, herbal, sweet malt, red wine sourness, wheaty and yeasty.Veggie style greens like green peppers and cucumbers. Rather complex nose.

Taste is also amazingly complex, ultra fruity including,red grapes and banana. Black pepper and spices. olives and black licorice. Mild to bitter hop taste at the end. Alcohol is also present.

Feels crispy and clean on the tongue. Feels active all the way down! very champagne-ish feel.

This is pretty strong brew and is meant to be savored over an extended period of time. The amazingly complex taste keeps you wanting more despite the alcohol content.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with HurricaneMo (thanks):

Thin, but extremely dark brown brew (almost opaque). HUGE white head.

Very malty, mildest bit of hops. Tasted some cane sugar, apricots, dark fruits. Highly carbonated (somewhat of a surprise). Bubbles on the tongue.

Drinkability is very high. Although, i felt as though the flavors were not quite long enough on the palate. Would have been nice if the flavors had lasted a bit longer.

A great brew and my favorite from Unibroue thus far.

Lnedrive14, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of bwyker
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right away, I knew I was in for a treat. Powerful carbonation , which formed a huge golden-brown tinted head. The head (very) slowly became a swirling island of foam in the middle of the glass, leaving behind sticky lacing along the way. Raisins and toffee in the nose, with undertones of estery-banana and bread. Tastes of rich chocolate, caramel malts and very subtle alcohol. Banana in the finish. Smooth and bubbly mouthfeel. A highly drinkable, yet full bodied brew. This beer is outstanding.

bwyker, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of kmudrick
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle in a Chimay chalice.
A: Very dark, lucious with an overwhelmingly creamy head that settles into a beautiful lacing that stuck throughout the entire tasting. Almost caramel in richness and depth, a few shades below a cola with a developing tinge of deep orange as the chalice narrows into the stem.
S: Very much lacking. A few sniffs reveals some hints of yeast and malts but nothing else jumps out.
T: Delicious. A slight hinge of bitterness hits the front of my mouth but that completely gets washed out by the incredible complexities. Warming and flavorful without the overwhelming taste of alcohol.
M: Very smooth and airy for a beer this heavy. Dances around my tongue. Slightly tingly.
D: For a beer this high in alcohol, I was pleasantly surprised at how drinkable this was. As it settled a bit and I got nearer the bottom of my chalice, it felt a little heavier, but it was still a real treat for my mouth.

kmudrick, Aug 17, 2006
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4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was an exceptional beer. I don't know if I have all the adjectives to describe the beer, other than to say it was delicious.

Very dark, ruby colored pour into an oversized wine glass. Nicely balanced aromas, followed by an exceptionally smooth taste. Extremely balanced.

Mouthfeel was like velvet. This went down very easily. I'd give it a 5 on drinkability except the ABV would limit how much you could drink in one sitting. Overall an exceptional beer.

doppelmeup, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of peabody
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark tea color with a hint of ornage. The head has a light brown tint. Two fingers on the pour and took a while to subside leaving some nice lacing.
Yeast and plum or mabey apple are the first to hit the nose. In the back are the dark malt and the slight hop aromas.
Overall, very fruity smells.
Taste is exceptional. There is a slight toffee taste but the fruit and dark malt flavors are very overpowering. (a good thing)
Very bubbly and the flavors dance around the tounge. Very clean finish that leaves the alcohol feel in the back of your throat.
This is a great beer that one could drink three or four at one sitting.

peabody, Aug 13, 2006
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3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my chalice a beautiful dark coppery caramel color. Very nice caramel head that reformed with a swirl of the glass. Laced out within the entire beer and not just around the rim.

Smells of fruit. Apple, pear, some berries. Jumps right out at you with every sip.

No taste on the tip of tongue but oh so sweet once it rolls to the back. Slight fruity bitterness hides the alchol, but leaves a nice warming sensation.

Good beer, not the best but I could enjoy another of these. It went down fast tonight, but I don't think I would reach for a nother just yet, unless it was all I had. Unibroue hasn't disappointed me yet!

stouty1, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of sevenredrabbits
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml Bottle. Poured into goblet style glass. 3 finger head developed but quickly dissipated into lacing that lasts until finished. Smell: Plums. Definitely plummy. Taste: Cannot describe. Palate not refined enough, but...Very damned good. Mouthfeel: I'd agree that it's harsh. Not bad though. I'd definitely bring a few bottles of this to a family gathering.

sevenredrabbits, Aug 09, 2006
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,217 ratings.