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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,100 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,100
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 175
Gots: 311 | 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 acrawf6


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours out a nice deep dark amber, little brown when put up to light. Inch head that is tan.

Smells like sweet plum and cherries. its a creamy aroma but also a touch of pepper.

Taste is spicy and a tad dry. some sherry note to it, an extremely light sherry. some tastes of currant and cherries.

Mouthfeel. TONS of carbonation in this one that makes it hard to tell all the mouthfeel. but without think too hard it good mouthfeel and balance. just soo much carbonation.

Overall this is one fine beer. Its not my favorate from unibroue, and its also not my favorite style. But this is a great beer i wish i would have right now in front of a fire. great cold weather beer.

02-22-2006 02:14:26 | More by acrawf6
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%

Yeasty brick red with a generous amount of dark bronze (center) and ripe orange (edges). Unfortunately, the head doesn't look anywhere near as good as the beer itself. Ecru in color, it has that somewhat harsh, unsticky texture that neither looks good nor deposits much lace. Or, in this case, any lace.

The nose is enjoyable, but it isn't strong enough or complex enough for this strong, complex style. It's primarily dark fruity, on the order of unsweet dates and dried figs (not dark enough for raisins and not light enough for apples and pears). There's also a moderate amount of an indeterminate, musky spice.

Trois Pistoles is good beer that doesn't blow me away. I'm still waiting for the Unibroue beer that will blow me away. Like most of their offerings, this one is on the lighter side of the style spectrum. Light is appropriate for a witbier or a hefe weizen, but I think BSDAs should be big, bold, spicy, and semi-chewy. That isn't to say that the beer isn't enjoyable, just that it doesn't fit my favored profile for the style.

Sweet and bitter fight to a draw, with spicy fruit maintaining center stage throughout. It isn't as spicy as say... oh, your average Belgian BSDA, but it's no shrinking violet either. The fruit comparison isn't obvious in beer that's this unsweet, but it's there. Dark caramel and even carob notes are present as well.

The mouthfeel is enjoyable if you like light and airy BSDAs rather than full ones. Although the carbonation is finely fizzy when beer first meets tongue, it fades quickly. Again, not my idea of perfection, but someone has to hold down the left edge of the bell curve.

I had high hopes for Unibroue Trois Pistoles. Why, exactly, I have no idea, since nothing that this brewery has yet released (that I've tasted) has lived up to the hype. I've found that the higher alcohol brews (Maudite, La Fin Du Monde, Don De Dieu) have been more to my liking than their lower alcohol counterparts. That said, they still can't hold a candle to the Belgian originals. This is good beer, but it isn't even close to special.

02-19-2006 15:09:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of supernaut


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%

A - Good, but not great. Poured a dark reddish-brown with about 2 fingers of head which quickly faded. Served in the same tulip snifter that has garnered substantially more from others of the same style.

S - A flowery sweetness mixed with a mild yeastiness

T - Starts out with significant spice. Hints of licorice and anise followed by an almost woody factor which sets in as the palate dries. Never really any true sweetness across the middle as perhaps expected, yet a boozy yeast tone takes the stage early, ultimately dominating the finish.

M/D - Begins with a mere hint of sweetness and finishes on the dry side. The alcohol is hidden well enough to climb up the drinkability ladder a bit, but all in all the beer is a bit thinner than I would have liked to see.

02-18-2006 22:54:07 | More by supernaut
Photo of DrJay


4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Corked and caged 750mL. Clear, dark burnt orange colour with a generous, moussy head. Good retention and lacing. Really cool aroma, with lots of plum balanced nicely by cloves. There's a bit of berry and citrus that help make this quite a unique combination of aromas, of course backed up by some bready yeast and light alcohol. Interesting flavour with lots of complexity. The spice ties things together and there's a solid malt backbone there as well. Fruits and alcohol waft in and out throughout, each character there for an instant before making way for the next. Hints of tartness and malt peek through. Sweet, spicy finish that's just off-dry, and there's a hint of lemongrass here as well. Medium bodied yet quite airy - the beer almost seems to disappear on the palate due to the full, well-integrated carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden, but shows itself in a delicate warmth. A superior offering from Unibroue. This is incredibly easy to drink given the strength. Superb!

02-17-2006 02:32:34 | More by DrJay
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance: pours brown in color with reddish highlights. Big fluffy 3" head that lasts a bit. Some soft lacing develops.

Smell: ripe fruits, sweet malts, and some floral bitterness.

Taste: strong malt backbone nicely balanced with pitted fruits like black plums, prunes, and sweet cherry. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Some molasses and mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start and finish. The aftertaste is long of the fruit tones.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable even with the higher alcohol levels. More than one bottle can be easily consumed, but you will be feeling it even if you are slowly sippin' this.

02-13-2006 13:17:31 | More by Gavage
Photo of nouseforotacon


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Standard bottle with a best before date of March 16, 2007. Poured into a Fin du Monde tulip glass.

This one poured out a dark, cola-like color with a slight hint of deep purple similiar to the colors used on the label. Off-white, billowing, foamy white head with huge air pockets, holds for a while, then gradually dissipates into a decent-looking film.

Ohhh, the aroma! Very dry and sweet. Strong, fruity smell of berries and bubblegum with some spicy notes, reminds me of nutmeg, lightly peppery in the nostrils, slightly alcoholic, with some roasty malt presence and powdered chocolate. Wow!

The taste and mouthfeel were totally unexpected. Body is extremely light, really mellow taste. Overall feel is dry, a bit powdery with the chocolate, and sweet and tart with the berries. The finish does remind me of a port, also very dry, with a lingering alcohol presence.

The first few swigs left me with a brief, unpleasant aftertaste that vaguely recalls my experiences with DFH's 'Midas Touch'. I can only describe it as a bit artificial/chemical, not dissimiliar to a strong sulfite presence found in some wines. Perhaps this is from a fruit perservative or directly from the fermenting yeast. Thus, I score the mouthfeel slightly below good.

Drinkability is truly great and, all things considered, this really is another solid entry from Unibroue. I'm going to pick up some more of their stuff later this week and re-review. I think they have a knack for creating beers with complexities that are worth exploring more than once. This one is recommended.

02-12-2006 12:09:44 | More by nouseforotacon
Photo of zjungleist


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a nice dark brown with hints of ruby and a fat and lively head that lasts and lasts. As the glass emptys the color gets more dusty and brown, with some nice yeast suspension. The smell is sugary with dark fruit and yeast. The taste is huge and malty. Lots of complexity. I get some dark fruit notes like dates, raisins, and a little bit of plum, yeasty esters, alcohol flavors, and big doughy malts. Mouthfeel is slighly thick, a tiny bit astringent, and sadly, there is even some undesirable alcohol burn to the throat. The alcohol could be masked a bit better. Overall, I would say the beer is well balanced in all respects. Drinkability is only inhibited by the ABV. This is certainly a pleasant brew.

02-12-2006 06:29:18 | More by zjungleist
Photo of danielocean03


4/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a very dark brown with a slightly reddish hue, leaves a thick, two finger foamy beige head that falls quickly to light off-white lacing. Aroma is yeasty, along with rich and dark sweet fruits, primarily plums and dates, along with slight hints of cherry. Taste is well balanced between a sweet maltiness and lighter hop flavors, cloves present as well as some nutmeg spiciness. Can't help but mention that the overpowering carbonation is hiding a great deal of the flavors in this brew. Mouthfeel is smooth past the heavily carbonated medium body of this beer. Easily drinkable, intriguing beer, overall very enjoyable, might seek out again.

02-12-2006 04:58:04 | More by danielocean03
Photo of beerphilosopher


4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured into a large tulip-style glass as a very dark, slightly reddish black. Ruby-like. Light sand colored head that didn't persist. Sporadic lacing. Nose betrays the "Uniboue" yeast scent right off the bat. Accompanying plum, exotic spice, and dessert wine notes. Very complex and very lively. More balanced flavor between maltiness and hops than I would expect. Hops are more assertive here than anticipated. Very strong flavors, further accentuated by the hop presence. An almost biting finish that is medium-bodied. Another great, great offering from this Canadian brewery. I've never had a bad, or even average, beer from these gentlemen. Get it. Love it.

02-11-2006 16:29:07 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Despite the recent string of lacklustre offerings from Unibroue, they still have in their portfolio some of the most savoury beers one will ever have the chance to sample and Trois Pistoles is definitely one.

It pours a full and lucious mahogany sporting caramelized highlights under a billowy head of tan foam that is well fed by a constant and lively bead. Retention is better than expected and a welcome treat.

The aromas are one of this brews greatest assets. Harmony, and complexity through a well rounded malt profile that is supported by lively fruity esters and a warm spicyness that carries one back to christmas. On top of the supple notes of coriander that emanate boldly up front, hints of nutmeg and cinnamon roll around with the maltiness and lend depth to the olfactory profile. Traces of ripe blueberries dipped in chocolate surface now and then, accompanied by a tonic like quality. Even more seductive as it warms.

Trois Pistoles is an immensely flavourful brew when fresh but could use a year's cellaring to bring into line the biting nature of the profile. As the beer enters the mouth a lively and prickly carbonation invades the tongue before making way for shots of malt, cocoa, and peppery spice to reveal themselves in brash succession. A subdued fruitiness fights to make its mark but never quite manages to overcome the heady bitterness that takes over mid-taste and jostles with the spicyness well into the finish. A revealing experience, very tasty, but imagine after one year's rest all of these qualities learning to co-habitate in a harmonious profile.

When Unibroue first released this beer in the mid-nineties it immediately garnered a staunch following among beer enthusiasts in Québec which it has maintained and has seen grow ever since. Let's hope that Unibroue will have more of these gems to come in the future to helps us forget the recent misses.


02-09-2006 21:16:35 | More by Beersignal
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz. bottle provided by the famous beermanbrian

Pours a clear but very dark chestnut brown with some ruby highlights. Tan head starts thick, but diminishes quickly. No real lacing to mention.

Has a sweet bready and fruity aroma. Plenty of dark fruits and a nice corriander smell woven in.

Sweet bready taste upfront followed by a dark fruitiness and corriander. I get a slight hop bitterness before it washes away sweet and clean.

Good carbonation, smooth texture.

Super easy to drink, a fine Belgian dark.

02-08-2006 01:37:22 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of bennetj17


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Beautiful deep, dark brown color with a massive tan head that's three fingers thick, and would be more if my snifter was bigger. The smell is a nice mix of dark fruit, belgian yeast, and mild alcohol. Taste is initially fruity, like raisins and bananas, and becomes sweeter with hints of cocoa. Its a bit spicy and alcoholic in the finish, maybe a bit sour also. I might detect some clove in there also. The mouthfell is nice, rich and semi-thick, good carbonation, it coats the palate well. Alcohol rides a bit high so its hard to drink alot of this, but its very tasty and a good end to the night...

02-06-2006 19:48:49 | More by bennetj17
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

This beer pours an attractive hazy, dark brown color with a fluffy 1 and a half inch head that sticks to the glass. The aroma is sweet, with hints of ripe fruit, toffee and spices. I can tell this is gonna be damn tasty! The first taste confirms this as my mouth fills with a cascade of flavors, including ripe fruits, citrus, toffee and spices. The finish is sweet with a hint of hop flavor at the end. This beer is very rich and full bodied and was just what I needed on a cold winter night. Not a beer for the faint of heart. Excellent.

02-06-2006 14:34:57 | More by rodrot
Photo of WeymouthMike


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

This is my favorite offering from Unibroue with its sweet tastes and smell. This sample was from a 12oz bottle. Pours a dark redddish/brown color with a giant head. Smells of fruits are exploding from this beer and the tastes are similar with plum, strawberries, and a smooth malty finish. This is one beer I love to give to my BMC friends and show them what they are missing.

02-05-2006 23:07:39 | More by WeymouthMike
Photo of Erdinger2003


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

This beer pours a weaker head that dissipates right away leaving a kind of sticky little lacing and head. It has dark to amber color tones. Smell of sweet candy and hops is strong, and it's coupled with some breadiness and yeastiness. The smell has also plum, nutmeg and very strong clove. The taste has a vanilla undertone that I noticed right away and the taste also had plum, nutmeg, and clove. The first mouth feel is a little watery, but gets better as it warms. It's definitely intriguing and makes you want to have more.

02-01-2006 20:27:14 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of beermanbrian


4.4/5  rDev +4%

12 oz bottle

Very dark brown color with a bubbly tan head. A thin foam hangs around and leaves trails down the glass. Very active carbonation bubbles.

First smell that I notice is yeast which is followed by some dark fruits. Plums, cherries and dates are the first taste that is noticed followed by a rich full maltyness. Some bitterness at the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very high carbonation level on the tongue and a full body. Very smooth.

Overall a very full and complex brew. Lots of flavors swirling around to keep your interest through the entire beer. The high ABV is well hidden. This is the 2nd offering i've had from Unibroue and i've enjoyed them both tremendously.

01-30-2006 01:34:09 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of jasonguit


4.83/5  rDev +14.2%

Wow, nice! So good in fact I decided to make it my first review. All those that say this brew is deceptively smooth are exactly right. I am actually in a race with my spinning head as I type. I have foolishly polished off a 750mL alone (yes...foolishly).

It has the same nutty robust flavor you would expect from a dark beer, though the alcohol content does shine through (in a wonderfully pleasant way.) It also has a fruity quality to it that I rather enjoy. It reminds me a lot of a dark german beer if one was to add an aspect of fruitiness to it. It will most certainly knock you down as well at 9%. I am definitely a quality over quantity drinker, and this one will sneak right up on you.

Lovely beer all in all. If you like dark beers I highly recommend it.

01-29-2006 06:41:03 | More by jasonguit
Photo of mentor


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a 4-finger caramel-colored head over a slightly particulated dark brown liquid. Smells musty phenolic. Funk. Clove and candi-sugar. Chalk and wet sand. Tastes fizzy carbonation with some sweet. Unfortunately, the carb is the most notable feature. Clove and pumpkin pie spice. After swrling heavily several times to release the pent up carb. Coffe rum raisin with chocolate. Caramel and dried stick. Ashes from a wood fire-pit. Md-light body and potently carbonated. Pretty tasty once I released most of the carb.

01-26-2006 03:37:19 | More by mentor
Photo of geetlord


4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

This beer poured a dark dark amber, with a tall white head. It smelled slightly fruity and malty. This beer was very smooth, and malty, with strong molasses and caramel flavors, some fruit and a very present alcohol flavor. this beer was very dense and smooth but not to heavy. I definatly liked this beer a lot and intend on getting it again.

01-25-2006 01:36:12 | More by geetlord
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Deeply opaque dark brown. Big rocky coffee-coloured head. It dissipates to a persistent film that clings to the glass.

Divine nose. Dark syrupy sweetness. Through the rich, heavy sugar comes a hint of fragrant berry-fruits. After some coaxing, there's some hints of pepper fragrance. Wow, I think you could smell this forever and keep discovering new subtleties.

Delectable taste. Starts mellow and subdues, but crescendoes with a rich sweet maltiness. Full bodied, rather heavy and smooth. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and coating. Wonderful.

There's an alcohol spiciness on the back-palate which nicely cuts through the sweetness. Richly layered. This is a very fine beer. One I'll enjoy again and again.

01-23-2006 00:50:02 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of laituegonflable


3.73/5  rDev -11.8%

Didn't get much head. Dark body. Looks like red wine.

Potent nose. Sorta smells like red wine as well. It's a fascinating smell, anyway.

Tastes pretty wow. It's interesting and complex. Difficult to drink, but for tasting, fascinating. It's rich and dark but drinkable. Doesn't taste like coffee. It's fruity, really. Tastes more reminiscent of a rich, dark plum. But not that fruity, cos it's also beer-y. And bitter-y. And sort of dry.

It's nice, dude, I really like it. I mean, it's not Chimay Red, cos my pants aren't white and sticky, but it's nice. Very nice. Surprising, really.

01-23-2006 00:18:36 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of wingnutter


3.83/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a nice black and blue plum-like color with a thick, lingering head. A lacing-we-will-go!

Smell: Yeasty, with dark fruits.

Taste: Complex is an understatement. Starts dry, with nice raisin/fig/plum flavors lingering as I swallow. Nice sweetness in the finish edging out the dryness in the beginning. Yestiness, with some bitterness and grassiness. Earthy. Nice fruityness. Warms as it goes down, giving a hint to the 9% ABV.

Doesnt feel too heavy, which surprised me a bit. I thought it would feel thicker.

Pretty tasty. I like it alot more than the only other Unibroue brew Ive tried (La Fin Du Monde). Packs a nice punch.

01-22-2006 06:23:46 | More by wingnutter
Photo of Blakaeris


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance is deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Head is a thick fluffy mass.

Smell is sweet and full of rich dark fruit with the trademark Unibrou yeastiness.

Taste is very full and spicy. Excellent toasted malt character is complimented by the array of dark fruit notes (plum, fig, raison). Hops make an impressive showing and give a nice balance to this brew. 9% ABV is well hidden leaving only a slight rum flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with generous carbonation. Normally I'm not a fan of highly carbonated brews but this one is an exception.

This is a wonderful brew. Unibrou makes great beers and to me this is one of the best of them. If you like Belgian dark you need to try this one.

01-21-2006 16:45:04 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of Vancer


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Oh yeah, outstanding – just one caveat, it was surprisingly a little to thinner than expected. That said, what a head! Easy pour produced a massive ivory ice cream dollop on top of a clear, but dark burgundy brew. Laces all the way down, excellent.

Just some mediocre aromas of grand cru Belgium yeast, also with some grassy molds. Yum, a maltly quaff, with sugar cane, apricots, plums and raisins. Thinly carbonated, still very robust with a dry, foamy finish.

It may have been too thin, but nice to sip a sixer, even with the 9% hammer. I’m really looking forward to the other strong dark ales from Unibroue.

01-17-2006 15:44:04 | More by Vancer
Photo of garymuchow


3.8/5  rDev -10.2%

Thanks to my brother-in-law Chuck for purchasing this for me. I've been sitting on it for 2 years. "Best by 5-3-06" Thought I'd give 'er a go before then.
Aroma presents with a heavier dark malt that's sweet with a fairly strong alcohol presence and some heavier darker fruit.
Despite a very dull sounding opening it poured with a firm one inch darkish head that settled. Dark, dark brew with a reddish tint.
Flavor is consistent with aroma. Alcohol is heavy tasting as is the malt with fruitiness. Dryness builds in time. Some spicieness, but blended okay. Caramel tasting malt.
Feel isn't particuarly heavy. Carbonatioin is nicely very firm. Not particularly soft.
Overall I'm a little dissappointed. Favor lacks vibrancy (due to cellaring?). Blending is only okay with a heavy alcohol presence.

01-13-2006 18:19:51 | More by garymuchow
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,100 ratings.