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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,119
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 175
Gots: 316 | FT: 8
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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 skillerified


4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

Dark brew with reddish tints around the edges. Tan colored two finger head fades to about 1 cm that seems to be sticking around for awhile. Good lacing.

Very complex aroma. I'm getting floral scents strong up front, but there's a layer of cinnamon underneath it. I'm also picking up grain-like scents. I almost want to say cooked rice, but not quite, just a little sweeter than that. There is definitely a sweet hint of fruitiness too (non-citrus though). I think it keeps going if you keep sniffing. A really incredible smelling beer.

The taste seems to be as complex as the scent. A hint of coffee/chocolate. A hint of cinnamon. A hint of dark, but sweet fruit. As it warms, it seems to be moving toward the grain flavors. The alcohol is just slightly noticable, but adds even more depth to this brew. It's hard to imagine it getting much better than this.

The beer feels a little heavy on the tongue. A touch of sweetness at the start fades quickly to a middle that honestly doesn't do a whole lot. It really doesn't have to, because the flavor really kicks in that point. The finish has a pleasant bitterness and lasts a long time. Carbonation really pricks the tongue throughout, maybe just a little too much actually. Seems to kind of stick to everything in there too.

I want another already. High ABV will lower the drinkability a little, but I could easily down two or three of these and call it a night.

01-03-2006 04:10:21 | More by skillerified
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

This beer pours a dark coffee brown with hints of burgundy and mossy green that is surprisingly transparent considering its darkness. The head consists of a thin film of bubbles. Smells of musky yeast, root beer and sour red grapes. Tastes of sweet and dry wheat, a mild yeast with a mild coffee-like bitterness. There is also a metallic tang of plumb skins and sour cherries. The mouth feel is medium bodied with an intense carbonation. The flavor of this beer appears to be a bit subdued, but its dryness is well blended.

01-01-2006 21:54:50 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of plaztikjezuz


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

pours a deep dark mohogany woth a off white pillowy head that drops over a minute into lace.
the aroma is dark candy sugar with citrus and spice
the flavor is carmelized malt and citrus with a unidentifed spice with a warming alcohol.
the mouthfeel is slippery sweetness that warms as it goes down.
very drinkable

01-01-2006 03:17:15 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of Gagnonsux


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Trois Pistoles pours a dark cola color with an average-sized, creamy, light-brown head. The aroma is of rich, dark malts. Dark fruit smell and sweet sugar are most notable. Rich, dark malt taste dominates here. Dark ripe fruit flavor mixes with an earthy malt. Light toasty flavor is also noted. Sugary flavor bursts through every now and then. Just a taste of alcohol is noted in the finish. My words cannot describe delicious and complex of Trois Pistoles. Wow, this is rich, flavorful, awesome, and kinda "mellow" like the label states. This is world class and is a "must sample" beer.

12-30-2005 00:20:56 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of gotbeer


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

This beer pours a dark brown with a nice head. It looks dark and ominous.

The smell is typical Belgian dark ale. The taste has chocolate malt, with plum, raisen, and a yeasty presence. It has loads of complexity, and it hides is ABV well, with some alcohol warming your throat as you sip.

The mouthfeel is smooth and satisfying. Drinkablity is great as well for a beer of this ABV.

Another incredible brew from Unibroue.

12-29-2005 01:25:50 | More by gotbeer
Photo of unknownlamer

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

750mL bottle of 2004.

Poured a deep ruby with a small off white head that remained until the very end of the glass (and I took a good 45 minutes to finish it). It left no lacing. Quite attractive. The aroma was very sweet and malty with quite a bit of spiciness (clove?), and no noticeable hops.

The taste was mildly sour with a good bit of yeastiness. Very spicy with a subdued hop presence. A bit of pear and plum came out, but the main fruit I detected was raisin. The alcohol comes through and provides a slight warming and complements the spices well. Quite delicious and bold, but still refreshing.

The carbonation was very strong (I almost lost the cork when popping the bottle) and complented the body beautifully. Dark, and still refreshing. A 750 would be easy to polish off alone if no one else wanted any (on second thought, screw them they can have the other beer). I'm going back to the store and grabbing all their bottles of 2004 before I go back to Maryland (Uncultured heard I found some 2004 and demanded some, and I owe him for the Unibroue 11 he shared).

12-26-2005 08:26:28 | More by unknownlamer
Photo of sinistrsam


3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

This poured a dark, almost opaque brown color with a large foamy head which stuck around for a very long time, leaving wonderful lacing.
The smell was very complex, a mixture of dark fruits, plenty of yeast, alcohol, possibly some chocolate, sugars and spices.
The taste was very similar, although the bitter, almost sour yeasty punch that you fel with the first sip fades into a pleasant sweet, dark-malted fruit flavor, all the while maintaining a pretty fizzy champagne-like mouthfel. Very well balanced and full-bodied beer, almost too strong on some of the flavors. Very interesting and another triumph as far as I'm concerned from Unibroue.

12-23-2005 20:17:39 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a hazy brown, with some orange, small tan head forms, goes pretty quick but leaves a lace ring around the glass. Smell is sweet, spices, orange, brown sugar, prunes, yeast, and some alcohol. Taste is sweet brown sugar, dates, spices, and orange. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with high carbonation. This one has been cellaring since february so it was pretty smooth, need to bust into my 750 ml of 2004 soon.

12-15-2005 18:03:02 | More by Viggo
Photo of KarlHungus


3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is one-finger tall, but recedes quickly into nothing. The aroma is of spices, dark fruits, caramel, and more spices. The taste starts with dark fruits, then gets spicy during the finish, while alcohol coats the throat on the way down and during the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is meium bodied with a lot of (maybe too much) carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer, but not great. I would choose La Terrible or La Maudite over this brew anyday.

12-07-2005 21:24:10 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of dirtylou


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: rich and very dark ruby/brown, a slight tan head and little lacing. very full and deep color

smell: quite sweet and alcoholic, plum, apple, grape...slightly yeasty, a touch of spice. aromas are potent and inviting

taste: very powerful alcohol sweetness is the immediate taste...fruity and sugary...plum, dark grapes, apple, cherry. a yeasty "belgian" characteristic to it, somewhat bready taste....very nice

mouthfeel: silky smooth, alcohol warming

drinkability: nice

i like what i taste from unibroue, shall try maudite next

12-06-2005 02:16:33 | More by dirtylou
Photo of veggiemafia


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

Dark brownish ruby with a surprisingly white head. About 1/2 cm stays through the entire beer, which is surprising given the ABV.

Smell is candy sugar, Belgian malt and yeast, molasses sticky sweetness and dark berries, very Brandy-like alcohol, which is the highlight of this one for me.

Very Brandy-like, fruity, very sweet and syrupy. Really really nice, this one is a dessert all on it's own. Very aperitif-y.

Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy and sweet and awesome.

I could put this away for awhile, but I'd be completely smashed after a few.

12-04-2005 00:27:31 | More by veggiemafia
Photo of nlmartin


4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a very lovely dark brown with slight ruby opaqueness. The head was thick and fluffy creamy off white. This beer laces like pancake batter on my glass.

Smell: This is a busy busy beer. Man does this smell great. I am getting all kinds of spicy goodness playing along with some chocolate and assorted fruity goodness.

Taste: Lives up to its own smell. This is a delicious beer. Spicy maltyness plays with chocolately fruity goodness. The alcohol taste is buried under the taste. This taste just fantastic.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Dam this is good. The beer is full bodied. The carbonation plays nicely with this tasty beer. I wish I had known about Unibroue sooner.

11-29-2005 04:30:16 | More by nlmartin
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

The beer has a best before date of 3-15-08, so I think that I am probably drinking a fresh example. I haven't been quite so lucky with their La Fin Du Monde.

Appearance: The beer starts off life outside the bottle as a deep rich reddish brown color that starts off hazy due to a whole bunch of bubbles rising. There was about an inch of head initially that was off white and creamy. The head maintained for quite some time as a small cap on the beer. There was very little lacing. Sadly, the beer never really clarifies like I expected it to.

Aroma: Really fruity aroma. There is plum and raisin along with some green and red apples thrown in. There is the faintest hint of banana, along with some noticeable black cherry. A lot of toasty bready aromas from yeast and malt are evident among the fruit basket.

Taste: The flavor is more bold than even the aroma suggested. There is a lot going on here. There is still a whole lot of dark fruit in the flavor along with some significant spiciness that I didn't get in the aroma at all. There is a whole world of flavor that greets you in the beginning, but this fades to let the carbonation and spices dance across the back of the palate. In the end, the finish is slightly dry with some noticeable alcoholic warming in the back of the throat.

Opinion: This is an incredible beer! This is probably the only beer that I have tried in recent history that I think would give St Bernardus Abt 12 a run for it's money. The aroma and flavor is rich and complex, and you can notice something new just about every time you raise the glass to drink. I have tried this beer before, but it was after quite a few others before hand. As one of my first beers of the evening, it is much more enjoyable. Take your time with this one.

11-27-2005 01:53:18 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

Purchased in a 6 pack of 12oz Bottles, and drinking one as I write this.
(Served in a 22oz Pokal)

This brew poured to a cloudy chocolate brown color leaving a cappuccino colored head that slowly dissipated to about 2mm.

The smell is fragrant, reminiscent of caramel and molasses. Taste is exceptional. Bold undertones of Fruit that lead to a finish that is reminiscent to a fine aged port. The high ABV of this beer is well hidden behind these bold and complex flavors.

The feeling on the mouth is smooth and gentle, not harsh in the least. This is a beer with excellent drinkability and is certainly makes for a nice treat every once in a while.

11-26-2005 23:53:29 | More by funkengruven
Photo of jaluria


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a black, opaque color with a tan-colored head. Aromas of raisins, plums, and alcohol come out. The taste is great with a malt flavor upfront followed closely by a plum/dry fruit finish. The ABV is somewhat hidden in the fruity flavors. A sour aftertaste that leaves behind a warming alcohol sensation. Good drinkability.

11-21-2005 14:48:52 | More by jaluria
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Floral. This beer is very flowery. Jasmine, Coriander, and…Asparagus? This is very interesting. The bouquet is just grand. Taste is mixed berries with a sweet front that gives way to complex tart oak notes. Jasmine wraps the toungue half way through each sip and gives way to a dry asparagus. The color is a brilliant deep brown with amber hues. The head is fairly thin but lasting. Lacing is decent. Carbonation is exceptionally aggressive. Texture is meaty like a rib eye. Drinkability is flawless. This is a dangerous fellow to dabble with. My taste buds wish to consume far more than my kidneys could bare. Well done.

11-18-2005 01:00:52 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

As I work my way through the Unibroue holiday sampler I have come to this one. It is tasty though not as remarkable as some of the other offerings.

Pours deep garnet with a white head that is short lived and left little lacing. Carbonation explosive at first but this fades rather quickly.

Aroma is dried fruit and sweet malt, hints of spice and floral.

Taste is nicely balced and complex with many hints and notes of yeast and fruit and various spices.

A drinkable brew.

11-17-2005 03:57:58 | More by Citadel82
Photo of davidchollar


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

i am just recently becoming a big fan of belgian ales, tripels quadrupels etc... before i was a little scared of them 'cause i didn't know anything about them, and most stores i shopped at didn't even carry them. i can see why this is probably the most celebrated style of all here on BA, (belgian - not necessarily dark).
looks good, dark as advertised, nice creamy off-white head
smells delicious, caramel and raisin.
tastes like pleasure. this is good shit, and very drinkable. hard to believe it is 9% abv ! spicy and crisp, buttery on the tongue, awesome. i think i prefer la fin du monde, but i will definitely get this again. yummm

11-11-2005 17:38:27 | More by davidchollar
Photo of Marty


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

I'm still waiting for this brewery to make a mistake. Their line of beers is simply amazing.

Appearance: Hazy, dark red/brown. Highly carbonated. Big foamy--but not sticky--head.

Aroma: Tingles the nose. Smells sweet and spicy.

Taste: Very sweet, like Fin du Monde and Maudite, but not quite as spicy. Very balanced. Not extremely hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Smooooth going down. Carbonation adds a little excitement to every sip.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable.

11-09-2005 19:55:14 | More by Marty
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Incredibly pour off this beer. Two fingers of deep rubied brown liquid sits below 3 fingers of moderately fast dispersing head. After things settle, I get 2 fingers of an off-white head. Nose is very fruity and spicey. Notes of orange and raisin sit under a coriander spicyness. Touches of brown sugar sweetness come through as well. Flavor is solid. Good sweet raisin soaked in orange juice and brown sugar. Very well blended. No hint of alcohol, which is awesome. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I'm very impressed with the drinkability of this brew. I'm really not having to take time between sips, as would be expected from the alcohol content. A very good brew.

11-09-2005 03:33:35 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of metallistout


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Picked this up when I bought the Reverand by Avery. This one pours a thick caramel color, with a decent foamy head, leaving a lace.
Aroma of citrus, cherries, malty sweet.

Caramel and hop flavor dominating malty tones, with a strong presence of alcohol. Spice and a dry finish.

I am hooked on belgian ales.

11-07-2005 22:27:02 | More by metallistout
Photo of kgotcher


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Ominously dark corked bottle with spooky label.

Dark carmel amber color with foamy off white head.

Smell is very rich, sweet fruity begium yeast is obvious through a very malty aroma.

Medium body feels lighter than I expected, also feels very carbonated. Slight alchohol warming not as obvious as expected from a 9% ABV.

Taste is very sweet malt, fruit and clove with serious tartness. Goes down very smooth.

I really like this beer, a very drinkable dark begium style that hides the achohol very well.

11-06-2005 02:29:18 | More by kgotcher
Photo of HardTarget


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottle Inspection: 9% abv, Ale on Lees aka bottle conditioned, glass suggestion pictograph on the back label (chalice) and a best before 09-28-07, classy art work, these people know how to make a label!!!

Aroma: Standard Unibroue yeast nose with ripe dark fruit, grapes, plums, prunes, and some white pepper and a whiff of alcohol.

Appearance: Speckled creamy off white head crowns an opaque brown glass with clear brown edges. Trails of lace mark its passing.

Flavor: Peppery, vinous, the Unibroue yeast is prominent and shows the excellent balance struck between mellow malt and hidden hop. It really does come across as more of a port wine than a beer.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol is a bit warming, wonderful tiny bubbled carbonation lends itself to a lively yet creamy feel. Good stuff.

Overall Impression: A slow sipper to be sure, but a wonderful way to pass an evening. Don’t try to slam this one; it needs to be slowly enjoyed. Massively drinkable, I just want more. You have to like the yeast strain to enjoy it, but I do so this is a treat. I could see this one being a nice compliment to turkey, think I’ll try to get one for Thanksgiving.

10-24-2005 04:26:28 | More by HardTarget
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

perfect gourmet beer, double fermentation, depp dark color; like folgers coffe; malt, rum , caramel toasted hops are presentin its smell; taste fruity like bananas, and full bodied; try with cheese, and high cuisine; serve in a classic goblet, or champagne glass; 90% recommended.

10-22-2005 23:33:04 | More by tesguino
Photo of Oxymoron


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Unibroue has an impressive Belgian strong dark ale that is enjoyable and worth trying. Trois Pistoles has a dark amber if not brown color that is cloudy visually but the rich amber color is only seen holding your glass up to the light. The head retention was a slight off white but quickly dissipated and left little lace to the glass.

The smell knocks of Belgian-esk with a fruitiness to boot. More of a sweet and sour aroma but notice of malt is light and noticeable. The taste does not hint the 9% ABV that one would think. Quite enjoyable and mixed well with malt and fruity with hints of plum or raisin. The after taste has a bigger carbonation feel with strong tones of different spices from say a bunt cake. The bubbles dance in your mouth but the high alcohol is limit and nearly existant. Makes for a good mouthful flavor.

Unibroue Trois Pistoles is a great tasting Belgian strong dark ale but not something to have on a regular day home from work. Instead enjoy this beer with someone who will enjoy a unique Belgian and flavor.

10-20-2005 22:03:26 | More by Oxymoron
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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