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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,508
Reviews: 1,934
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 213
Gots: 490 | FT: 7
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
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
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle marked 11-08-09. Consumed on 9/1/07.

Pours a dark, slightly cloudy raisin color. A big head quickly dissipates, leaving only a thin skin of off-white foam on the surface. Above-average, lively lacing keeps minimal head constantly replenished. Nose is fruity and sweet, full of malt character. Slightly thicker-than-water mouthfeel marked by a noticeable astringency (almost a pleasant burning). Goes down smoothly. Flavors of raisin/figs/dates and malt (as in the nose) mingle on the palate with a bit of vinous acidity. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so with hints of spice (cinnamon?). Clean finish with fruity aftertaste is both agreeable and short-lived.

Photo of callmemickey
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby brown with a thick tan head... healthy carbonation... good lacing...

S: Sweet candy like banana aroma with some pepper and alcohol...

T: The taste disappoints the expectations the aroma gave me... mostly sweet malts with black pepper... the banana candy isn't as prevalent as you'd like

M: Medium-full bodied.. you know you are drinking beer when this is in your mouth...

D: Good for a Belgian strong... not the top of the pack, but respectable effort from those Canadians

Photo of bearrunner44
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown in color. Mostly opaque. Somewhat bourbon-colored in the few spots where light penetrates it. Big, foamy head, medium-tan in color.

Aroma: Smooth, mellow malt aroma. Vaguely fruity, bringing to mind bananas and orange peel. The alcohol is evident, helping lend a spicy overtone.

Taste: Toasty malt backbone; a little sweet, but not candy-like. It leaves a fruity aftertaste on the tongue, sort of citrus-like. The malt tastes a little dryer towards the finish. The combination of lively carbonation and a strong flourish of alcohol flavor lends a lively, spicy kick to the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat unusual for the style, mostly due to the carbonation; it's almost fizzy.

Verdict: Though it's not my favorite Belgian-style ale, I admire this beer's individuality. It doesn't taste a whole lot like many of the other Belgians I've tried. Definitely worth a try for fans of good, strong ales.

Photo of clayrock81
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my chalice and receive minimal head that stuck around and had lacings clinging to the glass. With a dense, dark brown body this beer has a very good smell. Dark currants and citric flavors like cherry give it a sour, hoppy smell although the yeat presence is strong. The first thing that hit my tongue is the malts, which seemed sweet and maybe a hint of rosting. There are traces fruits in the beer but more importantly there is caramel (it could be chocolate) in there that gives it a very smooth, almost slick driving force down your throat. There are some spices/pepper in there, natch, that give a slightly dry feel but they are not overpowering, and neither is the high ABV. If it weren't for that ABV I would session this in a second.

Photo of TCadillac
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say?
Poured this baby in an oversized wine glass with a 3 layer ripple bottom.

The pour leads to an immaculate browish/amber hue color with a slight minimal 1/8 inch head.
I gave my Trois a furocious spin around the glass to reveale an aroma of raisin bread, cloves, nutmeg, unidenitiful herbs and spices, and a slight hint of banana bread. Taste....my god...Dark chocolate, rasberry, caramel, candied apples, chocolate covered cherries. Mouthful is somewhat cabornated, full bodied, smooth, gracious, velvety. Hell of a damn beer. Treat yourself to what is Trois Pistoles!

Photo of triplecoil
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Unibroue glass at Publick House.

Poured a deep reddish-brownish-black with a moderate tan head that leaves a great lace. Smell is fruity and spicy, with chocolate and port, and just a tinge of belgian yeast/farmhouse to it. Taste is malty and herbal with dried fruit, chocolate, and pepper and leaves you with some tart/sourness (not too much). Mouthfeel is somewhat viscous with moderately reserved carbonation...does nothing more than lend itself to the flavor of the beer.

After having this a number of times from the bottle, this is my first time on tap (and my first review of it). I have never been disappointed by this brew, and I can probably say this is my favorite of the consistently excellent Unibroue selection. Fantastically complex beer that is easy to drink, despite it's high ABV. I whole-heartedly endorse this one.

Photo of mdagnew
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle bought from Super Valu in Dublin...

Gushed from the bottle even though it had been sitting undisturbed for weeks resulting in lots of yeasty floaties... Colour is deep dark burgundy red... Light mocha head poured pretty tight and thick but faded almost immediately to wispy covering with thick edging... very light lacing...

Aroma - Amazing deep rich alcohol soaked stewed fruits (dates, prunes, raisins, blackcurrent, light banana, orange), toasted bready malts, lots of dark treacle sweetness, spicy yeast, butterscotch, roasted nuttiness, alcohol is fairly noticeable with some red wine and port hints, rich fruit loaf / Christmas cake notes, light anise, decent amount of spicing - cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg all coming through...

Taste - Pretty much as above - an amazing mix of deep dark rich fruits, bready malts, spices and alcohol notes... outstanding..

Feel - Smooth and creamy... medium / full body... dangerously drinkable at 9%...

Overall - An outstanding Dark Ale - up with the best of the Belgians... highly recommended...

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first proper Canadian beer, even if it is a Belgian style offering.

The same brown 33cl bottle most people have reviewed (I think). Mine was bought in Brussels at a Canadian stall in the annual Christmas Market (2007).

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip shaped glass.

Very dark ruby red (deep purple in a different light) with a huge light biege head which falls away to a good covering.

Raisins and plums come to mind when you smell this, Christmas pudding with yeast and extra alcohol really.

Rich and strong, this is a sipping beer. The alcohol is there for all to find, but there is more to this brew than just alcohol.

Having had a few strong dark beers from Belgium, I can safely say this fits in well, not a leader, but OK. The flavours and smells stay within the feel. A sweetness comes into the mix as the beer warms up, which I don't like much, but all in all a fine beer.

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

12 oz. bottle, best by 12/13/09. The beer is a highly-carbonated, opaque, reddish-plum, topped with three fingers of khaki head that leaves decent lacing. Smells sweet and malty, with dark fruits, pear, apple and orange. On the palate, it's almost candy sweet, with caramel malts and a big nuttiness. Some yeast and banana in the mix, and fruity esters taste of green apple and melon, while the hops are spicy and peppery. The medium body is tingly at the beginning, but becomes smooth by the end, lingering nicely on the palate. A delicious, very easy to drink Belgian - I can't wait to see how it ages.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a Growler Fill.
Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Smell is wine like with lots of dark fruits. Plums, grapes, it's all in there. Taste is much the same, with some belgian candy sugar. Mouthfeel is creamy velvet. This is an easy drinker. There are definite port like qualitites with it.

Photo of GRPunk
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (dated best by 4-4-10) poured into a tulip glass.

A- There was a 2 finger light tan head on top of a chestnut brown liquid. Medium carbonation was apparent through the dark beer.

S- The aroma was quite sweet initially. At first it could have fooled me into thinking it was a hefe. I picked up some of the candied or over-ripe banana tones. There were a lot of spice tones that became more apparent as the beer warmed and a dash of alcohol aroma.

T- Again there was a lot of sweetness that melded with sour and spice flavors to create a complex flavor. The sweeter malts reminded me of some sort of whiskey mash. There were a myriad of spices, the strongest of which was pepper. The black pepper flavor was a little overwhelming for me.

M- It had a solid grainy feel that I expected of the style.

D- It's a slow sipper. Robust flavor and ABV quelch any hopes of chugging this beer. It's pretty solid. Although I didn't agree with some of the spicing, the complex flavor gave it a bit of a "wow" factor.

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

A: Ruby/brown in color with large head. Poured into my Unibroue tulip.

S: Strong citrus and fruit aroma with a little bready yeasty undertone.

T: Tastes of dark fruits and a little bitter citrus to pull it together. Somewhat spicy and bready in the finish.

M: Wonderfully carbonated with dry finish leaving a little oil on the palate.

D: Great brew to sip on for an afternoon.

Photo of steelcutoats
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part two of the UNIBROUE review for tonight. Now is a time for a dark Belgian style brew. Trois Pistoles poured into my tasting snifter and deep darkness, with a small head that quickly vanished. I didn't notice much of a difference between this and the Maudite, except for two main instances. While the smell was similar, it wasn't as pronounced and second, the finish was a lot different. There isn't that "champagne-like" finish that you get, which I'm guessing has to do with the yeast used to ferment. It is still a very enjoyable beer, worthy of your time.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like natural root beer - very well-carbonated. Head is thin and fades quickly.

Smell is powerful - caught whiff from eye level even when pouring. Carbonation makes the aroma travel well - good, sarasparilla (sic?) and coriander tones w/Belgian yeast; malt or hop tones are extremely subtle.

Nice molasses backbone with deep caramelized profile and additional yeast and underlying spice tones.

Heavy carbonation at outset makes this much lighter than expected, but still has that nice coating feeling.

Could drink more of this than expected; alcohol is there but hidden well.

Photo of Proteus93
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A magnificent pour with a huge, rocky & rolling light brown head. Big, soap bubbles in there. Dark ruby-brown with a deep murkiness going on.

S: Something of a tangerine citrus + spices blended into a mild sugary or caramel aroma.

T: Sweet... a somewhat fruity + sugary taste. A bit of a peppery alcohol adds additional flavour, and some raisin dark fruit flavours come through as it warms. Very nice.

M + D: Warm, rich, almost silky. Could be a LITTLE fuller on my palate, but that's certainly not to say it's light... and it's definitely delicious. Unibroue has managed an incredible brew each time I have tried them, and this is no exception... it makes it a little tough to pick a favourite.

Photo of tmitch75
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought at the Wine Discount Center in Barrington.

Dark brown color with reddish tint. Thick fluffy head dissipates to light foam with little lacing.

Smells spicy and fruity, mostly plums and cherries, with some oaky notes.

Tastes malty up front with lots of fruit and some spice. A little alcohol at the finish, but not overpowering. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Very complex but still quite drinkable. I love it.

Tasted on 1/22/08

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

On tap in Quebec City. Very dark plum coloured body, with an off-white head. Very fruity aroma, full of rich dried fruit. In the flavour I taste sour cherry, vanilla ice cream, dried fruit, figgy pudding and brown sugar. Finished with the signature unibroue yeasty aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Photo of GoreStorm
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a - looks amazing, dark with a beutiful head. in the trois pistoles glass....which i'm so stoked they're carrying unibroue glassware at bevmo here.

s - amazing, malty and fruity some breadyness to it as well. once when i was having this and was already a bit loaded, my friend and i both agreed it smelled a lot like fruity pebbles or fruit loops. HA!

t - good lord this is just amazing, dark fruits, a bit of chocolate a bit of spicyness from the alcohol that doesn't come through as "hey that's alcohol".

m - dry and chewy, ah hell, i giggle from how good it tastes to think about the mouthfeel too much.

d - i could drink these all night any night, in spite of the high alcohol, i would give this 5's across the board but because it is rich and high in ABV i thought i'd be fair and give it a 4....

notes - fast becoming probably my favorite beer, a staple for me. hooray for unibroue

Photo of Reidrover
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml bottle . Best before 06/12/2010.. so a newer batch. Nice enough looking ale, turbid dark brown with a lovely light tan , thick creamy head. Very prominent yeasty aromas,, dark sugar,slight alcoholic aroma, i get raspberries too. Taste is actually pretty tame compared to the aroma,typical belgian yeast and "spice, yet it is somehow subdued by a stronger malt base, again I get warm alcohol., sweet at the end. Palte to be hnest was pretty average. This is a good beer, but IMO not the great beer which its percentile on here denotes. I wonder if this one was too new, or that its gone downhill since Sapporo took over?

Photo of sammartin68
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A strong good beer. Well i think it's my favorite beer from unibroue. This beer have a good appearance. A beautifull brown-black color. The smell is good, i reconize some chocolat and frouts. In my mouth that better, we have these aroma but with houblon aroma. So, this is a good beer!

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue glass. Trois Pistoles pours a rich balck color with a slightly off-white head that fills the glass at first and then drops off to about a quarter of an inch. Beautiful fall fruits on the nose. Pear and apple particularly with a ton of cloves. The flavor of the beer matches the baked apples and pears and cloves from the aromas perfectly. Warm mouthfeel, but not from the high alcohol. High carbonation as well. This would have to be my favorite Unibroue overall.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle has a cool label easily worth some extra credit point. Poured a thick, but bubbly, dark red with tan head that quickly leaves. I'd like to see an x-ray of myself after drinking this one.

The smell was excellent. Far from what I expected. Aromas were sweet, mostly red fruits like cherries and maybe some raspberries.

The taste was a bit too sweet for me. It was nice, but had a sugary taste to it. Cherries and caramel dominated. They tasted good, but it was a little over the top in my opinion.

Felt excellent. Crisp and dry, making the sweetness and high ABV very tolerable. Had a creamy feel too, maybe from the carbonation. Interesting and worked well.

Overall, the sweetness hurts drinkability. I'm glad I tried it, and I'm sure for some people this is a world class beer. But it didn't quite hit the spot for me.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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