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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,467
Reviews: 1,922
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 207
Gots: 464 | 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 czechsaaz
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Big fruity fermentation character right off the bat on the nose. Also dark caramel malt aromas and just a very faint alcohol aroma.

Deep brown with red highlights when held up to the light. Smallish head but a persistant rim around the glass with a little bit of lacing.

Flavor is very nice. I get lots of dark dark crystal (like 100-120) and a hint of roast malt. There's also just a hint of treacle/butterscotch. Fermentation character includes huge amounts of fruity esters that come off as plums and raisins and baked apples. Hops are spot on for bitterness but otherwise the hops are kind of an afterthought in this malt complex beer.
I do get a little bit of alcohol flavor which is the only thing that keeps me off a 5.

Big bodied with a pretty sharp carbonation level, higher than the head would lead you to expect.

On a quality/price/strength ratio this is a knockout. You could drink better at higher prices and you could find a lot of mediocre beer at the same price level. This is a damn fine beer that works as a sipper and as a food pairing with roast meat or spicy food.

Photo of BuffaloBill91
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this one and have held on to it for maybe 3-4 months before drinking

A- nice red brown color - pretty cloudy with lots of yeast flakes floating around. I got a big head on a light pour- looks like this thing has a ton of carbonation. Head settled to a nice 1/2 finger thick head quickly...

S- Very fruity maybe apples and pear or grapes with some floral tones- suprisingly no hints of the alcohol in the smell, which i was expecting with a 9% brew.

T- Quite sweet, close to the smell pretty fruity with an almost wine like taste yet nicely retains the ale qualities and a nice yeasty and caramel flavor in the aftertaste -Tasted pretty close to a true Belgian quad I had before. Nice brew- nice job Unibroue. Top notch.

M- Smooth- somewhat medium bodied and actually a lot thinner than I would've expected which accounts for the great drinkability im sure. -good carbonation- looks highly carbonated but its not.

D- Amazingly drinkable for a 9% --i could down these better than any macro. This is one of the best tasting ales I have tried easily as good as some beers that are twice the price.

Photo of paulzy
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard conical pilsner glass. Had to roll the yeast out of the bottom of the bottle to get it all into the glass.

Appearance: Rich brown color straight from the bottle, a little like root beer. Head was frothy right away, and took several moments to settle down to two fingers worth. After about 5 to 10 minutes and several sips, the foam finally settled down to a carpet above the brew.

Smell: Very malty with a thick syrupy sweetness, full of fruit. I expected darker fruit smells, but I got a citrus-like smell from this beer. You know how you can smell it when someone opens a bottle of Coca-cola? Like that.

Taste: Tastes very balanced for a beer that smelled as strong as this one did. I tasted something a little like brown sugar early in the beer, to finish with a thick sweet malt with hop-like balance late to dry out tongue. A satisfying flavor that doesn't let you be satisfied. The hole in the bottom of my glass was mighty large with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Gentle mouthfeel, not too thick, not too empty. Carbonation is mild and does not interfere.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable. This is one of the better offerings I've had from Unibroue, and I'm glad I picked up more than one. It's more drinkable than I'd like, frankly, for a beer with this character.

Overall: An interesting, if mild, brew for a beer drinker. It's to be savored.

Photo of Stimack
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a chalice and it poured to a deep rusit brown color with a thick off white head that had very good retention and left a fair share of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma has a lot of interesting smells to it, dark fruit of raisins, plum and maybe a hint of grapes? The flavors are very good as well, make this an easy sipper even at 9%. Has a nice sweet profile that lingers with a yeasty break near the mid section and lingers. Caramel notes seem to come to mind more and more. Spices coe out more and more as it warms. Overall this is a great brew, very sorry that I have not had more of this in the past but there are just to many brew out there. The majority of the time I am very impressed with Unibroue and this just shows why.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark and deep brown with 1 inch of tan head after a medium pour. Brew is non transparent. Lacing works its way down the glass for the duration of the drink.

S- Smells of citrus fruits, toffee and caramel, vanilla, and some woodsy and roasted malts satisfy the nose.

T- Chocolate, same roasty malts, and dark over-ripened fruits. Leaves the mouth bitter with slight alcohol warming sensation on the back of the throat and chest.

M- Medium thickness and high carbonation. There is a nice sting all over the surface of the tongue.

D- High. Smooth and soft to drink, but the alcohol tastes and feel takes away a little bit of the drinkability factor.

Overall- Nice beer that is true to style. Complex and very enjoyable as a stand alone or maybe have 2 or 3 to really catch a heck of a buzz. Solid.

Photo of Lukie
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great pour. Dark with hints of fiery orange as you hold it up to the light. The lacing sticks well to the sides of the glass, which is what I expect from good quality beers.

Dark fruits dominate the nose. Dark plum, raisin, sultana, and some nice sweet figs. Hints of alcohol come through the finish, but hop notes are non-existent.

Soft dark fruits. Hints of dark red grape, blackberries, and a hint of raspberry in the finish. Plum and slight raising also make it's way into it, coupled with slight hints of dark chocolate in the finish.

Zesty carbonation gives this a great feel, while still not too heavy to sit down and enjoy. The alcohol is masked well, and this one is a great late night sipper.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked & caged bottle, served in a Chimay goblet. Slow pour, as I prefer to keep the yeast in the bottle.

A - dark brown color with a lot of carbonation evident in the glass. Tiny bubbles kept rising to form and maintain a steady ring.

S - raisin/date, malt and yeast aromas fill the nose.

T - delicious tasting brew, sweet malty flavors dance on the tongue with a finish that's dry and smooth leaving a sweet fig after taste.

M - medium/full bodied with delicately crisp, clean carbonation.

D - exceptional brew; it doesn't get much better than this.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly opaque ruby with a tan head. Nose is yeasty with rubber tones. Flavor is robust with hearty tones, though not overdone. Sweet a fair bit, but also like a grapey caramel. Feel is decent. Smooth with a fairly good level of carbonation. Pretty good as far as drinkability goes, but for the style I think there are stronger examples. Seems to be a bit too sweet overall, which leads me to judge that it has a more immature overall profile. Nice to try, but not one I would return to most likely.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a VERY dark black color, pure black in color, head looks like a rootbeer float, like an opaque off white. smell is really neat. like a spicy, ginger nose to it, maybe with a slight toffee scent. its out there but i like it. taste is equally unique, white the mouthfeel is kinda thin, the taste is good,
it really is all over the place, spicy but sweet. i enjoy it, another very good beer from unibroue, i just discovered this brewery and they do some awesome beers.

Photo of SargeC
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown-black with a tan head.

Smell: Sharp yeast character, fruit.

Taste: Apples and berries coupled with the bold yeast character. An acidic twang leads to a good finishing bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Flavors linger well.

Drinkability: Complex and flavorful. Very easy drinking.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is another good offering from those crazy french canadians. Pours blackish brown with a thin slightly tan head. The nose is of some spice and dark malts, but mostly grainy belgian yeast. this beer has the good flavor of a belgian, but as is common with unibroue (IMO) the mouthfeel is way too thin to be convincing. You do taste the belgian yeast and dark fruit flavors in the beer, but it does not hit you like it should. Too thin in the mouth. Not sugary enough to belgian. However, it is incredibly refreshing and is dangerously drinkable. possibly one of the most refreshing "belgian styles" there is. Very thirst quenching, not afraid to take fat-ass gulps. It has that classic unibroue taste, and is very drinkable. Any beer that has that is ok in my book.

Photo of stephens101
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with some yeast dregs floating within. Has an almost immortal, prolific tan head that dares you not to destroy it with a drink. Smells of dark fruits and some chocolate in the background. Tastes slightly bitter up front then some breadiness, alcohol heat, coriander and white grapes to round things out, leaving things complex yet balanced to perfection. Fairly light-bodied and very drinkable with a unique residual alcohol heat that warms the palate throughout the session. I will be revisiting this one many times in the future.

Photo of GAPit
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into matching glass at the Stumbling Monk, Seattle. Pitch black with two fingers of dark coffe head, lacing stays till the end.

Smells suprisingly fruity, alcohol very present, finishes with malty, doughy, mapley goodness, i'm exicted.

Sharp spicy/tart/dry fruitiness up front leads into malty/vanilla finish with a very present and a little overdominating alcohol burn.

Smooth and creamy in mouth, suprisingly light carbonation. Once again alcohol burn dominates towards the end.

Overall another good beer from Unibroue, although not my favorite.

Photo of BeerLover729
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an opaque dark copper with a large fizzy head that fades to a light laceing. The smell is of dark almost burnt malt with a notablely strong phenol smell that seems to volitalize and dissipate after a short time. The remaining aroma's are fruity and spicey and are most closely described as clove-like. The taste is slightly dry with a malty, but not overpoweringly sweet, finish. Some fruityness-grape, plum, etc.- with phenol's coming through as well. Medium to light body with sharp carbonation and minimal cloyingness. Alcohol is hidden decently well, goes down easy. Decent beer.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, best before 6-12-10. Cellar temperature.

Dark ruby color, fizzy beige head, nice lace.

Smells of fresh tart grape, Meyer lemon, tangerine, berries, yeasty spicy doughy malt, caramel, touches of milk and soy sauce, and slightly solventy alcohol.

Tastes of sweet doughy malt and fresh fruit, with savory roasty caramel, dried fruit/ raisin, leather, yeasty spice. Hints of alcohol and acidity. Cohesive and characterful, tasty, and supremely balanced.

Smooth texture, very nice but bordering on too fizzy. Superb drinkability.

Great beer. Plenty of character and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of BiereBlanche
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured half into a snifter. I love the presentation, as I do all of the Unibroue bottles.

Pours a dark, cola-colored brown with a bit of yeasty sediment. The cap is two fingers high of a delicate light-brown that descends slowly and leaves large, lingering lacing. The aroma is quite mellow and pleasant. Lots of yeasty breadiness with delicate notes of citrus, light fruits and a perfectly faint hint of alcohol. The taste is perfectly balanced, delicate, mellow. A harmonious blend of bready sweet and light citrus flavors, very little alcohol presence. The same characteristics linger on seemingly forever (and wonderfully) in the aftertaste. Medium and with enough carbonation to add a lightness. Trois Pistoles is a dangerously drinkable offering. It holds up to the bottle's claim of being "remarkably mellow" and is delicate and perfectly balanced. I am most impressed at how perfectly the alcohol is presented, hidden enough to be incredibly drinkable, yet present in both aroma and mouth just enough to let drinker know Trois Pistoles is a serious, sophisticated drink to be sipped and enjoyed.

Photo of Graham5161986
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a jet black colour with a 2 finger tan head that has decent retention and leaves a slight lace.

S: aromas of ripe fruits, citrus, and caramel sweetness

T: very fruity up front with a maple syrup lingering finish - delicious

M: surprisingly light bodied, excellent carbonation and a smooth finish that lingers for a while.

D: A highly drinkable, highly enjoyable dark beer from Unibroue. Makes a great winter session ale given it surprisingly light body and hides the 9% ABV very well. I highly recommend this one and I can't wait to try it again.

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of 6-12-10

Pours an effervescent brownish ebony with 3 fingers of sand colored head & viscous tendencies. Near zero head retention & a bit of lacing

S: Appleskins, a bit of brown sugar, & cherries

T: Some caramel, a bit of booze & apple skin up front. Dryness, tart cherries, apricot & just a hint oaky vanilla as this warms. Finishes with dates, booze warmth, caramel, jammy notes, more vanilla; & more cherry tartness & just a tinge of smokey peat

MF: Slick with low carbonation & medium body

Drinks okay, maybe with a year or three aging this would mellow out, just a little too hot alcohol-wise for me, you get every bit of the 9% abv along with some complexity. This is alright, but not getting the vibe that had this in the Top 100 other than taste, maybe

Photo of TheBierBand
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 12 oz brown bottle (Freshness Dated: Best Before: 02-22-10) into a goblet to produce a 1" head of loose foam that disappeared to a thin ring in about a minute. The efforvescent bubbles kept feeding this ring through the duration. The beer is a cola color except when held to light it takes on a ruby red color.

The aroma is quite nice. The yeasty, fruity (like ripe cherries and plums and a whole bunch of fruits!... like a ripe fruit salad!) smells are prominent.

The taste is just a bit smokey, yeasty, and fruity all at once... very balanced. Almost wine-like. A well-hidden alcohol warming at the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side.... but not too much so. Typical fizzy Belgian that I must get used to. Nice aftertaste that lingers.

Drinkability: Definately a sipper.... perfect for the cold winter months.

Photo of Phocion
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Dark reddish-brown with a solid bubbly finger of dark tannish head which settles a little too quickly into a thin but appetizing layer with light a light and flimsy lace.

Aroma is very bold. Dark fruits such as apricot, raisin, and fig, along with sweet caramel/toffee, and extremely spicy scents.

Very dry with a definite alcohol flavor. Both sweet and spicy. Subtle hints of brandy.

This one is chewy but still a little thin for the style which actually lends to a bit of a crisp, refreshing character. I've always been a fan of La Fin du Monde but meant to try other Unibroues, but unfortunately have always ended up going back to an old favorite. This thing however does not disappoint, and I must admit I'm a little upset that I hadn't decided to venture into unfamiliar territory sooner.

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

Appearance- Appears black at first, but a closer look reveals purple and red hues. A steady stream of tiny bubbles keeps the head strong for a while... About two fingers thick on the pour, but reduces to a creamy covering after a few sips. Some brussels lace present, but not as much as I would have expected.

Smell- The primary theme here is just slightly over-ripened fruits. More specifically I can detect notes of grapes, prunes, apples, a bit of banana, and maybe... mango? The background is more herbal with underpinnings of grassy, straw-like smells. Overall, the smells are coming mostly from the yeast- very little is contributed from the malt, and hops are almost undetectable.

Taste- The malt does come through in the taste and serves as a nice backdrop for the same fruity flavors that were found in the smell. Just a hint of licorice, and very low bitterness- but there definitely are some mellow, low alpha acid hops present.

Mouthfeel- Pretty standard/expected/appropriate mouthfeel for the style. Pretty big and malty leaving a bit of a syrupy feel at the finish. The active carbonation adds a nice sensation throughout.

Drinkability- Overall a very good and balanced beer that's easily quaffable, but not something to be guzzled. Like most good belgian style beers it's meant to be enjoyed at a reasonable pace so that all the complexities reveal themselves as the beer warms.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black. Pours with 2 inches of off-white head.

Smell - Dark dried fruits, a bit vinous and very spicy.

Taste - More sweet than dry. Chocolate and dark fruit; notes of date and fig. Mild hops but heavily spiced; difficult to pick out specific flavors (a bit of clove, possibly). Moderate carbonation. Medium-bodied; lighter in body than it looks.

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

Great beer, I had this over Turkey day and was very impressed. This was a beer I was very happy with, I do like the Chambley that Unibroue offers but this was a pleasent supprise. The first beer from this company was La fin du mond, or the end of the world. I did not like that beer all that much, very drinkable, but not that great, This and the Chambley, were definately beers I would purchase again.

Photo of biking4beer
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay goblet.

Deep brown in color. Almost looks like prune juice. Slight tan head from an aggressive pour that dissipates to a marshmallow like whisp.

Belgian yeast is the predominant aroma. Cherries, apples, and vanilla also make an apperance. Slight phenolic aroma.

First sip reminds me of a red wine. Slightly sour with many fruity tones. Apples in an almost cider like fashion.

I felt like the carbonation was too high, and it was also a touch too dry for my taste.

Good beer for certain. I think I could polish off a 750 by myself. Lay down your 3 gold coins and give this one a try.

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

# 3 was, well, trois ; pours a hazy deep ruby-brown w/ a fluffy off-white head leaving some broken lacing in my glass ; a bready/fruity, clove-like aroma, mainly an apple-banana i dunno, kiwi maybe, no hops present ; a very complex flavor, starts w/ a tart, crisp, yet sweet, applish-clove flavor w/ a toasty, nutty note halfway through, a bit of citrusy hop & clove in the end, warms well w/ the alcohol ; a nice surprisingly light and dry body for something this volatile, nice co2 level, sticks around perfectly, to make what i'd say is actually a med. body and still be somewhat sweet ; this is def. drinkable , i consider this one of Canada's finest beers and an excellent belgian strong dark...

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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