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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,160 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,160
Reviews: 1,878
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 176
Gots: 334 | 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 jasonguit
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

jasonguit, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of mentor
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

mentor, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of geetlord
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

geetlord, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

laituegonflable, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of wingnutter
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

wingnutter, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Blakaeris, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Vancer, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

garymuchow, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of joeyels
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice dark brown pour with thick tan head. Smell is of mellow spices with just a touch of sweetness. Taste is very good, nice carbonation, sweetness comes through at first touch and fades into more spice. Provides just enough aftertaste to make you want to take another sip. Alcohol is very well hidden, but it's definitely present. This beer is just an absolute pleasure to drink.

joeyels, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of BigBry
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, cork and cage, cool label. Pours a deep and dark chestnut color, thick tan head, lots of lace. Lots of aromas including caramel, spices, and apricot and other dark fruits. Full flavor of sweet malt, caramel and toffee, a bit woody almost oaky, some spices. Also a touch of sweet cherry. Full bodied, leaves a nice alcohol warming sensation. Full flavored, yet still refreshing with a long smooth finish. I had a hard time finding this one, but definatley prefer it to Maudite (although there is nothing wrong with it either). Must get more - some for now, some for the cellar.

BigBry, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Had the bottled version of this in a beer tasting event. It pours a very nice dark amber brown like cherry cola. Has very little nose out of the taster glass even though the glass has a bit of a bell. Too light of a scent to describe. The taste is a nice balance between hops and malt. A smooth mixture of fermented fruit and caramel flavors. It has a bit of the warming afterglow from the alcohol. Very drinkable. I will be trying more from this brewery and will defiantly get this beer.

TheEclecticGent, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of HopsHops
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow This is Good Beer

Appearance: Honestly i didnt look at this beer i drank it straight from the bottle and it was great

Smell: A little sweet for my taste but i learned to love it quick

Taste: I am not a fan of sweet beer but the fruity slick taste in this one is definitely going to make me think twice about that

Mouthfeel: Very chewy and fruity ....wow ...im speechless ...

Drinkablilty: This whole review is just me making up stuff to say about a great beer i thought was unbelievably good i didnt examine it or anything i really didnt expect to like it because im not a belgian style fan because they are usually sweet and im not into that but wow this beer is definitely on my list for a "must have again" in the near future ...only problem is its pretty strong and id probly get hammered if i drank too many pints of this....but i never wanted this one to end....bravo

HopsHops, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of rowew
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle - labeled as Ale on Lees. Glassware suggestions on the back, as well as a clearly labeled best by date.

Appearance: Poured into a Chimay goblet - very dark brown with just a hint of red around the edges. Nice head fades, but leaves a nice lace across the top, constantly replenished by bubbling from the bottom (probably aided by the goblet).

Smell: Lots of caramel and spice in the aroma, with a hint of alcohol. Also a bit of fermenting fruit and raisins in there.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma - with the addition of a strong belgian yeast flavor. Starts out yeasty, and then fades into the spice and dark fruits. Just a hint of alcohol - it is well hidden.

Overall impression: Very well balanced example of a Belgian style - well made, balanced, and quite complex.

rowew, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Super dark in color on the pour. Some ambient light shines through while it sits on the table, leaving it the color of... hmmm.. Dark, dark grapes perhaps, a really great color I've never noticed while reviewing a brew before. A dark, purplish brown. A very tan colored head made of exuberant bubbles builds briefly then fades to a thin ring around the tulip glass, letting me look into the gently but constantly bubbling depths of Trois Pistoles. After a while head is nonexistant, the strings of bubbles unable to keep it up, and lacing down to none at all.

This was the first I've tried of Unibroue and I really wasn't sure what I was getting myself into, only that I had to try something of theirs before the wait killed me. Wow! Lots and lots of scent here! Like nothing I've ever scented before. Sour grapes, kiwi fruit... Rum, fermenting sourness, raisins. Really intriguing!

Lots more sour-sweet flavors on the palate... Citrus peel, sour grapes, plums, rhubarb, raisins, with a gently warming alcohol that doesn't affect taste, only feel. Really unusual - I'll have to try some other Strong Dark Ales to compare this against. It's definitely like nothing else I've tried, but it's great!

Like a lot of other strong, no-head beers, this one bursts up a bunch of unexpected tight, swishy carbonation upon sipping; I'm glad it does, because if there were less bubbles, I think this beer would slip in my favor from fantastic to very unpleasant. The up-fizzing carbonation keeps the heady flavors and alcohol in check. The body of the beer is pretty light, and there's almost no after-feel, just a tiny caramel lingering.

Whoo! How to rate drinkability? Could I have another? I dunno... I'm happy just enjoying one! This beer definitely has everything covered. There isn't anything in the scent, flavor or feel that dissappoints me at all. Cheers!

Tupperwolf, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Trois Pistoles pours out a very dark brown color with a reddish tint. The aroma is dark fruit, caramel, and spices. Flavor is dark and malty with lots of yeast flavors. Fruity flavors include plums, grapes. A sweet candy like flavor comes in at the finish. Peppery spice. Full mouthfeel. The 9% abv is well hidden. What a great beer! I love how Unibroue makes all these Belgian style dark beers that are similar but have enough subtle differences to make you appreciate each one.

beveragecaptain, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of skillerified
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

skillerified, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

DarkerTheBetter, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

plaztikjezuz, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gagnonsux, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of gotbeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

gotbeer, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of unknownlamer
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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).

unknownlamer, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

sinistrsam, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Viggo, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

KarlHungus, Dec 07, 2005
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,160 ratings.