1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

Not Rated.
Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,375 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,375
Reviews: 1,903
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 192
Gots: 404 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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)
View: Beers (33) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Trois Pistoles Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,375 | Reviews: 1,903 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of crwills
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favourite of the Unibroue line. I've had this many times, but finally decided to review the bottle I just shared with my brother and Dad for Easter. Great stuff!

Pours a cloudy, slightly grainy reddish brown into our crystal sampling glasses. A good half-finger head, white, if poured correctly. Smell is excellent -- that famous Unibroue yeast, mixed with some fruitiness (cherry and other field berry), sourdough bread, caramel, and a hint of molasses. Taste is mildly fruity but very yeasty, especially if you pour some of the "lees" in with it. Very mild combination and an excellent moderate mouthfeel make this an incredibly drinkable beer. Were it not for the 9% alcohol, I would love to drink this all day! Wish it were more easily locatable in Ontario!

Photo of gonzo138
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a very dark brown, creamy beige head that retained decently, but laced well

S- rich sweet malt aroma, a little bit chocolatey, spicey corriander present as well, that same unibroue yeast smell is there too

T- sweet malt taste at first, little bit chocolatey, corriander spiciness is there as well, a light citrusy hop taste at the end

M-heavy body, sticky mouthfeel, good carbonation

D- good, would only have a glass or two though, pretty potent stuff

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

Pours a dark brown, hazy, chestnut edges. Beige foam.

Berry aromas. Cool. Subtle spice, with slight tropical notes.

Very spicy profile, with hints of musk, pepper, coriander seed. Kind of like a dark wit....

Medium body, full mouthfeel, with little bitterness.

Photo of MurphysIrish
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet smelling and pruney tasting, this "strong dark ale" certainly lives up to its billing in the alcohol department but loses some points in its body (carbonation, for example, is lost and the beer seems just a little too thin on the palate). Hops are missing in all the syrupiness making it seem a bit medicinal on the aftertaste.

Still, it is lovely to look at as it pours to a caramel color that is nearly red. Most definitely an after dinner beer: I wouldn't imagine including it in a session.

Not bad, but I won't readily seek it out.

Photo of paleoplant
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The taste of this beer was fabulous. Always a fan of Unibroue products it a rare treat when i see this in a store. I can't find many strong dark ales in my neighborhood but this is a wonderful example. The smell initiailly has a strong yeast smell but it settles to hints of fruit but I can't discern what. It almost has a cedar-like scent. Flavor, mouthfeel and drinkability are all rated highly by me.

Photo of dogger6253
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles flows from the bottle like a muddy river quickly forming a large, tan head that falls quickly, lots of carbonation.

I found lots of citrus in the aroma, oranges and grapefruit. Raisins and figs come into play as well. I also noted a cashew smell alongside a grainy, peppery scent I couldn't pin down for sure.

The taste is impressive, massive complexity. Malty and yeasty sweetness hit you for sure, with oranges, cherries and almonds taking the floor soon after. There is a slight hops presence. Hinted in the alcohol are the dark fruits, raisins, figs, and licorice. Also bits of caramel and molasses, all in perfect balance.

Highly carbonated and medium bodied, coats the tongue in pleasant way. Highly tasty, but high alcohol and high carbonation make it hard for me to drink a lot in a sitting.

Photo of Redwood21
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head on this beer when poured is immense. Its a dark colored beer, with a tan color head. The smell is of faint fruit. the taste confirms this. I bought a 4 pack a couple of months ago, and am just now revisitng this beer. I do not know if the age has dulled the intensity or not, but i enjoy this beer more now than i remember. I could have also just changed taste, but holding one back for a while might be worth trying. The flavors are layered, but im not sensative enough to figure out what they all are. it is a great beer considering the strength and easy to enjoy. I would suggest giving ths beer a try.

Photo of geexploitation
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, pretty much black, with only the slightest russet highlights poking through at the edges. Initially the head is thick and off-white, but it fades quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma is thick with spices and fruits: coriander, anise, maybe some cardamom(?), dried dates. On the palate, a sharp, lightly sweet blast of fruits hits first off, along with a blast of juicy carbonation. Sweet, smooth malts kick up at the mid-palate, then the spices come out before things dry out a bit toward the finish. A final flash of fruit crops up at the very end, then there's a long, dry, buzzy finish that lasts for 30 seconds or so. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with big carbonation -- it's pleasingly un-syrupy and un-chewy. Overall, this is a fabulous strong dark ale -- one of the best, in my opinion. Great spicing, very good fruit character, and that wonderful Belgian sweet-but-dry character. Wonderful.

Photo of Shiredave
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date: 3-09 - corked bottle.
A huge frothy head of tan foam billows above a deep, mohagony brown liguid. Backlighting shows effusive streams of carbonation supporting an ever present cap of Guinness-like foam that sheets the glass in lace.
Big Dubbel aromas of plums, chocolate and cherries. Very sweet scents of candy sugar and hints of smoke or burning coco. Wonderfull yeasty / fruity smells.
The flavors are multi layered and mirror the aromas. Lush and full bodied up front, it sort of " lightens " midway through and allows the roasted grain and hop bitterness to come forward. Chocolate covered cherries steeped in brandy with a great dry, warmly bitter aftertaste.
Excellent after dinner or dessert beer, with rich game or roasted red meat. Hell - this would be great with sloppy joes and oreo cookies!

Photo of BurnsTau
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, murky hue and light brown highlights. Head quickly settles but stays around for a while.

Smell is fruity, with some spices as well. Taste is spicy, some ripe fruitiness is apparent with quite an alcohol bite. The 9% ABV in this beer is pretty apparent, but is pleasant and warming. Medium body and carbonation make the mouthfeel very nice.

Strong is definitely an apt name for this beer, but it is very enjoyable. I definitely wouldn't recommend drinking many of these in one night, unless you want to be on your ass. Recommended.

Photo of wcudwight
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black with some deep purple hues when held up to the light. Nice 3 finger tan head receded quickly to near nothing. Spotty drippy wet lacing.
Nice earthy spicy alcoholic aroma. Very pleasent in the nose.
Caramel, brown sugar, molassas and dark ripe fruits dominate the flavors. The alcohol gives it kind of a smooth spicy finish. Or it may be the hops. Either way it has a nice pleasent lasting finish that lingers until the next sip.
Nice smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.
The medium body lends to a more drinkable beer than some others of it's style. This is a great beer that I recommend.
Best before 9/8/2008.

Photo of brushpig
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had one at home, part of the sampler, served in a tulip glass.

Dark carmel brown color with a good foam that left rather quickly.

Sense of coco, grass, fermented fruits, spices in the nose.

The taste is smooth, rich, toasted coco's. very earthy with light fruits, complex but well balenced. Simply a great tasting beer .

Great brewery that Unibroue.

Photo of Absumaster
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is dark brown with a small head and no visible carbonation.

Smell is malty and roasted with some caramel notes. The yeast give this beer a meaty, stock-like smell which fits the beer.

Taste is mild burned and roasted, with some chocolate. The burned malts give the beer a nice maltbitter, which is not sharp. The body of the beer is medium, which makes the malt and roast taste come out really good. I think I also taste the use of coloring agents. To round things of, hops are present on the background and add an extra dimension.

This is truly one of the best beers I have tasted from Unibroue. The other beers appear to use the same yeast, which basically give all beers the same yeast profile. I did not taste any of these flavors in this beer.

Photo of Bookseeb
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured an off amber brown with a creamy off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, fruit maybe dried fruit and apple. Taste is spicey, fruity with evident plums and cherries. A medium mouthfeel that is a smooth, easy go down style of belgian strong ale, a definate do over.

Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small, capped bottle.
As usual, my poor english vocabulary will limit my description of this fabulous beer, but let's try.
Beautiful looking dark beer, with a fomay tan head that, although small, lasts almost forever.
The complex smell starts with what I like to call Unibroue yeast, being a smell that is on almost all of their beers, although I am not sure it is really from yeasts. This is followed by a rich malt smell, a mixture of caramels, chocolate, roasting bread and alcohol.
Full-bodied, it has a rich taste that includes the same caramel, bittersweet chocolate, warming alcohol and a dry finish that leaves you wanting more...
Ridiculously easy to drink, another Unibroue masterpiece. Will be getting a lot of this.

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

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in an oversized wine glass.
Best before 11.17.2008.

Murky, deep maple in color. Creamy, carbonation-filled tan head that lines the wine glass' rim and leaves a whispy sheet. Ridged, delicate lacing recedes as the glass comes to rest.

Bright, ripe fruit; slightly tart but fresh in aroma: apple, grapefruit, lemon. Mildly creamy chocolate undertones. Faint hints of corriander.

Creamy chocolate and caramel-tinged malt character that doesn't touch upon richness. Ripe fruity esters bring a nice balance to the creamy qualities: apple, grape, orange, and grapefruit. An underlying spice of corriander and clove spike at the finish.

Medium in body; creamy, earthen, but light as a result of the ripe fruit flavors. Well rounded and balanced in texture.

Good balance in flavor and mouthfeel. The 9% abv is hardly noticed. Probably my favorite Unibroue offering to date.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Westmalle chalice, at fridge temperature.

A: Poured a nice, dark ruby to brown with large bubbles and active carbonation. Head developed quickly into a tight, 1 inch cap, but then faded quickly to a ring around the chalice. No lacing to speak of.

S: Aroma is of raisins, dried fruit, toffee and the characteristic Unibroue house yeast. Some clovelike notes.

T: Fruity first presentation yielding to a dried fruit and burnt sugar finish. Carbonation, surprisingly, is not really noticeable despite its presence in the appearance. Finish lingers in the center of the tongue in a rather pleasant way.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable. The alcohol content is undetectable, and the light body and smooth flavor make it a quick glass.

Overall: This is a very good interpretation of a Belgian-style dark ale. I prefer the La Fin du Monde, but this is a very nice beer. I won't weigh in on the debate as to whether this is a strong dubbel, a quad, or a "strong dark ale," mostly because I don't think it matters.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz conditioned bottle, cellared for 9 months, in a tulip glass.

A noisy lil' bottle. When the cap was popped it slowly vented and the crackle of newfound life via carbonation was very audible. Poured crisp, noisily, the dull light mocha stained head crackling with life, filled with tight, crisp bubbles and foam. I had to pour slowly to prevent the head from overpowering the glass, still the head was a solid fat finger but didn't lace or linger more than a few minutes. Its almost champagne like as a volcanic-like eruption of glass bottom bubbles rises thru the most intense, claret-ruby stained cherry stained mahoghany, slightly warm in hue as well as slightly hazy.

The nose is wonderfully fruited - cherry, currant, warm raisins, with a cracker/biscuit quality just underneath. The malts are subtle, playing a supporting role to the fruits. As the bottle is emptied there is some nice tannins, fall leaves and a wisp of blond coffee as well as some ripe banana.

Like most of the genre, there is a wonderful spice quality on the tongue as you first sip. Clove is most noticable, light pepper, a pleasing bittersweetness. The spiciness withdraws on the pallete as the tastes meld, malts becoming more apparent but softly. The finish is warming as the alcohol rises, well masked until now. More sweet than bitter to say its bittersweet, the finish is nice as the banana quality is more noticable, leaving a coating behind that is pleasing to the tongue, yet not filmy, and a nice tingle on the teeth.

This is a very good example of the genre, and another great offering of the Belgian style ales from Unibroue. I have yet to have any I did enjoy very much, and would definitely drink this again as well as recommend it. It should pair well with about any red blooded meat based meal, as well as a strong, creamy cheese like a good gorgonzola.

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

A- Dark brown body with a tan head.
S- Light toffee, hints of spice, some dryer hops, and a hint of yeast.
T- Tad hint of alcohol comes through. There is a balance of malts (caramel and toffee), and dry hops. It leaves your mouth pretty dry and also leaves a medium bitterness in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- Very complex and a great balance to this brew. It is one of my favorites from them.

Photo of rattech
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet, a beer I have had many times.

Appearance: A rich dark brown, dark enough so I cannot see through it with a gleam of red. A rich 1 inch formed at the top of the beer that slowly begins to subside.

Smell: A very natural sweet smell comes off of it, definite yeastiness with a touch of roasted malt.

Taste: Sweet with a touch of tartness. There is some bitterness in the beer but it not the first thing I taste. This beer has a wonderful balance; there is a good hint of roasted malt with a tiny bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick, mild carbonation. I enjoy it.

Drinkability: The alcohol makes this beer unsessionable and it is heavy enough where drinking more then one in an evening starts to become a chore. Finishing the first one is quite easy.

This is one of my favorite beers, the one that really got me into trying Belgian beer.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles is, arguably, the beer that got me into craft beer (well, that and maybe Shakespeare Stout by Rogue, as I drank both in the same day some years ago. However, I drank Trois Pistoles first :D). That being said, I thought I owed it a review, and besides, it's been some time since I've had one.

Appearance: The body is an eighth-finger slightly tan foam or so. The lacing, unfortunately, is not that impressive nor existent, just sheets of tan foam that slide down the class back to the body after swirling. Body makes up for the lacing slightly - an above-average super dark brown, bordering on a light stout color with amber brown bordering.

Smell: Wow, I remember why I was so turned on by this beer. Trois Pistoles maintains an incredible amount of fruity esterness appropriate to Belgians, while, at the same time, being quite refined about the whole affair. The individual esters do not pronounce themselves overly, but maintain a great sense of balance with simultaneous strength. This balanced but simultaneously individually nuanced quality is second only, for Belgian SDA's, to Brasserie des Rocs Triple Imperiale, in my opinion. A corky woodiness and yeasty funk on the front end. Over ripe banana, apples, figs, port, and candy sugar. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries. Thick sundae caramel. Great.

Taste: Corkiness again, banana, blueberries, slight alcohol nose, apples, kiwi, yeast, bread, crackers, slight fig and prune. Some candy sugar. Not quite as big as the nose, but still very nice.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated and even a little watery, in my opinion. However, it has a nice astringency that imparts the idea of a big Belgian brew well.

Drinkability: Trois Pistoles is an excellent example of the BDA style that has a tremendous amount of complexity. That being said, it does a fantastic job at hiding that complexity when you want it to, and you could drink it for hours on end if not for the ABV. An achievement.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Appears a dark mahogany brown with a huge two fingers of dense light tan head. Aromas of sweet dried fruits, possibly apricots and caramel malt. Tastes of spicy dried cherry, sweet caramel malts, slight citrus and melon notes. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite refreshing, tasty and very drinkable, but the 9% could sneak up on you. Excellent.

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

Pours with a vast amount of CO2. Produces a beautiful light tan head that sticks around forever. The body is dark amner in color. Gives off aromas of fresh baked bread. Slight hints of sweet molasses and bubble gum. This has a sweet pretzel kind of taste to it, without the salt. Feels a little warm and inviting too. This is an outstanding beer. One of the best I've had from Unibroue.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with some reddish hues into a snifter. There is a nice tan head that has decent retention. Aroma is of cocoa, raisins, bananas, yeast, spice, brown sugar, and alcohol with the taste more of the same. Mouthfeel is a little more thin than I want from this beer, although this may lend to its drinkability. Pretty solid beer.

Photo of jim102864
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap so I thought I'd give it a try from a 750ml bottle. I wasn't disappointed. A rush of ripe fruit as I removed the cork. Even a short-lived wispy cloud eminates from the bottle...very spooky. Poured this into my Duvel tulip glass. The appearance was deep burgandy; a suprising level of carbonation in the head which is not viscous and disappears shortly after your first few sips. The aroma is fruity from raisens, plumbs, dried apricots. Licorice too. Undertones of dates, raisens in the initial taste with carbonation in the finish...not a bad thing but unexpected. Thick, chewy yet smooth mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable Belgian.

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
95 out of 100 based on 4,375 ratings.