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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,468
Reviews: 1,922
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 207
Gots: 465 | 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 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...

Photo of Antilochus
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled (big mistake!) from a 341mL bottle into a snifter. Colour is dark brown, almost black, almost with purple notes. Head is tan and of medium size with lots left on the glass. Swirling nicely rejuvenates the head and evens it out.

Aromas are immediately Unibroue yeast (spicy), metallic roasted malt, black currant, brandy-like grape qualities, cherries, molasses, burnt sugar, cinnamon, and alcohol. Waited 20 minutes with the glass in hand to warm it. As it warmed the alcohol & yeast became more apparent. Less complex than other Belgian strongs but still flavourful and accessible.

Mouthfeel was moderately chewy and smooth with little carbonation, lots of sweetness, perhaps a little too bitter in the finish for a BSDA. Hot finish, strong yeast, dark malt, and cherries, with hints of raisin, molasses, vinegar (winey?), and other dark fruits. Sticks around on the palate for a while.

Reminds me of port - neither easy nor hard to drink - but very easy to drink for a 9% abv.

We're getting 10cm of snow (in November) and I'm happy clutching a BSDA of this caliber. Excellent brew.

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

I poured a 750 ml capped and corked bottle into a chilled chalice.

A; It poured a murky brown body that when back lit was a dirty caramel. A moderately aggressive pour resulted in a one finger head consisting of moderately sized sticky bubbles that receded, after an initial stand, to a light cover. The head supported an even lacing that did not remain long as the drink progressed.

S: It had a strong dark roasted sweet malt aroma with hints of yeasty dark breads and dark overripe fruits (plumes and figs).

T: It began with a rich sweet dark molasses flavor that was strongly influenced by the deeply roasted sweet malts that also produced flavors of dark fruit slowly cooked in brown sugar and toffee.

M: It was a joy to every part of my mouth. The sweet malts coat the mouth. That is followed by a warmth that reminded me of a sip of dark hot chocolate on a cool fall night. There is a very clean finish with a bit of lingering sticky sweetness that makes the next swig a welcome event.

D: This is a solid BSDA. It has the complex flavors and warming ABV. I could work my way through a handful before realizing that I was "working". The sweetness and high ABV would eventually limit my consumption.

Photo of mat5175
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good cloudy dark appearance. Pours a big thick head, that dissipates quickly leaving clean walls.

Great nose with mild fruit and bread notes.

Silky mouthfeel with an average carbonation, not too lively.

Great dessert beer. This is light in flavor, if not in ABV. That's not to say it doesn't have plenty of flavor because it does. Its just very balanced and refreshing. Could easily be substituted for the glass of port after dinner. The darkest of the Unibroue's that i have tried so far. Darker in color and more complex in flavor than either Don De Dieu and La Fin De Monde. Another great offering from this brewer.

Given the ABV i can't drink a ton of these, but it certaily isn't because the flavor either fatigues or gets boring. This is good all day, as long as you aren't going anywhere.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Belgian Strong Dark Ale pours a very dark nearly opaque ruby red with a nice tan colored head. The head thins out to a small creamy looking cap. No lacing left behind.

Smells of the typical Unibroue yeast with hints of dark fruit and very sweet almost syrup like alcohol. No hints of hops, but only a light pleasant aroma. I almost bumped the score down to 3.5 due to the somewhat muted nose, but felt 4.0 was more deserving.

Very delicate taste, but the fruit taste is intensified. Hint of black currant and possibly dark cherries mixed among the other typical dark fruit and yeast. Finishes a little hot with the alcohol and spice. Almost bumped this up to 4.5, but left it at 4.0 due to some harshness of the alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel comes off as a little too thin, but has a proper amount of carbonation. Drinkability is neither exceptional nor difficult. One 12oz. is good for me, but it's enjoyable until the last drop. Not the most amazing BSDA, but a good example from a North American brewery.

Photo of markaberrant
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - massive carbonation, big puffy tan head, quite dark, but flashes ruby when held to a light, some lacing

S - candied fruit, not exactly "dark" fruit, lots of spice (easily identified as the Unibroue house yeast)

T - soft rounded flavours hold the spices in check, lots of sweet plum, hops almost nonexistant, a whisp of chocolate in the finish

M - quite warming, soft full body, carbonation is surprisingly smooth

D - Goes down easy, but I've had plenty better

I love La Fin, but the rest of the Unibroue lineup is either extremely similar (Don de Dieu), or just doesn't measure up. And they all smell the same! I don't mean to be so harsh, it is a good beer, but I wish it had more of a dark fruit character, and the alcohol seems a little too warm. It does however go quite well with a nice piece of dark chocolate.

Photo of stormstarter28
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown with an average tan head, little lacing. Rich smell of raisin/cherry, and slight smell of alcohol. Taste is not too bitter, not too malty, not too yeasty, not too alcoholic...just right on all flavors, and very balanced. Incredibly smooth for a 9% brew. A great brew, and one of my new favorites!

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

Looks stunning in a tulip glass. Bold rich coloring. Brown with hints of ruby at the edges.

Tastes and smells slightly of dark candied fruits and cherry juice. But it isn't fruity. The 9% is well masked by the complex tastes.

Wow. How did I go so long without trying this one...this is wonderful.

Photo of mfhlucky13
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip style glass it had a wonderful deep reddish brown color with a nice full head. It smelled of dried fruit, raisins or cherries. It's taste was wonderful, dark malt, fruit and Belgian yeast. It had a smooth creamy mouthfeel and was easy to drink. I've had this in a bottle as well, but I think it was better from the tap. This is easily becoming one of my favorites.

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

Tasted this 750ml corked and caged bottle on 5th November 2007, purchased in SuperValu, Aston's Quay, Dublin (€5.99). Surprised and delighted to find this beer for sale in Ireland; I have always had a high regard for Unibroue.
Uncorked with a nice pop and a whiff of gunsmoke. Not over vigourous when poured into Chimay chalice, a dark brown cloudy brew with a generous thick cream head. Nice carbonation - a fizzy kick to it. Even though this bottle had been removed from the fridge for an hour, the smell was muted at first, but definitely improved as it warmed further.
Tasted really great; my daughter identified "berries" in the taste (and I wouldn't dispute that) and I also definitely detected bread there. Nicely complex taste, very drinkable - an excallent beer.

Photo of meechum
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good

A - Poured a huge thick head that fell extremely slow mapping the glass as it fell

S - A little biscuit in there and then a big fruity nose of raisin, plum and to me..fig..then just a hint of citrus hops and a faint whiff of alcohol

T/M - Much like the smell..big hit of fruits...raisin most predominant..nice hopped dry finish..good

D - High ABV obviously you're not sessioning this..alcohol his hidden well..a very good beer..would have over and over again

Photo of nortmand
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown pour with crimson hints and a huge fluffy, neverending tan head.

A ton of phenols in the nose. Burnt sugars. Clove. Very complex.

Sweet banana notes up front. Very dry. Dark sugars, rips tomatoes and prunes. Wow.

Medium bodied, smooth, with a prescient carbonation. Big, but dry and very drinkable.

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

Pours black with raisin like colors around the edge of the goblet. Big carbonated head that goes away as fast it came.
Smells of dark sweet raisins, Belgian yeast.
Taste of sweet dark fruit, some candi sugar is prevalent. Belgian spices under the heavier yeast taste.
Alcohol is prevalant but hidden under the fruit and carbonation which is somewhat high for a Belgian ale.
Overal, not bad Unibroue has better beers, but this is as good asmany of the Belgian ales out there.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : biére brune, mousse non persistante
Smell : nez d'orange amère, clou de girofle
Taste and mouthfeel : goût épicé et de malts, amertume d'alcool
Drinkability : bière (version 33 cl) voulant s'approcher du style Trappiste Belge, il est préférable de goûter la bouteille de 75 cl.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 25cl Chimay goblet. Best before 2.28.10.

A: Dark cloudy caramel red color with a loose beige head. Head fades fast, though a nice lacing sits on top. Great lacing on the sides, as expected.

S: Belgian yeast, slight fruit, dark sugary smells

T: Great fruity flavors from the yeast, complex dark dark malt, and a spiciness followed by a different fruity aftertaste. Overall there is so much flavor to love here.

M: One of the creamiest beers I've had, up there with three philosophers.

D: No harsh aftertaste, and delicious. The high abv is there, but not noticeable.

This is right up there with Chimay Blue in this (one of my favorite) style.

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

Wow, one of my favorite beers of the BSDA style...
A: very very nice pour on this beer, very nice head, very nice dark color.

S: Very nice nose...got some toffee, fruity, yeasty notes, very delicious...Cloves and spices come out as it warms

T: Lots of dark fruits on the nose; fig, plum, pear, apricot. The yeast gives a distinctly Belgian flavor, along with cloves and light banana. Cloves get a little intense and eventually become distracting. Alcohol is invisible.

MF/D: decent, could be a little smoother, but it definitely does not take away from the beer. Fuller body for the style

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

Appearance: Dark brown beer with a finger of pale creamy head that shrinks down to a thin layer as you go.

Smell: Very good. Sweet dark fruits, raisin and fig, with a bit of caramels for good measure.

Taste: Starts with the dark fruity flavor that you get with the nose. Finishes with a bit of a yeasty, bready flavor. Good flavor variation here.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, which adds a bubbly bite to each sip. Medium thickness and very creamy.

Drinkability: Very good beer. This is only the second beer that I have had from Unibroue and I am very impressed. Slightly high ABV, but complexity and flavor make this a very good brew. I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

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

11.3 oz. bottle gushed forth with carbonation when opened. Pours a dark almost black with reddish hues when held up to light. Nice fizzy off-white 2 finger head, leaving some lacing. Aroma is of malts, chocolate, caramel and some fruitiness a little miskiness detected. Tastes similar to smell, with some bananas, and lots of over-ripened fruits (raisins or prunes), maybe some fig flavors and a nice alcohol warmth in the belly. Mouthfeel is medium viscocity and mouthcoating, but as it moves back, a nice carbonated fizziness is felt on the tongue. Very pleasant indeed. Overall this is another excellent beer from Unibroue. At first I was unwilling to try it, but after trying their Maudite, this is definitely my mug of beer. Will be purchasing and enjoying this much more in the future...

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

a: hazy dark brown with maroon edges, medium head settles to thin layer, carbonation around edges, decent edging
s: dark fruits, some banana, sweet malts & bits of alcohol
t: sweet malts are there as well as the raisin-like sweetness finishing with more malty biscuit flavor, crisp finish along with hints of alcohol that lingers
m: starts creamy and finishes with a carbonated punch, a nice journey
d: smooooth & subtly hits you - another great beer from the folks at unibroue

Photo of bruachan
3.19/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

the beer is a nice mahogany, with a raisin hue. sudsy head, though it doesn't really convince

the aroma is a bit airy. i smell cork and some ethereal hops. the ethanol makes a minimal appearance as well. the beer seems a bit flat, actually. beneath the wispy veneer this guy smells of dark, dried fruit, with plenty of spice

the heat makes its presence know tactilely, as well. very yeasty and thin, actually (a bit lifeless). on the tongue i don't quite get the range of experience my nose gets to enjoy. hops seem to interfere as far as the flavor goes

not as strong a beer as i had imagined (and i don't mean in %)

Photo of MrHolland
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - is a dark muddy brown, with an almost off-white head.

Smell - Smell is pretty fruity almost like a really good hefe, with cloves and banana hints.

Taste - is really subtle and fruity for a dark beer, has a very good clean finish and slight bitterness. Has a nice low burn from the alcohol as well.

Mouth feel - Very smooth with good amount of carbonation.

I could drink this dark beer even on a hot day and it would be refreshing. Has a very good drinkability all year around.

Photo of umustdrink
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Color is very dark mahogany brown. Light brown head faded to nothin but a ring.

S - Smell is a grainy bready malt with dark fruity red grapey undertones. Very pungent, juicy, moderately sweet and oaky.

T - Begins with a sharp carbonation bite, lasting for a long time, then some bready malts come in with lots of sweet dark fruity flavors.

M - Thick and grainy textured with elevated carbonation.

D - A very nice Belgian dark that I could see myself drinking regularly.

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

This beer poured a deep brown into a chalice, with a thick, foamy beige head. Nice lacing around the glass. Aroma was sweet and fruity, with maybe a hint of spice.

Dark fruit flavors (plums, raisins, apples) come through strongly, with only minor hints of Belgian spices. There is almost a red wine quality to this beer. The alcohol is masked almost completely, which makes it seem a bit more approachable. However there is a warming finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, and well carbonated. I found it to be quite similar to their other dark Belgians, but I can't say if it's better or worse. Just that you know you're getting a quality beer whichever way you go with Unibroue.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark and clear into a tulip with two fingers of head that receded quickly and eventually down to a thin film. The smell was fruity with some bubblegum as well, I actually didnt like the smell compared to the other unibroues that i have had. The taste was similar, tasted a bit sweet. The alcohol isnt present in the taste but it does warm a bit which is nice. Carbonation was good but the beer was a bit too full-bodied for me. Overall a good beer but, at least for me, does not stack up to the rest of their lineup.

Photo of Gmann
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a color like brown color with a disappointing head, didn't last long and dissipated into nothing, very flat looking. The smell is typical Unibroue with pronounced corriander aroma, not much else. It has a cola like base that is followed by spice, mainly corriander, with some dark fruit notes & semi-sweet chocolate. It almost has a cola mixed with red wine flavor, not awful like it sounds. The feel is kind of light and very fizzy. The carbonation probably takes away from the taste a bit. The brew starts off quite dry but finishes slick with some alcohol belly burn. A bit of a jumble going on there. All in all a good solid beer, not sure I'm sold on Unibroue. Good beers but they tend to taste similar.

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,468 ratings.