1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

Not Rated.
Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

Educational use only; do not reuse.

4,504 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,504
Reviews: 1,934
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 213
Gots: 487 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (30) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 4,504 | Reviews: 1,934
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...

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.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,504 ratings.