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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,217 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,217
Reviews: 1,885
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 180
Gots: 356 | FT: 6
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 styrene
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a generic chalice from a small bottle that came in a Unibroue sampler pack. Gotta love the artwork on the label...

Appearance: Gorgeous, deep, dark brown with a moderate light-brown head. The head soon dissipated into a thin, persistent lace.

Smell: Sweet, belgian-y smell; quite reminiscent of a tripel. Raisins really shine through..

Taste: Kind of like a dark-roasted tripel. There's a non-trivial amount of bitterness in the finish, but the sweetness really dominates. Not as complex as one might want, but this is surely not a one-trick brew.

Mouthfeel: Substantial carbonation really gives this beer a lively mouthfeel. This effervescent quality remains down to the last drop.

Drinkability: The high abv goes completely unnoticed, while the carbonation really keeps this beer going all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is simply an excellent beer.

styrene, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Boto
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle: This pours out a dark, mahogany color. There was somewhat of a tan head, but it doesn’t last long. The aroma contains many of the dark fruits that are indicative of this style. Also a touch of breadiness and yeastiness. The taste is very smooth. It is full bodied, yet the individual tastes are quite subdued. They all blend together to form something quite nice. A definite keeper. Don’t mess with this beer, Sleeman!!

Boto, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, more of a cooler brown than warm. Light barely slips through at the edges. Nice white head leaves sparse lace and fades to a swirly marble rye-like layer. Aroma is amazing; this beer smells like pure happiness. Aroma of fresh homemade apple sauce heating on the stove, grass, hay and sweet candy. Juicy and creamy. Taste is another one of the best things ever. It begins with sweet mellow toasted malts and charred earth. Tart fruit breaks through all over the place making a perfect balance. Its almost like cooked layers of apples joined by sugar. Mouth is lush and velvety with perfect carbonation. 9% ABV?
Drinkability beyond drinkability.

This has to be one of the best Belgians ever, Canada or not.

tastybeer, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005

Hazy, deep amber brown with a fluffy off-white head that drops to a creamy ring. Crisp, sugary sweet vinous fruit aromas blended with spicy phenols...so deep and complex. Rich malt flavor flows into ripe fruits - a slight overall spiciness fades to a lingering sweetness. Full, warming mouthfeel that is perfectly carbonated - can't find the alcohol anywhere.

This is a special beer. So rich and complex...so very good... A damn tasty, first rate Belgian (from Canada).

wedge, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of kohoutek
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12oz bottle with a 12/07/07 date on the back. Served at 49-53 degrees - carefully decanted.

This beer pours a dark, muddy brown with scant white lacing that quickly dissipates. Little to no light penetration.

The aromas are very subdued. There is a greeting of vanilla, malt, spicy oak, banana/apple yeasty warmth and malted milk. The presence of alcohol is noted.

The flavors are vanilla, oaken spice, caramel, graham cracker and fruity alcohols mixed with bready yeast. This is a malty experience, but there is a clean herbal hop presence to counter the otherwise cloying sweetness. I like the Belgian contributions, but the "Belgian style" carbonation seems to counter the warm malty experience for me. Just when I am savoring the tapering ends of the nicely blended flavors - the carbonation bites me.


I think this would be a great beer to enjoy with a cigar.

kohoutek, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of WMBierguy
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours out a hazy, and has a magnificent head that stays around for minutes and leaves lacing down the side of the glass.. Has a very clean taste. The beer is very strong, but the alcohol is subtle. This is the first dark Belgian style ale that I've ever had, and it was delicious. I'm now determined to go and try an example of this style that's actually from Belgium. Delicious beer.

WMBierguy, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This from a 750ml bottle with drink by 8/9/08 on the label. It was a hazy dark brown color with a thin coffee-colored head. It had a pleasant fruity (raisin/currant) odor. A wonderful spice/fruit flavor, with a touch of alcohol. A little too carbonated for my taste, but all in all a very good beer.

lordofthewiens, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark red with thin off white head that dissipates quickly.

Sweet dark fruit and plenty of yeast.

Sweet tarty fruit taste with some yeast and alcohol at the end. This is a very spicy brew. It tingles the mouth and tingles on the way down thanks to the alcohol. It has a really smooth feel to it despite the spicyness. Another great beer from Unibroue.

Note: I tried it with some cheddar cheese and I felt like that was a mistake. The cheese just pulls all of the alcohol through to the point that it's almost unbearable.

timtheenchanta, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue, what can I say. So far everything I've had from them has been great. Trois Pistoles is no exception. Pours a very hazy dark brown, Smells like dried fruit and malt. Taste? Again like dried plum, apricot and malt. Mouthfeel is very nice, not too thin or thick. Overall very drinkable, definetly for savoring.

Manosbeeroffate, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of evanackerman
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer pours a dark ruby witha billowing head that subsides rather quickly and leaves a scant lace over the top of the liquid.

aroma is mostly caramel with a hint of spice and alcohol and a touch of pungent fruit.

taste is not as bold as i expected but is dominated by a caremel spice character. the alcohol is not too noticable for a 9%. I detect the typical belgian bottle conditioned flavor that i find in most belgian ales.

mouthfeel is very nice, small bubbles abound.

drinkability is a bit low due to high alcohol content.

overall, i am not as impressed as i was hoping to be, i guess i just haven't really latched on that well to Belgian styles, i will probably keep trying though.

evanackerman, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uncork and pour ... gorgeous nut brown with creamy head. Smells of mellow black cherries ... spicy, almost peppery.
The taste is spicy and fruity. Like meaty plums and black cherries married with spices. Mouthfeel is robust with just enough carbination to fill ones mouth. I love this stuff!

TheBungyo, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah Trois Pistoles. Poured dark , cloudy ( more opaque ) blackish brown with tinges of deep purple. Head was lively and large , about 2 and a half inches of tannish foam. Once this dark belgian ale is taken to the nose, aromas of sweet, dark, ripe fruit , dark roasted malts , bit of chocolate, some yeast and well hidden alcohol implore you to taste. Flavor is rich , round , and dark blend of ripe fruits and dark malts , yeasty characters , mild spicy-grass hop tastes , a tad bit of bakers chocolate and slight but warming alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is smooth and heavy. Very drinkable dark ale , especially for its ABV. Man this is one great beer invention!

Byeast, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Years ago I recall finding Unibroue in my area. Two primary offerings - La Fin Du Monde and Trois Pistoles - seemed to move in everywhere at once and for a long time that was it. Until yesterday I would've sworn I had both and moved on to other brews and my homebrews. I was wrong. Tried this since it was on draft for a lark. thankfully I did!

There's lots of reviews on this already so I'll only add this. If you can get this on tap do it. There is a nice evening out of the carbonation and yeast flavors others have noted since it's not bottle conditioned to go along with the wonderful malty / raison / spice flavors. Very well balanced, nicely flavored and a treat to drink. I will order this again and again!

barleywinebrewer, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of greenjeff4141
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darks and violet, with loads of carbonation and a nice white creamy head that stays a while.

Very ripe fruit on the nose, grapes and yeast together. Almost smells like a desert wine or something. The taste is very light suprisingly, very complex with lots of fruit and yeast with a slight taste of the alcohol in the background.

An excellent brew, highly recommended.

greenjeff4141, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of shamus
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful tan head that clings to the glass. Leaves a solid curtain of fine lace. Dark with ruby hilights. Wonderful aroma but the mouth feel is too carbonated and bit rough. However that being said it goes down nicelyand tastes rich. Bottle feremented so there is a yeast flavour along with complex fruitiness.

shamus, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An incredibly complex beer — so much so that I don't think my relatively raw reviewing skills can adequately describe it. I'm going to try, but suffice to say this is a fine brew and worthy of a strong recommendation.

I poured it from a 750 mL caged bottle into a goblet with a frothy, dense head. Its colour was a nearly opaque, cola hue with ruby highlights.

Trying to identify exactly what I was smelling gave me fits! I detected a malty yeasty smell with what I thought to be cherries and blackcurrants. (I purposely avoid reading other reviews before doing mine, so I have no idea if this is consistent with what other BAs have found or if I'm totally out to lunch....)

The taste, similarly, was complex, but I thought it was well-balanced between roasty malts and hops. I loved the nice warm alcholic finish, though — that part was unmistakable. It had lively carbonation and I only marked it down slightly in drinkability because I felt its hefty 9% ABV revealed itself a little more than other Unibroue beers of the same strength.

vanrassel, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice deep dark amber, little brown when put up to light. Inch head that is tan.

Smells like sweet plum and cherries. its a creamy aroma but also a touch of pepper.

Taste is spicy and a tad dry. some sherry note to it, an extremely light sherry. some tastes of currant and cherries.

Mouthfeel. TONS of carbonation in this one that makes it hard to tell all the mouthfeel. but without think too hard it good mouthfeel and balance. just soo much carbonation.

Overall this is one fine beer. Its not my favorate from unibroue, and its also not my favorite style. But this is a great beer i wish i would have right now in front of a fire. great cold weather beer.

acrawf6, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeasty brick red with a generous amount of dark bronze (center) and ripe orange (edges). Unfortunately, the head doesn't look anywhere near as good as the beer itself. Ecru in color, it has that somewhat harsh, unsticky texture that neither looks good nor deposits much lace. Or, in this case, any lace.

The nose is enjoyable, but it isn't strong enough or complex enough for this strong, complex style. It's primarily dark fruity, on the order of unsweet dates and dried figs (not dark enough for raisins and not light enough for apples and pears). There's also a moderate amount of an indeterminate, musky spice.

Trois Pistoles is good beer that doesn't blow me away. I'm still waiting for the Unibroue beer that will blow me away. Like most of their offerings, this one is on the lighter side of the style spectrum. Light is appropriate for a witbier or a hefe weizen, but I think BSDAs should be big, bold, spicy, and semi-chewy. That isn't to say that the beer isn't enjoyable, just that it doesn't fit my favored profile for the style.

Sweet and bitter fight to a draw, with spicy fruit maintaining center stage throughout. It isn't as spicy as say... oh, your average Belgian BSDA, but it's no shrinking violet either. The fruit comparison isn't obvious in beer that's this unsweet, but it's there. Dark caramel and even carob notes are present as well.

The mouthfeel is enjoyable if you like light and airy BSDAs rather than full ones. Although the carbonation is finely fizzy when beer first meets tongue, it fades quickly. Again, not my idea of perfection, but someone has to hold down the left edge of the bell curve.

I had high hopes for Unibroue Trois Pistoles. Why, exactly, I have no idea, since nothing that this brewery has yet released (that I've tasted) has lived up to the hype. I've found that the higher alcohol brews (Maudite, La Fin Du Monde, Don De Dieu) have been more to my liking than their lower alcohol counterparts. That said, they still can't hold a candle to the Belgian originals. This is good beer, but it isn't even close to special.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of supernaut
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Good, but not great. Poured a dark reddish-brown with about 2 fingers of head which quickly faded. Served in the same tulip snifter that has garnered substantially more from others of the same style.

S - A flowery sweetness mixed with a mild yeastiness

T - Starts out with significant spice. Hints of licorice and anise followed by an almost woody factor which sets in as the palate dries. Never really any true sweetness across the middle as perhaps expected, yet a boozy yeast tone takes the stage early, ultimately dominating the finish.

M/D - Begins with a mere hint of sweetness and finishes on the dry side. The alcohol is hidden well enough to climb up the drinkability ladder a bit, but all in all the beer is a bit thinner than I would have liked to see.

supernaut, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750mL. Clear, dark burnt orange colour with a generous, moussy head. Good retention and lacing. Really cool aroma, with lots of plum balanced nicely by cloves. There's a bit of berry and citrus that help make this quite a unique combination of aromas, of course backed up by some bready yeast and light alcohol. Interesting flavour with lots of complexity. The spice ties things together and there's a solid malt backbone there as well. Fruits and alcohol waft in and out throughout, each character there for an instant before making way for the next. Hints of tartness and malt peek through. Sweet, spicy finish that's just off-dry, and there's a hint of lemongrass here as well. Medium bodied yet quite airy - the beer almost seems to disappear on the palate due to the full, well-integrated carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden, but shows itself in a delicate warmth. A superior offering from Unibroue. This is incredibly easy to drink given the strength. Superb!

DrJay, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours brown in color with reddish highlights. Big fluffy 3" head that lasts a bit. Some soft lacing develops.

Smell: ripe fruits, sweet malts, and some floral bitterness.

Taste: strong malt backbone nicely balanced with pitted fruits like black plums, prunes, and sweet cherry. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Some molasses and mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start and finish. The aftertaste is long of the fruit tones.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable even with the higher alcohol levels. More than one bottle can be easily consumed, but you will be feeling it even if you are slowly sippin' this.

Gavage, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of nouseforotacon
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard bottle with a best before date of March 16, 2007. Poured into a Fin du Monde tulip glass.

This one poured out a dark, cola-like color with a slight hint of deep purple similiar to the colors used on the label. Off-white, billowing, foamy white head with huge air pockets, holds for a while, then gradually dissipates into a decent-looking film.

Ohhh, the aroma! Very dry and sweet. Strong, fruity smell of berries and bubblegum with some spicy notes, reminds me of nutmeg, lightly peppery in the nostrils, slightly alcoholic, with some roasty malt presence and powdered chocolate. Wow!

The taste and mouthfeel were totally unexpected. Body is extremely light, really mellow taste. Overall feel is dry, a bit powdery with the chocolate, and sweet and tart with the berries. The finish does remind me of a port, also very dry, with a lingering alcohol presence.

The first few swigs left me with a brief, unpleasant aftertaste that vaguely recalls my experiences with DFH's 'Midas Touch'. I can only describe it as a bit artificial/chemical, not dissimiliar to a strong sulfite presence found in some wines. Perhaps this is from a fruit perservative or directly from the fermenting yeast. Thus, I score the mouthfeel slightly below good.

Drinkability is truly great and, all things considered, this really is another solid entry from Unibroue. I'm going to pick up some more of their stuff later this week and re-review. I think they have a knack for creating beers with complexities that are worth exploring more than once. This one is recommended.

nouseforotacon, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of zjungleist
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with hints of ruby and a fat and lively head that lasts and lasts. As the glass emptys the color gets more dusty and brown, with some nice yeast suspension. The smell is sugary with dark fruit and yeast. The taste is huge and malty. Lots of complexity. I get some dark fruit notes like dates, raisins, and a little bit of plum, yeasty esters, alcohol flavors, and big doughy malts. Mouthfeel is slighly thick, a tiny bit astringent, and sadly, there is even some undesirable alcohol burn to the throat. The alcohol could be masked a bit better. Overall, I would say the beer is well balanced in all respects. Drinkability is only inhibited by the ABV. This is certainly a pleasant brew.

zjungleist, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a slightly reddish hue, leaves a thick, two finger foamy beige head that falls quickly to light off-white lacing. Aroma is yeasty, along with rich and dark sweet fruits, primarily plums and dates, along with slight hints of cherry. Taste is well balanced between a sweet maltiness and lighter hop flavors, cloves present as well as some nutmeg spiciness. Can't help but mention that the overpowering carbonation is hiding a great deal of the flavors in this brew. Mouthfeel is smooth past the heavily carbonated medium body of this beer. Easily drinkable, intriguing beer, overall very enjoyable, might seek out again.

danielocean03, Feb 12, 2006
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4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip-style glass as a very dark, slightly reddish black. Ruby-like. Light sand colored head that didn't persist. Sporadic lacing. Nose betrays the "Uniboue" yeast scent right off the bat. Accompanying plum, exotic spice, and dessert wine notes. Very complex and very lively. More balanced flavor between maltiness and hops than I would expect. Hops are more assertive here than anticipated. Very strong flavors, further accentuated by the hop presence. An almost biting finish that is medium-bodied. Another great, great offering from this Canadian brewery. I've never had a bad, or even average, beer from these gentlemen. Get it. Love it.

beerphilosopher, Feb 11, 2006
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,217 ratings.