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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,153 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,153
Reviews: 1,877
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 176
Gots: 330 | FT: 8
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)
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Photo of Citadel82
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

As I work my way through the Unibroue holiday sampler I have come to this one. It is tasty though not as remarkable as some of the other offerings.

Pours deep garnet with a white head that is short lived and left little lacing. Carbonation explosive at first but this fades rather quickly.

Aroma is dried fruit and sweet malt, hints of spice and floral.

Taste is nicely balced and complex with many hints and notes of yeast and fruit and various spices.

A drinkable brew.

Citadel82, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of davidchollar
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

i am just recently becoming a big fan of belgian ales, tripels quadrupels etc... before i was a little scared of them 'cause i didn't know anything about them, and most stores i shopped at didn't even carry them. i can see why this is probably the most celebrated style of all here on BA, (belgian - not necessarily dark).
looks good, dark as advertised, nice creamy off-white head
smells delicious, caramel and raisin.
tastes like pleasure. this is good shit, and very drinkable. hard to believe it is 9% abv ! spicy and crisp, buttery on the tongue, awesome. i think i prefer la fin du monde, but i will definitely get this again. yummm

davidchollar, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of Marty
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

I'm still waiting for this brewery to make a mistake. Their line of beers is simply amazing.

Appearance: Hazy, dark red/brown. Highly carbonated. Big foamy--but not sticky--head.

Aroma: Tingles the nose. Smells sweet and spicy.

Taste: Very sweet, like Fin du Monde and Maudite, but not quite as spicy. Very balanced. Not extremely hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Smooooth going down. Carbonation adds a little excitement to every sip.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable.

Marty, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Incredibly pour off this beer. Two fingers of deep rubied brown liquid sits below 3 fingers of moderately fast dispersing head. After things settle, I get 2 fingers of an off-white head. Nose is very fruity and spicey. Notes of orange and raisin sit under a coriander spicyness. Touches of brown sugar sweetness come through as well. Flavor is solid. Good sweet raisin soaked in orange juice and brown sugar. Very well blended. No hint of alcohol, which is awesome. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I'm very impressed with the drinkability of this brew. I'm really not having to take time between sips, as would be expected from the alcohol content. A very good brew.

kmpitz2, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of metallistout
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Picked this up when I bought the Reverand by Avery. This one pours a thick caramel color, with a decent foamy head, leaving a lace.
Aroma of citrus, cherries, malty sweet.

Caramel and hop flavor dominating malty tones, with a strong presence of alcohol. Spice and a dry finish.

I am hooked on belgian ales.

metallistout, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of kgotcher
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Ominously dark corked bottle with spooky label.

Dark carmel amber color with foamy off white head.

Smell is very rich, sweet fruity begium yeast is obvious through a very malty aroma.

Medium body feels lighter than I expected, also feels very carbonated. Slight alchohol warming not as obvious as expected from a 9% ABV.

Taste is very sweet malt, fruit and clove with serious tartness. Goes down very smooth.

I really like this beer, a very drinkable dark begium style that hides the achohol very well.

kgotcher, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottle Inspection: 9% abv, Ale on Lees aka bottle conditioned, glass suggestion pictograph on the back label (chalice) and a best before 09-28-07, classy art work, these people know how to make a label!!!

Aroma: Standard Unibroue yeast nose with ripe dark fruit, grapes, plums, prunes, and some white pepper and a whiff of alcohol.

Appearance: Speckled creamy off white head crowns an opaque brown glass with clear brown edges. Trails of lace mark its passing.

Flavor: Peppery, vinous, the Unibroue yeast is prominent and shows the excellent balance struck between mellow malt and hidden hop. It really does come across as more of a port wine than a beer.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol is a bit warming, wonderful tiny bubbled carbonation lends itself to a lively yet creamy feel. Good stuff.

Overall Impression: A slow sipper to be sure, but a wonderful way to pass an evening. Don’t try to slam this one; it needs to be slowly enjoyed. Massively drinkable, I just want more. You have to like the yeast strain to enjoy it, but I do so this is a treat. I could see this one being a nice compliment to turkey, think I’ll try to get one for Thanksgiving.

HardTarget, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of tesguino
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

perfect gourmet beer, double fermentation, depp dark color; like folgers coffe; malt, rum , caramel toasted hops are presentin its smell; taste fruity like bananas, and full bodied; try with cheese, and high cuisine; serve in a classic goblet, or champagne glass; 90% recommended.

tesguino, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Unibroue has an impressive Belgian strong dark ale that is enjoyable and worth trying. Trois Pistoles has a dark amber if not brown color that is cloudy visually but the rich amber color is only seen holding your glass up to the light. The head retention was a slight off white but quickly dissipated and left little lace to the glass.

The smell knocks of Belgian-esk with a fruitiness to boot. More of a sweet and sour aroma but notice of malt is light and noticeable. The taste does not hint the 9% ABV that one would think. Quite enjoyable and mixed well with malt and fruity with hints of plum or raisin. The after taste has a bigger carbonation feel with strong tones of different spices from say a bunt cake. The bubbles dance in your mouth but the high alcohol is limit and nearly existant. Makes for a good mouthful flavor.

Unibroue Trois Pistoles is a great tasting Belgian strong dark ale but not something to have on a regular day home from work. Instead enjoy this beer with someone who will enjoy a unique Belgian and flavor.

Oxymoron, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with expiration date on back of the bottle. A very nice, fluffy head formed, about 1 inch in height. Slowly but surely fizzed away into nothing leaving no lacing. Color reminds me of a Jelly Belly chocolate flavored jelly bean; a brown with maroon and raspberry coloring mixed in. Nice color indeed.

Smells of caramel and yeast and even chocolate covered cherries. Also a nice chocoalte malt is present. No hops present in the aroma.

Taste is quite complex as well. I can definitely taste some yeast as well as a slight chocolate taste. A slight bit of raspberry or maybe orange liquer like a triple sec is also present; I cant decide which. Maybe its both. Alcohol is barely noticeable but starts to stand out as the beer warms a little. No hops.

A very smooth and slick mouthfeel. Nice amount of carbonation. I like this beer a lot. It may be a new fave in the fridge.

SaCkErZ9, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of pjwilson
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

appearance: 750 bottle with great artwork. Beer pours into wine glass with a nice foamy head that lasts for a bit then receides. This is a very dark beer, perhaps the darkest beligium style beer i've seen. Held to the light it reveals itself to be a dark ruby red.
taste: fruity, pears and plums come to mind. i can taste some of the yeast, but it is very well balanced, compared to Maudite which i felt so yeast overkill. this is not a sweet beer. this has great balance. it's so smooth it takes a few sips to realize just how great a beer it is. absolutly no alcohol in the taste.
smell: mirrors the taste, but just a hint of the alcohol is detectable.
mouthfeel: really light for a beer of this size...but it works great. It doesn't taste watery in the slightest, but it feels like water going down.
drinkability: really great. this could be the easiest drinking 9 percent beer i've had the pleasure of drinking.
notes: this beer is an event in and of itself a great way to wind down on a weeknight evening. just the cure for pale ale burn out. so far my favorite from unibroue. will get this again...soon

pjwilson, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

This is my 500th review and it ironic that it is a beer that helped start me on the road to craft drinking. I love this beer because it has the depth and complexity that make having a bottle a relaxing event.

The beer pours dark brown with a cloudiness caused by the lees. The nose is old fruit and leather. This is a full bodied beer in the tradition of Rochefort 10. The finish is big and crisp. Aging will soften the big notes and bring into a harmonious focus.

canucklehead, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12oz. Bottle
Best Before: 11-30-03
Reviewd on 15 Aug 08

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a very nice cloudy reddish brown color, nice carbonation, a very quick fizzy tannish head, not much sticky lacing on this one. The nose is very nice though, malty, lots of figs, plums, raisins, with some yeast and spices. The taste is malty, with some nice yeast notes, the dark fruits kick-in very nicely, with some spicyness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew has got to be close to maybe 8 years old, not sure when Unibroue produced this one, but it is already close to 5 years beyond the expiration date. Still very tasty. I have a few more bottles left, YEAH!

Poured a nice reddish/brown, small head, tons of lacing thorough out the drink. Scents of malt, sweet caramel. Awesome taste nice and sweet a little bitter at the start, but finishes strong. Medium body. Very drinkable even at the 9% ABV. Another awesome brew from Unibroue.

Wasatch, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of phisig137
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%

Corked and caged bottle, bottled in January 2004, that was slightly overcarbonated. Soon after I popped the cork, head began to rise up out of the neck of the bottle. Somewhat dissapointing there... especially after a few overcarbonated "bottle bombs" of home brew.

Looks nice and dark, with red tinges, generally very cola like. The aroma is slightly sour, with bread and yeasty notes, and a hint of caramel.

Taste is dominated by bready flavors, in addition to grain, over-ripe fruit, molasses, and a bit of honey. For some reason, the first sip I took, I thought "half and half mixture of Rochfort 10, and Orval". That really is the best way to describe it I guess. I seem to remember this being a bit sweeter, as this bottle seemed quite dry. The taste lingers nicely, and coats your mouth, which almost begs for another sip.

All in all, it is a quality beer, as all of Unibroue's offerings are. And for only $6.50, I'd consider it quite a steal. In addition, I love Unibroue's label art... it's just so epic and cheesy, that you have to love it.

phisig137, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of medic25
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

Served in a chalice from a 750ml bottle. Extremely dark brown/ruby color, with almost no head. Aroma is a fruity, malty pleasure. The taste is even better. Sweet, malty, with the big alcohol nicely hidden. This beer goes down wonderfully, especially on cold, rainy nights like tonight. Another classic from Unibroue, my desert island brewery.

medic25, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Black, with a slight red hue. Little head, no retention, no lace.

S: Sherry, slightly fruity, with a hint of caramel & tar.

T: Prune, licorous & treacle, with a hint of cherry & chocolate. Balance leans toward the sweet side. It hides the alcohol well... only slightly warming aftertaste.

M: Light-to-moderate body (an accomplishment for this strength), moderate-to-high carbonation. Very Belgian.

D: Dangerous at this alcohol level.

Derek, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of rteis
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

quite possibly one of my favorite beers. A little off from Unibroue's typical offering. Much darker than anything else I've tried from them. Would love to try this on tap sometime, but don't see how that's possible without making a trip to Canada. Enjoy!

rteis, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of sopor
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Loud frothy tan head is very active over a dark mahogany translucent base. Head is quickly down to a splat and ring. Smells of spiced plum and a hinto of alochol.

Vinous, sweet and spcied plum flavors are stonrg. Sweetness subdues as beer wrams. A little roast malt shows up in the mostly vinuos and fruity character. Mderately light body with foamy carbonation.

Strong and flavorful, this is some good stuff!

sopor, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of nickss
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a deep dark brown... HUGE foamy tan head.... looks wonderful. The beer is darker than I thought it would be... difficult to see light through in fact.

I could smell this brew as soon as I started pouring.... very pungent aroma. The nose is filled with with berries and yeast... also a bit of spicy pepperiness, but nothing overwhelming. A great combination of odors.

Extremely well balanced taste-wise... probly the most well balanced of this style I have ever tasted. Beautifully complex.
Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Malty, but not so much so that it overwhelms the hops that are immediately noticeable. Dark fruit/berries, and a small hint of toffee in it too, although this may be my imagination due to the mouthfeel of this brew.

Chewy, luscious mouthfeel. Active, yet heavy... not quite as thick as milk, but not far from it. Very nice.

This beer disturbs me. A beer this big should not be so drinkable. It just doesnt seem.... safe =P
I just cannot find anything offensive about this beer.... very well rounded. Another great beer from Unibroue

nickss, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of EStreet20
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

12-ounce bottle, as with all Unibroues awesome artwork. Poured into Duvel tulip.

A - Completely opaque black color with 2 1/2 finger off white head, very appealing. Tiny bits of lacing.

S - Sweet, almost maple syrupy type smell. A little caramel in there too. Quite appealing with a sweet malty aroma

T - Sweet, malty taste. No real alcohol taste in there. A little sweet with some fruitiness but I can't really place what. Mostly a molasses/caramel sweet taste. Very tasty overall.

M - A nice smooth drink. Not flat but not a whole lot of carbonation. With the sweet taste it's "soft" texture helps it feel very smooth in the mouth.

D - Goes down extremely easy for a 9% brew.

Notes: My favorite dessert beer. In fact, I first tried it last weekend when my sister and I cooked a little beer dinner when she was home visiting from Washington, DC. W paired beers with different copursed. Since we both suck at preparing deserts, the Trois Pistoles was the dessert. I enjoyed it with a nice Don diego cigar and it was a great experience. I highly recommend you try i.

EStreet20, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of MrBen
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

Trois Pistoles is superb. The bottle's label promises fruit, and the beer brings it to the drinker with complexity and without going overboard. Trois Pistoles is what happens when the grains, hops, and yeast all work together in harmony. Color, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and finish are all first rate -- and they work nicely with the 9% ABV. Everything tastes balanced and natural.

I had to force myself to sip, because I really wanted the glass to last forever.

MrBen, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

From a burgudy pour, Trios Pistoles delivers a lively carbonated pour, releasing an egg shell white head that though short, leaves great lacing and lasts the entire session wiht a delicate sheet of foam. Both bold and elegant.

Vinous and fruity in aroma, the beer leads with grape, raspberries, blueberries, and black currants. The spicy yeast gives elements of white pepper and a mimic of oak-aged tanins.

Flavors are ester forward with the same fruits found in the nose. Aided with candied fruits of berries, grapes, and currants, the malts also give a fruitcake or rum-soaked cake taste that is both complex and rounded. Spices of orange peel, corriander, and anise also decorate the peppery phenols in an intricate way (in only a way that the ommition of hops can give, and is also characteristic of great Belgian ales).

The body is almost sticky-sweet up front but with a quick drying period midway through. But then the beer dries out swiftly and wonderfully with only a whisper of the sweet malts and deep esters that started it all. Fruity aftertastes remind me of Cabernet wines. Lovely through and through.

Trios Pistoles is a wonderful beer that can't quite rival the great Westvleteren or Rocheforts but settle in nicely behind the St. Bernardus Abt. 12's and Westmalle's. A joy to drink any day, and for the price a bargin.

BEERchitect, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%

Pours a deep, dark, cloudy brown with an immense, off-white, Nerf-like head. Five minutes later, I was finally able to get the rest of the bottle into the pint glass. Once the head fades to normal levels, 3P is quite a pretty beer. Smells and tastes pretty similar to the North Coast Pranqster I just had: yeast, cloves, citrus. Also: dark fruits, anise, and a touch of mustard? More phenol, and no toastedness here. Extremely sweet. Mouthfeel is nice, but this beer is just a touch too candied for me.

battlekow, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

This one came out of the same 4 pack as the other bottle i recently reviewed, but something's amiss. Either i was in la la land when i had the other one and just didn't notice the carbonation, or this one somehow got too much sugar/malt added at bottling time.

Carbonation on this one was NUTS. Like a Coke it was. The bubbles burned and made it difficult for my taste buds to appreciate the amazing flavor of this beer. Wayyy overdone. Don't know what happened, but the fizz on this really detracted from the experience. Hope it was just a fluke. I have one more i shall consume at a later date to test...

Bonhoeffer, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours an incredibly dark brown, very close to pitch black with a nice tan head that retains well enough for a 9% beer...looks magnificent in my chimay chalice. Aroma is very nice, dark fruits (grape, plum), sweet candied sugar, some light grassy hops and slight traces of phenols. Flavor is very complex, notes of ripe grape and plum, spices (corriander and black pepper), dry grassy hops flavor and a sweet candied sugar flavor. Extremely well balanced, complex and delicious, and a bargain at $1.75 for a 12oz single. Mouthfeel is suprisingly light for the style but makes it very drinkable, with moderate carbonation.

silver0rlead, Sep 12, 2005
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,153 ratings.