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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,373
Reviews: 1,903
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 191
Gots: 402 | FT: 7
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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 AustinSommelier
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased a 12 oz bottle at GrapeVine Market in Austin, TX. As a dark Belgian fanatic, this is easily my favorite beer. I won't bore w/ details, since that's already been done many times over. All I'll say is it has an incredibly complex flavor profile, it's very smooth, and can be enjoyed again & again w/o getting boring.

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass (that's all i got). The head on this beer is huge and it sticks around for a bit. While pouring I get some fruity aromas from the enormous head. Also get a little champagne-like scents coming through after head settles a bit. Can't wait for the taste. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a tan head.

First sip feels like champagne with lots of carbonation, but yet not too much. Taste has a bit of a winey champagney flavor to it. Definitely notice some white grape in there. There is no noticeable taste of alcohol for a 9% ABV beer. The flavor is fruity most of the way, still with that taste of champagne grapes. As I get about halfway through, the taste turns a bit more bitter and feels a bit thicker in the mouth, almost syrupy. Carbonation is still going strong, head almost non-existent. Very little lacing. Still getting that champagney/grapey scent. About 2/3 of the way down, the alcohol starts to hit, but it's still not noticeable in the taste. It also starts to feel a bit heavier than the average beer. Some malt flavors start to come through near the end, but the lingering flavor is still the slight flavor of champagne.

It's a quite drinkable beer, although I'm giving it a bit of a hit there compared to the other scores mainly because it does start to feel quite heavy towards the end. Can't drink more than one of these in a session, but that in no way makes it a bad beer. This is truly an excellent beer. I'm glad I have another waiting for me for a future date.

Photo of Torchiest
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Deep mahogany color, a solid inch of pale tan head which slowly collapsed.

Smells absolutely fantastic, dark sweet fruit with noticeable maltiness.

Quite sweet, plum and other fruit all over the place, alcohol is nice and warming, but not overbearing for a 9% beer. Mild bitterness, finishes estery and tasting like port.

Smooth, almost creamy, full of carbonation with keeps it from feeling heavy as it slides through the mouth effortlessly.

Absolutely delicious, and perhaps my favorite beer ever. I'd drink it all the time if I could, but it's strong and a little on the expensive side.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This is dark and opaque, but having just drank a Sam Adams Triple Bock, it just doesn't seem THAT dark and opaque. Chocolatey blackish brown. Tall, foamy beige-tan head with good retention.

Smell: Gingerbread, bubble gum, baked apples, cassis, bready yeast, citric notes, brown sugar. Nice.

Taste: Mmm, good stuff. Berry-like fruity sweetness is the first thing I notice. Cola notes are also present, with a light citric edge, vaguely cinnamony or clovey spice, and a drop of vanilla. Tangy and a little bit funky from the yeast. Alcohol is very well-covered. Overall, sort of reminiscent of a rum and coke.

Mouthfeel: Soft and silky, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A unique, interesting, and tasty beer. Very drinkable despite the strength.

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

Pours a dark brownish amber color, and with what I am finding out is an unofficial trademark of Unibroue, that HUGE head!

Smells like sweet baked apples. And a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is surprisingly on the light side to me. But still quite tasty. A crisp apple flavor is the first thing I notice, the beer then settles into a creamy and dry finish. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and finish.

Drinkable is excellent. Unibroue scores again. I have yet to have a beer from them that wasn't good.

Thanks for these Wasatch!

Photo of SaucyA
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


I say it after every sip of this complex, wonderful beer.

It's a VERY dark amber brown, with a heavy white head that retains throughout the entire glass. Only during the last few sips did the head even think about dissapating.

It smells wonderful, like Unibroue yeast, alcohol, caramel malts, and a major fruity overtone.

It's an absolutely superb taste that can't be beaten. Warm, malty, sweet, fruity, chocolatey, alcohol, yeast, light hops... I can't even begin to describe all the tastes happening with every sip. It's a fantastic beer that must be experienced.

It's medium body with heavy carbonation... which helps to hide the high abv. I seriously have a hard time believing it's so strong.

I would no doubt revisit this offering from Unibroue. It just can't be beat. It goes down easy, and is just... amazing.

Photo of tommy78
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a previous reviewer, brought a four pack from Quebec and poured it into a Trois Pistoles glass. A very dark, brown colour with serious head filled the glass. The head quickly dissolved, but it revealed an intense, yeast aroma. I also noticed a slight odor of fruit. The taste is is my favorite: quick and to the point. The taste of malt, fruit, and spices did not hang around in my mouth as some other Belgian types tend to do. It left a sweet taste on the palate. This beer goes well with any poultry-based dinners. One of my favorites from Unibroue.

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

Had this for the first time the other night at Flying Saucer. had a decent sized head that lasted a good while in the goblet they provided. Very easy to drink for a beer that strong. Had a very complex taste, fruit and raisins. Over all, very enjoyable. A little pricey, but for complex beers such as this, it's to be expected.

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

got this bottle from biegaman. he said it had been aging in his cellar for about a year. i also got a bottle of this from freberg in a recent trade and shared it with family over the holidays. so thanks to both jan and michael.

pours a deep brown with a half inch of tan head. the head quickly drops to a thin layer on top and a sticky ring around the glass.

aroma is nice. fruit and spice. date and cherry. bit of clove and pepper. slightly smokey. bit of toffee.

taste is great. fruit and spice again. light clove and pepper. alcohol. toffee. bit of chocolate. dates and dried cranberries.

mouthfeel is nice. above average carbonation. bit of sting from the carbonation. nice medium body.

drinkability is good. very tasty and enjoyable beer that hides its 9% very well.

Photo of ohitsbrad
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

13 January 2007, Best Before Feb 07

Poured into a Trois Pistole glass. Murky dark brown with a small head. Sweet candi sugar and dark fruit aroma. Tastes of fruit (plums, raisins), licorice, sweet malt, Belgian yeast, chocolate and berries. An evolving flavour. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. An outstanding strong warming dark ale.

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

Poured hazy dark brown (deep amber if you hold it up to the light) with the usual gigantic Unibroue head. Aroma was yeasty, rich, ripe, funky, citrus underneath, and possibly unappealing, though you have to keep on inhaling while you try to make up your mind. Taste was bready and deep, toasted malt with a caramel middle and citrus finish.

Unibroue wants to drive me crazy. They brew strong, complex, challenging beer, that I still don't know if I LIKE.

Photo of Greenfloyd
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As usual, incredible artwork on the bottle from Unibroue. This beer poured into a snifter with a menacing dark raisin color, topped off with a foamy light cola colored head. This beer emanated smells of yeast, currant, and subtle alcohol tones. The flavor was a malty dark fruit combo, that drifts into a mild finish of spice. Medium bodied at best, but not a session type beer. Paired great with an assortment of strong flavored cheeses and fresh figs (not the newtons)...Enjoy

Photo of rkuhnel
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Northcoast Coop here in Eureka, CA. I paid $6.49 for a 750 ml bottle corked & caged. It poured an opaque and cloudy brown with large off-white head that diminished slowly with average lacing. The nose was of burnt caramel with overtones of plum and berries. Flavors were simply explosive in the mouth and were sweet malts, caramel, citrus like touches of oranges and grapefruits, grapes, tantalizing spices, berries and chocolate. Mouthfeel was smooth and rich. Finish was great with just the slightest hoppy and dry bitterness. If it didn’t cost quite so much I would drink this all the time

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

Poured a dark reddish-brown with golden highlights, producing a one-finger tan head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left a tiny film of head floating like an island on the surface.

The smell was of sweet spices and alcohol, but with some odd but very pleasing leathery notes as well.

It tasted of dark, ripe fruits -- figs, raisins, prunes -- with a very apparent pepperiness and hints of a sort of licorice or anise. Seemed almost like spice cake at times, but with a little bit of a bite at the end. The alcohol was pretty apparent in a pleasant way. Kind of a medicinal finish, but a warming one at that.

The mouthfeel was crisp, carbonated and full-bodied. Pretty drinkable for such a high-alcohol beer.

I enjoyed this, as I've enjoyed just about everything from Unibroue. I may have even enjoyed this one more. A great strong dark ale at a great price. $6.49 at TJs for a wonderful evening. Can't beat that.

Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles pours a very dark brown with an off white head that fades to a circle around the edge quickly from a brown 12 ounce bottle. The aroma is ripe dark fruit and is quite good. Dark fruit is dominant in the flavor, but there is defintely carmel that is noticeable too. Definitely worth a try.

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

4/8/06 from notes

A:Deep brown with red highlights. Has a large, fluffy off white head that displaces incredible resilience throughout my entire drinking experience.

S: Forward fruit(grape, berries, plum), yeast, slight alcohol, maybe anise....cocao?

T/M/D: Tastes is up front fruit, with what i think is unibroue's unique yeast flavor, subtle clensing hops in the finish. It is dry with ample sharp carbonation keeping your tongue going nuts. High abv is disturbingly hidden. The complexity of this beer is amazing and almost too much for the palate to handle. Nevertheless it is an amazing brew and statement that great belgian beers can be made outside the country.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this ale into a snifter, it came out a very nice dark amber that almost looked black - even when held up to the light.this was nicely contrasted by lovely light tan head and very little lacing. Trois Pistoles has a sweet slightly woody smell to it and goes down pretty smooth with a mild alcohol after taste. It doesn't have a drisp mouthfeel to it but it is refreshing and has a warming feel to it.

Photo of BobThomas
1.8/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle pours dark almost reddish brown. Pretty highly carbonated.

Smells, fruity, but overwhelmingly like chewable vitamins.

The initial taste on the front of the palate starts off like a good belgian style ale, but as it goes to the middle and back of the palate, the chewable vitamin flavor is again overwhelming. What is that?

Feels fairly heavy although bubbly in mouth. Finishes with a dry with a chalky vitamin flavor. A most perplexing beer, but I had trouble finishing my glass, and would not seek to try again. I keep thinking my bottle went bad, but i really don't think that's the case.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle, uh, whoa there! After a couple of seconds, it shot out of the bottle like crazy but I didn't lose much. ;^)

The colour is a dark brown with, um, a huge head of foam that shrank slowly throughout the session leaving a fine broken layer with lots of lacing.

The smell is partly dark fruit(plum), yeast, and sweet malt that quite pleasant to the nose.

The taste is quite fruity up front, the plum I mentioned, a bit of banana, then there's some clove moving in with some nice yeasty flavour. Nice. The alcohol is noticeable but not objectionable and I get a nice tart smack right at the finish. A very nice sipper to have, for sure.

Bottom line: A nice tasty example of the style that does pack some punch so sip on it at your leisure. ;^)

Thanks go out to Wasatch for providing this!

Photo of Musky
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of bubbles with this one, had it sitting in the fridge about 2 months and when it was opened the beer acted like a volcano. A nice deep red color this beer is with an aroma of vienna malt and alcohol. Being bottle conditioned it pours much like one of my homebrews, a little yeast sediment on the bottom. Very tingle on tongue with a high carbonation. Has a dry finish with hints of fruit, a complex beer all in all.

Photo of techdiver
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dense crimson that looks black unless held to light. In daylight shows more as a crimson brown. Substantial head that dissipates slowly, leaving a quarter inch cap.

Raisins and figs almost overwhelm the malt, just a great smelling brew.

Taste is complex, fruity, smooth, delicious; with a finish like a fine dessert wine.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth, not a lot of carbonation.

Frighteningly drinkable for the alcohol content.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in August at the Rosslyn, VA Whole Foods Market, I cellared this baby until Christmas afternoon. Special beer for a special occasion. Tall corked 750ml brown bottle features an oval silver and black label featuring a pegasus soaring through a dark and stormy sky above some abbey or church. No useful ingredient information. Best before 1/2/09, I opened it on 12/25/06.

Pours a cloudy dark burgundy, with murky orange-amber emerging when held up to very bright light. The head is two fingers high and slightly purplish beige, settling a wee bit too quickly and quite evenly, generating no lace, contour or stickiness at all. The nose is strong and lovely, of plumbs and yeast, plus a bit of indeterminate spice. The mouth is a bit too light, and a bit too well carbonated. The tongue is bombarded with taste sensations, full of fruit and spice. There are no sour notes, neither is it sweet. Rather, the fruit and spice blend nicely and smoothly, complemented by a very subdued hops presence. Coriander determines the aftertaste, which lingers nice and long. A good, solid, drinkable brew worth seeking out. I expected my world to be shaken, but will settle for a very pleasant experience.

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

Dark brown color, with bubbly head tan head. Laces beautifully.

The smell is a bit musty, like a solvent or soap. Earthy and gritty aroma. Very Raw. Some malty sweetness, and other spices.

The brew is smooth and dry, with coffee like sweetness. Spice comes after with warming alcohol. Goes down nice an easy, not a chugger so sit back and enjoy.

Photo of treehugger02010
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this in Utah. This was an unbelievably beautiful beer. It poured a deep color, almost black. The head was like four fingers and a light brown color. The retention was very good, but there was no lace. The smell was kind of ansent, but there were malty hints. The taste was also malty. The mouthfeel was sooo smooth. Don't drink and review.

Photo of alysmith4
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Like a dark version of Unibroue's La Fin du Monde. Slightly sweet, with notes of cherry, caramel, and chocolate. Poured a decent head that dissapated slowly. Much better as the beer warmed, and flavors of almonds and sugar came out. One of my favorites from this brewer, definitely worth a try.

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
95 out of 100 based on 4,373 ratings.