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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,472
Reviews: 1,923
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 207
Gots: 466 | 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 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.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750 ML bottle into a chalice. Date on the bottle states best before 2/1/2009. Dark brownish ruby body with an almost purple hue. Virtually no head despite an aggressive pour.

Aroma is malty and sweet. Hints of raisins, caramel, wood, Belgian candy sugar, white pepper, and other spices. Some very light floral hops are detectable as well.

Flavors of dark fruits, coco, Belgian spices, hints of the alcohol, and roasted malts. Hops hide around the corner barely peeking out to add subtle bitterness. The brewery's website suggests this as a desert beer paired with dark chocolate, so I decided to try it with some dark artisan nonpareils.

Unibroue is really turning out to be one of my new favorite breweries. I find myself simply loving everything they make.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drizzam, Beer Advocate handle, gave me this brew to try out after a great evening of mountain biking at Nine Mile County Forest outside Wausau, Wisconsin.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head. It resembles the look of a cola. The way the carbonation rises to the surface of the beer, the color, the head, not the bottle though.

Smell - The smell of fruit and malt. It has the sweet scent of a Belgian with an alcohol accent.

Taste - Clove, plum, alcohol. A complex and enjoyable and interesting brew.

Mouthfeel - The flavor is smooth but the feel is a little coarse. Good none the less.

~ Two sips and I'm lovin' life. This is a very good brew with an excellent 'head'.

Photo of kenito799
3.32/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, poured into a Duvel glass. There is a date on the label, 11-08-09...expiration? At 9%, could likely age.

Pours a very dark hazy brown with off-white head that rises then fades to a ring. Little wisps of lace dot the glass as it is emptied, but not sticky (high ABV).

Aroma has the unmistakeably pleasant Unibroue Begian notes, fruity bubble gum, cola, nutmeg.

On the palate. At first mouthfeel is quite fizzy and creamy from active carbonation, but this eventually falls off and leaves a somewhat dextrinous liquid. The flavor is lightly spiced dark pruney fruit, discernable sweetness counterbalanced with a bitterness that comes from alcohol and...what? Not sure if it's spice or hops, if this were wine I would say there are bitter tannins but i don't know where they would come from. Maybe from roasted malt. The bitterness definitely lingers, but the overall effect lacks complexity and leaves me somewhat unsatisfied.

This is my second try with Trois Pistoles. The first time the beer was somewhat cooked and became overly sweet, so I didn't review it. This bottle was treated better but I still was not impressed. Unibroue tweaks its flavor profiles so subtly, is it remarkable how different the results are. For me this one is something of a miss, although it is by no means a bad beer. There are just more complex and tasty BSDAs out there.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12-ounce bottle, a vigorous pour into a chalice yields an ample off-white/light tan head that fades quickly to a thin lid, leaving minimal lacing, over cloudy cola-colored body.

Sweet aroma, darkly fruity and malty with only the slightest hint of floral hops. Chocolate, raisins, toffee, malted milk, coriander, pepper, all with a slightly sour-funk finish. Mmmmm, this smells delicious. Lots going on inside.

Taste is like the smell, only not quite as intense on the sweet, and more intense on the spicey sour-funk. Funk-lovers should get some of this.

Nice round and filling mouthfeel. Great soft carbonation spreads the spices around. Mmmm.

Drinkability? It's 9%, so you may have two, young man, but no more!

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

A: Dark pour with a clumpy tan head that recedes quicker than you would expect considering how dense it is.

S: Belgian candy sugar up front, this is going to be sweet, I can tell. A little yeasty goodness slowly follows up, accompanied by his buddy alcohol.

T: The sugar isn't as aggressive as I thought it would be, but it still makes it self known up front. Cherries and other dark fruits set the stage while some complex and warming spiced notes round it all out well. I think I might lay some down and see if some of that sugar will mellow.

M: Medium mouthfeel with some active bubbles, but not as sharp as I would expect. Still, I don't think I would change it, even if I could.

D: I give it a Lionel Richie... "All night long". Oh yeah, I went there.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color, fine off white head that settles fairly quickly. Aroma is somewhat oakey, with hints of dried apricot and a faint yeastyness. Flavor has some grape notes, along with a slight oakey bite. Very nice. Mouthfeel is very smooth to start, but seemed to finish somewhat harsh. Not sure if that was the alcohol peeking thru or not. Drinkability is fairly high. A nice all around brew which, due to the abv, would not make a good session beer, quite possibly would make a good nightcap, which happens to be how i enjoyed it.

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

2 year old 12oz bottle from my cellar served at cellar temp and poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Best By: 05-03-09

Appearance is good. Very dark purple/cola colored brew with a large soapy, sand-colored head that thins out after time to sit.

Smell is very good. Large sweet, dark fruity malt aroma, Belgian candy sugar, bakers chocolate, alcohol and guava.

Taste is good. Dark sweet fruits, Belgian yeast and alcohol. Mellow compared to the nose and a very clean finish. Time has definitely mellowed things out.

Mouthfeel is good. Fresh, most Unibroue beers usually have a huge amount of carbonation. This 2 year old bottle has substantially less carbonation but still enough to keep things interesting (my preference.) Medium bodied with a relatively clean finish.

Drinkability is very good. I could probably drink a four-pack of this stuff with easy. Goes down smooth and easy.

One of, if not, my favorite Unibroue beer. The dark fruit flavors and the drinkability is extremely well done here. I would recommended this brew to wine drinkers because of how similar the flavors are to wine.

I think I prefer this brew with about a year on it instead of this 2 year-old bottle. The flavor has mellowed almost too much. Still, a very nice brew.


Photo of david131
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The beer is a very dark red/maroon/orange. Clear, but so dark its hard to see through. The head that forms is not that large at all, but is white and very creamy looking. Has some great retention though. The past few bottles of this stuff I had were way over-carbonated, but led to a massive head. Still menacing looking though with the dark red color of the liquid and the cool looking label.

S- Not all that complex, but very enjoyable. Some dark fruits... and light fruits. A good caramel and little bit of bready malt backing. A little bit of spice, alcohol, and mustiness. The Belgian yeast is very apparent.

T- Very sweet. The fruitiness and caramel are good. The mustiness makes is presence known as well. The Belgian yeast is very prominent. The alcohol is noticeable. Very tasty.

M- Very smooth but crisp on the finish. The alcohol is a tad numbing, but its not harsh by any means.

D- A really good beverage, so far my favorite of all the Unibroues I've had.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 2in of fizzly active off white head fizzles down like soda pop to a thin ring over a deep rich hazy garnet amber brown brew with ruby highlights.

S- amazing. red wine like a nice shiraz, currant, black cherry, oak wine cask, prune, raisin, cough syrup (the codeine kind), faint toasty malt, and a minor earty hop aroma wayyy in the back. but that's ok cuz the sweet fruit goin on has me hooked already. i've never smelled a beer like this.

T- tastin gmore like a fine aged wine than a beer, there was black cherry, dried cranberry, orange blossom honey, soft milk chocolate, and some unidentifiable spices maybe grains of paradise or allspice? herbal hops make a brief appearance toward the end with a bitter grassy leafy bite that mellows out into a sweet pleasant sherry/port aftertaste.

MF- juicy and malty feel. very complex all around. leaves you with a clean palate feeling. the suggested port aftertaste only lingers a little while then you're in the clear.

D- impossible to tell it's 9% this beer is so delicious i could drink it like gatorade.

Photo of Matty1918
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this last night. I chilled it in the fridge for 2 hours before pouring it into a frosted pint glass. I think the next time I sample this beer I'll try it in my chalice.

The aroma is of chocolate and nuts.

The first sip is a blend of fruit with a finish of chocolate

A pretty descent beer not one of my favorites but worth trying again. I couldn't drink more than one of these as it hits you with a ABV of 9%

Photo of Floydster
3.08/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked bottle from Hollymain liquor in El Segundo

Poured into a chilled pint glass with a medium brown color and a lot of little tiny bubbles leading up to the thick white head

Smell was mostly caramel

Interestingly enough, the taste was a mixture between chocolate and a variety of fruit

Could drink a pretty good amount of these, interested in trying on tap if available that way

Photo of choyhosoi
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber and watched the head slowly fizzle away. The color was a dark mohagany. The smell was all over the place. I got fruits, chocolate, you really have to try it yourself. The taste is excellent another great one from this line. I will be buying this one again and recommend this one to anyone that can find one.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle. Pours a deep brown with nice tan-ish head. Thick head at first but quickly dissolves leaving behind a good layer that stays for the rest of the beer. Smell is of yeast, sour fruit (mainly green apple) and some alcohol. Taste is great. Tastes is of some fruits, some alcohol, and some chocolate. A very complex drink. High carbonation leaves a slightly creamy feel and a distinct after-taste. This is a tremendous beer, the only low marks are on the drinkability as this high alcohol content makes it hard to enjoy more than one or two without seeing double!

Photo of Maracuja
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from our friends up north. Maltier than most of the other Unibroue creations. This makes the beer seem bigger than most of their other styles. Chewy and creamy. It pours a nice scarlet brown with a quickly diminishing, but not disappearing tan head. Fruity and spicy. Big time flavors every direction you turn. Alcohol is a major player here, especially in the finish. Wine like taste settles in late and passes out on your couch (i.e. sticks around for a long time). But not neccessarily the type of visitor you want to leave. (The bottle notes this as "port". Call me uncouth, but I don't know beans about wine, so I will just take their word).
Quite an stellar brew in my book, and just a step below their some of their other offerings (Don, Fin and Maudite). Usually a "second-tier" beer in a brewery's repitoire is nothing to get overly excited about. But Unibroue is an exception to all rules. Everything they touch is gold.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with a thin wispy light tan head that is kept alive by small surface pools of tiny bubbles that are a give away to the immanent mouth feel. The smell is aggressive and interesting. There is a dark fruit base that is seriously 'kicked up' with something else. All i can associate it with right now is bubblegum which i know doesn't sound flattering, but it complements the flavor. Medium bodied, the tiny bubbles lend a silky creaminess to the entire experience. There are caramel notes in the nose and in the flavor as well. It finishes very clean. A really nice drinker; this one's a keeper..eh!

Photo of becktone
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a goblet:

Eye: This beer pours a very dark brown, maybe even black with dark brown highlights. head is stable, creamy and tan in color. Looks great all in all. Lacing is good looking too.

Nose: Spicy, with notes of alcohol right upfront. Dark fruit aromas as well. There is definitely a dominate aroma here, I just can't put it into words. It is definitely more from the yeast phenols and esters as opposed to malt characteristics. Overall rich aroma...Ahh.. after a taste there it is, banana and clove esters.

Tongue: Overall, as with most Belgian styles, this is a complex brew. Right upfront banana and clove. Lingering taste of clove after the brew has been swallowed. In between that there is a little bit of dark malt character, hard to detect over the phenols, but I think that I perceive it there. Huh, after two years of reviewing beers I feel that my palate is still not anywhere near being close to discern all that is going on. I just know that this is a little bit of heaven and strongly recommend it.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Well, I could drink this all night, in fact I plan to, its my first day off in a long while and I feel like getting wasted, and this beer will do that-at 9% it only takes a few. Anyway, the feel is medium-heavy with low carbonation, which befits the style. This beer is easy to drink, hell I just said I was going to drink it all night. Ha! This is a great brew, I recommend it for anyone who is interested in Belgian Strong Dark Ales. So far for me, its this and Chimay Blue. Rochefort 8 is also great, but one can get the to afore mentioned in larger bottles for a cheaper price/oz.

Photo of rafjr00
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip glass

Poured with a nice 3 finger head that stuck around for a short time then thined out to a film of small bubbles. Dark Red / Brownish color, reminded me of old copper that has no patina on it.

Smell was mainly of spice, clove and all spice, with a slight yeast odor.

Taste was nice with clove and spice and a hint of yeast. The aftertaste was of unfiltered apple cider and black cherries.

It was a little high in carbonation, but it help give it a nice mouth feel.
I will be adding these "three French coins" to me fridge more often.

Photo of sstackho
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with lots of head and carbonation. Aroma is divine - smells rather wheaty and yeasty, kind of like Unibroue's Maudite. Flavour is wonderful - again it feels somewhat like a weizenbock. Delicious stuff, with a bit of fruitiness creeping in. Maudite is a regular beverage in my fridge, but this one hasn't been. I'd like to taste them side by side to compare as I feel there are some similarities.

Photo of hammer09
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a dark brown with a modest head that settled very quickly to a thin film skimming the surface of the beer.

S - Citrus up front, mildly sweet with an earthy undertone. Lightly peppery. Nice balance of aromas.

T - Similar to a trippel in taste; sweet and citrusy. Some tartness, also.

M - Highly carbonated and with an alcoholic warmth sure to lead to some major heartburn. Sticky, yet crisp.

D - Easy to drink and refreshing on a warm summer day. Could easily consume more of this if it weren't such a strong beer.

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

Appearance- A very dark brown, cloudy a slightly tan and off white head. The head was also thick leaving a beautiful lace.

Smell- A very sweet desert like scent. Resembled a the smell of a desert at a nice restaurant.

Taste- A little bit liquor like but not as much as thought it would be. A pretty complex flavor of spices, malt, fruity and a bit of hops.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and thick but very smooth like an aged brandy.

Drinkability- A wonderful sipping and relaxing beer.

Photo of smttycty
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, fairly opaque, with a monster light tan head. Lacing is heavy but not real sticky. Unbelievably wonderful nose of sweet vanilla custard and coffee.

A strong brandy-like flavor floods the taste buds in a thick wave that expands in your mouth. Over-ripe apricots and a little hop character in the background. Overly fizzy, almost harsh, yet sticky in the mouth.

A strange concoction that doesn't quite live up to the fantastic, dreamy aroma. It's big and bold, but interesting. Brace yourself for this one, but isn't that defeating the purpose?

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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