Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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94
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Ratings: 4,379
Reviews: 1,905
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 190
Gots: 410 | 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 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.

Photo of shadow1961
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Trois Pistoles pours out with a rocky head that collapses
pretty quickly, over a dark brown, almost black brew. The
carbonation seems pretty energetic, and the nose is of
berries and a little malt. Mouthfeel is tingly and round,
flavor is of grapes, blackberries, and malt. There's a
definite warming effect from the 9% alcohol by volume.
Aftertaste is light and fruity, and just the tiniest bit tannic.
If you're somebody who's a bit put off by a beer that breaks
the rules Trois Pistoles is not for you. For the rest of us, it's
another unique treat from Unibroue.

Photo of guinnessfan
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Deep, dark brown/plumish color with three finger fluffy light tan head.

S: Dark fruit and sweet molasses or brown sugar. Slight alcohol smell and very slight chocolate.

T: Complex mixture of dark fruit, roasted malty goodness and maybe a timid spice poking around.

M: Good carbonation, not too much, smooth and creamy, leaves a lingering taste/feeling like sherry or port.

D: Nice in small amounts, slightly too strong to drink too many. Seems like a good dessert beer, to replace or to compliment.

Good beer but due to price, $49.99/case for me, more of a once in a while addition for special occasions. Good product!

Photo of beerogre
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the beers that I have been meaning to try for a while, and the reason I haven't tried this before is that I like to be surprised, and I've often gone for other beers instead, in the hope of being surprised. However, in the beer store I was at today, the only items of interest were this and its stable mate La Fin Du Monde.

As I predicted, there was absolutely no surprise with this beer at all. I expected it to be superb and it is. This is a really fine Belgian Strong Dark Ale and I have to award top marks for drinkability.

If I had to be picky, I would say the mouthfeel is just fractionally short by a hair, but that's probably why I'm throwing it down my neck like there's no tomorrow.

Clearly, this will be an oft repeat purchase, and has merely reinforced the case for exploring the rest of the Unibroue range.

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

It's rare that I review a beer while drinking it these days...its usually from notes...but here I sit with a bomber of my second Unibroue and am much more impressed than the last offering.

A- slightly hazy and cloudy black...shades of red and brown around the side....a little blue as well. A 3/4s inch head rose to the top of a tulip glass....a really nice presentation added to the corked bottle that the beer comes in.

S- Big malty fruit aromas. Sweet and caramely...Lots of fruit....black cherry, sweet apple, plum, and berry. Light toffee. A hint of hops...citrus...yeasty esters, and a bit of alcohol.

T Sweet malts....very fruity with out being sweet...cherry and apple again in the taste....caramel and toffee also come through. Light floral hops lighten up the body.

M/D- Medium bodied and slightly thick mouthfeel, but the carbonation and hops lighten it up significantly....and the sweet malts hide the alcohol...so drinkable its kinda scary...and excellent beer.

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

Trois Pistoles- Pours a very dark deep almost plum color with a hefty off white head that quickly recedes leaving hardly a trace that it was ever there. Smells of raisins, sweet malts, nutmeg, chocolate, a smidgen of coffee
and an ever so light aroma of alcohol. Very sweet taste of nutmeg, raisin very sugary malts and other mixed spices with a warming alcohol presence. Great mouth feel it's carbonated perfectly making this a great beer. Almost a little
too sweet for me but excellent none the less!

Photo of xav33
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue Trois Pistoles
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Best before 10/08, plucked 11/06

Poured a dark murky ruddy brown with a large light brown frothy mostly lasting head.

Smelt of whole wheat bread, raisins, cinnamon, molasses, dark fruit.

Taste was upfront moderate to strong, yet perfectly balanced bitter, sweet and sour, with raisins, coffee, roasted grain, bitter spruce, dark fleshy fruit, followed by a strong spicier and maltier taste, less sourness, notes of good port or brandy, on an exquisite finish. Palate was medium bodied, creamy and velvety, lively carbonated, and light to moderate astringency.

Overall, there is so much to enjoy in this beer, it deserves multiple sittings. Classic.

Photo of tcfishler
2.23/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Starts foaming out of the bottle as soon as it's opened. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown with a large, long-lasting, sudsy tan head.

Deep, expressive nose of mixed ripe and dried fruits, with some sweet malt, a whiff of nutmeg, and even some oxidative notes.

Carbonation level is high, giving the body fullness but also making it lively on the tongue. Acetic acid also is there. Flavor profile is a bit exotic, with grapy/berry fruitiness, spice, and molasses. Thins out on the smooth and moderately brief finish.

Impressive in its own way, but the oxidative style and vinegar flavors just don't appeal to me.

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

I've had this quite a few times and didn't realize that I hadn't submitted a review...so here goes

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Dated February 2005. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Medium sized creamy light brown head with good lasting power. Nice lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits and sweetness.

Taste is wonderfully complex. Lots of dark fruits [plums, raisins, figs, dark cherry] and malt. Nice light spices. Alcohol at the back end. Nicely warming. Somewhat winey.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and wonderfully cleansing. Quite smooth.

Overall, this is wonderful digestive. The strong alcohol would not make it a session beer, but the few I can drink are greatly appreciated. Sheer pleasure. Would also go nice with a burger/steak.

Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a very dark and murky brown with a touch of crimson. Huge, four-finger, foamy, light tan head faded to nice swirls of lace with a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Large chunks of spotty lacing.

Smell was intense. Yeasty and fruity (alcohol soaked raisins and dates) with a musty/oakiness.

Taste was rich, sweet and fruity. Malty and spicy with hints of apples, pears and dried fruits. Clean finish that was both sweet and slightly dry - similar to port wine. Alcohol was somewhat noticeable up front and slightly more so in the finish.

Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than expected and slightly overcarbonated initially (but the beer settled down later). Very smooth drinking overall.

This beer hardly tasted like 9% ABV, although I did feel the effects by the beer's end.

Photo of jslot38
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Some times you just decide you need a beer...

Appearance: Finger of head finally settles atop a dark amber hued body. Lovely in appearance, the head is a mix between off white and tan. The dark body is cloudy in appearance, with no transparency.

Smell: Coriander, spices, yeast, some barnyard and phenols emerge.

Taste & mouthfeel: First thing to hit your tongue is carbonation. Followed by a strong presence of alcohol. The beer is rounded out with a delicate medly of spices, yeast, and fruits. Some hop character lingers in a toasted malt background. Coriander, apples, orange peels, a touch of chocolate covered berries. Very nice. and the flavours linger.

Drinkability: One of those beers that I'd save for a nice special occassion, and open up a bomber between friends. For now the 12 oz version was enough for me. A good solid beer, certainly along the lines I expect from Unibroue.

Photo of Budlum
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this ale produces huge amounts of foamy, tan head. The head is retained very nicely leaving a quarter inch layer on top of the beer. The body is a deep mahogany with black and red colors showing when held to light.

The nose of this ale starts off very fruity with apples, pears and sweet melon. A peppery spice mixes with a black licorice smell to add some deeper complexity. Alcohol content is noticeable but not by much. Wonderfully fresh and complex.

Much like the smell, this ale presents a myriad of fruit flavors at the start of a sip. Apples, pears, blood oranges and watermelon flavors are all represented well. The spice flavor of this beer is strong with black pepper and coriander. A delicious, roasted malt quality adds just the right amount of sweetness. The finish is long with the classic Unibroue yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, rich in texture and slightly creamy.

Drinkability is excellent. This ale is deliciously balanced in flavor and presentation. Sessionability is limited only by the ABV.

Photo of JOaikido
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle.

A- Foamy beige head of large bubbles. Very dark red-brown colour, like an especially dark cola with a purple tinge. Head decreases rapidly leaving very little of anything.

S- Musty fruit. Malt. Touch of roasted aroma.

T- Dried fruit (prunes). Spices, including some anise. Alcohol character present but not overwhelming considering the ABV. Dlight bitter hops aftertaste.

MF- Full bodied. Alcohol heat noticeable. Carbonation OK.

D- Goes down smoothly for such a high ABV beer, but I find some of its character a little odd.

I didn't like this the first time I had it years ago. Despite the fact that I have grown to like dark beers and strong ales, this one still doesn't do it for me. Not worth the relatively high price.

Photo of BeerSox
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

Extremely deep ruby red that is almost black and opaque. Ruby edges. A fizzy light tan head evaporates to a thin cap and a thin rim along the glass. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Strong berry aromas along with warming alcohol. There isn't much else to the aroma, but it's very nice.

Dark fruit along with soft alcohol flavors. A bit of creaminess in the aftertaste along with the drying alcohol. Phenols are minimal. Medium body with a considerable amount of carbonation that lends a little bite. It's not a strech to say that this tastes similar to wine. Suprisingly clean finish considering the amount of alcohol, but still a little bit of drying quality to it.

Bit more of a fruitier and sweeter variety of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale from Unibroue, and still enjoyable.

Photo of vtfan77
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark brown into my oversized wine glass. Huge, light tan-colored head forms and then diminishes to about half an inch, where it stays forever. Tons of bubbles rise rapidly throughout the beer.

S- Very vinous with a tart, white wine-like aroma. Some bright citrus aromas are also present.

T- Much sweeter than the nose would indicate. Sweet dark fruits abound (raisins, dates, figs) with a ginger-like spiciness also in the mix. A slight bitterness appears on the finish but is gone in a flash. Alcohol is not really perceptible in the taste, but is evident on the finish with a little bit of a "sinus clearing" quality.

M- Medium-full body and nicely carbonated. Also has a syrupy quality that leaves the tongue feeling coated even after the beer is gone. High marks here.

D- Too rich and alcoholic to be overly drinkable. Finishing the whole 750 ml bottle may be a stretch, but I'm not going anywhere tonight, so I think I can manage. It would definitely be better to split a bottle of this, though.

Definitely a good ale from Unibroue. Perhaps not as complex as some other versions I've had (including its sibling Maudite), but very nice nonetheless. Recommended.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Luscious ¾ inch dirty head rising out of my St B Goblet on a simple pour. I glow of red as the light shines through the bottom, though the brew stands black as night. Aromas of spicy molasses – sweet yet the alcohol is trying to bust through.

A rich deep sweetness consumes my tongue, smooth and silky. The carbonation cleanses the tongue as it rolls on through. This is one the best beers in my regular Belgian Style rotation. Absolutely love it!!

Photo of vwcraig
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle picked up at Dawg's Bottle Shop. Enjoy before 01/06/09

Poured a deep, rich coffee brown color into a goblet. Tiny bubbles streaming up sides of the glass. Huge almost overflowing tan head settles within a minute or so to a solid 1/4".

Complex smells of ripe, dark fruits. Raisins and sweet doughy bread. Really smells like you should eat this stuff.

Taste every bit as delicious as the smells.

Creamy mouthfeel with an excellent finish. Crisper finish than expected.

Only bitter and dry enough to force you to raise the glass again. Unbelievable drinkability for the content of alochol. Hands down my favorite accessable dark Belgian. Can't say enough about this beer. Cheers, Unibroue!

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

$7.99 for a mixed 6
12 oz bottle
Good Time Party Store
Northville, MI

Three pistols eh? Maybe that's not what it means and why would it? But I'm sticking with my ignorant observation in lieu of something more intelligent and learned sounding. All of the Unibroue selections that I have tasted make me think of hefeweizen to some extent and this one is no exception. Normally I say that with a thumb downturned, a nose upturned(as if!) and no glory whatsoever but not this time. Not my favorite type of beer but this is quality like all of their brews are. There's a bockish caramel-wort taste and a little licorice? Root? Something with a black hand grabbing the tongue and stretching it to places unknown. There are minor flotilla which seem to be little more than garnish, but hell maybe they are giving off all the taste. Anyway lots of leafy and minty essence here. Almost like an icy hot peppermint stick with a candy bar rhythm jumping through a mist of alcohol sprinkler and sliding all the way to the edges of the boneyard invigorating even the dead.

Photo of fido
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trois Pistoles pours a nice dark amber color; Nice head and very nice lacing; Smell is fruity and some bread; Taste is fruity and malty; Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, but very, very drinkable.

For the high alcohol content this is a very good beer.

¡Salud!

Photo of Grundle20
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Black as night. A minor head with a lack of retention.

Smell:
Prodominantly floral ester with underlying caramel malt notes. Pretty mild but pleasant none the less.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Wow! I was not expecting that. This beer is incredibly complex. Starts off with strong banana bready malt character then travels on to slight caramel notes and finishes with the most fantastic kick of honey suckle. It's nice and smooth with the exception of a pretty aggressive carbonated bitterness in the fore. My only qualm is I wish there was less of an aftertaste.

Drinkability:
I'm not one to give darker beers a good rating here simply because they usually are session or dinner beers to me, but this beer has shattered that mold. Incredible and surprising tastes have absolutely sold me on this beer and heres the best part, you can't taste a bit of the alcohol.

Bottom Line:
Thus far this is the best beer I have had from Unibroue which is saying a lot. If you haven't checked this one out yet please do. A fantastic interpretation of the style.

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,379 ratings.