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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,162
Reviews: 1,878
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 176
Gots: 334 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000)
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Photo of rteis
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 23, 2005
Photo of EStreet20
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 16, 2005
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured this beer into a chalice style glass. Nice thin head with a dark ruby red clolor. Smell was very much like chocolate and plums. The taste was amazing smooth for the alchol content. Very well hidden for a 9%abv beer. Very light in the hops and very smooth finish make this beer a true winner.

HochFliegen, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles is the third of the Unibroue range that I have had the pleasure of tasting.

A = Dark dark ruby/brown. With a thin head.

S = Dark Chocolate. You get the feeling that this beer is a little dark?

T = Dark (Once again) chocolate with hints of fig & plums. Definetly a sipping beer. You can taste a hint of alcohol. Not as much as the maudite.

M = Normal. Neither good nor bad.

D = Pretty good. Its a bit expensive though.

BeerNutta, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, with two finger thick head, that slowly faded to a good cap that lasted for the entire time that I enjoyed this beer.

Smells of plums, mild apples, slighlty doughy and earthy.

Taste is sweet dark fruits, yeasty, with some of the earthy tones in there. Very smooth, rich beer. I could barely pick up any alcohol in the smell or taste, even with the 9% abv.

Kind of a heavy beer to have more that one or two of, but very good.

RedHaze, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a deep brown color with foamy tan head. Some particles of yeast notes. Smell is deeply fruity with prunes, rainins, figs noted. Also a hint of burning wood. Taste is absolutely suberp with toasted malt, prunes, raisins and all sorts of things that I can't describe but that taste great. Finished fantastically pleasant with no nint of alcohol present. This is a mighty beer.

tgbljb, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of bubrewer
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz screw top bottle.

Well carbonated; pours with a moussy head that stands above the rim of the glass. Brilliantly clear mahogany color when carefully decanted; I unfortunately did not carefully decant at the end so I have a cloudy glass in front of me.

Aroma seems muted, sort of bready raisins; a little sweet. very pleasing.

Flavor is beautully complex, with no single component brashly stepping to the front. All players are working in harmony. Taste is a combination of leather, raisin, plum, carmelly malt sweetness.

Carbonation level makes this dance on the tongue. Slight alcohol burn adds a nice level of complexity to the flavor.

Although the 9% strength prevents this being a session beer, a single bottle is a beautiful companion on a cool fall day, sipped slowly, enjoyed through all its changing character as it warms.

bubrewer, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep burgundy with a thick frothy tan head that lingers relentlessly. Swirl bottle, add yeast - no change. Small amount of lacing.

S - Slight vinous character, malty molasses and wheat underneath. A little gumball. Not a strong odor, but good.

T - A dry wine flavor, grapes, blackberries and raspberries, and a slightly sweet, very malty molasses character mesh rather well. Abv is detectable, but not dominant.

M - Moderate viscosity, smooth and refreshing.

D - Nice. Goes down really easily, could be drank all night, just like all other Unibroue beers I've tried. They seem pretty good at that. Delicious, would pair well with foods.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a single at Whole Foods Market here in Madison. My first Unibroue...uhhh....brew.

Pours a murky, dark, cloudy, rusty mahogany that only allows the faintest light to pass through the edges below a sturdy off-white head that vanishes under the 9% abv weight. Smell is...well, Belgian...dark fruits, sweet malts, a bit of olive. Taste....wow....starts off like a good Belgian dark, plums and raisins abound, but instead of the funky, alcoholic olive aftertaste I've grown accustomed to in a Belgian, I was greated with a sweet, crisp fruity/malty aftertaste that really sat well with me. Very subtle, but that's why it's so brilliant and mysterious. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, drinkable to no end. This beer really crept up on me. Its unassuming start transitioned into a real treat. This beer somehow makes it into my top three all-time. Kudos, Canada.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of Noxious26
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured in a snifter at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary.

Very dark, black almost opaque appearance. Small 1/4 inch beige head is full of tiny bubbles and recedes to a thin layer across the top.

The first thing that hits me with the aroma is a strong lemon/citrus scent. Almost smells like lemon scent Mr. Clean. Fruity and sweet undertones pop in now and again.

Taste is of ripe dark fruit, berries and a duel between alcohol and sweetness. Difficult to discern where to go from start to middle to finish as it all kind of blends together. Sweet fruit aftertaste lingers awhile. There is a cough syrup element to this.

Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Almost like pop, but not quite as fizzy as champagne.

This isn't the kind of beer that you can just swig back at random. More of a sipping beverage, plan for this to last awhile. While it is interesting, I didn't really find it very refreshing. I was actually quite tired of it by the time I got through the bottle (I'm glad it wasn't a big one).

Noxious26, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of Gritsak
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep black that shows some reddish brown when held up to the light. thich offwhite head that ends up as a thin film at the top of the beer.

S- sweet fruity smell. some berry and apple hints come out. light aroma of alcohol

T- lots of bitter sweet fruit flavor. some hops tingling on the finish with a strong after taste of burnt/roasted flavor.

M- medium body with meduim carbonation. not overly thick but not at all watery. smooth and creamy yet decently carbonated.

D- the strong flavor hurts this a bit, but you can expect that with most high abv/flavor beers.

overall- very well balanced and smooth flavor. after taste is a bit strong and lingering, but it doesnt hurt it to much. very refreshing depsite the 9%. Ide save this stuff for a special occasion or something of that nature. drinkability might go up if you pair it with a good meal to even things out

Gritsak, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of burnstar
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a very thick frothy tan head. Smells like sweet berries with just a faint hint of yeast and alcohol. Taste is initially roasted malt with lots of fruit complexity. The taste lingers for a while - very nice finish. There is also a little bit of yeatiness present but very little sign of alcohol except for the pleasant warming effect. This has a very good mouthfeel. It's heavy and creamy. Coats the mouth and is a joy to drink from my goblet - that wonderful head persists forever. This is quite tastey but it's not stuff I would want to drink all night. Definitely needs to warm up a bit for all it's flavors to come through.

burnstar, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I Brought out this big dog for a nightcapper. Nice label that is typical of Unibroue. 750ml poured into a tulip and produced a magnificent 3 finger head that laid down to a solid finger throughout. Nice ring lacing and head tan in color. Dark Belgian is exactly that in this fine brew, Dark Brown to the point of 0 visibility.

Dark fruits and yeasty up front with a heavy malt backbone.. Metallic/medicinal evident and was unfortunate but it was subtle and not disturbing. Warming alcohol smell was evident (bonus). Unibroue brings us some fine brews. I guess Canada is actually worth having around as long as this brewery is alive and well.

DogFood11, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of Matthew
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has become one of my favorites. What an amazing beer! Pours a very dark brown with a light tan head. Smells incredibley sweet. Immediatley recognized some nice plum and prevelant cherry aromas. Nice light chocolate character that seemed to be wrapped in the sweet fruity flavors of the plum and cherry with a bit of a tartness that sits on your tongue and stays on its way down. Malty, yeasty, and delicious.

Matthew, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 330ml bottle.

Pours a deep opaque brown with a frothy tan head. Smells fruity, mostly of plum and other dark fruit. Vanilla and molasses. Sweet spice, clove.

Taste is quite malty and yeasty. Lightly tart apple and plum. Vanilla, spicy like pepper and coriander. Lightly bitter in the finish. Mouth is rich and lightly sticky. Good stuff, I can never do the Unibroue beers justice with my words.

ViveLaChouffe, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of Albinoh
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark color, very decent head, foamy with bubbles. Sweet smell, malt, and a touch of caramel and fruits. Amazing taste, thick mouthfeel but not execive, the alcohol is very well hidden behind the sweet flavor. Caramel, a little bit of chocolate and the fruity-like flavor make this beer really desirable. The flavor stays in your mouth for a while letting you remeber the complexity of the beer you have just tasted.

Albinoh, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish purple in colour, with a fair amount of carbonation. Lots of yeast, spice, and dark berry fruits on the nose. Very yeasty flavor profile as well, with the fruits taking on a sour note. The syrupy raisin malt favors were balanced out well by the carbonation.I was expecting it to be a bit more "port like", but this is still great. Very mellow indeed.

fisherman34, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of phishgator
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, lots of foamy head. A creamy quality that doesn't dissipate. The taste is sweet candi sugar and malt. There is a fruity twang to the aftertaste, which stays with you for some time. I believe that due to the aftertaste the mouthfeel suffers a little. The alcohol is there, though it is not up front. I can enjoy about two of these at a sitting and then I'm done!

phishgator, Jul 31, 2005
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,162 ratings.