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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
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4,100 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,100
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 175
Gots: 311 | FT: 8
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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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -13%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Deep mahogany brown with a big fizzy tan head that is pretty rocky. The body is dense but tiny bubbles are visible at the outer edges of the glass.

S- strong malt aroma with prunes and a perfumy note. It also has a bit of yeastiness to the smell.

T- malt flavor is present but not as strong as I imagined from the aroma. Slight clove taste at the finish. The finish is pretty dry with a slight hint of hops.

M- medium body with a slight fizziness in the finish. no astringency or alcoholic warmth.

D- This is a nice beer but it doesn't have the malt complexity or the alcoholic warmth that I would expect from this style.

04-12-2005 04:16:42 | More by rhoadsrage
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longarm

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12 oz bottle.

A dark brew with tints of red, this pours with a quickly burning head that settles into a thin layer of lingering carbonation and mild lacing.

Aroma has brief initial elements of candied sugar, followed by doses of figs and green apples.

Bold and complex, it's difficult to disentangle all of the different aspects of flavor in this. I sense a load of spices, that seems like some weird combination of pepper, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. Candied sugar rears itself again, initially dominating the palate, but disappearing behind a touch of hot alcohol.

The finish is sweet...maybe just a touch on the sour side, but the lingering aftertaste of hot alcohol and hops tends to beat another sip out of me. I think it might be hard to drink a lot of these, but only because it's so incredibly complex.

Lke another Unibroue ale that I had this evening, I enjoyed this with cambozola and lox. It's a finely suited beer to pair with any pungent cheese.

04-02-2005 02:46:33 | More by longarm
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asabreed

New York

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

12 oz. bottle from a 4-pack. Best before 08/25/07 on the back.

Appearance: Beautifully hazy and dark brown. Gorgeous, slowly thinning white head forming around the top of the glass. Nice beads of lacing sustaining as it goes down as I drink.

Smell: Amazing. Fruit and and malt and sweetness and candi sugar up front. Some extremely slight hints of dark chocolate. Dark cherries and malt. Faint banana. Some orange zest.

Taste: Carries through very well from the aromas. Malts and sugars are apparent initially, though much is discovered in the fantastic aftertaste. This has one of the best aftertastes I've had the pleasure of enjoying.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely creamy. One of the most pleasurable beers that has graced my palette.

Drinkability: I don't want to have more than one at a time because it's so goddamn good. Thankfully I have 3 more left, and I'm on my way to buying another 4-pack or more. Would love to see this does in the cellar; if it's this good now I have no doubt in a few years that I'd probably be giving a 5 to every category.

Unibroue is slowly becoming one of my favorite breweries, and this Trois Pistoles is only perpetuating this. Can't wait to try more and more, and luckily at Carytown Wine and Beer they have a fantastic selection of their products.

03-28-2005 05:30:44 | More by asabreed
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whartontallboy

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Deep brown ruby pour with a big white head and some yeast. Very complex smell. Lots of dark malty fruit and winey aromas. Grassy notes in the scent as well. Cherry flavors with lots of spice to go with a dry mouthfeel. ABV is high but well hidden, and it can sneak up on your pretty quickly. This is my first Unibroue brew, and I'm really impressed. The flavor is so complex and deep, and the aftertaste, which the bottle describes as port, is pleasant and lingering. A great selection.

03-25-2005 23:59:48 | More by whartontallboy
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

This has been the third bottle of something from Unibroue that I've tried and the first one that didn't turn out to be flat; bought a La Terrible that was completely flat and a Maudite that was on its way to flatness... finally I have a proper bottle so I can score their product fairly! (these three bottles were purchased from two different distributors).
I'm glad that the third time proved to be a charm because I probably would have given up had this bottle sucked.
Strong dark ale seems to be my sort of thing and this is a fine strong, dark ale. Tastes and smells of dark carmelized fruits, as well as a bit of cola (more the smell than the taste but cola lives in the taste as well). A little bit too much sugar sweetness going on, which is something I don't mind but others may. The bottle claims the product has port wine notes and I'd have to agree.
Ungodly smooth for something that's 9%.
By itself I'd say the drinkability is a 4 or less, but paired with the proper food this could be ambrosia.

03-25-2005 02:23:08 | More by ommegangpbr
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Rich dark cola coloured with a purple grape skin aura that trimmed the view. A large and fluffy, tan, cola-like head bursted forth from the pour. The head did not stay for the festivities, but it was quite energetic while it was present. Ample clusters of carbonation bubbles held fast to the side of the goblet ( pilfered from Don Pablo's : ) before racing off to the open air. No lacing hung, just a ring of spent bubbles floating atop the surface.

The nose was that of sun dried purple fruits. A burnt clove or anice type of spicing peaked out from behind the dominance of sweet and malty scents.

There was a great texture to this brew. The mouthfeel captured the attention before the taste was even considered. Nectar like. Pleasantly sweet and juicey with a cream and nut oil finish. Oh and the taste; superb. The spice aspects of the nose were a touch threatening, but did not offend in the taste. Mildly caramel and dark fruit sweetness remained mellow without throwing their respective weights about. The well administered spice character showed up in the latter stages of the flavor revelation. Very nicely crafted. The taste showed itself and departed without lingering or pestering. The lack of aftertaste prompted rapid sipping in an attempt to keep the flavor constantly atop the tastebuds. More, more, more! Good trick by my brothers to the north. Bravo!

03-24-2005 03:49:49 | More by SupaCelt
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hefevice

Australia

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Oh my god...this is 9% ABV? This stuff is evil, because you don't notice it until it bites you on the behind. Even though I served it too cold at first it was still a taste explosion which obviously improved as it warmed up. Pours from the bottle murky brown with reasonable light tan head. Aroma of raisins and brown sugar which extended through to the flavour along with hints of bitter dark chocolate towards the end. Luxurious mouthfeel, with a hint of viscosity from the high alcohol. I think I have fallen in love with Belgian Dark Brown Ale.

03-23-2005 11:20:56 | More by hefevice
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OStrungT

California

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

This beer pours an amber color with a tan, creamy head that never seams to fade. It leaves a thick lacing on the glass. It smells malty. It smells of fruit. Cherries and rasberries. There are hints of vanilla also. It tastes fruity. There are hints of chocolate also. Almost like mild chocolate covered cherries. It is carbonated a bit much in my opinion. It is a meadium bodied beer. It leaves a fruity aftertaste on the palate. This beer is not the best session beer due to the somewhat high alcohol content, and because it is too carbonated. It is definatley worth a shot though.

03-22-2005 01:21:04 | More by OStrungT
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

One of my all-time favorites from Unibroue. This luscious elixer pours a dark, ruby red. Jagged peaks of wheat-colored froth erupt from my Delirium tulip. Adequate lace deposits are left as a reminder of the impressive head.

Ther nose is a seductive blend of dark pit fruits, sweet vanilla spice, pear, cocoa-dusted rasberries, and a faint, oaky toastiness.

These flavors abound in the first sip. Further dark fruits are revealed. Plenty of clove and allspice sweetness, brown sugar, plum-pudding, and banana. On the sweet side, but not overly so. Absolutely smooth and highly drinkable. A silky body and a spicy, yeasty finish remind me why I love this beer. Top notch.

03-20-2005 15:33:14 | More by AlexJ
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%

I had the Unibroue Trois Pistoles out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a tulip glass. Best before date on the back of the label for 1/04/07.

Pours a ruby dark brown color with a tan colored head. Very fluffy head that rises to the top of my tulip glass at first. After a few minutes, the head becomes about a 1/2 inch lacing around the glass.

Beautiful aroma of rasberries, cherries, milk chocolate, and a sugary spice blend.

Light spices with a fruity berry chocolate taste. Very soft and smooth on the palate. Minimal hop presence, but just enough to balance the sweet cherry malts. Fruity strawberry esters blend very well a ripe blueberry tartness that finishes with slight alcohol warmth. Excellent complexity and drinkability levels.

This is an absolute beauty. What else can I say? Highly recommended.

03-19-2005 23:32:23 | More by Hibernator
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

12 oz. bottle with a best before date of 3-2-07.

Poured a dark brown with red tints. Large light tan head with good staying power. Quite a bit of yeast sediment swirling around.

Very light nose. Faint aromas of earthiness, sort of musty. Tart esters with a touch of alcohol.

What a great tasting beer! Full bodied and robust. Spicy and slick from the alcohol, malty and smooth. Pear or apricot notes fade into a powdered cocoa finish with a sneak attack hop bite in the back. It's dry, but not extremely so, just pleasantly so.

The last time I had this was New Year's 2 years ago, and I questioned my palate in hindsite. I've got to learn to trust my inebriated taste buds, just not my inebriated judgement as a whole.

03-18-2005 00:35:36 | More by Shultzerdugen
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Dark brown with red hues. Nice tall head that falls to a ring with a sheet of thin foam across. Not much sticks to the sides of a Unibroue tulip.

Smells of dark dried fruits powdered with a little sugar. There's some spiceness too.

Tastes a bit fruity with some nice malt and yeast notes thrown in. Dry almost tart finish. Complex and well balanced. No real alcohol detected at first, but some is noticable as it warms.

Nice medium mouthfeel. The carbonation gives a nice tingle.

Despite the high abv that sneaks right up on you, this one is very drinkable. I often have to pace myself when enjoying this one, my taste buds want more!

03-13-2005 03:10:57 | More by ypsifly
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

In the goblet Trois Pistoles is almost black beneath its tall head of frothy bone-white foam. If you tilt the glass you can see tiny bubbles steadily streaming upwards, adding to it's head, and helping with its retention. Lacing about the glass, however, is a bit more limited than might be expected given the head retention. In the nose dark fruits greet you (not unlike port wine in many ways). It's initially zesty in the mouth before it warms a bit, but it still leaves with a bit of a zing until it warms a bit and becomes more airy. The flavor is drenched in soft, tanninc dark fruit that's been dipped in liquid sugar; but it's not particularily complex. As it warms, however, more caramel notes and some subtle hops become apparent, as does a touch of spicy alcohol (and some actual spice perhaps?) and some very low-key notes of licorice or soft molasses. It's really well balanced, with it's spicy alcohol and delicate bitterness balancing the dark fruits and restrained sugars. It's really quite enticing in that it's flavors are somewhat restrained and "mellow" as the back label suggests. This is a beer to be savored slowly, enjoying it's subtle complexities as they emerge. Magnifique!!!

03-09-2005 22:15:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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allengarvin

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown. Slight initial head.

Smell: Highly fruity, reminiscent of caramalized apples or plums.

Taste: Lots of esters (more plums, bananas, or a very ripe persimmon), with a good malt profile, earthy and bready. Bitterness is light in this rich, sweet beer. Finishes up slightly tart.

Body: Moderate body, lighter than one expects, with lots of carbonation.

An excellent late-night beer from Unibroue. It seems they just cannot brew anything that's less than wonderful.

03-09-2005 02:09:12 | More by allengarvin
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kosmoraios

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

Interesting. Pours a deep, opaque brown with some dark ruby tints at the edges. The head is small for an agressive pour, and dissipates within about 90 seconds or so, leaving a ring around the glass and a white island in the middle. Aroma is of sweet, dark fruit. Dark malts. Not roasted, like a stout, but somehow dark.

All of unibroue's labels are dark and gothic, and this ale tastes like the label looks. Taste is sweet, but in a good way - raisins, yes, but more figs than raisins. A bit of plum and melon. The mouthfeel is light and very peppery, and completely belies the appearance of the ale. Ample carbonation and undetectable alcohol make for exceptional drinkability. Careful with this one, though.

All in all, an impressive offering from Unibroue.

03-07-2005 02:36:57 | More by kosmoraios
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

Dark cloudy chestnut color, some mohogany edges. Thick foamy white head, disappears eventually. Not much lace on the sides of the Unibroue goblet. Strong dark fruity smells, along with yeasty spices, almost like corriander. Caramel flavor, along with spices. Ripe fruit, dark fruit. Pretty carbonated, medium body. A very interesting beer. Some funkiness along with it. Interesting. Not the most drinkable, but a good one to try.

03-06-2005 03:56:57 | More by Bierguy5
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a rich, dark brown with ruby red edges, a good head with decent retention.
Smell is fruit (plums, dates, grapes), sweet malt, dark chocolate and some spice.
Taste is Sweet, fruity, malty with some alcohol and chocolate. Taste improves as it warms, a very nice thing because at 9 %, taking your time is recommended. Excellent complexity and balance.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, smoooth, light effervescence.
Drinkability: hell yes!!! This is a great example of this style, I highly recommend this brew, for that matter, this brewery.

03-01-2005 04:26:50 | More by PorterLambic
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gimmehead

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Beautiful purple-black with a thin head that has the same subtle purplish tones. Huge aroma consisting of grapes and other ripe fruits. Very complex. Taste is grapes, peaches, caramel malts, becoming sweeter and more alcoholic as it warms. It might sound funny but I always get this mental image of purple (grape) Laffy Taffy when I drink this beer, I guess due to the fruits and candy sweetness. Very well carbonated and a great winelike aftertaste. One of my favorites.

02-17-2005 01:40:17 | More by gimmehead
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isubsmith

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Poured into a chalice from a 12oz bottle. Dark, murky brown with a redish-orangeish hint. Roughly an inch of head that quickly calmed down to 1/4" and soon after disappeared.

Nose: Yeasty, slightly tart, hints of cherries.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp, carbonated. Fairly clean aftertaste. Hints of spice. Alcohol definately present but not detracting from overall taste. Some malty sweetness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a 9% ABV beer. Probably dangerously so. Very good.

02-11-2005 02:30:09 | More by isubsmith
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baiser

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a deep, mahogany red body, cloudy from the yeast, and a big, off white head. Nice lacing, great looking beer. Aroma of prunes, dark fruit, yeast, caramel, cherries, and a slight medicinal flavour. Taste is wonderful. So juicy, and full of fruit. Plums, prunes, caramel. Deceptive alcohol. Great balance with some hops in the background. Truly a well crafted ale.

02-10-2005 05:27:00 | More by baiser
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revdrjbob

Australia

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%

Bought from Thirroul Cellars, tasted at home with my beer loving GF.
Poured a slightly opaque dark brown into the glass, with a thin tight light brown head. Aromas of wheat, spices (orange, coriander, clove, sl banana), possibly alcohol, that same yeast aroma from all of Unibroues' beers, and a slight waft of dark malt.
Tasted awsome (as if it wouldn't). All the aromas tranferred to the pallate, followed by the evident alcohol of 9%abv, and a spritzy mouthfeel from the carbonation. Very easy to drink, and as usual, a winner for me!

01-26-2005 03:11:36 | More by revdrjbob
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mynie

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

A Pegasus of doom flies above a monastery or state capital building, looking nervously over its shoulder as if being pursued. I don't know what to make of this Magic: The Gathering artwork, and I won't know until I have finished this bottle. The line between pretentiousness and genius is razor thin, you see, and I can already tell that this beer is going to be either a work of art or pure wankery.

Deep purple, very fizzy with a small head that goes away quickly. This is a strange, very pretty plum color.

Complex and welcoming smell. Fruity esters somewhere between tart apricots and mellow grapes. Cloves make their way in there, as well.

What a pop of flavor upfront! A mad rush of sweet and sour fruit balanced out with a bland sweetness. The finish is clean--almost too clean. Nice and dry, but the flavor doesn't linger at all. Still, this is a damn fine taste and, surprisingly enough, there's almost no trace of alcohol.

Very fizzy, goes down nice.

This is one of those dark, wonderful ales that you should surprise guests with by serving at a party in lieu of wine. It would go great with red meat. And hell, you can get a 750 ml bottle of this for much less than a bottle of good wine--and this is better than good wine.

01-17-2005 02:26:41 | More by mynie
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ism

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Nearly opaque mahogany with golden honey overtones, topped with a dense and active tan head. Clove spices dominate over fruits and plum raisin, with a subtle caramel sweetness in the nose. Good carbonation and medium body in conjunction with a pleasantly stimulating acridity create an excellent mouthfeel. Flavor is a complex mix of fruits, a slight vanilla, and the distinct yeast found in Maudite and La Fin Du Monde. Alcohol is nearly undetectable among all the other flavors. Goes down smooth, finishing with pepper and clove becoming a refined dryness that lingers for just the right amount of time before cleaning up completely.

Would be an excellent accompaniment to a meal. A fine, fine brew.

01-16-2005 03:37:08 | More by ism
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aquatonex

New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Wonderful...

Pours dark brown, almost black opaque with a rich head, lacing forever. Just by looking at it you know you're in for a treat. Smell possesses bits of caramel and malts with hints of a berry fruitiness. The nose overall is a bit toned down compared to the taste. From your first sip, you can taste the complexities roll over your tongue at different times. Heavy, creamy malts foundation with a rather strong caramel and fruity sweetness. You can't really tell it's 9%, the flavors blend in so well that there is very little alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is awesome!

A heavy hitter that doesn't taste like one. Could drink this every day.

01-01-2005 16:16:18 | More by aquatonex
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Got this botle in Holland and didn't know what to expect from this one.... well after pulling it out you notice as soon as your nose gets near the the beer that this is somthing great! Very fruity, hoppy( is it saaz?) don't make you think that this is a strong dark ale. Hardly anything to motice of the 9% and hardly any maltarome in the nose. Nice darkbrown colour and a lasting head. Then the first sip... this brew tastes fullmaly, caramellic and only litle roast( is there?). Not to sweet but full and almost the same aftertaste. Wonder how so litle bitterness gets such a great hoparome.... must be dryhops in there! Good beer I will go for again when I find it....

12-29-2004 18:55:36 | More by paterlodie
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,100 ratings.