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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,508
Reviews: 1,934
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 213
Gots: 490 | 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 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?

Photo of BravoTwo
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer, although I have no idea what a pistoles is, but don't really care. This poured out a beautiful dark brown opaqueness with minimal tan head. Smell was very dark, and offered a hint of the taste.

Taste was exceptional. For a 9% beer, the alchohol was hidden very much in taste, which was reminiscent of dark melted brown sugar. Spice and malt was also highly present. Maybe some burnt butterscotch. Lots going on and all good.

Shared this bottle with a friend, and we both agreed that it was a shame that we only had one bottle. Will definitely drink more of this.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On this blazing hot and humid evening, the condensation formed on the bottle almost immediately after I removed it from my fridge.

This beer poured out a bit heady but quickly settled down to a nice off-white head and not too thick. Color appears deep amber and a bit hazy but very appealing and ok for this style.

Aroma is malty and sweet on the front with some toffee and dried raisin notes. Some faint floral hop aroma is perceived but only behind the sweet and bready malts.

This beer begins sweet and smooth with a lot of dried fruit and candy sugar character. Noticeable breadiness and alcohol present as well. More in the background almost indistinguishable is a slight hop bitterness but it is quickly masked by the malts which are dominant in this beer.

This beer is medium in body with with the right amount of light carbonation and perceivable alcohol warmth at the finish. This is a strong one at 9% alcohol by volume.

It is a deliciously sweet beer so it is going quite well with tortilla chips and salsa right now. Try this one to start out the night with and be quite impressed by it's flavor and strength.

Photo of bradford
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown appearance, almost reddish hue through the glass.
Smells peppery and spicy, smell pretty good, but I think it smell like pretty much every other beer I have had from Unibroue.
Taste: Good malty beer with prevelant spice
Mouthfeel is smooth, heavy, thick, velvety
Drinkability is pretty good for a beer boasting 9%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice tan head that faded all too quickly. Lacing was decent.

Smells of ripe plums and alcohol. Nice and inviting. Taste is of plum, candied apple, and other mysterious and complex dark fruits. Some yeasty characteristics as well, finish is warm and perfect.

Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. I'm in love with this beer by the time I finish it.

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a Caracole tulip chilled.

A - Deep brown w/ garnet highlights and a 3 1/2 finger cream colored head with compact bubbles. The head retention is phenomenal as well as the thick lace that accompanies it.

S - Dark woody malts and rich bready aromas as well as gentle tropical fruit and floral scents are present.
A huge scent of fig with a vinous quality and a hint of nut bread.

M - A feel that is both sweet, vinous, rich and creamy. Totally delightful all the while .Finishes on the dry side w/ the alcoholic warmth leading into flavor remarks.

T - Spicy belgian yeast w/ a light metallic taste. A minor vegetal and pepper taste w/ nutty grainy malt flavors.. Sweet candy sugar in the creamy finish makes for a sweet full on Dark Belgian Ale w/ a mild currant aftertaste.

D - I drank the whole 750ml + was still craving more after the yeast was decanted w/ the last drops of ale. The abv is well hidden it drinks like a rich rum cake in beer form- spicy and sweet.

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

a: The pour gives a healthy dirty-tan colored head that steadily falls back to a thin layer that fragments a bit then sticks around. The beer is a deep, dark, ruby brown in color.

s: An assault of delicate though pungent tree fruits pours out of the glass. Various carnations of sugars swirl around with Belgian malts and spicy, aged hops. A line of sweet cocoa runs throughout. Yes!

m: Lively mouth-filling carbonation, well on the high side of things but not overwhelming on the palate. Nice, satisfying medium body apparently lightened somewhat by the carbonation.

t: Easily a good BSDA. Plenty of dark, sweet fruits carried on lighter, bready malts with a nice note of papery, spicy hops. Nice sugars. Dry finish with a touch of yeast and earthy wood. Not terribly complex, but very solid and well composed. Doesn't quite live up to the aroma.

d: quite easy...great masking of the abv

12 oz. single bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh

Photo of irishkyle21
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the label and the beer looks even better. A dark purple almost black with a frothy white head not much lacing. Smells of Unibroue yeast, fruits, and a complex spiciness. A nice fruity, spicy, bitter mouthfeel followed by a warming alcohol finish. Tonight I am drinking with the angels or the devil himself. Either way I am happy.

Photo of socalde
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750mL bottle by chance at the local liquor store. Served in a hollow-based tulip glass.

Appearance- Dark and sinister as the label suggests. This beer pours with a intriguing, full-sized, light tan coloured head which dissipates quickly to leave a lingering epidermis of sinful bubbles ready to be pierced by the blade of your thirst.

Smell- I must admit, I was hoping for this beer to really enrapture that sense that is most strongly linked to memory. But, in years to come... I'm afraid I may forget the details of this well-crafted beer. I find it difficult to pin down exactly what I get out of the aroma here... A touch of hops, almost (but not entirely) smothered in an abundance of sweetness and a dark aroma unique to this beer. Although this ale is rated at a sobriety breaking 9% ABV, not a tinge of alcohol comes through on the nose.

Taste- If in heaven you drink fine wine, and in Hell you drink this.... Please, throw me into the fiery depths of Dante's Inferno because this brew is worth it. Sinister dark malts plague your taste buds, followed by a warmth of alcohol that doesn't even touch your palate... Nay! It only presents it's warmth after it has decended down your esophageas.

Mouthfeel- I feel that this is the area that most deserves improvement with this beer. It is a bit too tingly and carbonated for my taste, but it may have been exactly what the creators were aiming for. Who am I, but a mere mortal to judge the hellish intent of the brewmaster at Unibraue!?

Drinkability- Whilst writing this masterpiece of a beer review, I have become increasingly intoxicated by this furtive ale. A tribute that this is not a beer to be taken lightly. However, it is astonishingly refreshing and drinkable considering the complexity and evil intent of this beer.

If you can afford the $7.99 pricetag on this beautiful temptation of the underworld... Do so of your own accord, for I am forever indebted by the intoxicating hedonistic forbidden affair.

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

Poors dark but transparet brown, with a soda-like head that dissipates quickly. The smell is a bit lite, with some fruityness and malts. The taste is quite complex and enjoyable. The fruit that is apprent is subtle and compliments the malts and beligian yeast well. The mouthfeel is a bit lite, which in turn makes it a bit more drinkable for me. Very tasty, very good beer

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

Great beer.

Dark, but not overpoweringly so. I'm a sucker for a strong, dark beer that has a light fruit aftertaste and with hints of sweetness (not too much, mind you). Perhaps the best of Unibroue's offerings...I will have to think on this.

Very drinkable for its potency, and with a great thick feeling that is pleasant rather than cloying.

Photo of manofmanners
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My father brought this down from Quebec for me. At first I didn't know what to think of it for the simple fact that it had a cork in it. But i chilled it down and popped the cork. I smelled the cork, even though it isn't a wine, and was pleased with the scent it gave off. It was a fruity scent put i couldn't place, but it tickled my nostrals. I poured it into a pint glass and to my surprise it had a color close to Guinness, but not to dark as to not light a little light through. It had a nice head to it, not to frizzy. When i took a sip, i know i was in for a pleasure. It had a taste that words can't do justice. It had at first the taste of your average Canadian beer, but the after taste was a fruity and enjoyable. It went down quickly and before I knew it i drank the 24 oz bottle in the matter of minutes. I had a good buzz for a while. I highly suggest it you try it for the first time, don't read the bottle. It gives away a lot of it's secerts.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this brew before and remember it being absolutely magnificent.

Served from another fancy 341ml Unibroue bottle into a Goblet.

A- Dark, dark brown with probably one of the nicest tan heads ive ever seen on a beer with very good lacing.

S- Tonnes of dark fruit aromas, roasted malts, hints of chocolate/cocoa, smells like a sherry wine.

T- As the beer warms, the flavors just come out beautifully. Very fruity, dark roasted malts, some wicked spices, with some cocoa,flavors of dark chocolate truffles, alcohol is noticed, it truly does have flavors of an decent port wine.

M- Slick,nice and creamy with a medium body and small amount of carbonation.

D- very very enjoyable beer. Easily one of the most drinkable beers ive had. 1 or 2 does the trick.

Overall what else is new. Another desirable beer from Unibroue. This truely is an admirable beer. Ive shown it to wine connoisseurs and they truly believe that it is one of the best beers in the world which in my opinion, is right on the money. Enjoy!

Photo of Karyyk
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was very interesting for me. I've never had a beer like this (I realize I'm showing my inexperience with that statement, but hey, I'm being honest). When I read the label and noted the claim that it had a "pleasant aftertaste that lingers like a port wine" I knew I had to try it. At $6.99 for 750ml, the price is right.

Appearance is very good. Has nice head to begin with, that dissipates with a nice frothing effect. The color is very dark, and somewhat winey. All-in-all, before the first sip is taken, I was already impressed.

I found the smell more similar to wine really, fruity with some nuttiness. I didn't spend much time noting this, as I was ready to get to actually tasting it. The taste is unusual, but nice. Very complex, and again, more akin to a wine than what the usual drinker is accustomed to in beer, especially your average American beer drinker. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but not overpowering, and if you're used to something like a port or sherry (usually in the 17% range), then this isn't particularly noteworthy overall. This would be the perfect beer to gift to a wine-drinker. The aforementioned claim about it lingering like a port are apparent and quite valid.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are quite good. I myself found myself sipping this rather than gulping, again bringing comparisons to wine. While carbonation is apparent, it's very mellow for a beer and soothing. This is a unique brew to be sure, and I can see those used to drinking macrobrews finding it a bit too strong. If you like good beer though, especially if you also can appreciate a good wine from time to time, Trois Pistoles will satisfy.

Photo of BucBasil
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amazingly beautiful bottle and labeling, as found on all Unibroue bottles. I feel like a bad ass opening and pouring this. The brew pretty much jumps out of the bottle as I slowly pour it into a goblet, leaving the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle, then pouring it separately into a shot glass and drinking it separately (it's good for you!). Appearance is cola dark, almost black but with deep ruby notes coming through at times. Tan head is large and foamy, but dissipates after a minute. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Weak smells of dark fruit, something citric, and perhaps licorice. Somewhat medicinal as well. Too weak for me to appreciate. Not a strong part of this brew in my opinion.

Taste: Very good, classic dark Belgian taste. Heavy. Very malty up fruit yielding to dark fruits - plums and raisins. Something citric in the middle, but not sour... more sugary... as if there were a piece of lime candy in my glass? Alcohol is very noticable in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation. Medium bodied. Coats the tongue, enveloping the entire mouth in flavor.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, and very accessible. I feel like I could put quite a few of these down. I may regret it a little after, but it's cheap enough (about 2$ a bottle) that I wouldn't feel like I was wasting something special. A more accessible (and cheaper!) version of a Trappist ale, I'll definitely pick this up again.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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