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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,435
Reviews: 1,914
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 199
Gots: 443 | 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 NEhophead
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in an oversized wine glass.
Best before 11.17.2008.

Murky, deep maple in color. Creamy, carbonation-filled tan head that lines the wine glass' rim and leaves a whispy sheet. Ridged, delicate lacing recedes as the glass comes to rest.

Bright, ripe fruit; slightly tart but fresh in aroma: apple, grapefruit, lemon. Mildly creamy chocolate undertones. Faint hints of corriander.

Creamy chocolate and caramel-tinged malt character that doesn't touch upon richness. Ripe fruity esters bring a nice balance to the creamy qualities: apple, grape, orange, and grapefruit. An underlying spice of corriander and clove spike at the finish.

Medium in body; creamy, earthen, but light as a result of the ripe fruit flavors. Well rounded and balanced in texture.

Good balance in flavor and mouthfeel. The 9% abv is hardly noticed. Probably my favorite Unibroue offering to date.

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Westmalle chalice, at fridge temperature.

A: Poured a nice, dark ruby to brown with large bubbles and active carbonation. Head developed quickly into a tight, 1 inch cap, but then faded quickly to a ring around the chalice. No lacing to speak of.

S: Aroma is of raisins, dried fruit, toffee and the characteristic Unibroue house yeast. Some clovelike notes.

T: Fruity first presentation yielding to a dried fruit and burnt sugar finish. Carbonation, surprisingly, is not really noticeable despite its presence in the appearance. Finish lingers in the center of the tongue in a rather pleasant way.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable. The alcohol content is undetectable, and the light body and smooth flavor make it a quick glass.

Overall: This is a very good interpretation of a Belgian-style dark ale. I prefer the La Fin du Monde, but this is a very nice beer. I won't weigh in on the debate as to whether this is a strong dubbel, a quad, or a "strong dark ale," mostly because I don't think it matters.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz conditioned bottle, cellared for 9 months, in a tulip glass.

A noisy lil' bottle. When the cap was popped it slowly vented and the crackle of newfound life via carbonation was very audible. Poured crisp, noisily, the dull light mocha stained head crackling with life, filled with tight, crisp bubbles and foam. I had to pour slowly to prevent the head from overpowering the glass, still the head was a solid fat finger but didn't lace or linger more than a few minutes. Its almost champagne like as a volcanic-like eruption of glass bottom bubbles rises thru the most intense, claret-ruby stained cherry stained mahoghany, slightly warm in hue as well as slightly hazy.

The nose is wonderfully fruited - cherry, currant, warm raisins, with a cracker/biscuit quality just underneath. The malts are subtle, playing a supporting role to the fruits. As the bottle is emptied there is some nice tannins, fall leaves and a wisp of blond coffee as well as some ripe banana.

Like most of the genre, there is a wonderful spice quality on the tongue as you first sip. Clove is most noticable, light pepper, a pleasing bittersweetness. The spiciness withdraws on the pallete as the tastes meld, malts becoming more apparent but softly. The finish is warming as the alcohol rises, well masked until now. More sweet than bitter to say its bittersweet, the finish is nice as the banana quality is more noticable, leaving a coating behind that is pleasing to the tongue, yet not filmy, and a nice tingle on the teeth.

This is a very good example of the genre, and another great offering of the Belgian style ales from Unibroue. I have yet to have any I did enjoy very much, and would definitely drink this again as well as recommend it. It should pair well with about any red blooded meat based meal, as well as a strong, creamy cheese like a good gorgonzola.

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

A- Dark brown body with a tan head.
S- Light toffee, hints of spice, some dryer hops, and a hint of yeast.
T- Tad hint of alcohol comes through. There is a balance of malts (caramel and toffee), and dry hops. It leaves your mouth pretty dry and also leaves a medium bitterness in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- Very complex and a great balance to this brew. It is one of my favorites from them.

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

Poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet, a beer I have had many times.

Appearance: A rich dark brown, dark enough so I cannot see through it with a gleam of red. A rich 1 inch formed at the top of the beer that slowly begins to subside.

Smell: A very natural sweet smell comes off of it, definite yeastiness with a touch of roasted malt.

Taste: Sweet with a touch of tartness. There is some bitterness in the beer but it not the first thing I taste. This beer has a wonderful balance; there is a good hint of roasted malt with a tiny bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick, mild carbonation. I enjoy it.

Drinkability: The alcohol makes this beer unsessionable and it is heavy enough where drinking more then one in an evening starts to become a chore. Finishing the first one is quite easy.

This is one of my favorite beers, the one that really got me into trying Belgian beer.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles is, arguably, the beer that got me into craft beer (well, that and maybe Shakespeare Stout by Rogue, as I drank both in the same day some years ago. However, I drank Trois Pistoles first :D). That being said, I thought I owed it a review, and besides, it's been some time since I've had one.

Appearance: The body is an eighth-finger slightly tan foam or so. The lacing, unfortunately, is not that impressive nor existent, just sheets of tan foam that slide down the class back to the body after swirling. Body makes up for the lacing slightly - an above-average super dark brown, bordering on a light stout color with amber brown bordering.

Smell: Wow, I remember why I was so turned on by this beer. Trois Pistoles maintains an incredible amount of fruity esterness appropriate to Belgians, while, at the same time, being quite refined about the whole affair. The individual esters do not pronounce themselves overly, but maintain a great sense of balance with simultaneous strength. This balanced but simultaneously individually nuanced quality is second only, for Belgian SDA's, to Brasserie des Rocs Triple Imperiale, in my opinion. A corky woodiness and yeasty funk on the front end. Over ripe banana, apples, figs, port, and candy sugar. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries. Thick sundae caramel. Great.

Taste: Corkiness again, banana, blueberries, slight alcohol nose, apples, kiwi, yeast, bread, crackers, slight fig and prune. Some candy sugar. Not quite as big as the nose, but still very nice.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated and even a little watery, in my opinion. However, it has a nice astringency that imparts the idea of a big Belgian brew well.

Drinkability: Trois Pistoles is an excellent example of the BDA style that has a tremendous amount of complexity. That being said, it does a fantastic job at hiding that complexity when you want it to, and you could drink it for hours on end if not for the ABV. An achievement.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Appears a dark mahogany brown with a huge two fingers of dense light tan head. Aromas of sweet dried fruits, possibly apricots and caramel malt. Tastes of spicy dried cherry, sweet caramel malts, slight citrus and melon notes. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite refreshing, tasty and very drinkable, but the 9% could sneak up on you. Excellent.

Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a vast amount of CO2. Produces a beautiful light tan head that sticks around forever. The body is dark amner in color. Gives off aromas of fresh baked bread. Slight hints of sweet molasses and bubble gum. This has a sweet pretzel kind of taste to it, without the salt. Feels a little warm and inviting too. This is an outstanding beer. One of the best I've had from Unibroue.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with some reddish hues into a snifter. There is a nice tan head that has decent retention. Aroma is of cocoa, raisins, bananas, yeast, spice, brown sugar, and alcohol with the taste more of the same. Mouthfeel is a little more thin than I want from this beer, although this may lend to its drinkability. Pretty solid beer.

Photo of jim102864
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap so I thought I'd give it a try from a 750ml bottle. I wasn't disappointed. A rush of ripe fruit as I removed the cork. Even a short-lived wispy cloud eminates from the bottle...very spooky. Poured this into my Duvel tulip glass. The appearance was deep burgandy; a suprising level of carbonation in the head which is not viscous and disappears shortly after your first few sips. The aroma is fruity from raisens, plumbs, dried apricots. Licorice too. Undertones of dates, raisens in the initial taste with carbonation in the finish...not a bad thing but unexpected. Thick, chewy yet smooth mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable Belgian.

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

solidly good!
Almost champagne - port wine feel
to the traditional Belgian yeast phenomena-
dark plum
fig spice with an effervescence:

but seriously...

Pours dark purple brownish
with a well hidden ABV
and a complex savory taste

Good stuff.

Photo of jmbranum
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful dark brownish-black beer with a massive slightly tan very dense head.

The aroma is on the malty side, fairly subtle but nice.

The flavor is surprising. The 9% alcoholic warmth is there but not overpowering. Much more drinkable than I expected and the mouthfeel is quite pleasant.

Very well-balanced match of malt with a tiny bit of spices and a little bit of tang that fits its style of a Belgian dark ale.

On the negative, this beer was almost too-balanced. I kinda wished it had a bit more umph in the flavor department with some flavor characteristics kicking it up a notch or two.

Overall this is a nice smooth drinking strong ale. Definitely worth giving it a try.

Photo of AustinSommelier
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased a 12 oz bottle at GrapeVine Market in Austin, TX. As a dark Belgian fanatic, this is easily my favorite beer. I won't bore w/ details, since that's already been done many times over. All I'll say is it has an incredibly complex flavor profile, it's very smooth, and can be enjoyed again & again w/o getting boring.

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass (that's all i got). The head on this beer is huge and it sticks around for a bit. While pouring I get some fruity aromas from the enormous head. Also get a little champagne-like scents coming through after head settles a bit. Can't wait for the taste. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a tan head.

First sip feels like champagne with lots of carbonation, but yet not too much. Taste has a bit of a winey champagney flavor to it. Definitely notice some white grape in there. There is no noticeable taste of alcohol for a 9% ABV beer. The flavor is fruity most of the way, still with that taste of champagne grapes. As I get about halfway through, the taste turns a bit more bitter and feels a bit thicker in the mouth, almost syrupy. Carbonation is still going strong, head almost non-existent. Very little lacing. Still getting that champagney/grapey scent. About 2/3 of the way down, the alcohol starts to hit, but it's still not noticeable in the taste. It also starts to feel a bit heavier than the average beer. Some malt flavors start to come through near the end, but the lingering flavor is still the slight flavor of champagne.

It's a quite drinkable beer, although I'm giving it a bit of a hit there compared to the other scores mainly because it does start to feel quite heavy towards the end. Can't drink more than one of these in a session, but that in no way makes it a bad beer. This is truly an excellent beer. I'm glad I have another waiting for me for a future date.

Photo of Torchiest
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Deep mahogany color, a solid inch of pale tan head which slowly collapsed.

Smells absolutely fantastic, dark sweet fruit with noticeable maltiness.

Quite sweet, plum and other fruit all over the place, alcohol is nice and warming, but not overbearing for a 9% beer. Mild bitterness, finishes estery and tasting like port.

Smooth, almost creamy, full of carbonation with keeps it from feeling heavy as it slides through the mouth effortlessly.

Absolutely delicious, and perhaps my favorite beer ever. I'd drink it all the time if I could, but it's strong and a little on the expensive side.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This is dark and opaque, but having just drank a Sam Adams Triple Bock, it just doesn't seem THAT dark and opaque. Chocolatey blackish brown. Tall, foamy beige-tan head with good retention.

Smell: Gingerbread, bubble gum, baked apples, cassis, bready yeast, citric notes, brown sugar. Nice.

Taste: Mmm, good stuff. Berry-like fruity sweetness is the first thing I notice. Cola notes are also present, with a light citric edge, vaguely cinnamony or clovey spice, and a drop of vanilla. Tangy and a little bit funky from the yeast. Alcohol is very well-covered. Overall, sort of reminiscent of a rum and coke.

Mouthfeel: Soft and silky, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A unique, interesting, and tasty beer. Very drinkable despite the strength.

Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish amber color, and with what I am finding out is an unofficial trademark of Unibroue, that HUGE head!

Smells like sweet baked apples. And a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is surprisingly on the light side to me. But still quite tasty. A crisp apple flavor is the first thing I notice, the beer then settles into a creamy and dry finish. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and finish.

Drinkable is excellent. Unibroue scores again. I have yet to have a beer from them that wasn't good.

Thanks for these Wasatch!

Photo of SaucyA
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


I say it after every sip of this complex, wonderful beer.

It's a VERY dark amber brown, with a heavy white head that retains throughout the entire glass. Only during the last few sips did the head even think about dissapating.

It smells wonderful, like Unibroue yeast, alcohol, caramel malts, and a major fruity overtone.

It's an absolutely superb taste that can't be beaten. Warm, malty, sweet, fruity, chocolatey, alcohol, yeast, light hops... I can't even begin to describe all the tastes happening with every sip. It's a fantastic beer that must be experienced.

It's medium body with heavy carbonation... which helps to hide the high abv. I seriously have a hard time believing it's so strong.

I would no doubt revisit this offering from Unibroue. It just can't be beat. It goes down easy, and is just... amazing.

Photo of tommy78
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a previous reviewer, brought a four pack from Quebec and poured it into a Trois Pistoles glass. A very dark, brown colour with serious head filled the glass. The head quickly dissolved, but it revealed an intense, yeast aroma. I also noticed a slight odor of fruit. The taste is is my favorite: quick and to the point. The taste of malt, fruit, and spices did not hang around in my mouth as some other Belgian types tend to do. It left a sweet taste on the palate. This beer goes well with any poultry-based dinners. One of my favorites from Unibroue.

Photo of atsprings
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time the other night at Flying Saucer. had a decent sized head that lasted a good while in the goblet they provided. Very easy to drink for a beer that strong. Had a very complex taste, fruit and raisins. Over all, very enjoyable. A little pricey, but for complex beers such as this, it's to be expected.

Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this bottle from biegaman. he said it had been aging in his cellar for about a year. i also got a bottle of this from freberg in a recent trade and shared it with family over the holidays. so thanks to both jan and michael.

pours a deep brown with a half inch of tan head. the head quickly drops to a thin layer on top and a sticky ring around the glass.

aroma is nice. fruit and spice. date and cherry. bit of clove and pepper. slightly smokey. bit of toffee.

taste is great. fruit and spice again. light clove and pepper. alcohol. toffee. bit of chocolate. dates and dried cranberries.

mouthfeel is nice. above average carbonation. bit of sting from the carbonation. nice medium body.

drinkability is good. very tasty and enjoyable beer that hides its 9% very well.

Photo of ohitsbrad
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

13 January 2007, Best Before Feb 07

Poured into a Trois Pistole glass. Murky dark brown with a small head. Sweet candi sugar and dark fruit aroma. Tastes of fruit (plums, raisins), licorice, sweet malt, Belgian yeast, chocolate and berries. An evolving flavour. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. An outstanding strong warming dark ale.

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

Poured hazy dark brown (deep amber if you hold it up to the light) with the usual gigantic Unibroue head. Aroma was yeasty, rich, ripe, funky, citrus underneath, and possibly unappealing, though you have to keep on inhaling while you try to make up your mind. Taste was bready and deep, toasted malt with a caramel middle and citrus finish.

Unibroue wants to drive me crazy. They brew strong, complex, challenging beer, that I still don't know if I LIKE.

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

As usual, incredible artwork on the bottle from Unibroue. This beer poured into a snifter with a menacing dark raisin color, topped off with a foamy light cola colored head. This beer emanated smells of yeast, currant, and subtle alcohol tones. The flavor was a malty dark fruit combo, that drifts into a mild finish of spice. Medium bodied at best, but not a session type beer. Paired great with an assortment of strong flavored cheeses and fresh figs (not the newtons)...Enjoy

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

From the Northcoast Coop here in Eureka, CA. I paid $6.49 for a 750 ml bottle corked & caged. It poured an opaque and cloudy brown with large off-white head that diminished slowly with average lacing. The nose was of burnt caramel with overtones of plum and berries. Flavors were simply explosive in the mouth and were sweet malts, caramel, citrus like touches of oranges and grapefruits, grapes, tantalizing spices, berries and chocolate. Mouthfeel was smooth and rich. Finish was great with just the slightest hoppy and dry bitterness. If it didn’t cost quite so much I would drink this all the time

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,435 ratings.