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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,503
Reviews: 1,934
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 213
Gots: 487 | 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 LittleCreature
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Almost exactly like cola, from the colour to the rapidly rising bubbles. I am shocked how fizzy this beer looks. The two fingers of darkish brown head disappeared almost instantly.

Smell - 4.5
Although there is a high alcohol volume, this is just barely evident in the smell. It smells rather sweet, although not particularly strong. I can detect aromas of licorice, vanilla, and a malty sweetness. With a little warming there is a nice smell of overripe fruit.

Taste - 4.5
Yummy! The alcohol is immediately evident, and perhaps not as well masked as it could be, although this improves as the beer warms up. Most impressive is the aftertaste, which lingers in the mouth, leaving the taste of a good port.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
I am really relieved that the initial violent fizziness has gone away, leaving the beer only slightly fizzier than average for a dark ale. It feels relatively light for this kind of beer, and quite mellow.

Drinkability - 4.0
There are other strong Belgian beers that mask their alcohol better, but as this warms up it becomes smoother, tastier and more drinkable. As I am finishing the glass I could actually see myself wanting a second in one sitting.

The longer I spent on this one the more it grew on me, which I think was largely due to starting it a little too cold. It was worth the money to try once, and it is certainly special, but I will probably not get it again. Very good beer, but there are better of its style.
Edit: Second sampling of this beer bumped the score from 4 to 4.35. Definitely drank too cold first time around. Excellent.

Photo of Hawthorne
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is truly special. The pour is nice leading to a robust head that is known for its long good-byes. On the nose this beer has a slight sweetness followed by a well rounded malt. The taste of this beer is brilliant! Moreover, it is very drinkable, exceptionally balanced and suited for any occasion. Bravo. One note on the closing, this beer packs a punch.

Photo of BMoney575
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-25-07
Best before 5-3-09

Pours a deep red/purple, with a massive off-white head that settles nicely.

Smell is super dark fruits, almost perfumey, sweet yet balanced by a good Belgian aroma.

Taste is very Belgian at first, followed by a smooth sweetness. Lots of dark fruits, plum, balanced by a perfect amount of subtle bitterness. A light alcohol warming finishes, which is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is perfect, super smooth and creamy.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, given the modest 9% abv.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Once again I'm very impressed by Unibroue. Highly recommended.

Photo of prototypic
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a very dark brown. Can't see a thing through it. Thick, foamy two finger head. Good retention and a decent coat of lace remained.

Smell: Interesting. It smells spicy (as most Unibroue brews do). Perhaps it's a peppery smell. Definitely malty. Notes of dark fruit, molasses and brown sugar are present.

Taste: Initially, it's spicy. Certainly not overly so. It's a bit of a light spiciness. Actually a bit less than other Unibroue beers I've tried. Dark fruit tastes are certainly present and a sweet taste to it. Very nice malty flavor. On the outskirts are a molasses like taste. Very complex.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very smooth. Very well carbonated. At 9%, it's strong, but you really can't tell. It's masked very well and it's very drinkable. Certainly not a session, but very drinkable all the same. Overall, it's very good.

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

Pitch black with moderate head

Tart fruit sweet sugar

Nice and sweet / quite tart / earthy / thick and sugary / light chocolate and raisin / spicy / light yeasty esters / dry through sweet

Medium-plus bodied with spicy carbonation

Sweet and delightful, very fun brew.

Photo of basica
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been very curious about this beer for a while. After buying one to go from Brewerkz,
I have had it sit in my fridge for a while and I finally got to tasting this fine beer one
night. The Unibroue bottle is one of the more elegant looking bottles around, with a nice
silver foil round the neck and top of the bottle and the words "Unibroue" printed on the
foil. At the back of the bottle there is a silver printing which reads "L044". According
to the Unibroue website this signifies the bottling date and L represents November, 04
means 4th and 4 means 2004. Therefore my bottle is bottled on November 4, 2004. Trois
Pistoles is pronounced (Trwa-pee-stole) and is actually a place in Canada; I would not
bore anyone with any more of the history. This beer is brewed in Quebec, Canada but it
follows the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style of brewing leaving it with aromatic fruity notes.
The Trois Pistole poured out with a mild head which disspitates very quickly leaving slight
lacing. It smells subtlely of some dried or dark fruits and has a very strong taste of
those fruits. The 9 ABV goes amazingly smooth and hardly feels heavy at all if taken slow;
this strength, however, gives it great beer character on top of the great taste. The after
taste is equally fantastic though not as long lasting as I may have liked it to be. I felt
that the Trois Pistoles taste is similar to the Westmalle Dubbel, heavily fruity, but the
fruity taste in the Westmalle Dubbel is definitely stronger and, at 7 ABV is less potent
compared to the Trois Pistoles and, thus I still prefer the Westmalle Dubbel. BUt these
2 beers definitely have similarities, in my opinion. The Trois Pistole is a GREAT beer and
fully lived up to my expectation. If I had not tried the Westmalle Dubbel before this one,
I would probably be totally overwhelmed as this kind of matured, dark, very slightly sweet
fruit taste turns out to be my favourite taste (for now) in Boutique Belgian Ales.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque brown with a thick and rich head. Aroma is nice, unusual, very fruity, more like that of a cider. Very pleasing flavor has strong pear overtones, is mostly malty with some smoky hints; in a way it tastes more like a cider than a beer. This is a brew to be sipped and savored by itself, rather than chugged or consumed with a meal. I strongly recommend this one.

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

A- Dark brown with a creamy light tan head. pretty.

S- Smells dark and malty... peppery, earthy, herbal, vegetal, sweet sugar and molasses. A complex and thoroughly enjoyable nose.

T- Malty up front, with a lot of pepper and some herbal notes. A slight amount of pine and hops in the very back that comes to balance... taste is wonderful.

M- Smooth and low in carbonation.. almost buttery, but in a good way.

D- You could have a couple. It's very very good. mmmm.

Photo of cpn920
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Belgian Strong Dark Ale and it must be my immature beer palate because I only mildly enjoyed it. The appearance was spectacular with a champagne like head that dissipated fairly quickly. I could smell fruit, maybe cherries, that was pleasing. The taste was a little sweet for my liking and fairly light. The mouthfeel was one of high carbonation. I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these in a sitting. I want to try this style again now that I know what I should be expecting in this type of beer. I'm a stout and porter guy and this was far from those styles.

Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours dark with a reddish hue. Aroma is somewhat nutty with mostly alcohol showing through. Taste is interesting though. Tart and strong with an alcohol backbone. Mouthfeel is warm, almost too warm. Leaves a tartness on the tongue reminiscent of cherry. In fact, cherry is one of the flavors that seems to be in this beer. There's also some raisin hint. Overall, another quality Belgian Strong Ale from Unibroue. Definitely might go well with dessert.

Photo of seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a leffe chalice

I was not prepared for how good this beer would be.

Appearance - Dark mahogany, reminiscent of a scottish wee heavy.Thick syrupy looking head, that is everlasting. Almost so good to look at, you go blind! Oh yeah, brussels lace all over the place.

Smell - dark fruits, cherries and almonds. Toffee, christmas cake, all things sweet. No hops here.

Taste - Very sweet. Lots of cherries, caramel, treacle, roasted nuts, almonds again. Long lasting flavours well after swallowing.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, very syrupy, a sipper if there ever was one.

Drinkability - Not one for everyday of course, but i can see this as a great dessert beer. Probably a good for Christmas. I liken this to Orkney Skullsplitter - another favourite of mine. Trois Pistoles is a fantastic beer.

Photo of slyke
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles pours nearly black as night in the center with bit of brown on the edges. A thick finger of tan head tops it off. The aroma is sweet with notes of dark fruit and a bit of nuttiness.

The dark fruits and nutty tones are back for the taste with a slight tang of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very good with carbonation dancing on the tongue at the beginning of things, then has a nice finish that is crisp yet leaves a enough of an aftertaste to encourage you to go back for more.

This beer is quite drinkable, but with 9% abv, I wouldn't want to sip more than one or two at a sitting. Highly recommended.

Photo of Contra
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Absolutely stunning. I've never seen a beer so suitable for photographing. Dark as night, but under the right conditions, it appears more brownish and less thick.

Smell - Sweet, smoky, and inviting.

Taste - Wow! Flavor of black cherries, roasted nuts, almonds, dates... keeps me wanting more. Absolutely awesome.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly carbonated when sipping it. I would have expected it to have a thick, heavy body... but somehow, it's more on the medium end.

Drinkability - Heavy on the sense, no doubt. But somehow, I could drink a ton of this.

I've been dying to try more Unibroue beers ever since I first had a sample of Maudite on tap, but the price has kept me from it. Now I know what I'm missing. Absolutely amazing.

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

Gotta say this is some tasy stuff. I think this cements Belgian Strong Dark Ale as one of my favorite styles of beer. Real deep & rich beer, but not overly heavy on the verge of syrup tasting. Nice clean beer overall. Thanks Fred and Jeff for the reason to buy and drink!

Photo of soupyman10
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two finger ehad of fairly large bubbles that disappears very fast; deep brown color that appears opaque, although that could just be the darkness

S - Highlyspicy, aromas with lots of sweet caramel as well; deep raisin scents, dried or ripe fruits

T - Gorgeous, complex flavors; first you get sweet caramelmalts; a fairly strong alcohol taste; some hops in the middle; lots of raisin

M - Seems medium bodied, but with a strange light syrupy texture as well; great after taste that coats the mouth

D - An excellent beer, although the appearance didn't really show it off as such

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.32/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep brown body with thick tan head. bubbles rise to the top.

S- Whoa intense pungent smell of alcohol and grapes. Smell is similar to a strong port wine.

T- the taste is much lighter than the smell. Grapes and dark fruit at the beginning mixed with some malt. This is followed by a slight alcohol burn. The 9% isn't hidden as well here as in unibroue's other offerings. Sugar and grapes remain long after the alcohol burn is gone.

M- high carbonation and sticky body. goes down fairly smooth.

D- this has similar drinkability to a wine. Its not bad and its definately a different experience that is worth a try.

Photo of PhiloPsych
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I allowed the bottle to warm for about half an hour before opening. The bottled bubbled over as soon as I popped it open. The beer looked very dark in the bottle. As I poured it, the color was coffee brown. There was a big active head at first, but it quickly faded down to almost nothing. Aroma was strong, alcoholic, fruity, and a little bit spicy. The mouthfeel was thick and smooth. Flavor was malty, fruity, and maybe just a little bit smokey. With some sips I got a slight solvent flavor in the aftertaste; I didn't like that so much. The first time I tried this beer, I found it overpowering; I am happy to have enjoyed it this time. It paired very nicely with the barbecue beef I was eating and held up against the strong flavor of the food. It also served nicely as a dessert afterward.

Photo of cktison
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL cork top bottle to goblet.
A: Dark brown, clear, huge foam head that subsides quickly. Nice lacing that sticks around. Amber, golden brown, beautiful.
S: Sweet & spicy, not much there, but its pleasing.
T: Sharp, chocolate brownie, cherries and spice and pepper. This is very good tasting. Alcohols and esters are there
M: Highly carbonated, dry, sharp. Clean finish, a bit bitter.
D: Goes down too smooth for 9%! Very nice, refreshing, powerful. Great, great beer.

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

This is such a lovely beer. Had on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a rich dark brown/black color, with hints of red. There is very good head retention with excellent lacing. On the nose one gets Belgium spice, interwoven with cherry, port and chocolate. Heavenly. The palate replicates the nose, but has a thick, rich, viscuous mouthfeel. The beer is sweet, but not excessivly so. There's even a touch of dryness, one would assume from the hops. Well balanced and not cloying, with hints of chocolate, cherries, prunes and port. The beer finishes very nicely, with a long finish.

Considering how rich this beer is, it's remarkably drinkable. One would never guess the 9% abv., at least not while drinking it. Another excellent beer from the folks at Unibroue.

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

12oz into snifter

Pours dark caramel brown which appears black in the glass. Fizzy and fuzzy off white head drops quickly leaving no lace.

Scent is sour and vinous: port wine grapes, tart cherries, salty with a musky barnyard (the inimitable "horse blanket") funk.

Taste is delicious funky sour belgian yeast, sweet brown sugar, tart cherries and plums, tannic grapes and peppery spice. If that weren't enough there is even some chocolate hiding in here, not to mention caramel.

Mouthfeel, though somewhat light, is nicely coating and a bit chewy with a slight warming at the back of the throat. Prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent and the 9% ABV is well hidden.

Another excellent beer from Unibroue.

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

Foil wrapped bottle poured into a tulip glass. Lots of tan foam over a very dark brown beer; too dark to see through.
Aroma is of spice, sour fruit and something metallic.
Big flavor starting with orange and tangerine, citrusy tartness, sour fruit and dark brown sugar. This beer tends towards sourness but in a pleasant way. Aftertaste of more fruit and malt.
Could be heavier on the body. Nice mouthfeel but a bit thin for a big beer.
Excellent sipping beer. Gets better as it warms up.

Photo of fank2788
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle marked best before 10/09 poured into a goblet
A careful pour, my goblet only holds 12oz, reveals a deep mahogany brown to black beer with medium clarity and a thin layer of tight bubbles on top. The smell is of sweet dark fruits raisins and plums with a touch of an oaky and peppery character along with a slight cloviness and earthy smells from the yeast. In the taste the sweet dark fruit comes through up front along with a decent alcohol flavor and port wine like complexity and warmth. There is a bit of earthy grassy flavors in the taste as well that could possibly be attributed to the yeast, I'm not sure about that though. The mouthfeel is spot on, this beer is very full but has enough carbonation to keep it active on the tongue. The beer finishes very dry with a good deal of pepper and alcoholic spice. A sipping beer but yet dangerously drinkable, it has highly complex flavors but no single flavor or aspect of this beer comes through to overwhelm the senses and make it difficult to drink. I would like to see how this changes after some time in the cellar.

Photo of rec
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, I'll start by saying this is my second from Unibroue, and it's far better than my first; Maudite.

Once again the pour was impressive, despite the lack of lacing. The opaque dark brown body is definately something to appreciate.

Rich sweet malt, cloves and spice as well as mixed fruits (both dark and light) stream through in the deliciously complex aroma.

On the tounge I first register strong spice and citrus - I might also say there's even a dash of vanilla here which creates a smooth taste. It's quickly followed by alchohol warmth and the lingering taste of sweet malt. The alchohol is perhaps a little harsh, but overall it's balanced rather well.

From a mouthfeel perspective it feels a little overcarbonated and definately adds to the harshness of the drink when paired with the spice and alchohol - this is probably my only real complaint.

Due to that issue, I could hardly say it's a session beer, but I could easily knock back a couple without too much trouble. A must try for any Belgian beer fans - I dare say Unibroue is as close as you'll get to the real deal!

Photo of MMansfield
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Premier Wine & Spirits.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola like brown in my Leffe chalice. Fizzy light brown head dissolves quickly, leaves some lace.

Aroma: Sweet fruit, plums, banannas, very herbal, some cloves. Very very nice. Possible the most pleasant smelling beer I've had.

Taste: Complex spices in here. Plenty of cloves and prunes. Plenty of alchohol warmth with some underlying vanilla notes. This has winter written all over it.

Mouthfeel: A nice fizzyness, rich. A sipping beer for sure.

Final Statement: My second run at Unibroue is much more enjoyable. My palette has really developed over the last 6 months or so, and I find myself really enjoying this one. It's a sipper best suited for winter months. Tonights cold rain is welcomed as well. I think I found my beer for next christmas eve.

Photo of Shadman
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

some of the local stores are carring this so maybe Sleeman's owning them isn't such a bad thing. Otherwise I'd never see the stuff 'outwest'.

beer poured a dark brown that was cloudy. Noticed translucence on the sides of the glass. I found the head and lacing to be poor for some reason, hence a few points lost for appearance.

hints of banana, spice, and some light vanilla.

spicey and fruit filled flavours in the front end. Middle is quite clove spiced and the back end has a that port wine taste as advertised. The alcohol is warming, but well disguised here.

smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. Found it to be slightly creamy. All in all a nice beer experience.

for a beer so strong it is very nice. A brew to be sipped slowly due to the ABV and the overall sweetness, not to mention the complexity in it's flavours.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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