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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,375
Reviews: 1,903
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 191
Gots: 404 | FT: 7
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000)
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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - This beer pours with a very soapy and slightly tan head. It dissipates at an average rate, settling at a nice cap at the top of the brew, with nice lacing down the glass as you drink it. The liquid is pitch black until you hold it up to a strong light, then you can see that it is a very dark reddish copper (mostly red). It is quite clear as long as you don't accidently pour a large amount of the yeast which has settled at the bottom of the bottle for refermentation. One wicked looking Belgian-style ale.

Smell - As per the style, there are strong aromas of dark ripe fruits, with a very dominant scent of straight-from-the-vine wine grape. There are plently of spice notes, from cinnamon to clove, and they are easily noticeable. The hop aroma is in the background and smells somewhat dry and not too bitter. The malt is slightly bready and earthy, with a nice richness and presence. There is little alcohol aroma.

Taste - The most outstanding taste of rich bready maltiness hits you immediately. Accompanying this is an equally flavorful taste of the dark ripe fruits along with the clove and cinnamon notes. The grape flavor is much less than the smell. The finish has medium notes of dry hop flavors, along with an earthy flavor which follows through to the aftertaste. Also in the aftertaste is a nice alcohol burn as you exhale after a taste, but not overdone.

Mouthfeel - There is a medium carbonation bite when the liquid first hits your tongue and mouth, but it quickly levels off and you are left with a nicely "bubbly" brew. The beer is medium-bodied (although on the lighter end of "medium") and is very smooth in your mouth.

Drinkability - What can I say? It's a Unibroue, I could drink these all day. For such a flavor and dark brew, this stuff is so well put together and gives your tongue and mouth such a pleasing sensation that it's easy to sip a few of these throughout a nice evening.

Overall...again...it's a Unibroue, which means quality, flavor, and attention to detail. Just another example of their fantastic skill as a brewery. Simply, this beer is phenomenal. A definite MUST have (several times).

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

12 oz into a brandy snifter.

Poured Dark/mahagony brown with deep red hues. Thick, bubbly 2" head, dissipated to a thin amount of lace and circular covering. The most active point was the very center on the head(the eye!), bubbling up like a gyser.

Smelled spicey, herbal, sweet malt, red wine sourness, wheaty and yeasty.Veggie style greens like green peppers and cucumbers. Rather complex nose.

Taste is also amazingly complex, ultra fruity including,red grapes and banana. Black pepper and spices. olives and black licorice. Mild to bitter hop taste at the end. Alcohol is also present.

Feels crispy and clean on the tongue. Feels active all the way down! very champagne-ish feel.

This is pretty strong brew and is meant to be savored over an extended period of time. The amazingly complex taste keeps you wanting more despite the alcohol content.

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with HurricaneMo (thanks):

Thin, but extremely dark brown brew (almost opaque). HUGE white head.

Very malty, mildest bit of hops. Tasted some cane sugar, apricots, dark fruits. Highly carbonated (somewhat of a surprise). Bubbles on the tongue.

Drinkability is very high. Although, i felt as though the flavors were not quite long enough on the palate. Would have been nice if the flavors had lasted a bit longer.

A great brew and my favorite from Unibroue thus far.

Photo of bwyker
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right away, I knew I was in for a treat. Powerful carbonation , which formed a huge golden-brown tinted head. The head (very) slowly became a swirling island of foam in the middle of the glass, leaving behind sticky lacing along the way. Raisins and toffee in the nose, with undertones of estery-banana and bread. Tastes of rich chocolate, caramel malts and very subtle alcohol. Banana in the finish. Smooth and bubbly mouthfeel. A highly drinkable, yet full bodied brew. This beer is outstanding.

Photo of kmudrick
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle in a Chimay chalice.
A: Very dark, lucious with an overwhelmingly creamy head that settles into a beautiful lacing that stuck throughout the entire tasting. Almost caramel in richness and depth, a few shades below a cola with a developing tinge of deep orange as the chalice narrows into the stem.
S: Very much lacking. A few sniffs reveals some hints of yeast and malts but nothing else jumps out.
T: Delicious. A slight hinge of bitterness hits the front of my mouth but that completely gets washed out by the incredible complexities. Warming and flavorful without the overwhelming taste of alcohol.
M: Very smooth and airy for a beer this heavy. Dances around my tongue. Slightly tingly.
D: For a beer this high in alcohol, I was pleasantly surprised at how drinkable this was. As it settled a bit and I got nearer the bottom of my chalice, it felt a little heavier, but it was still a real treat for my mouth.

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

This was an exceptional beer. I don't know if I have all the adjectives to describe the beer, other than to say it was delicious.

Very dark, ruby colored pour into an oversized wine glass. Nicely balanced aromas, followed by an exceptionally smooth taste. Extremely balanced.

Mouthfeel was like velvet. This went down very easily. I'd give it a 5 on drinkability except the ABV would limit how much you could drink in one sitting. Overall an exceptional beer.

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

Dark tea color with a hint of ornage. The head has a light brown tint. Two fingers on the pour and took a while to subside leaving some nice lacing.
Yeast and plum or mabey apple are the first to hit the nose. In the back are the dark malt and the slight hop aromas.
Overall, very fruity smells.
Taste is exceptional. There is a slight toffee taste but the fruit and dark malt flavors are very overpowering. (a good thing)
Very bubbly and the flavors dance around the tounge. Very clean finish that leaves the alcohol feel in the back of your throat.
This is a great beer that one could drink three or four at one sitting.

Photo of stouty1
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my chalice a beautiful dark coppery caramel color. Very nice caramel head that reformed with a swirl of the glass. Laced out within the entire beer and not just around the rim.

Smells of fruit. Apple, pear, some berries. Jumps right out at you with every sip.

No taste on the tip of tongue but oh so sweet once it rolls to the back. Slight fruity bitterness hides the alchol, but leaves a nice warming sensation.

Good beer, not the best but I could enjoy another of these. It went down fast tonight, but I don't think I would reach for a nother just yet, unless it was all I had. Unibroue hasn't disappointed me yet!

Photo of sevenredrabbits
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml Bottle. Poured into goblet style glass. 3 finger head developed but quickly dissipated into lacing that lasts until finished. Smell: Plums. Definitely plummy. Taste: Cannot describe. Palate not refined enough, but...Very damned good. Mouthfeel: I'd agree that it's harsh. Not bad though. I'd definitely bring a few bottles of this to a family gathering.

Photo of expatsteve
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black, with a few mahogany notes and decent visibility for a dark beer. 1/2 inch head that settles into sticky thick lacing and nice suds cover. Characteristic Unibroue viscosity - low/medium.

Aroma: Raisins, plums, molasses, and some nice cantaloupe undertones. Some boozy wisps, sourdough breadiness and yeasty notes makes this an amazingly complex and impressive nose.

Taste: Creamy malt front palate, with raisins and apricots - almost a bread pudding hint to it. Toffee malt and yeast finish. An amazing set of developments in this one - molasses, dried plums, strawberries, brown sugar, a little booze and a good yeasty finish. Wow. One of the best balanced and developed beers I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than might seem appropriate for such a complex strong beer. Booze is well masked, and the maltiness of the beer keeps it drinkable while the fruity notes add a cleansing quality. Exceptional.

Drinkability: Eminently drinkable beer that stacks up well against other beers in the style - this really should be the jewel in Unibroue's crown. Exceptional. I can't say enough good things about this beer, so I'll stop.

Photo of EPICAC
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep black that is a cloudy, deep red against the light. A foamy beige head tops the beer, with good retention and patchy lace.

Smell: Yeasty, tart fruitiness, spicy alcohol and light roasted malts.

Taste: Tart fruit, spicy alcohol, subtle roasted malts with hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation, light to medium-bodied, and smooth.

Drinkability: Flavorful, with evident but not overpowering alcohol.

Overall: My comments for this beer are similar to those for Maudite.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a pretty beer. Bark mahogany brown body, sort of murky, topped by a light and fluffy off-white head. The head sticks around for quite a while and clings to the side of the glass.

The nose is sweet, caramel, toffee, and maybe a bit of dark fruits. Plums and dates. It smells really nice, and quite Belgium-like.

Taste is smooth, and -again- plummy. Sweet toffee taste with a slightly warming swallow. Nice, flavorful-sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little harsh, I believe. The beer could benefit from a lighter carbonation. Drinkability is good - the taste is great, but the mouthfeel could use some work, I think.

Photo of haz77
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky dark brown with an inch of fizzy tan head. This drops to a fingers worth after 30 seconds. Can't see the carbonation through the dark body, but the head suggests that there is plenty there.

S - Rum, ripe plums, raisins, toffee, spicy alcohol

T - Spicy rum-like notes up front. Massive burst of sweet, ripe dark fruit in the middle. Alcohol come through towards the end, but well masked. Toffee aftertaste.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

D - Very nice overall, although I found the carbonation a bit much for the style. Recommended.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby-brown (slightly hazy) with a thick creamy off-white/tan head which becomes a constant foam.

Smell: The beer has a beautiful aroma of rich fruits (cherry, plum, etc.) and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Very intense! Caramel with ripe, dark fruits, spices, and hops. Complex and well-balanced. Mildly bitter aftertaste from the hops. Also has a bit of alcohol in the taste, but it's not very noticable.

Mouthfeel: Has a fairly constant but not intense carbonation. Medium- to heavy-bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: The high alcohol is noticable, but not too difficult to manage. The strong flavor can be a bit overwhelming after a while, so be sure to drink it slow.

Something about the smell & taste is very mysterious & dark -- in a very good way! An imaginitive, tasy, and exciting beer. Unibroue does it again! Great for a special occasion on it's own, or with a somewhat heavier meal. Lovers of both Belgian beers and great, unique-tasting beers will enjoy this.

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

This beer might have the best presentation that I've ever seen. The artwork on the bottle and foil top make for a very appealing package. With that out of the way, this beer pours a deep and cloudy brown with reddish hints glinting around the edges. Extraordinarily effervescent, I'm caught by surprise as the head erupts out of the bottle and all over me and the chair I'm sitting in. In the glass, the head is a light tan, and builds to a quite substantial hight before settling in, thick and fluffy. Smell is sickly sweet, with loads of grapes and berries, along with yeast and spices. Taste is better balanced, with the grapes and plum still playing a prominent role, but supplemented with vinous notes and a spicy alcohol bite. Finish lasts well, dry and woody, thanks to the spectacular mouthfeel. Clinging and thick, with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, a nice brew to savour and appreciate. A real winner from Unibroue.

Photo of mcallister
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazey brick brown with a white head that has retention and leaves little lacing.

Big bold belgian spice and yeast aromas. Corriander, anise, fig, and other fruits complex aromas. The nose on this is enormous.

As in the nose big and complex. Somewhat feminine in style. The belgian spice and yeast totally dominate this one. Not much hops at all but a very fruity, slightly sweet, tight mouthfeel.

Too much spice for me too drink more than 1 or 2 but a damn solid brew.

Photo of roblowther
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who says that Belgian beer has to be brewed in Belgium? These guys do a great job and this is one of their best. Poured from the small bottle, pours almost black with a frothy, light tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves very little lace. The bubbles aren't the microscopic, persistent ones of some of the trappists and the dissappearing head is probably the beer's achiles heel. Beyond that, though, very few complaints. Smell is sweet, with notes of bananas and...figs? Taste is fruity, then notes of chocolate, with a warming alcohol finish and those figs again. Very smooth, satisfying mouthfeel, really lets you know you're drinking a beer without making you feel you have to chew it. Drinkability is excellent, I could sip these all night. Sip. They are 9%.

Photo of doubleipa
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown apperance with fizzy head. Gone pretty quickly and with very little lacing. Aroma is very fruity as I would expect. Typical cherry, apples, red wine, and bread. A lot of carbonation, which I've come to expect from this brewery. A bit of a shock to the tongue. Good long finish. A very good example.

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

Poured dark, almost blood-red with a frothy, white head. Aroma of malt and pine with floral undertones. Medium carbonation with light frothy retention.

Thick, carbonated texture with a slightly bittersweet bite.

Flavors of pine, raisons, malt and slightly bitter hops mingle well with a presence of alcohol. The high content is masked well with the balanced flavor. The lingering aftertaste is poignant and citrusy, while the malt undertone remains throughout.

This was my second Unibroue sampling and I’m looking forward to trying more!

Photo of kimcgolf
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of ripe, dark fruit....mostly plums and grapes. Very carbonated taste at first, warms to a very tasty, thick bodied beer. The alcohol becomes more noticeable late in the glass, and leads to a very warming finish. This is most definitely a beer that I could only enjoy sipping slowly, and one a night (Max), but a very good drinking experience.

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

After 500 reviews I decided to go through the top 100 and see what I was missing.
Finding a few like this one from Unibroue that I have tried a few time and missed reviewing. With the help on notes and memory here goes nothing.

Pours a cloudy violet plum with big tan head and showy sheets of lace sticking to the glass. Aroma of malt mix with hints of ripe darj fruit - raisins, plums soaked in alcohol. Very satisfying dextrinous mouthfeel but the sweetness is well balanced. Malt gives way to an acidic finish as hop IBUs kick in and hold up to the big malts, dry aftertaste hangs on.

Always seem to be having this after I have tried several others - this is worthy of trying solo to allow you to fully enjoy its complexity.

Photo of Iguana
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been hesitant to try Unibroue beer's. I wasnt the biggest fan of Belgian-style ales when I first got into craft beer. That coupled with the fact that I can find their beers at both the major beer stores in town led me to other beers first. But wow, this beer is amazing.

Appearence - Poured a dark chestnut color, borderline black, into my goblet, pretty decent head on it that settles into a nice thin layer of foam.

Smell - Yeasty, hints of banana/clove. Once it warmed up clove scent is more prominent.

Taste - Simply amazing. Banana, clove, toasted brown sugar, ripened dark fruit. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, syrupy, crisp, everything I could want.

Drinkability - Dangerous. 9% ABV in a smooth, refreshing, sweet beer. I could drink this all night till I am no longer standing. This is among the best beers I have ever had.

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

2004 batch. poured into a goblet.

A - light brownish tan head with little retention. Dark deep brown with some amber highlights.
S - Very intense. Fruity, perhaps plum? Also a hint of caramel smells.
T - you can definitly taste the alcohol, but not in an offensive way. Sweet maltiness with little bitterness. Many fruity esters present much like the aroma counterpart.
M - good carbonation (it popped when I opened it). Very full bodied, much more than I expected and there is a definite warmth from the alcohol.
D - mmm, delicious! I think if it were 60 degrees cooler outside and I was by the fire I would not mind enjoying this again. Pretty heavy and potent beer so don't look for to be refreshing but absolutly delicious none the less.

Photo of dfried
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost black in the center with a redish-purple hue close to the center and around the edges. Good sized caramel colored head that lasted as a 1/2 cm thick film throughout the beer. The aroma was of Belgian yeast, thick and syrupy, lots of esters, a bit like a hefes banana/clove smell, with some brambles in the background. The taste was of course very Belgian, yeasty and bready, but very sweet as well. You can tell it's a toasted malt, but the malt is not really a bitter toast, it stays very sweet and fruity, I really like the hint of rasberry I got in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light, sweet tingle, much like a wine. This beer is so very drinkable, the bottle went down easy and fast. Forget "drinkable for a 9% beer," it's drinkable compared to any.

Photo of hunteraw
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one came in a bit under my expectations. Sampled at Brickskeller in DC.

Appearance: Very dark brown pour, with purple hues, nice head but leaving not much lace.

Smell: malt and Belgian yeast aroma dominate.

Taste: malt is the dominant flavor here, with dark fruit and an aftertaste that is all belgian yeast. Finishes fairly dry. Not overly sweet. Alcohol present in the background.

Mouthfeel: thinner than I expected for such a dark beer. no complaints on carbonation.

Drinkability: one was enough. I had high expectations for this one, and maybe they were too high. It was good, don't get me wrong, and more drinkable than a lot of Belgian-style ales because it's not overly sweet, but I just didn't get the complexity out of this one that a lot of other reviewers seem to have - maybe I'll have to come back to it sometime.

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
95 out of 100 based on 4,375 ratings.