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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,155 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,155
Reviews: 1,877
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 176
Gots: 330 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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 IceAce
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This chestnut brown beauty simply defies one to pin it down stylistically. Boasting the funky nose of a saison and complete with hints of spices and Belgian yeast, this brew has the quality color of a Trappist dubble and is simply a joy...sip after sip.

Leading with a slightly fizzy open, the barnyard funky yeast is the first to appear. Midtaste deposits a nice malty note smack in the middle of the tongue.

The finish is clean with a sinful saison-like fade of yeast. Wow!

IceAce, May 01, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This introduction to the Unibroue line of beers continues to be impressive. Trois Pistoles is labeled as dark and strong. They're not lying. Pours a deep blood red, very dark. Smells of plums and brandy, the most pungent aspect is the overpowering alcohol smell-not a bad thing! Taste is pretty typical of a bottle-conditioned ale, musty, tart but sweet. Sickly ale all-round a very strong, not a beer to be taken lightly.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Rocky off-white head sits atop this dark brown beer. Head dissipate fairly quickly. When held up to the light, there is some serious bubbling going on. Much darker than Maudite.

Smell - Rich malt is the dominant smell. There is some phenolic spiciness, but not the tainted homebrew type.

Taste - Something about this beer makes me think of Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. The flavor is sweet overall, with just a shade of tartness, something like cranberris or darl cherries. For comparison, this beer has stronger yet cleaner taste than Maudite.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Strong body, which, when you look at the beer, matches it very well.

Drinkability - The flavor is rich, the alcohol is high -- this is no session beer. Howver, this stuff is pretty enjoyable.

Comments - This beer is better than I remember. Recommended. Thank you, Canada, for producing Unibroue. Let us all hops that Sleeman does not screw this up.

mgdeth, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of peterthepiper
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles (750 mL bottle) opened with dark grey vapour tendrils after uncorking. The first pour resulted in a persistent white head of 2-3 cm leaving considerable lacing. The color was almost a hazelnut brown and not very penetrable to light.

The nose was quite light, sweet with fruity notes. Tasting it, the beer was viscous, likely due to the high alcohol content, and the fruity notes evident in the nose were also in the palate as well as a a slight lingering sweetness. Trois Pistoles was quite carbonated yet quite smooth during drinking.

Watch out for this one though! The 9% volume is a killer.

Overall, this is an excellent beer of great quality, and great to drink (in small quantities).

peterthepiper, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of longarm
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

longarm, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of asabreed
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

asabreed, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

whartontallboy, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ommegangpbr, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

SupaCelt, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of hefevice
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

hefevice, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

OStrungT, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

AlexJ, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Hibernator, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Shultzerdugen, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

ypsifly, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

NeroFiddled, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

allengarvin, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of kosmoraios
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

kosmoraios, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Bierguy5, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of PorterLambic
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

PorterLambic, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

gimmehead, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of isubsmith
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

isubsmith, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of baiser
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

baiser, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of revdrjbob
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

revdrjbob, Jan 26, 2005
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,155 ratings.