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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
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4,236 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,236
Reviews: 1,890
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 179
Gots: 360 | FT: 6
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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 Viggo
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown, with some orange, small tan head forms, goes pretty quick but leaves a lace ring around the glass. Smell is sweet, spices, orange, brown sugar, prunes, yeast, and some alcohol. Taste is sweet brown sugar, dates, spices, and orange. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with high carbonation. This one has been cellaring since february so it was pretty smooth, need to bust into my 750 ml of 2004 soon.

Viggo, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is one-finger tall, but recedes quickly into nothing. The aroma is of spices, dark fruits, caramel, and more spices. The taste starts with dark fruits, then gets spicy during the finish, while alcohol coats the throat on the way down and during the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is meium bodied with a lot of (maybe too much) carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer, but not great. I would choose La Terrible or La Maudite over this brew anyday.

KarlHungus, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: rich and very dark ruby/brown, a slight tan head and little lacing. very full and deep color

smell: quite sweet and alcoholic, plum, apple, grape...slightly yeasty, a touch of spice. aromas are potent and inviting

taste: very powerful alcohol sweetness is the immediate taste...fruity and sugary...plum, dark grapes, apple, cherry. a yeasty "belgian" characteristic to it, somewhat bready taste....very nice

mouthfeel: silky smooth, alcohol warming

drinkability: nice


i like what i taste from unibroue, shall try maudite next

dirtylou, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of veggiemafia
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

Dark brownish ruby with a surprisingly white head. About 1/2 cm stays through the entire beer, which is surprising given the ABV.

Smell is candy sugar, Belgian malt and yeast, molasses sticky sweetness and dark berries, very Brandy-like alcohol, which is the highlight of this one for me.

Very Brandy-like, fruity, very sweet and syrupy. Really really nice, this one is a dessert all on it's own. Very aperitif-y.

Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy and sweet and awesome.

I could put this away for awhile, but I'd be completely smashed after a few.

veggiemafia, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a very lovely dark brown with slight ruby opaqueness. The head was thick and fluffy creamy off white. This beer laces like pancake batter on my glass.

Smell: This is a busy busy beer. Man does this smell great. I am getting all kinds of spicy goodness playing along with some chocolate and assorted fruity goodness.

Taste: Lives up to its own smell. This is a delicious beer. Spicy maltyness plays with chocolately fruity goodness. The alcohol taste is buried under the taste. This taste just fantastic.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Dam this is good. The beer is full bodied. The carbonation plays nicely with this tasty beer. I wish I had known about Unibroue sooner.

nlmartin, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a best before date of 3-15-08, so I think that I am probably drinking a fresh example. I haven't been quite so lucky with their La Fin Du Monde.

Appearance: The beer starts off life outside the bottle as a deep rich reddish brown color that starts off hazy due to a whole bunch of bubbles rising. There was about an inch of head initially that was off white and creamy. The head maintained for quite some time as a small cap on the beer. There was very little lacing. Sadly, the beer never really clarifies like I expected it to.

Aroma: Really fruity aroma. There is plum and raisin along with some green and red apples thrown in. There is the faintest hint of banana, along with some noticeable black cherry. A lot of toasty bready aromas from yeast and malt are evident among the fruit basket.

Taste: The flavor is more bold than even the aroma suggested. There is a lot going on here. There is still a whole lot of dark fruit in the flavor along with some significant spiciness that I didn't get in the aroma at all. There is a whole world of flavor that greets you in the beginning, but this fades to let the carbonation and spices dance across the back of the palate. In the end, the finish is slightly dry with some noticeable alcoholic warming in the back of the throat.

Opinion: This is an incredible beer! This is probably the only beer that I have tried in recent history that I think would give St Bernardus Abt 12 a run for it's money. The aroma and flavor is rich and complex, and you can notice something new just about every time you raise the glass to drink. I have tried this beer before, but it was after quite a few others before hand. As one of my first beers of the evening, it is much more enjoyable. Take your time with this one.

SkeeterHawk, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of funkengruven
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a 6 pack of 12oz Bottles, and drinking one as I write this.
(Served in a 22oz Pokal)

This brew poured to a cloudy chocolate brown color leaving a cappuccino colored head that slowly dissipated to about 2mm.

The smell is fragrant, reminiscent of caramel and molasses. Taste is exceptional. Bold undertones of Fruit that lead to a finish that is reminiscent to a fine aged port. The high ABV of this beer is well hidden behind these bold and complex flavors.

The feeling on the mouth is smooth and gentle, not harsh in the least. This is a beer with excellent drinkability and is certainly makes for a nice treat every once in a while.

funkengruven, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of jaluria
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black, opaque color with a tan-colored head. Aromas of raisins, plums, and alcohol come out. The taste is great with a malt flavor upfront followed closely by a plum/dry fruit finish. The ABV is somewhat hidden in the fruity flavors. A sour aftertaste that leaves behind a warming alcohol sensation. Good drinkability.

jaluria, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Floral. This beer is very flowery. Jasmine, Coriander, and…Asparagus? This is very interesting. The bouquet is just grand. Taste is mixed berries with a sweet front that gives way to complex tart oak notes. Jasmine wraps the toungue half way through each sip and gives way to a dry asparagus. The color is a brilliant deep brown with amber hues. The head is fairly thin but lasting. Lacing is decent. Carbonation is exceptionally aggressive. Texture is meaty like a rib eye. Drinkability is flawless. This is a dangerous fellow to dabble with. My taste buds wish to consume far more than my kidneys could bare. Well done.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As I work my way through the Unibroue holiday sampler I have come to this one. It is tasty though not as remarkable as some of the other offerings.

Pours deep garnet with a white head that is short lived and left little lacing. Carbonation explosive at first but this fades rather quickly.

Aroma is dried fruit and sweet malt, hints of spice and floral.

Taste is nicely balced and complex with many hints and notes of yeast and fruit and various spices.

A drinkable brew.

Citadel82, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of davidchollar
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i am just recently becoming a big fan of belgian ales, tripels quadrupels etc... before i was a little scared of them 'cause i didn't know anything about them, and most stores i shopped at didn't even carry them. i can see why this is probably the most celebrated style of all here on BA, (belgian - not necessarily dark).
looks good, dark as advertised, nice creamy off-white head
smells delicious, caramel and raisin.
tastes like pleasure. this is good shit, and very drinkable. hard to believe it is 9% abv ! spicy and crisp, buttery on the tongue, awesome. i think i prefer la fin du monde, but i will definitely get this again. yummm

davidchollar, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of Marty
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm still waiting for this brewery to make a mistake. Their line of beers is simply amazing.

Appearance: Hazy, dark red/brown. Highly carbonated. Big foamy--but not sticky--head.

Aroma: Tingles the nose. Smells sweet and spicy.

Taste: Very sweet, like Fin du Monde and Maudite, but not quite as spicy. Very balanced. Not extremely hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Smooooth going down. Carbonation adds a little excitement to every sip.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable.

Marty, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Incredibly pour off this beer. Two fingers of deep rubied brown liquid sits below 3 fingers of moderately fast dispersing head. After things settle, I get 2 fingers of an off-white head. Nose is very fruity and spicey. Notes of orange and raisin sit under a coriander spicyness. Touches of brown sugar sweetness come through as well. Flavor is solid. Good sweet raisin soaked in orange juice and brown sugar. Very well blended. No hint of alcohol, which is awesome. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I'm very impressed with the drinkability of this brew. I'm really not having to take time between sips, as would be expected from the alcohol content. A very good brew.

kmpitz2, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of metallistout
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up when I bought the Reverand by Avery. This one pours a thick caramel color, with a decent foamy head, leaving a lace.
Aroma of citrus, cherries, malty sweet.

Caramel and hop flavor dominating malty tones, with a strong presence of alcohol. Spice and a dry finish.

I am hooked on belgian ales.

metallistout, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of kgotcher
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ominously dark corked bottle with spooky label.

Dark carmel amber color with foamy off white head.

Smell is very rich, sweet fruity begium yeast is obvious through a very malty aroma.

Medium body feels lighter than I expected, also feels very carbonated. Slight alchohol warming not as obvious as expected from a 9% ABV.

Taste is very sweet malt, fruit and clove with serious tartness. Goes down very smooth.

I really like this beer, a very drinkable dark begium style that hides the achohol very well.

kgotcher, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: 9% abv, Ale on Lees aka bottle conditioned, glass suggestion pictograph on the back label (chalice) and a best before 09-28-07, classy art work, these people know how to make a label!!!

Aroma: Standard Unibroue yeast nose with ripe dark fruit, grapes, plums, prunes, and some white pepper and a whiff of alcohol.

Appearance: Speckled creamy off white head crowns an opaque brown glass with clear brown edges. Trails of lace mark its passing.

Flavor: Peppery, vinous, the Unibroue yeast is prominent and shows the excellent balance struck between mellow malt and hidden hop. It really does come across as more of a port wine than a beer.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol is a bit warming, wonderful tiny bubbled carbonation lends itself to a lively yet creamy feel. Good stuff.

Overall Impression: A slow sipper to be sure, but a wonderful way to pass an evening. Don’t try to slam this one; it needs to be slowly enjoyed. Massively drinkable, I just want more. You have to like the yeast strain to enjoy it, but I do so this is a treat. I could see this one being a nice compliment to turkey, think I’ll try to get one for Thanksgiving.

HardTarget, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of tesguino
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

perfect gourmet beer, double fermentation, depp dark color; like folgers coffe; malt, rum , caramel toasted hops are presentin its smell; taste fruity like bananas, and full bodied; try with cheese, and high cuisine; serve in a classic goblet, or champagne glass; 90% recommended.

tesguino, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue has an impressive Belgian strong dark ale that is enjoyable and worth trying. Trois Pistoles has a dark amber if not brown color that is cloudy visually but the rich amber color is only seen holding your glass up to the light. The head retention was a slight off white but quickly dissipated and left little lace to the glass.

The smell knocks of Belgian-esk with a fruitiness to boot. More of a sweet and sour aroma but notice of malt is light and noticeable. The taste does not hint the 9% ABV that one would think. Quite enjoyable and mixed well with malt and fruity with hints of plum or raisin. The after taste has a bigger carbonation feel with strong tones of different spices from say a bunt cake. The bubbles dance in your mouth but the high alcohol is limit and nearly existant. Makes for a good mouthful flavor.

Unibroue Trois Pistoles is a great tasting Belgian strong dark ale but not something to have on a regular day home from work. Instead enjoy this beer with someone who will enjoy a unique Belgian and flavor.

Oxymoron, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with expiration date on back of the bottle. A very nice, fluffy head formed, about 1 inch in height. Slowly but surely fizzed away into nothing leaving no lacing. Color reminds me of a Jelly Belly chocolate flavored jelly bean; a brown with maroon and raspberry coloring mixed in. Nice color indeed.

Smells of caramel and yeast and even chocolate covered cherries. Also a nice chocoalte malt is present. No hops present in the aroma.

Taste is quite complex as well. I can definitely taste some yeast as well as a slight chocolate taste. A slight bit of raspberry or maybe orange liquer like a triple sec is also present; I cant decide which. Maybe its both. Alcohol is barely noticeable but starts to stand out as the beer warms a little. No hops.

A very smooth and slick mouthfeel. Nice amount of carbonation. I like this beer a lot. It may be a new fave in the fridge.

SaCkErZ9, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of pjwilson
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: 750 bottle with great artwork. Beer pours into wine glass with a nice foamy head that lasts for a bit then receides. This is a very dark beer, perhaps the darkest beligium style beer i've seen. Held to the light it reveals itself to be a dark ruby red.
taste: fruity, pears and plums come to mind. i can taste some of the yeast, but it is very well balanced, compared to Maudite which i felt so yeast overkill. this is not a sweet beer. this has great balance. it's so smooth it takes a few sips to realize just how great a beer it is. absolutly no alcohol in the taste.
smell: mirrors the taste, but just a hint of the alcohol is detectable.
mouthfeel: really light for a beer of this size...but it works great. It doesn't taste watery in the slightest, but it feels like water going down.
drinkability: really great. this could be the easiest drinking 9 percent beer i've had the pleasure of drinking.
notes: this beer is an event in and of itself a great way to wind down on a weeknight evening. just the cure for pale ale burn out. so far my favorite from unibroue. will get this again...soon

pjwilson, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 500th review and it ironic that it is a beer that helped start me on the road to craft drinking. I love this beer because it has the depth and complexity that make having a bottle a relaxing event.

The beer pours dark brown with a cloudiness caused by the lees. The nose is old fruit and leather. This is a full bodied beer in the tradition of Rochefort 10. The finish is big and crisp. Aging will soften the big notes and bring into a harmonious focus.

canucklehead, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
Best Before: 11-30-03
Reviewd on 15 Aug 08

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a very nice cloudy reddish brown color, nice carbonation, a very quick fizzy tannish head, not much sticky lacing on this one. The nose is very nice though, malty, lots of figs, plums, raisins, with some yeast and spices. The taste is malty, with some nice yeast notes, the dark fruits kick-in very nicely, with some spicyness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew has got to be close to maybe 8 years old, not sure when Unibroue produced this one, but it is already close to 5 years beyond the expiration date. Still very tasty. I have a few more bottles left, YEAH!

Poured a nice reddish/brown, small head, tons of lacing thorough out the drink. Scents of malt, sweet caramel. Awesome taste nice and sweet a little bitter at the start, but finishes strong. Medium body. Very drinkable even at the 9% ABV. Another awesome brew from Unibroue.

Wasatch, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of phisig137
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle, bottled in January 2004, that was slightly overcarbonated. Soon after I popped the cork, head began to rise up out of the neck of the bottle. Somewhat dissapointing there... especially after a few overcarbonated "bottle bombs" of home brew.

Looks nice and dark, with red tinges, generally very cola like. The aroma is slightly sour, with bread and yeasty notes, and a hint of caramel.

Taste is dominated by bready flavors, in addition to grain, over-ripe fruit, molasses, and a bit of honey. For some reason, the first sip I took, I thought "half and half mixture of Rochfort 10, and Orval". That really is the best way to describe it I guess. I seem to remember this being a bit sweeter, as this bottle seemed quite dry. The taste lingers nicely, and coats your mouth, which almost begs for another sip.

All in all, it is a quality beer, as all of Unibroue's offerings are. And for only $6.50, I'd consider it quite a steal. In addition, I love Unibroue's label art... it's just so epic and cheesy, that you have to love it.

phisig137, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of medic25
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice from a 750ml bottle. Extremely dark brown/ruby color, with almost no head. Aroma is a fruity, malty pleasure. The taste is even better. Sweet, malty, with the big alcohol nicely hidden. This beer goes down wonderfully, especially on cold, rainy nights like tonight. Another classic from Unibroue, my desert island brewery.

medic25, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, with a slight red hue. Little head, no retention, no lace.

S: Sherry, slightly fruity, with a hint of caramel & tar.

T: Prune, licorous & treacle, with a hint of cherry & chocolate. Balance leans toward the sweet side. It hides the alcohol well... only slightly warming aftertaste.

M: Light-to-moderate body (an accomplishment for this strength), moderate-to-high carbonation. Very Belgian.

D: Dangerous at this alcohol level.

Derek, Oct 04, 2005
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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