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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,473
Reviews: 1,923
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 208
Gots: 469 | 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 boulevard2
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber with freshness date.

A dark ruby colored pour, looks rich in sweetness. Has a raisiny scent with strong alcoholic overtone and heavy carbonation. This a gret Belgian strong but not my cup of tea. This style and taste I'm just not fond of ....yet still another great brew from Unibroue

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

Once poured, it was not as dark as the maudite the night before but still a pretty opaque pour. The head was not as fluffy as the maudite either, but this was not a bad thing. Really deep fruit smell when smelling. It was pleasant and was worth getting a few more whiffs before I started drinking.
It has a wonderful taste which is made of the complexities of this brew. It was sweeter than others of this style I have had. The sweetness flows back and forth between some of the other elements: tart and peppery. I can not detect the alcohol at all in this. You know its there but the flavors really overcome this fact. It was smooth to me throughout even with the yeast. A nice light body which is good and coating the mouth.
I'd drink it again, in a hearbeat.

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

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at Cost Plus back at the end of September for $5.99. Best before 11-29-07.

Brew poured a Burgundy-Brown color with a tan bubbly head that sustained well. Upon initially popping the cork, the nose was like a merlot. Dark fruits and malts did dominate the smell upon warming. Tastes noted were the presence of Belgian yeasts, dark fruits, and light hops. Initially the warming alcohol was dominate in the finish but towards the end of the bottle it was not noticeable. Mouthfeel had the classic Unibroue feel to it. There is almost a champagne like feel but it is more velvety smooth than champagne. Overall drinkability is that at 9% it packs a punch which makes this a one at a time brew for me. The initial warming makes this a great winter brew. This is definitely another very good beer that I would recommend.

Photo of daliandragon
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another highly though of Belgian style from Unibroue, the king of Canadian brewers, at least by the BA rankings...
Pours a dark chocolate and cloudy form into my goblet. The head is nice but doesn't last long, diminishing to a cap within a few minutes, which is unfortunate. The nose is the light airiness of fruit and the weight of concentrated alcohol about even strength. Spices are evident as well. This smells almost more like a mulled or spiced wine than a beer, although thats not really a bad thing.
Taste is yeasty and very beer like, which is pretty delicious. The aftertaste is more like a port or brandy but still mild considering the abv punch packing here. The alcohol is more a sidenote than a major presence and the mouthfeel is right on for a strong Belgian.
There's a lot here to like. Although cleaner and not as heavy as many similar beers, Trois Pistoles is an authentic craft Belgian with a full taste and satisfying body. A little steep in price but take the splurge at least once, this is quality stuff.

Photo of ski271
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has long been my favorite of the Unibroue beers, and one of the reasons I enjoy Belgian beers as much as I do today. I hadn’t had this beer in a while, but I’m glad to say I still love this beer. Had it on tap at Zeno’s in State College. Attractive dark, hazy brown with a small, creamy, off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. Wonderful wine-like aromas and flavors, dark fruit, berries, oak, spice, and warming alcohol that kicks up a little on the finish. It feels light in the mouth yet is huge in flavor and feels big on the finish. This is the reason why at beer expos, I still have to stop off at the Unibroue table for a beer even if I have had all the beers they have at the time. Fabulous!

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this Unibroue pours a dark mahogany with a foamy tan two finger thivk head that is long lasting

S - wow, very spicy, like nutmeg, smells like the top of a christmas eggnog, mixed with a rich citrus-y blend

T - the spiciness of nutmeg flavors translates to the flavor as well, a like a mix of nutmeg and ginger flavors

M - smooth and spicy, very intriguing

D - medium, must like spiciness, but good

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

My first beer from Unibroue, definitely not my last. Poured from a 12oz bottle. Nice deep amber color, with a hint of brown.

Smell was floral and spicy.

Taste had a fruit sweetness to it (maybe plums), but noticeable yeast flavoring. All in all, a very pleasant beer and the high alcohol percentage is not noticeable at all.

Mouth feel was smooth with low carbonation. Great beer for the style.

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

Poured into a generic chalice from a small bottle that came in a Unibroue sampler pack. Gotta love the artwork on the label...

Appearance: Gorgeous, deep, dark brown with a moderate light-brown head. The head soon dissipated into a thin, persistent lace.

Smell: Sweet, belgian-y smell; quite reminiscent of a tripel. Raisins really shine through..

Taste: Kind of like a dark-roasted tripel. There's a non-trivial amount of bitterness in the finish, but the sweetness really dominates. Not as complex as one might want, but this is surely not a one-trick brew.

Mouthfeel: Substantial carbonation really gives this beer a lively mouthfeel. This effervescent quality remains down to the last drop.

Drinkability: The high abv goes completely unnoticed, while the carbonation really keeps this beer going all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is simply an excellent beer.

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

12oz bottle: This pours out a dark, mahogany color. There was somewhat of a tan head, but it doesn’t last long. The aroma contains many of the dark fruits that are indicative of this style. Also a touch of breadiness and yeastiness. The taste is very smooth. It is full bodied, yet the individual tastes are quite subdued. They all blend together to form something quite nice. A definite keeper. Don’t mess with this beer, Sleeman!!

Photo of tastybeer
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, more of a cooler brown than warm. Light barely slips through at the edges. Nice white head leaves sparse lace and fades to a swirly marble rye-like layer. Aroma is amazing; this beer smells like pure happiness. Aroma of fresh homemade apple sauce heating on the stove, grass, hay and sweet candy. Juicy and creamy. Taste is another one of the best things ever. It begins with sweet mellow toasted malts and charred earth. Tart fruit breaks through all over the place making a perfect balance. Its almost like cooked layers of apples joined by sugar. Mouth is lush and velvety with perfect carbonation. 9% ABV?
Drinkability beyond drinkability.

This has to be one of the best Belgians ever, Canada or not.

Photo of wedge
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Hazy, deep amber brown with a fluffy off-white head that drops to a creamy ring. Crisp, sugary sweet vinous fruit aromas blended with spicy phenols...so deep and complex. Rich malt flavor flows into ripe fruits - a slight overall spiciness fades to a lingering sweetness. Full, warming mouthfeel that is perfectly carbonated - can't find the alcohol anywhere.

This is a special beer. So rich and complex...so very good... A damn tasty, first rate Belgian (from Canada).

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

Served out of a 12oz bottle with a 12/07/07 date on the back. Served at 49-53 degrees - carefully decanted.

This beer pours a dark, muddy brown with scant white lacing that quickly dissipates. Little to no light penetration.

The aromas are very subdued. There is a greeting of vanilla, malt, spicy oak, banana/apple yeasty warmth and malted milk. The presence of alcohol is noted.

The flavors are vanilla, oaken spice, caramel, graham cracker and fruity alcohols mixed with bready yeast. This is a malty experience, but there is a clean herbal hop presence to counter the otherwise cloying sweetness. I like the Belgian contributions, but the "Belgian style" carbonation seems to counter the warm malty experience for me. Just when I am savoring the tapering ends of the nicely blended flavors - the carbonation bites me.

I think this would be a great beer to enjoy with a cigar.

Photo of WMBierguy
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours out a hazy, and has a magnificent head that stays around for minutes and leaves lacing down the side of the glass.. Has a very clean taste. The beer is very strong, but the alcohol is subtle. This is the first dark Belgian style ale that I've ever had, and it was delicious. I'm now determined to go and try an example of this style that's actually from Belgium. Delicious beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This from a 750ml bottle with drink by 8/9/08 on the label. It was a hazy dark brown color with a thin coffee-colored head. It had a pleasant fruity (raisin/currant) odor. A wonderful spice/fruit flavor, with a touch of alcohol. A little too carbonated for my taste, but all in all a very good beer.

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

Extremely dark red with thin off white head that dissipates quickly.

Sweet dark fruit and plenty of yeast.

Sweet tarty fruit taste with some yeast and alcohol at the end. This is a very spicy brew. It tingles the mouth and tingles on the way down thanks to the alcohol. It has a really smooth feel to it despite the spicyness. Another great beer from Unibroue.

Note: I tried it with some cheddar cheese and I felt like that was a mistake. The cheese just pulls all of the alcohol through to the point that it's almost unbearable.

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

Unibroue, what can I say. So far everything I've had from them has been great. Trois Pistoles is no exception. Pours a very hazy dark brown, Smells like dried fruit and malt. Taste? Again like dried plum, apricot and malt. Mouthfeel is very nice, not too thin or thick. Overall very drinkable, definetly for savoring.

Photo of evanackerman
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer pours a dark ruby witha billowing head that subsides rather quickly and leaves a scant lace over the top of the liquid.

aroma is mostly caramel with a hint of spice and alcohol and a touch of pungent fruit.

taste is not as bold as i expected but is dominated by a caremel spice character. the alcohol is not too noticable for a 9%. I detect the typical belgian bottle conditioned flavor that i find in most belgian ales.

mouthfeel is very nice, small bubbles abound.

drinkability is a bit low due to high alcohol content.

overall, i am not as impressed as i was hoping to be, i guess i just haven't really latched on that well to Belgian styles, i will probably keep trying though.

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

Uncork and pour ... gorgeous nut brown with creamy head. Smells of mellow black cherries ... spicy, almost peppery.
The taste is spicy and fruity. Like meaty plums and black cherries married with spices. Mouthfeel is robust with just enough carbination to fill ones mouth. I love this stuff!

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

Ah Trois Pistoles. Poured dark , cloudy ( more opaque ) blackish brown with tinges of deep purple. Head was lively and large , about 2 and a half inches of tannish foam. Once this dark belgian ale is taken to the nose, aromas of sweet, dark, ripe fruit , dark roasted malts , bit of chocolate, some yeast and well hidden alcohol implore you to taste. Flavor is rich , round , and dark blend of ripe fruits and dark malts , yeasty characters , mild spicy-grass hop tastes , a tad bit of bakers chocolate and slight but warming alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is smooth and heavy. Very drinkable dark ale , especially for its ABV. Man this is one great beer invention!

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Years ago I recall finding Unibroue in my area. Two primary offerings - La Fin Du Monde and Trois Pistoles - seemed to move in everywhere at once and for a long time that was it. Until yesterday I would've sworn I had both and moved on to other brews and my homebrews. I was wrong. Tried this since it was on draft for a lark. thankfully I did!

There's lots of reviews on this already so I'll only add this. If you can get this on tap do it. There is a nice evening out of the carbonation and yeast flavors others have noted since it's not bottle conditioned to go along with the wonderful malty / raison / spice flavors. Very well balanced, nicely flavored and a treat to drink. I will order this again and again!

Photo of greenjeff4141
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darks and violet, with loads of carbonation and a nice white creamy head that stays a while.

Very ripe fruit on the nose, grapes and yeast together. Almost smells like a desert wine or something. The taste is very light suprisingly, very complex with lots of fruit and yeast with a slight taste of the alcohol in the background.

An excellent brew, highly recommended.

Photo of shamus
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful tan head that clings to the glass. Leaves a solid curtain of fine lace. Dark with ruby hilights. Wonderful aroma but the mouth feel is too carbonated and bit rough. However that being said it goes down nicelyand tastes rich. Bottle feremented so there is a yeast flavour along with complex fruitiness.

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

An incredibly complex beer — so much so that I don't think my relatively raw reviewing skills can adequately describe it. I'm going to try, but suffice to say this is a fine brew and worthy of a strong recommendation.

I poured it from a 750 mL caged bottle into a goblet with a frothy, dense head. Its colour was a nearly opaque, cola hue with ruby highlights.

Trying to identify exactly what I was smelling gave me fits! I detected a malty yeasty smell with what I thought to be cherries and blackcurrants. (I purposely avoid reading other reviews before doing mine, so I have no idea if this is consistent with what other BAs have found or if I'm totally out to lunch....)

The taste, similarly, was complex, but I thought it was well-balanced between roasty malts and hops. I loved the nice warm alcholic finish, though — that part was unmistakable. It had lively carbonation and I only marked it down slightly in drinkability because I felt its hefty 9% ABV revealed itself a little more than other Unibroue beers of the same strength.

Photo of acrawf6
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice deep dark amber, little brown when put up to light. Inch head that is tan.

Smells like sweet plum and cherries. its a creamy aroma but also a touch of pepper.

Taste is spicy and a tad dry. some sherry note to it, an extremely light sherry. some tastes of currant and cherries.

Mouthfeel. TONS of carbonation in this one that makes it hard to tell all the mouthfeel. but without think too hard it good mouthfeel and balance. just soo much carbonation.

Overall this is one fine beer. Its not my favorate from unibroue, and its also not my favorite style. But this is a great beer i wish i would have right now in front of a fire. great cold weather beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeasty brick red with a generous amount of dark bronze (center) and ripe orange (edges). Unfortunately, the head doesn't look anywhere near as good as the beer itself. Ecru in color, it has that somewhat harsh, unsticky texture that neither looks good nor deposits much lace. Or, in this case, any lace.

The nose is enjoyable, but it isn't strong enough or complex enough for this strong, complex style. It's primarily dark fruity, on the order of unsweet dates and dried figs (not dark enough for raisins and not light enough for apples and pears). There's also a moderate amount of an indeterminate, musky spice.

Trois Pistoles is good beer that doesn't blow me away. I'm still waiting for the Unibroue beer that will blow me away. Like most of their offerings, this one is on the lighter side of the style spectrum. Light is appropriate for a witbier or a hefe weizen, but I think BSDAs should be big, bold, spicy, and semi-chewy. That isn't to say that the beer isn't enjoyable, just that it doesn't fit my favored profile for the style.

Sweet and bitter fight to a draw, with spicy fruit maintaining center stage throughout. It isn't as spicy as say... oh, your average Belgian BSDA, but it's no shrinking violet either. The fruit comparison isn't obvious in beer that's this unsweet, but it's there. Dark caramel and even carob notes are present as well.

The mouthfeel is enjoyable if you like light and airy BSDAs rather than full ones. Although the carbonation is finely fizzy when beer first meets tongue, it fades quickly. Again, not my idea of perfection, but someone has to hold down the left edge of the bell curve.

I had high hopes for Unibroue Trois Pistoles. Why, exactly, I have no idea, since nothing that this brewery has yet released (that I've tasted) has lived up to the hype. I've found that the higher alcohol brews (Maudite, La Fin Du Monde, Don De Dieu) have been more to my liking than their lower alcohol counterparts. That said, they still can't hold a candle to the Belgian originals. This is good beer, but it isn't even close to special.

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,473 ratings.