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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,182 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,182
Reviews: 1,880
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 178
Gots: 339 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 shirfan
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has the color and clarity of apple cider. Modest off-white lacing remains for the duration of the glass.

Aroma is milder than many belgian-style offerings: what there is hints of raisins and crisp fruit... pear/apples maybe.

Taste empahsizes crispness again. There's a definite mix of estery, fruitlike flavors, but not a hint of syrupy sweetness or chocolate like others in the style. Could be best described as green pear / apple, with a suggestion of green raisins. A definite not-quite-ripe theme. Alcohol is felt rather than tasted.. just a breath of warmth in the finish.

Drinkability wins high marks for being flavorful and complex without feeling heavy or thick or "big". This will most definitely be granted a residence in my beer cellar.

shirfan, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of rdrummer
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am becoming more impressed by this brewery every time I get around to drinking a different beer from them. This beer has a deep, hazy brown coloring, almost a coke color, with a nice pale brown head. Its lacing had staying power almost to the bottle of the chalice. I didn't get the normal exceptional aroma that I got from some of their other beers and other dark Belgians, but I may have had enough of a sinus problem to affect that.

The taste was complex, very similar to a Chimay Blue-type taste. I tasted so many flavors, they were hard to differentiate. There was a definite malty taste with a hint of yeast. There are some other spices and herbs in there that I can kind place. I don't taste the chocolate flavot that some dark beers have.

I liked the strong carbonation, which gave a clean feel to the mouth during and after drinking. It packs a wallop of alcohol, whch I think adds quite a bit to the flavor. Overall, an excellent beer.

rdrummer, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown brew with a creamy dark white head. Real fizzy, I still had bubble coming on top five-ten minutes after the brew was pourred. The alcohol was not too prevalent and the taste was sweet and fruity. Usual malt taste from Unibroue. Very nice brew overall.

Phyl21ca, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark purple color. Small head. Aroma is slightly vinous, fruity and dusky. Malty and fruity. Very complex flavors; raisins, grapes, figs with a musty undertone. This is a very nice beer. Very smooth, it hides the 9% alcohol very well. There is a hint of alcohol tartness on the tongue. Tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of pootz
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was my second sampling from Unibroue and they seem consistant in offering great gourmet Belgium beers to the Canadian consumer.

Trois Pistoles weighs in at 9% alcohol and creates a very warming effect that is best appreciated on cold winter nights after skiing or with venison or wild foul dinners. It pours a such a dark ebony color it must be brewed with a whacking roasted malt. It’s rich, smooth with real texture, and the presence of the yeast used for in-bottle fermentation gives it a taste and aroma of spiced fruits and an after taste not unlike a stout wine like medeira.

Poured a black color that refuses to let light through the glass with coffee colored head and medium carbonation. Delicious aromas of fruits and spices. Starts very thick and builds to a wondrous full body punctuated with fruit and nut and chocolate tastes then finishes with warmth and a lingering port wine taste

pootz, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of steelreign
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So complex, so utterly fantastic this amalgamation of flavours and aromas. Sticky white head, frothing almost. Dark cherries, chocolate, slight grassy hop notes, malt and more malt, alcohol....wow, I said complex but this has it all.

So smooth, velvety texture. High carbonation, but not altogether unwelcome. The biting subsides and the warming begins soon after it's gone down. Sweet chewy malts make their way to the front, and a nice warm, dry alcohol finish. A superbly crafted, truly BIG beer! Cheers Unibroue!

steelreign, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of kmo1030
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very dark brown with a light tan head. the smell is fruity like marachino(sp?) cherries and vanilla, a little citrus behind it as well, and a bit of a mild wine smell too some roasted malts in there too maybe. the taste is fruity (cherry, raisin), but mild, slightly peppery. starts sweet and then finishes with a little bitterness to clean things up. at times just a little boozy. i think that the carbonation should be a bit lower and the mouthfeel a bit thicker, but no real problem here. overall one of the best beers i've had the priviledge to drink. try it if you haven't i'm gonna move onto some other unibroue if they're anything like this one

kmo1030, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of Elemental
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark thick brown color with a nice thin amount of head. The smell is of yeast with a slight fruitiness along with a raison aroma. The taste is smooth and subtle yet flavorful with hints of fruits and a light aftertaste that tends to linger. Very nice mellow tasting beer that isn't overpowering because of the good balance. Slightly bitter to end with. Though I like the mellowness of the beer I do wish there was a little bit more fullness to the taste but overall a really good beer.

Elemental, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of Hefe
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 9/5/03.

Appearance: A color somewhere between brown and black that gives the impression that something lurks within. Pours with a tannish head that eventually gives way to a bit of lacing.

Smell: Malty and complex, with notes of cherry, vanilla, wheat, orange peel, plum, and a yeasty breadiness.

Taste: Complex yeastiness, reminds me of Bollinger Special Cuvee in a weird way. Plum, raisin, roasted malts, peach/apricot.

Mouthfeel: Again a bit like champagne, but with enough body that the carbonation isn't overwhelming. Big alcohol stays in the background.

Drinkability: A lot of factors at play that could slow you down, but everything here is in perfect balance. Bravo!

Hefe, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of Andreji
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now This is a Fantastic brew. Took One sip of it and did *that* expression on my face of absolute delight. Happily surprised.

Pours a very dark brown/black thick fluid with an average head between brown and tan that fades quickly as is not very dense.

The smell, a mixture of fruits, strong wheat, malt and hops, is present all the time and is strong enough to fill the room. Delightful.

The taste is very strong and absolutely exceptional. With a delicious weissbier wheat-like base taste that mixes with fruityness, above all some lemony feel and a bit of sweet which fades with the carbonation and in perfect synchronization allows the appearance of a slight bitterness, just at the end, that finishes it off beautifully.

The mouthfeel, for this rather thick but thirst quenching brew is exceptional and the alcohol level (a whopping 9.0) is very well hidden, but makes the drinkability lower than perfect. You don't want it to fool you.

Perhaps the best beer in my stop in the US, and, oh lord, canadian. Wow.

Andreji, Sep 07, 2003
Photo of daledeee
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice dark brown with light tan head. Dissappates to a nice light lace. Vanilla and fruit in the nose. Very bubbly to the tongue. Tastes a little like rootbeer. Some vanilla and fruit. Nice velvetty mouthfeel. Very similar to Belgian beer. Another fine Unibroue offering. This is a very enjoyable beer to drink.

daledeee, Sep 07, 2003
Photo of tar
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, caramely brown, with a think, light tan, foamy head. Aroma is a bit sweet. Floral and fruity (cherries?) scents issue forth. Taste is mellow and nicely sweet, with fruit flavors (plumes, cherries, others) coming through. Almost reminds me of wine in flavor. The finish is dry with a very pleasant, lingering in the mouth. A hint of alcohol is present in the taste as well, but does not take away from the overall wonderful and complex flavors. Very smooth and highly drinkable despite the deceptively high alcohol content.

tar, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The thick and dark, almost black, body sits underneath a big head.

Smell – Typical aroma for the style. The dark fruits come out at first, followed closely by the big, dark, bready yeast scents. This is a beautiful fragrance.

Taste – The yeast comes out even bigger here. It is a wonderful flavor, and complimented well by the fruits from the smell. Prunes, raisins, plums, and overly-ripe apricots meld with some banana and tobacco for an excellent flavor.

Behind this comes the yeasty bread. If you’ve ever made fresh bread and taken a taste of the yeast and sugar mix before all the flour is added, this is it. A baker would appreciate this flavor. It is absolutely phenomenal.

Mouthfeel – I like the big carbonation of this brew, but it may be just a tad off style. But, in the end, this feels great.

Drinkability – The big carbonation slows one down a bit, but this is a work of art.

Comments - It’s hard to overachieve in this category, but Unibroue has once again come up with a winner.

Update – I reviewed this initially with a 2003 and thought it would be interesting to review a 2004 vintage. This beer just blows me away. I can’t believe that it’s not brewed in Belgium. I just love so many things about it, but that dark yeast flavor just puts me in heaven. I juggled some ratings around to include upping the Drinkability to a perfect 5.0.

RoyalT, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bonjour mon amis Unibroue. Is that flying horse going to kick my ass? This imposing brew is very dark crimson little if any light can break through. Fizzy brown head eventually fades to coat the top for eternity. Smells fantastic, a wine like aroma with dark ripe fruits--grapes, plums, and a pleasant yeast aroma as well. I can taste the ripe fruits, and the sweetness is balanced by the mouth numbing Unibroue yeast and hints of alcohol. These mellow dark flavors are sublime.

chaduvel, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Trois Pistoles

Pours a nearly opaque, dark mahogany with a thick head of fine bubbles. Little lacing as the head recedes. Aromas are sweet, figs, plums, perfume-like. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and definitely of fuller body. Flavors are all sweet and reflect the nose with fragrant plums and a hint of licorice. Incredibly smooth and balanced despite the 9% ABV. Overall this is a fine example of a belgian style strong dark ale, with only a slightly reduced drinkability because of the high alcohol.

TripelJ, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of Running4beer
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never seen a beer look like this one. Pours out a solid brown color brew with a thick frothy head that diminishes half way through to a thin lacing. Yeasty, grainy and a bit of malts made up the aroma here actually and a hint of alcohol. Taste was exceptional yeasty and chocolatly also a bit of alcohol and some raisons or some type of fruit. Very drinkable and very good...

Running4beer, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled from a Trois Pistoles glass (eBay purchase!!!). Poured from a 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown in color with a khaki head that leaves a thick, but fine, lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Very prominent smell of malt with a decent shot of anise and spiciness of the clove family.

Taste: The first flavor is that of very high quality dark/sweet malt followed by raisiny/plum flavors. I detected a hint of smoke at the finish. Probably the priest's soul or something (read the label for more info).

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is quite nicely balanced by the malt (and other) flavors. Slightly chalky in the finish.

Drinkability: Most decidedly not a session beer. Cries out for food like cheeses and properly crusty bread. Still, it goes down quite smoothly.

ManekiNeko, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of soilguy
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a very dark ruby red color - a fine off white lace is clinging to the side of the glass but not much else in the way of head. It has a very fruity, almost wine-like smell to it. The taste is wine-like, as well - full of fruit, with a slight astringency and a prominent ethanol burn and aftertaste. A full mouthfeel. Not nearly as drinkable as Fin du Monde, however.

soilguy, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of yen157
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better than La Fin. Huge medium-coarse head that stuck around for some time. Way too much carbonation to start, but after some time it was alright. Dark ripe fruit from the previous sip is scoured away by the bubbles and replaced with another dose to contemplate. Some bittersweet chocolate and spices come and go throughout the glass. This one does the Unibroue name justice.

yen157, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of Doppel07
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby-bronze with a huge, frothy Belgian-style beige head. Terrific fragrance that is nearly indescribable, but suggests roses, berries, and a woodshop. Pleasing complex, organic flavor. Moderately sweet flavor of nectar. Soft palate. I feel like a happy hummingbird feeding from my favorite flower. I totally dig this beer.

Doppel07, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was a dark amber, with good head. The smell was very fruity. The taste was of apple sweetness, with hints of maltiness. Mouthfeel was very heavy. Drinkability-wise, I could probably have one or two more.

I had this right after the Maudite, and I think I slightly prefer the Maudite's sweetness to the fruit flavors of the Trois Pistoles. This, however, is really nitpicking because Unibroue's beers are all simply awesome, and the Trois Pistoles is no exception.

beergeek279, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite Unibroue.

The pour is dark amber, with a head that subsides to a good lace.

The nose is mellow raisins and more indicative of what's inside than Fin du Monde. The palette opens to malt after malt after malt and arrives at a taste much like raspberries. Some chocolate notes, I suppose, and mild spice, but mostly this beer is luscious, ripe fruit. A magnificent Belgian; the relationship to Chimay is apparent. The fruits give way to a light hoppiness and then return. The finish is medium dry, the sweetness of the raspberries still holding firm.

Outside of a slight fizziness, the mouthfeel is exceptional. It seems that Unibroue threw a ton of malt into this one and let the yeast go wild. The final product is a relatively sweet, textured brew that drinks dangerously well. With FDM, I know to stop; it's hard to stop with Trois Pistoles. Spectacular effort. Maybe it's too much to ask, but I would have appreciated a little more hop effort. I know, I know -- this beer's not trying to do that; but if it is wanting in anything, it is only in that. Balanced enough as it is though.

A stunning archetype of the Belgian strong dark ale style.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of bigbelcher
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a big beer, 9% alcohol. I think the beer would be better if they made it a little sweeter. As it is not the high alcohol gives you a very warm drinking feeling. The brewer used to brew at Chimay and makes a good beer. For the style this isn't my favorite but it is a good beer and well worth the money. Wish they had a draft version.

bigbelcher, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium brown with a medium sticky head,aroma is sweet and spicey with some alcohol notes.The taste is sweet and and malty with some real nice spicey notes,very clovey and sweet very appetizing.The alchol really comes thru as it warms,a real true belgian stule ale,very appetizing.

oberon, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of Mustard
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "best before" date -- in this case 09-03-05 -- on the back; $7.99/4 pack from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City.

Appearance: Pours a deep, cloudy honey-brown hue with a fat, off-white head and marginal lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts; banana and cherries; mild clove.

Taste: Sweet malts upfront and throughout; dry spiciness in the finish; secondary characteristics include black pepper, chocolate, banana and slightly toasted grain. Thick, chewy mouthfeel well-balanced by a crisp, tight carbonation.

Notes: Delicious. Prefer this to La Fin and Maudite.

Mustard, Jul 30, 2003
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,182 ratings.