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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,153 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,153
Reviews: 1,877
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 176
Gots: 330 | FT: 8
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 Loki
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle.

Poured a cloudy, dark, amber brown with a huge light beige head that left fair lacing.

Aromas of perfume, fruit, malt, and yeast. Smelled absolutely heavenly. The nose pulls you in. My fiancee smell the glass and wouldn't hand it back.

The taste is just as good if not better than the smell. Fruit, yeast, malt, and candy. Incredibly smooth and creamy, very little to no carbonation and a little light on the mouth. Goes down way to smooth and to fast. This is the best of the Unibroue line IMHO.

To quote my fiancee, "This is the best beer I've even had." I don't know if its the best but definately in the top 10.

Loki, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%

750ml bottle. Poured a hazy amber brown with a good head that slowly receded to a fine ring, leaving sone thin lace behind. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and slightly malty. Very appealing! Taste is sweet, with a cream sherry like flavor and finish. Good carbonation, with a smooth mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is pretty good, but needs some aging to mature.

Indybeer, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours an amber brownish color that looks thick and has a good sized head. Looks very good. And the taste is equally as good. This beer has a very sharp taste to it (probably from the high amount of carbonation). The sweet malts (namely caramel) are noticeable but not dominate, they just hold the other flavors together. Other flavors include some spicyness from the hops, a dark fruit taste mixed with a dark wine taste. Alcohol is only apparent in the spicy, dry finish. Another great one from Unibroue.

granger10, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of stcules
2.35/5  rDev -44.4%

Mahogany colour, with winy reflexes.
Foam with a very short duration.
Smell totally fruit: cherry, orange, strawberry.
It is a warm and doughy beer.
In the taste the fruity character is less evident. Maybe it is too strong and sharp.
A hint of hop in the aftertaste, quite persistent.
Medium body, malty.
Interesting but a little too dry, and with a little drinkability.
The alcool is a little too evident.

stcules, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Appears a deep amber brown hue almost opaque with a tawny cream colored head with little or no lace forming in my snifter. Aroma really full hop aroma here pine cone scented this hopped up Belgium style barley wine harmonizes with spices and peppery ripened fruit tones and just a touch of an alcholic finish. Taste is difficult to describe teh complexity of this beer is so vast, I will say I love it. A spritzy ginger like sweet tone blended with a nice amount of ripened fruit awesome beer in my opinion. Mouthfeel has a nice carbonation buttery mouthfeel with a medium to full body very well built cerveza. Drinkability is addicting, in the sense that I could sit and daydream about having another one of these beers although feasibly probably a one at time 9% abv big boy.

WVbeergeek, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Cloudy dark-mahogany in color with a fine sediment of yeast, forming a punchy dark-beige to light-tan head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is actually less apparent than most other Unibroues..maybe my nose is off tonight, but I am only picking up some clove, bananas and apple esters, phenols, vanilla, and some distant plain amber malts. Mouthfeel is initially spritzy and ends bright with a lightly wet finish and subtle slickness. Body is medium-light (Unibroues are always lighter in body than most other beers with the same ABV), and carbonation is medium-strong. Taste begins with a phenolic eruption of bubbles on the tongue, quite spicy at first with cloves and carbonated acidity, followed by some plain amber malts which dissolve slowly into a weak roasted note, sweet light chocolate, a mild metallic taste, some fruity esters towards the end and a brief tang of ruddy, earthy hops in the finish. Dark fruits are minimal. There is a mellow vinous sweetness that lingers in the finish. Alcohol is imperceptable in taste, but it warms the esophagus and packs a pleasant buzz. As it warms, and the carbonation mellows, it becomes more drinkable, but the alcohol becomes slightly perceptable in taste.

Certainly, this is a well-crafted brew, but it just doesn't do as much for me as Don De Dieu, Maudite, or La Fin Du Monde. The light metallic note, overly spicy spritzy mouthfeel and phenolic finish take some getting used to compared to other Unibroues, but it is still a very good beer compared to most.

Mitchster, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of MissOrch
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

I pored this 750ml bottle for a myself and a friend. After the initial pour, the thick head continued to swell, overflowing all over the coffee table. Cleaning up the mess, I noticed the malty, dark, almost sticky sweet murky odor. The lacing remained crusted on the glass until I scrubbed it the next day. The table had a sticky feel the next morning. It tasted malty-sweet, slightly like cherries, or even cherry flavored cough syrup. It also reminded me of sourdough bread, thick and bready, with that sour, mulch-like taste. The high alcohol content knocked me on my ass, and there were no seconds! Not for the meek.

MissOrch, Jun 24, 2003
Photo of euskera
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

750ML bottle..

Pours a out a lightly cloudy brown with a nice head that holds the lacing very well. Smell is on the sweetish side, with malt and a little chocolate overtone. Taste is complex, with cloves and raisins feeling the mouth with the alcohol touching the edges of the tongue. Well balanced and tasty; a brew I'll go back to again easily.

euskera, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

This Dark Ale is a deep brown color with ruby highlights and tan head. The complex aroma includes roasted barley, spicy hops, fruit, cloves and fumes of alcohol. The deep rich malt houses flavors of caramel, toffee and a hint of banana. Highly hopped with spicy and lemony citrusy bitterness along with ripe mixed fruit. A powerful, well made brew!

BeerResearcher, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

I had this one in a 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a very dark brown with 2 fingers of head that die off slowly. There is almost no trace of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a sweet aroma of banana and toffee. A strong smell, but not overpowering. The taste has a bit of fruit and caramel to it, with just a hint of toffee. The balance is a little on the malty side, and there is an alcohol taste to the finish. The mouthfeel is okay, but a little bubbly. The drinkability is just fair at 9% abv.

SheepNutz, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.85/5  rDev -9%

Murky, dark brown with a tan head.
Aroma of yeast, clove, banana, and sweet malts.

Taste shows a substantial sweet, caramel malt backbone. Hops do a decent job of balancing this one. Yeast, clove, and banana also present in the flavor.

Mouthfeel seemed overcarbonated.
A bit harsh and the flavor profile didn't strike my fancy. Not nearly as drinkable as Don de Dieu.

Overall, a good beer, but I prefer Don de Dieu or Maudite. I think those 2 both have a better flavor.

PhantomVodoo, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
4/5  rDev -5.4%

This brew poured a large invigorating tan head with fine-small bubbles that quickly dissolved. The lacing was sparse on the sides of my glass. The body was a reddish brown. The aroma was fruity and sweet. This brew had a smooth taste and a good mouthfeel. I REALLY, REALLY enjoyed drinking this brew!! Do we have more of this one thedm??

hotstuff, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of TheDM
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

This brew poured an envigorated large head of fine to medium sized bubbles that left little lacing and lasted a good length of time. Its body was a very cloudy semi-opaque deep brown color. It has a very nice strong malt aroma and a very smotth initial flavor that finishes much more complex than it starts. its high alcohol content is well hidden in its flavor. The flavoe is very hard to describe. It is highly complex with a lightly fizzy, tongue tingling sensation of malts and spices. Extremely good brew. I will definately try this again in one of their larger bottles.

TheDM, Jun 09, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Wild color of dark and deep amber more brown towards the top & moderately cloudy, lots of bubbly carbonation flying up the glass. Super tall head that overpowered and took a few minutes to pour my 12oz bottle into my 14oz brandy glass. Head slowly poofs away and is a puffed whipped cream of dark ivory hue. Tons of heavy settling in the middle and tons of gluey lace in large patches and shelves, great consistency.

Has a nice light citrusy dark aroma, spicy, with caramel and banana notes, some wet breadyness also noted.

Taste is subtle, layered in mellowing smoothness and dark, lots of dark fruits in front of banana, strawberry, raisins, a lemony sweetness but soft and dark as well, takes the stage leading to dark caramel, with hints of nuts and bread yeast and some small hops rounding out and bringing a firm but mellowing balance together. Nice texture thats a bit astringently soft yet complex in its lingering. Feel is full medium body, smooth and a bit creamy with that tingly effect late from the carbonation.
This is one awesome brew, I could drink alot of these but the 9% hits ya if you drink it fast, but its so good why not, you gotta go sleep sometime. Excellent stuff.

tavernjef, Jun 02, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Originally sampled on 17 June 2002. Cloudy, dark brown color w/ a nice head, this beer is elegant. There are so many subtle fruity & spicey flavors that it was like tasting a fine wine. Don't miss this one. Take your time to savor it. great job unibroue

jcalabre, May 24, 2003
Photo of irishmoss
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%

First off, wow. A beautiful brownish-ruby color with a nice tan head that dissipates somewhat, but a nice thin line remains. The taste was somewhat fruity to begin with (banana-nut bread), then finished spicy and crisp. Perhaps the taste was more like a spicy port wine. There was definitely something about the flavor that I can't even imagine to appropriately describe, and I loved it. The drinkability of this dark ale was surprisingly high. I'm certainly a huge fan and I'll be buying this one many, many more times.

irishmoss, May 19, 2003
Photo of pio
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

i've got to, first, give a salute to the beer label. usually i wouldn't let a label effect my appearance score but this is the shit! it has hellfire, evil looking heavy metal print, a demon-pegasus, spires and a gothic looking set of metal wings on the bottleneck label. it's cool if you're into that kind of thing, and i say i am! that aside, pours a color of an apple slice left out in the air. a special color for sure, capped securely by a beige pocked head that's died down but not relenting, it stays at about a quarter inch. i approve!

aroma of alcohol and a malt or port wine. flavors of malt with rasins or fermented grapes (yeah, ok) there is a quite spicy nip that says nice things to the tip of the tongue. it finishes nicely: warm spice and carmel balance on ripe fruit. some hints of cinnamon, coco. mouthfeel is thick and crispy too, alot of bubbles help convey everything. burps high into the nose with spicy Co2. this is a very good beer as far as i am concerned. thanks for reading my review.

pio, May 18, 2003
Photo of MJR
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance: Pours a dark walnut color with plum highlights. The body is murky and cloudy, with no light getting in. What starts as a thick tan head fizzles down to a small cap.

Smell: The aroma is extremely rich and inviting with notes of dark fruit, nuts, bread, spicy hops, and alcohol.

Taste: Full-flavored with tons of dark fruit starting the rotation. Raisons, plum, and dates. Next up is a nutty flavor. After that, a breadiness from the yeast takes hold. Faint hint of a berry flavor... There's a fair dose of spiciness that calls to mind black pepper. Hops bring a smooth balance, rounding everything out. The finish is a bit vinous, with a port-like flavor. A touch of drying alcohol on the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a crisp, spritzy mouthfeel. The body is medium in thickness, which is then lightened by the carbonation. Ends dry and smooth. I think if they eased off the carbonation a bit, the flavors would open up a bit more, but I digress...

Drinkability: Scores well in it's drinkability. This is a delicious beer and it's hefty strength is the only thing that prevents me from drinking bottle after bottle of it. More please...

MJR, May 16, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured a dark ruby that was brown toned. Had a soft tan-colored foamy head, and not much lace or stain. Not too enticing compared to many other strong dark brews.

Smelled of a dark almost chocolatey malt, plums, and, most wonderfully, a port-like alcohol-oak-fruit scent. The taste was malty, creamy, and with a slight woody and yeasty finish. Developed a warming fruity body with a small sour tinge - quite vinous.

Easy mouthfeel: none too creamy, oily, or watery. This beer doesn’t come off as a heavy dark brew, as it was not heavy in scent, body, or taste. Thus it is very easy to drink, as the short finish helps and hurts it. Overall, I expected a little bit of punch or complexity of flavors.

nomad, May 12, 2003
Photo of Jarod
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

Great label – dark gray Pegasus flying over a cathedral

This beer poured a cloudy mahogany that when held to the light the edges glowed with an orange hue, not overly cloudy though, I could see the carbonation bubbles escaping from the bottom of the glass. The head that was produced wad thick, rich, dense and lasting, and was tan in color. As far as lace, it started from the top of the glass and lasted until the last sip. The aromas that came from my glass (sniffing outside in the fresh air) were as follows – dark malts, caramel, dark fruits (black cherries), alcohol (slight), baked apples, spices (black and red peppercorns), grass and a hint of yeast. Very complex. The tastes that I experienced were of dark malts, cherry wood oak barrel that might have been used to age, alcohol (slight), citrus, dark fruits (dark cherries), melted brown sugar, baked apples, ground black pepper, and a deep port wine to finish. This beer was far more complex then I would have believed. It was thick, creamy and chewy all at once. Amazing how Unibroue hides all that alcohol behind all those complex flavors. This is a great beer that can be sipped for some time by itself or drank with almost any full flavored meal that is served with. Amazing!

Jarod, May 11, 2003
Photo of Garin
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Served cool but not cold (~10 C) in a tulip glass. I'll call this one a BJCP Belgian Strong Dark Ale, so that's where I'm coming from in this review.

This beer poured a deep, dark orange brown with clean bubbling -- perhaps a shade murkier than what I'd call "fair clarity". A creamy beige, fine-bubbled head formed easily and lingered. The aroma was sweet, malty, and alcoholic, with some hops, phenolic spiciness, and mayhbe orange underneath.

The flavour was intense and lush. Malty, rich, alcoholic, with many of the flavours mirroring the aromas. Also some soft overripe apple undertones (in a good way). The finish was clean and bitter, without any cloying sweetness.

The body was rich and full, and very luxurious. Overall an excellent beer! I'm starting to understand Unibroue's fame.

Garin, May 04, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%

Can you feel the alcohol?...I can. Whoa!
Definetly a class act but beyond my scope of appreciation.
Extremely dark pour and murky. Diffacult to judge the carbonation.
The taste is most pleasant, sweet malty start with a sweet malty finish..with an added hoppy bonus.
The head is limited but the thin island lace with glass ring lingers.
The body is full and the nose is a sweet fruity combination.
ABV limits the drinkability.

Shiloh, May 03, 2003
Photo of WaltTrombone
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

I'm glad I waited to review this, as I just got a proper tulip-shaped goblet, and have been drinking this 'til now in a pint glass. Big difference in the aroma and head retention!

It pours a dark, tawny brown with a chunky dark tan head. My 9 year old thought I was having a cola. Not much aroma, just an undefined sweetness, and a dash of plum.

The taste was malt, with plums, brown sugar, charcoal, lemon, cocoa. Nothing too prominent, light carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. More plum and charcoal as it warmed. The head lasted most of the way down, not much laciness. The finish was malt and dark chocolate, with just a wee bit of citrusy hops.

Too many of these, and you'll be speaking French from the 9%ABV, eh? It doesn't show, it sneaks up on you very smoothly, no alcohol bite at all.

Vive le Trois Pistoles! Merci, Unibroue! C'est une bonne biere!

WaltTrombone, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Amazing color: a deep, dark purple. It has a thick, creamy head that's in no hurry to go anywhere. Smells fruity. There is not a tremendous amount of aroma there, but what you do get is pleasant. Tastes smoky. Feels foamy, but ends refreshing and not very sweet. Leaves hardly any aftertaste. Very mellow. Amazing drinkable.

dwarbi, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%

This beer pours a really dark amber color with a medium dingy head that fades quickly. The aroma is very sweet and promising of a good taste. Upon first taste, this reminds me of a very sweet wheat beer. It has hints of fruit in the taste and the carbonation is very apparent when drinking, but overall it reminds me of a really smooth wheat beer. It is not excessively smooth to drink and it is pretty flavorfull. I could not see myself drinking more than one of these at a sitting because of the fullness of the flavor and the fact that I am not too fond of it. Nothing special about it in my opinion.

clvand0, Apr 24, 2003
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,153 ratings.