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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,154
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 clvand0
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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
Photo of Naerhu
3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – initial big foamy head that disappeared. Dark brown color. There was a
Aroma – Brown sugar and malt aroma, kinda earthy and small amount chocolate.
Taste – Brown sugar and surprisingly the alcohol is not perceptible. .
Mouthfeel – nice rich creamy Mouthfeel.
Drinkability – This went down very well. It was gone before I knew it.

Naerhu, Apr 12, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a thick white head, but quickly dissipates into nothing. Cloudy dark copper in color. I was not impressed with the appearence. I'm glad I didn't judge a book by it's cover though. Wonderful spicy aroma. The label even has a little warning not to use a pisner glass. You'll want to use something that shows off this aroma. Very fruity and spicy with littly to no hoppiness. I'm thinking belgian dubbel, but the high alcohol content suggests something different. The alcohol content is very well hidden in the intense fruitiness of the malt.

dmarch, Apr 07, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown with amber hints and a long lived tan head that is lively and sinks down the sides faster than the middle.. The nose is spicy and malty with a tinge of alcohol. The flavor is rather good with sweet malt and spice as well with a distinct and noticeable alcohol finish as well. The hops are well blended but mild. Overall very decent - Drink at a cool but not cold temperature.

AtrumAnimus, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

A big, coarse, noisy tan head dies fairly quickly. Lacing can be induced, but rolls quickly down the glass. The beer is a slightly cloudy, deep ruby.

The smell is sweet, with fruits and berries, slightly malty. The front shows sweet caramel and spice giving way to apples in the middle, with a notice of alcohol. The finish is crisp but dark. Again, I notice some alcohol at the cooler temps, but overall this is a great beer. It used to be my favorite U, maybe still.

kbub6f, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing this for the first time, and with the way Unibroue beers have treated me, I had to try it. It poured a very nice dark color, that seemed more red than brown. As aggressively as I poured it, I still couldn't achieve a head atop. The aroma is quite pleasant. A touch of hops and alcohol, but mostly dark fruits and a lot of ripe cherries.

The flavor is just as smooth. It had a bit of yeasty spiciness to it, and a slight sweetness that followed a mild hop bitterness. Very fruity, delicious, and highly drinkable at 9%. Another great one from Unibroue.

IrishRedRock, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany in color with a tan head. The aroma is sweet almost like brown sugar. There is also a faint fig smith with a bit of fruitiness. The flavors that jump out are an herbal/medicinal flavor, sweet candi sugar, and alcohol. It is a medium-full bodied beer that finished semi-sweet, and alcoholic. A very tasty brew.

BeerBuilder, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My list of favorite beers is dominated by Unibroue. I recently did a head to head comparison between this and Chimay Blue. It was very close, and the differences are subtle. The Unibroue is perhaps a bit spicier, the Chimay slightly smoother. Trois pistoles pours the usual magnificent head, with good retention. Very dark, looks almost identical to the Chimay. Has a quenching, yet substantial taste. As is the case with the other Unibroue offerings, almost a wheat-beer like refreshing quality, but is complex and packs a quite a punch. No alcohol noted in the taste, but certainly in the effect. With all of the varieties, I could drink Unibroue almost every night (if not for the fear of overwhelming my liver, I probably would!). This can't compare to Rochefort or Westy, but for the price and availability, you can't really go wrong. Make sure to let this warm up. Cold, it tastes like a rum and coke!

JohnnyDuvel, Mar 12, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown appearance. Decent sized light tan head fizzes away until all that remains is a thin film and nice looking collar. Aroma is sweet like candy and musty like the ocean breeze. A little grape as well. And some cherry syrup drizzled on top. The feel in the mouth is slightly airy and a bit carbonated. Not like a champange though. Body is roughly medium. Flavor profile is subtle yet complex. Sweet malts, biscuit and a bit of bitter hops are detected. There's a unique mustiness present that throws me into a big Deja Vu. Flavor's also a little medicinal and phenolic, a little yeasty and quite fruity. All in all, an agreeable Belgian style beverage.

Bighuge, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of hyuga
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brew with hints of a red hue here and there. Very nice head on top, off-white. It doesn't stay as well as I'd like it to, though. Nevertheless, this beer is quite beautiful when presented in its signature glass. The aroma doesn't fall short of this either. Sharp and spicy with dark fruits such as plums and currants. Very reminiscent of a great dubbel. A strong caramel sweetness is present in the background, holding everything up. On the palate, it's again in the range of a dubbel. Initially it's very smooth and caramelly sweet, then in the middle the huge spice and fruit characters really kick in. The fruitiness is currant and plum again, with some grape in there as well. A sharp hop twang backs all of it up, pairing perfectly with the spice and currant. In the back, the fruitiness gets kind of rind-like, like plum skin. Finishes with a smack of spice and hops and a bit more sweetness. Malty smoothness throughout. Just a touch of pepper here and there. Some leafy hop character in the aftertaste, along with some other things that are hard to pull out of the flavor when it's actually in your mouth, making for a very pleasant aftertaste. A wonderful dubbel overall. That's what I'd call it, it fits that description more than dark strong ale, in my opinion. Very much a warming brew. I think some aging would smooth this out in a good way. I wish I had a cellar or a nice cool closet that stayed that way year-round. Another strong offering from Unibroue, always one of the best when it comes to Belgian-style ales.

hyuga, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of Delirium
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark crimson amber with immediate smell of sweet black currents and uncured olives in a frothy, foamy, carpeting head that dwindles down but never disappears leaving a sticky imaginative lace. Tastes of rich anise, black pepper, mushrooms, and earth. Deep finish is lightly bitter and exceptionally dry.

Smooth like a sharkskin, just don't rub it the wrong way.

Delirium, Feb 26, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I liked the la Fin Du Monde but this is much better! A dark brown color out of the bottle. Nice tight white head that hangs around forever and doesn’t leave much of a lace. (Could be my glass) A fruity aroma hits your nose. I think it has a high carbonation content. Nice. A fruit flavor comes across your tongue. Not too sweet, hints of caramel and a slight finish of hops.

Stubbie1, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Talk about a a good brew Ay! This is my first venture into Canadian brews, other than the regular macro stuff. I must say, that this is quite impressive. Just like the bottle suggests, it has a similar taste to a port wine. There is definately a taste of grapes in it too. Has a very dry finish, but it still coats the mouth well and leaves a little bit of an alcohol taste about it. I will definately get this one again.

JISurfer, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, cloudy brown in color with a very nice head that lasts. I have been waiting to try this beer for a long time. The smell is fruity and sweet with a hint of malt. The taste is very complex. Very effervesent with flavors that change over and over. The beginning is more of the fruit and citrus. The middle and ending are more sweet, dry and warming. An amazing beer that I can't wait to have again. I have a bottle ageing nicely!

CharlesRiver, Feb 21, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Original review 2-20-2003...

Aroma: slight maltiness with some wisps of alcohol, raisins and plums.

Appearance: a tawny, reddish-brown, creamy off-white head, some haze (not from chilling). The alcohol content killed the head pretty quickly, even in a clean Chimay glass.

Taste/mouthfeel: a lot of alcohol warmth, slight sweetness, a touch of raisins round out the flavor. The high carbonation gives it a nice flavor break, in lieu of hop bitterness or flavor (of which there is little). A fair amount of caramel aftertaste, but also a slight note of sharp bitterness unrelated to hops.

Overall: A well-crafted beer. Unibroue has not disappointed me yet. This is a great example of a dubbel/strong dark ale, though I generally like a little more presence of the dark, dried fruit characteristic. I have another bottle of this that I'm going to lay down for a couple of years.

UPDATE 7-21-2009: [Review of a bottle aged 4 years beyond its best-by date]

Appearance: ruddy dark brown, slight haze, very little head formation

Aroma: dark brown sugar, port-soaked raisins, prunes, alcohol, and wet dog

Flavor: malty sweet with hints of cork, licorice, multivitamin, chocolate, molasses, and stewed prunes; finishes semisweet with a musty/spicey aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, zesty carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: The bottle didn't make much of a pop when I uncorked it, so it must have lost some carbonation over the years. However, extended aging did not harm this one as much as it harmed the bottle of Maudite I cellared next to it. This one is still a drinkable, fairly interesting beer.

GreenCard, Feb 20, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

“Oh, Yearhhh - Babbiieeee”, as Mike Myers would say, in his pathetic English Accent.

The cork did not want to give up its grip, and it took quite an effort to extract it, after the wire cage was removed. The color of this dark beer is gorgeous, a highly polished deep brown chestnut with some mahogany ruby-red hints when backlit. The large head that develops whilst being poured soon rescinds to a thin tan collar halo that grasps the glass sides. Very little lacing at all. Carbonation is still quite high though nevertheless.

Aromas are definitely of Belgium, and not Canada. Deep fruity, powerful, testicle grabbing smells that are not ashamed to reveal themselves. The beginning has a fantastic spritzy presence – the relatively high carbonation of the beer aids the wholesome character, as well as lending to the overall satisfying mouthfeel of this beer.

Tastes are just a ‘non-stop’ Circus of complex acts. They commence with the Master of Ceremonies, MC Dark Fruity Flavours, his eloquent introduction brings on the Amazing Trapeze artistes the “Malt-Teasers”, followed by the famous Vanishing Alcohol tricks of the 9 family members of the Great Escapini’s. After this, the blind-folded Knife Throwing antics of the Port Bananini’s are quickly followed by the warming Fire-Eating Ethanolics. Hold on, where are the Clowns? Well there are none in this Circus – for this is very a serious beer, there is simply no place for face painted jokers here. A high class, highly complex beer, which will certainly benefit from aging for sure I believe. Tomorrow, I am going to get some more to lay down.

Yet again, Unibroue do not fail to impress me, they are the Samuel Smiths of Canada for me. Just where do they keep pulling these magnificent brews from???

In the past whenever, I thought of Canada, I thought of, …………well, erm… yeah, alright, not very much at all. I now think of Unibroue when I hear the word Canada.

Trois Pistoles is the probably the closest attempt at a Canadian Trappist Beer that you will ever experience.

TheLongBeachBum, Feb 11, 2003
Photo of purplehops
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three sprays pours a chustnut red-brown with a light tan head that has plenty of staying power and leaves ample lacing on the glass. The aroma is apples, plums, raisins, pears, and alcohol. There are also aromas of grass and cardamom. The taste starts flavors of caramel and biscuit malt followed by some carbonation tingle with hints of grains of paradise and citrus notes. The finish is a balance of sweet malts and dry floral and citrus hops along with some earthy/grassy hop flavors. The aftertaste is fading malt and spice flavors being replaced by warming alcohol and and date and fig like flavors.. The mouthfeel medium heavy with plenty of mild effervescence.
Overall a very nice Belgian style dark ale. Plenty of malt, and alcohol along with a wonderful yeast. It looks good, It smells good. It feels good. It taste wonderful. And it will make you forget all your worries and cares.

purplehops, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark violet color, with a short tan head that recedes too soon.

Rich, heady aromas come wafting out the bottleneck, plump with associations: Raisins, plums, spices, brandy, dark rum, smoke, and so much more.

Bracing onslaught of hops on the palate, but excellent buttress of malt backs it up.
Fantastic spark on the tongue, and a wonderful sweetness that follows after the drizzling of hops. Transendant complexity, utterly other-worldly, and overjoyous.

A real treat of a beer, and a rare delight. Only the finest of human beings should put this to their lips, as a benedicton and reflection of the worthiness of their souls. So, all you slobs, go better yourselves before daring to crack the cage and cork. So go do community service, adopt a stray kitten, give a street urchin a quarter, let someone on the freeway before you, be kind to our fine feathered friends, turn a Bud man on to oatmeal stouts, just do something to realign your karma to make you worthy enough to pour this fine beer down your gullet.

feloniousmonk, Feb 04, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade, although it took me so long to get around to drinking it that it became available in Ohio in the meantime. D'oh! Anyway, this beer pours a deep ruby color with a medium beige head. Aroma of cherry, vanilla, figs, and raisin. Fruity flavor of plum and raspberry, with a lightly chocolate malt finish. Very easy on the tongue, unlike a lot of Belgian Ales. Absolutely smooth and easy to drink. Very good.

Dogbrick, Feb 04, 2003
Photo of WanderingFool
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is brown like a coke or pepsi and has a thin tan head that quickly dissolves leaving a sheet on the surface. The aroma is typical for a dark belgian style beer with banana esters, alcohol and a hint of spices (corriander?). Each sip begins with a sweet malty flavor, moves towards a tingley raisin-banana taste and finishes with alcohol. A sweet stickyness is left behind.

If you like dark belgian beers I would definetly recommend this one. It's full of flavors that leave you wanting more.

WanderingFool, Jan 30, 2003
Photo of proc
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Absolutely delicious. Pours out to a plum color in the glass with a decent, brown sugar-looking head. The aroma is all over the place, with fruit, plums, yeast and although it sounds strange, a sweet tart candy smell. Taste is excellent, with a variety of spices lingering in the mouth. Mouthfeel is near perfect and the finish, while warming, masks the high ABV. Yum.

proc, Jan 25, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a fairly large head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Appearance: Very dark amber, cloudy, I couldn’t see through it.

Smell: Some alcohol aroma, strong fruit smell, bananas, although I couldn’t quite discern the rest of the fruits. Pretty pleasant smell overall.

Taste: I found the taste rather refreshing, while still being slightly harsh from the high ABV. I noticed a pleasant sweetness as well as sourness; enjoyable slight banana taste. The aftertaste was a little sour but didn’t last long at all.

Mouthfeel: Very sweet, medium body, enjoyable.

Drinkability: Without the label, you would have no idea that it’s 9%; very drinkable.

Notes: This is the second Belgian beer out of a 3 pack from Unibroue that I have tried. Maudite being the first, I enjoyed Trois Pistoles a lot more. It more smoothly tasted to me, and had a better aftertaste as well. These beers are my initiation into the world of Belgian Ales and I like this style of ale so far. I highly recommend this beer for anyone like me who is just getting into the style.

AudioGilz, Jan 24, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy brown with some tan foam.

Smell: Fruity - bananas - and sweet malt. Very pleasant.

Taste: Sweet, candy-sugar-like, fruity, yeasty, but with some hop character balanced in.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, creamy, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Dangerously good.

UncleJimbo, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Open carefully, this one likes to overflow maybe because it is refermented in the bottle, very good carbonation and head but not much lace. Cloudy reddish brown, nose is raisiny so is taste. Smooth, full bodied and malty - very easy to drink but savor at 9% ABV. $1.50 for a 330ml bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Jan 19, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a giant head that reduced to basically nothing.I was a little dissapointed in the head retention after seeing the carbonation this Ale presented.The color was a dark blood red.Very strong with an immediate shot of alcohol.Goes down kind of crisp and somewhat harsh from the ABV.A verry bitter finish that doesnt stay in the mouth long.Strange it doesnt leave a dry palate,but almost refreshing.A medium to full body with a medicine like finish.Trace amounts of lace are noted.Very creamy but the high ABV detracts from the mouthfeel somewhat.If they could hide the ABV better it would help.A little watery for the color.Overall good to above average.


kelticblood, Jan 17, 2003
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,154 ratings.