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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,469
Reviews: 1,922
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 208
Gots: 465 | 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 zjungleist
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with hints of ruby and a fat and lively head that lasts and lasts. As the glass emptys the color gets more dusty and brown, with some nice yeast suspension. The smell is sugary with dark fruit and yeast. The taste is huge and malty. Lots of complexity. I get some dark fruit notes like dates, raisins, and a little bit of plum, yeasty esters, alcohol flavors, and big doughy malts. Mouthfeel is slighly thick, a tiny bit astringent, and sadly, there is even some undesirable alcohol burn to the throat. The alcohol could be masked a bit better. Overall, I would say the beer is well balanced in all respects. Drinkability is only inhibited by the ABV. This is certainly a pleasant brew.

Photo of danielocean03
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a slightly reddish hue, leaves a thick, two finger foamy beige head that falls quickly to light off-white lacing. Aroma is yeasty, along with rich and dark sweet fruits, primarily plums and dates, along with slight hints of cherry. Taste is well balanced between a sweet maltiness and lighter hop flavors, cloves present as well as some nutmeg spiciness. Can't help but mention that the overpowering carbonation is hiding a great deal of the flavors in this brew. Mouthfeel is smooth past the heavily carbonated medium body of this beer. Easily drinkable, intriguing beer, overall very enjoyable, might seek out again.

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip-style glass as a very dark, slightly reddish black. Ruby-like. Light sand colored head that didn't persist. Sporadic lacing. Nose betrays the "Uniboue" yeast scent right off the bat. Accompanying plum, exotic spice, and dessert wine notes. Very complex and very lively. More balanced flavor between maltiness and hops than I would expect. Hops are more assertive here than anticipated. Very strong flavors, further accentuated by the hop presence. An almost biting finish that is medium-bodied. Another great, great offering from this Canadian brewery. I've never had a bad, or even average, beer from these gentlemen. Get it. Love it.

Photo of Beersignal
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the recent string of lacklustre offerings from Unibroue, they still have in their portfolio some of the most savoury beers one will ever have the chance to sample and Trois Pistoles is definitely one.

It pours a full and lucious mahogany sporting caramelized highlights under a billowy head of tan foam that is well fed by a constant and lively bead. Retention is better than expected and a welcome treat.

The aromas are one of this brews greatest assets. Harmony, and complexity through a well rounded malt profile that is supported by lively fruity esters and a warm spicyness that carries one back to christmas. On top of the supple notes of coriander that emanate boldly up front, hints of nutmeg and cinnamon roll around with the maltiness and lend depth to the olfactory profile. Traces of ripe blueberries dipped in chocolate surface now and then, accompanied by a tonic like quality. Even more seductive as it warms.

Trois Pistoles is an immensely flavourful brew when fresh but could use a year's cellaring to bring into line the biting nature of the profile. As the beer enters the mouth a lively and prickly carbonation invades the tongue before making way for shots of malt, cocoa, and peppery spice to reveal themselves in brash succession. A subdued fruitiness fights to make its mark but never quite manages to overcome the heady bitterness that takes over mid-taste and jostles with the spicyness well into the finish. A revealing experience, very tasty, but imagine after one year's rest all of these qualities learning to co-habitate in a harmonious profile.

When Unibroue first released this beer in the mid-nineties it immediately garnered a staunch following among beer enthusiasts in Québec which it has maintained and has seen grow ever since. Let's hope that Unibroue will have more of these gems to come in the future to helps us forget the recent misses.


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

12oz. bottle provided by the famous beermanbrian

Pours a clear but very dark chestnut brown with some ruby highlights. Tan head starts thick, but diminishes quickly. No real lacing to mention.

Has a sweet bready and fruity aroma. Plenty of dark fruits and a nice corriander smell woven in.

Sweet bready taste upfront followed by a dark fruitiness and corriander. I get a slight hop bitterness before it washes away sweet and clean.

Good carbonation, smooth texture.

Super easy to drink, a fine Belgian dark.

Photo of bennetj17
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep, dark brown color with a massive tan head that's three fingers thick, and would be more if my snifter was bigger. The smell is a nice mix of dark fruit, belgian yeast, and mild alcohol. Taste is initially fruity, like raisins and bananas, and becomes sweeter with hints of cocoa. Its a bit spicy and alcoholic in the finish, maybe a bit sour also. I might detect some clove in there also. The mouthfell is nice, rich and semi-thick, good carbonation, it coats the palate well. Alcohol rides a bit high so its hard to drink alot of this, but its very tasty and a good end to the night...

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

This beer pours an attractive hazy, dark brown color with a fluffy 1 and a half inch head that sticks to the glass. The aroma is sweet, with hints of ripe fruit, toffee and spices. I can tell this is gonna be damn tasty! The first taste confirms this as my mouth fills with a cascade of flavors, including ripe fruits, citrus, toffee and spices. The finish is sweet with a hint of hop flavor at the end. This beer is very rich and full bodied and was just what I needed on a cold winter night. Not a beer for the faint of heart. Excellent.

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite offering from Unibroue with its sweet tastes and smell. This sample was from a 12oz bottle. Pours a dark redddish/brown color with a giant head. Smells of fruits are exploding from this beer and the tastes are similar with plum, strawberries, and a smooth malty finish. This is one beer I love to give to my BMC friends and show them what they are missing.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a weaker head that dissipates right away leaving a kind of sticky little lacing and head. It has dark to amber color tones. Smell of sweet candy and hops is strong, and it's coupled with some breadiness and yeastiness. The smell has also plum, nutmeg and very strong clove. The taste has a vanilla undertone that I noticed right away and the taste also had plum, nutmeg, and clove. The first mouth feel is a little watery, but gets better as it warms. It's definitely intriguing and makes you want to have more.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Very dark brown color with a bubbly tan head. A thin foam hangs around and leaves trails down the glass. Very active carbonation bubbles.

First smell that I notice is yeast which is followed by some dark fruits. Plums, cherries and dates are the first taste that is noticed followed by a rich full maltyness. Some bitterness at the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very high carbonation level on the tongue and a full body. Very smooth.

Overall a very full and complex brew. Lots of flavors swirling around to keep your interest through the entire beer. The high ABV is well hidden. This is the 2nd offering i've had from Unibroue and i've enjoyed them both tremendously.

Photo of jasonguit
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, nice! So good in fact I decided to make it my first review. All those that say this brew is deceptively smooth are exactly right. I am actually in a race with my spinning head as I type. I have foolishly polished off a 750mL alone (yes...foolishly).

It has the same nutty robust flavor you would expect from a dark beer, though the alcohol content does shine through (in a wonderfully pleasant way.) It also has a fruity quality to it that I rather enjoy. It reminds me a lot of a dark german beer if one was to add an aspect of fruitiness to it. It will most certainly knock you down as well at 9%. I am definitely a quality over quantity drinker, and this one will sneak right up on you.

Lovely beer all in all. If you like dark beers I highly recommend it.

Photo of mentor
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a 4-finger caramel-colored head over a slightly particulated dark brown liquid. Smells musty phenolic. Funk. Clove and candi-sugar. Chalk and wet sand. Tastes fizzy carbonation with some sweet. Unfortunately, the carb is the most notable feature. Clove and pumpkin pie spice. After swrling heavily several times to release the pent up carb. Coffe rum raisin with chocolate. Caramel and dried stick. Ashes from a wood fire-pit. Md-light body and potently carbonated. Pretty tasty once I released most of the carb.

Photo of geetlord
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark dark amber, with a tall white head. It smelled slightly fruity and malty. This beer was very smooth, and malty, with strong molasses and caramel flavors, some fruit and a very present alcohol flavor. this beer was very dense and smooth but not to heavy. I definatly liked this beer a lot and intend on getting it again.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deeply opaque dark brown. Big rocky coffee-coloured head. It dissipates to a persistent film that clings to the glass.

Divine nose. Dark syrupy sweetness. Through the rich, heavy sugar comes a hint of fragrant berry-fruits. After some coaxing, there's some hints of pepper fragrance. Wow, I think you could smell this forever and keep discovering new subtleties.

Delectable taste. Starts mellow and subdues, but crescendoes with a rich sweet maltiness. Full bodied, rather heavy and smooth. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and coating. Wonderful.

There's an alcohol spiciness on the back-palate which nicely cuts through the sweetness. Richly layered. This is a very fine beer. One I'll enjoy again and again.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Didn't get much head. Dark body. Looks like red wine.

Potent nose. Sorta smells like red wine as well. It's a fascinating smell, anyway.

Tastes pretty wow. It's interesting and complex. Difficult to drink, but for tasting, fascinating. It's rich and dark but drinkable. Doesn't taste like coffee. It's fruity, really. Tastes more reminiscent of a rich, dark plum. But not that fruity, cos it's also beer-y. And bitter-y. And sort of dry.

It's nice, dude, I really like it. I mean, it's not Chimay Red, cos my pants aren't white and sticky, but it's nice. Very nice. Surprising, really.

Photo of wingnutter
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black and blue plum-like color with a thick, lingering head. A lacing-we-will-go!

Smell: Yeasty, with dark fruits.

Taste: Complex is an understatement. Starts dry, with nice raisin/fig/plum flavors lingering as I swallow. Nice sweetness in the finish edging out the dryness in the beginning. Yestiness, with some bitterness and grassiness. Earthy. Nice fruityness. Warms as it goes down, giving a hint to the 9% ABV.

Doesnt feel too heavy, which surprised me a bit. I thought it would feel thicker.

Pretty tasty. I like it alot more than the only other Unibroue brew Ive tried (La Fin Du Monde). Packs a nice punch.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Head is a thick fluffy mass.

Smell is sweet and full of rich dark fruit with the trademark Unibrou yeastiness.

Taste is very full and spicy. Excellent toasted malt character is complimented by the array of dark fruit notes (plum, fig, raison). Hops make an impressive showing and give a nice balance to this brew. 9% ABV is well hidden leaving only a slight rum flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with generous carbonation. Normally I'm not a fan of highly carbonated brews but this one is an exception.

This is a wonderful brew. Unibrou makes great beers and to me this is one of the best of them. If you like Belgian dark you need to try this one.

Photo of Vancer
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah, outstanding – just one caveat, it was surprisingly a little to thinner than expected. That said, what a head! Easy pour produced a massive ivory ice cream dollop on top of a clear, but dark burgundy brew. Laces all the way down, excellent.

Just some mediocre aromas of grand cru Belgium yeast, also with some grassy molds. Yum, a maltly quaff, with sugar cane, apricots, plums and raisins. Thinly carbonated, still very robust with a dry, foamy finish.

It may have been too thin, but nice to sip a sixer, even with the 9% hammer. I’m really looking forward to the other strong dark ales from Unibroue.

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

Thanks to my brother-in-law Chuck for purchasing this for me. I've been sitting on it for 2 years. "Best by 5-3-06" Thought I'd give 'er a go before then.
Aroma presents with a heavier dark malt that's sweet with a fairly strong alcohol presence and some heavier darker fruit.
Despite a very dull sounding opening it poured with a firm one inch darkish head that settled. Dark, dark brew with a reddish tint.
Flavor is consistent with aroma. Alcohol is heavy tasting as is the malt with fruitiness. Dryness builds in time. Some spicieness, but blended okay. Caramel tasting malt.
Feel isn't particuarly heavy. Carbonatioin is nicely very firm. Not particularly soft.
Overall I'm a little dissappointed. Favor lacks vibrancy (due to cellaring?). Blending is only okay with a heavy alcohol presence.

Photo of joeyels
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice dark brown pour with thick tan head. Smell is of mellow spices with just a touch of sweetness. Taste is very good, nice carbonation, sweetness comes through at first touch and fades into more spice. Provides just enough aftertaste to make you want to take another sip. Alcohol is very well hidden, but it's definitely present. This beer is just an absolute pleasure to drink.

Photo of BigBry
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, cork and cage, cool label. Pours a deep and dark chestnut color, thick tan head, lots of lace. Lots of aromas including caramel, spices, and apricot and other dark fruits. Full flavor of sweet malt, caramel and toffee, a bit woody almost oaky, some spices. Also a touch of sweet cherry. Full bodied, leaves a nice alcohol warming sensation. Full flavored, yet still refreshing with a long smooth finish. I had a hard time finding this one, but definatley prefer it to Maudite (although there is nothing wrong with it either). Must get more - some for now, some for the cellar.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Had the bottled version of this in a beer tasting event. It pours a very nice dark amber brown like cherry cola. Has very little nose out of the taster glass even though the glass has a bit of a bell. Too light of a scent to describe. The taste is a nice balance between hops and malt. A smooth mixture of fermented fruit and caramel flavors. It has a bit of the warming afterglow from the alcohol. Very drinkable. I will be trying more from this brewery and will defiantly get this beer.

Photo of HopsHops
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow This is Good Beer

Appearance: Honestly i didnt look at this beer i drank it straight from the bottle and it was great

Smell: A little sweet for my taste but i learned to love it quick

Taste: I am not a fan of sweet beer but the fruity slick taste in this one is definitely going to make me think twice about that

Mouthfeel: Very chewy and fruity ....wow ...im speechless ...

Drinkablilty: This whole review is just me making up stuff to say about a great beer i thought was unbelievably good i didnt examine it or anything i really didnt expect to like it because im not a belgian style fan because they are usually sweet and im not into that but wow this beer is definitely on my list for a "must have again" in the near future ...only problem is its pretty strong and id probly get hammered if i drank too many pints of this....but i never wanted this one to end....bravo

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle - labeled as Ale on Lees. Glassware suggestions on the back, as well as a clearly labeled best by date.

Appearance: Poured into a Chimay goblet - very dark brown with just a hint of red around the edges. Nice head fades, but leaves a nice lace across the top, constantly replenished by bubbling from the bottom (probably aided by the goblet).

Smell: Lots of caramel and spice in the aroma, with a hint of alcohol. Also a bit of fermenting fruit and raisins in there.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma - with the addition of a strong belgian yeast flavor. Starts out yeasty, and then fades into the spice and dark fruits. Just a hint of alcohol - it is well hidden.

Overall impression: Very well balanced example of a Belgian style - well made, balanced, and quite complex.

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

Wow! Super dark in color on the pour. Some ambient light shines through while it sits on the table, leaving it the color of... hmmm.. Dark, dark grapes perhaps, a really great color I've never noticed while reviewing a brew before. A dark, purplish brown. A very tan colored head made of exuberant bubbles builds briefly then fades to a thin ring around the tulip glass, letting me look into the gently but constantly bubbling depths of Trois Pistoles. After a while head is nonexistant, the strings of bubbles unable to keep it up, and lacing down to none at all.

This was the first I've tried of Unibroue and I really wasn't sure what I was getting myself into, only that I had to try something of theirs before the wait killed me. Wow! Lots and lots of scent here! Like nothing I've ever scented before. Sour grapes, kiwi fruit... Rum, fermenting sourness, raisins. Really intriguing!

Lots more sour-sweet flavors on the palate... Citrus peel, sour grapes, plums, rhubarb, raisins, with a gently warming alcohol that doesn't affect taste, only feel. Really unusual - I'll have to try some other Strong Dark Ales to compare this against. It's definitely like nothing else I've tried, but it's great!

Like a lot of other strong, no-head beers, this one bursts up a bunch of unexpected tight, swishy carbonation upon sipping; I'm glad it does, because if there were less bubbles, I think this beer would slip in my favor from fantastic to very unpleasant. The up-fizzing carbonation keeps the heady flavors and alcohol in check. The body of the beer is pretty light, and there's almost no after-feel, just a tiny caramel lingering.

Whoo! How to rate drinkability? Could I have another? I dunno... I'm happy just enjoying one! This beer definitely has everything covered. There isn't anything in the scent, flavor or feel that dissappoints me at all. Cheers!

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,469 ratings.