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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,367
Reviews: 1,902
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 190
Gots: 398 | FT: 6
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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 TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fountain soon after the cap is popped. Body is dark brown, making this almost impenetrable to light. Not much of a head, just a small ring around the glass, with an uneven layer in the middle. Smell is fruity and dark, with rum and raisin present. Taste is crisp and murky, with a good amount of hops, and dark fruit flavors abounding. Crisp mouthfeel, with good hops and body. An excellent beer with lots of unique character. There are better offerings from Unibroue.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark ruby red with medium head which fizzles out in a minute. Smells of "dark" malts and alcohol.

Tastes of thick malts, molasses and dark caramels. This brew is a bit too heavy of a flavor for my tastes. Alcohol makes itself known throughout the tasting experience, but does not dominate. A medium bodied brew but I wasn’t anxious to finish the 750ml I had.

Notes: I’m not terribly impressed. I’ve tried a few strong dark Belgians and I have mixed feelings. This has a bit of a sour aftertaste. Not sure what to make of that.

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's an honest confession: I rate all of the beers I try, not against each other, but how much I enjoy them. That said, this is not a style I typically seek out, but I can still appreciate the effort that went into this one.

Appearance: dark cloudy brown with a long lasting thin head. No lace.

Smell: Malty, as would be expected. I enjoy the spiciness (corriander?) in the aroma. I am pleasantly surprised by pleasant yeast smells. Typically, I find that these detract rather than contribute (like this one).

Taste: More sweet than alcohol oily. In fact, this is rich and full-bodied even for the style. Strong candy sugar flavors and virtually no hop. This brew has an unusually high carbonation. Again, the yeast adds pleasant flavors and a touch of spiciness.

I would say that the body is the strongest attribute. I am also surprised at the lack of apparent alcohol, although this ale has 9% content.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appereance: Pours a gorgeous dark reddish-brown with a thick, creamy beige head.

Smell: The smell is wonderuflly fruity and sweet with huge caramel malt notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is super sweet and super spicy, with a strong alcohol presense kinda ublanaces the brew a little. The flavors are tasty as hell, and even more complex, but I think it could be more balanced. The mouthfeel is a little fizzy, but quite full.

Drinkability and Overall: This beer is roughly 6 months old, and it's wonderful now, but I had one recently that was just over 2 years old and it was superb. The best state it's been in. I can't wait till this gets older.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first Canadian and very convincing. I had this one on the twentieth of May 2005 at the Delirium Café.
The TP has a very dark amber-red colour with a thin white head that seems to stay. I got this one served in a Unibroue Tulip glass.
It has a very strong odour that reminds my of malt, raisins, dark chocolate and bitter tones.
In contrast to the violent smell, the beer tastes very gentle and mild. Almost as soft and subtle as silk. A Chocolate and malt taste with a cold creamy aftertaste. And traces of citrus fruit and spices. Not a lot of carbonation.
The mouth feel is very gentle, like drinking the cream on top of a cappuccino.
The strong dark ale is my favourite type of beer and for the moment this is the best beer I have ever had in that category.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Photo of kingjames1
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle, perfect color, dark amber-brown -- anticipating a great strong ale. The head is really impressive on this one. In fact, quarter-way through, I still have a beautiful tan head going. Excellent!

The smell is good, though a tad weaker than I'd expected. Plums, maybe prunes, chocolate, some definite maltiness, and those distinctive yeasty Belgium spices.

The tast is faithful to the aromas, though stronger of course. First, shades of dark red plum, chocolate cherries -- definitely port-like. Then there are the rich spices, and then, and I am slightly disappointed here, an over-sweetness (almost reminds me of the nauseating twinge in artificial sweetners). Seems slightly unbalanced to me. Lastly comes that warming alcohol sensation (not surprising at 9%). Good, but not fantastic.

Good amount of carbonation - perfect for this brew.

This is pretty drinkable given the alcohol content, thinkness and complexity. Definitely a slow sipping beer of course. And given the slightly cloying sweetness, I'm not very interested in more than one at this point. Perhaps this bottle was a little off??? Or maybe it needed to age a little more? I'll try another one in a year or so to give it (and myself) another chance.

Photo of WetCoaster
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown with a foamy tan head that bursts toward the top of the glass. Loosens up quickly, but sits there for quite a while. Very active carbonation. Sticky lace.

Smell: Rich and spicy. Dark malt and a nice Belgian spiciness. Tart fruit; peach? A bit of alcohol. Yeast pepper. Very nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not what I expected. A tart fruitiness off the bat, very crisp and pale. Midpalette, a deep rich cake spice, brown bread and honey. Sour and vinous in the finish. The mouthfeel is oddly thin and crisp.

Drinkability: It's a good beer, but, IMO, it's not that exciting. I'll admit it's hard to believe it's 9%; the alcohol is very well concealed. Otherwise, a bit light-bodied for a BSDA and tad bland -- not their best.

Photo of Hunter
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a deep ruby red in color. Thick head of dense foam that nevertheless dissipates fast. No lacing/carfbonation to speak of.

Aroma is powerfully alcoholic. Sharp phenols, cola, berry notes play a supporting role. Deep, rich, and complex, but wow - the alcohol is like getting slapped with a 2X4.

Given the aroma I was pleasantly surprised how mellow and smooth the taste is. The alcohol is there, yes, but it gives equal time to a smoky, almost brnady-like nuance that warms one to the toes. Underlying notes of coffee, woody/nutty, and berry flavors. Mouthfeel is sharp and light from the carbonation. Aftertaste clings to the tongue with a certain bitterness but nothing to distracting.

A lovely beer all around. I'm thinking paired best with beef or pasta. would make a great winter warmer.

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

750 ml bottle with best before date clearly marked "7-15-06," so I had some time to enjoy this one, but why wait?

This beer is extremely murky looking. Dank, dark, brown, like the sludge from the moat that might surround the imposing fortress on the label. A minimal amount of head forms and disappears, leaving this muddy brew to sit and taunt me while waiting to taste it.

Deep fruity aromas in the nose with hints of spicy cloves. There is a predominant yeast smell. Very sweet and inviting, but mellow at the same time making this one pleasant brew to sniff.

What a sweet beer this is. The alcohol is very well hidden behind the fruity esters prominent within. There is almost a spicy cinnamon-like warmth present, along with ample amounts of pear, prunes, plums, raisins, apple, and some citrus. A real nice fruit cocktail, I'll give it that. A bit of a dry finish with some slight bitterness. Some chalkiness from the yeast but it's pleasant.

Really nice mouthfeel. Light carbonation and a smooth creamy body. I could go for another one once I'm done. I'll grab another bottle soon I'm sure.

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

Very, very nice brew, quite delicate in a way, subtle layers of flavoring combining for a powerful and rich overall effect. Pours a deep brown with red tones, quite hazy accompanied by a thin but cream tan head. A nice bready character going on, with a nice rich malt overtone. Bits of dark fruit making appearances. At times this one reminded me of a nice port in certain ways. A nice hop bitterness balances things out nicely, but the thickness of the malts seem to be the prevailing theme here.

A nice treat indeed. Probably my favorite brew from this brewery.


Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich dark reddish brown with an offwhite head the writhed a frothed for awhile then it settled into a thick creamy layer of tan foam. The aroma was alcoholic with a clovey spicyness and a touch of dark fruit. The flavor was very dry in the malt department with a very nice fruity flavor and a spicy undertone that finished very clean. The mouthfeel was of an average viscosity for a brew of this high of a gravity and the carbonation was soft yet lent a bit of a refreshing sharpness though not as clean in the finish as maudite. Nice beer to have at the end of the night however if i was given the choice I would probably go for a maudite instead.

Photo of BeerFink
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracking the bottle and decanting into my tulip leaves me with a beautiful ale, potent in appearance. Color at first appears black, with a dominating white head. Further inspection reveals the hue to be closer to a very dark brownish garnet. Powerful estery aroma of blended tropical and dark fruits, a zing of citrous hops, and a little bready malt. Slight wine-like character to the nose. Taste is an interesting blend of dark and light malts, slight breadiness and yeastiness. Nice dark fruits and berries in the flavor, think red wine with lots of malt. The more this beer warms, the more wine-like qualities come out - very tasty. Zesty hops tantalize the tongue with orange peels and lemons. Hops come in big and bold, but aren't able to dominate the huge malt bill. The hops relinquish their hold on your palate; the flavor moving back to huge creamy malt with a little bread and some alcohol. Finish is has some chewy malt, and is slightly acidic, but is mostly dry and vinous. Wickedly drinkably and devilishly delicious.

Photo of elricorico
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out cola brown with a thin tan head. The head has bubbled off and left a ring around the glass.

Smell is subtle yet complex. Dark fruits, alcohol, black licorice, and pepper are in there. Probably a lot more as well.

Sweet up front with a malty mix of ripe dark fruits. From there comes a bit of smoke and peppery spice. Finally followed by a tart finish with a wisp of alcohol. From start to finish there is a bounty of flavour. This brew obviously well crafted.

Mouthfeel is excellent, has some body to it and a nice carbonation that only enhances the drink. This is a big brew that drinks as easily as one could hope, almost daring you to have more and more.

Excellent beer. One to keep around.

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

This chestnut brown beauty simply defies one to pin it down stylistically. Boasting the funky nose of a saison and complete with hints of spices and Belgian yeast, this brew has the quality color of a Trappist dubble and is simply a joy...sip after sip.

Leading with a slightly fizzy open, the barnyard funky yeast is the first to appear. Midtaste deposits a nice malty note smack in the middle of the tongue.

The finish is clean with a sinful saison-like fade of yeast. Wow!

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This introduction to the Unibroue line of beers continues to be impressive. Trois Pistoles is labeled as dark and strong. They're not lying. Pours a deep blood red, very dark. Smells of plums and brandy, the most pungent aspect is the overpowering alcohol smell-not a bad thing! Taste is pretty typical of a bottle-conditioned ale, musty, tart but sweet. Sickly ale all-round a very strong, not a beer to be taken lightly.

Photo of mgdeth
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Rocky off-white head sits atop this dark brown beer. Head dissipate fairly quickly. When held up to the light, there is some serious bubbling going on. Much darker than Maudite.

Smell - Rich malt is the dominant smell. There is some phenolic spiciness, but not the tainted homebrew type.

Taste - Something about this beer makes me think of Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. The flavor is sweet overall, with just a shade of tartness, something like cranberris or darl cherries. For comparison, this beer has stronger yet cleaner taste than Maudite.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Strong body, which, when you look at the beer, matches it very well.

Drinkability - The flavor is rich, the alcohol is high -- this is no session beer. Howver, this stuff is pretty enjoyable.

Comments - This beer is better than I remember. Recommended. Thank you, Canada, for producing Unibroue. Let us all hops that Sleeman does not screw this up.

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

Trois Pistoles (750 mL bottle) opened with dark grey vapour tendrils after uncorking. The first pour resulted in a persistent white head of 2-3 cm leaving considerable lacing. The color was almost a hazelnut brown and not very penetrable to light.

The nose was quite light, sweet with fruity notes. Tasting it, the beer was viscous, likely due to the high alcohol content, and the fruity notes evident in the nose were also in the palate as well as a a slight lingering sweetness. Trois Pistoles was quite carbonated yet quite smooth during drinking.

Watch out for this one though! The 9% volume is a killer.

Overall, this is an excellent beer of great quality, and great to drink (in small quantities).

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Deep mahogany brown with a big fizzy tan head that is pretty rocky. The body is dense but tiny bubbles are visible at the outer edges of the glass.

S- strong malt aroma with prunes and a perfumy note. It also has a bit of yeastiness to the smell.

T- malt flavor is present but not as strong as I imagined from the aroma. Slight clove taste at the finish. The finish is pretty dry with a slight hint of hops.

M- medium body with a slight fizziness in the finish. no astringency or alcoholic warmth.

D- This is a nice beer but it doesn't have the malt complexity or the alcoholic warmth that I would expect from this style.

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

12 oz bottle.

A dark brew with tints of red, this pours with a quickly burning head that settles into a thin layer of lingering carbonation and mild lacing.

Aroma has brief initial elements of candied sugar, followed by doses of figs and green apples.

Bold and complex, it's difficult to disentangle all of the different aspects of flavor in this. I sense a load of spices, that seems like some weird combination of pepper, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. Candied sugar rears itself again, initially dominating the palate, but disappearing behind a touch of hot alcohol.

The finish is sweet...maybe just a touch on the sour side, but the lingering aftertaste of hot alcohol and hops tends to beat another sip out of me. I think it might be hard to drink a lot of these, but only because it's so incredibly complex.

Lke another Unibroue ale that I had this evening, I enjoyed this with cambozola and lox. It's a finely suited beer to pair with any pungent cheese.

Photo of asabreed
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from a 4-pack. Best before 08/25/07 on the back.

Appearance: Beautifully hazy and dark brown. Gorgeous, slowly thinning white head forming around the top of the glass. Nice beads of lacing sustaining as it goes down as I drink.

Smell: Amazing. Fruit and and malt and sweetness and candi sugar up front. Some extremely slight hints of dark chocolate. Dark cherries and malt. Faint banana. Some orange zest.

Taste: Carries through very well from the aromas. Malts and sugars are apparent initially, though much is discovered in the fantastic aftertaste. This has one of the best aftertastes I've had the pleasure of enjoying.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely creamy. One of the most pleasurable beers that has graced my palette.

Drinkability: I don't want to have more than one at a time because it's so goddamn good. Thankfully I have 3 more left, and I'm on my way to buying another 4-pack or more. Would love to see this does in the cellar; if it's this good now I have no doubt in a few years that I'd probably be giving a 5 to every category.

Unibroue is slowly becoming one of my favorite breweries, and this Trois Pistoles is only perpetuating this. Can't wait to try more and more, and luckily at Carytown Wine and Beer they have a fantastic selection of their products.

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

Deep brown ruby pour with a big white head and some yeast. Very complex smell. Lots of dark malty fruit and winey aromas. Grassy notes in the scent as well. Cherry flavors with lots of spice to go with a dry mouthfeel. ABV is high but well hidden, and it can sneak up on your pretty quickly. This is my first Unibroue brew, and I'm really impressed. The flavor is so complex and deep, and the aftertaste, which the bottle describes as port, is pleasant and lingering. A great selection.

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

This has been the third bottle of something from Unibroue that I've tried and the first one that didn't turn out to be flat; bought a La Terrible that was completely flat and a Maudite that was on its way to flatness... finally I have a proper bottle so I can score their product fairly! (these three bottles were purchased from two different distributors).
I'm glad that the third time proved to be a charm because I probably would have given up had this bottle sucked.
Strong dark ale seems to be my sort of thing and this is a fine strong, dark ale. Tastes and smells of dark carmelized fruits, as well as a bit of cola (more the smell than the taste but cola lives in the taste as well). A little bit too much sugar sweetness going on, which is something I don't mind but others may. The bottle claims the product has port wine notes and I'd have to agree.
Ungodly smooth for something that's 9%.
By itself I'd say the drinkability is a 4 or less, but paired with the proper food this could be ambrosia.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich dark cola coloured with a purple grape skin aura that trimmed the view. A large and fluffy, tan, cola-like head bursted forth from the pour. The head did not stay for the festivities, but it was quite energetic while it was present. Ample clusters of carbonation bubbles held fast to the side of the goblet ( pilfered from Don Pablo's : ) before racing off to the open air. No lacing hung, just a ring of spent bubbles floating atop the surface.

The nose was that of sun dried purple fruits. A burnt clove or anice type of spicing peaked out from behind the dominance of sweet and malty scents.

There was a great texture to this brew. The mouthfeel captured the attention before the taste was even considered. Nectar like. Pleasantly sweet and juicey with a cream and nut oil finish. Oh and the taste; superb. The spice aspects of the nose were a touch threatening, but did not offend in the taste. Mildly caramel and dark fruit sweetness remained mellow without throwing their respective weights about. The well administered spice character showed up in the latter stages of the flavor revelation. Very nicely crafted. The taste showed itself and departed without lingering or pestering. The lack of aftertaste prompted rapid sipping in an attempt to keep the flavor constantly atop the tastebuds. More, more, more! Good trick by my brothers to the north. Bravo!

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

Oh my god...this is 9% ABV? This stuff is evil, because you don't notice it until it bites you on the behind. Even though I served it too cold at first it was still a taste explosion which obviously improved as it warmed up. Pours from the bottle murky brown with reasonable light tan head. Aroma of raisins and brown sugar which extended through to the flavour along with hints of bitter dark chocolate towards the end. Luxurious mouthfeel, with a hint of viscosity from the high alcohol. I think I have fallen in love with Belgian Dark Brown Ale.

Photo of OStrungT
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber color with a tan, creamy head that never seams to fade. It leaves a thick lacing on the glass. It smells malty. It smells of fruit. Cherries and rasberries. There are hints of vanilla also. It tastes fruity. There are hints of chocolate also. Almost like mild chocolate covered cherries. It is carbonated a bit much in my opinion. It is a meadium bodied beer. It leaves a fruity aftertaste on the palate. This beer is not the best session beer due to the somewhat high alcohol content, and because it is too carbonated. It is definatley worth a shot though.

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
95 out of 100 based on 4,367 ratings.