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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,508
Reviews: 1,934
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 213
Gots: 490 | FT: 7
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark mahogany, almost black color with a two finger off white (almost caramel) colored head that retains nicely. Lots of fizziness in the middle of the glass.
S: Aromas of dark fruit, mostly grapes and prunes, with that nice beligian style smell. Malty and spicy notes tingle the nostrils.
T: Tastes of dark fruit felt at the tip of the tongue. Those prunes are noticeable again with a spicy and almost sweet almost chocolate like flavor that follows and leaves a fruity dry taste at the back of the tongue.
M: Carbonation blast isn't as heavy as other offering from Unibroue, which I like. Sticky as it almost coats the mouth which is noticeable in the aftertaste. Warms the chest after a couple of gulps, but the abv is not noticeable as its going down.
D: Definately a drinkable beer. Unibroue has great offerings and they just keep me wanting to try everything they've got.

Photo of waldowin
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark amber, fading to blood-red at the sides. Lots of carbonation visible. An absolutely massive tan head will form with anything but the most careful pour. Little/no lacing.

Smells powerfully of raisins, dates, plums, cinnamon, rum, and a hint of biscuit dough.

Taste is plums, cherries, cinnamon, cloves, and a hint of chocolate and sourdough in the finish.

Mouthfeel is big and bold, but this is perhaps a bit overcarbonated, almost harshly so on the tongue.

Tasty stuff, but watch that alcohol!

Photo of Enola
2.7/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured into my Chimay chalice a deep mahogony color. There is a thin head. There is also lots of yeast that has settled to the bottom of the glass. The smell is sweet and a bit like plums. The taste is very powerfull and fruity. The mouthfeel is overpowering at first and then calms down into a lasting aftertaste similar to apricot brandy. The drinkability would be better if not for the overpowering abv. I probably will not have this beer again.

Photo of supercolter
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very dark brown almost black- light tan head that billowed up quickly and fell almost as fast, beautiful lacing when you tip the glass to drink
S- somewhat complex, a lot of the dark fruit smell(no citrus at all), a bit of malt and spice
T- very very good, just not quite complex enough to drop a 5, a lot lighter than many beers in this ABV
M- it was kinda creamy from all the carbonation, but moved around pretty easy
D- pour me another

Photo of UncleFlip
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An incredibly large tan head spring up from my glass on the pour... It ranges from tight bubbles to loose...but is overall smooth and foamy. It descends at a moderate rate, revealing a liquid the colour of dates...held to the light, is between honey and ruby, and just a bit hazy.

Smell is very yeasty and spicy up front- rather airy quality, as well. I'm also picking up on peaches, almonds, and brown sugar.

There's some alcohol up front, along with some guava and brown sugar. Rather spicy throughout, with a dark pungent sweetness carrying that spice. A bit woody and dry on the aftertaste.

A tad highly carbonated for my taste. I don't notice the liquid much because of it- but it' a medium liquid- just about right.

Drinkability is quite good. The high carbonation is a bit much for me, but this is definitely a solid strong dark. I'd not turn it down.

Be well

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a tall tan head (several pours needed to fill the glass). Aroma is sweet and fruity, dark not citrusy, dry chocolate malt, some candy sugar and just a hint of bubblegum. Nose blooms quite well as it warms.

Taste is rich and moderately sweet, all that a dark Belgian style should be. Flavors of candy sugar, raisins, plums, caramelized malts. More flavors of white grape or pear juice, more light flavors of bubblegum, has a nice pinot noir quality (would make a good recommendation for a wine drinker). No detectable flavors of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth, finish is clean with a small acidic bite. Stands up as well or better than just about any native Belgian ale. I've had this beer many times before without being impressed but this bottle really just struck me the right way tonight.

Photo of bierman2000
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Potent abbey dubble from Unibroue.. copper and opaque with fruity notes and smooth malty overtones.. this beer is quite drinkable yet very full bodied and high in alcohol.. a great beer with cheese and spicy food as well as chocolate. enjoy in slow sips to fully appreciate this strong dark brew.

Photo of heyitsbyron
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle from the Unibroue gift pack into a pint glass (it was the best I had).

Poured muddy brown with a very large head, >3cm. Slightly slightly red in color, but the head was near white.

Smelled like generic fruit and yeast. Couldn't decide if it was dark fruit, or fresher more citrusy fruit. Smelled very sweet, though not real boozy.

Taste followed smell, though much sweeter than I anticipated. It got much more syrupy as it warmed. Not nearly as complex as I had hoped though. Just general fruit and yeasy flavors. Hid the booze well.

Kind of heavy and syrupy in the mouth. Carbonation doesn't really suit the body in my mind.

Eh, I don't know why I'd drink it again-- Fin du Monde and Maudite are much better crafted. I think this was much too sweet and just indecisive in terms of its flavor. I heard good things, but I was generally unimpressed. Nice to have tried it though.

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

750ml bottle corked and caged. The front label had a really beautiful picture of a flying horse flying over a city hall type of building in the backdrop of a dark a stormy night. Something you need to see for yourself. The back label had some information about the beer, proper serving glassware, warnings, and the usual US govt. warnings. There is also a Best Before date as well on the back, mine being BB 11-29-07.

Appearance: When poured into a Snifter, the beer was a deep dark murky brown color with just a hint of ruby coloring. The head of foam was an off white color and about 1in in height. It fizzled away very fast leaving no signs of lace and very few rings around the glass.

Smell: The back label stated it had a pleasant aroma of ripe fruits and I believe them when they mentioned that. The fruits however were dark fruits, like the plums, raisins, and even cherries. After those dark fruits, I detected it also had a sweet aroma. Sweet what? I don't know, it was just sweet.

Taste: I believe this is another beer that tasted like it smelled. It had plenty of sweet dark fruits, like plums and cherries, in the front. Not too sweet, just had a subtle taste of sweetness. After all that, a slight hoppy taste came through at the end. And like the sweetness the hops were subtle as well. Very good!

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and yet it was very smooth. I did notice just a slight hint of that 9%ABV. I could taste it, but I couldn't feel it going to work on me.

Drinkability: Another excellent beer from Unibroue and a must try beer from this brewery. Even though I couldn't feel the ABV it's probably wise not for me too drink too much of this beer in one sitting. This is something I would consider purchasing agian in the near future.

Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this ale on tap at Frisco Burritos in Columbia, MD. The ale comes cold from the keg.

Appearance: A deep tawny red that clearly comes through when held up to light. Not much head and it disappears quickly.

Smell: I detect some spices, maybe some residual wheat in there, as well as some darker fruits, maybe a hint of cherry.

Taste: The ale has hints of cherry and plums, darker stronger fruits that add just a hint of sweetness. The yeast imparts an interesting flavor, while the candied sugars give a very pleasant sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Velvety soft on the palate. The alcohol lingers on the back of the tongue for a bit.

Drinkability: A great tasting beer when served on tap, fresh and delicious.

Previous Reviews:
17-Nov-05, Bottle, 4.0, 4.0, 3.5, 3.5, 4.0, 3.75

Photo of boulevard2
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber with freshness date.

A dark ruby colored pour, looks rich in sweetness. Has a raisiny scent with strong alcoholic overtone and heavy carbonation. This a gret Belgian strong but not my cup of tea. This style and taste I'm just not fond of ....yet still another great brew from Unibroue

Photo of StrongandSmooth
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Once poured, it was not as dark as the maudite the night before but still a pretty opaque pour. The head was not as fluffy as the maudite either, but this was not a bad thing. Really deep fruit smell when smelling. It was pleasant and was worth getting a few more whiffs before I started drinking.
It has a wonderful taste which is made of the complexities of this brew. It was sweeter than others of this style I have had. The sweetness flows back and forth between some of the other elements: tart and peppery. I can not detect the alcohol at all in this. You know its there but the flavors really overcome this fact. It was smooth to me throughout even with the yeast. A nice light body which is good and coating the mouth.
I'd drink it again, in a hearbeat.

Photo of arizcards
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at Cost Plus back at the end of September for $5.99. Best before 11-29-07.

Brew poured a Burgundy-Brown color with a tan bubbly head that sustained well. Upon initially popping the cork, the nose was like a merlot. Dark fruits and malts did dominate the smell upon warming. Tastes noted were the presence of Belgian yeasts, dark fruits, and light hops. Initially the warming alcohol was dominate in the finish but towards the end of the bottle it was not noticeable. Mouthfeel had the classic Unibroue feel to it. There is almost a champagne like feel but it is more velvety smooth than champagne. Overall drinkability is that at 9% it packs a punch which makes this a one at a time brew for me. The initial warming makes this a great winter brew. This is definitely another very good beer that I would recommend.

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

Another highly though of Belgian style from Unibroue, the king of Canadian brewers, at least by the BA rankings...
Pours a dark chocolate and cloudy form into my goblet. The head is nice but doesn't last long, diminishing to a cap within a few minutes, which is unfortunate. The nose is the light airiness of fruit and the weight of concentrated alcohol about even strength. Spices are evident as well. This smells almost more like a mulled or spiced wine than a beer, although thats not really a bad thing.
Taste is yeasty and very beer like, which is pretty delicious. The aftertaste is more like a port or brandy but still mild considering the abv punch packing here. The alcohol is more a sidenote than a major presence and the mouthfeel is right on for a strong Belgian.
There's a lot here to like. Although cleaner and not as heavy as many similar beers, Trois Pistoles is an authentic craft Belgian with a full taste and satisfying body. A little steep in price but take the splurge at least once, this is quality stuff.

Photo of ski271
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has long been my favorite of the Unibroue beers, and one of the reasons I enjoy Belgian beers as much as I do today. I hadn’t had this beer in a while, but I’m glad to say I still love this beer. Had it on tap at Zeno’s in State College. Attractive dark, hazy brown with a small, creamy, off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. Wonderful wine-like aromas and flavors, dark fruit, berries, oak, spice, and warming alcohol that kicks up a little on the finish. It feels light in the mouth yet is huge in flavor and feels big on the finish. This is the reason why at beer expos, I still have to stop off at the Unibroue table for a beer even if I have had all the beers they have at the time. Fabulous!

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this Unibroue pours a dark mahogany with a foamy tan two finger thivk head that is long lasting

S - wow, very spicy, like nutmeg, smells like the top of a christmas eggnog, mixed with a rich citrus-y blend

T - the spiciness of nutmeg flavors translates to the flavor as well, a like a mix of nutmeg and ginger flavors

M - smooth and spicy, very intriguing

D - medium, must like spiciness, but good

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

My first beer from Unibroue, definitely not my last. Poured from a 12oz bottle. Nice deep amber color, with a hint of brown.

Smell was floral and spicy.

Taste had a fruit sweetness to it (maybe plums), but noticeable yeast flavoring. All in all, a very pleasant beer and the high alcohol percentage is not noticeable at all.

Mouth feel was smooth with low carbonation. Great beer for the style.

Photo of styrene
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a generic chalice from a small bottle that came in a Unibroue sampler pack. Gotta love the artwork on the label...

Appearance: Gorgeous, deep, dark brown with a moderate light-brown head. The head soon dissipated into a thin, persistent lace.

Smell: Sweet, belgian-y smell; quite reminiscent of a tripel. Raisins really shine through..

Taste: Kind of like a dark-roasted tripel. There's a non-trivial amount of bitterness in the finish, but the sweetness really dominates. Not as complex as one might want, but this is surely not a one-trick brew.

Mouthfeel: Substantial carbonation really gives this beer a lively mouthfeel. This effervescent quality remains down to the last drop.

Drinkability: The high abv goes completely unnoticed, while the carbonation really keeps this beer going all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is simply an excellent beer.

Photo of Boto
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle: This pours out a dark, mahogany color. There was somewhat of a tan head, but it doesn’t last long. The aroma contains many of the dark fruits that are indicative of this style. Also a touch of breadiness and yeastiness. The taste is very smooth. It is full bodied, yet the individual tastes are quite subdued. They all blend together to form something quite nice. A definite keeper. Don’t mess with this beer, Sleeman!!

Photo of tastybeer
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, more of a cooler brown than warm. Light barely slips through at the edges. Nice white head leaves sparse lace and fades to a swirly marble rye-like layer. Aroma is amazing; this beer smells like pure happiness. Aroma of fresh homemade apple sauce heating on the stove, grass, hay and sweet candy. Juicy and creamy. Taste is another one of the best things ever. It begins with sweet mellow toasted malts and charred earth. Tart fruit breaks through all over the place making a perfect balance. Its almost like cooked layers of apples joined by sugar. Mouth is lush and velvety with perfect carbonation. 9% ABV?
Drinkability beyond drinkability.

This has to be one of the best Belgians ever, Canada or not.

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


Hazy, deep amber brown with a fluffy off-white head that drops to a creamy ring. Crisp, sugary sweet vinous fruit aromas blended with spicy phenols...so deep and complex. Rich malt flavor flows into ripe fruits - a slight overall spiciness fades to a lingering sweetness. Full, warming mouthfeel that is perfectly carbonated - can't find the alcohol anywhere.

This is a special beer. So rich and complex...so very good... A damn tasty, first rate Belgian (from Canada).

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

Served out of a 12oz bottle with a 12/07/07 date on the back. Served at 49-53 degrees - carefully decanted.

This beer pours a dark, muddy brown with scant white lacing that quickly dissipates. Little to no light penetration.

The aromas are very subdued. There is a greeting of vanilla, malt, spicy oak, banana/apple yeasty warmth and malted milk. The presence of alcohol is noted.

The flavors are vanilla, oaken spice, caramel, graham cracker and fruity alcohols mixed with bready yeast. This is a malty experience, but there is a clean herbal hop presence to counter the otherwise cloying sweetness. I like the Belgian contributions, but the "Belgian style" carbonation seems to counter the warm malty experience for me. Just when I am savoring the tapering ends of the nicely blended flavors - the carbonation bites me.

I think this would be a great beer to enjoy with a cigar.

Photo of WMBierguy
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours out a hazy, and has a magnificent head that stays around for minutes and leaves lacing down the side of the glass.. Has a very clean taste. The beer is very strong, but the alcohol is subtle. This is the first dark Belgian style ale that I've ever had, and it was delicious. I'm now determined to go and try an example of this style that's actually from Belgium. Delicious beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This from a 750ml bottle with drink by 8/9/08 on the label. It was a hazy dark brown color with a thin coffee-colored head. It had a pleasant fruity (raisin/currant) odor. A wonderful spice/fruit flavor, with a touch of alcohol. A little too carbonated for my taste, but all in all a very good beer.

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark red with thin off white head that dissipates quickly.

Sweet dark fruit and plenty of yeast.

Sweet tarty fruit taste with some yeast and alcohol at the end. This is a very spicy brew. It tingles the mouth and tingles on the way down thanks to the alcohol. It has a really smooth feel to it despite the spicyness. Another great beer from Unibroue.

Note: I tried it with some cheddar cheese and I felt like that was a mistake. The cheese just pulls all of the alcohol through to the point that it's almost unbearable.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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