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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,306
Reviews: 1,897
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 188
Gots: 372 | 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 HotHands
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from bottle into Chimay chalice. Pours an opaque dark brown, close to black. Large fluffy off-white head, not much lacing.

S - smells of dark fruits, especially black cherries, currants, and plums. Smells fresh and clean. Reminds me of some red wines.

T - Fruity notes like black cherries and grapes up front, with a nice malt backbone that contributes toasty brown bread and brown sugar flavors. Belgian yeast throughout. Musty red-wine like flavors at the end with a definite alcohol flavor.

M - good carbonation and body. The feel is not too oily, and the finish is a bit dry, which I like. The dry finish makes it more drinkable.

D - Quite drinkable for the ABV.

A solid offering from Unibroue. I enjoy their pale Belgians a bit more, but Trois Pistoles is a great beer if you're looking for something darker or to pair with dessert. I'd imagine this would be heavenly with some fruit-laden Crème Brulée. It's also a great beer to give to red wine drinkers to get them interested in the better form of alcohol!

HotHands, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of ejl4
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with copper edges

S - Plums, cherry, and red grape smells with light malty character. Some acidic aroma as well

T - Malty and smooth with some munich/vienna malt present, not as exciting as the aroma presents

M - minor puckering feel, with low carbonation

O - an amazing example of a belgian dark strong ale.

ejl4, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of ComradeK
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, my first review here, on one of the first good non-mass produced beers I've ever tried, so I don't have much to compare to...Anyway, here goes:

Appearance: Nice and dark, poured thick, but not incredibly so. Head dissipated slowly. Bubbles struggled to the surface. Over all a good looking beer.

Smell: Like getting punched in the face by distinct fruitiness. The smell I pick up is raisin-ish, Also a bit of spiciness and sweetness. Whatever it may be, it smells damn good.

Taste: Wow. Maybe this is just my inexperience, but I've never tasted anything like this. Fruit, definite fruitiness. Doesn't taste like 9%, hops are there but hard to notice. Aftertaste of molasses or even something like dates or raisins, and maybe a hint of black licorice.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is less than what I've experienced before. Feels thick, like it looks. Smooth.

Drinkability: Definitely not a session beer, but rather the kind you sit and enjoy for its complex flavours. Very easy to drink, even with it's 9% ABV. A keeper for sure.

And there you have it.

ComradeK, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of bryehn
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly opaque black with crimson tinges when held up to light. The light tan coloured head is of ample size and stays around as a collar while leaving spotty lace.

Sharp, fermented fruits like apple and grape stick out in the aroma, accented by plum, banana and chocolate. Smooth, yet quite complex.

Tastes of dark, ripened fruits and has a nice sour character. Plum, apple and grape are joined by a peppery and cinnamon-like spiciness. Solid, but unassuming malt backbone with a slight chocolate note.

Full-bodied with a low carbonation, but has a yeasty, fizzy pop on the tongue. Very much like a wine after that, it’s smooth, thick and rich throughout the finish and the aftertaste is dry and slightly sour.

An amazing, world class ale at a great price. Pairs well with salty and fried foods, red pasta sauce, sharp cheeses and wheat-based crackers.

bryehn, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of williamherbert
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle...

The head starts out tall like a cooking pot soaking in soap bubbles, but dies down. Deep, dark brown. Dark rose-black in the light. Thick and mega-cloudy; opaque.

The smell is thick and grainy like a dark barleywine. Hints of dark grape. Heavy alcohol and port wine aroma. Almost like a red wine in the nose.

The taste is lots of port wine and grainy sour malt flavors. Puckery and tart. Heavy alcohol finish. Dark stone fruits; grape and plum. Belgian spices at the end when it warms up.

The feel is smooth and buttery but a little thick. Not at all gritty. Milky but smooth. It's like a sour, ripe barleywine or strong ale. Tremendous to nurse for a long time. Great.

williamherbert, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of acrawf6
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice deep dark amber, little brown when put up to light. Inch head that is tan.

Smells like sweet plum and cherries. its a creamy aroma but also a touch of pepper.

Taste is spicy and a tad dry. some sherry note to it, an extremely light sherry. some tastes of currant and cherries.

Mouthfeel. TONS of carbonation in this one that makes it hard to tell all the mouthfeel. but without think too hard it good mouthfeel and balance. just soo much carbonation.

Overall this is one fine beer. Its not my favorate from unibroue, and its also not my favorite style. But this is a great beer i wish i would have right now in front of a fire. great cold weather beer.

acrawf6, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into globe glass, best by 11/18/2013. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 2 finger khaki head with good retention that reduces to a nice lacing cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of big raisin, molasses, fig, chocolate, caramel, tart cherry, and spicy yeast. Very nice aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of big raisin, chocolate, fig, prune, molasses, caramel, tart roasted grain, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and spicy yeast on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and lightly prickly mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is basically non-existent for being 9%; with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is an outstanding and highly enjoyable Belgian strong dark ale. Tons of fruitiness and complexity; with easy drinkability.

superspak, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of jmatthew
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beads of carbonation form a lining at the bottom of the glass and then subside to reveal an opaque earthy dark brown liquid with orange tinges. The initially large head subdues to little more than a thin ring. Smells are suggestive of toast, dark fruit and raisins with a distinct hint of black pepper. Sweet caramel and molasses is first to hit the tongue, and is then rounded out with some dark candied fruit and spiciness in the middle. The flavors meld into a long warming finish that is reminiscent of tawny port (as accurately described on the bottle). A slick mouthfeel and very smooth for its hidden strength.

jmatthew, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of depechemode1983
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown in color. Somewhat murky. The head seems to fade quickly but only to a half an inch and stopped.

S - Sweet nose. Dark fruits like raisins, sugar plum and cherries are present. Also getting Belgium yeast, brown sugar and Mexican milk candy.

T - Again on the sweet side. Sweet plums, toasted sugars, cherries, vanilla. Lots of flavors and complexities. There is also a nice touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

M - Creamy, smooth, and silky. The carbonation feels natural and compliments all the flavors and textures nicely.

O - Delicious. So many flavors going on. This is my second favorite Belgium Strong Dark Ale.

depechemode1983, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of tronester
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, super dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head. Smells of ripe plums, and freshly cut wood. Taste is of ripe fruit up front, smooth malt middle, spicy belgian yeast, and a dry, dextriny, woody finish. A hint of alcohol, but barely detectable. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly high carbonation. Very drinkable, this is an excellent Belgian Dark ale, I certainly plan on getting this again.

tronester, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Brown body, thin white head.

s: Sweet, herbal, notes of raisin and plum.

t: Sweet dark fruit, cola, clove. The kind of complex brew that has you struggling to put a name to all the flavors your tongue catches.

m: Medium body with high carbonation that fits just right.

d: Another great one from Unibroue. Careful, your head will warn you of the high ABV before your tongue does.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of andrenaline
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've passed this up on several occasions, but decided I should finally give it a whirl as its one of the few Canadian offerings in the Top 100.

A - Pours a murky mahogany colour finger of head with decent retention which settles to a thin film with no real lacing.

S - Classic Belgian scents with cloves, cinnamon and all-spice coming through and finishes with fruity notes of apple and banana.

T - The spices dominate with cloves and cinnamon followed by caramel malts. The apple and banana mask the alcohol, which is nicely hidden. Definitely a complex flavour mix on this one, making for a memorable experience.

M - Nice medium body that finishes a tad dry. Nothing offensive here.

D - I really enjoyed this one and was surprised at how well the ABV is hidden. There's a reason this one has a spot on the Top 100, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has the opportunity to try it.

andrenaline, Nov 07, 2010
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 flipper2gv
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: What you'd expect from a belgian dark ale. Dark brown/red color that let a little light go through. Off white head that is a bit light and doesn't stay for too long.

S: Some spices. Cloves are dominant. Some bread, some dark fruits, some caramel. Very strong smell (like any other Unibroue).

T: Almost exactly the same as the smell. Spices: cloves and pepper. Bread. Dark fruits sweetness. A little of caramel. Strong molasses and licorice. Some bitterness coming from the yeast, herbal hops. A very nice tasting brew.

M: Mid mouthfeel with mid carbonation. A little creamy. What you'd expect.

D: Balanced, easy to drink, not overly cloying.

flipper2gv, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of putnam
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On top of the dried-blood brown-colored liquid there is a cream-colored head that giggles and tosses about. It is pudgy, infantile and relaxed, like a baby after a long afternoon nap, sticking leisurly to the glass as I swirl it, only to regroup with self-contained energy. This is confidence. It settles into a warted sheet that remains active.
The nose is of freshly torn Polish rye bread baked on a hearth. Fresh butter slathered over it...a sprinkle of cumin. Not fancy.
The palate is memorable for its deceptively dry attack. The first thing I notice is the texture: peachfuzzy and steep. Then the sweet, fruity alcohol ramps up with equal amounts of cola bean bitterness. Again, not complex, but very well executed and cared for.
The finish is rather plain. Simple and round. Easy to drink if less inspiring or compelling.
Good with casseroled mushrooms, baked onions, tongue...

putnam, Nov 18, 2002
Photo of Foxman
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours an opaque ruby brown, the color of dark tea. A tight, light tan head blooms, then settles gradually to an uneven film of froth, with pillows of soft foam floating independently on the surface. Dotty lacing slides slowly southward from whence it came.

The aroma brings a healthy waft of grain earthiness, along with a dry citrus aura. The sourness of the yeast is mild enough to be a true asset. Berry fruit notes swirl at the outside of the aroma. Alcohol appears after the rest of the elements have dissipated.

A sweet grain backbone supports strains of dry grapefruit citrus along with mild toasted tones of caramel. A yeasty dough-like sourness plays nicely with the malt components. There's a very slight phenolic resonance at the top of the mouth that disappears as quickly as it arrived. A real alcohol presence works its way forward toward the end. The finish yields a distant but pleasant lingering cherry memory. Overall, not complicated, but basic and balanced, and a model of well-brlended simplicity.

Slightly heavier than medium bodied, it coats and lubricates sensuously. The buoyant flavors combine with the body and carbonation to swirl and fill the mouth.

Again, it's not complicated, it's just great! There's no need to hunt and peck through the flavors; each piece fits well and compliments the others. Each character is enjoyable and alluring. In spite of the very present high ABV, I'll brave the alcohol for future indulgences. There's just enough of each thing, and never too much of any one thing, so three cheers for the Three Coins!

Foxman, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a dark, murky brown with a soapy cream colored head. Great retention and spider web lacing.

Very broad nose....raisins, figs, dates, dark cherries, cinnamon, clove, and sweet malts.

A very complex beer with lots of flavors and smells going on. A rush of fruit and chocolate storm the palate. Cherries, raisins, and apples with a spicy clove finish. A decent amount of warming as well.

Carbonation is right where it should be, thick and creamy mouthfeel.

Sweet and has a relatively high abv. A sipper, but a pretty easy one at that.

ColForbinBC, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of BeerManDan
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sorry, I just can't rate this beer that good. The apperance and aroma was very pleasing, until I tasted it and, nothing. Just nothing there to turn me on. I tried this beer twice and came up with the same rating!

Tried it a second time and got a complete different taste and aroma than the first time. Just a fantastic beer. Don't know what happened the first time, but, a complete change this time. I've gone for a 3 average to a 4.

BeerManDan, Jun 28, 2002
Photo of BierStein711
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This thick elixir was poured into a snifter.

Jet black beer had excellent head retention, if poured correctly. Taste was of several fruits and alcohol. Overall, a solid beer. I recommend it to someone who wants to try Belgian style beers without busting their budget. I am more into wheat beers, but I like this ale.

I cannot wait to explore others like it!!!

BierStein711, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a deep, barely translucent, brown color with one finger of tan head. Good retention and lace; active carbonation.

S: Funky stewed cherries, brown sugar, a little pear.

T: Leads with a semi-sweet tea flavor before heading into a sweeter, yeasty bread flavor. Ends drier with a little pepper and cinnamon. A little earthiness. After the first few sips, the sweetness is less apparent. Very tasty. Further into the glass, a tiny hint of oak comes into play. Even a little pumpkin pie.

M: Heavy mouthfeel well balanced by creamy carbonation.

O: A very enjoyable beer. A little dry overall, but lots of good, complex flavors in here. Will definitely buy it again.

AmericanGothic, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of GeoffW
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Very, very dark color, almost black. Nice 1in head with good retention, also some nice lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity but not too pungent. There's something here that I can't put my finger on, but I like it. "Wild" would be a good way to put it.

Taste is very sweet. Nice and complex, almost floral-like. Again, I don't really know how to put it with this one. Mouthfeel is surprisingly balanced for such a sweet beer, but this stuff has just the right amount of hop to even things out- or at least put a curb on the sweetness.

Drinkability is good, this beer has something special to it that I really like, but I wouldn't want to drink it like I would some others.

Overall a damn good beer, one that I will be buying in the future.

GeoffW, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of lpayette
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Appears black at first, but a closer look reveals purple and red hues. A steady stream of tiny bubbles keeps the head strong for a while... About two fingers thick on the pour, but reduces to a creamy covering after a few sips. Some brussels lace present, but not as much as I would have expected.

Smell- The primary theme here is just slightly over-ripened fruits. More specifically I can detect notes of grapes, prunes, apples, a bit of banana, and maybe... mango? The background is more herbal with underpinnings of grassy, straw-like smells. Overall, the smells are coming mostly from the yeast- very little is contributed from the malt, and hops are almost undetectable.

Taste- The malt does come through in the taste and serves as a nice backdrop for the same fruity flavors that were found in the smell. Just a hint of licorice, and very low bitterness- but there definitely are some mellow, low alpha acid hops present.

Mouthfeel- Pretty standard/expected/appropriate mouthfeel for the style. Pretty big and malty leaving a bit of a syrupy feel at the finish. The active carbonation adds a nice sensation throughout.

Drinkability- Overall a very good and balanced beer that's easily quaffable, but not something to be guzzled. Like most good belgian style beers it's meant to be enjoyed at a reasonable pace so that all the complexities reveal themselves as the beer warms.

lpayette, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours very dark with a lot of pillowy, light tan head. Laces nicely with pretty good retention. Holding it up to the light reveals a very dark red/amber color... very nice.

S- Wow! Almost like a dark red wine with some malt thrown in. Dark fruits like grapes, cherries, among others... very complex.

T- Belgian spices, more grapes, cherries, raisins, plums, slight alcohol bite (gives it an almost chocolate-covered-apple-like finish). Dry finish. Smooth. Port aftertaste that sticks around for a while.

M- Smooth and creamy, while still light and refreshing.

D- Tastes great and goes down well, but I can't see me having more than one of these in a sitting. This is a great brew, but I wouldn't make a session out of it. The ABV makes it more of a sipper too.

Overall, its very good and complex... I'm very happy with this one. Nicely balanced. I would recommend this one for a try.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a dark brown color with a big tan head

S - Has a dark fruit smell with subtle malt sweetness

T - Is very similar to the smell but better and a little stronger

M - This beer has a medium body a higher level of carbonation to it

D - This is an excellent beer its pretty easy to drink and has a treat taste to it worth trying

armock, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of afdempse
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a large frothy light tan head of three fingers. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Heady notes of overripe fruits. Apples, plums, spiced pears, figs. Slight alcohol as it warms.

Flavor: Huge yeast esters, darkly roasted malts, brown sugar, dark sweet cherries, clove essence. Excellent layering of flavors; the balance is awesome.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation. Body is medium to medium-light. Finishes very dry considering the sweetness present in the flavor. Exceedingly drinkable for a beer of this strength.

One of my favorites from Unibroue, and an amazing value for the price!

afdempse, Nov 02, 2011
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
95 out of 100 based on 4,306 ratings.