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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,970
Hads: 4,749
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 265
Gots: 639 | FT: 8
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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 Hefe
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 9/5/03.

Appearance: A color somewhere between brown and black that gives the impression that something lurks within. Pours with a tannish head that eventually gives way to a bit of lacing.

Smell: Malty and complex, with notes of cherry, vanilla, wheat, orange peel, plum, and a yeasty breadiness.

Taste: Complex yeastiness, reminds me of Bollinger Special Cuvee in a weird way. Plum, raisin, roasted malts, peach/apricot.

Mouthfeel: Again a bit like champagne, but with enough body that the carbonation isn't overwhelming. Big alcohol stays in the background.

Drinkability: A lot of factors at play that could slow you down, but everything here is in perfect balance. Bravo!

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Photo of Andreji
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now This is a Fantastic brew. Took One sip of it and did *that* expression on my face of absolute delight. Happily surprised.

Pours a very dark brown/black thick fluid with an average head between brown and tan that fades quickly as is not very dense.

The smell, a mixture of fruits, strong wheat, malt and hops, is present all the time and is strong enough to fill the room. Delightful.

The taste is very strong and absolutely exceptional. With a delicious weissbier wheat-like base taste that mixes with fruityness, above all some lemony feel and a bit of sweet which fades with the carbonation and in perfect synchronization allows the appearance of a slight bitterness, just at the end, that finishes it off beautifully.

The mouthfeel, for this rather thick but thirst quenching brew is exceptional and the alcohol level (a whopping 9.0) is very well hidden, but makes the drinkability lower than perfect. You don't want it to fool you.

Perhaps the best beer in my stop in the US, and, oh lord, canadian. Wow.

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Photo of daledeee
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice dark brown with light tan head. Dissappates to a nice light lace. Vanilla and fruit in the nose. Very bubbly to the tongue. Tastes a little like rootbeer. Some vanilla and fruit. Nice velvetty mouthfeel. Very similar to Belgian beer. Another fine Unibroue offering. This is a very enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of tar
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, caramely brown, with a think, light tan, foamy head. Aroma is a bit sweet. Floral and fruity (cherries?) scents issue forth. Taste is mellow and nicely sweet, with fruit flavors (plumes, cherries, others) coming through. Almost reminds me of wine in flavor. The finish is dry with a very pleasant, lingering in the mouth. A hint of alcohol is present in the taste as well, but does not take away from the overall wonderful and complex flavors. Very smooth and highly drinkable despite the deceptively high alcohol content.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The thick and dark, almost black, body sits underneath a big head.

Smell – Typical aroma for the style. The dark fruits come out at first, followed closely by the big, dark, bready yeast scents. This is a beautiful fragrance.

Taste – The yeast comes out even bigger here. It is a wonderful flavor, and complimented well by the fruits from the smell. Prunes, raisins, plums, and overly-ripe apricots meld with some banana and tobacco for an excellent flavor.

Behind this comes the yeasty bread. If you’ve ever made fresh bread and taken a taste of the yeast and sugar mix before all the flour is added, this is it. A baker would appreciate this flavor. It is absolutely phenomenal.

Mouthfeel – I like the big carbonation of this brew, but it may be just a tad off style. But, in the end, this feels great.

Drinkability – The big carbonation slows one down a bit, but this is a work of art.

Comments - It’s hard to overachieve in this category, but Unibroue has once again come up with a winner.

Update – I reviewed this initially with a 2003 and thought it would be interesting to review a 2004 vintage. This beer just blows me away. I can’t believe that it’s not brewed in Belgium. I just love so many things about it, but that dark yeast flavor just puts me in heaven. I juggled some ratings around to include upping the Drinkability to a perfect 5.0.

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Photo of chaduvel
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bonjour mon amis Unibroue. Is that flying horse going to kick my ass? This imposing brew is very dark crimson little if any light can break through. Fizzy brown head eventually fades to coat the top for eternity. Smells fantastic, a wine like aroma with dark ripe fruits--grapes, plums, and a pleasant yeast aroma as well. I can taste the ripe fruits, and the sweetness is balanced by the mouth numbing Unibroue yeast and hints of alcohol. These mellow dark flavors are sublime.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Trois Pistoles

Pours a nearly opaque, dark mahogany with a thick head of fine bubbles. Little lacing as the head recedes. Aromas are sweet, figs, plums, perfume-like. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and definitely of fuller body. Flavors are all sweet and reflect the nose with fragrant plums and a hint of licorice. Incredibly smooth and balanced despite the 9% ABV. Overall this is a fine example of a belgian style strong dark ale, with only a slightly reduced drinkability because of the high alcohol.

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Photo of Running4beer
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never seen a beer look like this one. Pours out a solid brown color brew with a thick frothy head that diminishes half way through to a thin lacing. Yeasty, grainy and a bit of malts made up the aroma here actually and a hint of alcohol. Taste was exceptional yeasty and chocolatly also a bit of alcohol and some raisons or some type of fruit. Very drinkable and very good...

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled from a Trois Pistoles glass (eBay purchase!!!). Poured from a 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown in color with a khaki head that leaves a thick, but fine, lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Very prominent smell of malt with a decent shot of anise and spiciness of the clove family.

Taste: The first flavor is that of very high quality dark/sweet malt followed by raisiny/plum flavors. I detected a hint of smoke at the finish. Probably the priest's soul or something (read the label for more info).

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is quite nicely balanced by the malt (and other) flavors. Slightly chalky in the finish.

Drinkability: Most decidedly not a session beer. Cries out for food like cheeses and properly crusty bread. Still, it goes down quite smoothly.

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Photo of soilguy
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a very dark ruby red color - a fine off white lace is clinging to the side of the glass but not much else in the way of head. It has a very fruity, almost wine-like smell to it. The taste is wine-like, as well - full of fruit, with a slight astringency and a prominent ethanol burn and aftertaste. A full mouthfeel. Not nearly as drinkable as Fin du Monde, however.

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Photo of yen157
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better than La Fin. Huge medium-coarse head that stuck around for some time. Way too much carbonation to start, but after some time it was alright. Dark ripe fruit from the previous sip is scoured away by the bubbles and replaced with another dose to contemplate. Some bittersweet chocolate and spices come and go throughout the glass. This one does the Unibroue name justice.

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Photo of Doppel07
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby-bronze with a huge, frothy Belgian-style beige head. Terrific fragrance that is nearly indescribable, but suggests roses, berries, and a woodshop. Pleasing complex, organic flavor. Moderately sweet flavor of nectar. Soft palate. I feel like a happy hummingbird feeding from my favorite flower. I totally dig this beer.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was a dark amber, with good head. The smell was very fruity. The taste was of apple sweetness, with hints of maltiness. Mouthfeel was very heavy. Drinkability-wise, I could probably have one or two more.

I had this right after the Maudite, and I think I slightly prefer the Maudite's sweetness to the fruit flavors of the Trois Pistoles. This, however, is really nitpicking because Unibroue's beers are all simply awesome, and the Trois Pistoles is no exception.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite Unibroue.

The pour is dark amber, with a head that subsides to a good lace.

The nose is mellow raisins and more indicative of what's inside than Fin du Monde. The palette opens to malt after malt after malt and arrives at a taste much like raspberries. Some chocolate notes, I suppose, and mild spice, but mostly this beer is luscious, ripe fruit. A magnificent Belgian; the relationship to Chimay is apparent. The fruits give way to a light hoppiness and then return. The finish is medium dry, the sweetness of the raspberries still holding firm.

Outside of a slight fizziness, the mouthfeel is exceptional. It seems that Unibroue threw a ton of malt into this one and let the yeast go wild. The final product is a relatively sweet, textured brew that drinks dangerously well. With FDM, I know to stop; it's hard to stop with Trois Pistoles. Spectacular effort. Maybe it's too much to ask, but I would have appreciated a little more hop effort. I know, I know -- this beer's not trying to do that; but if it is wanting in anything, it is only in that. Balanced enough as it is though.

A stunning archetype of the Belgian strong dark ale style.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a big beer, 9% alcohol. I think the beer would be better if they made it a little sweeter. As it is not the high alcohol gives you a very warm drinking feeling. The brewer used to brew at Chimay and makes a good beer. For the style this isn't my favorite but it is a good beer and well worth the money. Wish they had a draft version.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium brown with a medium sticky head,aroma is sweet and spicey with some alcohol notes.The taste is sweet and and malty with some real nice spicey notes,very clovey and sweet very appetizing.The alchol really comes thru as it warms,a real true belgian stule ale,very appetizing.

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Photo of Mustard
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "best before" date -- in this case 09-03-05 -- on the back; $7.99/4 pack from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City.

Appearance: Pours a deep, cloudy honey-brown hue with a fat, off-white head and marginal lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts; banana and cherries; mild clove.

Taste: Sweet malts upfront and throughout; dry spiciness in the finish; secondary characteristics include black pepper, chocolate, banana and slightly toasted grain. Thick, chewy mouthfeel well-balanced by a crisp, tight carbonation.

Notes: Delicious. Prefer this to La Fin and Maudite.

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Photo of scottum
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown with a nice head. Nice and spicey with a touch of fruity (cherry perhaps.) Malts are sweet and strong, but the flavor balance is nice. Very complex, even for Unibroue. The 9 percent is very hidden. Perhaps too hidden. Quite the drinkable!

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Photo of Popsinc
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 341ml bottle. Darl ruby/brown pour with a lively tan head.

Smell: Malty and sweet. A raisiny nose with sweet citrus hints. Lots of over-ripened fruits and a port-like pinch.

Taste: Raosted maltiness with an underlying burnt-sugar sweetness. A chewy, raisin and plum-like quality accompanied with a spicey body. Lingering sweetness on the tongue with hints of port and wooden cask.

Mouthfeel: Very lively and bursting with bubbly falvour. A sweet, cloying finish.

Drinkablility: A nice beer but not somethig i would have everyday. To me this is a sweeter, less spicey version of Maudite.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gothic Francophone painting on this label to match the motif of the one on Maudite. Like it's heralding a dark omen. In fact it's trying to say that it is fiendish how good this ale is, so beware of your mortal soul, as you soon may just lose it to this bottle.

Poured from a brown 750 ml bottle, it is a heavenly cherry oak tone, frothy tan head that recedes to a thick ring and some lacing. Nose contains cherries, caramel, spices, mild herbal tones. Flavour is immediately that of sweet malt, sour cherry, some citrus, a bit grassy, a bit woody, then on to a spicy finish, some floral hops, and a boozy sherry-like aftertaste (to be expected with the 9% abv). The flavour then comes back again with a caramel/toffee taste that lingers in the mouth long after it's been swallowed. This ale is utterly remarkable, only the second time I have ever tried it. I am kicking myself now, as I'll soon be setting some bottles aside to mature. If I were a genie, this is the bottle I'd choose to live in.

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Photo of faernt
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a huge pleasure of a beer. It isn't the first time I've had this one and definitely not the last. It pours with a pleasant head which dissipates to a golden ring which never really leaves. The color is cinnamon. It forecasts that this is a beer for food. With cinnamon I'd expect a dessert but this beer is firstly a steak beer (trust me here.... I've been drinking it for years) and then with aged goat cheese....it's a pairing to revisit. It tastes wonderful by itself and with food it matures into the straight man in an improv sketch. It's an all night beer. The ABV makes it a short one but worthy.

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Photo of Loki
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle.

Poured a cloudy, dark, amber brown with a huge light beige head that left fair lacing.

Aromas of perfume, fruit, malt, and yeast. Smelled absolutely heavenly. The nose pulls you in. My fiancee smell the glass and wouldn't hand it back.

The taste is just as good if not better than the smell. Fruit, yeast, malt, and candy. Incredibly smooth and creamy, very little to no carbonation and a little light on the mouth. Goes down way to smooth and to fast. This is the best of the Unibroue line IMHO.

To quote my fiancee, "This is the best beer I've even had." I don't know if its the best but definately in the top 10.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured a hazy amber brown with a good head that slowly receded to a fine ring, leaving sone thin lace behind. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and slightly malty. Very appealing! Taste is sweet, with a cream sherry like flavor and finish. Good carbonation, with a smooth mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is pretty good, but needs some aging to mature.

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Photo of granger10
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber brownish color that looks thick and has a good sized head. Looks very good. And the taste is equally as good. This beer has a very sharp taste to it (probably from the high amount of carbonation). The sweet malts (namely caramel) are noticeable but not dominate, they just hold the other flavors together. Other flavors include some spicyness from the hops, a dark fruit taste mixed with a dark wine taste. Alcohol is only apparent in the spicy, dry finish. Another great one from Unibroue.

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Photo of stcules
2.37/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Mahogany colour, with winy reflexes.
Foam with a very short duration.
Smell totally fruit: cherry, orange, strawberry.
It is a warm and doughy beer.
In the taste the fruity character is less evident. Maybe it is too strong and sharp.
A hint of hop in the aftertaste, quite persistent.
Medium body, malty.
Interesting but a little too dry, and with a little drinkability.
The alcool is a little too evident.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 1,970 ratings.