Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,931
Hads: 4,602
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 6.21%
Wants: 243
Gots: 551 | 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 untitledeuphoria
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best before 12.12.14. Drank 10.18.14. Poured from a cork and caged bomber into a 12oz Tulip after having warmed up for 15min or so.

A: Pours a dark rose brown, murky, like muddy lake water. One finger of tan head which crackles and fizzles away immediately. I can't say it is the most visually appealing beer in the world, but it has a certain amount of intrigue to it.

S: Oh baby, there it is, there is that Unibroue mastery. Dark fruits up front...raisin, plum, ripe pear, and cherry. If it stopped there that would be satisfying enough, but there is a walloping load of rum and dark chocolate lurking with a smattering of mellow winter spices and sweet malt. The aroma is out of this world, painstakingly complex, but in no way overwhelming.

T: Sweet, almost wine like in its layering and finish. Dark fruit once again, predominately raisin, plum, and fig. Malty, yeasty, with hearty winter spicing. So many strong flavors that the alcohol is nowhere worth giving a damn.

M: Dry and highly carbonated. Similar to a red wine that bounces along the tongue. Chewy, with a smooth, spiced finish. Lingering alcohol warmth, like wrapping up in one of grandma's quilts on a cold fall morning.

O: This beer is a spectacle. It has everything you could want out of the style, and then just shows off for good measure. Quite possibly the pinnacle of Unibroue. (1,358 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: Two fingers of long lasting beige head. Cola colored
Smell: Rich bready aroma
Taste: Cherries, plums, figs, currants, wheat berries and yeast.
Mouthfeel: Satiny but very carbonated!
Overall: Well done Belgian Dark. It reminds me of a dense brown bread studded with dried fruits. (293 characters)

Photo of Chief_Mug
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Look, Smell, and Taste were all rated at 4.5 The feel I only gave it 2 due to the over-carbonation (too fizzy). That was the initial taste and letting it sit for a while. (174 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 3/8/16; into a tulip.
Appearance - deep mahogany; look hard and you can see plenty of carbonation and sediment floating in the glass! Thick, foamy beige head. Lacing is minimal.
Smell - sweet dark fruit, citrus fruit and spices; great aroma from both the bottle and the glass!
Taste - very flavorful and easy to drink for a darker ale! Sweet, ripe, dark fruit; paired with yeast and spices.
Feel - surprisingly light feel, nicely carbonated, 9% ABV is incredibly well hidden!
Overall - I could drink this year round; truly an outstanding brew! (587 characters)

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an opaque brownish black with a 1 finger off white head. The head eventually dissipates to a thin collar and sticks around for the remainder of the beer. Not much lacing, only a few spots.

S: Smell is of raisins, grapes, figs and cherries. Predominately dark fruits with some yeasty esters. Alcohol is faintly present on the nose.

T: The taste is mainly of alcohol soaked dark fruits and yeasty esters. Some tastes of caramel and a bit of a cherry flavor also enter the mix as the beer warms, along with a varying mix of malt flavors. This beer is very complex with fruit, malt, and caramel flavors along with the typical spicy/yeastiness that exists with most Belgian styles.

M: This beer is very chewy on the palate with a nice dry/smooth finish. The finish has a bit of a lingering yeastiness to it. Alcohol is masked very well and hardly detectable even as the beer warms.

O: This is a very full bodied and complex beer. It has many different flavors from fruitiness to maltiness along with the typical spice and yeast notes that most Belgian styles usually possess. Alcohol is slightly detectable on the nose, but is masked very well when it comes to the taste and mouthfeel. An excellent representation of the style that I will surely be having again. (1,319 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A: Pours a deep, dark, rich red-brown, rather like a well-buffed, well-aged cherry wood desk, while forming an impressively thick head of just barely off-white foam. Holding the beer to daylight reveals faint ruddy highlights in an otherwise cloudy brown delicious-looking mass. Even after minutes of dissipation, the head remains as a half-finger cap atop the brew.

S: Diabolically sweet, as one might expect from reading the side of the pack. Dark fruits swirl about a dance floor in the arms of candi sugar and that Unibroue yeast, to the background tune of sweet caramel malt. Plums, grapes, raisins, and cherries intermingle with one another, and there's no shortage of dark bready hints as well, from pumpernickel to rye.

T: Oh, a heady, heady brew this is for a malthead with a yen for yeast! The nose promised all and lied about none of it. The flavor profile explodes from the moment it passes the lips through the finish, all the various notes in harmony. The dark fruits swirl about a palate of sweet dark breads and candi sugars, with no one or even group of flavors taking center stage. The flavors remain balanced and strong through the finish, lingering sweet and sticky on the tongue.

M: Creamy and sticky, with a medium carbonation that fills it out nicely.

O: Unibroue knows its Belgian ales, that is indisputable. This is one of the finer offerings along those lines I've had, and I come back to it time and again. Should I ever get to Belgium itself to sample ales from the source, my opinion may change, but until then - bravo, Quebecois! (1,621 characters)

Photo of Jason_the_Argonaut
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

I am really starting to like what Unibroue has to offer. 750mL poured into a Unibroue chalice. A: Pours a dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head. Head quickly fades to a ring, a little swirl of the glass excites the brew causing some nice lacing. N: Aroma is of bread malts, plum, red grape and pears. P: The aroma accentuates the taste giving you a mildly carbonated dark fruit and malty smooth mouthful. Followed by a slight and pleasant alcohol after taste. O: I really enjoyed this brew. The flavors coming through make this almost like a dessert brew. It's not too filling so it's easy to drink. A very enjoyable Belgian style Dark Ale. (644 characters)

Photo of yarnbomb
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

From 2009. It certainly aged well! Lots of cola flavors. Not much carbonation left, but not flat either. You wouldn't think a 5 year old beer could be this awesome. (164 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 9% and there a brief description on the back label.

Appearance: The body has a dark brownish color with some lighter brownish amber highlights. It looks like it has a slight haze and it has lots of fine carbonation running up the sides of the glass. From the pour I got an inch of light tan foam. This foam fades slowly to ring of foam at the edge of the glass. A quick swirl excites the foam. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: It’s aroma is very inviting and full of deep fruity and yeasty notes. I gets notes of red grapes, raisins, plums and over ripe pears. These notes are surrounded by a pleasant sweet bready maltiness with just the very slightest hint of the 9% abv.

Taste / Palate: Like the aroma it’s flavor follows in its footsteps. The has a good full body with loads of malty, yeasty and dark fruitiness. I also get nice mild notes of vanilla extract along with some alcohol which adds another nice layer of complexity. Mouth feel is smooth and full with lots of soft carbonation. (1,096 characters)

Photo of Nightwing
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

500ml bottle. Nice herb aroma. Pours black with tan head. Medium sweet taste. Full bodied with creamy texture and average carbonation. Very good strong beer. (157 characters)

Photo of Kegbeerd
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Wonderful brew pours dark with a off white head. Toasted coconut undertones in both smell and taste. Feels creamy, thick, and has such a balance between hoppy and sweet, that it almost feels like a dessert. (206 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

A- Muddy brown bordering on black body, big foamy, tinted cream head. Abundant carbonation bubbles visible. Lace settles over the body. 4.1

S- Huge toasted coconut aroma. It's reminiscent of Malibu rum. Sweet malt makes this smell even more like dessert. 4

T- Toasted coconut again, plus dark plum, vanilla all swirl around into a brew reminiscent of a toasted coconut donut of sorts. 4.2

M- Very smooth and creamy, yet still effervescent, and slightly boozy. 4.2

Superb beer, plus a unique flavor and aroma like few beers I've had, this beer deserves more love. 4.2 (571 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Dark mahogony with garnet highlights. Foamy head quickly vanishes.

Stonefruit (plum), licorice, coriander, raisin, Belgian yeast fruity.

Taste is smooth (not boozy at all) and balanced. Bit of leathery hop, spice and yeast bitterness. Cherry and slight tartness. Hints of oak.

Mouthfeel is wine-like. Dry.

Overall, this is a very tasty Belgian Strong ... smooth and complex. (379 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark, purplish-black brew, topped with a thin creamy head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Very little aroma on draft: some kriek, yeast, grain.

Very sweet flavor, fruit dominant. Grapes, cherries, and berries dominate, with a slight chocolatey bitterness on the backend. Slightly medicinal ; slight bubblegum.

Great feel: extremely lively, with some sting, and an effervescent finish.

Not very quad-like; definitely fruit dominated. However, it's very, very good! (478 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle into snifter. bottled on january 22, 2013. enjoyed on august 7, 2014

a: a murky, deep chestnut colour. two fingers of head, loaded with fine bubbles, in a tan hue

s: raisin, spicy belgian yeast (very unibroue-esque), chocolate, black cherries, slight alcohol

t: a really nice dark fruit presence up front, not a flavour explosion but rather a very delicate melange. chocolate-and-alcohol-covered raisins and cherries, then prunes, apples, plums, and dates. spices and yeast underneath all of that. hints of ripe bananas. a bit of molasses towards the back end, then malt and spicy yeast close things out, with an accompanying mild bitterness. the flavours really linger in your mouth. improves drastically as it warms up -- bigger fruit presence, a bit more chocolate, and becomes somewhat brandy-like. delicious

m: creamy medium-to-full mouthfeel, with mild-to-medium carbonation. really fits the style

o: my favourite from unibroue, an absolute treat. this 4-pack is nearly a year and 8 months old, so i'd like to re-review this when it's fresh. do yourself a favour and grab some of this beer because it's incredible (1,137 characters)

Photo of HuskerTornado
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into sensory glass. Pours a dark brown with purplish red undertones. A medium tan head appears which subsides after a couple of minutes to a thin veil, sparse lacing.

Smell is pungent dark fruits up front - plums, cherries and raisins, mainly. The alcohol is also apparent, with some chocolate and a bit of an herbal quality.

Taste is exactly what you expect from the aroma. Lots of sweet, dark fruits up front, with a touch of chocolate and alcohol spiciness. Under that initial blast, you can taste some hops, which help to balance the sweetness of the beer and it does a good job. Reminded of dark chocolate on top of tart, dark cherries. This ends up being dry on the finish, despite the sweet smell and initial flavors. Very easy drinking for a strong dark. Mouthfeel is smooth and bubbly.

Overall, an excellent strong dark Belgian ale. Way too easy going down at 9%. (896 characters)

Photo of qwiksilvertrav
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The main thing that ticks me off about this beer is if it gets shaken in the very slightest way in a bottle it'll foam like a volcano when you open it...wasting most of the beer. It foams like crazy too! A slight shaking in any manner will make it seem like you opened a bottle of beer you JUST vigorously shaked like crazy! And it's not cheap so seeing it fuzz like crazy after a simple car ride and losing half a bottle is annoying! (434 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very dark brown with glimmers of mahogany; full sand coloured head off the pour; very inviting; cloudy from unfiltered yeast

Aroma: fain aroma, some ripe fruit, raisins

Taste & Mouthfeel: flavour matches the scent, with ripe fruit dominating - raisin, prune, cassis, even a touch of banana; great mouthfeel, carbonation is perfect, medium body, very easy drinking with only the slight hint of alcohol in the finish - which is surprisingly dry, adding to the drinkability - dangerous; caramelized pear; toffee; there's delightful complexity throughout

Overall: a flavourful, fruity beer, balanced well with a feel and finish that beg for another sip (663 characters)

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bucky bought a 6 pack of Unibroue's Trois Pistoles at The Beer Store for $14.95... about $2.50 per 341 ml bottle. Trois Pistoles was 9.0% alcohol by volume, with a production date of September 11, 2011 printed on the neck. This particular bottle has been sitting in my cold seller for about 14 months. A warning for those of you who have aged your Trois Pistoles for a while...about two seconds after you open the bottle a whole lot of foam will come gushing out of the bottle, so be ready with the glass. Trois Pistoles poured a dark mahogany colour, with about 2" of fizzy beige head that faded to a thin cap and collar within 3-4 minutes, leaving a little spotting down the glass. Its aroma was fabulous...plums, powdered sugar, pink bubble gum and red wine. The beer's taste began with sweet ripe plums and raisins, which gave way to powdered sugar and pink bubble gum, ending with a red wine flavour which lingered for a few seconds as an aftertaste. There's very little bitterness here, but beer's sweetness is kept under control. The 9.0% alcohol is very well hidden, both in the aroma and the flavour. The mouth feel is smooth with the carbonation being much softer than previous Unibroue beer's that I've sampled...possibly as a function of being cellared? I'll have to try a fresh bottle some time for the answer to that question. Trois Pistoles is a medium bodied brew. The verdict...yet another winner from the good folks at Unibroue, and the price is not unreasonable. Looking forward to trying the remaining bottles after they have aged even more! (1,561 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- muddy brown with a red tint. Lots of carbonation. Coarse tan head that thins out quickly. Decent lacing while the head lasts.

S- dried plum, vanilla, cinnamon, brandy. There is a lot of caramel as well.

T- vanilla and caramel. Really rich. Dried fruits, plum, raisin, and cherry follow. the finish shows some fruity yeast character and more caramel. There is a pleasant amount of warming alcohol.

M- medium bodied. Active, prickly carbonation. Warming.

O- really nice. Complex and robust. (496 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark brown with a two-finger foamy off-white head. The head dissapates very quickly leaving a light sticky lacing.

S -Sweet dark fruits, yeast, and spices.

T - Starts off with sweet dark fruits (plums and cherries). Mid-palate is a caramel sweetness with a finish of spicy yeast.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - This a delicious Belgian Dark Ale. Nicely balanced and extremely drinkable. (451 characters)

Photo of JerseyHopHead
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy brown with good head retention.
The nose is dominated largely by notes of grape juice.
Taste is sweet initially. It comes on subtle before sour grape flavors take over. There are notes of yeasty malt layered throughout that come through a bit more on the finish.

Another beer that drinks more like a wine. Belgian influence is clear. Though not my typical style, I enjoyed this beer. I wouldn't necessarily choose it over say something with more of a hop presence. (482 characters)

Photo of msquared36
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown that lightens with a reddish hue towards the bottom of the glass. Smells of ripe dark fruit, cherries and plums. Also picking up a faint scent of banana. The dark fruit is prominent in the taste as well. Finishes with dark chocolate and caramel. Has a cola taste when cold. As it warms the fruit mellows and vanilla becomes noticeable. Fizzy with a lingering carbonation. Appropriately dense to hold up to the intense flavors. A bit of alcohol burn as it goes down, even though it's not really noticeable in the taste.

Has some characteristics of a Belgian abbey beer as well as a Scotch ale. Whatever it is works well. (631 characters)

Photo of Realbeer1542
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark brown, hint of ruby, thin laced head.

S - Malt and dark fruit, mild sweet grass, light roasted grains subtle yeast.

T - Very nice. Alcohol well hidden with complex and balanced malt and dark raisin. Almost perfect finish.

F - Medium carbonation, nice thick mouth feel but still refreshing.

O - The sum of the parts add to whole in this case. Excellent complex, balanced and enjoyable beer. I will be buying this unique Belgian again and advising my friends to give it a try. (490 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly black with a bubbly light brown head that lasts and lasts. Smells of plum and yeast. Both carry over to the taste, along with alcohol. Just a touch of sourness. Medium mouth with lots of carbonation. The aftertaste doesn't linger long. This isn't a bad beer, but it's not my favorite style. (303 characters)

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,931 ratings.