Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

Not Rated.
Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,941 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,941
Hads: 4,639
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 249
Gots: 570 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (32) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Trois Pistoles Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,941 | Hads: 4,639
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Dark Ale is a deep brown color with ruby highlights and tan head. The complex aroma includes roasted barley, spicy hops, fruit, cloves and fumes of alcohol. The deep rich malt houses flavors of caramel, toffee and a hint of banana. Highly hopped with spicy and lemony citrusy bitterness along with ripe mixed fruit. A powerful, well made brew! (348 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one in a 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a very dark brown with 2 fingers of head that die off slowly. There is almost no trace of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a sweet aroma of banana and toffee. A strong smell, but not overpowering. The taste has a bit of fruit and caramel to it, with just a hint of toffee. The balance is a little on the malty side, and there is an alcohol taste to the finish. The mouthfeel is okay, but a little bubbly. The drinkability is just fair at 9% abv. (526 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, dark brown with a tan head.
Aroma of yeast, clove, banana, and sweet malts.

Taste shows a substantial sweet, caramel malt backbone. Hops do a decent job of balancing this one. Yeast, clove, and banana also present in the flavor.

Mouthfeel seemed overcarbonated.
A bit harsh and the flavor profile didn't strike my fancy. Not nearly as drinkable as Don de Dieu.

Overall, a good beer, but I prefer Don de Dieu or Maudite. I think those 2 both have a better flavor. (483 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a large invigorating tan head with fine-small bubbles that quickly dissolved. The lacing was sparse on the sides of my glass. The body was a reddish brown. The aroma was fruity and sweet. This brew had a smooth taste and a good mouthfeel. I REALLY, REALLY enjoyed drinking this brew!! Do we have more of this one thedm?? (337 characters)

Photo of TheDM
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured an envigorated large head of fine to medium sized bubbles that left little lacing and lasted a good length of time. Its body was a very cloudy semi-opaque deep brown color. It has a very nice strong malt aroma and a very smotth initial flavor that finishes much more complex than it starts. its high alcohol content is well hidden in its flavor. The flavoe is very hard to describe. It is highly complex with a lightly fizzy, tongue tingling sensation of malts and spices. Extremely good brew. I will definately try this again in one of their larger bottles. (575 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wild color of dark and deep amber more brown towards the top & moderately cloudy, lots of bubbly carbonation flying up the glass. Super tall head that overpowered and took a few minutes to pour my 12oz bottle into my 14oz brandy glass. Head slowly poofs away and is a puffed whipped cream of dark ivory hue. Tons of heavy settling in the middle and tons of gluey lace in large patches and shelves, great consistency.

Has a nice light citrusy dark aroma, spicy, with caramel and banana notes, some wet breadyness also noted.

Taste is subtle, layered in mellowing smoothness and dark, lots of dark fruits in front of banana, strawberry, raisins, a lemony sweetness but soft and dark as well, takes the stage leading to dark caramel, with hints of nuts and bread yeast and some small hops rounding out and bringing a firm but mellowing balance together. Nice texture thats a bit astringently soft yet complex in its lingering. Feel is full medium body, smooth and a bit creamy with that tingly effect late from the carbonation.
This is one awesome brew, I could drink alot of these but the 9% hits ya if you drink it fast, but its so good why not, you gotta go sleep sometime. Excellent stuff. (1,198 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 17 June 2002. Cloudy, dark brown color w/ a nice head, this beer is elegant. There are so many subtle fruity & spicey flavors that it was like tasting a fine wine. Don't miss this one. Take your time to savor it. great job unibroue (253 characters)

Photo of irishmoss
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, wow. A beautiful brownish-ruby color with a nice tan head that dissipates somewhat, but a nice thin line remains. The taste was somewhat fruity to begin with (banana-nut bread), then finished spicy and crisp. Perhaps the taste was more like a spicy port wine. There was definitely something about the flavor that I can't even imagine to appropriately describe, and I loved it. The drinkability of this dark ale was surprisingly high. I'm certainly a huge fan and I'll be buying this one many, many more times. (520 characters)

Photo of pio
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i've got to, first, give a salute to the beer label. usually i wouldn't let a label effect my appearance score but this is the shit! it has hellfire, evil looking heavy metal print, a demon-pegasus, spires and a gothic looking set of metal wings on the bottleneck label. it's cool if you're into that kind of thing, and i say i am! that aside, pours a color of an apple slice left out in the air. a special color for sure, capped securely by a beige pocked head that's died down but not relenting, it stays at about a quarter inch. i approve!

aroma of alcohol and a malt or port wine. flavors of malt with rasins or fermented grapes (yeah, ok) there is a quite spicy nip that says nice things to the tip of the tongue. it finishes nicely: warm spice and carmel balance on ripe fruit. some hints of cinnamon, coco. mouthfeel is thick and crispy too, alot of bubbles help convey everything. burps high into the nose with spicy Co2. this is a very good beer as far as i am concerned. thanks for reading my review. (1,013 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark walnut color with plum highlights. The body is murky and cloudy, with no light getting in. What starts as a thick tan head fizzles down to a small cap.

Smell: The aroma is extremely rich and inviting with notes of dark fruit, nuts, bread, spicy hops, and alcohol.

Taste: Full-flavored with tons of dark fruit starting the rotation. Raisons, plum, and dates. Next up is a nutty flavor. After that, a breadiness from the yeast takes hold. Faint hint of a berry flavor... There's a fair dose of spiciness that calls to mind black pepper. Hops bring a smooth balance, rounding everything out. The finish is a bit vinous, with a port-like flavor. A touch of drying alcohol on the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a crisp, spritzy mouthfeel. The body is medium in thickness, which is then lightened by the carbonation. Ends dry and smooth. I think if they eased off the carbonation a bit, the flavors would open up a bit more, but I digress...

Drinkability: Scores well in it's drinkability. This is a delicious beer and it's hefty strength is the only thing that prevents me from drinking bottle after bottle of it. More please... (1,173 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark ruby that was brown toned. Had a soft tan-colored foamy head, and not much lace or stain. Not too enticing compared to many other strong dark brews.

Smelled of a dark almost chocolatey malt, plums, and, most wonderfully, a port-like alcohol-oak-fruit scent. The taste was malty, creamy, and with a slight woody and yeasty finish. Developed a warming fruity body with a small sour tinge - quite vinous.

Easy mouthfeel: none too creamy, oily, or watery. This beer doesn’t come off as a heavy dark brew, as it was not heavy in scent, body, or taste. Thus it is very easy to drink, as the short finish helps and hurts it. Overall, I expected a little bit of punch or complexity of flavors. (707 characters)

Photo of Jarod
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great label – dark gray Pegasus flying over a cathedral

This beer poured a cloudy mahogany that when held to the light the edges glowed with an orange hue, not overly cloudy though, I could see the carbonation bubbles escaping from the bottom of the glass. The head that was produced wad thick, rich, dense and lasting, and was tan in color. As far as lace, it started from the top of the glass and lasted until the last sip. The aromas that came from my glass (sniffing outside in the fresh air) were as follows – dark malts, caramel, dark fruits (black cherries), alcohol (slight), baked apples, spices (black and red peppercorns), grass and a hint of yeast. Very complex. The tastes that I experienced were of dark malts, cherry wood oak barrel that might have been used to age, alcohol (slight), citrus, dark fruits (dark cherries), melted brown sugar, baked apples, ground black pepper, and a deep port wine to finish. This beer was far more complex then I would have believed. It was thick, creamy and chewy all at once. Amazing how Unibroue hides all that alcohol behind all those complex flavors. This is a great beer that can be sipped for some time by itself or drank with almost any full flavored meal that is served with. Amazing! (1,247 characters)

Photo of Garin
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cool but not cold (~10 C) in a tulip glass. I'll call this one a BJCP Belgian Strong Dark Ale, so that's where I'm coming from in this review.

This beer poured a deep, dark orange brown with clean bubbling -- perhaps a shade murkier than what I'd call "fair clarity". A creamy beige, fine-bubbled head formed easily and lingered. The aroma was sweet, malty, and alcoholic, with some hops, phenolic spiciness, and mayhbe orange underneath.

The flavour was intense and lush. Malty, rich, alcoholic, with many of the flavours mirroring the aromas. Also some soft overripe apple undertones (in a good way). The finish was clean and bitter, without any cloying sweetness.

The body was rich and full, and very luxurious. Overall an excellent beer! I'm starting to understand Unibroue's fame. (802 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Can you feel the alcohol?...I can. Whoa!
Definetly a class act but beyond my scope of appreciation.
Extremely dark pour and murky. Diffacult to judge the carbonation.
The taste is most pleasant, sweet malty start with a sweet malty finish..with an added hoppy bonus.
The head is limited but the thin island lace with glass ring lingers.
The body is full and the nose is a sweet fruity combination.
ABV limits the drinkability. (432 characters)

Photo of WaltTrombone
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad I waited to review this, as I just got a proper tulip-shaped goblet, and have been drinking this 'til now in a pint glass. Big difference in the aroma and head retention!

It pours a dark, tawny brown with a chunky dark tan head. My 9 year old thought I was having a cola. Not much aroma, just an undefined sweetness, and a dash of plum.

The taste was malt, with plums, brown sugar, charcoal, lemon, cocoa. Nothing too prominent, light carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. More plum and charcoal as it warmed. The head lasted most of the way down, not much laciness. The finish was malt and dark chocolate, with just a wee bit of citrusy hops.

Too many of these, and you'll be speaking French from the 9%ABV, eh? It doesn't show, it sneaks up on you very smoothly, no alcohol bite at all.

Vive le Trois Pistoles! Merci, Unibroue! C'est une bonne biere! (871 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing color: a deep, dark purple. It has a thick, creamy head that's in no hurry to go anywhere. Smells fruity. There is not a tremendous amount of aroma there, but what you do get is pleasant. Tastes smoky. Feels foamy, but ends refreshing and not very sweet. Leaves hardly any aftertaste. Very mellow. Amazing drinkable. (324 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a really dark amber color with a medium dingy head that fades quickly. The aroma is very sweet and promising of a good taste. Upon first taste, this reminds me of a very sweet wheat beer. It has hints of fruit in the taste and the carbonation is very apparent when drinking, but overall it reminds me of a really smooth wheat beer. It is not excessively smooth to drink and it is pretty flavorfull. I could not see myself drinking more than one of these at a sitting because of the fullness of the flavor and the fact that I am not too fond of it. Nothing special about it in my opinion. (603 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – initial big foamy head that disappeared. Dark brown color. There was a
Aroma – Brown sugar and malt aroma, kinda earthy and small amount chocolate.
Taste – Brown sugar and surprisingly the alcohol is not perceptible. .
Mouthfeel – nice rich creamy Mouthfeel.
Drinkability – This went down very well. It was gone before I knew it. (353 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a thick white head, but quickly dissipates into nothing. Cloudy dark copper in color. I was not impressed with the appearence. I'm glad I didn't judge a book by it's cover though. Wonderful spicy aroma. The label even has a little warning not to use a pisner glass. You'll want to use something that shows off this aroma. Very fruity and spicy with littly to no hoppiness. I'm thinking belgian dubbel, but the high alcohol content suggests something different. The alcohol content is very well hidden in the intense fruitiness of the malt. (550 characters)

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

Pours a brown with amber hints and a long lived tan head that is lively and sinks down the sides faster than the middle.. The nose is spicy and malty with a tinge of alcohol. The flavor is rather good with sweet malt and spice as well with a distinct and noticeable alcohol finish as well. The hops are well blended but mild. Overall very decent - Drink at a cool but not cold temperature. (389 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

A big, coarse, noisy tan head dies fairly quickly. Lacing can be induced, but rolls quickly down the glass. The beer is a slightly cloudy, deep ruby.

The smell is sweet, with fruits and berries, slightly malty. The front shows sweet caramel and spice giving way to apples in the middle, with a notice of alcohol. The finish is crisp but dark. Again, I notice some alcohol at the cooler temps, but overall this is a great beer. It used to be my favorite U, maybe still. (567 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing this for the first time, and with the way Unibroue beers have treated me, I had to try it. It poured a very nice dark color, that seemed more red than brown. As aggressively as I poured it, I still couldn't achieve a head atop. The aroma is quite pleasant. A touch of hops and alcohol, but mostly dark fruits and a lot of ripe cherries.

The flavor is just as smooth. It had a bit of yeasty spiciness to it, and a slight sweetness that followed a mild hop bitterness. Very fruity, delicious, and highly drinkable at 9%. Another great one from Unibroue. (562 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany in color with a tan head. The aroma is sweet almost like brown sugar. There is also a faint fig smith with a bit of fruitiness. The flavors that jump out are an herbal/medicinal flavor, sweet candi sugar, and alcohol. It is a medium-full bodied beer that finished semi-sweet, and alcoholic. A very tasty brew. (318 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My list of favorite beers is dominated by Unibroue. I recently did a head to head comparison between this and Chimay Blue. It was very close, and the differences are subtle. The Unibroue is perhaps a bit spicier, the Chimay slightly smoother. Trois pistoles pours the usual magnificent head, with good retention. Very dark, looks almost identical to the Chimay. Has a quenching, yet substantial taste. As is the case with the other Unibroue offerings, almost a wheat-beer like refreshing quality, but is complex and packs a quite a punch. No alcohol noted in the taste, but certainly in the effect. With all of the varieties, I could drink Unibroue almost every night (if not for the fear of overwhelming my liver, I probably would!). This can't compare to Rochefort or Westy, but for the price and availability, you can't really go wrong. Make sure to let this warm up. Cold, it tastes like a rum and coke! (907 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown appearance. Decent sized light tan head fizzes away until all that remains is a thin film and nice looking collar. Aroma is sweet like candy and musty like the ocean breeze. A little grape as well. And some cherry syrup drizzled on top. The feel in the mouth is slightly airy and a bit carbonated. Not like a champange though. Body is roughly medium. Flavor profile is subtle yet complex. Sweet malts, biscuit and a bit of bitter hops are detected. There's a unique mustiness present that throws me into a big Deja Vu. Flavor's also a little medicinal and phenolic, a little yeasty and quite fruity. All in all, an agreeable Belgian style beverage. (660 characters)

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,941 ratings.