Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,931
Hads: 4,601
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 243
Gots: 550 | FT: 8
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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 MisterGone
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is listed as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. However, it is a deceptively smooth one. (From a 12 into tulip... twice) this pours a deep copper brown with a quick ascending khaki head. The head then dissipates to hold a finger or so of head for quite a while.

The aroma is not unlike many (North) American Dubbels. Spice, dried fruits - especially raisin, and ripe plum. The flavor is that same palate, distributed. Spice and raisin up front, dried fruit across, and a finish with the ripe plum. The bottle mentions a port or sherry flavor on the finish and I wouldn't argue that.

So here's why i say deceptive. There is no real alcohol blast at the finish. This does not bring the Belgi-funk hard even though it is bottle conditioned. It may just be an ideal intro to the genre of Belgian Strong Dark - but beware. This smooth, drinkable brew sits at 9ABV, so perhaps have some poutine before hand. (902 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown, with a deep red tint, and mild, moderate white head. Mild lacing.

S - Bright spike of yeast, suggesting dark fruits, like raisins and prunes, a touch of leather.

T - Plum skin and sour pale plum flesh, a touch of minerality. Spice in the middle, with a full, lovely breadiness and toffee. Close is snappy acidity that fades out.

M - Moderate carbonation.

O - A rock solid rendition of a BSDA. Quite full and robust. (441 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip. Very dark brown with a half-finger of tan head that recedes to a ring and some cells of bubbles. Smells of cherries, chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, bread, and fig. Taste is grassy, pear and apple on warming, cherries, figs, dates, spicy alcohol notes, and grains. Medium-full body, oily and creamy texture, lively carbonation, dry and spicy finish. Definitely improves as it warms. (414 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- slight green and red highlights to a dark brown
-fruity bread with a bit of spice
-smooth great flavor lingers after you put it down
-perfect body not to light or thick
-great beer one of my favorites from this brewery love the flavor and how long it lasts while not being overpowering (288 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Trois Pistoles pours a lovely brown color with red highlights. It's topped by a soda like head that is retained fairly well as one sips. I found the aroma to contain nice elements of Belgian yest and dark fruits. The flavor has wonderful fruit esters of apple, pear, cranberry, and black cherries. It's smooth, bready, and balanced and has a nice spicy finish - maybe a bit of clove? Hardly any alcohol heat is perceptible. Overall, it's a superb pleasure to drink! (465 characters)

Photo of Jimbob-Aloobob
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue never fails to impress! It has that distinctive yeast flavouring with great malty greatness. It just coats your mouth in luxury. The high ABV is not noticeable until about 2/3 of the bottle is enjoyed! Good game! (221 characters)

Photo of Matty123
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Ordinary in New Haven Ct. Wonderful smell of cherries and plums. 1/4 inch head that dissipated over time. Dark color like a stout. The taste blew me away. Sweet, a slight slight hint of tartness but the sweet over takes its. Mouthfeel is perfect. Doesn't coat the mouth. Great beer. (294 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'll keep it short. So drinkable, smooth, no taste of alcohol, but dangerous at 9%abv. Dark with taste of dark fruits, yeast and brown sugar.

Blended absolutely perfect! One of my favorite beers ever! (201 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of Belgians....but this is a good one. The beer pours dark with thick white head....but no lace. The scent and taste are common to Belgians. Overall its worth a try. (183 characters)

Photo of Benish
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tall snifter glass.

Appearance: a dark brown while pouring. Not translucent but light shines though. Dark Takes after a brown ale. Very foamy, yet not thick head. Dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: some dark fruits, tons of yeast, little bit of a cola smell. Mildly sweet.

Taste: It almost identical to the smell. Dark fruits with a lot of yeast. A touch of cola at the finsh.

Mouthfeel: medium body. Too carbonated in my opinion. Also somewhat acidic in the mouth.

Overall: Belgian beers have never been my favorite - probably because of the yeast and dark fruits. This is pretty much what this beer takes after. And it does a good job at that. (666 characters)

Photo of Summerteeth
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I earned this one after 3 1/2 hours of shoveling the driveway and raking the roof. Trois Pistoles by Unibroue of Quebec, one of the best breweries in the world. This is a "dark ale on lees" (meaning the leftover sediment and dead yeast - don't let that turn you off) with spices. Smell is heavy with dark fruits, like prunes and raisins, and some pepper. Nearly pitch black color with nice head. Taste is smooth and heavily malty with the same dark fruits but minimal pepper. No hops detected here even though I know they're there. Very smooth mouthfeel with a sweetness that lingers. At 9% ABV it is a true sipper. (616 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trois Pistoles "Three Coins" Served at 55F in a wine glass.

A: Served from a 12 oz bottle. Cloudy dark brown with red hi-lights. Tall head no lacing.

S: Fruit, spices, slight sour aromas.

T: Start is sweet fruity - raisins, plums, figs with subtle spiciness from yeast., Middle is bready with subtle camel & toffee, finish is mildly sour. Not as sour as the Dutches, more along the lines of the subtle sourness of Monk's Cafe. A very pleasant mild sourness that adds a nice complexity to finish and hides the abv well.

M: Medium body, high carbonation.

O: Outstanding Belgian dark ale. More session able (even at 9%) abv than most Belgian strong dark ales. The funky tart finish is what makes this my favorite Unibroue ale. Worth cellaring to see if it improves - their website suggests 5 years. (800 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark copper with a quickly dissipating ivory head. No lacing.
S - Sour, malts and dark cooked fruits give way to a wine note. Dark cooked prunes, raisins, dates and cherries.
T - Quite sour, lots of winey fruit notes, virtually no hop or malt presence. Excellent winter weather beer. Let it warm up!!!!!!
O - An excellent unique beer.
V - Good Value. (364 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fin Du Monde may have been my first ever craft brew, even though I scarcely remember it. For some reason I approach this one with skepticism. Here goes.

I'm surprised that the initial head seems more bubbly than I expect, but it fades quickly to a light cap of foam. Clean on the glass with no lace. Aroma is lacking. I get a hint of what I would expect from a BSDA, but little more. And the taste. If I were to do this blind I seriously doubt I could distinguish this from any of my favorite Belgian ales in this category. Perfect balance. Bready with dark fruit mixed in. Nice. Excellent carbonation and medium body. Finish is just barely dry. Just enough. Maybe a touch thin. (693 characters)

Photo of JJfreeou21
2.03/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The reputation brought this beer to my home. I found it to be repugnant. Very little carbonation, boozy, wine like finish. It tasted like old cellar stored raisin wine. Maybe because I am in Hawaii but I found it to be putrid. (227 characters)

Photo of KnucklesMcFisty
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another master craft Belgian from Unibroue...if you have had anything else from them this will not disappoint. If this is your first Unibroue you will be impressed.
Smells of dark fruit and sweetness...maybe a little molasses and prunes
Taste is everything you want in a dark Belgian strong...sweet, smooth with a little spicy bite...dry finish...super easy to drink for a 9%'r...dangerous and delicious! (409 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The main thing I would point out is how easy this is to drink. Really smooth. Unreal how easy this is to drink for a strong dark belgian which is my favorite style. Comes off as a light version, with the texture and ease to drink but still pack the taste and the ABV. Overall an excellent beer that I hope to enjoy very often. If I had to only drink one beer forever I would not be averse to this being the one. Plus, for $7 a bomber this in an unbelievable value. (470 characters)

Photo of JasW
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Inother really, really wanted to like this, because I love strong Belgian (style) dark ales, and I'm not only quite fond of La Fin du Monde and Don de Diezmo from Unbroue, but I'm also fond of the Vintage Ale they brew for Trader Joe's. While this is very similar to the latter, it has a not terribly pleasant metallic note, as if it had been brewed with the silver foil on the cap. I thought it might be just the one beer from the four pack, but the second is the same. Not worth commenting on other (and admittedly, quite worthy) aspects of this brew. Maybe I bought a bad four pack, but still . . . .

UPDATE - Had this on tap at the Canadian popcorn stand (!) at Epcot in Disney World. I obviously had a queer four pack. This is a delectable BSDA, one not to be missed. And worth a trip to Epcot to drink a couple on tap.

FURTHER UPDATE - Another four pack yielded nothing but pure bliss. BSDA are probably my favorite style, and this is probably my favorite of that style. I had to bump my ratings up another .25. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a finger of tan head that dissipates.

Nose had the typical Unibroue Belgian yeast spice, caramel, rum, booze, dark fruit.

Taste follows nose.

Great beer - I enjoy this almost as much as La Fin du Monde. (230 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle pours a very dark brown color with a small cap of tan head. Retention and lace are both just ok.

Bready and fruity yeast dominates and throws down some soft chocolate notes. The depth of the yeast is a joy to behold.

Taste shows such a soft, brown bread and malt interplay. It is just fantastic to go back to a beer like this after always trying to pursue the latest limited release. The yeast is fantastically complex, with both fruit, bread and cloves all coming to the forefront. Excellent beer. If Unibroue cant ride out the current hop/sour/limited local craze, then there is no hope for humanity :)... (622 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased as part of the Unibroue taster's pack. Looking forward to this one. Awesome artwork on the label as with many of their other brews.

Appearance - Dark cola brown in color topped by a ridiculous multi finger head. Great retention and spidery lacing up and down the glass. Slightly hazy and sufficiently opaque to not be able to see the carbonation in the glass except for the edges.

Smell - Mmmm... plenty of cherry and caramel with just a pinch of dark chocolate through in. Plenty of the glorious Belgian yeastiness. Reminds me a lot of Chimay Blue on the nose, but also has some differences that can allow one to identify this as a Unibroue beer.

Taste - Delicious cherries, dipped in caramel then dipped in chocolate. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Sweetness is present, but not overwhelming. The taste is delicious, but doesn't linger as long in the mouth as some other sin the style.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation felt surprisingly flat. It's ever so smooth, but can help thinking it could use some carbonation to liven it up. Some heat in the back of the mouth after a few sips, letting you know the potency of this beer. Realistically, a bit thinner than I thought it would be.

Overall - Still a world class beer, rich and full of flavor, however I had been expecting this to challenge La Fin Du Monde as my favorite Unibroue beer ever. Unfortunately, it can't quite live up to those expectations, however still something enjoyable that is perfect for a cold Sunday in November. (1,541 characters)

Photo of kevofficiel
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not one, not two but it is three pistoles. Of of the World class beer review
So the look of it, well on the light it looks brown but out of it its look like dark as the night outside.
The smell is gorgeous, dark fruit, raisin is first then you have that chocolate coming over. You have that 1 finger of head. Very exciting to try it.
Now the taste is on the top of the competition. What u smell is there on the taste. The raisin, the dark fruit and that chocolate on the after taste is there. That 9% ABV, you won t feel it, it taste like a 6 % ABV, It goes down so easily. Very very impressive. The only complain that I have is the head doesn t stay on the glass. You don t have that presence after you drink it.
So overall would I recommend it ? You know the answer.... Its a big yes. Hands down to that beer. Go grab one as soon as you can ! (845 characters)

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Best before 01/18/16.

A: Dark, ruby-red/brown body with 1 finger of mostly white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Dark fruit with notes of black cherry, raisin, date. Light roasted malt notes with elements of chocolate. Candi sugar. Molasses.

T: Spicy Belgian yeast starts things off. Dried fruit features prominently. Round dark malt with touches of oak, wood. Enough bittering hop gradually builds to finish semi-dry. Lingering dark chocolate bitterness and raisin in the aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden for 9% ABV.

M: Moderate to high carbonation for the style with a medium body. A touch more effervescence than anticipated.

O: Drinks well. Typical Unibroue quality. Love their yeast strains. This one would have benefitted from a bit of time in the cellar to mellow the carbonation and bring out the full complexity lurking in there.

Prost! (971 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: Pours dark brown with an tan head that lingers.

Smell: Cloves. Caramel. Sugar. This smells really good and really complex.

Taste: See smell. Lives up to its expectations from the smell. Yummy.

Mouthfeel: Cloves linger slightly. Full body.

Overall: Yum. Very yum. Do prefer Fin Du Monde ever so slightly, but this is really good. (346 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

A:Pours a dark brown with very thick foaming head that slowly dissipates(3/3)
S: Strong apple and black pepper smell with a tinge of alcohol (10/12)
T: Pretty solidly sweet malt taste with the same apple a little raisin and a little caramel or toffee (17/20)
M: Very bubbly and wet with a surprisingly light body given the alcohol content (5/5)
O: A good beer but I prefer the wheaty Fin du Monde. What this beer does well it does very well. Nothing overpowering just a solid strong ale. (8/10)
43/50 (501 characters)

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