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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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3,859 Ratings

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Ratings: 3859
Reviews: 1862
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%

Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 Mebuzzard


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

Had this at the Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. A good, dark Italian plum looking body. Head had medium sized bubbles, about 1 1/2 fingers with fair staying power.
Aroma contained yeast, malt and some caramel. Taste reminds me of a Saison brew, with more roasted malt. Raisin, bicuit and caramel were noticeable.
Finished smooth and while not completely clean, clean enough to be refreshed for another sip.
Another good brew from Unibroue

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2006 15:59:03 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of akorsak


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this ale on tap at Frisco Burritos in Columbia, MD. The ale comes cold from the keg.

Appearance: A deep tawny red that clearly comes through when held up to light. Not much head and it disappears quickly.

Smell: I detect some spices, maybe some residual wheat in there, as well as some darker fruits, maybe a hint of cherry.

Taste: The ale has hints of cherry and plums, darker stronger fruits that add just a hint of sweetness. The yeast imparts an interesting flavor, while the candied sugars give a very pleasant sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Velvety soft on the palate. The alcohol lingers on the back of the tongue for a bit.

Drinkability: A great tasting beer when served on tap, fresh and delicious.

Previous Reviews:
17-Nov-05, Bottle, 4.0, 4.0, 3.5, 3.5, 4.0, 3.75

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2006 01:59:27 | More by akorsak
Photo of ski271


4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has long been my favorite of the Unibroue beers, and one of the reasons I enjoy Belgian beers as much as I do today. I hadn’t had this beer in a while, but I’m glad to say I still love this beer. Had it on tap at Zeno’s in State College. Attractive dark, hazy brown with a small, creamy, off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. Wonderful wine-like aromas and flavors, dark fruit, berries, oak, spice, and warming alcohol that kicks up a little on the finish. It feels light in the mouth yet is huge in flavor and feels big on the finish. This is the reason why at beer expos, I still have to stop off at the Unibroue table for a beer even if I have had all the beers they have at the time. Fabulous!

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2006 20:17:32 | More by ski271
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Years ago I recall finding Unibroue in my area. Two primary offerings - La Fin Du Monde and Trois Pistoles - seemed to move in everywhere at once and for a long time that was it. Until yesterday I would've sworn I had both and moved on to other brews and my homebrews. I was wrong. Tried this since it was on draft for a lark. thankfully I did!

There's lots of reviews on this already so I'll only add this. If you can get this on tap do it. There is a nice evening out of the carbonation and yeast flavors others have noted since it's not bottle conditioned to go along with the wonderful malty / raison / spice flavors. Very well balanced, nicely flavored and a treat to drink. I will order this again and again!

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2006 14:37:25 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I came to this beer the long way around. This was one of the beers tapped at the Oak Lawn "Fall on the Green" Festival the weekend. My homebrew club, BOSS, volunteers to pour the "good" beers, in return, we get to keep the leftovers for our picnic the following weekend (the village buys the beer, and their license is only good for the three days. If we didn’t take it, they’d have had to pour it out! Sacré!). I couldn’t make the picnic, but came in Sunday to help clean up, and this was still flowing! So after all that...

Pours a lovely brown. By this time, the head is kicking up pretty frothily, understandably. Has a great taste that to me gave just a light impression of cherries, likely from the yeast. Also a well-balanced spiciness that stays in the background for support. Overall great malty taste. This probably wasn’t the best condition for trying it out in, but it held up very well. I even filled a growler for later!

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2005 15:31:45 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of Dithyramb


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on draft at Max's on Broadway.

Pours slightly thick with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a ring that grabs the side of the glass. Head retention not as nice as with the bottle, but has the excellent lacing. Slightly burned caramel color that is hazy to an almost translucent nature.

Yeast and malt fill the nose.

A great tasting, chewy beer. A light bit of yeast pepper is accented with chocolate, coffee, raisins and the other dark malts mixed with bready goodness. The alcohol is wandering around in the dark corners.

Drinkable? Oh, yeah.This mighty brew beat down the flavors from a smoked salmon chowder and came bursting through in the tastebuds. It is a definite contenda and should be exhulted with the other big Belgians out there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2005 14:30:54 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of IceAce


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This chestnut brown beauty simply defies one to pin it down stylistically. Boasting the funky nose of a saison and complete with hints of spices and Belgian yeast, this brew has the quality color of a Trappist dubble and is simply a joy...sip after sip.

Leading with a slightly fizzy open, the barnyard funky yeast is the first to appear. Midtaste deposits a nice malty note smack in the middle of the tongue.

The finish is clean with a sinful saison-like fade of yeast. Wow!

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2005 07:43:57 | More by IceAce
Photo of Bierguy5


3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark cloudy chestnut color, some mohogany edges. Thick foamy white head, disappears eventually. Not much lace on the sides of the Unibroue goblet. Strong dark fruity smells, along with yeasty spices, almost like corriander. Caramel flavor, along with spices. Ripe fruit, dark fruit. Pretty carbonated, medium body. A very interesting beer. Some funkiness along with it. Interesting. Not the most drinkable, but a good one to try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2005 03:56:57 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of chugamugofsud


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this unibroue offering from bottle before but recently the best local beer bar (Pazzo's) got this on tap and I had to oblige myself. The high alcohol content is a real attractor for many, apparently. The beer pours relatively dark, looking like a bock in the pitcher with a relatively thick carbonation head on top of it. The beer tastes somewhat minty but is very complex and covers up the alcohol excellently. It drinks quickly and smoothly, one could easily have several of these. This is absolutely my favorite unibroue offering and I recommend it to anyone who likes Unibroue or high alcohol beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2004 16:44:31 | More by chugamugofsud
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Not that far different than the bottle. The same big, chewy, portlike character is there along with hints of black cherry. The biggest difference that I found was a distinct "prickly" mouthfeel on tap. This may be due to the keg not having time to settle down overnight, but it did detract a bit from its drinkability. I will try this again in a couple of days and reassess if needed.

Serve this on nitro mix and rename it "Trouble." With a capital T.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2004 20:08:57 | More by sponberg
Photo of MartzMimic


3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 01:08:40 | More by MartzMimic
Photo of Extrajoker00


3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 4/15/14

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
poured from a bottle into my favorite beer mug

P-foreboding, castle and winged horse, silver foil and letters. very classy 4.0

A- almost black, brown amber and murky. small tan head almost no lacing 3.75

S- yeast dark fruit, wheat and spice 4.0

T-yeast dark fruit cherry, spice and alcohol 4.0

M- bold and a little thick, quickly gives way to a sharp, and slow finish 4.0

D- heavy thick and a little too much 3.50

O- not my favorite interpretations of this style, but a well crafted beer, probably very enjoyable for someone with a more refined pallet to the style 4.25

Bought without much info on this one, very interesting and a cool part of my Belgian exploration ---- J

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 23:48:17 | More by Extrajoker00
Photo of Furlinator


4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated: Best by 01/17/16

Pours cloudy dark brown with a one inch khaki head that fades away to a thick ring and leaves strands of lace.

The smell begins with Autumn-like spices up front followed by plum and dark cherry with a hint of toffee on the finish.

The taste is of dark fruit (plum, cherry and raisin) followed by molasses and dark malt with a hint of clove on the back end.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Dark fruit and spices dominate the flavor. This is a solid Belgian dark.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 01:29:58 | More by Furlinator
Photo of delta490


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet, it came out a deep slightly cloudy ruddy brown. A small amount of light gets through towards the bottom. A nice thick off-white head settles in at about half a finger and lasts well throughout the beer. The aroma is rich with spices, alcohol esters, and dark fruit sweetness. The taste is a little less explosive, but mirrors the aroma closely, spice and fruit in the forefront and a little bit of alcohol in the background. It wasn't as heavy as I expected given its big aroma and taste, but it certainly isn't lacking. This is a delicious Belgian-style dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 20:34:17 | More by delta490
Photo of eduffreitas


4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at 10°C

A - Very dark brown color reddish on the sides

S - Floral, apples, Pears, belgian yeast. Unexpected smell for a dark beer.

T - Same as smell: apples, roses, hibiscus , some brown sugar and peppery yeast. It not that sweet and very easy drinking.

M - Light to medium. Could use more body. The only weak aspect to me.

O: Very nice. It is an unusual interpretation of a belgian strong dark ale. Cant wait to try this again. It is a pity that this isn't being imported to Brazil.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 02:18:03 | More by eduffreitas
Photo of glass_house


4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed goblet

Pours a deep dark rosewood with a slight translucent glow. When held to the light I can barely see my hand on the other side of the glass. One finger of soft cream-colored foam retains a consistent cap and light lacing. Aroma includes a lot of fruit and roasted dark malt. Banana, dates, figs and tart grapes stand out the most. Unibroue's signature yeast spice makes its presence known as well.

The flavors deliver what the nose advertised. Soft dark fruit and a faint sournness of fermented grapes ride a smooth malt backbone to a crisp dry finish. Only a very mild earthy hop bitterness is noticeable. Body is medium with a slick clean feel. Perhaps a bit on the fizzy side but the carbonation definitely gives it a unique texture.

Probably my favorite dark Unibroue offering. Has some wine-like qualities and I love how it flirts with malty sweetness without getting syrupy or cloying. The smoothness is a little dangerous at 9%, but makes it a perfect after dinner beer or nightcap sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:55:09 | More by glass_house
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with some impressive carbonation. The head is two fingers high, and off-white in shade. Texture wise, it looks extremely fizzy (like soda) and has very poor retention. No lacing is left behind.

S: Wow, this is really spicy. While the yeast dominates, the subtle notes of chocolate and brown sugar help give it some depth. The more it warms up, the more I notice its impressive dark fruit notes, and the more I like it. Nitpick: the yeastiness could be toned down slightly.

T: It starts off very fruity - mostly dark fruits, but there are hints of cherries as well. Bready, spicy yeast builds up slightly in the middle before a caramel and chocolate finish. While a bit simple, it's also very pleasant and easy to enjoy. Actually, I shouldn't call it simple: pour in the dregs, and this becomes a richer, more complex offering, varying some of the malt and ester notes beyond caramel and dark fruits, respectively.

M: Holy frig, this is drinkable and light. Not only that, it's surprisingly clean, without a hint of the 9% coming through. The dry finish and healthy carbonation means one could be inclined to chug this - but why would you want to? With the dregs, the body becomes fuller, the cleanliness goes away, and the finish becomes a little sweeter.

O: A lot of people seem to dislike Unibroue's yeast profile - I'm not one of them. As always from Unibroue, the alcohol is concealed marvelously, without sacrificing anything in the way of richness or depth. Thank cripes this is very readily available, because I'll definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 23:03:24 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Dsimenson


4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a plastic running water bottle--just fished a 5-mile training run and no glassware in sight. Develops a 2cm tan head, then thick clinging lacing. Te aroma is incredible--plums, figs, malt, a bit of hops. The flavor is very rich with dark roasted malt, fruit, and hops. The mouthfeel is the only part that I an not extatic about--it's a bit too foamy for me. Overall a truly outstanding ale that I am very glad to have sampled.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 01:49:23 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of LambicPentameter


3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a 11.5 oz brown bottle with silver foil covering the neck and cap and an obscure looking code right where the curve of the neck begins. A little internet sleuthing tells me that this code means mine was bottled March 8th, 2012, so about one year old. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark tree bark brown with just a hint of chestnut color around the very edges. Head is a half finger of ecru colored foam made of tight-knit microbubbles. Retention is excellent, maintaining that level of head for quite awhile before eventually subsiding as sparse film across the surface. Lace is watery and almost nonexistent.

Smell - The initial aroma isn't terribly good, with notes of generic dark fruit and some nondescript spices, like nutmeg that is too old to retain it's aromatic depth. There is a slight hint of fennel, but also a somewhat off-putting smell that reminds me of smoked meat or soy. That part does not seem like it's supposed to be part of the bottle, and although faint, it's discord is amplified by the fact that the other rich elements that you expect from the style are not strongly present.

Taste - After some warmth, the taste is considerably better than the smell, but not good enough to overcome that initial impression. Notes of dates, dried fig, and even a slight hint of raisin, along with the same faded spice notes that I picked up from the smell. On the positive side, the underlying hint of soy has gone by the wayside, and I'm not really sure how that would happen.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and low-to-moderate carbonation. Slightly slick overall feel that makes me wish there was more carbonation to cut through.

Overall, this one just doesn't stack up to other BSDAs that I've had the chance to sample--not even Unibroue's other offering in the style, Maudite. Admittedly, they are very different takes on a somewhat broadly interpretable style, but I would choose that one over this one any day of the week. Luckily, they do enough other outstanding beers that this one doesn't bother me--you can't be perfect all of the time.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 05:02:26 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of Copernicandream


3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. The bottle immediately began foaming upon uncapping, fizzing like a cola. Bad bottle?

A: Dark black with some deep red amber highlights to light. No head to speak of, it was like pouring a coca-a-cola, fizzy but no foam or head to speak of.

S: Dark fruit esters, figs, raisins. Dark malt. Clove. Subtle acetic acid.

T: Malt profile that seems way to sweet, otherwise pretty characterless. Ester overload. Dark fruit again, raisins, grapes, figs. After taste a lingering grape / grape seed. The esters really carry this beer...

M: Thin and over-carbonated. Maybe my bottle got a high dextrose load (is this done commercially?), I really can't explain this fizz, its awful.

O: Much too sweet for the style, the yeast esters are excellent but a little overpowering. I typically expect a dryer finish, a little more body, and WAY less carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 23:48:17 | More by Copernicandream
Photo of BSK_ONE

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured bottle into a tulip glass. The best part of this beer is the pour. Beautiful coloring with a big, think creamy head. The head does quickly dissipate, but very nice to look at while it lasts. There the glass sits, dark brown, stoic, confident, patient.

S: Picked up the ripe fruits. Bananas, dates and figs come to the forefront. Various spices finish off the aroma.

T: 9% alcohol, but you would never know it. Very easy drinking, molasses and a sweetness in the front. The carbonation is present when you taste, which is unexpected. Dark fruits, bananas and spices present throughout.

M: Smooth, evenly coating the taste buds. The beer is effortless. It's doing a simple job and doing it well. No tricks or gimmicks, just consistent performance. It's the Rod Carew of beers.

O: I've had the La Fin Du Monde and now this from Unibroue and starting to form a very favorable opinion of their brewery. I love their straightforward approach and would recommend this beer should you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 01:20:56 | More by BSK_ONE
Photo of RusImpStoLuv


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into clean tulip glass, looks superb! Dark mohagany with a light brown-white head. Little spice on the nose, as well as the palate. Dark fruits as well as a little nuttiness throughout. Very smooth for the abv, Unibroue is very unique with the packaging which adds a little to the stigma of this Dark Ale. Great brew, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:08:09 | More by RusImpStoLuv
Photo of MaximalC


4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of molasses with a bountiful head of tan froth. The invigorating aroma features clove, nutmeg, orchard fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Shark jaw lacing persists after each sip.

The taste is full and alive, with a bountiful melange of spices including the aforementioned clove, nutmeg, and possibly coriander. The malt profile offers raisin, prune, brown sugar, and bubblegum. Both spice and sweetness are there in abundance, but they're exquisitely balanced, making for an delicious, impactful brew with great staying power. A hint of alcohol finally begins to manifest in the finish as the beer warms. The lively carbonation accentuates the spices and brings a luscious, prickly mouthfeel, especially on the back end.

This is one of my all time favorite Belgian ales and was a gateway beer for me when it comes to the whole craft brewing phenomenon. To call any beer flawless is a tall order, but I must confess I have a really difficult time identifying any here.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 02:10:53 | More by MaximalC
Photo of TastyAdventure


4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - very dark, clear brown on edges. 1 1/2 finger head

S - mildly fruity, dark fruit.

T - mild dark fruit. smooth, sweet flavor with very mild small bitterness below for balance.

Overall, a pretty great beer. Carb is a litttle higher than most belgian darks. great for the price too. Hard to find "cheaper" Belgians

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 22:30:36 | More by TastyAdventure
Photo of precariouslydaniel


4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Color is very dark cola, almost no light penetration with an insanely thick fluffy white head even with a gentle pour.

Smell is your standard quad notes-fig, raisin, plum and brown sugar with alcohol and spicy yeast phenols.

Taste is similar to the nose except it is more complex than many standard quads. I get notes of peach, melon and citrus as well as strong banana and confectioner's sugar. Amazing.

The mouth feel is full bodied and creamy but dissipates quickly on a sweet, sticky finish.

This is my personal favorite quad. In line with tradition but with a unique flair that allows it to stand out from the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 18:15:12 | More by precariouslydaniel
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,859 ratings.