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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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4,298 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,298
Reviews: 1,897
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 187
Gots: 373 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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 NuclearDolphin
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark Brown with a brown fizzy 2 finger head. There's a slight crimson tinge around the edge of the glass but aside from that it's very dark

Smell - Caramel, Cloves, Figs, Plums, Spices, and Malts. This smells surprisingly fruity, especially with it's plum scent. Overall, it's also different from other strong ales I've had before in terms of scent; However the smell is at the very least pleasant if not tolerable.

Taste - Plums, Cloves, Spices, Figs, Yeasts and Roasted Malts. Much like the smell, this is very sweet smelling. It does warm you up a bit due to the alcohol, but the flavor itself comes off as very smooth and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Very Light & thin. There's also some mild carbonation, and thankfully it adds to the flavor itself. Another plus is that it feels very crisp and refreshing.

Overall - For a Strong Ale, it's different and unlike any I've tried before, which is good or bad depending on who you are. As a beer, it's a nice enjoyable ale that you should check out.

NuclearDolphin, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of maynard713
4/5  rDev -5.4%

maynard713, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with 2 fingers of creamy head.

Smell is sweet and spicy. Light pepper, loads of spice, sweet bread, hints of soft bruised fruit.

Plenty of spice in taste, cloves, more yeast than in the nose, ripe dark fruits, very little alcohol.

Medium bodied sipper

Outstanding, highly accessible brew.

TheMultiYeast, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of LakelandGrillsmith
1/5  rDev -76.4%

LakelandGrillsmith, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev -5.4%

2GOOFY, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of GTB
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

GTB, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of mbw314
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mbw314, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

ejimhof, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of harrisonpoured
4/5  rDev -5.4%

harrisonpoured, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev -5.4%

JacobMutberg, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Serge
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled. Dark reddish brown colour with a nice creamy off-white head. Malts, dry dark fruits, slight yeast and caramel in the aroma. The flavour is very full, dry dark fruits, caramel malts, vanilla, slight roasted twist along with berries and yeast. Also some spices in it.

Serge, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue Trois Pistoles has a thin, beige, cola-style fizzy head and a dark, murky, bubbly, dark-brown appearance with lots of beige chunks floating about. The aroma is of fruit-cake fruit, dark bread, fudge, and spice. Flavor is of the same, with low bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery (surprisingly), and Unibroue Trois Pistoles finishes dry and ice tea-like. This is a strange ale, and I was a bit underwhelmed by it. It’s worth checking out, though.


RonaldTheriot, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of pbass78
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

pbass78, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

shigg85, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of N3ptune
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

N3ptune, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of spokeydonkey
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Very dark brown (almost black) with a very minimal off-white head. Not nearly as much lacing as I'd expect from a Belgian dark.

S - Some roast notes and alcohol sharpness up front Pear and apple fruit behind that.

T - Surprising amount of roastiness all through, almost stout-like and smoky. Starts off sweet, followed up by fruitiness: apple and pear. Finishes with a lingering roast character.

M - Relatively low carbonation on this one. Medium body.

O - This one used to be one of my favorites. I haven't had it in a while and didn't review it. Having it again, it seems very roast-forward. Not sure if it's just this batch or if my tastes have changed, but the roast is a bit too dominant for me.

spokeydonkey, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of FrankyGee3
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ebony in glass with a deep cherry wood color when held to the light; bouncy, deep tan head that sat two fingers high (barkeep did a very slow pour from the tap, and a bottle pour would likely produce three fingers). Laced on glass well. Head dissipated quickly to 1 CM, then disappeared within a few minutes.

Smell: Fruit aromas (largely fig, plum) along with maltiness; some phenols which dissipate quickly. Others have mentioned chocolate but, after three separate tastings, fail to find much if any.

Taste: Rich, smooth, fruity with perhaps a touch of coriander/citrus. Sweeter than expected, but not overly so. Fruitiness balances well with the ale bitters - each side presents well.

Mouthfeel: Coats well, surprisingly light - crisp, no oiliness, but smooth and felt everywhere on the tongue. One of the best ever for me with a mellow alcohol tang. While not a very carbonated drink, what carbonation there is sparkles in the mouth when sipped and contributes to a lighter mouthfeel, even surprisingly light for an abbey ale, but with substance - a delightful blend.

Overall: While described as an "Abbey Style Strong Dark Ale," it was not as strong tasting as expected. The lower alcohol warmth - especially for a 9% ABV ale - surprised me, as did the substantial fruit tastes. At times, the taste was a bit like a fortified digestif wine (say, a port or very fruity brandy) without the syrupy wine texture, but never lost it's beeriness; it also didn't have the nose-confusing, overwhelming alcohol delivery of a digestif. While not a fan of sweet beers, this is a nice blend of fruits and dark abbey ale which balances the best of both. Perhaps an all-time favorite for blending so many distinct flavors and characteristics in such a balanced way. In the end, I'd give it a 4.75 (I've yet to find a 5), but that's not an option here.

FrankyGee3, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Twal
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Twal, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of JackStraw
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

JackStraw, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Dolfan907
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Dolfan907, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of jcabler24
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jcabler24, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of WoodburyMN
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

WoodburyMN, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color that's a near black in the glass. A nice one finger khaki head.

S: Lots of dark fruits, especially black cherry with some sweet malts underneath. Some hints of chocolate and alcohol as well.

T: A rich, almost bready mouthfeel with lots of Unibroue yeast, chocolate covered black cherries, raisin and some malty sweetness. Really good stuff.

notchucknorris, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of darkstar12
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

darkstar12, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4/5  rDev -5.4%

ObiWanKushnobi, Sep 29, 2012
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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