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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,950
Hads: 4,673
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 254
Gots: 593 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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 Fear4Beer
4.62/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Benish
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Summerteeth
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of JJfreeou21
2.03/5  rDev -51.7%
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.

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Photo of KnucklesMcFisty
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of JasW
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Mlkluther
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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 :)...

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of kevofficiel
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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 !

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Photo of fourstringer
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
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.


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Photo of don1481
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

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)

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Roxie_B
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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Photo of Chief_Mug
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%

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!

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of Jason_the_Argonaut
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 1,950 ratings.