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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,167 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,167
Reviews: 1,878
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 176
Gots: 335 | FT: 8
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 pmccallum86
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark raisin color with a large bubbly head that leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Smell is very bold. Lots of dried fruit aroma, maybe a little cinnamon and also some alcohol.

Taste is full of dried fruits; prunes, dates and raisins. Big malt character there as well. Some hop flavors linger in the background.

Lots of carbonation, good mouthfeel. Not too heavy but plenty of body.

Drinkability is pleasant. A nice take on the Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

pmccallum86, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of RichardMNixon
4/5  rDev -5.4%

RichardMNixon, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of nollie77
4/5  rDev -5.4%

nollie77, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of timotao
4/5  rDev -5.4%

timotao, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of TheBierBand
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 12 oz brown bottle (Freshness Dated: Best Before: 02-22-10) into a goblet to produce a 1" head of loose foam that disappeared to a thin ring in about a minute. The efforvescent bubbles kept feeding this ring through the duration. The beer is a cola color except when held to light it takes on a ruby red color.

The aroma is quite nice. The yeasty, fruity (like ripe cherries and plums and a whole bunch of fruits!... like a ripe fruit salad!) smells are prominent.

The taste is just a bit smokey, yeasty, and fruity all at once... very balanced. Almost wine-like. A well-hidden alcohol warming at the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side.... but not too much so. Typical fizzy Belgian that I must get used to. Nice aftertaste that lingers.

Drinkability: Definately a sipper.... perfect for the cold winter months.

TheBierBand, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of BradMacMullin
4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bottle. Had a date on it - didn't care to look. This poured a deep dark caramely brown color. Little head and little lacing. The smell was a very pronounced fruity aroma - very strong. Smelled like raisins. The taste was great - the caramel and dark fruits seem to work well together on the palate - this is even better than Fin Du Monde. This is a smooth well balanced beer. A very strong Belgian Dark. Great stuff

BradMacMullin, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Converge
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Well, first off, this is the first Unibroue beer I've had in a while that didn't erupt in a violent gush of foam and lost beer upon opening, so a damn good start! Thick and bubbly head of light tan foam. The beer is a deep, dark body of mahogany and purple hues. Almost like the label art, but much darker. The head settles to a thin film that leaves spots of lacing here and there.

S - Tons of yeast upfront, which sort of surprised me. Dark fruits are present, but light. Not much roasted malt, chocolate, or dark aromas at all. More-so a light smell with yeast, bready malt and a slight hint of black cherries. Overall, very sweet, and quite intriguing. I somehow get the feeling I'm about to experience a totally unexpected flavor based on the aroma...

T - Lots of dark fruitiness, with yeast and bready malt. Really deep and rich, with black cherries, figs, molasses, plums and Belgian spices in the finish. The yeast character here still shines nicely through the dark flavors, which compliment one another well. Finishes with sweet candi sugar, light spices, and slight alcohol warmth. There's also some light chocolate malt that linger unmistakably in the finish. Overall, this flavor profile boasts a somewhat unique feel with a thoroughly drinkable taste.

M - Medium bodied feel, that definitely has some chew to it. Smooth carbonation, that gives the beer a nice drinkable quality here. The spice lingers in the finish, but doesn't overwhelm. A touch below Maudite, but still very good.

D - A sweet, dark, and fruity BSDA with a fair amount of complexities in the flavor profile. A tasty mixture of dark malt, dark fruits, and yeasty goodness makes this a deceptively easy beer to drink. Despite the big flavor and high ABV this ale is remarkably easy to drink. Overall, this is probably a touch above Maudite.

Converge, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Devman171
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Devman171, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of JLeet
4/5  rDev -5.4%

JLeet, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Kerne
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Kerne, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of markaberrant
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - massive carbonation, big puffy tan head, quite dark, but flashes ruby when held to a light, some lacing

S - candied fruit, not exactly "dark" fruit, lots of spice (easily identified as the Unibroue house yeast)

T - soft rounded flavours hold the spices in check, lots of sweet plum, hops almost nonexistant, a whisp of chocolate in the finish

M - quite warming, soft full body, carbonation is surprisingly smooth

D - Goes down easy, but I've had plenty better

I love La Fin, but the rest of the Unibroue lineup is either extremely similar (Don de Dieu), or just doesn't measure up. And they all smell the same! I don't mean to be so harsh, it is a good beer, but I wish it had more of a dark fruit character, and the alcohol seems a little too warm. It does however go quite well with a nice piece of dark chocolate.

markaberrant, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of uustal
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkish red pour. Spice and citrus come through in the aroma. Great complexity like most Belgian styles. Spicy and grassy to start but then dark fruits, roasted malts, a little sweetness and a faint taste of alcohol. Great combination of flavors and perfectly carbonated.

uustal, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of mquinn919
5/5  rDev +18.2%

mquinn919, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of JC333
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

JC333, May 24, 2013
Photo of DioS
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of ninner00
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

ninner00, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of 2neardead
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

2neardead, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Mudawg
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Mudawg, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Brutus627
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Brutus627, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased at John's Market for $2.99.

A-Pours a chestnut brown - mahogany hue with a one finger head that recedes quickly leaving only scant lacing.

S-Reminiscent of California Black Bread. Also present were yeasty, dark dried fruits, spice, and malty notes.

T-Mild spice and dried fruits like dates. Also some caramel as this is sweeter rather than fruitier. Lighter taste than I expected for the BSDA style. Good, but not great.

M-Very smooth for 9.0% ABV but a little light. Not rich and creamy enough.

D-A good beer, but surprising that it is among the Top Beers on the Planet according to reviews on this website. Wouldn't make my top 100 and I won't buy this again. Novelty of it being in the top 100 has worn off for me.

velosuds, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of hotsudge
4/5  rDev -5.4%

hotsudge, May 15, 2013
Photo of Pug
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Pug, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

reitzbrewing, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Jtrigonis
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%

Jtrigonis, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of CraftFan5
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

CraftFan5, Jan 30, 2014
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,167 ratings.