Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,379
Reviews: 1,905
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 190
Gots: 410 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000)
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Photo of TheDoctor
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a rich, murky red-amber with some gold when it's in the light. Has a thick head and mellows out to a nice consistent head with lots of lacing.

S:
Immediate pungent hoppy aromas along with cloves and pine, has some malty sweetness too. Smells 'warm.'

T:
Nice, round flavor. Tastes kind of earthy but defintiely has some vauge spicy-sweetness to it. The bottle says it stays in your mouth afterwards like port. It really does. It's quite enjoyable

M:
Gentle warmness, with strong carbonation and a long-lingering afterburn.

O:
Genuinely delicious beer. I am kind of at a loss of words for how to describe it. It is not super bitter, nor is it super sweet. It is warming and refreshing at once. Super good. I tried a couple of their beers before and wasn't really convinced about how good a lot of folks think they are. I am definitely starting to come around.

Photo of sjstraub
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of jcb7472
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Andonato
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of pweis909
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a garnet-brown translucent beer with a carbonation and alcohol content that gives it a champagne-like texture -- dry, with lots of fizzing, but without retaining the initial foaming head.

The smell is not powerful, but hints at phenolic spices and a leatheriness that I often find in belgian ales, with some noticeble malt and a definite yeasty breadiness.

It is sweetish to the taste, but lightly so, with the high alcohol balancing the malt. No hoppy flavors.

For the high alcohol content it is easy to drink, going down smoothly.

Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Leschber
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with some reddish hues into a snifter. There is a nice tan head that has decent retention. Aroma is of cocoa, raisins, bananas, yeast, spice, brown sugar, and alcohol with the taste more of the same. Mouthfeel is a little more thin than I want from this beer, although this may lend to its drinkability. Pretty solid beer.

Photo of fx20736
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 4 pk from Beers of the World on 12/7/13.

Appearance: murky ochre with thick khaki head, decent lacing.

Aroma: classic mix of Belgian yeast and cloves which comes off smelling like coca cola.

Mouthfeel: smooth, weightless

Taste: cloves, spices, molasses, burnt brown sugar with a sage like bitterness.

Notes: Perhaps the most authentic Belgian, not brewed in Belgium that I have had.

Photo of mattafett
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap (or maybe cask, the menu wasn't clear) at Dek's in Rocky Point, NY. Served in a Trois Pistoles glass.

Look: reddish brown, almost purple, body. Its quite pretty but there's no head at all and consequently, no lacing. This might be an issue with the place but I'm not sure since a few other reviews I'm looking at indicate no head formation or lace.

Smell: caramel with some dark fruit, like fig, plum and dates. Bits of spiciness but that is subdued. The nose isn't as strong as I would like for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Its good but not great.

Taste: follows the nose. Dark fruit, plums, dates and figs, a bit sweet, dark caramel. Really, there's not a whole lot going on and those familiar, Belgian flavors I am looking for simply aren't there. A bit disappointed in this one. Not to say its bad but its certainly nothing impressive.

Feel: really, this is the biggest short coming of this beer. The body simply isn't style appropriate or pleasing in any way. It is way too thin, which is exacerbated by the fact that it isn't carbonated very well. Its way too light for the style. I understand that Belgian Dark Strong Ales aren't supposed to be big, thick or chewy, but this is thin even for the style. The body feels almost like its lightly carbonated fruit juice, not a beer.

Drink: I deliberately went slow on this, hoping to pick out some nuances as I went, but you could drink this easily if you wanted to. The light body helps with this. The question is, would you want to? For me, I wouldn't.

Overall, this was my first Unibroue beer and I was a bit disappointed. This beer just wasn't anything I look for in a Belgian Dark Strong. Maybe it was because it was on tap, but I've had BDSAs on tap before and loved them. Perhaps I'll give a bottle of this a try after I give some of Unibroue's other beers a chance, just going on Unibroue's reputation. Cheers!

Photo of core42
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rypkr
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of lmaduells
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of SupaCelt
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich dark cola coloured with a purple grape skin aura that trimmed the view. A large and fluffy, tan, cola-like head bursted forth from the pour. The head did not stay for the festivities, but it was quite energetic while it was present. Ample clusters of carbonation bubbles held fast to the side of the goblet ( pilfered from Don Pablo's : ) before racing off to the open air. No lacing hung, just a ring of spent bubbles floating atop the surface.

The nose was that of sun dried purple fruits. A burnt clove or anice type of spicing peaked out from behind the dominance of sweet and malty scents.

There was a great texture to this brew. The mouthfeel captured the attention before the taste was even considered. Nectar like. Pleasantly sweet and juicey with a cream and nut oil finish. Oh and the taste; superb. The spice aspects of the nose were a touch threatening, but did not offend in the taste. Mildly caramel and dark fruit sweetness remained mellow without throwing their respective weights about. The well administered spice character showed up in the latter stages of the flavor revelation. Very nicely crafted. The taste showed itself and departed without lingering or pestering. The lack of aftertaste prompted rapid sipping in an attempt to keep the flavor constantly atop the tastebuds. More, more, more! Good trick by my brothers to the north. Bravo!

Photo of TheBungyo
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uncork and pour ... gorgeous nut brown with creamy head. Smells of mellow black cherries ... spicy, almost peppery.
The taste is spicy and fruity. Like meaty plums and black cherries married with spices. Mouthfeel is robust with just enough carbination to fill ones mouth. I love this stuff!

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark mohogany woth a off white pillowy head that drops over a minute into lace.
the aroma is dark candy sugar with citrus and spice
the flavor is carmelized malt and citrus with a unidentifed spice with a warming alcohol.
the mouthfeel is slippery sweetness that warms as it goes down.
very drinkable

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a pretty beer. Bark mahogany brown body, sort of murky, topped by a light and fluffy off-white head. The head sticks around for quite a while and clings to the side of the glass.

The nose is sweet, caramel, toffee, and maybe a bit of dark fruits. Plums and dates. It smells really nice, and quite Belgium-like.

Taste is smooth, and -again- plummy. Sweet toffee taste with a slightly warming swallow. Nice, flavorful-sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little harsh, I believe. The beer could benefit from a lighter carbonation. Drinkability is good - the taste is great, but the mouthfeel could use some work, I think.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is nice and thick. It's a cloudy brown that's very hazy creating a boatload of head. This is certainly a complex with a lot of flavors mixing together. There is some banana bread and what seems like some plumb and a touch of lemon. Think of it as a slightly toned down version of Aventinus that doesn't require as much chewing. A great find!

Photo of dannyhead
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An old 2008 bottle. Pours a nice cloudy, very dark brown with a thick light brown head, decent retention, some lacing.

Magnificent smell, raisins, bananas, cloves, vanilla, chocolate, this has everything.

Taste is much like the smell, some dark fruits mixed with tropical fruits, caramel, vanilla, cloves and spices, chocolate cake, somewhat bitter with a perfect winey aftertaste. Wow what doesn't this beer have. The alcohol is very well hidden, watch out for it!

Exceptionally smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Highly drinkable for the amount of alcohol in there. By far one of the best Unibroue beers and the best BSDA I've had to date.

Photo of Honus1
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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

Poured from bottle into Liefmans glass.

A: Rich mahogany coloring with nice tan colored head. Nearly opaque, nice looking brew.

S: Very nice nose, sweet spiciness coming through. Very nice smelling brew.

T & M: First thing that comes through is the sweetness of the malt, not cloying however. Crisp, carbonation apparent but not overwhelming. Finish has very nice spiciness textures.

D: Very drinkable brew, Unibroue continues to impress. High ABV not apparent.

Photo of Los1324
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of LaChupacabra
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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