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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,473
Reviews: 1,923
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 208
Gots: 468 | FT: 7
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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 DannyDan
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours out a dark mahogany hue with a thick tan head that quickly disappears leaving some retention, moderate carbonation and sparse lacing.
S. The aroma consists of raisins, cherries, prunes, dark chocolate.
T. The taste starts out with some raisins, followed by some prunes, molasses, and finishes off with some cherries and hints of chocolate. Some bread (i'm thinking wheat) is present throughout taste and some alcohol, even though it does not taste like 9% ABV.
M. A soft, but dry feel. The beer tend to melt in your mouth, it would be like how beer in Heaven would be like.
O. A very yummy beer that is very well made and i'll be adding it to my regular rotation of beers. For anyone that loves a nice strong ale that has not tried this yet please do, I am very glad a friend of mine recommended this to me.

Photo of dbarny76
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dannyhead
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

11.3 oz. bottle gushed forth with carbonation when opened. Pours a dark almost black with reddish hues when held up to light. Nice fizzy off-white 2 finger head, leaving some lacing. Aroma is of malts, chocolate, caramel and some fruitiness a little miskiness detected. Tastes similar to smell, with some bananas, and lots of over-ripened fruits (raisins or prunes), maybe some fig flavors and a nice alcohol warmth in the belly. Mouthfeel is medium viscocity and mouthcoating, but as it moves back, a nice carbonated fizziness is felt on the tongue. Very pleasant indeed. Overall this is another excellent beer from Unibroue. At first I was unwilling to try it, but after trying their Maudite, this is definitely my mug of beer. Will be purchasing and enjoying this much more in the future...

Photo of core42
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Alex5
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My list of favorite beers is dominated by Unibroue. I recently did a head to head comparison between this and Chimay Blue. It was very close, and the differences are subtle. The Unibroue is perhaps a bit spicier, the Chimay slightly smoother. Trois pistoles pours the usual magnificent head, with good retention. Very dark, looks almost identical to the Chimay. Has a quenching, yet substantial taste. As is the case with the other Unibroue offerings, almost a wheat-beer like refreshing quality, but is complex and packs a quite a punch. No alcohol noted in the taste, but certainly in the effect. With all of the varieties, I could drink Unibroue almost every night (if not for the fear of overwhelming my liver, I probably would!). This can't compare to Rochefort or Westy, but for the price and availability, you can't really go wrong. Make sure to let this warm up. Cold, it tastes like a rum and coke!

Photo of Jmoore50
2.58/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The appearance is of a dark plumb. It has a dark brown heart with purple brown edges. The head is tan colored with huge fat bubbles that represent strong carbonation. This is the macro of Belgian ales.

The smell is of figs and clove with a melting pot of spices that I cannot really point out.

The taste has a strong Belgian yeast character to it that brings lots of spice and a bit of dryness. I think the clove in this is the specific spice that I cannot stand, plus there really is no strong flavor. This is Belgian Strong Dark Ale Light. This has some of the flavors of the style, but they need to be amplified by ten. Too watered down.

The mouthfeel is over carbonated for the style and a bit dry on the finish. The yeasts bring a positive aspect to the mouthfeel by bringing a type of spice complexity, but in the end it is muddled. The direction of this beer is unknown. It needs more body, more flavor and most of all, more balls. This is a safe, easy representation of a beautiful style. I would not age this beer. This is the Coors Light of Belgian Dark Ales.


Photo of GoGators
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zerk
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown/amber with a persistant lace. Fruity and spicy aroma, with buscuity notes as well. Flavor is malty and sweet, with a hint of dried fruit. Very crisp and carbonated for a Dark Strong Ale. Definately a potent, sipping beer, with a nice warming effect. This is one I'll return to on many occasions. Another strong Unibroue offering.

Photo of Jarod
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great label – dark gray Pegasus flying over a cathedral

This beer poured a cloudy mahogany that when held to the light the edges glowed with an orange hue, not overly cloudy though, I could see the carbonation bubbles escaping from the bottom of the glass. The head that was produced wad thick, rich, dense and lasting, and was tan in color. As far as lace, it started from the top of the glass and lasted until the last sip. The aromas that came from my glass (sniffing outside in the fresh air) were as follows – dark malts, caramel, dark fruits (black cherries), alcohol (slight), baked apples, spices (black and red peppercorns), grass and a hint of yeast. Very complex. The tastes that I experienced were of dark malts, cherry wood oak barrel that might have been used to age, alcohol (slight), citrus, dark fruits (dark cherries), melted brown sugar, baked apples, ground black pepper, and a deep port wine to finish. This beer was far more complex then I would have believed. It was thick, creamy and chewy all at once. Amazing how Unibroue hides all that alcohol behind all those complex flavors. This is a great beer that can be sipped for some time by itself or drank with almost any full flavored meal that is served with. Amazing!

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

A: Ruby/brown in color with large head. Poured into my Unibroue tulip.

S: Strong citrus and fruit aroma with a little bready yeasty undertone.

T: Tastes of dark fruits and a little bitter citrus to pull it together. Somewhat spicy and bready in the finish.

M: Wonderfully carbonated with dry finish leaving a little oil on the palate.

D: Great brew to sip on for an afternoon.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Leftofthedial
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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 g_jenkins
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Kerne
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of rob99er
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of hermit990
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Phocion
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Dark reddish-brown with a solid bubbly finger of dark tannish head which settles a little too quickly into a thin but appetizing layer with light a light and flimsy lace.

Aroma is very bold. Dark fruits such as apricot, raisin, and fig, along with sweet caramel/toffee, and extremely spicy scents.

Very dry with a definite alcohol flavor. Both sweet and spicy. Subtle hints of brandy.

This one is chewy but still a little thin for the style which actually lends to a bit of a crisp, refreshing character. I've always been a fan of La Fin du Monde but meant to try other Unibroues, but unfortunately have always ended up going back to an old favorite. This thing however does not disappoint, and I must admit I'm a little upset that I hadn't decided to venture into unfamiliar territory sooner.

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

Wow, what can I say to best sum up the overall experience of this remarkable brew. Got it in a 750 ml bottle (which I will be keeping for my home brew). Poured into a wine glass a very dark reddish purple with a big foamy head that soon diminished. I allowed this one to warm up a little before sampling. The aroma consisted of sweet fruits perhaps grapes, cherries, and maybe even plums. Finally it was time to try a taste and the flavors burst inside of my mouth. This dark ale is very unique in that it drinks like a beer, but finishes almost like a red wine. Good carbonation and rather smooth to drink, I enjoyed sipping on this for a good while. The strong alcohol content is masked by all of the complex flavors in this beer. Wonderful experience, not an everyday selection but worth the price for a long cold night.

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BeanBone
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A murky dark brown body capped by over two fingers of fluffy cream-colored head with good retention, but no lacing.

Aroma: Lots of dark and vinous fruit, mild spice, and a splash of alcohol over a sweet malt body.

Flavor: Just as the nose promised, the flavor profile is composed of dark, vinous fruit and spice (pepper and cloves) over sweet and roasty malt. The alcohol is masked well, adding just a hint of spice. Everything is balanced nicely. Rum cake and cloves in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation and a dry finish. Just a hint of warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable, especially given the alcohol content.

Verdict: Thoroughly satisfying, Trois Pistoles has lots of character and depth with surprisingly drinkability given the potency. It's just shy of earning top marks.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sep 22, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark black. Has that initial wine taste up front, like the La Fin Du Monde, but very different after taste. I'm having a lingering after taste of pear here. Maybe i'm crazy. Very nice beer though, easy to drink. Can't taste the alc. % at all. Very solid brew.

Had this again over a year later. Really enjoying it this time around. Have had a better appreciation for belgians lately, and this is quite delicious.

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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