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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,941
Hads: 4,635
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 251
Gots: 569 | 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 kmudrick
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle in a Chimay chalice.
A: Very dark, lucious with an overwhelmingly creamy head that settles into a beautiful lacing that stuck throughout the entire tasting. Almost caramel in richness and depth, a few shades below a cola with a developing tinge of deep orange as the chalice narrows into the stem.
S: Very much lacking. A few sniffs reveals some hints of yeast and malts but nothing else jumps out.
T: Delicious. A slight hinge of bitterness hits the front of my mouth but that completely gets washed out by the incredible complexities. Warming and flavorful without the overwhelming taste of alcohol.
M: Very smooth and airy for a beer this heavy. Dances around my tongue. Slightly tingly.
D: For a beer this high in alcohol, I was pleasantly surprised at how drinkable this was. As it settled a bit and I got nearer the bottom of my chalice, it felt a little heavier, but it was still a real treat for my mouth. (939 characters)

Photo of llitsua
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep copper color, with 2 finger head that fades to cm ring, a
good bit of lacing left behind

S- Plums spiced with cloves seems to overshadow everything else,
with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and pears

T- Similar to the smell- plums, cloves, hint of brown sugar, finishes
with pears and a citrus tang

M- Medium-heavy body- good bit of carbonation, a bit of stickiness

D- For a dark Belgian ale, this went down quite easily, a very
drinkable beer to be savored slowly (507 characters)

Photo of PangaeaBeerFood
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus Chalice. Dark murdy brown, borderline black color that's translucent around the very edges and opaque in the center. Not much head retention, but I think that was my fault, not the beers. It dissipated in a way that makes me think someone in the house washed my beer glass with soap.

The smell is completely unexpected. From the color and description by Unibroue, I expected this to have a Stout-esque character, with lots of roasted aromatics. The roastiness is very faint. Initial sniff is almost Wit-esque, with a spicy, citrusy character at the front, which fades into notes of dark fruit and booze and allows a little bit of roasty, chocolatelyness in at the very end.

The taste matches the smell, with all of the aforementioned characters present, only with more emphasis on the dark fruit and booze than the spice and chocolate. Speaking of chocolate, that's what I'm eating with this beer (as per Unibroue's request) and it's an amazing pairing.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. It's slick and slippery, but has a ton of carbonation which stops it from feeling heavy.

Drinkability is initially very high. As the beer warms, the alcohol and strength of the brew become more present. This is a sipper. (1,257 characters)

Photo of cynicgiraffe
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, almost black, pour. Translucent. No head on the beer. Spicy Belgian nose with some dried fruit (raisins maybe?). Moderate alcohol up front. Lots of carbonation. Sweet fruit and some spicy Belgian finish. Bitterness afterward. Nice palette. Overall pretty good, but not my favorite Unibroue offering. (316 characters)

Photo of iheartIPA
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cherry red. The one finger head doesn't stick around for long. Fades quickly to a thin lace.

Nose detects mostly raisin and cherry with just hint of alcohol.

Dark fruits emerge as the ale hits the tongue. Cherry, raisin, grape, even caramelized peach give way to a surprisingly warm spice. A terrific balance of tart and sweet. All in all there is a lot going on here.

There is a fun carbonation here. Feel is reminiscent of wine, but there is also a slight creamy feel. Hard to describe, but pleasing none-the-less.

Very drinkable indeed. (558 characters)

Photo of duckrabbitfan
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown/red, a little sediment... some lacing.

cloves/dates very evident in the smell, plums, too, a bit of caramel. yum, says my nose.

very balanced and mellow, alcohol is slightly present but only slightly so, and it adds to the taste. more of the date/plum aspect from the smell.

fairly carbonated but smooth; just a touch of darkness makes it very enticing.

this is a favorite of mine and i'm thankful one of my two favorite watering holes has a constant supply of bottles. (484 characters)

Photo of tanousa
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful dark cherry looking color with a nice lace foam that disipates quickly to leave a thin lace.

S- yeast , some figs ,plums and alcohol.

T- Some sweetness there , nocite the 9% alcohol, dark fruits and clove.

M- Medim to high carbonation, dry finish , good overall.

D- Because its complexity , high carbonation and alcohol volume it is a one time beer to enjoy slowly for the night.Good job as usual from Unibroque brewery. (445 characters)

Photo of Foxxypants
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, good head with good retention, nice lacing.

S: Very dark sugary/fruit smells, some noticeable yeast aroma, reminiscent of a deep port.

T: Very sweet. Dark fruit tastes dominate the palate, with some subtle malt flavors and mild hop bitterness. Finishes with a nice touch of alcohol spiciness.

M: Starts out lighter than expected, medium carbonation. Finishes with a bit of a thicker feel, lingers on your tongue.

D: Very easy and pleasant to drink. Doesn't need any accompaniments. For it's dark color and high alcohol content, it's a surprisingly easy beer to drink. (591 characters)

Photo of Charlotte09
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown cloudy color comparable to a cola. Head is about a finger-width thick and a creamy beige color.

S: Smells lovely of dried fruits such as raisins, apples, and spices along with some roasted malts.

T: Very fruity taste, upfront apples and raisins, followed by some roasted malts again and a hint of molasses. Alcohol is pretty well balanced.

M: Mouth feel is very smooth, pretty light body with some slight fizzy carbonation but not overpowering.

O: Overall this beer is quite enjoyable to drink. Love the variety of subtle flavors keeps me interested and wanting to try more. For a Strong Belgian Dark Ale this one is very easy and nice to drink. (673 characters)

Photo of JJfreeou21
2.03/5  rDev -51.6%
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. (227 characters)

Photo of CrescentLake
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely one of my favorites... the milestone for all belgian beer, even though it's French-Canadian. The contrast of dark Belgian trippel-esk notes and almost bavarian wheat estery-hints add for a complex experience that is best paired with sweet duck or and rich non-chocolate desert... I'm salivating
Oh, and by the way... it's 9 % Alchohol... The folks over at UNIBROUE are alcohol magicians. Definitely try the Trois Pistoles siblings who don't quite offer the fruit complexity, but can hide up to 12% ABV like it was a dirty magazine. (543 characters)

Photo of clockwerk
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Well, to be frank, it's pretty average looking. Cloudy, brown with little head or head retention. However, it does throw down some nice lacing. I should point out that the head formation, retention and lacing varied greatly in the 6 bottles in my 6 pack. A couple formed very nice heads/lacing, and a couple poured out like they were barely carbonated. The remaining 2 were somewhere in the middle. However, the carbonation was about equivalent in regards to mouthfeel in all of them.

S - Wow. Nice. One of the nicer beers I've smelled. Dark fruit character balanced by alcohol gives it a rich aroma. I have poor sense of smell, and this stuff smelled great.

T - Take "La Fin Du Monde" and swap out the cloves and spice for dark fruit and you've got Trois Pistoles. That's a good thing. There's a strong malty flavour (as I guess should be expected) with just a bit of earthy bitterness (and I mean a very little bit) that does enough to keep everything in check and leave a nice dry feeling on the palate. The aftertaste is outstanding as well. That clean, dry earthiness sticks around making sure each sip is as sweet as the last. Seems like a small deal, but for me personally, a beer this rich can wear on me fast, and this one does a great job of preventing that from getting overwhelming.

M - A little thinner than I would have liked, and I think a little thin for the style.

D - Conversely to it's mouthfeel, the lightness of it enhances it's drinkability. I could easily drink a few of these in a session. At 9% ABV, that's a little concerning!


Damn. Unibroue is just killer. I want to drive out there and give them all a sincere hug. This beer to me really does seem like Fin's cousin. I guess that should be expected. I think it should also be appreciated. The fact that I can get it from "The Beer Store" in 6's makes it a highly rated "go to" beer for me now, because frankly, I couldn't care less about it's appearance. (1,991 characters)

Photo of KeithStolte
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle to stout glass.

A - dark reddish-brown, slightly cloudy, with a finger-height head white color. Small carbonation bubbles

S- grape musk

T - grape, almost like a wine. Can't really think of a good pairing fr food.

M - medium carbonation, really lingers on the back pallet for a while.

D - very drinkable. (333 characters)

Photo of BaltimoreBeerLover
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Dark red-brown that is opaque. Big fluffy white head that disappears fairly quickly. Some lacing.

Smell: Smells like a typical belgian dark ale with a very nice ripe fruit aroma.

Taste: No alcohol taste whatsoever is surprising for a 9% beer. Typical belgian dark ale taste plus a little spiciness like nutmeg and the ripe fruit aroma is present in the taste as well although not as pronounced. Tastes like La Fin Du Monde but not as flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a flavor that really coats the entire mouth and lingers for a while.

Overall: Great beer overall. I love the strong fruit aroma because it does not smell fake. 3.9/5. (713 characters)

Photo of Chief_Mug
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (174 characters)

Photo of MurphysIrish
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet smelling and pruney tasting, this "strong dark ale" certainly lives up to its billing in the alcohol department but loses some points in its body (carbonation, for example, is lost and the beer seems just a little too thin on the palate). Hops are missing in all the syrupiness making it seem a bit medicinal on the aftertaste.

Still, it is lovely to look at as it pours to a caramel color that is nearly red. Most definitely an after dinner beer: I wouldn't imagine including it in a session.

Not bad, but I won't readily seek it out. (548 characters)

Photo of rufusb
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly transparent dark brown; pours to a nice inch deep foamy head. Cloudy in appearance, bottle fermented

S - You can smell malts and fruit, very fragrant. You can occasionally smell a hint of alcohol. Not unexpected for a beer with a 9% ABV level

T - complex! Fruits and spices and malt rushing to your taste buds all at once. Alcohol is very apparent in the taste as well. Personally, a bit too much in my opinion. The one drawback for this beer.

M - Full-bodied with loads of carbonation. A familiar trait with Unibroue beers.

O - A great beer, lots of flavor. I have always enjoyed the bottle fermented Belgian style beers. Level of alcohol isn't masked very well and does take away from overall enjoyment. (722 characters)

Photo of Yooperduder
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wide mouthed glass.

A: Dark amber tones with some orange highlights on the edge. The head is light, lacy and filled with tiny effervescent bubbles. Head breaks down within a minute or so. Nice delicate lace pattern to it once broken down.

S: Yeast, some fruit, maybe a bit of plum as well. Very restrained fruit smell.

T: Definite spice taste, a bit too much quite possibly without an additional counter. Finishes nicely, just a touch of warmth. Fruit is restrained.

M :Crisp feel, slight afterburn to the palate after swallowing.

D: A good tasting beer, I couldn't spend an evening with it but nice for a conversation. The warmth becomes more present after the first glass. Body is nice, but not great, flavor is very good, but something needs to tie the flavors together better... (817 characters)

Photo of zaq37
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this beer in NJ a few months ago, says it is best before 5-5-12

poured into a DFH snifter

A - poured dark brown like a coke, but with a big head that doesn't fade very quick. lots of bubbles on this puppy

S - Champagne is the smell i keep getting from this, even from the moment i opened the bottle it smelled like a freshly popped bottle of champagne. Not smelling much else.

T - taste is great, very complex with that champagne subtlety but much more like a beer (obviously), must be the natural carbonation. Unfortunately i am getting a metalic taste somewhere in there, slightly disappointed there.

M - very carbonated, i appreciate the natural carbonation and the "real ale" style from bottle fermentation, but it's not quite up to par with other "real ales" that i have tried. Still the mouthfeel is pleasant and has a long after taste which is good in my book.

D - with a 750ml it takes a while to drink with appreciation, i would say this is a great beer to have on a special day, not something to break open on any old night. i would definitely drink this again, but honestly i would not go out of my way to get a hold of another bottle.

overall this was a good beer, but not top notch and unfortunately i was slightly disappointed in it, i was expecting much more, but still this was a good drink, and i enjoyed it. (1,340 characters)

Photo of beerlove82
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep Roasted reddish brown with a creamy khaki head.

S: Fruit, Malt, Roasted, fruit, yeast, sorta nutty.

T: Now thats something special! yeast, Roasted malt,

M: Perfect. Carbonation is right on for me, not dry or wet on the pallet.

D: Good with seafood or a steak meal, or just a few by its's self. (308 characters)

Photo of Joss
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Plums, raisins, flowery notes and burned sugar in the aroma.
Hazy Bordeaux color with a stable creamy head.
Indeed a fruity Port flavor, dusty notes in the aftertaste.
Surprisingly light body , dry but a bit fizzy mouthfeel - this makes the beer seem lighter than it really is... (283 characters)

Photo of Torchiest
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Deep mahogany color, a solid inch of pale tan head which slowly collapsed.

Smells absolutely fantastic, dark sweet fruit with noticeable maltiness.

Quite sweet, plum and other fruit all over the place, alcohol is nice and warming, but not overbearing for a 9% beer. Mild bitterness, finishes estery and tasting like port.

Smooth, almost creamy, full of carbonation with keeps it from feeling heavy as it slides through the mouth effortlessly.

Absolutely delicious, and perhaps my favorite beer ever. I'd drink it all the time if I could, but it's strong and a little on the expensive side. (649 characters)

Photo of steveshields
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(For the record, I am probably DISGUSTINGLY biased toward this beer, only because I am a fan. I have NO affiliation with anyone who sells it or makes it.)

After Abita's Abbey and New Holland's Black Tulip today, I was not satisfied enough- I had to go back for some of Unibroue's Trois Pistoles.

This, I think, is my favorite, aside from St. Bernardus ABT 12.

Trois Pistoles is classic. It LOOKS amazing. DARK brown/black with very little transparency, with the exception of holding it directly under light. It froths up a bit on the pour and is heavily carbonated, which i love. Like a coke a cola but sooo much better. This is a beer you can HEAR.

It smells beautiful, with a PILE of clove scent that makes me weak. Seriously. I love this beer. It consistently smells fresh, malty, and is amazing.

The taste kills me. In the best way. This is my standby, and if a bar sells it in Chicago, I probably go there or would love to go there.

Mouth feel is exceptional. I am giving it a 4.5 hoping that there is something out there somewhere that tastes/feels better.

Super easy and delicious to drink. If you haven't tried this yet, you are missing out. It is easily my favorite beer, with St. Bernardus in a dead heat.

ENJOY. (1,234 characters)

Photo of gonzogrover
2.29/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip. Pours a pretty dark and bold brown with a white head that disappears in a hurry. The scent is strong of fruits and spices. It also gives you the hint that it'll have a strong alcohol flavor. The taste is of strong spiciness, alcohol and some fruity sweetness. A combination that was hot, boozy and just didn't work at all for me. The mouthfeel was medium with more carbonation than I expect from this style. I typically really enjoy BSDAs and Quads but this is not one that I would recommend to my friends. (527 characters)

Photo of Tearik
2.85/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a disappointment to me for a variety of reasons. I really love the Unibroue brewery and every other beer I've had from them thus far, so its safe to say I was pumped up to try Trois Pistoles when it found its way into our beer store.

It poured great, a dark red/brown color and headed up wonderfully.

The smell was very sweet and extremely fruity.

However, once I tasted it my excitement ended. In my opinion this tastes like an overspiced christmas ale. The spices absolutely cover the taste of the beer. One of the few beers I've been unable to finish.

It was very thick in the mouth and in combination with the taste, was very un-enjoyable.

Overall, I'm sure this beer will have a following, but I am afraid that I will not be counted in it.

Serving Type: Bottle (788 characters)

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,941 ratings.