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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,217 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,217
Reviews: 1,885
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 180
Gots: 357 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black. Pours with 2 inches of off-white head.

Smell - Dark dried fruits, a bit vinous and very spicy.

Taste - More sweet than dry. Chocolate and dark fruit; notes of date and fig. Mild hops but heavily spiced; difficult to pick out specific flavors (a bit of clove, possibly). Moderate carbonation. Medium-bodied; lighter in body than it looks.

largadeer, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Back in the day, I was enticed to buy this beer by the lovely label and seemingly exotic cork-and-caged presentation. Now, I just remember it being damn tasty. It pours a dark burnt sienna topped by a nice finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises clove, pumpernickel, black pepper, nutmeg, black cherry, cinnamon, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some red apples, black grapes, raisins, figs, and rye bread. The body is an ephemerally light yet still pretty strong medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a strangely crisp finish. Overall, a very nice BSDA, one I'll probably be returning to many times in the future.

TMoney2591, May 06, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. I all can think of when I see this beer is another bit of Canadiana - 'Three Pistols' by the Tragically Hip. My native apophenia, I guess.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark reddish cola amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy pale beige head, which leaves broad swaths of undiscovered continent lace around the glass as things slip away.

It smells of yeasty, dark fruit - sweet raisins, figs, and cooked sour apples - a soft caramel malt, musty earthen cellar, a bit of candi sugar, and soft leafy, wooden hops. The taste is sweet caramel, toffee-tinted malt, softly tart black fruit, minor floral Belgian yeast, a twinge of metallic alcohol, and mildly spicy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, yet pleasantly frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and decidedly smooth. It finishes off-dry, strangely, as the heady malt and yeast fruitiness is tempered somewhat by the booze and hop spice.

A rather enjoyable version of a BSDA, as there isn't any overly obvious astringency from the 9% ABV, which makes for surprisingly good (if slow and steady) drinkability. A pretty decent selection for the beverage component of the beer and pizza remuneration for an afternoon of helping friends move, I'd say.

biboergosum, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 4-25-09

A - Poured out a dark brown color (almost like a cola). It had a fizzy, tan, three-finger head. It left great lace.

S - It smelled of malt, sweet fruits - like a berry or cherry aroma.

T - It tasted quite sweet. It was nutty and malty. It aso had some hop spice.

M - It was smooth and warm on the tongue. It was a heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a great beer. No surprise for a Unibroue beer.

zeff80, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the goblet Trois Pistoles is almost black beneath its tall head of frothy bone-white foam. If you tilt the glass you can see tiny bubbles steadily streaming upwards, adding to it's head, and helping with its retention. Lacing about the glass, however, is a bit more limited than might be expected given the head retention. In the nose dark fruits greet you (not unlike port wine in many ways). It's initially zesty in the mouth before it warms a bit, but it still leaves with a bit of a zing until it warms a bit and becomes more airy. The flavor is drenched in soft, tanninc dark fruit that's been dipped in liquid sugar; but it's not particularily complex. As it warms, however, more caramel notes and some subtle hops become apparent, as does a touch of spicy alcohol (and some actual spice perhaps?) and some very low-key notes of licorice or soft molasses. It's really well balanced, with it's spicy alcohol and delicate bitterness balancing the dark fruits and restrained sugars. It's really quite enticing in that it's flavors are somewhat restrained and "mellow" as the back label suggests. This is a beer to be savored slowly, enjoying it's subtle complexities as they emerge. Magnifique!!!

NeroFiddled, Mar 09, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

all unibroue beers are awesome, but this may be their finest offering. it pours a unique mahogany color, with a touch of something dark purple even in there. a nice white head stays around awhile, leaving lovely lacing down the glass. the nose of this beer is powerfully alcoholic, intemixed with a bouquet of fresh and dried fruits. plums, rasiins, candied pears, and figs come to mind, this is a rich nose. the yeast is also a classic belgian strain that really brings the smells together in a synergistic way. the flavor is equally complex and decadent, with the fruits taking center stage. its sort of sweet and thick like a port wine, but much brighter and lighter despite its full body and sticky texture. it finished boozy, and when it warms up its very intense, but this is a beer that opens up beautifully in the glass. it gets more and more yeasty to me, and less and less sweet. the mix of fruit and spice makes this a perfect winter warmer or holiday beer, although i dont think it is intended to be such. wonderful carbonation makes it more drinkable than it should be. this pairs well with red meat, boldly seasoned seafood, and caramely bread pudding. overall a world class example of the style.

StonedTrippin, Dec 24, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of light brown head, dark brown body, good clarity.

S - Light caramel with some spicy yeast notes. Some dark sugar notes, toffee and a bit of banana.

T - Dark, sweet malt up front. Brown sugar, toffee, molasses and some chocolate. Dark fruit notes come out in the middle plums and black cherry. Caramel in the finish with spicy yeast, light hop notes, and a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. This is complex and well balanced with great dark sugary character that does not become the least bit cloying. It is hard to believe, but this is a sessionable beer despite its 9%ABV.

nickfl, Jul 27, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown twist with a bottled on date on the back label.

Appearance: Tawny amber brown with a thin tan lace that does not subside.

Smell: Grassy with a barn yard / horse blanket and a mild tartness in the aroma.

Taste: Crisp carbonation with a chewy malt palate that has toasted and chocolate undertones. Very rich and spicy with hints of black pepper. Alcohol is quite evident allowing some sweetness to the taste buds and also lending a hand to the spicy flavours. The rest of the palate is on the dry side with an underlying grainy, herbal and earthy taste throughout.

Notes: Another spectacular brew from one of the best breweries from Canada. Big enough to pair up with the most robust meals or just to sip the cold winter months away. Packed with complex flavours and deviously drinkable at 9% abv.

Jason, Mar 09, 2002
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep amber brown hue almost opaque with a tawny cream colored head with little or no lace forming in my snifter. Aroma really full hop aroma here pine cone scented this hopped up Belgium style barley wine harmonizes with spices and peppery ripened fruit tones and just a touch of an alcholic finish. Taste is difficult to describe teh complexity of this beer is so vast, I will say I love it. A spritzy ginger like sweet tone blended with a nice amount of ripened fruit awesome beer in my opinion. Mouthfeel has a nice carbonation buttery mouthfeel with a medium to full body very well built cerveza. Drinkability is addicting, in the sense that I could sit and daydream about having another one of these beers although feasibly probably a one at time 9% abv big boy.

WVbeergeek, Jun 28, 2003
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a medium off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, chocolate, Belgian yeast, some caramelized malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts with strong flavors of cherries, licorice and bourbon up front with some background flavors of chocolate, caramel and Belgian yeast. An alcohol sting seems to keep trying to poke its way through but gets blocked by the hearty malt character. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, pretty clean finish for a style that tends to be sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are certain things that I've come to expect from Unibroue and at the same time I've come to know that they can throw a curve-ball once in a while. This beer has the Unibroue qualities I expected and also has the curve-ball with its fruity and candy-like taste. Overall, it's a well-made beer that is worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for this type of beer, but it's not one that I would want to drink consistently.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 04, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly opaque ruby with a tan head. Nose is yeasty with rubber tones. Flavor is robust with hearty tones, though not overdone. Sweet a fair bit, but also like a grapey caramel. Feel is decent. Smooth with a fairly good level of carbonation. Pretty good as far as drinkability goes, but for the style I think there are stronger examples. Seems to be a bit too sweet overall, which leads me to judge that it has a more immature overall profile. Nice to try, but not one I would return to most likely.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a Caracole tulip chilled.

A - Deep brown w/ garnet highlights and a 3 1/2 finger cream colored head with compact bubbles. The head retention is phenomenal as well as the thick lace that accompanies it.

S - Dark woody malts and rich bready aromas as well as gentle tropical fruit and floral scents are present.
A huge scent of fig with a vinous quality and a hint of nut bread.

M - A feel that is both sweet, vinous, rich and creamy. Totally delightful all the while .Finishes on the dry side w/ the alcoholic warmth leading into flavor remarks.

T - Spicy belgian yeast w/ a light metallic taste. A minor vegetal and pepper taste w/ nutty grainy malt flavors.. Sweet candy sugar in the creamy finish makes for a sweet full on Dark Belgian Ale w/ a mild currant aftertaste.

D - I drank the whole 750ml + was still craving more after the yeast was decanted w/ the last drops of ale. The abv is well hidden it drinks like a rich rum cake in beer form- spicy and sweet.

Slatetank, Jul 25, 2007
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of 6-12-10

Pours an effervescent brownish ebony with 3 fingers of sand colored head & viscous tendencies. Near zero head retention & a bit of lacing

S: Appleskins, a bit of brown sugar, & cherries

T: Some caramel, a bit of booze & apple skin up front. Dryness, tart cherries, apricot & just a hint oaky vanilla as this warms. Finishes with dates, booze warmth, caramel, jammy notes, more vanilla; & more cherry tartness & just a tinge of smokey peat

MF: Slick with low carbonation & medium body

Drinks okay, maybe with a year or three aging this would mellow out, just a little too hot alcohol-wise for me, you get every bit of the 9% abv along with some complexity. This is alright, but not getting the vibe that had this in the Top 100 other than taste, maybe

russpowell, Dec 13, 2007
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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ug, despite the awesome beers, still using a screw cap!

Pours a nice fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly as the big bubbles pop, spotty lacing, over dark molasses mahogany murky beer with hints of ruby light sneaking through.

Nose is a nice Belgian beer aroma, typical Belgian yeast with light esters, fruity aromas, light spices like very faint cinnamon and nutmeg, fig and date like fruit, malts bring a faint molasses and candi sugar, with faint booze and touch of phenols, and even a touch of an apple pear like fruit.

Taste starts with big malts, fairly sweet but not really syrupy, with candy flavors, candi sugar, molasses, etc. Then fruits, a little raisin fig and date, as well as light fruity esters bringing apple and pear. More baking spices with faint cinnamon and nutmeg like. The sweetness brings some warming slightly tingly booze, as well as a touch of phenols. Overall a nice Belgian like taste profile, a nice Belgian strong ale. The booze gets a little anesthetizing as it goes almost with tingly feel. Finish is still semi sweet but drier, long lingering candy flavor with molasses and candi sugar, even a little nutty toffee, with more dark fruits, candied fig, and plenty of booze.

Mouth is med bodied, plenty of bubbly sharp carbonation, and plenty of tingly booze.

Overall nice, a long time favorite for me, nice dark malts and fruit flavors as well as sweet flavors and the Belgian characters, even the light spices were nice. the booze gets a little too strong overall and might be the only downfall.

jlindros, May 30, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark violet color, with a short tan head that recedes too soon.

Rich, heady aromas come wafting out the bottleneck, plump with associations: Raisins, plums, spices, brandy, dark rum, smoke, and so much more.

Bracing onslaught of hops on the palate, but excellent buttress of malt backs it up.
Fantastic spark on the tongue, and a wonderful sweetness that follows after the drizzling of hops. Transendant complexity, utterly other-worldly, and overjoyous.

A real treat of a beer, and a rare delight. Only the finest of human beings should put this to their lips, as a benedicton and reflection of the worthiness of their souls. So, all you slobs, go better yourselves before daring to crack the cage and cork. So go do community service, adopt a stray kitten, give a street urchin a quarter, let someone on the freeway before you, be kind to our fine feathered friends, turn a Bud man on to oatmeal stouts, just do something to realign your karma to make you worthy enough to pour this fine beer down your gullet.

feloniousmonk, Feb 04, 2003
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Beer is dark brown / black. Forms a thin off white head of small bubbles. Leaves some lacing on the glass and carbonation is moderate to low and steady.

Aroma has more raisins but the same estery bready yeast aroma as most of their beers.

Beer is rather thin but really good. Sweet and bitter at the same time. It finishes cleanly with a light body but nice carbonation in the mouth. This beer is really good. not feeling very verbose tonight but I"m really enjoying it.

drabmuh, May 10, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

oline73, Dec 24, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure when or where I first had this one. Also not sure why I never rated it, but oh well.

Dark reddish-brown pour with a foamy off-white head that retains well and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malts and sugars, fruitcake and spice. Lots of dark dried fruit in the taste, raisins, plums, figs, sugary malts, a dash of spice and hoppy bitterness with a slight alcohol bite. Medium body and decently smooth. Nice overall.

Rifugium, Aug 19, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A remarkable amount of flavor. A showcase for that seemingly patented Unibroue yeasty, fruity, and bitter flavor.

Attractive reddish dark amber with foam galore. Makes a nice appearance in the Stella Artois chalice. Lacing is lovely. Coriander and cinnamon are the flavors that come to me. The alcohol is not at all obvious. Mouthfeel is so creamy with all of the suds. Burnt sugar and dried apricots. Raisins come to mind, but it's not so full of dark fruit as others in the style.

This stuff is kind of an acquired taste, but it's so interesting and complex it's worth trying. The four-pack of 12 oz bottles is great for getting people to taste and compare a few of their beers.

mactrail, Apr 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

mendvicdog, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brownish color with a thick frothy off-white head. The aroma is awesome! It has a nice malty scent that is complimented with a fruity Belgian yeast aroma. It is very sweet and refreshing. The taste is very good. It has a rich and intense malt complexity. It has a toasted malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and a bit fruity due to the Belgian yeast. It has great flavor. It has a dark beer taste, but without the black malts. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good brew. These guys only produce winners.

WesWes, Apr 22, 2004
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 fingers of light tan head that lasts for several minutes. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruits, spices, dark fruits, and some smooth caramel malts.

t - Tastes of spices, dark fruits, yeast, and a hint of booze.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Another solid beer from Unibroue. I enjoyed the smell a little mroe than the taste, but something I would definitely try again.

mdfb79, Jun 30, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 08, 2012
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,217 ratings.