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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,431
Reviews: 1,913
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 199
Gots: 441 | FT: 7
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mdfb79
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.

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass:
Poured black - with slight ruby highlights around the edges when held to light - with a large, foamy head that slowly (especially considering the abv) became a spotted - well retained lace.
The smell was of raisiny fruits with an alcohol bite in the background.
The taste was complex (not making it easy to describe - but very enjoyable) - It was of spicy fruits - well-balanced - it was like the dark side of a Duvel - reminiscent of licorice and raisins - there was more to it - but tough to put into words - a delicious drink.
The flavors lingered until the alcohol slowly creeped in and left a dry, clean finish.
This was dangerously drinkable - a "sipping" beer that is all too easy to more than "sip".
I have to admit that I couldn't help grabbing a second one despite my having determined beforehand that I would have only one and save the others for special occasions...whoops.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good, but not stellar, beer from Unibroue. From all the publicity this brewery gets I've almost been disappointed from them so far.. this is my 4th offering from them and nothing has really stood out. The positive thing about this one is how good it masks the alcohol... it's barely detectable but really knocks you back with the 9% ABV. Pours a cloudy brownish color with minimal head and a little bit of lacing down the glass. Smells of dark fruits and has a very spicy taste to it. Enjoyed it, but thought it could be better.

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's an honest confession: I rate all of the beers I try, not against each other, but how much I enjoy them. That said, this is not a style I typically seek out, but I can still appreciate the effort that went into this one.

Appearance: dark cloudy brown with a long lasting thin head. No lace.

Smell: Malty, as would be expected. I enjoy the spiciness (corriander?) in the aroma. I am pleasantly surprised by pleasant yeast smells. Typically, I find that these detract rather than contribute (like this one).

Taste: More sweet than alcohol oily. In fact, this is rich and full-bodied even for the style. Strong candy sugar flavors and virtually no hop. This brew has an unusually high carbonation. Again, the yeast adds pleasant flavors and a touch of spiciness.

I would say that the body is the strongest attribute. I am also surprised at the lack of apparent alcohol, although this ale has 9% content.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before: 10-20-2014. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into me Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given its current ratings, the brewery, and its noted similarity to Trader Joe's Vintage - which I rather enjoyed.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice beige cream, good thickness, and good retention for the 9.00% ABV. Colour is a very dark amber. Semitransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, apple, pear, fruit zest, and cream. Spice. Raisins - to a degree - sort of vague. Clean malts. Apple is dominant.

T: Yeast, dominant crisp apple (rather tangible, actually), pear, clean unobtrusive malts, raisiny lees, and subtle spice. Some cream. A very light chocolate note (probably just from chocolate malt) is present. No alcohol comes through. Layering is present but not extensive. Slightly subtle. Complex enough. Not unique or special, but quite pleasant and enjoyable for what it is. Balanced and built pretty well.

Mf: Smooth, wet, a bit creamy, and nicely thick. Adequately carbonated. Stays out of the way. Suits the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable for the well hidden ABV. It would age decently. I wouldn't get it again, but I have little bad to say about it. Another success from Unibroue. A bit pricey, but acceptable for an import. Good but not great. A good example of the style. Not refreshing, but it comes about as close as a beer of this ABV can.


Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with some nice red highlights and a huge tan head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, sugar, cherries, plums, alcohol and maybe a little bit of anise. The flavor is Belgian yeast and cherries, along with some candy sugar, raisins and some darker, but not roasted, malts. There is a little bit of spicyness in the flavor as well as some alcohol that is very warming. Very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A classic Belgian-style ale that I could drink everyday.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a tanish, light brown head that is not that thick or long lasting. The aroma is dominated by concentrated fruit aromas (cherry, fig, and raisin). There is a hint of alcohol and notes of spice cake also found in the nose. This is fairly light bodied given the intense fruit aromas that are in the aroma. The alcohol is evident in the light burn as it reaches my stomach. There is a hint of coriander in the finish. The fruit notes of raisin and fig are here in the taste as well, but they are not as intense as the aroma would suggest. The finish is fairly dry, though it is lightly sweet up front, which helps to accentuate the fruit notes. Definitely an elegant brew, pretty subtle and I can imagine that some age brings some added complexity to this brew. I'll have to stash a few to see how they age.

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

12/06/04- Purchased at a wine store in Sonoma, CA

Appearance- Pours a deep brown color with a 3/4 inch head and good lacing.

Smell- Wonderful smell. Definite plums and raisins abound.

Taste- At first it is very sweet with caramel, dates and raisins, maybe some clove also. The flavor disipates though and leaves very little aftertaste. The flavor doesn't stick around as long as you would like. Can't even detect the 9% abv.

Mouthfeel- Goes down oh so smooth. As it warms is gets even more smooth and the tastes come out a bit better. Excellent level of carbonation.

Drinkability- As of now it's extremely drinkable. All depends on how the alcohol makes me feel after I finish it. 2 thumbs up, and not far from being a bit better.

Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours brown in color with reddish highlights. Big fluffy 3" head that lasts a bit. Some soft lacing develops.

Smell: ripe fruits, sweet malts, and some floral bitterness.

Taste: strong malt backbone nicely balanced with pitted fruits like black plums, prunes, and sweet cherry. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Some molasses and mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start and finish. The aftertaste is long of the fruit tones.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable even with the higher alcohol levels. More than one bottle can be easily consumed, but you will be feeling it even if you are slowly sippin' this.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, with a thick off-white head, which recedes quickly into a thick rim, with very small bubbles.

S: Distinct smell of raisins, figs and Unibroue yeast character.

T: Taste is unique for a BSDA, it is very yeasty, but there is a certain quality in the taste that is markedly different from a brew made in Belgium. Quite malty on the first sip melding later into a heavy character of Mission fig, ending with some drying alcohol and carbonic acid.

M: Velvety mouthfeel, very soft and calming on the palate, light bite from the carbonation.

D: This is a very good beer, possibly my favourite from Unibroue, definitely one of the tops in the style, highly recommended.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first proper Canadian beer, even if it is a Belgian style offering.

The same brown 33cl bottle most people have reviewed (I think). Mine was bought in Brussels at a Canadian stall in the annual Christmas Market (2007).

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip shaped glass.

Very dark ruby red (deep purple in a different light) with a huge light biege head which falls away to a good covering.

Raisins and plums come to mind when you smell this, Christmas pudding with yeast and extra alcohol really.

Rich and strong, this is a sipping beer. The alcohol is there for all to find, but there is more to this brew than just alcohol.

Having had a few strong dark beers from Belgium, I can safely say this fits in well, not a leader, but OK. The flavours and smells stay within the feel. A sweetness comes into the mix as the beer warms up, which I don't like much, but all in all a fine beer.

Photo of orangesol
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a HOTD tulip.

A - Pours reddish brown with a decent one finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of all the usual dark fruits, cherries, candied sugar, and the fruity belgian yeast. The alcohol is noticeable from start to finish.

T - Starts off with an bit of candied sugar sweetness quickly giving way to hints of dark fruits; mostly figs, raisins and figs; cherries and the typical fruity belgian yeast. Finish is still pretty sweet with a good sized booze burn.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy feel that really may be the best part of this beer.

O - I enjoyed this one. Lots of flavor and an awesome feel make this one fairly easy to drink. If the booze would die down a bit this one would be really good.

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly murky mahogany in color with some minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy dark beige head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of cherries and dark fruits lending a touch of sweetness along with the distinctive Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of malts with some toffee sweetness followed by the moderate fruit flavors - cherries, dark fruits (figs and dates), and apple. There are lights flavors of spices and Belgian yeast. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall while this is a big beer with rich complex smell and flavors, the beer is relatively easy to drink since the alcohol is well hidden. I think of this one as more of a sipping beer but definitely one I enjoy.

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy deep mahogany, slight red hue against light. Thick tan head that hangs around for a while and leaves some streaks of lacing.
S: Spicy and dark fruit, slightly medicinal and touch of alcohol.
T/M: Similar to nose, but stronger, very spicy and dark fruit (cherry, plums, etc) sweet with belgian yeast. Grainy, earthy background and alcohol finish. Very creamy, carbonated, chewy mouthfeel
D: Very strong and a sipper but definitely my favorite Unibroue beer. In my experience tastes great freshed or aged for a year or two.

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into globe glass, best by 11/18/2013. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 2 finger khaki head with good retention that reduces to a nice lacing cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of big raisin, molasses, fig, chocolate, caramel, tart cherry, and spicy yeast. Very nice aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of big raisin, chocolate, fig, prune, molasses, caramel, tart roasted grain, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and spicy yeast on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and lightly prickly mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is basically non-existent for being 9%; with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is an outstanding and highly enjoyable Belgian strong dark ale. Tons of fruitiness and complexity; with easy drinkability.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours dark brownish, plumlike. Off white head, Tad of lacing. Big nose of cherries, must and malt. Malty, Full flavor Belgian style ale. Notes of raisins, cherries, chocolate, musty stuff. Not for beginners, this is a classy, powerful rendition of the style, get out the stinky cheese and enjoy this sipper.

Photo of corby112
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a deep dark brown, almost black color that is completely opaque with only the slightest bit of mahogany color in the edges when held to a light source. Massive 3 finger frothy dark tan head with excellent retention, only slowly fading to a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing in it's wake.

Dark malty aroma with a lot of estery dark fruit and peppery spice. Silky chocolate and caramel malt as well as some toffee notes along with hints of raisin, plum, fig, sour dark cherries and fig.

Carbonated up front with some smooth roasted malt, sweet dark fruit, candy sugar body with a dry and bitter yet sweet roasted finish. Dangerously quaffable with the high ABV being very well masked. Only a very slight hint of alcohol warmth.

Nice chocolate malt flavor that is roasty, but not too much so. Lots of estery dark fruit notes, especially raisin, fig, plum and sour dark cherry along with sweet candy sugar notes. Very well balanced. Highly recommended!

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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