Trois Pistoles - Unibroue
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4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
06-24-2006 03:27:51 | More by jwc215
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
05-16-2004 17:14:24 | More by Gueuzedude
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
06-03-2005 01:20:52 | More by smcolw
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
01-23-2008 05:17:47 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3.6/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
02-27-2008 21:13:21 | More by BlackHaddock
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
02-13-2006 13:17:31 | More by Gavage
3.35/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
04-16-2012 06:32:23 | More by kojevergas
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
12-06-2004 20:47:08 | More by GClarkage
3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
12-12-2008 00:26:13 | More by oriolesfan4
4.83/5 rDev +14.2%
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!
11-02-2009 00:59:38 | More by corby112
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
Year old bottle stored in the cellar.
Appears a dark brown plum with copper edges when held to the light. A 2 finger, fluffy head slowly mellows into a mild cap and hearty collar. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of dark Belgian candi sugar, plums, prunes, spices, black pepper, caramel, figs, tropical fruit, and raisins.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a spicy, peppery, prune, lekvar-like, fresh dough, caramel, and brown sugar.
Mouthfeel full bodied, peppery, yeasty, spritzy up front, with creamy, sugary, alcohol finish.
01-15-2009 19:39:48 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
06-23-2008 01:06:02 | More by yourefragile
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
Deeply opaque dark brown. Big rocky coffee-coloured head. It dissipates to a persistent film that clings to the glass.
Divine nose. Dark syrupy sweetness. Through the rich, heavy sugar comes a hint of fragrant berry-fruits. After some coaxing, there's some hints of pepper fragrance. Wow, I think you could smell this forever and keep discovering new subtleties.
Delectable taste. Starts mellow and subdues, but crescendoes with a rich sweet maltiness. Full bodied, rather heavy and smooth. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and coating. Wonderful.
There's an alcohol spiciness on the back-palate which nicely cuts through the sweetness. Richly layered. This is a very fine beer. One I'll enjoy again and again.
01-23-2006 00:50:02 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
Trois Pistoles pours a dark, hazy brown with a light tan head. Effervescent at first, the beer smells of cherry liquor with grapes and a grassy, Belgian spice typical of the style. The flavor expands with wild fruit flavor of figs and dates, along with apples and berries. An earthy, herbal spice accompanies the fruit until the ale finishes with brandy and port taste.
10-13-2006 00:58:39 | More by tempest
4.23/5 rDev 0%
A: Poured a purple-brown, medium tan head slowly dissipated
S: Strong fruits of plum, raisins and pear, rich molasses and candy
T: Strong dark fruits, candy sugar, bread and thick molasses maltiness, boozy sweetness
M: Big body with big carbonation with a surprisingly light but creamy body, drys out slightly but finishes with a creamy fullness
O: Very good
05-05-2012 01:08:06 | More by barleywinefiend
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
01-27-2012 05:58:14 | More by orangesol
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev -5.4%
BB 13/06/2009, served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet.
A: pours a very dark brown hue, nearly black as the yeast sediments do darken the colour a bit more; the beige beer head comes frothy, retreating slowly to a thin cap, while the carbonation is semi-lively and fine in texture.
S: the nose is herbally-sweet malty upfront along with clear trace of rich dark candy-sugar, while densely-textured plumy flesh make up the second, fruity layer; perfumy flowery-esters along with a milder input of chocolatey malts, licorice and sweet nuts stay loyally in the background. Smelling like a true Belgian strong dark ale here in the glass~~ If anything, the licorice-ish black treacle notes are a bit too strong to allow for a finer balance - but tis just my preference, of course.
T: a soothing and juicy entry of black prunes, black cherry preserve, candy sugar, sweet toasted nuts, and (mildly smoked?) black malts makes up the main theme, ensued by a slowly developing stream of semi-dry, semi-bitter herbs running underneath well into the very end of tasting, as witness to the good amount of hops used in the brew.
M&D: at 9%abv., this full-bodied beer drinks very light indeed, as the carbonation level is most smooth and any alc. feel is kept at bay by the slightly lower serving temp. A delicious ale all round!
06-28-2009 13:59:08 | More by wl0307
3.68/5 rDev -13%
Pours a dark brown thats somewhat translucent with a decent head and lacing. Aroma is pretty typical strong dark, with light toffee, fig, banana,and clove. Fairly light, though. The flavor is more of the same,somewhat subtle flavors.There are also some vanilla notes and some dark fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied- the creaminess is delicious and makes it worth drinking.
04-09-2007 02:13:27 | More by Georgiabeer
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,123 ratings.