Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,932
Hads: 4,608
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 244
Gots: 552 | 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 Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (887 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Westvleteren chalice. Poured a dark brown color with an active tan head to it. The head settled down to form a thin but creamy head covering the top of the beer. Some decent lacing was left on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a smooth and malty sweetness to it. It has a bit of dark fruit to it and a bit of spice as well. Petty flavorful and appealing aroma overall.

The taste is malty sweet with a moderate amount of dark fruit coming through. A little bit of a brown sugar sweetness seems to come through a bit. The finish had some subtle spices to it that blended very nicely into the malty flavors. A little warming alcohol is also present in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side with a nice creaminess. Carbonation is moderate to slightly above average. Drinkability is good, it's a very tasty and easy drinking beer. Very nice version of the style and a nice beer to sip on this evening. (958 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (574 characters)

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

Had this at the Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. A good, dark Italian plum looking body. Head had medium sized bubbles, about 1 1/2 fingers with fair staying power.
Aroma contained yeast, malt and some caramel. Taste reminds me of a Saison brew, with more roasted malt. Raisin, bicuit and caramel were noticeable.
Finished smooth and while not completely clean, clean enough to be refreshed for another sip.
Another good brew from Unibroue (442 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.77/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled dated best before date of 09-08-13 (9th Aug 2013? or is that 2009-Aug-13th??). If it's the latter, then this review might explain what happened.

Out of the bottle a stupid amount of carbonated noise. Head is a light tan but goes fast. The brew doesn't even leave a collar (there is one in my bottle though). Body is a real nice dark cherry it almost resembels wine, but that's because there is NO head on this or even a collar at all. Not that impressed here, looks like dead on arrival. But hey... best before 2013 so no excuses guys, so review is onward. Final pour on slow brings the collar finally!

Nose is small, box grape sweet Welches juice and powedered dry yeast. Doesn't seem too bad, after some smells and whiffs it's actually kind of nice, I feel like I am in wine mode here. I'll go with this yeah sure.

First taste... is gaseously awful and off putting. But strangely, another sip and it comes out much improved and that burn is never felt again. Sweet mild chocolate and that cheap Welches Concord like grape taste again. Mouthfeel has some coating quality and minor chewy-ness. Pricklyness and gas subsides and goes to an almost tannic dry mouth in the front. have to admit after some time this gets ALOT better...

What the heck is it with Unibroue and these beers sometimes? They seem either really great or incredibly.. bad isn't the word.. it's more as if they are dysfunctional. This one... hard to put into words, but I know I wont be having it again (except maybe on tap if I don't have a choice). Still... doesn't stop me from trying their goods! (1,624 characters)

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

Trois Pistoles is the finale here in the Unibroue "Les Autres" Invitational. This is one of the best reviewed beers to be involved in all my invites so far, but it has a huge peak to scale and get over if it wants to win. According to every sports movie ever made, this is going to take the crown. But not so fast, I want to see for myself, so on to the beer:

It pours a ruby brown into my chalice, providing a deep brown color with dark red hues on the edges and a good head. There's a sweet aroma of dark ripe fruits. Simple enough. Now I'm going ot put it on my tongue. Tasty. The yeast plays a mild role in the flavor which is dominated by dark fruits, ripe banana, and a shake of pepper for balance from the alcohol. Slight feel of wax. This is a fine beer, no doubt about that, but I'm not sure this will be enough to get over the peak in this invite.

The Unibroue "Les Autres" Invitational is offically over, so now it is time to announce the winner. And the winner is:

Don de Dieu!

What an invte this was, five of Unibroue's other beers, one which came out victorious here. I feel priviledged to try them all (yes, even Éphémère, which I disliked), and now I have more confidence for which ones I'll be going back for more of. You can check the previous results of the invite to see what you missed. Good night everyone! (1,336 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (369 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue Trois Pistoles, on tap.

Appearance: A dark amber nearing a deep dark ruby in color. Small off white head sticks around for a bit. Looks the part of a Belgian dark.

Smell: White grape juice, accompanied by a light boozy note. More fruity notes as it warms, an overall inviting category making me want to take another sip.

Taste: Dark fruits right up front, raisen, plum and fig are all there. The Unibroue yeast strain is present in most of their Belgian dark ales and this is no different with a juicy fruit flavor. Alcohol is tame but there. Malt provides suggestions of cocoa. Overall a very nice well rounded dark.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium to full bodied feel, carbonation is good. Another winner from the Unibroue line, this is a nice go to beer and is certainly worth the endeavor. Good stuff. (817 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yard House in PBG, FL. Served in a goblet.

Appearance - Dark red, nearly black with no head by the time it got to my table. No lacing. Doesn't look like it has much carbonation.

Smell - Delicious smell. Figs and dark fruit. Some caramel malts and the typical candi sugar smell. My friend smelled coffee, but I did not.

Taste - The taste isn't as impressive as the aroma. Some aromas translated into flavor: the figs and other fruits and the belgian candi sugar. A bit of licorice in the finish. Just not as complex as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied for such a strong beer. Probably from the added sugar. Low carbonation and a very dry finish. I wish it had been a bit thicker.

Overall - Tasty, but nothing I'd order again (especially at $7.50 a glass...wow). Finished the glass easily without feeling as though I had drank a 9% alcohol beer. (873 characters)

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

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. (395 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
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! (970 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (549 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown with hazy garnet highlights and a thin off white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. Brown sugar, light fruit and lots of yeasty esters make up the bulk of the aroma. The flavor is yeasty and bready with a lot of burnt and brown sugar. Light non descript fruity flavors and a touch of alcohol round out this out quite nicely. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I really liked this beer. I know its appropriate for the style, but the carbonation in this and most Belgians for me ruins the mouthfeel. (573 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (714 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear Coke a Cola brown with lots of carbonation.

Smells slightly sour and spicy, with malt and molasses in there too. Also has a mild nutty aroma.

Tastes mildly sweet and bitter, with an unmistakable alcohol bite. This is a very subtly flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

An exceptionally easy to drink brew, very mild. If you like strongly flavored beers this will not satisfy you. If you like subtle flavors then this beer is for you. (455 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (363 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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! (1,352 characters)

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

This is such a lovely beer. Had on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a rich dark brown/black color, with hints of red. There is very good head retention with excellent lacing. On the nose one gets Belgium spice, interwoven with cherry, port and chocolate. Heavenly. The palate replicates the nose, but has a thick, rich, viscuous mouthfeel. The beer is sweet, but not excessivly so. There's even a touch of dryness, one would assume from the hops. Well balanced and not cloying, with hints of chocolate, cherries, prunes and port. The beer finishes very nicely, with a long finish.

Considering how rich this beer is, it's remarkably drinkable. One would never guess the 9% abv., at least not while drinking it. Another excellent beer from the folks at Unibroue. (778 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, the beer is an extremely dark, almost opaque amber-brown coloring with a bubbly, biege, airy head. On the nose, you get a whiff of the carbonation from the yeast in the bottle, as well as lots of dark fruit sweetness (plums and dates), and a little booze. The beer leaves a great lace along the glass as you move it around and drink. The beer is heavy, but crisp at the same time. Malty sweet flavors, with slight hints of spice to balance. Tastes like coriander, mostly, but it's too subtle for me to be sure. The fruit sweetness is a highlight along the molasses characteristics of the malt. Very heavy and robust flavors, but the light body does well to balance all of this. The aftertaste is extremely mild, with the slightest hint of spice and malt, but only a whisper. Clean, neat finish makes this one an easy drinker. (866 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black olive that, with enough light, reveals a very rich stain of burgundy. Although most remains a solid mass - and swirling makes restoration easy - parts of its head become decrepit; this gradual occurrence is well heard, the bubbles sizzle like meat hitting a hot pan. The constant resurgence of fresh bubbles, however, is equally as entertaining; their little crackles spew forth like lava and at hypersonic speed no less.

Sniff. Now pause. Now sniff again. Were you paying attention? Did you smell it? That's everything you can expect to find in a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The lush dark fruits, any and all varieties, decomposing, musty and mature. The sweet, seemingly honey or port-soaked malts, their dark character almost evoking the thought of chocolate. Its phenols, amply spicy and intensely aromatic, tickle the nose with hints of pepper and clove.

We could do the same exercise with taste. Once again you'll note the pervasiveness of over-ripened dark fruits - plum, prune, red grape, raisin, both red and black current and, in particular, heavily bruised red apple, tart blueberry and wild blackberry. There is a definitively red-wine like character aroused by these hints of earthy, ripe dark berries as well as the strong herbal character (black pepper, nutmeg) as gifted by the yeast.

Trois Pistoles not only showcases the best qualities of a BSDA, it also displays many of the characteristics that we'd associate with a fine, aged red wine or expensive port. The presence of alcohol is respectfully noted but its potency wondrously concealed behind the complex interaction of phenols, esters and fine-grained nuances that come only with age.

The complexity of this beer is seemingly endless. All of a sudden the flavour seems to have shifted to chocolate and roasted red peppers, but still all the while maintaining its intricate port-like temperament. How can this be so supple and smooth, both warming and mellow, spicy yet sophisticated? Bordeaux, Chianti, Rioja, Madeira... what's missing? Chambly. (2,030 characters)

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Deep mahogany brown with a big fizzy tan head that is pretty rocky. The body is dense but tiny bubbles are visible at the outer edges of the glass.

S- strong malt aroma with prunes and a perfumy note. It also has a bit of yeastiness to the smell.

T- malt flavor is present but not as strong as I imagined from the aroma. Slight clove taste at the finish. The finish is pretty dry with a slight hint of hops.

M- medium body with a slight fizziness in the finish. no astringency or alcoholic warmth.

D- This is a nice beer but it doesn't have the malt complexity or the alcoholic warmth that I would expect from this style. (676 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Open carefully, this one likes to overflow maybe because it is refermented in the bottle, very good carbonation and head but not much lace. Cloudy reddish brown, nose is raisiny so is taste. Smooth, full bodied and malty - very easy to drink but savor at 9% ABV. $1.50 for a 330ml bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH. (325 characters)

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,932 ratings.