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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,961
Hads: 4,706
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 261
Gots: 611 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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 smakawhat
2.77/5  rDev -34%
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!

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz silver foiled bottle into a regular snifter carefully. Not sure of the date on this one.

A- Trois Pistoles has a red to dark mber color with traces of bronze and orange around the edges. A one inch deep white head with a medium build showed itself before leaving a thin sheet of lace. When it was full the white head was quite the sight resembling vanilla cream.

S- First wiffs I smell something resembling wine. After a while the dark fruits regular to this style come up some dates and figs as well as some pear and apple. Some weak spices as well. TP nose is somewhat weak compared to others in the style.

T- The dark fruits are first up including the dates and figs as well as an addition of licorice and raisins. A bunch a malt selections fight off an apparent hop punch trying to break through. Some spice including black pepper. The alcohol is a bit too up front and could of been hidden better. The alcohol really gets in the way.

M- A bit on the light side for this style and the amount of alcohol in it. Again the alcohol really stands out in the mouth. Would of liked this to be a bit bigger and bolder. A high amount of carbonation though.

D- At 9% two and through for me. This really doesen't warrant excessive amounts as the flavors are just not all together and integreated. The alcohol is also not masked too well. This is nice enough though to keep in the cellar from time to time.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review ever:
Poured from 341ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep red/mahoghany/purple, with about 2 fingers of head, settling down to a thin layer with some good lacing on the sides.

S: Lovely, dark fruits (currant, cherry, dark berries I'd say?), sweet malty, a bit of chocolate and smidgen of yeast.

T: Bit of alcohol, again the dark fruits are there, pretty similar to the smell, minimal heat and a bit of yeast at the end.

M: Heavy carbonation, but really goes with the beer in my opinion. Not overdone, but appropriate I think.

D: Too drinkable. Could probably clear a 6 pack of this stuff if I didn't pass out from the alcohol first. Really hides the ABV, great friggin' quad.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with yellowish brown highlights that had a very thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: pretty weird but it smells like a flanders oud bruin consisting of tart qualities alongside oaky, vinegar, mild cherries, and slight citrus.

T: so the taste was of a BSDA with lots of belgian yeast flavors but had banana, dark fruitness, maple, brown sugar accents and a touch of caramel.

M: the brew was medium in body with nice bubbly carbonation which had a sweet, slight fruity, yeasty, and silky finish.

D: it was tasty drinking great and is probably my favorite offering from unibroue.

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Photo of biegaman
4.62/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel snifter

A - Medium brown in colour with half a finger of light brown head

S - Dark fruit caramel and lightly roasted malts.

T - Dark fruit, caramel, light banana.

M - Light to medium body with the slightest bit of chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - Very drinkable for a 9% strong ale.

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
Best Before: 06/02/17
Revist: 27 Apr 15

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy reddish brown color, very nice carbonation, two-finger creamy/foamy light tan head, leaves a HUGE creamy island and some sticky lacing. The nose is very nice, malty, lots of figs, plums, raisins, with some yeast and spices. The taste is malty, with some nice yeast notes, the dark fruits kick-in very nicely, with some spice. Medium body. Overall, this brew is still very tasty, for the money, very hard to beat.

12oz. Bottle
Best Before: 11-30-03
Reviewd on 15 Aug 08

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a very nice cloudy reddish brown color, nice carbonation, a very quick fizzy tannish head, not much sticky lacing on this one. The nose is very nice though, malty, lots of figs, plums, raisins, with some yeast and spices. The taste is malty, with some nice yeast notes, the dark fruits kick-in very nicely, with some spicyness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew has got to be close to maybe 8 years old, not sure when Unibroue produced this one, but it is already close to 5 years beyond the expiration date. Still very tasty. I have a few more bottles left, YEAH!

Poured a nice reddish/brown, small head, tons of lacing thorough out the drink. Scents of malt, sweet caramel. Awesome taste nice and sweet a little bitter at the start, but finishes strong. Medium body. Very drinkable even at the 9% ABV. Another awesome brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of Belgians....but this is a good one. The beer pours dark with thick white head....but no lace. The scent and taste are common to Belgians. Overall its worth a try.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 1,961 ratings.