Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#876
Reviews:
2,038
Ratings:
4,999
pDev:
10.87%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Ratings: 4,999 |  Reviews: 2,038
Photo of scottyshades
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, one of my favorite beers of the BSDA style...
A: very very nice pour on this beer, very nice head, very nice dark color.

S: Very nice nose...got some toffee, fruity, yeasty notes, very delicious...Cloves and spices come out as it warms

T: Lots of dark fruits on the nose; fig, plum, pear, apricot. The yeast gives a distinctly Belgian flavor, along with cloves and light banana. Cloves get a little intense and eventually become distracting. Alcohol is invisible.

MF/D: decent, could be a little smoother, but it definitely does not take away from the beer. Fuller body for the style

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Photo of SHODriver
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very dark brown, near black. at the edges of the glass it shows a orange to light brown color. ample white head is produced which recedes to a small pool.
S: sweet on the nose with a bit of sourness. Cherries, caramel, raisins, and a bit of a wine like nose
T: A whirlwind of flavors from this beer with some cherry like flavors and some sourness. Mostly fruity flavors from this one with a hint of caramel. Aftertaste leans toward the bitter side and doesn't linger for long leaving the mouth wanting another sip.
M: Prickly carb with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Not too heavy and not too thin.
O: A damn good beer from Unibroue. I could drink this until I passed out. It's a bit too high in ABV to session but it is most definitely pleasant to drink and the alcohol is hidden quite well.

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Photo of srv33
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, huge head, great lacing. Smells of port, fruits, and cinammon. Taste very unique, similar to other Unibroue fare that I've had, quite carbonated. Somewhat sweet. Strong and complex fruit flavors, apple pear raisin. Balanced and dry. Another excellent beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of supercolter
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very dark brown almost black- light tan head that billowed up quickly and fell almost as fast, beautiful lacing when you tip the glass to drink
S- somewhat complex, a lot of the dark fruit smell(no citrus at all), a bit of malt and spice
T- very very good, just not quite complex enough to drop a 5, a lot lighter than many beers in this ABV
M- it was kinda creamy from all the carbonation, but moved around pretty easy
D- pour me another

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Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep cola color with amber tones, a tan whispy head that leaves little lacing.

S- Apples, chocolate, spices

T- Tones fo caramel, chocolates, dark fruits, and spice.

M- Medium bodied

D- Very enjoyable and sweet. Slight bite is nice and warming. Very good beer.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, purchased 7/2011, from a reputable bottle shop, bottle code on bottle but undecipherable.

Poured into a Corsendunk Tulip.

Pours a big 2 finger head which slowly reduces to an 1/8” cap. Easily revived. Each pour produces another big head. This ale is alive!
Very, very deep amber, almost black color. Has an old world ale look to it.

Wonderful, distinct, hit of yeast when first smelled, followed by candied, dark, rich malt and complex dried fruit. Each pour produces an explosion of yeast and malt aroma. As the ale warms the yeast becomes even more intense. Extremely enjoyable.

Very crisp, lively, carbonated entry on the palate. The carbonation is perfect and very much like a Belgium Ale. Very rich malt follows, still accented with that wonderful crispness. Distinct yeast and candied malt dominate the flavor throughout the pour. Complex dried fruit flavors.
No noticeable hops, but they are not needed as there is so much else going on. Wow!

Long, long finish of malt and yeast. Very enjoyable.

Label states bottle fermented, and you can surely tell with the distinct yeast and champagne like carbonation.
This big Belgium style ale is incredibly delicious and very complex. The 9% ABV is never noticed. Each sip invites you to have another, until the bottle is empty.
If I had the money I would buy this by the case!

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Photo of Stavage
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very very dark brown. The head wasnt particularly large (noting it was poured into a fairly wide rimmed chalice) but who cares when a nice thick lacing completely covers your drink until the very last drop.

Very aromatic smell, very fruity, I'm thinking ripe wild berries and stone fruit with a nice malt undertone. Perhaps even an overripe/fermented smell but in a good way like a port or liqueur. Perhaps that liqueur scent is very very faintly of maraschino. With all this talk of fruitiness I feel like I should again mention the pleasant underpinning of burnt maltiness.

The taste is surprisingly light but complex. I generally dislike fruity estery flavours in my beer but this is different. I'm not sure how much that fermented berry taste is really just down to the smell. It is not at all too sweet, there is a suggestion of sweetness. Their is a very complex maltiness, almost a nice roasted flavour coming through, though this aspect isnt particularly strong. It's a fairly strong beer but the alcohol is well hidden other than it hits your head. There is a fruity spiciness too. I must say that the dark (80% cocoa) Lindt chocolate I had really complimented this beer well. It accentuated the musky qualities of the beer and the beer brought out an aromatic fruitiness in the chocolate.

A medium bodied drop but quite smooth and creamy and refreshingly dry.

A beautiful sipping beer that goes well with chocolate and I could imagine it going well with a nice wildberry compote.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark reddish brown color with a small tan head that quickly disappears. Smells quite fruity with some spice to it. Can smell the yeast too. Cherry flavor seems to dominate the taste. A bit of grape too, slightly reminiscent of a red wine. Also some plum, raisin, and caramel. Body is thick and carbonation is heavy. Some might say too heavy, but I found it to be a nice surprise.
A good dark Belgian ale that I could see myself buying regularly. Unibroue never disappoints.

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Photo of vwcraig
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle picked up at Dawg's Bottle Shop. Enjoy before 01/06/09

Poured a deep, rich coffee brown color into a goblet. Tiny bubbles streaming up sides of the glass. Huge almost overflowing tan head settles within a minute or so to a solid 1/4".

Complex smells of ripe, dark fruits. Raisins and sweet doughy bread. Really smells like you should eat this stuff.

Taste every bit as delicious as the smells.

Creamy mouthfeel with an excellent finish. Crisper finish than expected.

Only bitter and dry enough to force you to raise the glass again. Unbelievable drinkability for the content of alochol. Hands down my favorite accessable dark Belgian. Can't say enough about this beer. Cheers, Unibroue!

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours somewhere between deep maroon and dark brown. The head is one and a half fingers and is soft and cream colored. Not much light is let through, so carbonation and sedimentation is hard to assess. The aroma is fresh, with esters, ripe bananas, strawberries, clovey phenols, and light spicy malts doing most of the work. There is also the slightest alcohol vapor buzzing off of the surface. The esters are immediately apparent towards the front of the taste, with bitter red grapes as their mate. These mix through the middle with spice and heavy malts. This spice becomes more robust and more clove-dominant as it runs to the finish. Berries, fresh vanilla bean, and faint floral hops see the latter through to the bottom of the swallow. The aftertaste is clean, sweet, and a bit tart, as of fresh raspberries or some kind of citrus fruit. The carbonation is medium to high, but is not offensive. The body is medium, and the mouth is cooled but left slightly dry. It has a satisfying feel. The abv is higher and the beer is quite warming, but the beer drinks well.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the heavy esters and clovey phenols that are predominate in both the aroma and taste. It is highly complex with nice fruity inclusions, and is ultimately a great brew from a fantastic brewery.

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Photo of Bruiser81
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dark brown color almost looks like dark tea. A nice bubbly head quickly to dissipate.
Aroma is lightly fruity. Has almost a hay like smell in the background. Light alcohol spices.
Very tasty. A good malty front. Small hints of dark fruit. The aftertaste has a strong raisin taste. There almost seems to be a light nutty taste as well.
Goes down extremely easy. I'm gonna drink plenty of this stuff. I would have never guessed this stuff is sitting at 9%abv. The alcohol is barely present in the taste. Very good stuff.

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Photo of Grunewald
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours cloudy burnt umber. The head is tan and drips lacing.

S - musky fruit malt, rye bread, aromatic yeast, spice

T - dark rye/pumpernickel bread, light molasses, dried fruit, tannic hops and a spice finish

M - medium carbonation, medium-thick body, feels heavy in the mouth and has a dry finish on the tongue

D - great fruity bread/grain flavors

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Photo of Duhast500
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a stemmed glass.

The color is very dark and is almost black with a shade of maroon when held to the light. Has a thick and some slight lacing.

The smell is of dark fruits, some raisin and even a little grape flavor with a little banana in there as well.

The taste is sweet with some of the same fruit flavors as the nose. There is a bit of a oak or woody flavor in with the dark fruit.

The feel of this beer is a bit light with a low amount of carbonation. There is a bit of a dry finish as it goes down but is smooth.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of BBP
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Thick dark brown with good carbonation and a good head which worked it's way down to a thin head/film.

S- Tons of Belgian yeast. Grape and plums as well.

T- Belgian yeast, and quite a bit of fruitiness. Plums and grapes for the most part. As much as the yeast was the heaviest aspect of the aroma, the fruits are very dominant in the taste. The aftertaste even reminded me of wine a little bit. More of a sweet beer, but in a very tasteful way. The yeast balances it quite well, and keeps it in check.

M- Full bodied, and relatively creamy. Finishes nice and dry.

D- Another excellent offering from Unibroue. As much as I gave a higher rating to LFDM, I think this one may have been tastier, just not as nice to smell. ABV is even more minute, and even seemingly un-existent, from the taste in this.

I plan to pick this up whenever I can get a hold of it.

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Photo of Lukie
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great pour. Dark with hints of fiery orange as you hold it up to the light. The lacing sticks well to the sides of the glass, which is what I expect from good quality beers.

Dark fruits dominate the nose. Dark plum, raisin, sultana, and some nice sweet figs. Hints of alcohol come through the finish, but hop notes are non-existent.

Soft dark fruits. Hints of dark red grape, blackberries, and a hint of raspberry in the finish. Plum and slight raising also make it's way into it, coupled with slight hints of dark chocolate in the finish.

Zesty carbonation gives this a great feel, while still not too heavy to sit down and enjoy. The alcohol is masked well, and this one is a great late night sipper.

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Photo of BatDaddy
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark caramel cola color with a nice bubbly head. It settles to a fine clinging lacing that hangs around and won't seem to quit.

S - Dark fruits, cherry, hint of alcohol, some grassy herbal-ness, hint of yeast.

T - Sweet malts with some slight chocolate undertones. A little bready with mild dark fruits. A bit of spice. Dry. Lots of complexity rolling around in this one.

M - Dry and bubbly.

D - Very nice. Definitely a sipping beer at 9%, but a fine sipping beer for sure.

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Photo of EkimGram
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, almost black colour. Poured into an oversized wine glass, maintains a thin head.

Smell: Strong but not of alcohol (at least dominantly.) It has a sense of some dark fruits, very similar to St. Bernardus ABT 12.

Taste: Not too strong, easy on the alcohol taste. It's a little sweet but not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: It's lovely; warm and smooth. The feel and taste linger on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: Given the ABV of this beer it is very drinkable. Definitely an enjoyable beer and I certainly plan on buying more.

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Photo of bf7
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corum47
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Running4beer
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never seen a beer look like this one. Pours out a solid brown color brew with a thick frothy head that diminishes half way through to a thin lacing. Yeasty, grainy and a bit of malts made up the aroma here actually and a hint of alcohol. Taste was exceptional yeasty and chocolatly also a bit of alcohol and some raisons or some type of fruit. Very drinkable and very good...

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Photo of proc
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Absolutely delicious. Pours out to a plum color in the glass with a decent, brown sugar-looking head. The aroma is all over the place, with fruit, plums, yeast and although it sounds strange, a sweet tart candy smell. Taste is excellent, with a variety of spices lingering in the mouth. Mouthfeel is near perfect and the finish, while warming, masks the high ABV. Yum.

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Photo of acslatersbtb
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MMOSNN
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - perfect for the style; deep dark brown in color with a red hue and a huge khaki head that has incredible retention, long legs, and lacing.
Smell - dark fruit, molasses, caramel, bready malts, and a barnyard yeast note that rounds it all out.
Taste - follows the nose where dark fruits are most dominant, along with sweet malty notes of caramel and bread, some molasses, and finishes dry with yeast shining through.
Feel - great carbonation, chewy body, completely smooth, especially considering the high ABV.

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Photo of rangerred
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 4,999 ratings
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