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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,943
Reviews:
2,020
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of My favorite beers. Every sip is a different delicious taste sent to the brian. Top pick from Canada's finest brewery will hold its own against Belgian ales. Nice at the end of a meal or for lunch instead of a heavy latte. Five and a half years till finally found on tap, at Volo's, and really not as good on tap, not as much body and taste, though aroma was there.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: thin head on a dark amber and brown body.

S: nicely complex with spices, apple, raisin and figs with some malts.

T: this one is a touch smokey with more dark fruit and spices as was in the aroma. inter-mixed cocoa and yeast notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: another excellent beer from this brewery. One of the best in a genre with some big name and very well made beers in it.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a rich dark cola color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to nothing. Lacing is little to none.

S - Brown sugar mixed with sour/unripe fruits. There is also a bread/yeast essence. Smells extremely tasty.

T - Like a warm biscuit with sweet fruits on top. There is a spice element to this beer that the alcohol helps bring out.

M - Very full but smooth. There is good carbonation in this beer.

D - Very drinkable for the 9% ABV it carries. One of my favorites from Unibroue.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

all unibroue beers are awesome, but this may be their finest offering. it pours a unique mahogany color, with a touch of something dark purple even in there. a nice white head stays around awhile, leaving lovely lacing down the glass. the nose of this beer is powerfully alcoholic, intemixed with a bouquet of fresh and dried fruits. plums, rasiins, candied pears, and figs come to mind, this is a rich nose. the yeast is also a classic belgian strain that really brings the smells together in a synergistic way. the flavor is equally complex and decadent, with the fruits taking center stage. its sort of sweet and thick like a port wine, but much brighter and lighter despite its full body and sticky texture. it finished boozy, and when it warms up its very intense, but this is a beer that opens up beautifully in the glass. it gets more and more yeasty to me, and less and less sweet. the mix of fruit and spice makes this a perfect winter warmer or holiday beer, although i dont think it is intended to be such. wonderful carbonation makes it more drinkable than it should be. this pairs well with red meat, boldly seasoned seafood, and caramely bread pudding. overall a world class example of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a deep brown color with a nice looking tan head on top. The lacing is pretty good here. The smell of dark malts and fruits blend with the Belgian yeast aromas creating a slighty sweet aroma on the nose. The taste of the beer is lightly roasted, the sweetness of the fermented fruit flavors come through and leaves a dry finish in the mouth. The mouthfeel of this brew is a little creamy and had some light carobnation making this brew an easy going sipper that can be enjoyed for a while. Overall I found this to get better as it warmed up, this is a really nice brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: A rather complex aroma of cherries and other dark fruits fills the nose, along with some notes of yeast and hints of alcohol.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sweetness with flavors of apples, cherries, dates, figs, spices and yeast. There are also some notes of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes this beer relatively easy to drink.

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

From a burgudy pour, Trios Pistoles delivers a lively carbonated pour, releasing an egg shell white head that though short, leaves great lacing and lasts the entire session wiht a delicate sheet of foam. Both bold and elegant.

Vinous and fruity in aroma, the beer leads with grape, raspberries, blueberries, and black currants. The spicy yeast gives elements of white pepper and a mimic of oak-aged tanins.

Flavors are ester forward with the same fruits found in the nose. Aided with candied fruits of berries, grapes, and currants, the malts also give a fruitcake or rum-soaked cake taste that is both complex and rounded. Spices of orange peel, corriander, and anise also decorate the peppery phenols in an intricate way (in only a way that the ommition of hops can give, and is also characteristic of great Belgian ales).

The body is almost sticky-sweet up front but with a quick drying period midway through. But then the beer dries out swiftly and wonderfully with only a whisper of the sweet malts and deep esters that started it all. Fruity aftertastes remind me of Cabernet wines. Lovely through and through.

Trios Pistoles is a wonderful beer that can't quite rival the great Westvleteren or Rocheforts but settle in nicely behind the St. Bernardus Abt. 12's and Westmalle's. A joy to drink any day, and for the price a bargin.

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

750ml bottle. I all can think of when I see this beer is another bit of Canadiana - 'Three Pistols' by the Tragically Hip. My native apophenia, I guess.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark reddish cola amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy pale beige head, which leaves broad swaths of undiscovered continent lace around the glass as things slip away.

It smells of yeasty, dark fruit - sweet raisins, figs, and cooked sour apples - a soft caramel malt, musty earthen cellar, a bit of candi sugar, and soft leafy, wooden hops. The taste is sweet caramel, toffee-tinted malt, softly tart black fruit, minor floral Belgian yeast, a twinge of metallic alcohol, and mildly spicy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, yet pleasantly frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and decidedly smooth. It finishes off-dry, strangely, as the heady malt and yeast fruitiness is tempered somewhat by the booze and hop spice.

A rather enjoyable version of a BSDA, as there isn't any overly obvious astringency from the 9% ABV, which makes for surprisingly good (if slow and steady) drinkability. A pretty decent selection for the beverage component of the beer and pizza remuneration for an afternoon of helping friends move, I'd say.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

B-

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark tawny color with ruby highlights; the tan head leaves many strands of lace

Smell: Caramel, dates, fig, pears, cherries, bananas and a touch of cinnamon; a veritable fruit salad of a beer

Taste: Starts with a caramel and a fruity banana flavor from the Unibroue house yeast; builds with a range of dark fruit (fig and raisin) flavors; after the swallow, the black pepper and other earthy spices kick in, adding a touch of grain and woody complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied and highly carbonated; plenty of warming down the throat - it is 9%, after all

Drinkability: With all of its complexity, this is a very approachable beer and one of this brewery's best

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown brew with a creamy dark white head. Real fizzy, I still had bubble coming on top five-ten minutes after the brew was pourred. The alcohol was not too prevalent and the taste was sweet and fruity. Usual malt taste from Unibroue. Very nice brew overall.

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