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:
4,954
Reviews:
2,025
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
293
Gots:
739
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 4,954 |  Reviews: 2,025
Photo of skeetermoses
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, I had this over Turkey day and was very impressed. This was a beer I was very happy with, I do like the Chambley that Unibroue offers but this was a pleasent supprise. The first beer from this company was La fin du mond, or the end of the world. I did not like that beer all that much, very drinkable, but not that great, This and the Chambley, were definately beers I would purchase again.

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Photo of sennin
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JackOGreen
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dannyboygaga
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

No two tongues are alike, but here is my stab at the first belgian-style dark strong ale I have ever sampled. A perfect winter warmer. Exceptional aromas of musk and cherry port. 9.0% abv provides great stomach warmth. Opaque, heavily sedimented autumn brown hues. Complex palate, butterscoth, port, cocoa, liquered burnt cherry, subtle alchohals. No doubt an exceptional brew.

P.S. Oh yeah, dont be blasphemous and drink this ice cold, okay?

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Photo of Squidly
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of nkp765
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Reinbeck11
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of JackRB
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Tolnik
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this crude oil black colored beer into a pint glass. It came off with a nice amount of head and lacing after it settled. The smell of fruits greets the nose and makes a pleasant aroma of yeast and raisons. The taste follows suit of the aroma. Overall a great beer to enjoy.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle into Tulip. Eager to try and compare with Maudite, a big favorite.

great mahogany color with 2 inch head on pour which quickly dissipates.

taste is rich with raisins, figs, and caramel, very creamy finish as well, more so than Maudite. A bit reminiscent of Abt 12.

Alcohol is a bit too obvious, but doesn't detract, with any patience I will buy more and put away for a year. Another great from Unibroue.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foiled 12 oz bottle in to standard pint served at 44 degrees F. Best by 11/14/14

A: Dark brown with reddish hues. Somewhat of a coffee color. Aggressive pour with 2.5 fingers of slightly off white head. Very fluffy rocky head that receded into a nice thick cap but minimal lacing.

S: Malty but doesn't smell as dark as it is. A touch of yeast on the nose too. Slightly boozy.

T: Sort of medicinal in a good way. Really rich. The spice is very evident and very good. A little peppery. The hops leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste but washes the palate clean of the spice which is good or it would be too much like cough syrup. Balances out surprisingly well. A little bit of alcohol warmth on the way down.

M: Nice and chewy and very smooth. Has great mouthfeel.

O: Pretty good brew. Not a beer you want to take huge gulps of but something for sipping for sure. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Chugger
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Drewvel
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of twage04
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

High carbonation, dark color, not much head. Malt is plum and dark fruit, yeast is more subtle and balanced than chimay blue (or every other chimay for that matter). Great beer, tasty, fizzy, more complex and balanced than cholimay blue where yeast dominates.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a pretty nice color. Dark, soft brown color with a nice fluffy, belgian head. Nice sweet malty-caramelly nose. Some spicy notes as well. The flavors in this beer are nice...nice and smooth. Some nice spicy undertones and caramel flavors, but nothing fabulous like the Fin du Monde, but I suppose this isn't supposed to be real fruity. Mouthfeel is right on for a Dubbel. Fairly thin and very effervescent. A pretty drinkable beer.

I'd say this beer is realy right on for a Dubbel, but I'm not super familiar with the Strong Dark ale, but I think its a little thin compared to a Gulden Draak say.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a wonderful burgandy brown with a light tan head which mostly dissipated quickly. Smell is a wine-like fruitiness and spices. Taste is incredible, tangy, with notes of plums, toffee and cloves. Mouthfeel is smooth and you don't even notice the 9% ABV. There is a bit of roasted dry aftertaste, I really enjoy sipping this.

Although I could drink this all day, and probably will, I must admit that the first Unibroue in a night is usually the best. This is a slow sipping beer.

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Photo of ales4baldo
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited for this one!

Presentation-Nice bottle. I like the dark flying horse on the label and the castle. Gives it the dark and gothic feeling of how this beer might taste.

Appearence-Seems to have a ruby red dark plum color. Like a dark purple. Didnt get too much head and the head i did get didnt last too long.

Smell-Sweet and sour at the same time. Belgian candy and sweet malts. Raisens and black licorice (sorry for the bad spelling)

Taste-Ok, little different from what i expected. A lot of black licorice, and plum flavors. Dark candies and seems like a good amount of hops.

Mouthfeel-Simple, light, nice carbonation. Lingers a little bit.

Overall-A good beer. Could be a little beer for a belgian strong dark ale but good.

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Photo of MWilt
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of thedoer
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of wieshefe17
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Igormatos
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

This could very well be my favorite Unibroue (at least so far, anyway). Deep hazy garnet with an ultra-foamy tan head. Smells of apples and cloves, with a touch of pepper. Smooth, fruity, spicy taste, with a bit of an alcohol burn in the finish (quite nice, actually). The overall effect is quite warming and pleasant. Yum! I continue to be very impressed with these guys.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass (May 29, 2010). "Best Before 11-03-2012" is printed on the rear label.

Eyes: Pours a dark brownish, very hazy color with an overflowing fluffy, tan head. The edges are a darkish orange color when the haze is very evident. Head retention is significant with heavy lacing.

Nose: Dark, musky, dried fruit aromas, figs primarily.

Tongue: Has a vinous flavor profile, musky fruits with a good amount of spice.

Mouth: A bit light on carbonation, but this beer doesn't need a whole lot. Quite thick, but not oppressively so.

Libation: Anytime ABV creeps up near double digits, I'm concerned about how well the flavor balances it, here the ABV is near undetectable. This beer presents itself well, but isn't a world beater in my opinion.

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Photo of EkimGram
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,954 ratings.
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