Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles
4,982 Ratings
Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

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Quebec, Canada

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

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Ratings: 4,982 |  Reviews: 2,036
Photo of emmasdad
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a handful of Unibroue beers recently, and this was the first one I cracked. Poured a clear, deep garnet color, with a little off-white head. Aromas of molasses, red grapes and plums. On the palate, full bodied, nutmeg, molasses, caramel and brown sugar. Heavy, and tough to drink a lot of these, but a good beer nonetheless.

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

Pours an opaque black colour with 1/2" of head that settles on top of the beer and stays there the whole time. There is a lot going on in the nose its almost overwhelming. Bready yeast, leather, plum, dried fruit with a touch of port wine kicking around. Also lots going on in terms of taste. Yeast, dried fruit and ripe plum with a nice effervescence, very complex. Medium mouthfeel that is just perfect. This drinks a little too well for 9% glad I have 4 more to put away for a while because this has made its way to my top 10

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Photo of EsoxLucius
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Again, a wonderful beer from Quebec, Canada. i actually prefer this over la fin du monde and you'll read why later on.

A: pours dark brown with some deep purple, a very robust head.

S: cherry with some yeast, very pleasant
T: a wee bitter, but sweet. cherry and malt are distinct.

M: moderate carbonation with decent thickness for the type.

D: i find the alchohol content to be nearly none detectable, it's excellent and a little less yeasty to me than La Fin Du Monde. i could drink this all day, if only it weren't for the ABV that sneeks up on ya!

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Photo of claspada
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of banana and bubblegum, but darker than usual for the style. Some citrus and dark fruits and some apple. Moderate sweetness. Flowery yeast esters. No detectable hops.

The taste is bubblegum flavors, with mild darker caramels and some apple/grape flavors. Some moderate sweetness and notes of light barley wheat malts. A Belgian spicy yeast tingle mingles in as well.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice carbonation bite and smooth finish. Alcohol is well hidden but apparent as it warms.

Overall this is a very good Belgian dark ale, but one of the lighter tasting versions I have experienced. A distinct apple/grape white wine qualities. Excellent nose, flavors, and mouthfeel. ABV is well hidden and it is drinkable but there are examples of the style I prefer.

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Photo of jlandis
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich deep burgundy - almost black in color with fluffy tan head that slowly fades into a thin ring.

Huge aged port wine right up front. Ripe dark fruits (cherries and red grapes) with an earthy musk.

Sweet cherries and red grapes that reminds me of port wine. Rich Belgian candi and malt with just enough spice and pepper to keep things interesting. I'm always impressed that a beer of this color, complexity and depth can come without roasted grains.

I'm surprised, but the mouthfeel is a little thin and the carbonation is strong.

This is a fantastic beer and once again I'm impressed with Unibroue! Such beauty and depth to this beer. Rich red wine / port flavors mixing with Belgian candy and sweet malt along with a yeasty spice.

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Photo of bort11
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. A good inch of tan head stops right at the lip of the glass. It recedes after a couple of minutes, not leaving any substantial lacing. The body color is a purplish brown, dense with only thin highlights around the glass.

Smell is mild, mostly a fruity malt character. I'm putting my nose way down in the glass, but it is hard to get a strong impression. Taste brings in plums, raisins, and a hint of cherry. There is that distinctive Unibroue yeast flavor. Every Unibroue beer I have had has the same dry and estery yeast profile. To finish out the flavor there is a mild chocolaty malt.

Mouthfeel has a medium body, a little thick but not too heavy. Carbonation is mild, just enough to keep the body from being syrupy. Together it creates an image of Fall leaves.

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Photo of tylernim
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a touch of amber glowing in the light. About a finger's worth of head.

Smells like malt, esters, fruit. Tastes like cherries, chocolate, with some sweet malt. A touch of alcohol, but it's hidden pretty well.

Great medium bodied mouthfeel. The drinkability is good for a beer this heavy.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with small cap of yellowish head and decent retention and lacing. Scent is of dark ripe fruit, sweet malts, touch of molasses, alcohol esters, strong yeast. Taste brings a fantastically complex blend of sweet, ripe fruits (prunes, cherry, raisin) with a delicate background of yeast, molasses and a big taste of booze on the back end. Medium bodied, active carbonation. A great tasting brew that has a touch of harsh alcohol on the nose and tongue and some fairly high carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

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Photo of gopens44
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pretty dark with little head. Bits of evidence of the bottle fermentation dance around the bottom of the glass, inviting the drinker to dive in for some fun.

S - First and most dominating is the smell of clove, followed by a dark fruit smell.

T - like the nose, cloves jump out right before a boozy dark fruit like plum or cherry taste. This is followed up with a yeasty presence.

M - not too much here, other than it being of a highly carbonated nature with little aftertaste

I'm not a huge fan of the style, but every essence of this is a credit to the style itself

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black amber appearance with decent head that disappears quickly. Smell is fruity, grassy and spicy.

Taste is made up of a number of dark fruits (raisins, picked up a hint of cherry). Also picked up caramel and pepper. The body is moderate with decent carbonation, after taste is very dry and bitter.

Overall, this is a very good beer. Not overly sweet or alcoholic and very drinkable, which could get rough if you have a case. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a dark reddish-brown. A 1 inch tan head forms and quickly reduces leaving basically no lacing. Carbonation is visible.

The aroma is a great blend of dark cherries, bread, caramel, and banana.

The taste has a quick spiciness, cloves I think, followed by a caramel malt component and then the bread/yeasty tail. Some alcohol present as well.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and a effervescent carbonation that dulls quickly and leaves a solid dryness, particularly on the upper palate.

This beer is definitely drinkable but lacks something that makes it truly stand out or allows it to be a session beer. ABV is reasonablly well covered and it is solid in the fundamental components.

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Photo of Tifore
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Unibroue Snifter.

A - Pours very dark amber to black in color. Leaves a nice thick tan head that leaves light lacing around my glass. Looks mildly carbonated.

S - Smells of fruit and lots of sweet and carmely malts. I also get a slight nose of wood, oak and cherry maybe? I love the sweetness and am hopeing it comes through in the tastes.

T - Loving the taste of this. Lots of fruit and malts. Get a slight sour fruit taste and maye some peach and cherry.

M - Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Leaves a good tingly feeling on my tounge.

D - This beer is easily drinkable and tastes great. High alcohol doesnt come through at all but I definitely feel it after a while.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

08/18/10- Had a bottle of this marked 11/25/12.
A: Black with reddish brown hues, nice tan one-finger head.
S: Dark cinnamon molasses, raisins, bread, caramel, slight chocolate or charred wood alcohol. Very nice.
T: Sweeter, oatmeal creaminess, everything you'd expect from the smell.
M: Creamy. Very good!
D: Awesome.

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Photo of scott451
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a couple of tulips. Very dark amber brown. Good carbonation. Two finger tan head soon diminishes to a ring.

Smells of yeasts and dark malts. Estery ripe fruit. Tastes of hop up front. Smooth balanced. A bit sweet. Ripe fruit. Prunes. Spicy alcohol brings up the rear. Warming. A nice long finish.

Medium body. Extremely well balanced. Complex and drinkable. A top shelf brew.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've passed this up on several occasions, but decided I should finally give it a whirl as its one of the few Canadian offerings in the Top 100.

A - Pours a murky mahogany colour finger of head with decent retention which settles to a thin film with no real lacing.

S - Classic Belgian scents with cloves, cinnamon and all-spice coming through and finishes with fruity notes of apple and banana.

T - The spices dominate with cloves and cinnamon followed by caramel malts. The apple and banana mask the alcohol, which is nicely hidden. Definitely a complex flavour mix on this one, making for a memorable experience.

M - Nice medium body that finishes a tad dry. Nothing offensive here.

D - I really enjoyed this one and was surprised at how well the ABV is hidden. There's a reason this one has a spot on the Top 100, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by: 04/7/13, poured into my Duvel Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color, opaque, 1-inch off-white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S: Alcohol esters hit immediately, stale malt, dark ripe fruit, nice fruity sweetness.

T: The alcohol is very present and almost overpowering, behind it mellow out to rich earthy flavors. Lots of dark malt, fruits (plum, etc), brown sugar, a little medicinal.

M: Sparkling carbonation, hits pretty hard up front but mellows out to show the flavor complexity. Finishes very smooth and it's nice an dry. Just a bit viscous, enough to just coat the mouth.

D: The alcohol hits pretty hard but the after taste is pleasant (like a good red wine) enough to keep my sipping this all night.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good strong ale, the harsh carbonation definitely brings the experience down just a little notch though.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet

A: Dark, molasses brown and opaque. When held up to the light the edge of the glass shows a transparent red-brown. Thin layer of light brown head.

S: Yeast and wine with a fleeting whiff of chocolate. Some spices too, to add some richness to the smell

T: Definitely the yeast and wine. A little peppery. Fruity sweetness. Slightly metallic aftertaste? -but very faint.

M: The sweetness gets a little sticky, but the carbonation is a nice contribution to the flavor.

D: Quite drinkable. Though I personally dislike the vaguely sticky mouthfeel and that brief metallic flavor, I still enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased at John's Market for $2.99.

A-Pours a chestnut brown - mahogany hue with a one finger head that recedes quickly leaving only scant lacing.

S-Reminiscent of California Black Bread. Also present were yeasty, dark dried fruits, spice, and malty notes.

T-Mild spice and dried fruits like dates. Also some caramel as this is sweeter rather than fruitier. Lighter taste than I expected for the BSDA style. Good, but not great.

M-Very smooth for 9.0% ABV but a little light. Not rich and creamy enough.

D-A good beer, but surprising that it is among the Top Beers on the Planet according to reviews on this website. Wouldn't make my top 100 and I won't buy this again. Novelty of it being in the top 100 has worn off for me.

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Photo of olmatty
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Lightly clouded tobacco brown beer with a fizzy tan head, Poor head retention

Smell- Earthy, dark bread, raisins, lightly sweet honey.

Taste- Smooth and particularly sweet. Bready with a strong presence of carmel, root beer and a distinct clove of estery Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel- Thin bodied and a bit fizzy. Bubbles srub the palate to some extent, but there's only so much lifting of the palate carbonation can do when there's so much flavor. The alcohol comes through strongly.

Drinkability- Tasty, and interesting, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it highly drinkable.

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Photo of TheDTrain
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour into a tulip glass. 9% abv

Picked up a 4 pack of Unibroue from Rays in Wauwatosa. This is a excellent Belgian dark ale. With a medium body, this pours a rich brown mahogany. The taste has a lot going on; powerful fruits, yeast, and spice. All the flavor strikes a great balance with the 9% alcohol.

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Photo of thekanna
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark plum with a decent amount of carbonation and white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Dark fruits, pepper, cloves, earthiness, and Belgian yeasts.

T: Dates, boozy raisins, some tropical fruits, other dark fruits (plums mostly) with peppery clove and complex Belgian yeasts. Phenolic taste is perceptible throughout, and there's lots of warming alcohol to go around here.

M: Medium body, slight slickness with medium carbonation.

D: Nice and relatively complex, but there are better brews to be found in this style; Belgian Strong Dark Ales are a loaded category, since they can describe such a gamut of flavors and aromas.

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Photo of iso
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy chestnut, russet even, a complex look, can see almost an orange or amber. About 1 finger of head that doesn't retain for long.

Smell: The smell is unbelievable. Lots of fruit, earthiness, black pepper, and grass. You can only hope that the taste is even half as big or complex as the aroma.

Taste: Unfortunately it's not. I'm not sure how there's such a large disconnect between the smell and taste but all at that wonderful fruit is not here and the spice is largely gone. Instead there's a prominent alcohol taste with little to offset it. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light.

Drinkability: While not your average beer, I expect big strong flavors from BSDAs. The aroma is fantastic, but complexity of the taste leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of chickenm
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a La Fin Du Monde glass. Dark brown color with a tan head that fades away and leaves little lacing. Sweet aroma with dark fruits and yeast. Flavors are a bit light, the taste is malty and sweet with some dark fruits and spices. Alcohol is very well hidden. Fairly thin body, and over-carbonated. Not bad overall, but this is definitely not my favorite offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from My Chimay Chalice

A - Pours a nice Mahogany colour that is hazy and has an off white head that reduces very quickly.

S - Stewed fruits and yeast that is perfumic, a stark sweet nutty aroma also

T - Plenty of dark fruits and spice with some peppery clove falvours and some vanilla. finishes with a nice warm boozyness.

M - Light to Medium body and carbobnation that makes for a very smooth drop. A little thin for a BSDA.

D - This is more of a quad for me. To be a harsh critique I would say that it it lacks the authenticity of a Belgian Ale. A St Bernardus Abt 12 is a much better option.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a globe glass

Pours a chestnut brown color that appears significantly lighter -- ochre, almost -- when held up to direct light. One finger of buttermilk head forms but not for very long. Not much lacing to speak of, which surprised me. All in all this is a very average looking BSDA. The BSDA I homebrewed recently looks better and I am not a good homebrewer.

Trois Pistoles is a sweetness bomb. Tons of caramel, brown sugar, earthy candies that are derived from cocoa but don't taste like chocolate. Some dark fruits but not nearly as many as I expected. There is an herbal element too. The taste of this beer follows the nose. That herbal, earthy smell manifests itself as a sort of peppermint & forest floor (to borrow a wine term) character. So much malt that I get flashbacks of malt extract. The finish has a rounded, oxidized sweet finish reminiscent of port. This is complex enough. Is it "good?" Not for me, perhaps. I think that it is missing something. I also don't appreciate the alcohol taste. It is very apparent and, frankly, harsh.

Too much carbonation for a beer this malty. It goes well beyond breaking up all the sweetness -- it forces a super-abrasive, super-bubbly effect not dissimilar to the mouthfeel of Dr. Pepper. The strength of the carbonation disrupts one's enjoyment of the malt sweetness. Still, the beer is a very decent sipper. It isn't taxing at 9%ABV.

I was really expecting more from this beer. This score seems harsh, but at the same time I really feel that this is barely above average in the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 4,982 ratings
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