Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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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: 5,001 |  Reviews: 2,038
Photo of goalie35
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crownrl28
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of alex_hart
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

now this beer was dark as night. a bit intimidating on the pour, but in an utterly glorious way

its smell was earthy and sweet. dark cherries and candy.

the taste was more than i could have asked for. belgian yeasts, dark fruit, and delicious bready spices. caramel pieces follow to give it a tantalizing sweetness.

the feel of this brew was amazing..light, smooth, and the carbonation makes you want to keep going back for another sip.

overall this beer is yet another must-get from unibroue

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

Photo of Skidz
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light orange-brown and sits a dark reddish brown in the glas with an off-white head that fades fast, but leaves a decent skim.

Smells sweet malts, and slightly yeasty. Apples, pears, some grassiness, along with light spice and caramel make up this sweet smelling brew.

Taste is initially sweet; apples, pears and prunes blended with brown sugar/caramel. A light bitter finish leaves you with a hint of alcohol in the mouth.

Smooth in the mouth but has a mildy aggressive carbonation; nothing to complain about though. Good all around; warms your insides and pleases the palate.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on draft at Max's on Broadway.

Pours slightly thick with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a ring that grabs the side of the glass. Head retention not as nice as with the bottle, but has the excellent lacing. Slightly burned caramel color that is hazy to an almost translucent nature.

Yeast and malt fill the nose.

A great tasting, chewy beer. A light bit of yeast pepper is accented with chocolate, coffee, raisins and the other dark malts mixed with bready goodness. The alcohol is wandering around in the dark corners.

Drinkable? Oh, yeah.This mighty brew beat down the flavors from a smoked salmon chowder and came bursting through in the tastebuds. It is a definite contenda and should be exhulted with the other big Belgians out there.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle

A: Deep brown under a large off white head. No lace and very little retention.

S: Sweet, brown sugar, dark fruits, malt. A hint of tartness. Very appealing smell.

T: Sweet again, with dark fruits and some brown sugar. Again some small tartness, hint of toasted malt. Very little bitterness. Very nice taste.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is just right. Drinability is exceptional. I could really drink this beer one after another. A very good example of the style.

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Photo of Xandrose
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mamaraza
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bobbydigi
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ski271
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has long been my favorite of the Unibroue beers, and one of the reasons I enjoy Belgian beers as much as I do today. I hadn’t had this beer in a while, but I’m glad to say I still love this beer. Had it on tap at Zeno’s in State College. Attractive dark, hazy brown with a small, creamy, off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. Wonderful wine-like aromas and flavors, dark fruit, berries, oak, spice, and warming alcohol that kicks up a little on the finish. It feels light in the mouth yet is huge in flavor and feels big on the finish. This is the reason why at beer expos, I still have to stop off at the Unibroue table for a beer even if I have had all the beers they have at the time. Fabulous!

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Very dark brown color with a bubbly tan head. A thin foam hangs around and leaves trails down the glass. Very active carbonation bubbles.

First smell that I notice is yeast which is followed by some dark fruits. Plums, cherries and dates are the first taste that is noticed followed by a rich full maltyness. Some bitterness at the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very high carbonation level on the tongue and a full body. Very smooth.

Overall a very full and complex brew. Lots of flavors swirling around to keep your interest through the entire beer. The high ABV is well hidden. This is the 2nd offering i've had from Unibroue and i've enjoyed them both tremendously.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Very light beige head on a deep mahogany body. Oily, clear lacing. Aroma dominated by a Belgian yeast, candi sugar licorice and spices. The spices are maybe some clove and white pepper? Taste includes sweet caramel malts, some fig, some overripe banana, and again, some spice that is hard to describe. A taste unique to this beer. Another classic by Unibroue.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Unibroue Trois Pistoles: 9% ABV, pours thick; Appearance: tamarind; Smell: malt, raisin, slight maple syrup; Taste/Mouthfeel: extremely stemmy raisin, slight grass, anise, hard-boiled egg yolk; decent.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of Tanktizzo
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

The body is nice and thick. It's a cloudy brown that's very hazy creating a boatload of head. This is certainly a complex with a lot of flavors mixing together. There is some banana bread and what seems like some plumb and a touch of lemon. Think of it as a slightly toned down version of Aventinus that doesn't require as much chewing. A great find!

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Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ludachris
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Edit: I had this beer again the day after my first review, and discovered even more things going on, most notably in the taste. IMO, this speaks to the great complexity of this beer.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, that when put directly in front of light, changes into a gorgeous hue of marmalade red. Two fingers of off-white creamy head top this beer, displaying excellent retention and leaving large patches of creamy lace.

Citrus and apple juice tartness in the foreground that reminded me a bit of Orval, contributing to the somewhat vinous quality that is present throughout, with deep notes of raisons, figs, caramel, yeast, hints of cocoa, pepper, and various other spices in the back. Very, very complex.

The tart and slightly sour characters that seem to stem from apple and lemon hit the palate first and serve as an excellent balance for the sweet dark fruits and yeast that quickly come after. The 9% ABV only makes itself known only in the warming feel it gives off in the palate and chest.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, smooth, chewy, and full bodied. It took me awhile to figure out what was going on in here, and that's what makes it such a pleasure to drink, especially with the alcohol being so well disguised.

Another fantastic beer from Unibroue, making them one of my favorite, if not my favorite Canadian brewery. The wonderful appearance, combined with the layers of complexity in both the nose and palate, excellent mouthfeel, and dangerous drinkability makes this an exceptional brew. I enjoyed one of their other BSDA's, Maudite, just as much. Highly, highly recommended.

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

This chestnut brown beauty simply defies one to pin it down stylistically. Boasting the funky nose of a saison and complete with hints of spices and Belgian yeast, this brew has the quality color of a Trappist dubble and is simply a joy...sip after sip.

Leading with a slightly fizzy open, the barnyard funky yeast is the first to appear. Midtaste deposits a nice malty note smack in the middle of the tongue.

The finish is clean with a sinful saison-like fade of yeast. Wow!

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Photo of saxclar123
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tekstr1der
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another looker from Unibroue - hazy deep brown with perfect lasting, clingy beige head. Aromas of yeast, candi sugar and tart fruit. Flavor is similar with some sweetness of malt and caramel balancing with a somewhat tart bitter.

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Photo of SargeC
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown-black with a tan head.

Smell: Sharp yeast character, fruit.

Taste: Apples and berries coupled with the bold yeast character. An acidic twang leads to a good finishing bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Flavors linger well.

Drinkability: Complex and flavorful. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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