Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles
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:
4,974
Reviews:
2,034
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
298
Gots:
750
For Trade:
9
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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of 6-12-10

Pours an effervescent brownish ebony with 3 fingers of sand colored head & viscous tendencies. Near zero head retention & a bit of lacing

S: Appleskins, a bit of brown sugar, & cherries

T: Some caramel, a bit of booze & apple skin up front. Dryness, tart cherries, apricot & just a hint oaky vanilla as this warms. Finishes with dates, booze warmth, caramel, jammy notes, more vanilla; & more cherry tartness & just a tinge of smokey peat

MF: Slick with low carbonation & medium body

Drinks okay, maybe with a year or three aging this would mellow out, just a little too hot alcohol-wise for me, you get every bit of the 9% abv along with some complexity. This is alright, but not getting the vibe that had this in the Top 100 other than taste, maybe

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's an honest confession: I rate all of the beers I try, not against each other, but how much I enjoy them. That said, this is not a style I typically seek out, but I can still appreciate the effort that went into this one.

Appearance: dark cloudy brown with a long lasting thin head. No lace.

Smell: Malty, as would be expected. I enjoy the spiciness (corriander?) in the aroma. I am pleasantly surprised by pleasant yeast smells. Typically, I find that these detract rather than contribute (like this one).

Taste: More sweet than alcohol oily. In fact, this is rich and full-bodied even for the style. Strong candy sugar flavors and virtually no hop. This brew has an unusually high carbonation. Again, the yeast adds pleasant flavors and a touch of spiciness.

I would say that the body is the strongest attribute. I am also surprised at the lack of apparent alcohol, although this ale has 9% content.

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Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rather dark, reddish-brown body with a foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Spicy, sweet-smelling aroma of rum-soaked spice cake, orange zest, random berries, and dark caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet, sugary dark malts with well-blended tastes of caramel, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Punchy, tangy fruit character throughout. Mild bitterness. Dash of white pepper. Very, very slight sour hint. Touch of alcohol near the end. Fruity, fizzy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very tasty. I'd been quite some time, years in fact, since I'd last had one of these. I oughta be ashamed of myself.

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

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Review from notes. Had at Half Full in Lewes, DE.

A: Poured a hazy purple/brown color with a small egg colored head with nice retention. Decent lacing left on the sides. Some small bubbles at the top as well.

S: Very fruity. Lots of grapes and raisins with some plums and black currants hints as well. Some spicy yeast and a little bit of caramel round it out.

T: The same fruits from the nose come forward on the flavor profile. Lots of grape and raisins, some caramel and belgian yeast. There is also a little bit of bruised apple, vanilla, and a little bit of booze.

M: Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation, somewhat prickly from the bubbles. A very sweet beer that hides the alcohol pretty well.

O: Pretty good beer that can be purchased at a relatively low price. Tastes similar to red wine in some ways actually. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeasty brick red with a generous amount of dark bronze (center) and ripe orange (edges). Unfortunately, the head doesn't look anywhere near as good as the beer itself. Ecru in color, it has that somewhat harsh, unsticky texture that neither looks good nor deposits much lace. Or, in this case, any lace.

The nose is enjoyable, but it isn't strong enough or complex enough for this strong, complex style. It's primarily dark fruity, on the order of unsweet dates and dried figs (not dark enough for raisins and not light enough for apples and pears). There's also a moderate amount of an indeterminate, musky spice.

Trois Pistoles is good beer that doesn't blow me away. I'm still waiting for the Unibroue beer that will blow me away. Like most of their offerings, this one is on the lighter side of the style spectrum. Light is appropriate for a witbier or a hefe weizen, but I think BSDAs should be big, bold, spicy, and semi-chewy. That isn't to say that the beer isn't enjoyable, just that it doesn't fit my favored profile for the style.

Sweet and bitter fight to a draw, with spicy fruit maintaining center stage throughout. It isn't as spicy as say... oh, your average Belgian BSDA, but it's no shrinking violet either. The fruit comparison isn't obvious in beer that's this unsweet, but it's there. Dark caramel and even carob notes are present as well.

The mouthfeel is enjoyable if you like light and airy BSDAs rather than full ones. Although the carbonation is finely fizzy when beer first meets tongue, it fades quickly. Again, not my idea of perfection, but someone has to hold down the left edge of the bell curve.

I had high hopes for Unibroue Trois Pistoles. Why, exactly, I have no idea, since nothing that this brewery has yet released (that I've tasted) has lived up to the hype. I've found that the higher alcohol brews (Maudite, La Fin Du Monde, Don De Dieu) have been more to my liking than their lower alcohol counterparts. That said, they still can't hold a candle to the Belgian originals. This is good beer, but it isn't even close to special.

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Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown twist with a bottled on date on the back label.

Appearance: Tawny amber brown with a thin tan lace that does not subside.

Smell: Grassy with a barn yard / horse blanket and a mild tartness in the aroma.

Taste: Crisp carbonation with a chewy malt palate that has toasted and chocolate undertones. Very rich and spicy with hints of black pepper. Alcohol is quite evident allowing some sweetness to the taste buds and also lending a hand to the spicy flavours. The rest of the palate is on the dry side with an underlying grainy, herbal and earthy taste throughout.

Notes: Another spectacular brew from one of the best breweries from Canada. Big enough to pair up with the most robust meals or just to sip the cold winter months away. Packed with complex flavours and deviously drinkable at 9% abv.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another goodie that I got to try on tap at Barleys last night. This one I had been wanting to try so what the hell right. Served in a goblet, this one was consumed on 06/11/2009.

The pour was very nicely done. Rich looking dark colors swirling around in my glass. A really nicely done looking head of off white comes climbing up and over the top settling down into a fine pillow. Lots of dark fruit on the nose here, prunes, raisins the biggest players by far. Light earthy notes and perhaps a touch of grain as well. Nice medium body,great carbonation here really letting the profile pop. Lots of grain and bready taste mid palate before it is washed away one last time by a nice touch of fruit and a hint of spice. Well hidden alcohol I have to say let this go down very smoothly.

Overall I have to admit this one was pretty damn good. Not the best, but very solid and I am glad I got a chance to try it on tap.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a Caracole tulip chilled.

A - Deep brown w/ garnet highlights and a 3 1/2 finger cream colored head with compact bubbles. The head retention is phenomenal as well as the thick lace that accompanies it.

S - Dark woody malts and rich bready aromas as well as gentle tropical fruit and floral scents are present.
A huge scent of fig with a vinous quality and a hint of nut bread.

M - A feel that is both sweet, vinous, rich and creamy. Totally delightful all the while .Finishes on the dry side w/ the alcoholic warmth leading into flavor remarks.

T - Spicy belgian yeast w/ a light metallic taste. A minor vegetal and pepper taste w/ nutty grainy malt flavors.. Sweet candy sugar in the creamy finish makes for a sweet full on Dark Belgian Ale w/ a mild currant aftertaste.

D - I drank the whole 750ml + was still craving more after the yeast was decanted w/ the last drops of ale. The abv is well hidden it drinks like a rich rum cake in beer form- spicy and sweet.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 fingers of light tan head that lasts for several minutes. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruits, spices, dark fruits, and some smooth caramel malts.

t - Tastes of spices, dark fruits, yeast, and a hint of booze.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Another solid beer from Unibroue. I enjoyed the smell a little mroe than the taste, but something I would definitely try again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yard House in PBG, FL. Served in a goblet.

Appearance - Dark red, nearly black with no head by the time it got to my table. No lacing. Doesn't look like it has much carbonation.

Smell - Delicious smell. Figs and dark fruit. Some caramel malts and the typical candi sugar smell. My friend smelled coffee, but I did not.

Taste - The taste isn't as impressive as the aroma. Some aromas translated into flavor: the figs and other fruits and the belgian candi sugar. A bit of licorice in the finish. Just not as complex as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied for such a strong beer. Probably from the added sugar. Low carbonation and a very dry finish. I wish it had been a bit thicker.

Overall - Tasty, but nothing I'd order again (especially at $7.50 a glass...wow). Finished the glass easily without feeling as though I had drank a 9% alcohol beer.

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Photo of orangesol
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a HOTD tulip.

A - Pours reddish brown with a decent one finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of all the usual dark fruits, cherries, candied sugar, and the fruity belgian yeast. The alcohol is noticeable from start to finish.

T - Starts off with an bit of candied sugar sweetness quickly giving way to hints of dark fruits; mostly figs, raisins and figs; cherries and the typical fruity belgian yeast. Finish is still pretty sweet with a good sized booze burn.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy feel that really may be the best part of this beer.

O - I enjoyed this one. Lots of flavor and an awesome feel make this one fairly easy to drink. If the booze would die down a bit this one would be really good.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Back in the day, I was enticed to buy this beer by the lovely label and seemingly exotic cork-and-caged presentation. Now, I just remember it being damn tasty. It pours a dark burnt sienna topped by a nice finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises clove, pumpernickel, black pepper, nutmeg, black cherry, cinnamon, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some red apples, black grapes, raisins, figs, and rye bread. The body is an ephemerally light yet still pretty strong medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a strangely crisp finish. Overall, a very nice BSDA, one I'll probably be returning to many times in the future.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,974 ratings.
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