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Trois Pistoles by Unibroue
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
9.00 % ABV

Review by RedHaze on 07/30/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2010
Poured a very dark brown, with two finger thick head, that slowly faded to a good cap that lasted for the entire time that I enjoyed this beer.

Smells of plums, mild apples, slighlty doughy and earthy.

Taste is sweet dark fruits, yeasty, with some of the earthy tones in there. Very smooth, rich beer. I could barely pick up any alcohol in the smell or taste, even with the 9% abv.

Kind of a heavy beer to have more that one or two of, but very good.

Served In: Tulip

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2010
Old Review
750 oz bomber purchased at Cheers Beverage in Carrolton, GA. Served up in a Mason jar. Yeah I said it. I drank a Belgian Strong Dark Ale out of Mason jar. Big whoop, wanna fight about it?

A: Pours a pretty nice dark brown that shoes soe really nice red highlights when held to the light. A really nice light tan head emerges quickly with just a light pour. The head has great retention and is incredibly fluffy and sticky. Nice chunky head just floats about and gets stuck in my beard. Very pretty and fun.

S: Smell is of some nice belgian yeast and malt characters. Then there are some really nice spiced bread notes coming out. The bread is very thick and appetizing. Plums and rasins come out as well along with some dark apples. Very nice smells that are warm and sweet. Diggin it.

T: Taste is much like the nose. Light in the belgian yeast category and the malt is smooth and sweet. The breadiness is nice with a rum raisin kind presence, but very subtle. Prunes, cherries and apple all show up as well but are a bit muted. This beer is very tasty, but it just seems a bit toned down. Stil very solid in the flavor department.

M: This beer is medium in body and is just a bit thinner than expected but this is not necessarily a bad thing here. It works for this brew. A high carbonation makes this beer very crisp, easy to drink and allows it to go down incredibly easy. Just a touch of fruit and spice remains in your mouth on the aftertaste. Very nice.

D: This is a pretty damned good brew. Unibroue has made some pretty solid beers in my opinion and this is one of them. Very nice and easy to drink. This is a very good looking brew to look at even when served in a Mason jar. All other categories are solid and this brew proves to be an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 10-26-2008 03:46:44

Served In: Other

Review by joe1510 on 11/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 17 4 8 2009
750ml. Bottle

Trois Pistoles poured dark dark mahogany into a snifter. When I hold it to the light there is a tremendous amount of big carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the 2 finger frothy antiqued white head. The head eventually falls to 1 finger and then much later to a cap. It's one of those beers that just looks packed with all sorts of deep flavors.

The smell is really nice. Starts with bread dough and a spicy yeast aroma. That is the backbone but there are many other aromas that compliment each other very nicely. Lots of fruit including plums and bing cherries along with remnants of brandy. There is a big layer of caramel sweetness as well. Very rich and deep.

The malts come strong with each sip including the sweet fruitness. Doughiness and caramel set the stage for the plum, cherries and possibly some black raspberries. Wonderful fruitiness. This is all intemingled with a spiciness from the yeast and a sprinkling of wite pepper. As it warms the alcohol comes through by warming my throat.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Prickly carbonation but in no way offensive. Coating medium body that allows the entire mouth the pleasure of this excellent brew.

Drinkability is really high on this one. Really easy going down because of the body and carbonation. The abv is nearly non-existent except for the warmth in the throat that is perfect for this time of year.

This is a really well made and enjoyable beer. I really try and sip these slowly when I have them but they taste so good and go down so easy it's tough. Trois Pistoles is one I go back to over and over.

Reviewed 12/24/06

Price: $7.49 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
Pours a beautiful dark brown, with a two finger almond colored head. Excellent retention, as there is still a good 3/8 of an inch in my glass. Lacing is good.

Aromas of apple, white grapes, sugars and spices. Bready, grainy, and a bit rubbery.

Taste is definitely on the sweet side -- fruit and brown sugar. Can definitely taste the yeast, yum. grainy and bread-ish. Vanilla, slightly fig-like aftertaste... me likey.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and slightly creamy. A nice, sour like like feel to this thruout.

This is my first Unibroue... and I like it. Very nice choice for this style. Hail to those crazy Canucks for brewing this... now to try other Unibroue offerings...

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 19 4 8 0
Wow, I love me some Belgians. This was very good brew. Strong flavor, after taste. This on is one of my favorites and i must track it down again. Very, very drinkable with the 9% ABV. I think I could go through 3-4 of these a night. :unsure:

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 0

2 year old 12oz bottle from my cellar served at cellar temp and poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Best By: 05-03-09

Appearance is good. Very dark purple/cola colored brew with a large soapy, sand-colored head that thins out after time to sit.

Smell is very good. Large sweet, dark fruity malt aroma, Belgian candy sugar, bakers chocolate, alcohol and guava.

Taste is good. Dark sweet fruits, Belgian yeast and alcohol. Mellow compared to the nose and a very clean finish. Time has definitely mellowed things out.

Mouthfeel is good. Fresh, most Unibroue beers usually have a huge amount of carbonation. This 2 year old bottle has substantially less carbonation but still enough to keep things interesting (my preference.) Medium bodied with a relatively clean finish.

Drinkability is very good. I could probably drink a four-pack of this stuff with easy. Goes down smooth and easy.

One of, if not, my favorite Unibroue beer. The dark fruit flavors and the drinkability is extremely well done here. I would recommended this brew to wine drinkers because of how similar the flavors are to wine.

I think I prefer this brew with about a year on it instead of this 2 year-old bottle. The flavor has mellowed almost too much. Still, a very nice brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

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