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Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark rich brown with an enormous white head, I wasn't watching my pour and ended up dumping the sediment straight in, oh well. Smell is very full of fruit. Plums, raisins dominate my perception. Taste is pleasant, but i was kind of expecting something on the level of St Bernardus abt 12. This is very solid but just didn't seem to have the same depth. It's fairly complex, just not something i could get lost in. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability seems to be decent as well. I love the Unibroue line, this is definetly a beer a will purchase again. Just not my fave.

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

Dark cola brown. Pours up a good sized heavy that settles to a thick, heavy film. Laces all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty, lots of raisins and fruit. Slightly spicy, clearly Belgian in style. This one smells good as soon as you pop the bottle and is quite inviting.

Smooth, sweet and full of malt to drink. Rich dark fruit. The high alcohol is managed quite nicely, warming to drink but not distracting.

An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jed
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Menacing looking, 33 cl black bottle with church buildings and a horse on the front. Foil cap. The back of the label has information about the beer in German and French, along with suggested serving glassware. Best if consumed by 11/09/06. Poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a solid, dark brown color with a small, tan-colored head. Excellent head retention; the head leaves behind a thick web of lacing around the entire glass as it disappears. Very active carbonation with trails of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A mix of traditional Belgian-style aromas, especially the dark fruits, combined with grass/grain, carob and cocoa smells, and a hint of some kind of tart fruit.

Taste: Nose of clove-like spice and toasted malt, followed by dark fruits flavors. Slight astringency in the middle along with some raw graininess. Hops are there if you're looking for them, but not a prominent part of the flavor. Finishes dry, with hints of bittersweet chocolate and some buttery sweet notes. Lingering flavors of toasted malt and carob. Warming alcohol sensations, but the actual flavor of the alcohol is perfectly masked. Bitterness and malt flavors fade a bit as the beer warms. The tart sweetness, which a lot of people have likened to candied cherries, also becomes more evident.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with two major caveats. First, Trois Pistoles in noticeably heavy on the carbonation. Second, there are some strange astringencies in the beer, which leaves an extremely dry aftertaste. Together, the two problems really detract from the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Damn … the 9% alcohol in Trois Pistoles is perfectly concealed, so you never taste raw alcohol flavors. Obviously too big to be a session beer, but still nicely drinkable.

Another solid offering from Unibroue. Not as complex as some of the higher end Belgian offerings, but a nice take on the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style. If you like Imperial Stouts, you'll probably enjoy the influence of that style on this beer. My only real complaint with this beer is the mouthfeel, which hurts the overall experience. Still, very tasty.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So tonite is for gun-slinging with a “Best before July 2, 2006 355mL bottle of Trois Pistoles. I might not live that long to await this mouth watering Belgian strong dark. BA brownie points : Slick silver foil label boasting 9% alc./vol.

Huge, rock-solid, lumpy, foam tan ½ “ head subsides to a Guiness like head coating. Dark, cloudy, purple-brown, zero bubbles pour. A vigourous upside-down pour for full experience yeilds celery & cinnamon, aroma ending with dusty attic trunk notes. Clingy lace streams down the glass. 9% ABV is totally well hidden.

Initial, light tastes of raisins meets robust nutmeg & ginger with prominent carrot cake. Then, mellowed flavor meets hints of almond extract. Yeasty, dry, Earthy & slightly detectable tacky cocoa aftertaste. As she warms, she develops more baker’s chocolate aroma & flavor.

Easy in the carbonation department, smooth & little creamy. High drinkability marks especially for 9% ABV. Look out! Mild zest if this sits on me tongue.

Last swigs: This is a beguiling 9% dark, raisin-hint spice, while quaffable, high quality Belgian. I’d like to try a 750-mL well cellared caged cork. Seek-worthy for the adventuresome. Unique taste. Paid $58+tax for a Uniboue mixed with this as a four-pack.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a plain dark color with a decent head that shrank quickly but stuck around in small form. There's very little lace left in the glass. Bubbles cling to the side of the glass but slide down after each sip.

The taste has hints of fruit with a potent alcoholic punch.

It's a very good beer, and stronger than Maudite, but it may not be as well balanced. Still, the layering in the taste makes one come back for subsequent sips out of curiosity.

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

Hats of to Unibroue. This is yet another delicious brew.

It pours a big (full) brown color into the glass with a hearty head. The smell is complex and difficult to define - some alcohol, fruit and something, je ne se quoi.

The flavor is a mixture of hops and dark fruits - they combine in the mouth together for a very pleasant, big flavor that lasts well beyond the actual sip.

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Photo of sponberg
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Not that far different than the bottle. The same big, chewy, portlike character is there along with hints of black cherry. The biggest difference that I found was a distinct "prickly" mouthfeel on tap. This may be due to the keg not having time to settle down overnight, but it did detract a bit from its drinkability. I will try this again in a couple of days and reassess if needed.

Serve this on nitro mix and rename it "Trouble." With a capital T.

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Photo of woemad
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $2.59. I love the Unibroue labels. Hell, I love Unibroue beers! This one has what looks like a demonic version of Pegasus rampaging in a red sky above what is probably a church.

Poured a very dark brown - so dark I thought it was pitch black until I held it up to the light. Very small tan head that dissipated quickly, but left a foamy collar throughout it's duration in my goblet. Nice sheets of lacing.

Smell was complex. Very sweet, sugary malts vying for attention with dark fruits. Also a "winey" smell.

Taste is simultaneously sweet and sugary AND dark and bitter. Imagine a sweet belgian pale ale combined with an imperial stout. The darker aspect of the flavor keeps the beer's feet on the ground and prevents the sweeter aspects from becomng too cloying.One thing that does not show up in the taste is the 9% abv. This goes down very easy.

Mouthfeel is just about right. It is substantial without being too thick. For a beer with this much going on, it is charmingly light without being too whimsical.

This is very drinkable. It's just as well that there is a dark bitter aspect, otherwise someone might be tempted to drink a lot of it at once. At 9%abv, this would be a bad thing come morning. I think I have now tried every Unibroue offering that I can get around here. Hopefully a journey to an area with more beer options - like, say, Seattle or Portland - will change that.

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

Bought a 750 at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

I love the macabre, fantastical label.

Pours with barely a half inch of bubbly foam that falls fast, leaving some gray swirls of film on the surface of the brew. The body is black, but on closer inspection it has a brown glow.

The smell is of intensely sweet malts, very brown sugary, dark fruits (raisins, prunes), and sinus-evacuating alcohol.

Taste opens with a bitter-sweet nudge that elevates into a sharp sweetness like bananas drenched in caramel and lots of powdered sugar -- and throw a few maraschino cherries on top. The sweetness holds through to the finish, with some hop bitterness sitting in the corner and barely saying a word.

The high ABV warms my gut, throat, nose and spirit; but isn't evident in the taste.

Lots of carbonation, gives the mouthfeel an airy quality that's pleasant, but leaves some puckering stickiness on my palate.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack. Foiled cap.

Poured into a Rapscallion snifter, hearty inch tall tannish colored head formed on top of an extremely cloudy reddish-mahogany hued brew. Good lacing, after swirling it justs hangs on the sides of the glass. Sweet, malty aroma, with a tinge of alcohol. Nice, hearty, bready flavor, with hardly any taste of the alcohol, just the slow, warming trend down the esophagus. Nice. Just what I expect from a dark Belgian-style ale.

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Photo of jsolack
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown, light head. Looks thick and cloudy.

Chocolate and licorice come first and mild coffee comes later.

Absolutely great taste! Very sweet in the mouth. Very little bitterness. Has sweet brown sugar aftertaste.

Smooth and thick in mouth. Little carbonation.

I could drink the whole 750ml bottle... probably the best tasting beer I've had.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trois Pistoles was served from a 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. It poured dark brown but in a Duvel tulip it was nearly black, and glowed a hazy reddish-orange-brown with backlighting. It was topped with a beautiful creamy off-white head that left very nice lacing. The fantastic nose was beaming with fruity esters, dominantly cherries, dipped in fine chocolate. Other esters were noticable just outside of the spotlight, such as cantolope and coconut. A tad of alcohol was present from time to time. The taste closely reflected the nose, but was much more complex. Again, the dominant sensation was one of sweet, dark cherries and chocolate, but this time, a whole world of other fruits/flavors danced over the palate. I imagined notes of cola, melon, pear, apple, banana, and bready yeast. All of this was presented with an active bite from the start, which contributed significantly in launching the flavor score to "exceptional". This wonderful world of flavor was followed by a sensation of warming in the throat and lingering flavors of sasparilla, cola, chocolate, and cherry. The body was fluffy, very smooth, and full. In conclusion, Trois Pistoles is a superb creation: Big complex flavor and strong, yet meticulously balanced and deft enough to make for easy drinking. This is likely my favorite Unibroue!

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

Trois Pistoles pours a dark brown with a very foamy brown head that quickly vanishes. Its aroma is malty with fruit and nuts notes. Quite complex.

The taste is equally complex. Malt and nut flavors combine with other tastes while a noticeable alcohol flavor presides over 'em all. Quite a nice taste.

The body is good and solid, despite the alcohol level.

I'm a big fan of Belgian Strong Dark Ales and Trois Pistoles is an excellent example. Unibroue maintains its reputation for quality with this ale.

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Photo of stewart124
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very dark marroon color with a fizzy tan head that disaptes quickly. No lace left behind. Smell is of dark ripe fruit with plum and raisin coming to mind. Very sweet smelling. The taste is extremely sweet with dark roasted malts and a very slight hint of chocolate. The fruits really bring out this beer with plums, raisins and figs. The alcohol is well hidden under the rich taste of this beer. The aftertaste is just as the bottle says "old port wine". A quality product from Canada.

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

Excellent beer but enjoyed "Terrible" more...

Pours a cloudy ruby red....minimall head....nose is sweet dark fruits...black cherries...plums..even some grapes...flavors are dark fruits too...plums...but also a big peach flavor that jumps out..some spicy alcohol notes..

Mouthfeel is carbonated...slightly spicy from the alcohol....

Overall a high quality brew...but I'll take "Terrible" any day over this...

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Photo of Ellbert
3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very nice dark amber color with brown highlights. A very nice tan head formed to leave a beautiful lace.

Smell: Sweet yet lightly spicy. No alcohol is evident in the smell.

Taste: Sweet with some light spices that are mixed very well in the flavor. Alcohol is evident but not too strong or overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and consisten with enough carbonation to make the exprience very pleasureable.

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Photo of Hex92
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured kinda cloudy and the head disappeared quickly with no lacing. But the beer was great in all other categories. Amazing flavor, smell etc. You can kinda taste the alcohol, but its not overpowering. Very good beer overall. Definitely in my top 10-15.

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Photo of babyhobbes
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm, Unibroue!

This poured a nice brown color with a good-sized white head. It smells of malt and delicious spicy fruits. The taste is very much like the smell. The fruit is definitely more noticeble at the end. There isn't much sweetness here either. It's just right! This feels great in the mouth and has just enough foamy thickness to enhance the flavors. This is a drinkable brew and I'd like to have another. Alas, there is only one.

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

My second selection from Unibroue, and a fine one at that.

Poured a dark, mysterious, murky black/brown. The tan foamy head sticks around and leaves behind some beautiful Belgian lace to contemplate while sipping this wonderful elixir.

Aromas of wet hay, roasted malts, dark fruit, pear, chocolate, and some slight solvent esters.

Fruity beginning with a pleasant sweetness (not cloying), giving way to chocolate and a spicy, coffee-like dry finish. Alcohol lends a warming touch at the end.

Crisp and smooth mouthfeel.

Alcohol is hidden enough to make this beer drinkable, perhaps dangerously so. This one is destined to become a staple in the beer fridge.

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Photo of vwahaszee
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer was black, without much head. It smelled good, a berry type of smell. The taste was pretty good, you can certainly taste the fruit, as well as a somewhat chocolate taste. However, I didn't like the mouthfeel of the beer, since it had very little carbonation, and by the time I finished the 750 ml bottle, I had had enough of the beer.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Remarkable beer here, the appearance is cloudy dark brown with plenty of head, and the smell is fruity but the flavour is where it shines.

The beer starts out with big dark fruits with plums being noticeably present along with some pears and the typical Unibroue yeast flavour with nary a hint of the 9% alcohol content. The finale also has a surprising cherry hint. These flavours work remarkably well together, and this is a very tasty beer, probably my favourite Belgian Dark.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and while still maintaining body while the drinkability is very good, this beer is smooth, and despite the distinct and strong fruity tinge. Dangerously drinkable.

Trois the crown jewel of Unibroue's all around marvelous line of craft beers. Balanced, beautiful, and tasty. A must try experience for all beer fans.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not at all what I expected.

Not an impressive looking beer at all in the glass. Pours a coppery brown with a minimalist(I'm being kind)head. Perhaps I had a leaky bottle but the carbonation is just not showing itself. Smells weakly candy like with some sugars and nutmeg coming through. The taste is rather flat off the top with a real nice ramp up to the spices and brownie like texture. Carbonation is a little more present on the palate. Extremely easy on the tounge with a real smoth mouthfeel. Slightly sweet and very dry. Definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out with a huge, bone-white head of small, dense bubbles that quickly fizzes out like a soft drink. Bah! (Disclaimer: I have had samples that look much better, easily worth a rating of "4.") Threre's a bit of oozy cling to the liquid itself. Color of beer is near-opaque ebony; just a little bit of light comes through at the sides. Aroma is sweet from across the room; up in the nose it suggests fresh, sugary plums and black cherries; baking spices (mostly nutmeg?); and a strong, persistent yeast backbone that is somehow not bready. It's like they took my mom's black forest cherry cake and turned it into a beer. Despite the imposing appearance, nosefeel is delicate, cool, and expansive. Sweet taste (again, fresh! plums and black/sour cherries) would border on cola but a zap of spice (cinnamon especially, but also clove/nutmeg) levels it out, getting quite spicy in midpalate. The label suggests "port wine," okay, I can see that; there's a continually developing tannic/dusty grapeyness to it. A combination of fresh fruit "plumpness" and dry fruit sweetness... Bold carbonation in a near-fudgy mouthfeel dries out to a very full, dry, powdered-chalky finish that takes its time moseying away. No alcohol detectable at any point, even at 9 abv. Superb as a digestif and bordering on decadent. Mm.

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Photo of counselor
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a moderate head. Muted aromas of nuts, plums, roasted meats. The flavors are similarly soft, of mild meats, slow roasted vegetables, and overipe fruits. The mouthfeel is well balanced and the beer goes down smoothly with little of the alcohol taste present in this offering (9%). A decent beer, but not as up front as some other of this style, and less so than this brewers other offerings.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer forced me to taste it - when I unscrewed the 12 oz bottle, a rush of froth came pouring out of it unexpectedly and I had to taste it (or catch it, depending on how you look at it) as it was bubbling out of the bottle.

Once I decanted it into a glass, I was absolutely amazed by its head formation. The head on this baby was huge and noisy - audible from almost a foot away with its bubbles. The head instantly slumped away into a tiny rim of dirty white.

This strong dark ale is well, dark. It is a nice dirty nearly non-translucent brown. There is a bit of that sour Belgian yeast flavor on the nose.

The taste of this one surprised me for sure! I was expecting something deep and slow-drinking, but instead I found a roasty, chocolately treasure! There is a wheat consistency here, but nothing overwhelming - it really excells with its high-carbonated almost hoppy self.

I will go out of my way to get this one again.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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