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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,127
Reviews: 1,873
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 177
Gots: 318 | FT: 7
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000)
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Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Pours a velvetty black color. A half finger of bone colored head with amazing head retention. Billowy and fluffy.

S: I get a little bit of brown rum but in a good way.little chocolate. Touch of roast. Almost no esters which is unusual for the style. It also has this smell that I finally decided was like putting caramel in a sauce pan for 30 seconds. Little bit more spicy once it warms up.

T: Starts off with a nice sweetness. Only the slightest hint of the ABV. Candi sugar. Little bit of like 85% cocoa chocolate. Dry as part of the taste. Little bit of dark fruit in the finish.

M: Wonderful mouthfeel. Smooth. Creamy. All of their beers always have a great mouthfeel for the style.

D: It is a sipper in a lot of ways but it drinks like a champ. The body is so smooth and the ABV is well hidden. I cut my craft teeth on them and Ommegang and they never disappoint. Also their beers age really well...

10-17-2010 23:17:08 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of joepais


4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

This is the brew that got me hooked on the style. The price point is right and availability is awesome. It is really great to see it get some props.

Bottle poured into its proper challis produced a wonderful off white head that trails to a perfect amount of lace. The body of the brew has some great colors the edge of the brew is almost orange and the body of the brew is dark brown to black. You get a huge amount of dark fruits coming from it. Dates, plums and raisins come to mind not only in the nose but in the flavor as well. This is the closest brew I have ever had that reminded me of a port wine. You get that complex sweet fruity taste the just get better as it warms. The mouthfeel even comes off like a good port, thick and rich.

Yup a great brew worth the time to try. It is a fantastic desert brew. The price cant get any better for the quality of the brew.

10-15-2010 18:12:30 | More by joepais
Photo of Ricelikesbeer


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

One of my favorite strong darks. To me this is a standard as a brewer for this style.

A:Murky, almost purple in color. Dark Dark brown with faint ruby highlights. Murky from the yeast.

S: Dark rum, lots of plum aroma, and some boozy alcohol scent. Almost reminds me of a chocolate colored cherry or other fruit. Very fruity in the aroma.

T: Initial plum, fruit sweetness. Lots of layers here. This reminds me of drinking an aged port or even some dark rum. Also reminds me of eating a certain type of candy, can't put my finger on it exactly. Just a faint hint of chocolate or dark kilned malt.

M: Medium to full body, its somewhat chewy, but still goes down smoothe. The high level of carbonation (as is typical of any Unibroue beer) helps this one to go down easy.

D: Despite the high alcohol, body, and huge carbonation, this one is very drinkable and smoothe. No harsh bitterness or aftertaste. Coats the tongue and makes you want more and more.

Overall an excellent brew. Rivals any belgian strong dark I've had.

10-15-2010 04:04:23 | More by Ricelikesbeer
Photo of KeithStolte


3.38/5  rDev -20.1%

Poured from 750ml bottle to stout glass.

A - dark reddish-brown, slightly cloudy, with a finger-height head white color. Small carbonation bubbles

S- grape musk

T - grape, almost like a wine. Can't really think of a good pairing fr food.

M - medium carbonation, really lingers on the back pallet for a while.

D - very drinkable.

10-15-2010 01:17:50 | More by KeithStolte
Photo of Cheesemoose


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured a 12oz into my tulip. Solid finger of head with no lacing. Head slowly dissipates. Light hazy brown body with a white head.

Strong malt body, very remiscent of plums, with a hint of chocolate in the background. Very sweet to the nose. Slight hop aroma with a touch of alcohol in the far background.

Strong grainy malt flavor throughout. Alcohol is present, but kept in the background behind the earthy malts. Bits of chocolate and toasted bread. Spicy character (pepper) from the alcohol.

Medium carbonation with a good mouthfeel.

Alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms but is kept well hidden.

Very hearty and quite delicious throughout. Very very well balanced, though not as complex on the palate as I might have wished. Enjoyable none the less.

10-13-2010 23:28:01 | More by Cheesemoose
Photo of tewaris


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

15.5 IBUs
12 oz bottle with a freshness date of April 07, 2013 poured into a Gouden Carolus on October 13, 2010.

Appearance 3.5/5
Slightly hazy, perfect brown, with a medium, creamy tan colored head, with good retention. Average lacing.

Aroma 4/5
Fruit, spice (phenols), and yeast dominate. Not very sure about chocolate or caramel. Yet the aroma is decently complex, and nice. But nowhere close to exceptional!

Taste 3.5/5
Vinous taste that promptly gets covered by the prickly carbonation. The bitterness seems discordant, or the dark fruity sweetness is simply not enough. The aroma was certainly better than the taste: they are similar but the fruitiness of aroma was way higher. I would call this an average tasting beer. Finish is slightly sweet and long. Slightly warming.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Good.

Drinkability 4/5
While slightly disappointing considering the fame, very drinkable. Also, the warmer the better!

10-13-2010 10:50:05 | More by tewaris
Photo of hophead247


4/5  rDev -5.4%

Very sweet aroma of ripe fruits. Smells of prunes, raisins, plums, and maple syrup. Poured ruby/purple in color with a huge tan head that mostly diminished but lasted throughout. No lacing. Cloudy. Almost opaque. Purple color looks like a Port or red wine. Sparkling. Flavor is moderately sweet and matches aroma well. Tastes of cola, grape, plum, raisins, and dark malts. Medium body. Very fizzy carbonation. One of Unibroue's better beers imo...

10-12-2010 16:36:17 | More by hophead247
Photo of wolfinthemirror


3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a burnt umber color, a fingers worth of foam that fizzes out and dissipates quickly. quite opaque.

in the smell i get sweet bread, raisin, cinnamon, maybe sweet plum. it has a very pleasant smell to it.

i get a lot of dark fruits in the taste, more sour than sweet, almost like a cranberry. I can also taste the obvious belgian yeast, and alcohol in the tail end.

mouthfeel is medium, but it feels lighter than you'd expect. very crisp with somewhat high carbonation. finishes very dry with a slight boozy bite and warming in the throat.

drinkability is fair, it is pretty tasty and easy drinking, just watch out for the 9% abv. And since it is a bit on the pricier side, i will not be drinking as many.

10-11-2010 04:18:54 | More by wolfinthemirror
Photo of MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a foil-capped 341mL bottle into a snifter

Pours a deep cola colour with a foamy beige head with average retention and recedes to a thin ring that lasted throughout the drink.

Nose is sweet with the typical Belgian yeast along with dark fruits, mostly raisin and cherry

Taste is much like it smells, yeast, very malty with dark fruits (prunes, raisins) and a slighty spicy and warming dry finish.

Medium bodied with moderate-to-high carbonation. Seemed a little overcarbonated to me; will have to give it a more vigorous pour next time.

9% ABV is hidden well with just a gentle warming finish. This is quite enjoyable, I'm not sure which I prefer - this or Maudite.

10-10-2010 20:15:48 | More by MattyV
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Pour from a 12 oz. (too high) into a tulip glass; large head that lingered before dissolving into lacing. Nose is of dark cherries, taste has cherry as well alongside some dates and faint barleywine taste. Mouthfeel is unassuming; not heavily carbonated, but there is enough present to keep it from being wine. Taste seems... watery? Could be that I failed to dry the glass after washing, but still. Dangerously 'drinkable,' even sessionable; flavor is not potent at all considering the ABV; curious. Flavor improves on the second pour; likely some slight agitation will improve flavor overall.

10-09-2010 23:38:01 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of radioscooter


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

I was introduced to this wonderful ale by a friend of mine who stumbled upon it at a bar. He knew I liked Belgians and told me about it. This was a few years ago.

Now, I don't know if you're like me - God help you if you are - but when a friend who I consider less of a beer aficionado than me tells me about a beer - I take it with a grain of salt. Ho ho, I think, what does the precious Coors drinker think is so special now?

Yes, I know. I'm generally an ass like this.

Anyway, my friend tells me this is a beer worth putting down whatever you are doing and seeking out. So I did.

Happily surprised that he was right and this is an excellent example of the breed. I haven't had this in a while and so hadn't reviewed it here and then last night I brought out a 750 of this and one of Westmalle (triple) for a campfire at a neighbor's house.

First off let me say - it kicked the Westmalle's ass. This is a good thing in many ways. Trois Pistoles is imminently more available and cheaper than many of the classic Belgian Strong Darks around here and so - it has become a bit if a 'go-to' beer for me.

But it's not perfect.

Poured from a 750 into a Chimay goblet.

A. Looks great, dark brown, translucent. Modest froth - unimpressive lacing.

S. Not much here. At least when cold it is not a strong fragrance.

T. Excellent taste. Immediate hints of apricot, coriander etc. Nice malty finish.

M. Just okay, though I will bring up here that I usually let Belgians warm up for 15 minutes and this one is excellent and better when it's cold. Warmer it loses its complexity and sheen.

D. Very drinkable. I had a keg of this for my annual family/friends party and it was never too heavy or crushing to keep drinking. it did put my bus. partner into a bit of a stupor coma, but nobody warned him.

If you love strong, dark Belgians and are looking for one that's more available and affordable - you can't do wrong with this Quebec brew. It outshines many a 'real' Belgian.

10-09-2010 22:11:21 | More by radioscooter
Photo of kingcrowing


3.68/5  rDev -13%

On tap poured into a chalice.

Pours a nice deep hazy brown with a small very creamy light yellow/brown head. Nose is that Québécois yeast nose like all Unibroue beers, it's got more f a roasty bitterness that's a bit metallic.

Taste is very Belgian inspired with some rowdiness and a bit of a sweetness. Mouthfeel is rich and full, prett easy drinking given the abv.

10-05-2010 01:41:11 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4%

A: Poured with a large, off-white head that is quite creamy looking and long-lasting. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Body is dark brown, and when held to the light has good clarity.

S: Aroma of dark fruit, a touch of chocolate, and some firm-yet-not-overpowering spiciness.

T: Wow, what a well-balanced beer. The dark fruit expected in the style comes through nicely, with hints of spices and other sweetness throughout to complement. Goes down extremely easy for a 9% beer.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate-high carbonation. Just a hint of alcohol warmth.

D: An awesome beer... one of my favorite beers from Unibroue to date, and that's saying something with their line-up. Fantastic.

10-02-2010 16:04:26 | More by berley31
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a dark brown with hints of red. Nice off-white head and ok lacing. Smells of dark fruity cherry and a hint of chocolate. Taste is really complex, the fruit with some mild bitterness. Quite a sweet beer. Quite aggressive carbonation. One of my favourite beers from Unibroue.

10-01-2010 21:04:04 | More by kwjd
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: A rather complex aroma of cherries and other dark fruits fills the nose, along with some notes of yeast and hints of alcohol.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sweetness with flavors of apples, cherries, dates, figs, spices and yeast. There are also some notes of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes this beer relatively easy to drink.

10-01-2010 03:27:08 | More by metter98
Photo of Sneers

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -9%

Pours a deep cherry color its red-orange highlights. Topped with a frothy off-white head that sinks quickly. My immediate thought when pouring this is that it resembles cola.

The aroma is of dark fruit with surprisingly little sweetness. A fairly prominent warm alcohol aroma is present, too.

Taste is rather vinous, with a dry finish. The fine carbonation makes for kind of a bright flavor, and it has an astringent sort of bitterness. I almost don't know how to descirbe the malt here; it's beyond the sweetness of crystal malts, but not dark enough to pick up darker flavors. There's still a little bit of mildly sweet fruitiness, but is well balanced by the alcohol.

The relatively thin mouthfeel and the lack of sweetness set this apart from other beers of similar styles that I've had, but it works. The drinkability is, however, a little less because of this. I find this better as a slow-drinking beer.

Don't get me wrong, this is a damn good beer, but it falls a bit short from great.

09-30-2010 03:50:45 | More by Sneers
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Served from bottle into an Allagash flute. Poured dark brown with a one finger off-white head that quickly subsided to minimal. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, bread, citrus, and sweet sugar. The flavor was of malt, spice, and subtle citrus. It was light on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a nice brew. Not the best of its style, but a pretty nice example. The flavor was very pleasant and the aroma was very complex. Worth trying for sure.

09-27-2010 19:07:36 | More by thagr81us
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Solid 1/8" birch colored head; very dark opaque brown.

A: Immediate sweetness of malt, brown sugar and caramel.

T: Caramel, brown sugar, plum, figs and molasses. Sweetness overpowers any signs of a high ABV.

M: Very fine carbonation bubbles make this a smooth drinker. Very subtle bitterness after each sip, slightly dry but comfortable.

D: Pleasantly sweet dark ale that makes for an excellent accompaniment with dessert or, as the label alludes, a great substitute for a port. Smoothness and light carbonation make it quite drinkable despite higher ABV.

09-24-2010 16:11:22 | More by Mooch273
Photo of elflake

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Small bottle, with aggressive pour into Duvel tulip creates massive head, but fades quickly.

Aroma of dark, ripe fruits. Taste comparable with aroma, and lighter fruitiness, (almost tripel bananasness : banana bread malt ? ). Not much alcohol heat at all, but warming. Nice finish ; a little dry, not cloying at all.

I felt that La Fin Du Monde and Maudite were really over-rated, so I tried this very sceptically, and was overwhelmingly pleasantly surprised : better than Chimay blue ?

Consumed while grading papers : probably to the students benefit... ; > }

09-24-2010 05:56:33 | More by elflake
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

12oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass...about 8oz left before someone had to go to bed, lucky me!

A - poured a finger of loose and bubbly, very light tan colored foam. the beer is hazy, muddy brown in color.

S - yeasty and bready dominate right off the bat...spices come to play, along with a bit of dark (plums) and light (banana) fruits. some faint alcohol and sweet molasses finish.

T - sweet candi sugar and banana, cherry, apples kick it off sweetly. booze cuts in and warms the mouth, along with some sharp live yeast and bread. red-wine like near the end with a chocolatey finish.

M - wonderfully bodied with prickly yet controlled, lively carbonation. flavors dance in your mouth, very refreshing, and finishes a little sticky and dry.

D - wonderful beer, nicely complex yet not flashy. alcohol, though not hidden completely, is kept in check and adds another dimension. a great one fro Unibroue.

09-23-2010 03:06:21 | More by Stigs
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured into a Rochefort Chalice.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown / mahogony color, with a light brown head. The head started at about 1 finger which faded a bit but maintained throughout the session. The bubbles comprising the head were tight with decent lacing.

Nose: Lightly fruity and sweet smelling, slight smell of alcohol but not overly boozey.

Taste: The alcohol in this beer was apparent to me, although not overpowering. This beer had a sweeter taste comprised of cherries, sour grapes, Belgian sugars and figs.

Mouth: The mouth was a bit thinner than the beer's appearance would have you believe. It had a lighter feel but was pleasant.

Drinkability: Overall, I would say this is a sipper, and I would probably try this beer again.

09-21-2010 06:20:04 | More by mrunseen
Photo of TheJollyHop


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Floral jasmine, damp earth, toasted malts; herbal with a fruity undercurrent. The floral/perfume scent was really interesting.

A clear, reddish tinged, dark hazelnut brown with a crown of dense head populated with a myriad of tiny bubbles.

Floral and herbal on the tongue with a fruity medley in the middle (juicy plums and nectarines come to mind) that signals a supple exit to a sweet yet drying finish; some nutmeg as well. The tongue drying just increases the desire for another sip.

Medium to light bodied, prickly on the tongue, with a fairly high level of carbonation that keeps the beer very drinkable and offsets the richness of this beer. Solid.

09-21-2010 00:39:13 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of bohemiandonut


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

On appearance alone, this is a knockout. Dubbel dark wavelengths bordering on reddish/burnt orange. Absolutely creamy ochre head settles quickly from about three fingers height.

Smell is delightfully Old World Red, Chimay Blue and mellow spice. Some hint of banana and clove but generally black cherry, goji, and date. Dark honey sweetness. A hint of vodka is somewhat disconcerting, but I almost like it.

This is indeed what a good port wine should taste like. Slightly grassy/peppery, with the sweetness of strawberries soaked in brandy. A bit of oak appears, not extravagantly. Everything about this beer is subtle subtle subtle.

Mouthfeel is definitely where this beer excels. Smooth and creamy but not sticky, almost "thin" in a counterintuitive way. Carbonated half-n-half? I'm usually not a fan of minimally carbonated beers but this is almost too good to be true. Finishes quick but perfect. Such an accomplishment.

Unibroue often falls short for me when I pit it against the big boys, most notably with Fin du Monde. Trois Pistoles on the other hand is a welcome addition to the world of BSDAs. Less aggressive than Huyghe, smoother than Bernard. Not necessarily "better" mind you, but it fills a space that no other beer quite manages to fill. Prost!

09-20-2010 04:39:19 | More by bohemiandonut
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

A - Poured from bottle into Chimay chalice. Pours an opaque dark brown, close to black. Large fluffy off-white head, not much lacing.

S - smells of dark fruits, especially black cherries, currants, and plums. Smells fresh and clean. Reminds me of some red wines.

T - Fruity notes like black cherries and grapes up front, with a nice malt backbone that contributes toasty brown bread and brown sugar flavors. Belgian yeast throughout. Musty red-wine like flavors at the end with a definite alcohol flavor.

M - good carbonation and body. The feel is not too oily, and the finish is a bit dry, which I like. The dry finish makes it more drinkable.

D - Quite drinkable for the ABV.

A solid offering from Unibroue. I enjoy their pale Belgians a bit more, but Trois Pistoles is a great beer if you're looking for something darker or to pair with dessert. I'd imagine this would be heavenly with some fruit-laden Crème Brulée. It's also a great beer to give to red wine drinkers to get them interested in the better form of alcohol!

09-20-2010 03:57:39 | More by HotHands
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4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

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!

09-18-2010 21:36:22 | More by DesMoinesMike
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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