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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 Joss
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Plums, raisins, flowery notes and burned sugar in the aroma.
Hazy Bordeaux color with a stable creamy head.
Indeed a fruity Port flavor, dusty notes in the aftertaste.
Surprisingly light body , dry but a bit fizzy mouthfeel - this makes the beer seem lighter than it really is...

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Photo of merlin48
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 1st bottle put me to sleep last night, but a sip out of the warm glass very early this morning, told me that this is a biere worth reviewing. My 2nd Pistole poured a murky chestnut color, with a one finger head. Aroma is a bouquet of fruitiness, almost floral. Pleasant in the mouth, a nice balance of carbonation, alcohol, malts, and slight hops. Taste is of a nectar like dried fruitiness, combined very well with the distinct hops and alcohol.

This is one of the better brews I've experienced. Very complex, and very interesting. Reminds me of Celebrator toward the end, as it just keeps getting more overwhelming to the senses.

This is a wonderful balance of many complex flavours and aromas. Very finely crafted by the Quebec Unibroue folks. This could become one of my all time favourites. Geeez..I'm starting to spell stuff Canadian(flavour, favourite). This stuff is hard to find in Kentucky, so I guess I will cellar my remaining two bottles, eh!

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

12 oz. bottle
Appearance: Hazy, chestnut-brown body...has the look of a dark amber apple cider. Tightly-bubbled light tan head lingers with minimal lace.
Smell: Clean, crisp, yeasty with sweet malt background. Fall fruits, apple, grape, citrus-crispness. Complex and a key part of the experience.
Taste: Sweet full malt, with apples, plums, raisins. Delightfully sour yeast acidity, pleasing dry hop/citrus finish. Very nice balance. Alcohol hangs way back.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, tingly carbonation and yeast acidity/dryness.
Drinkability: A great sipper... could easily do 2 or 3 of these.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out an amber brown with a little lace. the aroma is spicey and grassy, lightly fruity. the taste packs some spice and alcohol right off the bat. a light hint of chocolate, malt and sweetness, it finishes dry. heavily carbonated and crisp. its good, just not my thing for the most part, but i can respect it none-the-less. take it easy too, this stuff will make you loopy.

$5.99 for the mag.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle. Best before 5/7/06
Pours a full tan head, a deep brown color, hazy, opaque. CO2 rolling up along the edges of the lacing. The aroma is malty, spicy, and earthy with a background presence of alcohol and some tartness. The taste is sweet, roasted, and spicy, with a tart middle and a dry finish that lingers with liquorish and sassafras. A medium bodied mouth-feel with sufficient effervescence. A well-rounded brew. Not overpowering for such an intense style. Taste was best around 53 degrees ? started loosing its balance as it warmed more. Might have needed some more aging.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A difficult beer for me as I will always remember it as the beer I drank as the Cubs lost to the Marlins in the NLCS 2003. And as I forgot to respect it, it got the very best of me the next morning!!! Be Warned!!! The beer poured a very orange/red almost wine like color. The stick was rock solid. Aromatics were fruit driven and complex-melon,sour cherries, botrytis-where's the blue cheese? Medium in body with soft bitter chocolate and light buttery fruitiness. A faint peach and tangy raisin note adds to the finish of this very, very complex and intriguing brew. This is a more wine like offering where the malt plays a second to the fruit. I'm thinking pear and blue cheese-seared foie gras?...incidently, my notes say "...end of the 9th..Cubs down 9-6...I need four pistoles!! all I can do to keep from throwing this glass to the floor....we got Wrigley?!" God the hangover sucked the next day.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles has a hazy black cherry soda color and a creamy off-white head.
The aromas wafting out of the glass are a melange of yeasty malt, dark fruits, a hint of chocolate and a mix of spices (coriander, clove, and cinnamon), not to mention a heady alcohol note.
Tasting this beer was a real exercise in sorting out all the different flavors. A light clove/banana flavor along with that bready malt taste was noted plus some raisins, plums, dates, and a sweetness not unlike dark chocolate-covered cherries. Trois Pistoles exuded a real candy sweetness. Finished with a spicy bite layered over a warming alcohol kick.
Feel was creamy and smooth with a light carbonation tingle.
Overall, this was one great beer. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the alcohol it packs. Nevertheless, it's a superbly crafted beer that's just right for slowly drinking over the course of a quiet evening.

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Photo of alexgash
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trois pistoles, which I believe is French for "hungry beer bear," pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Smell is wow. Grapes, alcohol, yeast (but not as yeasty as other Unibroues), woody, mmm...
Taste is of sweet, candy malts, tart grapes, Unibroue yeast, and oak. Finish is wheat bitter with lingering, warming alcohol and grapes. Mouthfeel is big and champagnelike in carbonation--a little syrupy at the end.

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Photo of shirfan
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has the color and clarity of apple cider. Modest off-white lacing remains for the duration of the glass.

Aroma is milder than many belgian-style offerings: what there is hints of raisins and crisp fruit... pear/apples maybe.

Taste empahsizes crispness again. There's a definite mix of estery, fruitlike flavors, but not a hint of syrupy sweetness or chocolate like others in the style. Could be best described as green pear / apple, with a suggestion of green raisins. A definite not-quite-ripe theme. Alcohol is felt rather than tasted.. just a breath of warmth in the finish.

Drinkability wins high marks for being flavorful and complex without feeling heavy or thick or "big". This will most definitely be granted a residence in my beer cellar.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am becoming more impressed by this brewery every time I get around to drinking a different beer from them. This beer has a deep, hazy brown coloring, almost a coke color, with a nice pale brown head. Its lacing had staying power almost to the bottle of the chalice. I didn't get the normal exceptional aroma that I got from some of their other beers and other dark Belgians, but I may have had enough of a sinus problem to affect that.

The taste was complex, very similar to a Chimay Blue-type taste. I tasted so many flavors, they were hard to differentiate. There was a definite malty taste with a hint of yeast. There are some other spices and herbs in there that I can kind place. I don't taste the chocolate flavot that some dark beers have.

I liked the strong carbonation, which gave a clean feel to the mouth during and after drinking. It packs a wallop of alcohol, whch I think adds quite a bit to the flavor. Overall, an excellent beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown brew with a creamy dark white head. Real fizzy, I still had bubble coming on top five-ten minutes after the brew was pourred. The alcohol was not too prevalent and the taste was sweet and fruity. Usual malt taste from Unibroue. Very nice brew overall.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark purple color. Small head. Aroma is slightly vinous, fruity and dusky. Malty and fruity. Very complex flavors; raisins, grapes, figs with a musty undertone. This is a very nice beer. Very smooth, it hides the 9% alcohol very well. There is a hint of alcohol tartness on the tongue. Tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is slightly bitter.

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Photo of pootz
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was my second sampling from Unibroue and they seem consistant in offering great gourmet Belgium beers to the Canadian consumer.

Trois Pistoles weighs in at 9% alcohol and creates a very warming effect that is best appreciated on cold winter nights after skiing or with venison or wild foul dinners. It pours a such a dark ebony color it must be brewed with a whacking roasted malt. It’s rich, smooth with real texture, and the presence of the yeast used for in-bottle fermentation gives it a taste and aroma of spiced fruits and an after taste not unlike a stout wine like medeira.

Poured a black color that refuses to let light through the glass with coffee colored head and medium carbonation. Delicious aromas of fruits and spices. Starts very thick and builds to a wondrous full body punctuated with fruit and nut and chocolate tastes then finishes with warmth and a lingering port wine taste

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Photo of steelreign
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So complex, so utterly fantastic this amalgamation of flavours and aromas. Sticky white head, frothing almost. Dark cherries, chocolate, slight grassy hop notes, malt and more malt, alcohol....wow, I said complex but this has it all.

So smooth, velvety texture. High carbonation, but not altogether unwelcome. The biting subsides and the warming begins soon after it's gone down. Sweet chewy malts make their way to the front, and a nice warm, dry alcohol finish. A superbly crafted, truly BIG beer! Cheers Unibroue!

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Photo of kmo1030
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very dark brown with a light tan head. the smell is fruity like marachino(sp?) cherries and vanilla, a little citrus behind it as well, and a bit of a mild wine smell too some roasted malts in there too maybe. the taste is fruity (cherry, raisin), but mild, slightly peppery. starts sweet and then finishes with a little bitterness to clean things up. at times just a little boozy. i think that the carbonation should be a bit lower and the mouthfeel a bit thicker, but no real problem here. overall one of the best beers i've had the priviledge to drink. try it if you haven't i'm gonna move onto some other unibroue if they're anything like this one

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Photo of Elemental
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark thick brown color with a nice thin amount of head. The smell is of yeast with a slight fruitiness along with a raison aroma. The taste is smooth and subtle yet flavorful with hints of fruits and a light aftertaste that tends to linger. Very nice mellow tasting beer that isn't overpowering because of the good balance. Slightly bitter to end with. Though I like the mellowness of the beer I do wish there was a little bit more fullness to the taste but overall a really good beer.

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Photo of Hefe
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 9/5/03.

Appearance: A color somewhere between brown and black that gives the impression that something lurks within. Pours with a tannish head that eventually gives way to a bit of lacing.

Smell: Malty and complex, with notes of cherry, vanilla, wheat, orange peel, plum, and a yeasty breadiness.

Taste: Complex yeastiness, reminds me of Bollinger Special Cuvee in a weird way. Plum, raisin, roasted malts, peach/apricot.

Mouthfeel: Again a bit like champagne, but with enough body that the carbonation isn't overwhelming. Big alcohol stays in the background.

Drinkability: A lot of factors at play that could slow you down, but everything here is in perfect balance. Bravo!

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Photo of Andreji
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now This is a Fantastic brew. Took One sip of it and did *that* expression on my face of absolute delight. Happily surprised.

Pours a very dark brown/black thick fluid with an average head between brown and tan that fades quickly as is not very dense.

The smell, a mixture of fruits, strong wheat, malt and hops, is present all the time and is strong enough to fill the room. Delightful.

The taste is very strong and absolutely exceptional. With a delicious weissbier wheat-like base taste that mixes with fruityness, above all some lemony feel and a bit of sweet which fades with the carbonation and in perfect synchronization allows the appearance of a slight bitterness, just at the end, that finishes it off beautifully.

The mouthfeel, for this rather thick but thirst quenching brew is exceptional and the alcohol level (a whopping 9.0) is very well hidden, but makes the drinkability lower than perfect. You don't want it to fool you.

Perhaps the best beer in my stop in the US, and, oh lord, canadian. Wow.

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

Pours nice dark brown with light tan head. Dissappates to a nice light lace. Vanilla and fruit in the nose. Very bubbly to the tongue. Tastes a little like rootbeer. Some vanilla and fruit. Nice velvetty mouthfeel. Very similar to Belgian beer. Another fine Unibroue offering. This is a very enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of tar
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, caramely brown, with a think, light tan, foamy head. Aroma is a bit sweet. Floral and fruity (cherries?) scents issue forth. Taste is mellow and nicely sweet, with fruit flavors (plumes, cherries, others) coming through. Almost reminds me of wine in flavor. The finish is dry with a very pleasant, lingering in the mouth. A hint of alcohol is present in the taste as well, but does not take away from the overall wonderful and complex flavors. Very smooth and highly drinkable despite the deceptively high alcohol content.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The thick and dark, almost black, body sits underneath a big head.

Smell – Typical aroma for the style. The dark fruits come out at first, followed closely by the big, dark, bready yeast scents. This is a beautiful fragrance.

Taste – The yeast comes out even bigger here. It is a wonderful flavor, and complimented well by the fruits from the smell. Prunes, raisins, plums, and overly-ripe apricots meld with some banana and tobacco for an excellent flavor.

Behind this comes the yeasty bread. If you’ve ever made fresh bread and taken a taste of the yeast and sugar mix before all the flour is added, this is it. A baker would appreciate this flavor. It is absolutely phenomenal.

Mouthfeel – I like the big carbonation of this brew, but it may be just a tad off style. But, in the end, this feels great.

Drinkability – The big carbonation slows one down a bit, but this is a work of art.

Comments - It’s hard to overachieve in this category, but Unibroue has once again come up with a winner.

Update – I reviewed this initially with a 2003 and thought it would be interesting to review a 2004 vintage. This beer just blows me away. I can’t believe that it’s not brewed in Belgium. I just love so many things about it, but that dark yeast flavor just puts me in heaven. I juggled some ratings around to include upping the Drinkability to a perfect 5.0.

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

Bonjour mon amis Unibroue. Is that flying horse going to kick my ass? This imposing brew is very dark crimson little if any light can break through. Fizzy brown head eventually fades to coat the top for eternity. Smells fantastic, a wine like aroma with dark ripe fruits--grapes, plums, and a pleasant yeast aroma as well. I can taste the ripe fruits, and the sweetness is balanced by the mouth numbing Unibroue yeast and hints of alcohol. These mellow dark flavors are sublime.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Trois Pistoles

Pours a nearly opaque, dark mahogany with a thick head of fine bubbles. Little lacing as the head recedes. Aromas are sweet, figs, plums, perfume-like. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and definitely of fuller body. Flavors are all sweet and reflect the nose with fragrant plums and a hint of licorice. Incredibly smooth and balanced despite the 9% ABV. Overall this is a fine example of a belgian style strong dark ale, with only a slightly reduced drinkability because of the high alcohol.

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Photo of Running4beer
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never seen a beer look like this one. Pours out a solid brown color brew with a thick frothy head that diminishes half way through to a thin lacing. Yeasty, grainy and a bit of malts made up the aroma here actually and a hint of alcohol. Taste was exceptional yeasty and chocolatly also a bit of alcohol and some raisons or some type of fruit. Very drinkable and very good...

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled from a Trois Pistoles glass (eBay purchase!!!). Poured from a 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown in color with a khaki head that leaves a thick, but fine, lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Very prominent smell of malt with a decent shot of anise and spiciness of the clove family.

Taste: The first flavor is that of very high quality dark/sweet malt followed by raisiny/plum flavors. I detected a hint of smoke at the finish. Probably the priest's soul or something (read the label for more info).

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is quite nicely balanced by the malt (and other) flavors. Slightly chalky in the finish.

Drinkability: Most decidedly not a session beer. Cries out for food like cheeses and properly crusty bread. Still, it goes down quite smoothly.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 1,986 ratings.