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Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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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 Chad_S
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very similar to Unibroue's Maudite.

Thick, foamy head, possibly not quite as extreme as other Unibroue offerings.

Dark lager-esque color.

A sweet, apple-y flavor. The slightest taste of alcohol.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- Dark golden body with a great creamy head.
S- Sweet ripe fruits.
T- Sweet-thick-malty red wine with spices. Alcohol and plums in the aftertaste.
F- Cream, full, rich.
O- Wow, incredible and complex. You need to try it. Only downside was the booze taste.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber brown with a thin tan head which lingers long and leaves good lace. Aroma is grassy, herbal and yeasty. More yeast along with spice and mild sweetness on the palate.

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Photo of mlockman
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Much drier than some of the reviews led me to believe. Very little head, especially when compared to Maudite, but much more in-line with the style in my opinion.

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Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Champagne like quality, and carbonation. Off-white/slightly khaki head that dissipates quickly.
Looks like a darker soda/cola. Really dark chestnut, with streaks of garnet. It is opaque and cloudy due to the yeast. Sustained effervescence. The nose is full of powerful malt notes, from brown rum, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, sherry, black cherries, and a pervasive spiciness. Of course, Unibroue's trademark pungency is recognizable.

The flavour is sweet, finishing smooth like a port wine would. There is an abundant presence of cocoa, roasted malts, dark fruits- namely cherries, plums, prunes, figs, all bolstered by the dark spice notes. Fruity esters blend in nicely with caramel, muscovado sugar, and blackstrap molasses. The boozy, rum quality is warming and pleasurable, not astringent.

Powerful and well made BSDA. I am a huge fan of Unibroue's bold yeast profiles.

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Photo of lastmango
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Updated my review for 2016. Poured a blackish brown with a 2 finger white fizzy head that dissipated within a 2 minutes. Nose initially reminded me of root beer barrel candy followed by dark fruit. Hint of chocolate, cherry flavor, on top of malt. Much thinner feel than I expected. Highly carbonated, which is like the other Uni brews. Almost soda-like and a bit too much for me. Hop fiends will not like this. For me, the beer is too carbonated, which detracts from my enjoyment. Guess this style is not for me.

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Photo of mchegash
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4/5
A dark caramel-brown red. A moderate amount of tan foam. Quite opaque, but not totally.

Smell - 4/5
Sweet dark fruit, slightly boozy malts, hints of Belgian spice.

Taste - 4/5
Heavy malt flavor which has great dark fruit elements, some booziness, with slight hints of spice as well. Overall I am quite happy with the taste.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Very full bodied, medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation. Fairly crisp.

Overall - 4.25/5
This was a great brew and I am happy to have tried it. Unibrou makes some fantastic beers.

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Photo of ARoman
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is initially roasted grains and spice with a pungent prune, some tobacco, and some funk. It pours a murky prune color with a light, fuzzy tan head that's wispy with only light retention and no lace. The taste is a medium high bitter and medium sweet. The texture is a moderate thick and oily one with only a light fuzz for carbonation, and a medium full body that's flavored with bread, spice, tobacco, and plums. It finishes spicy with a zip and has warm flavors of prunes and spice and leaves an aftertaste that's bready and lingering with a light spice, alcohol, and fig.

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Photo of brap
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I picked this up after really really enjoying this brewery's Fin Du Monde which for whatever reason I'd never had. I guess I a sublimated association envisioning Canadian breweries with cheapo Carling Black Label that I guzzled in college. This stuff blew me away. Fan-freaking-tastic. Delicious, spicy, and complex enough that every sip brings a different sensation. I need to try all of this breweries beers they're two for two so far. Absolutely brilliant.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pithc dark with a big foamy and bubbly head. Smells of alcohol and some black fruits (blackberries in particular). Tastes really sweet, kinda boozy but with some fruitiness too. Overall one of my favorite Unbroue beer, really excellent.

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Photo of 303beer
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just a little cloudy. Brownish gold in color. Sweet aroma. Yup. Wow. That's on point. Smooth. Little sweet. It's drinkable. I like it. Couldn't drink a lot of it. I think splitting a bomber with a friend is how to drink this beer. But you will enjoy the .75 of a pint you get on a split.

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Photo of seedyone
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taproom 307, NYC. As a big Unibroue fan, I've seen this around & never he button. I'mglad I did. This is in a class/world of it's own. A deep brown in hue with little head or lacing. The aroma is all fruity. Prunes, raisins & cherries, but those elements are well/under controll in the taste, but surely add to the wonderful texture. If you see it on gap, treat yourself. CanLt speack/to the bottled version, but at half marks, it should be worthy.

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Photo of justinp444
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Thin soda like white head that dissipates quickly, cola like brown color. Smell of chocolate, malt, citrus, apple, and lemon. Taste of citrus, chocolate, nice carbonation, malt, grape, end notes of nuttiness and warm alcohol. Nice rich mouthfeel that has a big crispness about it.

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Photo of mabermud
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Chunky cola.
Smell: Overripe fruit. Brown bananas. Sugar. Clove or spice.
Taste: Same as the smell.
Feel: Nothing to write home about.

Overall: I would have this again. This is similar to a Rochefort 8, but different. Not bad.

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Photo of pat61
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant dfark chestnut under a 2” light tan foam ccollar with a very fine bead.
S: Some dark sugars, ripe to over ripe fruit,
T: An initial sweetness with dark malts and sugars, traces of banana and fruit cake, ripe fruit, plum, raisin and citrus. Dry, spicy grain flavors especially on the finish punctuated by a dose of tartness.
F: Very creamy Belgian bottle conditioned carbonation gives the beer a very soft texture. A big beer but surprisingly light on its feet – not heavy or cloying.
O: A well composed and well balanced yeast driven Belgian style dark ale with big flavors.

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Photo of Sirwootalot
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served room-temperature, in a standard pint glass.

The nose from this brew hits right away - a swirling potion of estery goodness, evoking banana bread, dried berries, and even a hint of wild mushrooms. The head is ferociously chunky, and with even the most dainty of pours kept surging its way up.

The taste is an experience. It's initially thick, fruity, and slightly bitter, much like a raspberry cacao truffle - and then the aftertaste kicks in, almost defying description. It's an effervescent explosion of strange and delightful flavors; I was reminded of cinnamon, white pepper, galangal root, espresso foam, walnuts, blackberry syrup, and smoked brisket. This beer dominates every last cell in your mouth, but isn't even remotely astringent or sticky. It goes down disturbingly easy for how strong it is, in every sense of the word.

This is not the best beer I've ever had, but it's WAY up there. I imagine it would pair stupidly well with authentic barbecue, or with maple-syrup-heavy breakfast.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh my. Dark, sweet, and yeasty...reminiscent of dark lovers and dangerous affairs. Even better, it shares a name with one of my favourite Tragically Hip songs. This is an incredibly complex, sweet, and boozy dark ale. Like a good pistol, it finishes with a bit of a kick and opens your eyes a bit. This is definitely a "special occasion" brew - not so easy to find, but so worth it when you do.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with creamy white head, looks to pour heavy. I get dried dark fruit and nutty scents with earthy aroma hops and alcohol. Getting my nose a little closer to the glass lends a scent comparable to Dr Pepper. The profile of scents is so complex and balanced that I could sit there and just smell this one for quite some time, however, I love drinking beer too much to do that. The taste brings forth more complex spices as well as that Belgian yeast profile. I still get some of the nutty dried fruit undertones on the palate. This one finishes wet and heavy on the palate, leaving me with the alcohol that matches up with the actual content. Good brew here

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's a rare beer that makes this hop-lover enjoy a malty, dark Belgian like Trois Pistoles. As is typical for Unibroue, the mouthfeel and carbonation make this beer uniquely drinkable for the style. Drinks like a lighter, more manageable Gulden Draak, which is high praise. I would have never guessed that this beer is 9% ABV, but that's not to say it isn't substantial in flavor and feel. Everything this brewery makes is about as high-quality as you will find, and makes paying twice as much for true Belgian imports seem silly. A no-brainer for fans of dark beers, Belgians, craft lovers who like to try the best of the best, or even red wine drinkers.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(best before: 12-03-18 - poured into Chouffe tulip, leaving behind lees)

L: fizzy head - bit of yeast trouble?... clear, deep dark black-cherry red liquid... lovely jewel-like glow

S: subtle clove and allspice... large charge of sweet orange peel... highlights of coriander emanating out from all the cracks

T: like a spiced red wine, moderately rich malts... cherry skin and mild booze in the aftertaste, whisper of clove... somewhat like Abt 12 with tweaked spice character (oriental in nature?)... the mild burnt qualities of brown sugar playing against the dark fruit and spice... well-balanced alcohol... several sips in, what started as citrus (orange, coriander) undertones develops more into a key element level with the malt

F: bit of lingering warmth... bit of a numbing effect on the tongue tip... smooth, delicate flow of its light-medium body... very easy to knock back in big sips despite a mild sting from the high carbonation

O: on the surface, perhaps a bit too clean (could be a result from whatever may have been up with the lees - over attenuating?)... may have always been close to this anyway (haven't had this in awhile)... it's so hard for them to do wrong with whatever yeast/spice combo they use - so good

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review taken multiple times. This particular review was taken early summer 2014.

12oz brown bottle with the beautiful Unibroue shape, perfect silver foil covering the cap and neck. More great artwork from Unibroue with a winged horse over their famed castle like artwork. Poured into an authentic Unibroue stemmed tulip.

A - murky dark brown with hints of the darkest of amber in the light. Opaque character out of the light with a massive dark beige head that leaves sticky lace all over the glass.

S - dark fruits and sweet malt. Hints of chocolate, and bready yeast. Brown rum and Belgian style spices. A delicious and inviting aroma. A touch of roasted malt adds to the complex aroma.

T - sweet malts and rich ripened dark fruits. The brown rum character doesn't fade in the flavor. Dark Belgian spices with hints of dark cherry, chewy caramel, chocolate and cocoa. More light roasted malt notes contribute to the balance of the big dark fruit sweetness. A tasty flavor!

M - big medium body with an even bigger thickness and texture. This thing drinks like a dessert which is typically what I drink it as. Exceptional coating quality. Alcohol booze is there once it warms but only adds to its spices.

O - A sweeter strong dark ale but an exceptional offering. Another true craft beer classic from this great Canadian brewery. One of the breweries who just know belgian style beer and craft them with such quality it's truly remarkable. Trois Pistoles is one of my all time favorites and I'd advise anyone to get it a try. Brilliant.

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Photo of BeerWatcher
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours murky, muddy brown. Raisins, and plum dominate the aromas. Palate is thick and slightly sticky. Tastes are the aforementioned raisins and plums, but some up front mint is on the tongue too. Maybe a bit of sweet molasses on the swallow. A good solid craft brew, but the hyperbole swirling around this one, exceeded the actual experience of drinking it.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been recommended to me several times and finally tried it.

A - Deep brown color that is ruby in the light. Medium white head with fine bubbles that subsides quickly. Not as cloudy as most but still some yeast in suspension.

S - Pretty rich smell with lots of the typical Belgian yeast spice character (phenolic) and a very pleasant dark fruit character like raisin or prune. Just underneath that are the strong malt and caramel tones.

T - Very similar to the smell the Belgian character holds true but isn't the only player with lots of malty goodness sitting on a bed of the caramelized sugars. Has a lot of sweetness from the dark fruit and malt but the spice character helps and It's a complex beer that gets even more complex the more your tongue gets used to the Belgian flavors and it warms pulling you more in to the depths of this Belgian strong ale.

M - Full to medium mouth-feel. Has some light bitterness and finishes complex with an aftertaste that isn't exactly the same as the flavor but doesn't stick. Light carbonation.

Overall, a very delicious beer. Not the best beer I've had but the amplitude of the dark fruit character in compliment to the Belgian character is very flavorful. I would recommend this beer to anyone that likes Belgian beers or if you enjoy the dark fruit character of other beers.

Glass- Goblet

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - That typical, fantastic BSDA look - murky dark brown with a huge, fluffy 2 finger tan head. Lacing is awesome, epic retension.

Smell - Spicy, musty dark fruits, a little funky, very ripe banana - that yeast is kickin' in a great way. Light grassy/herbal hops. Doughy sweet maltiness is hanging out too. Caramely and candy-like. Great smell, very complex.

Taste - Big-time flavor bomb: rum-raisin, loads of ripe dark fruitiness, subtle grassy/herbal hops, touch of cocoa, musty and pungent, spicy with clove and others, malty and bready, caramel sweetness, vanilla. Alcohol is very well integrated, but there is a boozy twang complete with a bit of burn in the back of the throat, just let you know this is 9%. Finish dries up quite nicely. Very complex and everything works together beautifully.

Feel - Creamy carbonation, smooth, fairly high carb complements the medium-full body nicely.

Overall - Just a really expertly put together BSDA. Very complex, very smooth and dangerously drinkable for its heft like any big Belgian worth its salt should be. Great beer - stands up there with anything from Belgium in my book.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cola in color with a big billowy head with great retention and leaving curtains of lace. The nose comes with some toasted malts, dried fruits and yeast. The taste is dominated by that wonderful ‘Belgian’ profile of yeast, bread, candied sugar and caramel. The high carbonation keeps this 9%’er highly drinkable.

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