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Trois Pistoles - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,429
Reviews: 1,913
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 199
Gots: 442 | FT: 7
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-31-2000

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep mahogany in color, Trois Pistoles is clear, but nearly opaque, full of vigorous lacing, and topped by a creamy head that rises above the rim of my goblet. It has the same appearance as a marshmallow.

S: bouquet is quite fragrant, with many players. Mostly spice with only a touch of fruit, black pepper, banana, and grapes are all noticeable.

T: unibroue does a remarkable job on this brew, creating a 9% ale that is not at all syrupy. There is a slight sweetness to this brew that is created by the complex cast of fermentation by-products. Banana, black pepper, and mangoes are all contributors to this amazing brew.

M: Unibroue has really captured what the greats, particularly Westmalle dubbel and Rochefort, possess; a super creamy mouthfeel. Trois Pistoles is amazingly soft, even through the heavy carbonation. The mouthfeel may be the most impressive aspect of this brew.

D: I've always been impressed with Unibroue, and currently have the impression that they are the only ones on this continent that really capture the style that the Trappists have created. This is definitely worth picking up.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of fx20736
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 4 pk from Beers of the World on 12/7/13.

Appearance: murky ochre with thick khaki head, decent lacing.

Aroma: classic mix of Belgian yeast and cloves which comes off smelling like coca cola.

Mouthfeel: smooth, weightless

Taste: cloves, spices, molasses, burnt brown sugar with a sage like bitterness.

Notes: Perhaps the most authentic Belgian, not brewed in Belgium that I have had.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle. Pours a deep brown with nice tan-ish head. Thick head at first but quickly dissolves leaving behind a good layer that stays for the rest of the beer. Smell is of yeast, sour fruit (mainly green apple) and some alcohol. Taste is great. Tastes is of some fruits, some alcohol, and some chocolate. A very complex drink. High carbonation leaves a slightly creamy feel and a distinct after-taste. This is a tremendous beer, the only low marks are on the drinkability as this high alcohol content makes it hard to enjoy more than one or two without seeing double!

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Big fruity fermentation character right off the bat on the nose. Also dark caramel malt aromas and just a very faint alcohol aroma.

Deep brown with red highlights when held up to the light. Smallish head but a persistant rim around the glass with a little bit of lacing.

Flavor is very nice. I get lots of dark dark crystal (like 100-120) and a hint of roast malt. There's also just a hint of treacle/butterscotch. Fermentation character includes huge amounts of fruity esters that come off as plums and raisins and baked apples. Hops are spot on for bitterness but otherwise the hops are kind of an afterthought in this malt complex beer.
I do get a little bit of alcohol flavor which is the only thing that keeps me off a 5.

Big bodied with a pretty sharp carbonation level, higher than the head would lead you to expect.

On a quality/price/strength ratio this is a knockout. You could drink better at higher prices and you could find a lot of mediocre beer at the same price level. This is a damn fine beer that works as a sipper and as a food pairing with roast meat or spicy food.

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3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark hazy brown. No tmuch head, no retention, no lace.

S: Sweet Belgian yeast, roasted malts, raisins.

T: Sweet candy, bitter chocolate. Dark fruits, prunes, pear.

M: Medium body. Alcohol burn on the way down.

D: Not nearly as good as the Maudite I just had. Damned decent none the less. Certain sipper, not much of a quaff.

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4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - Pours dark crimson/amber with a small tannish colored head.

s - smells fantastic. sweet, slightly roasted malt, notes of raisins

t - exceptional. sweet and fruity, grainy, malty

m - medium body, little carbonation

d - this is a fantastic beer, a 4 pack makes you feel warm and fuzzy, and is a bargain for the quality you get.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz->Trois Pistoles Chalice

A ~ Pours a dark red wine color with a deep brown hue. Opaque with an Ovaltine colored head that fades into delicate, tiny bubbles. No Lacing.

S ~ Raisins, Dates & Figs. Notes of plum, straw & blackberry jam. Hint of clove and cocoa.

T ~ Bold Grape flavor upfront that is very crisp with flashes of pomander & various wild berries. On the throat there's black cherry, plums & dark bread. More dried fruit & bready malt (banana bread) comes through as it warms a bit.
Very vinous.

M ~ Leaves a dry sensation on the palette that is very enjoyable. Fruit is prevalent throughout but the is a delicate balance. No sense of ABV whatsoever.

D ~ Love this more & more everytime I have it. I absolutely love this beer with Italian food. Would be a perfect introductory-ale for someone getting into Belgian-styles for the first time.


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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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