Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Drawing on Quebec folklore, Unibroue chose the name Trois Pistoles to honour the city’s historic importance and pay homage to the legend of the Black Horse. Conjured up by a priest to help build a new church, this incarnation of the devil ran off when its bridle was removed. Because construction was still underway when the horse vanished, a stone remains missing from the church to this day.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,752
Reviews:
2,061
Ratings:
5,079
pDev:
10.87%
 
 
Wants:
315
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792
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Ratings: 5,079 |  Reviews: 2,061
Photo of hopsputin
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: murky, dark brown & ruby red mixture with some lighter purple notes towards the center of the glass. 2 finger, frothy tan head

S: huge bready note followed by raisins, prunes, figs, red grapes, Belgian spicy yeast, green and red apples, and huge caramel

T: prunes, figs, raisins, and huge bready note up front. Caramel, coriander, cardamom, and dark berries follow. A little bit of alcohol at the end as well, with some leathery notes which are very smooth. Finish is bready and filled with dark fruit

M: heavy mouthfeel with medium carb

O: a very solid example of the style. Complex and strong, it’s a sipper that allows you to discover more with each sip

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Photo of csnyder83
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucular
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Loss and smells great with a ton of flavor and hints of spices, but it is very boozy for 9% abv. I'd love to try this with a couple years in the cellar.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stuff.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TwoForOne
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Photo of radiation
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super delicious belgian-style strong ale. Dark, boozy, malty, fruity and spiced - this is a good after dinner beer in the cold months. Highly recommend.

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Photo of spectru
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearly opaque, light tan head, fairly big head dissipates quickly, sounds effervescent. Smells rich and fruity, a bit sweet. Smooth and sparkly to start off with but then it loses much of the sparkle; Rich flavor, but not strong, just the slight hint of the 9% ABV alcohol content. At the end the head is gone and so is most of the carbonation.

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Photo of BradleySig
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ewpass
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a full head. Sweet malt nose with some Belgian yeast notes. Dry roasted malty body with super-smooth mouthfeel and fine effervescence. Alcohol level well-hidden.

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Photo of kyleondrums
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of C-Stockwell
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: mostly solid ruddy brown with a substantial off-white to beige head
S: similar to a barleywine, with the sweet malt smell dominating. Very rich
T: bittersweet with a dry finish, molasses, maple syrup, and somewhat vinous like a fortified wine
F: nice balanced carbonation and an overall rich yet dry beer

The flavor is somewhat hard to describe but is definitely part of the Unibroue style. Definitely a malt-heavy flavor and smell. Probably would go well with rich food like a beef stew or a game dinner.

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Photo of Vyacheslav
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BennyProfane
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aprabhu
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brandoneast
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle bb 12-11-20 poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 9% ABV 15.5 IBU 32.2 SRM per label. The beer pours medium brown in color with ruby highlights and very light brown head of tiny bubbles. The head quickly recedes to an island and thin ring leaving no lacing behind. The aroma offers hints of dark fruit and a subtle clovey Belgian yeast note. The taste is more clove, raisin, plum, sweet bread and spice. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with above average carbonation and a dry finish. There is no noticeable bitterness with the balancing of the beer left to the unnamed spices referred to on the label. No alcohol presence in the aroma or taste. Overall, very good. Delicious, available and affordable. A very good combination for a strong Belgian beer.

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Photo of LordBezoar
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chiefz1
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Carmack
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EAR
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jenrhart
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gongfu
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluesfolk19
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Archbrau
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,079 ratings