Trois Pistoles

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #5
Ranked #1,101
4.26 | pDev: 10.56%
Quebec, Canada
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Notes: 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.
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DDiFran from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nothing to say that hasn’t already been said. Impeccably well crafted example of the style. Hard to believe it’s not made by monks in a Belgian Abby. Oh Canada!

Sunday at 02:12 AM
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backblast from Alaska

4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark mahogany with a thick beige head.

Tastes of Belgium yeast and malt with some toffee-caramel. There is mild spice mixed in with apple and dark fruit in the finish and very mild bitterness.

Apr 09, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Dark brown beer with a huge beige head. Very fine and complex aroma with vinous notes, also notes of oak, spices, cocoa, red berries and dark fruits, hints of barnyard and tobacco. The flavour is sweet, vinous and fruity, quite smooth for 9% ABV beer. Moderate hops. Many of the elements of the aroma stay with you through the flavour and aftertaste. An excellent beer!

Mar 19, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Stamped on bottle neck is Best By date of '01-07-23'.
Deep brown colored body, with a red/copper backlit body. Multi finger light beige colored head. Leaves some strings and partial walls of lacing.
Aroma of the earthy, metallic yeast, along with apple, date, and cherry, with a little dark malt.
Taste is cherry and date fruit, and some dark malt; this combo is sweet. Mainly at the end is the yeast, which dries out the palate through the after taste.
Mouth feel is full. Some spiciness on the tongue. The higher ABV% does bring a boldness. Very good carbonation. Low bitterness.
The dryness at the end entices another sip but be careful with the 9%; it will warm you up in the hurry. Would be a good food pairing with a sharp or strong cheese, or with a stew or lasagna.

Mar 07, 2021
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Yorick from Wisconsin

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with a light khaki head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind a fine lacing around the edge of the glass (tulip).
S: Dried fruit (cherries and dates) up front followed by Belgian yeast, malt, and some alcohol.
T: Sweet and full. More dried fruit and maybe even a little browned apple. It has a port wine character up front. The finish is classic Belgian phenolic yeast. Spices, fruits, a bit of hot alcohol on the exhale and a clean, lingering finish.
M: Medium bodied with a lot of tingly carbonation.

A great beer to pair with a meal. It's not too sweet and not too dry. The carbonation clears you palate for the next bite or sip.

Dec 22, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a clear reddish brown with a robust light tan/off white head that slowly reduces. In the nose, it is a bit spicy, with some malt. In the mouth, it is dark fruits, brown sugar and a bit of sharpness that is difficult to describe. Nice!

Nov 29, 2020
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mccrackrlm from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A delicious Belgian Style dark Ale, from Unibroue. After being recommended to buy some La Fin Du Monde from a co-worker, about 7 years ago; I continued to occasionally get that wonderful Belgian ale or this Trois Pistoles. A complex spicy aroma, taste and always wonderful to drink.

Nov 08, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. Dark brownish red in color with a large tan head. Smells of dark fruit and cola. Flavors of dark fruit, cola, brown sugar, very complex. Unique beer that's really good.

Oct 31, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle with an interesting blurb about the town this beer is named after

Very dark, rootbeer-orange, not much head. Smell is dark fruits, maple syrup, root beer. Taste is hard to process, lots to chew on with the thick feel (even with the high carbonation contrasting)

The best I can sum it up: their regular triple with some dank spice added (shoutout Gothic King Cobra)

Jul 27, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, very dark brown. The smell is malty and sweet, with dried raisin and almost... cola. The taste is carbonated, malty, chocolate and allspice. The finish is smooth and the faint chocolatey maltiness lingers.

Jul 05, 2020
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HipCzech from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 355 ml bottled (“BB 09-18-22”) poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark brown with a thick head of frothy off white bubbles and nice lacing.

Smell: Rich, roasted malt, spicy Belgian yeast, rum soaked raisins and hints of smoke.

Taste: Deep, dark and complex. Banana bread, Belgian yeast and warm baking spice, dried dark fruit, salted caramel and a bit of earth and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, lively carbonation but creamy smoothness.

Overall: Another terrific sipper from Unibroue, this one sweet and rich while also dark and brooding.

Jun 29, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just cannot rate this as high as the average. It just has an odd smell/flavor when you first taste it that just throws me off. Raisins? Prunes? I am not exactly sure what I am tasting but it is not my favorite flavor. I don't want to downgrade it too much as this is just my personal impression based upon my taste buds. It is not a bad Bel Strong Dark Ale, but I can't rate it higher than I did. Your mileage may vary!

Jun 14, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, through and through. Not black with a brown tint, not mocha, just good ole, plain ole dark brown. Sort of a rarity among the beers I’m acquainted with. Froths up a tremendous, beige-cream head that’s a full two finger-width’s deep. It dwindles down to a more manageable layer that laces like snow flurries on a window.

An unusual but enjoyable aroma of smokey raisins, orange zest, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast.

A medium body with confidence issues, compensating with vivid, peppery carbonation that’s surprisingly pleasurable. Has a dry linger that’s just a tad sticky.

Much like the scent, this ale’s flavor is complex and unorthodox, but tasty. Dark wheat dryness, candied orange peel, earthy prunes and baked banana chips, all wrapped up in a warming blanket of allspice. Finishes with a whip of licorice yeast and a half-imagined lick of caramel.

Jun 07, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

murky cola brown body pours with an excited foamy light khaki head that has moderately low retention and leaves occasional lacing as it settles to a cap with defined halo

aroma is sweet and spicy dark stone fruit, sugared malt, and funky Belgian yeast

taste is dark cherry and other jammy dark stone fruit, chewy caramel malt, earthy tart dehydrated apple, baking spices/holiday bread.

mouthfeel is higher carbonation and moderately thick body; chewy, somewhat jammy at times, with rare carbo/booze prickles. finishes mildly tart with a light earthy bitterness.

i've had quite a few brews in this style at this point, with some of my favorites brews of all time hanging about. this is one that stands out quite a bit, and I enjoyed the chewier aspect here and the flavor profile that includes dried/dehydrated fruit and the earthy, chewy tartness that comes with it. while it is somewhat lacking in the signature yeast and corresponding spice spread, it is undeniably Belgian inspired. imagine a Belgian dark with shades of a winter warmer, and this is where I arrive.

Apr 10, 2020
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im_thelumberjack from Canada (QC)

3.06/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice berry/prune smell. Taste is a bit more prune with bitter taste that almost has a PBR flavor overall, but more complex. Overall a pretty decent beer, but not quite my preffered flavor. Do enjoy that it is a 9+ ABV beer though.

Mar 22, 2020
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Part-D from Florida

2.77/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was not a fan of this beer. The taste threw me off with hints of spoiled grapes, and an overpowering feel. It could be because I'm not used to this style, but Trois Pistoles was not my cup of tea.

Mar 21, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really nice Quebec Belgium beer. The smell is light and malty, nice strong chocolate caramel aftertaste blended with the Belgium style taste. Really nice beer overall bit not a Trappist beer.

Mar 21, 2020
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Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hey Annie, get yet gun, or at least a pistole....
Alright first up, a beautiful dark caramel pour here with excellent foam collar that lasts with balanced efferversance. Nose is burnt cherry with smokey residue with spicy plum finish. Taste is forthright caramel and fruit. Some chocolate greets the finish which is smooth. Fine body balance here offers a great experience.

Mar 14, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341 mL Bottle. ABV 9%.
Appearance: Orange-Brown, Under a finger of dark beige fizzy creamy head, Fizzy creamy collar remains, Decent retention.
Aroma: Belgian yeast, Dark fruit (fig, prune, plum, cherry), Banana, Candied pear, Spiciness, Brown sugar, Orange peel, Slight caramel, Complex.
Mouthfeel: Above medium body, Above medium carbonation, Slight warming presence, Slightly sticky.
Flavour: Belgian yeast, Dark fruit (prune, raisin, plum), Belgian yeast, Spiciness, Banana, Slight caramel, Complex.
Overall: Very drinkable and true to Belgian form.

Review: 147

Mar 05, 2020
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A lot is going on here. And in a good way. Beautiful rich looking appearance with thick, foamy head that recedes fairly quickly. Deep, brown color with reddish hue. The main characteristics for scent is in the fig, prune, molasses along with malt and caramel realm. Like I said pretty eclectic. Taste matches these aromas plus a touch of coffee bean I think. Definitely a nice spicy, peppery kick on the pallet and finish. High ABV is balance off nicely and doesn't feel heavy. I'd say it's a dry finish, elevated carbonation but little bitterness. Perfect for a s****y day like this in the middle of January while watching football here in the North east part of the continent (Quebec).

Jan 11, 2020
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Anders91 from California

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: super dark almost black with a think cream colored head

Smell: wood, raisin

Taste: some plum/raisin, a little woody/smokiness

Feel: very smooth, rolls gently over the tongue

Jan 04, 2020
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes 10/17/12: Pours an opaque, deep brown producing 1.5 fingers of light tan, finely bubbled, lasting head that leaves a nice coating of lace. The aroma screams Belgian Strong Dark Ale with notes of coriander (leading), dark fruits, dark malt and spicy yeast producing the main bouquet. Taste is and assault of dark fruits: plums, raisins, cherries and more with dark malt, coriander and a hint of floral hops rounding it out. Pepper spice/alcohol finish with a sweet-dark fruit aftertaste. Creamy and rich with an alcohol zest at the end. Complex and oh, so very nice! A top end brew.

Nov 10, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Best by 5/25/18"; drank 10/12/15 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque purple appearance.

Big tan head; strong lace.

Banana, plum, pear & clove notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Plum, pear & clove flavors up front; cinnamon bite on the lips.

An interesting Belgian style brew; good, but not one I'll return to frequently.

Nov 08, 2019
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altstadt from Canada (BC)

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Opaque dark brown, almost black color. Head was about 1/3 the height of the beer in the glass. Head was tan, with medium sized bubbles. High flux of small bubbles rising to replenish the head from below. No lacing.

Sweet light caramel malt smell with a tiny bit of funky yeast. Swirling the glass changed the character of the caramel scents a bit and added a tiny barnyard.

Much darker caramel flavor than expected from the scent. Quickly adds in some dark, dried fruit flavor, like figs. Some bitters, which taste more like they came from the malt than any hops. There is a bit of a spicy burn. The aftertaste is mostly dark caramel with a little bitters.

Bursts into a huge foam, with tongue prickling, leaving almost no fluid. Carbonation is a bit overwhelming, but also typical for the style.

The high carbonation means this is not a casual sipper; one must pay attention when drinking this. Faithful representation of the style.

Oct 12, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - deep brown with a reddish hue - quite opaque - loads of foam that sticks around for a long time and never really goes away - great head retention

Smell - rich fig, plum/prune, Demerara sugar, cherry, grape, molasses - very aromatic

Taste - Starts fairly sweet with all above smells in the taste - great Belgian yeast flavors - dark fruit very apparent and slight caramel - very complex - plum/prune/fig/date/molasses/ - very flavorful brew

Feel - nice and thick - extremely effervescent - doesn't seem to ever slow down

Overall - Another FANTASTIC beer from Unibroue - I started drinking this one at about 38 degrees, but as it warmed, there were so many more flavors that came through. This is very complex and a joy to drink. Highly recommend this to anyone that loves dark and rich beers brewed with Belgian yeast

Aug 18, 2019
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