Trois Pistoles

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #5
Ranked #986
4.26 | pDev: 10.8%
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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Reviews: 2,071 | Ratings: 5,105
Photo of sjdevel
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

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

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Photo of Harrison8
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark burgundy with a clear transparency revealed when held against the light. Transparency drops to null and the beer darkens a little when the final ounces of the bottle are poured into the glass. Head is two fingers of khaki foam and it retains remarkably well. Aroma is dark fruits, berries, grape jam, roasty, toasty, and nutty malts. Little pop of sweetness up front with a slightly more bitter, balanced finish. Flavor profile is grape jelly, dark fruits, berries, clove, a pinch of banana and nutty, toasty malts. It is sweet throughout, but never crosses the threshold into 'dessert' levels. Sweetness is waned away at the finish by the alcohol, which creates a soft and slow burn on the tongue and lips long after a sip. Mouth feel is thick with a frail graininess that breaks down into a soft, fuzzy carpet as the beer sits on the tongue. Overall, thick and lightly sweet with some nutty malts. It drinks something like a fermented peanut butter and jelly with presence.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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

BB 10-20-19, consumed 7-26-19

I cellared this bottle for about 20 months, and yes it was terrific. Could easily last beyond the printed best by date; I think I'll hold one 4-5 years just to see. Love the complex, dark fruity, spicy, yeasty aroma. I'm probably being a little reserved on the score; I admittedly enjoy but am not a frequent partaker in the style.

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

My favourite from the unibrou lineup. Pours a slightly hazy mid - dark brown with a rich creamy head. Aroma: caramel, spice, dried fruit. Flavour: on the tongue more chocolate - quite rich and full but the hop balance prevents it from being cloying. Really not a summer drink, but actually more quaffable than you’d expect from a belgian dark.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; best by 02/20/22.
A: Pours a hazy, brown color with incredibly robust head formation. The glass was basically full of light brown foam. Surprisingly soapy lacing.
S: Tangy/tart with aromas of molasses, cherry wood, berries, and orange.
T: Tart and semisweet. Flavor follows the nose this the addition of at least clove and cardamom. Bitterness keeps the sweetness and spiciness in line.
M: Medium bodied with insane carbonation.
O: Wow! Just a delicious, flavor forward, Belgian dark ale. First became aware of and started drinking Unibroue beers in 2009 when I visited Québec. So happy I did.

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

It's been a long time since the last chance I had to try an Unibroue And it's as good as I remembered. Served in a trappist glass at Las Buenas Pulgas. Dark brown colour, medium head, long retention. Really nice lacing Aroma is mostly caramel at first, turning into chocolate, dried fruits, spices, kinda like a cake, licorice. Medium to full body, earthy creamy texture, good carbonation. Sweet finish. Taste of caramel, dried fruits, barrel aged wine, spices, chocolate, licorice. Wonderful.

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Photo of ldb322
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I always like to go to Total Wine and More and get a variety six pack of random imports that I think I would like. Holy shit. I am so glad I stumbled upon this beer. I like everything about it. It smells, tastes, and feels great. My only problem was it poured with a thick head, but I don’t consider that a horrible feature. You won’t be disappointed in this beer.

Also, my Mom and Step Dad walked by when I poured this and wanted to try it so I gave them about a ¼ of the bottle. They raved about how good it was without me even saying anything.

I’ve seen even better reviews for Unibroue’s La Fin Du Monde which I also purchased and will be trying tomorrow night!

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Photo of Retroman40
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear deep brown color with a very rich and creamy tan head. Smell is roasted malts, spices and just a hint of fruit. Taste follows on with roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate and spiciness. Extremely rich mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Overall this is a great example of a strong ale. Be aware of the 9% ABV since there is absolutely no alcoholic heat in the beer! A bit expensive but absolutely worth it.

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Photo of IronLover
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful chestnut brown in color with very good clarity. Poured with a moderate, creamy, light beige foam with medium low retention. Aromas of dark malt, dark pitted fruit, light banana molasses and light peppery esters. Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation and a boozy, warm feel near the finish. Mellow peppery esters followed by dark malt and and dark fruit flavors, raisin, and fig. Medium light, acidic bitterness through the middle followed by sweet banana and dark malt flavors. Expanding booziness near the end. Finished semi-dryly with dark fruit and under-ripe banana notes and a lingering, drying tartness that slowly fades. Just a fantastic brew. Complex flavors and aromas with unpredictable estery character. 

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Photo of RockHop
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive pour; deep brown with cola bubbly-ness. Huge head with great retention and lacing. Light aroma with a little cocoa, cherry, and malt. Unique flavor profile. Little cocoa/coffee up front, then bitter, then Carmel-yeast, herbal finish. Pick up some cherry cola notes at the end and maybe licorice and burned toast. Not sure it’s the most approachable beer. Some strong booziness. Probably would go nicely with a steak or mole Mexican dish.

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

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Opaque dark cola hue, a mixture of brown and ruby. Finger thick tan head, excellent retention and lacing.

Smell prunes, red grapes, figs, raisins, heavy bread notes, green apples, caramel, dark fruit, and Belgian yeast. Reminds me of a barleywine.

Molasses, red grapes, and bread malt upfront. Aroma follows. Alcohol is subtle. Excellent, bodily feel.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.09/5  rDev -4%
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 Lucular
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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 radiation
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -10.6%
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 ewpass
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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 C-Stockwell
4.09/5  rDev -4%
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 jkblr
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Tomahock
3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flavor is a little thin for a strong ale. Considerably lighter than the maudite they brew. And carbonation overwhelms flavor to some extent. Carbonated to the point that you end up swallowing a fair amount of gas with each sip as it releases in the mouth (sorry, no other way to say it). By the time you swallow it your cheeks are puffed out like Gillespie at Newport. Finish is actually a bit sour. Meh. It’s OK but I much prefer their Maudite.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark brown with some amber highlights. Decent tan head.

Smell: Sweet fruity malt, noticeable alcohol.

Taste: Sweet bread, spicy fruits, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness with very high, sparkly carbonation.

Overall: Very tasty and high in alcohol. What's not to love?

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in color and cloudy in complexion. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering half of the top. I smell dark Belgian candy sugar and caramel. I'm tasting a very decadent blend of Dark Belgian candy sugar, caramel, chestnuts, and figs. The mouth is moderately carbonated and slightly warm with alcohol.

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Photo of Mike_Benson
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

definitely a big beer to pair with food. big, bold flavor and aroma. dark fruits, caramel, floral spice and bready malts. very much an Abbey Ale with satisfying, thick head and good mouthfeel.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I just had another Trois Pistoles from Unibroue, Quebec, a strong Belgian dark ale that I've drank many times. It is a great Belgian Ale that is surprisingly easy to drink in 104 degree weather.

Look: cloudy golden hue with a one and a half inch bubbly white head.

Aroma: raisin bread, some yeast, and cherries.

Taste: The flavor is like raisin bread, some yeast, cherries, figs, maybe a hint of chocolate.

Feel: medium mouthfeel

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Dark, opaque brown with reddish highlights around the edges with a large, thick, foamy tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind.
S - yeast and malt up front with some notes of caramel and dark fruit as well as some spice and floral notes - the smell is pretty faint though.
T - Follows the nose with yeast and bready malt up front followed behind by notes of dark fruit such as figs and cherries, along with notes of caramel, spice, and some floral notes. There's even some faint notes of chocolate intermixed as well.
F - medium to full bodied with a moderate of carbonation. Frothy, yet smooth
O - A very solid Belgian dark ale, with an amazing appearance and great taste and mouthfeel, however compared to some more traditional Belgians, and some other non-Belgian brands such as Ommegang, I find that this offering from Unibroue is somewhat lacking in terms of overall flavor intensity as well as complexity.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep ruby amber color with a one-finger foamy cream colored head that has great retention after the pour

S- fruity and peppery aroma; vinous grape, raisin, fig & dried berries. Spicy yeast gives some white pepper and must

T- fruity flavors follow the nose with notes of fig and berries. Mid-palate brings our fruitcake-like flavors, as well as raisin and candied orange. The finish gives peppery yeast that is both earthy and spicy and lingers long after

M- medium body with moderate lively carbonation leads to a foamy and bubble mouthfeel that continues into the finish, abv hidden well

O- not quite on the level of it's Belgian counterparts, but a solid ale all-around

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 5105 ratings