Trois Pistoles

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #5
Ranked #1,024
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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Photo of Alexc11
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).

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Photo of Anders91
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

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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of altstadt
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.

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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
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly opaque, frothy light tan head, fairly big head mounds over the edge of the glass, dissipates to a frothy cap, 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, tastes like it smells, 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. A rich full-bodied not-your-average beer. A pleasant change from the usual.

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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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