Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles
4,982 Ratings
Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Ratings: 4,982 |  Reviews: 2,036
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with some reddish hues into a snifter. There is a nice tan head that has decent retention. Aroma is of cocoa, raisins, bananas, yeast, spice, brown sugar, and alcohol with the taste more of the same. Mouthfeel is a little more thin than I want from this beer, although this may lend to its drinkability. Pretty solid beer.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My sample of Trois Pistoles came from a 750 ml. brown, corked bottle of the beer. The scene from the label was most interesting and enticing. I also poured my beer into a Unibroue branded tulip, thanks to Winking Lizard Westlake.

The beer poured with two fingers of fizzy, effervescent head that depleted to a single finger and left sparce but fine lacing in intermittent rings around the glass. The beer itself was black or verry dark, but included deep reddish brown tones when held up to the light. The nose was excellent: enormous amounts of dark fruits with a strong scent of alcohol lying behind and intermingling with a uniquely belgian style maltiness and a faint brown sugar scent. The flavor began with a initial cherry tones that transitioned and switched back and forth and developed a fine and nicely hopped profile as the beer warmed. The mouthfeel was lighhter than expected, but the drinkability was hindered by the strong alcohol presence.

This is a sipping brew through and through, and one that I wish I had purchased in a 12 oz. packaging. Still, a nice belgian style ale.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a very dark brown with a 1/4" of light tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is quite nice although subdued, malts, fruity esters and some light phenols. Taste is like the aroma. There is a distinct caramel maltyness the supports the other flavors (and aromas). The esters are mostly of darker fruit, think dark cherries, etc. but there is also a touch of green apple that actually melded well with the other flavors here. The very light phenolic spicyness in the aroma is a bit more amplified in the flavor. There is a distinct alcohol presence in the flavor that I initially did not find in the aroma. However as I sip this brew I begin to detect some perfumes from the alcohol that are quite pleasant. I was looking for a bit more in the way of the esters here but this "style" is open to considerable interpretation. Mouthfeel is pretty good, maybe a bit too heavy (I prefer more highly attenuated trappist versions) with medium+ body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty darn good. This really wasn't quite what I was expecting (it seemed to lack some complexity) but I really enjoyed it none the less.

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Photo of Serge
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled. Dark reddish brown colour with a nice creamy off-white head. Malts, dry dark fruits, slight yeast and caramel in the aroma. The flavour is very full, dry dark fruits, caramel malts, vanilla, slight roasted twist along with berries and yeast. Also some spices in it.

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Photo of GarrettFM
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkboxer1
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a Chimay goblet. Smells fruity and spicy, like you'd expect (says so on the label). That yeasty-belgiany-fruit flavor, however, it isn't as pronounced as some of the other beers of this style. You can taste the alcohol for sure. Nice and warming. More carbonated than I had anticipated but maybe I'm dumb and haven't had a big Belgian dark ale lately. Sweetness comes out more as the bottle warms.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Trois Pistoles chalice at Firkin.

Appearance: Out of the bottle Trois Pistoles pours a deep burgundy brown color that actually has some transparency to it. A bubbly tan head fizzes and fades to a collar and leaves a few spots of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is full of raisins, cherries, plums, and a bit of figs. Dark caramel malt is kind of light compared to the fruit. A little bit of ethyl alcohol is also noticeable in the back.

Taste: The flavor is full of dark and orchard fruit. Some light caramel and bready malt up front supports raisins, cherries, plums, and figs. A white grape note imparts a crisp tartness at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: The body is actually a little bit on the light side, with bubbly crisp carbonation. It has a grainy feel up front with some tartness at the end.

Overall: This is something I would order again.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this in Utah. This was an unbelievably beautiful beer. It poured a deep color, almost black. The head was like four fingers and a light brown color. The retention was very good, but there was no lace. The smell was kind of ansent, but there were malty hints. The taste was also malty. The mouthfeel was sooo smooth. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice and rich take on a Belgium Strong Dark Ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown foiled and screw capped bottle. Front oval label framed in silver with the name of the brew and an ominous illustration of the winged horse flying over the church of Trois Pistoles representing the legend that names the brew. Back offers notes with general description of the brew, serving suggestions, best by date (12-22-13), and shows 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep brown pour with ruby edges, rich frothy head, rather fizzy, moderate retention, short surface memory and minimal lacing.

S - The initial fruity yeast touch is long and reaches far away from the glass. A malty and fruity nose settles rather nicely. Figs, prunes.. Unfermented sugar..

T - Nice long palate, sweet and malty full of fruit touches. Ripe dark and dried fruit in the range, unfermented sugar... Light spicy touch in the tongue as it finishes.

M - Medium body with quickly settling medium carbonation offering a good finishing tingly sense.

O - Nice flow, rich and stimulating, a solid standard from Unibroue.

Notes: Long time since I had a Trois Pistoles. It was one of those that I bumped into years ago when I was expanding my interest in craft brewing and for some reason or another it faded away from the radar. This try rediscovers a brew richer than what I had stored in memory, maybe it is not for the ages, but it is quite pleasing and solid all around.

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Photo of Brent
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very assertive and no-nonsense, with lots of caramel and alcohol notes.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rudgers73
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle. Date: 2005.

A- TONS of head. The first pour filled the glass with over 75% froathy, dishwater head. Left lacing behind that was sticky and tan. The beer is a deep burgandy color with small bubbles of carbonation shooting up throughout.

S- Raisens, slight alcohol, burnt cherry, earthy.

T- Starts out with a dark cherry, burnt caramel, and piney taste. Ends with a bittersweet citrus taste and a tinge of alcohol.

M- Dry and bold. The bubbles work good on the tongue.

D- This is a great drink. It is great for late night sipping or before dinner because it's very similar to a red wine for me.

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Photo of jakemn91
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a vast amount of CO2. Produces a beautiful light tan head that sticks around forever. The body is dark amner in color. Gives off aromas of fresh baked bread. Slight hints of sweet molasses and bubble gum. This has a sweet pretzel kind of taste to it, without the salt. Feels a little warm and inviting too. This is an outstanding beer. One of the best I've had from Unibroue.

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Photo of billybob
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewnilda
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Commandophile
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased as part of the Unibroue taster's pack. Looking forward to this one. Awesome artwork on the label as with many of their other brews.

Appearance - Dark cola brown in color topped by a ridiculous multi finger head. Great retention and spidery lacing up and down the glass. Slightly hazy and sufficiently opaque to not be able to see the carbonation in the glass except for the edges.

Smell - Mmmm... plenty of cherry and caramel with just a pinch of dark chocolate through in. Plenty of the glorious Belgian yeastiness. Reminds me a lot of Chimay Blue on the nose, but also has some differences that can allow one to identify this as a Unibroue beer.

Taste - Delicious cherries, dipped in caramel then dipped in chocolate. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Sweetness is present, but not overwhelming. The taste is delicious, but doesn't linger as long in the mouth as some other sin the style.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation felt surprisingly flat. It's ever so smooth, but can help thinking it could use some carbonation to liven it up. Some heat in the back of the mouth after a few sips, letting you know the potency of this beer. Realistically, a bit thinner than I thought it would be.

Overall - Still a world class beer, rich and full of flavor, however I had been expecting this to challenge La Fin Du Monde as my favorite Unibroue beer ever. Unfortunately, it can't quite live up to those expectations, however still something enjoyable that is perfect for a cold Sunday in November.

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Photo of uvachief
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank an entire 750ml bottle. Pours a copper reddish brown with big carbonated head that lingers. Not dark like a stout. Opaque. Aromas of fruit such as raisins or plums. Slight hint of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg maybe. Tastes extremely smooth for a Belgian dark ale. You'll taste the raisins or plums, cinnamon and sugars. Not sweet though. Very mild and abv is unnoticeable even though at 9. Easy drinking beer you can enjoy over a long sporting event. Excellent BDA.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ramseye4
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=Pours a dark brown color with a 2 finger head that has excellent retention. Decent lacing, one of the best looking beers I have seen in awhile
S=Lots of fruit hits the nose first, with a bit of yeast. Nothing too complex, but very pleasant.
T=Cherry, figs, plums, dates, caramel malt. Notes of banana as well, and candied fruit stands out in the aftertaste.
M=Light in the body, moderately carbonated
D=Excellent taste and lighter body make this downable

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MMansfield
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Premier Wine & Spirits.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola like brown in my Leffe chalice. Fizzy light brown head dissolves quickly, leaves some lace.

Aroma: Sweet fruit, plums, banannas, very herbal, some cloves. Very very nice. Possible the most pleasant smelling beer I've had.

Taste: Complex spices in here. Plenty of cloves and prunes. Plenty of alchohol warmth with some underlying vanilla notes. This has winter written all over it.

Mouthfeel: A nice fizzyness, rich. A sipping beer for sure.

Final Statement: My second run at Unibroue is much more enjoyable. My palette has really developed over the last 6 months or so, and I find myself really enjoying this one. It's a sipper best suited for winter months. Tonights cold rain is welcomed as well. I think I found my beer for next christmas eve.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Poeworks snifter.

A- pours a dark garnet with a 2" tan head. Nice trails and clumps of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big yeasty notes, bread, some metallic notes, dark fuits.

T- dark fruits, bread, yeast notes,

M- medium body and carbonation. Fairly dry drinking beer.

O- nice beer. Not overly comple, but nice dark fruit notes with bready yeast notes as well.

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Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 4,982 ratings
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