Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

4,954 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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Photo of Andre_poursoneforu
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rootscipio
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RMentair
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beertraveler08
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle brought back from a recent trip to Quebec. Though I've had Trois Pistoles many times before, this was one of the few opportunities I've had to enjoy this out of the corked bottle. As always, fantastic bottle artwork.

Poured into a Leffe chalice. A deep chestnut brew, almost the colour of a beer bottle. A slight ruby-auburn tinge when held to the light. A few chunks of yeasty sediment collect near the bottom of the class. The head isn't this brew's strong suit; after a few moments it dissolves into a thick ring, which creates some nice sheeted lacing.

Nose is yeasty and bready, with additional whiffs of cherry, chocolate, grape and spices.

Sweet, yet dry; rich, yet easily drinkable, Trois Pistoles is a brew full of wonderful contrasts. Begins with a bready, yeasty punch, followed by notes of dry white wine, caramel, chocolate, grape, cherry and spice. Finishes dry and tart.

Mouthfeel is creamy, slick, a touch watery, but still enjoyable. The carbonation crackles nicely on the tongue.

A bit thinner than Maudite, both in flavor and consistancy, but nevertheless, this is another fantastic offering from one of Quebec's finest breweries. Perhaps the most drinkable Belgian Strong you're ever going to encounter. While not as rich and hearty as others of the style, Trois Pistoles more than makes up for this in terms of sheer drinking pleasure.

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Photo of walloon
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose of Moxie mixed with Coca-Cola and vanilla ice cream gives way to fairly dry chocolate, clove, and cinnamon on the taste buds. Sweetness comes back a little in the finish with notable orange citrus and a hint of anise just a hair too light to be called licorice.

The warm, spicy aftertaste is pleasant but lingers overlong. If Mr. Po-lice pulls you over half an hour after you've had one or two of these, he will want to know what you've been drinking.

Unibroue proves again that drinkability, complexity, high alcohol, and a reasonable price for the quality of the product may dwell in harmony in the same bottle. And yes, harmony can require a small sacrifice from everyone involved.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says best by 03-07-13.

Appearance: A dark and murky brown with a little amber red giving a tea like appearance. Light amount of bubbles and a one finger off white head that fades into a patchy layer. Lacing is very light.

Smell: A sweet combination of dark fruits including plums, berries, figs, and raisins with Belgian yeast and cloves. Also has some bananas and brown sugar. Smells like a good combination of dark fruit and spice.

Taste: Very spicy and sweet. Lots of yeast and dark fruit sweetness with dark berries, cloves, plums, raisins, and figs. Hints of brown sugar and black pepper. Finishes with a hint of orange citrus flavor which seems a bit odd but pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth with no noticeable alcohol heat despite the high abv.

Overall: A very solid dark Belgian ale. Good balance of dark fruit sweetness and yeasty spice.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, deep amber black with a substantial head that melts quickly to a very scant lacing.
Aroma is sweet with a hint of cherries.
Taste is cherries, raisins, a hint of chocolate and very port wine like. Most definately a smokey flavor to it as well, particularly on the swallow and aftertaste
Very very drying aftertaste.
The alcohol is very well hidden.
This is a very complex beer. I'm going to finish this bottle with a homemade chocolate chip cookie simply because it makes me feel like spoiling myself.
Damn...this brewery in Canada really, REALLY knows how to brew big beautiful extremely complex beers.
I keep buying singles, then going back for a 4 pack. (yep, I buy the little bottles...they seem perfect for me)

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Photo of bashiba
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy red brown with ample head that dissapears quickly leaving a thin tan line of head.

Smell is fantastic, raisons, plums, brown sugar, and other fruity goodness dominate the scent. Very strong and nice.

Taste is alot smoother than I anticipated. A very nice maltiness up front with some woody highlights and a mild malt sweetness that is quickly balanced with a very spicy earthy hop finish. Very good.

Mouthfeel is very nice, thick and very warming.

Drinkablity is very good, goes down especially easy for a 9% beer, in fact I'm glad I got the 750ml so I can go get another glass. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of scootny
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark, dark brown with an off white head of good size. A few spots and streaks of lace. A thin covering remains. No visible carbonation almost impossible to see through.

A malty nose with dark fruits and light cherries, banana, and other yeast esters. A touch of alcohol.

Taste is malt with a big dark fruit component featuring rasins and figs. A light chocolate malt comes in with light fusel alcohol. Toasted dark malts layer in withthe chocolate malt. Finish is light hop florals. Dry and short with lingering bananas and dark toasted scones.

Feel is dry and grainy with light carbonation. Medium light weight.

An exceptionally drinkable beer for it's strength. Sneaky even though the alcohol does show itself a little is the taste. So well put together that you just keep on sipping and sipping.

From notes 1/5/09

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Photo of elricorico
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out cola brown with a thin tan head. The head has bubbled off and left a ring around the glass.

Smell is subtle yet complex. Dark fruits, alcohol, black licorice, and pepper are in there. Probably a lot more as well.

Sweet up front with a malty mix of ripe dark fruits. From there comes a bit of smoke and peppery spice. Finally followed by a tart finish with a wisp of alcohol. From start to finish there is a bounty of flavour. This brew obviously well crafted.

Mouthfeel is excellent, has some body to it and a nice carbonation that only enhances the drink. This is a big brew that drinks as easily as one could hope, almost daring you to have more and more.

Excellent beer. One to keep around.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On this blazing hot and humid evening, the condensation formed on the bottle almost immediately after I removed it from my fridge.

This beer poured out a bit heady but quickly settled down to a nice off-white head and not too thick. Color appears deep amber and a bit hazy but very appealing and ok for this style.

Aroma is malty and sweet on the front with some toffee and dried raisin notes. Some faint floral hop aroma is perceived but only behind the sweet and bready malts.

This beer begins sweet and smooth with a lot of dried fruit and candy sugar character. Noticeable breadiness and alcohol present as well. More in the background almost indistinguishable is a slight hop bitterness but it is quickly masked by the malts which are dominant in this beer.

This beer is medium in body with with the right amount of light carbonation and perceivable alcohol warmth at the finish. This is a strong one at 9% alcohol by volume.

It is a deliciously sweet beer so it is going quite well with tortilla chips and salsa right now. Try this one to start out the night with and be quite impressed by it's flavor and strength.

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Photo of juju7
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a weak, tan head. Very dark brown with ruby highlights.
Great nose, chocolatey truffles and vanilla with some black fruits in the background. A fine, smooth drink with some nice liqourice and spice coming out with that Belgian yeast. Was lucky enough to enjoy this with some Belgian chocolates. Very tasty. Cannot believe this is 9%.These guys don't seem to be getting much competition in the "best Belgian beer outside Belgium" category.

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Photo of Realale
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense head that quickly settles to a solid quarter inch or so. Deep mahogony color. Amazingly complex nose of malt, sour cherry, and blackberry. Simply mouthfilling, with wonderful fruity notes on top of the beautiful malty base. Great length. Outstanding beer. 9% alcohol not apparent at all. This bottle was cellared for about 2.5 years at 62 degrees.

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Photo of JayQue
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another foray into Beers of Fame I haven't gotten around to yet....another great experience. Poured into my Chimay goblet, a dark brown with golden and reddish highlights at the edges of the glass. Medium sized delicate, carbonated white head with plenty of bubbles. Head quickly settles down to a covering on the glass that remains throughout. Minimal lacing

Nice smell...Belgian yeast, dark fruit and sugar. Taste is very good!!! Plums, cherries and raisins. Belgian yeast. Some spices like black pepper, some sweetness (Candi sugar??) and a little hops bitterness and trace of alcohol to limit the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is rich and mostly smooth. The pepper tickles the tongue and there is a very slight alcohol bite. For the most part very smooth for this level abv.

This is an outstanding beer!!!

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is such a lovely beer. Had on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a rich dark brown/black color, with hints of red. There is very good head retention with excellent lacing. On the nose one gets Belgium spice, interwoven with cherry, port and chocolate. Heavenly. The palate replicates the nose, but has a thick, rich, viscuous mouthfeel. The beer is sweet, but not excessivly so. There's even a touch of dryness, one would assume from the hops. Well balanced and not cloying, with hints of chocolate, cherries, prunes and port. The beer finishes very nicely, with a long finish.

Considering how rich this beer is, it's remarkably drinkable. One would never guess the 9% abv., at least not while drinking it. Another excellent beer from the folks at Unibroue.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, Rhode island.

A- Pours a dark mohagony body with a 1.5" mocha colored head that reduces to a thin white film of foam and leaves zero lacing.

S- Heavy acidic lemon zest, figs, bubblegum, freshly cut grass. All of these aromas go together quite well and make for a good introduction.

T- Sweet banana upfront, leading to some nice belgian spice notes. There's some brown sugar and fig notes in there as well. Rich and creamy.

M- Low carbonation, medium-high moutfeel. EXTREMELY smooth and drinkable.

I'm highly pleased with every aspect of this beer. From the first whiff to the last sip, it's quite an enjoyable experience. It's smooth and complex without being cloying. Recommendable.

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Photo of cmq103
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I picked up a six pack of this, along with a six pack of Maudite and La Fin de Monde with my Christmas gift certificate. I can’t imagine a better present, for a beer lover, than a gift certificate to The Beer Store in Southampton PA. I had $150 card to spend and don’t you know I still went $30 over that, filling my car trunk with ease. Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving.

Appearance: Initial soda-like carbonation, which is clearly heard during and after my semi-aggressive pour. The slightly off-white head was a generous two fingers in height at first, reducing to a thin semi-bubbly ring. Light lacing is present when my glass is tilted. The color was unique, sort of a combination of a cloudy dark brown and purple blended together.

Smell: Dark fruits, spices, rummy and sweet. Malts are present but take a back seat to the apple-like fruity esters. Unfiltered apple cider comes to mind with a refreshing hint of boozy warmth. I catch some Belgian yeast in the nose too. There is a light alcohol sting, followed by a wonderful blend of dark fruits, grapes, (almost port wine-like to be exact). The flavors are complex and exciting at the same time. There’s a lot going on with each and every sip. It simply attacks the palate from all directions. A sour blend of Belgian yeast in the background, finishing with a somewhat of a peppery spice and kiss of cherry.

Mouthfeel: A light to medium body beer with lively carbonation, which in my opinion, really brings out all of the flavors on the tongue. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming, and very well hidden for a 9% beer. Carbonation decreases as the beer warms.

Overall: I love everything about this beer from the initial pour to the very last sip. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how cool looking the label was too. A "session beer" this is not. If you’re looking to try something different and enjoy the dark Belgian style and want lots of flavor, then this is a “must try”. I will definitely buy this again. Heck, this is so good I’m going to commit to a 1/6th keg for the dual-tap kegerator @ my basement bar. Unibroue makes some tasty beers. I haven’t been disappointed yet...Outstanding in every way!!!

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Trois Pistoles pours out a very dark brown color with a reddish tint. The aroma is dark fruit, caramel, and spices. Flavor is dark and malty with lots of yeast flavors. Fruity flavors include plums, grapes. A sweet candy like flavor comes in at the finish. Peppery spice. Full mouthfeel. The 9% abv is well hidden. What a great beer! I love how Unibroue makes all these Belgian style dark beers that are similar but have enough subtle differences to make you appreciate each one.

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Photo of hefevice
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my god...this is 9% ABV? This stuff is evil, because you don't notice it until it bites you on the behind. Even though I served it too cold at first it was still a taste explosion which obviously improved as it warmed up. Pours from the bottle murky brown with reasonable light tan head. Aroma of raisins and brown sugar which extended through to the flavour along with hints of bitter dark chocolate towards the end. Luxurious mouthfeel, with a hint of viscosity from the high alcohol. I think I have fallen in love with Belgian Dark Brown Ale.

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Photo of Stockfan42
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer was recomended to me by a co-worker of mine. Although that was a few months ago ive finally found a retailer in my area that carries this brew so here it is.

When I poured this beer into a glass there was not much I could point out as far as color other than the blackness it leaves in your glass. Its almost like pouring a can of soda, the head isnt really to present with its citrusy foam that fizz's all around the glass and its dark redish purple that barely gleams off the glass if givin the right amount of light.

A smell of cloves and or cinnamon (could be what stings my nostrols, cinnamon always does it for me) and there is a great sweet fruity smell present as well.

The Foam didnt hang around to long to give me a chance to get a good taste of it, but if its as sweet as the beer it coulda been good. My first sip I was overwhelmed by a sweet fruity, yet dark and malty flovour, there is much fizzing going on almost felt like I was drinking some hybrid fruit cola (as far as the feel of it went) but it went down pretty well not to heavy and pretty smooth. A little note of spices is left in the after taste, one I would let lingre a while before taking another sip.

My only dissapointment was finding out it was made in montreal. Me being a die hard bruins fan, I was not amused...Great beer though!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown and mahogany color with a dense and gloriously tall bubbly and foamy head. It retains well and leaves nice semi sticky lace patterns.
In the nose it consists of dark bread, a slight touch of cocoa, dark fruit such as prune, fig and dark grape, slight bubblegum, and finally, a generous helping of spices; cinnamon and clove are prominent. A nice bouquet of complexity.
The taste and feel are a heavenly treat. Creamy, velvety and smooth. Medium to full but so fluffy and drinkable at the same time. Great complexity of flavor. Dark fruits, especially musty grape, provide a wine like texture. Their is a subtle coating of cocoa or dark malt creaminess, which is felt in the finish. The spices, particularly clove, are also felt in the finish. Mid palate, the brew becomes increasingly peppery. There is even the tiniest splash of hops that adds the most minimal bitterness possible. Oh yeah...I forgot...this has 9% ABV??!! I could not is that well masked.
This one is delightful. Perhaps my favorite from Unibroue thus far.

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Photo of utahgiebs
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep and very dark brown(nearly opaque) body w/ an oustanding 3 finger(and growing) beige head.

S - dark fruits(raisins, dates and figs)over-rippened bananas, brown sugar, tea-like spicy hops. also scents of red wine.

T - almost identical to the aroma. taste is quite complex, very sweet at first, but then opens up to a nice spicey and lingering tea flavor. this is slightly alcoholic, and makes for a nearly medicinal flavor. very interesting. the booze adds a little warth, but i would never call this beer "hot"

MF - body is medium full, creamy feel and sharp carbonation, but not overly done IMHO.

D - goes down easy, this makes for a great after dinner beer. this reminds me of the months to come. I am actually looking forward to kicking back by the fire w/ a few of these and some good old movies this winter.

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- Deep, dark, hazy copper, 1/2" off white head that quickly fades to lacing

S- Funky, sour cranberries, grapes, and raisins. Apple cider, red wine, banana, sour, alcohol

T- Very sweet. Plums, raisins, grapes, bananas, red wine, sour, candi sugar, medicine, caramel malts

M- Oily, creamy body, crisp carbonation

O- A malty red wine. That's the easiest way to describe this. It's packed with dark fruits, balanced by creamy caramel malts. For 9% abv, the alcohol is very tame and only makes a slight appearance at the end. I'm slowly starting to realize how much i like this style. This is a great example.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,954 ratings.
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