Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of Poljazz22
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown ale. Very bubbly brown head ending as a pale beige rim.
Smells like a Belgian triple: spices and coriander.
Tastes of dark malt, chocolate, cereal, cherries and dried prunes.
Lots of carbonation with some sweetness. Also some sour red berry flavor and a presence of alcohol warmth.
Just a great beer! Gets more complex as it warms up. Still thirst quenching at 9% ABV ! Amazing deal here in Quebec at $14 for six plus tax.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Saveur Biere. In Grimbergen glass. Watching Los Soprano 6x04. Lighter and more drinkable than usual in the style. The dark fruits profile is there but lower than i'd like, although improves as it warms up

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Photo of degueulasse
3.21/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I couldn't distinguish the smell of this from the stale smell of Keystone Light or other such frat party beers, but it seems to transform once it hits the tongue, its sweet caramel flavor coming through nicely. As it warms up, it takes on dark fruity notes as well, reminding me of currants. It's a burgundy brown beer that goes down rather well.

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Photo of akolb
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 335 mL bottle (love the small bottles!) Massive, billowing tan head that takes up most of the glass and forms a lovely mushroom cloud extending above the rim. Be careful when pouring this one! The beer itself is a murky raisin-like color. Aroma has brown sugar, funk, raisins, prunes, sweet rich malt, spice, and a bit of chocolate. The taste is well balanced, with yeasty esters, dark fruit, and a hint of roast. Sweet, filling malty aftertaste. Very prickly carbonation and a slight alcohol burn. This is a wonderful beer, both drinkable and flavorful. Worth buying just for the truly extraordinary head.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having gone almost all the way through the Unibroue lineup, I can still say that I don't know how the brewery's name is pronounced, but this is their best beer. As a Belgian-style tripel, this is about as good as it gets, with sweet, gentle malts, ripe stewed prune and raisin flavors, and a heavy whiff of baking spices like allspice, cardamom, clove, and nutmeg throughout. Delicious enough to be accessible to anyone, but complex and deep enough to be appreciated by connoisseurs too. A benchmark of the style.

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Photo of dillybarrrrr
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trois Pistoles, by Unibroue. 9% in a 750mL bomber, poured into a pint. Purchased for 6.99
Picked up because it has a reputation for being great beer. While also being dark but not overly chocolatey, or so I've heard.
L: THE HEAD! Holy shit this beer has a massive head and it doesn't dissipate very quickly (stayed there until 3/4 done beer). The color is intriguing. Really dark but not opaque. Light does shine through. Not very much lacing.
S: I pick up blueberries. The 9% can be faintly noticed.
T: Raisins and blueberries. Slight tinge of cocoa. A faint sweetness
F: The feel is unique, it almost has a soda-y bubbliness to it because the head never goes away. The sweetness that isn't very apparent in the taste, sticks around the mouth for awhile.
OV: Very impressed. For a dark beer this is awesome. Gave some to a non-craft beer drinker and she thoroughly enjoyed. Well done. Will be looking for more from Unibroue.

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Photo of gestyr
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with an off white head of tight bubbles that last a long time. Smells sweet, caramel, fruity, malty. Taste follows the aroma with a bit of alcohol warmth. Medium bodied and smooth. A great beer.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/3/13 and poured into a snifter.

The appearance is a really murky brown with a good amount of yeast sediment settling on the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is dark fruits, floral spiciness, chocolate malt sweetness, brown sugar and some nice estery yeast notes.

The tastes are sweet up front with dark fruits, bready malt sweetness, brown sugar and yeasty estery note. Also a nice floral spiciness.

The palate is medium plus with a substantial malt sweetness and alcohol spice lingering well. Nice and creamy finish.

Overall this is an awesome quadruple/ Belgian Strong Dark. A great beer for the price and how well it ages. One of the best beers I've had of this style.

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

Wow this beer has some character! Poured out of a bomber, the head is easily four fingers, and with a stadium pour at that. Seriously, this rivals Duvel for robustness of head. Moderate lacing and fabulous retention. Ale itself is almost as dark as a porter, and has the smell of one, too: lots of sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, and a fruity yeastiness that makes it unmistakably Belgian in style. The taste largely follows the nose, and also highlights the many spices used in the brewing process, as well as some nuttiness. Perhaps a little too chocolatey for my liking, since it obscures that lovely sweet, breast yeastiness that draws me to the Belgian ales in the first place.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - perfect for the style; deep dark brown in color with a red hue and a huge khaki head that has incredible retention, long legs, and lacing.
Smell - dark fruit, molasses, caramel, bready malts, and a barnyard yeast note that rounds it all out.
Taste - follows the nose where dark fruits are most dominant, along with sweet malty notes of caramel and bread, some molasses, and finishes dry with yeast shining through.
Feel - great carbonation, chewy body, completely smooth, especially considering the high ABV.

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Photo of souvenirs
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I waited so long to try this one, but I have chosen it as my 500th beer on this site.

A: Dark. Almost black. Bubbly. Dissipating tan head.
S: Delicious. Boozy sweet dark fruit. Raisin. Cherry.
T: Boozy raisin.
F: Very crisply carbonated. Medium-bodied or a bit heavier.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the growler via DEPs in a snifter. This very nice BSDA pours a murky brown
with a nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and features
light lacing. Nose of dark raisin bread, brown sugars, light spices of clove and coriander,
subtle cherry notes, and light yeast notes. Flavors surpass the nose with dark brown sugars
and strong booze touched dark raisin bread with a dash of cocoa and clove with a light
coriander dash on the rear mingling with a light herbal hop and a lightly tart cherry note
on the finish. Excellent mouth feel; medium body, lightly dry finish, and low carbonation.

Overall a fantastic little brew from a great brewer.


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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue is just a quality brewery. La Fin du Monde is their most popular beer, but this one has some great qualities. Pours a dark brown. The head isn't quite as frothy as La Fin Du Monde, nor is this as carbonated (of course, La Fin du Monde's carbonation is up there). This one is malty, sweet, plums and some other fruits with a hint of pepper on the finish. There is a bit of hoppy bitterness near the end. You can't go wrong with anything by Unibroue for the most part. Quality ale.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quality offering from Unibroue.
AROMA: Yeast. Wine, spices.
TASTE: Bread, spice. Brown Sugar. Yeast. Wine.
FEEL: Big sticky. A thick meal.


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Photo of SHDoyle
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Description: Dark brown to ruby appearance with a finger of light tan head and lacing which lingers on the glass. The aroma is more spice than anything else with maybe a touch of fruitiness. Flavor is, again, predominantly spice with clove and banana. This is much more "tripel" than "quad" or other Belgian variety. I do not get the rich, dark fruits that heavier Belgians usually show and I would describe this as somewhat delicate. Feel is a little on the thin side. Like the taste, it's somewhere between a tripel and a quad.

Suggested food pairing: Roasted pork or chicken

If you like this beer then you should also try: Fin du Monde. I know, it's the same brewery, but this is really what it reminded me of in the flavor profile.

Overall: 4 (This been is good and I may or may not have it again) Not bad by any means but nothing outstanding either. I was surprised how much this reminded me of Fin du Monde, given that they're different styles. if you like that style you should give this a shot. If not, don't bother and be confident that you're not missing out.

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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 Viaduck
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A powerful pop of the cork & pours a beautiful coffee color with a light tan foamy head. Lovely Belgium yeast, bread, fruit & spices (but they don't smell or taste dark) make up the aroma. The taste is slightly sweet, slightly tart, not much bitterness & quite dry & delicate, not overbearing . Nice balance of roasted malt & hops & dark spices (what are dark spices?), fruitiness & perfect amount of carbonation. I couldn't find the cocoa mentioned on the label but it is Excellent!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

***beer #400***

This beer started it all for me. This opened the door to craft beer for me.

L: pours an amber color, but looks black in the glass. Has a 2 finger of bubble head that lingers for a bit
S: Belgian yeast, dark fruit juices, sweet and sugary.
T: very smooth dark fruit juices, very sweet, and big Belgian yeast finish
F: super carbonated, way to much for me.
O: I remember buying this buy the case when I first tried it 8 years ago. Now not so much.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 ozpoured into a snifter on tap

A: Dark murky brown blackish body with a big bubbled soightly khaki head.

S: Lots of cherry and light hints of doughiness and raisins and a little clove.

T: Fairly sweet, cherries, figs, raisins, yeasty, clove, light banana, and some burnt sugars on the end.

M: Really lively with almost a biting amount of catbonation.

O: Excellent beer! It is nicely layered with flavors very dark fruits forward pretty sweet and easy to drink. This goes down really smooth and has a lot of alcohol in it that is quite well hidden.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

10 oz pour into a stemmed tulip glass boasts a tall tan head floating above a dark brown/orange tinted body. The head dissipates and leaves a slight cover.
Aromas include stone fruit, floral, caramel, and slightly bready.
Taste matches and the booze is well balanced.
Smooth creamy mouthfeel and a light dry finish.

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Photo of Buck89
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A murky orange-light brown color with a thick, rocky, and persistent light tan head. Rich aromas of plum, cherry, brown sugar, raisins, and faint floral notes. The taste followed closely: a full-bodied but dry beer big on raisiny malt with plum, figs, and estery Belgian notes. Just fantastic. Nice warming at the end.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've had this sitting in my closet for 10 months now, so let's see how it is.

Look: Massive 3 finger pillow-y head, dark brown body.

Smell: This is like Christmas in a bottle. Dark fruits, brown sugar, cloves, toffee, some white grape, plus the typical Belgian yeast profile.

Taste: Dark fruits, spices, some brown sugar. Kind of pedestrian compared to the smell, which is more intense.

Feel: Medium-low carbonation, smooth medium body. The alcohol isn't hidden very well, although it does have a warming quality.

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Photo of lwcreasy
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep purple-y-brown. Lively chocolate in color. Streams of little bubbles keep feeding into the long-lasting, creamy head. After an eternity, the milky foam collapses into darker islands and leaves lacing all along the glass. Mystical.

Strong raisin and a little perfumey and floral hop. Bread crumbs, pumpernickel bread, and toffee. A subtle spice note becomes more apparent with time.

First impression is of dried fruit and an incredibly rich bread crust/dark bread that drenches the palate. Raisins and white grape add complexity to the delicious malt. The deep richness and clean, almost juicy, fruit element make for quite an elaborate brew. Aftertaste is grape and satiating bread, with a light amount of pepper for sprite. Plum and more spice as the beer warms. Excellent mix of deep and light flavors.

Medium-full body. Creamy in the mouth, but dry on the finish. Perhaps a little sweet. Boozy warming starts in later.

A wonderful, beautiful beer!

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flatlake cherries
Mouthful of acidity
Nice malt profile which is truly multi layered
Mild hop bitterness
Truly very fruity
Carbonation is a bit much

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

Look: Pours a shade of brown that looks black in low light, with a one finger café colored head.

Aroma: Candied dark fruits akin to dates, raisins,plums and figs. Mild notes of cherries and chocolate. Yeast is prominent with aromas of clove and banana.

Taste: More yeasty than I was anticipating. I'm getting bold flavors of banana bread and clove upfront. Following that are flavors of chocolate covered raisins, sugarplums, cherries, caramel, fig wine and mild cinnamon.

Feel: Dry and bittersweet. Highly carbonated. Remarkably mellow for belgian strong ale, for better and for worse. I wish the beer had a more robust flavor but in exchange it seems to have traded it's machismo for dangerous levels of sessionability.

Overall: . Very yeasty with notes of tart candied dark red fruit, mild chocolate and spices. Slightly overrated in my opinion - I do not think this deserves 5's across the board but Trois Pistoles is still exceptional beer.

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