Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of In_Control_Mike
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of LennyBound
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zhanson88
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: When looked at head on the color of this beer almost looks stout-like. It is very dark. However, when held up to light there are some deep ruby highlights that differentiate this beer from a stout. Tons of slightly off white head that reduces to gorgeous, open lacing.

Smell: Malt, dark fruits, cherries, caramel and the slightest hint of booze.

Taste: Dark fruits and a bit of malt are evident up front. It has hints of pepper. On the back end you get cherries and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This beer has an awesome soft mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect. It leads to a slight peppery mouthfeel but not enough to be too much like other BSDAs that I've tried.

Drinkability: The alcohol in this beer does become evident, but in no way is it too much. Great beer to sip on, or have with a meal.

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Photo of nullbort
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Muddy red brown color with just a bit above average carbonation. Yeast,malt,and dried fruit aroma that comes off as very strong. Taste is identical to aroma with just a tiny but of bite from carbonation,high abv,and perhaps a small amount of hops. The only downfall of this beer is the muddy cloudy appearance which is a trivial problem. So many beers try to produce a complex flavor but this one does it so incredibly well. I always enjoy trying new beer and this is by far the best I've tried in some time

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Photo of diablo14
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of silver0rlead
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredibly dark brown, very close to pitch black with a nice tan head that retains well enough for a 9% beer...looks magnificent in my chimay chalice. Aroma is very nice, dark fruits (grape, plum), sweet candied sugar, some light grassy hops and slight traces of phenols. Flavor is very complex, notes of ripe grape and plum, spices (corriander and black pepper), dry grassy hops flavor and a sweet candied sugar flavor. Extremely well balanced, complex and delicious, and a bargain at $1.75 for a 12oz single. Mouthfeel is suprisingly light for the style but makes it very drinkable, with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Hopswagger
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Minimal khaki head that fades fast topping a murky deep brown colored body almost having a purple hue to it.  Zesty carbonation. 

S:  Sweet grapes, belgian spicy yeast, candied malts, chocolate covered cherries and sweet prunes. 

T/M:  Zesty and spicy carbonation in a medium-full mouthfeel. Big spicy cherry bourbon flavors surround the palate. Candy malt sweetness, musky yeast, rye bread, dark fruits, burnt brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon.  Finishes dry and clean with a spicy alcohol sting in the back of the throat.  Once warned charred grass, rum soaked currants and plums. The alcohol is apparent but subtle and delicate with loads of fresh sweet grapes.

O:  Super spicy but delicately sweet. I recently reviewed Muadite and I'm having trouble picking my favorite. This delivers more raw spice and boozy flavors and not as much candy sweetness. The raw character creates a complex yet balanced brew. I will have to do a blind side by side tasting of these two. It's good to see that a brewery can create two ales of the same style and have both of them be great and so different. Well done! 

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Photo of bmmortale
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of tb4475
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BlindPig
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown body with a tan head.
S- Light toffee, hints of spice, some dryer hops, and a hint of yeast.
T- Tad hint of alcohol comes through. There is a balance of malts (caramel and toffee), and dry hops. It leaves your mouth pretty dry and also leaves a medium bitterness in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- Very complex and a great balance to this brew. It is one of my favorites from them.

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Photo of hotsudge
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of LittleCreature
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Almost exactly like cola, from the colour to the rapidly rising bubbles. I am shocked how fizzy this beer looks. The two fingers of darkish brown head disappeared almost instantly.

Smell - 4.5
Although there is a high alcohol volume, this is just barely evident in the smell. It smells rather sweet, although not particularly strong. I can detect aromas of licorice, vanilla, and a malty sweetness. With a little warming there is a nice smell of overripe fruit.

Taste - 4.5
Yummy! The alcohol is immediately evident, and perhaps not as well masked as it could be, although this improves as the beer warms up. Most impressive is the aftertaste, which lingers in the mouth, leaving the taste of a good port.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
I am really relieved that the initial violent fizziness has gone away, leaving the beer only slightly fizzier than average for a dark ale. It feels relatively light for this kind of beer, and quite mellow.

Drinkability - 4.0
There are other strong Belgian beers that mask their alcohol better, but as this warms up it becomes smoother, tastier and more drinkable. As I am finishing the glass I could actually see myself wanting a second in one sitting.

The longer I spent on this one the more it grew on me, which I think was largely due to starting it a little too cold. It was worth the money to try once, and it is certainly special, but I will probably not get it again. Very good beer, but there are better of its style.
Edit: Second sampling of this beer bumped the score from 4 to 4.35. Definitely drank too cold first time around. Excellent.

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Photo of 2Xmd
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MarioM
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into tulip

A: Dark with a slight deep cherry red color with a nice light brown head and slight cloudiness. Medium sized bubbles, very obvious carbonation with a head retention of less than a minute, after that almost no head is left over.

S: Sweet, raisins, dried cherries, slightly floral and very subtle alcohol notes.

T: Slightly sweet, fruity with some alcohol. Flavors reminds me of wine in a way. More on the fruity side but balance is just right, clean, no overpowering sweetness, fits the style very well.

M: Good and satisfying warm mouth feel that lingers between sips. Carbonation is just right and makes for a good mouth feel when sipping.

O: I'm enjoying this beer quite a bit. It feels good and smells great. Definitely trying again, currently aging a 750ml so we'll see how it does a year from now. Good, good beer...

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Photo of neurobot01
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of Enola
2.7/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured into my Chimay chalice a deep mahogony color. There is a thin head. There is also lots of yeast that has settled to the bottom of the glass. The smell is sweet and a bit like plums. The taste is very powerfull and fruity. The mouthfeel is overpowering at first and then calms down into a lasting aftertaste similar to apricot brandy. The drinkability would be better if not for the overpowering abv. I probably will not have this beer again.

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Photo of DaveRinn
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of shadow1961
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Trois Pistoles pours out with a rocky head that collapses
pretty quickly, over a dark brown, almost black brew. The
carbonation seems pretty energetic, and the nose is of
berries and a little malt. Mouthfeel is tingly and round,
flavor is of grapes, blackberries, and malt. There's a
definite warming effect from the 9% alcohol by volume.
Aftertaste is light and fruity, and just the tiniest bit tannic.
If you're somebody who's a bit put off by a beer that breaks
the rules Trois Pistoles is not for you. For the rest of us, it's
another unique treat from Unibroue.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chestnut; small head; dissipates quickly

Aroma: Malty; cloves with fruit notes; sweet

Taste: Slightly thin but smooth; zippy on start; cloves and pepper in mid; finishes slightly sweet and hoppy; well balanced and very good

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Seabass1964
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of JAXSON
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut with a ridiculously creamy head. Unibroue beers always have amazing, lush bubbles and mouthfeel. This one pretty much has to warm up a bit before being consumed, or else a trademark cardboard flavor will dominate. Prunes, malt, almost red-winey flavor. Still a little of that cardboard. A bit boozy, but still covers the 9% decently.

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Photo of Jordanmtate
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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