Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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4.23/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#961
Reviews:
2,052
Ratings:
5,047
pDev:
10.87%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
312
Gots:
780
Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,047 |  Reviews: 2,052
Photo of mchegash
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4/5
A dark caramel-brown red. A moderate amount of tan foam. Quite opaque, but not totally.

Smell - 4/5
Sweet dark fruit, slightly boozy malts, hints of Belgian spice.

Taste - 4/5
Heavy malt flavor which has great dark fruit elements, some booziness, with slight hints of spice as well. Overall I am quite happy with the taste.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Very full bodied, medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation. Fairly crisp.

Overall - 4.25/5
This was a great brew and I am happy to have tried it. Unibrou makes some fantastic beers.

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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.

OVERALL
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 nullbort
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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%

Photo of watermelonman
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a plain dark color with a decent head that shrank quickly but stuck around in small form. There's very little lace left in the glass. Bubbles cling to the side of the glass but slide down after each sip.

The taste has hints of fruit with a potent alcoholic punch.

It's a very good beer, and stronger than Maudite, but it may not be as well balanced. Still, the layering in the taste makes one come back for subsequent sips out of curiosity.

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Photo of blknikon
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jcubz
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 zaphodchak
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 12 oz. (too high) into a tulip glass; large head that lingered before dissolving into lacing. Nose is of dark cherries, taste has cherry as well alongside some dates and faint barleywine taste. Mouthfeel is unassuming; not heavily carbonated, but there is enough present to keep it from being wine. Taste seems... watery? Could be that I failed to dry the glass after washing, but still. Dangerously 'drinkable,' even sessionable; flavor is not potent at all considering the ABV; curious. Flavor improves on the second pour; likely some slight agitation will improve flavor overall.

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Photo of mtrog313
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of LennyBound
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ant880
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Pug
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,047 ratings