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 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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Photo of MrDell
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Unibroue – Trois Pistoles
Belgian Strong Dark Ale- 9% - 330ml Bottle- Bottling date Unknown– Best Before Unknown

Trois Pistole is as dark a strong ale as can be, mellow in taste with an aroma of ripe fruits. It can be compared to an old port and is brewed from well roasted malt.

Appearance: Looks black with a tan head until held up to light, then it reveals a very deep burgundy hue. Tan coloured head with lots of activity above the nucleation site (served in a Duvel tulip glass). Excellent head retention and some nice lace-work.

Aroma: Lots of ripe banana on the nose, sweet malt aromas, lots of toffee and caramel. A very slight acidic note.

Taste: Reminds me very much of Chimay blue upfront but with a little extra dark fruit. It's quite boozy and sweet and there is a lot of banana in this one, also some plum I like it. The middle is like a very alcoholic Christmas pudding and the finish quite boozy with some bitter liquorice notes.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is quite apparent in the mouth, it's full bodied and finishes dry. 4

Overall: I did enjoy this beer, it's a fairly good representation of one of my favourite styles and something a little "different" being French-Canadian, non-abbey etc. Do I like it enough to buy it again? Maybe; if it was on tap somewhere and I fancied it but it's not a beer that I would seek out as there are so many excellent (better) examples of this style that are readily available here in Europe and I cant help but feel that this one is lacking in some way.

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

A- Awesome masculine cork top bottle with great artwork on the label! The brew itself pours a robust dark brown with cola like tinges, and a caramel colored head that starts about two fingers has excellent retention and settles into a very thick layer over the beer....soapy in fact! Too hard to see the carbonation and as far as lacing goes, well, it does slowly creep back into the liquid, however, it is thick and picturesque! A fine looking Dark Ale!

S- Initial aromas of sweet malts, dark dried fruits, with balancing char, yeast, baking spices that are very much of rum cake, and right on the finish is some Belgian style funk and touches of alcohol.....its rich yet nothing in particular overpowers anything else on my nostrils. Smells heavenly!!

T- Flavors follow in the vein of the aromas with several added flavors throughout! Right away I pick up dark malty fruit, with mild hints of banana yeasty biscuit flavors and brown sugar/molasses type sweetness from the malts used. The finish is clean and with just a mild alcoholic tinge that hits the back of the throat at moments. Throughout, there is some Belgian funk....this very much reminds me of a Double....nice!

M/O- The carbonation is rather robust and scrubs the palate more than I thought it would at first for this style....the body is medium and drinkability factor is high....if I wasn't sharing this 750ml bottle, I would surely finish it myself! The alcohol is hidden generally well and I think this would be a kind dessert for the discerning, but, everyone should give this a go! Cheers!

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Photo of lic217
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Reddish brown, big quickly fading head, but a small one hangs on for awhile
Smell: Dark fruit, touch of alcohol, and spice, a little bread
Taste: Dark fruit, cherry, bread, a touch of spice and banana
Feel: very carbonated, a little thin
Overall: Nice tasty beer

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Photo of BigGold
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped "B[est]B[uy] 09-23-18," into chalice. Trois Pistoles is not Chimay Blue, but neither is it ashamed by comparison.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.96/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A dark ale with little light passing through. Has a very white head on top that sits. Has a sweet malty smell to it. Has a fruity flavor and is very carbonated.

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Photo of FBarber
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown - beer appears thin, but not watery. One finger khaki head dissipates quickly leaving some spotty foam along the top of the beer.

Smell has aromas of dates, prunes, red grapes, and raisins. Substantial undertone of funky belgian yeast comes through. As the smell develops you get some whiffs of a tart green apple.

Taste is initially dark fruits - dates, prunes and raisins, with a nice yeasty funk. As the flavor profile develops though, you get this interesting brown sugar sweetness that isn't overly sweet, but adds some depth. Additionally you start to get a real tartness to the beer that tastes like a granny smith apple. Really interesting and very nice.

Feel is medium carbonation with a decent tingle on the tongue and mouth. Beer is thin, but not watery. Drinkable especially for such a high ABV.

Overall a really nice offering. Do yourself a favor and let this warm up before drinking it. You'll miss a lot of the flavor profile if you drink it too cold.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks and tastes much thinner and fizzier than expected. It tastes really bright and twangy up front, almost infected, but mellows out quickly and begins to show some grape and dark fruit character. Apple, brown sugar and some light Belgian spice also emerge. Overall, sort of thin and underwhelming considering this one's near legendary status.

Edit: this certainly gets more interesting as it really warms and settles. There's a nice interplay of tart green apple and caramely sweetness. Finishes remarkably smooth and dry for the ABV.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; cola colored; 2 finger tan head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: sweet malt for a moment, then clove and banana; when the head was gone, the aroma was dark fruit - banana and clove were gone;

T: a bit of coriander up front, then it follows the nose; flavor is more assertive than the aroma; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish; alcohol is warming;

O: very good, bit I didn't get the dark fruit flavor that I would expect from this style;

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown and almost translucent. Dark fruits on the nose with burned sugar. Tangy flavor with a spice background. Overall pretty sweet with subtle Belgian qualities.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a super dark brown with reddish brown highlights and a quickly dissipating beige head. Aroma is a bit muted, but had hints of malt, dark fruit. Taste is of huge dark fruit, malt, belgian candi sugar and hints of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth, yet prickly with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very well done BSDA, a style I need to explore more after this.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dark version of Unibroue. Dark fruits, sweety, pretty high ABV. The beer before sleeping well worth the try and shows that this brasserie equal everything Belgian

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown color with beige head. Aroma has dark fruits, dark sugar and some booze. Taste has some nice dark cherries and raisins, dark sugar and a bit of alcohol. Medium body with high effervescence. Nice but not one of my favorite styles of beer.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,923 ratings.
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