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 gimmehead
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful purple-black with a thin head that has the same subtle purplish tones. Huge aroma consisting of grapes and other ripe fruits. Very complex. Taste is grapes, peaches, caramel malts, becoming sweeter and more alcoholic as it warms. It might sound funny but I always get this mental image of purple (grape) Laffy Taffy when I drink this beer, I guess due to the fruits and candy sweetness. Very well carbonated and a great winelike aftertaste. One of my favorites.

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

Appearance: Poured into a chalice from a 12oz bottle. Dark, murky brown with a redish-orangeish hint. Roughly an inch of head that quickly calmed down to 1/4" and soon after disappeared.

Nose: Yeasty, slightly tart, hints of cherries.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp, carbonated. Fairly clean aftertaste. Hints of spice. Alcohol definately present but not detracting from overall taste. Some malty sweetness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a 9% ABV beer. Probably dangerously so. Very good.

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Photo of baiser
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, mahogany red body, cloudy from the yeast, and a big, off white head. Nice lacing, great looking beer. Aroma of prunes, dark fruit, yeast, caramel, cherries, and a slight medicinal flavour. Taste is wonderful. So juicy, and full of fruit. Plums, prunes, caramel. Deceptive alcohol. Great balance with some hops in the background. Truly a well crafted ale.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Thirroul Cellars, tasted at home with my beer loving GF.
Poured a slightly opaque dark brown into the glass, with a thin tight light brown head. Aromas of wheat, spices (orange, coriander, clove, sl banana), possibly alcohol, that same yeast aroma from all of Unibroues' beers, and a slight waft of dark malt.
Tasted awsome (as if it wouldn't). All the aromas tranferred to the pallate, followed by the evident alcohol of 9%abv, and a spritzy mouthfeel from the carbonation. Very easy to drink, and as usual, a winner for me!

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pegasus of doom flies above a monastery or state capital building, looking nervously over its shoulder as if being pursued. I don't know what to make of this Magic: The Gathering artwork, and I won't know until I have finished this bottle. The line between pretentiousness and genius is razor thin, you see, and I can already tell that this beer is going to be either a work of art or pure wankery.

Deep purple, very fizzy with a small head that goes away quickly. This is a strange, very pretty plum color.

Complex and welcoming smell. Fruity esters somewhere between tart apricots and mellow grapes. Cloves make their way in there, as well.

What a pop of flavor upfront! A mad rush of sweet and sour fruit balanced out with a bland sweetness. The finish is clean--almost too clean. Nice and dry, but the flavor doesn't linger at all. Still, this is a damn fine taste and, surprisingly enough, there's almost no trace of alcohol.

Very fizzy, goes down nice.

This is one of those dark, wonderful ales that you should surprise guests with by serving at a party in lieu of wine. It would go great with red meat. And hell, you can get a 750 ml bottle of this for much less than a bottle of good wine--and this is better than good wine.

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

Nearly opaque mahogany with golden honey overtones, topped with a dense and active tan head. Clove spices dominate over fruits and plum raisin, with a subtle caramel sweetness in the nose. Good carbonation and medium body in conjunction with a pleasantly stimulating acridity create an excellent mouthfeel. Flavor is a complex mix of fruits, a slight vanilla, and the distinct yeast found in Maudite and La Fin Du Monde. Alcohol is nearly undetectable among all the other flavors. Goes down smooth, finishing with pepper and clove becoming a refined dryness that lingers for just the right amount of time before cleaning up completely.

Would be an excellent accompaniment to a meal. A fine, fine brew.

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Photo of aquatonex
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Pours dark brown, almost black opaque with a rich head, lacing forever. Just by looking at it you know you're in for a treat. Smell possesses bits of caramel and malts with hints of a berry fruitiness. The nose overall is a bit toned down compared to the taste. From your first sip, you can taste the complexities roll over your tongue at different times. Heavy, creamy malts foundation with a rather strong caramel and fruity sweetness. You can't really tell it's 9%, the flavors blend in so well that there is very little alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is awesome!

A heavy hitter that doesn't taste like one. Could drink this every day.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this botle in Holland and didn't know what to expect from this one.... well after pulling it out you notice as soon as your nose gets near the the beer that this is somthing great! Very fruity, hoppy( is it saaz?) don't make you think that this is a strong dark ale. Hardly anything to motice of the 9% and hardly any maltarome in the nose. Nice darkbrown colour and a lasting head. Then the first sip... this brew tastes fullmaly, caramellic and only litle roast( is there?). Not to sweet but full and almost the same aftertaste. Wonder how so litle bitterness gets such a great hoparome.... must be dryhops in there! Good beer I will go for again when I find it....

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Photo of trancefishy
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is of really light grapes, peaches, very sweet caramel.

Tast is of Toffee, dark mission figs, and that silly unibroue yeast.

Mouthfeel is excellent, great dancing carbonation. Just right for the style.

This is a great beer, a true classic, and always fun to pick out the flavours.

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

Had a 750 split with my sister.
Big head on this one sit atop a dark ruby beer. After I got through the head the smell of this is fruity of cherries and grapes spiced with pepper and a lurking malty sweetness. This beer is a mouthful even at a sip. Highly carbonated and full bodied. It has a taste the flood over the tongue and gives you spicey notes of yeast that fade to fruity malt sweetness and end with a lingering aftertaste that reminds you to drink more. The alcohol hides well in this dark Canadian treat.

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

12/06/04- Purchased at a wine store in Sonoma, CA

Appearance- Pours a deep brown color with a 3/4 inch head and good lacing.

Smell- Wonderful smell. Definite plums and raisins abound.

Taste- At first it is very sweet with caramel, dates and raisins, maybe some clove also. The flavor disipates though and leaves very little aftertaste. The flavor doesn't stick around as long as you would like. Can't even detect the 9% abv.

Mouthfeel- Goes down oh so smooth. As it warms is gets even more smooth and the tastes come out a bit better. Excellent level of carbonation.

Drinkability- As of now it's extremely drinkable. All depends on how the alcohol makes me feel after I finish it. 2 thumbs up, and not far from being a bit better.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big props to my buddy Paul for this one! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Nice presentation here. Very dark black/ruby color to it with a 1-finger head. I love the aroma this beer gives off. The first thing I noticed were apples and pears followed by bananas and then a hint of dark chocolate. Nice and complex. Overall, very fruity aroma. Some of the fruitiness disappeared upon tasting it and it transformed into a nice, subtle, malty brew. A slightly sweet finish. I could drink this baby all night long, but it is a bit of a sipper. Very enjoyable and highly recommended. Cheers!

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with a fizzy head. Head dissapates quickly, but returns with just a swirl of the glass. Thin sheet of lacing.
Aroma is sweet, malt, raisin, prunes, cooked bannana, alcohol.
Flavor is sweet and tangy. ripe fruit, (apricot, prune, raisin) some spice, with a lemony tang at the end.
Creamy mouthfeel.
Alcohol is well hidden, and it sneaks up on you.

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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 SaunaKing
3.19/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Working my way through the 12pack Unibroue sampler - first time i have tried anything from this brewery. This is a dark brown beer with a nice thick beige head and chunks of yeast sediment suspended in the brew.

There is no smell to this beer. I simpy can't smell anything. No aroma.
Taste is a little spicy but I can't identify what it tastes like. Its smooth with a soft finish. The yeast particles definietly impact the taste (positively).

Not a bad beer. I haven't had too many nor liked high abv brews but this is ok stuff.

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Photo of anders36
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had the pleasure to try this beer from the 750 ml bottle yet, so this is from the 341ml bottle. It pours a dark brown colour with big off white head. The head disappears rather fast though. It has a lovely smell of molasses and raisins. The taste is a little bitter. Fruity and malty but balaced. The mouthfeel is very smooth and you get a warming feeling from the 9% ABV. The aftertaste is a bit sweet and malty. This lovely beer made me warm on a cold November night.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle.
Ample off- white head that sticks around for awhile.
Smells a little malty/ caramely. A whiff of green apple on the nose.
Appearance is a slightly cloudy toasty brown color with the barest hint of red.
The first sip caught me a little off guard; I actually expected something overwhelmingly heavy, but no, not this beer. The mouthfeel is perfect. Really. It fills up the mouth just enough.. it restrains itself as to not overwhelm. It also tingles a little bit as you roll it around. And it sits there for a full minute after the swallow.
The taste is very nice- the sweetness that you can find is 'just' there, balanced nicely by a little tartness (also 'just' there). The caramel malts (I think that's what it is) really are nicely expressed here. There's also a tiny touch of burnt marshmallow flavor in there somehere (I mean this in a good way).

This definitely could be the sole beer for a whole evening. It's a bit much for everyday, but there's a reason that this one's on my short list.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a Unibroue beer. This sample is a one and a half year old 750 ml corked bottle. It pours dark chocolate brown color with a massive khaki billowy head that leaves sheets of thick lace. The aroma is of intense plums, raisinbread, caramel dates, passionfruit and green apple skins, with a generous spicey hop character. The taste is an impeccable mix of pale, crystal and roasted malts. Theres a great, bready flavor, A caramelly flavor and a toasted malt flavor. Theres also a fruity yeast flavor. Hops are evident but rightly subdued, This is a malt beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth with torrents of tiny carbonation bubbles. The finish is quite crisp and also bitter, surprisingly so. This is one hell of a good Belgian style beer. A must try.

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Photo of blitz134
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This my first Unibroue beer...and my first corked beer. The pop from opening the bottle was nice. Made me smile, haha.

I poured this into an oversized wine glass. Color was extremely dark in the glass but poured a caramel color. It had a one finger light tan head that disappeared rather quickly. The aroma was sweet. I could pick out the sweetness of the malts but the rest was a blend many sweet aromas, nothing overly discernable.

The taste is pretty amazing. The blending of all the flavor components is excellently done, very balanced. Flavors encompass the sweet malts which were detected in the aroma. A blendy of dark fruits, mainly subdued raisin and plums. The immediate aftertaste is very crisp. The aftertaste doesn't last long though, I'd like it to stick around a bit to savor the flavor, but I'm sure this is due to the high ABV of this beer. Even with the 9% content this brew goes down nice and smooth. Perfect for sitting around one cool evening to savor the flavor and be warmed up a bit.

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Photo of toastage
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was good...a slow pour down the side yielded immediate head formation with a nice 3 quarter inch finish at the end. Deep amber colour with some cloudiness. Molasses, fruit and alcohol in the nose.

Well balanced. The only thing that speaks to the 9% ABV is the 2-beer buzz. Medium body, enough to make it sit on your tongue while you savour the flavour, and an aftertaste that is not pungent but definitely lets you know it was there.

Excellent beer to sip at and enjoy.

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Photo of dgallina
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, slightly cloudy, dark copper and brown. Very little head that quickly dissipates, leaving a thin film of lace. Dark, sweet, raisin and cherry fruit and alcohol aromas. Rich, roasted malt and dark fruits in the mouth with an excellent, slightly bitter and very dry finish that leaves you wanting more. A medium-heavy body that seems very appropriate for the style. An excellent interpretation of the style, and a beer I'd be happy to sip for a few hours after dinner.

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Photo of zbs
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Russell's Package Store, Amherst MA. Poured into a convenient chalice.

Rich mahogany foams to a narrow cream, with a nose somewhat off-balance: sugar and spice tones brimming on alcohol. First taste is rich pure beer notes and bountiful, with a middle proliferation of Dolcetto esters maturing into thicker, dark fruit; a deeply hidden but powerful bitter is subdued underneath a late-blooming verge of Godiva. The body royals in purple, finishing superbly complete--skeining tan lace.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out of the silver foil topped bottle a deep dark brown, nearly black with a nice off white head. Hints of red sneak through when held up to the light. The smell on this one is a mix of chocolate covered cherries and raisins, some molasses and nice roasted tones.

The first taste is upfront with a sweet cherry cocoa roastiness. A nice spiciness (cloves?) rolls along the tounge as well. Quite tasty and flavorful. New flavors peek through with each sip and the alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

Mouthfeel is good as well. A nice full body that coats the mouth and goes down smooth. Drinkability is nice here too. Not a session brew, but a couple on a cold night would be nice. I'm looking forward to trying more Unibroue products.

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

Aged this bottle about 2 weeks, I couldn't wait any longer. I'll go get more and give it a longer run next time.

Nice dark brown that lets little light in around the edges and created a generous amount of thick head that clung on for life before leaving a little lacing.

Smells of chocolate, cherries, dark fruit, spice, and a bit of wood come out of the glass nicely. After it warmed a bit I gave it a swirl and got a large whiff of alcohol... only the one time though.

Taste was thick and rich filled with cherries, raisins, ripe dark fruit, and a definate spicy ginger finish. No trace of the 9% alcohol anywhere in sight.

Mouth was excelent, leaving the mouth clean but craving more, not astringent in the least. Makes it almost too easy to drink.

Drinkability is good but I would rather split this with 3 or maybe 4 people as it gets a bit filling. Would be an excellent choice to pair with dessert.

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Photo of Biffster
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mahogany with both amber and ruby highlights and an agressive light tan head.

The aroma is spicy and a bit malty. I get the impression of vanilla, pepper, raisin, citrus and pineapple.

The beer starts big and fruity, with pineapple, strawberry and banana coming out prominently at the taste. As that fades, I can detect a hint of cocoa before the swallow. The finish is all warmth and spice.

The body is light and the carbonation is substantial, as to be expected. There is plenty of warming. Some astringency mars the mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a substantial and delicious Belgian dark, with plenty of complexity and an intriguing finish.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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