Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue may be the best brewery in North America. There are other great ones, but Unibroue definitely belongs in that group. Amongst Unibroue's excellent line stands the beautiful Trois Pistoles. How I love this beer.

Appearance: Dark brown, with an active, overly zealous slightly off white head. Don't pour this baby too fast, or it'll over flow the glass. Carbonation is steady and rushing.

Smell: Difficult to describe... A slight maltiness in the nose with that typical Unibroue boquet. Pepper, cloves, floral aspects. The alchol is there, but everytime it raises it's head it's obscured by another scent immediately.

Taste: The malt brings a dark fruit and very slight cocoa aspect which is balanced nicely with yeasty spice (cloves, pepper) and a nice floral hop aspect.The combination of plum-like fruit and flowers is great, pommengranate like. Lovely, sweet fruity/bready finish with just enough pepper.

Mouthfeel: If this beer was thicker, and carbonation was slightly lighter it would be perfect. Instead, it's a little too thin and the carbonation is a bit of a distraction. Not quite as thin or carbonated as the rest of the Unibroue line, but it could still benefit from a little less carbonation and more body. Really the only weekness of this beer.

Drinkability: This is such an intensly quaffable beer. I don't know how else to describe it.

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Photo of BrewMan13
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice, dark belgian-style ale. Unibroue is one of my favorite breweries and beers like this are why.
Smells of dark fruits and yeast. Taste is similar. Yeast is more dominant to start, but as it warms, the dark fruits give it a vinious carbonated wine-like flavor. Only the slightest hint of alcohol at room temp, which is very impressive for a 9% brew. Starts off with a fairly high amount of carbonation that could be off-putting to some, but it doesnt bother me. Slightly sweet but not overly so.
I know I emphasized the wine-like qualities, but its not overpowering in that department as I dont like most wine but loved this bad boy. Like my other Unibroue fave, Maudite, this one is complicated in the flavor department and well worth a try.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very dark ruby, almost brown. Pours with a delicate head of foam that leaves some nice lacework as it falls. The delightful aroma is full of plum and fig with a hint of smoke. A bit uneventful up front and not very complex, quite thin in body and overly carbonated (reflected in low points for drinkability and mouthfeel.) Hints of tobacco are hidden behind the sharp, prickly carbonation. The finish is powerful, laced with sugar and rum-like flavors, bit of tobacco and smoke, quite complex. There's some interesting stuff going on in this beer. Unfortunately, most Unibroue beers are way too spritzy for my tastes; I usually have to decant them a couple of times into a pint glass to release a lot of the carbonation, which vastly imporoves my ability to enoy this beer. My wife used to go to Key West each year and was astonished to find Unibroue beers at the corner liquor store by her motel. She has a theory that the champagne-like carbonation of the Unibroue beers makes them more appealing to drinkers in tropical climates.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz. bottle.. Best Before 10-23006 stamped on the back above the UPC code.

Pours black with crimson highlights. One finger head quickly retreats to fortify the outer edges of the beers territory.

Smells of caramel, fruit and chocolate.

Tastes like fruit, malt and lingering reminder of the chocolate smell remain.

Mouthfeel is carbonation tingliness, the beer itself is weighty and substantial.

As with most Unibroue products Trois Pistoles is dangerously drinkable as the sweet, fruity taste hooks you in. Definitely a tasty beer.

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Photo of Rio
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with 'drink by' date on the back, nice label artwork and foil neck wrapper I've come to expect from Unibroue.

Very nice dark brown color, almost pure black, decent head that crowned the glass, then reduced to about half a finger's bredth and stayed there. Nice grassy aroma to it. An herbal taste to it, with a sharp undertone of spices. Good, crisp carbonation, and a bit thicker mouthfeel.

The spices threw me off a bit on this one, but they really do add to the flavor. Not a beer I jumped in and loved right away (this is actually the last bottle of a four-pack I bought about a month ago), but it does grow on you. On my 'to drink again' list.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours awfully dark (into a tulip glass, of course). the foamy head settles quickly in an uneven, hilly formation. sticky lacing is apparent all over the top 1/4 of the glass after two minutes.

the first sip is heavy with alcohol, but does not bite you with such on the aftertaste. it's representative of the darker flavors like dates and coffee but carries a delicious tart aroma which reminds me of the common belgian banana scent. drinkability is limited in the first few sips of a glass, but the second two-thirds go down like water.

unibroue is a north american anomaly.. exotic enough to be highbrow but local enough to be a source of pride.

well done!

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark, cola brown. Nice tannish head comes on strong when pouring and had to be slowed down. Bottle refermentation, I guess. Leaves a nice abundant lace over the entire glass.

The aroma is of ripened fruit, a cross between bananas and an apple. Smells a little like some wheat beers that I have tried and not liked.

Taste is smooth with light carbonation and somewhat fruity and slightly alcoholic, not surprising with the 9% abv. The aftertaste is wine like also.

I am enjoying the Belgian strong dark ales. They are different and very tasty.

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Photo of silenius
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 12oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with dark orange highlights when held up to the light. The head is vigorous and after a minute settles down to to a thin cap. The bubbles were actually pretty big I thought, more like soda bubbles. In my tulip glass the beer looks like a big glass buckeye with the tan head on top.

Fusel alcohol, dark stewed fruits, raisins, and yeast. All the smells were pretty subdued, but nice.

Taste is more of the same. Dark stewed fruits, sweet plump raisins, and some yeastiness on the finish. The 9% alcohol warms as it goes down. Solid, but not "WOW."

This has a nice creamy and lively frothy mouthfeel that tickles without a prickle. Very nice.

This was the first Unibroue I ever tried and I'm still drinking it over a year later, so drinkability is good for me. Nice.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The bottle art is your first indication that this is a beer to be reckoned with. A menacing looking winged horse hovers in the storm clouds over a very dark castle (or is it a church?)--it is very eerie. The beer pours out dark brown, like used motor oil, but leaves a nice but short lived head. Verry little lacing to speak of, but lots of carbonation and light fizz. Smell is fruity, fresh and floral. Taste is nothing short of remarkable. It is sweet and just slightly tangy, light on the palate and smooth. I taste some strawberry in there, some ripe plums and maybe some mulberry. The bottle says that there is "a pleasant aftertaste that lingers on like old port wine". It does leave a nice aftertaste, but it is smoother than any port wine I have ever had. A remarkable beer in every regard, highly recommended.

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Photo of cbl2
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

Dark amber with half inch tan head that settles rapidly.

Smell:

Very fruity, with pear leading the way followed by some caramel aspects.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

This is dangerous stuff. Sweet pear/plum is the first sensation to great the tongue with a mild effervescence. The sweetness almost completely masks the 9% alcohol the label promises.

Note: 750 mL bottle, best before 7-15-06

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

Appearance: Muddy deep brown color with a large tan head, which settles to a thin layer in a few minutes. There is also an abundance of sediment, which I swirled into the beer, as well as lots of champagne-like carbonation.

Aroma: Very sweet with strong wine-like notes, prominent alcohol, as well as dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar.

Taste: Begins with a sweet and wine-like note, beneath this are dark fruits, brown sugar, slight bitter chocolate notes, and very restrained hops. Spicy, peppery notes and sweet alcohol dominate the rather dry finish. Subdued alcohol notes linger on well past the finish, warming quite pleasantly.

Mouth feel: Quite smooth and rich, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An absolutely superb winter or dessert beer. This would be a stunning finish to a fine meal.

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Photo of aaronbeach69
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOWWW!!!!

this beer is amazing, and I don't say that lightly

appearance: Dark cloudy red/brown/black depending on how much light you give it, with a light head that goes away relatively quickly. Not too thick, just a little more thick than a regular lager.

Smell: the smell was the first thing that really caught me, sweet and sparkly... definetely fruity... strawberries that has to be it!! maybe a melon of some sorts. Something even more sweet I can't put my finger on, the taste fills your mouth...

Mouthfeel: A SWEET warm aftertaste glows stronger and stronger for the first few seconds after you swallow, the beer is exceptionally creamy feeling for how light it looks and seems to flow. Bubbly on your tounge :)

Taste: I can't even note any alchohol... except for a great tinge I feel on the sides of my tounge. Defintely a beer made for the edges of your tounge, the middle does not do it justice, so swish it around carefully not to disturb it and make it bubble too much. The best taste is the sweet fuity-ness, or should I say the exquisite way the beer seems to flow from one sweet taste to the next, one gulp of this beer contains many more sweet fruits/spices than I can identify, I can identify this though... they are so good the dynamic variance of stimulation nearly overloaded me and sent a chill down my back, making me shake.

I know I'm a newbie but this has been one of the greatest beer experiances of my life... and it is still going on... I have only finished half the bottle. Now leave us alone, I have fallen in love

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Photo of imblane
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep brown in my chalice, with a perfect, 2 finger, tan, head. The head dissipated quickly with light lacing left. Smell was cherries, malt, a hint of chocolate and finished with a soft alcohol bite. Tasted was exceptional! Fruity, with a malty backbone and high carbonation. I must confess, I am usually not a big fan of high carbonation, but it worked here!! Finishes crisp and clean, and as usual for Unibroue, the alcohol is well hidden. I could drink several of these at a sitting, but I would stop short of calling this a session beer. Another outstanding offering from Unibroue, I think this is my favorite from them.

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Photo of TheOtherMike
1.62/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

This one found itself in the sink quite soon.

Appearance - It poured with alomst no head. Fairly dark with moderate clarity - similar to Rock & Rye Cola.

Smell - Yup, it smells. Like what, I don't know. Not like beer tho.

Taste - Alot like the smell, it just ain't right. It's really too bizarre for me to describe accurately.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel was pretty good. Even tho the head was essentially nil, the carbonation was very active which was noticeable in the mouth.

Drinkability - This was in the sink none too soon.

You've been warned. ;)

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

Pours out a light orange-brown and sits a dark reddish brown in the glas with an off-white head that fades fast, but leaves a decent skim.

Smells sweet malts, and slightly yeasty. Apples, pears, some grassiness, along with light spice and caramel make up this sweet smelling brew.

Taste is initially sweet; apples, pears and prunes blended with brown sugar/caramel. A light bitter finish leaves you with a hint of alcohol in the mouth.

Smooth in the mouth but has a mildy aggressive carbonation; nothing to complain about though. Good all around; warms your insides and pleases the palate.

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, but not quite opaque. The head is very nice and large but doesn't last long. Very fizzy as well, looks pretty good.

Most of what I smell is berries. Looks like it may go well with the strawberry shortcake I'm eating.

The taste is delightfully complex. Fresh fruit in the front and wine at the end. The alcohol is not overpowering, but you can tell it's a higher than average ABV.

This beer goes down smooth with even carbonation as long as you look out for that alcohol again.

This 750ml bottle will probably be all I have tonight. This is a pretty complex beer I will say. Looks like wine until you see the bubbles. Still might be hard to have too many but what I'm having will drink fine....and yeah it goes pretty good with this dessert.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful little brew! Nice and murky, with a not unpleasent strong and sweet scent. The taste is exactly what you'd want out of a Belgian dark, somewhat strong, nice and thick, and with a perfect tangy sweetness.

The tartness of Belgians always makes me knock Belgians a couple points, and this one is no exception, but the rest of it is so well balanced between sweetness and sourness that I have to rate it highly on every other element. A very good beer!

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

Pours a deep amber color with a tanish, light brown head that is not that thick or long lasting. The aroma is dominated by concentrated fruit aromas (cherry, fig, and raisin). There is a hint of alcohol and notes of spice cake also found in the nose. This is fairly light bodied given the intense fruit aromas that are in the aroma. The alcohol is evident in the light burn as it reaches my stomach. There is a hint of coriander in the finish. The fruit notes of raisin and fig are here in the taste as well, but they are not as intense as the aroma would suggest. The finish is fairly dry, though it is lightly sweet up front, which helps to accentuate the fruit notes. Definitely an elegant brew, pretty subtle and I can imagine that some age brings some added complexity to this brew. I'll have to stash a few to see how they age.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this unibroue offering from bottle before but recently the best local beer bar (Pazzo's) got this on tap and I had to oblige myself. The high alcohol content is a real attractor for many, apparently. The beer pours relatively dark, looking like a bock in the pitcher with a relatively thick carbonation head on top of it. The beer tastes somewhat minty but is very complex and covers up the alcohol excellently. It drinks quickly and smoothly, one could easily have several of these. This is absolutely my favorite unibroue offering and I recommend it to anyone who likes Unibroue or high alcohol beers.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

no lacing at all. color is to my liking. head is all fizzy and loud. strong fruit smell. taste is different. very complex. don't know where to begin. definently a strong alcohol taste but there is something in the rest of it that makes this taste seem justified and right where it should be. there is alot going on in this beer. you don't realize how smooth of a ride it is until the drink is done.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Older bottle notes (4-5 years at least):
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Dark cherry, mahogany with very fast coke-like bubbles upon pour which disappear quickly. Lots of tiny suspended particles, low carbonation and no lace. Strong dark fruit aroma with traces of alcohol and spices ... port wine-like. Tastes much like it smells; very fruity and strong ! A sipper! Medium bodied but seems light for it's strength with a warming alcohol finish.

Newer bottle notes
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Similar color but has a nice full pillowy light brown head and more active carbonation. Aroma much spicier with raisiny notes a la a strong dubbel. Flavor is much more balanced with raisiny tones and not nearly as fruity as the older version. Medium-full bodied but airy also.

Older version not nearly as good although the newer version was also aged. Old ratings: A 3.5, S 4.5, M 4, D 4

#1: Old bottle (more than 4-5 years)
Tasted: 05/06/04

#2: Best Before: 07/03/05 ('01' emb on bottom - purchased 5/10/03)
Tasted: 05/06/04

($2.33 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours dark brownish, plumlike. Off white head, Tad of lacing. Big nose of cherries, must and malt. Malty, Full flavor Belgian style ale. Notes of raisins, cherries, chocolate, musty stuff. Not for beginners, this is a classy, powerful rendition of the style, get out the stinky cheese and enjoy this sipper.

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

The beer pours a dark brownish color with a thick frothy off-white head. The aroma is awesome! It has a nice malty scent that is complimented with a fruity Belgian yeast aroma. It is very sweet and refreshing. The taste is very good. It has a rich and intense malt complexity. It has a toasted malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and a bit fruity due to the Belgian yeast. It has great flavor. It has a dark beer taste, but without the black malts. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good brew. These guys only produce winners.

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

Has a pretty nice color. Dark, soft brown color with a nice fluffy, belgian head. Nice sweet malty-caramelly nose. Some spicy notes as well. The flavors in this beer are nice...nice and smooth. Some nice spicy undertones and caramel flavors, but nothing fabulous like the Fin du Monde, but I suppose this isn't supposed to be real fruity. Mouthfeel is right on for a Dubbel. Fairly thin and very effervescent. A pretty drinkable beer.

I'd say this beer is realy right on for a Dubbel, but I'm not super familiar with the Strong Dark ale, but I think its a little thin compared to a Gulden Draak say.

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Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I opened this attractive foil covered 12 oz. bottle, the beer gushed out and kept coming. The body is reddish brown and opaque when held up to the light. The head was a couple of inches tall at first, but died down pretty soon. Minimal lacing, which I presume is due to the high ABV. The nose is apples, pears, bananas, and other assorted fruits. Taste is cherries, raisins, plums, and toffee. There was a strong medicinal alcohol presence that reminded me of cough syrup, which is good, since I am battling sinus trouble as I write this. This is a complex brew that I will be looking out for, when it becomes available locally.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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