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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

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 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):
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
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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Photo of BrewMan82
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with a thin off-white head - crackled and popped nicely as it settled into the glass. Aroma of very sweet fruit, especially strawberry creme, countered by a vinegar presence, and even some wacky meat-like character - pot roasty. The taste is initially sweet and fruity, giving way to a huge mouthful of earthy wood-like flavor. Intense full mouth with an easy buttery aftertaste feel. The complex flavors in this brew kept me thinking - an excellent drinking experience. Will definately enjoy again -

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Photo of Quaffer
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Dallas when it was not available in Kansas.

Appearance: Looked almost black in the glass until held up to the light. Deep mahogony-red with quite a bit of sediment. The tan head was coarse and big, dissipating quickly. No lacing.

Smell: A sweet, fruity smell was evident even with the glass a couple of feet away. Apples, raisins, and dark fruits prevailed at first. Then a spicy, almost smokey yeast aroma arose. Hints of alcohol. Very dark smells.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium-bodied and smoother than I anticipated.

Taste: This beer had a deep, rich flavor. Dark fruits and grapes were present, but not with the tartness that usually accompanies them. Also some dark malt that was sweet and a little smokey. There was definitely some yeast on the finish and a light amount of alcohol. A heavy, round flavor.

With the addition of the sediment, the flavor lightened up somewhat and became more tart and spicy.

A solid beer that was good, but not outstanding. Hides the alcohol very, very well.

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Photo of Bruiser81
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dark brown color almost looks like dark tea. A nice bubbly head quickly to dissipate.
Aroma is lightly fruity. Has almost a hay like smell in the background. Light alcohol spices.
Very tasty. A good malty front. Small hints of dark fruit. The aftertaste has a strong raisin taste. There almost seems to be a light nutty taste as well.
Goes down extremely easy. I'm gonna drink plenty of this stuff. I would have never guessed this stuff is sitting at 9%abv. The alcohol is barely present in the taste. Very good stuff.

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Photo of necoadam
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a brownish/amber color with a little bit of carbonation in it. Aroma consisted of a lot of ripe fruit with some malts mixed in. A little wiff of some grapes and rum mixed in as well. Very nice. Taste was pretty much the same as the aroma. Also some earthy tones kinda came into the middle I've noticed with some ever so slighty spicy taste for good measure. The only complaint I have is that it's a little too thin. But other than that it's an exceptional beer.

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Photo of Afterburner
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note: This is one of my all-time favorite beers. It's just a fantastically well-balanced brew, flavorful and robust.

Appearance: Pours a thick, hazy brown with minimal head and lacework.

Smell: Hops, malt, cloves, raisins, and faint hints of coriander.

Taste: Brown sugar at the beginning, almost like a soda fountain Root Beer that's been undercarbonated. Mid-palate brings out the hops and the malt, with strong plum/raisin notes. Finish is short-to-moderate, with cloves and oranges on the back of the throat, and just a hint of anise. Also a mild alcohol sensation.

Mouthfeel: Just a hair too spritzy for this flavor. I think a smaller bead would allow a more thorough enjoyment of the beer.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable, given the alcohol content. I can, and have, thrown back 3 or 4 of these in short order, only to regret it later.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle that reads a 'best before date' of 02-20-05. Tough poo. I can't wait that long. The beer has idiot proof warnings about pouring it into pilsner glasses, so into the tulip it goes. Nice deep brown color with red hints. A vibrant head rises and then falls. Small lace remains throughout. Large sediment chunks in the very bottom, even with a slow pour. A rich malt smell rises and then wet leaves and carmel notes dominate. The standard fruity-alcohol flavors are there also, with cherries and fresh plums. Taste is very smooth with an interesting hop bite in the aftertaste. Again, uber-chewy malt gives this a heavy sweetness, but there is just enough balance to pull it through. Very much like Celebrator, with some New World kick to it. It's not quite authentic, but it is tasty. Probably Uni's best offering, IMO.

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Photo of DaveGood
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dark, rich brown with a thin tan head that did not subside throughout the tasting. The aroma can best best characterized as very malty, with a nice fruit scent and a hint of chocolate. The taste is extremely smooth and filled with dark roasted malts, sweet fruits, and a slight hint of chocolate. The high alcohol content is very well masked by the overall rich taste of this beer. The mouthfeel is extremely pleasant due to the slight carbonation and the drinkability is dangerously high. This could very well, without a doubt, become one of my all-time favorite beers!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured into a monik glass, a quick 5 finger head formed up. Bubbles down fairly quick, good deal. Cloudy reddish iced tea color with a little sediment and many bubble trails.

Aroma - fruity and spicy at first, a little yeastiness develops after a bit. Pleasant sweet fruit presides however.

Taste - fruity, big, not exactly winy, not yet anyway. It's pretty cold, but I'm getting plenty of nice Belgian ale style taste. Some light balancing tartness/bitterness. Some warming alcohol presence, which after some warming does start to have some winy feel to it. Dandy stuff.

Mouthfeel - fairly medium body, but solid. Gets smoother as gets warmer. Lots of bubbles, leaves a lingering fruity taste behind.

Drinkability - very tasty, worth a repeat performance, even at 9% abv.

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Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark rich brown with an enormous white head, I wasn't watching my pour and ended up dumping the sediment straight in, oh well. Smell is very full of fruit. Plums, raisins dominate my perception. Taste is pleasant, but i was kind of expecting something on the level of St Bernardus abt 12. This is very solid but just didn't seem to have the same depth. It's fairly complex, just not something i could get lost in. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability seems to be decent as well. I love the Unibroue line, this is definetly a beer a will purchase again. Just not my fave.

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Photo of TerryW
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola brown. Pours up a good sized heavy that settles to a thick, heavy film. Laces all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty, lots of raisins and fruit. Slightly spicy, clearly Belgian in style. This one smells good as soon as you pop the bottle and is quite inviting.

Smooth, sweet and full of malt to drink. Rich dark fruit. The high alcohol is managed quite nicely, warming to drink but not distracting.

An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jed
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Menacing looking, 33 cl black bottle with church buildings and a horse on the front. Foil cap. The back of the label has information about the beer in German and French, along with suggested serving glassware. Best if consumed by 11/09/06. Poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a solid, dark brown color with a small, tan-colored head. Excellent head retention; the head leaves behind a thick web of lacing around the entire glass as it disappears. Very active carbonation with trails of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A mix of traditional Belgian-style aromas, especially the dark fruits, combined with grass/grain, carob and cocoa smells, and a hint of some kind of tart fruit.

Taste: Nose of clove-like spice and toasted malt, followed by dark fruits flavors. Slight astringency in the middle along with some raw graininess. Hops are there if you're looking for them, but not a prominent part of the flavor. Finishes dry, with hints of bittersweet chocolate and some buttery sweet notes. Lingering flavors of toasted malt and carob. Warming alcohol sensations, but the actual flavor of the alcohol is perfectly masked. Bitterness and malt flavors fade a bit as the beer warms. The tart sweetness, which a lot of people have likened to candied cherries, also becomes more evident.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with two major caveats. First, Trois Pistoles in noticeably heavy on the carbonation. Second, there are some strange astringencies in the beer, which leaves an extremely dry aftertaste. Together, the two problems really detract from the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Damn … the 9% alcohol in Trois Pistoles is perfectly concealed, so you never taste raw alcohol flavors. Obviously too big to be a session beer, but still nicely drinkable.

Another solid offering from Unibroue. Not as complex as some of the higher end Belgian offerings, but a nice take on the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style. If you like Imperial Stouts, you'll probably enjoy the influence of that style on this beer. My only real complaint with this beer is the mouthfeel, which hurts the overall experience. Still, very tasty.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So tonite is for gun-slinging with a “Best before July 2, 2006 355mL bottle of Trois Pistoles. I might not live that long to await this mouth watering Belgian strong dark. BA brownie points : Slick silver foil label boasting 9% alc./vol.

Huge, rock-solid, lumpy, foam tan ½ “ head subsides to a Guiness like head coating. Dark, cloudy, purple-brown, zero bubbles pour. A vigourous upside-down pour for full experience yeilds celery & cinnamon, aroma ending with dusty attic trunk notes. Clingy lace streams down the glass. 9% ABV is totally well hidden.

Initial, light tastes of raisins meets robust nutmeg & ginger with prominent carrot cake. Then, mellowed flavor meets hints of almond extract. Yeasty, dry, Earthy & slightly detectable tacky cocoa aftertaste. As she warms, she develops more baker’s chocolate aroma & flavor.

Easy in the carbonation department, smooth & little creamy. High drinkability marks especially for 9% ABV. Look out! Mild zest if this sits on me tongue.

Last swigs: This is a beguiling 9% dark, raisin-hint spice, while quaffable, high quality Belgian. I’d like to try a 750-mL well cellared caged cork. Seek-worthy for the adventuresome. Unique taste. Paid $58+tax for a Uniboue mixed with this as a four-pack.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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 GuinnessSmurf
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hats of to Unibroue. This is yet another delicious brew.

It pours a big (full) brown color into the glass with a hearty head. The smell is complex and difficult to define - some alcohol, fruit and something, je ne se quoi.

The flavor is a mixture of hops and dark fruits - they combine in the mouth together for a very pleasant, big flavor that lasts well beyond the actual sip.

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Photo of sponberg
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Not that far different than the bottle. The same big, chewy, portlike character is there along with hints of black cherry. The biggest difference that I found was a distinct "prickly" mouthfeel on tap. This may be due to the keg not having time to settle down overnight, but it did detract a bit from its drinkability. I will try this again in a couple of days and reassess if needed.

Serve this on nitro mix and rename it "Trouble." With a capital T.

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

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $2.59. I love the Unibroue labels. Hell, I love Unibroue beers! This one has what looks like a demonic version of Pegasus rampaging in a red sky above what is probably a church.

Poured a very dark brown - so dark I thought it was pitch black until I held it up to the light. Very small tan head that dissipated quickly, but left a foamy collar throughout it's duration in my goblet. Nice sheets of lacing.

Smell was complex. Very sweet, sugary malts vying for attention with dark fruits. Also a "winey" smell.

Taste is simultaneously sweet and sugary AND dark and bitter. Imagine a sweet belgian pale ale combined with an imperial stout. The darker aspect of the flavor keeps the beer's feet on the ground and prevents the sweeter aspects from becomng too cloying.One thing that does not show up in the taste is the 9% abv. This goes down very easy.

Mouthfeel is just about right. It is substantial without being too thick. For a beer with this much going on, it is charmingly light without being too whimsical.

This is very drinkable. It's just as well that there is a dark bitter aspect, otherwise someone might be tempted to drink a lot of it at once. At 9%abv, this would be a bad thing come morning. I think I have now tried every Unibroue offering that I can get around here. Hopefully a journey to an area with more beer options - like, say, Seattle or Portland - will change that.

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Photo of RootedFool
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 750 at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

I love the macabre, fantastical label.

Pours with barely a half inch of bubbly foam that falls fast, leaving some gray swirls of film on the surface of the brew. The body is black, but on closer inspection it has a brown glow.

The smell is of intensely sweet malts, very brown sugary, dark fruits (raisins, prunes), and sinus-evacuating alcohol.

Taste opens with a bitter-sweet nudge that elevates into a sharp sweetness like bananas drenched in caramel and lots of powdered sugar -- and throw a few maraschino cherries on top. The sweetness holds through to the finish, with some hop bitterness sitting in the corner and barely saying a word.

The high ABV warms my gut, throat, nose and spirit; but isn't evident in the taste.

Lots of carbonation, gives the mouthfeel an airy quality that's pleasant, but leaves some puckering stickiness on my palate.

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

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack. Foiled cap.

Poured into a Rapscallion snifter, hearty inch tall tannish colored head formed on top of an extremely cloudy reddish-mahogany hued brew. Good lacing, after swirling it justs hangs on the sides of the glass. Sweet, malty aroma, with a tinge of alcohol. Nice, hearty, bready flavor, with hardly any taste of the alcohol, just the slow, warming trend down the esophagus. Nice. Just what I expect from a dark Belgian-style ale.

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

Dark brown, light head. Looks thick and cloudy.

Chocolate and licorice come first and mild coffee comes later.

Absolutely great taste! Very sweet in the mouth. Very little bitterness. Has sweet brown sugar aftertaste.

Smooth and thick in mouth. Little carbonation.

I could drink the whole 750ml bottle... probably the best tasting beer I've had.

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

Trois Pistoles was served from a 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. It poured dark brown but in a Duvel tulip it was nearly black, and glowed a hazy reddish-orange-brown with backlighting. It was topped with a beautiful creamy off-white head that left very nice lacing. The fantastic nose was beaming with fruity esters, dominantly cherries, dipped in fine chocolate. Other esters were noticable just outside of the spotlight, such as cantolope and coconut. A tad of alcohol was present from time to time. The taste closely reflected the nose, but was much more complex. Again, the dominant sensation was one of sweet, dark cherries and chocolate, but this time, a whole world of other fruits/flavors danced over the palate. I imagined notes of cola, melon, pear, apple, banana, and bready yeast. All of this was presented with an active bite from the start, which contributed significantly in launching the flavor score to "exceptional". This wonderful world of flavor was followed by a sensation of warming in the throat and lingering flavors of sasparilla, cola, chocolate, and cherry. The body was fluffy, very smooth, and full. In conclusion, Trois Pistoles is a superb creation: Big complex flavor and strong, yet meticulously balanced and deft enough to make for easy drinking. This is likely my favorite Unibroue!

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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