Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

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 Pantalones
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Having this one for the second time. Best-by date on the bottle is May 25th, 2018. Yep, that would be two full years (and a couple months) from now.

Pours with a bit of a "glug-glug-glug" sound even though I'm not pouring awfully fast, and pretty soon a HUGE head of light-tan foam has billowed up from the surface of this beer with an audible fizzing sound. Really nice texture to the foam, too. I was only able to get a little over half the bottle into the glass before I had to stop for fear of overflow. The beer itself is incredibly dark, appearing almost black at a glance, though I can see some dark brown around the edges when I hold it up to a light. Seems to be a bit hazy, as my little LED flashlight doesn't penetrate all the way -- instead it lights up the entire glass bright red, with only the dots of the LEDs clearly visible (also red) through it all. Lots and lots of little bubbles rising up at all times. Foam leaves some lacing behind as it shrinks away, and more as I start drinking. Have to say this looks really nice!

Smell is Belgian-yeasty all the way. Seemed a little banana-ish at first, but as the giant head of foam recedes into a thinner layer on top, the banana-ness has faded and it's more just "yeasty," with some sweetness and spice poking through (most recent sniff came across almost cinnamon-y.)

Taste is similar, but if anything it's fainter. Subtler? I dunno. Yeasty, some sweetness, maybe a tad of spice in there too. I am noticing a pretty nice aftertaste (malty, sweet, a bit yeasty) lingering in my mouth after a few sips, but it's a bit puzzling that I'm not tasting as much when the beer is actually still in my mouth. Oh wait, next couple sips I am starting to pick up a noticeable brown-sugar-like thing in the flavor. Burps are yeasty and a bit fruity, I almost want to say plum-like but not quite. Maybe starting to pick up a little hint of the cinnamon-y spice in the flavor at this point. After pouring the remaining beer into the glass I am noticing a bit of a "tropical-fruit gum" sort of yeast flavor popping in that wasn't there before -- that's interesting. Wonder if I may have ended up pouring the yeasty stuff from the bottom of the bottle in and this is a yeast-ester flavor that only the bottle-conditioning strain of yeast produced? It's a nice addition, but it does seem to kind of overpower the flavors I was picking up previously. It even takes over the flavors of burps. Fortunately, it seems to blend in with the other flavors a bit better a few minutes past the initial pouring, seeming to add a little "oomph" that was lacking previously. On the last few sips of the glass, I almost think I'm picking up a faint, tiny little bit of leafy-hop bitterness at the very end, but it's not enough to be 100% sure that's what it was.

Mouthfeel-wise this is really nice; seems a lot lighter than its color would indicate but still never even remotely close to being thin or watery (there is that little hint of stickiness to it that I really like in bigger beers), and pulls off "fizzy but not prickly/uncomfortable" pretty well. There was a whole lot of alcohol warmth in my mouth upon taking my first sip, but that seems to go away pretty quick on later sips.

Overall, I enjoyed this one significantly more than I did the first time I tried it, but I'm still left feeling like I may be missing something. Maybe just one you need to have a few times before you can fully appreciate it? Either way, it has at least left me with a very nice "warm and fuzzy" buzz and certainly wasn't unpleasant in any way (appearance and mouthfeel being the high points by a large margin), so I may end up picking up more of it in the future to test out my "gets better every time you try it" theory.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite St. Feullien chalice (because Maudite was in my Unibroue tulip as I am still trying to figure out this brewer's carbonation.) My tentative conclusion: Trois Pistoles either needs less carbonation... or I need to cellar it longer, which I usually fail at.

This beer is listed in one of three books comprising my classical beer education.
"1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", page 826.
( Michael Jackson 1999 "Pocket Edition" did not review)

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Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Bottle: Pours opaque brown color with a 1 finger beige head that was packed with very tiny bubbles that popped as it faded and left minimal spotty lacing and a creamy speckled layer on top.

Smells of dark fruit, toasted grains, black cherries, malt, mild spices like pepper and coriander, Belgian yeast, toffee and a bunch of bready/malty complexities. Simple, yet dynamic and very nice to inhale.

Tastes like it smells with dark fruit up front that brings dates, red grapes, black cherries, raisins and soft brown pear, followed by sweet malt, toasted grains, brown sugar, mild spices like pepper and coriander, Belgian yeast, red wine/merlot and a light boozy aspect. The sweetness is mild and the spices interact with the malts to produce a lot of complex flavors while suppressing the ABV. A Belgian via Canada with nice balance, incorporating the yeast and earthy notes for an interesting variety of flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation, a medium to almost chewy body and a slightly tart and bitter aftertaste that releases some minor alcohol burn, but keeps this malty and on the good side of sweet. It's been a while since I drank this beer and it was very good once again.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with badass label poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a dark hazy ruby brown with three fingers of finely foamy beige head that leaves stormy cloud top lace as it recedes.

Smells of raisins dusted with brown sugar, cocoa powder, candied dark fruit and spiced stewed mandarin oranges.

Tastes of caramel drizzled raisin tarts, more sugary dark orchard fruit, sweet red wine, faint cocoa powder and ominous warming alcohol.

Feels sturdy and frothy. Full bodied with lively, creamy carbonation. Finishes pleasantly sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Easily one of Canada's best.

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Photo of gautch726
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This one fell a bit too much on the sweet side for me, both in the nose and on the tongue. Kind of an off-putting taste for an otherwise finely crafted ale.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best by 3/2018 (revisit 2/27):
Pours a nice brown that becomes dark brown almost towards black in the glass, with a sort of burgundy hue to it. The white-tan head has structured bubbles low, and a nice foamy look on top. Sheets of lacing on each sip does cling here and there to the glass.

Nose is not overpowering. There are the classic notes of date and raisin, but combined with a red wine-like fruitiness. There a generic note of tartness in the background as well. In some sips I get a little cocoa - which is strangely at odds with the other notes.
Revisit: dulled notes as I got before (except the cocoa, not getting that this time), but also a root beer thing going on this taste.

The taste opens light with a bit of Belgian yeast and a hint of banana bread. Light cola notes (accented by a medium high level of carbonation) follow. The date-like notes come in last, combining with the opening notes to again remind me of a breakfast/dessert bread. The alcohol makes a brief appearance near the end before the lingering taste takes over.

A solid beer that didn't have the depth of flavor I expected. This beer is actually sort of light, which makes it easy drinking despite a slight hint of alcohol heat.
Revisit: seemed a bit lighter than even I expressed before. Only adjusted nose down a notch on this revisit.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from bottle to tulip
look; lots of head, ok retention, plenty of lacing, dark mahogany color
smell; roasted raisin bread... mostly sweet and roasty, prunes, bananas, cherries, hint of burnt tire
taste; malty sugar, hints of cherry and banana, milk chocolate, hint of bitterness, could use a hint more in my opinion
feel; smooth and full bodied with light to moderate carbonation, good feel
overall; nice, not my style but a very drinkable not too boozy strong dark ale

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Photo of kevanb
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best before 8.19.18, poured into a Half Acre holiday snifter.

The beer pours a beautiful dark burgundy color, opaque and thick, with a bone colored head, billowing up to two fingers that has great retention and yields plenty of lace. The aroma is very nice, loads of stone fruit, rig, plum, raisin, cherry, brown sugar, huge amount of brown bread grain character, banana and clove yeast, perhaps a bit too sweet for me, but otherwise very traditional and to style. The flavors offer quite a lot of complexity, banana, prune fruit, brown sugar, toffee, rich grain, yeasty clove, fusel alcohol, a bit of pie spice as well, very deep, rich and complex, though I find the alcohol to be a bit overpowering as it warms and a bit on the sweet side. The mouthfeel is great, coating, rich, full bodied, lively, gentle with a delicate finish, lightly warming.

Verdict: A very nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale from Unibroue, certainly a classic beer by all accounts and while it's not QUITE what it's Belgian counterparts are, it's a well built beer that will satisfy nearly anyone who loves a good Belgian beer. I do find this one a bit sweet and the alcohol is a bit distracting, but when it's all said and done, a fine ale.

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Photo of JoLight
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very dark brown body, much like St. Bernardus Abt, which looks like prune juice, but not as dark. The head is an off-white, light khaki color; it retains very well.

Aroma: Banana bread. Some kind of fruit, like pear. Toasted malt.

Taste:
Pound cake, toasted malt, banana, some kind of berry flavor, like a mild cherry soda (maybe like Cheerwine?)

Mouthfeel: Thick, carbonated, somewhat chewy.

Finish: full, somewhat chewy, and savory.

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Photo of mkh012
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cannot say enough about the amazing drinkability of this beer. Perhaps the most drinkable Belgian Strong Dark Ale I've ever had.

Look- almost spiced-rum-like. dark brown, a touch of red, short-lived tan head
Smell- the nose is subtle. dark, malty, classically Belgian. nothing really stands out amongst it all, but its a nice combination
Taste- a perfect harmony of malts, chocolate, dark fruits, all subtle, so incredibly smooth. a slight cherry cola aspect. there is no alcohol, no bitterness, no off-putting notes. subtle banana, cherry, and chocolate on the aftertaste but absolutely no beer-y bitterness
Feel- medium bodied. creamy but fairly carbonated. a pleasure to swish around and savor but also easy to down. deceivingly drinkable

Joins La Fin and Don De Dieu as Unibroue beers in my top 10. A+ for drinkability and aftertaste.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, BB 08-19-18
A - tight, creamy beige head gradually fades into a foam on top of a dark brown colored ale
S - yeast, dark candi sugar, caramel, spice, raisin, earthy hops
T - sweet and spicy with notes of dark candi sugar, dark fruit, spicy yeast, caramel, brown sugar, earthy hops
M - fuller body, very smooth and effervescent, finishes with some booziness that is warming but not hot
O - always great to come back to this one!

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark i colour, smell is sweet without being overpwering.taste is great, dark fruits and butterscotch beautifully blended together, feel is silky smooth, just a truly great beer, like everything they make.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another looker from Unibroue - hazy deep brown with perfect lasting, clingy beige head. Aromas of yeast, candi sugar and tart fruit. Flavor is similar with some sweetness of malt and caramel balancing with a somewhat tart bitter.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes at you all brown liquid thin viscosity style. Aroma was dark fruit, old pruno, raisin and alcohol. Can't say I'm a fan.

Taste, more dark old fruit and more alcohol heat. Seems like there isn't a lot of malt going on here. Not gonna say its my favorite category. Some people love this beer. To me, its just like the precursor to that shitty beer Lost Abbey makes like it with the cool artwork. Anyways, almost no hops, dark fruit heat without the nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass. Beer was a deep brown almost black color with bright ripe fruit notes. Almost smells like bananas. Taste is very complex. Taste several fruits, figs, pears, bananas, and finishes clean. A very delicious beer that is well worth tasting.

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Photo of BeerLover50
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle. Chille slightly for a half hour in the freezer. Pours Deep black, nearly transparent. Complete with a 1.5 inch creamy head. I'm getting nutty banana with fruit on the nose. First taste, so complex! Lots of flavors happening here. Tons of deep fruit notes that finishes quite nicely. 4 pack for 12 bucks ain't bad at all for this quality of a brew. Might have to make this a regular beer!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Pours a dark murky brown with a huge head. Aroma is clove, banana, bubblegum ester tripel notes, dark ripe fruits, plums, fig, dates, roasted malt note. Taste is sweet ripe dark fruits, plum, fig, spice notes.

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

Trois Pistoles *might* be my favourite of the regular Unibroue line-up (La Resolution is likely my favourite once we add in seasonals).

Dark cola colour; big, slightly off-white cap of head that grows and grows and persists forever. Lots of visible effervescence. Smells of Unibroue yeast, slight barnyard sourness, wheaty. Plums. Gingerbeard, nutmeg. Peaches and apricots, maybe a hint of pear. Taste is more of the same. Strong, sweet. Brown sugar, molasses, rum.Banana. Fruity esters. Less carbonated than it appears, visually. A really beautiful beer, frankly.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black color with strong glass clinging activity. Extra foamy and creamy light brown 4 finger head, lasting around 15 to 20 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas of caramel, fresh floral spices, and molasses. Flavors of strong molasses, dark fruits like berries, ester fruits like apple, oak, yeast, floral and herbal spices. Earthy, woody, and vinous. Highly sugary with low sharpness.

Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Very strong and long finish, ending with a dry and coarse thick leathery tongue coat of bitter earthy yeast, some oak barrel feel, and a smoky burnt molassy and thick estery feel.

Overall excellent quality craft. Fully flavored and quite tasty. Highly acidic and boozy, making an excellent winter warmer and appetizer. Complex and well balanced flavors. Although not very accessible having a very strong finish.

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Photo of Quonmisc
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

World class and one of my favorites. Never disappoints. I keep looking for strong darks at the store that out perform it and I never find any and certainly not at this price. Great and consistent taste, scent and feel, mildly effervescent. The fact that it's not from Belgium no longer registers with me. It's just that good.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great super dark color with a great white head. I'd rate higher but had too much head early. Might update this next time I have. Strong dark fruit and boozy. Similar to the scent but not as boozy and more far fruit. Medium body with medium carbonation. Pretty damn good!

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is so Fing good, This Belgian Dark ale is better than the ones from Belgium and that's sayin somthin... This is for sure a world class beer and it's in my to ten favorite beer

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Photo of stevoj
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a big beer, its rather discreet, not hinting initially at its elevated ABV or heaps of fruit esters. Dark, sweet, dried fruit come through in the aroma. Dark, cola brown with active foamy head, which quickly dissipates. Taste brings more fruitiness, some wood, some molasses, all which finishes quickly with only a hint of warmth.

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Photo of ordybill
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a reddish brown with small tan head. The aroma is full of fruit, spices and cocoa. The flavor is the real triumph here, a sweet fruit blend that hides the high ABV. Overall, a world class beer Unibroue has done it again.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L -black with a huge foamy head, but minimal retention
A - brown sugar, yeast, dark fruits
T - follows nose (I say that a lot) with prevalent yeast funk
F - medium body with light carbonation

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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