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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles
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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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Ratings: 4,982 |  Reviews: 2,036
Photo of Supergenou
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ElieP
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the very best beers I have ever tasted. It has all the balance and complexity of a fine Belgian Trappist brew, along with the heft of a porter and the spice of an IPA. Sounds crazy, but it brings it together beautifully. Pairs with just about any meal or just on its own. This is PERFECTION in a bottle!

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Photo of dukeufo
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on the evening of the 4th of July,, out on the balcony. I'm sure it's a good beer, and yet I didn't care for it, as there is a spicy-ness in it that I don't like.

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Photo of Brendanjames
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours very dark brown with a huge tan head. The retention is not great but there is some lacing left behind. This being a bottle conditioned beer I'm a bit surprised the bottle has a twist-off cap (albeit covered in foil). The aroma is a bit metallic and with notes of burnt bread, spicy yeast esters and some dark fruits. The taste is fairly complex with elements of cinnamon, sweet malts, and a fairly intense bitterness toward the end.

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Photo of Premo88
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into vertical goblet
(best by 10-20-2019 printed on bottle)

L: murky plum topped by huge head of tan foam, very Belgian abbey ale look with foam nearly pouring out of bottle and that dark brown-amber color that's nearly purple; 100% opaque; head is slightly sticky; keeps a full skin and almost half-a-finger-tall collar; clearing up a bit on the edges and at the bottom; not much lacing but still classic all around

S: dusty yeast, dark dried fruits, dates, raisin bread, raisins; as it warms takes on a much "lighter" overall presence, toasted apricots, toasted apricot or peach kolache, powdered sugar, and all of that mixing with the darker dates/raisins notes

T: dark ... raisins, nearly bitter earth or burnt malt, but with plenty of that evening-out sweetness of plum and brewer's candi sugar; the earthy aftertaste lingers; that earthy flavor, both up front and in the aftertaste, has a hop spiciness to it, like potent Old World hops ... not sure if it is, in fact, hops, but if not it's doing a good imitation

F: super-charged carbonation and light-midweight liquid creates that fluffy abbey ale mouth that's too good to be true; it's still percolating as you drink it, yet it's not stinging or harsh

O: a truly "dark" ale leaning more on the raisin/licorice side of the quad/Belgian dark spectrum with only hints of the plum/dates lighter side; normally my preference is for those lighter notes, but this darker dark is too good to pick any nits ... a wonderful beer all around with that Belgian yeast popping and giving it all the life you expect from a well-made abbey ale; best of all: it comes in 4-packs! this beer might go on full-time rotation in my fridge

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Photo of StormAles
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a nice ruddy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that died within about a minute. It left a nice stringy foamy lacing. The smell had a good amount of raisins, honey, and plums making it fairly sweet. The taste was basically sweet and allowing a decent amount of Belgian spices come in to start to take over as it warmed a bit. On the palate, it sat about a medium on the body and showing that this is more of a sipper and had a good smooth carbonation about it. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Belgian Strong ale well worthy of having again and quite possibly as a nice dessert by itself at the end of the day.

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Photo of Sam106
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Muddy red brown color with just a bit above average carbonation. Yeast,malt,and dried fruit aroma that comes off as very strong. Taste is identical to aroma with just a tiny but of bite from carbonation,high abv,and perhaps a small amount of hops. The only downfall of this beer is the muddy cloudy appearance which is a trivial problem. So many beers try to produce a complex flavor but this one does it so incredibly well. I always enjoy trying new beer and this is by far the best I've tried in some time

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Photo of thoglund
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of I3eer
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wxb1111
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label says Belian Dark - but it is a Belgian triple: spices and coriander.
Tastes of dark malt, chocolate, cereal, cherries and dried prunes.
Lots of carbonation with some sweetness. Gets more complex as it warms up. Still thirst quenching at 9% ABV A winner for sure.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've seen this beer everywhere. Always ignored it. Then saw my buddy check it in on another app. Said how much he loved it. Well, I can be a follower. Poured into a Westy XII goblet. Nice dark color. Minor fiz. Smell is dark fruit. Flavor is nice fig/plum. Really delicious. Sometimes, you gotta just pull what's on the shelf. There's a reason beers like this are everywhere...cuz they're awesome! Will be doing this more often

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Photo of red_5_sooner
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RMW66
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joshautry
3.32/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of jp32
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky dark wood-stain brown color with a big foamy head that looks like it would sit on top of a mug of root beer. This beer leaves great lacings all over the glass.

Aroma is of caramel, dark malts, prunes, hard water/wet dog, and the more it warms I begin to get a faint note of black licorice or molasses.

Its flavor is reminiscent of toasted dark bread, with lots of fruity, estery, yeasty notes and some dark fruits. It's 9.0 is very well concealed.

Soft mouthfeel. It is well carbonated, but it's carbonation has more of a soft, lacy feeling than a bubbly, prickly one. I like it.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer, and one I believe would appeal to craft beer lovers and beer nerds of all kinds.

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Photo of car2052
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a red tinge. lingering head.
S: Yeasty, clove, brown bread, ginger, banana.
T: Begins very savory, almost salt-like quality, with prune, spice bread, and dark fruit up front. Yeasty, and grapey through the end. Very bubbly, and the effervescent texture makes for a quick finish. A bit of coffee at the end.
M: Medium, carbonated effectively.
O: Very satisfying and not too full or sweet. Nice flavors.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FFreak
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tall tulip. Delicious! This pours semi-translucent dark brown, with a tall, fizzy, light tan head. Aromas of dates, brown sugar, caramel, a little yeast. Taste is clean and sweet, with dried fruit and yeast, just sweet and bitter enough. Mouth feel is bubbly, perfectly balanced between sweet and dry, and well carbonated for a very refreshing drink given the ABV. Overall, another great Belgium from Unibroue.

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