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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

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

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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.

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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Photo of Mikec1115
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow... there's a lot going on with this brew, and it works really well. Poured from a 12ox bottle bought at the local store.

A- Poured a styrofoam head that lasted more than 4-5 minutes. Settled into great head with really good lacing. Color was very good with an amber red, but you've got to shoot a powerful light through it to see the color.

S- Raisen, Rock Candy, Cherry, and a lot more going on there... wonderful bouquet.

T- Much like the smell, there's a lot going on. Very sweet with a lot of fruity tastes going on. Picking up a little prune taste that I didn't get with the smell. Starts off very intense and fades very slowly, one sip and the taste goes on forever. Very good.

F- Dry mouthfeel with a small tart aftertaste

O- Great brew. Very sessionable even at 9%. I'm not usually a big fan of very sweet beers which this is, but the fruity flavors keep me coming back for more. Very good brew.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very dark brown with an enormous head. In the aroma I get sweet bread, raisins, cherry, banana, and nutmeg. The flavor is slightly sweet and very rich, but also utterly drinkable. I taste banana bread, raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and violet. The mouthfeel is rich but not syrupy. Overall this is a beer to sit down and think with - a deep, rich, philosophers beer.

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

750 mL bottle BB 11-28-17at 42 degrees into tulip
Aroma light burnt sugar, dark fruit
Head large (six cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/creamy, diminishing to two mm ring and paetial layer
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor sweet, dates, brown sugar; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of constantine_272
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a helping from the 750ml bottle into a tulip. Big fluffy tan foam flared up nicely but dissipated within a few minutes to a few sticky streaks. The beer itself is dark brown , a little on the murky side yet still translucent.

Smells of bonana, cloves, firm enter rich black earth, prunes, oak, leather. Quite the bouquet.

Taste is not quite as complex as the nose to me. A tangy oakiness with a touch of mild chocolate kicks off the taste. An earthy, musty leathery offers a strong midsection along with a strong caramel sweetness. An herbal tingly carbonated finish is the best part here, which nicely balanced the rich sweetness. I even detect a hint of heat on the back of the tongue along with the spicy peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice and balanced and complex. The spiciness at the end quenches a lot of the sweetness, but caramel sweetness lingers a long time on the palate.

Overall, this is a great brew. Being Canadian, I keep having this lingering feeling that this beer just feels like a substitute though. That's more of a mental problem of mine than a problem of the beer though.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,870 ratings.
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