Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Drawing on Quebec folklore, Unibroue chose the name Trois Pistoles to honour the city’s historic importance and pay homage to the legend of the Black Horse. Conjured up by a priest to help build a new church, this incarnation of the devil ran off when its bridle was removed. Because construction was still underway when the horse vanished, a stone remains missing from the church to this day.

Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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

Consumed 6/24/12

Appearance: Dark brown, with some dark amber and some red - creamy, light tan head - some lacing

Smell: Loads of Unibroue yeast and some fruits - some bananas, some dark fruits - a little spicy, with lots of cloves - some red wine-like characteristics - caramel malts, some toffee - on the sweet side overall

Taste: Dark, fruity, and interesting - dark fruits, like raisins and figs - clove and some spices, something that reminds me of cinnamon - yeasty, with clove, bubblegum, and a touch of pepper - vaguely tart, mildly bitter, very sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall: A great brew from Unibroue

Yeasty, but very interesting. A lot of dark fruits, Belgian flavors, and other things going on. I had this a few years ago and enjoyed it. Thankfully, I still enjoy it.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Deep garnet with some deep brown. Head is off-white and drops to a thin collar in short order. Mostly clear with a minor haze from the yeast.

Smell: Sweet. Candi sugar, caramel malts, and even some caramel candy sweetness as well. Unibroue yeast strain comes through, but it's tempered by the sweetness. Dark fruit, cherries, figs, and plums. A beefier Belgian dubbel. some clove and banana.

Taste: Opening fruitiness is ripe cherry with some darker plum. Candi sugar in quantity. Yeast is chewy and loaded with apple, banana, and clove. Malty sweetness is mildly roasted and pushes hard on the sugars. Some caramel with some brown sugar leanings. As it warms the yeast takes over. Sweet. Lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium body and high side of moderate carbonation. Yeast dries it all out.

Overall: The best application of Unibroue house yeast. Incredibly sweet.

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Photo of Auraan
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

A. Pours out a dark mahogany hue with a thick tan head that quickly disappears leaving some retention, moderate carbonation and sparse lacing.
S. The aroma consists of raisins, cherries, prunes, dark chocolate.
T. The taste starts out with some raisins, followed by some prunes, molasses, and finishes off with some cherries and hints of chocolate. Some bread (i'm thinking wheat) is present throughout taste and some alcohol, even though it does not taste like 9% ABV.
M. A soft, but dry feel. The beer tend to melt in your mouth, it would be like how beer in Heaven would be like.
O. A very yummy beer that is very well made and i'll be adding it to my regular rotation of beers. For anyone that loves a nice strong ale that has not tried this yet please do, I am very glad a friend of mine recommended this to me.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of phiberoptik
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep maple brown with a burgundy hue and a bubbly off white head that dissipates quickly into just a cloudy layer on the top. The slightest agitation in the glass brings the bubbles back.

Notes of fig, dark fruits, faint molasses, and a nice alcohol heat.

Tastes of dark dried fruits, sweet maltiness, brown bread, winter spices, and a nice warmth in the throat.

Medium to full bodied, nice tongue coating effect with subtle bubbling in the mouth.

This is a warmer beer. One to be best had when you need a little inner warming. Definitely an enjoyable brew as many of the Unibroue beers are. Please try!

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Photo of jcjerabek
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mschind
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ML bottle best by date 7-7-14

A- Poured into a snifter producing a huge rocky tan colored head without much persistence. Maintains a thin ring of foam around the edge with some lacing. Clear dark brown color.

S- Toasty malt and spicy esters with significant alcohol sweetness. Some dried fruit and rising bread notes as well.

T- Rich malty goodness. Mild sweetness, dates and cloves. Slightly dry finish.

M- Medium body with smooth and full carbonation.

O- Rich and tasty, another winner from Unibroue. Easily beats many examples of this style that are priced at twice what I paid for this. It paired very well with some Pad Thai. The lime and tamarind balanced the malty sweetness nicely.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of kcinlober
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark molasses color with little head. Dark but not opaque

Aroma: yeast, fruit, some cloves. Significant but not very strong

Palate: full-bodied with fermented fruit the strongest flavor. Hits fairly quickly and tastes of raisin. Feels heavy in the mouth and finishes with a slightly choppy sensation.

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Photo of Jaldama
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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

Appearance: This beer was purchased in the winter of 2009 and consumed in the summer of 2012. Poured from a 355 mL bottle with an expiration date of 02/10/12 into a chalice. Pours a dull fig color of brown. There is a fingers worth of creamy, evenly dispersed tan head. A very enticing appearance leaves one eager to explore its matte brown exterior further.

Smell: The smell is the essence of Christmas on a farm. It has a beautiful combination of liquored sweet fruit, molasses, a fresh essence of farm (grassy and floral), and a hint of spicy dark chocolate fondue.

Taste: Chewy, medicinal, very alcoholic tiramisu brownie dipped in spiced chocolate fondue. Firstly, an alcoholic soaked cherry flavor lays foundations for the onslaught of spiced chocolate. Grassy hops are balanced perfectly against the chocolate, which eventually subsides to leave an ethereal spiced, alcoholic cherry flavor that sticks around for the long haul.

Mouthfeel: Dry, a bit chewy but smooth. The alcohol, while present as an essential part of any beer seems too much a part of this beer’s flavour to actually be measured as an entity outside of the taste itself.

Drinkability: This beer not only puts a smile on your face, it enlightens you and warms your heart. This beer makes me yearn for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, snow falling outside, and endless bottles being shared by the crackling fire. Perhaps this is where it was conceived or the first test batch enjoyed. For some, chicken soup, mac n cheese, and ice cream are comfort foods; this beer is my comfort food.

June 13, 2012
Vero Beach, Fl

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Danny1217
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark reddish brown color with a small tan head that quickly disappears. Smells quite fruity with some spice to it. Can smell the yeast too. Cherry flavor seems to dominate the taste. A bit of grape too, slightly reminiscent of a red wine. Also some plum, raisin, and caramel. Body is thick and carbonation is heavy. Some might say too heavy, but I found it to be a nice surprise.
A good dark Belgian ale that I could see myself buying regularly. Unibroue never disappoints.

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Photo of Sarunas7
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,017 ratings