Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,944
Reviews:
2,020
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
295
Gots:
732
For Trade:
9
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Photo of threeviews
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz twist-off(!) bottle (Best Before date: 12-14-14) into a Chimay Chalice glass.

A- Pours a deep, deep ruby red/mahogany with a 1-finger head dissipating quickly.

S- Complex and hard to quantify...sweet notes of toffee, chocolate and molasses along with dark dried fruits (raisins, dates, cherries) in addition to (those familiar Belgian esters) of green apple, pear and clove all are present on the nose.

T- Like all Unibroue beers, very complex, very pungent and similar to the nose but even more...cherry/chocolate sweetness along with those dark fruits dominate followed by some citrus rind bitterness attacks the palate.

M- Despite the modest head, there is a healthy amount of carbonation with which dances on the palate allowing for a rather dry finish.

O- A bit more slick on the palate and rich in the flavor than Maudite, it is another homerun from Unibroue. I (only slightly) prefer the flavor profile of Maudite, but Trois Pistoles is an amazingly rich and satisfying brew.

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

A: Very dark brown, with a slight reddish tinge. Smallish pale tan head that sticks around a long time but doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Ripe fruity sweetness, distinctive yeast aromas, a little bit of spice.

T/M: Sweet dark fruits right up front, with some underlying tingly spiciness that's enhanced by the spiky carbonation. The yeast takes over by the end of each sip for a yeasty, slightly bitter followthrough that balances the initial sweetness. The alcohol warms a bit on the way down but is otherwise well hidden.

O: A really delicious and complex Belgian dark ale that perfectly balances sweetness, spiciness, bitterness and booze.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass. Rich darkish color beer. This beer and small to medium head and tasted like malts, chocolate and carmel. Very smooth beer going down. Was intrigued by the bottle at first thinking it might be wine, but an excellent dinner beer

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

A: Deep rich coffee with plenty of suspended sediment. Two fingers worth of pale tan head that lingered longer than expected and left lots of thin lacing chased across the surface.

S: Sweet dark fruit and toasted malts with that characteristic Unibroue yeast. Lingering toasted malts with a tiny hint of coco.

T: Sweet molasses biscuits, with dried dark fruits and a bitter hops after taste giving way to a dry coco flavour. The sweet start and mildly bitter after taste is masterfully balanced. Some hints of the alcohol, which only serve to add to the complexity.

M: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. A few swirls will reveal the brews ability to hold onto the glass, like pancake syrup.

O: My drinking partner says Trois Pistoles is like love in a bottle. Sweet but not too sweet, with a playful dark side that doesn't overwhelm. A good body and a beautiful blonde head on its shoulders.
I enjoy it's smooth approach, sweet and tantalizing with a bit of a dry wit and smooth talk that hints at it's darker boozier side. Everyone left the table satisfied.

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4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a beauty, eh. A Canadian beer with a great, complex flavor without being too heavy. We split a big bottle between four of us. One guy noted a citrus flavor, I thought of walnuts. There's alot going on here. 9% abv, but you wouldn't know it, because the of the wonderful flavors, the high alcohol content is hardly noticable. It is highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

A: Poured a purple-brown, medium tan head slowly dissipated

S: Strong fruits of plum, raisins and pear, rich molasses and candy

T: Strong dark fruits, candy sugar, bread and thick molasses maltiness, boozy sweetness

M: Big body with big carbonation with a surprisingly light but creamy body, drys out slightly but finishes with a creamy fullness

O: Very good

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foiled 12 oz bottle in to standard pint served at 44 degrees F. Best by 11/14/14

A: Dark brown with reddish hues. Somewhat of a coffee color. Aggressive pour with 2.5 fingers of slightly off white head. Very fluffy rocky head that receded into a nice thick cap but minimal lacing.

S: Malty but doesn't smell as dark as it is. A touch of yeast on the nose too. Slightly boozy.

T: Sort of medicinal in a good way. Really rich. The spice is very evident and very good. A little peppery. The hops leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste but washes the palate clean of the spice which is good or it would be too much like cough syrup. Balances out surprisingly well. A little bit of alcohol warmth on the way down.

M: Nice and chewy and very smooth. Has great mouthfeel.

O: Pretty good brew. Not a beer you want to take huge gulps of but something for sipping for sure. I would drink it again.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TwinButte
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was introduced to this beer by a friend and I think I am better friends with the beer now! I am reviewing this after having drank it in the past and loved it.

Very dark but a dark reddish brown color comes out around the edges in my snifter. Foamed out of the bottle a little when I popped it but after I poured some it settled down in the glass.

Smells of cough syrup or some sort of medicine with a whiff of sweet dark malts. BLAM!!! The taste is just off the hook. It's my first beer of the night and damn it is smooth on the taste buds. None of the strong liquor or bitterness of a stout. None of the fragrant hops of an IPA. It's just like putting on you favorite pair of pants. Just feels right. So tasty and not overpowering.

Simply in love with this "Broue" from Unibroue.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had Trois Pistoles a few times in the past. It is nice to pick up a bottle in pursuit of my mission to review the top 100 beers of fame. I already knew that this is a great beer, and I get to have it again in my mission.

Side note: this beer is made by Unibroue. Based ton my experience I can say that This is the best brewery in Canada. If there is better, than they probably aren't distributing to the US (at least not the Northeast part). Every different offering by them rates from very good to great.

This beer fits in the great category.

Trois is a very drinkable dark ale. It has lots of complexity while still carrying a very good balance. I really enjoy the aroma and flavor.

This is very easy to find in New Jersey. Just because it is always there, don't pass it by.

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

Poured into a snifter

A: cranberry/burgundy in color with a tan one finger head that dissipates, leaving a ring around the glass. Thick lacing.

S: Belgian yeast comes on strong, followed by dark fruits like raisins, plums and dates.

T: follows nose. Toasty, tart. Bourbon-y, malty. A dry, semi-sweet chocolate finish.

M: medium to heavy. High carbonation. Rich, robust. Bubbles dance across my tongue.

O: Smooth and tasty. A mellow sipper. Almost like drinking an English Barleywine. Looking forward to more delights from Unibroue.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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