Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles
4,982 Ratings
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 mactrail
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A remarkable amount of flavor. A showcase for that seemingly patented Unibroue yeasty, fruity, and bitter flavor.

Attractive reddish dark amber with foam galore. Makes a nice appearance in the Stella Artois chalice. Lacing is lovely. Coriander and cinnamon are the flavors that come to me. The alcohol is not at all obvious. Mouthfeel is so creamy with all of the suds. Burnt sugar and dried apricots. Raisins come to mind, but it's not so full of dark fruit as others in the style.

This stuff is kind of an acquired taste, but it's so interesting and complex it's worth trying. The four-pack of 12 oz bottles is great for getting people to taste and compare a few of their beers.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/2011 notes. Side by side tasting of a fresh 2011 bottle and a properly cellared two year old bottle.
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark reddish brown. Moderate head with lots of lacing. Sweet malt, light and dark fruit and Unibroue Belgian spicing in the aroma. Sweet malt, some dark fruit, strong Unibroue spicing / yeast. Good mouth feel with some creaminess. A very nice dark Belgian style ale.
Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark reddish brown. Foamed out of the bottle, A huge half glass light tan head and massive lacing. Sweet and caramel malt, some dark fruits and mild spicing. Much mellower than the fresh bottle, spiciness much lower. Creamy and well integrated, a very tasty, mellow sweet malt and dark fruit ale. This has definitely improved with age. Two year old cellar aged bottle.
Main scoring for the fresh bottle; 2009: 4/4/5/4.5/4.5 reflecting the mellow aged flavor and higher creaminess developed over the aging.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of bryehn
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly opaque black with crimson tinges when held up to light. The light tan coloured head is of ample size and stays around as a collar while leaving spotty lace.

Sharp, fermented fruits like apple and grape stick out in the aroma, accented by plum, banana and chocolate. Smooth, yet quite complex.

Tastes of dark, ripened fruits and has a nice sour character. Plum, apple and grape are joined by a peppery and cinnamon-like spiciness. Solid, but unassuming malt backbone with a slight chocolate note.

Full-bodied with a low carbonation, but has a yeasty, fizzy pop on the tongue. Very much like a wine after that, it’s smooth, thick and rich throughout the finish and the aftertaste is dry and slightly sour.

An amazing, world class ale at a great price. Pairs well with salty and fried foods, red pasta sauce, sharp cheeses and wheat-based crackers.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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1/5  rDev -76.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

A: Pours hazy, the color of strong iced tea, with a solid finger of khaki-colored head that lingers decently, but scant lacing.

S: Citrus, some pine, and fresh cut grass.

T: Powerful sweet malt at first, then sour cherries. A hint of smoked pepper. A piney hops finish is medium-bitter, but not overpowering, and a little sweetness finds its way into the finish as well.

M: Richly carbonated, and dry. Just dry enough to make you want to take another sip, bordering on astringent. The alcohol is perceptible, but not powerful.

O: Quite tasty, an excellent and full-flavored example of the style. Definitely worth trying, and trying again.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of KuehneBe
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Quite black with an appealing red hue when held up into the light. It almost like a very, very dark wine.

+ Bonus points for the fantastic label and packaging in general.

Lots of dark fruit, dates, and raisins. Cherries and plums, possibly? Sweet molasses that is just right, and makes you excited to take the first sip.

Incredible! Licorice. Again, lots of dark fruit and molasses. The alcohol is well hidden and serves to add some well-desired "bite."

Just the right amount of carbonation, almost a bit more than expected. Extremely pleasant mouthfeel. The flavors stick around for a nice amount of time without being sirupy or sticky.

If all Belgian Strong Dark Ales are comparable to this one, I really have to look further into this style. This is a beer that is quite close to being perfect. Definitely one of my new favorites.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of bnes09
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber to chocolate colored brew. Thick head forms but retreats quickly. Minimal lace.

Sweet dark fruit aroma. Much like cherry juice. Very unique.

Flavor is sweet as well with black cherry savories. Light fruity, ester tones. Hops are subdued and attempt at balancing with an earthy undertone. Alcohol is there but is kept well in check. Sweetness maintains til the end.

Medium body with a sharp carbonation. Finish is not too dry or wet. Good texture allows the flavors to linger on the tongue.

Great beer! Complex and delicious!

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle best before sometime in 2013. I tossed the bottle after glancing at the date. Thumbs up for a clearly printed best before date. Poured into a Trappist chalice glass.

Deep dark yet see through(gets a lot murkier the further down the bottle you get) ruby red/brown when up to the light otherwise it is black. Thin beige head that fizzles down even smaller rather quickly.

Smells of cherries, dark fruits, sweet caramel, spice, some alcohol and funk. The fruity cherry element seems to pop out a lot more.

First off the alcohol is well hidden and when it rears its head when warmed up goes along with the flavor so good. Cherry and dark fruit for the most part. Slightly sweet and chocolatey. Great little bready character in the aftertaste.

There is not much of a head on this thing yet you can still feel a good amount of carbonation on the tongue. Lighter body on this compared to other dark Belgian brews. Dry.

Such an easy drinker. Wow. The drinkability is insane on this. The subtle complexity of this beer makes it so good.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 4,982 ratings
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