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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ejl4
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with copper edges

S - Plums, cherry, and red grape smells with light malty character. Some acidic aroma as well

T - Malty and smooth with some munich/vienna malt present, not as exciting as the aroma presents

M - minor puckering feel, with low carbonation

O - an amazing example of a belgian dark strong ale.

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Photo of julian89
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a mix and match 4 pack of Unibroue. This is my 1st to taste (grabbed at random). Poured into a 160z pint glass.

Appearance: An opaque dark amber. A good bit of head with no lacing.

Smell: Very malty with plum and raisin smell.

Taste: Delicious, excellent fruit taste, Belgians are beginning to become my favorite style beers. The raisin and plum flavors are distinct to me. The darker malt is sweet and adjust the mouthfeel to compliment a different style Belgian than the light whites I'm used to.

Mouthfeel: Frothy medium bodied beer.

Overall: A very good beer, I believe Unibroue doesn't make anything but A class beers.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Trois Pistoles chalice at Firkin.

Appearance: Out of the bottle Trois Pistoles pours a deep burgundy brown color that actually has some transparency to it. A bubbly tan head fizzes and fades to a collar and leaves a few spots of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is full of raisins, cherries, plums, and a bit of figs. Dark caramel malt is kind of light compared to the fruit. A little bit of ethyl alcohol is also noticeable in the back.

Taste: The flavor is full of dark and orchard fruit. Some light caramel and bready malt up front supports raisins, cherries, plums, and figs. A white grape note imparts a crisp tartness at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: The body is actually a little bit on the light side, with bubbly crisp carbonation. It has a grainy feel up front with some tartness at the end.

Overall: This is something I would order again.

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4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with a best before date 9-8-2013 into a tulip glass.

A: Deep garnet, which looks black unless seen through a light. Carbonation bubbles meet a thick foamy tan head.

S: Sweet cherry medicinal smell, very pleasant.

T: Very sweet and fruity, but in a syrupy way, but I mean that in the best way possible. Roasted malts and cherries make the flavor here with a slight spice.

M: Syrupy with good carbonation.

O: I love this from the first sip. A very flavorful beer with good malty taste mixed with fruit. I like this a lot.

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4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at Tops.

Deep burgundy, dark enough to be almost opaque, though the thinner parts show some amber translucence. Head is half a finger tall, off-white and popping away pretty quickly, leaving not a trace of bubbles.

Fantastic nose. Brown sugar, lots of clove, prune, wood smoke. The smoke and spice adds a ton of interest. Bit of Belgian hops in the back. Piquant and spicy.

All of the above, and more. Clove, dried orange peel, prune, a hint of smoke, tangy raisins. The swallow brings a blast of spice and citrus. Kind of different from your average uber-sweet Belgian dark, but good nonetheless. Hint of licorice.

Lightly massaging bubbles die away quickly, expanding into soft fizz. The body is a hint under medium while it lasts. A good amount of fumes in the nose, but the heat is well-hidden overall.

Not bad. Trois Pistoles has more spice and citrus than I'm used to, and it’s a bit lacking in the complexity of established Belgians. But it’s different, at least.

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4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This thick elixir was poured into a snifter.

Jet black beer had excellent head retention, if poured correctly. Taste was of several fruits and alcohol. Overall, a solid beer. I recommend it to someone who wants to try Belgian style beers without busting their budget. I am more into wheat beers, but I like this ale.

I cannot wait to explore others like it!!!

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

Pours a dark brown color and has a fingers worth of low retention head. The off-white head leaves some messy lacing along the glass.

The nose is full of dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Plums, cherries, and fig come to mind off the bat. Followed by the fruits comes a bit of that clove filled spicy yeast.

The taste is also infused with a nice amount of dark fruits. The cherries are there without any tartness, just lightly sweet cherries. The figs are also present and keep it mild as far as sweetness. Belgian yeasts are playing a tasty roll here as well. Spice and clove are noticed.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation to carry the flavors. A semi-dry finish is also quite nice.

Overall, this is a nice representation of this style and keeps it very traditional and tasty.

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

22 oz bottle, purchased 7/2011, from a reputable bottle shop, bottle code on bottle but undecipherable.

Poured into a Corsendunk Tulip.

Pours a big 2 finger head which slowly reduces to an 1/8” cap. Easily revived. Each pour produces another big head. This ale is alive!
Very, very deep amber, almost black color. Has an old world ale look to it.

Wonderful, distinct, hit of yeast when first smelled, followed by candied, dark, rich malt and complex dried fruit. Each pour produces an explosion of yeast and malt aroma. As the ale warms the yeast becomes even more intense. Extremely enjoyable.

Very crisp, lively, carbonated entry on the palate. The carbonation is perfect and very much like a Belgium Ale. Very rich malt follows, still accented with that wonderful crispness. Distinct yeast and candied malt dominate the flavor throughout the pour. Complex dried fruit flavors.
No noticeable hops, but they are not needed as there is so much else going on. Wow!

Long, long finish of malt and yeast. Very enjoyable.

Label states bottle fermented, and you can surely tell with the distinct yeast and champagne like carbonation.
This big Belgium style ale is incredibly delicious and very complex. The 9% ABV is never noticed. Each sip invites you to have another, until the bottle is empty.
If I had the money I would buy this by the case!

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

Dark brown color with a large frothy light tan head of three fingers. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Heady notes of overripe fruits. Apples, plums, spiced pears, figs. Slight alcohol as it warms.

Flavor: Huge yeast esters, darkly roasted malts, brown sugar, dark sweet cherries, clove essence. Excellent layering of flavors; the balance is awesome.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation. Body is medium to medium-light. Finishes very dry considering the sweetness present in the flavor. Exceedingly drinkable for a beer of this strength.

One of my favorites from Unibroue, and an amazing value for the price!

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

It looks dark as night with a thin crowny head that recedes immediately yet looks enticing and appropriately Belgian.

It smells like a good Belgian should - in fact, better and more honest than any North American examples of the style I can think of right now. There's wheat and yeast and some dark fruit & hint-of-coffee notes.

Tastes as advertised on the bottle with fresh fruit, bit of tang, and a warm winey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is where this truly shines and tricks me into thinking it's an honest-to-balls Belgian import. Carbonation tickles the palate just right, viscosity is spot on, the way it works down is just magic, especially for its 9% abv. This is the point at which a good beer turns great.

In other words, try this if you have the chance. Skip over other Unibroue offerings and tap straight into their gold supply with Trois Pistoles.

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