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Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of ChugginOil
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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Photo of JTSbeerislife
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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Photo of afdempse
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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Photo of optimistictour
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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Photo of dansmcd
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark muddy brown body beneath a small head receding to a collar.

S - Plenty happening here. Sticky tangerine, vanilla, coconut, brown sugar and candied orange peel.

T - Yeasty, doughy, musty and sweet. A strong bready malt backbone supporting vanilla and sultana flavours.

M - Rich and smooth with a slight warmth.

O - Complex and beautiful beer. Abv very well veiled by the cornucopia of Belgian flavours and aromas.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look – dark brown color with about two fingers’ worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – malty smell with indeed hints of fresh fruit and maybe a bit of brown sugar.

Taste – dark and malty tasting. Fairly strong tasting, but not necessarily a strongly alcoholic taste. Unique taste in the middle that I can’t quite identify. It’s a bit of a musky quality, but pleasant. Almost a nut brown taste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans slightly toward the watery side.

Overall – very interesting and good taste. Fun to think about an analyze as well as to enjoy.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/29/11.

Poured on draft into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel brown with a light tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet light and dark fruit with a touch of Belgian yeast.

Taste: Sweet dark fruit with a touch of citrus up front followed by Belgian yeast in the middle before ending with a touch of alcohol. Bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. The elevated ABV% would keep you from drinking multiples, but the flavor is very good.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I love most everything Unibroue puts out, and I'm a big fan of Trois Pistoles in bottles. On draft, it's still very good.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a deep brown color with a nice looking tan head on top. The lacing is pretty good here. The smell of dark malts and fruits blend with the Belgian yeast aromas creating a slighty sweet aroma on the nose. The taste of the beer is lightly roasted, the sweetness of the fermented fruit flavors come through and leaves a dry finish in the mouth. The mouthfeel of this brew is a little creamy and had some light carobnation making this brew an easy going sipper that can be enjoyed for a while. Overall I found this to get better as it warmed up, this is a really nice brew.

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

The beer is a dark hazelnut hue, with a half inch of beige head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings malt, yeast, caramels, dark fruit. The flavor is fairly sweet, with dark fruits and yeast. Alcohol warmth emerge in the finish. Lingering notes of sweet, dark fruits soaked in alcohol. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. While not as delectable as the upper tier beers of this genre, Trois Pistoles is ubiquitous and enjoyable.

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Photo of linemanrt60
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been quite a while since I reviewed a beer, but this one just didn't give me the option to ignore it. Since I began to try exceptionally crafted beers, I have always served them as tolerably warm as possible. This beer was no exception, being served at just under room temperature in a large wine glass. Initially Trois Pistoles holds a nice white head with an off gray tint. The head fades relatively quickly, which may be due to both the alcohol content and the warmth of the bottle. The nose is a myriad of flavors in and of itself. The usual ever present scent of ripe bananas shows this beer to be true to its style but with a spice palate leaning heavily towards clove, nutmeg, and even some cinnamon. Some chocolate and and a creamy sweetness is also detectable in the nose. While some alcohol shows through, this is a beer meant to be savored and so the alcohol on display in the nose is not a factor to be concerned with.

On the flavor, it is a beer that I would recommend anyone try, beer lover or not, although for those who are not fond of alcohol's flavor and heat it may be prudent to chill the bottle a bit (JUST A BIT), before serving. As I just said alcohol does come through relatively quickly but not before the chocolate flavor and malt character shine through with wonderful balance. Banana esters and spice linger on the palate with a length and mouth feel, much like that of a good Bordeaux. The finish is extremely long and extremely well balanced with a nice alcohol warmth in the belly. Overall, if this beer is available try it, especially if the prices are comparable around the U.S. as my 750 ml bottle was just over $6.00 (which is a steal in my book). A beer as refreshing as returning to Beeradvocate to write a review!

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Photo of uawildcat
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized Bordeaux glass. Nice dark slightly cloudy appearance with a nice cream colored head. It has a nice Belgian yeast smell, I am not sure how to describe this smell yet. It is like the smell of nail-polish remover, sweet dark fruits, and a hint of banana. Although written it doesn't sound pleasant, it actually some how does work.

The taste is slightly different from the smell. As it enters the mouth there is a slightly piercing bubbliness that yields to a more creamy mouth feel. It has the taste of a fig newton. It is sweet and fig like upfront. Then with a kind of pastry like flavor. The finish is dry with hints of banana and clove.

This is a good beer from Unibroue. I hope to try more of this style. The large flaw in my mind is the dry finish, it doesn't work well for this style.

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Photo of papat444
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml. bottle (code L29102057Q) and split with my wife.

Appearance: Lots of beige head fills the flute and shows no signs of leaving. Body is a dark brown, like maple syrup and when held to the light i can see through certain parts.

Smell: Figs, fruits, an ever so slight tartness and very heady aroma.

Taste: Rich dark fruits including plums, dark cherries and raisins. Wood and a bit of port.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation, as with all their beers but it smooths out as it warms. Full body without feeling heavy. Really coats the mouth.

Overall: One of my favorites from Unibroue. Definitely worth a try.

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

Poured from a 12 fl oz twist off bottle into a pint glass. Best before 03-08-14.

Appearance: Pours a thick dark cherry. Cloudy in the glass with a still beige head. This beer is solid, to say the least.

Smell: Sweet fruit, almost wine-like. The aroma reminds of a beer that I just can't put my finger on. This will drive me nuts for the rest of the evening.

Taste: Extremely flavorful. Tastes like a cherry wheat, with the slightest amount of tartness. One thing I do not taste is the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, yet prickly (from the carbonation) and light at the same time. A lot lighter mouthfeel than the thick appearance would suggest.

Overall: Another style I would not reach for on a daily basis, but definitely a well crafted, great tasting beer. I'll give one away and cellar the other two!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed many times but never stepped back to analyze...
A - nearly impenetrable purple-brown, medium tan head slowly dissipated to a random covering
S - strong fruits of plumb and pear, rich molasses and fresh leafy quality
T - strong dark fruits and phenolic dominate, then bread and thick molasses maltiness, rounded out with leafy green hops and boozy sweetness
M - big carbonation with a surprisingly light but creamy body, drys out slightly but finishes with a creamy fullness
O - in my opinion this is the best of the bunch from Unibroue with is big flavour, easy drinkability, and dangerously well masked high octane, a must for any beer advocate

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Photo of EricMichael
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown with amber hues with some yeast that was hard to see through the darkness. Good, light-brown head that lasted for a few minutes with some lacing.

Smell - Chocolate and peppercorn. Dark fruits and hints of a spice blend. Rum. Distinctly Unibroue yeast.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Chocolate malt and spiced rum. An amazing combination. Dark earthy flavors rolling along the tongue then riding a wave of yeast onto the back of the tongue and nose. Smooth, complex and spicy. Very dry finish with little aftertaste leaving you happy to come back for more. For how strong this was, the alcohol was very hidden. You could feel a faint warmth, but it was very well blended in.

Overall - Excellent Abbey Style Strong Dark Ale. Very good in all areas of what I look for in a brew. The rum scent was a nice touch that didn't distract from the rest of what this has to offer.

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Photo of smibroncos
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured an opaque mohagany, with a thin tan diminishing head light lacing on the glass.

S. Alcohol, dark fruit, dates, toasty, slighly woody.

T. Sweet dark malt, molasses, toffee, slight bitterness, with a nutty flavor, alcohol warmth.

M. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, warm and great balance. Duration is exceptional.

O. A really good dark ale, I would like this beer on a cold winter night, sharing with friends, and family. Prosit.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a brown with ruby hues. Two fingers of head with very large bubbles forms and dissipates to a thin layer in about a minute

S - Dark fruit and Belgian yeast, slightly spicy and a touch of caramel.

T - Tastes of fig, very sweet. Belgian yeast and sweet cherry, as well as some molasses. There is almost a chocolate-covered banana flavor, with slight banana flavor coming from the yeast. The chocolate comes out a bit as it warms, and is very subtle at lower temps.

M - Medium body with lots of carbonation and a slightly sticky finish.

O - Overall I just don't love it the way I love most of their other beers. Not sure I can pick out why, but maybe the body doesn't quite match the flavor, and it tastes a bit... busy. I'll take a Terrible, thanks.

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Photo of evlu1441
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I took the wire cage off the top of the bottle, the cork popped right out after a few seconds! 750ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

it pours a very dark, almost purple colour. When held to light, it shows off it's deep ruby hues. The head is thin, but very creamy. It's highly carbonated.

Aromas of dark fruit and belgian yeast come through to start. It's got a sweet and robust fruity aroma with some strong citrus aspects. Much more lively than expected for such a dark ale.

The flavour is smooth and balanced. Slightly tart to start, creamy mouthfeel leads into some strong, yet palatable dark fruit flavours. Some candy sweetness and The citrus and some spice come through towards the end. It's very easy to drink for 9%.

This is a great belgian-style dark ale, and very reasonably priced in Canada. It's been a long while since I've had this, and now I remember why I liked it in the first place!

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml split with my buddy

Pours out a deep dark brown with a stacked micro bubbly champagne like head. This is one sexy Belgian Dark!

Smells like Belgian &champagne yeasts, green apples, mild caramel malts & booze. This is the offspring of a cider & a Belgian.

Prickly carbonation hits the front of the tongue & apples & fruit just take over. Its dark, but damn - if one had their eyes closed, it would be imagined sipping a ultra light highly carbonated fruit funk ale.

Pretty light brew here, about a 4/10, which is a disappointment for the style its classified as. Was wanting & expecting a much thicker, fuller bodied, stronger ale. Wah fucking wah!

Its good - the girlfriend likes it which adds some points here & there. But overall, its really just not as heavy & strong as I was hoping for. I think Belgian Dark Ale fits the brew better than its given style, but hey - who the fuck am I to classify a beer?

$8.99 (-$1.00 coupon) = $7.99 at Total Wine & More. Not bad, but not a do again.

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Photo of output01x
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best Before 09/08/13) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 3-finger tan-colored head that recedes after a few minutes to a thick, 1/2-finger coating. The body is is a dark mahogany brown with a good amount of barely visible small carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

Dark fruits aromas of plum and raisin are well-matched by dark roasted malts and a standard Belgian yeast aroma.

Just like the nose, the taste is packed with dark malts, dark fruits, and plenty of yeast. Notes of plum and cherry give this beer an almost medicinal quality. A rum-like alcohol warmth settles in the back of the throat at the end of each sip.

Medium bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. The body coats your mouth well without becoming sticky. The carbonation fizzes away when held in your mouth but does not seem to detract from the taste.

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Photo of Fattonyisfat5555
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know you are having a Unibroue when you are having a delicious and artistic beer. So besides the epic art what else makes Trois Pistoles so great?

This is a strong dark ale which is refermented in the bottle. Trois Pistoles has a sweet taste as well as a pleasant aftertaste. You only catch a hint of chocolate, brown rum and spices. I ended up drinking this beer by the pool but I would not recommend it. It would be best enjoyed chilled in a glass and sipped on while perhaps smoking a cigar with your friends.

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Photo of tzieser
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a very dark brown color, almost completely black with a thick white head.

s: deep malt aroma with a subtle yeast spiciness. nothing spectacular.

t: slightly fruity flavor with noticible roasted malt flavor with a nice belgian yeast spice character.

m: smooth mouthfeel

not the best Unibroue i've had. i liked Maudite better. still, this is a dark ale well worth trying.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served into a duvel tulip.

very dark bold color. beautiful lacing

plum, raisin, molasses, and malty aroma. surprisingly pleasing

first taste really hits you. nearly as good as it looks. taste of mollases and chocolate. alcohol is barely noticable.

as a lover of unibroue im surprised it took me this long to try it. looking to take a trip to enjoy this from tap

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

A: Pours dark plum color with a bit of white head that disappears quickly but with high carbonation, almost soda like

S: Plum, cherry, candied sugar. It's one dimensional, but it's a pretty good smell.

T: More cherries than the other dark fruits in the flavor, but an aftertaste of plum, a hint of raisin and other berries, but a pronounced grape aftertaste. Quite good.

O: This is a nice belgian strong dark. I like everything I've had from unibroue so far, so I'm looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of Mumps
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this on a whim the other day and I don't regret a second of it. Appearance was dark brownish red, with a one inch head leaving decent lacing. The smell was excellent, spicy and fruity, almost a raisin smell. Reminded me of a spiced wine. Taste was surprisingly fruity, with strong fig and prune flavors. Flavor turned a bit more spicy as the bottle warmed. Mouth feel was good, not as thick as I expected though. Overall I intend to buy another bottle and store it for bit, break it out for a special occassion.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 4,986 ratings
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