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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 JayQue
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another foray into Beers of Fame I haven't gotten around to yet....another great experience. Poured into my Chimay goblet, a dark brown with golden and reddish highlights at the edges of the glass. Medium sized delicate, carbonated white head with plenty of bubbles. Head quickly settles down to a covering on the glass that remains throughout. Minimal lacing

Nice smell...Belgian yeast, dark fruit and sugar. Taste is very good!!! Plums, cherries and raisins. Belgian yeast. Some spices like black pepper, some sweetness (Candi sugar??) and a little hops bitterness and trace of alcohol to limit the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is rich and mostly smooth. The pepper tickles the tongue and there is a very slight alcohol bite. For the most part very smooth for this level abv.

This is an outstanding beer!!!

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a Maudite snifter.

A deep brown color, almost purple. Kind of like a raisin or plum color, really. One finger head that dissipates quickly into a collar of foam around the edge. Visible carbonation around the edges of the glass as well.

Dark fruits up front on the nose. Plums, raisins, and figs all present with a candy sugar sweetness. Dark caramel and toffee as well. A touch of bread like yeast quality, which boosts the fruityness a bit and throws in a drying element to the aroma, if that's possible...

Big dark fruit sweetness in the foreground. Again, those candied dark fruits with plum and figs being the most prominent. A little bit of caramel and toffee in the background with a bready, drying yeast element in there. There's a nice roundness to the flavor as well, pretty balanced and probably the beer's strongest suit.

Thin and drying, with a touch more carbonation than what I prefer in a Belgian dark ale.

A nice, affordable fruit forward Belgian-style dark ale with a niec yeast presence. Not something I would prefer to drink all the time, but it is nice to have once in awhile.

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Photo of Philousa
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a purple hue with thin white head that lingers and laces the glass. This beer is totally different cold. A lot more fruity with hints of plum, apple, cherries, and raisin in both taste and smell when at lower temperatures. While interesting to try cold, it's much more complex at a warmer temperature. I get lots of spice and confectioner's sugar in the nose. Taste starts out with dark, bitter malt, fades to a hint of cherries, and ends with hot alcohol and bitter hops. This beer is highly carbonated with small bubbles and a creamy feel in the mouth.

This is complex and a bit of a challenge. Spend some time with Trois Pistoles and you'll appreciate it better. I usually like the dark Belgians, but this one just came out of left field with all the fruit flavors and complexities. I feel the spices really throw off the balance, but the taste that lingers always begs me to take another sip. Not sure what to make of it or how to compare it with other dark, high ABV Belgians I've tried. Guess I'll have to have another...

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tapped into a brandy glass.

Appearance - Dark ruby body. Small white head.

Smell - Coffee. Tons of candy sugar malt.

Taste - Toasty. Coffee. Malt. Sweet No aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Slightly watery.

Overall Drinkability - Overall good beer. Refreshing if you're in the mood for a medium-bodied, refreshing beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a deep, barely translucent, brown color with one finger of tan head. Good retention and lace; active carbonation.

S: Funky stewed cherries, brown sugar, a little pear.

T: Leads with a semi-sweet tea flavor before heading into a sweeter, yeasty bread flavor. Ends drier with a little pepper and cinnamon. A little earthiness. After the first few sips, the sweetness is less apparent. Very tasty. Further into the glass, a tiny hint of oak comes into play. Even a little pumpkin pie.

M: Heavy mouthfeel well balanced by creamy carbonation.

O: A very enjoyable beer. A little dry overall, but lots of good, complex flavors in here. Will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, close to black w/ a mountainous 3 finger head, even w/ a careful pour. Decent carbonation and good lacing. Impossible to see through this beer. The nose has prune, fig, bread, and some other spice I can't quite place. Alcohol is in there as well. Not quite balanced or strong enough for the style. The taste is exactly the same as the nose. A little out of whack and weak taste for the style w/ a massive alcohol burn which shouldn't happen at 9%. Feel is very dry, sweet and on the thin side. Overall, this is a good beer, but far from world class in the style. This is a style loaded for bear w/ outstanding world class beers, and this falls short. Still, I would have this again if nothing better was in my beer fridge.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says best by 03-07-13.

Appearance: A dark and murky brown with a little amber red giving a tea like appearance. Light amount of bubbles and a one finger off white head that fades into a patchy layer. Lacing is very light.

Smell: A sweet combination of dark fruits including plums, berries, figs, and raisins with Belgian yeast and cloves. Also has some bananas and brown sugar. Smells like a good combination of dark fruit and spice.

Taste: Very spicy and sweet. Lots of yeast and dark fruit sweetness with dark berries, cloves, plums, raisins, and figs. Hints of brown sugar and black pepper. Finishes with a hint of orange citrus flavor which seems a bit odd but pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth with no noticeable alcohol heat despite the high abv.

Overall: A very solid dark Belgian ale. Good balance of dark fruit sweetness and yeasty spice.

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Photo of Zzyzx
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into a chalice glass.

A - very short head that dissipated quickly. Cloudy almost muddy brown. Some lacing.

S - Almost ripe berry aromas followed by brown sugar, jaggery smells

T - Sweetness that goes away rather fast. Surprising no alcohol for 9% ABV

M - Clean very dry finish.

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Photo of mooseo
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Dark hazy brown. Average head with very little lacing.

S - Scents of plum and fermenting berries. A pleasant, sweet aroma.

T - Sweet and spicy. Dark fruit, plum, black cherry, and prune berry notes throughout. A hint of some toasted malts as well. The finish is more of the same, very fruity and spicy. The back of the bottle states 'A pleasant aftertaste that lingers on like old port wine'. Sounds about right. Overall, it's delicious.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation, this beer is very smooth. Some dryness in the finish.

D - An excellent complex beer. Very little alcohol comes through, making this very drinkable, which is impressive for 9% ABV. As the beer warms up, the flavors seem to open up and become more potent. Very impressive.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown in color. Somewhat murky. The head seems to fade quickly but only to a half an inch and stopped.

S - Sweet nose. Dark fruits like raisins, sugar plum and cherries are present. Also getting Belgium yeast, brown sugar and Mexican milk candy.

T - Again on the sweet side. Sweet plums, toasted sugars, cherries, vanilla. Lots of flavors and complexities. There is also a nice touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

M - Creamy, smooth, and silky. The carbonation feels natural and compliments all the flavors and textures nicely.

O - Delicious. So many flavors going on. This is my second favorite Belgium Strong Dark Ale.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best by date 9-3-11.
A: Very dark brown, bordering on black; one-finger head.
S: Brown sugar and cloves
T: Sour cherries, licorice, spice, and roasted malt. Slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and full. The alcohol is well integrated.
O: As others have said, yet another winner from Unibroue. Very enjoyable.

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

Pours a deep caramel brown color with a tall fluffy off white head. Brown sugar and mission figs on the nose, baking spice and a bit of green fruity note almost like green raisins. Medium plus body with a nice bit of sweetness that is not the least bit overpowering. Caramel and deep toasted malts on the palate with more of the green grapes adding a tartness that keeps the sweetness in check. A really nice creamy carbonation that ties everything together. This is a beer that if you were tasting it blind, you would think it was most certainly an actual Belgian beer, not a Canadian one.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky mahogany color with a massive rocky head. Good thick lacing. Retention is just fair.
Smells of spicy yeast.
Tastes sweeter than expected. dark fruits, especially black cherries and malt with a hint of chocolate. Alcohol not noticed at all until it began to warm.
Prickly carbonation and medium body.
Overall pretty good, but not mind-blowing.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: murky opaque brown. some red can be seen around the edges. bustling head has good retention.

S: raisins and brown sugar. cedar and rum. maple syrup. so far so good. a very complex aroma that changes faces every visit to the glass.

T: a plummy fruit. almost similar to a dr pepper. cedar and oak. a mild alcohol in the finish. definitely a super sweet finish with some serious residual sugar.

M great carbonation. lively on a full body and does not take away from the flavors!

D: an enjoyable bel dark from unibroue. the nose was a little more exciting than the palate but not completely overshadowing. good brew.

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Photo of JoeBCBC
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12. oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours a very dark brown with a 1 finger head that dissapates into a thin haze.

S- Licorice, grapes, brown sugar, and cloves come through fairly strong.

T- A warming mix of licorice, malt sweetness, and spiciness from the yeast dominate and come together nicely. A slight fruity aftertaste.

M- I think a thicker body would have accompanied the warming flavors a little better. A bit too bubbly.

O- A very nice beer, and something I would enjoy on a much colder day. (Reviewing in summertime!)

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just drainpoured a Heavy Sea's Chocolate Stout so I'm a little bit dissapointed. Decided to pour a beer that I like, but haven't reviewed.

Poured into Unibroue Snifter.

Appearance-Dark purple with a two finger bubbly off white head that dissipates very quickly. Leaves little lacing.

Smell-Cherries, Prunes, brown sugar, vanilla, licorice. Molds well together and smells nice, just a tad bit subtle.

Taste-At first you get some tart cherries and other dark fruits along with some licorice. Like Maudite, very peppery towards the finish, this has some added Dunkleweizen feel towards the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Just a little bit watery.

Overall- I feel like Unibroue can't make a bad beer. I definitely prefer Maudite over Trois Pistoles, but nonetheless a really good beer.

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

Brown and cloudy with a tan head that had some staying power, lacing wasn't bad.

Smell was rather fruity, with Belgian type overtures. Banana, prunes, plums, figs, brown sugar.

Taste was similar to smell, yeasty with dark fruits primarily, plus a touch of banana and clove. Spicy.

Body was pretty full but not hard to drink considering the ABV.

It's another damn fine beer from Unibroue, one of the best beer brand values I've seen in the states, imported or not. This stuff isn't at all expensive, and I highly recommend you try stuff from these guys. Great job!

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

Poured from a bottle out of the beer fridge at 45 degrees F into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass.

A: Solid cola-colored liquid in the glass with a 1.5-fingered light tan head. Spotty lacing clings to the glass until the very end.

S: Amazing balance of light and dark fruits. As with other Belgian Pale Ales, much apple and pear aromas blend with the darker cherry and plum aromas suited to Dark Ales.

T: Follows the nose with the same amalgam of light and dark fruits, followed by a substantial twang and eventually a full boozy kick as the beer warms. Belgian style? Check. Dark Ale? Check.

M: Sharp, well-carbonated and supported nicely by the booze. Moderately drying to the palate and the carbonation scrubs it nicely.

O: An oustanding Belgian Dark Ale. The vitrual dark ale equivalent of Duvel, except with the addition of some hot booziness. Even still, it is a fairly well balanced and powerfully flavored example of the style that comes with a warning: Beware the 9% ABV! My favorite dark ale thus far; a solid "A" brew.

NOTE: Frankly, I'm shocked at the number of reviews that claim the alcohol is "well hidden". This brew is fairly boozy and very warming to the body. There's no hiding those facts. Let's just say that the alcohol flavor is not off-putting, but by no means is it hidden.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark brown with ruby highlights. 2 Fingers of lacy white head billows up and dissipates slowly clinging to the side of the glass.

N: Clove, black licorice, dark fruits, barnyard and maybe some coriander and black tea.

T: Clove, cinnamon, coriander and peppercorn spices are upfront. This is followed by ripe plum, fig, molasses, barnyard and maybe some candy sugar. Finishes with lingering spices, yeast and small traces of banana and bubblegum.

M: Medium-full bodied, smooth, clean and dry.

O: This is one robust beer! This is huge in the spice & yeast department so if you don't like clove, coriander, cinnamon, peppercorn or funky yeast you won't like this. This might be a good beer to cellar to help mellow out and bring the dark fruit flavors forward. Still a very enjoyable beer with no sign of the 9% abv.

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

This beer pours a nice dark brown color with a nice offwhite- tan colored head. the smell is sweet, spicey with hints of dark fruits. the taste follows the smell with dark fruit flavors and a nice spiceness from the yeast. the mouthfeel is medium boddied and very well carbed. overal a very good beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into its proper Unibroue tulip.

A: Dark, hazy plum body with a finger of dense, creamy tan foam. Great retention, spotty lace. Pretty solid, but unspectacular.

S: Big, bold, and yeasty. Great mix of fruity esters + spicy phenols, backed up with some terrific dark fruits: grapes, plums, raisins. Very nice.

T: Follows the nose - super yeasty, with bubblegum, clove, pepper, and pear; chocolate and grape maltiness on the tail end; slight booze on the finish. Very tasty, but a bit more depth would have been welcome.

M: Substantial, smooth, and fully carbonated. Lovely.

O: Excellent beer, but in my opinion it doesn't quite measure up to the best authentic Belgian examples of its style. At happy hour, though, it's always a terrific choice.


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Photo of soju6
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Uncorked and poured a dark mahogany color with a tan head. very inviting.

S: Primary aroma of dark fruit and spice with a host of others fragrances coming through. Smells delightful.

T: Taste of dark fruit and some spice with a bit of caramel. Delicious throughout. Left a clean, dry finish.

F: Medium body, very smooth and velvety. Very well balanced.

O: Outstanding beer, one of the best I have had to date. Virtually no hint of the 9% ABV. Great choice for any occasion, even a quite evening.

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

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - A dark brown body with brick hues and a decently sized tan head.

S - Awesome dark fruit profile that is loaded with carmeizedl malt sugars and aromatic spices like cinnamon and a little pepper.

T & M & D - Just like the nose the mouth is full of deep dark fruits, figs, raisins, cherries and the like. The sugars are deep sweet and roasted. The mouth is medium heavy and smooth and the ABV is well hidden.

O - A good representation of the style with a fantastic flavor profile. A sipper that should be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz->Trois Pistoles Chalice

A ~ Pours a dark red wine color with a deep brown hue. Opaque with an Ovaltine colored head that fades into delicate, tiny bubbles. No Lacing.

S ~ Raisins, Dates & Figs. Notes of plum, straw & blackberry jam. Hint of clove and cocoa.

T ~ Bold Grape flavor upfront that is very crisp with flashes of pomander & various wild berries. On the throat there's black cherry, plums & dark bread. More dried fruit & bready malt (banana bread) comes through as it warms a bit.
Very vinous.

M ~ Leaves a dry sensation on the palette that is very enjoyable. Fruit is prevalent throughout but the is a delicate balance. No sense of ABV whatsoever.

D ~ Love this more & more everytime I have it. I absolutely love this beer with Italian food. Would be a perfect introductory-ale for someone getting into Belgian-styles for the first time.


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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass

A: Pours a very nice deep brown with a slight maroon hue, has a very nice amount of thick foamy toffee foam, the brew is entirely opaque
S: slightly sweet scent with slight licorice and nice dark fruit aromas
T: deep dark fruit, slight licorice
M: thick on the palate, strong carbonation, lingering depth on the back of the tongue
O: very nice brew, a bit too deep for my particular taste but by no means unappealing

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