Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

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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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Photo of rickyleepotts
2/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It’s black… which immediately makes me think this is going to be a stout, or something similar. But the nose is more that of an ale. This is a Belgian strong ale, after all. (I still haven’t figured the difference between a regular ale and strong ale.) I do like that a lot of the beers we are drinking have a Belgian influence. Perhaps when we finish this project, we will take a trip to Belgium.

The beer isn’t very carbonated. It is actually quite smooth. There is an instant rush of sweetness, and a smooth dark aftertaste. But the aftertaste doesn’t stick around for long. It feels heavy on the tongue though. I am sure that is the 9% ABV. The head on this beer is pretty weak too. But after one drink… I find myself wanting a second almost immediately. The aftertaste leaves so quickly I want to see what else there is for my palate.

I worry that if this beer was easily accessible, it would get me in a lot of trouble. It doesn’t drink like a 9%. It’s so smooth. I like that though, as it allows me to drink a lot casually. That’s what this is… a casual beer. Imagine toasting with this at any given graduation, wedding, or funeral. (People drink at funerals, right?)

I like it… but I am not in love with it. It’s good, I would buy it again, but the most important part about this beer is the story. I mean, who wouldn’t be intrigued to drink a beer that was produced with a story about a devilish black steed? Just look at the bottle… creeps me out!

Bottoms up people!

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Photo of crewfan16
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a-poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep reddish brown with a 1" white head that fades fairly quickly. beer seems very cloudy and there seems to be quite a bit of carbonation

s-smells fruity and sweet with some yeast and malt. definitely on par with the style

t-candied sugars and yeast initially. the fruits seem to follow at the end with a sort of dry raisin or possibly cherry. very tasty

m-the drinkablity is very good considering the 9% abv. very highly carbonated though. body is nice but not huge

overall, another great brew from Unibroue. For the price, I dont know if I can find any belgian style ales. I think I prefer the Maudite over this one, but it changes every time I try it

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Photo of Stocean1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a one finger head from a 341ml bottle into a large wine glass - dissipated quickly with thin lacing - able to regenerate the head with a quick swirl - loads of carbonation - could have made it a three finger head - beautiful dark chestnut colour - caramel coloured head

S - dark fruit, vsnilla, light banana and cloves, sweet malt, floral - got better as it warmed while I sipped it on the front porch

T - dark fruit (grapes) and banana up front with the malt coming after - belgian yeast, slightly boozy (but nice) - a little bitter in the after taste - exceptional really

M - lots of carbonation, medium bodied, only slight bite, warming alcohol, a little silky

O - I really do love this beer and I think I prefer it slightly to the Maudite (splitting hairs) - I would give it all fives but I am not going to make that call until I have had some of the highest rated beers to compare

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Photo of bdo894
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown amber color with a three finger head.
Smelled sort of light and with vanilla and caramel notes.
Tasted caramel a little banana but not unpleasant maybe a bit of cream
Felt really really smooth barely taste the alcohol
A very well made beer. A little cleaner than Raison. After drinking this for a little while all I could taste was banana. A little annoyed that I picked up on that.

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Photo of zrab11
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a purply brown color with a nice 2 finger head

S- Has hint of dark fruits and yeast and maybe even come carmel

T-has a dry fruity taste to it with a nice sweetness in the middle and finishs with a dry fruity floral taste

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this was very good. might be alittle dry for some but overall this was very good. will get again

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Photo of harrymel
2.26/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by: 10/11/2013

A: pours a hazy dark brown with a single finger of loose peanut foam which dissipates nearly immediately to a broken and struggling to retain it's presence. Little lacing.

S: smells like latex paint. There are some hints of coriander and dark, sweet malts. Overall, the yeast dominates as it does in the majority of Unibroue beers.

T: Man, I've tried the lineup of Unibroue beers many times. I keep hoping I will 'get it'. The beer is sweet, yeasty, chemical, just plain difficult to drink for me.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Sorry guys, I just can't get on board with this one.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deeply red-brown, with a large head. Heavy on the carbonation. Oddly, no lace present.

Nose is dark fruit, wine grapes, raisins, spice. Good.

Tastes similar. Heavy-bodied, thick, elements of dark fruit and definitely a complex, wine-like grape character.

Quite delicious, and a standout, for sure.

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Photo of djsmith1174
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky, dark brown with abundant head. Can't be too aggressive with the pour or you'll be waiting a while.

S - Potent dark fruits, bread, yeast.

T - As it smells, but not quite as intense. Not as abundant of sweet fruit character on the finish as I would have hoped.

M - On the lighter side of medium body with plenty of carbonation.

O - Not my absolute favorite BSDA, but the value and availability cannot be overlooked. I certainly will not hesitate to spend another lovely evening with one.

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Photo of Scribbles
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1pt 9oz bottle into glass mug.

Aroma: Malts, dark bread, and caramel.

Appearance: Dark amber deceivingly simple, with light lacing.

Flavor: Spicy, carmel malt, rasins.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation. But mellowing and becoming a smooth dessert.

Overall: A very good ale. One of my favorite beers. Decievingly alcoholic, I suddenly feel warm on my ears.. very easy to drink a whole large bottle in a sitting.

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3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut brown with lighter chestnut highlights. Small beige head that dissipated quickly. No lace.

Sweet rich roasted malts with some caramel. Dark fruity figs and dates. Some apple ester.

Dark fruity dates and figs bathed in caramel and spices. Fruity roasty coffee. Herbal bitterness.

Medium body with some thickness, but overall less full than I'd like. Crisp moderately high carbonation is refreshing.

Very crisp and drinkable for a 9%, which was also well hidden. Nice and tasty, but I'd prefer a fuller one. this one is above average, but nothing stellar.

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Photo of jpro
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the Unibroue Taster Pack. Poured into a Maudite snifter...

A: Pours a deep, molasses brown / black; tea-like on the edges, with a creamy, 1 inch almond head that shows some great retention and leaves a little lace.

S: Raisiny; molasses; ripe plum; some black cherry tartness along with some tannin notes that become more noticeable as the brew warms; maybe a scant hint of cocoa powder; just a small touch of alcohol on the nose, too.

T: Sweet, dark bread; figgy sweetness, too; dark fruit; a light, dry bitter on the finish; delicious.

M: Medium-full bodied, with a high carbonation; velvety and smooth. Wow.

O: Probably my favorite Unibroue ale... which is saying a lot. Its an interesting, enjoyable beer. Very drinkable. Complex without being over the top. 9%??!! Hard to believe -

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Photo of rundocrun
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, dark brown with some cloudiness and few highlights when held up to the light. Yields two fingers of white head that fades quickly to about a quarter inch.

S - Smells slightly of toasted barley but there is most definitely a strong fruity/boozy aroma evident as well. Minute amounts of floral hops are present too.

T - Sweet and malty up front with subtle bitterness and an interesting tang toward the finish. A spicy alcohol bitterness is also present. Aftertaste of brown bread and honey.

M - Slightly thin and watery, but with adequate carbonation. Has a sweet finish that leaves the mouth feeling sticky.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - dark mahogany, almost black. One finger width head, disipates quickly, leaves a small collar. Looks to be about standard for the style.

S - Belgian yeast, bread, and dark raisins. Other fruit in there as well, but I can't pick it all out. No strong alcohol aroma though, which I like.

T - similar to the nose profile - yeasty/bready w/ some malt in the mix. Dark fruit abounds in the background along w/ some nice spiciness.

M - medium bodied, not as full as I had expected. Fair amount of carbonation.

O - overall, very nice. Not as good as a Rochefort or St. Bernardus but definitely delicious and can also be had for a very fair price considering the high quality.

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Photo of gonzogrover
2.29/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip. Pours a pretty dark and bold brown with a white head that disappears in a hurry. The scent is strong of fruits and spices. It also gives you the hint that it'll have a strong alcohol flavor. The taste is of strong spiciness, alcohol and some fruity sweetness. A combination that was hot, boozy and just didn't work at all for me. The mouthfeel was medium with more carbonation than I expect from this style. I typically really enjoy BSDAs and Quads but this is not one that I would recommend to my friends.

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Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle -- "best by 7-14-12" -- served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark brown with orange highlights, and a surprisingly fizzy head like a soda. Like a soda the head dies to nothing rather quickly even though there is visible bubbling.

Complex aroma of ripe and dark fruits, bread, toasted malt, port wine and spices. Interesting, but I'm not sure what this will taste like. Alcohol becomes more evident with warning.

Taste - the flavor components one would infer from my description of the aroma are all there, yet the flavor is a bit different than I expected. More and richer malt flavor for one thing. More subtle spiciness for another. Not as bold or enticing as the premier Belgian counterparts (e.g., Rochefort 8), but a fine balanced brew that avoids the over-spicing or imbalance that too often characterize Belgian style ales. Enjoyable and lingering aftertaste with a striking dark fruit flavor. High ABV partially hidden.

M - medium body, a bit thin for style) and medium-high carbonation. Bordering on 3.5.

O - foreboding appearance (would look like a Coca-Cola in an opaque glass!) dampened my high expectations, but the exceptional aroma and flavor make this easy to recommend.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had at Half Full in Lewes, DE.

A: Poured a hazy purple/brown color with a small egg colored head with nice retention. Decent lacing left on the sides. Some small bubbles at the top as well.

S: Very fruity. Lots of grapes and raisins with some plums and black currants hints as well. Some spicy yeast and a little bit of caramel round it out.

T: The same fruits from the nose come forward on the flavor profile. Lots of grape and raisins, some caramel and belgian yeast. There is also a little bit of bruised apple, vanilla, and a little bit of booze.

M: Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation, somewhat prickly from the bubbles. A very sweet beer that hides the alcohol pretty well.

O: Pretty good beer that can be purchased at a relatively low price. Tastes similar to red wine in some ways actually. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Back in the day, I was enticed to buy this beer by the lovely label and seemingly exotic cork-and-caged presentation. Now, I just remember it being damn tasty. It pours a dark burnt sienna topped by a nice finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises clove, pumpernickel, black pepper, nutmeg, black cherry, cinnamon, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some red apples, black grapes, raisins, figs, and rye bread. The body is an ephemerally light yet still pretty strong medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a strangely crisp finish. Overall, a very nice BSDA, one I'll probably be returning to many times in the future.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

Aroma: Bread dough, spiced apple cider, clove, and caramel.

Appearance: Dark, amber, hazy body. 3-finger off-white head dissipates a bit more quickly than I'd like, but remains on the inside of the glass.

Flavor: Clove, carmelized sugar, apple butter, brown sugar, and a very mild bitterness at the end. A sweet, yet clean finish.

Mouthfeel: High CO2 leads to crisp carbonation on the front. Medium-to-full body.

Overall: A spicy, tasty, carmelly, and enjoyable dark Belgian-style ale. Highly sessionable, but be careful. The 9% ABV is well concealed...

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served at 43-50 F

Poured a very dark Mahogany with barely any head and a slight bit of lacing.

Aroma of CLOVES then came some cherry and other fruit notes

Tasted of cloves then as it warmed up came the fruitiness and a wee bit of alcohol, some notes of toasted malts.

Felt warm and creamy then a cleanliness that was apprciated in the end. Not as good as Chimay (blue) Grande Reserve but a solid drinker.

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Photo of bbb099
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with mjyoung.

A - Dark brown, coca-cola like with a foamy light moccha head.

S - Strong trappist yeast aroma accompanied with plenty of fruity esters. Quite pleasant aroma.

T - Low bitterness considering the abv content. Raisins, old grapes, apples and a little bit of yeast. Wine-like, but maybe a tad bit sweeter.

M - Average, medium bodied. Nothing exceptional.

D - Goes down very smooth, leaves almost no alcohol burn. Great drinkability.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split w/ bbb099. Drank 5/2/11.

A: A DARK burgundy, with a hint of dark chocolate. Mild head, but not a lot of lacing left on the glass.

S: The smell was a little different then I was expecting, as it wasn't quite so overpowering as the ABV led me to believe. Dark fruit dominates the nose, but that's about it. Good, but not great.

T: Fruit fruit fruit. As a third party said, "it tastes like rotting berries". This isn't the knock it sounds like it could be, but it is strongly reminiscent of rotgut wine. It finishes with a nice sweet note, and a hint of hoppy bitterness. The Belgian runs underneath everything, providing good continuity through the taste.

M: Very smooth. No hint of alcohol. I actually really enjoy less heavy dark ales, so this hits the spot nicely. That said, it is a bit on the airy side.

O: As solid as this beer was, I'm not sure I can give it it's average for the

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Photo of n2185
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown with two fingers of off-white head which retains well in a thin cap with some lacing.

S: Spices, sweet candy sugar, and some dark fruit aromas up front. There's a floral, ginger-like aroma to it as well along with some notes of cinnamon. Belgian yeast aromas bring up the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of spice notes like coriander and cinnamon. There are some dark fruits in there as well as a touch of molasses. The finish is of slightly bitter, hearty bread with a slight alcohol presence.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is pretty well attenuated, giving it an overall crisp feel.

O: A pretty good beer, overall. Nicely attenuated, though the flavor doesn't quite live up to all the nose promises.

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Photo of ksimons
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-color is black cherry with two fingers worth of creamy tan head that slowly leave lingers

S-tart cherries, musky spices, yeasty, and caramel malts

T-roasted malts, caramel and toffee sweetness, tart cherries, spicy, a slight amount of hops towards the end, and the alcohol warming picks up along the way

M-medium body, moderate to high carbonation, leaves a fruity aftertaste, like biting into a big juicy cherry

Overall, another great beer by Unibroue. Rivals La Fin du Monde as my favorite from them. Affordable and delicious.

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Photo of Franz4
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice

A- pours dark, opaque no head only a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Slightly vinegary with some apple and raisin to it, very nice nose.

T- Plums and cherries are present, very nice even taste, almost a rum-like quality to it in the finish.

M- Very light, more refreshing than I anticipated.

O- very nice brew, another solid offering from Unibroue. This would make a nice close to the evening and could be well received by craft and non-craft drinker alike.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark woody brown with thickness towards the middle of the glass. Off white to brown head of foam. Solid lacing, solid head retention.

S: Fruity/grainy smell. I seem to find all of unibroue's beer to smell the same, and if its all the same yeast then possibly thats what im getting (except for the ephemere's).

T-M: Also tasted somewhat distinctly different from the others which I have always had a sense of being too similar. This one was sweeter and richer with a heavyness to it in the throat. Hops came at the while the boozy quality was in the middle. The fruit and sweetmalts were in the nose. dont know why i did that backwards.

D: Very nice. Possibly my favorite now that i know how close fin du monde is to it but with a better body.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,948 ratings.
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