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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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -2.6%
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 -4.3%
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 -3.8%
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 -7.8%
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 -7.3%
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 +5.9%
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 +0.5%
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 -16.8%
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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Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Murky brown color with a short dirty white head the quickly only barely covered the surface. Lots of bubbles coming to the surface.

Wow. Aroma powerhouse. Malt, bread, yeast and dark fruit. Well balanced.

Nice malty flavor, brown sugar and a cider taste. Interesting, but good.

The body is a lot lighter than expected from the smell. Also light carbonation makes this an easy drink.

Overall a rich but not overpowering strong ale. A real nice balance between malty and lightness.

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Photo of robnews
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle chilled at 4C.
Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

Gorgeous deep dark brown color with slightly off white head. Fine bubbles, not super velvety though.

Great smell, slight Belgian yeast, almost like Cola.

The taste is sweetness and very fine carbonation up front, followed by Belgian sweet yeast and comforting warming from the alcohol.
Quite impressive really.

Slight bitterness on the tail end, with figs and bready notes.
Not overly malty but very rich.
The warming lingers with a nice aftertaste. Such a fine beer, complex and refined. Excellent!

I've waited almost a year for this, absolutely fantastic!

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

I got a bottle of Trois Pistoles for $3.29 at The Lager Mill the other day. I tried this brew a year ago and I thought it was pretty good so lets see what I think of it now. Best buy date of 12-03-12. Poured from a foiled 12oz brown bottle into a goblet.

A- I like the label a lot, it has a cool fantasy medieval look to it. It poured a nice hazy dark brown color with three fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end.

S- At first I pick up some medium roasted malts that have an earthy, grainy and sweet aroma to it. There is a large prescence of dark fruits in this beer, lots of figs, plums and a little bit of raisin. There is also some typical spice from the Belgian yeast, smells just as good as I remember it.

T- That taste has some moderate sweetness to it along with a slight bit of tart sourness. The malts impart a little bit of caramel but the main player in the flavor is the dark fruits, pretty much all of the ones I picked up in the aroma are in the taste along with the spices from the yeast. I pick up some candied sugar along with some slight bitterness and a presence of alcohol on the finish. It is balanced but not as complex as the nose led me to believe.

M- A little on the thick side for being medium bodied with a pretty dry finish. It had a nice amount of carbonation that suited this beer.

Overall this was a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I had Hell Hath No Fury yesterday and it was just about as good but this one was a lot more traditional and truer to it's style. Everything was pretty spot on for the style with the aroma being the highlight of this beer. This brew didn't disappoint and was about as good as I remember. I would for sure buy this beer again, its a nice beer to have on hand. If you like Belgian beer you will like this one. A good well rounded beer from Unibroue.

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

Found in a 750ml bottle at Argonaut in Denver's Capitol Hill.

Pours a nearly opaque plum colour, fuzzy with suspended yeast. Some head which fades but leaves behind noticeable lacing.

Smells delicious...all sorts of fruit and nut notes, very complex, almost overwhelming but in no way overpowering. One sniff only makes you want to tip your glass a little further back. Which I did...

Tastes quite like it smells, with well-balanced tastes from all over the spectrum...cinnamon, nutmeg, dried fruits and dates. Even a bit of licorice. Bottom line, it tastes very, very good, and feels adequately thick but again, not overwhelming on the palate.

This is one of my favourite beers of all time (so far haha). It's a sipping beer, layered and complex. And did I mention it's 9%? If you can find this beer, it's not one to miss.

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Photo of imbibehour
2.77/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled dated best before date of 09-08-13 (9th Aug 2013? or is that 2009-Aug-13th??). If it's the latter, then this review might explain what happened.

Out of the bottle a stupid amount of carbonated noise. Head is a light tan but goes fast. The brew doesn't even leave a collar (there is one in my bottle though). Body is a real nice dark cherry it almost resembels wine, but that's because there is NO head on this or even a collar at all. Not that impressed here, looks like dead on arrival. But hey... best before 2013 so no excuses guys, so review is onward. Final pour on slow brings the collar finally!

Nose is small, box grape sweet Welches juice and powedered dry yeast. Doesn't seem too bad, after some smells and whiffs it's actually kind of nice, I feel like I am in wine mode here. I'll go with this yeah sure.

First taste... is gaseously awful and off putting. But strangely, another sip and it comes out much improved and that burn is never felt again. Sweet mild chocolate and that cheap Welches Concord like grape taste again. Mouthfeel has some coating quality and minor chewy-ness. Pricklyness and gas subsides and goes to an almost tannic dry mouth in the front. have to admit after some time this gets ALOT better...

What the heck is it with Unibroue and these beers sometimes? They seem either really great or incredibly.. bad isn't the word.. it's more as if they are dysfunctional. This one... hard to put into words, but I know I wont be having it again (except maybe on tap if I don't have a choice). Still... doesn't stop me from trying their goods!

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Photo of trappistlover
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle at Sean's Unibroue tasting). Pours caramel color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel and anise which is really nice. Taste is sweet like a tootsie rol. Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel. I forgot how good this beer is. This is a really nice beer.

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Photo of Quaxile
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a bottle.
Appearance was almost black. Silky and delicate.
Smell is bright and pungent. Alcohol mixes well with the malt.
No off flavors. Great taste and balance with the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is crisp and fresh.
I love this beer and it is in my top ten.

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

A: pours a very dark brown, near black. at the edges of the glass it shows a orange to light brown color. ample white head is produced which recedes to a small pool.
S: sweet on the nose with a bit of sourness. Cherries, caramel, raisins, and a bit of a wine like nose
T: A whirlwind of flavors from this beer with some cherry like flavors and some sourness. Mostly fruity flavors from this one with a hint of caramel. Aftertaste leans toward the bitter side and doesn't linger for long leaving the mouth wanting another sip.
M: Prickly carb with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Not too heavy and not too thin.
O: A damn good beer from Unibroue. I could drink this until I passed out. It's a bit too high in ABV to session but it is most definitely pleasant to drink and the alcohol is hidden quite well.

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Photo of Roke87
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle, chilled, and poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown in colour, not completely black but on the darker side, has a good 2 fingers of light cream coloured head, which slowly dissipates to a good sized lace, leaving minimal spotting throughout the glass.

Smell- Is very interesting and there are a lot of different flavours going on here, right off the bat you get some licorice, definitely some dark fruit smell and spice in there.

Taste- Is definitely spice and licorice right away, minimal fruit flavours in the taste and finishes with more licorice.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied on the pallet, with good carbonation, and finishes with more licorice taste that lingers till the end.

Overall- Haven’t had a beer yet from Unibroue that didn’t almost completely knock my socks off and this one is no different, a great smelling, great tasting dark ale that has all the qualities of a world renowned beer. If you’re a fan of darker ales and have this readily available, pick it up, you won’t be disappointed, and at the 9% ABV it goes down very smooth.

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

On-tap at the Yard House in PBG, FL. Served in a goblet.

Appearance - Dark red, nearly black with no head by the time it got to my table. No lacing. Doesn't look like it has much carbonation.

Smell - Delicious smell. Figs and dark fruit. Some caramel malts and the typical candi sugar smell. My friend smelled coffee, but I did not.

Taste - The taste isn't as impressive as the aroma. Some aromas translated into flavor: the figs and other fruits and the belgian candi sugar. A bit of licorice in the finish. Just not as complex as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied for such a strong beer. Probably from the added sugar. Low carbonation and a very dry finish. I wish it had been a bit thicker.

Overall - Tasty, but nothing I'd order again (especially at $7.50 a Finished the glass easily without feeling as though I had drank a 9% alcohol beer.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow oh wow this beer is the bomb!

the appearance is dark ...not midnight black but it is dark....with a nice head...and no lacing

the smell is of dark fruits....there is an astringent smell almost i said almost reminds me of vinegar not quite though...

the taste is full flavored to say the least! ever so slightly bitter but not quite...i taste a dark fruitiness...

the feel is very dry....nicely carbonated...

overall i aged this beer almost a year and it was def. worth it!

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Photo of animalchin
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a chalice. Freshness date says good until 2013.

A - A complex and layered array of dark caramel brown with a nice lighter outline around the chalice. A nice thick head resides for sometime, but then dissipates into a mere layer with some sporadic and circular lacing about the glass.

S - Dark and fruity malty characteristics followed by a more sweeter, yet spicy action. The sweetness consists of raisin and caramel, with the spice being clove.

T - A bittersweet introduction (literally speaking) - definitely very aggressive upfront with all kind of malt and spice taking action. Hard to say where to begin with the characteristics; has all of the basis of a Belgian dark ale - plum, raisin and the stickiness of caramel with the bitterness of cocoa.

M - Very murky and chewy, with very minimal activity as far as carbonation is concerned.

O - Probably one of the finest beers I've ever reviewed. I admire a brewers ability to keep me guessing and finding new traits in their beers with each sip, and this one is no exception. This work speaks volumes about the style, and truly brings out characteristics that one may not often come across.


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Photo of DCon
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4-pk of this beer from Gabi's Wine & Spirits on Manchester Road in Manchester, MO. Poured into my Schlafly Tulip glass and has a BEST BEFORE 09-08-13 on the back.

Appearance- Pours a Deep Brown with 2 finger, Tan head. Decent Retention with almost no lace on the sides, just Islands of leftover head.

Smell- I can smell a huge amount of Cherries at first, and then there are notes of cinnamon and prunes possibly? Great!

Taste- Very fruity upfront taste, has a darker taste then with a prune type of taste and then has almost a grainy/sawdust finish. Such a complicated and complexed beer. Very good as well.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High amount of carbonation and a warming feeling all the way through.

Overall- A very nice ale! I wouldn't be able to drink all night, but enjoyed thoroughly. I would say the La Fin Du Monde is still more of a favorite for me but this one was also a hit for me. I like how all the ales from this Brewery are very complexed and are presented well. Will be having more!

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off tap, pours a muddy rust color with a creamy white head that dissipates to a thick skin. Minimal lacing.

Aromas and flavors of dried fruit ranging from blood oranges to cranberries.Lavender accentuates a flowery presence.

Med to full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, with some stickiness.

Really enjoyed this brew, nice complexities and great balance.

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Photo of bobhits
3.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep dark reddish brown color (right on for the style), but a terrible head that quickly vanishes. Bland.

The aroma is of dark fruits, some spice, and perhaps a hint of alcohol. There isn't much aroma and it's hard to pick up anything here. Bland.

A somewhat complex mix of fruits, figs, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol. That sounds good, but it's not overly flavorful and once again pretty bland.

Carbonated enough I suppose, but somewhat thin and watery for the style.

Really this beer is an A-? There are just so many better beers in this style....from all over the world even.

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass, from Trader Joe's Unibroue 4-pack variety pack.

A: Deep brown with ripe cherry red tones. Thin head, with nice swirling patterns on top.

S: Medicinal, herbal, grassy, a hint of menthol iciness, like a cough drop almost. A hint of tart cherries. A very earthy effervescent scent this has.

T: The medicinal aspect hits at first but the taste has a beautiful cadence which heads from earthy medicine to ripe cherries and mild spices. There is a savory finish to this which is really impressive. Tart cherries are the capping flavor which is absolutely delicious, yum.

M: Lightly carbonated, even keeled, feels excellent on the inside of the cheeks, sweet and well balanced, slightly bready.

Overall, I am extremely impressed with this beer on what is my first tasting. Unibroue rules and this beer is no exception. I see this as a winter beer , and look forward to having this with a rich meal in the colder months next year, (even though it is in the 30s in late March right now.)

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