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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Ratings: 4,982 |  Reviews: 2,036
Photo of SebD
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: : It has a very nice dark brown almost purple colour to it. It has a nice off white/beige head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing all the way through.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of chocolaty malts, spices, fruity notes and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice dark fruit taste along with a yeast taste. The malts have a nice sweet roasted/chocolaty character and the hops bring no bitterness. The spiciness of the beer also adds to the great taste and balance. The flavours are definetly very complex.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with an incredible balance of flavourrs. It has a nice smoothness to it and leaves your mouth full of numerous flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. The complexity of this beer definitely hides some of the alcohol. It's an overall great, tasty, complex and distinctive Ale. Unibroue has impressed me once again.

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Photo of Charlotte09
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown cloudy color comparable to a cola. Head is about a finger-width thick and a creamy beige color.

S: Smells lovely of dried fruits such as raisins, apples, and spices along with some roasted malts.

T: Very fruity taste, upfront apples and raisins, followed by some roasted malts again and a hint of molasses. Alcohol is pretty well balanced.

M: Mouth feel is very smooth, pretty light body with some slight fizzy carbonation but not overpowering.

O: Overall this beer is quite enjoyable to drink. Love the variety of subtle flavors keeps me interested and wanting to try more. For a Strong Belgian Dark Ale this one is very easy and nice to drink.

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Photo of wrightro07
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown with a orange/reddish hue. A white fluffy head that retains really well.
S: Strong Belgian yeasts and malts leaving many fruity subtle fruity smells.
T: The taste is really good. It has a light fruit taste from the yeast and malts with a complex aftertaste. It reminds me of some of the better Belgian strongs I had while I was in Belgium.
M: Light to moderate body with large bubble carbonation.
O: Overall I like this is a good Belgium Strong worth trying if you are a fan of the style.

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

Tried at 60 degrees from a 12 oz. brown bottle.

A: Pours with a nice thick tall head. Decent amount of lacing with halo rings around the glass + 2 mins after pour. The body is dense and opaque with the color of molasses.

S: Smells of clover grass and horse blanket.

T: Sour cherry and toffee on the front, pumpernickel bread in the middle. Hops offer no bitter resistance. Dry, slightly sour finish.

M: Medium-full bodied. Decent carbonation on the front but dies out fast. Alcoholics present throughout and noticeable. Very warming.

O: Good, just not quite the orgasm in a glass that everyone else seems to think about this beer. The slightly sour cherry flavor isn't a fave of mine. I enjoy La Fin Du Monde much better.

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

a - this was possibly my favorite aspect of the beer. deep brown, a hint of dark purple, with an off white, 1 1/2 finger head. tons of bubbles flowing up from the bottom. there was also lots of lacing left as the beer disappeared.

s - delicious. i could tell i was in for a treat. dark fruit, prominently raisins, topped with yeast.

t - the taste followed the smell. raisiny, heavy on the yeast. a bit of sweetness, no bitterness to speak of.

m - medium. a little too carbonated for my liking at first, but that tapered off after five minutes or so.

o - a very good beer, love this style. i'm definitely planning on purchasing more of this in the future, possibly aging a couple of bottles as well.

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Photo of JMad
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip...

The beer is a very dark brown with mahogany on the edges of the glass. The head is off white and extremely lofty, it stuck around throughout the process. The beer smells of orange and grape and has a bit of sourness to it. First you taste fruits such as dates and plum, a smoothness washes over the tongue leaving a sweet, bready aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied with lots of soft carbonation, does not have a dry finish. This beer is a must dry, Unibroue has failed to disappoint so far.

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Photo of Duckmancgy
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle to snifter.

I don't know what to say except I have a new favorite. This beer is simply outstanding in my mind. More like a fine wine then a beer actually.

Upon opening the nose is treated with a slightly alcoholic smell paired with ripe fruit and spices. Pours a gorgeous dark brown with easily a 2 finger tan creamy foam head.

**be sure to try this slightly warm as the flavours truly develop when warmed**

First taste brings on spice and fruit, carries on a very warming feel to the mouth. The snifter, I think brings out a depth of flavour that would be lost in a normal pint glass. Simply delightful as I continued to drink the beer. If you hold it in your mouth a bit you find a caramel flavour enveloping the tongue with the small bubbles as they dissipate across the mouth.

Easily a drinkable beer with a meal or just sitting around enjoying the company of friends. The Unibroue site has a pairing section for this and their other beers, but really a good glass and some friendly conversation would work for me!!


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Photo of ssuggs01
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trois Pistoles is a deep brown color, almost black except for around the edges. Off-white head transitions nicely into a moderate head and patchy lacing. Smells of wet malts, some zesty citrus hops. Bitter yeast scents and dark fruits. Taste is spicy and alcoholic is hot. Some sweet plums and cherries but the bitter hops keep this under control. The hops are very zesty and herbal but the aftertaste is bitter.Mouthfeel could use to be a little smoother. The alcohol is very prevelent and this takes away from the drinkability. This is a belgian strong dark that represents the style very well although I did wish Trois Pistoles was a little more balanced.

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Photo of Brunite
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark molasses colored with ruby edges. Lots of carbonation and a decent head.

Smell: The closest beer I've had that smells like sherry. Lots of dark fruit notes. Some spiciness and earthiness from the Belgian yeast strain.

Taste: Initially a bit fizzy but a few swirls and the carbonation lets up. There is a sherry-like quality to this one. Crisp yet complex.

Mouthfeel: Very good. A bit thinner than medium. Almost like a dubbel.

Drinkability: A definite sipper but the alcohol is well hidden. A pleasant drink. Will have again.

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

A: date or raisin in color, one finger head is gone in a flash, streams of carbonation, thin lacing.

S: floral, kind like honeysuckle or jasmine nectar, Fabuloso cleaner (the Mexican one), plums and dark pit fruit

T: the familiar trappings of a Belgian: bubble gummy yeast, sweet sweet malt, a slight sourness, bananas, apricot, vanilla--a little like bourbon--red grapes, brown sugar.

M: medium body, smooth carbonation, though it does go a little flat, warming alcohol definitely matches up with that ABV.

D: a pretty delicious, though a little too sweet for my tastebuds, but it's definitely a legit BSA.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darkish brown with an off-white head. The best part of the appearance is the wonderful lacing. The bubbly lacing sticks to the glass with ease creating exciting patterns.

This smells of red grapes, funk, brown sugar, cat hair, and dark fruits.

The overall taste is that of mildly sour dark fruits, metal, brown sugar, and mild yeasts.

The highlight of the mouthfeel is the drying in the end. It feels light in the mouth despite the abv.

Overall, this is very drinkable and very tasty for the style.

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Photo of ebby82
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, plum color into a tulip glass with a minimal head.

Aromas of fruit, belgian yeast, and perhaps a bit bready.

Taste of fruits, and belgian yeast. I really like this beer, but I'm not quite sure how to describe it.

A very good beer, I just wish I had a better way to describe it.

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

12oz bottle (best by 11/24/13) poured into a Tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark and cloudy cola brown beer with a light tan head, a persistent 1/16" thick after dying down from a 1/4" start. Delicate but persistent and extensive lacing noted in islands and strands. Really surprised me with how dark it was upon pouring.

Smell: Yeasty, malty, and loaded with dark fruit smells (plums, prunes). Very appealing in that combination - makes me think of a plum danish.

Taste: Sweet malt dominates with more of the fruit flavors (plums, maybe sour cherries) and some caramel notes. Surprisingly crisp and clean finish with all that sweetness going on. Not cloying - just well on the sweet side of things but with my sweet tooth this is fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Crisp spicy carbonation on the tongue followed by a very smooth beer gliding over the tongue and down easily. The carbonation is lingering a bit on the tongue after the swallow, so while it cleanses the palate, it's maybe a bit too scouring. But that smoothness of the beer - wow that's good.

Drinkability: Oh man is this a dangerous one. The alcohol is so well hidden I could see having two of these in no time and then realizing how much alcohol I've just had. I could drink this all on its own but in this case, I had it with a meal, which it went really well with - cinnamon + curry beef stew over couscous. I could easily have this again and again. Amazing beer.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second in my four part review of a Unibroue beers I haven't had in ages (thanks to the $7.99 4pack at Trader Joe's). I have a Trois Pistoles sign hanging in my room.

Pours pretty in line with all of Unibroues; Nice puffy carbonation producing a good head that dissipates moderately leaving a nice thin lace. Deep amber/purple, very nice looking though a little thin perhaps.

Lots of dark berry in the nose with a touch of the 9% on there.

Nice berries, banana, and some bread/sourness. It feels empty somewhere through a sip but there's nice carbonation at the end.

At no point is the 9% aggressive and the nice sweet balance of fruits and malts makes this a good compliment to a slightly spicy meal.

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

Reviewed from notes 2/16/11:

Appearance: dark brown with 1 finger tan head full of large bubbles.

Smell: sour, dark fruits,

Taste: grapes, sour, sweet, does not linger

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, fresh, medium body,

Drinkability: A very nice belgian dark that hides the alcohol very well.



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

Another "ale on lees" by Unibroue. Before I die, I want one of these to be one of many that I try before I croak.

A: Dark, dark, dark, dark, dark... almost opaque amber color with a big massive mocha head that hung around for a bit.... then disipated.

S: Very dark, with every non-citrus or berry fruit under the sun and more: dates, raisons, black cherries, champagne, and red wine.... for starters.

T: Everything on the nose + more. The cherry element was particularly present on the end of the taste. Wow!

M: Thick enough for the style. Fruity as hell, but once again... dark, dark, DARK FRUIT. The carbonation was champagne-like, and (as with most Unibroue beers) the highlight of the session.

D: For a 9% ABV beer, this was fantastic and one of my favorites from the renowned brewery.

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

Extremely dark brown, with a tan head. It's darker than a lot of Belgian Strong Dark Ales, almost like a porter, but it pours thinner. Decent looking beer.

Aroma is that of overripe apples with a bit of lemon and floral hops -- just enough to brighten the ripe apple.

The predominant flavor is Belgian yeast phenols & esters, fruity spices. No roast flavors at all. Some brown sugar sweetness, and an assertive carbonation bite on the tongue. Little bit of alcohol at the end, but just barely there. Very drying at the end, too.

Mouthfeel is complex -- thin at first drinking with very high carbonation. Then you swish it round your mouth a bit and it foams up into a big, rich mouthfull of beer. A nice drinking beer -- both complex and highly drinkable.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=Pours a dark brown color with a 2 finger head that has excellent retention. Decent lacing, one of the best looking beers I have seen in awhile
S=Lots of fruit hits the nose first, with a bit of yeast. Nothing too complex, but very pleasant.
T=Cherry, figs, plums, dates, caramel malt. Notes of banana as well, and candied fruit stands out in the aftertaste.
M=Light in the body, moderately carbonated
D=Excellent taste and lighter body make this downable

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

I don't know what it is, but if it says Unibroue on it I love it. Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Dark brown color with an awesome head. Smell was bready with just a touch of hops. Taste was similar to other Unibroue's which must be why I like it so much. Mouthfeel was medium-heavy and drinkability was easy for such a strong brew. Nice stuff.

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

Silver outlined label shows trois pitoles (three pistols) black on on crazy background. Very cool label. Always poured from a bottle into various glassware - this particular review based on a pilsener glass (sue me).

I found this beer has become one of my regulars. It's just outstanding to this reviewer's taste in every way and very drinkable.

The smell is just downright exceptional. It's bready, fruity, sweet and tart at the same time. It's a bit champagne but I just attribute that to the hints of dark fruits and spices. I did not think the head thin by any means and it pleasantly throws the aroma straight into my nose.

Taste does not disappoint and is noble and well done. It's dark enough but not heavy on the tongue. It tastes like it smells. Delicious and properly spiced, fruity breadiness.

Drinkability is very good as most belgian-style ales are.

The alcohol? It's present - but not enough to be remarkable in any way to this reviewer.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy brown color, with a very foamy off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of ripe fruit immediately, followed by a slight alcohol smell.

T - Mellow for a dark ale, but good malty-fruit flavor with a slight dry finish. Strong alcohol on the front. The Belgian yeast rounds out the flavor nicely, but with no real lingering finish like promised on the bottle.

M - Light-medium mouth feel. Very bubbley; almost champagne-like. I expected a little fuller mouthfeel from this dark ale.

D - It's a good beer, very drinkable, but it just seems like there's not enough there to make me wanna have another one.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The more and more I try strong Belgium ales, the more I enjoy their complexity.

The initial pour was uneventful, it poured a nice dark brown/black with a good white creamy head. The aroma did not show any hops, but I got a strong pleasant amount of yeast. I might have detected a bit of orange and also some wooden oak.

The taste was very clean, no hops, just a good mouthful, a bit malty (or perhaps yeasty) What I found really great about this Ale, was the LOOONNNNG aftertaste. The taste lingered on and on, and it was something that you almost didnt need to take a second sip, since the first was was taking care of everything

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Photo of evanlarkin
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, similar to the color of the bottle. Through light more of a Dr. Pepper type color. That's also consistent with the head, which dissipated very quickly and left minimal lacing.

Belgian candy and a grapey flavor sticks out. It smells kind of like a dry champagne. I always find Belgian smells exciting, and this is no different.

Again, the flavor initially reminds me of a dry champagne. It gives way to dark fruit flavors and oranges. Lots of orange actually. Imagine a dry mimosa in a glass. Very different.

Bubbly and tingly. I have to make a champagne comparison for the 3rd category in a row.

Not 100% to my taste when I'm looking for beer, but I can certainly enjoy it. I see it as a solid Belgian style beer that lots of people who may not normally like beer could enjoy.

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

Poured into a tall wiezen glass.
The beer actually looks a little darker than the bottle.
Creamy, tan 2 finger head that never wanted to recede.
Didn't think I could wait. Nice creamy lacing.
Nose wafted of Belgian candy, brown sugar and of course a bit of alcohol at 9%.
The taste was a hint of sweetness with a dark fruity taste that was similar to raisins and dates or figs.
Carbonation spiraled from the bottom of the tall glass feeding bubbles in the head. At one point, this resembled a tan merangue head.
I actually enjoyed this beer more than the other unibroue offerings. The taste wasn't too sweet and it dissipated soon after without leaving any funky after notes. I am a fan and think that there aren't too many other beers that hide the alcohol as well. I didn't really get a taste of alcohol even though I detected it in the nose. It would be easy to go overboard.
I will continue to sample this one. Cheers.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.27/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap (or maybe cask, the menu wasn't clear) at Dek's in Rocky Point, NY. Served in a Trois Pistoles glass.

Look: reddish brown, almost purple, body. Its quite pretty but there's no head at all and consequently, no lacing. This might be an issue with the place but I'm not sure since a few other reviews I'm looking at indicate no head formation or lace.

Smell: caramel with some dark fruit, like fig, plum and dates. Bits of spiciness but that is subdued. The nose isn't as strong as I would like for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Its good but not great.

Taste: follows the nose. Dark fruit, plums, dates and figs, a bit sweet, dark caramel. Really, there's not a whole lot going on and those familiar, Belgian flavors I am looking for simply aren't there. A bit disappointed in this one. Not to say its bad but its certainly nothing impressive.

Feel: really, this is the biggest short coming of this beer. The body simply isn't style appropriate or pleasing in any way. It is way too thin, which is exacerbated by the fact that it isn't carbonated very well. Its way too light for the style. I understand that Belgian Dark Strong Ales aren't supposed to be big, thick or chewy, but this is thin even for the style. The body feels almost like its lightly carbonated fruit juice, not a beer.

Drink: I deliberately went slow on this, hoping to pick out some nuances as I went, but you could drink this easily if you wanted to. The light body helps with this. The question is, would you want to? For me, I wouldn't.

Overall, this was my first Unibroue beer and I was a bit disappointed. This beer just wasn't anything I look for in a Belgian Dark Strong. Maybe it was because it was on tap, but I've had BDSAs on tap before and loved them. Perhaps I'll give a bottle of this a try after I give some of Unibroue's other beers a chance, just going on Unibroue's reputation. Cheers!

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