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Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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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Ranking:
#855
Reviews:
2,036
Ratings:
4,984
pDev:
10.87%
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Ratings: 4,984 |  Reviews: 2,036
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, the beer is an extremely dark, almost opaque amber-brown coloring with a bubbly, biege, airy head. On the nose, you get a whiff of the carbonation from the yeast in the bottle, as well as lots of dark fruit sweetness (plums and dates), and a little booze. The beer leaves a great lace along the glass as you move it around and drink. The beer is heavy, but crisp at the same time. Malty sweet flavors, with slight hints of spice to balance. Tastes like coriander, mostly, but it's too subtle for me to be sure. The fruit sweetness is a highlight along the molasses characteristics of the malt. Very heavy and robust flavors, but the light body does well to balance all of this. The aftertaste is extremely mild, with the slightest hint of spice and malt, but only a whisper. Clean, neat finish makes this one an easy drinker.

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Photo of herman77
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours the color of Coke with a light tan head that dies off really fast to nothing. Lots of carbonation bubbles, it pretty much looks like Coke. No lacing.

S: Sweet and fruity (dates, figs, pears) with a bit of that belgium yeast spice.

T: Lightly sweet fruits, dates, pears and figs again with a good amount of carmel malt. Its got that belgium banana, spice yeast thing going on as well. Has a nice malty and slightly buttery aftertaste just like La Fin Du Monde.

M: Medium to lighter body. Really high carbonation. It does have a decent, though light smooth/creamy feel going on.

D: Decent drinkability. Its good, but only something I can have once in awhile and that itch has been scratched after one.

Kind of ironic that this is probably my least favorite beer from Unibroue so far, yet I have the Trois Pistoles goblet.

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Photo of beerlove82
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep Roasted reddish brown with a creamy khaki head.

S: Fruit, Malt, Roasted, fruit, yeast, sorta nutty.

T: Now thats something special! yeast, Roasted malt,

M: Perfect. Carbonation is right on for me, not dry or wet on the pallet.

D: Good with seafood or a steak meal, or just a few by its's self.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance; deep murky brown, almost black. Off-white head transitions nicely. Moderate retention and patchy lacing.

smell; doughy and wet malts, some zesty citrus hops. Bitter yeast scents and medicinal fruits, cough drop-like.

taste; very spicy and alcoholic. Some sweet plums and cherry juice but bitter hops keep it in check. The hops are very zesty and herbal but the aftertaste is bitter overall.

mouthfeel; floury alcohol, typical substance from the brewery. Could be smoother. The alcohol is very warm and the carbonation is grating.

drinkability; Tasyy but the aftertaste and alcohol make it a little much to drink in quantity.

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Photo of mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz into Duvel Tulip.

A- nice 2 finger head. Deep, dark, almost purple-tint to the color. This is what beers in my dreams look like

S- You can practically taste the beer from the smell - dark fruits(plum, raisin, apple?) slightly sour, yeasty, nearly perfect.

T- Just like the smell, but its in liquid form and you can touch it. Perfect mix between alcohol and malt/hops/yeast.

M- Very nice carbonation level, it feels like large bubbles in your mouth briefly and dissolves into a very well balanced feel; not too thick or thin.

D- I've never dared to drink more than one in a sitting, but the goodness of this beer makes it a highly pleasurable experience. One of my favorites in the style.

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

(poured into a tulip glass)
This beer pours a dark brown color with a nice head that sticks around for a bit. A nice bit of banana and clove meets the nose with a hint of caramel. A true Belgium dark, the majority of this beer is spice, banana, chocolate, and coffee.
An excellent example of a Belgium dark ale, Unibrou knows how to make a Belgium-style beer!

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Photo of ferrari29
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip stemmed glass

A - Beer has a dark body and beige head that holds very well; good amount of carbonation

S - Sour notes; malts and yeast smells that produce floral scents

T - Belgian style; spices; yeasty and packed with lots of great Belgian style flavors

M - Thin and effervescent feel on the tongue

D - This beer is a great drink and another quality brew from Unibroue; nice strain of yeast in this beer

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

Unibroue Trois Pistoles, on tap.

Appearance: A dark amber nearing a deep dark ruby in color. Small off white head sticks around for a bit. Looks the part of a Belgian dark.

Smell: White grape juice, accompanied by a light boozy note. More fruity notes as it warms, an overall inviting category making me want to take another sip.

Taste: Dark fruits right up front, raisen, plum and fig are all there. The Unibroue yeast strain is present in most of their Belgian dark ales and this is no different with a juicy fruit flavor. Alcohol is tame but there. Malt provides suggestions of cocoa. Overall a very nice well rounded dark.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium to full bodied feel, carbonation is good. Another winner from the Unibroue line, this is a nice go to beer and is certainly worth the endeavor. Good stuff.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with annoying foil at 48 degrees into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours an opaque dark purple color with a half-finger of dirty white head that recedes to the edges quickly but laces okay.

S: Sweet dark fruits, some light citrus mixed in, grape, and the typical Unibroue yeast character.

T: Sweet red grapes, figs, and plums, peppery spice, coriander, and a faint, dry grape peel finish.

M: It is continuously bubbly with a medium body and long-lasting flavors.

D: This is very port like in flavors and sweetness and is very fruity for its style.

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Photo of silentjay
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours to a deep brown with a dense beach sand colored head that raises to two-fingers, quickly settles to 1 cm and laces averagely.

aroma is spicy and fruity and a bit herbal with not much sweetness being detected at first.

that spicy unibroue yeast arrives first and is then taken over by some unsweetened dark fruits and berries, a bit of roasted malt provides some sweetness and some herbs appear on the finish.

silkly smooth with gentle carbonation, a smooth swallow and a long-lingering aftertaste.

drinks well. nothing spectacular, failing to separate itself from the trademark unibroue yeast profile, but tasty and enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Hasser82
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trois Pistoles was my first encounter with Unibroue and Dark Ale but it will not be my last. I just picked up some Terrible.

12 oz bottle served in a goblet

A: Dark amber color, nice head
S: Strong smell of malt
T: Wow. After the second drink it begins to taste smooth but it has a strong malty flavor.
D: Strong at first but smoothes out and builds in flavor. Very strong beer, hard not to want another.

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Photo of MrWinky
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Nice cola color pour with a root beer-like head that recedes timely

S. Deep malt/yeasty/cocoa...not as overall intriguing as I had hoped.

T. More depth than I thought based on the smell...you notice the alcohol with yeasty tang, get some malty chocolate baking kinda baking with dark fruit notes...

M. Not overly carbonated, not too sharp considering the ABV, and no lingering heavyness.

D. Far too easy...it doesn't hold you down...on tap I'd be in trouble!

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Photo of AdamBear
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with a dark cream colored head. very nice looking. a lot of bubbles visible at the edges, the head stays and there is some lacing.

S-heavy belgian malts. they're a tad sweet but slightly buttery smelling. its not a very complex smell. medium strength.

T-comes in with only a hint of dark roasted belgian malts. Its not as if there is any other taste that gets in the way. Its just the initial taste is fairly weak. The after-taste is my favorite part. Its a long lasting hit of the great dark malts. they're slightly sweet, at least more so than spicy as belgian malts some times tend to be. i feel the malts are laced with salted caramel. This is not a complex offering of the style...but it is a fine example considering.

M-medium to almost heavy carbonation with an extremely smooth finish. very, very light bodied for the ABV.

D-lacking no negative qualities, the is one of the more drinkable strong belgian dark ales that i've tasted. it has a lot of good flavor in a nice light body. in fact, this is almost dangerously drinkable for the ABV, i know i could get the 4 pack of this beer and drink it all in a night and then possibly regret it the next morning.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a chalice glass. Pours a deep black with a half finger creamy light brown head. Nose is like most other Unibroue offerings -- heavy on the plum/raisin with a slight spice and yeast. This one was a little sweeter though, almost as though the fruit were slightly sweetened or barely dessicated. Very smooth and velvety in the mouth with a light carbonation that enhanced the sweetness of the fruit and allowed some spice to develop after. Alcohol was very well hidden again.

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

Pours a very nice deep brown (pretty much black) with a bit of decent head and some decent lacing. Nice deep malty scent, with a slight spiciness in the nose. Excellent deep malty flavor, with excellent hints of roastiness, tastes of fig and plum, and a nice spicy yeast/hop finish. Goes down a bit rough, alcohol heat is noticable, but not bad.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 04-07-13

A- Cloudy cola-brown color with an amber edge to the light. Big dark tan head recedes to a ring but leaves behind copious lace.

S- A blast of Brett-like funk blows right off, rising like a fast clearing curtain, revealing seductive aromas of bananas Foster, allspice, nutmeg, pepper, bread pudding, yeast, dark sweet fruits (figs, Medjool dates), fermenting apples, vanilla, chocolate-coated almonds and cherries. Very nice...

T- Sweet, delicious dark fruits. Brown sugar. Banana bread baked with black, spontaneously fermenting over-ripe bananas, gingerbread.

M, D- Medium bodied. The aroma and flavors tempt drinking. ABV imperceptible.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown, nearly purple, with a cap of creamy beige head.

Smell -- Dark fruit, honeyed biscuit, rum-soaked raisin, toffee, gentle spice. The aroma is quite inviting.

Taste -- Still plenty of dark fruits, especially berries, apple must, cocoa, earthy yeast, clove, coriander. Lingering flavors of plum and coriander.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with ample tight carbonation. Slightly fizzy at the onset, but time makes amends.

Drinkability -- Overall, pretty good. Great aroma, balanced and subtle. A solid drinker that is readily available and at a reasonable price. If only this tasted as good as it smelled...

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Photo of HeightsEats
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The appearance poured into a large snifter was unique, almost black / gray. The smell was largely of alcohol and dark fruit (e.g. cherry). The taste was complex with a clear roasted quality with a bit of sweetness, fruit and alcohol overtones.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin with the alcohol coming through more than it should, making me wonder if there should be a "best consumed AFTER" date on a beer like this. The "best before" date was early April 2013, 26 months off. Yeast flavors were also surprisingly subtle for a Belgian-style beer, making me wonder if the they were still not quite finished working (i.e. if this would have been better six months from now).

Drinkability was what really got to me on this, though. The high levels of not very mellowed alcohol and sugars (and active yeast?) made me a bit queasy halfway through, and, despite having a rye ale halfway through for something cleaner, I never quite finished the glass.

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

Pours a dark cherry red. The one finger head doesn't stick around for long. Fades quickly to a thin lace.

Nose detects mostly raisin and cherry with just hint of alcohol.

Dark fruits emerge as the ale hits the tongue. Cherry, raisin, grape, even caramelized peach give way to a surprisingly warm spice. A terrific balance of tart and sweet. All in all there is a lot going on here.

There is a fun carbonation here. Feel is reminiscent of wine, but there is also a slight creamy feel. Hard to describe, but pleasing none-the-less.

Very drinkable indeed.

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Photo of pjs234
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. It poured a very dark reddish brown, with a one finger head that quickly faded away to a thin lacing across the top of the beer.

S - Although it did not have a lot of aroma, I could detect dark fruits. Also, there was a touch of burnt scent.

T - Taste was complex. Lots of fruit at first, a touch of an alcohol bit/tingle. After swallowing, it leaves a very dry, but strange after taste (almost like a red wine).

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and a little bit of an alcohol bite.

D - Definitely a sipper and very enjoyable.

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

12 fl oz bottle poured into a snifer

appearance - dark burgundy, bubbly foam head, steady wall of lace crawls on the glass

smell - dark fruits, fig, berries, green apple, raspberry

taste - fruity, berries come to mind, alcohol is there but well hidden, very complex, tastes of apples, raspberries, spice

mouthfeel - medium/full bodied, highly carbonated

drinkability - flavorful and complex, would appreciate a bit more body and lower carbonation

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle into my giant snifter. Ohh, I can smell some funky Belgian yeast right off the bat and can tell I'm going to enjoy this beer quite a bit.

It pours a coffee brown out of the bottle, not too dark, but darkens up considerably in the glass. The head was definitely not as big as I expected and attenuated fairly quickly. A complex malt in the nose, but not overwhelming...just well-balanced, with the above mentioned excellent yeast funkiness.

For the high alcohol, it's quite light and spritzy on the tongue, in fact surprisingly so, with earthy soft notes of caramel, but not too sweet. It's not an overly bitter beer, and the malt and yeast take a more dominant character than the hops, but that's about right for this style.

An excellent choice, will definitely drink again.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle to a Duvel tulip glass. This beer pours dark very dark with a thin white head and white bubbles shooting to the top. Almost has the appearance of a dark cola or root beer, and has a nice crackling fizz . The smell on the nose is absolutely amazing, almost like fresh figs and berries chopped and sitting above your upper lip. Very rich,fruity and malty. Very strong spicy sweet, fruity taste with a nice presence of alcohol. This beer is extremely drinkable, delicious.

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