Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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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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Photo of coronajm
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as part of a mixed twelve from my uncle this Christmas. Thanks Unc!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a newly acquired snifter from Pier 1 Imports

A- Pours a cloudy dark brown/reddish color with a finger and a half of off-white foam. Leaves some traces of lace on its way down.

S- Dark dried fruits... prunes and raison, and some yeastiness.

T & M- Im getting dark fruits and powdery, bready Belgian yeast. A bit of alcohol warmth on the way down, but overall well-masked. Medium-light body with nice smooth, crisp carbonation.

D- Body is light enough to drink a few, but i think the powdery yeastiness would have me limit this beer to one or two in a sitting.

This is my third Unibroue and I would place it the same, behind La Fin du Monde and Maudite. Definately enjoyable, however.

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Photo of bgildea
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice murky brown with very little tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Very nice strong aroma of a typical Belgian beer. The sweet smells makes it very appetizing.

T: Very excellent taste. Starts off with a sweet flavor of figs and dates maybe. The sweetness gives way to a more malty body and is followed up by a slight bitter finish. The bitter finish also has hints of the initial sweet flavor. Overall, it's a great balance of flavors.

M: Pretty thin beer. I was hoping for more, but when pooring, I pretty much expected a thin beer.

D: Very drinkable beer. Great taste, I could definitly drink a couple of these.

Overall: Overall, the beer was exceptional. I would highly recommend this beer to any beer drinker, you will not be disapointed.

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Photo of scarfield
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle from Sampler Pack (Christmas Present!!!)
Best Before Date of 7/14/12

Appearance- Pours a muddy brown color with some sediment and a khaki head of half an inch that settles down with time. No lacing.

Smell- Sour Fruit, Banana, Raisin and funky yeast dominate the smell.

Taste- Lots the aforementioned fruit come through in the taste as well, a very malty, yeasty taste with a bit of alcohol and breadiness as well. Aftertaste is where alcohol comes through

Mouthfeel- Thick and almost chewy due to the bready malt, although not in an unpleasant way, dryness leaves me wanting more.

Drinkability- Astoundingly drinkable for a beer of 9% abv. I would not hesitate to purchase and drink more of this.

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Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A fingers worth of audibly fizzy eggshell colored head quickly fades leaving no lace and only a highly uneven lopsided snow drift like ultra creamy collar... Rapid streaks of carbonation begin towards the top of the snifter and cling to the sides of the snifter... The color is a deep dark murky brown...

S - Raisins... Fig... Some brown sugar... Toasted bread undertones... Nuttiness... Caramel... Toffee... A touch of peat... A touch of spice... Perhaps even a hint of smokiness...

T - The Belgian yeast assets itself on the start... It mixes wonderfully with the raisin, toffee, and brown sugar notes... A strong under current of toasted malts... A faint hint of booziness... Some subtle spice notes...

M - Medium bodied... Moderate to heavy carbonation bristles at the tongue... A touch of lushness... The finish is a bit dry... Overall a tad bit harsh...

D - A very sophisticated and worldly sipper of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale... Not bursting with aroma or flavor, but its there and it is very well executed... A very nice offering from Unibroue...

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Photo of is11amtooearly
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Burnt caramel. In December lighting, almost opaque. 1 finger of head.

S:Slightly sweet, mellow, mysterious. The smell makes me want to take that first sip to find out what's inside.

T: Subtle sweetness, faint alcohol bite.

M: No thickness, slightly carbonated, clean finish.

D: I still remember my first sip several years ago.

One of the easiest beers to drink at this level of intensity. A great break from all the IPA's I've been drinking.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost a dark raisin in color. Big light tan "collar", about 3 fingers. Dissipates quickly though.

Raisin, plums, and other dark fruits. Sort of a yeasty funk, with some breadiness and sweetness.

Slightly yeasty tart at the start, moves to lots of dark fruits and malt sweetness. Chocolate dipped raisins would be a good descriptor. Finishes clean.

Creamy, medium in body, smooth, not lingering, clean, lower carbonation.

Good drinkability. A couple would be great. Another solid Unibroue beer...definitely my favorite.

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

A: dark brown; black without light and a dark reddish brown with light shining through; highly carbonated; small whitish head that reduces to a nice white lace

S: not too sweet; pleasingly balanced; not intensely strong; very yeasty

T: again not too sweet; yeasty and complex, but not as complex as La Fin Du Monde; a little fruity but not in a fresh way (definitely aged)

M: thin; not sticky; clean finish that's unusual with such a strong beer

D: very drinkable for something that looks and tastes so intense; I could have three

I liked this quite a bit. My only real complaint would be, "not as good as La Fin Du Monde"! I prefer the golden cloudy yeastiness of La Fin. This is much darker, but not thicker or more filling. A very nice beer. I would definitely get this again as part of a mixed six, and I'd like to try it on tap if ever I see it.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Trois Pistoles | 750 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Unibroue
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale (BDSA)
Glass: Duvel tulip

Detailed, dark-hued artwork depicting three steeples of a church and a pegasus in the background. The symbolism is confusing to say the least.

From smoking *pop* to a turbulent, frothing head, this brew looks vicious. It settles down below an-off white cap; murky, reddish-brown under light.

Grassy and a bit metallic, also spritzy.

Heavy toasted undertones slapped with a veneer of molten dark chocolate. It has a balanced spice profile, dark cherries, and caramel mid sip. The finish is sweet and slightly warming from the alcohol. Dry, chalky finish.

The deliciously chewy malt backbone is a pleasure to swish around my mouth. Medium to heavy-bodied.

A very harmonious brew; zen almost. Flavors are rounded but not for lack of flavor. On the sweeter end of the spectrum.

Would I get it again?:
Yes. It's very drinkable, but dense with flavor.

Bottled: ? (best before: 11-03-12)
Served: December 18, 2010

Price = $7.99 at Witherspoon Wines

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Photo of scoots511
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750mL bottle, upon opening the cork did not "pop" off like many belgian beers but was pried off. The carbonation seemed decent but I opened a St. Bernardus afterwards and definately had the strong "pop" when pulling off the cork.

A: Pours like a Belgian, highly carb'd. Surprisingly tannish to whitish head, when swirled or poured it picks up more of the dark beer color then settles out whitish. The head has nice tight bubbles. Color dark brown bronze sides/miniscus turn yellowish when held up to a light.

S: Well-balanced, no overly candied smell, maybe a subtle fruit yeast tone. The smell is calm for a 9% dark ale, no overpowering tones to it.

T: Not high in sweet, malty, or hoppy flavors. Dry wine grape/fruit type flavor, slight earthy tone coupled with a little citrus on the finish. A thin beer, not thick, malty, sugary, or heavy on the stomach which is appreciated for a 9% ale.

M: Thin and smooth for 9% leaves my mouth very slightly dry ready for the next drink

D: I'm already halfway through the 750mL bottle and still studying the great characteristics of this beer. Highly drinkable

Post tasting note: I am a fan of Unibroue and Maudite is their #1 for me but this is a very close second. I was afraid that this would have excess belgian candi sugar flavor or too much of something else but these two beers from Unibroue continue to impress.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this On tap at Instant Replay. Was Poured & served into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance is a light brown with less than an inch of head that fades, leaving some lacing.

Aroma wise, toasty malt, grape, and a hint of caramel. I also pick up stainless steel, or a copper note, basically metallic.

Taste is also white grape, yeast, metal, with a caramel finish. Also pick up some dry fruit.

Mouthfeel seems a bit thin for the style, but goes down easy, despite the abv, which is not really noticeable.

This was not the first time I've had this beer, and it could just be that my palate has changed, this was a bad keg, or just that the bottle is better (which I have also had)

Overall, while this may be harsh, I've had much better for the style, and this time around, I was not impressed. Will update this review the next time I have a bottle for a fair review/comparison.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours somewhere between deep maroon and dark brown. The head is one and a half fingers and is soft and cream colored. Not much light is let through, so carbonation and sedimentation is hard to assess. The aroma is fresh, with esters, ripe bananas, strawberries, clovey phenols, and light spicy malts doing most of the work. There is also the slightest alcohol vapor buzzing off of the surface. The esters are immediately apparent towards the front of the taste, with bitter red grapes as their mate. These mix through the middle with spice and heavy malts. This spice becomes more robust and more clove-dominant as it runs to the finish. Berries, fresh vanilla bean, and faint floral hops see the latter through to the bottom of the swallow. The aftertaste is clean, sweet, and a bit tart, as of fresh raspberries or some kind of citrus fruit. The carbonation is medium to high, but is not offensive. The body is medium, and the mouth is cooled but left slightly dry. It has a satisfying feel. The abv is higher and the beer is quite warming, but the beer drinks well.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the heavy esters and clovey phenols that are predominate in both the aroma and taste. It is highly complex with nice fruity inclusions, and is ultimately a great brew from a fantastic brewery.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.96/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a foil wrapped 341 ml bottle into a signature Unibroue La Fin du Monde tulip glass.

A: Mahogany brown, enormous sudsy slightly off-white head, reddish hues in the light.

S: Dried dark fruits, alcohol esters overwhelm everything that is here, though. Nice subtle malty backbone with some peppery spice. Hops seem to be all but lost.

T: Burnt sugary crust, raisins, figs, overall very "fruity" (dark) profile here. Again, the hops are missing, though I'm not surprised. There's something about this that doesn't sit too well with me, though it may just be not my favorite style.

M: Pretty thin body, though the carbonation gives it a solid medium-bodied feel.

D: Not my style, I'm gathering. This flavor profile is overall too much for me -- the flavors seem balanced but they're not my preference.

I wouldn't buy this one again, but judging the beer for what it is, the mark is pretty dead on for a Belgian Strong Dark. I wish there was something else giving this a bit more depth than is displayed.

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

12oz brown bottle

Trois Pistoles was dark brown with a beige head. The head was rather small and didn't last with very little lacing. The smell was dark malt and some dried fruit. The taste was full of dark malt and fruit flavors with a touch of peppery spice. It finished dry and throat warming. It was medium bodied with fine carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a tasty brew and well worth trying.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
2.79/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola color with scarlet highlights and a two-finger beige head that quickly fades to a rimming of foam. Lacing that sticks. Aroma is truly rank in that it smells like stale vomit.

Taste starts out on a bad note, specifically a metallic one. After that unpleasant introduction, flavors of dark fruit, raisins and plum begin to meld with caramel malts and bittering hops. Alcohol emerges with a decidedly bourbon-based character. Middle moves into suggestions of candied fruit and prunes. Finishes bitter and coarse with a scratch of husky grain.

Rich and full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Complex enough character once the ale eventually warmed, but too many strikes against it to fully embrace this offering.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown with ruby and even purple hues when held to the light. A few finger bubbly tan head that settles quickly.

S - Clove, signature unibroue yeast, plum, rum soaked raisin, fig, brown sugar, even more sweet candied fruits and maybe even a hint of chocolate covered cherry.

T - Spicy unibroue yeast with a rich maltiness, dark fruits that become over taken by a bitter/spicy combo. Toasted bread, candi sugar and more dark fruit. I think the unibroue yeast/carbonation actually take away from the flavor of this one.

M - Medium body with very prickly carbonation scrubbing the palette after each sip. Creamy but I think a touch less carbonation would help out hte flavor.

D - The carbonation makes it feel simpler than it is. There is a lot going on in this beer.

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

A: Beer bours a caramel brown turning black at full depth in a snifter, off-white head dissipates to a decent lace. A little bit of lacing throughout the rest of the drink.

S: Caramel, toffee, some citrus on the nose. Roasted malts and sweetness really come through.

T: Crips and refreshing up front, then the sweetness of the roasted malts come through. Big finish with traces of molasses, caramel, and a sweet fruit.

M: High carbonation and full bodied. Tastes takes a while to hit the palette from the carbonation.

D: Sweetness makes this a slow drink for me, one bomber is my limit here.

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Photo of goalie33
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into 13oz tulip glass.
A: Dark brown with slight red hues around the edges. One finger of off white head.
S: Smells almost like a red wine. Alcohol smell is definitely present along with smells of dark fruit
T: The alcohol on the nose is not present in the taste, but the fruits are also much less potent and only appear on the finish.

This is a solid beer with a great smell but the taste does not match up to it.

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

I poured this 750 ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: clear, dark mahogany color, fizzy tan head quickly falls into a persistent cap, good lacing.

S: clove, nutmeg, raisins, dates, plummy note, and a hint of Belgian funk.

T: dark fruits up front, quickly followed by spicy, ester-like middle, the finish is dry, spicy, and long lasting. I am glad I tasted this so soon after I tried the Rochefort 8. The Rochefort has the richness and the intangibles that make a perfect 5 for taste. Trois Pistoles is close, oh so close, but lacks just that little bit of depth and finesse that makes a good beer a great beer.

M: medium-bodied, silky, moderate carbonation.

D: This is a very good beer, but is not a bargain next to the real (Belgian) thing. I cannot see spending the same money for a lesser beer.

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

341 mL bottle. Bottled M0309 which I assume is December 2009.

A - Almost black but appears a deep amber when held up to light. Thick, creamy, cloud like head that is going nowhere appears beige. Lot's of carbonation. Cloudy. Insane lacing going down leaving layers of foam all around the glass except where I've been drinking. Cap of half a finger of head remains throughout. Great, great, great looking beer.

S - Lot's of yeast. Sort of a molasses character. Lively aroma.

T - Molasses and dates I think. Yeast comes out right before the finish. Sweet in the finish. Lingering dark fruit flavours. Methodical almost.

M - Carbonation is appropriate. Medium bodied. I would expect more body for something like this.

D - I could rock this stuff as a session beer no problem. Delicious. Not overly complex but you get a quality beer and the price is always good.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours with about 2 fingers of thick off-white head. The head stays around for a bit as well. The beer itself is very dark auburn, however, does filter light. Hard to tell carbonation levels.

Smell - strong grape presents as well some nice earthy tones. This beer is a very distinct smell. You can also pick up some hints of spices and faint caramel.

Taste - nice tasting beer that leaves a warm feeling in your throat. The beer really brings fwd the dark fruits as well the earthy tones. There is a slight hint of sweetness, but you gotta go looking for it.

Mouthfeel - the carbonation adds a velvet feel to this beer, really takes over the mouth. The taste of dark fruits as well some burnt caramel comes fwd. The aftertaste remains the same with a warming feel.

Drinkability - This has been a great beer to end a decent beer drinking day! The beer is one id stock for sure and want to share with friends. Canada's struck again with a top beer!

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Photo of hawks10
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - Best before January 16th, 2010 - Probably means this was bottled January 16th, 2009, almost two years old when I drink it - Poured into my Trois Pistoles chalice...

When poured, the beer appears black, but up to the light you see some dark ruby red and plum colors, very nice looking actually. Two fingers of light tan head forms and quickly recedes into a cap of haze, a bit of lacing is left behind...

Aroma is rich with dark ripe fruits, sweet and malty, caramel and toffee. Slightly surprised to smell some hints of chocolate and roasted malts, which cut slightly into the dark fruit/sweet aromas. Just the littlest amount of Belgian yeast spice shows up in the nose as well...

Taste follows nose, sweet, dark fruits and raisins. A little alcohol heat mixes with a strong spice at the tail end. Caramel and chocolate malts really show through in the middle of the drink, slightly bittering the beer a bit and cutting into the sweet (almost too much so) dark fruits upfront. Belgian yeast shows up after a few sips and alcohol starts to show through more and more...

Medium bodied, a bit thinner than I would like, with a good amount of prickly carbonation. Beer still drink slick. A bit of some booze burn towards the end and a slight, weird sweet fruit aftertaste...

Not bad, this used to be one of my favorite beers, haven't had it for about a year, until this review. Can't help but be a little let down by my old standby, sweetness was a bit too much with a weird lingering fruity aftertaste, too thin mouthfeel as well...

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Photo of mikeg67
3.16/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle ---- Pours deep mahogany with a nice, off-white head. Yeasty aroma, with fruity and brown sugar notes. Medium, tart body. Flavor is of yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar and some unpleasant chalkiness. There are much better Unibroue choices.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, super-dark brown - almost completely opaque - with a fluffy creamy head that dies down to moderate lacing over time.

The aroma is dark, fruity and spicy with Belgian yeast mixing in.

Taste is a little sweet, a little bitter, rich, fairly malty and somewhat spicy with a taste of cloves. There's also the taste of dried fruit - raisins and maybe figs.

The mouthfeel is medium, maybe a little lighter than that but with excess carbonation. Creamier would have been better.

It's pretty potent and pretty rich - definitely one a night for these. For that one beer, however, it's pretty easy to pick up and awfully difficult to put down.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - dark as night with an off white head

Smell - malty smell with some spice undertones

Taste - has alot of spice flavor with some sweet fruity tastes as well.

Mouthfeel - medium carbination, a little alcohol burn but not bad just adds to the flavor and pronounces the spices

Drinkability - very drinkable, a heavier beer so it fills you right up

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Photo of BatDaddy
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark caramel cola color with a nice bubbly head. It settles to a fine clinging lacing that hangs around and won't seem to quit.

S - Dark fruits, cherry, hint of alcohol, some grassy herbal-ness, hint of yeast.

T - Sweet malts with some slight chocolate undertones. A little bready with mild dark fruits. A bit of spice. Dry. Lots of complexity rolling around in this one.

M - Dry and bubbly.

D - Very nice. Definitely a sipping beer at 9%, but a fine sipping beer for sure.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,964 ratings.
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