Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

4,955 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 MisterE
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased for $9.99 (12 oz. four pack) at Ward's Supermarket

A: pours a barely translucent mahogany brown with a decent head that rises then slowly fades

S: clean malted grain and fruity ester notes, with alcohol and a pleasant spiciness

T: complex blend of roasted grain, ripe fruit, spices, and subtle alcohol kick

M: plenty of texture and moderate carbonation

D: easy to enjoy more than one, but a little too much alcohol for my taste

I always enjoy the beers from Unibroue. Magnifique!

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Photo of arturorg
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip

A: Dark brown cola like with a finger or two of head off-white in color, slight cabonatation qith a bubbly lace that paints the side of the glass.

S: Kind of sweet brown sugar, no other straight forward smell for me (kind of muddy).

T: Like a digestive drink, alcohol it's very present and leaves a warming feel, it's kind of watery.

Overall: The taste and smell for me were kind of difficult to retrieve but overall it was good, the 9% ABV leaves you a nice buzz and its a very round beer.

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

A - Pours a dark murky brown.

S - Candied cherries, figs, raisins, alcohol.

T - Zesty dark fruit, spicy, peppery yeast, very crisp flavors going on. A simple syrup sweetness pushes towards the end but finishes on the dry side.

M - Strong carbonation. Prickly.

This beer has zip! Nice dark fruit flavors that are tart, rich and sweet without being heavy. I love the dry finish. A very easy drinking beer. Great job!

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Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola brown with light coming through around the edges. There is a rocky beige head that recedes to a thick cap and leaves only traces of lacing behind.

The aroma is very sweet with raisins and candi sugar along with some fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. There is also some licorice and earthy spices.

The taste starts with an initial spicy quick, then transitions to Belgian yeast, caramel and sugar-coated dates. The finish is spicy and has a definite alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel is prickly with strong carbonation and spicy in the finish. Dry and slightly bitter with some wood character as well.

Sweet and spicy with some alcohol burn going down. Enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Westvleteren chalice. Poured a dark brown color with an active tan head to it. The head settled down to form a thin but creamy head covering the top of the beer. Some decent lacing was left on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a smooth and malty sweetness to it. It has a bit of dark fruit to it and a bit of spice as well. Petty flavorful and appealing aroma overall.

The taste is malty sweet with a moderate amount of dark fruit coming through. A little bit of a brown sugar sweetness seems to come through a bit. The finish had some subtle spices to it that blended very nicely into the malty flavors. A little warming alcohol is also present in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side with a nice creaminess. Carbonation is moderate to slightly above average. Drinkability is good, it's a very tasty and easy drinking beer. Very nice version of the style and a nice beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of Luk13
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer that got me into craft.

Dark pour with roasted and fruity aromas that get to your nose by themselves. Coffee, plums, grapes alcohol amongst others in the smell. Taste is rich toasted malt, burnt toast, ripe red fruits and alcohol.

It is a very good beer but not as yet complex as others I have drunk after. Doesn't live up to the memories, but still nice to revisit.

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Photo of Takahiro
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this 330 ml bottle was part of taster's pack bought @ trader joe's.
poured into my duvel tulip glass

apperarence: dark brown to almost black. off white head with 1.5" off white, fine foam. The foam goes away in short while, but not completely.

smell: reminds me of cassis. refreshing cola like smell. bit of lemon/orange peel (some citrus). pine tree.

taste: sweet malty upfront. toffee, prune and caramel. i detect no "bitterness" from hops. fruity like grape taste.

mouthfeel: rather dry. nice digestible, belgian style.

drinkability: not a session beer, but nice an dry. good sipper for sure.

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Photo of joeland
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: a drak brown color with an off white head that stands one finger high.

s: a strong fruit and spice mix with hints of sweet malt.

t: the spices hit you up front then you get the fruity taste with a mix of malty sweetness and citrus hops in the finish.

m: a high carbnation with a medium body.

d: an awsome beer that goes down easy. the 9% abv could sneak up on you.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark plum colored, almost brown, light tan colored head with a solid lacing.

S-huge ripe fruit nose, tons of plums and raisins balanced by citric notes of juicy oranges with light hints of alcohol behind.

T-insanely tasty and sweet, tons of plums and raisins with an underlying notes of yeast, the dark fruits carry through and are backed by a citric presence of ripe juicy oranges and a touch of alcohol.

M-the feel is a little harsh and grainy, the carbonation and strong and tickles the throat like pop rocks, medium syrupy body.

D-this is quite tasty and has a nice balance of a strong fruity malt presence and a nice citric hop finish. it is very sweet and juicy but not cloying at all.

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Photo of nickd717
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review transcribed from notes dated Feb. 2009.

I didn't want to like this stuff after it exploded all over my stuff after a bumpy ride back from BevMo. But it is a solid offering from Unibrow.

Dark reddish-brown with a tan head that takes forever to go down (again, it was shaken up).

Aroma is cola, red wine, raisins, spices, and Belgian yeast.

Has a sweet Coke-like taste with some dark fruit flavors and spices, and the alcoholic kick that you expect from a Belgian strong ale.

Full palate with lively carbonation. Drinkability is not great, but the beer is very enjoyable overall.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a wine-dark ruddy hue. When held up to the light, an opaque core is surrounded by light brown translucence. Some very pretty head clings to the edges of the glass, and intricate lacing decorates the side of the glass.

S: I smell yeast, gentle spice, and fermented grapes. The smell isn't phenomenal, but gets a 4.0 because it is deep and rewarding. A wine-like aroma overall, which I initially dismissed, but continue returning to.

T: Oh, goodness. Better than I had hoped. The smell manifests itself almost exactly in the main body of the beer -- a fruity, winey flavour is emboldened by spices and balanced by a carbonated yeastiness which sticks to the shadows but is definitely present. The aftertaste is light, sweet, and reminiscent of communion grape juice.

M: Slightly sticky on the sides of the mouth and in the throat. Not necessarily a detraction; although it is in the character of the beer, I do not see what it adds to it. Otherwise Trois Pistoles is smooth, with scattered bubbles to provoke the senses.

D: Sweet, but quite drinkable. The 9% is not obvious in the taste, but the similarities to wine foreshadow the blow to come...Trois Pistoles can easily sneak up on you, especially if drinking from a 750mL bottle. I recommended sharing this brew betwixt friends; one glass is more than enough for me.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into glass tulip.

A: Big tight rocky tan head over a bright deep brown body with garnet edges. Good head retention, little lacing, and a thin creamy cover.

S: Pretty complex aroma. Plum, cherry, clove, licorice, and just a hint of booze on the back end if you inhale deeply.

T: Pretty subdued flavor profile, but respectable. Ripe red fruit, with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Only enough hop character to balance the sweetness.

M: Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Crisp. I would prefer a bit more body on this beer, and a bit less carbonation.

D: Great drinkability for a 9.0 abv brew. No noticeable alcohol when you drink, very crisp, and not cloying. Easily enjoyable in volume.

O: Very solid showing from Unibroue, but not one of the top Strong Darks I have enjoyed.

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Photo of nukem5
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich coffee color witha nice tan head.

S: Dark fruit, such as raisins plums cherries are afoot here with some carmel malts.

T: First is the fruity flavors mentioned above then the malty goodness sweeps in, just before the alchohol warms everything up nicely.

M: Medium body with alchohol afterburn, wieghing in at 9 % , you would swear it was more like 12 or 13.

D: Nice to sit down and relax after work. Very good with some sharp cheddar and wheat crackers.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Will list specifics soon)

One of my go to brews, and from my favorite North American brewery.

Hardly anything readily available in bottle for this style has quite as much intensity, complexity, and overall hedonistic appeal as this serious brew.

It's like the dark, hedonistic brew of the gods!

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a happy shade of black with a nice fluffy tan head. Not much lacing, though.

Smells sweet with fair amounts of spice candy, sweet figs, plums, and other fruit. There is a hint of yeasty funk.

Taste follows with a hit of cinnamon that comes in just prior to the sweet plums and candy. This is awesome just after dinner. Nice depth of flavor.

The feel is nice and creamy, yet light and lively. Great carbonation.

This is almost dangerously drinkable. Great depth of flavor and no hint of the alcohol.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750, Trois Pistoles pours a near opaque garnet hue with a tight and persistent light tan head.

Aroma is of ripe, dark fruit, esters and a touch of brown sugar.

The flavor is excellent and only gets better as it warms. This beer is really an exercise in subtlety, with notes of raisin, molasses and toasty, buttery caramel malt, but nothing overwhelming. Everything blends quite nicely here. The label correctly describes this beer as "mellow". The finish is somewhat yeasty and phenolic. The mouthfeel could have used a bit more weight, in my opinion, but the carbonation is right on, and the drinkability is very good: think dark Tripel.

Unibroue makes very drinkable and tasty high-octane ales, and this offering is no exception.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a good sized oatmeal colored head. The head thins out but remains, lacing is pretty good. smell is ok, bit of fruitiness with a malt backbone. The taste is much like the smell, fruity with the sweetness of the malts. There's a lot of stuff going on, and it all plays well off each other. The mouthfeel is good, there's a little bit of heaviness there and the carbonation is good, but maybe a bit too much of it. Somehow even with all of the carbonation it still seems a bit thin. The drinkability is good, it goes down easily with little unwanted aftertaste.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

300th review!

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before 10/1/12.

A: Dark reddish brown body. Big off-white head that soon fades to virtually nothing.

S: Mostly dark fruits with a hint of smoke.

T: Again, big on dark fruits. Some spiciness. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Slightly creamy. Carbonation keeps it rather light.

D: A very decent BSDA. It didn't quite knock my socks off, though. Still, recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark brown color with a good size tan head that stayed throughout the beer. It had a overall fantastic smell. Very heavy and a nice amount of a spicey note, also a little bit of a sweet smell. It tasted light for a belgian strong, but still flavorfull. An easy beer to drink flavor could have been stronger. Overall a good beer, there are better belgian strongs but this is still very enjoyable.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a Chimay goblet. Smells fruity and spicy, like you'd expect (says so on the label). That yeasty-belgiany-fruit flavor, however, it isn't as pronounced as some of the other beers of this style. You can taste the alcohol for sure. Nice and warming. More carbonated than I had anticipated but maybe I'm dumb and haven't had a big Belgian dark ale lately. Sweetness comes out more as the bottle warms.

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Photo of larryi86
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Dark brown almost black with a two finger off-white head.

S- The yeast is the first thing I noticed. Under that I notice hints of fruit, sugar, and roasted malts.

T- Sweet fruit taste is what I noticed first. The yeast comes out in the finish, is not too strong, and is good with the malt.

M- Smooth, silky, but the body is too light for me.

D- Very enjoyable and easy to drink. This would make a great beer to server with a nice dinner. I will be buying this again to age and keep around for something special.

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Photo of Bonis
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark brownish red color into my Chimay chalice. A finger of head quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing. This seems a little dark, then again it is a dark ale.

Nose - Typical Unibroue yeast smells. This one smells sweet, with hints of plums and figs mixing with a generous portion of spices to make for a pleasant yet complex aroma. Alcohol is there but not overly apparent.

Taste - Malty belgian yeasts and spices dominate the taste. As I proceed to drink, the dark fruits come out more and more with each warming drink. Alcohol is well masked in the flavor. This is truly a great tasting Belgian dark ale.

Mouthfeel - Seems to be medium-high carbonated but it sits in the mouth with a particular smoothness. Warm sugary alcohol coat my throat with each gulp. Not bad.

Drinkability - This one isn't as drinkable as many 9% abv beers I have tried, but it isn't bad at all. Seems a little warming at 9% so I probably won't have this one again until it gets a little cooler outside. Overall it was definitely worth the try.

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Photo of jpoder
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favs.

a: very dark, but reddish hue when held to light. kind of cola-ish nice white dense head that fades to 1/4 inch

s: honestly, i don't get a lot in the smell... slight hoppy aroma perhaps.

t: wow...initial taste scream BELGIUM. just has that distinctive belgian taste to it. followed by an array of fruits. alcohol is noticable, but not overpowering

m: very carbonated on the tongue sweet start but drier finish.

d: good...

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Photo of blackc5
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark brown with a meek tan head that fades almost instantly. No lacing. Not much to look at - it just kinda sits there. No visual excitement at all...

S - Strong aromas of dark fruit (cherry and fig) and alcohol. Mild aromas of the yeast.

T - Fantastic - my first sip was a bit too cold, but after warming up a bit this really comes into its own, and I agree that it offers a port-like taste in some ways. I could almost detect hints of grape along with the more prominent dark fruit of figs and plums. Good amount of peppery spice and yeasty. Strong roasted malts of course, and some caramel sweetness also. Lots of alcohol - this one does not hide it.

M - Very smooth with mild carbonation. Finishes a bit sticky on the tongue. Definitely some alcohol warmth in the throat.

D - One of Unibroue's better tasting offerings, I found it quite enjoyable and will come back to this as a great after dinner sipper, or perhaps paired with some figs and cheese. Despite the noticeable alcohol it was easy to finish off.

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Photo of Briken
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown with a tan foamy head with no retention or lacing. Aromas of yeast, dark fruit, and spice. Flavors of plum and spicy yeast and a little sour. A warming sensation and alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is foamy and fuzzy with the fuzziness lingering for quite some time.

Not much to look at, this has a great aroma like most of Unibroue's beers. Good flavors but nothing really spectacular to me. It's interesting especially in the fuzzy linger which in conjunction with the foamy mouthfeel, tend to overwhelm the flavors. Not my favorite from Unibroue but still very good.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,955 ratings.
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