Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles
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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

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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: 4,975 |  Reviews: 2,034
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this sitting around for a while. So I decided to try it.

Appearance- almost black color, thin head that recedes quickly

Smell- dark fruit, spices

Taste- dark fruit, spices

Mouthfeel- smooth, medium bodied, high amount of carbonation

Drinkability- I would say it's really good. I will surely end up drinking more of it.

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

Smells nutty, maybe peanut maybe hazel. Light brown color. Mmhhh the carbonation interferes somewhat with the tasting of this beverage. Almost like their trying to blind your senses to something. Other than that it finshes with a pleasant creamy senation, though it leaves a sour aftertaste which i found not to inducing to drink a second

Id rather sniff it then drink it.

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Photo of gboy515duo
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Trois Pistoles pours an extremely dark body filled with brown and red undertones.

The aromas it gives off are fruity and strong, followed by spices that come in stages. Plums, Apricots, Basil, Cinnamon, Nutmeg are all things I smelled.

When you drink it, first the spices hit hard, basil hitting up front, followed by cinnamon and a lot of other spices. Following that is the taste of sweet fruit and sticky malts. Finally, the hops.

The mouthfeel of this beer is very sharp, and leaves the sticky taste on your lips and tongue. The brewer says it is similar to a port wine, and although I disagree on flavor, it pairs with similar foods perfectly.

The best part about this beer is the high ABV and the ability to drink it. A 4 pack goes a long way, but disappears before you know it.

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Photo of FishMan123
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this beer (along with all the Unibroue beers in the sampler pack). This is a sweet dark ale. It would go well as desert beer.

A: Pours a nice deep amber brown. Head pours thick, but fades rather quickly. Some sediment in bottle.

S: Smell very mild. Fruity - plum?

T: Very sweet, fruity, dark ale. Initial sweetness is surprising, but taste is very nice. No heavy coffee or burnt flavors - this is very light.

M: Moderate carboation, slightly pasty feel.

D: The 9% alcholol is well hidden. Very drinkable.

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

Glass - Tulip

A - Murky brown color with a 2-finger head, it didn't hold to well. It left little spots & splashes here & there on the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, bready with clove & cinnamon spice. A bit of roasted nuts with date, fig, black cherry and plum fruits. Moderately sweet aroma with faint cookie like malt.

T - Very bready with mild cookie dough flavors upfront, and lots of yeast flavors dominating throughout. I definitely get the alcohol in the middle & towards the finish, more so as it warms, along with clove & peppery qualities. Dark fruit notes like plum & fig are there & sorta make an appearance on the finish with the alcohol warmth. Low bitterness with mildly lingering yeast flavors.

M - Very smooth & almost creamy with very soft carbonation. Medium-full bodied.

D - Very drinkable with the 9% ABV being dangerously hidden. I really liked this one, I'm not big on the style but I can see myself buying this one sometime in the future.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

glass: tulip

a: Murky dark brown with a light shade of green. Head is minimal, just a ring around the glass. It kicks up a nice head when swirled though. Minimal, spotty lacing.

s: Dominated by clove, very yeasty. Nuts, caramel, fig, show as well. Slightly citric and maybe soft banana but overall yeasty.

t: Super yeasty! Lots of clove and bubblegum throughout. Clove and bubblegum dominate front and mid pallate finally giving way to dark chocolate, brown sugar, dates and a little alcohol towards the end. Spicy clove-like taste lingers on the tongue.

m: Medium in body with a silk feel. low carbonation, just enough to avoid being mistaken as "flat".

d: Enjoyable to say the least. I had no idea it was 9%, i honestly thought it was 6.5-7.5% which i guess, really adds to this beer. Very nice but too clove-like to drink more than two of.

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

Poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle.

A - Opened with a large energetic pop. Pours a nice dark mahogany color with a nice 1.25 inch head. That is very active and recedes at a pretty good pace down to a nice thin mat.

S - Starts with a great yeast and bready aroma. Almost fresh baked sourdough bread. Very nice, strong phenols are also perceived with some nice pepper and coriander as well. Good clove sweetness. Nice vanilla hints and dark fruits as well.

T & M - Nice malty palate up front with good bready character and sweetness as well as with nice dark fruits. Brown sugar hints. Very dry mouthfeel and crisp CO2. Some mild sweetness and boozyness shines through.

D - Very high except for the 9%.

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

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a tulip that settled into a thin ring. the body was a dark brown with some hints of red.
s - dark fruits such as plums and raisins.
t - spicy with dark fruit flavors.
m - medium and slick on the tongue.
d - good sipper that has wine-like characteristics.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ommegang chalice a "transparent black", or deep purple color. Thin white head and no lacing. Scent is of grapefruit notes with raisins and malts. The taste is about the same, grapefruit and raisins being prevelent. Not much of a yeast taste to it. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated but no alcohol burn.

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

Poured a 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: A nice light tan head with good retention. a dark bold brownish black body. Creamy lacing.

S: Predominate Belgian yeast, with a rich earthy aroma. Slight fruit presence.

T: A hint of chocolate on the front with a nice Belgian finish. The earthy notes from the aroma come through in the taste.

M: A spice on the tongue, with a pleasant creamy mouthfeel.

D: For the ABV, this ale is quite drinkable. A nice blend of flavors witch are rich and complex. Making this an all around drinkable ale for the style.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a nonic glass.

A - Pours a dark, very hazy brown with a tan head. It leaves no lacing.

S - Even as I started pouring, I smelled a very vinous brew with lots of grapes. There's some molasses/caramel notes, bit of roasted malts, and some spices in there, too.

T - The taste is very vinous still, lots of dark grape/cranberry flavor and tartness under a wave of molasses and roasted malt. Some hidden spices strewn about. Hints of cocoa/espresso. Very apparent alcohol. Quite dry, especially in the finish. Bit of bitterness at the end, but it doesnt stay. It gets a lot sweeter as it warms.

M - Full feel with tight carbonation.

D - For me, it was hard to put down. Once it's down, it stays down fairly well, though.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I do not rank this beer as highly as others have, mainly for its burning, gastric quality. Unibroue beers, at least for me, tend to have a cloying hammer that hits the sinuses and makes you not want to have another one any time soon.

A: the dark, one-finger carbonation dissipates quickly
S: sweet molasses, whiff of breadiness
T: molasses. Malty sweet. Not bitter.
M: watery, thin body
D: rarely would one want another immediately after the first.

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Photo of thatguy3579
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coffee colored, completely opaque. Thin tan head, lots of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet and complex. Dark fruit, toffee, and some lemony bite.

T: Tons of flavor. Up front lots of sweetness with a mix of cherries and bread. Some bananas. The lemon comes through here as well. Finish is earthy. Almost no trace of alcohol.

M: Highly carbonated tickling the tongue pleasantly, and fairly light bodied.

D: A delicious complex beer which goes down very easily, but is noticeably intoxicating. A real joy of a beer that I will certainly have again.

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Photo of Beerislife652854
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Very dark brown opaque body with slight reddish hues. The head is very dense, almost like foam and leaves thick lacing.

S - Slight hints of sweet caramel and malt.

T - Sweet caramel with hints of cinnamon. The sweetness is not too overpowering.

M - Very crisp and smooth.

D - Goes down smoothly. Somewhat filling though.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color; ruby highlight. Poured a 2 finger creamy tan head with good retention to a half finger cap. Laced in wavy sheets.

S: The hay/grass smell of nobel hops. Hint of dark fruits.

T: Very complex comingling of dark-colored fruits and toasted malt. Yeast esters. Warming alcohol and some astringent flavor in the finish. A lingering sweetness.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth in the middle. Then dry and warming in the mouth.

D: Complex and flavorful. This is a good sipper to relax in to.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter

Appearance: poured a smooth dark dark brown, it resembles coca cola with less carbonation, almost no head at all, the remaining foam laces the glass

Smell: smells like a strong belgian that's for sure, heavy presence of yeast and sweetness

Taste: very sweet and rich, has a creaminess to it, little alcohol flavor present, yeasty, perhaps a molasses presence

Mouthfeel: very smooth and appealing, little carbonation

Drinkability: great flavor and drinkable body, the high alcohol content is the only thing holding this back. I recommend it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 fingers of light tan head that lasts for several minutes. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruits, spices, dark fruits, and some smooth caramel malts.

t - Tastes of spices, dark fruits, yeast, and a hint of booze.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Another solid beer from Unibroue. I enjoyed the smell a little mroe than the taste, but something I would definitely try again.

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

appearance: Looks like cola was my first thought. Not sure why...i don't even like cola's and this is a very pretty brew.
smell: sweet, sour, fruity. Nice and complex.
taste: As the nose advertises, albeit a tad subdued. Very tasty indeed.
mouthfeel: med with fairly heavy carbonation.
drinkability: alcohol well masked. Nice sipper.

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Photo of PanicUnited
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was a second choice after my first choice was sold out. However, i was happily surprised with the texture of the beer and the underlying flavors that ranged from a sweet malt to a wine-like finish with hints of fruits. However, not in the sense of a beer brewed with fruit, rather a more distinct character and texture that I have not seen replicated since then.

Its not my favorite, but would gain a recommendation for sure. My only complaint is that the flavor is so prevalent and "unique" that it does not go well with too many foods, and drinkability is diminished.

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Photo of zaq37
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this beer in NJ a few months ago, says it is best before 5-5-12

poured into a DFH snifter

A - poured dark brown like a coke, but with a big head that doesn't fade very quick. lots of bubbles on this puppy

S - Champagne is the smell i keep getting from this, even from the moment i opened the bottle it smelled like a freshly popped bottle of champagne. Not smelling much else.

T - taste is great, very complex with that champagne subtlety but much more like a beer (obviously), must be the natural carbonation. Unfortunately i am getting a metalic taste somewhere in there, slightly disappointed there.

M - very carbonated, i appreciate the natural carbonation and the "real ale" style from bottle fermentation, but it's not quite up to par with other "real ales" that i have tried. Still the mouthfeel is pleasant and has a long after taste which is good in my book.

D - with a 750ml it takes a while to drink with appreciation, i would say this is a great beer to have on a special day, not something to break open on any old night. i would definitely drink this again, but honestly i would not go out of my way to get a hold of another bottle.

overall this was a good beer, but not top notch and unfortunately i was slightly disappointed in it, i was expecting much more, but still this was a good drink, and i enjoyed it.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: the murky purple-brown body is without a doubt one of the most beautiful bodies i have seen on a beer and it has decenbt off white head that fades just a little too quickly leaving limited lace

s: very aromatic; caramel malts; prunes and blackberries; curry spices; sweet and sugary but full of fruity scents

t: darker and more rummy that what one would expect after the smell; plums and raisins and intense spice; toffee; caramel; a hint of warming alcohol

m: quite nice! pretty heavy in body without being to creamy and with a lot of carb to lighten it up; very refreshing but not lacking in substance

d: a great beer; can't wait to try some out of the cellar in a few months
same beer; now over 2 years of sitting in the cellar. let's see what we taste

a: when i first opened the bottle; foam came pouring out of the top - i guess that is from the extra pressure of 2 years of fermenting; pours a beautiful deep brown that is opaque excet at the highlights on the bottom and top of the glass which are more of a purple/maroon; 1/4 inch of beige head that rises up and then fades leaving a ring around the top; attractive

s: light abv; raisins; raw wheat; dust; light toffee and chocolate; some hints of dry wheat

t: warm raisins; sweet chocolate syrup is faint; spicy; light bitterness maybe from very very mild abv; blackberry; i think the abv has really mellowed from the last time; not that it was ever too epic

m: light cloy with medium body; carb now seems a little aggressive to me;

d: still a good beer; seems to have mellowed after 2 years

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Photo of jonziefle
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a dark brown, cloudy, with lots of yeast throughout and settled on the bottom. Half finger head the goes away immediately. Seems well carbonated. No lacing.

Smell: Banana and bubblegum nose, but darker than usual. Citrus. Some dark fruit/apple. Moderate sweetness. Flowery yeast esters.

Taste: Darker bubblegum flavors, with mild darker malts. Citrus. Moderate sweetness and wheaty smoothness. A spice tingle in the beginning.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a nice carbonation bite and smooth finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability: A very good Belgian dark. Excellent nose, flavors, and mouthfeel. 9% alcohol is well hidden and it is incredibly drinkable. Another excellent beer from Unibroue.

Buy Again? Yes.

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Photo of uustal
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkish red pour. Spice and citrus come through in the aroma. Great complexity like most Belgian styles. Spicy and grassy to start but then dark fruits, roasted malts, a little sweetness and a faint taste of alcohol. Great combination of flavors and perfectly carbonated.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.13/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep ruby color with a finger of head that stays the whole way through the beer.

Smells of spice and fruits, slight hint of bread and yeast.

Taste is spicy and fruity. There is no bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel i think suffers. It is very carbonated, even for a Belgian beer. It has a nice full flavor, but the carbonation kills it for me.

Drinkability is average, once again because of carbonation. I would love this beer if not for that.

Overall, a good beer; great smell, taste and appearance.

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Photo of tedsox31
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. The color is a very murky, dark brown, with a thin head of tan foam that sticks around ever so slightly. Some lacing along the side of the glass.

The aroma is of dark cherries, raisins, lots of spicy clove, and some cinnamon. Malty sweetness quite present. Perhaps a hint of chocolate.

The flavor is spicy up front with lots of clove, but finishes with the cinnamon. The darker fruits come in the middle; raisins, figs, and cherries. Not really any bitterness to speak of, from what I can detect.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, creamy. The sweetness and cinnamon-like spiciness lingers into the finish.

This is a very good beer. The clove spiciness could be a little less, but the flavors all meld quite nicely to make a delicious beer. This is a beer that could definitely improve with age.

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Beer rating: 91.5% out of 100 with 4,975 ratings
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