Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

4,944 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 RedSpecial1
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark, thick, brown, almost black, with a nice thick off white head that dissipated slowly. The smell was mostly of dark fruits, especially cherry. This showed through in the taste as a rich, fruity taste. Again, while there was the suggestion of several different kinds of fruit, I feel cherry was the stand out taste. Strangely enough, this beer's intense flavor didn't make it taste too heavy. With a surprisingly light mouthfeel, and a high ABV this could be a risky beer to drink multiples of as you might have the alcohol sneak right up on you. A delicious beer.

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Photo of konadrinker
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A- Deep brown/ ruby red with a rich tan head and nice lacing.

S- Complexity with molasses, caramel, orange. An earthy yeast, avg/hvy alcohol with figs.

T- Delicious! Malty sweetness with a touch of bitterness, great balance, depth and complexity. An exceptional beer.

M- Nicely carbonated, creamy and incredibly smooth.

D- Another dangerous brew from Unibroue. Goes down smoothly and hides the high ABV wonderfully. I could easily drink this all night.

Excellent beer. Another must have on hand from Unibroue.

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Photo of MaxBrewell
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged, corked 750 mL bottle into a pint glass (May 30, 2010).

A - Poured a deep, mahogany opaque color and any head quickly dissipated like a highly carbonated soda.

S - Raisins, dates, and figs peek through the roasted malts. No doubt it's a Belgian.

T - 9% Alcohol is only slightly noticeable in this complexly malted sweet concoction.

M - Nicely carbonated and silky smooth.

D - Well balanced and a definite crowd-pleaser. I am certainly glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass (May 29, 2010). "Best Before 11-03-2012" is printed on the rear label.

Eyes: Pours a dark brownish, very hazy color with an overflowing fluffy, tan head. The edges are a darkish orange color when the haze is very evident. Head retention is significant with heavy lacing.

Nose: Dark, musky, dried fruit aromas, figs primarily.

Tongue: Has a vinous flavor profile, musky fruits with a good amount of spice.

Mouth: A bit light on carbonation, but this beer doesn't need a whole lot. Quite thick, but not oppressively so.

Libation: Anytime ABV creeps up near double digits, I'm concerned about how well the flavor balances it, here the ABV is near undetectable. This beer presents itself well, but isn't a world beater in my opinion.

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Photo of katan
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark, hazy brown to almost amber color. Very thick looking. Lots of yeast from the bottle fermentation. Head formation is very strong, 1cm in height, well retained.

S - Off the charts belgian yeast, spicy with some sour notes. A little bit of pilsner malts come through. Certainly has some alcohol in there.

T - Starts off with some dry, yeasty spicy notes. Some malt is present, perhaps pilsner is strongest. Mid-stream gets more wild, somewhat fruity. Alcohol burn hits. Finishes with some black currant and other fruity notes. Very complex.

M - Creamy beer body, but a very strong carbonation bite. Almost edgy and stinging to the tongue. Must be awfully sugary, as it finishes sticky.

D - Moderate drinkability. Getting very filling from the carbonation. ABV is awfully high, albeit well hidden. A beer of this unusual nature probably is hard to do in a session.

I certainly have gained much respect for Unibroue over the years - this beer did not hurt their rep one bit.

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Photo of BobZ
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Split with a friend, Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Deep brown, rich head, nice lacing.

Smell: Again the richness and complexity comes through. Sweetness of the roasted malt is apparent in the nose.

Taste: Delicious, in all honesty I prefer it to the Chimay Blue. Malty sweetness with a touch of bitterness, great balance, depth and complexity. Once again Unibroue has figured out the "Belgian style" better than any other North American brewery. Exceptional beer.

Mouth feel: Nicely carbonated, velvet and incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Another dangerous brew from these guys, goes down like cola and I could drink it all night.

As I said in my review of Fin Du Monde, Unibroue is the only North American brewery that can come close to matching the Belgian flavor profile. They simply have figured it out.

Excellent beer yet another "must have on hand" year round. For the price a great bargain.

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

Pours a very dark brown, VERY dark, nearly black but you can still easily see light through it. Very thin head, off white/light tan color, leaves some lacing on glass.

Smell is hard to hit. At first it smells like orange juice, but other fruits break through: cherries, raisins, dates or figs possible. Trois Pistoles smells wonderful.

Taste is great, nearly as it smells. Very light achohol taste breaks through at the end. Not much bitterness and the after taste is nice.

Mouthfeel set me off abit. Far too over carbonated. This is like warm 7-Up in the middle of summer carbonation. If this wasn't so carbonated it would have been the best Belgian strong ale out there, but like all the Belgian strong ales its far too carbonated. If you love carbonations though this is you ticket.

Easy to drink, once the carbonation is gone. Its a great beer, just for $9 a bottle (Albertsons) I won't frequent it often, too bad cause if it was cheaper I would by alot more of it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with hints of crimson. Nice off-white, tannish head.

S: Loads and loads of dark fruits and hints of cherry with some caramel and toffee in the background.

T: Creamy dark fruits overwhelm the palate. Raisins, figs, dates, and dried cherries.

M: Nice and creamy. Good medium body with excellent carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable. Big fan of this all around and have to say I enjoy it quite a bit more than La Fin du Monde.

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

Poured in to Duvel snifter

A - Medium brown in colour with half a finger of light brown head

S - Dark fruit caramel and lightly roasted malts.

T - Dark fruit, caramel, light banana.

M - Light to medium body with the slightest bit of chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - Very drinkable for a 9% strong ale.

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Photo of prg1976
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super-dark brown, almost black, but not quite. Smallish head dissipates quickly to a thin coating on the top of the beer.

Smells of fruit-raisiny, banana. A little of the spicy Belgian yeast smells.

Tastes like it smells. Raisiny, spicy. No alcohol taste at all.

Mouthfeel is good, not overly carbonated. Drinkablility is fair, I could see this one sneaking up on you pretty quickly.

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

Poured into a tulip. Beer is dark brown / black. Forms a thin off white head of small bubbles. Leaves some lacing on the glass and carbonation is moderate to low and steady.

Aroma has more raisins but the same estery bready yeast aroma as most of their beers.

Beer is rather thin but really good. Sweet and bitter at the same time. It finishes cleanly with a light body but nice carbonation in the mouth. This beer is really good. not feeling very verbose tonight but I"m really enjoying it.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the color of French press coffee into a Chimay chalice. Around half a finger of light head.

Aroma not overpowering. Moderately sweet with just a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel lighter than expected with moderate carbonation and a flavor that really builds over a few seconds into an enjoyable chocolate, banana, and malt sweetness. Lingering toasty and nutty finish.

Wouldn't drink as regularly as La Fin du Monde, but still a great brew. Excellent pairing with dark chocolate.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep mahogany in color, Trois Pistoles is clear, but nearly opaque, full of vigorous lacing, and topped by a creamy head that rises above the rim of my goblet. It has the same appearance as a marshmallow.

S: bouquet is quite fragrant, with many players. Mostly spice with only a touch of fruit, black pepper, banana, and grapes are all noticeable.

T: unibroue does a remarkable job on this brew, creating a 9% ale that is not at all syrupy. There is a slight sweetness to this brew that is created by the complex cast of fermentation by-products. Banana, black pepper, and mangoes are all contributors to this amazing brew.

M: Unibroue has really captured what the greats, particularly Westmalle dubbel and Rochefort, possess; a super creamy mouthfeel. Trois Pistoles is amazingly soft, even through the heavy carbonation. The mouthfeel may be the most impressive aspect of this brew.

D: I've always been impressed with Unibroue, and currently have the impression that they are the only ones on this continent that really capture the style that the Trappists have created. This is definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of Naugros
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, with an off-white head that will sit there until you start to drink it. Spots

The smell is that of any other Belgian ale, with the yeast coming through with its floral accents.

There is a slight burn on the tip of the tongue that is not at all unpleasant and the toastiness cannot be denied. Dark cherry fruit that starts up front but moves to the center of the palate, tinged with dried fruits. The hops make themselves known with a spiciness on the back of the tongue...maybe a bit of cloves.

As with most of Unibroue's offerings, this beer this is smooth with the proper amount of carbonation. Not a lot of aftertaste and what is there is nice and not bitter.

This beer is 9% ABV so I caution against downing bomber after bomber. However, this is an easy-drinking beer despite its darkness and full body and you'll want to open another.

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

From the 750 ml. bottle dated 06-12-10. Sampled on May 7, 2010. The cork pops off loudly with a good dose of mist filtering from the bottle. It pours just about black with a long lasting soapy beige head and light lacing. The aroma reminded me more of a wine with a kind of fermented fruitiness mixed in with the roasted malts and light hops. The taste is more akin to licorice and hard liquor than beer but I do get a hint of malts in the sharply bitter offering. Even though it is noit really my style, Unibroue continues to live up to its good name with this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown liquid of thinner viscosity. Tan head. Lackluster lacing for my expectations. Maybe its the purple on the bottle, but smells of plums/raisins.

Caramel and alcohol. Sediment despite the careful pour. Fruity Imperial Newcastle? Have aged this a few years, is much better imho. BSDA is just not a style you should come to me looking for direction on. I'm not into them. This one was really no different, even though it was better than 90% of BSDA's I've ever had.

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Photo of jeddsp
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a great beer! Pours dark...seems black with hints of amber. Decent head although it didn't last long. Lots a smells from a seemingly endless supply of fruits. Taste was the same to me...dark, rich, fruity, load of flavors...almost hard to describe. All I know is that I really enjoyed it and would drink this beer anytime.

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Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Opaque and near black, but a tiny glimmer of red comes through in the light. Bubbly head and legs. Looks more dark brown once it nears the bottom of the Snifter.

Smell: Dark fruit galore - plum, figs, raisins and various other sweet fruits which I can't identify. Some light banana as well.

Taste: Very nice mix of the semi-sweet and earthy. Plums and raisins are in full form, but notes of banana, clove and musty wood are apparent as well. Very complex, but surprisingly a little mild.

Feel: Low carbonation, full and chewy body that is pretty smooth. Finish is actually somewhat dry. Unfortunately, it is slightly watery; not sure how it can be both full bodied and watery, but there you go.

Drinkability: Very nice BSDA, with lots of complexity, but a little subdued and watery. Still great, just not the best of the best.

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Photo of liamt07
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review ever:
Poured from 341ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep red/mahoghany/purple, with about 2 fingers of head, settling down to a thin layer with some good lacing on the sides.

S: Lovely, dark fruits (currant, cherry, dark berries I'd say?), sweet malty, a bit of chocolate and smidgen of yeast.

T: Bit of alcohol, again the dark fruits are there, pretty similar to the smell, minimal heat and a bit of yeast at the end.

M: Heavy carbonation, but really goes with the beer in my opinion. Not overdone, but appropriate I think.

D: Too drinkable. Could probably clear a 6 pack of this stuff if I didn't pass out from the alcohol first. Really hides the ABV, great friggin' quad.

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

I have had this beer many times but am just getting around to reviewing it. It reminded me why I like quads and suggested that this may be the perfect cold, rainy-day beer. I would normally reach for a porter or stout but I think this is so much more than most of those could bring to the table. It pours a deep, cider like reddish-brown. There was a two-finger head which quickly settled, leaving only light lacing. The nose was a blend of alcohol, raisins, cherry, clove, sweet malt and a yeasty aroma I can't describe. Carbonation is heavy. The taste follows the nose perfectly with the addition of some slight bitterness to temper the sweetness - a lovely interplay that really works. At 9% I certainly couldn't drink this all day/night but I might want to. This isn't my favorite Unibroue beer, but it is a great one, nevertheless.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Belgian Strong Dark Ales are not my favorite style but I can appreciate why people might like them. There's plenty of flavour, it just isn't my thing. I've had Trois Pistoles on tap and in bottle and I think I prefer the tap version. It's a little mellower.

Pours a dark brown with amber highlights. The head is off-white, aggressively carbonated and quickly falls to a ring of foam. Some lacing is left behind.

The smell is fairly soft, containing ripe fruits, clove and an earthy yeast smell. The taste is fuller and more complex. Lots of ripe fruit, clove spice and even a hint of cinnamon are present. The aftertaste is long and drawn out. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are standard.

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Photo of dtivp
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap, served in a goblet. Poured a cloudy deep brown with a small tan head that disappeared very quickly.

Aroma of dark fruit, cherries and raisin with some sweet malts and yeast.

Taste followed the aroma with the sweet fruits dominating with a very slight bitterness at the end. Surprising that there was no taste of the alcohol.

Creamy, medium bodied beer with little carbonation.

Very smooth drinking beer and at 9% ABV be very careful, this one could sneak up on you. Highly recommend this beer.

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3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to chalice. Best before date of 2/18/10. Review from notes.

A: The average size head is light brown and filled with big short lived bubbles causing the crown to deflate quickly. The body is a murky shade of dark brown walnut. Completely opaque except at the thinnest parts of the glass.

S: Roasted caramel malt character, backed by piney/resiny hops and a dank barnyard, musty earth yeast. The nose is fairly impressive and is this beer's best feature.

T: Fermented apple cider and red grape juice. Various dark fruit flavors of blackberry, currant, prune and date come through as well. Slightly woody. Also, anise and various spices. Unfortunately, there is a hint of paper and a slightly metallic edge. For what its worth, this bottle has exceeded it's best by date by two weeks.

M & D: There are several consistent qualities across Unibroue's spectrum of beers: The sound upon opening a bottle rivals a gunshot, the head fills the glass and fizzes out quickly, lacing will not happen, the taste lacks depth, the mouthfeel too light and thin, and then there is, of course, the trademark super fizzy effervescence which is almost always the highlight of the beer.

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Photo of snpub540
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost black hue with a very thin light brown head. No lacing left on the glass at all. Lively carbonation that I've come to expect from Unibroue.

Smell was of mostly dark fruits and some yeasty goodness.

Taste was more complex than the smell in that it had spice, sweetness, some alcohol bite, and an earthiness that all combined to be very pleasant. None of the tastes overwhelm each other and it makes for a smooth sipper.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and it had some nice fizzy carbonation to it. Drinkability is good, definately not a brew to be chugged.

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Photo of al3
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy brown, slightly red, some lacing

S - sweet, dried fruit, with a faint tangy aroma

T&M - cherry with a hint of raisin and caramel. smooth character, only a slight semblance of alcohol

D - at 9, dangerous

Overall, a great beer, I don't drink a whole lot of bottled belgian, but this was one of the most balanced and easy drinking I've had. Was a perfect beer to break out the Tripel Karmeliet glass and get nice.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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