Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Drawing on Quebec folklore, Unibroue chose the name Trois Pistoles to honour the city’s historic importance and pay homage to the legend of the Black Horse. Conjured up by a priest to help build a new church, this incarnation of the devil ran off when its bridle was removed. Because construction was still underway when the horse vanished, a stone remains missing from the church to this day.

Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've wanted to try this for a while, finally getting around it. 750ml into an oversized wine glass, bottle is a little over a year old.

Pours very dark brown with 2-finger white head, looks like a liquid oreo. Sediment floats about. Excellent retention and good lacing.

Smell is lots of Belgian yeast up front and very fruity, light and dark fruits. A little sweet and funky.

Tastes I pick up are dark cherries and grapes, yeast, clove, brown sugar, raisins, toast. Some tartness and red wine notes and a little musty.

Carbonation is medium-high, body is a bit thin but not bad. Alcohol is well-hidden which seems to be a Unibroue staple, leaves a warming feeling in the stomach.

Nice rich flavors while remaining pretty light and drinkable.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay glass.

A: very dark purple/brown/mahogany color, nearly opaque, little bits of light pass through. Nice 1 finger white/tan head with heavy lacing and decent head retention

S: heavy dark fruits, belgian spices all over, funky yeast, this smells authentically Belgian. Notes of grapes, figs, cinnamon and cloves. Very aromatic.

T: the front features some sweet malty notes, dark fruits- figs, grapes, cherries, and then it becomes progressively more spicy which counters the sweetness nicely. The finish is slightly dry and nice and clean. Very well rounded brew.

MF: high carbonation, smooth mouthfeel that borders on being slightly sticky, this however does not detract from the overall flavor

D: this is my favorite from Unibroue, nice balance, great overall execution and very authentic

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

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: A rough pour yielded a dark brown beer with red highlights with a thin dark brown head that quickly faded into a thin scum and collar leaving no lace down the glass.
S: Notes of fresh blueberry juice, molasses and licorice. Blueberry smell only really noticeable right after the pour.
T: Dark roasted malts, vanilla, coconut and slight berry. Very roasted and toasted flavors. Not very sweet actually. Slight fruity twist to it. Finish has some sweetness to it, and the aftertaste is roasted with a blueberry syrupy chocolate flavor to it.
M: Very airy mouthfeel, almost spongey carbonation. Medium body with a faint trace of alcohol in the finish, especially as the beer warms.
D: Pretty good stout but not one I would want to drink very often. Blueberry works well with the roasted character of this beer, but it's not that noticeable and doesn't really add enough to this beer to make me want to choose it over a number of other stouts.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: When looked at head on the color of this beer almost looks stout-like. It is very dark. However, when held up to light there are some deep ruby highlights that differentiate this beer from a stout. Tons of slightly off white head that reduces to gorgeous, open lacing.

Smell: Malt, dark fruits, cherries, caramel and the slightest hint of booze.

Taste: Dark fruits and a bit of malt are evident up front. It has hints of pepper. On the back end you get cherries and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This beer has an awesome soft mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect. It leads to a slight peppery mouthfeel but not enough to be too much like other BSDAs that I've tried.

Drinkability: The alcohol in this beer does become evident, but in no way is it too much. Great beer to sip on, or have with a meal.

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Photo of NODAK
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma here is fairly sweet with dark fruit and perhaps a hint of spice.

Pours nearly black in the glass with little head.

Taste is mostly of dark fruit first, then a more citrus taste, reminicent of orange, upfront and through the body. There's some more fruit sweetness and molasses at the finish as well, along with a faint smattering of bitterness. Mouthfeel seems to be fairly thin considering style. Alcohol isn't all that noticeable, surprisingly. Looking at other reviews, I expected a boozier experience.

It's an interesting beer. Not my favorite within the Unibroue family, but a respectable one. For the ABV, it's very drinkable.

(Note: Just looked up homebrew recipes for this beer and saw that orange peel is indeed included in the recipe. So I'm not too crazy tasting orange in this beer.)

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Photo of brouwer
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the last of a selection of Unibroue that I bought last month.
This is a 750ml bottle.
The appearance in the glass is dark copper with a 2-3 inch head.
The smell is that of ripe fruit as advertised.
The taste is rich with the taste of hops but not overwhelming. Mildly sweet with yeast undertones.
The mouthfeel is perfect with the right mix of carbonation and smooth mellow aftertaste.

Overall this is a very drinkable dark Belgian. I was pleased.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut with a ridiculously creamy head. Unibroue beers always have amazing, lush bubbles and mouthfeel. This one pretty much has to warm up a bit before being consumed, or else a trademark cardboard flavor will dominate. Prunes, malt, almost red-winey flavor. Still a little of that cardboard. A bit boozy, but still covers the 9% decently.

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

A: This poured a translucent dark mahogany with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like wild yeast and citrus hops, with earthy caramel and some subtle dark fruit.
T: It tasted like wild yeast and caramel, with some dark fruit and citrus. It had a bitter metallic aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a good beer, but typical for the style with no unique character or complexity. It had good body and hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. It might improve with age, but it's only slightly above average fresh.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark brown with a one finger beige lace that stays atop the beer quite nicely.
S- smell is of dark fruit (plums, dates, black cherries), and brown sugar. A bit of alcohol zing was noticable when warmed.
T- Dark malts and dark fruits are the big players throughout the tasting. Alcohol warmth is certainly there as well. Quite sweet with just a hint of spice in there as well.
M- Light initially but finishes more full bodied. Highish carbonation, which is something I'm not usually a fan of in this style, but for some reason it didn't detract much here.
D- I really enjoyed this. Unibroue is one of those breweries that doesn't make a bad beer. While Maudite and Fin Du Monde are more towards my liking, this beer definitely has the goods in its own right. A bit of aging could help this one as it seemed pretty hot.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an snifter.

3.5 A: Dark brown in color. One finger of frothy light tan head that falls fairly quickly and doesn't leave much lacing.

3.5 S: This one needed to warm up quite a bit before the aromas started poking out. Plenty of fruitiness: plum, grape, and raisin. There's even a touch of citrusy lime in there. Also a touch of solvent. Pleasant, but fairly weak.

4.0 T: Taste for the most part follows the nose. Dark fruitiness with plum, grape, raisin, and prune. Some toffee in there as well. The malts are okay, but somewhat boring. The good part about this beer, as in most Unibroue beers, is the yeast. They use a wonderful strain. Peppery and a unique yeastiness not really found anywhere else.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Perhaps a touch too much carbonation, but I do like the spritziness. This could use a bit more body. Otherwise very smooth.

3.5 D: This is a pretty tame beer overall and one that just about anyone could enjoy. Indeed, I enjoyed it, but it isn't mindblowing. I love the flavor of Unibroue yeast, but prefer it in a better application (such as Maudite).

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Photo of Foxxypants
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, good head with good retention, nice lacing.

S: Very dark sugary/fruit smells, some noticeable yeast aroma, reminiscent of a deep port.

T: Very sweet. Dark fruit tastes dominate the palate, with some subtle malt flavors and mild hop bitterness. Finishes with a nice touch of alcohol spiciness.

M: Starts out lighter than expected, medium carbonation. Finishes with a bit of a thicker feel, lingers on your tongue.

D: Very easy and pleasant to drink. Doesn't need any accompaniments. For it's dark color and high alcohol content, it's a surprisingly easy beer to drink.

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Photo of nataku00
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. A dark brown ale with an initial finger of tan head. Very little lacing of fairly persistent head while drinking it.

Nose is strong dark dried fruit (plums, raisins, dates), toasted malts, and dark brown sugar.

Taking a sip, the taste is dark fruit with the alcohol presence making itself known right away, but it melts into a yeasty sweetness mid tongue and finishes long on the back of the tongue with maltiness.

Medium body beer lingers on your tongue with the fruitiness, encouraging the next sip to reacquaint your tongue with the beer.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with and courtesy of fellow BA infi. Poured into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance is a dark, dark reddish brown that just barely lets light in around the edges. A good pour creates a white frothy head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing. Yeast can be seen suspended in the brew if you look hard enough. Initial sniff yields a huge sugary and fruity smell right off the bat. Figs, dates and plums. Subsequent sniffs reveal some crisp maltiness along with some subdued alcohol. Really nice smell.

Taste is initially very subdued, which is surprising, given the fact that this is classified as a Strong Dark Ale. There's malts, then some very subtle fruit from the nose. Transitions into a boozy warmth that kind of creeps up on you, as there isn't an alcoholic bite. Pretty alcoholic, but there's no aftertaste and it finishes smooth enough. Mouthfeel is pretty light and clean, nothing to complain about, but not what I was expecting out of a beer like this.

Drinkability is pretty good, as it's a very nice-smelling beer with a decent taste follow-up. The booziness isn't masked all that much, but it's not an overpowering alcoholic quality, making Trois Pistoles easy to drink. Just be prepared to be a bit surprised. I know I wasn't.

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Photo of infi
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, best before 12-03-12.

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance is a translucent maroon pour with moderate carbonation trails throughout the glass. On top formed a thin white head of fine bubbles that left a decent amount of ringed and speckled lacing around the middle of the glass. The smell was predominantly full of the candied Belgian sugars and boozy 9% heat with subtle hints of malt. Not too much overall on the nose.

Taste is fairly sweet and bready, notably from the malts, and on the back end is a substantial boozy heat. The alcohol truly makes its presence known - a bit too hot for me, compared to other BSDA's I've had. Overall, the flavor profile is very unilateral and not as complex as I'd like.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and silky. And drinkability is moderate and very easy to finish. The score suffers due to the slight muted flavors in the taste. Not bad, but not the best BSDA by Unibroue.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark bronze with redish orange hues on the edges. A larger than average, thick, fomay, creamy, meringue-like head. About average retention that settles into a sticky thin layer of lace.

S - Nice rum/port soaked dark fruit with plum, fig, date and some raisin. Hints of bubblegum as well. Fair amount of dark roasted malt and candi sugar. Some slightly burnt brown sugar and a bit of yeasty aroma.

T - Lighter flavors for the style, but similar to the nose. A good amount of dark fruit (see above with plum being strongest). Sweet, juicy taste with a good amount of sweetness. A fair amount of yeast flavor also comes out. Fair amount of roasted malt. Bitterness and sweetness mix together well with sweetness definitely winning. A touch of spiciness as well along with some alcohol heat.

M - Lighter medium body with about average carbonation. Light, spritzy feel for the style with a touch of stickiness on the finish.

D - Fairly drinkable with a good amount of flavor. A little on the light side, leaving me wanting of a little more substance.

Notes: Pretty good beer, but a little light (on both flavor and body) for the style. Nice rum/port like flavors in the background. Didn't taste extremely Belgian, but was tasty. Worth trying although maybe not worth stocking up on.

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

A - Deep blood red/medium brown. Highly unfiltered, floating sediment. 1/2 finger white head (nice to see that color). Average lacing

S - Maybe a little faint but all yeast. Bananas, plum pudding, raisins.

T - Flavors everywhere....starts out a little flat/tight but opens up to a strong raisin flavor, figs, and tart apple. Finishes with a warm spiced wine/port flavor.

M/D - Perfectly carbonated, medium body, finishes semi-dry. Grain dryness clears the palate quickly and leaves mouth dry. Very easy to drink, lots of flavors to explores and changes as it warms. High alcohol content not present.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark mahogany/ruby color with one
finger of head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer on the surface. No lacing.

Aroma is fruity, both bright and dark fruits such as raspberry, strawberry, raisin and fig. There is a hint of banana and yeast as well as some roasted notes and spice.

Flavor is very fruity with berries on the tongue up front. There are some dark malt flavors and mild spices towards the middle as well as figs. The finish is a bit thin to me, it leaves some fruitiness, light sweetness, malt and yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation, though I thought the feel could be a bit more substantial.

Overall this beer is dark, complex and rich but leaves me wanting a bit in some areas.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - 355 ml Bottle

Appearance - Dark brownish black White head, looks great in a glass

Smell - Spices, yeast, floral overtones, alcohol and citrus. Reminds me alot of a triple ale

Taste - Wow, alot going on there. Starts out dark, malty and alcohol, then wheat and fruit flavors kick in. Then you get a grape and carmael flavor as your swallow. Alot of flavor, this is one intense beer.

Mouthfeel - Amazing. All the flavors drenched your mouth, letting you enjoy searching out all the beer has. Your mouth will know you had a world class drink long after you swallow

Drinkabilty - What a great beer. SO much to offer. Its high alcohol keeps me from drinking 3 or 4 cause i like to find new flavors as i drink it. Doesnt get much better, world class

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

750ml bottle served in oversized wineglass.

pours a murky mahogany tone with a finger of tannish head; moderate retention, nice lacing.

first in the nose i get dark fruits, which are followed by alcohol, belgian yeast, and spices. not unexpected for the style. the flavor delivers more of the same, with perhaps some caramel malt and a boozy warmth in the finish; very tasty.

i'd say it has a medium bodied mouthfeel, creamy, with above average carbonation. all in all a very well built BSDA, just lacks that certain something which separates the very good and the great.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Duvel Tulip Glass. Very nice amber brown color, it glows to an amber/orange when you hold it up to the light. It's hazy can see some yeast bits floating around a little. Pretty thick head, lacing is nothing to really write home about but it's better than average I'd say. Smell is strong, mostly of Belgian malts and yeast, some dried fruit smell too. Taste is about on par with the taste, but I think I like it a little better, it's really strong, bold. Smells of dried fruit as well, figs, maybe cherries or cranberry it's tart as well. A little bready as well, would be a great deer around the holidays. Mouthfeel is pretty good, could be better. Has sort of a medium feel overall. The yeast makes it a little bigger in my opinion. Overall the drinkablility is good can easily polish off a bottle if in the mood for a Belgian. I'm actually still in the process of learning to like Belgian Beers, I've found a few that I enjoy and this one was pretty good. Taste has a lot going on, very full.

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

My 100th review!

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a dark brown almost black colour with a massive foamy beige head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the darkness of the beer. There is a great amount of web like lacing on the glass, and the head sticks around for a few minutes.

Smell - The beer has first and foremost a sweet caramel and brown sugar scent. Also notes of coffee and molasses. It also has a pepper spice mix and the medicine like scent found in the other unibroue beers.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a perfect amount of carbonation; it has a great mouth feel. There is a velvety smooth sweetness at first, black forest cake comes to mind. The sweetness stays to the finish but also with a s slight bitterness. It also provides a great warming feels due the high alcohol content. The porter flavours add an amazing dimension to this beer.

Drink - Truly world class, and perhaps the best of the Unibroue's beers I have had thus far. I would glady purchase this beer again.

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Photo of MisterE
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -9%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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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Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,026 ratings