Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#880
Reviews:
2,041
Ratings:
5,011
pDev:
10.87%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Ratings: 5,011 |  Reviews: 2,041
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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Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -4.5%
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 -2.4%
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 +11.6%
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 -0.2%
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 -9.5%
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 -6.6%
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 -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into glass tulip.
55°F

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%
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 +2.1%
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 +1.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -26.7%
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 -10.2%
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 +0.5%
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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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,011 ratings