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 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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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +2.1%
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 -5%
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 -7.6%
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 -1.4%
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 -9.2%
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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Photo of Long813
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Dark brown body with once finger of off white head. The head dissipates into a thin ring rather fast and leaves good lacing.

S: Huge front of dark fruits, yeast and some booze. Spices and malts are mild.

T: Just like the aromas, loads of dark fruit flavours, pleasant yeast funk, mixture of spices and malts. Quite pleasing.

M: Medium bodied and medium-low carbonation. Froathy texture and leaves a dry fruit finish. Alcohol is not extremely apparent, but it's noticable.

D: Not bad, but I don't see it as being as great as I though. Good brew from Unibroue.

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

Appearance: A murky dark brown body capped by over two fingers of fluffy cream-colored head with good retention, but no lacing.

Aroma: Lots of dark and vinous fruit, mild spice, and a splash of alcohol over a sweet malt body.

Flavor: Just as the nose promised, the flavor profile is composed of dark, vinous fruit and spice (pepper and cloves) over sweet and roasty malt. The alcohol is masked well, adding just a hint of spice. Everything is balanced nicely. Rum cake and cloves in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation and a dry finish. Just a hint of warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable, especially given the alcohol content.

Verdict: Thoroughly satisfying, Trois Pistoles has lots of character and depth with surprisingly drinkability given the potency. It's just shy of earning top marks.

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Photo of impending
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Petaluma Taps - into a Trois Pistoles chalice. Poured with a minor head leaving little lacing, a murky brown with caramel highlights.

Everything about the aroma is a strong dark belgian - dark ripe fruits, cherries and figs, roasted dark malts, burnt dark crystal sugar, typical yeast and a minor whiff of alcohol. Unibroue's signature yeast is on display.

Very fine flavor but I was hoping to like this more than a B+ but the sweets are too forward for me. Very nice minor hot finish. I wanted the taste to closer match the near perfect aroma but the sweets dominated beyond what the aroma leads you to expect. Best as an after dinner drink not to be served with a meal if the focus is the food.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours very dark amber with a full bodied tan head.

Smell: Smells of caramel with somewhat fruity undertones.

Taste: Quite bitter with a malty finish. Alcohol content is very prevalent. Bit of an odd aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Initially quite clean, however finishes fairly sticky. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Due to the uninhibited alcohol taste, and the sticky aftertaste, this beer is fairly difficult for me to get through. Have to drink slowly and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of Mit
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was house sitting for a non BA whose wife normally just drinks the macros but I have noticed that she tends to have some nice brews in the fridge sometimes. Well when going to put some beer in the fridge I spy a bottle of Trois Pistoles. The bottle is sticky....been through some wars apparently....and I have no idea how old it is. Seems like it still might be better than the Miller Chill that I just drank.

a- Pours a very dark almost black hole colour that only lets minimal light through. Very short lasting head.

s-malty, caramel, suggestion of some fruit...

t-I was kinda scared to taste it...but figured at 9% it was probably still drinkable. Still holds up I think. The malts, and caramel present in the taste but the fruity taste(over ripe plum?).

m-thick and heavy as one might expect from a 9% beer.

d-Suprisingly drinkable for it's ABV. I think this beer would really be in it's element right after doing some work out in the cold. It's a real warmer.

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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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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,037 ratings