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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Avg:
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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Multiple pours into a Duvel Tulip....

A- Slow pour yielded a dark brown beer with some ruby hues. Massive creamy off white head with tons of bubbles. Throughout the duration of the beer, a thich lucious layer or white sediment was like a blanket.

S- Sweet and some sour notes. Most notable fruit presence was cherry. Sugary and sweet.

T- Dark rich fruits. Red Grapes. Cocoa and even some cinnamon. Banana and chocolate covered cherries.

M- High carbonation. Sleek mouthful. Very easy going down.

D- What an excellent beer. I will pick this up again. Unibroue has never dissapointed. Ever.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a rich dark cola color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to nothing. Lacing is little to none.

S - Brown sugar mixed with sour/unripe fruits. There is also a bread/yeast essence. Smells extremely tasty.

T - Like a warm biscuit with sweet fruits on top. There is a spice element to this beer that the alcohol helps bring out.

M - Very full but smooth. There is good carbonation in this beer.

D - Very drinkable for the 9% ABV it carries. One of my favorites from Unibroue.

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

Bottle into the appropriate goblet.

Dark, hazy mahogany with a creamy white head, about an inch. Low retention, fair lacing.

Rich fruits, plums, figs, hints of rotten banana and apricot. Some spices, chocolate, and cream. Dense, but not too strong.

Creamy, dense, and fantastic carbonation. Gives depth just from the nearly velvety texture. Figs on the tongue, with hints of chocolate tying it up. Spices are next, the carbonation gives a nice bite along with the spices. Hints of the over-ripe banana next, then the carbonation gives a clean bite on the tail with gentle subdued hops cleaning off the palate.

Creamy, dense, flavorful. Hard not to like.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with freshness date on back label. Dark brown, burgundy color with about an inch and a half of head that quickly fades to about a third of an inch. Sweet strong scents of fruits. Dark grapes and fermented scents. Heavy yeasty smells. Flavors of green apples and some fermented apples and grapes. No real hop flavor. Balanced malts. But more yeast flavors. Alcohol is well balanced with the flavor. Very drinkable and relaxing.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, Brazilian rosewood brown with a nice parchment head with fine bubbles. The aroma is sweet, with the essence of dark fruits. Prunes, black sweet cherry and blackberry. Also has spice notes of clove and pepper. Flavors include plum, cherry, port wine and clove. Also sensing some musty character and alcoholic warmth. This beer has a tartness to it that I think really brings everything together and takes it to the next level of enjoyment. Body is medium with smoothness at the start and sticky dryness rounding out the finish. The tartness lingers on the palate long after one swallows, leading one to take another sip. This leads us to the drinkability, which I think is pretty damn good for this style of beer. The first beer I tried from this brewery, and still my favorite. If the taste wasn't enough it also has sweet bottle art with Pegasus seemingly emerging form a fiery sky. Badass.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a moment I've been waiting for, Trois Pistoles.

Appearance: A dark undercurrent with thick one finger head that dies into lively carbonation. Very wispy, almost non-existent lacing.

Smell: dark, light sweet cherry. Kind of a spicy wood hint, like lightly toasted fruit (sour apple or crab apple) smoke. Lighly boozy, not strong. Very, very pleasant smells all around. Hops are slight if at all, undetectable to my unrefined palate. As it warms, it gives off coca-cola notes.

Taste: Unreal. This is the perfect balance that I feel that Ommegang Three Philosophers is missing. Where 3P is strong and fruity, this is much more subtle, like the difference between using a brad nailer and a full-on pnuematic hardwood floor nailer to apply a small trim piece. Vanilla oak-cask flavors wisper up on the finish. The carbonation and alcohol content gives this a hint of spicy notes, but nothing overpowering. After a few swigs it is very warming in the chest.

Mouthfeel: If you swish it around, it generates a huge frothy feel that is very fruity and filling. If you do not swish, it almost has a dry finish that dissipates slowly. Carbonation was apparent at pour, and alcohol is present, spicy yet mild. finish has sweet oak char and vanilla with dominant cherry notes.

Drinkability: even though it's strong in ABV, I discern that this is yet another brew that could sneak up on the unwitting. Smooth and rather potent, I would not recommend a lot of it. But it is extremely driknkable.

Overall, this is among my favorite beers ever.

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

Poured from the bottle, into my St. Bernadus goblet. Dark brown with an orangish-ruby tint. Head is ample, and tan in color. Laced slightly. Smell is greatly complex with the typical Belgian spice combined with some dark fruits and citrus. Taste is similar, with the various flavors molded together very well creating quite a smooth ale. Feel is lighter than expected and very smooth. Carbonation starts aggressively both smooths through the bottle. Really enjoyed this beer and will have to keep an eye out for it at the stores.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, wine glass, best before 08-27-12, shared with my brother and dad.

Large towers of lightly tan foam topping a body that scans from middlin' yellow to tiger orange to fudge brown in the middle. The middle is also opaque.

I smelt black cherry quickly, and I think there is green apple as well in terms of fruit. Smell the skin of a plum without biting and you would know at least half of what is in the nose of this beer.

This offering is very like Maudite. Lots of black cherry and a very effervescent mouth. Clove and the rest of the yeast fill in the middle. The ending is hop bitterness with surprising raisin sweetness.

There is the normal Unibroue fizz. I like Belgian Strong Darks now; Unibroue has helped with the approachable fruity, non-yeast dominated Maudite and now Trois Pistoles.

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Photo of ThomasFeeney1
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I met Unibroue at an Oyster/Beer tasting ... the oysters were all Crassostreia Virginicas except for one Kumomota Crassostreia Sikameia. The concept was 12 oysters and 12 beers. 11 of the beers really sucked . . . Unibroue, on the other hand, was an interesting product ... and 3 Pistols was the best of the lot. Drinkability? I LIKE Imperial Stouts, Porters, etc. But I especially like versions that you can drink in some quantity, i.e., not excessively powerful. Ergo, I'm off to drink another 3 pistols ... except, BTW, the Unibroue La Fin de Monde is a slightly better oyster quaff for those who really dig the tasty bivalves!

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Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange/dark brown in color, huge head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: plum, dark fruit, Belgian spices, bread

Taste: plum, apple, dark fruit, Belgian spices, bread, and some alcohol

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, semi-sweet, light bodied

Drinkability: This has that Unibroue taste. This is an above average dark ale where the alcohol is hidden for the strength. I could have a couple of these max. Complex, yet nothing I am going to rush to get again.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter

Appearance: The pour unleashes an aggressive carbonation that results in three fingers of creamy head. The color is between a dark sienna and bistre and a light cocoa powder colored head. There isn't a lot of lace produced on the side of my glass; there's just a few wide streaks that occur after each sip, with the previous streaks disappears with each consecutive sip.

Smell: The nose on this is much more pleasant than the last Belgian dark ale I had. Belgian yeast is sticking its head out the most, including some clove and pepper notes. There's a slight toasted edge brought on from the dark roasted malt and alongside the malt comes a dash of sweetness including molasses and figs.

Taste: Just like the nose, the first thing I pick up on the palate is Belgian yeast. More spice notes of pepper and clove. Alcohol starts to shine through just a little, turning it into quite the warmful drink. More of the molasses comes in after the alcohol, followed by a blend of fruity notes including fig and plum.

Mouthfeel: Trois Pistoles comes in with a thin to medium body and highly carbonated. I actually think the beer could use just a little more body on it.

Drinkability: The last of my Unibroue bottles that I got in a sampler pack. I've really enjoyed all of the Unibroue beers, they have all been top notch and have turned me on to the Belgian style of beer even more.

This was a great beer to finish out the series. Really easy to sip on, and it had a nice fruity and spicy blend in the nose and on the palate.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of three birthday presents from my brother. Mmm, tasty presents.

A: Poured a deep, dark crimson-brown. Initially 1-1.5 finger head which dissolved fairly quickly. Lacing stuck around on the top afterwords.

S: Somewhat fruity smelling, some apple was detectable. Also smelled of malt and yeast. A slight hint of alcohol was detectable in the same way that wine smells of alcohol.

T: Very complex flavors. Starts sweet but ends a little bitter. Fruits were tasted, well balanced with a hint of alcohol.

M: Fair amount of carbonation, swallows smoothly with a bit of lingering aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable, alcohol is not very prominent so I'm sure it'd be easy to go overboard with this one. I intend on having the whole 750ml bottle though.

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Photo of brystmar
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bomber into my Kanne chalice.

A: deep, dark brown with a somewhat thick head that couldn't stand not being beer itself. Almost zero lacing, but a thin layer swirled atop the brew as I drank.

S: fruity (apples and pears) & yeasty aromas dominate the nose. Some malt too.

T: super complex -- everything from the nose is here, fruit up front with some interesting dark funk added by the yeast. Very bold and dry start to finish; sweetness is there but not in the limelight. Alcoholic warmth as it goes down, just enough to make you smile by the bottle's end.

M: very highly carbonated, but somehow turns creamy towards the end of the drink. I definitely prefer less carbonation in my brews so can't rave about this beer here.

D: decently easy drinking for a dark Belgian strong, but one bottle is plenty for me. An enjoyable drink for sure.

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Photo of undeadozzy
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got in a bottle at a local bar. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Poured a deep crimson color, almost like blood. Had a nice thick cream colored head that lingered but dematerialized after a few minutes.

Smell: Very intriguing. Smelled more like a fine wine then a beer. Definitely attractive.

Taste: Delicious. The wine-like smells it emitted are instantly tasted upon the first sip. Fruity and bold, with a some sharp tones to make it noticed. Tastes great overall.

Mouth Feel: While it tastes great, it is a very thick beer. I normally drink stouts, so I'm used to thicker beers, but this was a different kind of thick. I can almost say it was "syrupy", but not in a bad way, it fit with the taste of the beer.

Drinkability: Definitely a dangerously drinkable beer because of it's fruity tones that hide its ABV make it a deceptively delectable brew.

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Photo of ericj551
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue Trois Pistoles pours a bright deep red brown, with a nice creamy light brown head that lingers. The aroma is fruity, estery and slightly phenolic. Tons of dry yeast aroma and sweet dark fruit mingling nicely. The flavor is fruity and sweet upfront with the yeasty flavor giving way to a creamy, dairy like flavor. The dark raisin caramel maltiness comes through in the finish with a bit bit of bitterness. The alcohol is there, but pretty well masked.

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Photo of ludachris
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Edit: I had this beer again the day after my first review, and discovered even more things going on, most notably in the taste. IMO, this speaks to the great complexity of this beer.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, that when put directly in front of light, changes into a gorgeous hue of marmalade red. Two fingers of off-white creamy head top this beer, displaying excellent retention and leaving large patches of creamy lace.

Citrus and apple juice tartness in the foreground that reminded me a bit of Orval, contributing to the somewhat vinous quality that is present throughout, with deep notes of raisons, figs, caramel, yeast, hints of cocoa, pepper, and various other spices in the back. Very, very complex.

The tart and slightly sour characters that seem to stem from apple and lemon hit the palate first and serve as an excellent balance for the sweet dark fruits and yeast that quickly come after. The 9% ABV only makes itself known only in the warming feel it gives off in the palate and chest.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, smooth, chewy, and full bodied. It took me awhile to figure out what was going on in here, and that's what makes it such a pleasure to drink, especially with the alcohol being so well disguised.

Another fantastic beer from Unibroue, making them one of my favorite, if not my favorite Canadian brewery. The wonderful appearance, combined with the layers of complexity in both the nose and palate, excellent mouthfeel, and dangerous drinkability makes this an exceptional brew. I enjoyed one of their other BSDA's, Maudite, just as much. Highly, highly recommended.

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

from the 750,ml bottle

listening to Nine inch nails,

Apprearance: quite dark brown brew, some offwhite head that dissepear slowly. medium carbonation

Smell: alcool, sweetness, ripe fruits

Taste: like the smell, sweetness,alcool, and some fruits, all together, make a nice, complex taste wich is well balance

mouthfeel: texture of the brew is like a liquor,porto, round and smooth, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A classic brew
good, strong beer,

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Photo of tone77
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruitsand spices, slightly sweet. Taste is good, dark fruits, spices, just a touch of alcohol, very balanced. Feels full bodied and tasty in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown almost black, cloudy with a thick head and great lacing

Smell: Spicy, citrus, dark fruit, and a bit of roasted, chocolately goodness

Taste: Up Front: Spicy, Citrus, and Dark Fruit. Finish: Dark fruit, booze, and faint chocolate - It tastes like it smellz

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with moderate/high carbonation, yet very smooth

Drinkability: This is great beer to drink slowly and savor every sip!!!

Overall Impression: This is truly Nectar of the Godz, and my favorite ale from Unibroue. The slightly higher carbonation is the only thing preventing it from being a perfect 10

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Photo of HAVANABEERTINI
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The more I drink it its hard to accept anything else. Maybe cause its
winter and its perfect smooth dark and bubbly taste is what we need on a cold day. I like all of the Unibroue beers and I think they are among the best I've ever tasted, and I spent some time across the pond!

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Photo of taigor
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured dark brown with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Malts upfront followed by raisins, figs and nuts.

T - Sweet to start with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, very complex.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Overall very good beer, smooth and tasty.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in a tulip. Best by 02-18-11 indicated on the bottle. Pours a hazy brownish-maroon with a one inch loose, off-white head that begins to dissipate form the center outwards. Head eventually disperses into a tight band and some swirls - some lacing, but weak legs. Nose reveals dark fruit with a hint of yeast and candi sugar - takes on a slightly vinous quality towards the back. Taste consistent with nose - some acidity and carbonation level makes it taste a little soda-pop like. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a fairly aggressive carbonation that weakens the body slightly and leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat. A very respectable Belgian Strong Dark. Maybe a little too much carbonation, but not gassy by any means - another solid offering from Unibroue

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured an attractive dark, ruby brown. It might be purple, or a plumb color, but I can't see it. Two fingers of a thick, tan head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a nice lacing.

Smell: It smells a lot like a dunkelweizen. (I have a hard on.) Very yeasty, and ripe fruits like bananas, grapes, and apples dominate. Cloves, plumb, and raisins also play in the aroma.

Taste: This is where the dunkelweizen comparison stops. The taste is fruity; the plumb, grapes, and apple cider are most prevalent. There's also a hint of spice (maybe cinnamon?) which I don't really care for. The cloves are also noticeable in the taste, which, as it warms, once again reminds me of dunkelweizen. The port finish mentioned on the brewer website comes through. Also, I definitely noticed the higher than average ABV. There's a slight burn at the end, especially on the first sip.

Drinkability: This is definitely a sipper. Tasty, complex, and superb. It's a great brew.

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

Poured into a pint glass this brew is almost a deep dark purple with a thick creamy head that leaves a 1 finger head with slight lacing on the glass. The aroma is of sweet plum, clove, mild malt and some raisin. The taste follows a traditional Belgian style with a nice clove and almost cinnamon spice start, sweet plum and raisin, with a touch of cherry left on my tongue in the finish. This is smooth brew but not sure how many I could session.

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Photo of gloriousglo2
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my Taylor Guitars tulip glass. It had this kinda purplish color with a head that reminded me of the tops of the waves off the beach at Avalon, NJ. The bubbles tickled my nose. I could imagine myself breathing the clean air of Quebec as its fruity aroma stimulated every olfactory fiber in my rather ample proboscus. After the fourth one, I thought I was Robert Lansing in "Twelve O'Clock High", or maybe John Wayne.
Seriously, it was freakin' excellent. Nice, slightly fruity taste, just the right level of sweetness. I got this as part of their sampler case (La Fin du Monde, Maudite, and that strange apple stuff-think the wit beer woulda been the better fourth beer) for about $45 US at that famous and very large beer distributor in Emmaus, PA.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,965 ratings.
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