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 PanicUnited
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was a second choice after my first choice was sold out. However, i was happily surprised with the texture of the beer and the underlying flavors that ranged from a sweet malt to a wine-like finish with hints of fruits. However, not in the sense of a beer brewed with fruit, rather a more distinct character and texture that I have not seen replicated since then.

Its not my favorite, but would gain a recommendation for sure. My only complaint is that the flavor is so prevalent and "unique" that it does not go well with too many foods, and drinkability is diminished.

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Photo of zaq37
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this beer in NJ a few months ago, says it is best before 5-5-12

poured into a DFH snifter

A - poured dark brown like a coke, but with a big head that doesn't fade very quick. lots of bubbles on this puppy

S - Champagne is the smell i keep getting from this, even from the moment i opened the bottle it smelled like a freshly popped bottle of champagne. Not smelling much else.

T - taste is great, very complex with that champagne subtlety but much more like a beer (obviously), must be the natural carbonation. Unfortunately i am getting a metalic taste somewhere in there, slightly disappointed there.

M - very carbonated, i appreciate the natural carbonation and the "real ale" style from bottle fermentation, but it's not quite up to par with other "real ales" that i have tried. Still the mouthfeel is pleasant and has a long after taste which is good in my book.

D - with a 750ml it takes a while to drink with appreciation, i would say this is a great beer to have on a special day, not something to break open on any old night. i would definitely drink this again, but honestly i would not go out of my way to get a hold of another bottle.

overall this was a good beer, but not top notch and unfortunately i was slightly disappointed in it, i was expecting much more, but still this was a good drink, and i enjoyed it.

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

a: the murky purple-brown body is without a doubt one of the most beautiful bodies i have seen on a beer and it has decenbt off white head that fades just a little too quickly leaving limited lace

s: very aromatic; caramel malts; prunes and blackberries; curry spices; sweet and sugary but full of fruity scents

t: darker and more rummy that what one would expect after the smell; plums and raisins and intense spice; toffee; caramel; a hint of warming alcohol

m: quite nice! pretty heavy in body without being to creamy and with a lot of carb to lighten it up; very refreshing but not lacking in substance

d: a great beer; can't wait to try some out of the cellar in a few months
same beer; now over 2 years of sitting in the cellar. let's see what we taste

a: when i first opened the bottle; foam came pouring out of the top - i guess that is from the extra pressure of 2 years of fermenting; pours a beautiful deep brown that is opaque excet at the highlights on the bottom and top of the glass which are more of a purple/maroon; 1/4 inch of beige head that rises up and then fades leaving a ring around the top; attractive

s: light abv; raisins; raw wheat; dust; light toffee and chocolate; some hints of dry wheat

t: warm raisins; sweet chocolate syrup is faint; spicy; light bitterness maybe from very very mild abv; blackberry; i think the abv has really mellowed from the last time; not that it was ever too epic

m: light cloy with medium body; carb now seems a little aggressive to me;

d: still a good beer; seems to have mellowed after 2 years

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Photo of jonziefle
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a dark brown, cloudy, with lots of yeast throughout and settled on the bottom. Half finger head the goes away immediately. Seems well carbonated. No lacing.

Smell: Banana and bubblegum nose, but darker than usual. Citrus. Some dark fruit/apple. Moderate sweetness. Flowery yeast esters.

Taste: Darker bubblegum flavors, with mild darker malts. Citrus. Moderate sweetness and wheaty smoothness. A spice tingle in the beginning.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a nice carbonation bite and smooth finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability: A very good Belgian dark. Excellent nose, flavors, and mouthfeel. 9% alcohol is well hidden and it is incredibly drinkable. Another excellent beer from Unibroue.

Buy Again? Yes.

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Photo of uustal
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkish red pour. Spice and citrus come through in the aroma. Great complexity like most Belgian styles. Spicy and grassy to start but then dark fruits, roasted malts, a little sweetness and a faint taste of alcohol. Great combination of flavors and perfectly carbonated.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.13/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep ruby color with a finger of head that stays the whole way through the beer.

Smells of spice and fruits, slight hint of bread and yeast.

Taste is spicy and fruity. There is no bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel i think suffers. It is very carbonated, even for a Belgian beer. It has a nice full flavor, but the carbonation kills it for me.

Drinkability is average, once again because of carbonation. I would love this beer if not for that.

Overall, a good beer; great smell, taste and appearance.

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Photo of tedsox31
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. The color is a very murky, dark brown, with a thin head of tan foam that sticks around ever so slightly. Some lacing along the side of the glass.

The aroma is of dark cherries, raisins, lots of spicy clove, and some cinnamon. Malty sweetness quite present. Perhaps a hint of chocolate.

The flavor is spicy up front with lots of clove, but finishes with the cinnamon. The darker fruits come in the middle; raisins, figs, and cherries. Not really any bitterness to speak of, from what I can detect.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, creamy. The sweetness and cinnamon-like spiciness lingers into the finish.

This is a very good beer. The clove spiciness could be a little less, but the flavors all meld quite nicely to make a delicious beer. This is a beer that could definitely improve with age.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a stemmed glass.

The color is very dark and is almost black with a shade of maroon when held to the light. Has a thick and some slight lacing.

The smell is of dark fruits, some raisin and even a little grape flavor with a little banana in there as well.

The taste is sweet with some of the same fruit flavors as the nose. There is a bit of a oak or woody flavor in with the dark fruit.

The feel of this beer is a bit light with a low amount of carbonation. There is a bit of a dry finish as it goes down but is smooth.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass. hazy brown color and bubbly sudsy head that falls to a thin ring. Aroma is complex: spicy, fruity and vinous. Flavor is a very complex mixture of fruit flavors, some dark malts, brown sugar, alcohol sweetness, spiciness, and aged hops. Mouthfeel is medium and warming and carbonation is strong. Overall, this is an excellent sit-down and sip beer and the beer world's answer to dessert wines such as port.

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

Have this following the Chambly Noire (pretty horrible) and I can tell it's an entirely different beast.

A: dark black malt, occasionally letting a bit of light through. Head dissipates fairly quickly. 3.5

S: you do get the typical unibroue tropical fruits, but it's in the form of a more refined smell like that I get in white wine- minerally tropical fruits as in a Riesling or Semillon perhaps. There's a fruity element which reminds me of red wines also. As it warms, also get a sort of custard/tropical fruits combo like that my nanna used to make for dessert. Again, it ties in with the unibroue theme but has a unique twist. Of all the beers I've had, this is the one which has reminded me of wine the most so far. As I smell more, I get a sort of cocoa/tobacco in the nose. Strange milkiness also present in the nose. 4

T: get a strange taste I can't quite put my finger on- vaguely minerally, milky. The taste is kind of reminiscent of red wine, but hard to describe. I think it might be the way red wine portrays red fruit elements which I am thinking of. That sort of sharp alcoholic fermented and demented raspberry/cherry. 4

M: silky, thick, almost winey. 4

D: this one grows on me. I can certainly put away a fair amount of wine, which this reminds me of, so it would be unfair to rate this harshly. 4

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Photo of chickenflea
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle.
A - Pours very dark with an uneven, foamy and dissipating creamy head. Little to no lacing.

S - Dark fruits are noticeable right away which lead to an interesting earthy aroma. There's definitely a bit of noticeable alcohol and anise in the nose as well. Also present are bread and yeast. Very complex. You really have to dig for the aroma though it is not overpowering.

T - Immediately, those Belgian yeasty spices are very accessible with flavors of clove and coriander being most easy to recognize. The beer is rich with dark dates and sweet raisins. The finish is long with the spices continuing to give and give.

M - Texture is oily. It collects on the roof of your mouth like deer tallow. Swirling the beer in the glass reveals a real slippery texture as well: zero retention. Medium bodied.

D - A beautiful beer. Different and exciting. Another good offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of colts9016
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger light tan head, that is foamy and creamy with okay retention. The color of the beer is dark brown with dark garnet hues. The clarity of the beer is opaque and there is some carbonation bubbles in the beer.

Nose: A dark roasted malt, with yeast dry dark cherries, floral esters, solvent, phenols, citrus, biscuit, wood, pine, orange, raisins, and a hint of molasses.

Taste: A rich roasted dark malt with yeast, a burnt character, and some caramelization. There is a nice hop flavor which includes floral esters, orange, lemon, and a hint of pine. Other flavors in this beer are dark dried cherries, fig notes, phenols, and some hints of solvent.

Mouthfeel of the beer is carbonated, dry and astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This beer has a lot of flavors but it isn't uniform. I did enjoy drinking this beer but it lacks a lot of character.

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Photo of ScottyC
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pretty dark -- light doesn't come through it. A slight red tinge when held up to the light.

Aroma: Wonderful fruit aroma. Some wheat scent also -- like berries.

Taste: Has a great bite/tang when it first hits your tongue. Slightly sweet. Although the flavors are similar to Duchesse de Bourgogne, it's not as sweet and the flavors aren't as "concentrated". Not as fruity as the smell would indicate. Mellow aftertaste. That bite you think is going to be bitter, but it ends up being tangy. I love that tang!

Drinkability: Goes down really easily for a 9% beer, probably because it's not overly sweet.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
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 +9.2%
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 +4.7%
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 -9.7%
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 -4.3%
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 +5.7%
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 -3.8%
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 +3.3%
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 -8.3%
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 -5%
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 +2.8%
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 -0.7%
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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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,007 ratings