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.

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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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Photo of Avagadro
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep mahogany in color, Trois Pistoles is clear, but nearly opaque, full of vigorous lacing, and topped by a creamy head that rises above the rim of my goblet. It has the same appearance as a marshmallow.

S: bouquet is quite fragrant, with many players. Mostly spice with only a touch of fruit, black pepper, banana, and grapes are all noticeable.

T: unibroue does a remarkable job on this brew, creating a 9% ale that is not at all syrupy. There is a slight sweetness to this brew that is created by the complex cast of fermentation by-products. Banana, black pepper, and mangoes are all contributors to this amazing brew.

M: Unibroue has really captured what the greats, particularly Westmalle dubbel and Rochefort, possess; a super creamy mouthfeel. Trois Pistoles is amazingly soft, even through the heavy carbonation. The mouthfeel may be the most impressive aspect of this brew.

D: I've always been impressed with Unibroue, and currently have the impression that they are the only ones on this continent that really capture the style that the Trappists have created. This is definitely worth picking up.

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

Dark, with an off-white head that will sit there until you start to drink it. Spots

The smell is that of any other Belgian ale, with the yeast coming through with its floral accents.

There is a slight burn on the tip of the tongue that is not at all unpleasant and the toastiness cannot be denied. Dark cherry fruit that starts up front but moves to the center of the palate, tinged with dried fruits. The hops make themselves known with a spiciness on the back of the tongue...maybe a bit of cloves.

As with most of Unibroue's offerings, this beer this is smooth with the proper amount of carbonation. Not a lot of aftertaste and what is there is nice and not bitter.

This beer is 9% ABV so I caution against downing bomber after bomber. However, this is an easy-drinking beer despite its darkness and full body and you'll want to open another.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. bottle dated 06-12-10. Sampled on May 7, 2010. The cork pops off loudly with a good dose of mist filtering from the bottle. It pours just about black with a long lasting soapy beige head and light lacing. The aroma reminded me more of a wine with a kind of fermented fruitiness mixed in with the roasted malts and light hops. The taste is more akin to licorice and hard liquor than beer but I do get a hint of malts in the sharply bitter offering. Even though it is noit really my style, Unibroue continues to live up to its good name with this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown liquid of thinner viscosity. Tan head. Lackluster lacing for my expectations. Maybe its the purple on the bottle, but smells of plums/raisins.

Caramel and alcohol. Sediment despite the careful pour. Fruity Imperial Newcastle? Have aged this a few years, is much better imho. BSDA is just not a style you should come to me looking for direction on. I'm not into them. This one was really no different, even though it was better than 90% of BSDA's I've ever had.

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Photo of jeddsp
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a great beer! Pours dark...seems black with hints of amber. Decent head although it didn't last long. Lots a smells from a seemingly endless supply of fruits. Taste was the same to me...dark, rich, fruity, load of flavors...almost hard to describe. All I know is that I really enjoyed it and would drink this beer anytime.

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Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Opaque and near black, but a tiny glimmer of red comes through in the light. Bubbly head and legs. Looks more dark brown once it nears the bottom of the Snifter.

Smell: Dark fruit galore - plum, figs, raisins and various other sweet fruits which I can't identify. Some light banana as well.

Taste: Very nice mix of the semi-sweet and earthy. Plums and raisins are in full form, but notes of banana, clove and musty wood are apparent as well. Very complex, but surprisingly a little mild.

Feel: Low carbonation, full and chewy body that is pretty smooth. Finish is actually somewhat dry. Unfortunately, it is slightly watery; not sure how it can be both full bodied and watery, but there you go.

Drinkability: Very nice BSDA, with lots of complexity, but a little subdued and watery. Still great, just not the best of the best.

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Photo of liamt07
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review ever:
Poured from 341ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep red/mahoghany/purple, with about 2 fingers of head, settling down to a thin layer with some good lacing on the sides.

S: Lovely, dark fruits (currant, cherry, dark berries I'd say?), sweet malty, a bit of chocolate and smidgen of yeast.

T: Bit of alcohol, again the dark fruits are there, pretty similar to the smell, minimal heat and a bit of yeast at the end.

M: Heavy carbonation, but really goes with the beer in my opinion. Not overdone, but appropriate I think.

D: Too drinkable. Could probably clear a 6 pack of this stuff if I didn't pass out from the alcohol first. Really hides the ABV, great friggin' quad.

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Photo of regspeir
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer many times but am just getting around to reviewing it. It reminded me why I like quads and suggested that this may be the perfect cold, rainy-day beer. I would normally reach for a porter or stout but I think this is so much more than most of those could bring to the table. It pours a deep, cider like reddish-brown. There was a two-finger head which quickly settled, leaving only light lacing. The nose was a blend of alcohol, raisins, cherry, clove, sweet malt and a yeasty aroma I can't describe. Carbonation is heavy. The taste follows the nose perfectly with the addition of some slight bitterness to temper the sweetness - a lovely interplay that really works. At 9% I certainly couldn't drink this all day/night but I might want to. This isn't my favorite Unibroue beer, but it is a great one, nevertheless.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Belgian Strong Dark Ales are not my favorite style but I can appreciate why people might like them. There's plenty of flavour, it just isn't my thing. I've had Trois Pistoles on tap and in bottle and I think I prefer the tap version. It's a little mellower.

Pours a dark brown with amber highlights. The head is off-white, aggressively carbonated and quickly falls to a ring of foam. Some lacing is left behind.

The smell is fairly soft, containing ripe fruits, clove and an earthy yeast smell. The taste is fuller and more complex. Lots of ripe fruit, clove spice and even a hint of cinnamon are present. The aftertaste is long and drawn out. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are standard.

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Photo of dtivp
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap, served in a goblet. Poured a cloudy deep brown with a small tan head that disappeared very quickly.

Aroma of dark fruit, cherries and raisin with some sweet malts and yeast.

Taste followed the aroma with the sweet fruits dominating with a very slight bitterness at the end. Surprising that there was no taste of the alcohol.

Creamy, medium bodied beer with little carbonation.

Very smooth drinking beer and at 9% ABV be very careful, this one could sneak up on you. Highly recommend this beer.

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3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to chalice. Best before date of 2/18/10. Review from notes.

A: The average size head is light brown and filled with big short lived bubbles causing the crown to deflate quickly. The body is a murky shade of dark brown walnut. Completely opaque except at the thinnest parts of the glass.

S: Roasted caramel malt character, backed by piney/resiny hops and a dank barnyard, musty earth yeast. The nose is fairly impressive and is this beer's best feature.

T: Fermented apple cider and red grape juice. Various dark fruit flavors of blackberry, currant, prune and date come through as well. Slightly woody. Also, anise and various spices. Unfortunately, there is a hint of paper and a slightly metallic edge. For what its worth, this bottle has exceeded it's best by date by two weeks.

M & D: There are several consistent qualities across Unibroue's spectrum of beers: The sound upon opening a bottle rivals a gunshot, the head fills the glass and fizzes out quickly, lacing will not happen, the taste lacks depth, the mouthfeel too light and thin, and then there is, of course, the trademark super fizzy effervescence which is almost always the highlight of the beer.

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Photo of snpub540
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost black hue with a very thin light brown head. No lacing left on the glass at all. Lively carbonation that I've come to expect from Unibroue.

Smell was of mostly dark fruits and some yeasty goodness.

Taste was more complex than the smell in that it had spice, sweetness, some alcohol bite, and an earthiness that all combined to be very pleasant. None of the tastes overwhelm each other and it makes for a smooth sipper.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and it had some nice fizzy carbonation to it. Drinkability is good, definately not a brew to be chugged.

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Photo of al3
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy brown, slightly red, some lacing

S - sweet, dried fruit, with a faint tangy aroma

T&M - cherry with a hint of raisin and caramel. smooth character, only a slight semblance of alcohol

D - at 9, dangerous

Overall, a great beer, I don't drink a whole lot of bottled belgian, but this was one of the most balanced and easy drinking I've had. Was a perfect beer to break out the Tripel Karmeliet glass and get nice.

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

Served from a 750 ml Belgian style bottle.

Appearance: Murky, tawny brown with a fizzy tan head.

Smell: Dark sugary fruit with some faint sourness.

Taste: Juicy and slightly sweet fruit with some caramel upfront. Finishing with some faint hop bitterness and alcohol twang to balance the malty sweetness. Also a faint chalky aftertaste, I'm guessing from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very dry, but not off putting at all.

Notes: Complex and very tasty. This is a dangerous brew, I could easily drink three or four glasses of this, but at 9% ABV you need to take it slow with this one.

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

Poured into dimpled stein.

Appearance: White head that collapses shortly after. Unperceived Effervescence. Dark reddish-brown color.

Aroma: Medium high intensity. Nose of spices, bubblegum, banana and dark fruit. Spices CLEARLY dominate the profile.No hop aroma.

Taste: Medium high intensity. The taste follows up on the nose: Coriander seeds, clove and generic spices upfront. Banana, bubblegum and dark fruit on the back. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium full bodied. Light carbonation. Slight sourish twang. Low bitterness. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Drinkability: Very "Drinkable" as it's not to sweet nor does the alcohol show itself to much. Fits the style, it's complex and interesting but lacks an extra "oomph" in the nose and tongue to warrant a 4.5.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass = Chimay chalice

A - Pours a what looks like a deep opaque brown color but backlit it turns a cloudy ruby red. a nice light tan head which quickly fades to just a bit of foam on the top of the beer.

S - lots of fruity esters cherry and raisen are dominate. some spicy beligan yeastyness. lots of sweet malts as well as some mild roasty stort of aroma.

T - follows the nose. very malt forward. lots of dark cherry and raisen esque fruity flavor. and a nice roasty bitterness in the background to balance it out. long finish. top notch.

M - medium bodied. not much carb but deffinitly right for the style.

D - for a 9% abv ale there is no trace of alcohol in the nose or taste. very flavorful with out being to cloying. one of the better belgian style darks i've had.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Trois Pistoles 12oz into Duvel tulip

Pours a murky brown with what appears to be deep purple highlighting, as well as some ruby and gold around the edges. Has a two finger lopsided-rocky head of tan bubbles that dissipates pretty quickly without leaving any real lacing. A couple dainty laces as you take a few sips.

Aroma is something that everyone should experience. It smells like grape soda and Flintstone vitamins. No kidding, those are the two most prominent and defines aromas pouring off of this beer. Sweet dark malts, figs, dry dark fruits, Unibroue house yeast, candi sugar. Very interesting to say the very least.

Sweet Belgian candi, rich dark malt, a long hit of dry dark fruits, a bit of that grape soda thing that was present on the nose, dry yeast. The palette is definitely a bit delicate for the style, by all the components are well integrated and flow into one another effortlessly.

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy with a big, boisterous carbonation. Good for the style, though it could be considered by some a bit too light.

Easy to quaff and overall unpretentious and inoffensive. This has a very well hidden alcohol and could likely be enjoyed by those who aren't beer savvy. My second favorite offering from them behind the great La Fin.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +14.7%
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 +2.8%
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 +11.1%
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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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,011 ratings