Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,964
Reviews:
2,028
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

This beer looks so inviting with a deep, dark brown color and a small beige head that dissipates quickly. It has some light coming through around the edges and a constant stream of fine bubbles flowing up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is very vibrant with cherries and raisins leading the charge and a hint of chocolate and brown sugar joining in.

The flavor is substantial but not overdone. It's fruity and slightly tart with cherries and brown sugar. Despite the color, there is little flavor you'd associate with such a dark beer.

The carbonation is high with very fine bubbles that mellow as you go on. The consistency is moderate and just right.

This is such a smooth, tasty and complex beer with everything you'd expect from a Belgian brew except for the price tag.

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Photo of TonyReaves
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into- what else?- a Trois Pistoles goblet. Yeah, I'm already a fan. Figured I should run a review of one of my absolute favorite beers.

Not much head, but I'm getting a lot of aromatics- cherries, figs. Whatever malts they used gave this a lot of fruitiness.

So much going on in this. Cherries and grapes and pears. Alcohol warmth. A bit spicy.

Despite all that malt, this still finishes pretty dry. High carbonation.

Drinkability? This is no session beer, but as a sipper it's beautiful. I'll take drinkability to mean I could spend an hour with this glass and be happy straight through.

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Photo of Jmoore50
2.58/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The appearance is of a dark plumb. It has a dark brown heart with purple brown edges. The head is tan colored with huge fat bubbles that represent strong carbonation. This is the macro of Belgian ales.

The smell is of figs and clove with a melting pot of spices that I cannot really point out.

The taste has a strong Belgian yeast character to it that brings lots of spice and a bit of dryness. I think the clove in this is the specific spice that I cannot stand, plus there really is no strong flavor. This is Belgian Strong Dark Ale Light. This has some of the flavors of the style, but they need to be amplified by ten. Too watered down.

The mouthfeel is over carbonated for the style and a bit dry on the finish. The yeasts bring a positive aspect to the mouthfeel by bringing a type of spice complexity, but in the end it is muddled. The direction of this beer is unknown. It needs more body, more flavor and most of all, more balls. This is a safe, easy representation of a beautiful style. I would not age this beer. This is the Coors Light of Belgian Dark Ales.

J

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Best before 07-14-12

Trois Pistoles pours a nice deep brown with amber highlights with a creamy tan head that falls leaving little lacing.

Aroma has a nice spiciness with caramel and dark fruity malts.

The flavor is full of dark chocolatey malt, toasted pumpernickel, raisins, prunes and apricots. Nice spiciness, black pepper, capers and clove as well a a nice floral hoppiness. Alcohol is noted but not hot at all, blending and supporting the other flavors. Nicely complex becoming moreso with warming.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and a bit chalky and smooth with a bit of robust carbonation.

I believe this is my favorite Unibroue beer now! A very nicely done strong dark ale, but then I do like dark beers. Highly recomended!

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Photo of jsh420
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best before 01-14-12

pours dark amber brown with a 2 finger off white head that fades film of tight bubbles

smells very fruity cherries some dark fruit some earthy grassy notes

taste very dry i love it - dark fruity malts balanced by the grassy spicey phenols

mouthfeel is medium body that feels lighter with the heavy carbonation and the dry finish

drinkability - this is one of my all time favs - so drinking a whole 750ml is no problem

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Photo of EkimGram
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, almost black colour. Poured into an oversized wine glass, maintains a thin head.

Smell: Strong but not of alcohol (at least dominantly.) It has a sense of some dark fruits, very similar to St. Bernardus ABT 12.

Taste: Not too strong, easy on the alcohol taste. It's a little sweet but not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: It's lovely; warm and smooth. The feel and taste linger on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: Given the ABV of this beer it is very drinkable. Definitely an enjoyable beer and I certainly plan on buying more.

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Photo of Fitzgerald
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance dark brown but when put up to a light a ruby red comes through, the head is nice and creamy off white that dies down to a thin ring.

Smell is a real fruit, grapes,prunes almost like a port wine and a little alcohol scent real nice.

Taste, hold on I had better take another drink, the different fruit tastes are great not real sweet a little burn on the front and very warm finish.

Mouthfeel some carbonation not real full,a nice dry dark ale.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass.

Appearance - Dark slightly hazy brown with a small tan head that retained about a half finger head throughout with some nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Slightly sweet with a nice roasted malt aroma and some nice fruity & spicy yeast phenols. Very welcoming aroma.

Taste - A great blend of dark roasted malts and fruity and spicy yeast phenols. A nice sweetness up front gives way to a slightly dry finish. A very well balanced beer and very similar in flavor to a good Belgian Dubbel, but slightly maltier. Nice.

Mouth feel - Medium-bodied and creamy carbonation. Has a great mouth feel for this style

Drinkability - I like this beer a lot, as I do most of the Unibroue beers. It's not my favorite Unibroue beer (that honor goes to 'Don De Dieu"), but it's a very close second and a good representation of the BPSA style with a little more emphasis on the malts. I would drink this again for sure.

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Photo of schanker21
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown. Almost apple cider-like. Head dissipates quickly. Leaves virtually no lacing.

S- Raisins, dates, overall quite fruity. Sort of a sugary, syrupy smell to it.

T- Too fruity. Raisins, grapes, dates, sugar, all a little unbalanced for my taste. Not bad, but just a little overwhelming.

M- Decent. Maybe a little over-carbonated.

D- Overall not the most drinkable. The high amount of sweetness would make it tough to stomach a lot of this.

Overall, not a bad beer, but I'm still a little unimpressed with Unibroue.

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Photo of alkemy
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby/chestnut/mahogany hue with a foamy light beige head out of a 355ml bottle. The head has little retention, but loads of carbonation are constantly rising from above. The nose was overwhelming grape juice. There are other dark fruits like cherry and plum, but the grape dominates. You also get a hint of alcohol in the scent. Has a grape juice/wine blast at first. Then there are subtle hints of the Belgian influence. Lots of clove and a tiny banana note. The carbonation was just over the top for me. I enjoyed the taste but felt the biting carbonation detracted from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a large format bottle into a tulip glass.

Attractive, dark beer, but not murky. Lovely, golden tan head that disappeared quickly to a very thin collar and very little lacing.

Nose was a bit closed (beer too cold?). Some dried fruits, prunes and alcohol sweetness.

First impression was the carbonation. I thought this one was a little too carbonated. However, the taste is right on for this style. Delicious flavors of dried, dark fruits, candy sugar and roasted malts. Some spice on the back palate.

This is a good effort.

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

It pours a dark brown with a reddish hue around the edges, and a foamy off white head. It looks like cherry coke.

Smells of dark fruit, plums, and a little alcohol. The dark fruits are sweet.

Prunes, raisins, caramel, a little funkiness, and a very very quaint chocolate aftertaste are the flavors.

Medium-heavy mouthfeel, well carbonated, and sweet.

You can taste the alcohol, no doubt, but is true to style.

Overall, this is not one of my favorites from Unibroue, but still a pretty dang tasty beer nonetheless.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/27/2009. Split a 12 oz bottle two ways, poured into tulip.

Ar: Dark fruit, floral, dark cherries, plums, strong chocolate, dark caramel, heavy syrupy sweetness, lightly chalky, fresh cookies (chocolate, banana), quad-like sweetness, good complexity, faint spice

Ap: Brown, reasonably clear, creamy smooth tan head, good retention, hint of lace

F: plum, prune, cherry, chocolate, dark and sweet with dry end, light alcohol at end, sweet and fruity initially but dries out well, tartness at end is a little strange, much drier than smell, dries as warms, dark and sweet without roast, sweet syrupy caramel and cookies, light hop presence at end, taste is more thin than aroma, hints at being a quad but doesn't follow through, good character but not enough of it, toffee, heavy kettle caramelization, dry fruit after, *rough, *artificial grape

M: Hot alc at end, darkness and sweetness helps to balance but it is still rough in throuat and stomach, thin/med fluffy mouthfeel

O: Aroma is the best part, taste is thin, initially seemed great, alc rougher in taste, unbalanced

*= ideas from fellow taster

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Bottle has a "best by" date of 7-14-2012. Pours a coca-cola black, with a slight tan head. Decent lacing, but not much head retention. Smells are dark fruit, caramel, touch of chocolate. First taste gives a huge alcohol burn, spices, molasses, very sweet. Drinks thick, rich, medium body. Medium-high carbonation which seems to be a recurring theme in Unibroue brews. Drinkability is good, definately a beer that is meant to be enjoyed and not guzzled. Excelent beer!

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Photo of Winters
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark brown with faint red hue toward the top, with nice foamy head that disappears to a thin head. Has light carbonation coming up to the middle. Also has nice lacing on the side of my Chimay Chalice.

S- Is of Bananas, Apples, and other fruits with caramel, molasses, cloves and coriander.

T- Apples, Bananas, little bit of grass, molasses, pears, clove, and coriander.

M- Nice carbonation, also is nice and sticky to the tongue and teeth.

D- Smooth with a bite on the back of the tongue as it goes down.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark raisin color with a large bubbly head that leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Smell is very bold. Lots of dried fruit aroma, maybe a little cinnamon and also some alcohol.

Taste is full of dried fruits; prunes, dates and raisins. Big malt character there as well. Some hop flavors linger in the background.

Lots of carbonation, good mouthfeel. Not too heavy but plenty of body.

Drinkability is pleasant. A nice take on the Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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Photo of mikeborglum
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(draught) very dark with creamy light brown head. Nose is like most other Unibroue offerings -- heavy on the plum/raisin with a slight spice and yeast. Sweet and smooth with a light carbonation. Alcohol was not overbearing! Another good ale from Unibroue.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my ommegang snifter. Pours a caramel color with ruby highlight's. Fizzy heading that fizzed out completely and left no lacing at all.

Smell is heavy with malt. Some undertones of tartness and cherries.

Taste is malty as hell then soothes out into a beautiful cherry middle. Finish into a dry hot booze on the breath a little heavy.

Mouth is full bodied and warms the palte with that warm boozy feel. Needs some swirling though to bring up some carbonation.

Drink is good. A little dissappointing seeing how this was such a highly rated beer. I wasn't all that impressed.

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Photo of climax
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a quick immediate head that quickly dissipates due to the high ABV. A real dark purple, almost black, looms in the snifter after the pour.

Nose was of obvious ripened fruit with substantial notes of yeast, pear, coriander, and spice. A bit more strength would have yielded a higher mark

The flavor is exceptionally smooth. Grape and tannin have a huge influence, but it isn't overly wine-like. The warmth of alcohol is apparent and sneakily looms throughout but never distracts. Coriander, sweet pear, and yeast make another appearance and give way to dark sugars in the clean finish.

Body is medium, yet it feels light and alive. The initial feel is good and sharp from the carbonation, it soon settles down to a smooth creaminess. Finish had a somewhat interesting slimy feel. Despite the 9% ABV the beer goes down really smoothly, better watch out after a few though.

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

Bottle from a 4pk

Beer pours a deep purple/brownish colour, half inch brown coloured head.

Aroma is of raisins, cherries, malts and slight chocolate.

Tastes is of figs, raisins, malts, port wine and the slightest alcohol burn

I would have liked this even better had the alcohol been masked a little more. Overall, this is a nice Belgian style brew that I would't hesitate to revisit. Unibroue, as usual, impresses again.

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

Pours a very dark amber, nearly opaque. Carbonated bubble float quickly to the top to take care of what small head this beer produces. Smell is earthy and dark. Sweet fruits, raisins, cherries, and hints of chocolate. Taste is quite bold, with cherries striking me followed by an some subdued earthy hops. The carbonation is is balanced well in the medium feel of this beer. Delicious.

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Photo of crhensel
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle into tulip) Pours a deep black with a half finger creamy light brown head. Nose is like most other Unibroue offerings -- heavy on the plum/raisin with a slight spice and yeast. This one was a little sweeter though, almost as though the fruit were slightly sweetened or barely dessicated. Very smooth and velvety in the mouth with a light carbonation that enhanced the sweetness of the fruit and allowed some spice to develop after. Alcohol was very well hidden again, so be very careful if you want to try more than one! Another top notch ale from Unibroue, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries!

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, corked and caged, poured into a chalice:

A: The beer poured a black with a brown head that was big and thick but not that well retained. Head was dense with small bubbles.

S: Aroma is a strong Belgian influence, sweet with dark fruits, figs and raisins mostly.

T: Taste is good, not my favorite style. Good Belgian flavor with a stronger dark fruit.

M/D: Body is light to medium, excellent carbonation, certainly not as creamy or as thick as expected. The beer is smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of mbunje
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (from a 4 pack) poured rough into a Tulip.

A - Head is about an inch of offwhite/bone color. Very dark brown...almost opaque through the middle. Edges are an amber color. Ample carbonation is on display with small bubbles rapidly moving from bottom to top.

S - I smell dark fruit/port and some funk that is typical of the belgian style. Smells like a Quad.

T- Really nice. Many layers. Dark fruit followed by bitter chocolate and a tangy something or other in the finish.

MF - Lighter bodied than I expected. Champagne-like carbonation. Dry-tight finish with a bit of alcohol burn.

D - High ABV (9%) but medium to med-light in body, interesting flavor and all for less than $3/12oz. I say quite drinkable, not too filling and the alcohol is well hidden.

Got to be may favorite Unibroue offering. Nice!

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Photo of emsoud726
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer now both on tap and by the bottle. As is typical with the darker Unibroue beers, let it sit a while and it will not disappoint.

Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Dark with a nice reddish hue if put up to the light.

S: Darker fruits, berries, raisins, maybe even a bit of black cherry

T: Backs up the dark-fruit smell. Mellows out and gets sweeter as it lingers a bit.

M: As I've found with a lot of the Unibroue beers, it starts off with a bit of a tingle, but subsides as the beer warms a bit.

D: Despite the 9.0% ABV, I didn't notice it as much as say, La Fin Du Monde. Tasty beer overall.

I highly recommend tasting this beer on tap. It is an ENTIRELY different experience. At least twice as flavorful. Definitely inching up the list of my favorites.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,964 ratings.
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