Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of Mavajo
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, caramel color with a light moderate head. Smell is of a fruity sweetness. Taste reflects the smell - malty, fruity and carbonated. No bitterness to speak of. Not a particularly heavy mouthfeel - fairly medium bodied...a bit light considering the style. Pretty damn drinkable - I tore through this bottle before I realized it.

I can't say that I'm blown away by this beer in any way, but it doesn't do anything wrong either. It's just a very, very good beer all around.

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Photo of DrinkyGuy
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was shocked by the lightness of this beer, as a Belgian Strong ale.

Aroma- Very assertive scent of bing cherry, ripe dates and mild spice notes. Almost has a sarsparilla scent to it.

Appearance- Dark red-brownish color, reminds me of cherry cola. Light tan head that dissipates very quickly. No head retention, and very minimal lacing.

Taste- Over ripe cherry and bitter tasting fig and a slight hint of extremely ripe date fruit at the beginning. Very subtle baked bread in the middle. Finishes a bit warm, with the alcohol being higher, with a slight astringency to it.

Mouthfeel- Mid range, smooth and mildly juicy with a very dry finish.

Overall- Surprisingly easy on the palate for a Belgian strong ale, but a little too heavy on the fruit for me. I liked it as a break from the ales and lagers i've been tasting lately, but too sweet for me to drink more than one bottle back to back.

All in all, I think is a very good beer if your in to dark, fruit flavored ales and heavily alcoholed beers.

I liked how, even though it was a high gravity beer, it was uncharicteristically light and balanced, not EXTREMELY heavy on the fruit or the warmness of the alcohol, but a bit too much sweetness for my tastes.

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Photo of TimDudley
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Poured - per instruction - into a snifter, the beer is an opaque cola. Big, fat bubbles rise and pop with almost no retention, even around the edge.

Smells of 'midrange' fruit. Cherries and figs. A swirl releases more carbonation (but still no sticking) and more aroma. Still fairly one-note, though, plus just a hint of spice on the fruit.
Taste is uncharacteristically light. Sweet, malt, spice, and bitter mesh together in almost perfect harmony - to the point where it's hard to tell one from the other. Fruity sweetness, more cherry, some date, with some fresh-baked bread underneath. A hoppy spice, black pepper. Hints of allspice and nutmeg, maybe from the yeast. Trois Pistoles finishes clean and dry, with barely an aftertaste. Goes down clear and warm, the warmth being the sole hint at this beer's 9% alcohol content.

An increasing alcohol presence as the beer warms, particularly in the aftertaste. Much more spice towards the end, which makes the beer feel much more bubbly than it is.

Very long lasting carbonation, what one might expect from a bottle conditioned beer. Even with no noticeable head, the beer continues to feel bright and bubbly. On the other hand, it's very light on the mouth - almost watery. Not what I would anticipate (or desire) from a Belgian strong.

The one upside of such a thin feel is that - in concert with its balanced taste - this beer is dangerously easy to drink.

Light. light light light light light. For a dark strong ale, that's not the word that should come to mind, but it is. The flavor is spectacular, but it's a bit weak. The carbonation is perfect, but the feel is a little thin. I want to love this beer, but I just can't get fully into it.

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

poured into a snifter,nice head.more or less black with hues of ruby.

nose is ripe dark fruit,most notably ripe figs.spicy yeast notes, slight bit of phenolic medicinal notes, and a bit of booze.

taste is strong dark fruit flavors,bit of candi sugar,spicy yeast notes.bit of medicinal phenols,finish lingers.each sip invites the next.

medium bodied,a little bit more carbonation than average.overally a really drinkable belgian strong of my favorites and a definite go to. goes well with a wide variety of foods too.

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

We've been aging a bottle of TP for about 2-3 years now in our cellar, and we decided to open it tonight for a special occasion. Huge pop of the cork, and some foam starts to gush out. Certainly did not lose any carbonation over the years. In the glass, it formed a huge head. But, it did look really good and fluffy. Dark brown color, with an amber glow. Smell was loaded with ripe fruit like plum and fig. Taste was exceptional. This rivals any Trappist dubbel I've had in a while. Fruity and sugary, but balance with a slight hint of alcohol. Very velvety mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink. Great pre-dinner drink paired with a wedge of blue cheese. Will be re-stocking the shelves with more bottles of this for sure.

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Photo of tronester
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, super dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head. Smells of ripe plums, and freshly cut wood. Taste is of ripe fruit up front, smooth malt middle, spicy belgian yeast, and a dry, dextriny, woody finish. A hint of alcohol, but barely detectable. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly high carbonation. Very drinkable, this is an excellent Belgian Dark ale, I certainly plan on getting this again.

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Photo of vishneda
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

This is a great looking beer. Has a fantastic ruby red body, very dark and opaque like a stout. The dark tan head is solid and remains at one finger the entire time with ample lacing.

The aroma was a mix of very ripe dark fruits -- fresh raisins, plums, prunes -- and caramelized or brown sugar. It is a very sweet smell. Lighter notes of yeast, cinnamon and oranges are present as well.

It has the right flavor, with vine fruits and much of what was in the aroma coming through on the front part. In the middle there is a dark chocolate and perhaps nut mix that leads to the mild bitterness in the finish. As the beer warms a vanilla flavor also comes through lightly. The beer is sweet as the aroma announces, but there is a good balance in here.

The carbonation is very nice, even and not too intense, but lasting across the whole palate. Like the head, this beer held up nice throughout the session from a carbonation standpoint. I felt this beer finished a little hot with alcohol present in the close. I think this hurts the drinkability, though I am not sure you group a dark belgian ale if you want to knock back a few quick ones.

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

A- Appearance reminds me of Coca-Cola, deep black with fizzy off-white head. Most of the head dissipates very quickly leaving only a thin film on top. Good head retention but not much lacing.

S- Apples and cherries are the first things that come to mind followed by dark fruits and a yeasty aroma.

T- Ripe apples come through for me, fruity and a bit boozy. Pretty balanced flavor overall.

M- Smooth and plenty of carbonation. Sort of a sharp mouthfeel with the carbonation.

D- Very drinkable even for 9% ABV.

I'm still getting used to the Belgian style brews but they are definitely growing on me. A definite recommendation.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

It pours a dark amber almost brown with a white head that doesn't last and poor lacing.

It smells very sweet, sweet hops a nice unique aroma.

The taste is great nice dark hops and incredidbly drinkable for its abv. Very reminesicant of a quad.

The mouthfeel is great.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in to a Chimay goblet. Dark brown color with great head and froth. Some lacing down the glass. Smell is amazing, dark fruits, sugar (candy). Taste is even better, especially as the beer warms in my glass. Tastes are complex; fruits, malts, sugars; the combination is incredible, and very delicious. Mouthfeel is also awesome, carbonation surrounds the tongue and throat. Drinkability is high, as the taste is super. I vow to always have this beer at hand in my house.

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

Appearance: Pours to a deep reddish-brown with a moderate head. Foam diminishes at a medium pace with very little lacing on the glass. A very nice pour.

Smell: Slight hint of grains with a note of malt and hints of alcohol. Perhaps a hint of bitter chocolate hanging around the edges.

Taste: Subtle, slightly sweet opening. Some hints of raisin are in the mix here as well. Finish fades of some hints of alcohol and slight bitterness. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thinner than expected, but certainly not watery. Moderate to light carbonation throughout.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: almost black, but a very dark ruby brown when viewed with backlight. Very thin, almost nonexistent head.

Smell: slight wheat aroma with notes of berries and with a chocolately atmosphere. Reminiscent of a cordial.

Taste: malty, slightly fruity with an alcohol bite. Not bitter. Has the same chocolate finish that was hinted at in the nose and it has the same characteristic: neither a slight note nor a principal component of the flavor, but a stage-setting atmospheric chocolate quality which is difficult to describe but awesome to drink.

Mouthfeel: medium body and well-integrated carbonation makes for a texture closer to creamy than to fizzy.

Drinkability: this is a sipper, if only to appreciate its qualities, notwithstanding its high alcohol content. Very tasty, but not a session drink for me.

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

A- dark chocolate in color with a nice brown mocha head. lots of sediment floating around the goblet. lots of carbonation with a cool circle of bubbles forming directly in the middle of glass

S- fruity, sweet brown sugar with malts and alcohol. pretty normal smell for this class of beer

T- fruity with an emphasis on dates and raisins. as soon as it hits the mouth the carbonation begins to fizz on the tongue. very sweet with little to no hops. esthers is only aftertaste I get. good but not great

M- light and crisp with a good creamy balance. more carbonation in appearance than in the mouth

D- I really enjoy a good belgian ale and could definitely work this into the rotation this winter as it cools down.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a chilled goblet.

A-Thick dark brown with over two fingers of dark tan foam. Nice rings of lace are left after each sip.

S-The smell of dried fruits, maybe figs and prunes. Hin tof dark chocolatewith a touch of yeast and malt.

T-The fruit lasts until the taste. Maybe some raisins, hops, and more chocolate. The alcohol isn't overwhelming but present.

M-Good carbonation and nice full mouthfeel.

D-Wow, this is the stuff. Now I can't wait for cooler weather.

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 750ml bottle is really cool. Very mysterious castle with a black stallion riding a wave of turbulent sky. The pour in the Duvel tulip glass is a beautiful dark brown with a hint of red coming through in the light. Head is cream colored coming up quickly as I carefully poured (as with any corked beer bottle).

Very interesting smell. Grassy, malts, esters, alcohol.

This thing hits your tongue like pop rocks. Dry, champagne like feel. It melts in your mouth instantly leaving a foamy film of tight bubbles on the tongue and lips, very bizarre, but awesome.

There are many layers and stages of tastes here. Dry...metallic/sweet...spice/raison/,! This is way to complex for me too descibe. It is a 3 second journey with every sip.

I noticed too when starring at the glass, the center of the now thin head is erupting with a small dime sized pool of recirculating bubbles. That is so cool. It forms a eye in the center of the glass.

This is my second Belgium strong. I still need to develop my palate for this style, but I am very intrigued by the feel and flavors. They are very mysterious and complex. This beer is amazing.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle corked and caged poured into corsendonk chalice aug31 2009

A appears black, but when held too the sun its a cloudy deep ruby red with sediment. once i got it in the glass it settled down too a giant light tan head with good retention but very little lace

S there is a lot going on here, brown sugar, yeast some booze and dark fruit all mixed up well with some spice

T also complex, now the brown sugar is burnt but it works well with the spice and booze. it has a finish that tastes like fortified wine, very nice

M creamy but not too heavy, gets much better as it warms

D another dangerously easy drinking strong ale from Unibroue!

again i cant stress enough how much better this beer gets as it warms up. start it off slightly chilled and let the bottle warm and the last glass will be the best i promise

yet another new favorite from Unibroue I cant get enough of their strong ales. i said this about la fin du monde and I'm saying it again the best value i can buy in Calgary

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

Another foil wrapped 12 ozer from Unibroue.

Appearance: Its dark, dark red. Puffy white head with reasonable retention.

Smell: Dark fruit, spice, Belgian yeast. Its really pretty good. About what you expect for the style, but not mind blowing.

Taste: Lots of spice that is almost peppery. Dark fruit and bready, yeasty, maltiness. Not much sweetness. Finishes a little dry with slight bitterness. I like a little more sweetness. Overall pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Its too thin. Almost watery. It is saved in part by being well carbonated, but remains not nearly full enough.

Drinkability: I like this one better than Maudite, which seems to be more highly regarded. This one is more like a real Belgian dark than Maudite is, but still not quite there. A little to thin and lacking the dizzying complexity found in the best examples of the style. Overall though, its a tasty, inexpensive alternative.

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Photo of skrib09
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

poured a rich wood color with a champagne like tan head.

smells fruity, a bit dark and rich from some roasted sweetness, sweet, and a touch alcoholic. there's a note of champagne wafting in the air.

taste is a bit nutty yet fruity. some prune and sweet wine flavor. a little roasty amongst the champagne taste and mouthfeel.

bubbly and airy, goes down smooth, with a hint of alcohol.

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

I personally liked this beer, was different, but good. For such a strong beer I didn't notice the alcohol. Smell was like fresh fruit apricots or plumbs. Taste was definitely strong of plumbs and spices. Color was a rich ruby color with a tan head. Was very fruity. Was allso a fairly thick and bubbly beer. Overall I could handle a couple of those beers despite the high alcohol unlike the maudites which for some reason hit harder despite the lower abv.

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

Poured bottle into goblet.

Appearance: Very dark brownish color that cannot be seen through. Mine poured with a very small head.

Smell: Strong malt base with much fruitiness throughout. Maybe hints of apple and mild citrus, perhaps. Very appealing.

Taste: Very sweet with a very smooth finish. Again, very fruity flavors throughout with the slightest hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: A fair body. Not thin by any means, but not thick or creamy; it's just right.

Drinkability: Excellent beer. Something I would like to get again...and again and again.

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

A: Two fingers of head with big bubbles. The beer is cola brown both as it pours and once it's in the glass. That is much lighter than expected. The head is tan/off white and leaves an ok lacing.

S: Chocolaty, raisiny, cherry smell, only slightly sour. No hops, no plain malt sweetness. Very good and inviting, not too strong.

T: Not "typical" at all, for Belgians or beer in general. Not too sour at all. No hops, but not too much candi sugar wither, which I think most Belgians have too much of. No alcohol taste, but plenty of complex malt tastes. A very solid aftertaste.

M: Creamy and not watery at all, which I expected a little from the color. Good amount of carbonation.

D: I don't know, even though the ABV isn't TOO high and it's not TOO heavy, I think this beer would get to me pretty fast. Too fast.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep and very dark brown(nearly opaque) body w/ an oustanding 3 finger(and growing) beige head.

S - dark fruits(raisins, dates and figs)over-rippened bananas, brown sugar, tea-like spicy hops. also scents of red wine.

T - almost identical to the aroma. taste is quite complex, very sweet at first, but then opens up to a nice spicey and lingering tea flavor. this is slightly alcoholic, and makes for a nearly medicinal flavor. very interesting. the booze adds a little warth, but i would never call this beer "hot"

MF - body is medium full, creamy feel and sharp carbonation, but not overly done IMHO.

D - goes down easy, this makes for a great after dinner beer. this reminds me of the months to come. I am actually looking forward to kicking back by the fire w/ a few of these and some good old movies this winter.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Trois Pistoles pours a nice dark color with a slightly reddish tint and a big foamy white head. The smell is lots of spice, possibly coriander, orange zest and the trademark Unibroue Belgian yeast smell that all of their beers posses.

The taste is fruity esters, grapes, kind of a vinous appeal. Almost tastes like carbonated wine with a little bit of malt base and bitterness. Some warming alcohol and flavor.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy, but is then interrupted by a little too much carbonation and harsh wine like flavors. I feel like the drinkability and overall flavor of this beer could be enhanced if the malts were allowed to come through more. I've had other beers with a strong wine presence that I've liked but this one doesn't really do it for me. Not a bad beer, but not the first dark Belgian or Unibroue that I would go for.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown that is almost black with a small tan head that dies quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell is of funky spice with some dark fruit thrown in. Mostly the fruits are more figs, but not quite raisins and no apple.

Tastes of the dark fruit mostly. Again, not much in the way of apple, but there is some fig type notes in there. There is some spice, but not as much as others. There are also some chocolate flavors with the malt.

The mouthfeel is thinner than expected. It is not unenjoyable, but I would expect something a little more full given the style. Moderate carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

This is drinkable, and I would say it is more drinkable than others given the thinner feel.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice rich burgundy brown color with a decent head that dissipates into a nice frothy ring around the glass and leaves a nice lacing.

The smell is a complex bouquet of earthy and grassy aromas mixed will vinous elements, dark fruits and maybe a hint of chocolate. The grassy and yeasty flavors are the most pronounced with undertones of the fruitier elements.

The taste is similar to the smell, with a sweet earthy flavor up front and a dry aftertaste. Definite earthy, grassy and grainy notes up front complimented by dark fruits. The finish is a bit vinous with a lingering yeasty or grassy aftertaste.

This is one hell of a beer.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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