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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:
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Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#866
Reviews:
2,037
Ratings:
4,985
pDev:
10.87%
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Ratings: 4,985 |  Reviews: 2,037
Photo of josiahschlender
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Unibroue try, Trois Pistoles pours an ambiguous murky brown with orange and amber highlights. Orange-brown tinted head isn't too impressive or long-lived for me. I love the hefty bottle and cork.

Very complex aromas, it seems like something different vies for attention with each whiff. Banana, cloves, dates, plus some alcoholic fruity sweetness that reminds me of a liqueur. While they're good, the smells aren't quite up to the intensity that I hoped.

Flavors are also very complex, something I love. Banana, dates and cloves are abundant at first, then give way to surprising bitterness and some sour notes at the end of a long dry finish. Medium-full body is adequate, maybe slightly too bubbly.

Overall a memorable and enjoyable beer. I got this in a very affordable Costco four-pack that only set me back a few bucks for the bottle. If I see them come up again, Trois Pistoles will be a good reason to snag that Unibroue mixed pack.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sep 22, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark black. Has that initial wine taste up front, like the La Fin Du Monde, but very different after taste. I'm having a lingering after taste of pear here. Maybe i'm crazy. Very nice beer though, easy to drink. Can't taste the alc. % at all. Very solid brew.

Had this again over a year later. Really enjoying it this time around. Have had a better appreciation for belgians lately, and this is quite delicious.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep coppery brown with light tan head. Aromas of sour cherries, clove, sugar and alcohol. The flavor is governed by malty sweetness with reach fruity esters of sour cherries, quite cherry liquor alike. Generally on the sweet side but towards the finish sourish bitterness prevails with addition of palate-burning alcohol.
Not particularly complex with alcohol to evident the beer is to sharp to go down smoothly. Anyway, this is a decent dark strong Belgian but only if none of the originals is available.

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into goblet.

A. Very loud pop when opened. Poured a well carbonated 3 finger off white head. Dark ruby brown color. Ok lacing. Good head retention.

S. Big smell of fruit. Dark fruit, berries, malt sweetness. Almost has a grape soda smell to it. Definitely one of the more unique smells that I have encountered, but it is very pleasant.

T. Complex flavors that are hard for me to describe. Dark fruit. Very fruity at times. Caramel, spices, alcohol. Some hops come out as it warms. That hard to describe "grape" flavor that I got from the nose.

M. Medium/full bodied. Well carbonated. Dry finish.

D. An elegant and uinque beer. Very delicous.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Best before 05/05/2012.

Nearly opaque russet body revealing bronze highlights when peered down into from above. A wheat colored head dwindles quickly to a swirling archipelago, but then with tremendous crackling sounds builds itself back up to a creamy shoreline; an assymetrical sickle with good retention. Very unusual behavior. Lacing is uniform but somewhat thin, like a water-color wash.

Malt and dark fruit are the most pronounced aromatics, but the alcohol notes are somewhat incongruous, and borderline solventy/medicinal despite not being especially powerful.

The effervesence brings the flavors surging over the palate, with malt, plums, brazil nuts, and blueberries all suggested. Orange and lemon zest are hinted at as well, rounding out the profile. Brandy, cola, bread, and yeast form the finish, which won't commit to being sweet or dry.

Medium-bodied, spritzy and creamy all at once. Warming is pleasant and substantial.

A very good example of the style, but lacks the remarkable alchemical synergy of La Terrible. Perhaps a year or two in the cellar would be the remedy - I'll have to report back after concluding such an experiment.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pretty much completely opaque and black. 2 fingers of head with good retention.

Smell - Dark fruits and sugar.

Taste - Very strong, sharp and biscuity. Surprisingly similar to St Bernardus Prior 8 (despite being a different style), but not quite as good. A little less complexity than I would expect from a Belgian style ale.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability - Very good for the style.

Overall - This is not really one of my favourite Belgian style dark ales, but it is still very good.

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Photo of patobandito
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second attempt at a Unibroue brew.

Love the label on this, figured anything with that badass of a label had to be a badass beer.

Pours a magnificent dark brown with a thin head and some lacing. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, very sweet with a hint of some spices as well. The taste is incredibly complex. First it hits you with a bit of the spice, then it mellows out to a sweet, fruity blend, including apples. Extremely well balanced between the two. No hint of the alcohol, which is interesting considering its 9%. This makes it extremely drinkable.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An old 2008 bottle. Pours a nice cloudy, very dark brown with a thick light brown head, decent retention, some lacing.

Magnificent smell, raisins, bananas, cloves, vanilla, chocolate, this has everything.

Taste is much like the smell, some dark fruits mixed with tropical fruits, caramel, vanilla, cloves and spices, chocolate cake, somewhat bitter with a perfect winey aftertaste. Wow what doesn't this beer have. The alcohol is very well hidden, watch out for it!

Exceptionally smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Highly drinkable for the amount of alcohol in there. By far one of the best Unibroue beers and the best BSDA I've had to date.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. The usual cool Unibroue artwork on the front label and a best by date (2-10-12) on the back label. Was a dark brown color with ruby edges. Had an averaged sized fizzy tan head that dissipated into a thin collar. Some carb streams but no lacing.

The aroma was amazing. Been at least 5 years since I last had this one and I had forgotten how great it smelled. Sweet fruit, spicy yeast and sweet malt with no real alcohol presence. I enjoyed that this one realized more on a banana and pear fruit than the dark fruit and raisin of most BSDA's. The spice also offset the sweetness perfectly. The taste was amazing as well and really followed the aroma. Spicy and fruity with a great balance and again no alcohol even though 9%. Very reminiscent of a great weizenbock. Mouthfeel had medium body with smooth finish. Good carb levels.

Overall, an exceptional beer. BSDA is a hit or miss style from me but this one knocked it out of the park. For me, this is the best BSDA by far. Outstanding. Rotation: avail here. Now that I've rediscovered it this one will be in the regular rotation.

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

A beautiful beer to behold and to drink.
Deep dark color with a thick creamy head.
Smells like a plate of alchohol-soaked burned brownies (in a good way) with a leafy/grassy high note. Tastes is dry and clean, but thick and chewy going down. A bit of tightness, mineral aftertaste.

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

3 full fingers of head sitting atop an almost black body. Initial smell is a wave of musty yeast and spices. Some citrus character is also present, and a tiny bit of dark fruit.

The taste is spice and yeast forward. Unfortunately there is a bit of a metallic nature present. Hopefully that is just my bottle, because it is something that I will never accept in a beer. Apple peel and raisins round out the background flavors.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. This is a great beer other than that tiny bit of metal I tasted. It was a small enough amount though that I began to not even notice it after a while.

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Photo of t3hcho53non3
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a large head that quickly dissipates but hugs the glass and leaves good lacing

S: Fruity malt aromas with hints of bubblegum. Yeasty

T: Ripe apples and fruit. Alcohol is masked very well. Very balanced flavor that evolves throughout the tastebuds.

M: Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation

D: Very drinkable almost to a scary point due to the high alcohol content. You definitely need to drink more than one to truly appreciate the complexity of this brew.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -19.6%
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 -9.2%
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.

Full article: http://timdudley.net/beer/?p=153

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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 dark.one 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 +9.2%
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 +2.1%
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 -9.9%
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 -5.4%
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 -1.2%
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 +13.9%
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 -5.4%
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 -0.7%
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 -2.4%
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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