Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

4,956 Ratings
Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

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

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Photo of southernmagnus
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this originally as a build your own sixer.

I drink this when I want a St. Bernie's Quad, but I don't want it to be as sweet.

Which is 98% of the time.

Amazing beer, worth the price, All That.

If you have the means- I highly reccomend it.

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

A: Pours a dark ruby red with creamy, soft light tan head composed of tiny micro-bubbles that were lively on the surface from the strong carbonation. Left a clean lacing while the head settled to a nice ½ finger layering that lasted for the remainder of the drink.

S: hints of raisins against a nice strong caramel backing along with some fruitiness (apples).

T: sweet caramel apples, fresh raisins with light pear juice. There was a touch of yeastiness of cloves and bananas as well some berries. The beer finished with a very good spicy and warm caramel and alcohol fade.

M: light, smooth with a sour fruitiness and caramel gracing the tongue as well a fizziness from the carbonation.

D: Smooth, very well refined, with a great drinkability.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a nice deep ruby-brown. Initially dark, but then the outside of the glass radiates a subtle ruby hue. Unfortunately, this reminds me of a Romanian I know who would pour coke into his red-wine. Nice full bubbly head, that disappears after a little while, but the effervescence of the beer means there is always a small head lingering around.

Smells like a mixture of malt, port barrells, and Orange rind! The port/plum nasal quality really lingers nicely.

A taste of wheat, plum, and yeast, followed up by a warm port-like finish.

Medium body, with a good amount of effervescence.

Drinks nicely, and disguises the powerful ABV well


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a medium off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, chocolate, Belgian yeast, some caramelized malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts with strong flavors of cherries, licorice and bourbon up front with some background flavors of chocolate, caramel and Belgian yeast. An alcohol sting seems to keep trying to poke its way through but gets blocked by the hearty malt character. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, pretty clean finish for a style that tends to be sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are certain things that I've come to expect from Unibroue and at the same time I've come to know that they can throw a curve-ball once in a while. This beer has the Unibroue qualities I expected and also has the curve-ball with its fruity and candy-like taste. Overall, it's a well-made beer that is worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for this type of beer, but it's not one that I would want to drink consistently.

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

Pours a rich, very dark ruby/brown colour with an enormous, airy tan head into a wide snifter, the head settles down in time, but not until it lets you get a good look at this gorgeously-pouring beer.

The smell is not anything to rave about but not bad either: cherries and sugar mostly with a sort of toasty hint to it. This beer gets fantastic, however, once you take your first sip.

The taste is incredible and complex: a big hit of dark cherry in line with the aroma, with brown sugar and licorice tones moving on to that Unibroue signature alcoholic tang, mellowing and lasting long after each sip. I am fond of that particular element, as it certainly helps with savouring the beer. I tasted a bit of nut-like bitterness at the finish but it was very subtle.

In terms of mouthfeel, it's rich and carbonated but feels soft in the mouth. It's not too thick but still feels nice due to the carbonation.

The drinakbility is good for 9 percent ABV. Definitely a slow drinker. I wanted to keep sipping it over and over to experience the mouthfeel and big palette of flavours, but the potent alcohol lingering behind the fruit and sweetness served as a warning to take care.

Overall I would drink this whenever I could! Another Unibroue beer that stands out as a real winner.

I have to edit this review with one remark after the fact, as I tried Trois Pistoles from the smaller (regular-size, not 750ml) bottles a couple of days ago and it seemed to not be as good... I don't know why. Something about it tasted harsher. I would suggest being wary of this!

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Photo of usmcphillips
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is certainly not some sipping beer for an everyday Joe, but of course you could say that about most of the beers in this category. The alcohol is a bit of a kick compared to many conventional beers and it tends to turn off the "I drink daddies beer" types. I wouldn't suggest it to many of my friends though I truly enjoy it because the complexity is likely over their heads.
I have yet to run into a beer from Unibroue that I haven't deeply enjoyed. This one has been added to a list that could be entitled, "I like it a lot, but not enough to search for it and pay the arm and a leg being asked".

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

Been waiting a while to try this but couldn't justify purchasing a 4 pack just incase I didn't care for it. However, over the holiday weenend, I found this in a make you own 6 pack for 8.99 and I couldn't pass it up. Here goes....

A - Cloudy tan to brown color with 1/2 inch head that slowly disappears. Appears somewhat thin. After sitting for several minutes, still cloudy with a little sediment forming at the bottom of my glass. Nice looking.

S - Wine. Grapes. Rasins. Prunes. Strong applesauce from Grandma's kitchen. Apples that have been laying under a apple tree. Fermenting. Fruit is very evident. Strong but pleasant. Reminds me of an apple orchard in late autumn with many different apples ripening on the ground. Earthy smell. Not my typical drinking beer but heard so many great things, I just had to.

T - Alcohol hits the nose and then disappears immediately. Very nice. Strong sense of apples and pears - like dark applebutter instead of regular applesauce. Some carbonination which is very nice. Besides the first sip, no alcohol present. Warms as it goes down. Crisp fall day. I really need to get out to the farm. Great around a fall campfire. Overall, very very good.

M - Thin but refreshing. Doesn't stick to anything. Light. Makes the cheeks and lips pucker somewhat. Can feel the beer all the way into the back part of the mouth.

D - Highly. I will now pick up more of this. Very high in my books. Reminds me of a fantastic apple, pear beer with hints of raisins and prunes. Exceptional.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml.

The appearance was a pretty wood brown, cloudy with a brownish tinted head that dissipated slowly.

Smelled good, hints of a few different things like malts, dark fruits and caramel.

The taste wasn't as detailed as the smell would have you believe bit was still good. Not too sweet considering the type. Caramel, dark fruits, maybe a hint of chocolate, and the alcohol shows up at the end but not in an overpowering way.

The mouthfeel was fine. Appropriately smooth but not flat.

Overall the drinkabaility is fine. It came off as a bargain version of true Belgian dark ales but it was priced as such as well so I can't complain too much. It still beats your generic macros by a mile.

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Photo of echdk3
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a New Belgium snifter

A_Opaque black ranging to dark brown at bottom cusp of snifter. Thick bubbly light brown head

S_Woody, alcohol, ripe fruits

T_Earthy ripe fruits, very warming tasty alcohol. Black toasted bread

M_Heavy body, medium chewy, taste lingers. High carbonation... amazing

D_High alcohol is masked, goes down very smoothly, high repeatability

Note: Pairs well with blue and gargonzola cheeses and crackers

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Photo of SingleCell
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Warmed out of the fridge for 5 minutes before being poured into a chalice.

A: Fluffy yet slightly chunky 1/2 inch head that settles rather slowly down to a thin lace which remains for the duration of the beers enjoyment. The colour is deep dark amber.

S: Sweet dark over ripened fruits (plums, grapes and even a little bit of apple). The 9% alcohol can be detected but is masked quite well by the mouth watering scent of the ripe fruit.

T: Again with the dark over ripened fruits; however, I believe the taste of plums dominates. Alcohol is present but well masked. You can definitely feel the impression of the malt up front then as the finish approaches it is balanced out with subtle hops. The finish is long and involves caramel and port wine, very tasty.

M: Smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation that tickles the tongue but it still allows you to enjoy the full flavour of the beer.

D: Not in any way a session beer. Good for when you want to have just one full flavoured beer.

This is one of my first craft beers which I am revisiting and will do so again. A very enjoyable beer for after a large meal consisting of red meat.

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Photo of theBubba
2.92/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Before we start, this C review is, of course, relative to this category (we're not talking Coors here).
Poured from a 750 ML into a bell glass.
Appearance--a cloudy deep amber with a tall head that quickly sunk to nothing. Moderate lace.
Smell--soy and vegetable, with a touch of prune.
Mouthfeel-- nice, an initial carbonate bite followed by a foamy smoothness.
Taste-- soy sauce, with a bit of toasted malt and a salty aftertaste.
At the price, I'd leave this one alone. There's better stuff from Omegang.
As I finish this review, I'm finishing my 3 Pistols, and I feel like I've just finished a bowl of Sukiaki. and beware of reviews with jargon like:
"taste is deep dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs, grapes, apple, cherry, candi sugar?, molasses, pepper/spice."
I mean, give me a friggin' break. Pick 5 out of 11, and maybe we'll have a clue.

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Photo of charlesw
3.24/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Dark, good head height - no head retention (bigger, darker bubbles and - oops! - gone!). Smells sweet and earthy - a bit of the mold from a dry blue cheese, you know? Bitter, dry chocolate (no sweetness to that). Some brown sugar taste without the sweetness. Fizzy in the mouth. I won't be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of noeldundas
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is a very dark reddish brown. opaque mostly, with some dark ruby colour. a thin head that lasts throughout (enormous head initially, when poured in a Duvel glass). nose of cherries, raisins and some alcohol. like christmas pudding! mouthfeel is medium light and crisp with a maltiness that is balanced by acidity more than bitterness. there is a finish like orange juice with spice and chocolate notes.

overall very very good, but best shared. the opposite of a session beer. although i've had this beer many times, it always surprises and delights.

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Photo of drxandy
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best before 09 - 18 - 10
12oz bottle to fluted wine glass, Excellent bubble streams!! nice high carbonation, deep hazy brown with a hint of peach/red, creamy tan head with amazing bubble lacing - WOW this is a fine looking beer!

smells of delicious dry funky yeast, dark fruit, grassy hops, sweet

taste is deep dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs, grapes, apple, cherry, candi sugar?, molasses, pepper/spice, yeast backbone is fantastic, dry, bitter, alcohol is definitely present and slightly hot, excellent balance

mouthfeel is bitter, sweet, fruity, dry yeastly/residual alcohol/ almost tannic lingering aftertaste, great carbonation, a great sipper, can't believe this was one of the first craft beers i'd tried a few years ago and haven't revisited since!

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Photo of harley101
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a very dark beer, smells of dates and figs and raisins and all kinds of sweet things.

just dances on my palate, tastes weet with a tapioka like texture.

sooo good cant explain the taste though, mixture of a divine alchemy.

it is definately a sipper, after taste of pork and egg dish,

very citrousy

love it


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Photo of cwps48
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I took the 25 oz bottle out of the fridge for about 10 minutes before drinking. Obviously, the yeast was left in the bottom.

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Dark. Couldn't see through it, even with a light behind. I'm not a big fan of the head, so I try not to pour a significant one, but one was present regardless. It dissipated quickly.

S: Sweet. Very obvious fruity smell to it. Smelled of... figs and plums? It had a certain wine-y smell behind it.

T: Nothing really going on at the middle part of my tongue - only tingling from the carbonation. At the back of my tongue, that's when the magic happened. Very fruity. Sweetness from the fruits balanced nicely by a slight presence of the hops. Aftertaste similar to that of a wine - fermented grapes.

M: Very carbonated. At first at least. I had the whole bottle to myself, so it started to lose that carbonation. At which time the beer was much smoother.

D: I would definitely have this again. The food I was eating it with (something quite creamy) was probably not the best choice, but something tells me this beer would go very well with some kind of food...

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

This beer has many exceptional qualities. It has the brightness that is found in all Unibroue offerings. It hides its alcohol VERY well.

Most importantly this beer has the right balance of fruity SWEETNESS with fruity TARTNESS.

Pours an amber/brown color, with an effervescent white head. 750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

Nose is predominantly cherry with some raisin and tart apple.

Mouthfeel is bright, like all Unibroue beers. I'm not overwhelmed by the sweet-tart fruit flavor or the alcohol. I find this beer to be particularly well-balanced.

Strong, tight lacing like a holey blanket in my glass.

I enjoy Unibroue's beers, and this beer is certainly shares strengths with the rest of Unibroue's line. A great beer, especially remarkable for its ability to hide its 9%.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance- ruby/amber, darkened to near opaqueness. Head is nearly-white.

Smell- blackberries, spices, apples, cherries, alcohol and spring.

Taste- berries again, as in the nose, with a sweet into quite tart flavor, which retains its berry profile, while being mouth-drying tart. Swallow is yeasty into malty, with a malty fruit (every so slightly tart) aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- carbonation is on the lower end of normal, but feeds directly into the prickly tartness. Over-all texture is smooth, but not heavy.

Drinkability- Unibroue likens this beer to an aged port; and not for nothing. Like a good port, however, this is something to be enjoyed sparingly; you wouldn't want two glasses in the same night, probably not even in the same week,; but you will look forward to having it again, eventually, because it is very delicious.

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

This beer pours into the glass as a cloudy dark leather-colored potion with a thick and fluffy off-white head. It has a rich lacing and the head is mostly diminishing. The clarity stops a couple centimeters into the glass. There are certainly living creatures in it. The aroma is a backdrop of a barn full of hay and the aroma of night-- of the flowers that were in bloom during the day but have closed up for now. At the forefront of the aroma is a big plump prune, tawny port and possibly black pepper and tamari. The initial flavor is moderately sweet and a barely detectable bitterness. the flavor becomes startlingly balanced-- lightly sweet, acidic, and bitter. the blast of flavor quickly recedes and the aftertaste is quite short. It has a soft and even mouth feel with a slight whiff of alcohol in the nose after swallowing. Very refined!
(rated Jan 22, 2007)

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

Poured this crude oil black colored beer into a pint glass. It came off with a nice amount of head and lacing after it settled. The smell of fruits greets the nose and makes a pleasant aroma of yeast and raisons. The taste follows suit of the aroma. Overall a great beer to enjoy.

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Photo of cleeze
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now this is quite dark if you ask me. Poured a hue black as night. It had a nice off white creamy head with more than decent lacing.

This lucious dark brew smells awful fruity. Dark fruits, maybe some raisons take over with some faint yeasty aromas

As soon as you sip this, the ripe fruits come out and bitch smack you right in the mouth. Also a bit sweet, maybe some brown sugar. Faint alcohol notes as well.

This is deffinaly a sipper at 9% but oh boy does this baby have some well balanced and complex flavors. ***tip*** let her warm up

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

12oz bottle poured into La Fin Du Monde tulip. Pours a slightly off white head with a decent head that reduces to a slightly sticky lace. The colour is almost a deep opaque black almost plum shade.

A strong medicinal aroma with strong phenols and some spicy aroma accompanied by the yeast aroma.

Their is a strong alcohol taste with a sweet grape taste at the front. Their is a slight caramel sweetness to it and a medicinal cherry flavor as well with some added spice.

A nice brew but being one of my favorite styles their are others out their that I prefer.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle bought as part of a Unibroue mixed 8 pack from Whole Foods in Duluth, GA poured into a Hennepin glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown that has red highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Just a small covering of bubbles that tries to leave lacing behind, but the large bubbles don't stick.

S: Dark malt, Belgian yeast, and dark fruit aromas. Wonderful smell.

T: The initial taste is a very sweet fruit taste. Figs and raisin flavors seem to be the most prominent. Classic Belgian yeast and spicing are also mixed in. There is quite a bit of alcohol burn that I did not remember from previous tastings of this beer on tap.

M: The carbonation is a bit over the top. When added to the spice and alcohol in this one, it makes it seem almost astringent in the mouth. It seems a bit thin in body.

D: The spicing, carbonation, and alcohol cause this one to be a bit of a sipper for me. However, many in the style have that same characteristic.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, didn't expect it to be rated so high. Pours dark brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is full of malt and dark fruits. Lots of raisins and some apple. Taste was kind of thin. Almost nothing up front, then a burst of alcohol, sugar, spice, and grapes. As soon as these flavors appear, they disappear in the back. The aftertaste is nice and smooth, with malts and the port they advertised. I let it warm, and it was nearly the same. I just got tired of trying to appreciate this beer.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. capped bottle into a large wine glass, this beer pours a deep ruby/brown with a half inch of off white head. Head doesn't linger but lacing is reasonably strong.

Smell is of Belgian yeast, and some rich dried fruits combined with clean malt notes, and a touch of alcohol.

Tastes of ripe plum and dark chocolate covered cherries. Somewhat sweet but not overly so, a well balanced malt structure. Carbonation is a bit high thus shortening the finish of the beer, though the feel and finish do improve with a bit of warming and outgassing of the carbonation, thus yielding a slightly chewy malt finish. Decent drinkability for the style as the carbonation masks the sugar and alcohol reasonably well.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,956 ratings.
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