Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

4,955 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 Stonebreaker
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark, with a good head though it quickly recedes and there is no lacing to speak of.

Smell: The aroma is dark fruit figs and maybe some sweet molasses rum.

Taste and mouthfeel: The taste is figs, nice herbal phenols, cola, no hops to speak of though they must be there since the finish is moderately dry. The mouthfeel is a little thin, acidic and fizzy but that is typical for the style.

Drinkability: Outstandingly drinkable for the abv, you can only feel it after the cumulative warming in the stomach.

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

12oz into goblet

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown with a one finger tan head that doesn't last too long.

Smell: Has that signature Unibroue yeast smell with hints of raisin, fig, and sweet malt.

Taste: The taste is big on ripe fruit, the raisin and fig and is balanced out by yeast and brown sugar on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Extremely easy to drink.

Overall: Great beer, probably my favorite from Unibroue so far. For 9% ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden and it drinks with ease, so watch out. Could have a few of these... in fact I already have!

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good, but not stellar, beer from Unibroue. From all the publicity this brewery gets I've almost been disappointed from them so far.. this is my 4th offering from them and nothing has really stood out. The positive thing about this one is how good it masks the alcohol... it's barely detectable but really knocks you back with the 9% ABV. Pours a cloudy brownish color with minimal head and a little bit of lacing down the glass. Smells of dark fruits and has a very spicy taste to it. Enjoyed it, but thought it could be better.

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Photo of BierFan
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Looks to be a very dark brown/purplish, almost black. Light tan head rises to two inches and falls in a couple minutes to a 1/4 inch. Almost no lacing.

Smell: The aroma is very similar to another Unibroue beer, Maudite. Juicy fruitiness with a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Flavor is also a lot like Maudite except that the alcohol is more hidden. Apples/pears, and some cloves as well.

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

Pours a dark brown color with bubbles effervescing from the bottom. To borrow from an earlier review, it looks like Coke or root beer soda. The tiny bubbles on the head stay with the beer til the end.

Smell is yeast, pears, apples much like other offerings from Unibroue.

Taste is somewhat sweet, yeasty and fruity, but a little watered down for me. I think the alcohol has something to do with that. It finishes pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is nice as this is well-carbonated beer.

Drinkability is average for me. Its a good beer but it leaves me wanting, therefore I would probably not want more than 1 per.

I'm a big fan of the Unibroue offerings. Unfortunnatley for this beer, the distinguishing characteristic in my opinion is its a little watered down. The flavors are more subtle than what I'd prefer. Still a very good beer, though.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just picked up the new 4pk Unibroue sampler, I'm almost embarrassed to say that they were all new voyages for me.

This one poured a nice dark color with a light tan head and left beautiful lacing over the glass as the 1 finger head dissipated. The aroma was estery with some dark fruits- dates and cherries come to mind. This one didn't do too much for me overall- I can see the appeal but I wasn't getting too much in the taste other than a hefty mouthfeel with some molasses-like sweetness and dark fruits. This is a pretty heavy beer- both in ABV and in mouthfeel, I dont think I could tackle more than a 2 in a night. I might have to try it again down the road though.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 1/15/2006 (750mL bottle, 2004 on bottle, 4-5 on the cork):

Pours a dark brown body, almost black, with a small light brown head that is diminishing. Has an aroma of hops, some sweetness, molasses, and citrus. A taste of molasses, heavy body, slight coffee, plum. Tasty.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a snifter: freshness date clearly marked on back of bottle

P: Exits the elegant looking bottle a light leathery-brown with hints of dark red. Sits in the glass a deep brown while a shade of dark burgundy filters through the glass. Off-white head is sturdy, but doesn't stick around for long. Not much lacing is left behind after the head settles down to a halo on top.

A: Smells of bready malts, yeast, caramel, a dash of pepper, and ripe dark fruits reminiscent of plums, black cherries, and hints of raisins. Wonderful!

T: Really follows the nose. Bready, yeasty, and dark fruit flavors greet the palate with a hospitable welcome. Black cherries and plums dominate the fruit flavor, while dried figs and rum-soaked raisins pop up just enough to notice them about half-way through. The finish is quite dry and leaves the tongue begging for more as caramel shows up in the aftertase that lingers on and on. Quite sweet (but not at all overwhelming) from the onset to the mid-way point, but as the peppery alcohol warms the palate on the finish, a really nice balance is achieved. With every degree that the beer warms, more and more layers are unraveled on the tongue. Damn, this is tasty!

M: Unibroue Trois Pistoles has a medium-full body, leaning more towards full. It's really rich, smooth, nicely carbonated, and feels luscious on the tongue. Compliments the style and flavor nicely. Very pleasant.

D: Although the 9% ABV is beautifully camoflauged as being mellow, it does pack a wallop. I could see myself emptying two of these in a night's work just for the taste alone. But this is no session beer. I feel it's meant to be sipped on and marveled at for it's great craftsmanship.

Notes: This is a damn tasty brew! Mellow, rich, very complex, and extremely pleasant with a good alcohol punch as well. Looks good, smells great, and tastes even better. What a treat for the senses. Highly recommended!

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Photo of TMB0424
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, caged cork, best before date on back

appearance - Dark amber red pour. Two finger off white, tan head dissipates fairly quickly.

smell- Upon corking, aroma is incredible. Even better once poured. Spicy, somewhat of clove. Plum, very fruity and fresh. Somewhat peppery.

taste- Very complex, wonderful. Sweet, dark fruits. On the forefront is plum, hint of cherries. Finish is a pleasant pepper and a hint of caramel.

mouthfeel- Very carbonated, yet smooth and easy. Chewy, slightly creamy feel on the palate.

drinkability- Very drinkable. Perfect sipping beer on a cold night. Alcohol is well hidden for 9%, although detected in the warming aftertaste. High recommended.

My first hack at the Unibroue line. I'm pleasantly surprised. The taste of this Belgian style is just as good as its aroma, which is nothing short of amazing. I'm excited to try La Fin Du Monde and Maudite.

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

Pours a deeply ambered brown with a cap of finely bubbled light, light brown.

Comes in fruity with red apples, lightly bittersweet toffee and caramel malts, then a little black licorice and dark fruit, with a yeasty Christmasty spice in the finish. Medium-full body with a fuzzing, zesty carb to lift it up.

Very nice beer. I consider my self an amateur of the style, but this one is damn solid.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: What you'd expect from a belgian dark ale. Dark brown/red color that let a little light go through. Off white head that is a bit light and doesn't stay for too long.

S: Some spices. Cloves are dominant. Some bread, some dark fruits, some caramel. Very strong smell (like any other Unibroue).

T: Almost exactly the same as the smell. Spices: cloves and pepper. Bread. Dark fruits sweetness. A little of caramel. Strong molasses and licorice. Some bitterness coming from the yeast, herbal hops. A very nice tasting brew.

M: Mid mouthfeel with mid carbonation. A little creamy. What you'd expect.

D: Balanced, easy to drink, not overly cloying.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle that is corked and caged

Unibroue's Trois Pistoles poured a dark brown color with a thick off white head that produced thin lacing, which clung to the side as I consumed it. Taste is of toasted malts and a hint of chocolate with a little black pepper at the finish. Trois Pistoles is well balanced and has a touch of spicy alcohol.

I enjoyed Trois Pistoles however; I prefer La Fin Du Monde or Don De Dieu - can't wait to try Maudite for a better style comparison. This Belgian Strong Dark Ale is another fine offering from one of the better brewers.

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Photo of cvfish
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark brown color with foamy white, head that quickly disappears and leaves no lacing, but clings to the glass as it makes its way down

S - Sweet raisins and plums

T - Very good tasting beer, sweetness with the bite of alcohol but a complex taste that continues to please

M - Medium carbonation, light bodied, very easy on the tongue

D - One hell of a beer that continues to impress and is consumed, only wanting more of it

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Photo of jwinship83
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- black body with a quickly forming large head that reduces to just about 1cm and stays with it the entirety of the glass. moderate lacing left on the sides.

S- pretty sweet is the first thing i notice. very fruity as well. lots of ripe dark fruits- raisins, figs, plums, maybe some pear in there as well.

T- alot going on in this one. a bready sweetness with lots of fruits. plums, cherries, figs, raisins. i can taste some yeasts as well. very complex.

M- light to medium body with lots of carbonation

D- as with all unibroue beers, this one is easy to drink. the 750 was shared with my wife and i was left wanting more. for something this available and cheap, its one hell of a beer. i feel this beer/brewery is pretty under rated because theyre so easy to get and usually overlooked on the shelves. check this one out if you like the style and havnt had it yet/

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 07-08-11 12oz capped bottle.

A: Classic dark Belgian strong ale look: nice clear ruby red and dark brown hues all around. Minimal head, lacing is thus equally absent, but the tears are nice to behold.

S: Sweet dark fruit. Blackberries, plums, cherries and figs. Not as aromatic as expected.

T: One word: Delicious. Trois Pistoles tastes like it smells, only much more of all that same dark, lush fruit. As this warms up more complexity emerges, always remaining balanced enough to merit the highest possible score. I love it when a beer tastes even better than it smells.

M: Carbonation is ample and the body is medium to full. It leaves my mouth feeling very pleased with itself.

D: One 12ozER is not enough. While I am sipping this to make it last, I am confident that I could deal with whole champage bottle on my own. In fact, I seem to recall having done this sometime in the murky past...

An all-time favorite that deserves a blind tasting vs. Chimay Grande Réserve, Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale, N'Ice Chouffe and Gulden Draak.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - Pours dark crimson/amber with a small tannish colored head.

s - smells fantastic. sweet, slightly roasted malt, notes of raisins

t - exceptional. sweet and fruity, grainy, malty

m - medium body, little carbonation

d - this is a fantastic beer, a 4 pack makes you feel warm and fuzzy, and is a bargain for the quality you get.

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

2007 Vintage served in a tall Unibroue tulip glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT.

Pours a dark brown color with garnet hues and a thin off white head with the lacing falling back to the head. Aromas of vanilla, sweet malt and dark fruits- raisin, prunes, figs. Same flavors as the armoas, with some alcohol warmth. High carboation, full body this is a very smooth drinking beer. The flavors all come together very nicely with each taking a turn as the lead.

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Photo of BigFrank71
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i really enjoyed this beer, have to say it is in my top 5. Purchased this beer in a 4pac at a local liquor store. pored a nice dark ambercollar i finger head of a mocha color. the taste was very refreshing to me with a wonderful mouth feel. the drinkablity was also very nice. drink all four and you will get a nice warm buzz.
would love to try this one on tap i have yet to have a beer from Unibroue i didnt like. i suggest everyone try this one it is very close to the belgian style it says it is

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Very dark cola-brown, but there is a decent bit of light pulling through. A quarter inch of off white head rises with moderate retention, and falls to a very thin collar. No lacing.

S - Big yeasty fruitiness typical for dark Belgians/Beligan styles. Dark fruits are most obvious; everything from blackberries, currants, prunes, and raisins and some noticable fig and apple/pear characteristics. A touch of butterscotch holds things together behind the scenes. There might even be some banana hiding in here.

T - The fruits hit all at once in the mouth, like a quick combination of fig, berries, and apples immediately followed by chalky, dusty-tasting yeast element. This subsides and blends with an almost spicy element heavy on the cinnamon and clove. Slight bitterness in the finish with just a smidge of alcohol peeking through.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Decent. It serves it's purpose.

D - For a big ABV Belgian, this is quite an easy drinker. Not really for quaffing but not quite a sipper either. A complex and satisfying brew without being too intense or heavy.

This beer improves greatly upon warming. Though I started with it out of the fridge, everything really blossomed when it hit about 10-15 degrees below room temperature.

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Photo of midaszero
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Extermely dark body with one and a half finger of dark tan head and no real lacing

S - Lots of dark fruit some sweetness and maltiness

T - Malty sweetness at first with a grain flavor in the back. Pick up some raisin and fig flavor.

M - Medium body with high carbonation

D - Pretty good stuff but over carbonated in my opinion.

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Photo of humanawho
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - very dark orange/red color with an small off white head

S - very fruity figs and currents dominate and a little charries

T - again very fruity, sweet but not falsely sweet, the domanaint flavor is a big mouthful of charries and some apples

M - very heavy goes with the rich flavors

D - too heavy to be very drinkable but the high alcohol is not seen

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Photo of Ljunkan
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been disappointed with many beers from Unibroue, but this is definitely the best one I've had from this brewer.

Pours a dark brown color with a nice white foamy head.

It smells fruity and a bit yeasty. Notes of spices. Very interesting! You definitely want to taste it.

Taste is fruity and a bit vinous. This beer has a very nice, typical liquorice taste which a really like about this beer. Behind this you can feel dark fruits and berries. There's also nice notes of spices - especially I find clove when I taste it. There's some spicey wheat beer like taste too it... almost as the weizen bock Aventinus (which is a old favourite of mine).

Unibroues best beer! Maybe the only one which didn't dissapoint me though...

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours with a single finger of foam, beer is deep brown color and rather beautiful.

Smell- Very bready, hints of alcohol.

Taste- Very complex, crisp up front with big wet sweetness on the back. Slightly tangy, not from hops but spices. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel- Glorious, covers entire palate with warm deliciousness.

Drinkability- A homer, this beer is lovely on all fronts.

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

Pours a dark chocolate with a big creamy head. Excellent head retention. Smells a bit vinous with rich fruit coming through as well.

Trois Pistoles has a slight tartness which is quite refreshing. It definitely has some plums and other dark fruits in the taste. I don't pick up much sweetness like others have mentioned. Some bitterness comes through though. The warming alcohol is welcome and expected with the style.

This beer has a nice creamy mouthfeel and decent drinkability. Another great beer from Unibroue that's a bit overshadowed by some of their other offerings.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

one of my favorites from the brewery. they really did a great job on this one. quite dark with medium head, latte foam color. not too tight of bubble though. still has great density overall. smell is of a subtle dubbel, not as cane sugar. some brown sugar, plum, blueberry. taste is a deep dark fruit ester, some banana and walnut malt too. smooth without a track of any alcohol. really something. extremely easy to drink too. would go well with just about anything to eat as well.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,955 ratings.
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