Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Drawing on Quebec folklore, Unibroue chose the name Trois Pistoles to honour the city’s historic importance and pay homage to the legend of the Black Horse. Conjured up by a priest to help build a new church, this incarnation of the devil ran off when its bridle was removed. Because construction was still underway when the horse vanished, a stone remains missing from the church to this day.

Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of BernardusHo
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a best value for those who like the style of Dark Belgians. Very dark in color and highly carbonated, this brew has a unique fruity taste that is hard to describe. Easily drinkable and packs a punch, ABV is well hidden. One of my favorites from Unibroue. Definitely deserves a try.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce bottle, served at approx. 39 degrees

A: Belgian dark ale.... enough said. A dark, cloudy brown ale lets little light pass

S: Sour yeasty mash. Bitter herbs & burnt caramel

T: Delicious -- almost Belgian.... tingly carbonation, sweet herbal tones, ginger bread & nuts

M: Dense, complex & balanced

D: Yes

This is another well crafted beer from our friends at Unibroue; made to mirror the Belgian Trappist style

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown with large tan head that lasted with excellent lacing. Aroma was complex of coffee, chocolate and citrus. Complex mouth full of flavors same as aroma with a complex finish with an alcohol bite and long duration.

Very good brew.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blackish purple vacuum under a light beige head. Bottle exploded upon opening and poured an erupting volcano head that retains after. Aromas of blueberry, elderberry, strawberry, with a hint of dark chocolate. Powerful driving carbonation propelling an explosion of tart, fruity flavors tied together by tangy, bitter chocolate. Aggressive and brightfully complex. Crisp carbonation stings the palate, washing away the zest to usher in dry, cocoa, coffee, and rasberry. Excellent balance. An eloquent, explosive dessert.

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Photo of JRed
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque plum color with enlivened off-white head. Strong scent of ripe dark fruit, grapes, plums, syrup. Light crisp in taste with notes of fresh plums, grapes, spices, slight alcoholic booze in the center that gets washed away by medicinal fruit tang. Very much like a good wine. Light oil on mouthfeel that slicks the tongue. Alcohol takes a back seat to the fruit while spice rides shotgun; a mystical potion of a brew.

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Photo of jlb307
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at room temp from the 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

A: Murky and black, but almost looked maroon in tone. Frothy one-finger head which dissipated quickly. No lacing. Almost looked like drinking a Dr. Pepper, just a little less red.

S: Very sweet, like ripened fruit. Even the wife liked it! Not overly sweet, as some of the 9% ABV was coming through. Pleasant aftertaste.

T: Like dark chocolate-covered cherries. Yeasty but nicely balanced. The alcohol was not overpowering.

M: Crisper than I was expecting. Really felt like drinking a cola, the carbonation was primarily coming off the sides of the glass. Lingering tingly feeling was left of the gums which I wasn't ready for, but kind of liked.

D: This was a great beer. I would happily keep a supply in my house. Be careful there, this sucker is dangerous.
Another gem from Unibroue!

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Photo of Dulliwhig
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - murky, dreary brown with a dull purple maroonish hue

S - fresh fruit, sour flowers maybe roses, spices

T - black cherry explosion, alcohol warmth but lacking the familiar burn, floral notes, prune aftertaste with a very subdued and distant hop bitterness

M - crisp, drying effect, well carbonated, slightly lacking in body - lighter than expected

D - alcohol is hidden well and the beer is delicious, you want to drink it fast, but you must go easy with the ABV

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Photo of webbcreative
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Black, with a little hint of dark brown when held directly into the light. Nice 3 finger head, that didnt hang around too long.

Smell is really nice, some kind of fruit and spice.

Taste is really, really, really nice. In addition the mouthfeel is wonderful, creamy and smooth. Alcohol is hidden well in this one, but enough to warm you in the end. I can taste some kind of fruit and spice. Malt and hops are balanced really well in this one, not bitter at all.

Overall this is a great brew! Would definitely get this one again. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle conditioned into a Duvel glass. Poured dark brown/black opaque with medium foam and lots of very small bubbles. No lacing.

Slight smell of fruit.

The taste is a complex mix of many things - I picked uo the bottle yeast of course, but also licorice, some coffee, some sour taste. Noticed the alcohol. The finish was strong and it left an aftertatse almost like a plum or hearty wine taste. Reminiscent of a port.

The carbination was lively in the mouthfeel.

Overall I liked this beer, though it was very filling. Not sure I could have a lot here, but enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown/amber pour, large lasting whitish head. Sweet aromas, some malt, yeast. Suprising amount of red fruit with caramel/toffee. Has a stick to it, but rather medium bodied. Quite a bit of carbonation, but it does not get in the way. Does improve as it warms. Not quite sure what to make of the Unibroue brews, it's like they're all the same beer with different flavorings added. Good but not great. This is my favorite however.

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Photo of Rayek
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper with a fizzy orange tinged head that quickly disappears. Nice clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Left no lace.

S: Heavy on the coriander, with prunes and raisins along for the trip. Alcohol adds an extra bite to the nose.

T: Dark fruits rule the day with flavors of black grapes and currants. Bitterness is mild, with a distinct pepper bite. Alcohol in the finish adds warmth. Finishes fairly clean for such a strong beer.

M: Medium body is quite undercarbonated; especially by Belgian standards.

D: This got better for me as I drank it. Right out of the gate, I found it to be pretty bland for a Belgian Strong Dark. Thankfully, it got more complex as I continued to drink it. The lack of much head and the watery mouthfeel makes me think that perhaps my bottle had a leaky cork. I might visit this again to see if I got a bad sample.

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Photo of farrago
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid one finger head, active turnover of micro-bubbles, light brown in color, rapidly slides off the glass sides. Dark brown mahogany color with zinc orange accents. The nose is an avalanche of ginger, cumin, clove spice, spiced orange peel, caramelized brown sugar and attractive floral musk, as it normalizes in your nostrils the cherry, black raspberry scents come through, not anything here of note by way of hops. Medium-bodied, big foaminess which initially has your mouth as full as if an car safety airbag was activated in it. After that it becomes super-smooth and fluid, glides through the mouth. Huge inner mouth perfume of ginger, clove spice, swirls around unveiling orange peel, pine needles and chocolate covered raisins. The yeasty notes are like honey braised phyllo dough.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark brown almost black with 1/2 inch of foam that stuck around for quite a while

S - cloves are very present, with some banana and sweet malt aromas along with some deep fruit smells

T - the fruit flavor dominates this one, although not a very overpowering, but sort of very present in the background. Spices and banana flavors along with sweet malts

M/D - decent carbonation, a good smooth beer, but there was something about the flavor that makes it not a completely pleasant experience. It was a good flavor, but maybe just a little too strong for me.

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Photo of tzchandler
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hello to the waitress in SFO who served me this beer at Rose Pistole. First of all it's not 2 pints it 750ml. That would be 1.59 pints. And another thing. Please don't pour the friggin sediment at the bottom of my glass. Thanks Micheal!

Ok, seriously. This is a pretty dam good brew considering it's not from Belgium but Quebec. (insert french joke here) It's very smooth, nice head but not extreme like Duval. The flavor is sweet and yummy but I can't help think it does not have the complexities of some of the brews from Belgium.

I'll definitely look to buy this again but I still feel it has a way to go to be at the table with it's Belgium brothers.

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Photo of KentT
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles is one of my favorite strong beers. It reminds me of caramel, grapes, figs, with malt thrown in for good measure. Has some hop character but doesn't beat you over the head with it. Has a nice brown appearance decanted. Smells wonderful with a a bakery appearance in the smell. Smells like Banana nut bread with some malty notes. Tastes like caramel, figs, bread, hops, and a smooth finish. This beer's alcohol content is very deceptive as it is so mellow. It's easy to drink for a high ABV beer and demands slow sipping to appreciate it's qualities. It grows on you in a quiet way. Subtle and powerful, feline in quality. Mellow and relaxing on the other hand. Complex and rich and better with experience. One of the finest ales extant.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large snifter.

A: Pours a murky brown thats more on the dark side with a two finger light tan head with amazing retention but not much lacing.

S: Very bold smell. Smells malty with a small amount of hops noticeable. Other scents include a sweet caramel, toffee, date/figs, and possibly grapes.

T: A nice balance of malts and hops with almost no bitterness. A sweet caramel taste with complex fruit flavors dates, apples, and some sort of berries being the primary fruits. A small nutty taste I believe with a mild peppery finish. The alcohol becomes noticeable after a bit, but you wouldn't guess it was a 9% abv.

This was a wonderful beer that stays crisp and carbonated throughout the whole drink and doesn't reveal the alcohol it contains, very drinkable!....also I was lucky enough to get this in a 4-pack for $3.99!!! at Primo Cigars, Wine and Spirits in Woodbury, MN...the store should be listed here on BA soon!

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Photo of Stockfan42
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer was recomended to me by a co-worker of mine. Although that was a few months ago ive finally found a retailer in my area that carries this brew so here it is.

When I poured this beer into a glass there was not much I could point out as far as color other than the blackness it leaves in your glass. Its almost like pouring a can of soda, the head isnt really to present with its citrusy foam that fizz's all around the glass and its dark redish purple that barely gleams off the glass if givin the right amount of light.

A smell of cloves and or cinnamon (could be what stings my nostrols, cinnamon always does it for me) and there is a great sweet fruity smell present as well.

The Foam didnt hang around to long to give me a chance to get a good taste of it, but if its as sweet as the beer it coulda been good. My first sip I was overwhelmed by a sweet fruity, yet dark and malty flovour, there is much fizzing going on almost felt like I was drinking some hybrid fruit cola (as far as the feel of it went) but it went down pretty well not to heavy and pretty smooth. A little note of spices is left in the after taste, one I would let lingre a while before taking another sip.

My only dissapointment was finding out it was made in montreal. Me being a die hard bruins fan, I was not amused...Great beer though!

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark, dark brown, almost black (I'd swear it almost looks deep deep purple in the right light), with a two-finger of slightly off-white head. The head subsided reasonably quickly. Surprisingly little lacing. A thin layer lingered for most of the glass.

Smell: Spices dominate (clove, cinnamon), with banana in the background. There is a sweetness behind it all. It just smells strong. Dark fruits come through.

Taste: I would never guess this is 9.00% ABV. The alcohol is barely present at all, only coming through slightly in the aftertaste as the beer warms. The tanginess of the spices and dark fruits come through in the forefront, then fade to a slight hoppy bitterness. Banana and honey notes linger in the background as well, contributing to a bubblegum sweetness. There's so many different flavors in this one, that each sip absolutely has to be swirled around the mouth to fully appreciate it.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, perfect for this type of beer. High carbonation is a little bit harsh.

Drinkability: A thoroughly enjoyable brew, and one that must be savored over a long period of time. I don't know if it's one I would buy on a regular basis, but I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of Metal4Breakfast
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$9.99 4-pack at ABC Liquors in Ocala, FL.
What is not to like? Draped silver foiled cap with superhero presented logo. Graphic novel worthy dark graphics: great expectations!
Darker than expected. Cloudy due to too strong of a pour. The head settles to a 3mm ring that lives for the duration. Mild lacing coats the glass.
Yes, the expected dark fruits show up front and center. Raisins and figs.
Again, the raisens and figs. Maybe some plumbs as it warms.
A flat but thick sticy-sweet tongue coating.
It is a shame to do any thing but sip (savor!) this one. It goes down fine with a little warming in the end. I have come back to this one again and again (and will repeat in the future).

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Photo of Yooperduder
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wide mouthed glass.

A: Dark amber tones with some orange highlights on the edge. The head is light, lacy and filled with tiny effervescent bubbles. Head breaks down within a minute or so. Nice delicate lace pattern to it once broken down.

S: Yeast, some fruit, maybe a bit of plum as well. Very restrained fruit smell.

T: Definite spice taste, a bit too much quite possibly without an additional counter. Finishes nicely, just a touch of warmth. Fruit is restrained.

M :Crisp feel, slight afterburn to the palate after swallowing.

D: A good tasting beer, I couldn't spend an evening with it but nice for a conversation. The warmth becomes more present after the first glass. Body is nice, but not great, flavor is very good, but something needs to tie the flavors together better...

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz silver foiled bottle into a regular snifter carefully. Not sure of the date on this one.

A- Trois Pistoles has a red to dark mber color with traces of bronze and orange around the edges. A one inch deep white head with a medium build showed itself before leaving a thin sheet of lace. When it was full the white head was quite the sight resembling vanilla cream.

S- First wiffs I smell something resembling wine. After a while the dark fruits regular to this style come up some dates and figs as well as some pear and apple. Some weak spices as well. TP nose is somewhat weak compared to others in the style.

T- The dark fruits are first up including the dates and figs as well as an addition of licorice and raisins. A bunch a malt selections fight off an apparent hop punch trying to break through. Some spice including black pepper. The alcohol is a bit too up front and could of been hidden better. The alcohol really gets in the way.

M- A bit on the light side for this style and the amount of alcohol in it. Again the alcohol really stands out in the mouth. Would of liked this to be a bit bigger and bolder. A high amount of carbonation though.

D- At 9% two and through for me. This really doesen't warrant excessive amounts as the flavors are just not all together and integreated. The alcohol is also not masked too well. This is nice enough though to keep in the cellar from time to time.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Very dark brown almost black beer that starts great white head and quickly fades to almost literally no head, very light bubbles,

Smell- Chocolate and wheat hops, an intriguing calling you in smell

Taste- WOWOWOWOWOw, another great beer by unibroue this is amazing, a great blended beer so perfect cant even describe, sweet malty balance brew great dark belgian,

Mouthfeel- smooth and delicous


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Photo of marcpal
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasting notes on 2/4/09.
After a hiatus away from Unibroue, number two in the sample pack that has got me converted. Not quite as good as LFDM, but tasty nonetheless.

12oz foiled bottle poured into Tremens goblet.
Bottle Graphics: 1/10. Hideous.

A: Chestnut body, very low carbonation and a coffee colored head.

S: A tint of yeast, some fruity flavors, chocolate. Not really the same dried fruit that comes out through the flavors.

T: Not too sweet, especially for the style. There is some bitterness present, some spices, and plenty of chocolate and fruit flavors. The dominant character is dried fruit, specifically the taste of dried turkish apricots- those juicy brown ones. Just too dry.

M: Pretty full body and super dry in the finish. Lightly carbonated with a cotton mouth after effect.

D: Not the most drinkable and not its greatest aspect. A little heavy sitting but still a pleasure to sip on. Not something I reach for a second bottle of if I had it but something that I will lean on more often moving forward.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very dark brown with nice tranluscent (clean motor oil glow) murky amber edges. The off-white head is a great contrast, unfortunately it dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing in the glass.

The nose is dominated by dark fruit...mostly raisins and possibly figs. There is a mustiness that I think results from the yeast. There is also a little spiciness that demands your attention.

I thought the taste was similar to graphite and chalky. The chalky bubblegum flavor was between the hard ass stick of gum from 80's baseball cards and pepto bismal. There was definitely a sense of dark fruit although not as luscious as I would have hoped for.

Medium bodied ale that goes down smoothly with quite a bit of carbonation, leaving your mouth with a crisp feeling. There was a slight bitterness overshadowed by the chalky "tongue thickening" feeling.

Don't misinterpret my review, I thought this beer to be pretty enjoyable. The alcohol was almost unnoticeable and it has a spiciness that intrigues your tastebuds. A complex experience.

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Photo of confer
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- A hazy, carmelly brown appearance. One-finger light-brown head.

S- Dried dark fruit smell (prunes, and raisins), and a somewhat sweet smell.

T- Multiple flavor of dark fruits (prunes, raisins, plums), fills your mouth with bursts of immediate flavor which lingers for quite some time even after you swallow. The after taste is almost Cola-like.

M- Thick, smooth, creamy feel in your mouth.

D- For 9% ABV this beer is extremely drinkable, I would describe it as a 'Dessert Beer'.

Thanks to Don H. for this bottle.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,031 ratings