Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

Brewed by:
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 drdiesel9483
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great super dark color with a great white head. I'd rate higher but had too much head early. Might update this next time I have. Strong dark fruit and boozy. Similar to the scent but not as boozy and more far fruit. Medium body with medium carbonation. Pretty damn good!

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is so Fing good, This Belgian Dark ale is better than the ones from Belgium and that's sayin somthin... This is for sure a world class beer and it's in my to ten favorite beer

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Photo of stevoj
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a big beer, its rather discreet, not hinting initially at its elevated ABV or heaps of fruit esters. Dark, sweet, dried fruit come through in the aroma. Dark, cola brown with active foamy head, which quickly dissipates. Taste brings more fruitiness, some wood, some molasses, all which finishes quickly with only a hint of warmth.

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Photo of ordybill
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a reddish brown with small tan head. The aroma is full of fruit, spices and cocoa. The flavor is the real triumph here, a sweet fruit blend that hides the high ABV. Overall, a world class beer Unibroue has done it again.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L -black with a huge foamy head, but minimal retention
A - brown sugar, yeast, dark fruits
T - follows nose (I say that a lot) with prevalent yeast funk
F - medium body with light carbonation

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Photo of Mikec1115
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow... there's a lot going on with this brew, and it works really well. Poured from a 12ox bottle bought at the local store.

A- Poured a styrofoam head that lasted more than 4-5 minutes. Settled into great head with really good lacing. Color was very good with an amber red, but you've got to shoot a powerful light through it to see the color.

S- Raisen, Rock Candy, Cherry, and a lot more going on there... wonderful bouquet.

T- Much like the smell, there's a lot going on. Very sweet with a lot of fruity tastes going on. Picking up a little prune taste that I didn't get with the smell. Starts off very intense and fades very slowly, one sip and the taste goes on forever. Very good.

F- Dry mouthfeel with a small tart aftertaste

O- Great brew. Very sessionable even at 9%. I'm not usually a big fan of very sweet beers which this is, but the fruity flavors keep me coming back for more. Very good brew.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very dark brown with an enormous head. In the aroma I get sweet bread, raisins, cherry, banana, and nutmeg. The flavor is slightly sweet and very rich, but also utterly drinkable. I taste banana bread, raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and violet. The mouthfeel is rich but not syrupy. Overall this is a beer to sit down and think with - a deep, rich, philosophers beer.

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

750 mL bottle BB 11-28-17at 42 degrees into tulip
Aroma light burnt sugar, dark fruit
Head large (six cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/creamy, diminishing to two mm ring and paetial layer
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor sweet, dates, brown sugar; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of constantine_272
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a helping from the 750ml bottle into a tulip. Big fluffy tan foam flared up nicely but dissipated within a few minutes to a few sticky streaks. The beer itself is dark brown , a little on the murky side yet still translucent.

Smells of bonana, cloves, firm enter rich black earth, prunes, oak, leather. Quite the bouquet.

Taste is not quite as complex as the nose to me. A tangy oakiness with a touch of mild chocolate kicks off the taste. An earthy, musty leathery offers a strong midsection along with a strong caramel sweetness. An herbal tingly carbonated finish is the best part here, which nicely balanced the rich sweetness. I even detect a hint of heat on the back of the tongue along with the spicy peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice and balanced and complex. The spiciness at the end quenches a lot of the sweetness, but caramel sweetness lingers a long time on the palate.

Overall, this is a great brew. Being Canadian, I keep having this lingering feeling that this beer just feels like a substitute though. That's more of a mental problem of mine than a problem of the beer though.

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Photo of GStone899
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Belgian strong dark ale. Smells of dark malts and wine notes. Really smells like a wild or sour ale. Taste is of some dark malts like a Porter and definite fruit taste. Tastes like it was aged in wine barrels. Very smooth after taste.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed 2/14/12

L: A gusher! Gonna have to dock a few points for the mess it made. Pours a very dark brown color otherwise.

S: Excellent spiciness; characteristically Belgian yeast with some serious esters. It’s somewhat peppery with a distinctive banana note too. Underlying dark maltiness and some alcohol aroma.

T: Spicy, warming, complex. Initial onrush of pure Belgian maltiness, of the dark variety. Moderately dry finish. Very little hop presence. Despite warming, alcohol is well hidden in taste though still discernable.

F: Surprisingly light body; medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel. Moderate-high carbonation. A good deal of lingering alcoholic warmth.

O: I truly love this beer. Delicious, strong aroma. It’s a really excellent example of an excellent style and my personal favorite Unibroue offering, which is no small feat.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dense head lasts a while atop a dark brown body. Only downside is the scummy film, looks too much like dishwater grease. Odd.
Also not quite the flavour complexity I might have expected. Lots of molasses and a little fruit cake, but somewhat straightforward.
Little more fizzy and carbonated than I would expect for style and ABV.
Good drinking tho.

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Photo of frozyn
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L -- A beautiful brown with dark ruby at the bottom of the tulip. Effervescent off-white/tan head that stick around and leaves fair lacing.

S -- Lots of fruitiness, plum and cherry and some associated tartness. The carbonation is strong enough that it seems to give off its own scent as well, but only briefly after pouring.

T -- Fruit and spice at the forefront with a strong malt base that comes off....roasted? I don't think that quite captures it though. The malt seems bready almost, but not quite. The malts keep hinting at something my novice palate can't place. Warmth provides a slight chocolate note, but weakly. The fruit and spice dominate throughout. I should make sure to say, the fruitiness is not like eating fresh fruit, but fruit in the context of beer flavors.

F -- Crip, very dry, medium body, and just a little tart.

O -- Very delicious. It's big and refreshing and would be great on a cold night. Doesn't make sense, right? It's a versatile beer and something I could drink year-round. And would. And plan to!

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Photo of twage04
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

High carbonation, dark color, not much head. Malt is plum and dark fruit, yeast is more subtle and balanced than chimay blue (or every other chimay for that matter). Great beer, tasty, fizzy, more complex and balanced than cholimay blue where yeast dominates.

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Photo of Sunsetlane_guy
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice flavours not my overall style but s Good beer. Good flavour. This beer, although nowhere near my favourite, does deserve its overall rating. Very good but I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Whenever I think of Unibroue I wonder if it’s pronounced “unibrow”, and then I start thinking about people with unibrows and I find it difficult to focus on the splendid beer I’m about to drink... does anyone else get that or am I just weird? [don’t answer that!]. So yeah, Trois Pistoles is the beer Dennis (I guy I know who sells beer and got me on to Rodenbach Grand Cru) says is THE BEST beer that Unibrow make. So yeah, go the unibrow... or shave off the bit in the middle... either way I’m looking forward to this epic brew.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark chestnut brown hazy body with a dense packed 1 cm khaki head that reduces to a light lace cover on top... looks can be deceiving but this looks like one mighty tasty drop! I am, as you will see from my previous ratings, though more partial to dark beers. 10/10.

S: Botrytis (or ‘Noble rot’) grape big on the nose with lingering background notes of plum, dark cherry, macerated figs, a hit of brown sugar and sourdough yeast in the finish. The aroma is fragrant and moreish, however it is fully slanted towards sweet with little in the way of a balance noted here. 9/10.

T: Tasty and dry are the first things you notice, sweet as well but more restrained than expected, if I was going to describe a beer with colours this would be an aquamarine/purple mix with a touch of gold thrown in - it is one tasty drop. How would I compare it to Chimay Bleu? (it’s primary style combatant in the war for my affections) read on to find out as I’m describing the flavour here mister. Botrytis (though in lesser form), plum, fig, dark cherry, brown sugar, black pepper and sourdough yeast are balanced throughout with a finish that is fairly dry with sweetness that cuts the bitterness until the aftertaste - which is an ever so slight medicinal herb note. Damn. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a dense and light carbonation. Mouthfeel is spot on! 10/10.

D: Could I drink this all day? Yes. Is it as good as Chimay Bleu? It’s right up there with Chimay Bleu, in fact I think it’s a dead heat between the two, which is a surprise even for me: I never imagined that some upstart Quebec brewer would be able to compete on the same playing field as Chimay, and I think the texture of this brew is better than Bleu. Negative? The price - I can almost buy 2 Chimay Bleu 330ml bottles for the price of one of these, crazy! 9/10.

Food match: The Canadian flag dipped in blue cheese and maple syrup.

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Photo of Bone53
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle (BB 6/21/16) poured into a snifter

Appearance: An aggressive pour resulted in a huge creamy beige head; Looks like a murky cola in color with some floaties

Smell: ripe dark fruits, spices, yeast, sweet malts

Taste: Malt sweetness balanced with spice and yeast flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; Pillowly soft carbonation makes this one smooth and easy drinking BSDA. I dont detect much if any alcohol

Overall: Iv had my fair share of Belgian Strong Dark Ales, but I've only recently started thoroughly enjoying them. This is about as good of one as i have tried. It has clean and balanced aromas and flavors of sweet malt, dark fruits, yeast, and spices. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth. Id even put this above Chimay Blue. Many are meant to be aged first, but this one tastes good as is!

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Photo of Chad_S
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very similar to Unibroue's Maudite.

Thick, foamy head, possibly not quite as extreme as other Unibroue offerings.

Dark lager-esque color.

A sweet, apple-y flavor. The slightest taste of alcohol.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- Dark golden body with a great creamy head.
S- Sweet ripe fruits.
T- Sweet-thick-malty red wine with spices. Alcohol and plums in the aftertaste.
F- Cream, full, rich.
O- Wow, incredible and complex. You need to try it. Only downside was the booze taste.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber brown with a thin tan head which lingers long and leaves good lace. Aroma is grassy, herbal and yeasty. More yeast along with spice and mild sweetness on the palate.

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Photo of mlockman
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Much drier than some of the reviews led me to believe. Very little head, especially when compared to Maudite, but much more in-line with the style in my opinion.

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Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Champagne like quality, and carbonation. Off-white/slightly khaki head that dissipates quickly.
Looks like a darker soda/cola. Really dark chestnut, with streaks of garnet. It is opaque and cloudy due to the yeast. Sustained effervescence. The nose is full of powerful malt notes, from brown rum, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, sherry, black cherries, and a pervasive spiciness. Of course, Unibroue's trademark pungency is recognizable.

The flavour is sweet, finishing smooth like a port wine would. There is an abundant presence of cocoa, roasted malts, dark fruits- namely cherries, plums, prunes, figs, all bolstered by the dark spice notes. Fruity esters blend in nicely with caramel, muscovado sugar, and blackstrap molasses. The boozy, rum quality is warming and pleasurable, not astringent.

Powerful and well made BSDA. I am a huge fan of Unibroue's bold yeast profiles.

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Photo of lastmango
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Updated my review for 2016. Poured a blackish brown with a 2 finger white fizzy head that dissipated within a 2 minutes. Nose initially reminded me of root beer barrel candy followed by dark fruit. Hint of chocolate, cherry flavor, on top of malt. Much thinner feel than I expected. Highly carbonated, which is like the other Uni brews. Almost soda-like and a bit too much for me. Hop fiends will not like this. For me, the beer is too carbonated, which detracts from my enjoyment. Guess this style is not for me.

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Photo of mchegash
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4/5
A dark caramel-brown red. A moderate amount of tan foam. Quite opaque, but not totally.

Smell - 4/5
Sweet dark fruit, slightly boozy malts, hints of Belgian spice.

Taste - 4/5
Heavy malt flavor which has great dark fruit elements, some booziness, with slight hints of spice as well. Overall I am quite happy with the taste.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Very full bodied, medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation. Fairly crisp.

Overall - 4.25/5
This was a great brew and I am happy to have tried it. Unibrou makes some fantastic beers.

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Photo of ARoman
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is initially roasted grains and spice with a pungent prune, some tobacco, and some funk. It pours a murky prune color with a light, fuzzy tan head that's wispy with only light retention and no lace. The taste is a medium high bitter and medium sweet. The texture is a moderate thick and oily one with only a light fuzz for carbonation, and a medium full body that's flavored with bread, spice, tobacco, and plums. It finishes spicy with a zip and has warm flavors of prunes and spice and leaves an aftertaste that's bready and lingering with a light spice, alcohol, and fig.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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