Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

4,948 Ratings
Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

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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 WaveRebel51
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out very dark, with a purplish hue under the light, almost like a very dark red wine. The aroma combination of malts and fruits is very pleasant and unique. The complexity of the flavors is something else -- the mix of malts and fruity esters is complemented by a nice bitter finish. The mix of sweetness, sourness and bitterness masks the alcohol pretty well and makes this very drinkable. A terrific and tasty beer.

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

A. Poured an opaque mohagany, with a thin tan diminishing head light lacing on the glass.

S. Alcohol, dark fruit, dates, toasty, slighly woody.

T. Sweet dark malt, molasses, toffee, slight bitterness, with a nutty flavor, alcohol warmth.

M. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, warm and great balance. Duration is exceptional.

O. A really good dark ale, I would like this beer on a cold winter night, sharing with friends, and family. Prosit.

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Photo of brurevu
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is a Belgian Style Strong Ale that pours a dark opaque brown with aromas of Belgian yeast and dark fruits. This is a beer you have to allow to warm a bit for all of the complex flavors and aromas to completely reveal themselves. Once it warms its deep rich dark fruit and roasted malt flavors come through the Belgian yeast tones. The very smooth and mellow flavors mask the high alcohol content and make this an easily quaffable brew. The Trois Pistoles is a great example of the Unibroue quality and an excellent beer.

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

Very good

A - Poured a huge thick head that fell extremely slow mapping the glass as it fell

S - A little biscuit in there and then a big fruity nose of raisin, plum and to me..fig..then just a hint of citrus hops and a faint whiff of alcohol

T/M - Much like the smell..big hit of fruits...raisin most predominant..nice hopped dry finish..good

D - High ABV obviously you're not sessioning this..alcohol his hidden well..a very good beer..would have over and over again

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Photo of DCon
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4-pk of this beer from Gabi's Wine & Spirits on Manchester Road in Manchester, MO. Poured into my Schlafly Tulip glass and has a BEST BEFORE 09-08-13 on the back.

Appearance- Pours a Deep Brown with 2 finger, Tan head. Decent Retention with almost no lace on the sides, just Islands of leftover head.

Smell- I can smell a huge amount of Cherries at first, and then there are notes of cinnamon and prunes possibly? Great!

Taste- Very fruity upfront taste, has a darker taste then with a prune type of taste and then has almost a grainy/sawdust finish. Such a complicated and complexed beer. Very good as well.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High amount of carbonation and a warming feeling all the way through.

Overall- A very nice ale! I wouldn't be able to drink all night, but enjoyed thoroughly. I would say the La Fin Du Monde is still more of a favorite for me but this one was also a hit for me. I like how all the ales from this Brewery are very complexed and are presented well. Will be having more!

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Photo of justinp444
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Thin soda like white head that dissipates quickly, cola like brown color. Smell of chocolate, malt, citrus, apple, and lemon. Taste of citrus, chocolate, nice carbonation, malt, grape, end notes of nuttiness and warm alcohol. Nice rich mouthfeel that has a big crispness about it.

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Photo of Sappyjoker
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bucky bought a 6 pack of Unibroue's Trois Pistoles at The Beer Store for $14.95... about $2.50 per 341 ml bottle. Trois Pistoles was 9.0% alcohol by volume, with a production date of September 11, 2011 printed on the neck. This particular bottle has been sitting in my cold seller for about 14 months. A warning for those of you who have aged your Trois Pistoles for a while...about two seconds after you open the bottle a whole lot of foam will come gushing out of the bottle, so be ready with the glass. Trois Pistoles poured a dark mahogany colour, with about 2" of fizzy beige head that faded to a thin cap and collar within 3-4 minutes, leaving a little spotting down the glass. Its aroma was fabulous...plums, powdered sugar, pink bubble gum and red wine. The beer's taste began with sweet ripe plums and raisins, which gave way to powdered sugar and pink bubble gum, ending with a red wine flavour which lingered for a few seconds as an aftertaste. There's very little bitterness here, but beer's sweetness is kept under control. The 9.0% alcohol is very well hidden, both in the aroma and the flavour. The mouth feel is smooth with the carbonation being much softer than previous Unibroue beer's that I've sampled...possibly as a function of being cellared? I'll have to try a fresh bottle some time for the answer to that question. Trois Pistoles is a medium bodied brew. The verdict...yet another winner from the good folks at Unibroue, and the price is not unreasonable. Looking forward to trying the remaining bottles after they have aged even more!

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Photo of Roman5150
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottle into duvel glass

appearance: dark mahogany brown with slightly off white thick head

smell: smells like a trappist, very yeasty, dark figs, sweet, coriander, earthy

taste: Very complex flavors. Off the bat I get a lot of bready notes, sweet vanilla, pepper, coriander and clove, and some grape notes. Very dry aftertaste. Alcohol is hardly present

mouthfeel: super high carbonation

overall: A highly carbonated dark trappist/belgian ale. Very smooth and drinkable, alcohol is hardly noticeable, one of the best Canadian beers i've ever had. If you like trappist beer you should seek this out.

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Photo of Wonka
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ML
9% alc./vol.
BEST BEFORE 04-04-05 (sampled over 2 months past the date)

Appearance – slightly cloudy, mostly brown/bit red body; initial inch-thick, off-white head crackles away quickly; lace isn’t present; age seems to have taken a negative effect here for head and lace seem to be more impressive in younger bottles reviewed by others

Smell –medicinal notes run lower than the prevalent plum; big on malts

Taste – yeast emerges and some spice kicks in; dark fruit holds strong and a bit of a caramely tone arrives; pleasant medicinal and slight alcoholic qualities come through in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – brew comes alive; crisp, micronized bubbles coat the tongue and almost make the entire distance of the sip but they peel back just enough at the finish line to aid in drinkability; for such a big Belgian, this aged beast rolled smoothly

Very enjoyable. Beyond the appearance, its all-around tremendous. Its as 'terrible' as La Terrible as far as Unibroue is concerned.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.41/5  rDev +5%
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 Flounder57
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle was poured into a chalice. Best before 3/16/14.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson brown color with no clarity, but bubbles can be seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Spicy yeast, bready malts, tobacco, raisins, apple, pear, vanilla, plums, cherries, nice boozy alcohol, and caramel.

Taste: This is one beautifully tasting beer. Everything mentioned above is blended really well with a tad mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, a little chewy, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied, and very delicious.

Overall: This beer rocks. Enjoyed many times before and each time it tastes better and better. Truly a classic beer.

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Photo of dannyboygaga
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a deep, opaque brown with a thick and rich head. Aroma is nice, unusual, very fruity, more like that of a cider. Very pleasing flavor has strong pear overtones, is mostly malty with some smoky hints; in a way it tastes more like a cider than a beer. This is a brew to be sipped and savored by itself, rather than chugged or consumed with a meal. I strongly recommend this one.

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Photo of sponberg
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Not that far different than the bottle. The same big, chewy, portlike character is there along with hints of black cherry. The biggest difference that I found was a distinct "prickly" mouthfeel on tap. This may be due to the keg not having time to settle down overnight, but it did detract a bit from its drinkability. I will try this again in a couple of days and reassess if needed.

Serve this on nitro mix and rename it "Trouble." With a capital T.

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

12 oz. bottle with silver foiled top.

Pours a deep, blackish-brown with a creamy, thick head. Gives off a malty aroma, sort of resembles dried fruit. Tastes similar is this regard: dry, with hints of raisins, almost wine like. Alcohol well concealed, very drinkable considering the ABV.

This beer is my introduction to Belgian strong dark ales. Hopefully others will be as good as this.

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

This one is black with deep chocolate brown highlights. A nice head forms and leaves a thin tan head liberally behind.
Very complex aroma unlike anything I've smelled before. It's like a liquor, very much a whiskey alcohol smell with dark fruits, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate and toasted malts. There's also a touch of an herbal, grassy sort of earthiness.
For something with such a high ABV, I'd expect the alcohol to be much more up front. It lurks and warms as you're sipping. Again, there's very much a whiskey element to this. There's a lot of dark fruits like cherry or plum, roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa, caramel and a biscuity note backed up by hops that leave a balancing bitterness that simply ties it all together. There's a very light spice that shows up more in the finish, which is also where I feel the alcohol the most.
This one's dry and thick, almost chewy, with a big full body and moderate carbonation.
This is like an expensive, very fine cigar. You don't chain smoke these things. Besides, you'd drop after a few. An exquisite brew.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I liked the la Fin Du Monde but this is much better! A dark brown color out of the bottle. Nice tight white head that hangs around forever and doesn’t leave much of a lace. (Could be my glass) A fruity aroma hits your nose. I think it has a high carbonation content. Nice. A fruit flavor comes across your tongue. Not too sweet, hints of caramel and a slight finish of hops.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Once again an excellent offering from Unibroue! Same price as many of the other offerings from this company in Canada.... $47.00/case of 24- 341ml bottles.

A- Excellent! Dark and cloudy. Opens with the typical Unibroue pop and high carbonation. Pours with a tremendous head which tapers down to a skim after a minute. Don't get me wrong, the carbonation on this girl is insane.

S- Very good. Enjoyable slightly sickly sweet aroma.

T- Excellent! Very good dark ale. Tons of malt and yeast. cinnamon touches. Heavy. Opens with a definite note of the 9%. Not hot but you know it's there.

M- A bit grainy but otherwise pretty good. As it warms that bite gets the middle of the tongue.

O- Excellent! NOT a daily drinker nor do you want to try more than one at a sitting. Excellent offering and will stock as a regular server to guests in my cellar.

Food Pairing

Trois Pistoles will match very well with... Beef Stew

The rich meaty nature of stew will match Trois Pistoles rather well. The Cinnamon will accent the carrot sugar and savory beef cut well.


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

Extremely dark red with thin off white head that dissipates quickly.

Sweet dark fruit and plenty of yeast.

Sweet tarty fruit taste with some yeast and alcohol at the end. This is a very spicy brew. It tingles the mouth and tingles on the way down thanks to the alcohol. It has a really smooth feel to it despite the spicyness. Another great beer from Unibroue.

Note: I tried it with some cheddar cheese and I felt like that was a mistake. The cheese just pulls all of the alcohol through to the point that it's almost unbearable.

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

Appearance is a wonderful burgandy brown with a light tan head which mostly dissipated quickly. Smell is a wine-like fruitiness and spices. Taste is incredible, tangy, with notes of plums, toffee and cloves. Mouthfeel is smooth and you don't even notice the 9% ABV. There is a bit of roasted dry aftertaste, I really enjoy sipping this.

Although I could drink this all day, and probably will, I must admit that the first Unibroue in a night is usually the best. This is a slow sipping beer.

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

It looks dark as night with a thin crowny head that recedes immediately yet looks enticing and appropriately Belgian.

It smells like a good Belgian should - in fact, better and more honest than any North American examples of the style I can think of right now. There's wheat and yeast and some dark fruit & hint-of-coffee notes.

Tastes as advertised on the bottle with fresh fruit, bit of tang, and a warm winey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is where this truly shines and tricks me into thinking it's an honest-to-balls Belgian import. Carbonation tickles the palate just right, viscosity is spot on, the way it works down is just magic, especially for its 9% abv. This is the point at which a good beer turns great.

In other words, try this if you have the chance. Skip over other Unibroue offerings and tap straight into their gold supply with Trois Pistoles.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance 4.0: Deep, dark, brownish black. Almost completely black. Opaque and mysterious. Head was average: 1/4" and quickly dissipated.

Smell 4.0: Bouquet is subdued but very nice. Raisins, toasted grains, Belgian yeast and some pleasant caramel notes.

Taste 4.75: Front is somewhat sweet, but this fades quickly into a dry and pleasing middle. "Dry " is right: I detect lots of notes of dried and sweet fruits such as figs and raisins at this level. Finish is where slight hints of toasted grains and a very light hoppiness seep through. Aftertaste is short, smooth and entirely at the top of the palate, featuring a clean and refreshing light barley taste. No hint of the 9% ABV. Absolutely no indication of it at all.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Near-perfect complement to the beer. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall 4.5: Certainly the best Unibroue I have tasted so far. Refreshing, complex, smooth and dry. Flavor notes are nuanced and balanced rather than IN YOUR FACE. I have had many Belgian "Strong Dark Ales" and this is the best so far. Hint: do not drink it at fridge temp. Let it sit out for an hour at room temperature and then drink it. So many more of the dried fruit flavors come out when you do this; at least this is my experience. Recommended.

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Photo of JP15
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

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