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Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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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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Ratings: 4,986 |  Reviews: 2,037
Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: thin head on a dark amber and brown body.

S: nicely complex with spices, apple, raisin and figs with some malts.

T: this one is a touch smokey with more dark fruit and spices as was in the aroma. inter-mixed cocoa and yeast notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: another excellent beer from this brewery. One of the best in a genre with some big name and very well made beers in it.

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

poured into a snifter,nice head.more or less black with hues of ruby.

nose is ripe dark fruit,most notably ripe figs.spicy yeast notes, slight bit of phenolic medicinal notes, and a bit of booze.

taste is strong dark fruit flavors,bit of candi sugar,spicy yeast notes.bit of medicinal phenols,finish lingers.each sip invites the next.

medium bodied,a little bit more carbonation than average.overally a really drinkable belgian strong dark.one of my favorites and a definite go to. goes well with a wide variety of foods too.

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

Poured the 12 oz brown bottle (Freshness Dated: Best Before: 02-22-10) into a goblet to produce a 1" head of loose foam that disappeared to a thin ring in about a minute. The efforvescent bubbles kept feeding this ring through the duration. The beer is a cola color except when held to light it takes on a ruby red color.

The aroma is quite nice. The yeasty, fruity (like ripe cherries and plums and a whole bunch of fruits!... like a ripe fruit salad!) smells are prominent.

The taste is just a bit smokey, yeasty, and fruity all at once... very balanced. Almost wine-like. A well-hidden alcohol warming at the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side.... but not too much so. Typical fizzy Belgian that I must get used to. Nice aftertaste that lingers.

Drinkability: Definately a sipper.... perfect for the cold winter months.

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

Pours nice dark brown with light tan head. Dissappates to a nice light lace. Vanilla and fruit in the nose. Very bubbly to the tongue. Tastes a little like rootbeer. Some vanilla and fruit. Nice velvetty mouthfeel. Very similar to Belgian beer. Another fine Unibroue offering. This is a very enjoyable beer to drink.

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

Pours an opaque black colour with 1/2" of head that settles on top of the beer and stays there the whole time. There is a lot going on in the nose its almost overwhelming. Bready yeast, leather, plum, dried fruit with a touch of port wine kicking around. Also lots going on in terms of taste. Yeast, dried fruit and ripe plum with a nice effervescence, very complex. Medium mouthfeel that is just perfect. This drinks a little too well for 9% glad I have 4 more to put away for a while because this has made its way to my top 10

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Photo of whynot44
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, almost opaque brown with ruby notes against the light and a substantial off-white head that subsides fairly quickly.

The aroma is complex - raisins, plums, apples, yeast and toasted malt, hints of smoke, citrus and alcohol.

The taste is rich, fruity and spicy with notes of plums, figs, apples, raisins, hints of brown sugar, lemon and chocolate. The finish is spicy with a slight metallic hops bite to offset the sweetness and a lingering fruit aftertaste with some noticeable alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied, smooth and sippable. Take your time and enjoy it the flavor develops as it starts to warm a bit. Very nice.

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

A - One finger of light brown head, dark brown body, good clarity.

S - Light caramel with some spicy yeast notes. Some dark sugar notes, toffee and a bit of banana.

T - Dark, sweet malt up front. Brown sugar, toffee, molasses and some chocolate. Dark fruit notes come out in the middle plums and black cherry. Caramel in the finish with spicy yeast, light hop notes, and a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. This is complex and well balanced with great dark sugary character that does not become the least bit cloying. It is hard to believe, but this is a sessionable beer despite its 9%ABV.

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

Poured from a bottle out of the beer fridge at 45 degrees F into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass.

A: Solid cola-colored liquid in the glass with a 1.5-fingered light tan head. Spotty lacing clings to the glass until the very end.

S: Amazing balance of light and dark fruits. As with other Belgian Pale Ales, much apple and pear aromas blend with the darker cherry and plum aromas suited to Dark Ales.

T: Follows the nose with the same amalgam of light and dark fruits, followed by a substantial twang and eventually a full boozy kick as the beer warms. Belgian style? Check. Dark Ale? Check.

M: Sharp, well-carbonated and supported nicely by the booze. Moderately drying to the palate and the carbonation scrubs it nicely.

O: An oustanding Belgian Dark Ale. The vitrual dark ale equivalent of Duvel, except with the addition of some hot booziness. Even still, it is a fairly well balanced and powerfully flavored example of the style that comes with a warning: Beware the 9% ABV! My favorite dark ale thus far; a solid "A" brew.

NOTE: Frankly, I'm shocked at the number of reviews that claim the alcohol is "well hidden". This brew is fairly boozy and very warming to the body. There's no hiding those facts. Let's just say that the alcohol flavor is not off-putting, but by no means is it hidden.

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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 WaveRebel51
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +4.5%
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 +4.3%
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 FriedSlug
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear and mostly opaque brown beer. Light brown fluffy head that leaves a bit of lacing. Tons of carb. Smells like caramel, toffee, raisins, plums, brown sugar. The taste is sweet with mostly brown sugar up front and the stone fruits coming in midway. There is a slightly stinging carbonation that ends with a nice mild bitterness. This is a really damn good beer.

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Photo of meechum
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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 +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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 +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 Flounder57
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 4,986 ratings
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