Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

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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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Photo of necoadam
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a brownish/amber color with a little bit of carbonation in it. Aroma consisted of a lot of ripe fruit with some malts mixed in. A little wiff of some grapes and rum mixed in as well. Very nice. Taste was pretty much the same as the aroma. Also some earthy tones kinda came into the middle I've noticed with some ever so slighty spicy taste for good measure. The only complaint I have is that it's a little too thin. But other than that it's an exceptional beer.

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Photo of keytown
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a leather brown with a 1 finger white head.

S - Tart cherries, hint of chocolate, dark fruits & some spice.

T - Subtle cherry tartness, sweet caramel & chocolate malt goodiness!! Grassy hops, but not overwhelming at all.

M - Very smooth & medium bodied.

O - This a complex, but well balanced & drinkable beer. The alcohol is very deceiving in the beer, would never know it was 9%. This is an outstanding beer & a must have for all beer enthusiast!

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Photo of seebus
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is a bottle that i have had in my cellar for a year, and i'm enjoying it out of my chimay goblet.

A - beautiful deep, warm coffee color with a fat pancake head

S - mellow spiced, dried fruit. the effect? think about when a cartoon character would float along the wafting aroma of a cooling pie

T - slightly sweet and dark; warm and complex

M - perfect, imho

D - i am a big fan of this beer, and though this has only aged for a year, it has added quite a bit, creating a wonderfully rounded brew.

forgive me for not spending any more time describing the tastes and smells of this bottle. i am pairing this with some rembrandt aged gouda and the combination is really fantastic. if you've never had this beer, all i can say is that it is the best digestible bargain on the planet (the sticker on my bottle shows i picked it up last year at world market for $5.99!). after the first sip i started planning on picking up more bottles and putting them away in my cellar. enjoy!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a rich dark cola color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to nothing. Lacing is little to none.

S - Brown sugar mixed with sour/unripe fruits. There is also a bread/yeast essence. Smells extremely tasty.

T - Like a warm biscuit with sweet fruits on top. There is a spice element to this beer that the alcohol helps bring out.

M - Very full but smooth. There is good carbonation in this beer.

D - Very drinkable for the 9% ABV it carries. One of my favorites from Unibroue.

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Photo of FrankyGee3
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ebony in glass with a deep cherry wood color when held to the light; bouncy, deep tan head that sat two fingers high (barkeep did a very slow pour from the tap, and a bottle pour would likely produce three fingers). Laced on glass well. Head dissipated quickly to 1 CM, then disappeared within a few minutes.

Smell: Fruit aromas (largely fig, plum) along with maltiness; some phenols which dissipate quickly. Others have mentioned chocolate but, after three separate tastings, fail to find much if any.

Taste: Rich, smooth, fruity with perhaps a touch of coriander/citrus. Sweeter than expected, but not overly so. Fruitiness balances well with the ale bitters - each side presents well.

Mouthfeel: Coats well, surprisingly light - crisp, no oiliness, but smooth and felt everywhere on the tongue. One of the best ever for me with a mellow alcohol tang. While not a very carbonated drink, what carbonation there is sparkles in the mouth when sipped and contributes to a lighter mouthfeel, even surprisingly light for an abbey ale, but with substance - a delightful blend.

Overall: While described as an "Abbey Style Strong Dark Ale," it was not as strong tasting as expected. The lower alcohol warmth - especially for a 9% ABV ale - surprised me, as did the substantial fruit tastes. At times, the taste was a bit like a fortified digestif wine (say, a port or very fruity brandy) without the syrupy wine texture, but never lost it's beeriness; it also didn't have the nose-confusing, overwhelming alcohol delivery of a digestif. While not a fan of sweet beers, this is a nice blend of fruits and dark abbey ale which balances the best of both. Perhaps an all-time favorite for blending so many distinct flavors and characteristics in such a balanced way. In the end, I'd give it a 4.75 (I've yet to find a 5), but that's not an option here.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-review: December 30, 2008
A - Gentle pour yielded a dark mahogany brown beer with a piling of off white head that retained beautifully in an Ommegang goblet. 4.5
S - Hints of mellow citrus with port, figs, and ripe plums. Some spiciness of coriander too. Excellent. 4.5
T - Initial sweetness of caramel malts metamorphs into a winelike taste of dark fruits. Toffee and a light roastedness becomes uncovered but is quickly finished with a bittersweet ending with grapefruit citrusiness. Aftertaste is abundant in alcoholic tones, port wine, and carob. 5
M - Full bodied and well carbonated. Quite smooth, sits well on the palate. 5
D - An extremely drinkable beer despite ABV. I can definitely do a few in an evening. 5
Overall - A most exquisite beer by a most exquisite brewery. This is an excellent beer to accompany sharp cheddar cheese or as an after-dinner dessert. Truly amazing. One of the finest Belgian Dark Ales I have ever had the pleasure to drink.
Original March 19, 2008
A - poured dark brownish with garnet red hues in the light. Small bubbles make a 1" head with excellent retention and decent lace. 4
S - Sweet fruits of figs, and raisins, caramel malts, some spiciness as well. 4.5
T - Caramel, raisins, plums, and spices. Balanced with a malty, portlike finish. I feel like I am doing this beer an injustice by trying to analyze it! 5
M - dark, heavier beer that sits well on the palate. Alcohol is well hidden and carbonation is very light. 5
D - a very good beer to enjoy over a conversation or with some currant cakes. 4.5
Overall - I don't even know what to say. This is such an immensely good beer that I just want to sit back and enjoy it. Great after dinner! Well worth the money. I have a few of these aging right now :)

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked & caged bottle, served in a Chimay goblet. Slow pour, as I prefer to keep the yeast in the bottle.

A - dark brown color with a lot of carbonation evident in the glass. Tiny bubbles kept rising to form and maintain a steady ring.

S - raisin/date, malt and yeast aromas fill the nose.

T - delicious tasting brew, sweet malty flavors dance on the tongue with a finish that's dry and smooth leaving a sweet fig after taste.

M - medium/full bodied with delicately crisp, clean carbonation.

D - exceptional brew; it doesn't get much better than this.

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Photo of mhatters
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had it on-tap at my house poured in a Duvel glass

An absolute brilliant Belgian style ale.

Appearance: Beautiful dark and deep with a hint of rose in the body, great toasty color head

Smell: Sugary, malt, faint cherry and slight tannins

Taste: Crisp, slightly alcoholic,with cherry and a touch of chocolate; good finish

Mouth-feel: perfect,lightly carbonated, soft and sweet

Drinkability: perfect, can drink this all day, a classic

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Photo of mophie
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This could very well be my favorite Unibroue (at least so far, anyway). Deep hazy garnet with an ultra-foamy tan head. Smells of apples and cloves, with a touch of pepper. Smooth, fruity, spicy taste, with a bit of an alcohol burn in the finish (quite nice, actually). The overall effect is quite warming and pleasant. Yum! I continue to be very impressed with these guys.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, more of a cooler brown than warm. Light barely slips through at the edges. Nice white head leaves sparse lace and fades to a swirly marble rye-like layer. Aroma is amazing; this beer smells like pure happiness. Aroma of fresh homemade apple sauce heating on the stove, grass, hay and sweet candy. Juicy and creamy. Taste is another one of the best things ever. It begins with sweet mellow toasted malts and charred earth. Tart fruit breaks through all over the place making a perfect balance. Its almost like cooked layers of apples joined by sugar. Mouth is lush and velvety with perfect carbonation. 9% ABV?
Drinkability beyond drinkability.

This has to be one of the best Belgians ever, Canada or not.

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Photo of cnally
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the appearance is dark brown but not dark enough to eliminate all the light going through. a very sudsy looking head leaves quick.

the scent is full of a malt nose, with a sweet nutty scent underneath. like almond, or walnut. plum fruits and apple waver in the background.

the flavor is delightful. perfectly balanced between the malt and sweet notes, with residual flavors of black cherry and, almost like a wine, a tannin-type flavor. the taste just explodes and does not relent through the tasting. a slam dunk.

fizzy feel and very light. the carbonation is massive and almost too much, but it ends up being second to the amazing flavor.

well, this is an unbelieveable specimen. do all belgian dark ales carry this amount of sweetness and flavor? I don't know but I am going to check. great, spectacular drink.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a single at Whole Foods Market here in Madison. My first Unibroue...uhhh....brew.

Pours a murky, dark, cloudy, rusty mahogany that only allows the faintest light to pass through the edges below a sturdy off-white head that vanishes under the 9% abv weight. Smell is...well, Belgian...dark fruits, sweet malts, a bit of olive. off like a good Belgian dark, plums and raisins abound, but instead of the funky, alcoholic olive aftertaste I've grown accustomed to in a Belgian, I was greated with a sweet, crisp fruity/malty aftertaste that really sat well with me. Very subtle, but that's why it's so brilliant and mysterious. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, drinkable to no end. This beer really crept up on me. Its unassuming start transitioned into a real treat. This beer somehow makes it into my top three all-time. Kudos, Canada.

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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 TCadillac
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say?
Poured this baby in an oversized wine glass with a 3 layer ripple bottom.

The pour leads to an immaculate browish/amber hue color with a slight minimal 1/8 inch head.
I gave my Trois a furocious spin around the glass to reveale an aroma of raisin bread, cloves, nutmeg, unidenitiful herbs and spices, and a slight hint of banana bread. god...Dark chocolate, rasberry, caramel, candied apples, chocolate covered cherries. Mouthful is somewhat cabornated, full bodied, smooth, gracious, velvety. Hell of a damn beer. Treat yourself to what is Trois Pistoles!

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

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Quite black with an appealing red hue when held up into the light. It almost like a very, very dark wine.

+ Bonus points for the fantastic label and packaging in general.

Lots of dark fruit, dates, and raisins. Cherries and plums, possibly? Sweet molasses that is just right, and makes you excited to take the first sip.

Incredible! Licorice. Again, lots of dark fruit and molasses. The alcohol is well hidden and serves to add some well-desired "bite."

Just the right amount of carbonation, almost a bit more than expected. Extremely pleasant mouthfeel. The flavors stick around for a nice amount of time without being sirupy or sticky.

If all Belgian Strong Dark Ales are comparable to this one, I really have to look further into this style. This is a beer that is quite close to being perfect. Definitely one of my new favorites.

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Photo of Salsashark3d
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. I've had it a few times this week and it definitely hits the spot. good game to slowly drink on to last you through those March Madness games, and will help you relax in those tense ot's

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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 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 Gehrig
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Magnificent is the best way I can describe Trois Pistoles, a very smooth, very delicious BSDA. The presentation is first-rate, three fingers of slightly tan foam resting atop a dark mahogany body with faint reddish highlights, beautiful. Terrific nose, with lots of sweet fruit rising fast, with moderate spiciness following close behind.

The taste is an explosion of flavors--roasted malt, brown sugar, plum, pear, orange, a little caramel--just wonderful, a different flavor in every taste. The spicy finish is a great reminder of what the nose portends, with a good dash of pepper helping to finish a first-rate beer. Great mouthfeel, medium carbonation, smooth texture, and eminently drinkable, easily hiding the high ABV (9%).

Tremendous work from Unibroue, the first I've had from this Quebec brewery and certainly not the last of either Unibroue or Trois Pistoles. I'll be sure to grab a few more of these in the near future for another cold, snowy day. Don't pass this by.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in to a Chimay goblet. Dark brown color with great head and froth. Some lacing down the glass. Smell is amazing, dark fruits, sugar (candy). Taste is even better, especially as the beer warms in my glass. Tastes are complex; fruits, malts, sugars; the combination is incredible, and very delicious. Mouthfeel is also awesome, carbonation surrounds the tongue and throat. Drinkability is high, as the taste is super. I vow to always have this beer at hand in my house.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy plum color with a nice 2 finger light brown head that provides some lacing.

Smell is heavenly, sweet dark fruit with some spices

Taste is heavenly also, sweet dark fruit, some spices, malty, a little alcohol and some hop bitterness on the way down. Nicely balanced.

Pretty high carbonation when first poured, but it burns off quickly.

Very drinkable, even with the 9% ABV

This is one tasty beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

13 January 2007, Best Before Feb 07

Poured into a Trois Pistole glass. Murky dark brown with a small head. Sweet candi sugar and dark fruit aroma. Tastes of fruit (plums, raisins), licorice, sweet malt, Belgian yeast, chocolate and berries. An evolving flavour. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. An outstanding strong warming dark ale.

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Photo of Andreji
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now This is a Fantastic brew. Took One sip of it and did *that* expression on my face of absolute delight. Happily surprised.

Pours a very dark brown/black thick fluid with an average head between brown and tan that fades quickly as is not very dense.

The smell, a mixture of fruits, strong wheat, malt and hops, is present all the time and is strong enough to fill the room. Delightful.

The taste is very strong and absolutely exceptional. With a delicious weissbier wheat-like base taste that mixes with fruityness, above all some lemony feel and a bit of sweet which fades with the carbonation and in perfect synchronization allows the appearance of a slight bitterness, just at the end, that finishes it off beautifully.

The mouthfeel, for this rather thick but thirst quenching brew is exceptional and the alcohol level (a whopping 9.0) is very well hidden, but makes the drinkability lower than perfect. You don't want it to fool you.

Perhaps the best beer in my stop in the US, and, oh lord, canadian. Wow.

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Photo of gerardoluna
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[Eyes] Excelent Dark deep red brown color and thin but creamy head.
[Nose]Cereal, malty caramel and hop.
[Mouth] Nice sweet malt characters, excelent body and good and gentile carbonation. This beer has one of the best after flavour that I´ve tryed. wuauuu!

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Photo of Matthew
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has become one of my favorites. What an amazing beer! Pours a very dark brown with a light tan head. Smells incredibley sweet. Immediatley recognized some nice plum and prevelant cherry aromas. Nice light chocolate character that seemed to be wrapped in the sweet fruity flavors of the plum and cherry with a bit of a tartness that sits on your tongue and stays on its way down. Malty, yeasty, and delicious.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,933 ratings.
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