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 hefevice
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my god...this is 9% ABV? This stuff is evil, because you don't notice it until it bites you on the behind. Even though I served it too cold at first it was still a taste explosion which obviously improved as it warmed up. Pours from the bottle murky brown with reasonable light tan head. Aroma of raisins and brown sugar which extended through to the flavour along with hints of bitter dark chocolate towards the end. Luxurious mouthfeel, with a hint of viscosity from the high alcohol. I think I have fallen in love with Belgian Dark Brown Ale.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber color with a tan, creamy head that never seams to fade. It leaves a thick lacing on the glass. It smells malty. It smells of fruit. Cherries and rasberries. There are hints of vanilla also. It tastes fruity. There are hints of chocolate also. Almost like mild chocolate covered cherries. It is carbonated a bit much in my opinion. It is a meadium bodied beer. It leaves a fruity aftertaste on the palate. This beer is not the best session beer due to the somewhat high alcohol content, and because it is too carbonated. It is definatley worth a shot though.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my all-time favorites from Unibroue. This luscious elixer pours a dark, ruby red. Jagged peaks of wheat-colored froth erupt from my Delirium tulip. Adequate lace deposits are left as a reminder of the impressive head.

Ther nose is a seductive blend of dark pit fruits, sweet vanilla spice, pear, cocoa-dusted rasberries, and a faint, oaky toastiness.

These flavors abound in the first sip. Further dark fruits are revealed. Plenty of clove and allspice sweetness, brown sugar, plum-pudding, and banana. On the sweet side, but not overly so. Absolutely smooth and highly drinkable. A silky body and a spicy, yeasty finish remind me why I love this beer. Top notch.

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

I had the Unibroue Trois Pistoles out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a tulip glass. Best before date on the back of the label for 1/04/07.

Pours a ruby dark brown color with a tan colored head. Very fluffy head that rises to the top of my tulip glass at first. After a few minutes, the head becomes about a 1/2 inch lacing around the glass.

Beautiful aroma of rasberries, cherries, milk chocolate, and a sugary spice blend.

Light spices with a fruity berry chocolate taste. Very soft and smooth on the palate. Minimal hop presence, but just enough to balance the sweet cherry malts. Fruity strawberry esters blend very well a ripe blueberry tartness that finishes with slight alcohol warmth. Excellent complexity and drinkability levels.

This is an absolute beauty. What else can I say? Highly recommended.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a best before date of 3-2-07.

Poured a dark brown with red tints. Large light tan head with good staying power. Quite a bit of yeast sediment swirling around.

Very light nose. Faint aromas of earthiness, sort of musty. Tart esters with a touch of alcohol.

What a great tasting beer! Full bodied and robust. Spicy and slick from the alcohol, malty and smooth. Pear or apricot notes fade into a powdered cocoa finish with a sneak attack hop bite in the back. It's dry, but not extremely so, just pleasantly so.

The last time I had this was New Year's 2 years ago, and I questioned my palate in hindsite. I've got to learn to trust my inebriated taste buds, just not my inebriated judgement as a whole.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with red hues. Nice tall head that falls to a ring with a sheet of thin foam across. Not much sticks to the sides of a Unibroue tulip.

Smells of dark dried fruits powdered with a little sugar. There's some spiceness too.

Tastes a bit fruity with some nice malt and yeast notes thrown in. Dry almost tart finish. Complex and well balanced. No real alcohol detected at first, but some is noticable as it warms.

Nice medium mouthfeel. The carbonation gives a nice tingle.

Despite the high abv that sneaks right up on you, this one is very drinkable. I often have to pace myself when enjoying this one, my taste buds want more!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the goblet Trois Pistoles is almost black beneath its tall head of frothy bone-white foam. If you tilt the glass you can see tiny bubbles steadily streaming upwards, adding to it's head, and helping with its retention. Lacing about the glass, however, is a bit more limited than might be expected given the head retention. In the nose dark fruits greet you (not unlike port wine in many ways). It's initially zesty in the mouth before it warms a bit, but it still leaves with a bit of a zing until it warms a bit and becomes more airy. The flavor is drenched in soft, tanninc dark fruit that's been dipped in liquid sugar; but it's not particularily complex. As it warms, however, more caramel notes and some subtle hops become apparent, as does a touch of spicy alcohol (and some actual spice perhaps?) and some very low-key notes of licorice or soft molasses. It's really well balanced, with it's spicy alcohol and delicate bitterness balancing the dark fruits and restrained sugars. It's really quite enticing in that it's flavors are somewhat restrained and "mellow" as the back label suggests. This is a beer to be savored slowly, enjoying it's subtle complexities as they emerge. Magnifique!!!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown. Slight initial head.

Smell: Highly fruity, reminiscent of caramalized apples or plums.

Taste: Lots of esters (more plums, bananas, or a very ripe persimmon), with a good malt profile, earthy and bready. Bitterness is light in this rich, sweet beer. Finishes up slightly tart.

Body: Moderate body, lighter than one expects, with lots of carbonation.

An excellent late-night beer from Unibroue. It seems they just cannot brew anything that's less than wonderful.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Interesting. Pours a deep, opaque brown with some dark ruby tints at the edges. The head is small for an agressive pour, and dissipates within about 90 seconds or so, leaving a ring around the glass and a white island in the middle. Aroma is of sweet, dark fruit. Dark malts. Not roasted, like a stout, but somehow dark.

All of unibroue's labels are dark and gothic, and this ale tastes like the label looks. Taste is sweet, but in a good way - raisins, yes, but more figs than raisins. A bit of plum and melon. The mouthfeel is light and very peppery, and completely belies the appearance of the ale. Ample carbonation and undetectable alcohol make for exceptional drinkability. Careful with this one, though.

All in all, an impressive offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark cloudy chestnut color, some mohogany edges. Thick foamy white head, disappears eventually. Not much lace on the sides of the Unibroue goblet. Strong dark fruity smells, along with yeasty spices, almost like corriander. Caramel flavor, along with spices. Ripe fruit, dark fruit. Pretty carbonated, medium body. A very interesting beer. Some funkiness along with it. Interesting. Not the most drinkable, but a good one to try.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, dark brown with ruby red edges, a good head with decent retention.
Smell is fruit (plums, dates, grapes), sweet malt, dark chocolate and some spice.
Taste is Sweet, fruity, malty with some alcohol and chocolate. Taste improves as it warms, a very nice thing because at 9 %, taking your time is recommended. Excellent complexity and balance.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, smoooth, light effervescence.
Drinkability: hell yes!!! This is a great example of this style, I highly recommend this brew, for that matter, this brewery.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful purple-black with a thin head that has the same subtle purplish tones. Huge aroma consisting of grapes and other ripe fruits. Very complex. Taste is grapes, peaches, caramel malts, becoming sweeter and more alcoholic as it warms. It might sound funny but I always get this mental image of purple (grape) Laffy Taffy when I drink this beer, I guess due to the fruits and candy sweetness. Very well carbonated and a great winelike aftertaste. One of my favorites.

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Photo of isubsmith
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a chalice from a 12oz bottle. Dark, murky brown with a redish-orangeish hint. Roughly an inch of head that quickly calmed down to 1/4" and soon after disappeared.

Nose: Yeasty, slightly tart, hints of cherries.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp, carbonated. Fairly clean aftertaste. Hints of spice. Alcohol definately present but not detracting from overall taste. Some malty sweetness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a 9% ABV beer. Probably dangerously so. Very good.

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Photo of baiser
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, mahogany red body, cloudy from the yeast, and a big, off white head. Nice lacing, great looking beer. Aroma of prunes, dark fruit, yeast, caramel, cherries, and a slight medicinal flavour. Taste is wonderful. So juicy, and full of fruit. Plums, prunes, caramel. Deceptive alcohol. Great balance with some hops in the background. Truly a well crafted ale.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Thirroul Cellars, tasted at home with my beer loving GF.
Poured a slightly opaque dark brown into the glass, with a thin tight light brown head. Aromas of wheat, spices (orange, coriander, clove, sl banana), possibly alcohol, that same yeast aroma from all of Unibroues' beers, and a slight waft of dark malt.
Tasted awsome (as if it wouldn't). All the aromas tranferred to the pallate, followed by the evident alcohol of 9%abv, and a spritzy mouthfeel from the carbonation. Very easy to drink, and as usual, a winner for me!

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pegasus of doom flies above a monastery or state capital building, looking nervously over its shoulder as if being pursued. I don't know what to make of this Magic: The Gathering artwork, and I won't know until I have finished this bottle. The line between pretentiousness and genius is razor thin, you see, and I can already tell that this beer is going to be either a work of art or pure wankery.

Deep purple, very fizzy with a small head that goes away quickly. This is a strange, very pretty plum color.

Complex and welcoming smell. Fruity esters somewhere between tart apricots and mellow grapes. Cloves make their way in there, as well.

What a pop of flavor upfront! A mad rush of sweet and sour fruit balanced out with a bland sweetness. The finish is clean--almost too clean. Nice and dry, but the flavor doesn't linger at all. Still, this is a damn fine taste and, surprisingly enough, there's almost no trace of alcohol.

Very fizzy, goes down nice.

This is one of those dark, wonderful ales that you should surprise guests with by serving at a party in lieu of wine. It would go great with red meat. And hell, you can get a 750 ml bottle of this for much less than a bottle of good wine--and this is better than good wine.

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

Nearly opaque mahogany with golden honey overtones, topped with a dense and active tan head. Clove spices dominate over fruits and plum raisin, with a subtle caramel sweetness in the nose. Good carbonation and medium body in conjunction with a pleasantly stimulating acridity create an excellent mouthfeel. Flavor is a complex mix of fruits, a slight vanilla, and the distinct yeast found in Maudite and La Fin Du Monde. Alcohol is nearly undetectable among all the other flavors. Goes down smooth, finishing with pepper and clove becoming a refined dryness that lingers for just the right amount of time before cleaning up completely.

Would be an excellent accompaniment to a meal. A fine, fine brew.

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Photo of aquatonex
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Pours dark brown, almost black opaque with a rich head, lacing forever. Just by looking at it you know you're in for a treat. Smell possesses bits of caramel and malts with hints of a berry fruitiness. The nose overall is a bit toned down compared to the taste. From your first sip, you can taste the complexities roll over your tongue at different times. Heavy, creamy malts foundation with a rather strong caramel and fruity sweetness. You can't really tell it's 9%, the flavors blend in so well that there is very little alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is awesome!

A heavy hitter that doesn't taste like one. Could drink this every day.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this botle in Holland and didn't know what to expect from this one.... well after pulling it out you notice as soon as your nose gets near the the beer that this is somthing great! Very fruity, hoppy( is it saaz?) don't make you think that this is a strong dark ale. Hardly anything to motice of the 9% and hardly any maltarome in the nose. Nice darkbrown colour and a lasting head. Then the first sip... this brew tastes fullmaly, caramellic and only litle roast( is there?). Not to sweet but full and almost the same aftertaste. Wonder how so litle bitterness gets such a great hoparome.... must be dryhops in there! Good beer I will go for again when I find it....

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

Aroma is of really light grapes, peaches, very sweet caramel.

Tast is of Toffee, dark mission figs, and that silly unibroue yeast.

Mouthfeel is excellent, great dancing carbonation. Just right for the style.

This is a great beer, a true classic, and always fun to pick out the flavours.

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

Had a 750 split with my sister.
Big head on this one sit atop a dark ruby beer. After I got through the head the smell of this is fruity of cherries and grapes spiced with pepper and a lurking malty sweetness. This beer is a mouthful even at a sip. Highly carbonated and full bodied. It has a taste the flood over the tongue and gives you spicey notes of yeast that fade to fruity malt sweetness and end with a lingering aftertaste that reminds you to drink more. The alcohol hides well in this dark Canadian treat.

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

12/06/04- Purchased at a wine store in Sonoma, CA

Appearance- Pours a deep brown color with a 3/4 inch head and good lacing.

Smell- Wonderful smell. Definite plums and raisins abound.

Taste- At first it is very sweet with caramel, dates and raisins, maybe some clove also. The flavor disipates though and leaves very little aftertaste. The flavor doesn't stick around as long as you would like. Can't even detect the 9% abv.

Mouthfeel- Goes down oh so smooth. As it warms is gets even more smooth and the tastes come out a bit better. Excellent level of carbonation.

Drinkability- As of now it's extremely drinkable. All depends on how the alcohol makes me feel after I finish it. 2 thumbs up, and not far from being a bit better.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big props to my buddy Paul for this one! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Nice presentation here. Very dark black/ruby color to it with a 1-finger head. I love the aroma this beer gives off. The first thing I noticed were apples and pears followed by bananas and then a hint of dark chocolate. Nice and complex. Overall, very fruity aroma. Some of the fruitiness disappeared upon tasting it and it transformed into a nice, subtle, malty brew. A slightly sweet finish. I could drink this baby all night long, but it is a bit of a sipper. Very enjoyable and highly recommended. Cheers!

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with a fizzy head. Head dissapates quickly, but returns with just a swirl of the glass. Thin sheet of lacing.
Aroma is sweet, malt, raisin, prunes, cooked bannana, alcohol.
Flavor is sweet and tangy. ripe fruit, (apricot, prune, raisin) some spice, with a lemony tang at the end.
Creamy mouthfeel.
Alcohol is well hidden, and it sneaks up on you.

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Photo of bashiba
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy red brown with ample head that dissapears quickly leaving a thin tan line of head.

Smell is fantastic, raisons, plums, brown sugar, and other fruity goodness dominate the scent. Very strong and nice.

Taste is alot smoother than I anticipated. A very nice maltiness up front with some woody highlights and a mild malt sweetness that is quickly balanced with a very spicy earthy hop finish. Very good.

Mouthfeel is very nice, thick and very warming.

Drinkablity is very good, goes down especially easy for a 9% beer, in fact I'm glad I got the 750ml so I can go get another glass. Highly recommend this one.

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