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 AtLagerHeads
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lovely brew that satisfies the need for complexity. A great looking copper/dark amber body is covered with a rich, thick head of cream that laces throughout the glass. An aroma of fruit greets the drinker with a smell of grapes and cherries, perhaps even a bit of raisin and plum. The spicy, fruity flavors are just as complex with a strong sense of vinous quality. A bit of spice and cloves carries through as well. The medium body is lasting and gives a bit of strong aftertaste, almost syrupy in its finish. The drinkability is good considering the high ABV.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.38/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Trois Pistoles is the 2nd beer from Unibroue I've tried.
Comes in a cool bottle!!

3 pistols pours a caramel/amber with a nice thick creamy tan head. The head lingers a long time!

The smell is very fruity; grapes mostly. My nose didn't pick up much more than that.
Tasting the beer I noticed a fruit flavor (grapes) but there was a metallic and alcohol taste very much present! 3 Pistols seemed a little too carbonated almost like champagne.

The aftertaste was unplesant. very sweet and medicinal.
Overall, I don't think I'll be able to finish the bottle. Just not my cup of beer.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a red gleam. The head is dense, generous and it accompanies you through your journey. Malty and fruity aroma of grape. The taste is complex: an adequate balance of chocolate, roasted caramel, cherries, grapes, spices, yeast (less than Unibroue's standard). A light alcohol (not quite well-hidden, but about what I expect from good belgians of this ABV) Bitterness joins you until the end. It's a rich and complex beverage, but while it's probably not overrated, I prefer many other belgian strong ales to this one..

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

Deep red-brown witha crackling tan head.
Spicy taste and aroma (thats the only hint you'll get of the 9% abv)
Huge cherry in the aroma and taste as well. Very fruity, swirling really brings out the fruit flavor (adds plum). Spice grows as it warms. I don't notice hops or bitterness, but there is a nice dark malt base to the brew.
Medium feel, and very drinkable at least to the point you're still able to lift your glass.

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Photo of ComradeCanadia
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Lovely bottle with some really neat art on the front. Big & corked like all the Unibroue I've seen.

It poured out nice and dark, with a decent head that subsided quickly. Residual yeast could be seen, adding a bit more. Very attractive when poured.


Oh god does this beer smell nice. Cherries, raisins, yeastie bits, caramel was definitely there and maybe some chocolate? Only a HINT of hops, but I'm guessing this is for balancing.


Wow, this is complex. I'm tasting far more than I smelled - although I'd have to say the actual taste itself is good, not amazing. This beer is highly alcoholic, but so well made that I can barely tell in the slightest. Fruit flavours preside over all, with the undertones of caramel, and again, that hint of hops.


Again, pretty good. Nice, dry finish, easy drinking - I can't give it more because this beer was cool bordering on tepid, instead of decently cold. Still, very smooth.


This beer is an endeavour to drink, and I don't think I'd want to go more than one. Still, I'll give it an above average for drinkability.


Belgian Dark Ales aren't my favourite, although I think I can appreciate them - and this is a great one. Well balanced, great nose, doesn't look bad in the slightest... easy recommendation for anyone.

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Photo of Sammy
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of My favorite beers. Every sip is a different delicious taste sent to the brian. Top pick from Canada's finest brewery will hold its own against Belgian ales. Nice at the end of a meal or for lunch instead of a heavy latte. Five and a half years till finally found on tap, at Volo's, and really not as good on tap, not as much body and taste, though aroma was there.

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Photo of andyj
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label art on this one is just evil, it looks very dark and demented. Alas, I was disappointed when I poured it and it came out, red! What the dark ale on lees is going on around here? In reality it is more of a dark reddish-brown than red, and one can see through it as well. It pours quite a creamy-whitish head and the aromas that dance off of this one are quite crazy. This definitely well hopped but with a spice kick of some variety. Perhaps bitter orange peel, coriander, pepper, or even ginger? I couldn't quite place it. This is truly a very unique beer that falls within the belgian variety. I very impressed with what these French Canadians can do with & to beer.

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Photo of taez555
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with a best before date 3-11-06, tasted 11-16-03.

This beer poured a dark brown/ruby/blackish body with a thick choppy off white head.

The nose was a great mix of classic dark belgian smells. Chocolate, yeast, phenols, plums, raisins, spice, caramel, a touch of pepper, alcohol with an overall sharpness.

The beer was highly carbonated, yet medium bodied and very soft and drinkable. Lots of ripe fruit flavors: grapes, apples, plums, and raisins. Soft dark malts: caramel, chocolate. Yeast, alcohol, some phenol touches, touch of wheat, very juicy and slightly sweet. Almost like a rum soaked raisin. Very port like. It’s surprisingly mellow for such a big beer. Almost no hop taste at all, but a perfectly balanced hop bitterness that’s so well balanced you barely even notice it’s there.

Basically, I was blown away by this beer. It’s so simple with all these fruit tones and mellow dark malts. I swear the brewer’s at Unibroue are really Belgians. This is an amazing beer, and for the price a steal.

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Photo of Joss
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Plums, raisins, flowery notes and burned sugar in the aroma.
Hazy Bordeaux color with a stable creamy head.
Indeed a fruity Port flavor, dusty notes in the aftertaste.
Surprisingly light body , dry but a bit fizzy mouthfeel - this makes the beer seem lighter than it really is...

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Photo of merlin48
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 1st bottle put me to sleep last night, but a sip out of the warm glass very early this morning, told me that this is a biere worth reviewing. My 2nd Pistole poured a murky chestnut color, with a one finger head. Aroma is a bouquet of fruitiness, almost floral. Pleasant in the mouth, a nice balance of carbonation, alcohol, malts, and slight hops. Taste is of a nectar like dried fruitiness, combined very well with the distinct hops and alcohol.

This is one of the better brews I've experienced. Very complex, and very interesting. Reminds me of Celebrator toward the end, as it just keeps getting more overwhelming to the senses.

This is a wonderful balance of many complex flavours and aromas. Very finely crafted by the Quebec Unibroue folks. This could become one of my all time favourites. Geeez..I'm starting to spell stuff Canadian(flavour, favourite). This stuff is hard to find in Kentucky, so I guess I will cellar my remaining two bottles, eh!

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

12 oz. bottle
Appearance: Hazy, chestnut-brown body...has the look of a dark amber apple cider. Tightly-bubbled light tan head lingers with minimal lace.
Smell: Clean, crisp, yeasty with sweet malt background. Fall fruits, apple, grape, citrus-crispness. Complex and a key part of the experience.
Taste: Sweet full malt, with apples, plums, raisins. Delightfully sour yeast acidity, pleasing dry hop/citrus finish. Very nice balance. Alcohol hangs way back.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, tingly carbonation and yeast acidity/dryness.
Drinkability: A great sipper... could easily do 2 or 3 of these.

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

pours out an amber brown with a little lace. the aroma is spicey and grassy, lightly fruity. the taste packs some spice and alcohol right off the bat. a light hint of chocolate, malt and sweetness, it finishes dry. heavily carbonated and crisp. its good, just not my thing for the most part, but i can respect it none-the-less. take it easy too, this stuff will make you loopy.

$5.99 for the mag.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle. Best before 5/7/06
Pours a full tan head, a deep brown color, hazy, opaque. CO2 rolling up along the edges of the lacing. The aroma is malty, spicy, and earthy with a background presence of alcohol and some tartness. The taste is sweet, roasted, and spicy, with a tart middle and a dry finish that lingers with liquorish and sassafras. A medium bodied mouth-feel with sufficient effervescence. A well-rounded brew. Not overpowering for such an intense style. Taste was best around 53 degrees ? started loosing its balance as it warmed more. Might have needed some more aging.

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

A difficult beer for me as I will always remember it as the beer I drank as the Cubs lost to the Marlins in the NLCS 2003. And as I forgot to respect it, it got the very best of me the next morning!!! Be Warned!!! The beer poured a very orange/red almost wine like color. The stick was rock solid. Aromatics were fruit driven and complex-melon,sour cherries, botrytis-where's the blue cheese? Medium in body with soft bitter chocolate and light buttery fruitiness. A faint peach and tangy raisin note adds to the finish of this very, very complex and intriguing brew. This is a more wine like offering where the malt plays a second to the fruit. I'm thinking pear and blue cheese-seared foie gras?...incidently, my notes say "...end of the 9th..Cubs down 9-6...I need four pistoles!! all I can do to keep from throwing this glass to the floor....we got Wrigley?!" God the hangover sucked the next day.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles has a hazy black cherry soda color and a creamy off-white head.
The aromas wafting out of the glass are a melange of yeasty malt, dark fruits, a hint of chocolate and a mix of spices (coriander, clove, and cinnamon), not to mention a heady alcohol note.
Tasting this beer was a real exercise in sorting out all the different flavors. A light clove/banana flavor along with that bready malt taste was noted plus some raisins, plums, dates, and a sweetness not unlike dark chocolate-covered cherries. Trois Pistoles exuded a real candy sweetness. Finished with a spicy bite layered over a warming alcohol kick.
Feel was creamy and smooth with a light carbonation tingle.
Overall, this was one great beer. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the alcohol it packs. Nevertheless, it's a superbly crafted beer that's just right for slowly drinking over the course of a quiet evening.

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Photo of alexgash
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trois pistoles, which I believe is French for "hungry beer bear," pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Smell is wow. Grapes, alcohol, yeast (but not as yeasty as other Unibroues), woody, mmm...
Taste is of sweet, candy malts, tart grapes, Unibroue yeast, and oak. Finish is wheat bitter with lingering, warming alcohol and grapes. Mouthfeel is big and champagnelike in carbonation--a little syrupy at the end.

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Photo of shirfan
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has the color and clarity of apple cider. Modest off-white lacing remains for the duration of the glass.

Aroma is milder than many belgian-style offerings: what there is hints of raisins and crisp fruit... pear/apples maybe.

Taste empahsizes crispness again. There's a definite mix of estery, fruitlike flavors, but not a hint of syrupy sweetness or chocolate like others in the style. Could be best described as green pear / apple, with a suggestion of green raisins. A definite not-quite-ripe theme. Alcohol is felt rather than tasted.. just a breath of warmth in the finish.

Drinkability wins high marks for being flavorful and complex without feeling heavy or thick or "big". This will most definitely be granted a residence in my beer cellar.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am becoming more impressed by this brewery every time I get around to drinking a different beer from them. This beer has a deep, hazy brown coloring, almost a coke color, with a nice pale brown head. Its lacing had staying power almost to the bottle of the chalice. I didn't get the normal exceptional aroma that I got from some of their other beers and other dark Belgians, but I may have had enough of a sinus problem to affect that.

The taste was complex, very similar to a Chimay Blue-type taste. I tasted so many flavors, they were hard to differentiate. There was a definite malty taste with a hint of yeast. There are some other spices and herbs in there that I can kind place. I don't taste the chocolate flavot that some dark beers have.

I liked the strong carbonation, which gave a clean feel to the mouth during and after drinking. It packs a wallop of alcohol, whch I think adds quite a bit to the flavor. Overall, an excellent beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown brew with a creamy dark white head. Real fizzy, I still had bubble coming on top five-ten minutes after the brew was pourred. The alcohol was not too prevalent and the taste was sweet and fruity. Usual malt taste from Unibroue. Very nice brew overall.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark purple color. Small head. Aroma is slightly vinous, fruity and dusky. Malty and fruity. Very complex flavors; raisins, grapes, figs with a musty undertone. This is a very nice beer. Very smooth, it hides the 9% alcohol very well. There is a hint of alcohol tartness on the tongue. Tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is slightly bitter.

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Photo of pootz
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was my second sampling from Unibroue and they seem consistant in offering great gourmet Belgium beers to the Canadian consumer.

Trois Pistoles weighs in at 9% alcohol and creates a very warming effect that is best appreciated on cold winter nights after skiing or with venison or wild foul dinners. It pours a such a dark ebony color it must be brewed with a whacking roasted malt. It’s rich, smooth with real texture, and the presence of the yeast used for in-bottle fermentation gives it a taste and aroma of spiced fruits and an after taste not unlike a stout wine like medeira.

Poured a black color that refuses to let light through the glass with coffee colored head and medium carbonation. Delicious aromas of fruits and spices. Starts very thick and builds to a wondrous full body punctuated with fruit and nut and chocolate tastes then finishes with warmth and a lingering port wine taste

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

So complex, so utterly fantastic this amalgamation of flavours and aromas. Sticky white head, frothing almost. Dark cherries, chocolate, slight grassy hop notes, malt and more malt,, I said complex but this has it all.

So smooth, velvety texture. High carbonation, but not altogether unwelcome. The biting subsides and the warming begins soon after it's gone down. Sweet chewy malts make their way to the front, and a nice warm, dry alcohol finish. A superbly crafted, truly BIG beer! Cheers Unibroue!

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Photo of kmo1030
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very dark brown with a light tan head. the smell is fruity like marachino(sp?) cherries and vanilla, a little citrus behind it as well, and a bit of a mild wine smell too some roasted malts in there too maybe. the taste is fruity (cherry, raisin), but mild, slightly peppery. starts sweet and then finishes with a little bitterness to clean things up. at times just a little boozy. i think that the carbonation should be a bit lower and the mouthfeel a bit thicker, but no real problem here. overall one of the best beers i've had the priviledge to drink. try it if you haven't i'm gonna move onto some other unibroue if they're anything like this one

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Photo of Elemental
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark thick brown color with a nice thin amount of head. The smell is of yeast with a slight fruitiness along with a raison aroma. The taste is smooth and subtle yet flavorful with hints of fruits and a light aftertaste that tends to linger. Very nice mellow tasting beer that isn't overpowering because of the good balance. Slightly bitter to end with. Though I like the mellowness of the beer I do wish there was a little bit more fullness to the taste but overall a really good beer.

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Photo of Hefe
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 9/5/03.

Appearance: A color somewhere between brown and black that gives the impression that something lurks within. Pours with a tannish head that eventually gives way to a bit of lacing.

Smell: Malty and complex, with notes of cherry, vanilla, wheat, orange peel, plum, and a yeasty breadiness.

Taste: Complex yeastiness, reminds me of Bollinger Special Cuvee in a weird way. Plum, raisin, roasted malts, peach/apricot.

Mouthfeel: Again a bit like champagne, but with enough body that the carbonation isn't overwhelming. Big alcohol stays in the background.

Drinkability: A lot of factors at play that could slow you down, but everything here is in perfect balance. Bravo!

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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