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 counselor
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a moderate head. Muted aromas of nuts, plums, roasted meats. The flavors are similarly soft, of mild meats, slow roasted vegetables, and overipe fruits. The mouthfeel is well balanced and the beer goes down smoothly with little of the alcohol taste present in this offering (9%). A decent beer, but not as up front as some other of this style, and less so than this brewers other offerings.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer forced me to taste it - when I unscrewed the 12 oz bottle, a rush of froth came pouring out of it unexpectedly and I had to taste it (or catch it, depending on how you look at it) as it was bubbling out of the bottle.

Once I decanted it into a glass, I was absolutely amazed by its head formation. The head on this baby was huge and noisy - audible from almost a foot away with its bubbles. The head instantly slumped away into a tiny rim of dirty white.

This strong dark ale is well, dark. It is a nice dirty nearly non-translucent brown. There is a bit of that sour Belgian yeast flavor on the nose.

The taste of this one surprised me for sure! I was expecting something deep and slow-drinking, but instead I found a roasty, chocolately treasure! There is a wheat consistency here, but nothing overwhelming - it really excells with its high-carbonated almost hoppy self.

I will go out of my way to get this one again.

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

As expected, another victory for Unibroue. Straight out of the bottle, Trois Pistoles is mean. Like the image on the label, this beer is dark and broody with more than a few surprises up its sleeve (like the unnoticably high 9.0% abv). From its black body arises the aroma of fruit, like unripened pears. On the tongue, it feels at once crisp and dry as well as mellow. No hops are needed for this to stand tall like the Three Towers of its name. Very drinkable, but probably not recommended for long sessions, unless you've got the liver for it.

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

Pours a clear Coke a Cola brown with lots of carbonation.

Smells slightly sour and spicy, with malt and molasses in there too. Also has a mild nutty aroma.

Tastes mildly sweet and bitter, with an unmistakable alcohol bite. This is a very subtly flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

An exceptionally easy to drink brew, very mild. If you like strongly flavored beers this will not satisfy you. If you like subtle flavors then this beer is for you.

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

It pours an opaque ruby brown, the color of dark tea. A tight, light tan head blooms, then settles gradually to an uneven film of froth, with pillows of soft foam floating independently on the surface. Dotty lacing slides slowly southward from whence it came.

The aroma brings a healthy waft of grain earthiness, along with a dry citrus aura. The sourness of the yeast is mild enough to be a true asset. Berry fruit notes swirl at the outside of the aroma. Alcohol appears after the rest of the elements have dissipated.

A sweet grain backbone supports strains of dry grapefruit citrus along with mild toasted tones of caramel. A yeasty dough-like sourness plays nicely with the malt components. There's a very slight phenolic resonance at the top of the mouth that disappears as quickly as it arrived. A real alcohol presence works its way forward toward the end. The finish yields a distant but pleasant lingering cherry memory. Overall, not complicated, but basic and balanced, and a model of well-brlended simplicity.

Slightly heavier than medium bodied, it coats and lubricates sensuously. The buoyant flavors combine with the body and carbonation to swirl and fill the mouth.

Again, it's not complicated, it's just great! There's no need to hunt and peck through the flavors; each piece fits well and compliments the others. Each character is enjoyable and alluring. In spite of the very present high ABV, I'll brave the alcohol for future indulgences. There's just enough of each thing, and never too much of any one thing, so three cheers for the Three Coins!

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

I picked up a 750ml corked bottle of this brew. Pours a cloudy orange red. Massive light yellow-brown head with a very gentle
pour. Dissapates at a moderate pace but never fully disappears. Smells a lot different than other beers I've had. If you let it warm up in the mouth you can faintly taste the alcohol. Its a little fruity, very malty, and has a very good wine-like aftertaste. With a 9% ABV, it is deceivingly drinkable. A very fine brew indeed.

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Photo of stirgy
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a murky amber mahagony color and is topped off with a thin off-white head of foamy goodness. Sweet sugary fruits in the aroma -almost like a pre-made sweet and sour mix. Deep and complex sweetness in the taste. There's a touch a smoky caramel malt, sweet spices, fruits and licorice. Very nice. Alcohol is well hidden behind all of the strong flavors. It's a medium bodied beer that is very flavorful and very much enjoyable. Not a session beer, but an enjoyable treat.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is eye candy, with its chocolate brown color and thick, bubbly head. It just looks fantastic in a glass. The complex aromas of sweet, ripe fruits (cherries/plums) billow out of the glass. It has a full, sweet body holding flavors of caramel, chocolate, and cherries/raisins, finishing alcohol dry. The finish looses it a bit for me with the strong alcoholic bite but otherwise a great evening drink.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes! This is a beautiful offering from Unibroue. Possibly better than Fin du Monde? Paid 9.99 for a three pack of bombers, a xmas special!

Pours a beautiful brown reddish purple color. Smells fantastic, malty bitterness with bitter fruit. Taste is fantastic. Malt, then fruit - but not sweet fruit. Just right. Amazing blending. Hints of port and spiced candy. A good warming rush of alcohol. Just awesome.

Mouthfeel a little foamy, but thick enough that it doesn't bother you that much.

Very drinkable with food. You can easily put away a big bottle of this (or two) despite the ABV.

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

Well, I think I am finally able to constructively evaluate stronger brews. In the past the alcohol was usually evident and that influenced my evaluation. Now I am able to pick up more of the subtleties and this offering has some great subtleties. Appearance was like dark cherries witha beautifully carbonated head that remained, though somewhat diminished down the glass. Smell..mmmm..cherry-like IMHO, alcohol undertones, with some yeasty elements... a great blend. Taste was equally complex...fruity, alcohol, yeast, wine-like elements. Mouthfeel...medium with a beautiful astringency at the finish. For the abv (9.0) very drinkable.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a decent head that disspates fairly quickly. Smell is of fruit, a little sweetness and some alcohol. There was a lot of carbonation to this bottle. I've read other people saying theirs was undercarbonated. Not this one. If anything, it got much better as the carbonation mellowed out. Flavor is of ripe fruit, spicy, a little bit of chocolate and rich malt. Just a little hops and an amazingly dry finish. There was also a little alcohol present in the taste. All in all this is a very good beer, but I think it still has a little ways to go before I'd put it up there with strong ales such as St. Bernardus Abt 12. There's nothing that I dislike about this beer... however, it didn't knock my socks off either.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this stuff is fantastic. Pours a deep brown/mahogany with a beautiful light tan head. Aroma is grassy, alcohol and berry-like. Very dry, but smooth mouthfeel. Taste is spicy, berry (or perhaps cherry). A little bit of chocolate perhaps. Some caramel, and minor hops. Very earthy. This may be one of the best Belgian dark ales I've had in a while. Fairly cheap too.

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Photo of mntlover
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What the gods would drink. Dark brown brew with slight hint of red nice tan head that subside to a ever clinging ring of foam. Smells of dark wonderful fruity paradise, plums, raisens, bananas list goes on. Tastes the same fruity flavored malt slight yeast taste with a small touch of hops, and a nice dry finish.Sweet wonderful brew this must be what Homer is thinking of when he says" ummm beer", definatley better then any Duff I have ever had. Extremely drinkable must always have some on hand, if you have not tried it please do yourself a favor and buy some.

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Photo of BierReise
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep reddish brown and clear with a tan head that dissapears quickly. Wonderful fruity malty aroma that reminds me of a good Belgian ale. Mouthfeel is lively and medium bodied. Has an excellent balanced flavor of malts that gives a fruity roasted malt flavor that could equal many of its Belgian cousins. Finishes with a sugary sweetness that is abundantly pleasant. Probably the best widely available ale of this style.

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Photo of avylover
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I believe what I may have here is a bad bottle. The cork popped with a barely audible thud, and carbonation is grim. Since this seems to be a brewers fault, I'll review this one. Quality control should come into play in overall score. I have not even tried this yet - it just "sounded" bad.

Pours cloudy brown, with very little carbonation. There is a slight lace around the edge of my glass. Aroma is quite fruity, with some apples, plums, and grapes showing up. Some maltiness lingers in the background. Taste starts off with a bready maltiness. Then a good kick of fruit & alcohol comes through. The mouthfeel is full of tiny bubble carbonation, again I think this is due to a bad bottle. This is fizzy like soda pop, not what I expected from Uniboue. The mouthfeel if full and slightly sticky overall decent. Drinkability is great on this one, bad bottle or no. Pretty good for a 'bad' bottle. I think this may have been a bit premature.

Note - This is my third bad bottle from Uniboue (2 maudites)

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Photo of bditty187
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brownish-red hue, dense and murky with minimal light penetration, the beige head reached a good two fingers in height. The retention was excellent; the pack of bubbles lasted the entire quaff. Unorganized sheets of lace doted the side of my glass. The aromatics on the nose were impressive and deceiving. The bouquet was surprisingly light and airy with pleasant whiffs of pepper, traces of marshmallows, bready-yeastiness and yeasty fruitiness too. Plus there is an excellent hint of chocolate malts. While the potency is modest it is inviting and complex. The palate is light, with subtle fruitiness upfront, apples mainly, a kiss of marshmallow that is engulfed by the pepperiness and then lightly roasted, chocolate malts of the middle and finish. In the end the maltiness is pleasantly secondary, as hints of dates, raisins, and horse blanket shine more. The aftertaste is unearthly with apples, pepper, fruitiness, and maltiness, somewhat dry. A stunningly well crafted beverage, devilish really, the 9% abv is absent on the palate. I did, however, notice the beer on the brain. Warming. The body is medium; excellent levels of carbonation it is just “firm” enough. Wow, the ease of consuming this ale is scary, considering it is an extremely complex brew. If, for some odd reason you’ve failed to try this beer, you must. Trois Pistoles is simply lovely. Unibroue has sold me on their greatness. I scored this 750 ml in Kansas City. I want more.

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

I had this fabulous Unibroue product poured into a chalice out of a 750ml bottle.

The only thing that kept the appearance score down was the lack of a nice fluffy head. This may be par for the style, but what head did appear was soon gone. The raisin brown color was very appealing.

The smell is of brandy/rum/raisins/plums...deep, rich, sweet, and alchoholic in nature.

The taste is out of this world! Admittedly, I typically don't fall head over feet for Belgian ales, but this strong dark ale is the exception. I place it above Maudite, Chambly, and La Fin Du Monde easily. If it weren't a bit pricey I'd keep it around at all times.

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

Pretty nice! Poured a hazy dark red with a moderate sized even after a fast pour. Nice head to start out but died quickly and left a slippery lace that didn't stick. This saddened me.

Nice fragrance on this one but nothing special. Dark fruits, bready malts and yeast. High alcohol well hidden in the aroma.

Outstanding flavor! Raisins, yeast, plums, prunes, buttered bread and alcohol. Very smooth going down with great mouthfeel.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I expected to be amazed by this beer, based on its ranking and all. Maybe I got an off batch or something, but it wasn't the best I've ever had. It started off skunky and advanced to good.

Pours a dark brown with minimal lacing from a 12 oz bottle.

Smelled complex, but almost a bit skunky. A wide range from hops to fruity to malty.

The taste began slightly skunky but as it warmed up and breathed a bit, other, better flavers emerged, a fruity, spicy blend, similar to a really good cider. Left an aftertaste like cloves mixed with pumpkin pie.

The mouthfeel was OK, very tingly with carbonation and a little on the thick side.

This beer grew on me a little. I'd drink another sometime, but I'm not in a hurry. It was drinkable, and enjoyable as a flavor excursion, but not remarkable.

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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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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,923 ratings.
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