Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

4,965 Ratings
Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dillybarrrrr
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trois Pistoles, by Unibroue. 9% in a 750mL bomber, poured into a pint. Purchased for 6.99
Picked up because it has a reputation for being great beer. While also being dark but not overly chocolatey, or so I've heard.
L: THE HEAD! Holy shit this beer has a massive head and it doesn't dissipate very quickly (stayed there until 3/4 done beer). The color is intriguing. Really dark but not opaque. Light does shine through. Not very much lacing.
S: I pick up blueberries. The 9% can be faintly noticed.
T: Raisins and blueberries. Slight tinge of cocoa. A faint sweetness
F: The feel is unique, it almost has a soda-y bubbliness to it because the head never goes away. The sweetness that isn't very apparent in the taste, sticks around the mouth for awhile.
OV: Very impressed. For a dark beer this is awesome. Gave some to a non-craft beer drinker and she thoroughly enjoyed. Well done. Will be looking for more from Unibroue.

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

Pours a deep mahogany color with an off white head of tight bubbles that last a long time. Smells sweet, caramel, fruity, malty. Taste follows the aroma with a bit of alcohol warmth. Medium bodied and smooth. A great beer.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/3/13 and poured into a snifter.

The appearance is a really murky brown with a good amount of yeast sediment settling on the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is dark fruits, floral spiciness, chocolate malt sweetness, brown sugar and some nice estery yeast notes.

The tastes are sweet up front with dark fruits, bready malt sweetness, brown sugar and yeasty estery note. Also a nice floral spiciness.

The palate is medium plus with a substantial malt sweetness and alcohol spice lingering well. Nice and creamy finish.

Overall this is an awesome quadruple/ Belgian Strong Dark. A great beer for the price and how well it ages. One of the best beers I've had of this style.

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Photo of KGilmour
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JOhn_Molson
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bwbrev
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Holderness
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this beer has some character! Poured out of a bomber, the head is easily four fingers, and with a stadium pour at that. Seriously, this rivals Duvel for robustness of head. Moderate lacing and fabulous retention. Ale itself is almost as dark as a porter, and has the smell of one, too: lots of sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, and a fruity yeastiness that makes it unmistakably Belgian in style. The taste largely follows the nose, and also highlights the many spices used in the brewing process, as well as some nuttiness. Perhaps a little too chocolatey for my liking, since it obscures that lovely sweet, breast yeastiness that draws me to the Belgian ales in the first place.


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Photo of MMOSNN
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - perfect for the style; deep dark brown in color with a red hue and a huge khaki head that has incredible retention, long legs, and lacing.
Smell - dark fruit, molasses, caramel, bready malts, and a barnyard yeast note that rounds it all out.
Taste - follows the nose where dark fruits are most dominant, along with sweet malty notes of caramel and bread, some molasses, and finishes dry with yeast shining through.
Feel - great carbonation, chewy body, completely smooth, especially considering the high ABV.

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

Can't believe I waited so long to try this one, but I have chosen it as my 500th beer on this site.

A: Dark. Almost black. Bubbly. Dissipating tan head.
S: Delicious. Boozy sweet dark fruit. Raisin. Cherry.
T: Boozy raisin.
F: Very crisply carbonated. Medium-bodied or a bit heavier.

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Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samEBC
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the growler via DEPs in a snifter. This very nice BSDA pours a murky brown
with a nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and features
light lacing. Nose of dark raisin bread, brown sugars, light spices of clove and coriander,
subtle cherry notes, and light yeast notes. Flavors surpass the nose with dark brown sugars
and strong booze touched dark raisin bread with a dash of cocoa and clove with a light
coriander dash on the rear mingling with a light herbal hop and a lightly tart cherry note
on the finish. Excellent mouth feel; medium body, lightly dry finish, and low carbonation.

Overall a fantastic little brew from a great brewer.


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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.02/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Unibroue is just a quality brewery. La Fin du Monde is their most popular beer, but this one has some great qualities. Pours a dark brown. The head isn't quite as frothy as La Fin Du Monde, nor is this as carbonated (of course, La Fin du Monde's carbonation is up there). This one is malty, sweet, plums and some other fruits with a hint of pepper on the finish. There is a bit of hoppy bitterness near the end. You can't go wrong with anything by Unibroue for the most part. Quality ale.

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

Photo of OKbrew89
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quality offering from Unibroue.
AROMA: Yeast. Wine, spices.
TASTE: Bread, spice. Brown Sugar. Yeast. Wine.
FEEL: Big sticky. A thick meal.


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Photo of Tbulling
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madelf66
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JarMills
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jaketaz
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SHDoyle
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Description: Dark brown to ruby appearance with a finger of light tan head and lacing which lingers on the glass. The aroma is more spice than anything else with maybe a touch of fruitiness. Flavor is, again, predominantly spice with clove and banana. This is much more "tripel" than "quad" or other Belgian variety. I do not get the rich, dark fruits that heavier Belgians usually show and I would describe this as somewhat delicate. Feel is a little on the thin side. Like the taste, it's somewhere between a tripel and a quad.

Suggested food pairing: Roasted pork or chicken

If you like this beer then you should also try: Fin du Monde. I know, it's the same brewery, but this is really what it reminded me of in the flavor profile.

Overall: 4 (This been is good and I may or may not have it again) Not bad by any means but nothing outstanding either. I was surprised how much this reminded me of Fin du Monde, given that they're different styles. if you like that style you should give this a shot. If not, don't bother and be confident that you're not missing out.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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