Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Drawing on Quebec folklore, Unibroue chose the name Trois Pistoles to honour the city’s historic importance and pay homage to the legend of the Black Horse. Conjured up by a priest to help build a new church, this incarnation of the devil ran off when its bridle was removed. Because construction was still underway when the horse vanished, a stone remains missing from the church to this day.

Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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Ratings: 5,022 |  Reviews: 2,043
Photo of hychenglao
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cwkash
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Plonk
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Agent-86
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently drove over 500km / 300 miles to get this beer and several others not available where I live. It took me exactly one smell and one mouthful to know that every mile was worth it. It also confirms that Unibroue really knows what they're doing - every beer I've had of theirs (12 so far) has been exceptional.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 10/20/19. Pours a dark brown with two fingers of tan head. Smells of dried fruit and spices. Medium feel with small bubbles. Smooth, slightly sweet taste with some dark fruit and yeast flavors. As good as the Belgian versions of this style.

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Photo of Vidblain
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matcris
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An opaque, very dark mahogany, with a billowy, 3 finger tan, foamy head, that lasts, and leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is of candied fruits, tons of dark dried fruit, rum raisin ice cream. and it still manages to have a balanced, not overly sweet smell. I think there is just a little tart green apple, and earthiness, there. The flavor is really nice. All of those deep dark dried fruits, but not too sweet, by a long shot. On the finish, I get some pipe tobacco and a leather quality. The feel is full carbonation, which pushes the flavors around the palate, dry overall, and medium-ish body. Very nice brew.

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Photo of puck1225
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful beer! Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Gorgeous thick foamy head on top of a dark mahogany body. Beautiful view lacing! Sweet dark fruit smell and taste, but not too sweet. Caramel and vanilla notes. Apples and a bit of citrus.

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Photo of ConnorG
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of faatcase
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MinerBob
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Like their other offering La Fin Du Monde this is a GREAT beer and at 9% so smooth. Beer pours a dark brown with a thick tan head that dissipates slowly. The smell is pleasant with some chocolate notes. The taste is raisins and chocolate. Overall a must try.

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Photo of KevinL
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of justme
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SGR1220
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FriedSlug
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear and mostly opaque brown beer. Light brown fluffy head that leaves a bit of lacing. Tons of carb. Smells like caramel, toffee, raisins, plums, brown sugar. The taste is sweet with mostly brown sugar up front and the stone fruits coming in midway. There is a slightly stinging carbonation that ends with a nice mild bitterness. This is a really damn good beer.

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Photo of Supergenou
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ElieP
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the very best beers I have ever tasted. It has all the balance and complexity of a fine Belgian Trappist brew, along with the heft of a porter and the spice of an IPA. Sounds crazy, but it brings it together beautifully. Pairs with just about any meal or just on its own. This is PERFECTION in a bottle!

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Photo of dukeufo
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on the evening of the 4th of July,, out on the balcony. I'm sure it's a good beer, and yet I didn't care for it, as there is a spicy-ness in it that I don't like.

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Photo of Brendanjames
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours very dark brown with a huge tan head. The retention is not great but there is some lacing left behind. This being a bottle conditioned beer I'm a bit surprised the bottle has a twist-off cap (albeit covered in foil). The aroma is a bit metallic and with notes of burnt bread, spicy yeast esters and some dark fruits. The taste is fairly complex with elements of cinnamon, sweet malts, and a fairly intense bitterness toward the end.

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Photo of Premo88
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into vertical goblet
(best by 10-20-2019 printed on bottle)

L: murky plum topped by huge head of tan foam, very Belgian abbey ale look with foam nearly pouring out of bottle and that dark brown-amber color that's nearly purple; 100% opaque; head is slightly sticky; keeps a full skin and almost half-a-finger-tall collar; clearing up a bit on the edges and at the bottom; not much lacing but still classic all around

S: dusty yeast, dark dried fruits, dates, raisin bread, raisins; as it warms takes on a much "lighter" overall presence, toasted apricots, toasted apricot or peach kolache, powdered sugar, and all of that mixing with the darker dates/raisins notes

T: dark ... raisins, nearly bitter earth or burnt malt, but with plenty of that evening-out sweetness of plum and brewer's candi sugar; the earthy aftertaste lingers; that earthy flavor, both up front and in the aftertaste, has a hop spiciness to it, like potent Old World hops ... not sure if it is, in fact, hops, but if not it's doing a good imitation

F: super-charged carbonation and light-midweight liquid creates that fluffy abbey ale mouth that's too good to be true; it's still percolating as you drink it, yet it's not stinging or harsh

O: a truly "dark" ale leaning more on the raisin/licorice side of the quad/Belgian dark spectrum with only hints of the plum/dates lighter side; normally my preference is for those lighter notes, but this darker dark is too good to pick any nits ... a wonderful beer all around with that Belgian yeast popping and giving it all the life you expect from a well-made abbey ale; best of all: it comes in 4-packs! this beer might go on full-time rotation in my fridge

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Photo of StormAles
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a nice ruddy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that died within about a minute. It left a nice stringy foamy lacing. The smell had a good amount of raisins, honey, and plums making it fairly sweet. The taste was basically sweet and allowing a decent amount of Belgian spices come in to start to take over as it warmed a bit. On the palate, it sat about a medium on the body and showing that this is more of a sipper and had a good smooth carbonation about it. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Belgian Strong ale well worthy of having again and quite possibly as a nice dessert by itself at the end of the day.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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