Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

4,948 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 brother_rebus
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Satorn
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of degueulasse
3.21/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I couldn't distinguish the smell of this from the stale smell of Keystone Light or other such frat party beers, but it seems to transform once it hits the tongue, its sweet caramel flavor coming through nicely. As it warms up, it takes on dark fruity notes as well, reminding me of currants. It's a burgundy brown beer that goes down rather well.

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Photo of akolb
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 335 mL bottle (love the small bottles!) Massive, billowing tan head that takes up most of the glass and forms a lovely mushroom cloud extending above the rim. Be careful when pouring this one! The beer itself is a murky raisin-like color. Aroma has brown sugar, funk, raisins, prunes, sweet rich malt, spice, and a bit of chocolate. The taste is well balanced, with yeasty esters, dark fruit, and a hint of roast. Sweet, filling malty aftertaste. Very prickly carbonation and a slight alcohol burn. This is a wonderful beer, both drinkable and flavorful. Worth buying just for the truly extraordinary head.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having gone almost all the way through the Unibroue lineup, I can still say that I don't know how the brewery's name is pronounced, but this is their best beer. As a Belgian-style tripel, this is about as good as it gets, with sweet, gentle malts, ripe stewed prune and raisin flavors, and a heavy whiff of baking spices like allspice, cardamom, clove, and nutmeg throughout. Delicious enough to be accessible to anyone, but complex and deep enough to be appreciated by connoisseurs too. A benchmark of the style.

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

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

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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