Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

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Quebec, Canada | website

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 twage04
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

High carbonation, dark color, not much head. Malt is plum and dark fruit, yeast is more subtle and balanced than chimay blue (or every other chimay for that matter). Great beer, tasty, fizzy, more complex and balanced than cholimay blue where yeast dominates.

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Photo of Sunsetlane_guy
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice flavours not my overall style but s Good beer. Good flavour. This beer, although nowhere near my favourite, does deserve its overall rating. Very good but I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Whenever I think of Unibroue I wonder if it’s pronounced “unibrow”, and then I start thinking about people with unibrows and I find it difficult to focus on the splendid beer I’m about to drink... does anyone else get that or am I just weird? [don’t answer that!]. So yeah, Trois Pistoles is the beer Dennis (I guy I know who sells beer and got me on to Rodenbach Grand Cru) says is THE BEST beer that Unibrow make. So yeah, go the unibrow... or shave off the bit in the middle... either way I’m looking forward to this epic brew.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark chestnut brown hazy body with a dense packed 1 cm khaki head that reduces to a light lace cover on top... looks can be deceiving but this looks like one mighty tasty drop! I am, as you will see from my previous ratings, though more partial to dark beers. 10/10.

S: Botrytis (or ‘Noble rot’) grape big on the nose with lingering background notes of plum, dark cherry, macerated figs, a hit of brown sugar and sourdough yeast in the finish. The aroma is fragrant and moreish, however it is fully slanted towards sweet with little in the way of a balance noted here. 9/10.

T: Tasty and dry are the first things you notice, sweet as well but more restrained than expected, if I was going to describe a beer with colours this would be an aquamarine/purple mix with a touch of gold thrown in - it is one tasty drop. How would I compare it to Chimay Bleu? (it’s primary style combatant in the war for my affections) read on to find out as I’m describing the flavour here mister. Botrytis (though in lesser form), plum, fig, dark cherry, brown sugar, black pepper and sourdough yeast are balanced throughout with a finish that is fairly dry with sweetness that cuts the bitterness until the aftertaste - which is an ever so slight medicinal herb note. Damn. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a dense and light carbonation. Mouthfeel is spot on! 10/10.

D: Could I drink this all day? Yes. Is it as good as Chimay Bleu? It’s right up there with Chimay Bleu, in fact I think it’s a dead heat between the two, which is a surprise even for me: I never imagined that some upstart Quebec brewer would be able to compete on the same playing field as Chimay, and I think the texture of this brew is better than Bleu. Negative? The price - I can almost buy 2 Chimay Bleu 330ml bottles for the price of one of these, crazy! 9/10.

Food match: The Canadian flag dipped in blue cheese and maple syrup.

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Photo of Bone53
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle (BB 6/21/16) poured into a snifter

Appearance: An aggressive pour resulted in a huge creamy beige head; Looks like a murky cola in color with some floaties

Smell: ripe dark fruits, spices, yeast, sweet malts

Taste: Malt sweetness balanced with spice and yeast flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; Pillowly soft carbonation makes this one smooth and easy drinking BSDA. I dont detect much if any alcohol

Overall: Iv had my fair share of Belgian Strong Dark Ales, but I've only recently started thoroughly enjoying them. This is about as good of one as i have tried. It has clean and balanced aromas and flavors of sweet malt, dark fruits, yeast, and spices. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth. Id even put this above Chimay Blue. Many are meant to be aged first, but this one tastes good as is!

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Photo of Chad_S
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very similar to Unibroue's Maudite.

Thick, foamy head, possibly not quite as extreme as other Unibroue offerings.

Dark lager-esque color.

A sweet, apple-y flavor. The slightest taste of alcohol.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- Dark golden body with a great creamy head.
S- Sweet ripe fruits.
T- Sweet-thick-malty red wine with spices. Alcohol and plums in the aftertaste.
F- Cream, full, rich.
O- Wow, incredible and complex. You need to try it. Only downside was the booze taste.

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

Pours an amber brown with a thin tan head which lingers long and leaves good lace. Aroma is grassy, herbal and yeasty. More yeast along with spice and mild sweetness on the palate.

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Photo of mlockman
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Much drier than some of the reviews led me to believe. Very little head, especially when compared to Maudite, but much more in-line with the style in my opinion.

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Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Champagne like quality, and carbonation. Off-white/slightly khaki head that dissipates quickly.
Looks like a darker soda/cola. Really dark chestnut, with streaks of garnet. It is opaque and cloudy due to the yeast. Sustained effervescence. The nose is full of powerful malt notes, from brown rum, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, sherry, black cherries, and a pervasive spiciness. Of course, Unibroue's trademark pungency is recognizable.

The flavour is sweet, finishing smooth like a port wine would. There is an abundant presence of cocoa, roasted malts, dark fruits- namely cherries, plums, prunes, figs, all bolstered by the dark spice notes. Fruity esters blend in nicely with caramel, muscovado sugar, and blackstrap molasses. The boozy, rum quality is warming and pleasurable, not astringent.

Powerful and well made BSDA. I am a huge fan of Unibroue's bold yeast profiles.

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Photo of lastmango
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Updated my review for 2016. Poured a blackish brown with a 2 finger white fizzy head that dissipated within a 2 minutes. Nose initially reminded me of root beer barrel candy followed by dark fruit. Hint of chocolate, cherry flavor, on top of malt. Much thinner feel than I expected. Highly carbonated, which is like the other Uni brews. Almost soda-like and a bit too much for me. Hop fiends will not like this. For me, the beer is too carbonated, which detracts from my enjoyment. Guess this style is not for me.

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

Appearance - 4/5
A dark caramel-brown red. A moderate amount of tan foam. Quite opaque, but not totally.

Smell - 4/5
Sweet dark fruit, slightly boozy malts, hints of Belgian spice.

Taste - 4/5
Heavy malt flavor which has great dark fruit elements, some booziness, with slight hints of spice as well. Overall I am quite happy with the taste.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Very full bodied, medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation. Fairly crisp.

Overall - 4.25/5
This was a great brew and I am happy to have tried it. Unibrou makes some fantastic beers.

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Photo of ARoman
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is initially roasted grains and spice with a pungent prune, some tobacco, and some funk. It pours a murky prune color with a light, fuzzy tan head that's wispy with only light retention and no lace. The taste is a medium high bitter and medium sweet. The texture is a moderate thick and oily one with only a light fuzz for carbonation, and a medium full body that's flavored with bread, spice, tobacco, and plums. It finishes spicy with a zip and has warm flavors of prunes and spice and leaves an aftertaste that's bready and lingering with a light spice, alcohol, and fig.

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Photo of brap
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I picked this up after really really enjoying this brewery's Fin Du Monde which for whatever reason I'd never had. I guess I a sublimated association envisioning Canadian breweries with cheapo Carling Black Label that I guzzled in college. This stuff blew me away. Fan-freaking-tastic. Delicious, spicy, and complex enough that every sip brings a different sensation. I need to try all of this breweries beers they're two for two so far. Absolutely brilliant.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pithc dark with a big foamy and bubbly head. Smells of alcohol and some black fruits (blackberries in particular). Tastes really sweet, kinda boozy but with some fruitiness too. Overall one of my favorite Unbroue beer, really excellent.

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Photo of 303beer
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just a little cloudy. Brownish gold in color. Sweet aroma. Yup. Wow. That's on point. Smooth. Little sweet. It's drinkable. I like it. Couldn't drink a lot of it. I think splitting a bomber with a friend is how to drink this beer. But you will enjoy the .75 of a pint you get on a split.

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Photo of seedyone
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taproom 307, NYC. As a big Unibroue fan, I've seen this around & never he button. I'mglad I did. This is in a class/world of it's own. A deep brown in hue with little head or lacing. The aroma is all fruity. Prunes, raisins & cherries, but those elements are well/under controll in the taste, but surely add to the wonderful texture. If you see it on gap, treat yourself. CanLt speack/to the bottled version, but at half marks, it should be worthy.

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Photo of justinp444
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Thin soda like white head that dissipates quickly, cola like brown color. Smell of chocolate, malt, citrus, apple, and lemon. Taste of citrus, chocolate, nice carbonation, malt, grape, end notes of nuttiness and warm alcohol. Nice rich mouthfeel that has a big crispness about it.

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Photo of mabermud
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Chunky cola.
Smell: Overripe fruit. Brown bananas. Sugar. Clove or spice.
Taste: Same as the smell.
Feel: Nothing to write home about.

Overall: I would have this again. This is similar to a Rochefort 8, but different. Not bad.

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Photo of pat61
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant dfark chestnut under a 2” light tan foam ccollar with a very fine bead.
S: Some dark sugars, ripe to over ripe fruit,
T: An initial sweetness with dark malts and sugars, traces of banana and fruit cake, ripe fruit, plum, raisin and citrus. Dry, spicy grain flavors especially on the finish punctuated by a dose of tartness.
F: Very creamy Belgian bottle conditioned carbonation gives the beer a very soft texture. A big beer but surprisingly light on its feet – not heavy or cloying.
O: A well composed and well balanced yeast driven Belgian style dark ale with big flavors.

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Photo of Sirwootalot
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served room-temperature, in a standard pint glass.

The nose from this brew hits right away - a swirling potion of estery goodness, evoking banana bread, dried berries, and even a hint of wild mushrooms. The head is ferociously chunky, and with even the most dainty of pours kept surging its way up.

The taste is an experience. It's initially thick, fruity, and slightly bitter, much like a raspberry cacao truffle - and then the aftertaste kicks in, almost defying description. It's an effervescent explosion of strange and delightful flavors; I was reminded of cinnamon, white pepper, galangal root, espresso foam, walnuts, blackberry syrup, and smoked brisket. This beer dominates every last cell in your mouth, but isn't even remotely astringent or sticky. It goes down disturbingly easy for how strong it is, in every sense of the word.

This is not the best beer I've ever had, but it's WAY up there. I imagine it would pair stupidly well with authentic barbecue, or with maple-syrup-heavy breakfast.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh my. Dark, sweet, and yeasty...reminiscent of dark lovers and dangerous affairs. Even better, it shares a name with one of my favourite Tragically Hip songs. This is an incredibly complex, sweet, and boozy dark ale. Like a good pistol, it finishes with a bit of a kick and opens your eyes a bit. This is definitely a "special occasion" brew - not so easy to find, but so worth it when you do.

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

Dark brown with creamy white head, looks to pour heavy. I get dried dark fruit and nutty scents with earthy aroma hops and alcohol. Getting my nose a little closer to the glass lends a scent comparable to Dr Pepper. The profile of scents is so complex and balanced that I could sit there and just smell this one for quite some time, however, I love drinking beer too much to do that. The taste brings forth more complex spices as well as that Belgian yeast profile. I still get some of the nutty dried fruit undertones on the palate. This one finishes wet and heavy on the palate, leaving me with the alcohol that matches up with the actual content. Good brew here

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's a rare beer that makes this hop-lover enjoy a malty, dark Belgian like Trois Pistoles. As is typical for Unibroue, the mouthfeel and carbonation make this beer uniquely drinkable for the style. Drinks like a lighter, more manageable Gulden Draak, which is high praise. I would have never guessed that this beer is 9% ABV, but that's not to say it isn't substantial in flavor and feel. Everything this brewery makes is about as high-quality as you will find, and makes paying twice as much for true Belgian imports seem silly. A no-brainer for fans of dark beers, Belgians, craft lovers who like to try the best of the best, or even red wine drinkers.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(best before: 12-03-18 - poured into Chouffe tulip, leaving behind lees)

L: fizzy head - bit of yeast trouble?... clear, deep dark black-cherry red liquid... lovely jewel-like glow

S: subtle clove and allspice... large charge of sweet orange peel... highlights of coriander emanating out from all the cracks

T: like a spiced red wine, moderately rich malts... cherry skin and mild booze in the aftertaste, whisper of clove... somewhat like Abt 12 with tweaked spice character (oriental in nature?)... the mild burnt qualities of brown sugar playing against the dark fruit and spice... well-balanced alcohol... several sips in, what started as citrus (orange, coriander) undertones develops more into a key element level with the malt

F: bit of lingering warmth... bit of a numbing effect on the tongue tip... smooth, delicate flow of its light-medium body... very easy to knock back in big sips despite a mild sting from the high carbonation

O: on the surface, perhaps a bit too clean (could be a result from whatever may have been up with the lees - over attenuating?)... may have always been close to this anyway (haven't had this in awhile)... it's so hard for them to do wrong with whatever yeast/spice combo they use - so good

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review taken multiple times. This particular review was taken early summer 2014.

12oz brown bottle with the beautiful Unibroue shape, perfect silver foil covering the cap and neck. More great artwork from Unibroue with a winged horse over their famed castle like artwork. Poured into an authentic Unibroue stemmed tulip.

A - murky dark brown with hints of the darkest of amber in the light. Opaque character out of the light with a massive dark beige head that leaves sticky lace all over the glass.

S - dark fruits and sweet malt. Hints of chocolate, and bready yeast. Brown rum and Belgian style spices. A delicious and inviting aroma. A touch of roasted malt adds to the complex aroma.

T - sweet malts and rich ripened dark fruits. The brown rum character doesn't fade in the flavor. Dark Belgian spices with hints of dark cherry, chewy caramel, chocolate and cocoa. More light roasted malt notes contribute to the balance of the big dark fruit sweetness. A tasty flavor!

M - big medium body with an even bigger thickness and texture. This thing drinks like a dessert which is typically what I drink it as. Exceptional coating quality. Alcohol booze is there once it warms but only adds to its spices.

O - A sweeter strong dark ale but an exceptional offering. Another true craft beer classic from this great Canadian brewery. One of the breweries who just know belgian style beer and craft them with such quality it's truly remarkable. Trois Pistoles is one of my all time favorites and I'd advise anyone to get it a try. Brilliant.

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