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Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

1,989 Reviews
Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada | website

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle.
Ample off- white head that sticks around for awhile.
Smells a little malty/ caramely. A whiff of green apple on the nose.
Appearance is a slightly cloudy toasty brown color with the barest hint of red.
The first sip caught me a little off guard; I actually expected something overwhelmingly heavy, but no, not this beer. The mouthfeel is perfect. Really. It fills up the mouth just enough.. it restrains itself as to not overwhelm. It also tingles a little bit as you roll it around. And it sits there for a full minute after the swallow.
The taste is very nice- the sweetness that you can find is 'just' there, balanced nicely by a little tartness (also 'just' there). The caramel malts (I think that's what it is) really are nicely expressed here. There's also a tiny touch of burnt marshmallow flavor in there somehere (I mean this in a good way).

This definitely could be the sole beer for a whole evening. It's a bit much for everyday, but there's a reason that this one's on my short list.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a Unibroue beer. This sample is a one and a half year old 750 ml corked bottle. It pours dark chocolate brown color with a massive khaki billowy head that leaves sheets of thick lace. The aroma is of intense plums, raisinbread, caramel dates, passionfruit and green apple skins, with a generous spicey hop character. The taste is an impeccable mix of pale, crystal and roasted malts. Theres a great, bready flavor, A caramelly flavor and a toasted malt flavor. Theres also a fruity yeast flavor. Hops are evident but rightly subdued, This is a malt beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth with torrents of tiny carbonation bubbles. The finish is quite crisp and also bitter, surprisingly so. This is one hell of a good Belgian style beer. A must try.

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Photo of blitz134
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This my first Unibroue beer...and my first corked beer. The pop from opening the bottle was nice. Made me smile, haha.

I poured this into an oversized wine glass. Color was extremely dark in the glass but poured a caramel color. It had a one finger light tan head that disappeared rather quickly. The aroma was sweet. I could pick out the sweetness of the malts but the rest was a blend many sweet aromas, nothing overly discernable.

The taste is pretty amazing. The blending of all the flavor components is excellently done, very balanced. Flavors encompass the sweet malts which were detected in the aroma. A blendy of dark fruits, mainly subdued raisin and plums. The immediate aftertaste is very crisp. The aftertaste doesn't last long though, I'd like it to stick around a bit to savor the flavor, but I'm sure this is due to the high ABV of this beer. Even with the 9% content this brew goes down nice and smooth. Perfect for sitting around one cool evening to savor the flavor and be warmed up a bit.

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Photo of toastage
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was good...a slow pour down the side yielded immediate head formation with a nice 3 quarter inch finish at the end. Deep amber colour with some cloudiness. Molasses, fruit and alcohol in the nose.

Well balanced. The only thing that speaks to the 9% ABV is the 2-beer buzz. Medium body, enough to make it sit on your tongue while you savour the flavour, and an aftertaste that is not pungent but definitely lets you know it was there.

Excellent beer to sip at and enjoy.

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Photo of dgallina
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, slightly cloudy, dark copper and brown. Very little head that quickly dissipates, leaving a thin film of lace. Dark, sweet, raisin and cherry fruit and alcohol aromas. Rich, roasted malt and dark fruits in the mouth with an excellent, slightly bitter and very dry finish that leaves you wanting more. A medium-heavy body that seems very appropriate for the style. An excellent interpretation of the style, and a beer I'd be happy to sip for a few hours after dinner.

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Photo of zbs
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Russell's Package Store, Amherst MA. Poured into a convenient chalice.

Rich mahogany foams to a narrow cream, with a nose somewhat off-balance: sugar and spice tones brimming on alcohol. First taste is rich pure beer notes and bountiful, with a middle proliferation of Dolcetto esters maturing into thicker, dark fruit; a deeply hidden but powerful bitter is subdued underneath a late-blooming verge of Godiva. The body royals in purple, finishing superbly complete--skeining tan lace.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out of the silver foil topped bottle a deep dark brown, nearly black with a nice off white head. Hints of red sneak through when held up to the light. The smell on this one is a mix of chocolate covered cherries and raisins, some molasses and nice roasted tones.

The first taste is upfront with a sweet cherry cocoa roastiness. A nice spiciness (cloves?) rolls along the tounge as well. Quite tasty and flavorful. New flavors peek through with each sip and the alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

Mouthfeel is good as well. A nice full body that coats the mouth and goes down smooth. Drinkability is nice here too. Not a session brew, but a couple on a cold night would be nice. I'm looking forward to trying more Unibroue products.

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Photo of KoG
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aged this bottle about 2 weeks, I couldn't wait any longer. I'll go get more and give it a longer run next time.

Nice dark brown that lets little light in around the edges and created a generous amount of thick head that clung on for life before leaving a little lacing.

Smells of chocolate, cherries, dark fruit, spice, and a bit of wood come out of the glass nicely. After it warmed a bit I gave it a swirl and got a large whiff of alcohol... only the one time though.

Taste was thick and rich filled with cherries, raisins, ripe dark fruit, and a definate spicy ginger finish. No trace of the 9% alcohol anywhere in sight.

Mouth was excelent, leaving the mouth clean but craving more, not astringent in the least. Makes it almost too easy to drink.

Drinkability is good but I would rather split this with 3 or maybe 4 people as it gets a bit filling. Would be an excellent choice to pair with dessert.

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

Pours a beautiful mahogany with both amber and ruby highlights and an agressive light tan head.

The aroma is spicy and a bit malty. I get the impression of vanilla, pepper, raisin, citrus and pineapple.

The beer starts big and fruity, with pineapple, strawberry and banana coming out prominently at the taste. As that fades, I can detect a hint of cocoa before the swallow. The finish is all warmth and spice.

The body is light and the carbonation is substantial, as to be expected. There is plenty of warming. Some astringency mars the mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a substantial and delicious Belgian dark, with plenty of complexity and an intriguing finish.

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

Pours a beautiful cinnamon brown color with a nice frothy head that shrinks to a constant miniscule lacy head skirting the edge of the liquid. The aroma I could inhale all day: Molasses, figs, raisins, clove, chocolate, cinammon. It almost shares an aroma profile with a dopplebock, or dare I say an eisbock. The taste reveals a very vinous quality, but like a good sherry or port. The palate is inundated with chocolate and molasses and raisins, just a beautiful sensation that I want to envelop me. Really, this is like liquid chocolate-covered raisins. There is a slight roasty aftertaste that brings just enough bitterness to the table to keep this from being cloying. The mouthfeel is stout and the carbonation is just wonderful if not a bit filling, coating every corner of the tongue. The drinkability is exceptional as the alcohol content is well-masked. Ohhhh, I want another. Unibroue makes good beer, and that's all there is to it.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a wonderful burgandy brown with a light tan head which mostly dissipated quickly. Smell is a wine-like fruitiness and spices. Taste is incredible, tangy, with notes of plums, toffee and cloves. Mouthfeel is smooth and you don't even notice the 9% ABV. There is a bit of roasted dry aftertaste, I really enjoy sipping this.

Although I could drink this all day, and probably will, I must admit that the first Unibroue in a night is usually the best. This is a slow sipping beer.

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

12 oz. bottle with twist-off bottlecap under silver foil dated best before 1-28-2007. Pours a murky ruby with brown highlights, sometimes bordering voilet hues. Roasted malts, yeast, various spices (I discerned some cinnamon, ginger and cardamum), and a currant-like fruitiness are evident in the nose. Roasted candi sugar and malts are upfront, followed by a grape/currant-like fruitiness and backed with a healthy dosage of yeastiness and hops to keep it dry and palatable in the finish. Not bad; I'd like to try it in the 75 cl presentation. The alcohol is noticable, but barely. A slight bit of burnt cideriness at the end of the goblet.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was a murky cedar water color with a thin, light tan head. Aroma was ripe fruits and cloves. Taste was spicy and fruity with a nice, smooth finish and only slightly bitter... I would've liked it to be more complex. Carbonation was solid. Medium mouthfeel. The higher ABV was very noticeable and warming was felt almost immediately. For me, this was just an average Belgian ale that never reached me and not Unibroue's best offering.

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

Deep soil brown colored beer with a cream colored head. Head is on the small side, almost creamy in texture, and leaves a sheet of lace as it fades slowly to a scatered film. Aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit (plums and apples?, I can't figure it out) and a bit of yeasty goodness. Dark fruits, raisins and plums, some cocoa, dark candied sugar, and possibly some other stuff. There's a bit going on in there and it's hard to seperate out. Finish is smooth and lingers for a while drawing you back for more. Moderate bodied beer is smooth on the tongue. Yeah she's a nice one, getting close to that Abt 12 (St. B's of course).

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

I thought I might as well review this, before it gets stolen. Pours a dark caramel colour, with a bit of chocolate black. Yeast gives it a clouded, almost spooky colour. Big, two finger head that's thick and strong. Lace sticks to the glass like post-it notes. Big smell of cherries, alcohol, chocolate, plums, raisins, malts and dark chocolate. Taste is a bit more subdued. The above ingredients make a thick sweetness that is balanced by, of all things, the alcohol. Instead of hops for balancing the sweet, this beer relies on the kick of the alcohol. It works well. Mouthfeel is dry and has an oatmeal thickness that's a bit unexpected in anything liquid. Good drinkability. Would be nice on a winter afternoon, sipped like brandy.

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

Very nice. Poured darker than I would have expected it to. Poured a cloudy reddish brown like tea with too much lemon juice in it. Nice colour. Monster slightly off-white head that settled to a little more than a thin haze over the top. Laced the sides of the glass quite nicely. The smell was just as good as everyone said it would be. The presence of alcohol is certainly detectable, but not overpowering. A little bit of spice and malt. Very pleasant; I couldn't wait to have a sip. The taste, too, has some spice to it and plenty of malt. There is no question that this is a higher gravity brew. Certainly not unpleasant, but there is indeed a warming affect from the 9.0%abv. Would be absolutely ideal for a cold winter night. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and it goes down easily. There is some carbonation present, but a pleasant amount; just a little bit more than a trace. Overall, I'd say I'm quite impressed with this one. Excellent!

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Photo of inebrius
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma is so intoxicating you nearly needn't drink.

The forest, all elaborate in your boar-skin loin-cloth, collecting dark ripe rotten fruits, from tree to vine to tree in an orchard wild: plum, tobacco, melon you meet a shaman who feeds you far out herbs around the campfire.

A value beer.

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

Dark rootberry and cloudy, cannot see through this one... Nice thick creamy, khaki head reduced down fairly quick and left a good ring and a beautiful galaxy swirl in the center.
Yummm... scents of dark fruits... port wine... sasafrass at the edges.... makes your mouth open to start sipping it... Slightly sour... So nice. Funny, seems like each time I pick up the goblet, a different scent becomes prominent.
Perfect amount of carbination for flavor. Just right. Man does Unibroue know what they are doing. Not too much shooting around and not flat. Enough carb to give some zing but not too much to annoy me.
Dry tasting, spices hit you -cinnamon and cloves.... but not extreme where you feel like you overwhelmed by that flavor. Fresh tobacco. Dark fruits in the back maybe... some raisin, maybe some fig.. Little bit of darkened toast taste.
Nice one...

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Written 7/26/04 from notes.

So far, this is my least favorite Unibrue beer. That would normally be a problem, except for the fact that Unibrue only makes exceptional beers!

Comes in a 750ml corked bottle. Best before date is clearly labled. Pours a dark, deep brown, ruby when held to the light. Very subtle head, very low carbonation. Smell is musty and fruity. Taste is malty, dry and grape-like. Like the label advertises, this is port wine-like in taste. Very smooth, and very drinkable. A good showing by Unibrue.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is from an aged bottle purchased in Feb 2003. It had a best before date of 9/27/04.

This beer pours a beautiful dark mahogany brown with a thick, sturdy light tan head. Aroma is spicy with coriander and clove coming to the fore, with some slightly sour fruitiness and some roasted notes as well. Taste is tart and full of spice, with a dry, smokey finish. Light carbonation, medium-bodied on the palate.

This is a deep, complex beer that begs one to continue to drink it to try to figure it out. A fine offering from Unibroue, and one that definitely can be enjoyed right up to its best before date if cellared properly.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue may be the best brewery in North America. There are other great ones, but Unibroue definitely belongs in that group. Amongst Unibroue's excellent line stands the beautiful Trois Pistoles. How I love this beer.

Appearance: Dark brown, with an active, overly zealous slightly off white head. Don't pour this baby too fast, or it'll over flow the glass. Carbonation is steady and rushing.

Smell: Difficult to describe... A slight maltiness in the nose with that typical Unibroue boquet. Pepper, cloves, floral aspects. The alchol is there, but everytime it raises it's head it's obscured by another scent immediately.

Taste: The malt brings a dark fruit and very slight cocoa aspect which is balanced nicely with yeasty spice (cloves, pepper) and a nice floral hop aspect.The combination of plum-like fruit and flowers is great, pommengranate like. Lovely, sweet fruity/bready finish with just enough pepper.

Mouthfeel: If this beer was thicker, and carbonation was slightly lighter it would be perfect. Instead, it's a little too thin and the carbonation is a bit of a distraction. Not quite as thin or carbonated as the rest of the Unibroue line, but it could still benefit from a little less carbonation and more body. Really the only weekness of this beer.

Drinkability: This is such an intensly quaffable beer. I don't know how else to describe it.

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Photo of BrewMan13
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice, dark belgian-style ale. Unibroue is one of my favorite breweries and beers like this are why.
Smells of dark fruits and yeast. Taste is similar. Yeast is more dominant to start, but as it warms, the dark fruits give it a vinious carbonated wine-like flavor. Only the slightest hint of alcohol at room temp, which is very impressive for a 9% brew. Starts off with a fairly high amount of carbonation that could be off-putting to some, but it doesnt bother me. Slightly sweet but not overly so.
I know I emphasized the wine-like qualities, but its not overpowering in that department as I dont like most wine but loved this bad boy. Like my other Unibroue fave, Maudite, this one is complicated in the flavor department and well worth a try.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very dark ruby, almost brown. Pours with a delicate head of foam that leaves some nice lacework as it falls. The delightful aroma is full of plum and fig with a hint of smoke. A bit uneventful up front and not very complex, quite thin in body and overly carbonated (reflected in low points for drinkability and mouthfeel.) Hints of tobacco are hidden behind the sharp, prickly carbonation. The finish is powerful, laced with sugar and rum-like flavors, bit of tobacco and smoke, quite complex. There's some interesting stuff going on in this beer. Unfortunately, most Unibroue beers are way too spritzy for my tastes; I usually have to decant them a couple of times into a pint glass to release a lot of the carbonation, which vastly imporoves my ability to enoy this beer. My wife used to go to Key West each year and was astonished to find Unibroue beers at the corner liquor store by her motel. She has a theory that the champagne-like carbonation of the Unibroue beers makes them more appealing to drinkers in tropical climates.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz. bottle.. Best Before 10-23006 stamped on the back above the UPC code.

Pours black with crimson highlights. One finger head quickly retreats to fortify the outer edges of the beers territory.

Smells of caramel, fruit and chocolate.

Tastes like fruit, malt and lingering reminder of the chocolate smell remain.

Mouthfeel is carbonation tingliness, the beer itself is weighty and substantial.

As with most Unibroue products Trois Pistoles is dangerously drinkable as the sweet, fruity taste hooks you in. Definitely a tasty beer.

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Photo of Rio
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with 'drink by' date on the back, nice label artwork and foil neck wrapper I've come to expect from Unibroue.

Very nice dark brown color, almost pure black, decent head that crowned the glass, then reduced to about half a finger's bredth and stayed there. Nice grassy aroma to it. An herbal taste to it, with a sharp undertone of spices. Good, crisp carbonation, and a bit thicker mouthfeel.

The spices threw me off a bit on this one, but they really do add to the flavor. Not a beer I jumped in and loved right away (this is actually the last bottle of a four-pack I bought about a month ago), but it does grow on you. On my 'to drink again' list.

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