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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Photo of kunzbrew
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy ruby red colr with a big head that stays around for a little while. Roasted malt that has a caramel taste with earthy tastes also, very good indeed. This beer came in a three pack from cumberland farms. This almost has a Scaldis Noel taste but not as strong. The alcohol is not over powering, this is a great brew.


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Photo of Wildman
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark reddish amber and formed a light tan bubbly head that left some circular lace. Some carbonation is present as well. An aroma of caramel and spices. A flavor of chocolate, a hint of caramel and spices. Some of the alcohol is present in the finish which was a touch astrigent. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Mark
3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I understand this brand is very highly thought of, and I understand that Belgian Ale is supposed to be on a higher plane in the beer world. I'm sorry but I don't agree. I consider myself to have a wide range of tastes and I'm very open minded of beer like all of you advocates out there. I even went out and bought a goblet that is appropriate for this style of beer. Dark brown color was nice and different, however I was very surprised by the lack of lacing. Taste was full of yeast, fruit and I think clove. Carbonation a bit more than I am used to. A good beer for sipping on a cold night and maybe I'll like Belgians more someday but for now I'll try the one I still have in the fridge (Piraat) and If that dosen't do it for me, see ya.

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Photo of CreamAle128
3.07/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

With me being a big fan on Unibroue, i really wanted to try this beer. I was happy to see when i was pouring a nice dark ale, or what i thought. I smelled some yeast, so i was really geared up to drink this. It took about 15 mins to pour the bottle with letting the head to settle down,but when i took my first sip, all i tasted was fruit, which made it somewhat hard for me to drink, since i am not that big on fruity beers. Very strong peppery flavour. I only sampled one of these 750ml corked bottles, right when i was starting to try belgian-style brews. I will try this again, and possibly re-do the entire review. But for the people who love fruit beers, grab this one right away.

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

750 ml corked bottle Dark orange brown color, big thick clingy head, sweet fruity, bready aroma, full bodied, alcohol hidden very well, smooth and velvety this is a great belgian strong ale, very drinkable.

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Photo of marc77
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Formidably thick, creamy, and stiff beige head akin to chocolate dusted egg whites beat to a soft peak. Hazy garnet hue. Sweet lemony citrus and perfume like sweetness upfront in aroma w/ a hint of fragrant pine. Pleasantly mild green apple acetaldehyde is secondary. Hints of raisin and trace chocolate emerge as the beer breathes. Trace phenol in aroma. Date like fruity fructose sweetness is perceptible at first, then is supplemented by lightly raisiny, dark caramel sweetness. The initially sugary fruitiness widens into a ripe, prune nature that melds well with the understated chocolate character. Clean in terms of yeast byproucts, with only a trace of clove present in flavor. Light in body and correspondingly light, but certainly not weak, in mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is appropriately light, and only barely offsets malt sweetness. Finishes clean, w/ sweetness briefly lingering on the tip of the tongue. Although Trois Pistoles is not the most complex example of the style, its overall soft, pleasantly sweet character lend it unparalleled drinkability. Superbly masked alcohol content. Highly enjoyable. This was a 12 ounce bottle. ...Perhaps one of the finest beers with a twist off cap. I look forward to eventually trying a well cellared 750 ml bottle.

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

On top of the dried-blood brown-colored liquid there is a cream-colored head that giggles and tosses about. It is pudgy, infantile and relaxed, like a baby after a long afternoon nap, sticking leisurly to the glass as I swirl it, only to regroup with self-contained energy. This is confidence. It settles into a warted sheet that remains active.
The nose is of freshly torn Polish rye bread baked on a hearth. Fresh butter slathered over it...a sprinkle of cumin. Not fancy.
The palate is memorable for its deceptively dry attack. The first thing I notice is the texture: peachfuzzy and steep. Then the sweet, fruity alcohol ramps up with equal amounts of cola bean bitterness. Again, not complex, but very well executed and cared for.
The finish is rather plain. Simple and round. Easy to drink if less inspiring or compelling.
Good with casseroled mushrooms, baked onions, tongue...

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Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

NOTES: I am still waiting to try this brew in a 750ml bottle.

A nice beer that pours a darkish murky brown with a thin tan head that does not fade away. This beer basically smells like a chimay blue. But don't be fooled... whilst this beer is a great example of a strong dark belgian ale, it is not as good as chimay or many other belgian brands.
This tastes like a belgian dark ale should, though very rich and spicy het light, and fruity. This is a pretty well balanced beer.
A very creamy mouthfeel and snappy finish pull this beer together, and lend to its good drinkability factor.
Still this is a good brew to get down after you have a few lighter ones in you already as this is some heavy duty stuff.
A very good beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is certainly a change of pace from the beer I'm used to drinking (Lots of HopDevil and Shakespeare Stout). I bought a four pack of Duvel one time and I hated it. I poured one of them out because I thought they were skunked. This beer tastes similar but way better. I'm not sure if these beers I've been getting are skunked, or is it's that I'm just not used to the flavor of Belgian beers. Do they all have a certain sourish medicinal quality to them? Help me out here someone. Anyway, this stuff is pretty carbonated and has the malty characteristics of a stout except this beer is not very heavy at all. It is quite drinkable and has a decent ABV that will sneak up on you. I've had better beers but it's still pretty good.

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

yeah. there it is. i have been waiting to try the Unibroue, and i am happy that i now have. the trois pours to a cloudy browy with a nice foamy head that leaves sticky lace all over the sides of the glass. you may fail to notice this as you are engulfed in the beer.

smells fruity, and has a slight fruity flavor in the backround. it is dominated by sweet malts. it goes down incredibly smooth and is a wonder to drink. this is a belgian ale, and everyone should have it.

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Photo of Jordan
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No two tongues are alike, but here is my stab at the first belgian-style dark strong ale I have ever sampled. A perfect winter warmer. Exceptional aromas of musk and cherry port. 9.0% abv provides great stomach warmth. Opaque, heavily sedimented autumn brown hues. Complex palate, butterscoth, port, cocoa, liquered burnt cherry, subtle alchohals. No doubt an exceptional brew.

P.S. Oh yeah, dont be blasphemous and drink this ice cold, okay?

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Photo of Jon
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles pours a deep ruby, amber color with a big, frothy tan head which retains well. Nice Brussels lace is present with some yeast particles floating about. Notes of yeast and spices are present in the nose. Taste varies from sweet to tart, acidic to spicy. Notes of fruit, yeast, spicy hops and alcohol present themselves nicely. Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated, leaving an almost prickly sensation on the tongue. A choice sipping beer, this is a keeper.

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Photo of ADR
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown murky color, head starts big and turns to a nice lacy skim after a hard pour. Dried fruit aromas. Nice flavors, spices, a little rum, red wine, and a big raisin effect. Sense of alcohol as well. Hops are impressive just to balance this fruit cake of a brew. Carbonation was very good, enough to pump up the volume but not enough to seltzer-ize. Lack of astringency gives me free reign to give this puppy the thumbs up. Big beer, here...

Some months later, EXTREMELY smooth, drinkability is raised to 5...

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Photo of jackndan
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trois Pistoles: I regret to say that I had a taste for something else when I opened this bottle last night. It is truly a wonderful beer, very complex, and clearly meant for relaxed sipping in a relaxed setting. Unfortunately, I brought it to a party with about hundred kids half my age there, so I could not appreciate it like I should have.

That being said, it is a deep brown in color, thick and cloudy. I had it the recommended goblet, and got very little head. The aroma was muted, but there were scents of dried fruits and caramel. For a Belgian strong ale, I was surprised by how carbonated this beer was. The guy I split the bomber with said it was like port wine mixed with seltzer; I thought it was better than that, but it was fizzy.

The taste was very complex, with deep rich malt tastes like licorice, dried fruits, and anise. The alcohol was noticeable throughout, from the aroma, throughout the taste and the warmth thereafter. Not bad, but not worth the money I paid.

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Photo of aaronh
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut brown with dark amber highlights topped by a creamy white head. This is an impressive looking beer, with an equally impressive bottle. The aroma is very complex, with yeast, fruits, and other scents. Reminds me of a ggod red wine. The taste is sweet, fruity and slightly overpowering. I did not find it to be as well balanced as some of the other Unibroue offerings. The mouthfeel is good, but the alcohol is a little too prevalent, creating too much astringency on the finish. Not many people could have more than a couple of these in an evening. Another nice beer from Unibroue that I must purchase again.

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Photo of tigerpaws
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one great beer, the dark mahogany appearance is pleasing and the tan creamy head with a nice lace all the way through adds to it. IMO the aroma had a sweet hoppy scent to it. Good mouthfeel that makes you want to savor it and an excelelnt taste. ABV kikcs in a little but not overwhelming and I could drink this beer alone or with a nice med rare steak. Beautiful labe also as all the Unibroue beers have.....CHEERS

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Photo of DerKaiser
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trois Pistoles has sort of an amber-mahogany hue beneath with a light, creamy head. It leaves an intricate lace all the way down the glass.

The smell is incredible alone, but the taste is overwhelming. Somewhat sweet, yet also deep and complex. Yeasty at the start, with hints of cherries and raisin. Peppery alcohol notes find their way up into the olfactory system fairly quickly. It reminds me a bit of certain port wines and also of kirschwasser liquor.

Really, this beer is just outstanding. Big, complex, of the best in world, without a doubt.

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

Like the horse on the label, this beer swirls around my head after two. A very down to earth taste, almost as if a monk was brewing it for you next door. This will be a cold weather beer for me, its rich hoppiness ans spices warming my cocals on a snowy night. My second favorite from Unibrou, drinking it almost makes you feel like a rebel.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a large foamy head over amber/red liquid. Nose is very fruity, almost grape-like, and sweet smelling too. Taste is sweet as well, with a Port wine-like tanginess, heavy on the maltiness without being cloying. Very unique tasting with some hops detected in the finish. Warming alcohol noted as well. This seems to be a good candidate for cellaring, perhaps some time would dry things out a bit...I just couldn't get too excited about it now though.

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Photo of Realale
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense head that quickly settles to a solid quarter inch or so. Deep mahogony color. Amazingly complex nose of malt, sour cherry, and blackberry. Simply mouthfilling, with wonderful fruity notes on top of the beautiful malty base. Great length. Outstanding beer. 9% alcohol not apparent at all. This bottle was cellared for about 2.5 years at 62 degrees.

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Photo of Todd
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle has been sitting in my beer fridge for about 3 years at 45-50F.

Murky, caramel brown with a decent inital foam head that rises to the top of the tulip glass -- yeast dregs spin darker colours into the head.

Medicinal, grassy, just a touch, with liquor soaked sweet cherries, hint of chocoloate.

Bone dry, soft mealy mouthfeel. Alcohol is high, but very hidden, very spooky, lending a nice spicy character to the flavour and blending with a chocolate malt flavour (brownie-like). Soft cherry flavours. Sweet caramel, bready flavour holds things up. Hops are grassy, but not overpowering. Alcohol comes back for a second haunt, this time warming the gullet and head. Mineral towards the finish with dry baked chocolate residuals, some spice and faded esters.

I have found my god. It's lives in all bottles of Trois Pistoles -- 3 year old bottles, but godly nonetheless.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

wow. this is really really good. a ton of head, but lots of flavour for it to hold. and excellent dark appearance, with a good dose of peppery spice over the fruity flavour. Yes, the alcohol's there, but it's the good type of strong. I really liked this beer. .... now to find some magnums of it.

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Photo of Suds
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge head with cavernous pockets and oversized bubbles. This is a very pretty beer. Typical yeasty Belgian smell. Taste is of dark berries with a peppery characteristic. Mild alcohol taste that's well meshed with the taste. This is a winner.

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

Cloudy brown/amber with a persistant lace. Fruity and spicy aroma, with buscuity notes as well. Flavor is malty and sweet, with a hint of dried fruit. Very crisp and carbonated for a Dark Strong Ale. Definately a potent, sipping beer, with a nice warming effect. This is one I'll return to on many occasions. Another strong Unibroue offering.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby color with a thick, foamy head which dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a nice lace for the duration of what ought to be a slow, relaxed drink.

Yeasty aroma with a distinct fruit note which seems to sharpen as the beer sits.

Taste is really wonderful and surprising. For those of you who like a bit of a fruity taste in your beer but just can't stand the sickly sweetness of lambics, this may be the beer for you. The fruit is there, but it's balanced by a wonderful taste of caramel malt with a very noticeable (but again, not overpowering) chocolate taste. Alcohol flavor is present, but remarkably subtle for such a potent brew -- more of an aroma than a taste, really. Spicy phenols make for yet another surprise in the finish.

Medium-full body. Creamy tasting and warming.

Wow. There's really a lot going on in this beer. Very drinkable, very mellow. This one definitely goes on the monthly rotation.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,022 ratings