Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

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Quebec, Canada

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 Copernicandream
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. The bottle immediately began foaming upon uncapping, fizzing like a cola. Bad bottle?

A: Dark black with some deep red amber highlights to light. No head to speak of, it was like pouring a coca-a-cola, fizzy but no foam or head to speak of.

S: Dark fruit esters, figs, raisins. Dark malt. Clove. Subtle acetic acid.

T: Malt profile that seems way to sweet, otherwise pretty characterless. Ester overload. Dark fruit again, raisins, grapes, figs. After taste a lingering grape / grape seed. The esters really carry this beer...

M: Thin and over-carbonated. Maybe my bottle got a high dextrose load (is this done commercially?), I really can't explain this fizz, its awful.

O: Much too sweet for the style, the yeast esters are excellent but a little overpowering. I typically expect a dryer finish, a little more body, and WAY less carbonation.

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Photo of ComradeCanadia
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Lovely bottle with some really neat art on the front. Big & corked like all the Unibroue I've seen.

It poured out nice and dark, with a decent head that subsided quickly. Residual yeast could be seen, adding a bit more. Very attractive when poured.


Oh god does this beer smell nice. Cherries, raisins, yeastie bits, caramel was definitely there and maybe some chocolate? Only a HINT of hops, but I'm guessing this is for balancing.


Wow, this is complex. I'm tasting far more than I smelled - although I'd have to say the actual taste itself is good, not amazing. This beer is highly alcoholic, but so well made that I can barely tell in the slightest. Fruit flavours preside over all, with the undertones of caramel, and again, that hint of hops.


Again, pretty good. Nice, dry finish, easy drinking - I can't give it more because this beer was cool bordering on tepid, instead of decently cold. Still, very smooth.


This beer is an endeavour to drink, and I don't think I'd want to go more than one. Still, I'll give it an above average for drinkability.


Belgian Dark Ales aren't my favourite, although I think I can appreciate them - and this is a great one. Well balanced, great nose, doesn't look bad in the slightest... easy recommendation for anyone.

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Photo of Karyyk
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was very interesting for me. I've never had a beer like this (I realize I'm showing my inexperience with that statement, but hey, I'm being honest). When I read the label and noted the claim that it had a "pleasant aftertaste that lingers like a port wine" I knew I had to try it. At $6.99 for 750ml, the price is right.

Appearance is very good. Has nice head to begin with, that dissipates with a nice frothing effect. The color is very dark, and somewhat winey. All-in-all, before the first sip is taken, I was already impressed.

I found the smell more similar to wine really, fruity with some nuttiness. I didn't spend much time noting this, as I was ready to get to actually tasting it. The taste is unusual, but nice. Very complex, and again, more akin to a wine than what the usual drinker is accustomed to in beer, especially your average American beer drinker. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but not overpowering, and if you're used to something like a port or sherry (usually in the 17% range), then this isn't particularly noteworthy overall. This would be the perfect beer to gift to a wine-drinker. The aforementioned claim about it lingering like a port are apparent and quite valid.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are quite good. I myself found myself sipping this rather than gulping, again bringing comparisons to wine. While carbonation is apparent, it's very mellow for a beer and soothing. This is a unique brew to be sure, and I can see those used to drinking macrobrews finding it a bit too strong. If you like good beer though, especially if you also can appreciate a good wine from time to time, Trois Pistoles will satisfy.

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

Poured into a generic chalice from a small bottle that came in a Unibroue sampler pack. Gotta love the artwork on the label...

Appearance: Gorgeous, deep, dark brown with a moderate light-brown head. The head soon dissipated into a thin, persistent lace.

Smell: Sweet, belgian-y smell; quite reminiscent of a tripel. Raisins really shine through..

Taste: Kind of like a dark-roasted tripel. There's a non-trivial amount of bitterness in the finish, but the sweetness really dominates. Not as complex as one might want, but this is surely not a one-trick brew.

Mouthfeel: Substantial carbonation really gives this beer a lively mouthfeel. This effervescent quality remains down to the last drop.

Drinkability: The high abv goes completely unnoticed, while the carbonation really keeps this beer going all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is simply an excellent beer.

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Photo of smttycty
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, fairly opaque, with a monster light tan head. Lacing is heavy but not real sticky. Unbelievably wonderful nose of sweet vanilla custard and coffee.

A strong brandy-like flavor floods the taste buds in a thick wave that expands in your mouth. Over-ripe apricots and a little hop character in the background. Overly fizzy, almost harsh, yet sticky in the mouth.

A strange concoction that doesn't quite live up to the fantastic, dreamy aroma. It's big and bold, but interesting. Brace yourself for this one, but isn't that defeating the purpose?

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Photo of triplecoil
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Unibroue glass at Publick House.

Poured a deep reddish-brownish-black with a moderate tan head that leaves a great lace. Smell is fruity and spicy, with chocolate and port, and just a tinge of belgian yeast/farmhouse to it. Taste is malty and herbal with dried fruit, chocolate, and pepper and leaves you with some tart/sourness (not too much). Mouthfeel is somewhat viscous with moderately reserved carbonation...does nothing more than lend itself to the flavor of the beer.

After having this a number of times from the bottle, this is my first time on tap (and my first review of it). I have never been disappointed by this brew, and I can probably say this is my favorite of the consistently excellent Unibroue selection. Fantastically complex beer that is easy to drink, despite it's high ABV. I whole-heartedly endorse this one.

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Photo of delmarnate
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received two bombers of this beer in an alcohol exchange at Christmas. Poured a dark brown color in the glass with two finger head. Very spicy aroma with a hint of alcohol at the end. At the first sip the high carbonation is noticeable but not unpleasant. The taste is phenomenal. Very full flavored without being overpowering. Spicy hops with smooth malt finish. No alcohol aftertaste despite 9% ABV. Excellent beer all around.

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Photo of t3hcho53non3
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a large head that quickly dissipates but hugs the glass and leaves good lacing

S: Fruity malt aromas with hints of bubblegum. Yeasty

T: Ripe apples and fruit. Alcohol is masked very well. Very balanced flavor that evolves throughout the tastebuds.

M: Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation

D: Very drinkable almost to a scary point due to the high alcohol content. You definitely need to drink more than one to truly appreciate the complexity of this brew.

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Photo of gboy515duo
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Trois Pistoles pours an extremely dark body filled with brown and red undertones.

The aromas it gives off are fruity and strong, followed by spices that come in stages. Plums, Apricots, Basil, Cinnamon, Nutmeg are all things I smelled.

When you drink it, first the spices hit hard, basil hitting up front, followed by cinnamon and a lot of other spices. Following that is the taste of sweet fruit and sticky malts. Finally, the hops.

The mouthfeel of this beer is very sharp, and leaves the sticky taste on your lips and tongue. The brewer says it is similar to a port wine, and although I disagree on flavor, it pairs with similar foods perfectly.

The best part about this beer is the high ABV and the ability to drink it. A 4 pack goes a long way, but disappears before you know it.

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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 resirob
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second selection from Unibroue, and a fine one at that.

Poured a dark, mysterious, murky black/brown. The tan foamy head sticks around and leaves behind some beautiful Belgian lace to contemplate while sipping this wonderful elixir.

Aromas of wet hay, roasted malts, dark fruit, pear, chocolate, and some slight solvent esters.

Fruity beginning with a pleasant sweetness (not cloying), giving way to chocolate and a spicy, coffee-like dry finish. Alcohol lends a warming touch at the end.

Crisp and smooth mouthfeel.

Alcohol is hidden enough to make this beer drinkable, perhaps dangerously so. This one is destined to become a staple in the beer fridge.

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Photo of SingleCell
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Warmed out of the fridge for 5 minutes before being poured into a chalice.

A: Fluffy yet slightly chunky 1/2 inch head that settles rather slowly down to a thin lace which remains for the duration of the beers enjoyment. The colour is deep dark amber.

S: Sweet dark over ripened fruits (plums, grapes and even a little bit of apple). The 9% alcohol can be detected but is masked quite well by the mouth watering scent of the ripe fruit.

T: Again with the dark over ripened fruits; however, I believe the taste of plums dominates. Alcohol is present but well masked. You can definitely feel the impression of the malt up front then as the finish approaches it is balanced out with subtle hops. The finish is long and involves caramel and port wine, very tasty.

M: Smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation that tickles the tongue but it still allows you to enjoy the full flavour of the beer.

D: Not in any way a session beer. Good for when you want to have just one full flavoured beer.

This is one of my first craft beers which I am revisiting and will do so again. A very enjoyable beer for after a large meal consisting of red meat.

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Photo of aletales
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured the color of rich earth with a tight, caramel colored, well bubbled head that dissipated quickly. The aromas of licorice, and malt promised that the best was yet to come. On the palate it's vigorous carbonation was followed by a thick and smooth and creamy feel with a rich, roasted malt taste and a fruity finish. Certainly, the commercial description of a Port wine and ripe fruit is completely accurate. The complexity of this beer made every sip an adventure.

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Photo of Hanger
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A - very dark almost black colour with 7-8 mm of creamy that dropped quickly to a fine layer

S - strong dark and malts

T - swet malts and dark fruits, becomes sugary as it lingers in the mouth

M - medium to heavy bodied and sweet although easy to drink

D - very good but not as complex or rich as other belgian strong dark ales. still a very good beer

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Photo of vwahaszee
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer was black, without much head. It smelled good, a berry type of smell. The taste was pretty good, you can certainly taste the fruit, as well as a somewhat chocolate taste. However, I didn't like the mouthfeel of the beer, since it had very little carbonation, and by the time I finished the 750 ml bottle, I had had enough of the beer.

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Photo of BrewMan82
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with a thin off-white head - crackled and popped nicely as it settled into the glass. Aroma of very sweet fruit, especially strawberry creme, countered by a vinegar presence, and even some wacky meat-like character - pot roasty. The taste is initially sweet and fruity, giving way to a huge mouthful of earthy wood-like flavor. Intense full mouth with an easy buttery aftertaste feel. The complex flavors in this brew kept me thinking - an excellent drinking experience. Will definately enjoy again -

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

Poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet, a beer I have had many times.

Appearance: A rich dark brown, dark enough so I cannot see through it with a gleam of red. A rich 1 inch formed at the top of the beer that slowly begins to subside.

Smell: A very natural sweet smell comes off of it, definite yeastiness with a touch of roasted malt.

Taste: Sweet with a touch of tartness. There is some bitterness in the beer but it not the first thing I taste. This beer has a wonderful balance; there is a good hint of roasted malt with a tiny bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick, mild carbonation. I enjoy it.

Drinkability: The alcohol makes this beer unsessionable and it is heavy enough where drinking more then one in an evening starts to become a chore. Finishing the first one is quite easy.

This is one of my favorite beers, the one that really got me into trying Belgian beer.

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Photo of Maracuja
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from our friends up north. Maltier than most of the other Unibroue creations. This makes the beer seem bigger than most of their other styles. Chewy and creamy. It pours a nice scarlet brown with a quickly diminishing, but not disappearing tan head. Fruity and spicy. Big time flavors every direction you turn. Alcohol is a major player here, especially in the finish. Wine like taste settles in late and passes out on your couch (i.e. sticks around for a long time). But not neccessarily the type of visitor you want to leave. (The bottle notes this as "port". Call me uncouth, but I don't know beans about wine, so I will just take their word).
Quite an stellar brew in my book, and just a step below their some of their other offerings (Don, Fin and Maudite). Usually a "second-tier" beer in a brewery's repitoire is nothing to get overly excited about. But Unibroue is an exception to all rules. Everything they touch is gold.

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Photo of chrhowe
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poures into a goblet a very dark, porter like with a one finger head. Smells great, like a port or barley wine? Definitely comes from the alcohol. There's also a good bit of plum as well. Taste is heavy, but good. Dark fruits like plum. Mouthfeel is really good! Very creamy. Once poured it seem to froth somewhat and become twice what it is. If that makes sense. I say because of the cream feel it definitely is quite drinkable.
This beer provides a great experience! The head is pretty much perpetual until the end. As it continues to warm it continues to get creamier and more frothy. Definitely a warm feel. I really like this beer.

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Photo of Hawthorne
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is truly special. The pour is nice leading to a robust head that is known for its long good-byes. On the nose this beer has a slight sweetness followed by a well rounded malt. The taste of this beer is brilliant! Moreover, it is very drinkable, exceptionally balanced and suited for any occasion. Bravo. One note on the closing, this beer packs a punch.

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Photo of Scribbles
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1pt 9oz bottle into glass mug.

Aroma: Malts, dark bread, and caramel.

Appearance: Dark amber deceivingly simple, with light lacing.

Flavor: Spicy, carmel malt, rasins.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation. But mellowing and becoming a smooth dessert.

Overall: A very good ale. One of my favorite beers. Decievingly alcoholic, I suddenly feel warm on my ears.. very easy to drink a whole large bottle in a sitting.

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Photo of brouwer
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the last of a selection of Unibroue that I bought last month.
This is a 750ml bottle.
The appearance in the glass is dark copper with a 2-3 inch head.
The smell is that of ripe fruit as advertised.
The taste is rich with the taste of hops but not overwhelming. Mildly sweet with yeast undertones.
The mouthfeel is perfect with the right mix of carbonation and smooth mellow aftertaste.

Overall this is a very drinkable dark Belgian. I was pleased.

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

Appearance - Dark brown

Smell - Sweet aroma

Taste - Complex burst of flavors

Mouth Feel - Smooth, slightly creamy and pleasant

Drinkability - This is a beer to reach for to enjoy for the rest of the evening. Excellent burst of flavor, only slightly sweet, many wonderful complex flavors, mild bitterness, clean finish - Extraordinary!

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Photo of wrightro07
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown with a orange/reddish hue. A white fluffy head that retains really well.
S: Strong Belgian yeasts and malts leaving many fruity subtle fruity smells.
T: The taste is really good. It has a light fruit taste from the yeast and malts with a complex aftertaste. It reminds me of some of the better Belgian strongs I had while I was in Belgium.
M: Light to moderate body with large bubble carbonation.
O: Overall I like this is a good Belgium Strong worth trying if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of JulieRFoster
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep nutty brown, like a stained oak wood. Slightly opaque, but just a few flecks refract the light when held up.
Tight little Belgium lacing that is comprised of surprisingly uniform medium-sized bubbles.
A sprightly little head that falls after the first few sips - just long enough to divulge some of its delicate aromas.

The smell is very sweet; filled with the heavy Belgium sugars that make me swoon (and for some reason I smell teriyaki sauce).

Taste is dark and sweet: burned caramel, cotton candy, and spicy! It's nice and hoppy for such a dark brew. I taste a little Flemish sour as well - I wonder what kind of yeast was used.
The mouth feel is surprisingly light and drinkable, although there is minimal carbonation.

This is a beautiful beer, and even more impressive that it's brewed on this continent.


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