Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#907
Reviews:
2,043
Ratings:
5,024
pDev:
10.87%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
309
Gots:
770
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 5,024 |  Reviews: 2,043
Photo of mtrog313
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of mwvman
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ant880
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Pug
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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

Poured a nice deep brown/black with two fingers of sepia-colored head that laced very well, into a snifter. The nose yielded molasses, caramel, cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate, dark plum, and malt. The flavor yielded all of the above in copies amounts, but also revealed more sour/tart fruitiness..plum and cherry...which surfaced mid-palate through the finish. Furthermore, the finish also revealed the alcohol content, and left some alcohol-induced warmth afterwards. Silky, medium body; just a fantastically flavorful beer to sip appreciatively, or pair with a good meal. My only knock on this beer (if I was forced to pick something) is that when it warmed to room temperature, the sweetness was a little too much.

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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 acrawf6
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice deep dark amber, little brown when put up to light. Inch head that is tan.

Smells like sweet plum and cherries. its a creamy aroma but also a touch of pepper.

Taste is spicy and a tad dry. some sherry note to it, an extremely light sherry. some tastes of currant and cherries.

Mouthfeel. TONS of carbonation in this one that makes it hard to tell all the mouthfeel. but without think too hard it good mouthfeel and balance. just soo much carbonation.

Overall this is one fine beer. Its not my favorate from unibroue, and its also not my favorite style. But this is a great beer i wish i would have right now in front of a fire. great cold weather beer.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Focusf111
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JMad
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip...

The beer is a very dark brown with mahogany on the edges of the glass. The head is off white and extremely lofty, it stuck around throughout the process. The beer smells of orange and grape and has a bit of sourness to it. First you taste fruits such as dates and plum, a smoothness washes over the tongue leaving a sweet, bready aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied with lots of soft carbonation, does not have a dry finish. This beer is a must dry, Unibroue has failed to disappoint so far.

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Photo of HumphreyLee
2/5  rDev -52.7%

Photo of EPICAC
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep black that is a cloudy, deep red against the light. A foamy beige head tops the beer, with good retention and patchy lace.

Smell: Yeasty, tart fruitiness, spicy alcohol and light roasted malts.

Taste: Tart fruit, spicy alcohol, subtle roasted malts with hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation, light to medium-bodied, and smooth.

Drinkability: Flavorful, with evident but not overpowering alcohol.

Overall: My comments for this beer are similar to those for Maudite.

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Photo of crownrl28
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of alex_hart
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

now this beer was dark as night. a bit intimidating on the pour, but in an utterly glorious way

its smell was earthy and sweet. dark cherries and candy.

the taste was more than i could have asked for. belgian yeasts, dark fruit, and delicious bready spices. caramel pieces follow to give it a tantalizing sweetness.

the feel of this brew was amazing..light, smooth, and the carbonation makes you want to keep going back for another sip.

overall this beer is yet another must-get from unibroue

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Photo of LAp
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours out a light orange-brown and sits a dark reddish brown in the glas with an off-white head that fades fast, but leaves a decent skim.

Smells sweet malts, and slightly yeasty. Apples, pears, some grassiness, along with light spice and caramel make up this sweet smelling brew.

Taste is initially sweet; apples, pears and prunes blended with brown sugar/caramel. A light bitter finish leaves you with a hint of alcohol in the mouth.

Smooth in the mouth but has a mildy aggressive carbonation; nothing to complain about though. Good all around; warms your insides and pleases the palate.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on draft at Max's on Broadway.

Pours slightly thick with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a ring that grabs the side of the glass. Head retention not as nice as with the bottle, but has the excellent lacing. Slightly burned caramel color that is hazy to an almost translucent nature.

Yeast and malt fill the nose.

A great tasting, chewy beer. A light bit of yeast pepper is accented with chocolate, coffee, raisins and the other dark malts mixed with bready goodness. The alcohol is wandering around in the dark corners.

Drinkable? Oh, yeah.This mighty brew beat down the flavors from a smoked salmon chowder and came bursting through in the tastebuds. It is a definite contenda and should be exhulted with the other big Belgians out there.

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Photo of Bobbydigi
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of nullbort
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NCSUdo
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle

A: Deep brown under a large off white head. No lace and very little retention.

S: Sweet, brown sugar, dark fruits, malt. A hint of tartness. Very appealing smell.

T: Sweet again, with dark fruits and some brown sugar. Again some small tartness, hint of toasted malt. Very little bitterness. Very nice taste.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is just right. Drinability is exceptional. I could really drink this beer one after another. A very good example of the style.

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Photo of ludachris
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Edit: I had this beer again the day after my first review, and discovered even more things going on, most notably in the taste. IMO, this speaks to the great complexity of this beer.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, that when put directly in front of light, changes into a gorgeous hue of marmalade red. Two fingers of off-white creamy head top this beer, displaying excellent retention and leaving large patches of creamy lace.

Citrus and apple juice tartness in the foreground that reminded me a bit of Orval, contributing to the somewhat vinous quality that is present throughout, with deep notes of raisons, figs, caramel, yeast, hints of cocoa, pepper, and various other spices in the back. Very, very complex.

The tart and slightly sour characters that seem to stem from apple and lemon hit the palate first and serve as an excellent balance for the sweet dark fruits and yeast that quickly come after. The 9% ABV only makes itself known only in the warming feel it gives off in the palate and chest.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, smooth, chewy, and full bodied. It took me awhile to figure out what was going on in here, and that's what makes it such a pleasure to drink, especially with the alcohol being so well disguised.

Another fantastic beer from Unibroue, making them one of my favorite, if not my favorite Canadian brewery. The wonderful appearance, combined with the layers of complexity in both the nose and palate, excellent mouthfeel, and dangerous drinkability makes this an exceptional brew. I enjoyed one of their other BSDA's, Maudite, just as much. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of Xandrose
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ski271
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has long been my favorite of the Unibroue beers, and one of the reasons I enjoy Belgian beers as much as I do today. I hadn’t had this beer in a while, but I’m glad to say I still love this beer. Had it on tap at Zeno’s in State College. Attractive dark, hazy brown with a small, creamy, off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. Wonderful wine-like aromas and flavors, dark fruit, berries, oak, spice, and warming alcohol that kicks up a little on the finish. It feels light in the mouth yet is huge in flavor and feels big on the finish. This is the reason why at beer expos, I still have to stop off at the Unibroue table for a beer even if I have had all the beers they have at the time. Fabulous!

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Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,024 ratings