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Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

1,988 Reviews
Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

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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 Quackershnoc
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle, served in a tulip glass
Appearance: it's pretty dark, kind of molasses colored; a thin, off-white head that has mostly disappeared after a minute or two, but some lacing remains all the way until the end
Aroma: sweet; there are some pretty clear dark fruit notes, maybe raisin or plum, smells a little boozy
Taste: kind of hard to describe; it's very smooth; despite its high ABV it does not taste much like alcohol; it starts very bright and moves more toward the dark fruit flavors; sweet throughout, but not overly so; finishes with a malty flavor that is quite nice and some chocolate; aftertaste is a little mixture of all the flavors; a nice hint of spice
Mouthfeel: a lot of carbonation, more than I would like; fairly thick or syrupy, coats the mouth well
Overall Impression: it gets much better as it warms up, the flavors come out more and the carbonation isn't as aggressive as it when it was colder; it is a nice fall beer, a little hearty and sure to warm you up some; it's got some layers of flavor in it that I cannot quite identify and had some trouble describing-a complex sipper (which seems to be something that Unibroue is known for); I think my favorite taste is the end, as all the flavors kind of come back together one last time as you swallow, but I think it smells even better than it tastes

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Photo of unibrew
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've been a BeerAdvocate member for a long time now without ever reviewing a single beer. Very sad, I know. Time for that to stop! I have built up too much beer-knowledge, and, I'd like to share. No better way than with one of the best beers out there, Trois Pistoles.
I must admit that I love Unibroue, and many of their creations. Their style seems to suit my palate very well, and Trois Pistoles comes in at their very best. I used to love Eau Benite the most, but, since they no longer export it to the USA, I may have forgotten what it tastes like! But, trust me, it's awesome.
Trois Pistoles is excellent in it's own right. It's pretty smooth, medium carbonation. Above average carbonation for a belgian style, but, it doesn't hinder it's drinkability. The 9% APV is pretty well hidden, but, your brain will certainly know it after a nice 750ml bottle, but, pleasantly so. I'd be hardpressed to ever rate a beer above this one I think, but, it is my never ending search to do so of course!
Trois Pistoles moves to the head of the class. With a great, dried fruit taste, and all the smoothness you can expect for the style, it's one of the best ales out there. Enjoy!

PS- No, I'm not a shill for Unibroue, though I may sound like it.
The Blanche de Chambly is too weak for me, and I really didn't care a lot for their 15th Anniversary Ale, but, I don't think you can go wrong with 90% of their other offerings. My .02¢

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Photo of mat5175
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good cloudy dark appearance. Pours a big thick head, that dissipates quickly leaving clean walls.

Great nose with mild fruit and bread notes.

Silky mouthfeel with an average carbonation, not too lively.

Great dessert beer. This is light in flavor, if not in ABV. That's not to say it doesn't have plenty of flavor because it does. Its just very balanced and refreshing. Could easily be substituted for the glass of port after dinner. The darkest of the Unibroue's that i have tried so far. Darker in color and more complex in flavor than either Don De Dieu and La Fin De Monde. Another great offering from this brewer.

Given the ABV i can't drink a ton of these, but it certaily isn't because the flavor either fatigues or gets boring. This is good all day, as long as you aren't going anywhere.

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Photo of robnews
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle chilled at 4C.
Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

Gorgeous deep dark brown color with slightly off white head. Fine bubbles, not super velvety though.

Great smell, slight Belgian yeast, almost like Cola.

The taste is sweetness and very fine carbonation up front, followed by Belgian sweet yeast and comforting warming from the alcohol.
Quite impressive really.

Slight bitterness on the tail end, with figs and bready notes.
Not overly malty but very rich.
The warming lingers with a nice aftertaste. Such a fine beer, complex and refined. Excellent!

I've waited almost a year for this, absolutely fantastic!

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Photo of kcinlober
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark molasses color with little head. Dark but not opaque

Aroma: yeast, fruit, some cloves. Significant but not very strong

Palate: full-bodied with fermented fruit the strongest flavor. Hits fairly quickly and tastes of raisin. Feels heavy in the mouth and finishes with a slightly choppy sensation.

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Photo of Jason_the_Argonaut
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

I am really starting to like what Unibroue has to offer. 750mL poured into a Unibroue chalice. A: Pours a dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head. Head quickly fades to a ring, a little swirl of the glass excites the brew causing some nice lacing. N: Aroma is of bread malts, plum, red grape and pears. P: The aroma accentuates the taste giving you a mildly carbonated dark fruit and malty smooth mouthful. Followed by a slight and pleasant alcohol after taste. O: I really enjoyed this brew. The flavors coming through make this almost like a dessert brew. It's not too filling so it's easy to drink. A very enjoyable Belgian style Dark Ale.

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

My father brought this down from Quebec for me. At first I didn't know what to think of it for the simple fact that it had a cork in it. But i chilled it down and popped the cork. I smelled the cork, even though it isn't a wine, and was pleased with the scent it gave off. It was a fruity scent put i couldn't place, but it tickled my nostrals. I poured it into a pint glass and to my surprise it had a color close to Guinness, but not to dark as to not light a little light through. It had a nice head to it, not to frizzy. When i took a sip, i know i was in for a pleasure. It had a taste that words can't do justice. It had at first the taste of your average Canadian beer, but the after taste was a fruity and enjoyable. It went down quickly and before I knew it i drank the 24 oz bottle in the matter of minutes. I had a good buzz for a while. I highly suggest it you try it for the first time, don't read the bottle. It gives away a lot of it's secerts.

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

The label art on this one is just evil, it looks very dark and demented. Alas, I was disappointed when I poured it and it came out, red! What the dark ale on lees is going on around here? In reality it is more of a dark reddish-brown than red, and one can see through it as well. It pours quite a creamy-whitish head and the aromas that dance off of this one are quite crazy. This definitely well hopped but with a spice kick of some variety. Perhaps bitter orange peel, coriander, pepper, or even ginger? I couldn't quite place it. This is truly a very unique beer that falls within the belgian variety. I very impressed with what these French Canadians can do with & to beer.

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

Wow This is Good Beer

Appearance: Honestly i didnt look at this beer i drank it straight from the bottle and it was great

Smell: A little sweet for my taste but i learned to love it quick

Taste: I am not a fan of sweet beer but the fruity slick taste in this one is definitely going to make me think twice about that

Mouthfeel: Very chewy and fruity ....wow ...im speechless ...

Drinkablilty: This whole review is just me making up stuff to say about a great beer i thought was unbelievably good i didnt examine it or anything i really didnt expect to like it because im not a belgian style fan because they are usually sweet and im not into that but wow this beer is definitely on my list for a "must have again" in the near future ...only problem is its pretty strong and id probly get hammered if i drank too many pints of this....but i never wanted this one to end....bravo

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Photo of joeyels
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice dark brown pour with thick tan head. Smell is of mellow spices with just a touch of sweetness. Taste is very good, nice carbonation, sweetness comes through at first touch and fades into more spice. Provides just enough aftertaste to make you want to take another sip. Alcohol is very well hidden, but it's definitely present. This beer is just an absolute pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Beauregard
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, nice color with a moderate head. Aroma is very mellow. Flavor is noticably alcoholic, with mild sweetness and fruit flavors. I was expecting more dark sugar flavors, maltiness and body; the mouthfeel was just a tad too light. Not my favorite strong dark Belgian-style ale out there, for sure.

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Photo of Kicksmile67
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

These bottle ripened beers never cease to amaze me. They are full bodied and contain odd yeasty notes that can be compared to an almost fruity flavor. The head rolls out at you when you open them and stays for the full ride. The aromas and over all look of this beer are very unique and beg you to taste it. With an almost sweet initial taste the drinkability of this beer is high with a definate "here taste this" appeal. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Fitzgerald
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance dark brown but when put up to a light a ruby red comes through, the head is nice and creamy off white that dies down to a thin ring.

Smell is a real fruit, grapes,prunes almost like a port wine and a little alcohol scent real nice.

Taste, hold on I had better take another drink, the different fruit tastes are great not real sweet a little burn on the front and very warm finish.

Mouthfeel some carbonation not real full,a nice dry dark ale.

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Photo of FishMan123
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this beer (along with all the Unibroue beers in the sampler pack). This is a sweet dark ale. It would go well as desert beer.

A: Pours a nice deep amber brown. Head pours thick, but fades rather quickly. Some sediment in bottle.

S: Smell very mild. Fruity - plum?

T: Very sweet, fruity, dark ale. Initial sweetness is surprising, but taste is very nice. No heavy coffee or burnt flavors - this is very light.

M: Moderate carboation, slightly pasty feel.

D: The 9% alcholol is well hidden. Very drinkable.

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is so Fing good, This Belgian Dark ale is better than the ones from Belgium and that's sayin somthin... This is for sure a world class beer and it's in my to ten favorite beer

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Photo of Washburne
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to my Chimay goblet.

A - Opaque at first glance, but when held up to the light, shows a beautiful, deep ruby red. Great, thick head that lasts and lasts, even in a wide glass like I used.

S - Didn't get the brandied raisins that others had, but plenty of malty notes in there, along with just hint a of sourness.

T - Just gorgeous. Everything that I like about Belgian dark ales is here from the malts to the spices and herbal flavours. Unbelievably smooth, and the 9% alcohol is very understated.

M - Thick and creamy. I wouldn't have minded just a touch more effervescence, but that's more personal taste.

D - Highly drinkable, as the alcohol flavour is so understated. It soon caught up to me though, so two of these would be plenty.

If you haven't already tried this, and you like the Belgians, then what on earth are you waiting for?

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Rochefort goblet. Beer was served with Flemish Beef Stew (which used the beer as an ingredient).

A: Beer pours dark brown with some garnet around the edges when the light catches it. No real head formed, but there was a small tanish cap. Beer is fairly clear with limited particulate from the yeast. Incredibly pretty to look at in the glass.

S: Aroma is heavy on the dark fruits and caramel like sweetness. There is some pretty obvious alcohol in there as well. Maybe some faint spice as well?

T: Oh sweet Belgian-inspired elixir, just heavenly from the second it hits your tongue. Dark fruits, some roasted chocolaty notes, all balanced out with just enough herbal hops and alcohol. A little earthy. A delight to drink and savor.

M: Rich and creamy. A little bit chewy. The brew reaches all corners of your mouth.

D: While it is very easy to imbibe, you need to watch out as the ethanol will creep up on you. Most certainly a sipper, either with dinner, or a dessert beer.

O: Just a great Canadian interpretation of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Definitely in the top tier of BSDAs. A great compliment to Flemish Beef Stew. Trois Pistoles should be savored over about an hour, perhaps enjoying the Jayhawks pound some poor team.

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

This is a best value for those who like the style of Dark Belgians. Very dark in color and highly carbonated, this brew has a unique fruity taste that is hard to describe. Easily drinkable and packs a punch, ABV is well hidden. One of my favorites from Unibroue. Definitely deserves a try.

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Photo of Kegbeerd
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Wonderful brew pours dark with a off white head. Toasted coconut undertones in both smell and taste. Feels creamy, thick, and has such a balance between hoppy and sweet, that it almost feels like a dessert.

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

A: Pours a dark, dark amber brown with single finger of off-white to tan head that disperses quickly. Fine lacing that seems to run away quickly. If you didn't hold it up to the light you'd think it was cola.

S: Grassy and little herbacous. I smell a little sweet cherry and a hint of milk chocolate.

T: Spicy and mildly sweet. Tastes faintly of cherry, some medicinal qualities come through that seem to throw it in to cough medicine territory. Hints of chocolate and light grassy hops. Esters are abound, and the alcoholic notes come through as if you car-bombed the glass with a shot of vodka.

M: Medium bodied and crisp. A lot more carbonated than the appearance in the glass would lead you to believe. Somewhat creamy, and slightly dry at the end.

D: I'm having trouble getting through my first one without getting buzzed. While it's medium bodied, I find it slightly less drinkable as the alcohol isn't quite as hidden as other offerings from Unibrou (such as La Fin Du Monde). However, it's crisp, refreshing, and I'd gladly crack open a second one... But that's it!

Notes: If it walks like a Belgian and talks like a Belgian, it may still may not necessarily be a Belgian. Like other Unibroue selections, it has surprised me with it's fantastic representation of the style. Dangerously drinkable, even if a tad strong.

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

A: It pours a very dark brown colour with a two finger brown head

S: It has a very yeasty and malty smell; however, some fruits are also present

T: The malts are very strong at first, and then fruits take over. It tastes like grapes are the strongest but not dominant. It goes down very smooth and leaves a dry, bitter aftertaste

M: This has a heavy body with average amounts of carbonation.

O: This is pretty good, as expected since it is brewed by Unibroue. It is quite unique tasting and I will definitely buy it again, but it isn’t quite as good as its brother, La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of JudoJeff
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 mL bottle this poured a dark brown. The smell was of citrus and fresh fruit. Carbonation was sharp like Champagne. The taste was oak-y and nutty with hints of freshness and citrus that the smell suggested. While still being a strong dark ale, this feels lighter than and crisper than others.

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Photo of Realbeer1542
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark brown, hint of ruby, thin laced head.

S - Malt and dark fruit, mild sweet grass, light roasted grains subtle yeast.

T - Very nice. Alcohol well hidden with complex and balanced malt and dark raisin. Almost perfect finish.

F - Medium carbonation, nice thick mouth feel but still refreshing.

O - The sum of the parts add to whole in this case. Excellent complex, balanced and enjoyable beer. I will be buying this unique Belgian again and advising my friends to give it a try.

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Photo of manchester81
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750 ml corked bottle.

The beer is a dark brown, with a substantial, active, light brown head that leaves noticeable lacing. Beautiful beer! The smell is of sweet, rich fruit with a little bit of spice. The taste is balanced, sweet up front with a wonderful lingering aftertaste that I can't quite place. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but adequate. Drinkability is high for a strong beer. I will have no problem finishing the bottle.

Overall, this is a great interpretation of strong belgain ale. Unibroue makes a number of excellent ales, and this is one of them.

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

Hello to the waitress in SFO who served me this beer at Rose Pistole. First of all it's not 2 pints it 750ml. That would be 1.59 pints. And another thing. Please don't pour the friggin sediment at the bottom of my glass. Thanks Micheal!

Ok, seriously. This is a pretty dam good brew considering it's not from Belgium but Quebec. (insert french joke here) It's very smooth, nice head but not extreme like Duval. The flavor is sweet and yummy but I can't help think it does not have the complexities of some of the brews from Belgium.

I'll definitely look to buy this again but I still feel it has a way to go to be at the table with it's Belgium brothers.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 1,988 ratings.
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