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Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

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 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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Photo of BobThomas
1.84/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle pours dark almost reddish brown. Pretty highly carbonated.

Smells, fruity, but overwhelmingly like chewable vitamins.

The initial taste on the front of the palate starts off like a good belgian style ale, but as it goes to the middle and back of the palate, the chewable vitamin flavor is again overwhelming. What is that?

Feels fairly heavy although bubbly in mouth. Finishes with a dry with a chalky vitamin flavor. A most perplexing beer, but I had trouble finishing my glass, and would not seek to try again. I keep thinking my bottle went bad, but i really don't think that's the case.

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

Poured into a mug and only then noticed the advisory on the bottle to use a snifter. OH WELL.

A--Dark brown, tan head, very little light allowed through the cloudy dark mass.

S--Fruity and rich, with a bit of caramel.

T--The smells transfer right into the tastes. Sweet but rich, with caramel type flavors running through and very little alcohol burn despite the content. No bitterness whatsoever.

M--Not heavy carbonation and pleasantly thick.

D--Not much to say. It goes down so easy that I am not sure exactly where mine went to. It appears to have disappeared.

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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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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
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