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Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

1,988 Reviews
Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

Brewed by:
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 chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle -- "best by 7-14-12" -- served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark brown with orange highlights, and a surprisingly fizzy head like a soda. Like a soda the head dies to nothing rather quickly even though there is visible bubbling.

Complex aroma of ripe and dark fruits, bread, toasted malt, port wine and spices. Interesting, but I'm not sure what this will taste like. Alcohol becomes more evident with warning.

Taste - the flavor components one would infer from my description of the aroma are all there, yet the flavor is a bit different than I expected. More and richer malt flavor for one thing. More subtle spiciness for another. Not as bold or enticing as the premier Belgian counterparts (e.g., Rochefort 8), but a fine balanced brew that avoids the over-spicing or imbalance that too often characterize Belgian style ales. Enjoyable and lingering aftertaste with a striking dark fruit flavor. High ABV partially hidden.

M - medium body, a bit thin for style) and medium-high carbonation. Bordering on 3.5.

O - foreboding appearance (would look like a Coca-Cola in an opaque glass!) dampened my high expectations, but the exceptional aroma and flavor make this easy to recommend.

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

750 ml bottle into globe glass, best by 11/18/2013. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 2 finger khaki head with good retention that reduces to a nice lacing cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of big raisin, molasses, fig, chocolate, caramel, tart cherry, and spicy yeast. Very nice aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of big raisin, chocolate, fig, prune, molasses, caramel, tart roasted grain, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and spicy yeast on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and lightly prickly mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is basically non-existent for being 9%; with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is an outstanding and highly enjoyable Belgian strong dark ale. Tons of fruitiness and complexity; with easy drinkability.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure when or where I first had this one. Also not sure why I never rated it, but oh well.

Dark reddish-brown pour with a foamy off-white head that retains well and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malts and sugars, fruitcake and spice. Lots of dark dried fruit in the taste, raisins, plums, figs, sugary malts, a dash of spice and hoppy bitterness with a slight alcohol bite. Medium body and decently smooth. Nice overall.

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Photo of mothman
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Color is a dark dark brown, nearly black. Pours a creamy, slight tan head. The head stays around for the entire time, however there is no lacing at all.

Aroma is very fruity and malty. There is a banana and clove smell that is dominate along with some carmel malts. Taste is very malty. There are a lot of flavors that seem to blend together. I taste the obvious bananas, along with cherries and raisins. There are slight grassy hops present as well.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. This is where the 9% abv sneaks out. The aftertaste is extremely clean; not sticky, dry or anything bad.

Overall, this is a solid beer. It is extremely easy to drink and the 9% abv is masked pretty well. I could definitely handle another, but that would probably be it. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a Caracole tulip chilled.

A - Deep brown w/ garnet highlights and a 3 1/2 finger cream colored head with compact bubbles. The head retention is phenomenal as well as the thick lace that accompanies it.

S - Dark woody malts and rich bready aromas as well as gentle tropical fruit and floral scents are present.
A huge scent of fig with a vinous quality and a hint of nut bread.

M - A feel that is both sweet, vinous, rich and creamy. Totally delightful all the while .Finishes on the dry side w/ the alcoholic warmth leading into flavor remarks.

T - Spicy belgian yeast w/ a light metallic taste. A minor vegetal and pepper taste w/ nutty grainy malt flavors.. Sweet candy sugar in the creamy finish makes for a sweet full on Dark Belgian Ale w/ a mild currant aftertaste.

D - I drank the whole 750ml + was still craving more after the yeast was decanted w/ the last drops of ale. The abv is well hidden it drinks like a rich rum cake in beer form- spicy and sweet.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Back in the day, I was enticed to buy this beer by the lovely label and seemingly exotic cork-and-caged presentation. Now, I just remember it being damn tasty. It pours a dark burnt sienna topped by a nice finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises clove, pumpernickel, black pepper, nutmeg, black cherry, cinnamon, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some red apples, black grapes, raisins, figs, and rye bread. The body is an ephemerally light yet still pretty strong medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a strangely crisp finish. Overall, a very nice BSDA, one I'll probably be returning to many times in the future.

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Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown twist with a bottled on date on the back label.

Appearance: Tawny amber brown with a thin tan lace that does not subside.

Smell: Grassy with a barn yard / horse blanket and a mild tartness in the aroma.

Taste: Crisp carbonation with a chewy malt palate that has toasted and chocolate undertones. Very rich and spicy with hints of black pepper. Alcohol is quite evident allowing some sweetness to the taste buds and also lending a hand to the spicy flavours. The rest of the palate is on the dry side with an underlying grainy, herbal and earthy taste throughout.

Notes: Another spectacular brew from one of the best breweries from Canada. Big enough to pair up with the most robust meals or just to sip the cold winter months away. Packed with complex flavours and deviously drinkable at 9% abv.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of 6-12-10

Pours an effervescent brownish ebony with 3 fingers of sand colored head & viscous tendencies. Near zero head retention & a bit of lacing

S: Appleskins, a bit of brown sugar, & cherries

T: Some caramel, a bit of booze & apple skin up front. Dryness, tart cherries, apricot & just a hint oaky vanilla as this warms. Finishes with dates, booze warmth, caramel, jammy notes, more vanilla; & more cherry tartness & just a tinge of smokey peat

MF: Slick with low carbonation & medium body

Drinks okay, maybe with a year or three aging this would mellow out, just a little too hot alcohol-wise for me, you get every bit of the 9% abv along with some complexity. This is alright, but not getting the vibe that had this in the Top 100 other than taste, maybe

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Photo of orangesol
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a HOTD tulip.

A - Pours reddish brown with a decent one finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of all the usual dark fruits, cherries, candied sugar, and the fruity belgian yeast. The alcohol is noticeable from start to finish.

T - Starts off with an bit of candied sugar sweetness quickly giving way to hints of dark fruits; mostly figs, raisins and figs; cherries and the typical fruity belgian yeast. Finish is still pretty sweet with a good sized booze burn.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy feel that really may be the best part of this beer.

O - I enjoyed this one. Lots of flavor and an awesome feel make this one fairly easy to drink. If the booze would die down a bit this one would be really good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly murky mahogany in color with some minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy dark beige head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of cherries and dark fruits lending a touch of sweetness along with the distinctive Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of malts with some toffee sweetness followed by the moderate fruit flavors - cherries, dark fruits (figs and dates), and apple. There are lights flavors of spices and Belgian yeast. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall while this is a big beer with rich complex smell and flavors, the beer is relatively easy to drink since the alcohol is well hidden. I think of this one as more of a sipping beer but definitely one I enjoy.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's an honest confession: I rate all of the beers I try, not against each other, but how much I enjoy them. That said, this is not a style I typically seek out, but I can still appreciate the effort that went into this one.

Appearance: dark cloudy brown with a long lasting thin head. No lace.

Smell: Malty, as would be expected. I enjoy the spiciness (corriander?) in the aroma. I am pleasantly surprised by pleasant yeast smells. Typically, I find that these detract rather than contribute (like this one).

Taste: More sweet than alcohol oily. In fact, this is rich and full-bodied even for the style. Strong candy sugar flavors and virtually no hop. This brew has an unusually high carbonation. Again, the yeast adds pleasant flavors and a touch of spiciness.

I would say that the body is the strongest attribute. I am also surprised at the lack of apparent alcohol, although this ale has 9% content.

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

Review from notes. Had at Half Full in Lewes, DE.

A: Poured a hazy purple/brown color with a small egg colored head with nice retention. Decent lacing left on the sides. Some small bubbles at the top as well.

S: Very fruity. Lots of grapes and raisins with some plums and black currants hints as well. Some spicy yeast and a little bit of caramel round it out.

T: The same fruits from the nose come forward on the flavor profile. Lots of grape and raisins, some caramel and belgian yeast. There is also a little bit of bruised apple, vanilla, and a little bit of booze.

M: Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation, somewhat prickly from the bubbles. A very sweet beer that hides the alcohol pretty well.

O: Pretty good beer that can be purchased at a relatively low price. Tastes similar to red wine in some ways actually. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 fingers of light tan head that lasts for several minutes. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruits, spices, dark fruits, and some smooth caramel malts.

t - Tastes of spices, dark fruits, yeast, and a hint of booze.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Another solid beer from Unibroue. I enjoyed the smell a little mroe than the taste, but something I would definitely try again.

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Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Westvleteren chalice. Poured a dark brown color with an active tan head to it. The head settled down to form a thin but creamy head covering the top of the beer. Some decent lacing was left on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a smooth and malty sweetness to it. It has a bit of dark fruit to it and a bit of spice as well. Petty flavorful and appealing aroma overall.

The taste is malty sweet with a moderate amount of dark fruit coming through. A little bit of a brown sugar sweetness seems to come through a bit. The finish had some subtle spices to it that blended very nicely into the malty flavors. A little warming alcohol is also present in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side with a nice creaminess. Carbonation is moderate to slightly above average. Drinkability is good, it's a very tasty and easy drinking beer. Very nice version of the style and a nice beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep amber brown hue almost opaque with a tawny cream colored head with little or no lace forming in my snifter. Aroma really full hop aroma here pine cone scented this hopped up Belgium style barley wine harmonizes with spices and peppery ripened fruit tones and just a touch of an alcholic finish. Taste is difficult to describe teh complexity of this beer is so vast, I will say I love it. A spritzy ginger like sweet tone blended with a nice amount of ripened fruit awesome beer in my opinion. Mouthfeel has a nice carbonation buttery mouthfeel with a medium to full body very well built cerveza. Drinkability is addicting, in the sense that I could sit and daydream about having another one of these beers although feasibly probably a one at time 9% abv big boy.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly opaque ruby with a tan head. Nose is yeasty with rubber tones. Flavor is robust with hearty tones, though not overdone. Sweet a fair bit, but also like a grapey caramel. Feel is decent. Smooth with a fairly good level of carbonation. Pretty good as far as drinkability goes, but for the style I think there are stronger examples. Seems to be a bit too sweet overall, which leads me to judge that it has a more immature overall profile. Nice to try, but not one I would return to most likely.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a dark hazelnut hue, with a half inch of beige head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings malt, yeast, caramels, dark fruit. The flavor is fairly sweet, with dark fruits and yeast. Alcohol warmth emerge in the finish. Lingering notes of sweet, dark fruits soaked in alcohol. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. While not as delectable as the upper tier beers of this genre, Trois Pistoles is ubiquitous and enjoyable.

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Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass:
Poured black - with slight ruby highlights around the edges when held to light - with a large, foamy head that slowly (especially considering the abv) became a spotted - well retained lace.
The smell was of raisiny fruits with an alcohol bite in the background.
The taste was complex (not making it easy to describe - but very enjoyable) - It was of spicy fruits - well-balanced - it was like the dark side of a Duvel - reminiscent of licorice and raisins - there was more to it - but tough to put into words - a delicious drink.
The flavors lingered until the alcohol slowly creeped in and left a dry, clean finish.
This was dangerously drinkable - a "sipping" beer that is all too easy to more than "sip".
I have to admit that I couldn't help grabbing a second one despite my having determined beforehand that I would have only one and save the others for special occasions...whoops.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark violet color, with a short tan head that recedes too soon.

Rich, heady aromas come wafting out the bottleneck, plump with associations: Raisins, plums, spices, brandy, dark rum, smoke, and so much more.

Bracing onslaught of hops on the palate, but excellent buttress of malt backs it up.
Fantastic spark on the tongue, and a wonderful sweetness that follows after the drizzling of hops. Transendant complexity, utterly other-worldly, and overjoyous.

A real treat of a beer, and a rare delight. Only the finest of human beings should put this to their lips, as a benedicton and reflection of the worthiness of their souls. So, all you slobs, go better yourselves before daring to crack the cage and cork. So go do community service, adopt a stray kitten, give a street urchin a quarter, let someone on the freeway before you, be kind to our fine feathered friends, turn a Bud man on to oatmeal stouts, just do something to realign your karma to make you worthy enough to pour this fine beer down your gullet.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yard House in PBG, FL. Served in a goblet.

Appearance - Dark red, nearly black with no head by the time it got to my table. No lacing. Doesn't look like it has much carbonation.

Smell - Delicious smell. Figs and dark fruit. Some caramel malts and the typical candi sugar smell. My friend smelled coffee, but I did not.

Taste - The taste isn't as impressive as the aroma. Some aromas translated into flavor: the figs and other fruits and the belgian candi sugar. A bit of licorice in the finish. Just not as complex as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied for such a strong beer. Probably from the added sugar. Low carbonation and a very dry finish. I wish it had been a bit thicker.

Overall - Tasty, but nothing I'd order again (especially at $7.50 a glass...wow). Finished the glass easily without feeling as though I had drank a 9% alcohol beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber bordering on dark brown that has a mountain of off white, dense head that has great retention. The nose has faint spice notes with fruity aromas including apples and dark fruit. The flavor reminds me of apple pie; delicious baked apples, mild spices, doughy malt. There are some alcohol esters and warmth throughout. It's medium bodied and very smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a pretty good, drinkable Belgian. The alcohol is noticeable, but it doesn't really detract from the overall drinkability. This truly does drink like dessert with almost perfect apple pie like flavors. I would get this again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown with hazy garnet highlights and a thin off white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. Brown sugar, light fruit and lots of yeasty esters make up the bulk of the aroma. The flavor is yeasty and bready with a lot of burnt and brown sugar. Light non descript fruity flavors and a touch of alcohol round out this out quite nicely. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I really liked this beer. I know its appropriate for the style, but the carbonation in this and most Belgians for me ruins the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown color with beige head. Aroma has dark fruits, dark sugar and some booze. Taste has some nice dark cherries and raisins, dark sugar and a bit of alcohol. Medium body with high effervescence. Nice but not one of my favorite styles of beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.77/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled dated best before date of 09-08-13 (9th Aug 2013? or is that 2009-Aug-13th??). If it's the latter, then this review might explain what happened.

Out of the bottle a stupid amount of carbonated noise. Head is a light tan but goes fast. The brew doesn't even leave a collar (there is one in my bottle though). Body is a real nice dark cherry it almost resembels wine, but that's because there is NO head on this or even a collar at all. Not that impressed here, looks like dead on arrival. But hey... best before 2013 so no excuses guys, so review is onward. Final pour on slow brings the collar finally!

Nose is small, box grape sweet Welches juice and powedered dry yeast. Doesn't seem too bad, after some smells and whiffs it's actually kind of nice, I feel like I am in wine mode here. I'll go with this yeah sure.

First taste... is gaseously awful and off putting. But strangely, another sip and it comes out much improved and that burn is never felt again. Sweet mild chocolate and that cheap Welches Concord like grape taste again. Mouthfeel has some coating quality and minor chewy-ness. Pricklyness and gas subsides and goes to an almost tannic dry mouth in the front. have to admit after some time this gets ALOT better...

What the heck is it with Unibroue and these beers sometimes? They seem either really great or incredibly.. bad isn't the word.. it's more as if they are dysfunctional. This one... hard to put into words, but I know I wont be having it again (except maybe on tap if I don't have a choice). Still... doesn't stop me from trying their goods!

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

Poured into a tulip. Beer is dark brown / black. Forms a thin off white head of small bubbles. Leaves some lacing on the glass and carbonation is moderate to low and steady.

Aroma has more raisins but the same estery bready yeast aroma as most of their beers.

Beer is rather thin but really good. Sweet and bitter at the same time. It finishes cleanly with a light body but nice carbonation in the mouth. This beer is really good. not feeling very verbose tonight but I"m really enjoying it.

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