Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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4,956 Ratings
Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,956
Reviews:
2,026
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
294
Gots:
739
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 4,956 |  Reviews: 2,026
Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 4-25-09

A - Poured out a dark brown color (almost like a cola). It had a fizzy, tan, three-finger head. It left great lace.

S - It smelled of malt, sweet fruits - like a berry or cherry aroma.

T - It tasted quite sweet. It was nutty and malty. It aso had some hop spice.

M - It was smooth and warm on the tongue. It was a heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a great beer. No surprise for a Unibroue beer.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black. Pours with 2 inches of off-white head.

Smell - Dark dried fruits, a bit vinous and very spicy.

Taste - More sweet than dry. Chocolate and dark fruit; notes of date and fig. Mild hops but heavily spiced; difficult to pick out specific flavors (a bit of clove, possibly). Moderate carbonation. Medium-bodied; lighter in body than it looks.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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 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 Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with hints of crimson. Nice off-white, tannish head.

S: Loads and loads of dark fruits and hints of cherry with some caramel and toffee in the background.

T: Creamy dark fruits overwhelm the palate. Raisins, figs, dates, and dried cherries.

M: Nice and creamy. Good medium body with excellent carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable. Big fan of this all around and have to say I enjoy it quite a bit more than La Fin du Monde.

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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 nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of light brown head, dark brown body, good clarity.

S - Light caramel with some spicy yeast notes. Some dark sugar notes, toffee and a bit of banana.

T - Dark, sweet malt up front. Brown sugar, toffee, molasses and some chocolate. Dark fruit notes come out in the middle plums and black cherry. Caramel in the finish with spicy yeast, light hop notes, and a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. This is complex and well balanced with great dark sugary character that does not become the least bit cloying. It is hard to believe, but this is a sessionable beer despite its 9%ABV.

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

In the goblet Trois Pistoles is almost black beneath its tall head of frothy bone-white foam. If you tilt the glass you can see tiny bubbles steadily streaming upwards, adding to it's head, and helping with its retention. Lacing about the glass, however, is a bit more limited than might be expected given the head retention. In the nose dark fruits greet you (not unlike port wine in many ways). It's initially zesty in the mouth before it warms a bit, but it still leaves with a bit of a zing until it warms a bit and becomes more airy. The flavor is drenched in soft, tanninc dark fruit that's been dipped in liquid sugar; but it's not particularily complex. As it warms, however, more caramel notes and some subtle hops become apparent, as does a touch of spicy alcohol (and some actual spice perhaps?) and some very low-key notes of licorice or soft molasses. It's really well balanced, with it's spicy alcohol and delicate bitterness balancing the dark fruits and restrained sugars. It's really quite enticing in that it's flavors are somewhat restrained and "mellow" as the back label suggests. This is a beer to be savored slowly, enjoying it's subtle complexities as they emerge. Magnifique!!!

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

Pours a nice medium brown with a medium sticky head,aroma is sweet and spicey with some alcohol notes.The taste is sweet and and malty with some real nice spicey notes,very clovey and sweet very appetizing.The alchol really comes thru as it warms,a real true belgian stule ale,very appetizing.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ug, despite the awesome beers, still using a screw cap!

Pours a nice fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly as the big bubbles pop, spotty lacing, over dark molasses mahogany murky beer with hints of ruby light sneaking through.

Nose is a nice Belgian beer aroma, typical Belgian yeast with light esters, fruity aromas, light spices like very faint cinnamon and nutmeg, fig and date like fruit, malts bring a faint molasses and candi sugar, with faint booze and touch of phenols, and even a touch of an apple pear like fruit.

Taste starts with big malts, fairly sweet but not really syrupy, with candy flavors, candi sugar, molasses, etc. Then fruits, a little raisin fig and date, as well as light fruity esters bringing apple and pear. More baking spices with faint cinnamon and nutmeg like. The sweetness brings some warming slightly tingly booze, as well as a touch of phenols. Overall a nice Belgian like taste profile, a nice Belgian strong ale. The booze gets a little anesthetizing as it goes almost with tingly feel. Finish is still semi sweet but drier, long lingering candy flavor with molasses and candi sugar, even a little nutty toffee, with more dark fruits, candied fig, and plenty of booze.

Mouth is med bodied, plenty of bubbly sharp carbonation, and plenty of tingly booze.

Overall nice, a long time favorite for me, nice dark malts and fruit flavors as well as sweet flavors and the Belgian characters, even the light spices were nice. the booze gets a little too strong overall and might be the only downfall.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a medium off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, chocolate, Belgian yeast, some caramelized malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts with strong flavors of cherries, licorice and bourbon up front with some background flavors of chocolate, caramel and Belgian yeast. An alcohol sting seems to keep trying to poke its way through but gets blocked by the hearty malt character. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, pretty clean finish for a style that tends to be sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are certain things that I've come to expect from Unibroue and at the same time I've come to know that they can throw a curve-ball once in a while. This beer has the Unibroue qualities I expected and also has the curve-ball with its fruity and candy-like taste. Overall, it's a well-made beer that is worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for this type of beer, but it's not one that I would want to drink consistently.

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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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mactrail
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A remarkable amount of flavor. A showcase for that seemingly patented Unibroue yeasty, fruity, and bitter flavor.

Attractive reddish dark amber with foam galore. Makes a nice appearance in the Stella Artois chalice. Lacing is lovely. Coriander and cinnamon are the flavors that come to me. The alcohol is not at all obvious. Mouthfeel is so creamy with all of the suds. Burnt sugar and dried apricots. Raisins come to mind, but it's not so full of dark fruit as others in the style.

This stuff is kind of an acquired taste, but it's so interesting and complex it's worth trying. The four-pack of 12 oz bottles is great for getting people to taste and compare a few of their beers.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber brown with a thin tan head which lingers long and leaves good lace. Aroma is grassy, herbal and yeasty. More yeast along with spice and mild sweetness on the palate.

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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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,956 ratings.
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