Trois Pistoles | Unibroue

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Trois PistolesTrois Pistoles

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-31-2000

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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 GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, the beer is an extremely dark, almost opaque amber-brown coloring with a bubbly, biege, airy head. On the nose, you get a whiff of the carbonation from the yeast in the bottle, as well as lots of dark fruit sweetness (plums and dates), and a little booze. The beer leaves a great lace along the glass as you move it around and drink. The beer is heavy, but crisp at the same time. Malty sweet flavors, with slight hints of spice to balance. Tastes like coriander, mostly, but it's too subtle for me to be sure. The fruit sweetness is a highlight along the molasses characteristics of the malt. Very heavy and robust flavors, but the light body does well to balance all of this. The aftertaste is extremely mild, with the slightest hint of spice and malt, but only a whisper. Clean, neat finish makes this one an easy drinker.

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Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, slight hop, spices, and an earthy grass aroma. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight pale malt, slight hop, slight yeast, hint of wheat, spices, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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

12/06/04- Purchased at a wine store in Sonoma, CA

Appearance- Pours a deep brown color with a 3/4 inch head and good lacing.

Smell- Wonderful smell. Definite plums and raisins abound.

Taste- At first it is very sweet with caramel, dates and raisins, maybe some clove also. The flavor disipates though and leaves very little aftertaste. The flavor doesn't stick around as long as you would like. Can't even detect the 9% abv.

Mouthfeel- Goes down oh so smooth. As it warms is gets even more smooth and the tastes come out a bit better. Excellent level of carbonation.

Drinkability- As of now it's extremely drinkable. All depends on how the alcohol makes me feel after I finish it. 2 thumbs up, and not far from being a bit better.

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

Review from 1/2011 notes. Side by side tasting of a fresh 2011 bottle and a properly cellared two year old bottle.
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark reddish brown. Moderate head with lots of lacing. Sweet malt, light and dark fruit and Unibroue Belgian spicing in the aroma. Sweet malt, some dark fruit, strong Unibroue spicing / yeast. Good mouth feel with some creaminess. A very nice dark Belgian style ale.
Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark reddish brown. Foamed out of the bottle, A huge half glass light tan head and massive lacing. Sweet and caramel malt, some dark fruits and mild spicing. Much mellower than the fresh bottle, spiciness much lower. Creamy and well integrated, a very tasty, mellow sweet malt and dark fruit ale. This has definitely improved with age. Two year old cellar aged bottle.
Main scoring for the fresh bottle; 2009: 4/4/5/4.5/4.5 reflecting the mellow aged flavor and higher creaminess developed over the aging.

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Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter

Appearance: poured a smooth dark dark brown, it resembles coca cola with less carbonation, almost no head at all, the remaining foam laces the glass

Smell: smells like a strong belgian that's for sure, heavy presence of yeast and sweetness

Taste: very sweet and rich, has a creaminess to it, little alcohol flavor present, yeasty, perhaps a molasses presence

Mouthfeel: very smooth and appealing, little carbonation

Drinkability: great flavor and drinkable body, the high alcohol content is the only thing holding this back. I recommend it.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.96/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a foil wrapped 341 ml bottle into a signature Unibroue La Fin du Monde tulip glass.

A: Mahogany brown, enormous sudsy slightly off-white head, reddish hues in the light.

S: Dried dark fruits, alcohol esters overwhelm everything that is here, though. Nice subtle malty backbone with some peppery spice. Hops seem to be all but lost.

T: Burnt sugary crust, raisins, figs, overall very "fruity" (dark) profile here. Again, the hops are missing, though I'm not surprised. There's something about this that doesn't sit too well with me, though it may just be not my favorite style.

M: Pretty thin body, though the carbonation gives it a solid medium-bodied feel.

D: Not my style, I'm gathering. This flavor profile is overall too much for me -- the flavors seem balanced but they're not my preference.

I wouldn't buy this one again, but judging the beer for what it is, the mark is pretty dead on for a Belgian Strong Dark. I wish there was something else giving this a bit more depth than is displayed.

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Photo of stevoj
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a big beer, its rather discreet, not hinting initially at its elevated ABV or heaps of fruit esters. Dark, sweet, dried fruit come through in the aroma. Dark, cola brown with active foamy head, which quickly dissipates. Taste brings more fruitiness, some wood, some molasses, all which finishes quickly with only a hint of warmth.

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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours brown in color with reddish highlights. Big fluffy 3" head that lasts a bit. Some soft lacing develops.

Smell: ripe fruits, sweet malts, and some floral bitterness.

Taste: strong malt backbone nicely balanced with pitted fruits like black plums, prunes, and sweet cherry. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Some molasses and mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start and finish. The aftertaste is long of the fruit tones.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable even with the higher alcohol levels. More than one bottle can be easily consumed, but you will be feeling it even if you are slowly sippin' this.

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

A: poured a dark brown in color with yellowish brown highlights that had a very thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: pretty weird but it smells like a flanders oud bruin consisting of tart qualities alongside oaky, vinegar, mild cherries, and slight citrus.

T: so the taste was of a BSDA with lots of belgian yeast flavors but had banana, dark fruitness, maple, brown sugar accents and a touch of caramel.

M: the brew was medium in body with nice bubbly carbonation which had a sweet, slight fruity, yeasty, and silky finish.

D: it was tasty drinking great and is probably my favorite offering from unibroue.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
Best Before: 06/02/17
Revist: 27 Apr 15

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy reddish brown color, very nice carbonation, two-finger creamy/foamy light tan head, leaves a HUGE creamy island and some sticky lacing. The nose is very nice, malty, lots of figs, plums, raisins, with some yeast and spices. The taste is malty, with some nice yeast notes, the dark fruits kick-in very nicely, with some spice. Medium body. Overall, this brew is still very tasty, for the money, very hard to beat.

12oz. Bottle
Best Before: 11-30-03
Reviewd on 15 Aug 08

5 Years On This Bottle!

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a very nice cloudy reddish brown color, nice carbonation, a very quick fizzy tannish head, not much sticky lacing on this one. The nose is very nice though, malty, lots of figs, plums, raisins, with some yeast and spices. The taste is malty, with some nice yeast notes, the dark fruits kick-in very nicely, with some spicyness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew has got to be close to maybe 8 years old, not sure when Unibroue produced this one, but it is already close to 5 years beyond the expiration date. Still very tasty. I have a few more bottles left, YEAH!

Poured a nice reddish/brown, small head, tons of lacing thorough out the drink. Scents of malt, sweet caramel. Awesome taste nice and sweet a little bitter at the start, but finishes strong. Medium body. Very drinkable even at the 9% ABV. Another awesome brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of liamt07
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review ever:
Poured from 341ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep red/mahoghany/purple, with about 2 fingers of head, settling down to a thin layer with some good lacing on the sides.

S: Lovely, dark fruits (currant, cherry, dark berries I'd say?), sweet malty, a bit of chocolate and smidgen of yeast.

T: Bit of alcohol, again the dark fruits are there, pretty similar to the smell, minimal heat and a bit of yeast at the end.

M: Heavy carbonation, but really goes with the beer in my opinion. Not overdone, but appropriate I think.

D: Too drinkable. Could probably clear a 6 pack of this stuff if I didn't pass out from the alcohol first. Really hides the ABV, great friggin' quad.

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

Trois Pistoles pours a dark, hazy brown with a light tan head. Effervescent at first, the beer smells of cherry liquor with grapes and a grassy, Belgian spice typical of the style. The flavor expands with wild fruit flavor of figs and dates, along with apples and berries. An earthy, herbal spice accompanies the fruit until the ale finishes with brandy and port taste.

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Photo of tone77
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruitsand spices, slightly sweet. Taste is good, dark fruits, spices, just a touch of alcohol, very balanced. Feels full bodied and tasty in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

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

Had this at the Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. A good, dark Italian plum looking body. Head had medium sized bubbles, about 1 1/2 fingers with fair staying power.
Aroma contained yeast, malt and some caramel. Taste reminds me of a Saison brew, with more roasted malt. Raisin, bicuit and caramel were noticeable.
Finished smooth and while not completely clean, clean enough to be refreshed for another sip.
Another good brew from Unibroue

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel snifter

A - Medium brown in colour with half a finger of light brown head

S - Dark fruit caramel and lightly roasted malts.

T - Dark fruit, caramel, light banana.

M - Light to medium body with the slightest bit of chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - Very drinkable for a 9% strong ale.

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

The beer pours a dark brownish color with a thick frothy off-white head. The aroma is awesome! It has a nice malty scent that is complimented with a fruity Belgian yeast aroma. It is very sweet and refreshing. The taste is very good. It has a rich and intense malt complexity. It has a toasted malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and a bit fruity due to the Belgian yeast. It has great flavor. It has a dark beer taste, but without the black malts. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good brew. These guys only produce winners.

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

Trois Pistoles is the finale here in the Unibroue "Les Autres" Invitational. This is one of the best reviewed beers to be involved in all my invites so far, but it has a huge peak to scale and get over if it wants to win. According to every sports movie ever made, this is going to take the crown. But not so fast, I want to see for myself, so on to the beer:

It pours a ruby brown into my chalice, providing a deep brown color with dark red hues on the edges and a good head. There's a sweet aroma of dark ripe fruits. Simple enough. Now I'm going ot put it on my tongue. Tasty. The yeast plays a mild role in the flavor which is dominated by dark fruits, ripe banana, and a shake of pepper for balance from the alcohol. Slight feel of wax. This is a fine beer, no doubt about that, but I'm not sure this will be enough to get over the peak in this invite.

The Unibroue "Les Autres" Invitational is offically over, so now it is time to announce the winner. And the winner is:

Don de Dieu!

What an invte this was, five of Unibroue's other beers, one which came out victorious here. I feel priviledged to try them all (yes, even Éphémère, which I disliked), and now I have more confidence for which ones I'll be going back for more of. You can check the previous results of the invite to see what you missed. Good night everyone!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with some nice red highlights and a huge tan head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, sugar, cherries, plums, alcohol and maybe a little bit of anise. The flavor is Belgian yeast and cherries, along with some candy sugar, raisins and some darker, but not roasted, malts. There is a little bit of spicyness in the flavor as well as some alcohol that is very warming. Very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A classic Belgian-style ale that I could drink everyday.

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

Unibroue Trois Pistoles, on tap.

Appearance: A dark amber nearing a deep dark ruby in color. Small off white head sticks around for a bit. Looks the part of a Belgian dark.

Smell: White grape juice, accompanied by a light boozy note. More fruity notes as it warms, an overall inviting category making me want to take another sip.

Taste: Dark fruits right up front, raisen, plum and fig are all there. The Unibroue yeast strain is present in most of their Belgian dark ales and this is no different with a juicy fruit flavor. Alcohol is tame but there. Malt provides suggestions of cocoa. Overall a very nice well rounded dark.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium to full bodied feel, carbonation is good. Another winner from the Unibroue line, this is a nice go to beer and is certainly worth the endeavor. Good stuff.

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Photo of dar482
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color with hues of reddish mahoghany in the light. A fluffy off white head.

The aroam has semi-dried raisins, slightly tart fig and plum, spices, caramel sweetness. Some phenolic nail polish.

The beer hits with caramel sweetness and light toffee in the front. It then moves onto white raisins, a bit of sweet dark raisins, dried plums, along with clove and pepper spiciness. There’s tons and tons of carbonation in the middle. There’s a hint of alcohol as well. The finish is of a gentle fruitiness and sweetness. The finish is dry, without much lingering flavor at all.

This is my favorite Unibroue brew. There’s complexity and everything works together. There’s nice fruit flavor, but not too much sweetness. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. The carbonation scrubs at the palate leaving a lighter body than what one may expect. This drinks easily, almost like a dark cherry soda. I would argue it stands up against classic Belgian brews and even better than Rochefort 8, comparable brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown thats somewhat translucent with a decent head and lacing. Aroma is pretty typical strong dark, with light toffee, fig, banana,and clove. Fairly light, though. The flavor is more of the same,somewhat subtle flavors.There are also some vanilla notes and some dark fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied- the creaminess is delicious and makes it worth drinking.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz silver foiled bottle into a regular snifter carefully. Not sure of the date on this one.

A- Trois Pistoles has a red to dark mber color with traces of bronze and orange around the edges. A one inch deep white head with a medium build showed itself before leaving a thin sheet of lace. When it was full the white head was quite the sight resembling vanilla cream.

S- First wiffs I smell something resembling wine. After a while the dark fruits regular to this style come up some dates and figs as well as some pear and apple. Some weak spices as well. TP nose is somewhat weak compared to others in the style.

T- The dark fruits are first up including the dates and figs as well as an addition of licorice and raisins. A bunch a malt selections fight off an apparent hop punch trying to break through. Some spice including black pepper. The alcohol is a bit too up front and could of been hidden better. The alcohol really gets in the way.

M- A bit on the light side for this style and the amount of alcohol in it. Again the alcohol really stands out in the mouth. Would of liked this to be a bit bigger and bolder. A high amount of carbonation though.

D- At 9% two and through for me. This really doesen't warrant excessive amounts as the flavors are just not all together and integreated. The alcohol is also not masked too well. This is nice enough though to keep in the cellar from time to time.

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
4.2 out of 5 based on 4,935 ratings.
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