La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,022
Reviews: 919
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 107
Gots: 282 | FT: 6
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002

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Ratings: 2,022 | Reviews: 919
Photo of DJLehnherr
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Uncorking a 750ml bottle of “Terrible.” A dark, dark brown with maybe a hint of red, but so opaque its nearly black. Little white wispy head that dissipates quickly. A very sweet and yeasty scent. It tastes equally sweet, surprisingly fruity (raisin-like scents), the yeast is there too, and just slightly sour too, perhaps. The alcohol taste (10.5% ABV) is definitely coming through. Bold scents and flavors. Overall: delicious. I enjoyed this with steak-frites (California tri-tip, actually) and some cooked vegetables on a cool spring evening, and it was just perfect. I highly recommend this beer! Excellent!

Photo of ckornmannn
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Hogstone on Orcas Island: black with a nice 1 inch head. Very well balanced with malt and cherry and plenty of hops in there too. One of the best strong ales I've had.

Photo of Trombone69
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is really nice. It reminds me of the Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel (Which is WAY under-rated IMO.) Full body, full flavor, not too extreme.

Photo of samshaw
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Solid black with moderate tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Medium character of dark malt.

T: Strong malt on the tongue with light plum.

M: Moderately viscous with light carbonation, complementing the flavor well.

O: "Sinister" comes to mind. Bold and full-bodied.

Photo of founddrama
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All the right Belgian notes. Highly viscous, almost oily. Big foamy head, but hardly any carbonation.

Photo of Csikic93
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark, smells like plums and pear. The taste is very crisp and light for a beer this dark.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark brown, almost black; small head, long lasting in chalice

Smell: strong smell of plums (more prune-like); picked up hints of dates and vanilla; strong Belgian yeast smell reminds me of Westmalle yeast

Taste: big hit of spices up front, tastes like coriander and cardamom to me; dried fruits in the mid; finishes slightly dry with just a bit of hops; well balanced overall; gets better as it warms

Mouthfeel: medium mouthfeel due to a good bit of carbonation; a bit too zippy for me for this style

Remarks: drier finish than I expected; great beer overall.

Photo of Godace
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crisp, delicious and current favorite.

Photo of darnzy
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in Quebec but I had a hard time finding it in Montreal. After years I randomly found it in a supermarket near my house.

Tastes like a combination of port and wine. Reminds me of a quadruple stout I once had.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle like that pictured here poured into a tulip. A very dark reddish brown with next to no head, just an off-white smattering of lace hugging the sides of the glass. Although this is brewed in Quebec, I had to wait until a trip to Montana to track this down. Alrighty then. Great name. Looks like port.

Aroma is fruity, spicy, rather tart and vinous with a dash of cloves. Palate is much the same although far more robust. Prunes and raisins, fresh grapes as well, faint toffee and chocolate, cooked pears and apples, red licorice, black licorice, rum. Tastes like port. Very pungent Unibroue yeast adds an overarching woody spice. Alcohol is easily discernable. Fairly thick and subtly carbonated. Some tart gooseberry reveals itself in the vinous, fruity, yet dry finish.

One of the more wine-like beers I've yet to sample but not devoid of some classic Belgian strong dark or quad features. Rather acerbic despite the obvious sweetness.

Photo of JohnCJr
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass. Had an off-white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing. I waited for it to warm, because the Belgian yeast was initially very prevalent. As it warmed, plums and brown sugar came to the fore. Nice medium mouthfeel. A tasty brew, but not the best Belgian dark I've had. Still worth drinking, though.

Photo of airborncamel
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass. Look: Dark, dark brown almost black, nearly opaque. Smell: Dates, plums, vanilla... classic quad aroma.....There's some tartness to it, almost like an oud bruin. Taste: caramel, dark fruit, spices... almost chocolatey. Sweet but not cloying. Surprisingly tart for the style, though not as tart as it smelled. Flavor lingers forever. Superb Belgian style quad. Mouthfeel: immense carbonation but still very big body and syrupy. Super dry without being bitter.Overall: An excellent beer, and at $8.99, its unbeatable. My favorite unibroue is their grande reserve, but this is a close second!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml caged and corked bottle, back of bottle says best before 04-15-2015. Served in a chalice, the beer pours very dark brown with about an inch tan head that stuck around for a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, dark bread and a sweet spiciness. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also some earthiness and a bit of tart cherries noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, a bit coating, and has a good amount of soft carbonation. Overall I liked this, certainly worth picking up if you've never had it before!

Photo of TheDoctor
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a cloudy black that is cola-like with a frothy khaki head that quickly evaporates from 2.5 fingers to a whiff of a skiff of a film. Neither retention nor lacing to speak of. (3.25)

S:
Dark and fruity. Red Grapes (almost tannin-like), brown sugar, dark fruits, pepper, woodsy. (4)

T:
Sweet and vinous. Red wine, spiced rum, vanilla, over-ripe dark fruits. (4)

M:
Warm, lingering, full--bodied, creamy velvet feel; very, very nice. (4.5)

O:
This is a good beer and an interesting take on a BSDA. That said, I prefer their other beers to this one. Pours kinda sickly looking with no head that lasts (it is 10.5%, to be fair), the beer is very wine-like to my senses. Sweet and boozy, there are some definite alcohol and yeast domination to both the nose and the flavor, with the yeast being less prominent and the alcohol more than in some of their other beers. The beer has an exquisite palate, with a nice coating warmth complimented by creamy carbonation. This is definitely a sipper that is best shared with others. Great big beer for the wine people you might have to entertain... I liked it, but in the future I would likely just stick to Trois Pistoles; well-worth your time to try if happened upon. (4.25)

Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear very dark brown with cola like khaki head, settles to a thin ring with a few streaks of lace down the glass. Smell: unripe banana, clove and black cherry notes, dark brown sugar. Taste: fig, cola, overripe cherry; notes of: toasted multigrain bread, backgrounded spicy hopping, booze. Carb is pretty serious, pillowy and space-filling. Cola sugary finish, dries out but stays sticky. Enjoyable but not great. Bottling code indicates it's a 10/13 bottling and best before 9/2018.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small goblet glass. Best before date of 11/11/2013 and I know I’ve had the bottle for at least 6 years.

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

S: The aroma contains tart fruit, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of tart dark fruits, brown sugar, licorice and some chocolate. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is almost non-existent as you would expect from this type of beer after being cellared for this long. There’s a very faint hint of alcohol. The beer seems to get more balanced as you continue to drink it and the tartness looses a bit of its edge in a favorable way. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong and well-disguised kick, good representation of style, it seems to have held up quite well with time as I know this beer was made to do. However, even though it’s a good beer, I didn’t find it to be anything special.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, this Belgian strong, pours a thick dark brownish red with moderate tan head
and fine thin lacing once the head dissipates. Nose of dark fruits, spicy Belgian yeast, plums,
light hops, and a faint hint of cocoa with dark Belgian candy sugars. Flavors are sweet candy
sugars up front and on the sides with a back flavor of cocoa, light pepper, dark fruits of plum
and pie cherries, and more sweet malts marrying with a light citrus like hop presence in the
background. Smooth mouth feel, moderate carbonation, and lots of warmth make this a fine
ale from the Unibroue folks.

Cheers!

Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured a very dark ruby, nearly black, with a foamy white head, which lingered on the beer but left no lacing. The aroma is in keeping with Belgian dark ales, with a robust malty sweetness, however my wife only noticed the citrus hops. The taste is a fruity, malty sweetness (think dark fruits), with hints of the citrus hops. Has a very nice texture and is easy drinking, despite it's 10.5% ABV. Expensive, but tasty.

Photo of cjgiant
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Bottle dated October 4, 2013:
Pours deep auburn brown, with a huge amount of tan head. The bubbles are fairly large, but reduces to a nice foamy head that sustains very well and laces the glass with the initial sips.

The beer has a surprising citrus note to it. It definitely has the typical Belgian smells. The base scent has some dark fruit to it also. I had an overall feel of cola to the nose, but not sure why.

The taste starts out similar to a Belgian quad, starting with a bitter chocolate cherry, followed quickly by fig/date, and almost as quickly turns to a root beer like taste. The last taste is probably helped by the carbonation that comes along at that point in the taste. The final taste does add in a lemon-like tartness as well as the Belgian yeast making an appearance.

This is a very tasty beer and does seem fairly smooth behind the carbonation. Not sure how a year of aging affected the beer, but I would grab this again.

Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%

The beer comes in a dark reddish brown.

The aroma offers big port wine. Musty red grapes, dark sweet fruit, spice, dark caramel sweetness.

The flavor follows with those sweet dessert wine notes. Lots of concord grape peel on the middle that offers some bitterness to balance out the brew. Some dark fruit, banana, and clove help out the beer. A really good medium plus mouthfeel.

I preferred this over Trois Pistoles in a side by side.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

A: Blackish brown. A thick, tawny one finger head that dissipates down to foam. Thick lacing.

S: Dark fruits (plums, dates, raisins, figs), Belgian yeast.

T: Follows nose with serious carbonation. Belgian yeast really shines though. Funky. Coriander pops up as it warms. Just terrific.

M: Medium to heavy with thick carbonation.

O: Another winner from Unibroue. I will definitely be purchasing this one again. A steal at $10.

Photo of kini
5/5  rDev +20.2%

My absolute favorite beer that I have access to.
Smell, color and of course taste. It's everything I want in a beer.
Opaque, dark brown near black, fruity nose and initial taste then as
To the Belgium yeast. I love Belgium beers and I love strong dark ales the most
and this is the best I've had. Well worth the price.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.45/5  rDev +7%

look: Very dark dense ruby shade of brown. Nice Two finger off white foamy head. Alcohol legs are apparent. Smell: Spicy yeast, faint dark fruits maybe cherries. Some metalic, faint alcohol. Taste: Same in the aroma but throw in some cocoa nibs and coriander. Feel: Carbonation is on point to style. The body is medium built.

Overall there is alot going on in this brew, yet it comes together nicely. One of my personal favorite BSDA on this side of the globe. Unibroue keep em coming.

Photo of Dellpepper123
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Yum. And, awesome.

Photo of don1481
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown that light barely can get through. Has an off white head that gradually diminishes and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: smells of sweetness and alcohol. Kind of a plum smell with spice notes.

Taste: sugar plum fairies with spice and the warming nature of alcohol, but the alcohol is definitely in the background. This is really good stuff.

Mouthfeel: pretty clean feel. Mild after taste.

Overall: for less than $10 for a 750 ml bottle, this is outstanding value for the quality. These guys make great beer at very attainable price points.

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