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La Terrible - Unibroue

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1,686 Ratings
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Ratings: 1686
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%


Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002)
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BeerWizard

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 of this for about $9. Almost went for the Fin Du Monde, which I absolutely love, but I'd never had Terrible before and decided to give it a go.

Brown bottle with a silver label that just says "TERRIBLE" on it. How could anyone pass this up? Also says best before 2016 - ha ha, not making it that long, I don't think. Pours dark brown, almost black, with about a 2" head into a tulip.

Nose is complex - plummy, spicy, sweet, and as it warms I get some apple pie and iced tea/black tea. Light whiff of booze. Flavor improves with some breathing, but at first I got this grape/prune profile that I don't like. It's like a fruity dark malt, but I'm not a fan, and fortunately fades over time, but I know it's there. Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth, and carbonation is light and subdued, and the alcohol is pretty negligible for being as up there as it is.

Overall I think this is a fine beer, though the grape flavor throws me. I like everything else about it. I rarely buy 750's and would probably opt for another offering from Unibroue before picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 05:26:22 | More by BeerWizard
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mnredsoxfan69

Minnesota

3.29/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I've greatly enjoyed other brews from Unibroue (including Trader Joe's Vintage Ale) so I had high hopes for this one.

I poured this deep brown brew from a 750 into a tulip glass and was rewarded with four fingers of fine, tan, long lasting head that left surprisingly little lacing on the glass in its wake. The thick foam eventually receded to a ring around the edge.

The smell is strong with dried fruit, raisins and prunes with only a vague sense of hops and a little spice, ginger and possibly allspice.

The taste is very sweet with raisins and molasses front and center, fading to a bitterness like a sugar overload. I couldn't detect any hops at all in the taste.

This is definitely a mouthful of feel, a medium to big bodied brew. If I hadn't been sharing this with a friend I wouldn't have been able to drink the whole thing myself. Light on carbonation and heavy on the tongue, this is a BIG brew.

On the whole, I didn't really care for this. Too sweet and unbalanced for me. My taste has recently shifted toward much more hoppy brews, so perhaps that's part of my disappointment with this highly rated ale. As much as I enjoy big Belgian Christmas ales (Corsendonk, St. Bernardus), this strong dark ale from Quebec was more than I bargained for.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 03:34:30 | More by mnredsoxfan69
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-17-2014 17:46:01 | More by Whiskeydeez
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Illos

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-14-2014 13:44:08 | More by Illos
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Bstrickler

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +19.9%

04-09-2014 04:10:36 | More by Bstrickler
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One1Asterisk

Florida

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed La Terrible out of a snifter with a couple of friends. I loved the heavy raisin smell on the nose, and the beautiful color and mouth-feel this ale provided. I was once a fervent drinker of spiced ales, and they began my beer quest some years ago. La Terrible is an excellent Unibroue offering, and I'll be sure to pick up a few more bottles next time my eye catches the name. I'd love to see how this ale ages!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 20:05:48 | More by One1Asterisk
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: deep, dark ruby liquid... semi-creamy, tan foam... little bits of lace

S: clove, prune, semi-sweet dark chocolate... not at all boozy.... overall, bold, dynamic, and inviting

T: dark chocolate and dark fruit up front, quickly followed by potent allspice and brandy-ish fruit flavor and rush of booze.... brown confectionery licorice in the finish through to the aftertaste

M: quite silky-smooth... long-lingering, tonic booze with a touch of subtle warmth... long, slow, mildly viscous finish... ultimately dry with a lingering, ultra-light acidity

O: most, if not all, of Unibroue's large bottle offerings are pretty killer - this is no exception... have gotten myself in trouble with this one as part of the 'Unibroue Challenge' at Pistola's a few years back

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 04:20:52 | More by Bouleboubier
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-08-2014 00:03:16 | More by Gagnonsux
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laxer8811

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-06-2014 03:40:51 | More by laxer8811
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-06-2014 02:22:47 | More by brianmandell
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Chingringo

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-03-2014 21:31:18 | More by Chingringo
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-03-2014 19:28:37 | More by bleedsblu
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mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-03-2014 19:25:39 | More by mpayne5
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AlpacaAlpaca

New York

4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Unique dark grey-ish-brown color. Murky, and nearly opaque except around the edges of the glass. Hearty-looking.

S: A subdued smell, but an appropriate introduction to the flavors of the beer. Very deep, slightly sweet, slightly oaky.

T: The combination of the appearance and the smell is a decent indicator of taste, so there are no surprises. The taste is soft, smooth, and immersive . The blend of flavors is seamless, giving the sense of one cohesive identity. The subtle coppery undercurrent common in a lot of Belgian ales. In short: deep, nuanced, and most importantly delicious.

M: Thick and hearty, but not overly sticky or filling. Only a slight indication of the ABV.

O: A great beer, one I'll definitely be buying again. Impeccably balanced and a real pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 15:38:34 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
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2ellas

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -40%

04-03-2014 02:52:18 | More by 2ellas
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Beerswag

California

4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle aged 1 year 6 months. Poured into chalice as recommended..has a very dark brown/almost black color, when held to light this beer shows slight tones of dark burgundy. Smell is rich of fruit, yeast, chocolate, and raisin..taste is much more complex than the smell, lots of black cherry up-front, raisin, chocolate, plum, caramel. A rich madeira wine essence and a little woodsy oak on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium-heavy carbonation, especially for a "quad" strong ale. Bubbles are small and stickiness is present on the lacing. Overall a great beer, complex, balanced, and interesting enough. Aging has served this one very well. Serve with aged sharp/stinky cheeses, duck breast, filet mignon, desserts (cheesecake) blackberry chocolate mousse, salted carmel and almond bark.

Serving type: bottle

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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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Huffaroma

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-29-2014 15:50:12 | More by Huffaroma
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Kansas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Florida

5/5  rDev +19.9%

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Australia

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,686 ratings.