La Terrible - Unibroue
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
We pop the cage and cork on this and pour a thicker brew of deep brown. There is a brief, tan-colored head of tiny bubbles that recedes at a rather quick pace, leaving no lacing as it departs. Once gone it leaves a ghostly film across the top of the liquid. Carbonation creeps to the top. There is little transparency, and a definite haze is noted. The aroma is bright with fusel booze, soft vanilla, bold banana esters, that characteristic Unibroue yeast, and dark yet sweet fruits, such as fig. There is also a bright fruit character, of strawberry. All of these components roll together with deep caramel malts. The taste begins with dark malts and a surprisingly bright berry fruit flavor that sits high up on the palate. They also don’t hold back on the alcohols, which are present right from the start. Moving to the middle brings a wash of esters, and some medicinal, sour lactic flavoring, presumably afforded by the yeast used. It is quite a curious flavor, but blends well through the middle of the swallow, intimately interacting with the darkness of the malts and sweet fruitiness of the beer. The finish is clean, with a slick molasses sweetness, more strawberry, and a strong boozy character. The aftertaste breathes of booze, black pepper spice, and oddly similar to that of a warmed dark honey-oat bread. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is high. The mouth is left coated, and the sweetness lends to sticky lips. Once the coating subsides there is a fine filmy resin left around the mouth and tongue. The beer is certainly warming, as the abv is up there, but it is appropriate. Despite this the beer drinks with ease, and contains the alcohol well.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how it was so typically Unibroue, with the yeast and dark flavoring, but also how it deviated from that archetype. What was most notably different was the lactic sourness through the middle of the flavor profile, lending an undeniably unique aspect to the beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2011 02:00:34 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.
A- Deep brown, near black in color. Light tan head. Great lacing.
S- Dark fruits, prunes and raisins. Sweet malt, fresh baked bread. Belgian yeast notes.
T- Sweet dark fruit, very slight roast. Yeast spiciness.
M- Sweet, fruity, slightly dry in the finish.
O- Very tasty. Sweet and lots of dark fruit notes. The hint of dryness in the finish, pulls the reins on chugging this one down.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 12:29:48 | More by BWED
La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,774 ratings.