La Terrible - Unibroue
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Reviews by basica:
4.53/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled in 2004. Vintage Aged.
A - Pours an intense dark brown black (almost jet black actually) into my Rochefort chalice with a one-finger thick head sizzling noisily down to a very well retaining and almost permanently stagnant half-finger thick milky tan layer, well sustained by the surprisingly active carbonation despite the opaqueness and age (4.5)
S - Lightly vinous nose with some yeasts and dashes of dark fruits; fairly subdued generally. Not sure if this detracted due to the aging process (3.5)
T - Upfront brown sugar sweetness, yeastiness and the familiar pleasant vinous notes from vintage aged Belgian Dark ales. Some breadiness and malts towards the middle followed by the unleashing of dark fruits with suggestions of raisins, grapes and plums; beautifully mellowed with age and blended with vinous flavors, lasting well into the finish. (5)
M - On the lighter side of medium-bodied, probably due to the age, with a milky smooth texture and above average carbonation, to my surprise. Goes down pleasantly with a nice light warming. (4.5)
D - It's been a while since I last had a nicely aged vintage Belgian Strong Dark ale and this one held up really well on the vinous, mellowed fruity flavors and the milky texture, again familiar on vintage beers, which was really pleasant. Finally, it's almost unbelievable that this beer is a whopping 10.5% ABV from how deceptively easy it's been going down (4.5)
This is #2 of 3 in my American (ok this one's Canadian) brewed BSDAs; this one is a 2004 Vintage aged La Terrible to be put up against a 2009 Pelican Grand Cru and a a 2008 Lost Abbey 10 Commandments; a very interesting horizontal comparison.
First of all, the La Terrible held up pretty well with aging except for the nose which I have to admit was disappointing. Generally, I think La Terrible is CLEARLY better than the Trois Pistoles and Maudite both from Unibroue and may well be Unibroue's best (or amongst the better) BSDAs. For this particular evaluation, the Pelican takes the lead for now though the Terrible has did really well though may not exactly be fair as the vintage years and aging conditions are different. Appearance, nose and nose and the feel probably has to go the Pelican but the taste is pretty competitive albeit on different vintage years.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2011 18:39:23 | More by basica
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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
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