La Terrible - Unibroue

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1,949 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,949
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 102
Gots: 225 | FT: 5
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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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Reviews by basica:
Photo of 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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep deep brown with a great slight off white sticky head,aroma is fresh and malty sweet with a light smokey note.Taste has bunch of different compnents definent raisin and candied sugar with smokiness that lingers in the finish along with some ever so slight tartness.Its been awhile since I have had a Unibroue beer until today and they were well missed.

Photo of don1481
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

Photo of Popsinc
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged 1 year before opening Aug 10/03........

Appearance: 750ml corked bottle. A very dark brown, almost black, pour with a huge tan head that holds up well. Plenty of active carbonation as well.

Smell: Malty and sweet. Dark raisiny-sweet nose with raw sugar hints throughout. Just a touch of light maple syrup.

Taste: Dry and malty off the top. The taste quickly turns towards a dark fruit sweetness highlighted by raisin and plum. Moderate spiciness and an obvious alcohol kick. Plenty of body and complexity. The finish is very warm and reminds me very much of a nice port or sherry.

Mouthfeel: Dry off the top and very full. Plenty of active carbonation accompanies the complexities of this beer well. Smoothes out towards the finish.

Drinkablilty: I loved this beer. Complex and ever changing in my mouth. What i would consider a perfect after dinner drink or even an adequate night cap. Excellent. A world class brew.

Photo of RoyalT
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This is the darkest of the Unibroues that I have tasted thus far (I have eight under my belt not counting this one). I really had to work the pour to get a head.

Smell – The signature Unibroue yeast comes out beautifully in the nose. The toasted malt compliments the bready aroma along with undertones of plums and dates. There’s also some table sugar floating around.

Taste – This is perfection of the yeast flavor. It almost tastes like a tremendous dunkel weizen with a little spicing. There’s some typical coriander and maybe a little pepper, but this one is all about the amazing dark yeast body. This is tight, distinct, and very impressive.

We also have some deep fruitiness to help things along. Apricots, cherries, plums, and table sugar give this a sweet finish. This is awesome.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and very full without a hint of the enormous ABV.

Drinkability – This went down incredibly well. If you like bready weizen or BSDAs, you MUST give this one a try.

Comments – I was just blown away by this offering from Unibroue. They have always amazed me, but this was much unexpected. The dark bottle and bland labeling looks kind of like a marketing gimmick, but this is the real deal. Personal preference: There’s maybe half a dozen beers I’d put above this one.

Update – I was beside myself after reviewing this back in October 2003 so thought that I would re-review it with a 2004 vintage. Man, oh man, I couldn’t wait to log on to BA to raise all of my ratings just to find that I had fived everything but the Appearance. There’s not much of a head to this one but other than that this beer if perfect.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of plum coffee with an alacrity to foam and froth violently in my chalice. Now to determine whether this is simply a scion of Maudite or Trois Pistoles or a beer unto its own.

Aromas are sherry, plums, oak tannins, pepper, toasted English muffin, and a slightly distracting sweet cola scent.

Tastes heavy and sweet. The alcohol is quite prominent. The oak and dark fruit come through in the flavor as does a slightly bittersweet coffee. Finish is pepper spiced.

Mouthfeel is strong and spicy, roast and mostly well balanced. The strength of the alcohol is lamentable but not quite overwhelming. Very warming on the palate and nasal passages.

Drinkability is mixed. This is easier to drink than Maudite and harder than Trois but it’s not as interesting as either. The lack of complexity and somewhat undercovered alcohol make this one less drinkable than the average Unibroue for me.

Still, this brew stands on its own, unique, interesting, and genial. Another winner from Canukistan.

Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Terrible. 10.5% alcohol content Belgian strong dark ale. 25.4 oz. corked bottle.
Bottled in 07/06.

A- Pours a very dark soda like fluid with a off-white foamy head that falls to a rim around the glass. Very little lacing that quickly falls back in to the brew.

S- Matured raisins and plums dominate the first impression of this strong ale. This is followed by sweet smells of alcohol esters and a mild fermented scent that is very nice to the nose. Great smell for such a strong beer.

T- Much like the smell this beer packs a very sweet alcohol flavor but covered by a combination of dark fruits like raisins, plums, and possibly even hints of almonds. Hardcore beer for hardcore drinkers.

M-D- Mouthfeel is very dry upfront and finishes with hard alcohol feel on the tongue. Smooth to the finish for me and drinkablity is excellent.. will try again if found.

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JacobMutberg
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of steelerguy
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, not going to see through this, nice big tan head on the pour, stays around while you drink and leaves some good lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, banana nut bread, and a little toasted malt.

T - Lot of esters, alcohol, some dark fruit, a hint of hop fruitiness.

M - The dark looks makes you think heavy but it finishes very clean. There is a crispness from the light finish and carbonation, and a definite alcohol warmth.

D - You are not going to session this, but you certainly can enjoy a 750 ml bottle. The balance lets you enjoy the higher alcohol without it feeling too harsh.

Photo of Marc33
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, best before 8/8/07. Dark, dark red-black color, with a sweet, dark fruit aroma. Very pleasant. It tasted sweet, cherry, some chocolate. A little bit of warming spice in the background. Wonderful. Pretty well carbonated. An enjoyable beer to drink, didn't notice the 10.5% ABV.

Photo of joetito1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of grynder33
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark, with a big head.Had a nice warm carmel malt smell, couldn't detect the alcohol(yet) Thick cocoa raisin taste on first sip, got a little sweeter on the second taste and the alcohol started to make its presence known.This is a wonderful complex brew,went out and bought another bottle right away. I'd rate this perfect if the texture was a little smoother

Photo of dieBlume
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9/9/2003 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brownish-burgundy with a huge fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma is rather reserved - vinous berries and a little vanilla woodiness.

The flavor is also vinous and sherry like with a sweet malt backbone underneath. There's some plums, woodiness and pepper. The finish is tart fruity alcohol. It is medium to full bodied, not much carbonation but what there is is rather harsh.

Overall, I was a little disappointed with this. It is well made (nothing offensive about it) but a little too wine-like for me. It is surprisingly drinkable and hides the alcohol well (until it kicks you in the butt later).

Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. This bottle is labeled "Best Before 02-26-2012".

Appearance: It has a very dark brown colored body that is nearly opaque. A tall tan head of big soft bubbles slowly settles down to a finger of thick and creamy foam. Lacing is thick, sticky and coats the glass.

Smell: The aroma is light and delicate. I get modest hints of sweet bready and mildly funky yeast with some fruity notes of dark cherries.

Taste/Palate: There are fruity/estery notes with hints of sweet-tart black cherries, dry yeast and bready maltiness. This is balanced by a very light herbal leafy hop presence that also adds a light bitterness and a slight mineral or metallic touch. The palate feels smooth and creamy with mellow yet very active carbonation and a good solid medium to full body.

Notes: Overall this is a very well made beer from a solid brewery.

Photo of ps6756
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 Edition:

Poured a very ruddy, dark brown color with a decent head that retained rather well. Not much lacing, but many effervescent bubbles all over.

Smelled very fruity...much like champagne. Some malt, but nostly dark fruity aromas and alcohol.

Tastes very fruity and very carbonated like champagne. Fruit-like champagne as well. This tastes and feels like a beer/champagne hybrid. Maltiness, dark fruits ala dates, figs, raisins, some phenolic flavors, and a mild spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very bubbly.

Drinkablity is pretty good despite the 10% abv.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,949 ratings.