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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1684
Reviews: 888
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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Reviews by gleemonger:
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown, almost black, with a massive, frothy off white head that sticks around for a while, shrinking down to a nice creamy head with some spotty lacing.

Plenty dark fruit and yeasty aromas, with just a hint of roastiness. Smells like it'll be pretty sweet. Not super complex, pretty basic for the style, but nice.

Woah, even more sweet than I thought it was going to be, phew. Sweet dark fruits, banana, a touch of chocolate, just a hint of roast. Okay, after the initial smack of sweetness, it mellowed out a tad and is fairly well balanced. Slight bitterness and a little booze on the backend too.

Pretty heavy body with a lightish carbonation, but a nice bite.

Not my favorite of the style, but pretty damn good for sure. I'd definitely get it again, especially considering the always great price point of Unibroue brews which are always satisfying and well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 20:41:46 | More by gleemonger
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-14-2014 13:44:08 | More by Illos
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

04-09-2014 04:10:36 | More by Bstrickler
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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-08-2014 00:03:16 | More by Gagnonsux
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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-03-2014 21:31:18 | More by Chingringo
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-03-2014 19:28:37 | More by bleedsblu
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

2.5/5  rDev -40%

04-03-2014 02:52:18 | More by 2ellas
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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

04-01-2014 15:01:12 | More by Beerswag
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-19-2014 20:54:46 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle bought at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a deep, dark brown, slightly purple color, into my Abandon Brewing tulip. 3 inches of head quickly settles, leaving one inch for a while. Not much visible carbonation due to this being nearly opaque.

Intense smells of dark fruit. A little spice.

Tastes like bold, slightly tart, dark fruits (raisins, plums, grapes) with the typical zesty Belgian yeast flavors. Relatively sweet. Slight, but very mild hop bitterness.

Medium body, very little carbonation.

Unibroue knows that the hell they're doing with Belgian ales. This one is great.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 22:09:49 | More by GreesyFizeek
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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,684 ratings.