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La Terrible - Unibroue

La TerribleLa Terrible

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,696 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1696
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002)
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Reviews by jneiswender:
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a large tulip glass and served cool.

Pours a squid ink black body and a coffee ice cream head.

Smells of yeast, alcohol, raisins, chocolate, flowers and herbs.

Tastes are layered and are the same as the smells with the addition of some clay or chalk flavor.

Medium and well carbonated.

Overall a very nice version of this style. Complex and delicious with food. I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 14:22:02 | More by jneiswender
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Nevada

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-19-2014 18:13:00 | More by BradleyR
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largadeer

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

04-19-2014 08:02:46 | More by largadeer
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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%

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Illos

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Bstrickler

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +19.9%

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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

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New York

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New York

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bleedsblu

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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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

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New Hampshire

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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,696 ratings.