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La Terrible - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
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1,697 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1697
Reviews: 890
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 lazjuarez:
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lazjuarez

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle into a goblet. Once opened, gave a crisp POP! Bottle stamped: K26101458Q

A: Pours a muddy brown, almost like Coca-Cola in color with instances of ruby red around the bottom and edges around the top. Head is about 2 fingers worth of tightly packed bubbles, khaki in color and receding rather quickly to a ring and small patches. Almost no lacing, but some noticeable alcohol legs. Almost no light coming through, but carbonation is visible right under the head.

S: Nose is amazing! Dark fruits like figs, rum soaked raisins, big earthy yeast esters, and sweet candied sugars. After the dark fruit notes, the yeast really takes over and finishes with a touch of alcohol.

T: Taste is nothing less than amazing. Big Belgian yeast esters, dark fruit notes, candied sugar, and almost a bit of funk. Nice alcohol note as well, but not too overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied; Biscuity mouth feel, great carbonation, and a nice touch of alcohol really helps to move the beer along as well as keep the palate refreshed. A bit of a warminmg effect, but at 10.5% ABV not harsh at all. Great brew, if cellared even better.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 05:42:50 | More by lazjuarez
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ChugMan

Washington

4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Food Pairing - Sweet/mild Italian sausage and sauerkraut went pretty well with this, definitely worthwhile. Fruityness of the beer was especially welcome with the light, meaty saltiness of the sausages.

A - Nearly opaque, deep dark orange. Abundant foamy head which left streaky lacing.
S - Dried fruits, lively. Warm but refreshing. Very inviting.
T - Fruit flavors dominanate: red and golden delicious, apricot, peach. Low bitterness which contributes to a mild, tart raspberry sensation. "Brewed with Spices"- clove definitely, maybe some cinnamon. A very bandy-like quality is present as well. Very nice balance considering the relatively high %.
M - Smooth with some spice grittyness, little syrupy, not great but not entirely unpleasant.
O - A lovely beer! Terrifically authentic, sweet fruit flavors. Works as either a meal compliment or on its own, great fun exploring it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 03:10:54 | More by ChugMan
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Saxboy10

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-22-2014 21:07:27 | More by Saxboy10
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pathead

Nevada

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-22-2014 20:05:11 | More by pathead
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SavvyStudent

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-21-2014 22:25:16 | More by SavvyStudent
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-21-2014 14:45:10 | More by mythaeus
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GCBrewery

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-20-2014 21:27:56 | More by GCBrewery
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Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-20-2014 21:04:54 | More by heysuz
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brittanylicious

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-20-2014 21:04:51 | More by brittanylicious
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BeerBuzzGuy

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-19-2014 19:43:15 | More by BeerBuzzGuy
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BradleyR

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

California

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%

04-17-2014 17:46:01 | More by Whiskeydeez
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Illos

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-14-2014 13:44:08 | More by Illos
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Bstrickler

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +19.9%

04-09-2014 04:10:36 | More by Bstrickler
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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

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-08-2014 00:03:16 | More by Gagnonsux
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laxer8811

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-06-2014 03:40:51 | More by laxer8811
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brianmandell

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-06-2014 02:22:47 | More by brianmandell
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Chingringo

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-03-2014 21:31:18 | More by Chingringo
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-03-2014 19:28:37 | More by bleedsblu
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mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

04-03-2014 15:38:34 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,697 ratings.