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La Terrible - Unibroue

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La TerribleLa Terrible

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1,776 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,776
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 89
Gots: 174 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time. The beer manager at Total Wine & More in Scottsdale loves this beer. This might actually be his favorite beer of all time. The bottles fly off the shelf, and I am glad they had one the last time I was there. Reading the tasting notes on this one… well, it sounds amazing. I have always been impressed with this brewery, and am a big fan of their La Fin Du Monde. Before we decided to drink this one, I had no idea the brewery had so much history. I also find it funny they are in Canada. The beer just tastes like it comes from Belgium. Excited to drink this, and based on our experience yesterday with Westvleteren 12, this better be great! Bottoms up, people.

In the Glass: First off, that was the hardest cork I have EVER popped. Not sure why, but it took me 5 minutes to get the bottle open. I was worried the thing would explode or something. But I finally got the cork out, and poured a little in the glass. It had a HUGE head. I poured one ounce, and the entire glass was full of head. I waited for that to go down, and when it did, the beer poured like soda pop. The head was thin, light, and even looked like I was pouring a can of pop. When I finally got the beer in the glass, I was impressed with the color. It’s black. Pitch black in the glass.

Nose: That is what a strong dark ale should smell like. I find it funny that a brewery in Canada is making Belgian beers… but if they pull it off, by all means. This smells like a Belgian beer, so they are on the right track. On a second sniff I am getting some dark chocolate aromas and maybe some light coffee notes toward the finish. I have been wanting to drink this for a LONG time… let’s go!

Flavor: Holy. Crap. That beer is amazing!!! There are three things going on here. First you are hit with sweetness. I am talking barleywine sweet. Not thick, but really sweet. Then you get some malty flavors leading to a ton of carbonation. More carbonation than I expected and more than I wanted, to be honest. But then you get the aftertaste. I will get to that, but man… this beer is incredible.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. It starts smooth, and itching to be thick. We are drinking this cold, so I will let the second half of the glass sit here for a few minutes, but the main mouthfeel happens toward the back of the tongue. That is when the carbonation comes out. It explodes across the back of your tongue as you swallow leading to that impressive lasting aftertaste.

Aftertaste: I love beers that have an aftertaste like this. Beers like this could sit for days because I don’t want to lose that flavor by taking another drink! Maybe that is why some of the best beers are only available in bombers. Those can take an hour or more to drink. Good thing, because a lot of them have a HUGE ABV. Like this guy. 10.5% is nothing to mess around with. This aftertaste really sticks around for a few minutes, and is as sweet now as when it started.

I can see why the beer manager at Total Wine likes this one. It’s great. This beer is only going to get better as it heats up, too. This is a rare beer, and only available at a few bottle shops in the United States. Glad I have one right down the road. I will be buying this one again, that’s for sure. I would LOVE to have this one with some nice cheeses or some smoked salmon. Great, now I am hungry! If you like beer, heck… even if you don’t, get a bottle of this. You’re welcome!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 22:56:06 | More by rickyleepotts
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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.