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La Terrible - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
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1,832 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,832
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 95
Gots: 188 | FT: 4
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 srv33:
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srv33

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Dark amber pour, inch head, very fine lacing. Scent is of apricot, almond, a little licorice, leather. A lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel though balanced. I taste citrus, hint of vanilla, lavender, blossoming into mild cacao and lemongrass, with a bit of nuttiness in the aftertaste. My first Unibroue, was pleasantly surprised by it, I'll have to look out for more in the future.

06-29-2012 22:30:11 | More by srv33
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

02-01-2004 00:50:48 | More by oberon
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

11-15-2002 07:41:49 | More by Popsinc
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

10-14-2003 02:51:12 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

03-13-2006 20:06:57 | More by DaPeculierDane
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-17-2012 01:00:58 | More by beerhunter13
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DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-10-2014 00:06:47 | More by DanGeo
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Zakk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-03-2012 02:40:03 | More by Zakk
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

05-14-2009 03:14:01 | More by wesbrownyeah
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-02-2014 01:46:17 | More by tbryan5
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JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-09-2012 20:51:09 | More by JacobMutberg
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steelerguy

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

06-07-2010 01:38:01 | More by steelerguy
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Marc33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -28.1%

12-27-2011 20:56:36 | More by Marc33
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-06-2014 03:04:56 | More by bulldogg915
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

08-17-2006 11:34:47 | More by lordofthewiens
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joetito1

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-25-2012 02:18:03 | More by joetito1
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-17-2014 23:46:58 | More by DaftPatrick
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grynder33

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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

11-04-2003 03:31:17 | More by grynder33
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dieBlume

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

03-18-2013 17:30:14 | More by dieBlume
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%

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).

04-30-2005 06:29:29 | More by Beaver13
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generallee

New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

03-07-2011 22:24:28 | More by generallee
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

11-26-2006 00:18:30 | More by Doomcifer
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-21-2012 17:58:30 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Beerswag

California

4.41/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

04-01-2014 15:01:12 | More by Beerswag
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

750ml corked and caged bottle. Emits a "pop" when cork is manually twisted off. Pours into a goblet a deep, ruby, brown, almost opaque color with a cocoa head that quickly dies away. Very little lacing. Cloves and spices hit the nose abruptly, with dark fruitiness soon following. Smell is of a native Belgian, with a tad of smoky mustiness. Taste is complex, but with a bomber bottle I've got the time to investigate. Wow, this is a big beer. Sweet malts are the backbone here, with raisins, figs, and prunes dominating the profile. Alcohol warming is noted, nice...!

This is a big beer. Enormous fruity flavour with enough abv to complicate things. Spend an afternoon with this bottle, and enjoy all the flavours and aromas.

01-02-2004 21:00:15 | More by merlin48
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La Terrible from Unibroue
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