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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 88
Gots: 172 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002)
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL caged-and-corked bottle from the LCBO; bottled Aug. 28 2012. With a name like Terrible, it's got to be pretty good, right? I hadn't had this before when I picked it up, but considering who it's from, I considered it a safe candidate for picking up two bottles on a whim. One was opened and shared a few weeks ago; I saved this one for review purposes. Poured into a snifter.

Pours an opaque black colour with some brownish highlights, topped with a few cm of smooth, creamy, light tan-coloured head. It fizzles away a little too readily, sad to say, with very little lacing, but it at least has the courtesy to leave behind a foamy collar around the rim. The aroma is highly appealing, with a wide variety of notes on the nose - including banana, raisins, plum brandy, candi sugar, cloves and that signature spicy yeast. Very reminiscent of Maudite so far - not that this is a bad thing.

A quick sip reaffirms this theory though - it really does come off as Maudite's big brother. Orchard and dark fruit make up much of the flavour profile - ripe banana, raisins, plums, and figs come to mind, accompanied by both brown and Belgian-style sugar notes. Huge, yeasty spices come through nearer the finish, with lots of clove, anise and pepper; the earthy, herbal spiciness helps counter the initial sweetness. Finishes hot and yeasty, with a bit of an oaked spirit/brandy vibe showing up alongside the lingering spice and candi sugar. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with fizzy carbonation that mercilessly prickles the tongue (though it does eventually calm somewhat as I sip my way through the entire pint-and-a-half). Drinkability might be low, but sippability is through the roof, with a good amount of warmth from the alcohol.

Final Grade: 4.35, an excellent A grade. Unibroue's La Terrible is a behemoth of a beer, to be sure, but 'terrible' is still one of the absolute last adjectives I'd consider using to describe it. It is big and bold in every sense of those words, with all the intense yeasty, spicy, orchard-fruity goodness one might expect from an 'authentic' BSDA out of Belgium. As much as I like this, I think Maudite is still my favourite of the two brews - the combination of spice and abv in this one limits how much I could reasonably slug back before it became tiresome. That being said, it's undeniably amazing stuff, and anyone who has enjoyed one of Unibroue's other Belgian-style dark ales previously should consider seeking this one out - it's a must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 22:01:30 | More by thehyperduck
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I let this bottle sit for about 45 minutes before opening given the recommended serving temperature of 10 - 12C. As soon as I opened the bottle and the aroma wafted out, I suspected that I was in for something special. Terrible poured a nearly opaque brown/black colour, with just the slightest of hint of ruby at the core when backlit. Pouring produced about 1.5" of tan coloured foam that lasted for 3 minutes before fading to a foamy collar, leaving some modest spotting and lacing down the glass. Its aroma was fabulous...dark fruits, fortified wine, yeast and alcohol. The taste did not disappoint and was dominated by fortified wine, dark fruit (with cherries in the mix), alcohol and yeast, with occasional hints of vanilla...no bitterness at all in this beer, yet not too sweet. Unibroue 17 was a very good beer, but Terrible is in a different class again. Terrible's mouthfeel was smooth, creamy and rich, and Unibroue has the carbonation just right. As much as I enjoyed this beer though, I'm glad I shared it...I think I would have struggled through a full 750 ml bottle given the overall richness of the beer.

In summary, a world-class beer produced by a Canadian firm, and a multiple award winner to boot. My one and only complaint is the lack of availability in Ontario...even though I understand that it is available in the US year round. When it appears again, I'll be stocking up. Assuming that I can resist the temptation to drink it soon, I'll cellar my second bottle for a few years. Who knows...it may get better still! Just before Christmas, Terrible was selling for a rather pricey $10.95 per bottle, costing it a few points on the "value for money" factor.

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