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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Reviews: 919
Hads: 2,075
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 118
Gots: 307 | FT: 6
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark mahogany, no head no lacing.

Dark fruits, nuts, cinnamon, spices.

Fruit at the forefront, mostly raisin and prune. Some belgian earthy tones and nuts.

ABV tastes around what it is - a bit heavy. Mouthfeel is medium.

A simple yet refined taste. Good brew from a good brewery.

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Photo of bnes09
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, near black. Weak head, soda-like with little lacing.

Tart dark fruit aroma, namely cherries. Hints of cider. Seems like they must have used some brett yeast.

Roasted malt flavor. Dark fruit esters. Figs and cherries. No hops detectable. Nice balance between roasted, tart and sweet.

Medium bodied, spritzy soda-like carbonation. Sticky feel.

Overall, very good. Great flavor and balance.

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Photo of lancecenter
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, almost black with three fingers of tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Dark fruits, cloves, apple and cinnamon, among other spices.

T/M - Candy sugar, cola, and raisins. The taste and feel are perfectly balanced without shooting all over the place.

O - This is one helluva brew and one that I don't go back to often enough.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 11/15/16.

Pours an opaque brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice fruity flavors but it's fairly boozy in my opinion.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured out a cola color with an overwhelming 4 fingers of tan head. My impatience was getting to me as this beer had great retention.

S: Most notable and typical Belgian yeast clove-like smell. With a good swirl, dark fruit can be traced within the depths of this beer.

T: Everything the smell has to offer. Dark fruit reminds me a lot of cherries. It is like an alcoholic cherry cola. Nice balance as it is not too sweet. A bit of alcohol flavor that is acceptable for a beer boasting 10.5% abv.

M: Medium body that is very sticky. Typical soft bubble, heavy carb Belgian style. Alcohol burning sensation on the way down.

O: Another home run from Unibroue. I'm a big fan of cherry flavors, but if you are not, this beer could be off-putting. Regardless, dark Belgian fans need to check this one out for a great experience.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a very Belgian beer with some Saison qualities. Very strong smell, fruity and yeasty. Cherries, plums, spice and other dark fruits. Taste adds some subtle malts. A little sweet for me, but it does well to mask the 11% ABV. Nice warming touch but no boozy taste. Crisp and sour, with lots of carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark almost to the level of an Imperial Stout but less viscous, with an off-white head with good retention and lacing. A tiny bit of light permeates the top but is quickly snuffed out.

S: Powerful, with strong aromas of warm spices (clove, nutmeg), dark cherries, plum in an appetizing way, a tiny bit of alcohol. I wish they made a cologne of this.

T: Grape, prune, those spices, dark malt, some burnt toffee with a dry finish, and almost tannic. Slight alcohol burn that is welcome in this wide array of flavors. Excellent, complex taste that begs for another sip to try and discern the rest of its profile.

M: Low viscosity, good carbonation, with that slight drying effect. Very drinkable.

O: Didn't know what to expect from the bottle's description (Dark ale on lees with spices added), but very pleasantly rewarded. I daresay it beats out some of Belgium's better Strong Dark Ales. Huge complexity, extremely well balanced, and ultra satisfying, it can be consumed on both on a cold winter night and on a hot summer day. Highly recommended. Unibroue can do no wrong in my eyes.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says best before 01-30-2016.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber that is nearly black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big three finger light tan head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A complex Belgian style aroma of yeast, spices, and fruits with some nice dark roasty malt hints. Belgian yeast with some funk and a variety of spices including hints of clove, peppers, and cinnamon. Fruit esters of dark grapes, apple, pear, and a little banana. Big dried dark fruit presence with hints of raisins, cherry, prune, fig, plum, and dates. Roasted malt with hints of burnt caramel, toffee, toast, and grains. Belgian candied sugar and brown sugar hints. Smells juicy, spicy, and fairly sweet. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Lives up to the complex aroma, big taste of yeast, spices, fruits, and dark malt. Belgian yeast throughout along with some funk. Big taste of spice with notes of clove, peppers, and cinnamon. Big juicy fruit taste with esters of dark grapes, cherry, apple, pear, and some banana. Dark dried fruits with notes of raisins, prune juice, fig, plum, and dates. Bready roasted malts with notes of burnt caramel, toffee, grains, and toast. Sweet Belgian candied sugar and notes of brown sugar. A very good Dubbel style taste with a good balance of sweetness and spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Rich, juicy, and fairly slick. Sweet but finishes dry. Alcohol heat is mild for the high ABV.

Overall: A really great Belgian style dark ale. Great mix of yeasty, juicy, and spicy flavors. Like a really good Dubbel.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Portion of a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. From two day old notes.

A: Pours a dark ruby color. A two finger khaki-colored head is formed, and retains itself nicely. Minimal lacing.

S: I notice a bit of earthy, bready yeast, which slowly builds into dark fruits. Chocolate even pops up at times. The person I drank with found this to have a funky aroma. I wouldn't say funky, but I would say complex.

T: The fruit esters on the opening really make themselves known immediately. Not just with stewed dark fruits (raisins, plums, figs, etc...), but with a strong cherry note, also. Actually, this is ridiculously cherry forward. Slight chocolate touches give way to a bready finish. Just a really balanced, likable BSDA.

M: This has a good thickness, a creamy feel, solid carbonation, and a dry finish all at the same time. When I was sipping it, I half-thought it was a well-hidden 8%...when I found out it was really 10.5%, I nearly fell on my face. One of the more dangerous brews I've encountered in terms of drinkability.

O: I really enjoyed this one. Like I said before, dangerous is the key word here - this could perhaps be chugged. There's enough flavor and complexity to make one want to sit and savor this instead...and last time I checked, that's the hallmark of a great beer.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Terrible... that name sure sounds ominous... and demanding of respect. And after experiencing this one, I do... I do. This bottle is from March 17th, 2011, by the way.

Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature, this "dark ale on lees" appears dark as hell with a dense, two-finger beige head that dissipates quickly. It's like, as dark a brown as something can be without being black.

Maybe it's just because I'm weird, but I swear, the first aroma that hits me when I put my nose up to this is SOURDOUGH! Like when I make a batch of sourdough pancakes and put my nose up to the bowl in the morning after it's been rising overnight... it smells like THAT. And I looove that unique, yeasty sourdough smell, hehe. Of course, there are also other great smells here that are more typical of a Belgian strong dark ale. The seductive dark fruit scents of raisins, figs, and prunes cannot be ignored, and there's even a subtle hint of milk chocolate.

It kind of tastes like really awesome, booze-soaked dark fruit cake. There's might be a little alcohol heat, but at 10.5%... who cares. Also, there are such interesting, pleasurable things going on in the taste, that I really don't have time for noticing alcohol (which could lead to trouble, I know, hahaha). The dark fruits and the subtle chocolate are in the taste, but there is also this red grape kind of taste that makes me think of red wine. It's tart, and quite sweet, but not cloying at all whatsoever.

This one has spritzy carbonation as befits a Belgian ale. Makes it feel deceptively drinkable and dainty. I caution you: don't fall for this "innocent" act.

My taste buds have been mesmerized. This ale is just so complex, and so... delightful. La Terrible... to call itself that I think this beer is just being "modeste."

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer pours a very dark, brown-to-black coloring with hazelnut highlights under light and a dense, creamy, foamy, light tan head that starts around an inch and a half and slowly settles into a solid, enduring half inch. Aromas of charred wood, earth, darkly rich fig and date, booze, black cherries, hints of molasses, and a bready backbone to support all of this. This is a layered, deep brew from the smell of things. Flavors are incredibly smooth, with a dark fruit blend of date, fig, black cherries, and currants on the forward tongue. More richly sweet characteristics like molasses and brown sugar open up the more you drink and the more the beer warms and agitates. Wow, this is smooth and tasty. Surprisingly easy to drink despite the richness and whopping ABV. There is carbonation action going on throughout the body as you drink, and as smooth as this beer is, I can only imagine without the carbonation it would be deathly heavy. Very well crafted beer. The aftertaste is wine-like with all of the old world fruit characteristics lingering about, giving off an almost port quality. Continues with the rich and smooth feel and taste into a slow lingering, clean, slightly rich and dry finish. This is a whopper, and amazingly drinkable, which spells trouble. Wow!

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 11/15/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the thick head. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, plum, apple, pear, molasses, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, clove, light pepper, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of yeast ester notes with a good dark malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, plum, pear, molasses, toast, clove, pepper, bubblegum, dark bread, chocolate, dark candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Slight fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light and dark fruits, molasses, dark candi sugar, toast, dark bread, clove, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity ester flavors with a big dark malt backbone; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, creamy, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong dark ale. Great complexity and balance of fruity ester and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip (left my goblet at school).
Pours deep mahogany, almost black in the glass. No light gets through. Fluffy tan head made of lively bubbles that rises rapidly and then slowly sinks back into the beer, leaving some slimy lacing and a nice cap of foam.
Smell is soft wheat and graham crackery malt, spice, tart cherries, raisins, burnt sugar, hint of alcohol.
Taste is sweet, bready soft malt with lots of fruit over top. Cherries, raisins, prunes, all candied and splashed with booze. Slight puff of alcohol, but you'd never guess it's 10.5%.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and relatively heavy, but still fluffy and smooth.
Overall, I'm glad I picked up another bottle of this to give it a proper review. My last bottle was enjoyed on a picnic with my girlfriend, and the remaining half of the un-resealable bottle ended up all over the bottom of our cooler.
Anyways, delicious stuff.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 dated

Pours very black with little of an off tan head. Dark fruits and very pungent cherries. This beer has a massive sweet cherry note. Almost like koolaid. A syrupy beer. Thick in flavor and texture. A lot of the Belgian yeast comes though ads a good bit of spiciness. A bit of caramel and bit of breddyness. A sweeter beer. High carbonation. Smooth in feel and not a lot of sting. Overall, pretty darn good stuff, a strong beer with dark cherry notes and other dark fruits.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown, almost black, with a massive, frothy off white head that sticks around for a while, shrinking down to a nice creamy head with some spotty lacing.

Plenty dark fruit and yeasty aromas, with just a hint of roastiness. Smells like it'll be pretty sweet. Not super complex, pretty basic for the style, but nice.

Woah, even more sweet than I thought it was going to be, phew. Sweet dark fruits, banana, a touch of chocolate, just a hint of roast. Okay, after the initial smack of sweetness, it mellowed out a tad and is fairly well balanced. Slight bitterness and a little booze on the backend too.

Pretty heavy body with a lightish carbonation, but a nice bite.

Not my favorite of the style, but pretty damn good for sure. I'd definitely get it again, especially considering the always great price point of Unibroue brews which are always satisfying and well done.

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Photo of flip387
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark and rich looking, dark foamy head.

S: Strong spice almost sweet smell.

T: Rich spiced flavors, and floral hints. Smooth.

M: Slight to medium carbonation, tangy floral and spiced flavors.
Smooth pleasant after taste that is not to strong.

O: Very enjoyable dark beer, not to bitter and leaves a pleasant
after taste.

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Photo of Hopinista
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into Delirium snifter.

A: Poured a serious brown with 2 fingers of tan head. This is about as brown as you can get without being black.

S: I'm immediately hit with huge dark fruit notes. Figs, dates, prunes, cherries assault me right away, but then there's a subtle clove/cinnamon backbone. Just the faintest hint of yeast and alcohol creep through, but this is predominately a mulled dark fruit aroma.

T: The dark fruit comes through here as well. I get a nice malt flavor I didn't pick up at all in the nose. This reminds me a lot of chocolate covered dried figs, very delicious. Getting a slight espresso flavor as it warms a bit. I see that other people detect the ABV in this, I do not personally. I would never guess this was at 10.5% (But I would assume it's strong.) this one packs a punch so I'm sipping slower than I want to.

M: Velvety smooth. Moderate carbonation (even a bit toned down for Unibroue.) Feels surprisingly light given the complex flavor and ABV.

O: I'm just going to come out and say that I am absolutely in love with everything Unibroue makes (Except one beer in particular, which I won't name names[Maudite]) But this is actually pretty different from any of their other offerings I've had. Very complex and enjoyable. I love the depth of flavor which comes with no cost to the drinkability. If this beer wasn't 10.5% I could drink it all night. Another reason Unibroue has my vote for top 3 breweries on the continent.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, served in chalice, no BB date, but it's not terribly old. Roughly 6 months?

A - Near black with 1" head that quickly dissipates. Darker than others in the style.

S - Tanned leather, some dark fruits,

T - There's a tobacco that comes through that I'm finding a little off-putting. Everything else is pretty typical. Some leather in there, belgian dark sugars, standard fare.

M - Not bad. That Unibroue effervescent super small bubble is there. Interrupts with the taste a bit, but not too badly.

O - Not bad. Won't say no, but there's better ones out there.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Whoa! That's what I thought after the first sip. Don't get ahead of yourself man.

750ml bottle into a tulip. No date on the bottle, but I picked it up on a trip to Quebec City 3 months ago, so it's had a little time to age.

A Dark ruby red, fairly opaque. 3 fingers creamy head that sticks around for a long time.

S Typical Unibroue Belgian yeasty smell, not surprised there.

T/M Candy, cream soda, figs, dark fruits, a little bit of spice on the back of the tongue, a nice tingle actually, kind of cool feel, really carbonated I guess, but you really don't notice the 10.5%, only the nice warming feeling in the stomach. Would be great on a cold Quebec evening.

O Refer to the first word in the review. I wasn't expecting a whole lot when I grabbed the beer from the fridge, other than the fact that I had just finished a major research paper and it's time to drink some high abv on a Wednesday night. Really impressed with this. Almost like a really complex 10.5% pop. Of course you can't get it in NB, but given the opportunity I'll pick this up again.

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Photo of brureview
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: 12/11. This is the first time I have tasted this Unibroue beer. I am a big fan of their beers, but this one is the best yet.

In a tulip, the beer poured a 3 finger head, which resolved itself after a few minutes. The color is a beautiful opaque chocolate.

All tasting elements of this beer are more fully appreciated with warming. The initial pour was about 47° F(8.3°C) but the true complexity of this beer shines at 5°F+ warmer.

The mouth feel is tantalizing- carbonated, and tingling on the back of the tongue.

With warming: the aroma is enmeshed with cloves, figs, cinnamon, and a hint of licorice.
Taste: fruit, figs, cloves meld together into a rapturous finish.

This is one of the most complex Belgian style beers I have tasted. The 12/11 brew date enhances the complexity.

A slow, contemplative sipper.

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Photo of jaz58
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a clear pint glass.

Espresso coffee color.

Toffee and fresh yeast nose.

Small bubble head.

Malt, honey and toffee flavours with a slight sour finish due to the lees.

Good mouthfeel.

A very nice winter brew, comparable to other Unibroue brews.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love it when something is named exactly the opposite of what it is.

A: Pours scary dark, opaque but no cloudiness. Great looking 2 - 3 finger head which hangs on for a while with good lacing.

N: Smell is strong and boozy and hit me as soon as I got the cork out (using vice grips). Vinous, with dark fruit and grapes. A little unsettling, buckle up.

T: This tasted quite a bit different from the nose. Not nearly as boozy as I had expected. Lovely vinous taste like a robust Zin, with notes of chocolate, figs and dark fruit. Sweet caramel malts with a little bit of alcohol at the tail end, but very subdued.

M: Nice velvety mouthfeel, relatively mild carbonation. Silky and smooth, coated the back of the tongue well. I would put the mouthfeel as medium to light.

A great beer with lovely complexity. Unibroue can do no wrong.

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Photo of Pinioned
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: This stuff is so black you'll be checking under your bed for monsters. It has a nice velvety head, about 3 fingers that take a long time to dissipate. A very attractive pour.

S: I was immediately hit with a very boozy smell, I thought more similar to a wine, but with subdued yeast and malty notes.

T: like everyone else, dried dark fruits, and nice rich malt taste that disappeared as quickly as it appeared, leaving a pleasant and mild alcohol tingle.

M: I was expecting something different, maybe even a little astringent . Not the case. It was very thin on the tongue, but not on taste.

O: This is a very complex, yet drinkable dark ale. It's probably one of the best beers I've had in my short-lived association with craft beers, though I'm feeling really flushed right now.

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Photo of pieman25
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bomber, caged and corked, at an LCBO, I figured that unibroue is spoken very well of on this site so it may have been worth the money, and I learned precisely why unibroue is frequently regarded as one of the best breweries in Canada.

Appearance: This stuff looks pretty darn good, with a decent 3 fingers of head in my tulip glass, and a very dark brown colour. Certainly good looking stuff.

Smell: Smells good, a bit of chocolate, mostly grapey and toasty notes.

Taste: it starts out sweet, with a sort of grapey flavour throughout, starting somewhat sour, and finishing with the grapeyness and some chocolate, coffee/roasted-barly, and black liquorice notes. Overall very interesting through the bottle. I haven't noticed any of the alcohol showing through, so be careful to sip slowly - unless you don't mind the buzz.

Mouthfeel - carbonation seems to take a backseat in this beer, it's there but it's not as significant as in some other beers I've had. It is also quite full-bodied, perhaps not as full as a stout, but heavier than most ales and IPAs that I've had.

Overall: It would be a good idea to share this bomber, but I didn't mind spending the afternoon sipping on it, reading some more dostoevski, and eating a ham and cheese sandwich. This beer is definitely a very pleasant sipper on some colder days, and if the rest of unibroue's beer is as good as this is, I'm going to have to find more.

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Photo of JuliusCaesar
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark purple and black

S: Yeast, candy and fruit nose

T: Deep candied fruit, black cherry and raisin flavors. Sweet rich malt with alcohol on the finish.

M: A little sticky

Overall: This is a great beer. It has all the complex flavors that you'd expect from a Belgian ale.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.