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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1685
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%

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Unibroue visit their website
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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Photo of Bouleboubier


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
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Khaki head, moderate retention, oily and soapy lacing. Body is deep mahogany, approaching black. Aroma includes dates, figs, raisins, toffee, brown sugar, candi sugar, slight roasted malt, sweet caramel malt, and a classic Unibroue yeast. Taste is dominated by sweet malt, Belgian yeast, clove, banana (underlying), touch of licorice and some mild spicing (hard to describe). No alcohol whatsoever noted on aroma or taste and amazingly drinkable at this ABV. Spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 08:25:03 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of david18

New York

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce pour of this beer at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. A very interested example of the style. Not the best for summer however.

Color was a dark mahogany. A little light on the carbonation but definitely not flat.

Aroma was of dark roast and dark fruit mixed with the yeasty aroma typical of a belgian beer.

Flavor had the same qualities as the aroma but also had a good amount of alcohol heat, maybe a little too much.

Overall a very good beer. Probably a great one if you're a big fan of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2012 19:40:43 | More by david18
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep brownish-red, nearly black color with a tiny off white head. The head faded fast to give only a little bit of lacing.

Smell – The aromas are big and bold of dark fruit. Cherries and plum are quite big and when mixed with a lighter alcohol, yeast, and sweet fig aroma give a very nice fruity smell.

Taste – The taste follows the nose very nicely. A cherry sweetness starts out the taste. There is a lighter tasting dark bread flavor mixed with the cherry. These flavors are soon met with some other darker fruit flavors that come to the tongue. The fig and plum that were present in the nose, as well as some lighter flavors of molasses and yeast mix with the cherry and bread. At the end these flavors mingle with a light warming alcohol flavor, that all in all, leave a very pleasant sweet and warming aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The mouthfeel is a bit above normal in thickness for the average brew, but light for a beer of this high abv. The carbonation level is quite average and very appropriate for matching the body and the flavors.

Overall – This was one very nice and tasty brew. It had some great dark fruit flavors with just the right hint of warming alcohol to make it very easy to sit back and sip with enjoyment.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 23:27:01 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of clayrock81


4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body with a one-finger offwhite head that left some lace down the glass. A candi-sugar and yeast sweet aroma, along with touches of dark fruit and something like figs. Medium-bodied and easy passing although a tad bready/filling, a nice balance of candi and caramel sweetness as well as some light touches of dark fruits (cherries, apricots, figs, touches of citric orange - my tastebuds are all over the place). Finishes a little dry and crisp and not as boozy as one would think with high ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 16:10:12 | More by clayrock81
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep brown with a nice dirty white head

S: Vinous grape and slight alcohol aroma and molasses

T: A sweet refreshing kick characteristic of champagne initially. Delicious molasses undertones mesh beautifully with the vinous taste. Hints of blackberries, plums and strawberries. Leaves with a slightly sour/bitter aftertaste. Abv is detectable, but not dominant.

M: Absolutely amazing. This beer has a ridiculously low viscosity, yet it moves in my mouth like a thicker beer would. It is astoundingly smooth and incredibly refreshing.

O: Great. It is soothing and delicious, very easy to finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 01:54:17 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of JohnboyE

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10oz glass. Dark, rich color. The server had a little trouble with the pour, spooning off a little of the head and topping up a couple of times. Ended up with a 2 finger head that was retained well with little lacing. Slight cherry aroma that complimented the rich, complex, fruity taste. Velvety mouthfeel that you would expect from a strong dark ale, but little in the way of boozy taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 16:25:31 | More by JohnboyE
Photo of alexipa


4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just amazing.

A: Very dark, reddish hue.
S: Given how dark it is, smells light and wheaty, with plenty of fruit undertones.
T: I'm not sure my palette is mature enough to properly give this beer its due. It's somewhat sweet, lots of fruity flavors, and even some wheat. Can taste the alcohol, in a good way.
M: It was very slightly overcarbonated for me. Creamy and still somewhat light.

I had this on tap at a local pizza place. Really blew me away and I ended up buying a few bottles later that night.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2012 00:14:19 | More by alexipa
Photo of Jamesthebrit


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Super dark red. A very interesting color that I could only see if I held it up to the light.
S: Smells very wheaty. It was a pleasant surprise given how dark it was. Has just the right amount of scent to it.
T: Probably the most complex beer I've ever tasted. Hints of wheat, rasberry, alchohol, sweetness. Each stand out very well.
M: Pretty poor showing on mouthfeel. It was over carbonated and sat very sour. I couldn't let it linger around for too long.

Overall, as I mentioned, the most complex beer I've ever had. The synergy between the tastes is pretty good leading to a good showing. Worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 13:15:43 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of AdamBear


3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at D's 6 Packs and Dogz near Pittsburgh.

A-very dark brown. thin light tan head

S-dark belgian yeast and dark fruits. strong scent but not too clean

T-comes in with a strong and overly sweet taste of dark belgian yeasts. very fruity and very sticky. has a sweet and smokey after-taste. complex but not well balanced or smooth.

M-medium carbonation with a sticky finish

O-I've had this a few times but i really can't justify the price. the brewery makes many great beers, and i'm not sure why they consider this one special enough to a limited edition beer. i'd rather have trois pistoles or maudite than this. its definitely worth a try but too much of a mess for a go to dark belgian

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 18:30:57 | More by AdamBear
Photo of DrDemento456


4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got two 10oz pours of this during a Unibroue tap takeover at Beer Nutz.

A - A nice dark brown very dark with only a slight ruby hue of light let through. The head was nice and creamy and I got about a 1/4 inch in my tulip. A slight swirl would also build up some carbonation of tan colored head.

S - A pretty well crafted Belgium beer it consists of candied sugars and dark fruits most notable is dried plum and sweet raisins.

T - Man I love how well crafted beers have fruity yeast flavors! Along side of this I get some great dark fruit flavors almost stronger than most I have had of late. And the sweetness is their but never cloying.

M - Medium bodied the ABV is well masked making it a very nice sipper.

Overall what sealed the deal on this one was the rep at the tasting bought me another glass of this stuff. How quickly it can go to your head makes this tasty but dangerous!

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 19:11:10 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of gatornation


4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap in a goblet

A-tap was a dark brown color with a tan head very nice lacing on glass

S is dark fruit first with raisins and prune smells and a nice yeast smell

T- prunes and dark fruit,pepper, bready yeast,sweet caramel malts a touch of molasses,grape and wine like qualities very nice

M- very tart and crisp with high carbonation

O- a tart and carbonated dark ale with champagne and wine like tastes it a great brew

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 22:48:54 | More by gatornation
Photo of bump8628


3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice surprise to find this on draft locally, and at $4 a chalice it's a hell of a value. Plum and grapes, toffee and a dusting of cocoa powder. Bit of old earthiness adds depth and alcohol is as tame as a lot of beers of less strength. Yeast throws off a little black pepper and clove. Not as impressive as the bottled version, but Unibroue does dark Belgian ales right.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 15:05:08 | More by bump8628
Photo of jamescain


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute glass at Strange Brew in Manchester, NH

Appearance: pours a dark mahogany with reddish hues and an off white head about a centimeter thick that fades into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Spicy, dark fruits, cherries, figs, sweet aromas and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Very peppery mixed with cherries, fruits, and malty sweetness and yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body with a dry finish.

Overall: Definitely glad I finally got around to trying it. I’ll need to pick up a bottle and throw it in the cellar to see how it develops.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 20:14:19 | More by jamescain
Photo of ehammond1

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark, dark brown with just the hint of ruby edges. Thin cap. Some lacing.

A peppery and somewhat spicy aroma--surprising. There's definite aromas of sweet and dark fruits and Belgian yeast as well, but the peppery complex is certainly striking and dominant.

Again, more black pepper and a touch of spice in the flavor as well--I suppose that could be cardamom or clove. Rich and complex, lots of dark fruit pungency as well, and no hint at all of the incredible alcohol content.

Medium to thick mouthfeel. Quite luscious, a touch heavy, though appropriate.

A complex and spicy BSDA. One I'd love to try again--good thing I have a couple bottles waiting for me at home.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 17:55:11 | More by ehammond1
Photo of MbpBugeye


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

On tap at Bodega. 10oz served in a tulip. I've always had a soft spot for Unibroue, but have never picked this one up. That will have to change.

Its very dark, but it has a nice warmth to the blackness. The black color is created by blending purples, browns and reds. The head fades quickly.

Woah, this is really, really nice. The best descriptor that my girlfriend and I came up with was "crazins", those sun-dried cranberries. And it smells exactly like sun-dried cranberries. It has just a pinch of cranberry tartness that is mellowed down by moist berry flavored shisha tobacco. Lots of leather comes out with warmth.

The cranberry tartness is very minimal, and acts as an accent to this beers deep fruity nature. It tastes like cranberry shisha. Notes of leather, figs, prunes and oaky tannins. This one is rich and vry, vry tsty.

The carbonation is pretty persistent, but a lot of good dark Belgians are. Then add the inherent heightened carbonation from it being served on tap and you have a fairly prickly beer. But, this beer's full body keeps it in check very well.

Wow, I was seriously, seriously impressed. One of the best random surprises I've had down at Bodega all year. The kind of beer that makes me want to rush out and get a couple bottles. And that's what I love about Unibroue. Cheap, easy to find and better than most rare trade fodder.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 21:48:23 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of WoodBrew


3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was our annual trip to Tampa...the night before THE BUCKEYE CRUISE AGAINST CANCER!!!! The better half and I walked a couple of blocks down from our hotel and found a wonderful sport to taste numerous different brews. The fourth beer I tried, thanks to the suggestion of our server...was the Unibroue La Terrible. I am not a Belgium beer fan....so please disregard my review for those that love Belgium beers. The color was a dark and opaque. The nose included alcohol and a hint of spice and plum. The taste included clove, alcohol, dark fruit, and maybe some addtionial spice. I could not drink very much of this...tooo much ABV!

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2011 01:42:43 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Jesse13713


3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark, blackish brown with average lacing.

Smell - Smells quite tart with a hint of licorice. Hints of light fruits as well.

Taste - This is a very fruity beer. Light fruits, that is. Very tart and cirtusy. Slight hints of pomegranate as well. The most prominent flavor is light cherry, which remains consistent throughout the entire drink.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very smooth and tart. Light cherry and other fruits. Very consistent throughout. One of the better offerings from Unibroue.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 03:31:27 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Strange Brew in Manchester, NH 2/2/11:

A: Dark mahogany brown, slight redish hughes when held to light, opaque. Small 1 inch white head. Leaves little lacing.

S: Dark fruits (plums, dates, a little raisin), tart apples, belgian yeast, molasses.

T: Starts with the dark fruits and transitions into tart/slighly sour apple flavors, molasses malt backbone, fair amount of belgian yeast. Seemed like a cross between Don De Dieu and a Quad. Finish was a little alcoholic warming and acidic, tart, fruity, and molasses. Dark version of Don De Dieu is the best description.

M: Fairly high, crisp carbonation (champagne like), medium mouthfeel that can seem fairly smooth. Fairly standard dark ale body.

D: I tried to drink this slowly (I had to drive home), but it was quite delicious. I figured it was fairly high ABV, but I have to admit, it didn't taste like 10.5% alcohol. This could easily catch you by surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 06:41:35 | More by Satchboogie
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria (feels weird to have to specify the city now!) Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice dark brown with a light tan head. Some lace as it falls down my glass. Nose brings a touch of booze along with some light dark fruits and some dark candy sugar. The taste adds in a bit of darkened sugar or caramel...maybe some molasses. Good dark fruits with a bit of sweetness. Medium feel with good carbonation. This is a nice example of the style, and it seems like it would age quite well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 14:00:13 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington, NJ. Poured black with slightly less than a finger of beige head, with average retention, little visible carbonation, and good lacing. Smelled of various dark fruit, plum, currant, and candi sugar. The taste was a tiny bit berry sweeter than the nose, starting on a blackberry/currant note, then progressing to a malty/candi sugar/dark fruit-blend midpalate, and then finishing on a sweet and sour note. Medium-bodied, yet spritzy and crisp on the palate. Excellent sipping beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 21:17:11 | More by donniecuffs
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Unibroue tulip. Pours a nice dark brown that is almost black with a nice three-finger tan head that lingers. There was minimal lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt with a hint of nuts. The flavor was sweet with bitter notes and alcohol. There is also a bitter aftertaste upon swallowing. It was medium on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. It is definitely the best one I have had from Canada thus far. The flavor was similar to a Chimay (Blue) only the flavors were a little more potent and also had the nice alcohol flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 13:59:35 | More by thagr81us
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Old Northeast Tavern in St. Petersburg

A - It is terribly dark. Okay enough with that. Scant head recedes quickly to nil.

S - Mellow dark-fruity nose.

T - The taste is good; raisiny and chocolatey, straightforward BSDA.

M - Prickly despite apparent stillness.

D - It is very good for Unibroue, as I find some of their brews to be actually terrible in ways beyond name.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 23:48:39 | More by ktrillionaire
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2.8/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at Armsby Abbey into a Trois Pistoles goblet. Poured dark brown with a small off-white head that disappeared quickly, leaving only a thin ring and not much lacing. Picked up a mix of light and dark fruits in the scent, sort of faint but pleasant. Taste is off-putting and not expected at all. The main thing I taste is sour grapes. Some red wine and pear notes. I also get some quad-esque tastes such as chocolate and brown sugar, and that signature Unibroue yeast. I love sours but the tartness just didn't fit right. For this style I expect and prefer nice, rich beers. The mouthfeel was terrible, extremely watery. I've never tasted a 10% beer that was this thin before, booze was quite noticeable too. The tastes weren't "terrible", it's the mouthfeel that really made this beer bad. Very disappointed with this one especially because Unibroue has only been great to me so far. Wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2010 18:56:30 | More by Chico1985
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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A: Super thick rich creamy head of 2 fingers fades slowly over basically pure black colored beer with just hints of light getting through around the thinned edges.

N: Lots of dark malts, lots of fruit, raisins, nuts, a little caramel, crystal malts, touch of Belgian candi sugar, some Belgian dark malts on top, and hints of cinnamon raisin.

T: very fruity to start. Sweet malts with Belgian malts, mostly dark, rich with candi sugar, raisin, lots of raisin, nuts again, a little cinnamon, caramel, toasty, and even a touch of roasted malts. A little warming booze to let you know it has some alcohol in it which stems from that candi sugar Belgian booze taste. A touch of bitterness comes out with all that.

M: Semi thick to medium with decent carbonation.

F: Sweet but dries well, pretty hot and boozy on the finish though. A little tingly alcohol and warming boozy taste and feel. Lots of sticky sweetness and sweet stickiness. Lingering dark Belgian malts a little with more raisin, nuts, dried fruits, chewy malt flavors, and a hint of bitterness again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 18:44:14 | More by jlindros
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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,685 ratings.