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La Terrible - Unibroue

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La TerribleLa Terrible

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Ratings: 1,832
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 95
Gots: 188 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of psurandy


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

This beer was a pain in the ass to open. The cork would not come out and when I finally thought I made some progress it broke off so I had to get the rest out with a corkscrew. However I am reviewing the beer not the cork so I'll get on with it.

Poured a nice deep brownish black into my snifter with a nice little tan head that sticks around and keeps a thin layer on the top and edges. I'm getting whiffs of fig, malt, dark fruits and candied sugars. The taste is right on target with what I'm smelling and has a nice dry finish. Very complex flavors with a smooth buttery mouthfeel as it warms. This is a fantastic beer and I am very glad I picked it up. I'm not sure what year I am drinking because the only date on it states that it is good until 2/26/2012. This beer tastes great now and I would imagine having a few years on it would make it even better. At 10.5% it is definitely a sipper however the alcohol is in no way evident in the taste (I can feel it though). Fantastic beer. I'll definitely pick it up again if I see it.

05-11-2009 00:53:22 | More by psurandy
Photo of CampusCrew


4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

My favorite style but this was one of the least belgian darks that I liked.

appearance: deep brown copper color, head disapated too quickly

smell: slight coffee, rasin characters, loaded fruit flavors that I didn't like.

taste: slight sweetness which was too much for me and this style. alcohol was not fully covered and it tasted stronger than most in its class.

mouthfeel: super high carbonation... liked that

drinkability: overall a solid beer probably rated higher because I loved the style but not my favorite by far.

05-03-2009 20:05:15 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

On-tap at Raleigh Flying Saucer while waiting for the World Beer Fest Brewers party to begin. Served in a tulip glass an almost opaque black with ruby highlights and a nice khaki diminishing head. Aroma was sweet fruits, dark malts and a hint of spice. The taste was a nice blend of sweet fruits and spice. The most interesting thing about this beer was that it did not taste like a dark beer at all. The beer was medium bodied with VERY well hidden alcohol and a refreshing smoothness. This one is quite enjoyable, but certainly one to be careful with.

05-02-2009 16:02:24 | More by atsprings
Photo of SpencerSauce


4.95/5  rDev +18.7%

Was stoked on this beer. Looked scary haha. But didnt taste too strong. Also a quadrupal

A- Dark dark with no clairvoyance. I poured mine with a three finger head. I just like a nice head but that seemed a tad to much.

S- some fruit but its hard to tell. lots of yeast ferment smell. slightly boozy.

T- great qaud taste. slight fruit.

M- clean and bubbly. no lingering taste really.

D- easy drinkin id say.

05-02-2009 15:25:39 | More by SpencerSauce
Photo of glid02


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark brown color with chestnut highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of dark fruits - plums, figs, and hints of cherries - backed by good amounts of sweet malts. As it warms hints of spices waft out.

Tastes a bit more complex than it smells. Sweet malts and Belgian candi sugar up front quickly followed by dark fruits. I was surprised at the ABV on this - it drinks more like a 7-8% ABVer.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but moderate carbonation makes it go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have a few of these.

Overall the amount of fruits and thinner than normal mouthfeel make this drink like a strong dubbel more than anything. Regardless, it's a tasty brew that's worth a shot.

04-26-2009 02:01:03 | More by glid02
Photo of LordAdmNelson


4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

A- Opaque black with a hint of ruby highlights. Moderate tan head. Laces not so well.

S- Belgian yeast/spices. Dark fruits--grapes, cherries, etc. Some green apple? Little malt. Pleasant. Actually smells a lot like Trois Pistoles to me.

T- Spices, yeast, slightly metallic/astringent. Green apples again, little or no alcohol. Faint malty finish. To style.

M- Medium-to-light bodied. Carbonated. Dry/astringent finish.

D- Nothing amazing, but pretty good. I'm sure I'll move through this one.

04-24-2009 01:36:16 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

750ml bottle split. Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Best by date of 11/11/2013. Woo.

A - Opaque black color with a good dense tan head. Almost no lacing; just teeny patches.

S - Awesome! Sweet malts with a strong yeasty character that imparts some clay aromas and banana esters. Oatmeal raisin cookie hints (and bread) paired mainly with dark fruits.

T - So complex. Sweet maltiness with a good yeasty level. Dark fruit flavors of raisins and prunes abound in this beer. The alcohol flavor hides well behind all the other complexities but warms the tummy! So good! Poured the sediment in towards the end and it got pretty spicy.

M - Smooth and creamy. Almost velvety. Flows across the palate very nicely. Apparent carbonation but it knows its place and stays out of the spotlight.

D - Deceptive color, awesome smell, fantastic flavors, incredibly drinkable!

04-22-2009 21:49:09 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of adamette


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Live Review. Poured from a 750ML corked bottle into my clean, clear Gulden Draak tulip. No "best by" date observed by me on this bottle.

A No light (not even direct light) comes through the body of this beer. The Gulden Draak tulip has a nice, generous bulbous base to it so that could contribute to its darkness. Head is actually a medium brown with a look of a classic Belgian, all swirling with shades of brown like the top of a cappucino. In all, an impressive look.

S ahh....Deep dark malt with a sweetness of raisins or maybe a dark syrup. Inviting and foreboding.

T Well the taste carries right from the smell. Deep dark malt with a raisin or even date dark sweetness along with a kick of alcohol washes over you as you take this in. This is a big beer with an attitude and should not be taken lightly.

M There is certainly carbonation to make the beer dance on the tongue and it has a syrupy stickiness that adds to its bigness.

D I will drink the 750ML without any problem (it is about two of my Gulden Draak tulips) but this is certainly an apertif, intended to be enjoyed at the end of a meal or a day.

Notes: Right on target for the style, Unibroue flexes its proverbial muscle and hits a home run with this one.

04-21-2009 01:36:48 | More by adamette
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Consumed at a tasting with a handful of fellow BA's. Review is from tasting notes.

Big thanks go out to Pencible for trading this to me.

Pours a mahogany/burgundy color (didn't have my color wheel in front of me) with a couple of fingers of rich foam...the kind of head I've come to expect from Unibroue.

Nice aroma of dark candi sugars, dark fruits (figs, plums, dates, raisins, etc) and that standard Unibroue Belgian yeast. I haven't looked up the yeast strains Unibroue uses, but after trying six or seven of their beers, I wouldn't be surprised if they used one standard one, a la Rogue's Pacman yeast.

Taste follows the nose, with a nice helping of spices and a hint of roast. Nice tongue-stinging quality. The taste definitely one-ups the aroma. Just seemed to me like every component of the flavor was more well-defined than in the aroma. Tasty stuff.

Very creamy mouthfeel. High carbonation, although appropriate. Cork came out with a huge POP! Satisfying finish. Pretty easy drinker. Yet another quality offering from Unibroue. Chambly Noire has kept Unibroue from being my #1 overall brewery. La Terrible is anything but.

04-17-2009 05:29:30 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of ThaBobfather


4/5  rDev -4.1%

This pours pure black and thick. Nice head.
There is a nice strong note of roasted maltiness all of the smell.
Highly drinkable with a malty finish. The bite of this 10.5 monster is covered beautifully by the malts. Very enjoyable.
Very smooth. The malty flavor stays for a bit, it's nice.

04-14-2009 15:44:22 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of talkinghatrack

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

a - dark brown, almost black, with a caramel head.

s - warm, inviting beglian yeast with citrus zest and a little spice. Sweetness covers up any alcohol notes for this beefy ABV.

t - well-rounded belgian that tastes a lot like Unibroue's other lines (Maudite, etc). Not that I'm complaining but there isn't much setting this apart outside of being a little sweeter and darker. The alcohol only shows up on the aftertaste.

m - a sticky mouth-coating adds to its otherwise thin liquid. A little punchy on the carbonation but not too extreme. A little warming on the swallow.

d - a solid sipper and a nice bomber for the evening. Barely lets on that it is a sturdy 10.5% ABV. If you like the main Unibroue lineup then you'll like this one. I do on both counts.

04-10-2009 02:52:41 | More by talkinghatrack
Photo of sweetbrew82


4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

750 ML bottle/ Best before date of 2-26-2012

P: Deep brown from the bottle, midnight black with burgundy highlights around the edges of the glass. Khaki-colored head is 2 fingers, thick and fluffy, with good retention.

A: Big whiff of dark fruits that reminds me of plums and raisins. Also has some spices, yeast, and a malt presence that has a roasted quality to it.

T: While I did find it kind of surprising that the nose was as roasty as it was, I'm even more surprised at how roasty the flavor is. Deeply toasted, slightly roasted malts impart flavors of bittersweet chocolate that comes with a slightly chalky feel. Fruits consist of plum, raisins, and maybe a little fig. Spicy pepper, clove, and maybe some Cardomom team up with the yeast to provide a nice and tight spiciness that kicks on the tongue. Alcohol is present, but never intrudes on the palate. Finish is semi-dry with a yeasty character to it.

M: Full-bodied, thick & rich, with a sizeable amount of creaminess underneath.

Notes: This reminds me more of a Belgian Stout than some beers that openly claim to be a Belgian Stout! Roasted maltiness, sweet fruitiness, nice and spicy with a great mouthfeel. What else do you want? Another great brew from Unibroue!

04-10-2009 02:46:59 | More by sweetbrew82
Photo of Jtschupp04


3.73/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours delightfully. dark dark brown very opaque but not complete blackout.

Bouquet first smelled like glass but thats because of the glass. Afterward dark fruit, then alcohol that touches the back of the throat and then i sensed some creaminess. Some other hints of things I cannot conclude what they are, but more stuff, clove and other spices definitely.

A lot of spices like clove and nutmeg. Sweet like caramel. There's a dark fruit in the back light, creamy then alcohol.

Fizzes up on contact with tongue way to much, but later climbs up and tingles the top of the gums which is weird but I like it.

One. Its like a desert on its own and I can feel it still tingling in the stomach. It's good but heavy.

04-07-2009 19:52:35 | More by Jtschupp04
Photo of thirdeye11


3.38/5  rDev -18.9%

Presentation: Poured from 750ml bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: This beer pours the darkest of browns and you cannot see through it at all. HUGE 3 finger dark tan head, one of the largest I've ever seen. Lacing on the glass is incredible.

S: Not much here except leather. I was pretty disappointed in the smell.

T: Lacking the complexity of most belgian dark ales I've ever had this beer tastes of mild chocolate that's pretty hidden, slightly sour, dried dark fig or bitter raisin. There is no yeast in the taste and it hurts it severely. Taste is very straightforward throughout. The hoppy bitterness is pretty cool though as I didn't expect it. Not in the smell at all. Strangely reminds me of a stout or a porter in its smokiness though. Not overly so at all, but never felt this way about a Belgian dark.

M: Creamy, perfectly carbonated, and oily slick that is incredible. This helps this beer a lot. Couldn't be more well done.

D: The mouthfeel helps this beer a lot, but the smells are almost non-existant, the taste isn't balanced in my opinion, but I did enjoy drinking the entire bomber. Refreshing!

04-03-2009 04:44:49 | More by thirdeye11
Photo of tr4nc3d


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

750ml bottle Corked Bottle.
Unlike other beers that are corked, this one was easy to take off.

Poured into a tulip. This pours a mahogany like color with a HUGE off-white head that leaves a layer of creaminess on top of your beer, great head retention and soapy lacing.

Smells of dark candy sugar, figs, dark fruits, spicy alcohol smell.

Ahhhh!!! I have not had that taste in quite a while. Taste is slightly sweet with hints of prunes, raisins, roasted malts(not charred) and a little tartness.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and smooth and crisp. For 10.5% it really does not show.

Good beer but its lacking more malts and should I say a little watery for this style. Needs more flavor to come through.

04-02-2009 22:21:44 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of laituegonflable


3.73/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours a rock oil black which turns out to be crude oil brown when held up to the light. Latte coloured head, very generous when first poured, only a little bit left now. Lovely thick lacing.

Has an almost smokey, charcoaly aroma on that. Quite sour and root beer-esque. Sort of like a creamy coffee but there's no real burnt fragrance, it's like the acridness of smoke without the burned character. Quite potent and surprisingly sweet.

Wow, intense flavouring. Deep cherry flavour on the mid with a slightly sour aspect to it and a powerful hit of rum, or some distilled liquor on the back. Front is a bit lacking and finish is there, but not as potent as the mid-palate would suggest. It's kind of sweet 'n' sour, quite nice, but it's in the middle that this beer lives. Very strong with a full Rich flavour. Mouthfeel is smooth and delicious.

Couldn't down this, but it's pleasant and quite impressive, for a while. It's not very drinkable, but it's nice.

04-02-2009 02:54:16 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of matty


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Dark colored beer with a slow fading head.Aroma is dark fruits and spices.Taste is prunes,raisins and assorted other dark fruits.There is a bit of alcoholic kick on the finish.This is not a beer that will blow you away but it's still a good solid beer.I would recommend!!

04-01-2009 19:29:02 | More by matty
Photo of billybob


4.83/5  rDev +15.8%

unibroue makes very good beer this is no exception.

pours very dark almost black with a big beige head that settles out slowly but almost no lace.

first whiff smells of alcohol and dark fruits but the second whiff the roasted malt and fresh coffee and hints of chocolate start working.

taste is exceptional changing with each sip, very complex flavors going on here. dark fruits with prunes and figs and raisins with coffee and roasted malts and warming alcohol.

with all this flavor mouthfeel is still light not oily or syrupy.

this was a christmas present and was a real taste treat.

03-25-2009 18:32:02 | More by billybob
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a nearly black color with a ruby hue around the edges of the glass when held up to the light and inspected. A ring of bubbles lines the glass, and as you drink, each sip yields a ring of foam that lingers on the edge of the glass and slowly settles back into the beer. The texture looks thick, but creamy.

The yeast dominates the aroma, but as you tease the scent around your mouth and over your tongue, you can make out cloves and some other spices, mixed with the pretty much expected warming alcohol.

Cloves and spices with only a slight hint of yeast describes the flavor. Warming alcohol takes over about mid-way though thte sip and finishes it out. I can make out some hints of dark fruits and some fruity esters as well...maybe pears? A little too boozy for me though.

slightly on the heavy side, but overall a good drinking experience. Alcohol hits hard and I was feeling it after only a half of a 750mL bottle. I would like to age one of these a year or two and see if the alcohol mellows out a bit and the character develops more.

03-22-2009 04:04:56 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%

This is my personal favorite of the Unibroue group. It pours a very very very dark black, much like a stout's body, but with an extremely low density white head.
Nose is roasty, sweet with fruit notes, not super malty notes like prune or raisen but still fruity sweet. The sweetness seems to be mostly due to the belgian yeast and citrus fruit notes from the hops.
Taste is very tart and deep dark fruit/hop notes right on the initial palate. It's almost like a belgian stout with the majority of the malts taken out. Very strange but very good at the same time. Dark belgian finish with subtle hop finish, not super bitter but fairly floral.
Really enjoyed this rare beer and recommend it to any belgian fan. Go unibroue, you did it right with this one!

03-22-2009 02:47:22 | More by chaz410
Photo of hustlesworth


4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

A- nice and dark. very dark, i can't see any light through the tulip. dark as the darkest stout, no joke. head however, is big and fluffy with big swiss cheese type air pockets, soft beige in color, with incredible retention and lace. a very provocative look, it screams 'drink me'. ** finishing the glass, i can see hints of burgundy and rosewood shining through.

S- fruity and yeasty, mostly figs and dates, clove, nutmeg, cassia, lavender, banana, concord grape, and cream sherry. some exceptionally floral alcohol emerges as this baby warms up, as well as dark berry, allspice, and black pepper aromas and brown sugar, adding layer upon layer with just the faint smokiness of some roasted malt. just a little more tartness and this would get a 5 from me.

T- fruity and sweet with a warming alcohol kick, like figs, dates, bananas, bananas, grapes, and blackberries all macerated in brandy like some crazy canadian hairy buffalo. roasted bitterness, alcohol bitterness, and herbal noble hop bitterness all meet in the middle, layered over candy sugar sweetness, fruity acidity, spicy yeast. fortified wine, shiraz, charcoal, and dark chocolate come out in the nicely balanced finish, with the lingering flavors of currant, cocoa, and french vodka. fresh grain flavor hangs in the back all the way and, as with all organic beers i've had, it really makes a difference on the overall taste.

MF- juicy and slick, much lighter than the color would have me believe, and a sugary sweet residual honey type feeling that disappears before it gets too cloying. mild alcohol burn, a little bit sticky on the lips, and a little bit oily in the cheeks.

D- another masterpiece that garners my continued respect for unibroue, who do it as good (and often times better) than the belgians. sophisticated and utterly tasty, this one will stick in my memory among the world's finest.

03-20-2009 01:18:36 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of shanem


3.03/5  rDev -27.3%

Dark dark ruby/brown with good sized head. little bit of light at thinner levels

Has that unibroue smell. This one particularly has some darker fruitiness to it... maybe fig/date or cherries

Good bitterness with the fruit that you can smell but I feel the alcohol is just too much.also has that unibroue aftertaste that i don't really enjoy. Feel it masks anything before

ok drinkability but one is plenty

03-12-2009 03:36:04 | More by shanem
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%

750ml corked and caged bottle. Poured the color of cola; translucent with ruby-red highlights. Off-white head quickly dissipates - no lacing on this one. Nose is dark fruit and candi sugar. Taste follows nose, but also picked up some yeast. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied and very effervescent. This is a decent belgian strong dark, but there are better examples out there in my opinion.

03-08-2009 03:46:46 | More by Jwale73
Photo of OlRasputin989


4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

A: tan, bubbly head atop a pitch black brew that doesn't allow hardly any light through.

S: Dark cocoa, dark fruits and berries, touch of coffee, also an earthy smell with just a note of the alcohol. Velvety and luscious

T: Sweet and woody, with an alcohol accent. more dark fruits. aftertaste of wood and plums

M: just lightly carbonated and thin. Leaves mouth feeling oily

Overall, very well balanced. It wasn't too sweet or too chocolatey. Instead of concentrating on one flavor, this beer is a medley of deliciousness. The alcohol has been tamed and put to good use as it plays in with the overall character of this beer. Unibroue KICKS ASS at making awesome beer.

02-22-2009 03:48:12 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Opaque cloudy very dark brown, with a thick and creamy mocha head of rocky bubbles. some carbonation, but not that noticeable. Just dark and rich and heavy looking. Fabulous.

Dark raw cacao flavours on the nose, a dusty earthy character and a hint of wet leather. Dark, gritty and dirty, and that's just what I want. There's a little sweeter rum-raisin character coming through as it warms, a little hint of alcohol, but not a huge amount. Still, very pleasant indeed.

Creamy and slick mouthfeel, like melted ice-cream, it's so smooth and slippery and rich, just gorgeous. The taste is a bittersweet dark chocolate richness, with a lingering refreshing alcohol bitterness, with even a hint of citric acidity - like grand marnier or curacao. Lovely, just smooth and rich, but sweet and darkly fruity at the same time.

What a fabulous brew; a rich and full number, with a huge deal of complexity, and a superbly hidden alcohol content. It's extremely drinkable for something I know is so heavy.

02-16-2009 06:56:07 | More by lacqueredmouse
La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,832 ratings.