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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,873
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 97
Gots: 199 | FT: 5
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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Photo of ThaBobfather
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ThaBobfather, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of talkinghatrack
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

talkinghatrack, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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!

sweetbrew82, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of Jtschupp04
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Jtschupp04, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of thirdeye11
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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!

thirdeye11, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

tr4nc3d, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

laituegonflable, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of matty
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!

matty, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of billybob
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

billybob, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

NittanyBeerFan, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of chaz410
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

chaz410, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of hustlesworth
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

hustlesworth, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of shanem
3.03/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

shanem, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jwale73, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

OlRasputin989, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of stephens101
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrible, as defined by Merriam Webster is, 1 a: exciting extreme alarm or intense fear : terrifying b: formidable in nature; 2: extreme, great <a terrible disappointment>; and 3: extremely bad: as a: strongly repulsive. I'm going to assume Unibroue intended this brew to be an eponym of the first meaning, and an antonym of the latter two meanings. Either way, I'm sure it'll be good.

There's a big pop as I open the very cool and somewhat foreboding appearing bottle. The brew pours black with very fine streaks of ruby red penetrating in a few spots when held to the light. A small head quickly fades, leaving a diminutive ring around the side of the goblet, and big tan inkblot in the middle. The smell is actually even more complex than expected, with dark fruits (rasins, figs, cherries) moving around between layers of dark chocolates, yeast, sour dough, dark malts and some almost unnoticeable hops.

Tastes of more dark fruits, with a definitive vinous essence working itself throughout the palate. Alcohol and spice weigh in toward the end, and it finishes fairly dry, while leaning toward the heavy end of the mouth-feel spectrum. This is another way above par outing from Unibroue.

stephens101, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of larsee01
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--750ml cork-top glass bottle poured into Chimay chalice. Substantially bubbly. Like Pepsi in carbonation and head. Pitch freakin' black.

S--Hints of medium red wine. Reminiscent of Syrah or Pinot Noir. Mineral scent with a toasted malt sweetness. Mildly herbal. Yeasty and doughy in spots.

T--Faint malty sweetness. Roasted grain. Booziness not ashamed to show itself mid thru end, but I tell you what...It's mild and balanced. Moderate complexity. Definite Umami here...the oriental "5th taste". Good but tough to describe.

M--Soooo "unheavy" for its appearance and stats. Actually kind of on the crisp and dry side.

D--Again, a heavyweight in ABV and appearance, but going down nicely. You wouldn't drink a bottle of wine this fast, so cuidado!

larsee01, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of surfer4life
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poored into my goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours very dark brown, almost like a cola coming out of the bottle. Nice thick creamy head, with plenty of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - Caramel, Grapefruit, sweet malts and cloves.

T - Bitterness at first not to bad, just a hint of hops, followed by the sweetness from the malt. Cherries, oranges and grapefruit dominate the sweetness to the very end.

M - A bit over the top with carbonation, but not so much that it ruins the drink.

D - Very drinkabe, I will definitely have this again.

Unibroue never disappoints, I can only hope to one day visit the brewery were these works of art come from.

surfer4life, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 25 Jul 2008.

Vintage 2004.

Pours with a large tight foamy head. Clear raisin brown color with garnet highlights. Aroma is quite strong and sweet, can smell rum, yeast, figs and grape jelly from across the room. Starts sweet and cocoa, lots of rum, alcohol definitely noticeable. Lots of dried fruits, raisins, dates, in the middle. Aftertaste is lingering alcohol that warms up the throat. Body seems somewhat lighter than expected.

htomsirveaux, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of raoulduke37
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked this one open after moving a bunch of heavy furniture for the girlfriend, smashing fingers, injuring forearms, etc. It was a welcome break. Appearance was a beautiful dark brown like teak wood, with a mahogany tinge. Smell was average, nothing too sweet or noteworthy. Taste and mouthfeel were awesome due to an abundance of carbonation: Gives you the taste of a fine dark ale but with with a beautiful bubbly counterpoint. Drinkability is down a bit just because I can't move any more furniture for the girl once I'm done here and she's giving me dirty looks. All in all, pretty damn good.

raoulduke37, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of JeffV
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pamola for sending me this one in a trade.

A: Dark brown with bits of red where ever light shines through. Almost opaque. Brown, thick head attaches to top of beer and forms a bowl. Then it dissipates into a thin white/brown layer.

S: Malt, brown sugar, little hops, and dark fruits.

T: Mapley brown sugar with a reticent but noticeable hop backbone.

M: Light, very bubbly.

D: Deceptively so.

JeffV, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown color with a huge light tan head that sticks around forever and leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is filled with dark fruits (most notably fig and plum) along with spices and yeast. This one possesses a very nice aroma. I love Belgian beers with the big malty aroma with dark fruits.

T- The taste isn't quite as impressive as the aroma. The taste is very dry with some alcohol soaked fruits and spices. I was surprised at how dry the finish of this beer is.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- La Terrible is a solid beer that was very enjoyable, but it is definitely a sipper. Recommended.

cjgator3, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of hellbilly
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

bottle BB 2-26-2012

yellowy tinted dark woody brown with a huge fluffy beige head. it leaves behind an enormous amount of spotty lacing... almost unreal! very fruity aroma though i can't attempt to single one particular smell out... vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, rich earthy yeast and it's bitterness and something like a nicely oxidized white burgundy.

there's more fruit in the flavor along with hints of vanilla, raisins, chocolate cream, flowers, brown sugar-y malt, yeast and light warm spice on the finish. the body is medium. relatively thin mouth feel given the abv% and the amount of flavor packed in but it's quite smooth.

no sign of the of the alcohol! incredibly easy to finish the bottle! 8/4.5/8/3.5/17/4.1

hellbilly, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque color with hints of chestnut and a lively tan head creating dense carbonation bubbles, but leaving just faint foam like lacing, not lasting long.

Aroma of dark, sweet fruits likely plum or cherries, and just a touch of acidity and earthiness.

Sweet cherries and other dark fruit, possibly a touch of molasses, but also chewy nuts, but more sweet than nutty.

Lively carbonation makes this a bit filling, yet medium bodied and chewy.

This is an excellent drinker, great flavor, smooth, great hidden alcohol, always leaving you craving another sample.

CHADMC3, Jan 11, 2009
La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,873 ratings.