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La Terrible - Unibroue

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1,832 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,832
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 95
Gots: 188 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002)
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

750 ML black bottle copped caged and corked from Total Wine and More in Union... Pours a dark, opaque, ebony hue with an aggressive foamy head that exhibited tremendous staying power and was hesitant to recede...
Smell was noticeable and strong with a powerful whiff of alcohol, raisins, currants, and dates... Right off the bat, I could tell that this was a powerful sample - both in the alcohol percentage and taste, which had a distinct syrup and mollases characteristics... flavor was also very heady and alcoholic, with an equal distribution of malts, candied sugar, plums, figs, prunes, and a slight tinge of vanilla along with apparent caramel and toffee notes... A very overwhelming beer from Unibroue... Just like their "16", a tremendous and aggressive brew both in flavor, taste, and style... Overall, this one is a sipper and should be had over a long period of time...
Nice mouthfeel, but drinkability took a slight hit due to the strong flexing of alcoholic esters and rich spice flavor... What I really liked about this sample was the fact that although the alcohol was noticeable in both the nose and taste, it was not overbearing or dominating, and eventually mellowed out over time...
Recommended...

02-20-2008 22:41:03 | More by dsa7783
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from a bottle a dark cola-brown with a very small-bubbled beige head.

Nice sweet aroma of Belgian yeast, Juicyfruit gum, bananas, raisins, and malts.

Taste is sweet and malty along with plenty of dark ripe fruits, yeast, raisins, and some booziness.

Medium mouthfeel, slick, warming to the palate, and highly carbonated.

This is a very drinkable Belgian strong dark ale from Unibroue. Good balance, flavorful, and a nice boozy warmth.

02-20-2008 19:50:18 | More by Monkeyknife
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BMan1113VR

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Very nice. Aroma is white wine, raisin, date, coriander, miscellaneous spices along with pepper, pine hops and cookie malts. Appearence is dark monotone brown with a frothy brown head. Flavor is spicey and it goes down creamy smooth with a warming finish.

02-07-2008 21:42:04 | More by BMan1113VR
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david131

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

A- The liquid is almost black as night, even when held to a light. The head that forms is very creamy looking and a little off white with excellent retention.

S- Belgian yeast and dark fruit and cherries. sweet smelling and very aromatic and complex.

T- Same as the aroma. Very complex and tasty without being overbearing or too rich.

M- Very creamy. The sweetness and carbonation are spot on. Well done.

D- Very tasty and enjoyable. Perfect balance of complexity, richness, and drinkability. The alcohol was not noticeable at all.

02-07-2008 04:35:24 | More by david131
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Atron67

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%

A- poured a huge fluffy tannish head and a pretty dead black.

S- actaully a pretty strong alcohol smell, solid fruits, fig, courrants. malty, very light to no hop presence

T- smooth maltiness, some fig and other dark fruits, fades into a yeasty finish

M- a pretty light beer for body, high carbonation, so i let it sit for awhile

D- decent

02-03-2008 22:51:48 | More by Atron67
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ccrida

Oregon

3/5  rDev -28.1%

750 ml into my Pike Pub Tulip, La Terrible is a very dark garnet with a massive ivory heavy that is rather quick settling but leaves fairly heavy, foamy lace. This is a new bottle served just above fridge temp.

Smell is mainly sweet cane sugar, some bright fruit and a touch of sourness.

Taste is mainly spicy belgian yeast and dark fruit, mildly acrid and very boozy. Lacking complexity, this is basically a big sugary beer whose sweetness is cut by the high alcohol and esters, more so as it warms. First few sips in particular were pretty disappointing.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side due to the high sugar content,boil this down a bit and you'll have (dark) simple syrup.

Drinkability is low for a quad, this is just too sugary and ultimately falls short. Not quite terrible, but not too good either.

01-28-2008 19:42:48 | More by ccrida
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Gmann

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pour a near black color with an average tan head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass. Not much in terms of lacing. The smell is average for a BSDA, some dark fruit esters are noticable with a very light candi sugar and barn yard aromas. Wine like fruity characteristics are fore front, with some raisin and plum like notes as well. Noticable sweetness from the candi sugar and a slight roasted malt, spice (corriander) and/or hop bitterness to try to balance the brew. The feel is light to moderate and quite fizzy, finishes on the sweet side but no where near cloying. The 10.5%ABV is totally well hiden, which makes this brew quite drinkable. Not the most impressive of BSDAs as the fruity esters don't seem up to par. I find Unibroue to be solid beers but nothing too fantastic.

01-21-2008 06:08:52 | More by Gmann
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -7%

Dark, black, opaque color - with relatively small(1 finger) tan head.

Had a malty, slightly sweet alcohol smell. Pleasant.

I noticed licorice and fig, but overall it had more of a medicinal flavor than I would prefer.

Mouthfeel was rich/full-bodied, and full of alcohol.

This is a relatively drinkable beer for the style, and obviously a high quality beer overall.

01-06-2008 21:30:12 | More by BeerImmediately
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MTNboy

Germany

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance- It is a dark seductive red with almost a tan head. The head is not huge but full with a beautiful.

Smell- As with most of Unibroue’s strong beers it has very fruity and wine like scent. I would be full of it if I said you could not smell the alcohol but the aroma is not over shadowed by it.

Taste- Sweet and once again some what wine like. Fruity with kind of an aged flavor to it. I love pretty much everything they have made so far.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied there is some carbonation but is moderate.

Drinkability- A pleasure to drink but slowly so it can be savored.

01-04-2008 22:40:15 | More by MTNboy
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rollbiz

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +15.8%

Consumed in a Belgian style glass from a 750ml bottle, taken from the refrigerator about 1 hour before opening.

The beer has a malty, sweet aroma with a hint of the alcohol content. Pours into the glass with a thick, light brown head which fades away quickly as mentioned in other reviews.

Taste is a mix of fruity banana, malty/spicy, brown sugar with more than a touch of alcohol flavor. I don't normally like too much ETOH flavor in a beer, but it was quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is really interesting, it goes from thin thick with a quick swish probably due to the carbonation.

Drinkability is quite high, especially for such a complex and high ABV brew.

This took first place for the Unibroue beers I've tried as soon about two seconds after it hit my tongue. Full flavored but not obnoxious, boozy but dangerously smooth, agrees very well with all of my beer drinking senses. Highly recommended!

01-01-2008 01:14:47 | More by rollbiz
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BeTheBall

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured an amber red with a nice creamy head, which after a moment subsided but remained stciky on the glass. Smells heavenly of fruits and wine. The taste was equally as good, with a wonderful dark fruit, almost plum and raisin-like smell. Mouthfeel was excellent, and man, this is fo good I could drink it all day. Just a fabulous beer, no question one of the top few that I've had. Spectacular!

12-31-2007 21:09:58 | More by BeTheBall
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1fastz28

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

pours a dark ruby red, almost purpleish color with hardly any head. smells like a wine, or maybe grape juice. tastes damn good, lots of flavor, strong alcohol flavor,with an overload of yeast, i can't finger what i like about this beer, just everything about it is yummy.

12-31-2007 02:59:38 | More by 1fastz28
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.55/5  rDev -14.9%

Pours very dark with an immediate foamy head that disappears quickly.

Tastes a bit stronger of alcohol than one would expect, but doesn't distract from the overall flavor. Has a strong woody taste with other notes of spice, a slight coffee being found in the aftertaste. It's the aftertaste that stays with you the longest, lingering in your mouth long after drinking.

Carbonation is a little more than I figured but works in the beer's favor.

12-15-2007 21:21:06 | More by deltatauhobbit
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BeerLover729

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

An opaque black beer with a two finger head in a wide mouth goblet that fizzles down to a nice laceing. Aroma was strongly phenolic, which at first turned me off, with a sweet malty finish. The taste was seriously phenolic, but not spicy like I would normally associate with these alcohols, instead it was almost sourish with the ethanol being defined but palletable. The phenolic flavor is balanced by a spectacular creamy smooth malty finish reminiscent of a bock or schwarzbier, not that this beer is anything like them. The mouth feel is medium in body with a relatively sharp carbonation. Goes down easily for a 10.5% abv beer. Good beer.

12-14-2007 00:33:30 | More by BeerLover729
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joekfsu

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

750 ml bottle. Pours a ruby that is almost too dark to see through, small tan head. Aroma of bread and maybe wine. Initial taste is sour fruit and bread yeast. Finishes with hops and is less sour, alcohol can be noted. Light to medium body, light carbonation, some lacing. Drinkable, but would try more before I buy it again.

12-09-2007 17:45:30 | More by joekfsu
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ChazMania

California

3.28/5  rDev -21.3%

From a big 750ml bottle.

Pours thick and consistent. There is a big head and dark fig like aroma here. First taste is that of prunes slathered in malt. The texture is chewy and fully coats my tongue. Long finish that is complex with fig, dark cherry, yeast and bread. At this hi alcohol content, it's going to take me awhile to finish this puppy.

11-27-2007 01:57:44 | More by ChazMania
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from 750 ML bottle into a chalice. Date on bottle 8-8-07.

Very dark, almost black body with a thick, frothy head which foams and reduces. Lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma is sweet. Candy sugar, dark fruits, sour cherry, and faint hints of alcohol. Also holds a light smokeyness. Quite winey.

Flavor starts sharp and acidic. Sour fruits, hints of coffee. Alcohol is a bit noticeable in the flavor and rises up into the nose. Very winey.

11-14-2007 01:22:04 | More by HugoGrim
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BeardedSquash

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

A - Big black body that sports a one inch tan head. As the tan recedes, slowly, it leaves shades of light brown with a thick halo around the edges.

S - Caramalized fruits, grapes and figs mostly. Some spiced highlights like clove and cinnamon come waft around a bit in the glass.

T - Dark fruits again, with nutty undertones. burnt sugar and an oaky earthiness are balanced bu a blunt bitter swallow. A yeasty bready flavor and aroma come around as the glass warms.

M - Full bodied with an active dance that spreads across the tongue. A little oily.

D - A well balanced beer. The spiciness and fruits are in excellent accord. A goo capper, but not a session by any means.

11-11-2007 02:50:26 | More by BeardedSquash
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tapman

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

Bought the big bottle, baby! I love Unibroue and 'm very excited to try this one.

Body is a dark brown and is not very see through. This is an ale!? Nice. 3 finger beige, whipped head that begins to degrade instantaneously. Actually looks kinda cool, but doesnt say too much for retention. Lacing is a thick cap that sticks around so I feel better now. Carbonation strings rise eagerly, fighting through the darkness from the bottom of the glass throughout the drink, though they are few in number.

Yeasty in aroma, as is most Unibroue selections, but a little denser and slightly lemony in the fruit, though thicker in smell than, say, a hefeweizen. Hops smell bitter and tart while the malt character is sugary sweet. Alcohol comes through upon warming, but still not too strong.

Holy sweet, Batman! One of the sweetest beers I've ver had, and I enjoy cream ales and select fruit beers. Lemon and grape describe the outcome of the hop(s) used in this brew mixed with the yeast. Malts are toffee out the wazoo, which is surprising given that this brew is so dense.

Thick, on the verge of syrup, but still a little bit away. Carbonation is bigger than in the appearance and helps to break up the texture and keep it interesting.

Another good tasting brew from Unibroue. A couple qualms, however. It's heavier, but doesn't taste much different from the Maudite, like an Imperial Maudite. I would have prefered something a little different since its a special release. Also its very sweet, almost too sweet. I'm only half way through the bottle as I write this and I'm close to being sick of the massive amounts of sugars released in this beer. If the malts would have been more prominent to balance out the sweet with some carbohydrate flavor I think I would have enjoyed this better. Still, better than many.

11-04-2007 04:29:24 | More by tapman
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

A- Very dark, nearly black, almost stout-like in appearance. A nice, frothy beige head tops the near-opaque liquid and leaves a good lacing as it slowly dissipates. Nice.

S- Has that typical Belgian yeast twang. Bananas, hints of clove, and some sour apple are evident, as well as an earthy, almost cheese-like smell. Pleasingly tart and sweet.

T- Similar to the nose, but a little more complex. Along with the yeasty flavors is a hint of the roasted malt, giving the beer a chocolaty flavor to go along with the fruitiness. The hops add a bit of earthiness and a decent bitterness that lingers on the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, well-carbonated but not overly so. Goes down nicely.

D- Pretty high considering the alcohol content. I detected no hint of the 10.5% ABV and could easily have mistaken this for a weaker beer. I had no problem polishing off the whole 750ml bottle.

This is another solid beer from Unibroue. I can always count on them to produce great Belgian-style beers at a reasonable price. This one went quite well with some smoked cheddar and I imagine it would be a fine complement to a hearty meal in lieu of wine. Recommended.

10-27-2007 19:31:47 | More by vtfan77
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Vancer

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Almost pure black – well, dark, dark mahogany brown with ruby edges. MASSIVE tan head settles down and leaves a few lace rings. Not bad for a heavy hitter weighing in at plus 10% !

Whoa, is this a winter warmer, with all the spices in here – and no shit, I’m smelling root beer. Oh, what a quaff – the whole nine yards in here; Belgium yeast, candy cane, dark fruit (heavy on the cherry bomb). Nuttin’ overpowering or standout, just solid across the board.

Smooth, medium bodied brew that drinks like a dream.

10-13-2007 01:43:21 | More by Vancer
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analog414

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

I am one that rates a beer after drinking it. There is taste and there is the punch. I love this beer so much that if someone gave me a lifetime supply of one beer for free this would be the beer. Black color with malty taste. Very robust that does not taste like 10.5 ABV. I thought there La Fin Du Monde was spectacular....this outdoes it. To bad they don't make barrels of it. I have never had a beer that packs a mellow punch like this one. Very impressed!

Of course this beer is very expensive. 8 to 9 bucks a pop for a 3/4 liter corked bottle.

10-12-2007 00:46:47 | More by analog414
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barrelman

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Drank 2004 vintage while feasting on Brats from Wisconsin, corn from Mass, and the Flying Burrito Bros. I can't get over that my special lady's favorite bratwurst condiments are ketchup and apple sauce.

Beer pours dark with hues of caramel and light red, only, one of the filaments in the three-way has burned out so I'm not sure haow accurate that is. First glass in the tulip had good head but the second glass has next to nothing. I don't mind, though, nothing personal.

Beer is warming up to me as I am to her and is giving off a slight burn. I get a little caramel of the maple syrup variety with some Boysenberries possibly out of my imagination.

I thought at room temperature things would get a little hot but she is holding it down quite nicely. Caramel takes the drivers seat and won't let go. At this stage of the game, hops are hard to distinguish.

Mouthfeel is good and rarely deserves more than one sentence, let alone its own number. Drinkability is wholesome and neurotic. A great beer for the first cold, rainy night in autumn.

Does anyone know if Tom Waits is touring?

10-10-2007 02:03:05 | More by barrelman
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

Vintage 2004... this has been cellared for three years, we're pouring into the brewery's large tasting tulip with the etched glass. Best by 08-08-2007, served at between fridge and cellar temperature and paired with a hefty wedge of English Stilton cheese. Life is definitely good.

Appearance- Ruby chestnut in color, this beer creates a bubbly four finger crown, popping and hissing rather loudly as it falls at a slow, gradual pace. Lacing is minimal and sporadic.

Smell- Musty, prune-like aromas with a slightly sour character, but mainly it's dark fruits and yeast. And a little fish. As the beer comes to temperature, I'm getting a bit of chocolate and leather.

Taste- Big and malty, and wonderfully warming in the belly... this is a strong beer but it's elegant and very well balanced. There's some spiciness that teases the malts in the middle and especially near the finish, and the hops dry the mouth completely right at the end. The alcohol is felt more throughout the body than on the tongue... always appreciated. I'm impressed.

Mouthfeel- Shockingly beautiful, I would have never guessed this was Unibroue's beer blind... the hallmark rough edges, the piranha-like prickle is nowhere to be found here. Instead, the beer gently rises like foam in the mouth, and disperses all spices and fruits like a tablecloth across the palate.

Drinkability- I'm enjoying sipping this one slowly, for it really shows up in the arms and legs over the first hour. There's a lot of complexity, there's no need to rush this. The cheese is strong enough and salty enough to counter the beer, but I've noticed something lately about Stilton and ales... the beer's mouthfeel pops and vanishes away in seconds, leaving a closed mouth full of gas that must be released immediately. Something to do with the saltiness, I would imagine...

This offering from Unibroue certainly delivered, and there's only half a bottle to go...

10-04-2007 02:09:42 | More by yelterdow
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BMoney575

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%

Sampled on 10-3-07
Best before 6-5-2011

Pours a very deep brown, almost black. A big, foamy tan head settles to a nice layer with lacing that completely coats the glass.

Smell is super thick and rich. Lots of dark fruit, raisin, notes of chocolate, and tons of booze (in a good way).

Taste is very flowery fruit at first, and then it takes a huge turn toward caramel malt and subtle chocolate. The finish is slick with alcohol, big wine/grape flavors, and a tart dryness. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel is great, creamy and slick, it drinks like wine.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, all of the flavors are in a great balance.

Overall, the best Unibroue I've had, hands down. Big flavors with exquisite subtleness. Highly recommended.

10-04-2007 00:15:47 | More by BMoney575
La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,832 ratings.