La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,950
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 102
Gots: 227 | FT: 5
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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 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

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.

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

Pours very dark, almost opaque with some faint ruby highlights. Do not recall any other Belgian Dark Ale this black in color. Fizzy, big-bubbled head thinned out to a nice durable whispy cover. Somewhat restrained, but pleasant aromas of dark fruits, cherrys and yeast. Even with the typical lively carbonation for this style, the beer presents a full body and chewy mouthfeel. Rich sweet flavors of dark figs, raisins, cherries, dark rum and yeast make a presence. The 10.5% is well balanced and unobtrusive but quite warming and stealth. Finishes sweet and slick, but in no way cloying. I've read previous reviews where this release from Unibroue is somewhat hit or miss, but I think I got a nice hit with this one.

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

A - very dark ruby color, with an over excited head with a redish brown head

S - sweet figs and plum aromas, some little earthy aromas, woody and a little dirty

T - lots of dark fruit, sweet plum and dates flavors some yeasty earthyness

M - strong mouthfeel with nice carbanation a little too thick feeling

D - great drinkablity, the sweetness isn't overwhelming, and the alcohol isn't evident in the taste

Photo of beerthulhu
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Anything but the name indicates.

A: Pours a dark cola brown with red hues around the edges when held up to the light. Topping off the beer was a 2 finger foamy ivory-tan head that retained nicely as well an equally impressive lacing.

S: a beautifully soft roasted malt and nuttiess to it as well dried fruit (cherries, raisins).

T: The initial flavor was very smooth with a yeasty touch of dried bananas. There was some dark molasses, alcohol, and a light candi-sugar sweetness as well detected. A light tartness from the yeast of musky fruit and bread was experienced as well some dark, bitter chocolate.

M: medium, well carbonated and very smooth on the tongue. A pleasure to behold.

D: Incredible drinkability, abv is well hidden and comes highly recommended.

Photo of yesyouam
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue La Terrible is an opaque, almost black ale. It seems to be an obscure berry hue. The head is the color of burlap, thick and foamy with oily bubbles. It exhibits excellent retention and lacing. The aroma has notes of molasses, plum, raisin, peach and chocolate. It has a smooth medium body that seems a little syrupy. It has a vinous flavor, with notes of prunes, chocolate, raisins and other dried fruit. It is smooth and a bit sweet. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a complex one. The aftertaste is of leather and coffee. This is one of my favorites; I'm glad I finally got around to reviewing it.
(rated Aug 21, 2008)

Photo of magictrokini
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice. Right off, the 10.5% is completely masked by the smooth, sweet taste of this beer. Murky brown pour with a squatty off-white head. Fruity aroma similar to a lighter cognac. Dark fruits, malt, and sugar mix well with the malt. Palate was enjoyably light for a change. Its nice not to have every Belgian Strong be thick and syrupy. Overall, a great beer.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 2/26/2006 (2004 on cage, 750 mL bottle):

Pours a decent-sized head, tan-brown in color, and diminishing. Pours a black colored bodyr. Has a mild aroma, some sweetness, and slight perfume, some coffee. A taste of sweet thick molasses, very fizzy, alcohol.

Photo of TLove
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Belgian Strong Dark has begun to spark a question in my more recent drinking preferences...Why is it that all Belgian-style ales are beginning to taste exactly the same?

This was certainly a very solid showing from the Quebecois brewery, though nothing exceptional by means of Belgians. And for the money, quite frankly, it was not worth the 23 dollars I shelled out at Brickskeller in DC to obtain it. The high ABV and beautiful, dark, but thin color had a refreshingly fruity scent and a light, translucent head. The taste was coppery, if not a little thin. The lacing was also a bit thin, and the dark fruits prevailed as the predominant taste component. It tasted rather like a light bitter and is comparable in its consistency to Duvel, a more well-known companion.

The beer was drinkable, but grew a bit weary over time. It had hints of something great at times, but the price factor overwhelms the enjoyability of this beer, which is unfortunate.

Photo of Pencible
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque dark ruby with tan head. It smelled like wild yeast with caramel, molasses, licorice, and nutty malts, with orange hops and a bit of lemon and alcohol. It tasted like lots of wild yeast and soy and vinegar, with licorice and some molasses and oak, and a bit of alcohol. The taste becomes dominated by very smooth and creamy yeast and sweet caramel as it warms. It was fairly thick with some carbonation, and a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this had nice flavor, but was too dominated by the Belgian yeast. It had good body, was very clean, and wasn't difficult to drink. The alcohol is noticeable but not strong. A pretty good beer cold, but delightful warm. Potential for improvement with age is there too.

Photo of kevd193213
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Dark brown pour with light tan head, larger than normal head. Great natural carbonation. Aroma of caramel and coffee with some faint fruit. Taste of brown sugar, malt and Belgian yeast. Extremely smooth for something with almost 11% alcohol. Fantastic finish.

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

Bottle@home - 2007 vintage

A: Massibe black with a decent head and some residual lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, Dark fruit, Port wine, Spices.

T: Molasses, Ripe fruit, Hint of alcohol, Dark caramel, Spices, Yeast. Very unibroueish in character.

M: Plenty of carbonation. Initialt hit of spices and some bitterness and a nice end dose of sweetness (caramel/toffee) at the end. Great!

Another good beer from one of my favourite canadian brewers. This beer was great fresh but even better with some age on it. Recommended!

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A suprise find here in the desert. Pours dark as can be, looks deep, deep brown with some light around the edges. Huge, rocky, off-white head that takes 10 minutes to settle with good lacing and retention (in a Duvel glass). Smell was a little disappointing, it was very strong of yeast and bread. Not bad, but I guess I was expecting a little more and although some fruit and caramel was present, I couldnt get past the yeast. Taste was wonderful and complex. It was definitely darker than many of their other offering with a more caramelized and almost chocolatey edge to it. A mix of dark fruits, some cherry I swear I tasted the first few sips, sweet malt, toasted grains, yeast and bread. Mouthfeel was thicker than other Unibroue offerings it seemed like but made it perfect for sipping. A very good beer. As others have noted, the alcohol is very well hidden so sip this slowly and enjoy the changes the beer undergoes as the temperature changes.

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

Classy bottle pours a oak hued body with a good finger of tan head. Decent lacing and retention for its age. Yeasty aroma gives forth a bouquet of dark fruit and a hint of the beer's strength. Nice spicy flavour, with lots of apple and dark fruit, caramelised sugar and chocolate. Some alcohol warming and a touch of earthiness or woodiness. The flavours seem very well-integrated, which is perhaps a testament to its aging potential. I'm actually amazed that it tastes so good, despite being informed that it is perhaps a bit past prime. Medium bodied, and slightly less carbonation than I have found in Unibroue in the past (perhaps aging has calmed it down). Dangerously drinkable considering the ABV.

This beer was just as good as I hoped it would be, and it would be nice to see the brewery produce this again. I'd be happy to throw a couple of these into storage and see how they develop. Huge thanks to Derek for sharing this one!

Photo of Proteus93
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, not too thick and sticky looking... a beautiful, two finger head. Fabulous, as Unibroue tends to be.

S: Sugary sweet, ripe dark fruits... ripe apple, dark fruit (plum), some soft hints of toffee like sweetness. Beautiful smelling brew.

T: A soft spot of alcohol, apple peel, some burnt toffee hints in there making for a nice flavour balance. Perhaps a hint of tobacco leaf.

M + D: A nice sipper, up there among the best of the Unibroue offerings. A nice little effervescence on the palate with a touch of warmth on the finish. Very good.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep dark brown with a big cap of tan foam. It almost looks like root beer in the tulip glass. Aroma is sweet fruit with good dose of spiciness, particularly clove. Light to medium bodied on the palate. The flavor is a good mesh of dark sweet fruit, earthy spice, and malt. There is something a little off toward the end, perhaps metallic. Overall pretty good, but the flavor doesn't live up to the expectation that the aroma and appearance set.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single quite a while back and had been waiting for the right opportunity to try it.

A: Poured a rich brown with garnet highlights, huge tan/sand colored head. This is very intriguing.

S: Apples, cinnamon, very sweet smelling, interesting belgian smells, all in all very nice, right on for the style. The yeast note is very present, and a little more North American than straight up Belgian.

T: All the typical tastes, apples, fruits, and yeasty tastes, a nice hint of bitterness in this one as well, pretty sweet as well. Sadly though, it has a quite offsetting metallic taste that really doesn't sit right. Minus that, this is a fine beer. A little boozy compared to others in the style.

M: Pretty smooth, not too thick, nice carbonation, and a definite warming from the alcohol.

D: Minus the ofsetting metallic taste this one would be really good, and easy to drink, but the aluminum taste really detracts on this one for me. Maybe another try at some point in time and a new year?

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark thinner than a stout with a head that quickly disappears.

Smell: To style, sweet figs with a hint of cherries.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This one has a sweet, effervescent flavor with figs and cherries, and a sturdy malt back bone. Spicy alcohol pulls no punches. The mouthfeel is very thin and bubbly and that along with the abv makes me suspect this is fermented at some point with champagne yeast. Not this brewery's best beer but still a good one.

Drinkability: 10.5% but still, I'll take it over some cheapie skunk beer any day on the drinkability scale.

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 2-26-2012 but they claim it can cellar for up to 10 years.

Bottle opens with a loud 'pop' and pours into a globe glass. It has a beautiful dark redish brown color and pretty good clarity from what I can tell. The head is great and sticks around well.

Aroma is just what a dark Belgian beer should be. It's rich and complex with sweet fruits, spices, and even a nutty smell.

Flavor is equally special with all of the above mentioned aromas making their way into the taste. Cherries and apples, nutmeg and clove, maybe a pecan?

Mouthfeel is decent, medium to heavy body, medium-high carbonation. Drinkability is good for the style.

I served this one on the cold side for the first glass but I'll take the bottle out of the fridge so my second glass hopefully reveals more subtle flavors. As it is, though, a very good Belgian beer. And it's from Canada, eh?!

Photo of MBABJJ
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark as night. At first glance I'm intimidated by the heavy appearance and sound as I pour my brew.

Smell - Smells like a malty chocolate. A dense note of caramel and raisin

Taste - Dark caramel with a raisin follow. So much lighter than expected from the appearance and smells. Not much alcohol flavor for the content.

Mouthfeel - I would actually prefer a heavier feel with this beer. The caramel taste could reign more supreme on the palate and linger more.

Drinkability - Not something I would continue to pursue on a regular basis, but worth it for the alcohol content per deliciousness ratio. Good name appeal leaves it as a nice entry to strong dark belgians.

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

Appearance: Very dark color. Unable to see light through it, except at the bottom of the glass where it had a slight red hue. Thick, chocolate colored head.

Smell: Sweet and phenolic. Hints of clove and banana.

Taste: I was surprised that the alcohol character was well hidden for a beer at 10.5% Very strong malt character that left a slight chalkiness on the tongue. Subtle spiciness and hints of earth and chocolate.A mild hop flavor comes through in the aftertaste, but not much to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Feels heavy on the tongue. Slightly cloying. Pleasant aftertaste of caramel.

Drinkability: The high alcohol content is disguised very well. I found this very drinkable for such a malty, high alcohol beer.

Photo of chefdaddy18042
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- definitely a deep dark ale. surprised at how it poured though, quite smooth with medium bubbles.

S- quite different, reminiscent of figs, maple...almost fruity in a sense with a touch of earth tones

T- amazing, expected a mild upfront taste like a brown ale, but very flavorful unexpectedly.

M- this is what sold me, very bubbly. i particularly enjoyed this beer. Unibroue has so many great beers with this style, i.e. la fin du monde

D- Drinks slowly, not exactly what i would say smooth, but as i said before, this is a characteristic that i would cash in for the mouthfeel

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

This is one bubbly beer; pouring gently down the side of the glass, it exploded with a huge head. Black with ruby edges and a light mocha head.

The unique unibroue smell is here; an aroma that is amazing no matter how many times I have had it. Fruity, with a slight aroma of figs, but not as much dark fruit smell as other BSDAs.

Dark fruit more in the taste than aroma. A bit of bitterness in the end. A some alcohol heat. Typical Unibroue beer and taste.

For such a carbonated beer this beer is slightly more viscous that your average Belgian.

I love unibroue. Another fine beer from them, though a bit more expensive.

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

Got home after a sixteen hour day. That left one hour to watch tv and have a beer. Looking through everything on deck, I realized I wanted a lot and a high ABV for this hour. Then I saw her. Terrible in a 750ml with a 10.5%. Angels sang. I reached. The rest is history.

Very dark. My lighting isn't the best in here, but I can see brown hues at the edges. Thick foamy off white head. Moderate retention.

Smell is fruity. Champagne. Surprised me.

Taste is fruity. Champagne. Surprised me.

Tiny bubbles and light fruit flavor remind me too much of champagne. I did drink the whole thing in about 45 minutes and damn if I wasn't drunk.

Overall: does the trick

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

Had the pleasure of sampling this one on tap at the Burlington Brewfest. Off their tap my glass was filled with a deep, dark, nearly opaque brown. The head was brown sugar colored, laced gorgeously and retained throughout the sampling. The aromas were very rich and sweet, raisins and figs, caramel, cloves and other spices. The flavors were equally developed and bold, molasses and chocolate syrup, figs, dates and raisins, spices and yeast all built on a caramel malt backbone. Very complex and more layers present themselves as it warmed up. The mouthfeel was rich and smooth, with a medium to thick body. This was a big beer and though it would be overwhelming if you tried to session it I would definitely recommend enjoying a pint or splitting a bottle if you can find it.

La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,950 ratings.