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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,967
Reviews: 909
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 104
Gots: 237 | 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 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.

Photo of midaszero
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2004 bottle

A - Dark pretty much opaque with 1 finger of tan head

S - raisins and dark fruits with sweet caramel notes

T - Crisp raisin flavor with some nice mild spices mixed in

M - A little watery which I assume is from the age, medium high carbonation

D - easy going down and pretty enjoyable

Photo of johnd513
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a goblet from the 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown that is almost black with a nice head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. The smell is raisins dark fruit and spices. The sweetness of this beer is upfront and tastes of dark fruits and raisins. The mouthfeel is thick with nice carbonation, the alcohol is right there. The drinkability is high, I split this one this time but could easily see myself enjoying a bottle myself over the course of a night. Overall im really glad I tried this and may stick one of these in the cellar.

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

A - Pours solid black with a thick, organized brown sugar color head that stays throughout.

S - Thin smell, not very complex. Caramel, sweet fruits, alcohol.

T - Spices up front, followed by sweet malts. So tasty. The 10.5 is not over bearing.

M - Slightly dry and heavy carbonated.

D - Let this brew warm up, and it's a great easy drinker.

I love Unibroue

Photo of tedsox31
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from a 750 ml bottle. Appearance is a dark brownish-red, with a head that dissipates after a little while. There is some lacing left on the glass as I drink the beer.

Smell is of caramel, yeast, and fruit. I also smell some sweetness of the alcohol.

The taste to me is of fruit laden with alcohol. I can detect a slight taste of the yeast also, and there is a slight bite to the back of the taste, but overall pretty smooth. Neither an exceptional taste, nor a bad one.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick. It isn't a bad feel, however. There is a nice carbonation that balances the sweetness which I like. No cloying feel either.

A drinkable beer. I'm not sure I would get it again, but it certainly wasn't bad. It just seemed the taste was a little one-sided.

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

1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle poured into tulips.

A = Deep, dark mahogany, almost impenetrable, large foamy medium tan head with good retention, light lacing.

S = Spicy clove, sweet syrup, light traces of smoked hickory in the background, very complex and mouthwatering smells.

T = Tastes follow the smells well but with a little less strength than expected, first taste is herbal with some spiciness, cloves, pepper, sweet malt flavors in the middle but slight vinegar and herbs on both sides, good bitterness shows up past mid-palate and lingers into a deep long finish.

M = Medium body, relatively strong carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = Good drinkability but in a category with some very fine competition I think is simply a solid "good", but no better.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown, almost opaque black. Poured a three finger coarse light brown head that dissipated quickly to a quarter inch thickening around the rim. Clear lacing.

S: Spices aroma with dark fruits and raising.

T: Dark fruits and raisins up front. Brown sugar and burnt caramel come next. Finishes with dry alcohol and burnt toffee or coffee.

M: Medium-bodied. Fizzy carbonation make it a bit thin.

D: Other than the finish, very consistent with St Bernardus or Rochefort. Overall, falls a bit short. Pretty sure I'll try this one again though.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with modest lacing and slight lacing.

Aroma is very vinous, dark fruit. Dry and woody, along with prominent yeasty spices.

Taste is initially brandylike with alcohol soaked dark fruit - plums, dates and cherries. Malty, bready, and candy sweet. Yeasty funk with coriander and pepper leading the way. Then the profile starts to turn dry with definite woody tannins along with powdered cocoa. However, the sweetness returns in the finish, along with the big boozy aspect.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Definite alcohol presence.

A big, boozy, tasty treat. Rich, complex and interesting with sweet sugar, massive boozy dark fruit and chocolate competing with the generous bitter woody tannins that you would expect from a good red wine. Alcohol presence throughout does add a certain heat.

Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the few offerings from Unibroue available in East Central Illinois that I had not tried, this will unquestionably get repeated visits from me. It is anything but its name.

One and one-half fingers of dense, soda-like tan foam cap a muddy mahogany body with ruby trim. Good duration and sheet lacing decorate the Ommegang glass; a terrific first impression. The aroma is no letdown, rife with dried fruit, citrus, molasses, and a healthy pinch of spice. Date, raisin, berry, brown sugar, chocolate, and pepper are all present and accounted for in a splendid taste that has a subtle but unmistakably dry finish. The carbonation never lets down, keeping all flavors in play throughout, while the smooth Belgian-style flavor and texture are terrific testaments to Belgian BSDA. Strong but not boozy, this doesn't let the high ABV (10.5%) hinder the enjoyment of this delicious, detailed, complex BSDA.

Easily one of my favorites in this style, Terrible is anything but, a great beer that is one of my favorite from a brewery that continually produces great beer. Terrible is outstanding.

La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,967 ratings.