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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,986
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 106
Gots: 252 | 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 shanem
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
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

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of stephens101
4.29/5  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.

Photo of larsee01
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Photo of surfer4life
4.37/5  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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  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.

Photo of raoulduke37
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of JeffV
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of hellbilly
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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
4.32/5  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
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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
4.45/5  rDev +7%
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
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
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
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
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
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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 -2.6%
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
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,986 ratings.