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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,775
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 89
Gots: 175 | 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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Photo of Oxymoron


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

You say “terrible” I say “terrible.” I guess that doesn’t work when you are writing. Poured a deep mahogany brown with strong tints of darker red. The head was good with smaller bubbles and foam. The retention did decrease quickly to the edge of the glass throughout the tasting.

The smell is of stronger sweeter malts and Belgium yeast characteristic. There is a roasted quality that mixes well with the spices. Some cinnamon and cloves. There were some off notes of pears and bananas, but limited.

The taste was similar. A malty taste with strong Belgium influences. The malt has some bready almost biscuit taste mixed with a roasted flavor. A complex aroma overall. The spices are not as noticed as per the smell but still are present. Also a light touch of plums are blended with the sweet malt taste. The alcoholic taste is not really noticeable. As the beer warms, it becomes more announced but for such a high beer, it is very smooth.

The texture is smooth and velvet-esk. Good on the phenols considering the high alcohol. Overall I think this was a good treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 22:29:32 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

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

750 ml corked bottle. Terrible pours out a dark brown color with a small head. Potent aroma of yeast, apples, and spices. The flavor is very spicy, with lots of flavor from the yeast. Apple skin tartness. Sweet, but not cloying, and the high carbonation seems to carry the sweetness away. At times, I detect some cocoa flavor. The flavors in this beer really work together well. Full mouthfeel. Drinkable, considering the 10+% abv. Another winner from one of the most consistent breweries around.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 03:45:01 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of SkeeterHawk


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

Appearance: Poured a deep dark garnet color with about a half inch head at first pour. The head fell pretty quickly just to leave a small head that was maintained by numerous rising bubbles. The beer stays pretty cloudy when being held to the light. There is minimal lacing on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: There is a bunch of fruit and toasty malts. There is a noticeable pepper aroma noticeable more as it warms. There is something different to smell every time you raise the glass to your nose.

Flavor: Wow! Now there is a lot going on in the aroma of this beer! I get bready yeast mixed among a bunch of dark fruit like plums and raisins. There is also a healthy dose of toasty malts in this beer. The entire flavor profile is balanced for the most part. The finish is a bit syrupy, but you wouldn't even guess that this beer was so strong. I would speculate about 7-8% from the flavor...and I am normally pretty close on these things.

Opinion: I have been really pleased with Unibroue, and this is no exception. This beer is complex and very well presented. I would highly recommend giving this one a shot if you like strong dark ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 05:08:04 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of stof0048


4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing a 2004 (fairly certain this was the only year the beer was made, or so I have been told by what I consider to be reliable sources) 750ml bottle

A: Poured into a Watou chalice. Poured with a thin head that quickly disipated. Moderate lacing, but nothing too sticky. Dark, dark, dark!!! A very deep red/brown, almost black beer.

S: Heavenly! Very hard to place a specific scent. Can definitely smell the dark malts, candies, and spices. Perhaps a little scent of brown sugar or toffee floats to my nose.

T: Another exceptional quality of this beer. Wonderful, amazing taste!!! Dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, heavy & dark malts. Has a bit of a sweet, bready aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Simply astounded when I took my first sip! Can barely even pick up a hint of alcohol it is blended so well.

M: Very smooth on the tongue. Slightly bubbly as it rolls from back to front, very long finish.

D: This is the only part of the beer that was not on par with the rest. The drinkability of this beer, while good, is not worthy of a 5. It is simply too strong in flavor, sweetness, and heaviness to consume more than a couple glasses at the most.

Overall I feel this is a beer worthy of competing with the best. I have always been very impressed with the brews Unibroue cranks out. They have always been very true to style and some of my favorites. I would recommend this beauty to anyone who's in the mood for something a lot less everyday.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 07:28:18 | More by stof0048
Photo of mmmbeer


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big cork-and-crown 750 ml bottle, best by 8.8.07. Pours deep deep red almost to the point of brown - like a thin porter - with a fizzy 1 finger head that reduces to 1/4" of fine bubbles and leaves good lacing on the second glass. Smells of oranges, raisins, and pepper, with a hint of melon, but overall it isn't very strong. Tastes like honeydew melon/rind, sour apple, pepper, molasses, spiciness, mild bitterness, a grassy/musty character, and perhaps some kind of berry. Very good. The body is thick and smooth but retains some carbonation throughout - also quite nice. The drinkability is up there for a beer of it's strength - I split this bottle but could have easily drunk the whole thing myself. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 07:41:09 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of cheers2beers


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

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark ruby hues with little light escaping through the glass. The head poured a mountainous 2-3 finger monster and the bubbles were bigger and more defined than with most American brews. A steady and vigorous bead plows upward through the dark and merky solution.

Aroma: Prunes,raisins, yeast ( Nottingham maybe?), green apples,wild muscadine grapes and maybe a little alcohol. Super complex.

Taste: Huge complexity. I am having a hard time deciphering the flavors. Dark fruits, candy sugars, very subtle grapefruit flavor in the finish. Too hard to disect but there are some definate earthy flavors at play here. Yeast and malts all over but I also see a cola flavor shining through.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel but so very thin for the strength of this delicious offering. Carbonation is present but I didnt expect less from the style.

Drinkability: As I approached the end of this I realized that its namesake was totally off. It should be dubbed " La Wonderful " This was almost too complex. Ageing this would yield even more complexity to this astonoshing beer. A definate must try!


Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 05:05:41 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of andjusticeforale


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time i've had this beer. It pours a stout and porter like brown black with a tan head without chunks. Perhaps it looks a bit like chimay blue. This is one to drink warm and swirly.

There is a smell of bananas and raisins and plums and dried fruit. The initial taste is strong in the dried cherries and malty cocoa-ness. Then the slight bitterness. And then the warming mouthfeel.

The alcohol is not apparent here. This is the trait of a super Belgian,and makes this my favorite dark product from Quebec's Unibroue. Not sweet at all in the finish, but no firey alcohol.This is a dangerous beer, fantastic to sip, I am sure it would pair with strong cheeses and steak every bit as well as a big merlot or cab.

This isn't terrible at all, its fantastique!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 16:56:38 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of BeerNutta


4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gotta give thanks to Skuzzalbut for getting this brew for me.

A = Dark mahogany red with a thin foam head that retains for a long time.

S = Sweet fruits.

T = Taste of plums, prunes and mixed berries. Candy sweetness with a hint of honey. Excellent.

M = Very smooth and velvety. Lightly carbonated so you can enjoy the many tastes.

D = Excellent. Definetly one I will be drinking again. One that you can sit down and slowly sip. Great Unibroue beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 00:20:41 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of Stubbie1


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0402 on the cork,

This “Terrible” offering pours a deep dark brown with ever so slight hues of red. A nice slight off white head is present, stays for a spell and fades to a stubborn lace. Aroma is a mix of plums, raisins and spice and candy sweetness mixed in. The 10% is nicely hidden. Taste pretty much goes hand in hand with the aroma. Fruit candy and alcohol mixed ever so nice that one doesn’t overpower the other. A nice fruit feel with a slight touch of the alcohol in the end. Smooth and sticky on the pallet and warming to the bones. Overall this is an enjoyable beer to sit down and enjoy

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 01:28:10 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of neonbrown82


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

I've had this in the cellar for a while, thanks to GCBrewingCo if I remember correctly (sorry, if not). Pours to a dark brownish red color with a tight-knit white head. Has a decent carbonation, but doesn't produce much lacing, or a huge rocky head.

The smell has some banana and clove to it, along with some light candi sugar, molasses and fig. Quite well done. No aroma seems to overwhelm the other.

The taste is quite good as well. Has all of the elements of the nose plus a hint of cinnamon and ginger. The mouthfeel is a bit thick with some sticky residual sugars. A bit dry. Quite drinkable and smooth for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 09:35:31 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of doubleipa


4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage. This beer had a moderately malty and yeasty aroma, with some definite cherry. Poured a decent creamy light brown head that completely disappeared. The body was dark brwon, almost black. Initial flavor was very sweet with a moderate, average finish. Taste was dry and syrupy with lively carbonation. Didn't really taste the alcohol until the finish. I don't think this bottle changed for the better after a year or so in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 17:21:43 | More by doubleipa
Photo of atomicbwax


3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark red / brown. Beer creates a nice head when pouring.

Aroma - Smells like many darker beers. Hints of spice and fruits can be found deep within.

Taste - The first time I had this I got it as a gift from a friend. We like to find beers with funny names and Terrible fit the bill. I drank it straight out of the bottle and I thought it really lived up to thre name. A few months later I shared a bottle with another friend. In order to split it we poured it into glasses. The first sip out of the glass brought back the original bad memories. However, as the beer warmed slightly and had a chance to breathe the taster mellowed a littla and I found myself enjoying this more and more. The taste is rich and almost chocolatey. The higher than average alcohol percentage was noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel - Thick and syrupy. I liked this a lot. Very smooth.

Drinkability - As I mentioned before I found the drinkability of this beer to increase significantly when this is allowed to breathe a while before consuming. My suggestion: just like like some wines open the bottle a few minutes before pouring, it really helps. If you don't like the first sip let the glass sit a little while. In my experience this beer changed for the better after breathing. The high alcohol percentage can turn some people off.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 02:24:03 | More by atomicbwax
Photo of waldowin


2.53/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark ruby, eventually settling in with no light piercing its depths. A white head forms quickly, and lasts throughout the entire session, leaving lacing too thick to see through as you drink from the glass.

Smells of raisins and dark malts. Hints of cinnamon and almonds.

And the taste is where it lets you down. Up front is raw sweetness, followed by an almost vinegary wash. It would be a 1.5, but I'm adding a point just to give it the benefit of the doubt that the Dark Lord two hours prior might have messed with the palate slightly. Still, it's not a very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, big, and smooth, but finishes harshly with an alcohol thrashing.

I ended up pouring out the last half of this bottle. All the alcohol and the harsh finish left me wanting something smoother.

Maybe I'll try it again on its own, without risk of something contaminating the palate. But not for a good while.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 12:36:50 | More by waldowin
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a little overpowering at first, but delicious. Pours well with plenty of carbonation but not too big of a head. Very dark, couldn't see through when held to the light. Smell of fruit, taste of fruit, yeast and alcohol. Very strong but tasty. I really like this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 02:00:06 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of KarlHungus


4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a brillant dark brown color with a huge fluffy tan head. The aroma screams of dark fruit and spices. The taste is full of spices, and tangy. The mouthfeel is slightly ligher than medium bodied, with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is another great brew from one of the best breweries in North America, Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 01:11:19 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this for a while.

750 ml glass bottle poured into Duvel tulip. 2004 vintage.

A - Pours an extremely dark, coca-cola colored brown Completely opaque. Big off white head (probably due to a vigurous pour into the tulip) dissiating very quickly, seems highly carbonated. Head laces the glass fairly well as the head shrinks.

S - A yeasty smell intitially, like all unibroues I've tried. Also a nice dark bread aroma, mixed w.ith dark fruit like plums, possibly raisins. Very nice.

T - Flavors of wines and many fruits. I like it. A bit of a roasted flavor at the end. The alcohol is present but balanced nicely.

M - Nice smooth feel on the tongue, very dry finish. Nice carbonation. Very good feel overall.

D - As with all unibroues, seems highly drinkable for its high alcohol content. Defintely one I can sip for a while.

Notes: A very good dark ale. I think I went intot his one with my expectations through the roof though, thus I felt a bit of a downer at first. Still a great beer though, just not my favorite Unibroue product.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 01:08:01 | More by EStreet20
Photo of Wasatch


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

750ml Bottle
2004 Vintage
Best Before: 08/08/2007
Reviewed: 26 Jan 09

Poured into a Westy Chalice a dark brown color, nice carbonation, fizzy little tan head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slight yeast, figs, raisins, plums. The taste is malty, some yeast notes, lots of dark fruit. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, been sitting on it for over three years.

Pours a dark brown in color, nice carbonation, not much of a head though. Lacing is not bad. Scents of malts, sweet caramel. Very nice taste, alcohol was hidden, but not like other's I've had. Medium in body, very nice after taste. Very drinkable, but at 10.5 watch out, I drank a 750ml by myself and I got a good buzz.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 00:28:39 | More by Wasatch
Photo of GClarkage


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

09/23/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip. No dates found on the bottle.

Appearance- Dark plum colored pour. Huge inch plus off white head. Leaves excellent chunks of lace along the glass.

Smell- Spicy and fruity. Over ripe plums mixed with raisins. Great sniffer.

Taste- Pretty damn spicy. Do I taste nutmeg? Ginger? Some odd, yet tasty spices. Lots of plum, raisin and date flavors as well. Almost tastes vinious.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher on the carbonation side, but feels great in your mouth. Very lively.

Drinkability- Super tasting dark ale. Unibroue never has failed me yet. Will be getting this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 20:18:30 | More by GClarkage
Photo of ryantupy


3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle! Do they even make this in a smaller bottle. I picked up 4 of these and ended up drinking 3 in one night and really ended up regretting it. Anyways it was a great tasting beer very complex. It poures a dark brown almost black color and has some unique tastes like a wierd yeast taste and some nice spice to it also maybe some dark fruit, a little hoppy bitterness, and alchol. This beer is very strong so be careful with it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 22:53:18 | More by ryantupy
Photo of kosmoraios


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

Snagged one of these bad boys at Central Market.

Pours an opaque, dark reddish-purple - almost black. Head is caramel in color, several fingers high, and tenacious. Leaves lacing all down the glass. Aroma is of cocoa, good red wine, raisins, yeast, spices. Amazing taste - almost knocks you flat. Very strong coffee/cocoa tones laced with multiple morphing flavors of dark fruit and freshly-baked bread. Smooth and phenolic in the mouth - swish this one around! Very difficult to review because as it warms the tastes change all over the spectrum. For a true belgian dark, it is very drinkable, but one 75dl of this is all you'll need. Trust me. Unibroue has done it again with this one - excellent!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 18:56:30 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of BEERchitect


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

A great Belgian Dark Strong Ale that differs from the Trappist varieties quite a bit- but is no lesser in quality.

La Terrible begins with a dark brown, purple-ish glow. Though dark, the beer does show some light along with its modest haze. A timid blanket of foam rises and covers the beer while omitting lacing. The look is good but not great.

Aroams are very fruity with plumbs and grapes; backed by a foundation of pilsner malts, dark candi sugar, and raison-y malts this beer gives a lot of aromatic qualities.

Flavors of sweet malts and sugars give the impression of cola, bread crusts, and subtle pilsner malts. But the bread-and-butter of the beer lies in the yeast which delivers a punch of fruity esters (plumbs, grapes, raisons, figs, dates, nuts, and other stone fruits). Phenols give light woodiness or smokiness while the alcohols ride a fine line with fusal notes.

Though quite dry and warming, the beer delivers a digestable feel that is very easy to drink; far too easy for the alcohol punch that the beer delivers. The beer is nearly effortless to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 13:06:22 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of hefevice


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

Mmmmm....very much like a friend of mine likes his tea (or was it women?). God I love my Duvel tulip, shows this beer off to perfection...deep black with a huge tan head which slowly dimishes leaving plenty of lace. Vinous, fruity, funky aroma giving a subtle hint of things to come. Flavour is oak, dried fruit, plums, port; very well balanced, not too sweet not to dry, very little bitterness, and almost no evidence of the 10.5% ABV. I am a big fan of high ABV beers that hide it well. Palate complements the flavours, but is not quite to De Dolle standards. If I was capable of drinking this all night, I would! Another excellent broue from Unibroue (especially after consuming a 750ml bottle by myself).

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 09:04:03 | More by hefevice
Photo of TastyTaste


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

750 mL 2004 vintage. Dark, dark brown body, nearly black, with some light shining through the bottom of the glass. Head is light tan, creamy and hue on the pour, but fades to a nice solid layer atop the beer. Spicy, with funky Belgian yeast, dark fruit, alcohol, hops, slightly sweet, with other spices. Taste reflects many of these dark flavors, dark and funky, sweet and has a nice hoppy finish, slightly smokey which fades to a bitter end. The flavors are very strong and this beer definitely earns the name La Terrible. Another great Unibrouian beer

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 04:15:47 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of sopor


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

I love the name of this beer, it is *SO* accurate!

Black like molasses with a brown frothy head that is very active, so quickly has dissipated to nothing. Smells like sweet ripe spiced plums.

Spiced sweet plum fruity flavor and some hints of red wine. Not overly complex, but enough to keep you thinking.

Moderately light body with exploding carbonation. This beer will catch up to you way before you decide you want to drink more. Trust me!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 19:33:14 | More by sopor
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep brown with a low transmission depth. A thick foamy dark tan head grows that simply refuses to dissappear. A small amount of lacing lingers after it finally subsides.

S - Vinous grape and slight alcohol odors - smells a lot like champagne. There is a molassesy malt character underneath.

T - A sweet refreshing kick characteristic of champagne initially. Delicious molasses undertones mesh beautifully with the vinous taste. Hints of blackberries, plums and strawberries. Leaves with a slightly sour/bitter aftertaste. Abv is detectable, but not dominant.

M - Absolutely amazing. This beer has a ridiculously low viscosity, yet it moves in my mouth like a thicker beer would. It is astoundingly smooth and incredibly refreshing.

D - Great. It is soothing and delicious, very easy to finish. Naturally, a fifth of this is a bit much for one person though. Could be a perfect substitute for a reisling at a meal. I really loved this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 13:24:35 | More by mrasskicktastic
La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,775 ratings.