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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,944
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 101
Gots: 223 | FT: 5
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002)
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Photo of BeerLover729
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of joekfsu
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChazMania
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of HugoGrim
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeardedSquash
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tapman
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of vtfan77
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of analog414
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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?

Photo of yelterdow
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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...

Photo of BMoney575
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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

Pours with no head and dark chocolate color. Very good arouma of chocolate and burnt malt. Some hints of sweatness to as well. I was very intrigued by the smell. Taste was of burnt chocolate, sweat and bitter at the same time, good woody taste as well. Very balanced between the sweet anf bitter. Mouthfeel was very nice. Coated the tounge letting the flavors soak in without a noticable after taste. The alcohol is hidden in this, but it will hit you. Nicely done, It's hard to walk by this one and not pick up another bottle.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml from Ron's. Pours dark brown/black with just the slightest ruby-red highlights and about an inch of offwhite head that dissipates rather surprisingly quickly. Smells woody initially, with raisins, chocolate, nut, banana, and burnt qualities all playing equally big roles, with just a hint of pith. Tastes roasty, burnt, and raisony, with a good doses of chocolate, nut, banana, and citrus/pith playing huge roles too, with wood, nuts, and raisins playing bigger roles toward the finish and aftertaste Wow, this tastes great. Full rich velvety mouth-feel that makes this a relatively easy drinker for what a big beer it is. Alcohol is oddly absent from the aroma, flavor, and mouth-feel, so its effects sneak up on you with this beer. Wow. This beer is amazing - leaps and bounds better than I remember it being. Another slam-dunk for Unibroue!

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

Shared this corked bottled with a buddy of mine. Pours a dark almost "porter" color. Ginormous tan head, excellent head retention.Smell is faint bread & yeast, with a heavy malt presence. Taste is dried fruity sweet, hints of coffee, maybe oak? hmm... Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Drinkability is quite good, but with such a strong brew, it's best shared with pals.

Photo of brdc
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Large corked bottle.
Very dark brew with some rare amber highlights, and an ever lasting tan head, creamy that laces the top of the beer all the way down.
Aroma is yeasty like most Unibroues, but also spiced/peppery and malty/sugary.
Full and velvety on the palate, it is amazingly drinkable for such a powerful brew, malted and lightly sweet but well balanced by the warming alcohol and some bitterness.
Another impressive Unibroue work, and perhaps their best of the "regulars".

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

Pours dark not to much of a head. It has a plum smell with a fruit scent to it. The taste is smooth but has a small bite at the end. I really enjoyed this one the abv is pretty high so I wouldnt be able to drink these all night long. If you can find them enjoy.

Photo of Derek
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the 2004 vintage, loved it & bought the remaining few bottles from the store. They disappeared, so in February 2006 I bought a case & split it with a friend. This '04 vintage is still aging nicely.

A: Cola with a tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Dark fruit, spicy, slightly bready, brown sugar.

T: Wonderful blend of spices, pleasant dark fruityness, brown sugar and hints of chocolate.

M: Moderate body (really well-attenuated for its strength) is smooth; carbonation is moderate.

D: Easier to drink than many Belgian Dark Ale's, and this one's strong! Serious trouble.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lots of fruit aromas with cherries and plums. Some dark malt in the background but the esters and yeast fruit aromas dominate. There's a slight wine-cask aroma adding a touch of complexity.

Deep brown held up to the light. Almost black. Nice thick tan head when poured that settles down to a good layer of foam that leaves a tiny amount of lacing.

Flavor starts off fruity just like the aroma. Lots of estery yeast flavors too. Good malty sweetness with a hint of chocolate malt. Hop bitterness is very subdued but it is enough to balance out the big dose of malt. At first, the carbonic bite washes away some of the flavor but as it warms up that fades and I get a nice complex fruity beer.

Right after pouring, the carbonation level was very high and a little rough on the palate. after about half the bottle that had calmed down and I was able to get more of the character of the beer from behind the CO2. Big and definitely warming (10.5%) In fact, there's a lingering hot alcohol in the back of my mouth after each sip.

Nice big beer that I really enjoy. I bought a case of the first vintage (2001?) and it's aging nicely. The CO2 is either mellowing out or it wasn't as high in the earlier versions. Plus the alcohol has blended into the overall flavor more. This one I just reviewed is new (bottled in 2007). Usually a price/quality/strength bargain at $9 or so but a store near me was blowing it out at $6.99 so I picked up several.

Photo of garbercury
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beware of Terrible!! Took a shot on this via recommendation from a beer friend. Bought a 750ml of it and tried it on a "sampling night" with a couple of friends.

A--When poured it was deep and dark, almost porterish. Ruby tones under the light. Poured easy and did not have very much head at all, faint.

S--Distinct and floral, the smell of this beer is terrific. Fruits galore, raisins, figs, oranges? It is all working in concert.

T--Spicy...as I sit here in August, I wish it was November, in front of a fire. I think this would actually be great at Thanksgiving, when I smell it, that is what I think of.

M--Spice all over the palate...eh.

D--This is a hardcore beer. I would recommend trying it but it will hit you like a ton of bricks. Get it in the Fall.

Photo of dustylong
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, dark brown with a nice, creamy head with good retention and lacing (poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter). You can definitely smell the alcohol at first. Then, you catch aromas of dark fruits and chocolate. Malty, both in the aroma and taste. This beer has a very sweet, almost fruity, chocolate taste to it. Very alcoholic. Feels fairly heavy in the mouth, with a fair amount of carbonation. Full bodied. Sip it! Overall, a pretty damn good beer, definitely worth checking out.

Photo of hbh739
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

When poured from the bottle if you look at the beer leaving the bottle it is almost a yellowish brown, but in the glass it is a nice dark brown almost opaque, with hints of red/orange when held to the light. The head was 3-4 fingers that lasted a minute or two then lace. The aroma was suprisingly not of alcohol at 10%+ but of malt and spice. The taste was initially of malt and fruit with a strong overbearing yeast flavor, not much alcohol taste at all. Overall at $8.00 a bottle I am not sure that I would do it again, it was good but the price brings the drinkability way down; but even now as I enjoy the warm after affects of the 10+% I wish I had some more.

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

Another fine offering from Unibroue, this one is unfortunately becoming scarce in my area.

The sweetness is obviously not from one source, as I detect both Belgian candy and either currants or ... maybe cherries? Delicious, powerful, and can give just about any Belgian I've tried a run for its money.

I figured it had to be good if they had the guts to name it "Terrible."

**according to the helpful user mandelbrot, in U.S.A. North this adjective can also mean "awesome." That makes more sense.

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

This beer pours a deep browish ruby color, that is completely opaque. A foamy two finger tan head rests atop the brew, and there is nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is sweet, with notes of dark fruits and cinnamon. There is a slight alcoholic smell as well.

Being a quintessential Belgian, there is a noticeable spice presence in the flavor. Somewhat spicy notes of coriander are opposed by a weighty dark malt backbone. Raisins, plums, and brown sugar are present. There is a warming alcohol finish to compliment the strong flavor. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Even though this is of high alcohol content, it is imminently drinkable, and another true gem from Unibroue.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell begins highly sweet with tart yeasty notes and a thick malty base. Light hop. Creamy and strong but fairly light overall.

Virtually jet black with red/brown hues. Medium head, poor retention leave it kind of dull looking.

Taste begins light and creamy with highly tart yeasty attack. Midtaste is a medium sweet malt base, strong and a little sharp, with a little hop flavor. Finishes with an oily chocolate/espresso/nut coating and slightly tart alcoholic flavor. Medium-light fruitiness bring a very pleasant bouquet to the palate. Light yeasty spicy phenol pepper up the flavor.

Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation. Smooth and thick with notable alcohol.

It’s alright. Not sure about paying $7.99+T for another, though. Quite like a Nut Brown Ale on steroids, having been amply yeasted. Surprisingly light for a 10+% ABVer. The flavor really grows on me. It gets more delicate and tasty as it warms; at 50% gone: I wish I had more than 50% to go. At 100% gone: yes, fun to try.

La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,944 ratings.