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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,001
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 105
Gots: 262 | 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 thekevlarkid
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +7.5%
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
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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
4.15/5  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
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +8.2%
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.

Photo of bkilpatr
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. 08/13/08. Simple yet cool looking bottle. Corked & caged, cork came out with a loud pop. Best by date of 02/26/12.

Pours a very dark brown/black color with hints of ruby and mahogany around the edges. About two fingers of bubbly tan head dropped back and left no lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, with sweet raisin and fig with a bit of cherry as well.

Taste is pretty good. Belgian yeast flavor and sweet malt. Plenty of dark fruits, raisin, fig, date, plum. Some cherry as well. I also get a bit of apple and banana. Almost a bit of a red wine flavor as well. Lots of interesting flavors in here. The alcohol is just barely noticeable.

Feel is pretty good. Well carbonated yet still very smooth. A bit of warming from the alcohol. Drinkability is good. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. A bit on the sweet side but not too bad.

Pretty good Belgian style dark ale. I think this is the first Unibroue I've had. Good stuff.

Photo of froghop
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours black with a red tint, very large foamy tan head, good lacing.

smell is of dark fruits, alcohol is dominate, touch of cocoa, roasted nuts, some toffee, spice.

taste is strong, pepper, spice, sour malt, dark pitted fruits, touch of dark chocolate, ends slightly bitter and dry.

Photo of brushtachio
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown - nearly black. Tan head formed rapidly and dissipated almost as rapidly leaving a thin dusting that remained for quite a while.

The nose was deep dark fruits, bread and carmelized brown sugar. Fantastic. Taste is almost as good with a tartness that offsets the sugar.

A bit fizzy in the mouth - perhaps too fizzy for what I expect from the style

Any loss in drinkability that comes with the ABV is offset by the value of the bottle. An affordable thing of beauty. Sip it but sip it often.

Photo of spointon
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 750ml brown bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip snifter.

A= This ale poured a very dark, blackish brown. I saw just a hint of red around the edges when I held it directly to a light. The head poured 2+ inches of chocolaty tan goodness. Some nice lacing down the glass. Obvious carbonation release throughout the glass.

S= This was one of the most complex aromatic combinations I have ever encountered in a beer. I found sweet aromas of ripe fruit (cherries, plums), fig newtons, bready malt, chocolate, and candy sugar, as well as strong notes of spicy pepper and alcohol. I also smelled a bit of port wine in there too.

T= This ale had a very unique taste profile. As in the aromas, I found lots of sweetness, as in dessert breads, rich port wine flavors, and ripe fruit. The alcohol was there but very muted by the sweetness.

MF= A bit thin, yet it had a pleasant enough cleansing carbonation to carry it nicely across the tongue.

D= My first sip of this beer made me think it would be a bit too sweet. As it warmed, that thought faded and I really began to dig the complexity of this ale. Definitely a sipper, but a damn fine one. Another great beer by Unibroue!

Photo of kinger
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer to get cozy with anytime of the year. The pour is an immense dark ruby red with a thin head and little lacing. Due to the high alcohol content this is to be expected. The aroma is unlike any other, awesome is an understatement. I drank from a red wine glass and an intense aroma of dark sweet fruits filled the air. I inhale and its as if I am drinking port, It is hard to explain how delicious the scent truly is. The beer is slightly thin on the palate but it works. The flavor is bursting with fruit flavors and sweet malts. Plums, cherries, figs, raisins, who knows what is all involved in this wonderful beer. Overall this is a must try. Not your typical brew, but exactly what I would expect from Unibroue. Absolutely Fabulous.

Photo of pwoods
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a deep brown with ruby tinting. 1 finger worth of frothy and rocky tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Sweet malts and dark moist breads. Some of the Belgian candied sugar. Some rich baking spices along with the malts and a touch from the yeast as well. Complex but a bit on the subtle side.

T/M: Lots of spice from the yeast, big on pepper, similar to Trois Pistoles. Malts are the same from the nose but accompanied by a large and flavorful alcohol line. The big alcohol character gets a little bit in the way, I think. Body is around medium and carbonation is on the lower side of normal Belgian styles, adding a great smoothness. Finishes dry with a touch of alcohol bite.

D: Tasty but I really had to take my time with this.

Photo of thepassingofdays
3.19/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: my brother is in town, so it's exotic beer night, expect a flurry of reviews.

a- pours a darker brown than I expected with a generous head, almost too much. Totally opaque, can barely see a bright light through it. Interesting.

s- a strong smell of alcohol, hints of sweetness, possibly clove, it's not easy to tell. Very bitter overall, not too pleasant.

t- comes on strong, and continues through out. The finish is a bit too bitter for my taste and the alcohol content is more than noticable. Not my cup of tea (or glass of beer).

m- the mouthfeel is strangely contrasting to the taste, it feels tingly due to the ABV, and the finish is very warm.

d- Too strong for a young weakling like myself, but great to try and I will introduce my hardier friends to it for sure.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork-in-caged bottle with best before date of 02-26-2012, poured into a snifter yields a dark hazy pinkish-brown body virtually impenetrable to light, capped with a pale khaki/ivory-colored, lumpy, bumpy swirl of sticky foam with great retention that leaves abstract art-style patterns of lacing on the glass.

Smell is tart and fruity with a solid and hefty note of fresh cherries and ripe figs, becoming spicier and lightly banana-bready as it warms.

Taste is complex and wonderful, sweet and malty with a light tart note, plus flavors of cherries and ripe plums. A tingly zip of citrus and a succulent note of chocolate appear as the drink warms a bit, as does a mushy note of overripe apple that fits right in. Clove notes are ever-present, but never obnoxiously so, and caramel appears late in the drink, apparently covering a banana. No alcohol flavor that I can detect in this soft and delicious beer; a fact amazing to me given the 10.5% ABV.

The feel of the drink is smooth and the carbonation is just about perfect. Throughout the experience, I never took note of any off-flavor or aroma, and only when my head began to feel a bit light did I realize the wallop the drink was packing.

The beer is really fine, and is another Unibroue offering that makes me really respect the talents of the brewer. Outstanding, even amongst the other excellent beers they offer.

Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pours a pitch black color with a nice thick head that soon fades.

Aroma: Sweet and malty with a strong raisin/dark fruit aroma.

Taste: Starts off bitter with chocolate and raisin notes. Somewhat burnt flavors. Smooth. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and malty. Raisin in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Alcohol is barely noticeable. I like it.

Photo of Lukie
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very dark brown, with a thick brown head that slowly gave way into thin lacing on the edges. Hints of deep red when held up to the light.

Lot's of dark plum, aniseed and fig in the smell. Mild cloves in the back from the alcohol.

Sweet fig and plum flavours blend with bitter aniseed, very complex. A lot of flavours blend between each other and it is hard to decipher what is what, which makes it fantastic. The alcohol gives it some dryness, but not overly so.

Quite heavy mouthfeel, with quite a good bit of carbonation, which is normal for Unibroue it seems. For 10.5% this is freakishly easy going down.

Photo of hellcatsjg
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cola appearance with a big creamy tan head that lasts for a really long time. Good amount of lacing as well. Looks good.

Smell: Spicy fruity aroma with a bit of toffee and maltiness mixed in.

Taste: Sweet fruit (apple and dark raisins come to mind) mixed with a peppery spicy taste. Malt comes on the back end with the sweet caramel and toffee flavor. Afterwards, you can add a bit of alcohol. Nice flavor and nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and very creamy and rich. Pleasant flavor after the swallow but does not last very long. Bit of alcohol warmth.

Drinkability: This is one of those beers that only limits you with it's high ABV. Delicious complex flavor and not too heavy, this is one of the best Dark Ale's I have had. Another winner from Unibroue, highly recommended.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Insane pop from the cork...no gush. Killer! Zissy loudmouth head crackles and snaps, it's firm, lightly tanned and made of incredibly tiny bubbles. Holds supremely well. Body is the brownest brown possible, at times looks as black as the abyss. Perhaps the darkest Belgian strong dark ale I've ever seen.

Aroma leaped out of the glass immediately upon pouring. Well-mingled chocolate/caramel/toffee, very candy-like, with typically Belgian yeastiness and a bit of hazelnut in the background. Oh yum...and I haven't even taken a sip yet. That's gotta change.

A delicious ale, this is. Plenty of chocolate/caramel/toffee with yeast and hazelnut (yeah, just like the aroma). Some banana creeps in, reminding of those frozen chocolate-covered bananas on a stick. Warming from the alcohol spreads through the sinuses, just enough to delight and certainly not at all cloying. Super-well incorporated alcohol. Finish brings back some yeast, nut and chocolate. Oh damn it's good.

Mouthfeel is soft and buttery while also having a good deal of carbonation. Tilts that balance just a tad too much toward the carbonation...would've like less of that and more of the smoothness. Still, no big complaint. Flavor matters most and you get plenty of that here.

Big and bold, but not brash. Tons of flavor here, and maybe not even the most complex ale, as the flavors are all right there for the enjoyment. Quite a concoction, certainly one of Unibroue's more impressive achievements.

Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. A massive four finger rocky and foamy beige head forms. After a while it recedes to about one finger of foam. Lots of clinging lace.
A: Doughy and yeasty malt dominates. A nice fruity aroma. Apples, plumb, peaches, ect. A bit of toffee and chocolate towards the end.
S: Malty chocolate and toffee up front. As the taste lingers some dry fruits. Almost the opposite of the nose. Some alcohol burn as well.
M/D: Medium bodied and very dry. Crisp in the mouth. This is a nice sipping beer, but lots of warm almost burning alcohol.

Not my favorite Unibroue beer, but I would definitely recommend this to anybody looking for some Belgian Strong Dark Ale's.

Photo of bjoyce12
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another fine issue from Unibroue. Comes in a black 500 ml bottle with nothing but "Terrible" in silver lettering on it. Impressive looking, but a fitting container for this fine dark ale. Pours a dark brown; not black, it's not a Russian stout, but a nice dark amber. Excellent lasting foam, good carbonation. Taste is exactly what you want in a brown; good malt, rasted nut, very slight sweetness, no syrupy aftertaste, and no alcohol burn. Unibroue knows what they're doing.

Photo of Vixie
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and surprised me with the head, it foamed up more than anticipated and overflowed my glass. I assumed a beer with this alcohol content wouldn't foam up quite as much. Formed a huge 4 finger head, dissipated down to a thin foam head. Very dark beer, no light escaping this one.

Smell was very noticable, hit me as soon as I started pouring. I always find this style of beer to have a smell of toffee, and this was no exception. Also had some malt notes in there as well.

Taste was complex to me, a lot going on here. Dried fruit like raisin was present, along with brown sugar. Coffee and chocolate was present as well, with a nice bit of spiciness. Not a lot of hop, but some there in the aftertaste. Little bit of alcohol warming as well.

Mouthfeel was probably the weakest point to me, from the color I expected something that was overpowering, but it really wasn't. Not bad, but definitely thinner than expected.

Overall this was a very good beer, one I'd happily get again. This falls under my term reward beer, not one for everyday drinking, but a nice treat to either celebrate something or to reward yourself. Great beer for sitting back and just enjoy the taste of it.

Photo of soupyman10
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a double Unibroue evening with the family, trying this and the 16 back to back. This one pours a dark brown color wiht a fine off-white head and pretty weak lacing. Nose is lots of dried fruit and roasted malt. Flavor is delicious: light molasses, coffee, chocolate. Lots of spiciness as well, masking most of the alcohol (although it does come through a little), and tons of swirling dried fruit. Carbonation is quite high, and the body was medium in feel. Overall, quite a tasty beer, sort of a souped up Leffe Brown, to me. Not quite as good as the 16, in our opinions.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,001 ratings.