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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,920
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 98
Gots: 208 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 MrHungryMonkey
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

MrHungryMonkey, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent ale that pours a three finger, thick light brown head fades slowly leaving a good lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is a malty alcohol. Very deep amber, almost black color. Starts smooth and malty and finishes with an alcohol overtone. Ages well, bought Sept 2006 bottled 2004, best by Aug 8, 2007. $6.22 for a 750ml bottle from Smiley's Beverages Dover, NH.

jdhilt, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of diamondc
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'La Terrible' pours a dark brown with just the right amount of head. Smell is of figs, Unibroue's signature yeast, and fresh out of the oven banana bread. Very reminiscent of a dunkel weizen.

Taste was out of this world ... dried plums, dark cherries, prunes, freshly squeezed orange juice pulp, a bit of green apple sourness. Godly in just one word. I can just barely taste the hot alcohol burn, but knowing Unibroue's other beers, they kept this one as well-hidden as they could.

I finished the bomber by myself and boy am I feeling the buzz. Not sure its a beer I'd have everyday (if I did, I'd be broke by Monday..), but one of the best beers that's widely available.

diamondc, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked & caged, 2004 vintage, best before 8-8-07, served in a goblet.

A - black with a fluffy tan head that backed down, but a light layer remained throughout the glass, leaving a little lacing.

S - yeast and fruit (black cherry) aroma.

T - black cherry taste, along with some roasted malt/yeast flavors.
10.5% abv is very well hidden.

M - medium/full bodied, light carbonation.

D - very nice sipper, be careful of abv, it will sneak up on you.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 06-05-2011, poured into a Unibroue tulip glass:

Pours almost black with dark ruby highlights when held up to the light. A thick tan head fizzles to a lasting cover. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell begins with a sharp spiciness that mellows as it progresses. Dark fruits (plums/figs) mix with sweet bubblegum. Earthy and grainy notes flow in and out.

Sharp, almost raw, alcohol greets the first sip, but soon mellows and fades away after the first couple of small sips. As it warms, it takes on vinuous characteristics. Dark fruit, molasses, bubblegum sweetness is complimented by spiciness and earthiness. Figs/plumbs mix with strawberries to give the fruitiness a unique character. Finishes with a dry, spicy kick.

Quite a bit of carbonation gives it a prickly sensation at first. But, this too mellows. It remains fluffy, but with something to it.

Well, La Terrible is not terrible at all - It's a delicious sipper - and a slow sipper to be sure. A nice, complex brew, though I don't know that it's one of my favorites from this great brewery - Still in all, I like it!

jwc215, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. This ale poured a deep brown color with a huge fizzy tan head that slowly faded away. A bit of light lacing is left behind. Some ruby highlights and active carbonation are visible when held up to light. The aroma is made up of dark fruits, brown sugar, plums, and sweet malts. The smell is very vinous. The flavor consists of dark grapes, cherries, plums, light malts, and some bread. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. A bit of a dry finish. The high alcohol is hidden perfectly. A decent ale, but other examples of this style really overshadow this beer.

mdm46410, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of JimScanz
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark color. Huge head that settles nicely. Rich flavor that is a little fruittier than I prefer. Goes down smooth and sits light. Doesn't feel like you just ate after drinking a few (1pt. 9.4 oz/ per). It also doesn't have a strong alcohol taste @ 10.5.

JimScanz, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of MattBrooks
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 8-8-2007

Tasted on 6-9-2007

This bottle had been sitting in my cellar for years; yet when poured it still had a massive head with incredibly rich aromas of mint, fig, coffee and smoke. It's rich, heavy, thick and powerful. The effects of the 10.5% alc can be felt right away. In fact, this delicious brew is so dark and thick, light just refuses to shine through.

The finish is strong, long and incredibly powerful.

Definitely not for the meek. I wish I had more...

MattBrooks, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 6-5-2011.

Pours so deep and dark, looks more like a stout. Substantial tan head that dissipates slowly.

Nose of malt, raisin and plum.

Complex taste with elements of malt, dark fruit, and faint hops giving way to a hint of liquorice in the finish.

Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Quite drinkable for the ABV which is well hidden.

techdiver, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of scottoale
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml. cork/caged brown bottle with silk-screened label and a Best Before: 06-05-2011, pours a very dark brown ale with ruby highlights and a light tan head of one finger. No lace that sticks around, but very active carbonation keeps the head aloft for a while.

The smell is fairly sweet off-the-bat with notes of raisens, cherries, clove and other spices. More nose comes about as the brew warms up...dark and fruity, lots of alcohol vapors as well.

Tastes as the above forementioned, but gains much more flavor and complexity as it warms considerably. The warmer it gets, the better it starts to taste as it gains some depth. A nice sweet dark fruity malt intro that grows into a spicy, some what dry, tart finish that lingers well.

A full bodied dark ale that is a fine example of the style, the mouthfeel is smooth with a zip of tartness to the fin. Overall...a strong brew that's very enjoyable.

scottoale, May 28, 2007
Photo of acrawf6
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark and deep reddish brown amber, no light coming through the center of the glass. Head is a nice and fluffy tan head.

Smell. Sweet with yeasty aromas and fruits- mostly prunes and alcohol drenched plums. Under that is some spiciness.

Taste. Pretty sweet, fruit flavors taste a bit fresher than i thought they would. There is also a roasted maltiness to it that i find quite interesting and good. A small tartness comes out, but settles out. Aftertaste has the warming sensation from the alcohol, but also has a creaminess to it. Then it becomes quite sweet. I think this flavor is very nice and balanced, and still quite mild.

Mouthfeel. Body is a medium level with lively carbonation. But there is also a creaminess that fills my mouth quite nicely.

Overall, an excellent beer. I dont know what more to say about it. Just a great beer.

acrawf6, May 21, 2007
Photo of arizcards
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at Magnum's in early December for $8.49. Best consumed before 06-05-2011.

Beer poured a dark burgundy brown with a very long lasting tan head. Nose has a very fragrant boquet, of sweet malts, dark fruits, light fruits, and spices. Taste is a near perfect blend of malts, with hints of figs, apples, plums, and a slight dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is perfect. The beer goes down extremely smooth and this is perfectly carbonated as it goes across my palate. Drinkability is near perfect. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Excellent job of brewing by the Canadian leaders!

arizcards, May 21, 2007
Photo of pittvkyle7
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A giant kind of light purple white head that was comprised big bubbles that quickly started to fade. The brew is dark with some red hints. The lacing is large but scattered.

Smells like dark fruits, raisins. candy and sugar.

The taste again is of the dark friuts like raisins and prunes, a lot of carmalized sugar too. I couldn't taste anything to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated, The 10.5 is hidden well in the taste but comes through with a nice warming quality in the mouthfeel.

not too drinkable, but very good all the same.

pittvkyle7, May 20, 2007
Photo of Xian24
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark in color with a soft brown head.

Smell: Nice malts and cherry notes. There are some plums and figs present as well with some nice spices.

Taste: Fruity and carmel malt flavors. Also had a noticeable spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Average body and carbonation.

Drinkability: I couldn't drink this every day, but enjoyable.

Xian24, May 01, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured black with a very nice head. The lacing is impressive. The aroma is a mix of Belgian candy and a spicy scent. The taste is spicy (licorice?) and malty. There is a bit of a candy taste as well. The mouthfeel is full and carbonated. Overall, I’d consider this a very interesting brew that falls under the category of quite drinkable. As a side thought, I would like to drink one that has been cellared a few years.

barefootbrewer, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of Matteox3
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Delaware at Krestons Liquor Mart.

Consumed from a 750ml bottle in a chalice. 2004 Vintage.

Outstanding colour with tan head. Low lacing.

Aroma include blueberry, raisin, prune, cherries.

Flavor follows suit, with large amount of malty flavour. Hints of Blueberry and Coffee. Finishes clean.

To date this is one of my favorite beers since I have started my cellar collection. My girlfriend agrees.

Matteox3, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of dherling
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage, opened April 2007. Poured out a cola brown color with a thick creamy tan head dotted with yeast. The nose was surprisingly tame. good malting, some raisin and prune, tiny bit of alcohol. The taste was a diferent matter. Big bold and sexy, lots of malt, slight coffee, slightly heavy yeast notes that swim lovingly withthe malt. Everything just gets along really well here. Very nice. Has a tickly mouthfeel, but finishes very clean for such a big malty mess. Big flavor, but very dirnkable.

dherling, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a huge, fluffy, tan head that falls quickly.

Wonderful smell; figs, cherries, grapes, plums, raisins, with notes of alcohol and spice coming through, there's also a lingering scent similar to soda pop.

Immediately into the sip, there are tastes of plums and cherries, also the other dark fruits I'd noticed in the aroma. The taste turns sour for a moment, sort of like sour apple candy, then back into sweetness with caramel and finishes with a touch of alcohol and spice. Weaving between all of the flavors is an earthy feeling and a sort of tangy yeast taste.

The high carbonation really pops in your mouth. Very rich and full-bodied feel. Definite alcohol warming feeling hits you fairly quickly, making it the only hardship I find in finishing my 750mL bottle. The taste is amazing, the smell and appearance are top notch. This is an amazing beer, hands down.

dogger6253, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of oelergud
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 corked and caged 750 bottle.
Almost opaque, deep ruby and mahogany body. Tan head of tiny to small bubbles, decent retention and low lace.
Scent is brown sugar, molasses and strong caramel. Very strong and inviting.
Cherry, raisen and strong molasses, dry nutskin hops. Good balance with a hoppy aftertaste.
Full body with little coating, dry finish.
Highly drinkable but watch the abv, it is not apparent in the taste or smell, but it will make it's appearance halfway through the bottle.


oelergud, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a nearly black color, with slight reddish hints towards the edges. Head is medium-tan and doesn't last for too long, but leaves a healthy film.

Smell: Subdued aroma of dark fruits like figs and some cherries.

Taste: Rich dark fruits with some sugars as well. Not overly sweet, as there's a bit of tartness in there as well. Bready too.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, medium-bodied beer with some light (yet sometimes sharp) carbonation.

Drinkability: Although very strong, the alcohol is very well-hidden.

Judging by the bottle and the taste, you'd think that this was drawn from some dark well in some cave or castle! There's a nice mystery to it. Not as complex as some similar beers, but this still has a balanced and unique flavor. I prefer some of Unibroue's other Belgian strong dark ales, but I'm sure that I will get this one again.

mithrascruor, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice reddish brown hue filled my snifter. Light tan head dissipates quickly but leaves a nice film.

Smell: Nice malts and cherry notes. There are some plums and figs present as well with some nice spices.

Taste: Sweet plums, cherries, and dried fruit ride along with the malts to make-up the backbone of this wonderful beer. The malts seem to be of caramel and toffee. There is a slight sourness at one point, but it only adds to the complexity. Last but not least you get some nice spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied with some carbonation present.

Drinkability: This is one of the reasons I started drinking craft beer and I am so glad I did.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just taking the cork off reveals a nice sweet and spicy aroma and it pours out a nice dark color with deep red undertones and is topped off with a thick creamy light tan head. It has a smooth but sharp taste (almost tart) when it first hits your tongue; but you can quickly taste the spiciness in it. It just has a great taste that just rolls onto your tongue and really wakes up your taste bud. It has a nice mild spicy aftertaste that’s really leaves you wanting another sip.

vickersspitfire, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of crwills
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly dark, near opaque brown with evil red highlights. A good sized dull beige head sticks around.

Aroma starts with the typical sourish unibroue yeast, plus unripe strawberries or strong melon. Perfumey in the back of the throat.

Silky mouthfeel; light but excellently balanced. Flavour is a little dull given the aroma, unfortunately. Well hidden alcohol and bready yeast. Very mild spicy herbs and a hint of roasted malts. Unique, lingering aftertaste I had trouble categorizing.

One of my favourites from Unibroue, although the taste could use a little beefing up.

crwills, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage that I have been cellaring since purchased in Montreal Sep 05. I had heard that there had been problems with the 2004 corks so I was somewhat concerned opening this baby. I pulled the cork and pop! Poured with great fizz and gusto! Relief The color is a very dark- held up to the light the ruby comes through. Lots and lots of floaties with great lacing. Smell is of sweet fruit and candy. Taste- damn that is smooth! Much smoother than Trois Pistoles. Dried fruits and bakers chocolate with a dry finish. No noticable hops. The house yeast isn’t too noticable here. This is an awesome beer and would be exceptional with a fine meal (mine was experienced with chicken soup). This is the best Unibroue that I have experienced to date.

oakbluff, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2004 imprint on the cage. Loud "pop" from the uncorking. A 1/2 inch of pale tan foam sits atop the dark coffee colored brew. The appearance is mildly tranlucent, though still quite dark. The head settles quickly, but remains as a beautiful foamy layer. Pleasant aroma of plum, fig, mild alcohol, light chocolate and spice present. Good complexity but could have been more potent to entice my senses.

The first taste is amazing, the malt has a perfect amount of sweetness with flavors of dark fruit, a hint of nuttiness, and a lightly roasted character which rounds everything out on a slight bitter note. The carbonation starts out sharply on the tongue, and finishes with a foamy fullness like no other. The body is only medium thick though, so it goes down very easily.

This is a well balanced beer, which is superb considering the alcohol content. It's almost way too drinkable, but you won't find me complaining. Hands down one of the best from Unibroue, right next to La Fin Du Monde...

bennetj17, Feb 20, 2007
La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,920 ratings.