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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,967
Reviews: 909
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 104
Gots: 238 | 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 bassmantin
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark semi-transparent black/brown into a wine glass with a nice thick creamy tan head that lingers for quite some time.

The smell is filled with strong fruit flavors, a bit tart, and almost reminds me of a dry wine.

Taste begins with a hint of fruit flavors (which are hard to nail down) and ends with a powerful rush of Belgian sweetness. The finish is spectacular - very thick and rich but still delicate enough to linger pleasantly. I love that Belgian style sweetness. This is a great example. Good carbonation, too.

Overall: A very unique, highly complex Belgian Strong Ale. One of the best I've had of all the Belgian styles.

Photo of Redwood21
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: i wish the head would last longer, but the brown froth of head is pleasing and th cola colored beer is delicious

S: dark ripe fruits, maybe some raisins as well there is some ester in the nose

T: very easy drinking with a wine like complexity with a hint of ester. the fruyit taste is also here with a hint of oak sherry.

this is a good solid beer, not too fancy but still complex enough. very good

Photo of NCSUdo
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, corked and caged, batch B28071608Q, I can't remember how to decipher the code

A: Deep brown/black under a big brown head. Spotty lace, decent retention.

S: Smells sweet, malty, dark fruit, a little bit of tobacco, maybe the slightest hint of caramel and chocolate, but very faint at best.

T: Sweet up front, very fruity, very vinous. I get a lot of grape character from this one. Again a hint of tobacco, very mild bitterness, alcohol is there but very well balanced, slightly warming. Excellent taste.

M/D: Full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation on the tongue. A sipper but fully drinkable for such a big beer. Great beer.

Photo of nsmartell
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a nice dark brown with lots of foamy head.

Smell: Alcohol, malt and floral.

Taste: Pretty sweet and malty and you the alcohol definitely comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is the first Belgian strong ale I can ever remember trying and I would definitely seek this out again.

Photo of Goliath
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown and is opaque. Three fingers of tan head sit on top of this beer receeding slowly leaving no lace on the glass. There is however good retention.

Aroma is enticing. Sweet caramel, ripe fruit, a little spice, and a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste is nice. Ripe fruit, raisins and plums, molasses, sweet caramel, some spice, yeast and a robust malty bitter chocolate flavor. A slight hint of alcohol is also present. Pretty impressive how a brew at 10.5% hides the alcohol this well.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Good flavors make it easy to drink, but at 10.5% ABV consumption should be on the slow side.

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Litterlly four fingers of a rocky rich tan foam quickly jumps to the top of the glass. Head has decent retention. Body is a blackish brown showing hints of ruby when held to light. Super full spicey notes jump to the nose with hints of taffy, carmalized malt, fresh cookie and dark fruit tones. A mingling of sour fruits and dark rich malty notes meld together on the tongue on first sip. The depth of the palate has creamy vanilla presences and a consistant, warm, spicey feel. The spices have a phelonic feel as they carry notes of sweet bread, cinnamon, and bananas. Mouthfeel is very thick and rich with the spicey feel really creating a malty feel in the mouth. This is a sipper at 10.5% alchol, but it is hidden very well. This makes a nicely drinkable winter brew.

Photo of hwwty4
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I ended up with this beer because I had a tasting and ended up having way to much beer. Since I spent the most money, I got to keep all the extra beer. Poured this bottle into my trusty Chimay chalice. Wow, it looks like Coca Cola when poured. Translucent brown with a huge rocky white head. Leaves no lacing whatsoever. Aroma is interesting. Definite notes of raisins, plums and other dark fruits. When cold, this beer has a hint of butter but if you let that puppy warm a bit the diacetyl really comes out. Taste is what I think an unsweetened raisin would taste like. Slight hints of other spices, but I cant put my finger on the flavors. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, almost like a soda. I'm glad I was able to try this beer, but at the same time I'm glad I didn't have to drop the 8 bucks on the bottle either.

Photo of kaboose72
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark brown/burgandy color with a fomay, bubbly, light-brown

S - It had malty and floral notes

T - It tasted of dried fruit (raisin) and had I nice malty sweetness. There were also hints of clove and spices.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to heavy-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is another outstanding beer from Unibroue. It holds up well to all of their other beers and other beers of this style. Probably their best beer that i have had.

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown/burgandy color with a fomay, bubbly, light-brown, three-finger head that left some good lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, like raisins. Also, a plum aroma. It had malty and floral notes, too.

T - It tasted of dried fruit (raisin) and had I nice malty sweetness. There were also hints of clove and spices.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to heavy-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is another outstanding beer from Unibroue. It holds up well to all of their other beers and other beers of this style.

Photo of dnichols
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this brew at a local bear tasting event featuring great beers from East of the Mississippi and Canada...18 wonderful beers...what a night. We opened the caged and corked 750 ml bottle and served in 6 ounce portions.

A: It poured a very dark body with a moderate tan head that refused to stay around.

S: The toasted malts were rich with flavors of dark fruits and brown sugar and they were complemented by dark bread yeasty flavors.

T: The taste of dark rich malts and thick creamy yeasts impart flavors of dark fruits (e.g., plums) and pumpernickel bread fresh from the oven. There are some hints of dark sharp spices like coriander and black pepper. The sweetness while distinct is not overwhelming.

M: Full bodied and packing a sweet front and warm, clean finish. ABV is well hidden but contributes, along with the abundant carbonation, to a zesty bite that entertains the tongue.

D: What a treat...a great BSDA from a great Brewery. I could drink this brew from November to April...night after night.

Photo of dsa7783
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ML black bottle copped caged and corked from Total Wine and More in Union... Pours a dark, opaque, ebony hue with an aggressive foamy head that exhibited tremendous staying power and was hesitant to recede...
Smell was noticeable and strong with a powerful whiff of alcohol, raisins, currants, and dates... Right off the bat, I could tell that this was a powerful sample - both in the alcohol percentage and taste, which had a distinct syrup and mollases characteristics... flavor was also very heady and alcoholic, with an equal distribution of malts, candied sugar, plums, figs, prunes, and a slight tinge of vanilla along with apparent caramel and toffee notes... A very overwhelming beer from Unibroue... Just like their "16", a tremendous and aggressive brew both in flavor, taste, and style... Overall, this one is a sipper and should be had over a long period of time...
Nice mouthfeel, but drinkability took a slight hit due to the strong flexing of alcoholic esters and rich spice flavor... What I really liked about this sample was the fact that although the alcohol was noticeable in both the nose and taste, it was not overbearing or dominating, and eventually mellowed out over time...

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a dark cola-brown with a very small-bubbled beige head.

Nice sweet aroma of Belgian yeast, Juicyfruit gum, bananas, raisins, and malts.

Taste is sweet and malty along with plenty of dark ripe fruits, yeast, raisins, and some booziness.

Medium mouthfeel, slick, warming to the palate, and highly carbonated.

This is a very drinkable Belgian strong dark ale from Unibroue. Good balance, flavorful, and a nice boozy warmth.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice. Aroma is white wine, raisin, date, coriander, miscellaneous spices along with pepper, pine hops and cookie malts. Appearence is dark monotone brown with a frothy brown head. Flavor is spicey and it goes down creamy smooth with a warming finish.

Photo of david131
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- The liquid is almost black as night, even when held to a light. The head that forms is very creamy looking and a little off white with excellent retention.

S- Belgian yeast and dark fruit and cherries. sweet smelling and very aromatic and complex.

T- Same as the aroma. Very complex and tasty without being overbearing or too rich.

M- Very creamy. The sweetness and carbonation are spot on. Well done.

D- Very tasty and enjoyable. Perfect balance of complexity, richness, and drinkability. The alcohol was not noticeable at all.

Photo of Atron67
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a huge fluffy tannish head and a pretty dead black.

S- actaully a pretty strong alcohol smell, solid fruits, fig, courrants. malty, very light to no hop presence

T- smooth maltiness, some fig and other dark fruits, fades into a yeasty finish

M- a pretty light beer for body, high carbonation, so i let it sit for awhile

D- decent

Photo of ccrida
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml into my Pike Pub Tulip, La Terrible is a very dark garnet with a massive ivory heavy that is rather quick settling but leaves fairly heavy, foamy lace. This is a new bottle served just above fridge temp.

Smell is mainly sweet cane sugar, some bright fruit and a touch of sourness.

Taste is mainly spicy belgian yeast and dark fruit, mildly acrid and very boozy. Lacking complexity, this is basically a big sugary beer whose sweetness is cut by the high alcohol and esters, more so as it warms. First few sips in particular were pretty disappointing.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side due to the high sugar content,boil this down a bit and you'll have (dark) simple syrup.

Drinkability is low for a quad, this is just too sugary and ultimately falls short. Not quite terrible, but not too good either.

Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pour a near black color with an average tan head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass. Not much in terms of lacing. The smell is average for a BSDA, some dark fruit esters are noticable with a very light candi sugar and barn yard aromas. Wine like fruity characteristics are fore front, with some raisin and plum like notes as well. Noticable sweetness from the candi sugar and a slight roasted malt, spice (corriander) and/or hop bitterness to try to balance the brew. The feel is light to moderate and quite fizzy, finishes on the sweet side but no where near cloying. The 10.5%ABV is totally well hiden, which makes this brew quite drinkable. Not the most impressive of BSDAs as the fruity esters don't seem up to par. I find Unibroue to be solid beers but nothing too fantastic.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, black, opaque color - with relatively small(1 finger) tan head.

Had a malty, slightly sweet alcohol smell. Pleasant.

I noticed licorice and fig, but overall it had more of a medicinal flavor than I would prefer.

Mouthfeel was rich/full-bodied, and full of alcohol.

This is a relatively drinkable beer for the style, and obviously a high quality beer overall.

Photo of MTNboy
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- It is a dark seductive red with almost a tan head. The head is not huge but full with a beautiful.

Smell- As with most of Unibroue’s strong beers it has very fruity and wine like scent. I would be full of it if I said you could not smell the alcohol but the aroma is not over shadowed by it.

Taste- Sweet and once again some what wine like. Fruity with kind of an aged flavor to it. I love pretty much everything they have made so far.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied there is some carbonation but is moderate.

Drinkability- A pleasure to drink but slowly so it can be savored.

Photo of rollbiz
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed in a Belgian style glass from a 750ml bottle, taken from the refrigerator about 1 hour before opening.

The beer has a malty, sweet aroma with a hint of the alcohol content. Pours into the glass with a thick, light brown head which fades away quickly as mentioned in other reviews.

Taste is a mix of fruity banana, malty/spicy, brown sugar with more than a touch of alcohol flavor. I don't normally like too much ETOH flavor in a beer, but it was quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is really interesting, it goes from thin thick with a quick swish probably due to the carbonation.

Drinkability is quite high, especially for such a complex and high ABV brew.

This took first place for the Unibroue beers I've tried as soon about two seconds after it hit my tongue. Full flavored but not obnoxious, boozy but dangerously smooth, agrees very well with all of my beer drinking senses. Highly recommended!

Photo of BeTheBall
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber red with a nice creamy head, which after a moment subsided but remained stciky on the glass. Smells heavenly of fruits and wine. The taste was equally as good, with a wonderful dark fruit, almost plum and raisin-like smell. Mouthfeel was excellent, and man, this is fo good I could drink it all day. Just a fabulous beer, no question one of the top few that I've had. Spectacular!

Photo of 1fastz28
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark ruby red, almost purpleish color with hardly any head. smells like a wine, or maybe grape juice. tastes damn good, lots of flavor, strong alcohol flavor,with an overload of yeast, i can't finger what i like about this beer, just everything about it is yummy.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with an immediate foamy head that disappears quickly.

Tastes a bit stronger of alcohol than one would expect, but doesn't distract from the overall flavor. Has a strong woody taste with other notes of spice, a slight coffee being found in the aftertaste. It's the aftertaste that stays with you the longest, lingering in your mouth long after drinking.

Carbonation is a little more than I figured but works in the beer's favor.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -11.5%
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.

La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,967 ratings.