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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,987
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 107
Gots: 253 | 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 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.

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

A- Poured about four fingers of head. The color resembles cola and is some what opaque.

S- It has a strong aroma of spices and a faint aroma of dark fruit and raisns.

T- It initially tastes of dark fruits and raisins. Slight candied brown sugar comes in on the midpalate and finishes with a dry woodish flavor.

M- Would have finished better if not as overly carbonated. Medium-bodied and slightly prickly due to carbonation.

D- Not one of Unibroues best due to the carbonation. Probably would not be something I would seek out again.

Photo of KeefD
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked n caged bottle. Pours black, light foam and little lacing. Smell is is sweet, dark fruits, ripened fruits, and strong alcohol character. Taste is strong. Alcohol is very present, and not hidden at all. It is what it is, and I like that. Huge roasted malt flavor, bitter chocolate, slight hop background, and big alcohol warming as it goes down. This is a big boy. Carbonation is average and is very full bodied. Handle with care.

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

Appearance- Pours with relatively little head and fairly apparent carbonation. Beer is a magnificent deep amber color.

Smell- Combination of wonderfully ripe fruit aroma's and a light freshly made bread smell.

Taste- Sweet carameled fruits, some chocolate, very smooth finish with good lingering hints of apricots.

Mouthfeel- So smooth! Absolutly silky on the palate.

Drinkability- A truly magnificent brew, wonderful representation of the style.

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

750 ml bottle in a Maudite snifter.

A - Nice dark brown with a light brown head that fade's fast.

S - Strong almost wine like smell.

T - Great flavor, really strong malt flavor.

M - Light bodied and good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Not as good as the other beers from Unibrou.

Photo of czfreeman
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 22oz bomber.
La Terrible pours out completly, menancingly, pitch black. A completly black brew. The head is a tan carmel colored light cap, this beer leaves no lacing in the glass whatsoever. A pitch-black Russian Imperial Wit ale if you will.
Aroma- notes of smokey cherry-wood, bitter chocolate, dark malts, rum-like aromas. super-sweet, no apparent wheat aromas, more dark grains.
The flavor is a Dubble^2. Everything in a Dubble, rich toasted malts, bitter chocolates, smoky cherry wood, a super rich-tasting elixer that is cut perfectly by the carbonation levels and perfect balance of alcoholic phenol clove-like spiciness.
Alcohol is perfectly masked. Mouthfeel is amazing. What looks to be a super-thick rich, heavy brew is in fact a tart, astringent, delicious, highly drinkable congac-like brew. The more I drink, the more I want. This is a "Terribly" delicious beer-sorry had to make the joke. Merci Unibroue!

Photo of kkipple
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Clear brown with a crackling, fast fading tan head. Fizzy.

S. The usual Unibroue yeast is in full force here, it's hard to describe but it's quite unique. I'm getting figs, toasted grain, some vague spice and a good chunk of alcohol. There's also a hint of, I'm sorry to say, chlorine or something like it. But the overall smell is fine.

T. Sweet, lots of dark fruits and brown sugar here, spiced and yeasty and strangely dry on the palate. I wonder what the OG was on this beer... it's middling complex but the Unibroue funk-yeast thing is a little overwhelming here. Doesn't grab me.

M. Full and fluffy, generous! Cola-like in the mouth.

D. This wasn't a bad brew, but neither one of Unibroue's best. Still a fair value for the price, and worth a shot if you like their other offerings.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - solid black with a large creamy solid tan head. Good retention and lacing.

s - dark fruits, yeast, spices, alcohol, and a very slight sweet nuttiness

t - yeast and sweetness up front with dark fruits as the smell would suggest. A little sourness most likey from the fruits, i guess that makes them over ripe fruits. A large alcohol presence. Not too bitter or dry.

m - full body, thick almost syrupy with good carbonation.

d - I appreciate it, but there is a little too much yeast presence and the alcohol content keeps it from being too drinkable. If I want this much yeast/sour character I would rather have a triple where the fruits and citrus are more present.

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

Pours black with a thick tan looking head. Smells of alcohol, like a glass of wine. Very malty with a hint of fruit and spice. Taste is incredible. Has a smooth fruity taste to start and then a real alcohol kick. Has an oily and fizzy finish. Overall drinkability is great if you can handle the 10.5 ABV kick. Unibroue scores again.

Photo of blakesell
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml caged and corked bottle into a weizen glass. This is a recent bottle as it has been brewed again. I also have vintages aged back so I'll have to buy another of this fresh batch.

Appearance- Beer pours a very dark brown near black with a monsterous ten finger head of foam that dies down slowly to two fingers, then to a slight murk on the top looking slightly spiderweb'ed. Lacing clings slightly to the glass in tiny bubble formation.

Smell- Figs, raisins, and prunes are all upfront with the lovely Unibroue trademark yeast that goes oh so well in Belgian styled beers. Wheat and lighter malts come out in the smell, the dark malts are hidden from a fig sweetness that the nose can't quite get past.

Taste- Figs, chocolate, brown sugar, hazelnut flavoured syrup like what goes in coffee (not the cream crap, the real syrup), light malts, a bit of a sweet cidery feel, but only slight red apple on the flavor. Some sour cherry, and an oaky thickness.

Mouthfeel- Prickling, medium light bodied, excellently carbonated, slightly warming, just a bit tart but not really sour.

Drinkability- Very smooth drinking but it is quite obvious that the beer is 10.5% ABV. I enjoy it quite a bit but it would be difficult to stomach two in a day. I would however love to make a beer batter had I had any more left.

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.

La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,987 ratings.