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La Terrible - Unibroue

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1,790 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,790
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 90
Gots: 178 | FT: 4
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002)
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aracauna

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body topped by a cream-colored head that fizzes, but doesn't seem to get any smaller very fast. The aroma is nicely spicy, a little alcohol. Nice spicy belgian character in the flavor, but a nice clean maltiness (almost like the malt in a pilsner) rides underneath keeping it from being overbearing. The alcohol is really only felt, not as much tasted or smelled. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 20:26:26 | More by aracauna
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle - Poured a pitch-black beer with a nice huge dark head. Carbonation is excellent and aroma is really vinous with alcohol also perceptible. Complex flavor that includes spice, raisin and a bit of roastiness. Overall, this is a great beer that could rival some of the great strong Belgian ale but the alcohol flavor is bit too strong and should have been subtler.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 14:51:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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Zorro

California

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy dark beer with ruby hues, I can barely pass light through it.

Smell is great! Big fruit and spice smells and a bit of malt. Lots of alcohol borne smells to this one. It makes you light headed just smelling it!

Taste is WOW! Lots of malt and spice and a bitey level of carbonation nips at your tongue. Every sip releases a new flavor. Lots of preserved fruit tastes here and maybe a rum taste?

Mouthfeel is perfect.

Super drinkable. This is my favorite Unibroue bar none. Drinking this is pretty much "Beer Sex."

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 00:54:26 | More by Zorro
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HardTarget

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: The main smell I get is the Unibroue yeast strain. Under that is rich fruits, and I’m unable to define which ones. Starfruit? Mellon? As it warmed, the alcohol becomes present but not harsh, more of a perfume base, more of a burn in the nose than an aroma.
Appearance: Black, with roasted coffee colored edges. Had a thin head of dark tan, but it quickly collared and left no lace in it’s passing. A little island of head did form in the middle of my Chimay Goblet. It took the form of a little bulls-eye right in the center of my glass. A little wellspring of bubbles fed the bulls-eye well into the third and final pour. As the glass got low, a more obvious brown hue took over.
Flavor: Again, the classic Unibroue yeast on a well balanced brew. Dark fruit, a bit of purple grape but for the rest, my vocabulary fails me. I note some of the pepper and cherry others have noted.
Mouthfeel: The slightest alcohol burn as it evaporates. Terribly smooth but a bit of a belly warm again as it warmed. Very clean finish, no oils here. Does numb the mouth slightly. Liquid silk. I have to second Suds: Full, soft, thick. Well said.
Overall Impression: Terrible. Terribly smooth, terribly well made, terribly enjoyable. I’m in awe of this beer. This is the very model of an iron fist in a velvet glove. I only wish I could more accurately describe it’s wonders to you. All I can say is, seek, find, and try to understand. So happy this wonder found it’s way to Texas, I’ll be buying lots more.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 06:04:06 | More by HardTarget
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red-black, call it black cherry as that fits the rest of this wonderful brew. Big rocky head
Bready malt and dark fruit aroma - cherry and plum, wood, and spices.
A deep roasted malt taste, hides the peppery alcohol that comes out here and there, again dark fruit (cherry) comes out, caramel and dark chocolate.
The aroma and taste are quite complex, I get the impression that everytime I drink one, something else will come out of hiding.
Medium to full bodied, well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 20:54:02 | More by mschofield
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one recently, as a finish, after a sampling of Belgian-style beers and cheeses. The liquid is a nearly-black, thick fluid, topped with a bubbly, solid, large-bubbled head. The aroma is sweet, malty, and alcoholic. Alcohol and spicy phenols characterize the smell. Additionally, the sweetness in the aroma has a sugary, plum-like quality. Taste is intensely fruity and sweet, with serious alcohol warming…this is not a subtle Belgian-style brew. Peppery, spicy, and yeasty flavors offer a nice balance to the sweetness. Full, soft, and thick. Slight hop bitterness in the finish. The beer is complex, intense, and serious…Not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 17:52:41 | More by Suds
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Terrible wasn't quite that after all!

Appearance- dark brownish/black with a thick tan head.
Smell- alcohol & yeast dominate. Fruity, Malty.
Taste- strong, hops and fruit. Raisiny but good.

overall, Not a bad beer I can actually say I like it. Although the alcohol is too present. Finally the first Unibroue beer I can't say sucked!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 21:33:08 | More by NJpadreFan
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WaltTrombone

New York

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

One of my faves from Unibroue, the name is the total opposite of how it tastes!

It pours black (dark brown held up to the light), with a tan head. Aromas of malt, clove, currant, prune, and caramel. Tastes were equally complex, with malt, caramel, prune, currant, pepper, lemon, and orange. The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and light, with small, light carbonation. It finished with lemon, pepper, and citrus peel.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 00:47:32 | More by WaltTrombone
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The liquid is as dark as a late summer evening with a dense guiness type of head. Well-balanced aroma of fruits (plums, prunes, bananas) and Unibroue yeast. Incredibly smooth and creamy in mouth for hidden 10.5%. World-class rich caramel, grapes, bread flavours. As PhillyBeer2112 pointed out, no component seems to take the top over others. Perhaps my favorite Unibroue product behind Quelque Chose, don't be scared of the name!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 05:21:29 | More by Rastacouere
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hollicetales

New York

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

despite the name this beer is wonderful, as i am a sucker for unibroue. this is the darkest belgium style i think i have had from the brewery. a nice fruity aroma to offset the rich maltiness and spicy slight raisony hints...as well as those notes of the usual tell-tale tastes of the unibroue yeast/lees that you come to love. A decent bite and definitely good buzz. I could imagine this beer pairing well with a nice roast on a nippy night.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 15:58:02 | More by hollicetales
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep deep brown with a great slight off white sticky head,aroma is fresh and malty sweet with a light smokey note.Taste has bunch of different compnents definent raisin and candied sugar with smokiness that lingers in the finish along with some ever so slight tartness.Its been awhile since I have had a Unibroue beer until today and they were well missed.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 00:50:48 | More by oberon
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JamesBerry

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out thick and coal black with a reasonable head. There was a slight cola aroma behind the usual Unibroue fruitiness. Has a nice, medium body, complete with a gentle tingling sensation on the tongue. Tastes like a red wine, with a tart green grape aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 21:19:34 | More by JamesBerry
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out an intensely dark color considering it's a Belgian. Probably the darkest Belgian that I have seen. Well upon pour there was no head action to speak of. I tried to get some carbonation out of it but it seemed really flat. There was no lacing while I drank this either. The smell was of bread, yeast, and alcohol, quite a nice combo. The taste was complex and original. I noticed lots of pepper and spice in this. There was also a variety of malt flavors. A biscuity flavor, some caramel, some raisiny sweetness, and a coke taste were all there. The malts were complemented with a hoppiness to balance things out. Not too bitter though but the bitterness was noticed. Yeast flavor was strong and almost overwhelming at times, as well as the alcohol. This may be due to the lack of carbonation. The beer was thick in texture but a little rough, not the smoothest. I liked it, but I think that the lack of effervescence, due to lack of carbonation hurt it a lot. I mean, who doesn't want an effervescent Belgian?

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 12:06:19 | More by granger10
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark purple hue, opaque, brownish-red influences, the faint beige head was rather rocky, about two fingers in height, it faded surprisingly rapidly to a wobbly, soapy, sparse cap that tried to maintain, as I sipped away the liquid nectar, no lace was produced. The nose is aromatic and airy with pepper, cola-like sweetness, traces of wood, mysterious dark fruits, and a note of rich maltiness. The invitation is clear enough, the bouquet is not dynamic but welcoming nevertheless. What the nose is lacking in the “wow” factor the palate has it in abundance. Sweet maltiness, cola, traces of plums, in the middle a big bite of spicy, flowery hops mingle with hot, spicy yeastiness, towards the end a note of chocolate emerges for a brief moment before being overcome by candied sugar, slightly toasted, it is very nice. The flavors are still raw, I enjoy big vibrant Belgium beers but an aged version might work better with this one. The alcohol seems to largely bypass the tongue and scream recklessly towards the stomach where it erupts in a volcanic fit of heat. In other words this is a hell of a belly warmer! The body is medium and it seems to jump from a thicker feel when the malt is stunningly beautiful or thinner feel when the lively carbonation does a lap dance on your tongue. The big, spicy-sweet aftertaste never allows you to forget what you’ve been quaffing. This is highly drinkable. I recommend La Terrible to any Belgium beer fan. Awesome, even if it’s a tad young. I wish I had more to cellar. My 750ml corked and caged bottle was purchased in Kansas City.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 20:04:18 | More by bditty187
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured jet black, no light penetrating this puppy. Small off-white head runs away quickly leaving no lace at all.
Aromas of raisins, prunes, chocolate, some spice, minor hop bitterness and a hint of alcohol were detected.
Flavor started with a sweety biscuity beginning, shifted to a somewhat dry, spicy middle and finished with a warming, sweet hit of alcohol. Very unique progression of flavors.
Great feel in the mouth, very similar mouthfeel to a Trippel but the dark color really threw me off. Expected "chewy" but got very effervescent and "lively." Nice surprise.
Drinkability is great but very high alcohol makes somewhat dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 18:54:28 | More by CRJMellor
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

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

Here is review 100 of this beer. What else can one say of it? A nice dark ale with hints of fruit, good hops and not overly sweet. The high ABV is barely noticed. A perfect winter beverage, one which warms your soul while the snow falls outside, softly building up..

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 15:38:19 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this beer.Pours a very nice dark brown color with slight tan head that remains the whole way down the glass.Very yeasty,earthy aroma.Port,raison-like aroma.Somewhat malty.Wonderful flavors of black currant,chocolate,raisons and sherry.Some slight spiciness.No 10% alcohol noticed here-very smooth beer.Wonderfully full bodied.Like the other Unibroue beers this is a job well done.I have definately upped my review from the first bottle I had.I have read several detrimental things about Unibroue lately-bad batches,corks going bad etc perhaps I had a bad bottle.This is definately a classic that bears repeating.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 02:52:39 | More by lackenhauser
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

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

Boy oh boy. Is this ever good. Mmm. Mmm. Got abottle for Christmas after having already picked one up at the local LCBO. Can't find any more of it around here right now. Rats.

Looks great in the glass – black with crimson highlights. Very attractive. Moderate off-white tan head, good lace.

Spicy and fruity (raisins, dates, berries) with a good solid taste. Smooth on the tongue. Just a joy to drink for its feel and its flavours. The alcohol is noticeable, but nicely fitted to the other elements of this beer, so that it properly warming and not harsh.

I'm out of this beer. Can't find any more. If you come across it, buy more than you figure you're gonna need. Go home, crack one open and then go back and buy the rest (if it's not already all gone).

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2004 21:29:55 | More by TerryW
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Foxman

New Jersey

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

It pours a dark, ruby-brown, looking a lot like strong coffee. There's a rapid, light brown spongy head that settles quickly to indistinct wisps of froth. There's very little lacing.

The first whiff brings a toasted malt sweetness leavened by a yeasty sourness. A light berry note wafts along with a mild spice melange, and perhaps a tinge of chocolate. A strong sniff lays bare a substantial alcohol component.

Like the aroma, the sip delivers a grainy, almost syrupy malt sweetness , with a splach of creamy chocolate bitterness in tow. A spicy clove piquance duels with the mild yeast fruitiness, leaving a lingering black cherry swirl at the back of the tongue. Alcohol lurks steadily and makes itself known throughout the taste. The finish carries a lingering bitterness on the rear tongue.

It's medium bodied, with a creamy texture that slides and coats slickly. It has a round, soft feel to the mouthful.

This brew has lots of character, and while at times it seems to struggle slightly to find a definitive balance, it has flavor to spare. I wasn't sure what I thought at first, but it quickly grew on me despite some small incongruencies. Even though the parts didn't always mesh, the flavors are enough separately to be intriguing. I guess with other Unibroue offerings setting the standards, it might be easy to try to hold this one up to those paragons, but judged on its own merits, which is only fair, it holds its own. Its well above average, and in fact, downright enjoyable to drink, especially as it warms. Speaking of warming, that's just what the high ABV will do, so caution is important. Despite somewhat of an identity challenge, and all that alcohol, it's still drinkable in pleasurable moderation.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 01:36:32 | More by Foxman
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Brent

Kentucky

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

One of the most drinkable beers of this style I've run across. Dark cola color and a waft of alcohol in the aroma caused me to brace myself for the first sip. Surprisingly moderate in the flavor profile, with abundant yeast phenolic flavors holding the middle ground. Well flavored, but not nearly so heavy or assertive as I expected. Finish was a touch on the dry side, with a white wine lingering flavor. My sample was only about 6 months old, and this was telling in a bit of rawness in the alcohol flavor, which I think would settle down with a bit more age. Although somewhat prominent, the alcohol was well integrated into the flavor. A well made product.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 14:39:11 | More by Brent
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rdrummer

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another winner from Unibroue. It pours a deep black, cola like color with a good size, long-lasting head. The aroma is overwhelming malt and hoppiness. It has some tinges of caramel with a slight coriander nose. A Belgian-style flavor that is very rich. It is complex with a malty flavor but it is so much sweeter than a stout or porter, which it resembles in color. There seems to be a hint of caramel in the taste, and a wallop of alcohol. It is crisp and slightly bitter. When you are near the end of the first glass, you can feel the alcohol hit. This is a beer to sip and enjoy but not to overdo. I still like the Le Fin du Monde and Trois Pistoles better, but this is close.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 23:05:27 | More by rdrummer
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick tan head. The aroma is great. It is full of sweet dark malts with a bit of a Belgian style zing. The taste is far from "terrible." Again, it boasts a number of dark malts that contribute a sweet roasted flavor. There also is a unique tangy black liquorice flavor. It has that Belgian style taste that only makes the presence of an elevated abv. disappear. This has great mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This drinks very well; another kick ass selection from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 01:51:24 | More by WesWes
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Terrible??? Nahh try Fantastic....

Dark Black..some light shines through...small fizzy cola like head...actually cola like in color...licorice on the nose...some spicy peppery notes on the nose as well..full bodied...firm...pretty clean mouthfeel...sweet rich flavor profile...tastes like a Belgian Doppelbock...rich, luxourious flavors...sweet maltiness..creamy texture...alcohol very hidden....I keep saying "Damn this is good" as I drink it...a fantastic brew...

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 04:55:44 | More by ZAP
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep brown, almost black color with a fizzy thin tan head that diminishes. The aroma is yeasty and phenolic, I get a kinda roasted nuttiness, and chocolate aroma is well. The flavor has a light sweet maltiness, along with a yeasty, slightly chocolate nutty flavor. Its body is very light feeling compaired to its strength. It has a slight drying finish. It masks its strength well. I could be looking for trouble on this one. A decent, interesting beer.

Sampled 11/29/03

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 20:58:21 | More by BeerBuilder
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avylover

Virginia

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

Pours out nearly opaque dark brown with a smallish white head. Bready yeast and fruity esters in the aroma, typical for unibroue. Perhaps a slightly roasted character detected. Taste of apples, grapes, some toasted malt and alcohol. Nothing really standing out and taking over, fairly balanced. The problem I have with this beer is that it tastes much the same as any other Unibroue product (besides the fruit brews). Nothing new here. Good full mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Very drinkable.
Good beer, but I'm ready for a change up from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 02:12:52 | More by avylover
La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,790 ratings.