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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,902
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 98
Gots: 203 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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 sopor
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the name of this beer, it is *SO* accurate!

Black like molasses with a brown frothy head that is very active, so quickly has dissipated to nothing. Smells like sweet ripe spiced plums.

Spiced sweet plum fruity flavor and some hints of red wine. Not overly complex, but enough to keep you thinking.

Moderately light body with exploding carbonation. This beer will catch up to you way before you decide you want to drink more. Trust me!

sopor, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep brown with a low transmission depth. A thick foamy dark tan head grows that simply refuses to dissappear. A small amount of lacing lingers after it finally subsides.

S - Vinous grape and slight alcohol odors - smells a lot like champagne. There is a molassesy malt character underneath.

T - A sweet refreshing kick characteristic of champagne initially. Delicious molasses undertones mesh beautifully with the vinous taste. Hints of blackberries, plums and strawberries. Leaves with a slightly sour/bitter aftertaste. Abv is detectable, but not dominant.

M - Absolutely amazing. This beer has a ridiculously low viscosity, yet it moves in my mouth like a thicker beer would. It is astoundingly smooth and incredibly refreshing.

D - Great. It is soothing and delicious, very easy to finish. Naturally, a fifth of this is a bit much for one person though. Could be a perfect substitute for a reisling at a meal. I really loved this beer.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown pour with purple highlights produces a mighty high head the color of creamed coffee. Decent retention for a beer of this strength with some crusty spots of lace.

Aroma is deep and complex featuring TONS of sticky ripe fruit, soft spice, sweet malts, flowers, port wine, molasses, and a hefty measure of trademark Unibroue yeast.

Flavor is remarkable. Sweet plums, strawberries, rasberries, melon, figs, a hint of cocoa, sweet caramel, dark malts, subtle spice, and molasses. It gets better with every sip. Sweet, but not cloying. Think of Trois Pistoles on steroids.

Body hovers between medium and big. Mouthfeel is slick and juicey with a soft and creamy texture. Delicious.

AlexJ, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with 2003 on the cork.

Pours an opaque dark brown, bordering on black. Thin tan head, no lacing and quickly no head. Smells of dark fruit. Oaky and vinuous.

Taste is fruity, blackberry and ripe plum. Oaky and vanilla underneath. Licorice and caramel. Rich caramel malt. Sticky but a refreshing finish takes that away. Yummy.

ViveLaChouffe, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of bigdeuce
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was recommended to me by the manager at Crown Wine and Spirits. This is tremendous!! The only other belgian strong I've had as good is Des Rocs.

Great head retention, excellent yeast mix, terrific black color, tremendous punch to it and excellent drinkability.

bigdeuce, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle date is 2003. Pours a solid dark, murky brown color with a very small head over top that just rings it. The nose is very complex. I get brown sugar sweetness, spicyness, some raisin fruityness and a burst of alcohol on the end. Wow. Intense. The flavor is spicey, brown sugar, finishing very sweet rum-soaked, brown sugar infused raisin. More sweet than anything. The feel is moderate with a light carbonation. Just checked the ABV. No hint of the 10.5%. Very tasty. Maybe a touch sweet for me. Alcohol takes a back seat in this beer. Unibroue keeps me coming back again and again. I like it.

kmpitz2, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5


pours dark as night, nothing to be seen in this glass. thorough head made up of big bubbles. sparse lacing. looks thin despite its darkness.

aroma is very smoky maltiness with charred woods chips and a slight beef jerky thing happening. very rich and spicy. heavy notes of gingerbread and clove balance the meat.

strong flavor with darkest bitter fruits like and old ale, slick yet crisp mouthfeel with traditional belgian notes. intense flavor masks the 10.5 abv. yeasty character interjects a lone, tangy lightness into the mix. complex, tasty sipper. unibroue continues with their above average consistency by presenting a beer which drifts so far from the flavors that we expect from one of their belgians.

goodbyeohio, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of oxmasterscream
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque, dark mahogany-black. Medium-sized, bubbly head that falls slowly. I think light is consumed by this beer.
Smelled strongly of peppermint and other things herbal. Airy. A touch of cherries and even Concord grape. Brown sugar. As it warmed, some raisin showed up. Interesting aroma without a doubt.
Tastes sugary and candy-like up front. Heads into the land of tangy fruits and gradually, and ever so smoothly turns bitter and dries the mouth. Just a bit of coffee in the aftertaste.
Medium-bodied but feels delicate on the tongue. Carbonation feels like electricity on the tongue. Leaves a pleasant warming sensation on the way down.
Complex, interesting stuff to say the least.

oxmasterscream, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 5.30.05

Date on Bottle (Bottled/Good By?) 9.25.03

I poured this black coffee imposter into an awaiting snifter. It was opaque. Little to no head foam meant little to no lacing. Seriously, this is dark.

The smells continue the dark theme. Rich dark fruits float just under funky malts. Raisons and alcohol mingle on the senses. There's a twang here, too. Slight sourness, but not a bad one.

A sip carries the darkness into my mouth. More dark fruits right off the bat. Malts and molasses plume into oily hop residues coating the tongue. A light bitterness prevails. Delicious and satisfying.

The drink of this brew should be a savored experience. If it's too cold, it may go down too fast, and then you're drunk and out of good brew and you might not have enjoyed it thoroughly! But this is seriously one hell of a craft beer.

GolgiIPAratus, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Even though its brewed in Canada this is a fine belgian style brew. The distinctive taste and smell that arrives with most belgians is laced in this beer. Appearance leaves something to be desired as the head quickly fades and your left with a dark punch look to it. no lacing to speak of and the mouthfeel to me was slightly off as it had massive super fine carbonation that I thought didnt fit. But what it lacks in appearance and mouthfeel it makes up in its rich flavor and a slightly sour and fruity aftertaste. It hides the alcohol content very well.

DogFood11, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Sept. 9, 2003. Very spicy flavors (clove and pepper come to mind) with a peppery mouthfeel.
Like many Unibroue creations the alcohol is way well hidden... sneakily so, even.
There wasn't much head to this but the mouthfeel is bubbley enough for me; it could stand some more carbonation to deliver the flavors more thoroughly.
A minor complaint is that there's a cloying sweetness, mostly in the mouthfeel. There's a tartness there, too (which I find pleasant) that fades.
This is quite cola-like.
As far as I remember, this is a bigger version of Trois Pistoles. I'd like to taste this next to Trois Pistoles.
Very drinkable for a big beer.

ommegangpbr, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of Boto
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours an opaque brown, with tinges of ruby. There was a small tan head that dropped down quickly. The aroma has a sweetness to it. There are hints of some fruits, possibly raisins and plums. Some yeastiness and breadiness also. The taste is quite good. It has many tastes of a good belgian strong, but there are hints of roastiness and coffee also. This was really good!

Boto, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of scooter231
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue is one of my favorite breweries- and this is yet another fine example of tasty beerness. This bottle happens to be from September '03.

It pours a dark, dark brown color- virtually opaque, except at the very very top. Intriguing looking to say the least. Smells are super subtle- a bit of sweetness, raisiny, very much so inviting you to taste so you can find out more.

Taste is a bit peppery, spices come to mind. Probably the most foody beer I've had- reminds me of grilling smells, so I'd venture to think it would go well with any BBQ type food, or anything you've slapped on the grill. Very earthy, rich, and smooth. Also has hints of citrus at first- green apple and lemon, which reminds me of Unibroue's Ephemeral some. Can't really tast the alcohol content, which is a lovely extra.

The mouthfeel is nice and bubbly, rich, heavy. Probably couldn't have a whole lot of these at one sitting, but it's by no means difficult to drink. A surprisingly delicious find- Unibroue just doesn't know how to make bad beer.

scooter231, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came in a 750 ml bottle from 2004. Poured into a goblet, this is a deep deep brown, almost black, with a mammoth beige head and good retention. Nose is very spicy, cloves and pepper coming through amongst others, with some hints of raisins and yeast coming through as well. Taste is more fruity than the nose---raisins, prunes, some tart cherry flavors, but still very spicey with a toffeeish malt flavor asserting itself as well. You can definitely taste the alchohol in this one, but it merges with the other flavors in a pleasant manner. Very full-bodied and well-rounded mouthfeel. This is an excellent beer, a little intense in it's spiceness and alchol, but very drinkable for such a high ABV.

cubedbee, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into to a Chimay goblet because I didn't have one for this specific brew. (Sorry Chimay, no disrespect) It pours a dark opaque color with an off-white head. The smell is of dark fruit and spices with a mild ester aroma. The taste is amazing. It too is of darker variety fruits with a spiciness. You can taste the alcohol in it too. I can mildly taste a cherry with out tartness. Good mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. This is a drinkable beer but one to be careful with because it is 10.5% ABV. I'm am going back to the store and buying the rest of the bottles they have. I picked up this bottle for $7.00. Hell of a deal for what this beer is. I would say its not that far behind the Chimay Grand Reserve. I know that might be pushing it but its that good.

Brian700, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fine brew from Unibroue. Poured in a goblet style Konigngshoeven glass.

Pours an exceptionally dark brown color...almost black. The head is really thick and floaty. It hovers like low clouds on a really humid forest.

It has an earthy smell coupled with a sweet dark plum and rum aroma.

The taste is a little typical. In order to hide the high ABV, this beer seems to focus on high sugar content in an otherwise yeast, wheat and harvest fruit flavor. Its just a bit too simple in flavor.

The mouth is very nice. Creamy, but somehow thin. Its a very complex sensation of carbonation. Many sized bubbles that work in almost slow motion.

GuinnessSmurf, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage. I am impatient.

Dark brown, damn near black and completely opaque. Small brown head. Is this a stout?

DEEP odor. Alcohol throughout, ripe fruit and a pile of herbs I will never know the proper names of. Black licorice is somewhere in there, along with allspice.

Alcohol. Wood. Spice. The flavor is even throughout and these three notes permeate everything. Intense. The aftertaste is sweet and dry, makes you crave for more.

Easily the strongest Unibroue I've had. For as wicked as it is it's pretty easy to drink, too.

mynie, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of LarryV
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant nose of raisins, maybe plums, very enticing. Poured with no head at all, in fact it appeared to be flat to me. However, upon tasting it there was indeed a very fine carbonation. No lacing, probably due to the lack of a head, however there was clearly visible viscous legs as I drank it. Very tasty brew, spicy, fruity, complex and lingering on the palate. Alchohol is well hidden in this brew, but it has the capability of sneaking up on you after a couple of glasses. This particular bottle has a brew date of Sep 9, 2003. Quite an enjoyable brew, recommended.

LarryV, May 26, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Bottled in 2004]

Pours into a chalice with an opaque dark brown color. A pretty good size tan head forms leaving lots of swirling lace on the surface.

A spicey nose, licorice and clove. There is a subtle sweet molasses aroma, just a touch. Then as it warms there is a peachy alcoholic smell, very pleasant.

Huge flavor and mouthfeel! Starts with ginger bread, some sweet well toasted malt flavors. It bitters and then goes to a slightly peppery dry finish.

I like this ale alot and if it were a scotch, I would have it neat!

MrSeth, May 21, 2005
Photo of palma
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost opaque body. Basically, it's black, with a slight amber hue. Minimal tan head. Some Belgian lace follows.

Big fruity and spicy aroma with plum, raisin and clove standing out most notably. Sweet malt in the nose is an unexpected pleasure. Bready with slight roasted coffee notes as well.

Great influx of flavor immediately as this brew hits the palate. Coffee, nuts and fruit. Sweet. Significant toasted malt flavor from start to finish. Roasted flavors linger for the aftertaste. Nice warming finish.

May be a little over carbonated, though it's bottle conditioned so I don't give a rat’s ass. I like it if it's natural.

A great beer, which stands with the best of em. Get some MF!.

palma, May 09, 2005
Photo of euskera
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ML bottle.

Pours out a garnet reddish-brown. Plenty of carbonation but not an enourmous head. Smell is malty sweet, alcohol overtones and some raisin bread hints. Taste is divine, classic Belgian Brown. Lots of malty goodness, spices and yeast are etherially in the mix. Complex but not overwhelming. Alcohol is quite present, but not overpowering. Nice mouthfeel, but can't imagine having more than one of these beauties. Well worth tasting and enjoying..

euskera, May 02, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9/9/2003 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brownish-burgundy with a huge fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma is rather reserved - vinous berries and a little vanilla woodiness.

The flavor is also vinous and sherry like with a sweet malt backbone underneath. There's some plums, woodiness and pepper. The finish is tart fruity alcohol. It is medium to full bodied, not much carbonation but what there is is rather harsh.

Overall, I was a little disappointed with this. It is well made (nothing offensive about it) but a little too wine-like for me. It is surprisingly drinkable and hides the alcohol well (until it kicks you in the butt later).

Beaver13, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged, with cage marked as 2004 bottling, and a best before 8/8/07 on the bottle.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed 2" of tan head over the very dark caramel brew. Head holds on for more or less forever, finally fading to a 1/4" layer of bubbles after about 10 minutes, and nice foamy lacing along the glass. Aroma is spices, dark fruits, and some alcohol burn. Taste is light dark malt sweetness up front, with some dark fruitiness quick to follow, and the spicing and alcohol warmth close it out. Mouthfeel is creamy and oh-so-smooth, with drinkability that is very nice for the style.

ppoitras, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer immigrates from the 750ml brown cork and caged bottle a deep brown color with ruby high lights, the head dinosauric in size, creamy in texture and a nice tan color, and after decomposition, the residual lace forms a fine curtain to drape the glass. Nose is cotton candy sweet, a touch earthy, hints of over ripe fruit, plums I think, spice, woody, maybe even a touch of fusel alcohol, fresh and inviting, start is lightly sweet with a nice grain presence, the top is middling in its affect on the taste buds. Finish is ferine in its acidity, the hops pleasant and spicy, quite dry aftertaste with a nice bit of tummy warming from the 10.5 percent ABV, a nice drinking beer and from what I’ve heard and read, you either “Love It or Hate It”, I like it.

Gusler, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750ml bottle dated Sept. 9, 2003

Dark translucent brown with a long lasting finely bubbled head.

Aroma is wonderful- malty and fruity (some dried fig and berries)- with undercurrents of nuts and dark caramel. It comes across as quite elegant. Be sure to only pour this one halfway up your glass to get the full benefit.

Great malty flavor with the fruit and caramel carrying over from the nose. Clean finish with a little lingering dark caramel. Bitterness and alcohol are in perfect harmony (not noticable at all).

This beer has a few years under its belt, but still manages to impress. Quite enjoyable.

TongoRad, Apr 14, 2005
La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,902 ratings.