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La Terrible - Unibroue

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La TerribleLa Terrible

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Ratings: 1,920
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 98
Gots: 208 | 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 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
Photo of cracker
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is about as close to perfection as it gets. Pours a dark brown, almost black color with little light getting through. Decent lace with an impressive head. Smell is of caramel and raisins. Taste is unbelievably complex with flavors of plum, raisins, and dates coming through in various waves. Not sweet and malty like many strong Belgians. Also incredibly smooth with no harsh overtones and stringent aftertastes. Flavors comes out best once the glass is around 55-60F (Do not drink this too cold!!!). Alcohol is completely hidden, almost to the point you don't realize it's 10.5% ABV! This is one to sip, savor and slowly enjoy.

cracker, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a 12oz. toulip glass yielding no head and leaving no lacing. A deep, deep brown color, nearly black, and letting very little light thru. Slight burgandy highlights when held up to the light.

Smell is typical of Belgium strong ales. Nut and fruit, some plum, and some faint grape.

Taste is very simliar to that of a dark red wine, a burgandy perhaps. A rather strong grape and overall fruit type taste to it. Alcohol is very well masked and almost not detectable. Just a slight warming feeling with each sip.

Light to moderate on the palate, with no carbonation and just a slight bubbling when agitated in the mouth.

Overall: well balanced and very smooth to the finish to make it quite easy to drink. Alcohol not readily apparent in the taste but does kick in a bit as the sample goes on. Solid and one I will soon revisit.

Sycodrummer, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of longarm
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2004 edition from a 22 oz. bomber.

Appears almost black from the outset of the pour. Little to no light escapes, but it's not as dense as a stout. Carbonation is thick with small bubbles loosely attached to each other, appearing almost like a jar of tiny marbles. Unfortunately the head retention is quite poor. Part of this may be due to the alcohol content, but it's still a little disappointing.

Initial aroma is breadlike with mild winelike elements and a little cider. This is layered over wisps of fig, carmelized sugar and even a hint of something smokey.

Flavor is a terrific blend of slightly sour cherries, carmelized raisins and a wonderful array of malts, toasted, roasted and moderately sweet. The complexity of this brew is unbelievable, dousing me with wave after wave of flavor. The finish is the one constant in this, always reminding me of port. Somehow it all balances perfectly.

Mouthfeel is a also perfect, but the weaknesses in carbonation retention take over eventually and cause it to lose a little on the score.

This is dangerously drinkable. The alcohol is barely noticeable and it's unbelivably smooth.

longarm, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 Vintage
The beer poured into the chalice translucent blackish brown with an off-white head that rose slightly and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was filled dark fruits with raisins, plums and prunes most prominent. Some higher alcohol phenolic spiciness was present. Dark caramel and toffee notes also filled out the aroma. A slight waft of diacetyl was also present.

The flavor was fruity with dark fruits, raisins and prunes again, but a light citrusy flavor followed. The spiciness was present but not borne of alcohol, but out of yeast character. The flavors were melded and muted and well blended but contained a dark caramel and deep maltiness. As the beer warmed the fruity flavors evolved to include a subtle cherry flavor.

The finish was just dry with lasting caramel impression and fruity impression. The body was medium full and well done. The alcohol exhibited slightly in the aroma spiciness but was nowhere to be found in the flavor and only let it's presence truly be known in the warming that occurred after consumption.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Sept 9 2003 on bottle. 03-2 on cork. At $7.69 a bottle this beer was a bargain.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man this old girl is dark. Nary the slightest light can pass through the nebulous body. A dense, tan head crops up to crown the look. Lace is slippery and rejoins the ranks for another attempt at getting swallowed.

The smell is one of those smells that I have a difficult time summing up. Smells of darkness and fruits that teeter on the edge of rottendom. Raisin, plum, sweet, yeasty. All of these are within the confines of the glass.

The taste is much as the smell would suggest. That weird spice ambiance is frolicking about in the yeasty purple fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is deceptively light. Not light, but compared to the deep, dark color, you could get away with saying it is deceptively light. Sip after sip I grovel for the answers that elude me. Me bro and I split a 1 pint some odd ouncer and felt the creepers of the alcohol as we tried to decipher the flavours. Wild.

SupaCelt, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of beertastegood
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this at Spec's the other day, and it caught my eye...who names a beer "Terrible"? Anyways...

(2004 vintage)
This one pours a surprisingly dark brown, it is almost black. Topped with a two-finger tan head that goes away quickly. Smells of sweet raisins, plums and a myriad of other dark fruits that I can't really pick out.

Tastes of very sweet, overripe plums and brown sugar, followed by a hint of the alcohol and a very sweet finish that lingers for quite a while. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, with a moderate body. This one is pretty drinkable for a dark ale with as high an ABV as this has. Excellent beer from Unibroue, I liked this one better than their Maudite. Time to make another run to get some other brews from them.

beertastegood, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of isubsmith
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, perhaps magogany. No real lacing. Vigourous head from initial pour becomes a tiny pool of very thin bubbles.

Nose: Fruity. The alcohol is definately there. Sweet, malty effects as well.

Taste: Lightly sweet. Lots of malt taste. Definately alcohol present. Dark, fruity hints as well. Spicy sweet finish. Lingering, very slight hop aftertaste, but only very slight.

Drinkability: Not bad. One of the "slow drinkers" you devote a good chunk of an evening too. I don't think this is the best from Unibroue, but perhaps a few months will improve it. (This was a 2004 bottle). Definately worth a try though.

isubsmith, Mar 16, 2005
La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,920 ratings.