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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,945
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 101
Gots: 224 | FT: 5
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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 cheers2beers
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark ruby hues with little light escaping through the glass. The head poured a mountainous 2-3 finger monster and the bubbles were bigger and more defined than with most American brews. A steady and vigorous bead plows upward through the dark and merky solution.

Aroma: Prunes,raisins, yeast ( Nottingham maybe?), green apples,wild muscadine grapes and maybe a little alcohol. Super complex.

Taste: Huge complexity. I am having a hard time deciphering the flavors. Dark fruits, candy sugars, very subtle grapefruit flavor in the finish. Too hard to disect but there are some definate earthy flavors at play here. Yeast and malts all over but I also see a cola flavor shining through.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel but so very thin for the strength of this delicious offering. Carbonation is present but I didnt expect less from the style.

Drinkability: As I approached the end of this I realized that its namesake was totally off. It should be dubbed " La Wonderful " This was almost too complex. Ageing this would yield even more complexity to this astonoshing beer. A definate must try!


Photo of andjusticeforale
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time i've had this beer. It pours a stout and porter like brown black with a tan head without chunks. Perhaps it looks a bit like chimay blue. This is one to drink warm and swirly.

There is a smell of bananas and raisins and plums and dried fruit. The initial taste is strong in the dried cherries and malty cocoa-ness. Then the slight bitterness. And then the warming mouthfeel.

The alcohol is not apparent here. This is the trait of a super Belgian,and makes this my favorite dark product from Quebec's Unibroue. Not sweet at all in the finish, but no firey alcohol.This is a dangerous beer, fantastic to sip, I am sure it would pair with strong cheeses and steak every bit as well as a big merlot or cab.

This isn't terrible at all, its fantastique!

Photo of BeerNutta
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gotta give thanks to Skuzzalbut for getting this brew for me.

A = Dark mahogany red with a thin foam head that retains for a long time.

S = Sweet fruits.

T = Taste of plums, prunes and mixed berries. Candy sweetness with a hint of honey. Excellent.

M = Very smooth and velvety. Lightly carbonated so you can enjoy the many tastes.

D = Excellent. Definetly one I will be drinking again. One that you can sit down and slowly sip. Great Unibroue beer.

Photo of Stubbie1
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0402 on the cork,

This “Terrible” offering pours a deep dark brown with ever so slight hues of red. A nice slight off white head is present, stays for a spell and fades to a stubborn lace. Aroma is a mix of plums, raisins and spice and candy sweetness mixed in. The 10% is nicely hidden. Taste pretty much goes hand in hand with the aroma. Fruit candy and alcohol mixed ever so nice that one doesn’t overpower the other. A nice fruit feel with a slight touch of the alcohol in the end. Smooth and sticky on the pallet and warming to the bones. Overall this is an enjoyable beer to sit down and enjoy

Photo of neonbrown82
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this in the cellar for a while, thanks to GCBrewingCo if I remember correctly (sorry, if not). Pours to a dark brownish red color with a tight-knit white head. Has a decent carbonation, but doesn't produce much lacing, or a huge rocky head.

The smell has some banana and clove to it, along with some light candi sugar, molasses and fig. Quite well done. No aroma seems to overwhelm the other.

The taste is quite good as well. Has all of the elements of the nose plus a hint of cinnamon and ginger. The mouthfeel is a bit thick with some sticky residual sugars. A bit dry. Quite drinkable and smooth for the ABV.

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

2004 vintage. This beer had a moderately malty and yeasty aroma, with some definite cherry. Poured a decent creamy light brown head that completely disappeared. The body was dark brwon, almost black. Initial flavor was very sweet with a moderate, average finish. Taste was dry and syrupy with lively carbonation. Didn't really taste the alcohol until the finish. I don't think this bottle changed for the better after a year or so in the cellar.

Photo of atomicbwax
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark red / brown. Beer creates a nice head when pouring.

Aroma - Smells like many darker beers. Hints of spice and fruits can be found deep within.

Taste - The first time I had this I got it as a gift from a friend. We like to find beers with funny names and Terrible fit the bill. I drank it straight out of the bottle and I thought it really lived up to thre name. A few months later I shared a bottle with another friend. In order to split it we poured it into glasses. The first sip out of the glass brought back the original bad memories. However, as the beer warmed slightly and had a chance to breathe the taster mellowed a littla and I found myself enjoying this more and more. The taste is rich and almost chocolatey. The higher than average alcohol percentage was noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel - Thick and syrupy. I liked this a lot. Very smooth.

Drinkability - As I mentioned before I found the drinkability of this beer to increase significantly when this is allowed to breathe a while before consuming. My suggestion: just like like some wines open the bottle a few minutes before pouring, it really helps. If you don't like the first sip let the glass sit a little while. In my experience this beer changed for the better after breathing. The high alcohol percentage can turn some people off.

Photo of waldowin
2.53/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark ruby, eventually settling in with no light piercing its depths. A white head forms quickly, and lasts throughout the entire session, leaving lacing too thick to see through as you drink from the glass.

Smells of raisins and dark malts. Hints of cinnamon and almonds.

And the taste is where it lets you down. Up front is raw sweetness, followed by an almost vinegary wash. It would be a 1.5, but I'm adding a point just to give it the benefit of the doubt that the Dark Lord two hours prior might have messed with the palate slightly. Still, it's not a very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, big, and smooth, but finishes harshly with an alcohol thrashing.

I ended up pouring out the last half of this bottle. All the alcohol and the harsh finish left me wanting something smoother.

Maybe I'll try it again on its own, without risk of something contaminating the palate. But not for a good while.

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

Wow, a little overpowering at first, but delicious. Pours well with plenty of carbonation but not too big of a head. Very dark, couldn't see through when held to the light. Smell of fruit, taste of fruit, yeast and alcohol. Very strong but tasty. I really like this a lot.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a brillant dark brown color with a huge fluffy tan head. The aroma screams of dark fruit and spices. The taste is full of spices, and tangy. The mouthfeel is slightly ligher than medium bodied, with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is another great brew from one of the best breweries in North America, Unibroue.

Photo of EStreet20
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this for a while.

750 ml glass bottle poured into Duvel tulip. 2004 vintage.

A - Pours an extremely dark, coca-cola colored brown Completely opaque. Big off white head (probably due to a vigurous pour into the tulip) dissiating very quickly, seems highly carbonated. Head laces the glass fairly well as the head shrinks.

S - A yeasty smell intitially, like all unibroues I've tried. Also a nice dark bread aroma, mixed w.ith dark fruit like plums, possibly raisins. Very nice.

T - Flavors of wines and many fruits. I like it. A bit of a roasted flavor at the end. The alcohol is present but balanced nicely.

M - Nice smooth feel on the tongue, very dry finish. Nice carbonation. Very good feel overall.

D - As with all unibroues, seems highly drinkable for its high alcohol content. Defintely one I can sip for a while.

Notes: A very good dark ale. I think I went intot his one with my expectations through the roof though, thus I felt a bit of a downer at first. Still a great beer though, just not my favorite Unibroue product.

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
2004 Vintage
Best Before: 08/08/2007
Reviewed: 26 Jan 09

Poured into a Westy Chalice a dark brown color, nice carbonation, fizzy little tan head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slight yeast, figs, raisins, plums. The taste is malty, some yeast notes, lots of dark fruit. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, been sitting on it for over three years.

Pours a dark brown in color, nice carbonation, not much of a head though. Lacing is not bad. Scents of malts, sweet caramel. Very nice taste, alcohol was hidden, but not like other's I've had. Medium in body, very nice after taste. Very drinkable, but at 10.5 watch out, I drank a 750ml by myself and I got a good buzz.

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09/23/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip. No dates found on the bottle.

Appearance- Dark plum colored pour. Huge inch plus off white head. Leaves excellent chunks of lace along the glass.

Smell- Spicy and fruity. Over ripe plums mixed with raisins. Great sniffer.

Taste- Pretty damn spicy. Do I taste nutmeg? Ginger? Some odd, yet tasty spices. Lots of plum, raisin and date flavors as well. Almost tastes vinious.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher on the carbonation side, but feels great in your mouth. Very lively.

Drinkability- Super tasting dark ale. Unibroue never has failed me yet. Will be getting this again for sure.

Photo of ryantupy
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle! Do they even make this in a smaller bottle. I picked up 4 of these and ended up drinking 3 in one night and really ended up regretting it. Anyways it was a great tasting beer very complex. It poures a dark brown almost black color and has some unique tastes like a wierd yeast taste and some nice spice to it also maybe some dark fruit, a little hoppy bitterness, and alchol. This beer is very strong so be careful with it.

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

Snagged one of these bad boys at Central Market.

Pours an opaque, dark reddish-purple - almost black. Head is caramel in color, several fingers high, and tenacious. Leaves lacing all down the glass. Aroma is of cocoa, good red wine, raisins, yeast, spices. Amazing taste - almost knocks you flat. Very strong coffee/cocoa tones laced with multiple morphing flavors of dark fruit and freshly-baked bread. Smooth and phenolic in the mouth - swish this one around! Very difficult to review because as it warms the tastes change all over the spectrum. For a true belgian dark, it is very drinkable, but one 75dl of this is all you'll need. Trust me. Unibroue has done it again with this one - excellent!

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

A great Belgian Dark Strong Ale that differs from the Trappist varieties quite a bit- but is no lesser in quality.

La Terrible begins with a dark brown, purple-ish glow. Though dark, the beer does show some light along with its modest haze. A timid blanket of foam rises and covers the beer while omitting lacing. The look is good but not great.

Aroams are very fruity with plumbs and grapes; backed by a foundation of pilsner malts, dark candi sugar, and raison-y malts this beer gives a lot of aromatic qualities.

Flavors of sweet malts and sugars give the impression of cola, bread crusts, and subtle pilsner malts. But the bread-and-butter of the beer lies in the yeast which delivers a punch of fruity esters (plumbs, grapes, raisons, figs, dates, nuts, and other stone fruits). Phenols give light woodiness or smokiness while the alcohols ride a fine line with fusal notes.

Though quite dry and warming, the beer delivers a digestable feel that is very easy to drink; far too easy for the alcohol punch that the beer delivers. The beer is nearly effortless to drink.

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

Mmmmm....very much like a friend of mine likes his tea (or was it women?). God I love my Duvel tulip, shows this beer off to perfection...deep black with a huge tan head which slowly dimishes leaving plenty of lace. Vinous, fruity, funky aroma giving a subtle hint of things to come. Flavour is oak, dried fruit, plums, port; very well balanced, not too sweet not to dry, very little bitterness, and almost no evidence of the 10.5% ABV. I am a big fan of high ABV beers that hide it well. Palate complements the flavours, but is not quite to De Dolle standards. If I was capable of drinking this all night, I would! Another excellent broue from Unibroue (especially after consuming a 750ml bottle by myself).

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

750 mL 2004 vintage. Dark, dark brown body, nearly black, with some light shining through the bottom of the glass. Head is light tan, creamy and hue on the pour, but fades to a nice solid layer atop the beer. Spicy, with funky Belgian yeast, dark fruit, alcohol, hops, slightly sweet, with other spices. Taste reflects many of these dark flavors, dark and funky, sweet and has a nice hoppy finish, slightly smokey which fades to a bitter end. The flavors are very strong and this beer definitely earns the name La Terrible. Another great Unibrouian beer

Photo of sopor
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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!

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of AlexJ
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,945 ratings.