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La Terrible - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
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1,774 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,774
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 89
Gots: 174 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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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Ontario (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bucky bought two bottles of Unibroue's "Terrible" when it appeared in his local LCBO just before Christmas. It came in a 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle with a production date of August 28, 2012 printed near the neck. Terrible was a healthy 10.5% alcohol by volume.

I let this bottle sit for about 45 minutes before opening given the recommended serving temperature of 10 - 12C. As soon as I opened the bottle and the aroma wafted out, I suspected that I was in for something special. Terrible poured a nearly opaque brown/black colour, with just the slightest of hint of ruby at the core when backlit. Pouring produced about 1.5" of tan coloured foam that lasted for 3 minutes before fading to a foamy collar, leaving some modest spotting and lacing down the glass. Its aroma was fabulous...dark fruits, fortified wine, yeast and alcohol. The taste did not disappoint and was dominated by fortified wine, dark fruit (with cherries in the mix), alcohol and yeast, with occasional hints of vanilla...no bitterness at all in this beer, yet not too sweet. Unibroue 17 was a very good beer, but Terrible is in a different class again. Terrible's mouthfeel was smooth, creamy and rich, and Unibroue has the carbonation just right. As much as I enjoyed this beer though, I'm glad I shared it...I think I would have struggled through a full 750 ml bottle given the overall richness of the beer.

In summary, a world-class beer produced by a Canadian firm, and a multiple award winner to boot. My one and only complaint is the lack of availability in Ontario...even though I understand that it is available in the US year round. When it appears again, I'll be stocking up. Assuming that I can resist the temptation to drink it soon, I'll cellar my second bottle for a few years. Who knows...it may get better still! Just before Christmas, Terrible was selling for a rather pricey $10.95 per bottle, costing it a few points on the "value for money" factor.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 22:32:06 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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California

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
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S - Very aromatic. Spicy like a Christmas beer.

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O - A very interesting beer, not quite like anything I've ever had before. Definitely worth trying, but after about half a glass the sweetness is a little overpowering.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,774 ratings.