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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,001
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 105
Gots: 262 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle states "Best Before 10-15-2014".

A: Pours a very dark red with a huge and dense....pink(?) head. Pretty sure there's a pink hue to it that fades away, leaving more of a light brown head after a brief period of time. Fades slowly, leaving just tufts of lacing behind. Good head retention.

S: Raisins, grapes and cherries. Lots of them. Bit of banana. Sweet caramel comes through and makes them all the more decadent. A little earthiness sneaks in.

T: All the dark fruits as mentioned above. Very earthy, spicy and oaky to boot, however. Almost overpowers the fruits. Not as sweet as I was expecting from the aroma. Spiciness lingers into the finish and into the long, drying aftertaste along with just a hint of cherry.

M: Heavy but not overly so, high carbonation cuts it a bit.

O: Very interesting BSDA. Super spicy, black pepper and almost chile pepper-like sting. I almost wonder if these are off flavors because I don't see much mention of them. Regardless, loaded with dark fruits and sweet caramel throughout. Might have to retry this one some day, it's not past its prime but something is definitely up with the relatively harsh spiciness. I actually ended up drain pouring it.

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Bottle pours a dark black, chestnut brown with lots of head. Tastes of oak, dark fruits and slight caramal in a nice roasty finish. Its not as overwhelming in flavour as other Unibroue beers are. For 10.5% this drinks down quite smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. I think I will try to grab another bottle or two of this before it disappears.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from the Uptown Waterloo LCBO. Simple, effective bottle design. A brew I've been meaning to try for some time but haven't come across until recently.

Poured into a Belgian ale goblet. Dark brown, chestnut near the edges, and a good billowing head that settles into a thick ring with a few whirls on the surface. Lacing patches and all that good stuff.

Nose is quite wonderful, and really took about ten minutes of warming to get the full effect. Plum, raisin, a bit of banana, spice, Belgian yeast. Very inviting.

A great dark ale that would probably benefit from a year in the cellar. Similar tasting notes as in the nose, with a bit of oak, grape, and warming alcohol kick to the finish.

Mouthfeel is initially quite carbonated (too much so), but after a few minutes it mellows out considerably. Nice thickness to the brew, coats the tongue very well.

Might snap up a couple of bottles to hold on to in the cellar. Certainly a very strong offering from Unibroue, but it's in such tough company it's hard to notice a great difference between this and some of their other brews (with the high price under consideration!) Still, well worth a pick up, and quite enjoyable indeed!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with slightly lighter shades of brown around the edges. Not the darkest beer in the world, but in the neighborhood, particularly for a Belgian. The head is a thin finger thick with little retention and no immediate lacing. The tiny bubbles eventually give way to a thin ring.

Decent complexity in the nose. Caramels malts strike first, followed by a lingering alcohol and finally dark, very ripe fruits. Swirling the snifter brings the head back to life and awakens some spices. Also displays some thin lacing for the first time

I don't know how you'd improve the taste. Taste mimics the nose but the alcohol is more prominent. At 10.5% it's very strong and while the flavor is clearly evident, it's not like you're drinking straight whiskey. Toffee makes an appearance as well as the dark fruits. It's wine-like with a fruity hop flavor.

It's a sharp ale, not a dull lager. You can feel everything. Sweetness from the fruits, heat from the alcohol, the sting of carbonation. Everything is turned up to 10 on this beer, but it never crosses the line. Full bodied, but with a crispness.

One of the best beers I've had and it rivals anything from Belgium. Overall it's just an amazing beer. Has strong, aggressive smells and flavors and it all hits hard. But it never goes overboard. Something I could easily drink every night.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – pours out very close to jet black, very active, thin carbonation, fizzy due to bottle fermentation. A tan head broils up and immediately recedes almost to nothing. Light can only make it through the edges of the glass, where an almost purple glow occurs

S – Subtle alcohol presence, strong, dark fruit smell dominates. As it warms, the smell takes on more of a pear or apple characteristic. Agitation brings a roast-like scent to the forefront, along with a little more alcohol presence. Not what I’d call strong smelling, but just potent enough to get the full range of character.

T – Plum, light raisin notes, lots of malt sweetness, lingering syrup taste of deep roasted malt, with a faint oaky note behind it all. Fruit dominates most of the flavor at first, then more of a subtle alcohol note and extremely active yeast slowly comes to the forefront. Mild bitterness, although not likely from hops as from the malt character and high ABV. Powerful and diverse!

M – Comes on thin with an active fizz, splashes hard, and thickens up as it washes down. Leaves a thin, syrupy coat that’s reminiscent of a double IPA, except instead of hoppy leftovers, the coating is all malt! I usually refer to Le Terrible as the polar opposite of a double IPA, because it’s got all the same power but accentuates everything an IPA doesn’t.

O – A wonderful example of a truly flavor packed, powerful dark brew with loads of character and a respectable 10.5 abv. Been a staple of my cold-weather beer line up since the first time I tried it

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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,001 ratings.