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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Reviews: 931
Hads: 2,121
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 127
Gots: 326 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of DaveGood
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very dark brown/boarderline black with a very minimal tan head. There was a comprised mainly of a pleasant dark fruit aroma and a slight tinge of yeast and pepper. The taste was quite complex as it combines a variety of malt flavors. I was able to detect a sweet raisny flavor and a hint of caramel. The high ABV content is nicely disguised but a seemingly cola flavor overall. With a moderate carbonation, this provides a great mouth-feel. Overall, the drinkability is remarkable smooth, given the high ABV and yet another great beer from Unibroue! They are quickly becoming my favorite brewery!

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Photo of watermelonman
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nearly black color with a moderate but extra fizzy head. I'm not getting any lacing out of this one.

The taste is dark but not too heavy. I think I would place it somewhere between Maudite and Trois Pistoles, even through it's more potent than either of them. There's almost a minor smoked taste at the end, which has me wondering. Spice is present as well.

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Photo of jsolack
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown and cloudy. Cloudyness is hard to detect due to the dark brew. Head is almost nonexistant. Looks nice but would like to see a little more head.

Spice and dark brown sugar comes first to nose. Slight smell of burnt hops. Overall very nice.

Excellent flavor. Spicy sweet flavor first come into mouth. Followed by a mild bitterness that doesn't linger very long. Finish has a mild liquorice flavor.

Light in mouth... isn't heavy but does not seem watery either.

Easy to drink beer... tastes great and finish is pleasent too. Overall very nice.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque with a thin, dark tan head. Aroma is yeasty with some sharp, sour fruity tones. Full bodied in the mouth, with a fair bit of carbonation. The flavor is malt-dominated with some sweet candi sugar flavors up front, a mild dark fruitiness to the middle, and a very pleasant, lightly spicy finish. Not mind-boggling as far as Belgian Darks go, but pretty good.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Fin du Monde tulip glass, it gives up a medium-sized, grayish-tan, dense, bubbly head. Lots of spotty, isolated spots. The beer is a dark, dark, reddish-brown. It's really almost closer to black. Garnet highlights against the light. Wow, that's a strong aroma: signature Unibroue spice, sweetish, yeasty, fruity. The strong, spicy, fruity nose is echoed in front. The middle shows a deep, toffee maltiness. It's thick, buttery, bready. It's all the food groups in one. Finish is dry, spicy, with a little corn bread and lots of alcohol heat. At temperature, it's just sublime.

This may be the perfect Unibroue.

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Photo of BierReise
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Corked woth a 08-1 Stamped on the Cork Poured a a dark brown and possibly the darkest Belgian Strong Ale I've had as of yet. There is not much of a head on this one, just a very subtle thin film. Aroma is fruity with notes of cherries, some clove like spices as well as a peppery spice. The body is quite smooth and rounded with a carbonated crispness. The flavor I find similar to Trois Pistoles. It has the fruity malt and sugary sweetness as well as a spiciness that may be more dominant than the Trois. Overall this is a very nice Belgian style with a very spicy profile.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

so after hearing all the hype i finally gave in a nabbed it. it pours what looks to be black, but when held to light a more of a deep brown is evident. the head is there, but not very glorious. the nose is alcoholic, that is for sure. but it is also has some spice and dark fruit to it, figs maybe. think pistoles with alot more alcohol fumage. taste wise? again, it seems like a hopped up pistoles. alcohol is present, you can feel it in your nostrils. hints of dark fruit, cocoa and sweet malt reign supreme. all riding that signature unibrou wave. lively as all hell in the mouth with lots of carbonation. its a party up in hur! warming in the belly. overall this is a strong beer and it does not hide it. good, but i dont know if ill be returning anytime soon.

paid $7.99 for a 750.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like a porter from a distance. The bottle's name and ABV may be threatening, but for a sensory experience beyond the ordinary, fear not.

That Belgian Unibroue sprightliness of mouthfeel cuts right through. A most effervescent dark ale; not leaden at all for one so dark and so strong.

Flavor of pumpernickel, sweet brown bread and richness is still "simple" or unilateral in character. Amazing drinkability for strength and style.

Unexpected and recommended.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got to sample "the terrible" (thanks, Ron). I expected this to be kind of a stronger "Trios Pistoles", and that's pretty much what it is. The biggest disappointment was that there was almost no head, and it disappeared almost immediately. Somewhat carbonated, but the alcohol is quite noticeable (in a good way). A bit more warming and fuller bodied than the Pistoles, but not as much so as Westy 12 or Rochefort. As with the Pistoles (or Chimay Blue, for that matter), let it warm, as it improves substantially. Overall, a terrific brew that I would buy on a regular basis if I could. Unibroue is a great brewery!

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Photo of steorn
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night it pours,with an active tan head.The malty,yeasty nose promises good things to come.Very intriguing.The first sip is sweet ,raisiny and there is a strong alcohol present.There is some lacing on the glass as the head settles somewhat.A long finish offers more of the same along with a gentle hoppiness.A powerful ale for sure.One to sip on a cold night.I can see this as getting even better with age.Guess I better buy some more.Allez unibroue!!

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Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was stunned to find this at the Utah State Liquor Store; they had only just started carrying Unibroue (only Maudite, Blanche, Quelque, Trois, and Don), but the other day they had this beauty! Now if only they could surprise me like this more often. On to the beer.
Pours a deep, dark black with a purplish tan head. Smell is grassy, sweet, vinuous malt. Plums, grape bubblegum are there, so is the alcohol and the Uni-yeast. Taste is semi-sweet, bubblegum wine. Some tangy wheat malts chime in. Very smooth. Finish is warming with some light yeasty bitterness. Mellower than expected, but very good. Full, velvety mouthfeel. The bottle was gone before I knew it. Another Unibroue winner.

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Photo of aracauna
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body topped by a cream-colored head that fizzes, but doesn't seem to get any smaller very fast. The aroma is nicely spicy, a little alcohol. Nice spicy belgian character in the flavor, but a nice clean maltiness (almost like the malt in a pilsner) rides underneath keeping it from being overbearing. The alcohol is really only felt, not as much tasted or smelled. Good beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle - Poured a pitch-black beer with a nice huge dark head. Carbonation is excellent and aroma is really vinous with alcohol also perceptible. Complex flavor that includes spice, raisin and a bit of roastiness. Overall, this is a great beer that could rival some of the great strong Belgian ale but the alcohol flavor is bit too strong and should have been subtler.

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Photo of Zorro
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy dark beer with ruby hues, I can barely pass light through it.

Smell is great! Big fruit and spice smells and a bit of malt. Lots of alcohol borne smells to this one. It makes you light headed just smelling it!

Taste is WOW! Lots of malt and spice and a bitey level of carbonation nips at your tongue. Every sip releases a new flavor. Lots of preserved fruit tastes here and maybe a rum taste?

Mouthfeel is perfect.

Super drinkable. This is my favorite Unibroue bar none. Drinking this is pretty much "Beer Sex."

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Photo of HardTarget
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: The main smell I get is the Unibroue yeast strain. Under that is rich fruits, and I’m unable to define which ones. Starfruit? Mellon? As it warmed, the alcohol becomes present but not harsh, more of a perfume base, more of a burn in the nose than an aroma.
Appearance: Black, with roasted coffee colored edges. Had a thin head of dark tan, but it quickly collared and left no lace in it’s passing. A little island of head did form in the middle of my Chimay Goblet. It took the form of a little bulls-eye right in the center of my glass. A little wellspring of bubbles fed the bulls-eye well into the third and final pour. As the glass got low, a more obvious brown hue took over.
Flavor: Again, the classic Unibroue yeast on a well balanced brew. Dark fruit, a bit of purple grape but for the rest, my vocabulary fails me. I note some of the pepper and cherry others have noted.
Mouthfeel: The slightest alcohol burn as it evaporates. Terribly smooth but a bit of a belly warm again as it warmed. Very clean finish, no oils here. Does numb the mouth slightly. Liquid silk. I have to second Suds: Full, soft, thick. Well said.
Overall Impression: Terrible. Terribly smooth, terribly well made, terribly enjoyable. I’m in awe of this beer. This is the very model of an iron fist in a velvet glove. I only wish I could more accurately describe it’s wonders to you. All I can say is, seek, find, and try to understand. So happy this wonder found it’s way to Texas, I’ll be buying lots more.

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Photo of mschofield
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red-black, call it black cherry as that fits the rest of this wonderful brew. Big rocky head
Bready malt and dark fruit aroma - cherry and plum, wood, and spices.
A deep roasted malt taste, hides the peppery alcohol that comes out here and there, again dark fruit (cherry) comes out, caramel and dark chocolate.
The aroma and taste are quite complex, I get the impression that everytime I drink one, something else will come out of hiding.
Medium to full bodied, well carbonated.

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Photo of Suds
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one recently, as a finish, after a sampling of Belgian-style beers and cheeses. The liquid is a nearly-black, thick fluid, topped with a bubbly, solid, large-bubbled head. The aroma is sweet, malty, and alcoholic. Alcohol and spicy phenols characterize the smell. Additionally, the sweetness in the aroma has a sugary, plum-like quality. Taste is intensely fruity and sweet, with serious alcohol warming…this is not a subtle Belgian-style brew. Peppery, spicy, and yeasty flavors offer a nice balance to the sweetness. Full, soft, and thick. Slight hop bitterness in the finish. The beer is complex, intense, and serious…Not to be missed.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Terrible wasn't quite that after all!

Appearance- dark brownish/black with a thick tan head.
Smell- alcohol & yeast dominate. Fruity, Malty.
Taste- strong, hops and fruit. Raisiny but good.

overall, Not a bad beer I can actually say I like it. Although the alcohol is too present. Finally the first Unibroue beer I can't say sucked!

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Photo of WaltTrombone
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my faves from Unibroue, the name is the total opposite of how it tastes!

It pours black (dark brown held up to the light), with a tan head. Aromas of malt, clove, currant, prune, and caramel. Tastes were equally complex, with malt, caramel, prune, currant, pepper, lemon, and orange. The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and light, with small, light carbonation. It finished with lemon, pepper, and citrus peel.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The liquid is as dark as a late summer evening with a dense guiness type of head. Well-balanced aroma of fruits (plums, prunes, bananas) and Unibroue yeast. Incredibly smooth and creamy in mouth for hidden 10.5%. World-class rich caramel, grapes, bread flavours. As PhillyBeer2112 pointed out, no component seems to take the top over others. Perhaps my favorite Unibroue product behind Quelque Chose, don't be scared of the name!

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Photo of hollicetales
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

despite the name this beer is wonderful, as i am a sucker for unibroue. this is the darkest belgium style i think i have had from the brewery. a nice fruity aroma to offset the rich maltiness and spicy slight raisony hints...as well as those notes of the usual tell-tale tastes of the unibroue yeast/lees that you come to love. A decent bite and definitely good buzz. I could imagine this beer pairing well with a nice roast on a nippy night.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep deep brown with a great slight off white sticky head,aroma is fresh and malty sweet with a light smokey note.Taste has bunch of different compnents definent raisin and candied sugar with smokiness that lingers in the finish along with some ever so slight tartness.Its been awhile since I have had a Unibroue beer until today and they were well missed.

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Photo of JamesBerry
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out thick and coal black with a reasonable head. There was a slight cola aroma behind the usual Unibroue fruitiness. Has a nice, medium body, complete with a gentle tingling sensation on the tongue. Tastes like a red wine, with a tart green grape aftertaste.

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Photo of granger10
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out an intensely dark color considering it's a Belgian. Probably the darkest Belgian that I have seen. Well upon pour there was no head action to speak of. I tried to get some carbonation out of it but it seemed really flat. There was no lacing while I drank this either. The smell was of bread, yeast, and alcohol, quite a nice combo. The taste was complex and original. I noticed lots of pepper and spice in this. There was also a variety of malt flavors. A biscuity flavor, some caramel, some raisiny sweetness, and a coke taste were all there. The malts were complemented with a hoppiness to balance things out. Not too bitter though but the bitterness was noticed. Yeast flavor was strong and almost overwhelming at times, as well as the alcohol. This may be due to the lack of carbonation. The beer was thick in texture but a little rough, not the smoothest. I liked it, but I think that the lack of effervescence, due to lack of carbonation hurt it a lot. I mean, who doesn't want an effervescent Belgian?

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Photo of bditty187
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark purple hue, opaque, brownish-red influences, the faint beige head was rather rocky, about two fingers in height, it faded surprisingly rapidly to a wobbly, soapy, sparse cap that tried to maintain, as I sipped away the liquid nectar, no lace was produced. The nose is aromatic and airy with pepper, cola-like sweetness, traces of wood, mysterious dark fruits, and a note of rich maltiness. The invitation is clear enough, the bouquet is not dynamic but welcoming nevertheless. What the nose is lacking in the “wow” factor the palate has it in abundance. Sweet maltiness, cola, traces of plums, in the middle a big bite of spicy, flowery hops mingle with hot, spicy yeastiness, towards the end a note of chocolate emerges for a brief moment before being overcome by candied sugar, slightly toasted, it is very nice. The flavors are still raw, I enjoy big vibrant Belgium beers but an aged version might work better with this one. The alcohol seems to largely bypass the tongue and scream recklessly towards the stomach where it erupts in a volcanic fit of heat. In other words this is a hell of a belly warmer! The body is medium and it seems to jump from a thicker feel when the malt is stunningly beautiful or thinner feel when the lively carbonation does a lap dance on your tongue. The big, spicy-sweet aftertaste never allows you to forget what you’ve been quaffing. This is highly drinkable. I recommend La Terrible to any Belgium beer fan. Awesome, even if it’s a tad young. I wish I had more to cellar. My 750ml corked and caged bottle was purchased in Kansas City.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 931 ratings.