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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,881
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 98
Gots: 200 | FT: 5
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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sandflier, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Danielbt, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

MarvinSnyder, May 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

tuka, May 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

vonnegut21, May 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

StoicBeast, May 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Amp, May 02, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 750ml bottle into a Duvel snifter. Taken out of the fridge and rested for about 40 minutes to bring to serving temp. Best by date of 04-15-15. Poured carefully as to not disturb yeast sediment.

A: Nearly opaque dark brown. Light beige head that dissipates slowly.

S: Took a quick whiff of the cork and got green apple peel. Dark fruits, raisins, figs. Caramel and brown sugar there as well. Also a spiciness I'm assuming is from the alcohol.

T: Outstanding. Raisins and brown sugar more pronounced. Caramel and chocolate in the middle. The green apple seems to reappear very faintly in the finish. Peppery alcohol. Mild hop bitterness there for balance.

M: Lush and full. Carbonation is just a little high, alcohol bite noticable; probably didn't let this one sit long enough; I don't apologize.

O: Complexity is great on this one. This may surpass Maudite as my favorite. As has become my habit, I love mixing the yeast sediment in my second glass when it comes to Unibroue brews. It did not disappoint.

videofrog, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

yeti123, Apr 27, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep brown with a nice dirty white head

S: Vinous grape and slight alcohol aroma and molasses

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.

O: Great. It is soothing and delicious, very easy to finish.

barleywinefiend, Apr 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

fisherbray, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 21, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a large tulip glass and served cool.

Pours a squid ink black body and a coffee ice cream head.

Smells of yeast, alcohol, raisins, chocolate, flowers and herbs.

Tastes are layered and are the same as the smells with the addition of some clay or chalk flavor.

Medium and well carbonated.

Overall a very nice version of this style. Complex and delicious with food. I would have again.

jneiswender, Apr 21, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10oz glass. Dark, rich color. The server had a little trouble with the pour, spooning off a little of the head and topping up a couple of times. Ended up with a 2 finger head that was retained well with little lacing. Slight cherry aroma that complimented the rich, complex, fruity taste. Velvety mouthfeel that you would expect from a strong dark ale, but little in the way of boozy taste.

JohnboyE, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

adamant1912, Apr 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Ray7233, Apr 20, 2012
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle to tulip. This bottle is two years old with a best before date of 10-15-14. Sampled 4/19/12.

A: The pour produces a large 3 finger head, light khaki in color, thick and foamy in texture, audibly fizzy and very long lasting. The body is not quite pitch black and has no transparency. Dark chestnut hints are revealed when the glass nears empty. Thick slings of lace lay down in modest amounts. Over the period of 90 minutes or so, each pour was a thing of beauty.

S: Dark fruits abound - featuring raisins, dehydrated cherries and plums. Rich malts of bread and grain, with a sweet toasted base that marries well with the dark, sweet fruit character. There is a strong fruity estery profile that emerges at warmer temperatures. Alcohol is well hidden.

T: The flavor leans toward the dry end of the spectrum although a light sweetness carries throughout the palate. Bitterness is mild and helps to keep the overall sweetness minimized. Spicy alcohol. Dark fruit flavors, less intense than the nose suggested, in the form of cherries, dates and plums. A little caramel would have rounded out the flavor profile beautifully.

M: Medium body with a lively, well sustained bubble attack. Probably more aggressive than it should be. I tend to prefer my BSDAs with a more supple texture and a consistency that spreads across the tongue. La Terrible is quick to clean up.

O: This brew needs to be opened at cellar temperature. At colder temps, the flavor and aroma are practically useless, but the aroma really steps up with a couple of degrees on it. While the flavor is good, it *is* somewhat simple. I almost regret opening this beer now as it clearly still has some aging potential.

FeDUBBELFIST, Apr 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Calculat0r, Apr 17, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated Best by 11/11/13. I believe that makes it from 2008. That seems about right.

A- A black like poison pour into my Ithaca Excelsior tulip... a ruby/black cherry tinted two finger head that floats effortlessly upon this still brew. No real lacing to speak of, but I don't recall this one having any even when fresh.

S- Dried cherry, raisins, blackberries, dates, figs, and cranberry sauce. So beautifully sweet and sour. Nice tart cherry finish. Believe it or not, this still has a nice touch of alcohol.

T- Really nice sour cherry, blackberry and raisin dominates. Subtle textures of fig jam, prunes, brown sugar, caramel, and Jewish Rye bread. Some spicy caraway seed, thyme, basil, and green peppercorns. The alcohol is still present, but not as up front as when it's fresh. WOW!!! Age has really done this already world class Ale well! The sour is sweet, the sweet is sour, the spices are subdued, and it still has a ton of carbonation and alcohol that make everything come alive on the tastebuds.

M- Sour... yet deliciously sweet. Full of figgy jam, green and black raisins. This is sooo fruity! Damn! In the glass it sits like a still pond, but it bubbles and makes your tongue alive when drank.

O- This almost four year old elixer is damn near perfection! So beautiful with sweetness and touches of sour fruit. Caramel, vanilla, dark fruit and subtle touches of alcohol. It dances on the tongue and asks No Quarter... No Forgiveness, No Shame of it's age. I'm so happy I opened this, yet so sad that I didn't give it five more years... Time to age some more and hope for the best!!!

Thickfreakness, Apr 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Danobold, Apr 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

TrickkyGangsta, Apr 15, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle poured into a Chimay goblet

Appearance - pours a dark eggplant color with khaki head

smell - plums, figs, raisins, red grapes

taste - like the aroma, except a bit amplified, figs, raisins, plums, red grapes, red cherry, belgian yeast

mouthfeel - approaching full bodied, heavily carbonated, good balance on this one, sweet in the beginning, a little bit of bitterness/tartness at the end to cut some of that sweetness, slightly boozy, alcohol is apparent yet keeps a low profile, smooth going down, flavors linger on the palate

Overall - one of the better BSDA's I've encountered, Unibroue really knows what they're doing with these Belgian style ales. Will be seeking this out again when I want a BSDA. A Must try for fans of the style

Price Point - $8.99/750ML bottle

keithmurray, Apr 14, 2012
La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,881 ratings.