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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,988
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 107
Gots: 253 | 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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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown with some red hues. A nice fluffy head dissipates rather quickly, but leaves some very nice lacing. Rich smell of malts and dark fruits. Cherries, plums, some nice spices. Wonderful aroma. The taste is equally rich. Cherry dominates, but many of the same things from the aroma show up again on the tongue. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty smooth.

It's a lot like Trois Pistoles, but a little stronger. Trois Pistoles is on the lighter side of Belgian dark ales, and this is in the middle. This beer stands along all of Unibroue's lineup of great beers. Unfortunately, it's a little pricier.

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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml. bottle and split with my wife. Lot is K26102047Q so bottled October 26, 2010.

Appearance: A dark chestnut brown color with lots of foam and wisps of lacing that grows to almost a sheet.

Smell: Dried plums, wood, light dried cherries and some yeast.

Taste: Dried raisins, figs, plums, bit of dried cherries, dry wooden flavor like cork and a bit smoky.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation a tinge high but calms rapidly and is a bit chewy.

Overall: Not as great as i remember a few years ago but still quite good.

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

Pours an opaque, walnut brown body with an appropriately tall, foamy, light tan head.

Aroms begin with sweet, biscuity maltiness, almost like pie crust with equal amounts of dark fruit, earthy sweet molassed and emerging notes of Belgian yeast spiciness.

The tastes begin with dark, brown bready maltiness with flavors of molasses, dark brown sugar, sweeter dark candy sugar and sweetened cocoa powder. In the background there are some light black cherry and raisin fruitiness. Earthy spiciness emerges are is warms with a small touch of alcohol warmth.

The mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied with medium-high carbonation. The finish is dry and slightly spicy/biting from the Belgian yeast and emerging alcohol presence.

Overall this is a pretty serious beer that really derserves to be laid down for a few years for the flavors to mellow and simmer a little. In my opinion most Dark Belgian ales over 10%ABV need at least a year in the cellar but ideally 3, this is no different as fresh it is a bit rough around the edges.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, into a chalice.

A: Very dark brown. Medium heavy carbonation. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles quickly, leaving merely a beer ring. No lacing to speak of.

S: A little malt, a little dark chocolate, and plenty of raspberry.

T: Woody malt with hints of dark chocolate and cherry.

M: Full and robust. Carboard-y finish.

D: Goes down joyfully.... but sip for best results.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Deep, dark appearance with a decent head, but no real lacing. Nose is a great combination of malt, chocolate, and fruit. Nice and woody, too. Flavor is fruity malt goodness. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

La Terrible pours a super dark brown, almost chocolate brown. Under light you can see hints of red and purple filling out the glass, ultimately culminating in a mahogany glow. A thick light brown (not tan) head caps off the glass, spilling over the brim despite my best efforts.

The aroma is sweet and spicy, with a slight sourness in the background. The sugar brings to mind ripe dark fruits, the spice waffles between allspice and lemongrass. The first taste is much lighter than expected, though it still has a bountiful body. Prunes, apricots, and candied apple all make an appearance. Roasted malts are evident in the distant background. The dominant flavor at this point in the beer’s life, though, is grape, which mingles with the spice in a way that nudges the final taste toward a white peppery merlot. It’s as odd as it is intriguing.

La Terrible has a rather light flavor for a dark beer, and a rather bright tang for brew that coats like a thin syrup. I think my wife summed it up best: it looks like winter and tastes like spring. In retrospect I’m glad I didn’t age this bottle very long, because now I want to buy another bottle and see it what it tastes like in a couple years.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,988 ratings.