La Terrible - Unibroue
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3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:
A - Pours a dark non-transparent brown color with a creamy light brown head that's 3 fingers tall. Retention is very good, especially considering the high ABV.
S - Belgian candi sugar, plum, currant, sweet ethanol, bitter chocolate, toasted malt, and yeast make up the majority of the nose. There's light spice throughout, though I can't single any one note out. Pungent, complex and sweet. Seemingly well balanced, though, and pretty inviting.
T - A very well built toasted malt and caramel body supports the bold flavors created by the yeast. The dark fruit notes (plum, mostly) are especially evident, though I find cinnamon, pepper, and cream. The yeast isn't bready or biscuity; maybe a bit earthy. It's pretty sweet and probably a bit imbalanced, though it's probably appropriate for the style. Alcohol is noticeable on the finish, though it's not overbearing. Definitely a sipper.
M - Medium bodied, with smooth ethanol finish. It probably could benefit from a thicker body.
D - Another winner from Unibroue, as I've yet to be disappointed by one of their beer. Given the low price and availability, it's hard to beat.
03-19-2012 21:59:06 | More by blakelive784
4.65/5 rDev +11.5%
I have become addicted to these Unibroue beers. Ever since I tried one I haven been on a quest to get them all. Too bad about the price tag, but you pay for really good beer
Appearance - Mahogany, a deep hue of a reddish dark brown that blocks all behind it. Somehow, its still an ale, but the darkest I have ever seen.
Smell - The spices they add to it almost reminds me of a mead, but with mild hops, maybe some fruit like cherry. A great smell but I wish it just could have been a little more umph in it.
Taste - Oh man. A mellow dark with many hints of different spices, so many that it is too complex but simple at the same time. A perfect taste that sticks around with you.
Mouthfeel - A decent amount of carbonation keeps you tasting the beer several minutes after you drink it. Great stuff
Overall - Give this beer a shot. It may not be the absolute best of Unibroue but I still haven't tried them all yet!
03-15-2012 18:13:23 | More by TownDunkel
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
Sample: 1 bottle 2011
A: Beautiful dark ruby with hints of orange, moderate head after pour, nice lacing afterwards, strong internal carbonation
S: Nice fruitiness, dried dates, light citrus, even some herbaceous notes at the end
T: Sweetness to start, definite dried fruit and floral notes, great balance between sweetness and bitterness, light lemon aftertaste
M: Pretty smooth, not as amazing as I anticipated given this ale's other very positive attributes, still, nt overpowering on the palate and nice and light aftertaste
O: A very fruity and good-looking beer, what it lacks in feel it seems to make up in just about everything else
03-11-2012 05:15:42 | More by MatthewWilde
4.73/5 rDev +13.4%
Bought a couple of these from Brouehaha in Gatineau. No date on the bottle, but I assume its pretty fresh late 2011 bottling.
A: Presented in a 750ml corked and caged bottle, it should be noted I only needed to twist the cage an insufficient 6 times before releasing the cork :P . Pours a very dark brown with a dense 3 finger head. dies down slowly and settles into a wispy halo around the meniscus of the beer. Leaves ample lacing.
S: Lots of dark and medium fruit. Plum, pear, fig, orange. spicy earth tones as well. brown sugar, leather. This one is gonna be a stunner in 5-6 years. Probably could go longer too.
T: Just superbly balanced and rich velvety taste. Very reminiscent of a La Trappe Quad, but not so malt forward. Honestly this is right up there with Westy 12 for the smile and taste factor.
M: Light, crisp, refreshing are words that come to mind, but this is also smooth and coats the palate well. Dry on the edges, sweet in the middle. Carbonation is perfect.
Overall: This could be the best domestically (North America) available Quad style beer, and certainly my favorite from Unibroue. Will seek out and shelf clear in the future.
03-04-2012 01:48:20 | More by uno99
La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,827 ratings.