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La Terrible - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,967
Reviews: 909
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 104
Gots: 237 | 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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4.37/5  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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of crazyfraser
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance very beautiful. very dark, looks dark brown til you hold it up to the light. Its a beautiful Mahogany color with a cream colored head.

Smell kinda boozy malty.. smells strong but good

Taste Malty for sure, very rich, My wife says it has kind of a cola/syrupy taste. easy to drink if you like boozy flavors, its a mild boozy.

Mouthfeel kinda has a bite when you swallow.

Overall strong. yet smooth for its ABV, very rich, beautiful Mahogany color. would recommend to a beer connoisseur like myself. Glad I tried it.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an exceedingly dark reddish brown with a faint light tan ring of foam. No lace, no surprise.
Smell is rich, malt, dark cherry, sour, spice (coriander & pepper) and a whole lot more. Phenomenal complexity and balance.
Taste is equally massive. Rich, dark fruits, malt, yeast, wheat, the whole fruitcake. Awesome.
Full bodied, very light effervescence, tart and almost smooth. Drink this beer.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, formerly corked and caged, into a Unibroue branded short stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a dark molasses colored brown with one and a half finger off-white head that resembles sea foam in consistency that dissipates quickly. No visible lacing. Dark fruit especially notes of black cherry and fig, a bit of spice, and light phenol alcohol on the nose. Opens with the flavor of black cherries and bit of date and fig that combines with hints of almond and spice. Finishes clean and fairly dry with some alcohol warmth. On the lighter side of medium bodied, fizzy champagne-like carbonation, slick on the palate. A very solid brew. There's nothing necessarily novel about this brew, however a good solid representation of the style.

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

A dark ale. I tend to like this style. This style tends to be the sweeter of the dark ales. Can sense a bit of hops, but less than others in the style that I have tried. Overall, a good balanced blend. This was a total impulse buy for me. I'd definitely get another bottle to have in the future. It was definitely not terrible as it's namesake implies. If you have a penchant for dark Belgians (like I do), give this one a go. It is 750ml of goodness.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,967 ratings.