La Terrible | Unibroue

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4.17/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 2002, when the SAQ requested an exclusive new high-end product, Unibroue responded with Terrible. Given its dark colour and 10.5% alcohol content (a first for Unibroue), we knew that this Belgian quadruple-style ale might very well be greeted with reticence.

So we gave it a name that would evoke terror and worry, but also something extraordinary, formidable and awe-inspiring. From here on out, no other beer can ever be called Terrible.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,460
Reviews:
966
Ratings:
2,258
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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142
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful homage to Belgian quadruple.
I bought a six pack Unibroue sampler, just to try this. Most of the box is a throwaway but not this. All the elements are here: plum, caramel, toffee and the rest. Really well done.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown almost black with thin head around side of glass. This had an estery taste I didn't care for,

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Photo of sbuck
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of irongator
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a full fledged original gangster of a beer here, one of the classics in its style, especially this side of the pond. different from any of them though, with a very original yeast complexion in here, and as much savory and umami as there is sweet in it, everything from molasses to burnt pie crust to a thick soy reduction, there sure is a lot going on, but its so well integrated, layered, complex, and expertly built that it all seems to make perfect sense, it has a lot to say, and i am all ears! the deepest brown color with a nice body evident and a creamy beige head from the tap, bubbly but patient still, not overly blowing up, regal and mellow, but still very belgian looking, slick looking shine to it as well. traces of smoke and raisin here, cognac and dark candy syrup, treacle and licorice root, wet tobacco and charcoal, birch and leather, old man and soil, its awesome, like no other. thicker body is pushed on by brisk carbonation, yet the palate remains coated with all the grainy cooked goodness, and it warms me from the inside. slight brine here at the end with the sweet, rye bread, cocktail cherries, dates and fig jam, along with the esters of the belgian yeast floating well above it all. brilliant liquid, famous for a reason. genre defining really...

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Photo of Herbabee
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quads are just my most favorite style, and to my nose, tongue, palate, throat, bloodstream, this is ... Perfect. Sweet in action, but so smooth and dry after the swallow and finish. Excellently balanced, while representing all the character traits of the style.

Will be on a perpetual scavenger hunt to snap up more of these rare and delectable vessels. To join the good company of the cellar collection.

A distinctively pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Agent-86
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radcpa
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bark appearance with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is slightly sour and spicy. Taste is a very smooth slightly sour and spicy without any alcohol taste.

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Photo of stauffman
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SGR1220
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wildmaster
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good dark Quadrupel, that we Canadian can only taste once and while. The Unibroue signature yeast is a bit too spicy to my taste, but overall this beer is surprinsingly easy to drink. Aslo, it can aged very well.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamesefleming
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Terrible indeed. Terrible that I cannot walk into any and every good beer stores confident that I will be able to find this exceptional quad/strong dark Belgian style ale.

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Photo of BHapeman
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csmrx7
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of baffledbear
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DMcGirr
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beaulabauve
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LDuke
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of damndirtyape
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked and caged bottle, split into two tulip glasses over dinner. Best before 07-22-21. Batch stamp C2216203OQFF.

Appearance: Very dark - black with very little light coming through. Practically stout color for a Quad, which I believe is unusual for this style. Very thick tan head that slowly died back to a persistent 1/8" thick head. Lots of lacing all over the glass, thick sheets and fine strands.

Smell: Yeast, hint of cloves, dark fruit, Belgian fruity esters, and a bready/sweetbread aroma.

Taste: Delightfully malty, but not excessively sweet. Hint of licorice mixed in with dark fruits, caramel and toffee notes, lots of malt sweetness, and a light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Briskly carbonated that scrubs the palate clean. Slightly chewy underneath all the carbonation, dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A very good quad, and went really well with food (meatloaf and mashed potatoes) and I think this would pair really well with dessert as well. The alcohol content was noticeable about halfway through the glass, so while I had the larger glass, one per evening is enough or I'll truly have a "terrible" evening later. Great to sip, savor, and yak with the Mrs. at the end of the year. The two of us wondered about the name, and finally agreed that this is a frighteningly good beer and it lives up to its name, even with the not-so-well hidden alcohol content. Definitely something to get again sometime.

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Photo of BCborn
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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La Terrible from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,258 ratings