Terrible
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From:
Unibroue
 
Quebec, Canada
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #32
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,646
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 11.03%
Ratings:
2,334
Status:
Active
Rated:
Friday at 03:59 PM
Added:
Nov 15, 2002
Wants:
  160
Gots:
  391
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: 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.
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Photo of Captain69
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

great malty quad - fulll of flavor

Friday at 03:59 PM
Photo of mushroomcloud
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mushroomcloud from Texas

750ml corked and caged - 2004 vintage, best by 8-8-07. Opened 2-26-22.
Small pop upon uncorking and pours with a thin beige head...good signs. Head fades to a ring quickly. Dark brown beer with good clarity at the bottom against the light. Mild vinous nose of dark fruit, wet wood, and dusty chocolate. Still a muted spicy character perceptible. Some light oxidation that fades away, cola flavor, slick fruit, light medicinal note. Medium body, silky mouthfeel, and low carbonation. Lingering heat in a sweet finish. The beer has held up well, can't suggest sitting on it this long, but it was a cool experience to open up an 18-year-old bottle today.

Feb 26, 2022
 
3.51 by dan_amdg from Illinois on Feb 12, 2022
 
3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 25, 2022
 
3.97 by Techichi from Texas on Nov 21, 2021
 
4.77 by irishevans from California on Nov 19, 2021
Photo of SushiSakeBeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

This was a very good beer, but elite, primarily because it lacked full body

Nov 15, 2021
Photo of GStone899
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GStone899 from Minnesota

Very malty, dark fruits, yeasty and very carbonated. Deep rich flavors that coat the entire palette. This beer is a bit tough to figure out. Take a stout and throw in a wild or farmhouse ale. I would have liked less carbonation as I think the flavors can stand on their own and the carbonation takes away from that. Still an enjoyable beer and not one you are going to run into very often. Definitely tastes better as you let it warm.

Nov 06, 2021
 
4.25 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Oct 01, 2021
 
3.86 by QuintusHorace from California on Aug 27, 2021
 
3.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jul 24, 2021
Photo of chitoryu12
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Pitch black. A thick, creamy tan 2-finger head with good retention.

Smell: Bananas, funky spices, yeast, brown bread.

Taste: Bold, slightly sweet, a bit spicy. Distinct Belgian yeast flavor. No real alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Extremely high, almost painful carbonation. Slightly thick feel.

Overall: A delicious quad only marred by overcarbonation.

Jul 20, 2021
Photo of zac16125
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by zac16125 from South Carolina

750mL bottle into a snifter

I’m not sure which year this was bottled. Best By date is 6/18/25 so I assume this may be a 2020 beer, although most Unibroue beers are labeled Letter-2DigitDay-last digit of year, and the cork says I019 so perhaps it has a 6 year best by with a IO19 like their small formats which are labeled month (letter I would be Sept 01 2019), or maybe it’s a 10/19 as in Oct 2019. Regardless it’s somewhere between 11 and 20 months.

Pours essentially black, dark enough to be opaque, with a large dense light khaki colored head with good retention. Definitely looks more like a stout in the glass than a Quad, but is still a very nice looking beer. Aromas is a mix of yeast and big dark fruits up front, with a more subtle spice on the finish. Raisin, figs, and black cherry. A big caramel and subtle candies sugar. Sweet bread and a bit of cracked white pepper. Just a ton going on on the nose. Taste follows except the spice is up front and more pronounced. Dark fruits are more subtle than the nose, and there’s a huge doughy yeast component. Dark fruits are mostly fig/dates,
caramel and candied sugar comes out as it warms. There is a moderately strong fruity esters quality perhaps even a touch of banana. Mouthfeel has that fantastic combo of full bodied yet highly carbonated and smooth, the trifecta that appears to only be present in really well done Belgian dark strong styles. I’m not sure the ABV but it’s completely unnoticeable and is very drinkable. Overall, this is a gem of a beer. Cant believe I’ve never rated this beer. It may sound ridiculous to say this about a brewery with multiple beers on the Beer of Fame list including the #1 overall rating of a highly done style like Tripel, but is Unibroue one of the most under appreciated breweries in the entire craft scene? Incredible consistency, several absolute home runs, and some of the most widely available elite beers on the planet. Yet it seems that I almost never see or hear people talking about them on BA. Perhaps their ease of availability produces some type of weird anti-hype. Regardless, this beer is excellent and is well deserving of its place on the Beers of Fame list.

4.5/4.75/4.25/4.75/4.5

May 07, 2021
 
4.25 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
Photo of backblast
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by backblast from Alaska

Poured a dark mahogany with a thick light tan head.

Tastes of Belgium yeast and malt with some brown sugar. There is spice mixed in with pear and fig in the finish and almost no bitterness.

Apr 09, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

Sampled bottle, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad. ABV was 10.5%. Dark brown colour. Moderately malty aroma, notes of brown bread and spices. Malty and moderately sweet flavour, some vinous notes, well rounded, moderate spices and oak, low bitterness.

Mar 20, 2021
 
4.56 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania on Mar 18, 2021
 
4 by micada from New York on Mar 18, 2021
 
4.21 by markallmon from Tennessee on Feb 28, 2021
 
4.15 by aklavall from Canada (AB) on Feb 13, 2021
 
4.6 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Dec 23, 2020
Photo of milkshakebeersucks
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Deep mahogany hue with a large beige head and little lacing. Arresting array of aromas, from the trademark Unibroue yeastiness, to the dark fruit and the dessert wine qualities. More dark fruit greets the taste buds, along with toffee, licorice, seasonal spices, chocolate - all adding to the complexity. Surprisingly, not too thick on the palate, with lively carbonation. Full-to-medium bodied mouthfeel; warms the gut before the buzz sets in. Long lasting, enduring finish.

Dec 21, 2020
 
4 by GABrew from Georgia on Nov 30, 2020
Photo of mothman
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

Bottle. Khaki head. Lace. Caramel dark brown.

Molasses, Belgium candied syrup, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, red apple skins, pears. True to style. Full bodied. Smooth. Maybe a tad too much carbonation.

Nov 26, 2020
Photo of sjrider
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by sjrider from California

Poured from a bottle - very dark with short khaki head leaving scattered bubbly lacing. Nose is sweet dark fruit on the funky side. Taste is malty with some yeast, spice and dark fruit that tends to lean sweet. Finishes with moderate carbonation and a slight funk, ABV well hidden. Quite tasty.

Nov 25, 2020
 
4.42 by beerrat from Virginia on Nov 21, 2020
Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mactrail from Washington

Very dark but apparently "clear" brew with abundant fine-grained foam in the Chimay chalice. Sudsy and lush on the tongue. While this is seriously malty the Belgian yeast sucks the sweetness out of the finish. Or something like that. In any case it's very dry after that sweet splash on the lips.

It tastes hot going down the gullet but doesn't really taste of alcohol with so much going on. Dark malt with hints of raisins, ginger, fruitcake, and a licorice aftertaste. But overall it's the Belgian yeast.

I would say as a Quad this is pretty much a measuring stick. It's got all the flavors, eye-opening Belgian character, and is highly drinkable due to the dry finish. So many Quads are sugary death traps. From the 750 ml bottle purchased in the far West.

Oct 23, 2020
 
4.84 by tvljr from Virginia on Oct 17, 2020
Photo of altstadt
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5
by altstadt from Canada (BC)

Opaque black or very dark brown color. Poured a short head of mixed size bubbles which quickly dropped down to a skiff of tiny bubbles being refreshed with a high flow of new bubbles rising from below. The head was very noisy as bubbles were popping. Left large patches of lacing.

Fruity and funky smells. Light aroma of caramelized dark malt. Generally sweet smelling. Swirling the glass kicked up more fruit (stonefruit like peaches?), added a light mint, and a very faint barnyard. This is lighter smelling than I expected.

Hard to taste anything until the foam dies down a bit, then there is a strong dark caramel and gingerbread malt that is mildly sweet. Plum and light spice flavors. Strong alcohol flavor that comes across as more spice after a while. Mild bitters. The aftertaste kicks up the bitters and a malt that is just short of being burned. Slight touch of soy sauce. The alcohol reasserts itself in the aftertaste.

Explodes into medium bubbled foam which actually blocks a lot of the flavor at first. The foam quickly drops down to mostly fluid. Bit of an alcohol burn. Medium-heavy body.

Surprisingly light smell and initial flavor. The flavor really doesn't fully present until the carbonation has died off. I've had beers with higher alcohol levels and not really noticed it, but this one pushes the alcohol as a major flavor component. Oddly the alcohol tastes far stronger than most fortified wines. Purchased in a mix pack. No idea what vintage it might be.

Oct 06, 2020
 
3.93 by SMH_NWI from Texas on Sep 22, 2020
 
4.2 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Aug 29, 2020
 
4.17 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Aug 13, 2020
Photo of solarbrad
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by solarbrad from Texas

Checks all the boxes for the Quads I like.

Jul 03, 2020
Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stortore from Illinois

750 ml bottle into a goblet. Best by 2/14/22, had 4/25/20.

Pours a dark ruby brown, semi opaque, with a half inch foamy head and light, soapy lacing. Aromas of purple grapes, malt, toffee, Candi sugar, cloves, other spices, some strawberries, light Belgian yeast, light wine. The flavor is similar- purple grapes, malt, Candi sugar, cloves, other spices, some plums, light strawberries, light wine. Smooth, a solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

Solid from top to bottom. A classic rendition of the style that leans to grapes instead of dark fruit. Very enjoyable and well worth a purchase.
R113013

Apr 30, 2020
 
4.23 by cozmo from New York on Apr 26, 2020
 
3.98 by mcbridec6 from New Jersey on Apr 25, 2020
Photo of jkblr
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jkblr from Indiana

750mL corked bottle BB 02-14-22 (about 3 years old) poured into a chalice at just above fridge temp 10.5% ABV 45 SRM 15 IBU. The beer pours dark brown with minimal highlights and light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Slight lacing. The aroma is sweet brown sugar with notes of raisin, plum, cherry and red grape. The taste is brown sugar and malt sweetness up front with the assorted dried & dark fruits showing up next before a barely bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation and a semi dry finish. No alcohol presence in the aroma or taste. Overall, very good. This is a really malt driven quad, without any overt yeast driven quality at a great price. Mine was purchased recently, at room temperature, and had minimal oxidation.

Mar 29, 2020
 
4.1 by RMW66 from Australia on Mar 14, 2020
 
4.23 by arini10 from Oregon on Mar 07, 2020
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Unknown vintage; drank 1/14/20 @ Hopleaf.

Black/brown appearance.

Decent khaki head; strong lace.

Rhubarb, leather, strawberry & faint fresh earth notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Rhubarb, cream, strawberry & fresh earth flavors; strong clove notes and no booze heat on the finish.

Unique, to be sure, but tasty as well.

Jan 16, 2020
Terrible from Unibroue
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2334 ratings