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:
#2,637
Reviews:
973
Ratings:
2,271
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
145
Gots:
382
Trade:
7
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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best part is that with all its weight, the finish thins out to keep it from being too much...back for more and more is the result.

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Photo of Lebowskied
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beersnake1
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp into a tulip glass. Pours dark brown with substantial head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose is raisin, fig, yeast, bread, cherries, toffee. Taste is amazing. Sweet molasses, toffee, dark fruit, bread, pie crust, Belgian yeast, vanilla, and raisin. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick bodied. A great sweet aftertaste. This is an incredible beer from Unibroue - probably my favorite.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341 ml bottle served fairly cold into a chalice. Part of this years Unibroue mixed pack. I've been looking for this beer for a few years. Only qualm is that it replaces La Fin Du Monde, which is arguably the best tripel in the world. Anyway on to the review...

Appearance - super dark brown, nearly black. Two fingers of big fluffy tan head. Lots of spidery lacing. Gorgeous brew. Monster retention time.

Smell - dark fruit with figs and prunes and a surprisingly robust apple and pear combo. Candi sugar and Caramel too. Different, unique and pretty wow worthy.

Taste - buttery butter tarts, with a dash of pear, followed by strong taste of buttery brown sugar, turns slightly bitter with treacle and molasses to close. Slight bit of vanilla and spices that provides obvious points of comparison with La Resolution and the 25 year anniversary brew. Some booziness. booze soaked chocolate covered raisins galore after a few sips.

Mouthfeel - medium- heavy bodied, lots of carbonation, easy drinking with considerably warmth in the back of the throat. Medium dry finish.

Overall - worth the wait and top notch BSDA. Highlight of the Christmas pack.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle from 2002.

Pours dark brown with mahogany edgework and a minimal head or retention. Raisins with wine-soaked prunes and a hint of cocoa-dusted grape in the nose. Medium bodied with a slickish, almost oily mouthfeel. Chocolate -drizzled figs, rum-soaked raisins, and a mild booziness on the palate. Finishes a bit sweet with lingering raisins and chocolate.

Pretty tasty for an almost 17 year old brew.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep murky brown with mahogany highlights around the edges with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind minimal lacing.
S - Tons of sweet malt up front on the nose followed by notes of dark fruits - cherries, figs, plum, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee. The smell could be a little stronger however.
T - Follows the nose: tons of sweet, bready yeast and malt up front, followed by notes of dark fruits - cherries, figs, plum, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee. Not a hint of alcohol on the palate.
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, silky, and smooth.
O - This is a fantastic quad - I wish maybe the flavors were a little stronger - same for the smell. That said, the flavors are there and they are quite good. Definitely one of my favorite quads.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iguanodon
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Original rating 2013-05-24] Pours dark brown / red with a coarse tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, cherries, hint of banana bread. Taste is sweet caramel, raisin, date, cherry. Sweet malt finish. Great mouth feel, lively carbonation.

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

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of quadmad
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Long-lasting creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing. Served in my Duvel glass. Aroma goes right to the back of your throat. No light penetration at all Unibroue sure makes good beer.

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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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