La Terrible | Unibroue

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Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002

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2,215
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4.16
pDev:
11.3%
 
 
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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves sparse, splotchy lacing

S: Belgian yeast, fruit, and spices up front along with a sweet, malty background

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the spices and goes into the fruity Belgian yeast. Some nutty maltiness follows, along with some earthiness and vague caramel notes. Finishes with lingering yeast influence and maltiness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate fine carbonation

O: A very well done quad that makes for a nice sipper. Alcohol is well hidden with the yeast influence, which makes it quite drinkable. Definitely a classic, regardless of the Canadian origins

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 month old bottle : Opaque black color. Super foamy and light creamy beige 4-5 finger head in the tulip, lasting around 20 minutes, producing some good legs and a strong lacing. Flavors of prunes, plums, raisins, cherries, wood, maple, black liquorice, toffee, soft cheese, light cocoa and coffee, Belgian yeast, herbal spices. Silky full body with extra crispy carbonation. Very strong finish, long tongue coat but not overly aggressive, sharp bitter leathery and earthy feel, thick malty and fruity sugars, thick barrel aged feel. Got lots of complexity, pretty well balanced, although not very accessible. Kinda vinous and deeply acidic, some appetizer qualities, still quite fresh and tender from the yeast. Superb taste and body, incredibly rich and smooth. Almost feel like a Quad, heavily alcoholic and warming, almost burning! Perfect winter beer, fits well for festive activities. Yet strangely, I wouldn't drink this one too warm, drink it rather cold, it gets putrid and pukey when at room temp. Overall superb quality craft.

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Photo of Hackattack
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Belgian strong dark ale from Canada is unbelievably great stuff. Another gift from my older bro....THANKS....He runs a major beer distributer outfit and leaves me some killer samples in my Dad's fridge as we take turns visiting Dad from different out of town locations. This one deserves all the flowery hype ( of which I'm not very good ) you can muster. I'll just say it's damn good.... I really like these deeply rich/powerful/high dollar Ales.

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Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341mL bottle into a chalice
L- Deep chocolate brown with a slight red tinge. The head is off-white, pillowy, and has impressive retention for such a high abv.
S- Cinnamon, nutmeg, blackberry, dry red wine, other dark fruit, hints of vanilla and caramel. Also strong alcohol smell.
T- Same as smell with addition of yeast, slight bitterness, and stronger wine-like taste. For 10.5% you can barely taste the alcohol.
F- Very appealing woody/grainy feel with a slight bitterness and nice dryness to balance the dark fruit sweetness. After you swallow a strong alcohol warmness is present.
O- This is the beer to get your wine friend into beer. Amazingly complex while being perfectly balanced. I just wish it was easier to get where I live.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cola color pours into a dark black body with an active 2 finger beige head. It grows rather than recedes as it sits there. Having to scoop a little head out in order to imbibe.

Aromas of a really good wit or hefe. Clove, circus peanut, orange, Belgian spice and yeast, some oak chips.

Lightly roasted malts meet bright golden plum, circus peanut, cotton candy, grapes, tapioca/butterscotch (not a flaw), caramel latte, vanilla, oak, and wine cask. Just tons to ponder here, and it's really a sweet Belgian dream with a dark color.

Very very carbonated (lots of burps!), some light boozy hotness, and a polite semi-dryness.

Overall, Terrible is anything but. Very nice Belgian ale with way more bright notes than I'd have ever expected. It's not thick, it's not cumbersome, and it's not overwhelming. This could be an SRM of 10 and still have the same flavor profile and be on point. It's not your typical Belgian Strong. It's very dangerously sessionable and EXTREMELY tasty. Just get some.

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Photo of Nanothaniel
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: A deep rich brown that leans towards black, impressive carbonation for a 10.5% brew.
Smell: Rich raisin/fig/prune notes building upon a distinctly tropical yeasty background with notes of banana.
Taste: Dried dark fruits as on the nose, along with caramel, vanilla, and nutty notes. Mild tropical profile that doesn't come across as strongly as the nose when cold. At room temperature the ester/banana notes become appreciable but not overwhelming.
Feel: Surprisingly bright when cold, more oily and coating as it warmed.
Overall: When this beer was cold my initial tasting impression was that the carbonation gave the beer a bit of brightness and verve that kept it from becoming too rich, but that the liveliness would be quickly lost if the beer wasn't consumed promptly. I took a little too long on consuming this brew however, and warmer temperatures revealed a richness and decadence I had almost forgotten. As this beer warmed the flavors brought me back to the original revelation I felt upon consuming my first amazing Belgian beer, a point in my life where I thought, "This truly is the nectar of the gods." Nonetheless, I must admit this beer is not perfect, but it is nearly as close as I dare admit.

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Photo of kevofficiel
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Terrible from Unibrouw. Bought a 12 mix pack for 14,99$

Look: Dark with 2 finger of brown head.

Smell: Dark fruit, raisin, belgian yeast, citrus,

Taste: Raisin, dark fruit, caramel, pepper, spices, cherry,

Feel: Sweet fruit, medium to heavy carbonation, red fruit. Easy drinking

So overall would I recommend it ? Absolutely

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Photo of Jaypeajus
2.74/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First unibroue brew here. Look is dark brown small thin head. Smell is quite strong lots of spices, not my cup of tea, taste is even more so. I can appreciate that it's supposed to taste like it does, but I don't care for this style of Belgian strong ales at this time. I think the turn off factor may be the lees

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark dark brown almost black. Half pinky head. Aroma, raspberry and apple truly little else. Taste- a fruity yeasty character, a cereal malt, Bready, clove. Mouthfeel tingling bubbles. Overall nice sweet dark.

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Photo of Bier82
3.24/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is something, good, bad, and kinda ugly.

Looks: Dark brown, muddy looking, bubbles that look almost soapy.
Smell: Almost non-existent, no hint of alcohol.
Taste: Burnt, bitter, yet sweet. No real sense of a Belgian ale, more like a imperial brown ale.
Feel: Lots of carbonation, almost soda like.

Good to try, not to buy.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour a rich-looking dark brown malty color. Smells of plums and malts. Plummy richness. Hints of chocolate. Belgian yeasts shine here as well. Amazing dry carbonation. Alcohol comes off like a port. Nothing "Terrible" about this ale. I wanted to rate this between 4.75 and 4.5, but we don't really have the flexibility here to do that....Still, another quality outing for Unibroue. These guys know what the hell they are doing.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Best before March 9th 2020.

Deep walnut red and brown body color, very dark with a touch of faint clarity when looking at the edges. Faint pinhead tan bubbles hit the sides, even a touch of middle carbonation seen at the base. Creamy and tight bubbled top, froths a good solid two fingers, with a nice light espresso color. A solid one and a half finger top that just doesn't budge at all.

Mineral warmth and small amounts of dark fruits on the nose. Hints of dried fig and dark raisins, with even a bit of milk chocolate creeping in, but very low on the sweetness sensations. A bit of powdery nutmeg and clove, brings almost a cocoa powder character but not quite. Very nice for the style.

First thing on the palate that sings is the mouthfeel. Velvet rich and silky feeling. A full body that oozes thick warmth and rich chocolate qualities. Some banana and carbonation then hits almost like a weizenbock, but far thicker. Fruity characters get much lighter with a touch of mineral tasting carbonation. Rocky. Very dark cherries and plum, with drizzled chocolate, maybe even a bit of coconut kicking in as well.

This is a pretty good sized brew, but well controlled, and a great Belgian like representation. Definitely hitting quad territory here, and nicely.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at Champagne's in Warren MI for $7.99- 750ml bottle served at 8deg C. Aged 2yrs in my cellar

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high light brown head that lasts for over 5mins before film out. Very dark brown almost black colour. You can't see through it even if an atomic bomb went off 2ft away it's that dark. Seen many times in stouts but not an ale.

S- Oodles of character. Tobacco, molasses, pear believe it or not and yeast

T- Peppery. Very similar to other Unibroue selections. Same yeast. Caramel. Lots here but subdued. Surprizing really. Has a budget cola flavor for a bit.

M- Waterier than I thought it would be

O- Not so good. Started out like a house on fire but ended in a whimper. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This spicy brew went well with....... Roast beef and gravy with mash spuds on the side. Pick a veggie but it won't go well unless you spice it up in a recipe. Pretty overpowering brew for veggies.

Enjoy

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Photo of fission523
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, nearly black, and completely opaque. Thin cream head dissipates quickly.

Smells bitter, bit of alcohol, sweat bread and cherries.

Mouth feel is very pleasant; smooth but good carbonation. Tastes of burnt caramel, cherries, chocolate, cinnamon. Very pleasant and complex flavors. Aftertaste is a bit of alcohol but sweet and fruity.

Very good - highly recommended.

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Photo of anon
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep mohogany hue, nearly opaque. Two-finger head of thick, tan hued foam. Dissipates to a pool of foam with decent retention.

One of those brews you can smell once you pour it - lots of sweet, dark fruits on the nose; plum, raisin, fig and peaches. Clove, cherries and grapes. So much fruit, this smells very akin to a wine.

Taste is heavy on dark red and stone fruits; plum, prunes, raisin, fig, cherries, red grapes, white grapes, apple skin, peaches. Tons of spice in the backbone; lots of clove and nutmeg, tying in with the deep fruit flavours bring out notes of pumpkin, brown sugar and cinnamon. Banana bread, vanilla bean, rum, molasses, fruit cake, pie crust, sherry, roasted malts and sweet milk chocolate.

Finishes off on the sweeter end of the spectrum, with a nice touch of booze adding to that. Nice clean finish after the slight astringency. Nice lingering flavours of stone fruit, apple skin, baked cherry pie and Graham crackers.

I absolutely loved this brew, tons of layers and complex flavours in this one. Definitely need a few of these to age and see how the flavours progress. Would also be a good holiday beer. Excellent.

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Photo of digitalflood
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick dark amber-- near black. Strong head reduces to excellent lacing. Too dark to judge carbonation activity. Sample was bought in August 2015 and aged close to a year on room temp rack. Aroma is prunes, raisins, rum, port wine, and oak. Some sherry and slightly rotten apricots as well. Excellent mouth feel. Full and dry. Carbonation is low on the tongue. On the nose, rum and raisins. Some port wine. Sour notes are intense. Like rotten fruit or sour wine. Beautiful transition to sweetness-- malt, caramel, cocoa nibs, vanilla, tannins, and root beer. This happens mid-palate and creates a complex taste profile. On the back there's pepper, cinnamon, and sugar. Lingering booziness and sour notes. Rum and raisins. There an aftertaste of vanilla wafers and rum with sour grapes. Not for the faint of heart-- but for those who love complex and powerful traditional beer this is a true gem. 4.5 out of 5. Excellent. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a simple black with a large beige head. The aroma is very yeasty, with lots of clove, some banana, nutmeg, and apricots. The flavor offers up figs, banana bread, sweet potato, pumpkin flesh, nutmeg, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is soft and foamy, and surprisingly not rich at all. Overall this is a powerful yet balances beer, with plenty of fruit and spice, and yet deceptively drinkable.

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Photo of teromous
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle has 012151920QFL printed on it and "BEST BEFORE 03-09-2020" on the back label.

Appearance: The body appears black and allows no light in; totally opaque. The head is a short but creamy very light khaki. It fades fairly quickly but retains a short creamy cap. There are fine bubbles around the glass.

Aroma: It has an interesting aroma. There is a good amount of clove an some prune. The aromas are very faint but when I get close there is no mistaking them. The prune aroma starts to get a lot stronger the longer the beer stays in the glass. A fresh pour of the beer really masks the aroma but letting it sit, even for a short while, will really bring out the fruity prune aroma. As that aroma starts to develop it even starts to take on a raisin character. It is really very nice. At first I was pretty underwhelmed by the aroma and the more it sat the more was revealed. Some caramel even made it to the party which was very nice.

Taste: From the onset I pick up quite a few flavors. It closely mirrors the aromatic profile but it leans closer to caramel flavors and a bit of a mossy flavor creeps in. The clove is a bit strong and it pushes away the prune. The overall flavor character is light and again clove and caramel dominate.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light earthy and slightly sweet finish. The beer is very enjoyable and is pretty easy to drink. That sweet finish hinders drinkability just a tad but with a good palate cleanser this beer is wonderful.

Overall: It's a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a good array of flavors. It wouldn't disappoint and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy-to-drink ale of this style. It's the kind of beer that I might drink again and I might not. It is certainly better than your average Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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Photo of mchegash
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Very dark brown, opaque. Half a finger of beige head.

S: Dark red fruits, a little booze, some darker malts. Smells quite similar to a red wine (maybe a kinda boozy Merlot?)...if the wine was carbonated and had malts added to it. Hints of spice as well.

T: Moderately sweet, with the dominant flavor being the slightly boozy red fruits that were present in the aroma. A bit sour. Spices are faint but present.

F: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This is a decent Belgian beer, probably not worth the price though.

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Photo of mkh012
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. A deep, dark red with an inch of tan head. The nose is stronger than most Unibroue beers. I get sour cherry, chocolate, and raisins, and the taste largely follows. Bright and juicy for the style. Similar to Trois Pistoles but a bit more intense and sour. Mouthfeel is medium. Fairly carbonated at the start but creamy mid-palate. Definitely one I would seek out again. Cherry, chocolate, and dark fruits, undercut by a touch of pear and green apple. Maybe just a little too sweet. Still a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark opaque blackish brown color with a light tan head withedium to good retention.

Dark rich roasted vegetables with oats and molasses. An earthy mushroom and yeast undertone shines through as well.

Taste again starts malty and sweet of molasses. A tangy spice of coriander creates a tongue tingling warmth that pairs well with the yeast and rich black earth. As I continue to sip it, I start to notice more prune juice and dark cherry notes--maybe just a byproduct of the beer reaching more optimal temperatures too.

The feel is suprisingly light and crisp despite the richness and sweetness. To be honest, it is a little to light and delicate of s body and gets overwhelmed. Slightly higher viscosity would have been welcomed here. Also a boozy funky aftertaste builds with each sip.

Overall a tasty belgian style strong dark. Not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of Tilly
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Brown, opaque, khaki head. Long lasting lacing.
A: Dark fruit, spice, malt and caramel.
T: Not far from the taste. Cane sugar, Dark fruit, sloe plum, raisin, caramel, cardamom,
M: Full body, champagne like carbonation, creamy at the back, nice dry finish with every so slight bitterness.
O: Well crafted Belgian Quad from my home and native land.

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Photo of JoLight
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Khaki head, super frothy, lots of great lacing; dark, dark red body, but black front on. Lots of particulate matter.

Aroma: dark wheat, something peculiar and interesting. Some kind of fruit? Cherry? Something unknown. Graham crackers?... Alcohol.

Taste: bland, watery for the style. Faintly sweet and tart as it warms. Graham crackers, again?

Medium full mouthfeel.

Semi-thick finish.

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Photo of JayQue
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another good one from Unibroue. Pours a dense brown color into my Chimay goblet. Some light comes through at the bottom of the glass. Big light tan head with better than average retention. A few very thin bands of lacing on the glass. Very good aroma of dark fruit, malt and some peppery spices. The taste adds a strong yeast presence to the aroma found in the mix. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth for the most part, There is a brief boozy presence but it is more warming than harsh. A very good dark Belgian.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this bottle at a total wine and more. they only had one left. score!! great pour. one of the better dark Belgians I've ever had. not a big fan of unibroue but this is a great one

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