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:
#1,403
Reviews:
961
Ratings:
2,246
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
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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

Photo of Daparkhu
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gabrielcolom
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bsmith259
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewTunes
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip glass.

Look: Dark reddish brown, almost black. Strong tan foamy head, good lacing.
Smell: A little boozey, but very sweet and malty. Slight cinnamon/other spices.
Taste: Alcohol up front, finishes off sweet and malty like the smell. Cinnamon, coffee and caramel with maybe some chocolate. Very balanced.
Feel: Deliciously smooth, good carbonation and moderately thick feel. Was expecting a little thicker but it works.
Overall: Very tasty, easy drinking and unique Belgian strong ale. Definitely can't taste that it's 10.5% ABV. Worth having and overall well balanced and full of flavor.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shortbox81
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BobW696
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of CoreyC
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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