La Terrible | Unibroue

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002

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#1,336
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960
Ratings:
2,237
pDev:
11.03%
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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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Photo of GarbageMan10
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

Photo of JarMills
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

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

**
07/25/15
Marshfield vacation.
Bottle to wine glass.

Aroma is brown sugar, cinnamon, brown bread. Dark brown, foamy, creamy, tan head. Tastes like a Bahamian spiced rum cake. Yummy and thick. Alcohol is present, but not offensive. Feel is thick and creamy, but bubbly as well.Really nice. Trois Pistoles on crack.

**

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Photo of madelf66
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattreitz49
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Beerme124535
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L:dark black, thick fluffy two finger head retains very well, great lacing all the way though.
S: chocolate, roasted malts, sweet, spices, nutmeg.
F:very light weight! great after feel!
T:dark roasty malt taste, caramel, coffee, spices, nutmeg,sweet. (not taste of alcohol) suprising for 10.5%
O:very well balanced! one of my favorite beers by far! i love it!

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Photo of TheHammer
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with two and a half fingered of head that stayed around and laced like crazy. The body is a deep opaque black with only hints of brown. A degree of yellow yeast made it's presence known at the bottom of the bottle, as well as small, noticable black specks near the head.

Smell: Dark roasted malt with plum, fig, chocolate and cherries with a well tempered dark caramel scent. Warming was not required to bring out this complex array, but a bit more potency would be nicer. Still, quite good though.

Taste: Starts with a rich caramel and berry malt that turns to a swath of chocolate, plum, fig and hints of coffee and vanilla before a hint of earth, nuts and subdued malt rounds out the experience. A slight bit more bitterness and maybe a bit more punch would have got the five.

Mouthfeel: The shifting between flavours is amazing, and the carbonation helps to impart a silkiness to the brew. The aftertaste is also a dark caramel and vanilla, berry touch. If that aftertaste would go just a bit further and not fade quite as fast as it does, it would be perfect.

Drinkability: When a beer is three quarters done before I can adequately express it's characterisitics, you've done a good job. Surprisingly light bodied and easy on the system. It masterfully conceals it's high alchohol content. It's also refreshing and flavourful.

Final Thoughts: I don't think the name does the beer justice, it's certainly not "Terrible", and to imply it's "The Terrible" because it's a badass beer doesn't quite fit the title either. This beer is far too graceful and well executed for such a name. If I was to suggest a new name, it would be Euphorie Sombre or Dark Euphoria. So yes, this beer is great, no bones about it, but that is what you get when you buy from Unibroue. Another exceptional offering.

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

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,237 ratings
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