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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Ratings:
2,220
Reviews:
956
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter beer seasonal availability. Very dark color in beautiful bottle. 750 ml too much, a smaller bottle would be just right. Can taste the alcohol, and bitterness. Alcohol not as masked as other Unibroue's. Can substitute for an average wine earlier in the meal.

Had another bottle 1.5 years later and it's spiciness and yeastiness went
well with cheese. Upgraded.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with orange tint. Big carmel/toffee nose.

Big flavors; gigantic flavor of cooked fruit and apricots with black coffee and sweet malt. Finish is medium/short and stops this from being cloyingly sweet.

Soda pop character but good. Layered flavors of sweet malt, figs, prunes, raisins and brown sugar but with hints of cola and with a Dr. Pepper flavored finish.

Different but nice.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 11/15/16.

Pours an opaque brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice fruity flavors but it's fairly boozy in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at my local shop and thought it'd be cool to get my friend two bottles of this on his sons 2nd birthday to prep him for the Terrible Twos. He loved the idea and we broke open a bottle that night.

The beer poured out as a muddy brown color with a light tan head on it. The nose was spicy and had a bit of a booze smell going on. The taste was really good at first then it had a bit of a metallic flavor, I was worried that this was going to be the way the rest would taste but it went away. The flavors that remained were of spice, booze and some earthy bread in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, overall a pretty decent brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy and very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a creamy beige head.
S: Aromas of dark fruits stand out prominently in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and complex. It has a slight amount of sweetness with flavors of dark fruits and hints of spices and yeast.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is incredibly drinkable and goes down very smoothly.

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4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great Belgian Dark Strong Ale that differs from the Trappist varieties quite a bit- but is no lesser in quality.

La Terrible begins with a dark brown, purple-ish glow. Though dark, the beer does show some light along with its modest haze. A timid blanket of foam rises and covers the beer while omitting lacing. The look is good but not great.

Aroams are very fruity with plumbs and grapes; backed by a foundation of pilsner malts, dark candi sugar, and raison-y malts this beer gives a lot of aromatic qualities.

Flavors of sweet malts and sugars give the impression of cola, bread crusts, and subtle pilsner malts. But the bread-and-butter of the beer lies in the yeast which delivers a punch of fruity esters (plumbs, grapes, raisons, figs, dates, nuts, and other stone fruits). Phenols give light woodiness or smokiness while the alcohols ride a fine line with fusal notes.

Though quite dry and warming, the beer delivers a digestable feel that is very easy to drink; far too easy for the alcohol punch that the beer delivers. The beer is nearly effortless to drink.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked this open at C'est What in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The label's import agent (Unibrew USA - heh) is listed as being in Shelbourne, Vermont. Quite a circuitous route to get a beer that comes from ostensibly the same country in which I'm currently sitting at a bar...

This beer pours a very dark mahogany hue, with slight reddish edges, and a huge amount of creamy, puffy, light beige head, which leaves a thin ring of lace as it dissipates. It smells of that typical Unibroue yeast, dark sweet malt, coriander, banana, and spicy floral hop notes. The taste is big sweet dark fruity malt, mildly yeasty banana, dry earthy hops, and a wee bit of booze. The carbonation is moderate, with a dense, sticky body, and it finishes off-dry, with a somewhat clammy, sticky fruitiness.

A wonderfully balanced big boy beer, the effect worthy of its moniker.

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3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork - best before date 01/30/2016 - served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in Los Angeles, California. I forgot where I purchased it. Reviewed live.

Expectations are very high based on the brewery and a friend's recommendation.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, nice thickness, slight tan colour, and above average retention - especially considering the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. Not unique or special but certainly sleek and appealing. Decent lacing.

Sm: Yeasty/lees, spice, cream, caramelized clean dark malts, hints of nuts, toasted malt, light hints of vanilla, and caramel. A pleasant mild aroma. It doesn't get me really excited, but it's enjoyable and somewhat inviting. Certainly alive.

T: Caramelized dark malts form the foundation alongside some biscuit malt. Yeast/lees are very present and very good. Some cream but not in any particular structural place more than any another. No alcohol comes through. Hints of vague vanilla, but I could be misreading the note. Light spices. Caramelization is weak. Well balanced and nicely built. Some layering. Complex enough. Subtle. The yeasty notes are wonderful here, giving it a biscuity depth that I quite fancy.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a creamy smack-your-lips effect that suits the lively flavour profile nicely. Adequately carbonated. Just thick enough. I do think it's a touch too smooth, but this is forgivable.

Dr: Another good brew from Unibroue. Pricey, but it's an import. This is a brewery that continues to impress me. I look forward to trying more of their offerings in the future. The biscuity yeast notes seem to be a talent specific to this brewery; I've noted that feature specifically in more than a couple of their beers. Very drinkable. Hides its ABV very well. I'd certainly have this again, preferably with a few years on it. I'd recommend this to friends (as it was recommended to me) Give her a spin if you like the style - you won't be disappointed.

A great candidate for aging.

Drank just fine out of me snifter. I'd recommend either a goblet, a chalice, or a snifter for this beer.

Would pair well with vegemite, creamy cheeses, plain toast, and unpronounced simple breads.

B

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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with a tan head that persists beautifully with splashy lacing scattered across the chalice

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit, pungent spice, balsa wood, funky yeast and alcohol

Taste: Starts with a rum-soaked fruity aspect, combined with chocolate and caramel; mid-palate, there is a phenolic, herbal balance; the finish is relatively dry, with some residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light and carbonated for such a big beer

Drinkability: So powerful and complex, it is difficult to drink very much of this

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle - Poured a pitch-black beer with a nice huge dark head. Carbonation is excellent and aroma is really vinous with alcohol also perceptible. Complex flavor that includes spice, raisin and a bit of roastiness. Overall, this is a great beer that could rival some of the great strong Belgian ale but the alcohol flavor is bit too strong and should have been subtler.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown/burgandy color with a fomay, bubbly, light-brown, three-finger head that left some good lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, like raisins. Also, a plum aroma. It had malty and floral notes, too.

T - It tasted of dried fruit (raisin) and had I nice malty sweetness. There were also hints of clove and spices.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to heavy-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is another outstanding beer from Unibroue. It holds up well to all of their other beers and other beers of this style.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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La Terrible from Unibroue
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