La Terrible | Unibroue

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La TerribleLa Terrible

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Quebec, Canada

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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Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Kind of a putrid brownish-red with a nice off-white head. A bit of light passes through, with a reddish hue. The brown color is not appealing.

Smell - It has an earthy apple aroma. Dark fruits and Belgian yeasty goodness, but still it's like baked apples and umami. Interesting, but not complex.

Taste - Kinda follows the aroma. Sweet apple flavor at first that deepens into a darker, more molasses sweetness. A little bit of hops? I dunno. Something is making it earthy.

Mouthfeel - A bit thick at first, but it has a dry finish that keeps it from being heavy. Just a hint of alcohol burn in the finish, because of the dryness.

Overall - Tastes good, but not complex. Apples aren't my favorite flavor in beer. Just tastes like cider to me.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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

Shared over great beer conversation with aaronh at D's Sixpack. Appearance: Pours a very dark brown not black but damn near close, the tan head forms fully to dwindle down leaving no lace, awww. Aroma: I know this is going to sound weird but the fruit tones or port that I am getting are very reminiscient of Welch's grape soda it definitely lingers and melds well with the dark chocolate tones and touch of anise thrown in there. Taste: Syrup sweetness infused with fruit tones, bready yeast slight chocolate finish and a more ascertable anise tone in the flavor than in the scent. Finishes very nice succulent flavors perfect dark belgian strong ale. Mouthfeel: Medium body higher spritzy carbonation, once again our friends from Quebec do the Belgian brewing traditions well. Drinkability: Very smooth flavorful hard to sense the 10.5% abv making this one big beer in the faccade of being an easy drinking quaffer, I liked it.

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

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was our annual trip to Tampa...the night before THE BUCKEYE CRUISE AGAINST CANCER!!!! The better half and I walked a couple of blocks down from our hotel and found a wonderful sport to taste numerous different brews. The fourth beer I tried, thanks to the suggestion of our server...was the Unibroue La Terrible. I am not a Belgium beer please disregard my review for those that love Belgium beers. The color was a dark and opaque. The nose included alcohol and a hint of spice and plum. The taste included clove, alcohol, dark fruit, and maybe some addtionial spice. I could not drink very much of this...tooo much ABV!

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Photo of AlexFields
3.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark reddish color, looks black when the glass is full. Not much of a head, or at least not one that lasts.

Not a very complex nose, sweet candy malts and yeast.

Flavor starts with spicy yeast, fades to sweet candy yeast. Again, not very complex. The taste is good, nice and sweet, but not memorable.

Mouthfeel is a bit lacking in carbonation but not terrible.

This is a decent beer but, like most American (or Canadian) brewed beers in this style, lacks much of the complexity that made me fall in love with the superior Belgian examples of the style. Good enough to enjoy drinking for sure, but not even worth comparing to, say, anything from the Rochefort lineup.


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Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle with me.

A - pours a very dark brown bordering on black; thick off white head; fades quickly to a thin lacing

S - Belgian funk, white grapes, big apple notes

T - grapes, apples, faint bread, caramel, funky, spicy

M - full bodied, warm, crisp

This is a big beer. The alcohol is noticeable and slows down the drinking a good deal. The flavor is fruit forward but good. I would probably prefer a little more balance and a little less of the apple notes, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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 Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The usual Unibroue large bottle, caged/corked, with a tiny "Sep 9, 2003" stamped on the rear of the bottle. Not much energy upon twisting the cork out, minor tan head, leaving a slight tiny bubble film and minimal lacing, Pours darkest of shades of muddy brown. Nose of powdered sugar and cola. Strong, tasty, and bold brew, notes of cola, whiskey soaked prunes, brandy, dark candi sugars and smoked oily lifesavers. Vinious, warming alcohol present and enjoyable. Complex and worthy Canadian/Belgian.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 06-05-2011, poured into a Unibroue tulip glass:

Pours almost black with dark ruby highlights when held up to the light. A thick tan head fizzles to a lasting cover. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell begins with a sharp spiciness that mellows as it progresses. Dark fruits (plums/figs) mix with sweet bubblegum. Earthy and grainy notes flow in and out.

Sharp, almost raw, alcohol greets the first sip, but soon mellows and fades away after the first couple of small sips. As it warms, it takes on vinuous characteristics. Dark fruit, molasses, bubblegum sweetness is complimented by spiciness and earthiness. Figs/plumbs mix with strawberries to give the fruitiness a unique character. Finishes with a dry, spicy kick.

Quite a bit of carbonation gives it a prickly sensation at first. But, this too mellows. It remains fluffy, but with something to it.

Well, La Terrible is not terrible at all - It's a delicious sipper - and a slow sipper to be sure. A nice, complex brew, though I don't know that it's one of my favorites from this great brewery - Still in all, I like it!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours out plummish, but when I look at the results, it's an unmitigated, solid black, fully opaque, with a finely fizzy, buzzingly carbonated, toasty-tan head.

Aroma: sadly, I mostly get a cola-ish impression, something I like to avoid in beer, but also with dark fruits, and a bittersweet coffee-ish impression.

Taste: heavy, dark, and quickly weighing in with the alcohol component. A well-inegrated collection of flavors, for none truly stands out over any other, all blending terribly well....spicy, sparkly, dark, fruity, roasty, toasty, ...well-rounded, but extra-abominable in it's overwhelming flavor and alcohol.

This is one rich, delicious, dark, and rewarding ale. I can't quite place it above Maudite or Trois Pistoles, who have their own unique charms, which could never be overshadowed or eclipsed by this ebony delight, but this particular Belgian-style black ale is in a class of it's own. Wow! "Terrible" in only the best way. Yum, yum, yum, yum!!!

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Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer pours a very dark, brown-to-black coloring with hazelnut highlights under light and a dense, creamy, foamy, light tan head that starts around an inch and a half and slowly settles into a solid, enduring half inch. Aromas of charred wood, earth, darkly rich fig and date, booze, black cherries, hints of molasses, and a bready backbone to support all of this. This is a layered, deep brew from the smell of things. Flavors are incredibly smooth, with a dark fruit blend of date, fig, black cherries, and currants on the forward tongue. More richly sweet characteristics like molasses and brown sugar open up the more you drink and the more the beer warms and agitates. Wow, this is smooth and tasty. Surprisingly easy to drink despite the richness and whopping ABV. There is carbonation action going on throughout the body as you drink, and as smooth as this beer is, I can only imagine without the carbonation it would be deathly heavy. Very well crafted beer. The aftertaste is wine-like with all of the old world fruit characteristics lingering about, giving off an almost port quality. Continues with the rich and smooth feel and taste into a slow lingering, clean, slightly rich and dry finish. This is a whopper, and amazingly drinkable, which spells trouble. Wow!

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Photo of SadMachine
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

La Terrible from Unibroue
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,217 ratings.
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