Terrible
Unibroue

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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #14
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,567
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 10.95%
Reviews:
980
Ratings:
2,294
From:
Unibroue
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  150
Gots
  388
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: 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.
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Photo of octortus
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341 mL Bottle. ABV 10.5%.
Appearance: Dark brown/almost black, One finger of creamy/slightly airy beige head, Decent retention, Cap remains.
Aroma: Raisin, Plum, Slight caramel, Candi sugar, Yeast, Something was off here though. Not very inviting.
Mouthfeel: Medium-Full body, Moderate carbonation, Slick, Creamy, Slightly sticky, Well hidden alcohol.
Flavour: Raisin, Prune, Spice, Bready malts, Dried dark fruit, Slight caramel, Yeast.
Overall: Something in the aroma didn't seem right and was a big detractor for this beer. I could get the more expected notes with some effort. I'd like to have it again as the flavour was characteristic and well balanced.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy murky brownish color. Just above average body with about a medium amount of carbonation
Aroma is a complex mix of malty bread,sugary dough,dark fruit and spice, with a hint of milk chocolate
Taste was also a mix of everything found in the aroma,sort of a pleasant chocolate covered fruit bread. Alcohol is very well hidden and barely played into the taste for me

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Photo of Wg1041
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark amber color. Think coke. Medium carbonation. Big head, dissipated quickly. Wasn’t expecting the champagne pop I got when I opened the bottle. Should have pointed it in a safe direction.
S: Vinous aroma right off the bat. Clove and nutmeg. Sweet, candy. Slight, slight hops. Getting scents of fruit, maybe cherry.
Taste: Vinous taste. Grape, bread, Malts, slightly tart, very slight alcohol burn as it evaporates off tongue.
Feel: Smooth, very smooth. If beer and wine had a baby and melted in your mouth...this is it.
Overall: Excellent. Whew. Wasn’t expecting it to be this good. Wow. Will absolutely be enjoying this again! Give it a try and you won’t be disappointed.

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Photo of Gadzook
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

L: Pours deep dark chestnut with ruby/amber tint depending on the light. Very little light comes through unless you have it right up to it. Two-finger head of light khaki rocky foam leaves behind gorgeous lacing.

S: Sweet bread malts. Candy sugar. Nutmeg and clove. Light grapes and fruit. Very light yeast and alcohol. Hints of raisin.

T: Nice sweetness up front, not cloying or overpowering. Malt forward. Very roasty, mild caramel. Bready. Subtle spice in the form of clove and notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Yeast comes through on the back end, as does the alcohol and booziness. Subtle red wine notes. Fairly complex. Wine comes more forward as it warms, as do the caramel malts.

F: Heavier side of medium body. Carbonation is moderate, creating a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol warming is very pleasant.

O: This is great. It's easy to drink, and it pays off to let it warm a bit. Great beer to sit with.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber brown color with a big thick head. Great head retention along with soapy lacing.
Bready, amber malts and dark candi syrup aromas bring forth sweetness. They are complimented by spices; I detect cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. A vinous aroma develops strongly, hinting at red grape, raisin, plum and currants.
Vinous and fruity in taste, evoking a wine on the sweeter side. Flavors evoke red grape, raisin, plum and fig, amidst a full flavored creamy malt profile, caramel and candi syrup. Light spice flavors of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg balance things out, as does a tiny hint of berry, cherry and currant like tartness. A rich chocolate flavored finish rounds things off nicely.
Medium full bodied with a moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Little to no trace of alcohol; very drinkable for the ABV.
A BSDA that is a bit on the sweet side. It hit the right notes for the style.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Dark brown color with minimal head. Smells of brown sugar and raisins. Thick body. Taste is similar to the smell - sweet bready malt followed by dark fruit and noticeable alcohol. A great quad!

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Photo of cardfan212
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet.

Look - A deep rich mocha brown with some cloudiness to it. A dense white head quickly builds up and collapses into some mild lacing.

Smell - White grapes, pears, and light breadiness. Less fragrant than other Belgian ales.

Taste - Caramel and milk chocolate sweetness immediately up front that trails off into a slight estery Belgian yeast tang and ends on a peppery, earthy bitterness. Fairly mild for a strong ale.

Feel - Mild unobtrusive carbonation atop a thick chewy body. The alcohol lets you know it's there though.

Overall - A decent attempt at a Belgian ale, but it's just slightly off of great. Normally I can't stand Belgian styles brewed outside of Belgium, but this one gets a pass from me.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp into a tulip glass. Pours dark brown with substantial head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose is raisin, fig, yeast, bread, cherries, toffee. Taste is amazing. Sweet molasses, toffee, dark fruit, bread, pie crust, Belgian yeast, vanilla, and raisin. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick bodied. A great sweet aftertaste. This is an incredible beer from Unibroue - probably my favorite.

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

341 ml bottle served fairly cold into a chalice. Part of this years Unibroue mixed pack. I've been looking for this beer for a few years. Only qualm is that it replaces La Fin Du Monde, which is arguably the best tripel in the world. Anyway on to the review...

Appearance - super dark brown, nearly black. Two fingers of big fluffy tan head. Lots of spidery lacing. Gorgeous brew. Monster retention time.

Smell - dark fruit with figs and prunes and a surprisingly robust apple and pear combo. Candi sugar and Caramel too. Different, unique and pretty wow worthy.

Taste - buttery butter tarts, with a dash of pear, followed by strong taste of buttery brown sugar, turns slightly bitter with treacle and molasses to close. Slight bit of vanilla and spices that provides obvious points of comparison with La Resolution and the 25 year anniversary brew. Some booziness. booze soaked chocolate covered raisins galore after a few sips.

Mouthfeel - medium- heavy bodied, lots of carbonation, easy drinking with considerably warmth in the back of the throat. Medium dry finish.

Overall - worth the wait and top notch BSDA. Highlight of the Christmas pack.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle from 2002.

Pours dark brown with mahogany edgework and a minimal head or retention. Raisins with wine-soaked prunes and a hint of cocoa-dusted grape in the nose. Medium bodied with a slickish, almost oily mouthfeel. Chocolate -drizzled figs, rum-soaked raisins, and a mild booziness on the palate. Finishes a bit sweet with lingering raisins and chocolate.

Pretty tasty for an almost 17 year old brew.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep murky brown with mahogany highlights around the edges with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind minimal lacing.
S - Tons of sweet malt up front on the nose followed by notes of dark fruits - cherries, figs, plum, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee. The smell could be a little stronger however.
T - Follows the nose: tons of sweet, bready yeast and malt up front, followed by notes of dark fruits - cherries, figs, plum, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee. Not a hint of alcohol on the palate.
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, silky, and smooth.
O - This is a fantastic quad - I wish maybe the flavors were a little stronger - same for the smell. That said, the flavors are there and they are quite good. Definitely one of my favorite quads.

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Photo of iguanodon
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Original rating 2013-05-24] Pours dark brown / red with a coarse tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, cherries, hint of banana bread. Taste is sweet caramel, raisin, date, cherry. Sweet malt finish. Great mouth feel, lively carbonation.

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Photo of quadmad
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Long-lasting creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing. Served in my Duvel glass. Aroma goes right to the back of your throat. No light penetration at all Unibroue sure makes good beer.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful homage to Belgian quadruple.
I bought a six pack Unibroue sampler, just to try this. Most of the box is a throwaway but not this. All the elements are here: plum, caramel, toffee and the rest. Really well done.

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

a full fledged original gangster of a beer here, one of the classics in its style, especially this side of the pond. different from any of them though, with a very original yeast complexion in here, and as much savory and umami as there is sweet in it, everything from molasses to burnt pie crust to a thick soy reduction, there sure is a lot going on, but its so well integrated, layered, complex, and expertly built that it all seems to make perfect sense, it has a lot to say, and i am all ears! the deepest brown color with a nice body evident and a creamy beige head from the tap, bubbly but patient still, not overly blowing up, regal and mellow, but still very belgian looking, slick looking shine to it as well. traces of smoke and raisin here, cognac and dark candy syrup, treacle and licorice root, wet tobacco and charcoal, birch and leather, old man and soil, its awesome, like no other. thicker body is pushed on by brisk carbonation, yet the palate remains coated with all the grainy cooked goodness, and it warms me from the inside. slight brine here at the end with the sweet, rye bread, cocktail cherries, dates and fig jam, along with the esters of the belgian yeast floating well above it all. brilliant liquid, famous for a reason. genre defining really...

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Photo of Herbabee
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quads are just my most favorite style, and to my nose, tongue, palate, throat, bloodstream, this is ... Perfect. Sweet in action, but so smooth and dry after the swallow and finish. Excellently balanced, while representing all the character traits of the style.

Will be on a perpetual scavenger hunt to snap up more of these rare and delectable vessels. To join the good company of the cellar collection.

A distinctively pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bark appearance with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is slightly sour and spicy. Taste is a very smooth slightly sour and spicy without any alcohol taste.

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

A very good dark Quadrupel, that we Canadian can only taste once and while. The Unibroue signature yeast is a bit too spicy to my taste, but overall this beer is surprinsingly easy to drink. Aslo, it can aged very well.

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Photo of jamesefleming
5/5  rDev +19%
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 damndirtyape
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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 BrewTunes
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Davedrinkinbeer
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 750ml bomber. Beer is dark brown, with off-white head. Smell is fig, yeast, malt, and spice mostly. Taste is very well balanced-- grapes join figs, and other dark fruit to mix with the yeast. Mouthful is very even, highly carbonated, and finishes clean with little aftertaste. Beer is very complex and refreshing.

One interesting thing-- after removing the wire cage protector on the corked bottle, I tried to grab the snifter from my cabinet and the cork shot off all on its own! I have never had a beer do that before!

I really enjoy this beer, and the only thing Terrible about this beer is not being able to find it in many locations! A great Quadrupel and very recommended.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Beerme124535
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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 +8.1%
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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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2294 ratings