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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,220
Reviews:
956
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
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140
Gots:
356
For Trade:
7
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Photo of blakelive784
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark non-transparent brown color with a creamy light brown head that's 3 fingers tall. Retention is very good, especially considering the high ABV.

S - Belgian candi sugar, plum, currant, sweet ethanol, bitter chocolate, toasted malt, and yeast make up the majority of the nose. There's light spice throughout, though I can't single any one note out. Pungent, complex and sweet. Seemingly well balanced, though, and pretty inviting.

T - A very well built toasted malt and caramel body supports the bold flavors created by the yeast. The dark fruit notes (plum, mostly) are especially evident, though I find cinnamon, pepper, and cream. The yeast isn't bready or biscuity; maybe a bit earthy. It's pretty sweet and probably a bit imbalanced, though it's probably appropriate for the style. Alcohol is noticeable on the finish, though it's not overbearing. Definitely a sipper.

M - Medium bodied, with smooth ethanol finish. It probably could benefit from a thicker body.

D - Another winner from Unibroue, as I've yet to be disappointed by one of their beer. Given the low price and availability, it's hard to beat.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TownDunkel
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have become addicted to these Unibroue beers. Ever since I tried one I haven been on a quest to get them all. Too bad about the price tag, but you pay for really good beer

Appearance - Mahogany, a deep hue of a reddish dark brown that blocks all behind it. Somehow, its still an ale, but the darkest I have ever seen.

Smell - The spices they add to it almost reminds me of a mead, but with mild hops, maybe some fruit like cherry. A great smell but I wish it just could have been a little more umph in it.

Taste - Oh man. A mellow dark with many hints of different spices, so many that it is too complex but simple at the same time. A perfect taste that sticks around with you.

Mouthfeel - A decent amount of carbonation keeps you tasting the beer several minutes after you drink it. Great stuff

Overall - Give this beer a shot. It may not be the absolute best of Unibroue but I still haven't tried them all yet!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of MatthewWilde
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Beautiful dark ruby with hints of orange, moderate head after pour, nice lacing afterwards, strong internal carbonation

S: Nice fruitiness, dried dates, light citrus, even some herbaceous notes at the end

T: Sweetness to start, definite dried fruit and floral notes, great balance between sweetness and bitterness, light lemon aftertaste

M: Pretty smooth, not as amazing as I anticipated given this ale's other very positive attributes, still, nt overpowering on the palate and nice and light aftertaste

O: A very fruity and good-looking beer, what it lacks in feel it seems to make up in just about everything else

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of uno99
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a couple of these from Brouehaha in Gatineau. No date on the bottle, but I assume its pretty fresh late 2011 bottling.

A: Presented in a 750ml corked and caged bottle, it should be noted I only needed to twist the cage an insufficient 6 times before releasing the cork :P . Pours a very dark brown with a dense 3 finger head. dies down slowly and settles into a wispy halo around the meniscus of the beer. Leaves ample lacing.

S: Lots of dark and medium fruit. Plum, pear, fig, orange. spicy earth tones as well. brown sugar, leather. This one is gonna be a stunner in 5-6 years. Probably could go longer too.

T: Just superbly balanced and rich velvety taste. Very reminiscent of a La Trappe Quad, but not so malt forward. Honestly this is right up there with Westy 12 for the smile and taste factor.

M: Light, crisp, refreshing are words that come to mind, but this is also smooth and coats the palate well. Dry on the edges, sweet in the middle. Carbonation is perfect.

Overall: This could be the best domestically (North America) available Quad style beer, and certainly my favorite from Unibroue. Will seek out and shelf clear in the future.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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La Terrible from Unibroue
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,220 ratings.
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