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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,320
Reviews:
959
Ratings:
2,234
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Decent sized tan head, moderate retention and sporadic lacing.

S: A little dark fruit - grapes and currant, some molasses, and a lot of Belgian spice, mostly cloves.

T: Sweet dark fruit up from, grapes and prune, some more molasses, and some pepper and clove spice.

M: Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Sweeter than expected with a slightly dry finish.

O: A pretty good beer, not I would expect otherwise from Unibroue. While I liked it, I probably wouldn't grab it again. Might be the style as most Belgian Strong Dark Ales don't grab me.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that is almost opaque. Red edges show when held to the light. There is an inch of cream colored head.
Spotty lacing.

Then nose is bringing up a lot of dark fruits including cherries, plum, date, and a bit of apple. There is some caramel intertwined and there is a sweet biscuit-like malt involved as well.

The taste has a nice subtle sweetness that melds all of the above fruit flavors together creating a nice treat. A cherry taste is mainly notice but there are also some plum and fig notes. The bread-like malt is noticed in the finish along with just a tad of caramel and clove.

Then mouthfeel is syrupy and comfortably textured. The viscosity of this brew keeps the aftertastes flowing. Enjoyable.

Overall, I think is a great Belgian Strong Dark Ale and the sweet characteristics are enjoyable without a cloying feel. Very nice.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a murky dark brown and settled almost black with two fingers of bubbly light brown head that slowly receded.

S - Intense dark fruit up front - raisins, plums and figs. Dark caramel and toffee round out the nose. Some light Belgian yeast aroma in the background that was much more subtle than I expected.

T - Raisins, figs, dark fruit up front. The background has caramel, toffee, Belgian yeast, a touch of chocolate and spice. very robust and complex.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Moderate carbonation.

O - This was an excellent beer. I wish I could get this locally to I could stock up the cellar.

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3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Best before 01-30-2016.

It pours a deep blackish brown with a nice-looking whiteish/tan head.

The nose is loaded with yeast scents. Some dark fruit and spice and even a hint of bubble gum. Big strawberry and a hint of cocoa in the aroma too. It is pretty odd.

The aroma has the flavor of sweet fruits and some dark fruit. There is a bit of clove and just a hint of cocoa. It is pretty good, but not outstanding.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a big cream-colored head. Some retention, some lacing. Very pretty.

Big belgian yeast and toasted malt aroma. Brown sugar, fruit, brown bread, some spice, some light cocoa and bruised fruit. Big alcohol that leads to a dried out bitterness. Complex and delicious.

Fuller bodied, moderate carbonation.

An easy drinker, and dangerous at 10.5%. Very worth trying. I like that this can be sipped over time and thoroughly enjoyed without being completely in the tank from the booze. Another winner from this brewer.

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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with crimson highlights if held to the light. Beautiful coffee colored two finger head, which sticks around a bit, and slowly disappears to a sliver. Fig, clove, apple, and toast are what I pick up on the nose. It's not as complex as some of the best in this style (Belgians), but it's still very well done. The taste is nice- although pretty dry for my taste. The fruits, spices, toast all come through- but the beer is so dry they evaporate off my tastebuds and there's only a mild aftertaste left. None of the 10.5% alcohol is felt or noticed. Feel is a little thin and dry for what the best in this style brings. The flavor has potential, it just never really gets to open up IMO... Overall, a very good beer- but not quite up to the Rochefort 8's, Cuvee de Kaiser Blau on the style list. Still, this is a totally solid brew, and just a few minor changes away from straight 4.5's. I enjoyed drinking it- Cheers!

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La Terrible from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,234 ratings
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