La Terrible | Unibroue

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La TerribleLa Terrible

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002

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Photo of Francepants06
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It looked like a dark brown creamy color, with an off white head.
I smelled some sweetness and spiciness
It tasted of brown sugar, sugar cane, some dry raisin aromas and a bit of alcohol.
the mouth-feel was medium to full body.
it was very good for me to find this at one of our local bars since it was only $15 and that's all I had to spend to be set for the night. The alcohol I think is a little much but I think a little aging will help

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into cervoise. 2010 vintage

A - Pours a dark brown with purplish edging. Mid sized off white to gray head. Decent lacing

S - Lots of Belgian yeast funkiness. Dark fruits (currants, raisins), must, some sugars, cloves.

T - Very nice mix of cloves, dark fruits (as with the nose, plus minor grape), some smoke, brown sugar, vanilla. Very tasty BSDA, one of the better ones I have tried.

M - Medium body, great carbonation, slightly drying

O - Some age on this one and it came across as a very smooth beer, no biting. Very tasty. Loved it.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been holding onto this bottle for some time, but thought it was about time to enjoy it.

A - Pours a dark cola colour, two fingers of big bubbled mocha head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Quite sweet with cloves and bananas, caramel apple, and a touch of roasted espresso and milk chocolate.

T - Surprisingly mellow on the tongue, the cloves and bananas are present, and the roasted malt notes come through nicely. ABV sweetness is noticeable along with a bit of heat on the finish, but by no means offensive.

M - Lighter bodied ale, but goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Overall an incredibly tasty dark Belgian and certainly a solid example of the style. Too bad this isn't readily available in Canada, as it would be a wonderful celebratory ale to enjoy on occasion. I will definitely pick up a couple bottles the next time I come across some.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly dark ale just as denoted on the label. A golden, tan head forms with pouring but dissipates to the outer edges quickly. Lovely midnight richness that appears slightly mahogany in the light and leaves sticky lacing down the glass.

Wonderful dark fruits and yeast with a mild tobacco bitterness and ethanol bite. Notes of cherries dominate above all other fruits detectable. I can tell the malt in this provides ample sweetness with very little bitterness.

Generous amounts of malt sweetness. However, there is also a bitterness at the end of each sip, dry and lingering. The beer provides for just enough ethanol bite to complement, but not overpower.

Creamy smoothness with a delightful tobacco aftertaste that bitters the palate and leaves me wanting more. Very flavorful medium-full bodied beer that hits the spot while sipping or sneaking a few large gulps. In the case of this beer, the alcohol gives a refreshing bite.

The beer is a excellent price that provides a timelessly classic appeal. There is nothing new about any of these flavors, but they are organized in a way that provides immediate enjoyment. I could definitely see myself drinking this beer all night long and not growing tired of its simplicity. Definitely try this beer and I would recommend the bottle over draught (which is served waaayyy to cold).

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a glass. Best before date of 10-15-2014! Lots of time to sit this one down and let it mature, but we drank it anyway...:)

A - dark brown with a very fluffy tan head but very little lacing.

S - nice intense nose with a combination of sweet, ripe fruit and a hint of soy sauce

T - quite a malt bomb with lots of bready malts, but also a mix of tangy dark fruit sourness, maybe some fig. Just a hint of alcohol warmth

M - in spite of the imposing appearance and powerful taste this was actually surprisingly light with only mild carbonation

D - very drinkable (delicious really!)

Overall a very nice dark ale with a nice combo of dark sour fruits and big malts.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bodega. 10oz served in a tulip. I've always had a soft spot for Unibroue, but have never picked this one up. That will have to change.

Its very dark, but it has a nice warmth to the blackness. The black color is created by blending purples, browns and reds. The head fades quickly.

Woah, this is really, really nice. The best descriptor that my girlfriend and I came up with was "crazins", those sun-dried cranberries. And it smells exactly like sun-dried cranberries. It has just a pinch of cranberry tartness that is mellowed down by moist berry flavored shisha tobacco. Lots of leather comes out with warmth.

The cranberry tartness is very minimal, and acts as an accent to this beers deep fruity nature. It tastes like cranberry shisha. Notes of leather, figs, prunes and oaky tannins. This one is rich and vry, vry tsty.

The carbonation is pretty persistent, but a lot of good dark Belgians are. Then add the inherent heightened carbonation from it being served on tap and you have a fairly prickly beer. But, this beer's full body keeps it in check very well.

Wow, I was seriously, seriously impressed. One of the best random surprises I've had down at Bodega all year. The kind of beer that makes me want to rush out and get a couple bottles. And that's what I love about Unibroue. Cheap, easy to find and better than most rare trade fodder.

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Photo of djoucy
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a Hill Farmstead Glass. Found this beer at the grocery store. Surprised, since Unibroue was not selling this beer in Qc.

A- Clear dark brown with oranges notes. Head is pale tan with even some notes of gray. It starts an inch high but dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer that lingers for a while.

S- Oh yes, it is a belgian beer. Typical Unibroue yeast smell with typical dark belgian malts: dark fruits and toffee. Surprisingly, sour and cidery notes. I also get fruity aromas, mostly berries.

T- Sweet but not overpowering. Caramel notes and some cherry flavors as well. Touches of roast but nothing overpowering. I don't get the sourness from the smell though but still cidery. A small hop bitterness helps the balance.

M- Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Quite light for a 10.5% but still has a good presence in mouth. I wish it was creamier and thicker.

O- Not my type of beer but it reminds me of typical dark belgian, like a sweeter Rochefort. I'll keep the other bottles I bought to let them age. We'll see how to turn out after a few months/years.

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Photo of Jdmpolk
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- A Dark almost charcoal black color. A finger length of grey white head which subsides into a fine mist covering the top.

S- A slight sour aroma with a hint of sweet floral.

T- Tart with a slight grassy flavor.Roasted malt present along with dried fruit like a plum. Hints of Granny smith apples.

M- Carbonation is very persistent. Alcohol burn is slight, and is contrasted by smooth almost creamy feel to the beer.

O- This beer was very enjoyable to drink, there were many complex layers to both flavor and smell.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my crystal mug, the beer has a deep hazy dark brown color. The head is light tan, builds fast, but dissipates fast as well, leaving little lacing.
The smell reminds me on german christmas Lebkuchen, which is a cookie with spice and cinnamon in it.
Tasting the beer, up front there is spice, cinnamon, vanilla, honey, figs and dates.Towards the middle some hops take the sweet start more towards a balanced tingle on the tounge. Some of the sweetness is removed and replaced by a pleasant bitterness. At the end those flavors linger in different layers, like a honey caramel sweetness, that stick like a film on the tounge, and lips. Very pleasant.
The alcohol is nicely present and works it's way fast. I really like the feel of this very complex brew. Good carbonation as well.
Will defenetly buybthis one again, a must try brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
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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Photo of Fillpott
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The beer poured a dark brown w/ a small, thin head that dissipated quickly. Just by looks, it isn't spectacular.

S- Mincemeat pie. It has the spice, sourness, and fruit smells of mincemeat. There is a lot going on with the smell, and that is the best way that I can describe it.

T- Strong alcohol and high carbonation make the beer seem almost a little hot, but I expect a little heat and spice from the 10.5% ABV. This is definitely a beer that I would use my smaller glasses on.

M- Hot and fizzy. It also seems a little thin. I would give it higher marks, but I expected more thickness and even a chewy texture that never really materializes.

Overall-A good strong ale that I will likely buy again when I am looking for a reliable, quality ale to serve with a dessert or even as a dessert.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the cage and cork on this and pour a thicker brew of deep brown. There is a brief, tan-colored head of tiny bubbles that recedes at a rather quick pace, leaving no lacing as it departs. Once gone it leaves a ghostly film across the top of the liquid. Carbonation creeps to the top. There is little transparency, and a definite haze is noted. The aroma is bright with fusel booze, soft vanilla, bold banana esters, that characteristic Unibroue yeast, and dark yet sweet fruits, such as fig. There is also a bright fruit character, of strawberry. All of these components roll together with deep caramel malts. The taste begins with dark malts and a surprisingly bright berry fruit flavor that sits high up on the palate. They also don’t hold back on the alcohols, which are present right from the start. Moving to the middle brings a wash of esters, and some medicinal, sour lactic flavoring, presumably afforded by the yeast used. It is quite a curious flavor, but blends well through the middle of the swallow, intimately interacting with the darkness of the malts and sweet fruitiness of the beer. The finish is clean, with a slick molasses sweetness, more strawberry, and a strong boozy character. The aftertaste breathes of booze, black pepper spice, and oddly similar to that of a warmed dark honey-oat bread. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is high. The mouth is left coated, and the sweetness lends to sticky lips. Once the coating subsides there is a fine filmy resin left around the mouth and tongue. The beer is certainly warming, as the abv is up there, but it is appropriate. Despite this the beer drinks with ease, and contains the alcohol well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how it was so typically Unibroue, with the yeast and dark flavoring, but also how it deviated from that archetype. What was most notably different was the lactic sourness through the middle of the flavor profile, lending an undeniably unique aspect to the beer.

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Photo of shambeano
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 750ml with a mate. poured into a unibroue tulip.
A- pours a very dark brown (light black) with about an inch of fluffy off white head that slowly subsides. looks pretty good.

S- quite sweet on the nose, toffee malts and that appley yeastiness that comes with most unibroue's ive tried. smells pretty good.

T- straight up theres a whole bunch of toffee malt, followed by raisin and dark fruit. a yeastiness follows, reminiscent of apple and dried apricot. some alcohol in there, but it definitely adds to the experience and is not overwheling at all. didnt get anything in the way of hop, bitterness only really comes through at the very very end, after the sweetness has subsided and is very slight. tastes pretty damn good.

M- not as heavy as i was expecting, with some spritzy carbonation. the finish has pretty good length, but is sweet and dry. pretty good, but was expecting a bit more body.

O- pretty damn good. quite sweet, with a touch of boozyness but it seems to work together. very good.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Bottle says best by 4-15-2015. Dark black body that fades just a little to reddish brown around the edges. Big three-finger creamy tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

The first notes I get in the aroma are dark fruit and tart apple. Caramel malt and candi sugar blend in and, as it warms, some oak.

The flavor begins with a well blended mix of sweet dark fruit including raisin and fig. This is followed by the sweet candi sugar and malt and finishes with some classic Belgian spiciness from the yeast.

Medium mouthfeel and very little notice of the alcohol, which surprises me. Overall, an outstanding brew.

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

Poured from a 750 bottle into my unibroue tulip.

Pours a black color with some red showing in the light and a thick, fluffy tan head that takes awhile to dissipate.

It has strong candy sugar smells with maybe cherries and figs in there and some of the alcohol but not bad.

The taste is of the dark fruit and the candy sugar with some spice. The alcohol is present but mixes well with all the other taste going on in this beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thick with nice carbonation but as it warms it loosens up. This is definitely a sipper but really good. It has a nice warming feel that leaves a tingle in the mouth after every sip.

Worth a try.

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Photo of Spadoof
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from: Havana House (Niles, Ohio)
Origin: 750 ml Bottle
Bottled on: ?
Tasted on: 05/03/11
Glassware: DFH Snifter
Serving Temperature: 50 F

Notes: Reviewed with the girlfriend. I've had this once before but here comes the official review.

I) Appearance: Pours a one finger, slightly creamy, tan head. It falls at a moderate speed and leaves a slight, wispy lacing on the sides of my snifter. The body is beautiful for the style. Black, but not completely opaque. Once help to a light, small streams of red and orange make an appearance.

II) Smell: Oak, tart green apples (the girlfriend disagrees), alcohol esters, candi sugars and dark fruit.

III) Taste: As soon as it hits my tongue, the belgium candi sugars make a notable appearance. Further down I get some wood notes (oak? I'm not sure), and a slight tartness on the sides of my checks. As this brew comes full circle a beautiful array of dark fruit and PUNGENT alcohol esters make themselves known. It finishes dry and leaves a warm in the throat and stomach. I quite enjoyed this one.
A) Malt Intesity (1-5): 2
B) Hop Intesity (1-5): 1

IV) Mouthfeel: Sticky, well carbonated, delicious.

V) Drinkability: 10% ABV. Its a sipper for sure. Share a bottle with a friend.

VI) Concluding thoughts: Great Unibroue beer. One of my favorites!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black, with some red tint. Had a nice 1 inch creamy head and foamy lacing.

Smell - Tons of dark fruits, malts, sugars, yeast. Grapes, plum, pear and rasin. Has a wine aroma to it.

Taste - A real fruit and malty bomb. Tons of grapes and rasins mixed within the yeast. Alcohol is very present and warming. The hops are there but are masked big time under everything else. Only get the hops on the swallow.

Mouthfell - Strong and sweet on mouth. Coats whole mouth with sugars, malts and sweet fruits. Alcohol warms mouth up nicey but surprizing this doesnt ruin palette. Aftertaste was a little weak and short.

Overall - Very very tasty. Cant help but feel that this is a stronger version of Trois Pistoles though, ill need to drink one of them real soon. Fantastic beer, 22oz is more then enough. After this warmed up, all the fruits really came out.

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Photo of seand
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black, with a fair amount of dense light tan head. A nice layer retains well, leaving pretty solid sheets of lacing.

S: Dense sweet molasses, with some dark fruit presence.

T: Quite sweet, with noticeable yeast and some spiced fruit. Fairly nice and complex blend. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Full body, medium carbonation, but very small bubbles; feels oddly rough going down.

Overall it's not bad, but I probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
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 Wamesit
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark brown with a thick off-white/tan head.

S - Sweet malts, natural and rich. Fruit and spice. Hint of alcohol.

T - What a Belgian Strong Dark should be. Gently roasted malts and candied fruit. Brown sugar with a hint of raisin. Slight touch of banana. The warmth of alcohol through but especially in the finish, which is nicely dried.

M - Medium with sprite carbonation.

O - Another gorgeous Belgian by Unibroue. Delicious.

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Photo of Beejay
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black in the glass. Nice tan head on it, big and fluffy, though it does dissipate fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lace.

S: A wonderful Berry flavor comes out immediately. Some sweet bread smells as well as a nice belgian Yeast character. Touches of dark chocolate, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Just lovely. Fruity notes blend with a nice raison and bread character. Classic Belgian Yeast qualities come through. A nice cocoa flavor really comes through more as it warms.

M: Medium in body, Belgian style strong carbonation, and a dry finish, as it warms it almost develops a creamy mouthfeel.

O: Classic Belgian flavors, classic Belgian carbonation, and a wonderfully complex flavors make for a pretty good beer. Drink this a little warmer, and the mouthfeel and flavor really develop.

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Photo of csiewert
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with a trace of off white head that does not retain or leave any lacing. The aroma has hints of blackberry, oak and banana. The taste resembles Hefeweizen characteristics with notes of spice and bananas and finishes very sweet. The mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated. Overall a very unique beer and I suggest trying it.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown with ruby highlights into my snifter with about two fingers of light tan head that holds it's retention well and leaves some lace behind.

S - A plethora of dark fruits, cherries, raisins, plums, and figs. This is accompanied by sweet caramel malts, candied sugar, very faint chocolate and spice.

T - Slightly tart on the palate with lots of dark fruit, cherries and plums are most prevalent, candied sugar, caramel, toffee, the typical banana/clove combination lingers at the finish with a touch of spice.

M - Slightly over carbonated for my preference, but pretty close considering the style. Medium body.

O - This is a very solid offering with great aroma and flavor, nice complexity and overall enjoyability.

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Photo of abraxel
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, looks a dull brown as it pours, but ends up almost black with some scarlet shining through. There's a thick, fizzy head that drops pretty quickly, but lingers at about a half-finger.

It smells... tasty. Lots of sweet, dark fruit. A sort of Belgian-y yeasty flavor. Maybe a little booze, too. Delicious, but hard to describe.

It tastes... tasty. Mirrors the smell almost exactly, but more so. The booze is detectable, but blends in nicely.

I feel a fair amount of carbonation in an otherwise velvety mouthfeel. There's a thin film coating my tongue after I swallow, which with a worse beer would be unpleasant, but when it tastes like this I like it.

Overall, I'm a fan. I'm looking forward to the next glass and would definitely drink this again. The price makes it an occasional beer, but that's about par for the course of BSDAs.

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Photo of abrand
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into Lost Abbey tulip.

Pours a cola brown color with a retaining tan color head that grows to about a fingers width after an aggressive pour. This is a great smelling beer. Lots of deep dark fruits made up of dark cherries, raisins, plums, and sweet fig. The belgian yeast scents are also present. Taste isn't quite as dominated with fruits as the nose is but very complex. Lots of yeast and brown sugar. A lingering malt and bread stays on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall this is a good belgian dark. Complex and delicious, also will do well in the cellar.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
Beer rating: 89.9% out of 100 with 2,226 ratings
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