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La Terrible | Unibroue

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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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Ratings: 2,230 |  Reviews: 959
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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Photo of bens0n
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a good amount of foamy oatmeal colored head that doesn't leave much lacing.

On the nose I pick up on yeast and some hints of dark fruit like raisins and plum, no detectable alcohol though.

Flavor wise its alot like the smell but finishes with a little bit of an alcoholic tinge. There is alot more dark fruit in the flavor than yeast.

This beer is pretty thick and very smooth, given the abv, its extremely drinkable and leaves a nice wet aftertaste.

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

A-dark dark brown in color. With 1 finger head that settles quickly, left decent lacing throughout.

S-sweet, plums, raisins, and some chocolate.

T- sweet, plums, raisins, not the chocolate I got in the nose, and I can definatley taste the 10.5% abv in this one.

M-nice full mouthfeel. Lips smacking sweet.

Overall this is a really good brew, a sipper for sure, but a nice treat.

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

750ml bottle, best before Oct 15, 2014. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown with red highlights and a large foamy/bubbly tan head that holds a very persistent cap and leaves some spots of lacing.

Aroma is chock full of dark fruit notes, raisins, cherries, plums, figs, belgian yeast and candi sugar, bread, hints of chocolate, caramel and coffee. Excellent strength.

Flavor follows suit with more dark fruits, candi/brown sugar, toffee, caramel, dark bread/toast, yeast, a bit of chocolate, some spice, mild alcohol, very nice.

Mouthfeel is foamy, medium bodied, a bit fizzy.

A fantastic BSDA, and another winner from Unibroue! Seems very similar to Trois Pistoles, would have to do a side-by-side to really notice any differences.

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

Pours a black color that turn red around the edges when held to light. Large, light tan head that stick around for quite some time. Scent is quite lovely. Inviting dark fruit aromas with some nice spices...maybe a bit of cinnamon as well. I also get some nice Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is just as good as it smells! Haven't had this beer in a while, and I'm sure glad I grabbed one today. Nice, complex blend of dark fruits and green apples. I also get some nice spices and delicious Belgian yeast notes. A bit of alcohol burn at the end, especially as the beer gets less cold. Tastes like a Unibroue beer, that's for sure! Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy, and even a tad bit syruppy. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark red. Great aroma of dried fruits and yeasty Belgian funk. Taste follows, with dried fruit, currants, apricots, and more of that Unibroue funk. A nice treat, takes a red wine and removes the bitter tanin taste and just leaves the great fruit flavors. Gets better as it warms. Booze is VERY well hidden making this a dangerous but wonderful brew.

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

Pours a near porter like dark brown with khaki colored head, decent retention and lacing. Scent is big and bold... sweet dark fruits, dried fruit and hints of red wine, burnt sugar and carmel in the background with faint notes of pumpernickle, much more muted malt and yeast impact than expected from the style. Taste is smoother than the bold scent dictatedd, but still all about sweet dark fruits, touches of dark red wine and again a muted malt profile that is more burnt than sweet sugar. Medium bodied, quite smooth. A nice Belgian style that puts the focus away from the malt for a bit.

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Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. This bottle is labeled "Best Before 02-26-2012".

Appearance: It has a very dark brown colored body that is nearly opaque. A tall tan head of big soft bubbles slowly settles down to a finger of thick and creamy foam. Lacing is thick, sticky and coats the glass.

Smell: The aroma is light and delicate. I get modest hints of sweet bready and mildly funky yeast with some fruity notes of dark cherries.

Taste/Palate: There are fruity/estery notes with hints of sweet-tart black cherries, dry yeast and bready maltiness. This is balanced by a very light herbal leafy hop presence that also adds a light bitterness and a slight mineral or metallic touch. The palate feels smooth and creamy with mellow yet very active carbonation and a good solid medium to full body.

Notes: Overall this is a very well made beer from a solid brewery.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared with me by a friend.

A - Black. Red along the edges. Two finger tan head, carbonation coming up the sides. Cap remains. When sediment is added red around the edges turns much deeper.

S - Yeasty. Lot's of candi sugar. Dark fruit, yet not that rich, plum, raisin, sticky date sort. Sort of lighter, fruitier, sweeter ones. Very typical Unibroue yeast character is there too.

T - Sweet. Alot like the aroma with that yeast, dark fruit, candi sugar, and distinctive flavour. Port, raisins, dark fruit. Took a while to grow on me but works well.

M - Great carbonation, spot on. Full bodied.

D - Grew on me alot. Great sweetness but not cloying. Delicious.

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Photo of kellertrumpet
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark opaque brown with a surprisingly large head for something over 10%. After a minute the head settles down to a thin ring of mocha foam that settles around the edges of the glass. Dark brown highlights can only be seen around the top and bottom of the glass when held up directly to a light source.

Major collection of dark fruits with prune at the forefront. Some alcohol is present although certainly not overwhelming. There is also a certain sweetness that I can't put my finger on but leads me to believe this might be a sweeter BSDA than I had first expected.

My suspicions were wrong about it being too sweet. There is some bready malt that adds a nice balancing sweetness but in no way is it cloyingly sweet. However, the dark fruits and prune certainly make the transition over from the aroma. Prunes and figs and dark brandied cherries oh my! A bit of a vinous taste and some noticeable alcohol on the back of the palate which flows down to the chest with that wonderful warming sensation. There is some spice present although I can't quite put my finger on it or them as the case may be. Finishes very dry.

Nice sticky mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation. No complaints here.

Very enjoyable and certainly one of the more complex beers out there. Every sip seems to unearth a new flavor. Thankfully its a 750ml bottle which holds quite a few sips.

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Photo of dizknee24
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark red dark dark red.

S- Fruits almost a nice red wine smell

T- Well the tastes backs up my original suspicions. I taste a nice wine mixture. very different than any beer i have had in a while.

M- silky?

D- idk this was not bad by any means its just an odd taste for me. it doesnt at all come across like a BSDA. But it is good and i would drink it again.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big 750ml bottle, poured into a snifter.

A- Deep, dark ruby, almost completely opaque. Topped with a thin, sticky beige head.

S- Dark fruits and alcohol, some bready malt in the background.

T-BIG dark fruits, figs and dates come to mind. You can pick up on some malts in the background just like in the aroma. Alcohol is prickly and complex but not overwhelming. Light spices.

M- Smooth, medium body. Good carbonation.

D-Could sip at this all night, very drinkable for 10.5% ABV

This brew is easily my favorite of Unibroue's Dark Belgians, the complexity makes for a very enjoyable experience. If you're a fan of any of the Belgian Trappist ales then this is definitely for you. Must try.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: This one pours a very deep dark murky brown (nearly black), and has just a tinge of blood red in bright light. A light tan head tops off the brew which has decent head retention about it, and is followed with some nice lacing.

S: Starts with a very indistinguishable Unibroue yeast profile. Spicy earthy notes meet sweet fruity suggestions. Milk chocolate covered Bing cherry?

T: Wow gotta love this stuff... I'm thinking plumb to start. There is a nice balance of sweet and slightly tart all followed by earthy spicy undertones. Black plumb and fig seem to dominate (esters). Some earthy spice notes follow up as well as some chocolate and cherry? Suggestions of alcohol creep up as it warms but not in a bad way.
M: tacky, long finish.

O: Quite good and FANTASTIC VALUE. Perhaps one of the best bang for your buck purchases out there.

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Photo of Brianjames16
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark velvety brown color with an off white one finger head. Very good lacing. Sticks around for a while.

S- Dark fruits. I smell a lot alcohol. Figs, apricot, nutmeg. Hell Yes!

T- Dark fruits, Sweet sugars, some subtle spicy but smooth characteristics.
M- Mild carbonation with a silky mouth feel. Thick/medium body. A bit viscous.
D- Cool for a hot minute ! 1 - 2 glasses . aight !

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark, blackish brown with average lacing.

Smell - Smells quite tart with a hint of licorice. Hints of light fruits as well.

Taste - This is a very fruity beer. Light fruits, that is. Very tart and cirtusy. Slight hints of pomegranate as well. The most prominent flavor is light cherry, which remains consistent throughout the entire drink.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very smooth and tart. Light cherry and other fruits. Very consistent throughout. One of the better offerings from Unibroue.

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

Pours a very dark but surprisingly clear ruby-brown color with a tan head. Head falls to a minimal one. Thinnest of lace.

Smells like plums soaked in alcohol. Lots of sweet fruits and plenty of booze.

Nice, bold, dark fruit taste. Nice sweet malts in the background and warming alcohol. Hints of Belgian yeast for additional flavor. Hop? Nope, not noticeable in this brew.

Rather full mouthfeel. Smooth and boozy with a mild alcohol burn.

Good stuff. Sweet, malty, fruity, boozy goodness. Drink it.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark brown, tall tan head dissipated slowly to a consistent covering
S - sweet raisins, cloves, leafy hops, and alcohol sweetness
T - ripe plumb, raisins, clove spiciness, molasses, and alcohol
M - initially heavy with alcohol warmth that thins out on the finish
D - dark belgians always seem to have a unique character and this is no exceptions, high octane brew that warms the insides and is very drinkable at 10.5%

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

Pitch black colour with a moderate, light tan head. Fair head retention.

Bright, spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon and clove. Nice, moderate stone fruit notes.

Rich, bready malt plays nicely with some good spicy notes. Big, fruity esters with a good dark fruit component. Lovely.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Nice and dry.

A solid beer and a great example of the style. Another Unibroue classic.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, well. Welcome back home. Finally going to try this one now that it's available in Quebec. I guess this is a small sign that craft beer is selling better in Quebec.

Beautiful high-pitched pop of the cork. Poured into tulip.

Pretty excited as I'm getting kind of tired of the usual Unibroue lineup.

A- Very dark, (pretty sure it's opaque) reddish brown. Head is a light beige and looks pretty fluffy and kind of sticky... It laces nicely and kind of looks like cushion foam.

S- Homemade apple juice. Whole wheat bread. Something also reminds me of pina colada, rum and all. Some clove. Less dark fruit then Trois Pistoles if I rememeber right.

T- I think this is kind of like a sharper, bolder Trois Pistoles.

M- The sharpness and/or boldness might also come from the mouthfeel, which I find less smooth than Trois Pistoles.

D- Good. Tastes good. Pretty crisp so it should be easy to drink but I'm thinking half a bottle would be good. ...I'm drinking it all though! but if I wasn't alone, I'd split it with a friend and drink something else.

I know I compared this to Trois Pistoles a lot but I really do feel like they're damn close. I do think I like this one better but I'd definitely like to try a side by side tasting.

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Photo of shella4711
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown, syrupy with a two-finger tan head

S: very sweet and fruity, almost smells like a wine

T: true to the scent but also with some chocolatey/molasses tastes

M: crisp and bubbly

D: very drinkable in smaller amounts, due to the sweetness and alcohol content. I shared the pint with a friend since I had to do some driving later. If I wasn't getting behind the wheel, I think a pint would have been plenty for me. Not a beer I'd drink all night.

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Photo of chickenm
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours almost deep dark brown with an off-white head. The aroma has plenty of dark fruit, yeast, spices, and sugar. Complex taste, similar to the smell. Medium-full bodied with a great mouthfeel. There is a little alcohol burn that becomes more noticeable as it warms, but no way you'd guess this is 10.5% abv. Another great beer from Unibroue!

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Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark fruits
Belgian yeast
Dark reddish brown
Carbonation is excellent
10.5% will catch you by surprise
A great beer to sip by the fireplace during the cold fall/winter nights
I think this sets a high standard for a Belgian Dark ale
This is a seasonal brew that is very affordable, value exceeds cost.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,230 ratings
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