La Terrible | Unibroue

La TerribleLa Terrible
2,228 Ratings
La TerribleLa Terrible

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

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

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 into a Great Divide balloon glass on 11/18/10. Ate an almond crusted tilapia with it.

Gotta go with the obvious pun... La Terrible is in fact excellent. Unibroue works some magic up there in Quebec.

Pours a dark brown with a creamy head that has a brown tinge. The head is nicely creamy, but it dissipates pretty quickly. Leaves a nice film on the top of the beer and some lacing down the glass.

The smell is dominated by the Belgian spices. Sniffing deeper, I get some dark fruit and a bit of booze, but those are more muted. Definitely a quad-type beer.

The taste is complex and inviting. Sometimes the dominant taste is Belgian spice. Sometimes the alcohol comes through. Sometimes it's the dark fruits. I'm starting to think that Unibroue is lying to me and they're actually making this in Belgium.

The beer has a wonderful weight and the carbonation is fantastic. The bubbles seem small and make the fluid creamy. I'm just going to swirl this around my mouth for a while.

The drinkability is off the charts. Definitely heading into accidentally drunk territory. I gave a sip to my roommate and he was shocked when I told him it was about quad strength. I'll enjoy finishing this bottle tonight and I'll be looking forward to drinking it again.

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

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep, dark pour with a clingy little white head. Lots of molasses and dark fruit on the nose. The beer tast better than it smells, nice layers of complexity added to the dark fruit. It has a lingering hint of dates in the finish along with some warming alcohol. Definitely a full bodied sipper, nicely carbonated, warming alcohol throughout. A fine BSDA.

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy and very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a creamy beige head.
S: Aromas of dark fruits stand out prominently in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and complex. It has a slight amount of sweetness with flavors of dark fruits and hints of spices and yeast.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is incredibly drinkable and goes down very smoothly.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick tan foam with near-black color. Identical to chocolate syrup. It coats the entire glass in a sticky film as well, something I also noticed in Bourbon County Stout (and noted in my review of it).

Smell: Packs a ton of punch. Strong coffee malt with a hint of spicy hops. Great balance. Also some traditional dark fruit in here as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes identical to the smell. Mostly coffee and dark fruit. Lots of alcohol as well. Smooth velvety mouthfeel like chocolate as well.

Drinkability: The alcohol could make this extremely thick beer a bit harder to drink and definitely harder to drink lots of.

Overall: I sampled La Terrible a few weeks back along with Warsteiner Oktoberfest, Punkin Ale, and Namaste. So these all blend together a bit in my memory. Fortunately, the colors are each unique. Anyway, I loved this, although not as much as La Fin Du Monde, which may be one of my 2 or 3 favorite beers out there. Unibroue delivers again here pretty well.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Beer is brown and dark with a tan head that is thin and leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Looks good.

Aroma is classic Unibroue. Its yeasty, sweet, caramelly, and nice.

Beer is medium bodied. Its sweet and has some good fruit esters in the beer. It tastes really nice, another good Belgian style beer from Unibroue.

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

Produces about five fingers of khaki colored head. The body is almost jet black, but I can see ruby red hues at the edge of my glass, when held up to sunlight.

In the nose it is herbal/spicy and bready. There is a cola fragrance along with a hint of cotton candy as well.

The taste is matched with the herbal spiciness, and has a sweetness kind of like sassafras.

Mouth feel wise, it's not overly carbonated and smooth. There is a warm finish in the end.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Very, very dark brown, almost black, with an inch of head on it. It has receded a fair amount to about a quarter inch of head, but there are gobs of lacing on the glass.

S: Belgian yeast and malts. It smells similar to Unibroue's other dark belgian ales.

T: Has a mild dark belgian flavor, with hints of candy sugar and a very noticeable alcohol bite. It finishes pretty clean, though.

M: Has a fairly thick mouthfeel, and the head gives it some character. You definitely know you're drinking something substantial.

D: Definitely something to be consumed slowly. Very good, but I can't pound it back. I would drink it SLOWLY until I fell off my chair. Great.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, closer to black with a light tan head. Lots of lacing.

S: raisin, fig, black cherry and dark fruit dominate. Belgian yeast is heavy in the smell. Sweet, but spicy.

T: If this wasn't beer i'd have thought it was wine. Not really, but almost. Figs, raisins, plums are HUGE in this brew. the brown-sugary taste stays in the flavor and the aftertaste. Bready Belgian malts are a significant flavor in the taste. I might add, for a 10.5% abv it's hardly noticeable.

M: Seriously, here is where i'd say it tastes like wine. Spicy yet relaxing dark fruits and a light-to-medium carbonation makes this beer a great sipper. Up-front taste and aftertaste are both great tastes

D: I hate to repeat myself, but it drinks like wine. If i ever cannot decide on beer or wine for an evening, i'll go straight to this guy's place on the shelf.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria (feels weird to have to specify the city now!) Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice dark brown with a light tan head. Some lace as it falls down my glass. Nose brings a touch of booze along with some light dark fruits and some dark candy sugar. The taste adds in a bit of darkened sugar or caramel...maybe some molasses. Good dark fruits with a bit of sweetness. Medium feel with good carbonation. This is a nice example of the style, and it seems like it would age quite well.

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

La Terrible. I think that means 'terrible' in French, no?

Nice black body, but a little light peers through the edges to a reddish black/brown. Head retention=nil.

An amazing aroma of sweet dark malt, floral as hell, and picks up a good amount of those woodsy hops.

The flavor is deep and wicked, an initial burst of white grape and yeast. But just beyond that, you can really get the burnt malt. They must have went overboard with the dark malts in this mash. Finished surprisingly sweet, in spite of the nutty, mossy dark flavors.

Extreme mouthfeel. Untamed, blasting carbonation.

A sipper, for sure. Heady, tasty and mean...terrible for your sobriety.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, fruity malts, and some spice.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, spices, fruity malts, and alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A good strong ale. Not my favorite beer from Unibroue, but pretty good. Would have again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nicely subtle aroma of dark fruit, malt and some yeast.

T: Tasted of malt, dark fruit (figs, plums, etc.), esters, and Belgian yeast. A complex and vibrant flavor.

M: Lots of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another excellent and drinkable beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue La Terrible

Appearance: Dark brown, large head, and good lacing.

Smell: Yeast, dark fruit, and spices.

Taste: Yeast, dark fruit (raisins/dates), slight caramel, and spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Subtle dark fruits and many properties of Belgian ales make this one a good selection. It is very rich and full of flavor.

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

Thanks to my friend Dan for sharing this. This is a heck of a beer - very big, but well balanced. Interestingly, I had this next to Eel River's Climax Noel, which shared some of the character.

Anyways, this Belgian style had a mix of vanilla bean, plum wine, and mild clove and spice. It was a little heavy, but on par for the style and strength. This is a great beer to share and sip from a red wine glass. There's subtle berry fruit flavors and mellow Belgian spices all building to create a deliciously big beer. Check it out.

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Photo of captainjferjado
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Opaque with active carbonation and an inch thick head which deflates slowly with some wisps of head remaining.
N: Indistinguishable fruity sweetness. Not much else going on here for me.
T: Smooth with a robust cherry and alcohol warmness which is balanced by a closing bitterness. Nice, but not "Terrible."
M: Really very exceptional. It has a nicely balanced carbonation and bitterness which make this one deceptively smooth for all its alcohol content.
D: The mouthfeel is essential to me here since the taste is good but this one otherwise is below average. Very enjoyable to drink, not much to look or smell at, though.

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

Served in Chalice

A: Deep licorice body, medium sized toffee colored head that dissipates slowly
S: Roasted malt, star anise.
T: Warm butterscotch, licorice, toffee, with a good bite of bitter citrus on the end.
M: Well carbonated, chewy brew with a good lively finish. Booze present but not annoying.
D: With a beer like this, you want to pace yourself, but worth seeking out when available.

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

didn't get a chance to check the "best by" date but this bomber had been aging in my cellar for about 1.5 yrs.

pours a dark plumb color but there are some faint orange hues as well that keeps it from being completely opaque. thick head with good retention and good lacing throughout the glass.

little lighter on the nose than I expected for this BSDA. malty notes were present however, brown sugar and molasses with light yeasty and fruity smell present as well.

the flavor is what gets this beer back on track for me. black cherry dominates with light caramel as well. finishes sweet & sour with a bitter aftertaste that builds throughout the drink

medium body with decent amount of carbonation. not quick as thick and creamy as I was expecting from a BSDA by the name "La Terrible."

nice drink that I thoroughly enjoyed. I like a belgian ale that is able to properly balance the sweet & sour with the right amount of bitterness to mute the higher abv. goo drink.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle drank form my chimay chalice. i think this bottle is relatively young, as it expires in december of 2014.

A- this beer pours out a black body with a tall beige head on top. the head lasts nearly the entire beer and leaves behind a wall of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice is the classic unibroue yeast strain. after that comes some sweet brown sugar and fruits. plums, figs, dates, cherries, and raisins. little to no trace of the alcohol.

T- the sweet brown sugar i could smell comes back in the taste. the sweet dark fruits come back also. lots of the dates, raisins, cherries, figs and plums. theres also some lightly roasted malts in here giving it a faint resemblance to a stout. unibroue yeast and a touch of alcohol round this one out.

M- light bodied and pretty thin with a high level of carbonation. sticky on the palate.

D- easy to finish this one, even though it seems a bit green. im hoping some time in the cellar does this one some good.

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

A - Very dark cola brown, almost black, with a bit of a dark cherry walnut hue on the edge. Pretty large, light, fluffy, cloudy, stick, foamy, off-white head. Pretty good retention with a nice sticky, foamy layer of lace.

S - Nice dark fruit with a good plum, fig, and raisin flavors. A touch of dark cherry. Some bubble gum aroma as well. A lot of Belgian yeast and candi sugar as well. Has a full jamy aroma. A pretty good amount of spice and fairly sweet.

T - Get a lot of rum soaked dark fruit (similar to the nose) giving it a bit of a vinous/plumy flavor. Some dark bread/malt and a touch of burnt brown sugar is in the background. Fair amount of bubblegum and phenol flavors come in and out. Belgian spiciness and yeast and the candi sugar are pretty up front, definitely taste like a Belgian style beer. Alcohol is present through out the sip, but not overly strong.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. A little light/thin feeling for the style/ABV. A bit of a zesty feel with a sticky and drying finish.

D - Definitely a sipper with some strong, bold flavors. With a lot of spice, sweetness, and alcohol heat no one flavor overpowers, but it is a little much to drink a lot in one night.

Notes: A good offering from Unibroue, that definitely had a Belgian taste. Pretty bold, strong flavors gave it a feel that it wasn't perfectly balanced, but it didn't really seem out of balance. Overall it is an enjoyable beer that would be nice to have every once in awhile.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer almost looks like a stout when it is poured. Initially it looks black, but when held up to light it does have a slight amount of deep ruby around the edges. It has a pretty robust khaki head that reduces to fine lacing.

Smell: This beer has 10.5% alcohol, and man does it smell like it. Boozy dark fruits are extremely prevalent in the smell. I can also get hints of dark malts and just a bit of smoke.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Dark fruits with tons of booze. Very mild finish that is smooth.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is just about right; not too much but not too little. It's pretty smooth overall with a pleasant finish.

Drinkability: At 10.5% ABV (and you can really taste the alcohol) it's not a terribly drinkable beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet color with a rising tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits and yeast spice with some bready malt.

Tastes of the dark fruits followed by a large dose of deep malt. Raisins and figs abound with notes of apple and pear as well. Molasses and dark sugar make an appearance as well. Good amount of sweetness. Yeast spice rounds everything out and adds clove and pepper notes. Alcohol is barely noticeable, only a warming is left in the throat.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of aepb1
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with a big off-white head

S- Yeast and fruits, nice nose, very full

T- Wild! Malty fruits and some darker sugars. There's a lot going on here

M- Full mouthfeel, creamy with airiness too as it's on the heavy side of carbonation

D- Sip, and it's great to enjoy over a long time!

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

Pours very dark - you only see the slightest hint of a red/brown in the bottom of the goblet when held to the light. The light oatmeal colored head filled 1/3 of the glass and dropped to about a 1/2" throughout the drinking. Smells very nice with a fruity notes with a hint of spice. The taste matches the smell. Here's where I'm torn - the first sip was very nice and a powerful mix of fruit and clove spice notes. The main issue I have is each sip got less enjoyable until by the end a kind of had to force down the last of the botle. Belgian darks are my favorite kind of beer and had I shared this 750ml with someone I think I would have given it a higher rating. Don't get me wrong, it's a pretty good beer but with what else is out there I don't know if I'll be coming back to it. I have one more bottle to try out (I won't throw something over based one test). The mouthfeel was very nice (slightly lighter than most) with lots of carbonation to sting the tongue. As for overall drinkability, I'd say above average, just not "wow". I'm looking for a cheaper alternative to my favorite European made Belgian Darks, was hoping this would be it but my search continues.

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Photo of Millersr
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very dark brown with a small head that stays with you till the end.
The smell of this beer is very nice. Kind of like root beer, with a splash of coffee in it.
The taste is heavy, but it is light on the mouth. Hints of chocolate, caramel, coffee. ABV is not evident.
Very easy to drink.
This beer was a pleasure to drink. I will look forward to having this beer again another day!

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

Pours an extremely dark brown with a very finely beaded head that fades to a thin cap. Smells bready, sweet, and slightly spicy with typical Belgian yeast notes. Tastes a little sharp, but otherwise pretty much like the aromas with an additional hit of Belgian yeast spice, as well as some licorice and caraway. Fairly complex, but not necessarily a harmonious whole. Very smooth and a bit tangy in the mouth. Amazingly smooth for the huge abv makes this surprisingly drinkable. One of their better beers. I always enjoy this one.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,228 ratings
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