La Terrible | Unibroue

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La TerribleLa Terrible

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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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Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into my Unibroue tulip. Bottle says best before 11-11-2013; I think I would have preferred a bottled-on date.

Appearance: entirely non-translucent black with three fingers of bubbly tan head. Capital.

Smell: initial impression is that it is quite fruity; mostly big pears and raisins with a little apple but there's also something musty in there. Quite nice.

Taste: big malt; a lot of raisin and pear. This tastes a little like a somewhat light, nuanced barleywine with just a tiny touch of roasted malt. Not that I'm complaining; the flavor is very good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with big carbonation; texture is creamy and highly appealing.

Drinkability: I like the fact that this, to me, tastes like a highly carbonated, light-bodied barleywine. It is sophisticated yet approachable; a frankly difficult combination to achieve. Quite drinkable indeed.

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Photo of aristeros
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet. "Best before 11-11-2013" on the back label. Pours a very dark brown, murky, almost opaque, with a finger of cream-colored head that fades to half that and stays. Thick lacing on the glass. Smells of dark fruit--mostly merlot, but some dates--and fairly sweet, more associated with fruit than malts. Yeast presence common to Unibroues.

Dark fruit up front, with raisins and prunes, and tart grapes follow close behind. Spices throughout, with a dry finish that reminds me of a brandy without the bite. Excellent alcohol masking; most beers from this brewer do not have such and I was surprised. Excellent drinkability due to alcohol masking and pleasant subtleties to the flavor; I'm glad I don't have to share!

Full-bodied, mildly carbonated.

This is not my favorite by this brewer, but adheres to traditions of the style and was a pleasant surprise in terms of the nose and the back end of the flavor. Very much reminded me of a red wine. Incredible beer.

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Photo of Strix
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark brown, fluffy head.

Smells delicious - dark fruits, flowers, and the classic Unibroue yeast.

A lush blend of dark fruits and spices - I pick out raisin, dates, plum, molasses, clove, coriander, fresh flowers, lime. Slight alcohol note. Very complex.

Mouthfeel bubbly.

I guess it's been awhile since my last Unibroue, but this one is definitely among their top offerings. I thought this was fantastic.

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Photo of hardy008
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black color with ruby highlights and a large tan head with nice retention and lacing. Smells sweet with dark fruit, brown sugar, and yeast. The same is true of the taste. Very easy and smooth to drink. The perfect beer for the tulip glass I am using. A snifter would have been great too. Light to medium bodied, nice carbonation, and very drinkable for 10.5 % alcohol, which is well hidden.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown body with slight haze. Tan head pours thick and lingers throughout consumption.

S - A low malt complexity with subtle fruit esters. Mild phenol and alcohol aroma.

T - Malt sweetness soon overwhelmed by a spiciness from various phenols and alcohol. Fruit is the defining character of the palate - with dark fruity esters in the background. Ending finish is dry, with alcohol and fruit compilation.

M - Medium body with high carbonation. Warming from ABV is medium to high, but tolerable.

D - Very complex Belgian Strong Dark Ale style.


Just another one of Unibroue's amazing Belgian style ales.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice looking corked and caged 750. No silly picture like most of the Unibroue labels. Cost me $9 at Beer Run in Cville.

Appearance: Its dark. Really dark. Black with ruby-plum colored highlights. The head is big and foamy. Off white with tiny bubbles. It recedes but leaves a thin layer. There are a few clingy bits of head that resemble lacing, but not much. This beer has legs like wine. It looks quite incredible.

Smell: Powerfully spicy yeasty smell. Its a tiny bit musty or leathery (merlot?). Dark fruit. Sweet, dark, spicy, and bready. This is a winner.

Taste: This is a very authentic tasting BSDA. Very spicy-- can't place them all. Rich and malty. Dark fruit. Bready and yeasty. Just a little bit of alcohol is detectable.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and full bodied. Gets a little bit foamy in the mouth. Just great.

Drinkability: This is just incredible. By far the best Unibroue beer I've had, and the best belgian dark in a while. I will buy this again.

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Photo of BrewitYerself
1.62/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

It saddens me to write this review: I love Unibroue, and were it not for my sentimental regard for the brewer, my scores would probably be lower. This is a new offering from one of my local beer bars; I've never had it, and I was excited.

Served in an Unibroue tulip (this and the anticipation were the high-points)

Pours with a 1+ finger beige head; dark brown, perhaps slightly murky (I had a poor light source to judge a dark beer). Moderate lacing.

Aroma is of nutty, sourdough, slightly musty yeast - the typical Unibroue smell, yet more musty than usual. As the beer warms, mild spice aromas become evident. No malts, hops, or esters present.

Taste is of brown or burnt sugar and molasses up front, which expands into a root-beer like syrupy flavor with the accompanying woody/earthy spices: clove, licorice, sassafras, and maybe a touch of mint. Very sweet throughout, with nothing to provide balance. Just a dash of bitterness. As it warms, some sourness and dark fruit flavors come out.

Mouthfeel is moderately full, mild carbonation, quite syrupy. The mouthfeel is not heavy, but it is very syrupy, if that makes any sense.

Overall it tastes like root-beer gone bad. Too sweet, no malt or hop presence. While reviewing, I wasn't sure what style this was supposed to be, but it didn't rate well in any case. It doesn't improve as it warms: it just gets more fruity and boozy. I get only yeast flavors upfront, a blast of root-beer on the mid-palate, and a cringe-inducing sour-sweetness on the finish. I forced myself through about 2/3 of the glass and then gave up.

I'm trying to find the words to express my disappointment: it's almost like growing up thinking that your mother is of royal descent, then finding out that she was really a barren whore and you were adopted from gypsies.


I had to post a follow-up; it's been about 4 hours now since I drank this beer; I've had 3 beers since then and I keep tasting this beer on the tail-end of every sip I take. This is truly la terrible.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer many times and it is slightly different every time. Roasty and the darkest of brown in body with big beige head. Light chocolate and Unibroue yeast in smell and taste. Chocolate, black malt, chocolate wafers and dark fruit. Mouthfeel could have gone a touch higher but could have been more sudsy for the style. Good but not special.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at The Blind Pig in Champaign, IL.

Was a nice strong coffee color and thick head. Very nice sweet hard candy smell. Nice sweet on the tongue and a slight bitterness. Very well balanced though. Had a nice coffee aroma as well.

Not one I could drink several off but definitely a good desert finish to a meal.

Would drink again for sure.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked dark bottle into a chalice. Very dark and brown with a hint of red. Nice size 2 finger head that disappears pretty quick.

The aroma is great from the moment you open the bottle. The booze is definitely obvious as it closely resembles a wine scent. A slight fruit smell as well.

Wow it tastes good. Drank at about 50 degrees. Again, boozy...caramel, raisin notes. The flavor sits on the tongue for quite some time.

Great brew from Unibroue!

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Photo of FernMaster
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

The pour has a solid layer of caramel colored foam, about a finger and half thick, that lasted for almost a minute. The head stayed around the edge of the glass constantly, slightly lacing it as I continued to drink. This beer is pitch dark, you can't see through it, the trite writer could say it's 'inky.' Smelling this you know you have a high abv (10.5) here, whew! You can freaking smell the alcohol. The taste is a balance of yeasts, fruits and some caramel. The taste is almost sweet, I really enjoy it and I could see myself sipping on this for a while. However, I really enjoy the taste so much and the mouthfeel that I find it hard to put down. There's a lot of carbonation in this beer and it's sort of foamy every time I drink it, it's a really interesting play that I quite enjoy. La Terrible is only nine dollars after tax, it's something I could see myself buying again in the future.

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Photo of mwa423
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the catskeller as a leftover from " no crap on tap".

a- As jet black as an imperial stout with a small dark tan head. This is as dark as I have ever seen the style.

S- All of the expected Unibroue yeast smell we have come to know and love. In addition to that there is a bit of earth and spice.

T - Imagine a heavier Trois Pistoles and you have the Terrible. Strong yeast, coriander, and spice.

M/D- A bit thin in the mouthfeel, but that adds to the drinkability. Overall this is a good sipper when the usual Unibroue isn't enough

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Photo of Aenema
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours dark brown with a fluffy, 1-1.5 inch off-white head. Slight splotchy lacing.
Smell - Caramel malts, burnt sugar and dark fruit.
Taste - Dark fruits and sugary sweetness.
Mouthfeel - Medium-light with fine bubbles and moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Enjoyable but a little on the sweet side to drink much of.
Overall - A good beer with a better nose than taste. Recommended to try, but I find many Unibroue offerings to be better.

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Photo of number1bum
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with scarlet hues at the edges. Has a good three fingers of tan head, which settles to a thin lace with a thick dollop in teh middle. Nice webbing on the sides.

Smell is full of dark fruits, like plums and raisins. Also deeply caramelized malts, some candi sugar, a bit of smoke. Yeast has a bit of must and a lot of fruity esters. Nice, complex nose.

Taste also has a ton of dark fruit, raisins and plums like the nose. A bit of black currant as well. Dark, sweet malts as well, with some dark caramel and candi sugar. Not as much yeast character as there was in the nose, but it does offer some fruity esters and a touch of spice. There is a bit of alcohol as well, but it's not bothersome. I liked the nose better, but this is quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but a bit light given the alcohol content. It's smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

This seems a bit light given its strength, but has a lot of flavor and the nose is quite nice. Another tasty brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark blackish - holding it to the light revealed nothing. Dark as pitch. Excellent foamy dark-tinged head.

Nose is of dark fruits and a sweet scent. Taste is on par with the nose. Dark fruits, lots of grape, with a malty sweetness - slight spicy kick. Mouth feel is full and syrupy. Leaves a bit of that gritty feeling on your teeth. Carbonation is appropriate - fairly medium. Mild dark fruit aftertaste. The alcohol burn is slightly noticeable, but doesn't distract from the brew.

Very drinkable, although it does give you a bit of that "late evening sipper" feeling.

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

Served in tulip. Poured black with no light showing through, and had a deep tan head that quickly dissipated and left minimal lacing.

A rich aroma featured mostly earthy fruit notes with a hint of yeasty spice. The flavors were very similar with the fruit flavors dominant.

While the body was full and smooth, I found it to be a little thin for the style. Drinkability was very good, smooth and easy to drink, although at 10% I'm not sure about drinking several in a row. Overall, a wonderful beer from an excellent brewery, worth trying and seeking out.

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Photo of JVEyck309
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber corked and caged poured into a chalice

Dark as night, ever-so slightly dark brown hues when held to the light, sticky head that holds for a while. A good sniff and I'm reminded of a dubbel, dark fruits.. sweet. Taste is similar.. puckering sweet, dark fruits, hops has a slight kick with a clove spice and banana in the mix, finishes syrupy sweet. Mouthfeel is heavy carbonated and a bit chewy. So... where does this one fall for me.. I heavily enjoy it, the alcohol slightly warms the throat but is well masked with the flavors. A decent complexity. May be a bit too sweet and syrupy for some.. but.. ya know.. drink it. One bottle should be a just the right amount. (I'm only half way through at the moment, so who knows..) Definitely would recommend this one. cheers no fears.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - completely opaque in color(identical to the bottle) massive 3 finger tan rocky head that doesn't know the meaning of shrink. this one sticks around FOREVER.

S - dark fruits-plums, dates, raisins, apple skin, banana. lots of syrupy sweetness. sublte spicy hopage to follow.

T - flavor mimics the nose. WAY sweet(this is good). I get some grape/port wine flavors in addition to the earlier mentioned fruits.
hops are spicy and bring us to a close, a long lingering close that is. this is one of the sweetest strong darks i've had. it's more like a quad in that sense.

MF - tons of champagne-like carbonation, par for style. I like it, however others will undoubtedly find it overbearing.
medium full body w/ a think and chewy feel to it. nice.

D - alcohol is so well hidden and it's so sweet @ 10 percent, this nightcap can be dangerous if one decided to lose one's inhabitions and swig rather than sip.
also @ a reasonable price, you have my vote for the #1 belgian brewery outside of Belgium. Hats of to you Unibroue.

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

One of first beers that I was highly looking forward to trying when I started my love for craft, probably because solely of its name and implicit intimidation. Tonight, I finally get to indulge.

Poured into a snifter.

Once I popped off the cork, lots of smokey mist creeped out of the bottle. All adding to the excitement. Pours a dark grape color that appears opaque and creates a short off-white/tan head that slowly dissipates into a thick white ring on the outside and small islands of bubbles in the center. Little to no lacing. From a short distance, you could mistake its appearance in the glass for a stout or porter. The smell is true BSDA - dark fruitiness, akin to black cherries or figs, Belgian yeast, minimal hop aroma and just enough presence of alcohol. Reminiscent of smelling a wine; quite delighting.

Taste is not as pronounced as say, a Chimay Blue, but still as complex. The taste really starts off with tons of malty sweetness and wine grapes, then moves along to the dark fruit along with a slight caramel/brown sugar undertone and slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied with adaquate carbonation. The 10.5% ABV is not deterring at all, as it's very muted and hidden very well. Drinkability is moderately good. Unibroue's definitely got the BSDA style down - La Terrible is quite tasty.

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Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a respectable head that faded to a thin skin. The aroma was over ripe fruit and alcohol. The taste was...grapes! At least that's what I got out of it. There was also a molasses sweetness and lots of carbonation, hey it's a Belgian. Mouth feel looked like it should have been medium, but was really light bodied with a strong carbonation. Drinkability was OK, the 750 ml was more than enough. Not my favorite from Unibroue (La Fin du Monde), and not my favorite BSDA (The Beast), but a good one.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thick off-white foam head that leaves some scattered lacing. Millions of tiny carbonation bubbles flowing up to the top.

S- The nose is dominated by dark fruit and malt scents. Very little hop presence with a sting of alcohol.

T- Deep complex flavor comprised of many different tastes. Easiest to pick out are flavors of Belgian yeast, plum, raisins, red grapes, fig, caramelized brown sugar, dark roasted malt, and alcohol.

M- Medium/full body with a ton of carbonation. Incredibly spritzy feel with a champagne like texture.

D- Very nice replica of a traditional Belgian brew. This one showed signs of being mistaken as a Quad.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a new arrival at Martin Wine Cellar in Mandeville, LA. I love me some Unibroue; couldn't pass on it.

750mL bottle, poured into my Unibroue tulip.

Quite black. I've seen some stouts that don't measure up to this darkness. Large tan head, fades nicely, no lacing.

Smells crisp and citrus a bit. The smell isn't boisterous. Smells a bit hoppy and yeasty. A little sweetness shows up in the nose.

Wow. 10.5%?! They have so expertly brewed this that there is hardly any alcohol sting from this. Tastes as crisp as it smells and the citrus comes through in the end. Its a very clean taste. Theres some sweetness mixed in there. A little figgy perhaps. Great overall.

Its a bit thin, but works well. There may be a bit too much carbonation, and much of any sting is due to the carbo. Theres no aftertaste really...the taste doesn't linger long unfortunitely.

If you blindfolded me and had me taste this and guess the ABV, my guess would be super low. The alcohol is there, trust me, but they made sure that it does not over whelm the taste. The taste is good enough to warrant a few drinks, but use caution.

Unibroue wins again.

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Photo of ChugsMugs
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark. Black enough to use the glass as a mirror to see my reflection. Poured with a large head, 2 fingers in width and good retention. Great lacing, and first few sips left me with a tasty mustache.

S- Fruits and sweets. Plum or red grape scent, with a subtle amount of mollases or sweet chocolate. Mostly just the fruit.

T- again plum or grape, a slight presence of chocolate but just barely.

M- a bit creamy but not heavy. Leaves a dryness in the mouth like a redwine.

D- too much umph with the higher abv to have more than just the one evening quench. But regardless of that abv still good enough taste to enjoy.

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Photo of SoonerNY
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great example of this style

A: Dark brown to black with a foamy head that fades to a ring of lace after being poured into a Chimay chalace. If I used the Unibroue glass I was too lazy to clean then I'm sure the head would have hung around a bit longer.

S: Dark fruits..plums and figs with a hint of chocolate. Some yeast and malt and overall intoxicating on the nose.

T: Very complex and balanced for a strong Belgian. Delicous fruits mixed with spicy hops. The alcohol is in there but very cleverly disguised and not overwhelming.

D: Very drinkable for an ABV of 10.5%. Definitely one to use to introduce others to dark Belgian brews.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750ml, BB date 02-26-2012, into a Duvel tulip.

A: On the way from the bottle to the glass the liquid is dark brown, but once settled it is pure, opaque blackness. Perched on top are two inches of dense light-brown foam; good retention, finally settling into a ring and island with a solid ring of lace left around the bottom half-inch of where the head started out.

S: Some mild yeasty spice up frong, followed by rich fruity malts: tons of figs, with some tart dark cherry aromas towards the end. Powerfully vinous. Extremely complex, and thoroughly alluring - I could smell this all day. Incredible.

T: I was afraid this wouldn't live up to the first impression given off by the nose, and sadly I was right. Don't get me wrong, it's an very tasty beer, but the flavors simply don't meld as mysteriously and harmoniously as the aromas did. Starts out sweet and bitter at the same time - licorice - followed up by some deeper fruits and finally the yeast and alcohol. Dry, warm, spicy finish. One thing this beer is not is boring - La Terrible is one of the most assertive Belgian strong dark ales I've ever had. The flavors are potent and complex, but lacking the finesse of a true masterpiece.

M: Medium-bodied, slick, a little fine carbonation. Pretty nice.

D: Given the huge flavor profile and the double-digit ABV, this is shockingly drinkable. Excellent.

Notes: This is hands down one of the finest smelling beers I've ever had, and is a truly great brew all around. I'll have to pick up a couple more bottles and put some age on them.


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