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 MOB210SA
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty Chimay goblet. (Happy to find this selection at the new Spec's in town.)


Thick frothy 1 finger brownish-creme head. Small lacing, retains well. Froths up quick with the pour then casually fizzles to a small ring/layer.

Super dark brown. Towards the bottom of the glass you can see the real color but when you pour it a full glass looks almost black.

A clovish-woody taste, with some kind of spice that I just can't quite place. but good. Not my favorite in the taste department (just personal taste), but a good beer to say the least.

Mouthfeel is nice.. far from "Terrible". Smooth and easy with pretty high carbonation and no bite or anything unpleaseant.

Drinkability.... well Im about half way through with this 750ml and im feeling nice. Im sure by the end of this I wouldnt want another Terrible. But one bottle at a time seems perfect. Not something I would want to drink all the time (for me thats what high is)

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

On Sight: Pours a very dark brown, coffee color into an ale glass, with a huge tan head which lingers for a while. Very little lacing.
Aromas: Sweet Carmel on the nose, and a fruity malt or sweet coffee.
Tastes: Malt sweetness and toffee-Carmel on the front, and some hop bitterness in the back. Does not take anything away from the beer overall, in fact adds some character and flavor that it needs. This beer has loads of flavor, and can stand up to any Belgium Dark Ale, despite the name. If you get a chance go and pick up one yourself, you be the judge.

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

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 1 inch brownish white head that leaves moderate lacing. The appearance is opaque dark brown. The aroma is mainly of malts with no hop presence to speak of. The taste is strong malt and sweet with a strong flavor of cloves. (Mmmm! Cookies!) No detectable bitterness and good alcohol heat. The feel is full bodied with a clean finish. This ale left me buzzed and wanting more.

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

750 ml bottle at C'est What? in Toronto.
A: Opaque black with a large tan head.
S: Hints of pine and licorice.
T: Creamy chocolate mousse flavor with an edge of slight smoke. Finish of cocoa and milk chocolate. Alcohol shows through, otherwise I'd give it a 4.5 for taste.
M: Great body.
D: Definitely to be sought out.

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

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip glass.

A: Pours out much darker than I would have expected. Read: black. The beer is topped with an incredibly thick, two inch thick head that lasts surprisingly long considering this size of this beast and leaves some spotty lacing to boot.

S: T/MF: Figs, licorice, chocolate, nuts, funky, bready yeast that punches the nostrils ever so slightly.

T/MF: Taste is as delicate as the aroma and hides its size so well you might think you were drinking a session ale, a bit heavy on the tongue and rich in taste but so smooth and clean it's almost impossible to imagine this being a 10.5% ABV beer. Notes of licorice, figs and dates, a dusting of dark chocolate and a complex yeast profile I can't even begin to describe, suffice to say it is quite tasty and delicate.

D: A massive beer that doesn't taste massive? Yes please. Another outstanding offering from the folks at Unibroue.

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

Had this on tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign tonight

A - Reddish black with 1 finger of khaki head.

S - Acidic and sour like a flanders red. Some cherries and raisins. Smells like a nice port.

T - Cherries and raspberries. Not sour, but very refreshing and delicious. A bit of cloves and spice from the Belgian yeast.

M - Nice and creamy with good carbonation.

D- Very good, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. If I didn't have to drive I could have easily had a few more of these and been in a bit of trouble.

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

Poured straight-on into a tulip glass...

A: Outrageously thick, frothy, tannish head. Color is pitch black with the slightest of ruby red around the bottom of the glass at the thinnest point.

S: Dark, earthy fruits, mild hops.

T: Over-ripened dark fruits - maybe plum, raisin and an earthy quality that is very nice and robust. The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes this brew very dangerous (I'm limited to one 750ml bottle, but would happily welcome more).

M: Thick and chewy, medium carbonation and smooth.

D: Really...maybe I am partial to the style. I love a nice, robust flavorful brew (like food) and this fits the bill...

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

On tap at local pub. Dark pour with creamy head. Raisin and plum aroma, also some pear. Sweet and smooth. Medium body. Little carbonation. Truly a unique beer. Had I drank it blindfolded, I could have been convinced that this was wine. Very pleasant.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +7.4%
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 +14.4%
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 +5.5%
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 -1%
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 +7.9%
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 -61.2%
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 -6.5%
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 +5.5%
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 +2.4%
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 -6%
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 -4.8%
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 -6.5%
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 -1.2%
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 -1%
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 -5.3%
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 +5.5%
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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La Terrible from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,228 ratings
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