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 koopa
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle aged for 1 year at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Dark brown / black body with a nice 2 finger grey brown crown. Decent retention and some lacing.

Smell: Muddled and uninspired. Dark fruits (figs), toffee / hazelnut notes. Some belgian style yeast.

Taste: A touch better than the nose. Nice hazelnut meets figs flavor. Finish rides the line btw dry and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation and a medium to medium thin body.

Drinkability: This one doesn't show its strength.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Picked up a growler of this at the Charleston Beer Exchange. Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark, Coca-Cola brown but without the light chocolate highlights. A think khaki head sits atop the dark brown brew.

S - Syrupy sweet dark sugar, some Belgian dark sugar complexity and a tad bit o funk.

T - There's a nice, earthy, almost salty dark fruit flavor here, that comes across as spicy as a Corsendonk Christmas Ale. Nice. A spicy finish devolving into a nice green apple (to my palate) aftertaste.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium to thin bodied.

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Photo of mhatters
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Duvel glass from a 22oz cork-finished bottle at my house

Pours a dark brown color with a thin tanoff-white head

Spicy, sweet, a bit yeasty, and some spice notes. A bit of alcohol in the back.

A very well- balanced ale (this is a 2005 bottle I have been cellaring) Sweet, spicy, alcoholic, lovely. A nice malt round touch too.

A good Belgian style dark ale, a bit creamy feel, which is unexpected. I think one bottle at a time is a good idea

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Photo of GRPunk
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- A moderate pour left a healthy, 2+ finger, dark tan head. It bubbled away (the loudest head I've ever heard) to about a finger before eventually falling to a nice, full lace atop a dark brown-black body. At the edges I could see light carbonation rising to the top. There were nice sticky spots left all about the glass.

S- Initially I picked up a bunch of fruity aromas. On a second whiff I thought about a nice, rich dunkelweizen (some banana, clove, and rich dark bread). It's difficult to describe all of the fruits (from raisins to green apple), dark grains, and spices that are floating around. With some time, warmth allows some of the alcohol scents to come through.

T- So nice and complex. More of the fruit (dark cooked rasins and prunes) and dark bread-like tones come through in the flavor. The sweetness suggests some brown sugar countered by a bit of smoke. The high ABV is very well hidden. I'm struggling to come up with a good description. It's just plain nice.

M- Moderate carbonation, decent viscosity and a slight bite. The alcohol causes a slight warming effect in the belly (does that count as mouthfeel?) Overall, it's pretty delicate.

D- The rich flavor and higher ABV make this a nice sipper. While I can't see having more than a snifter or two in a sitting, it's quite drinkable for the the style and I'd buy it again for a special occasion.

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Photo of jsapunor
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark, almost black with a nice tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells sweet and kind of musty. This is a big beer with lots of carbonation

The taste is big too. It's dominated by sweet oak, dark fruits, figs, raisins, yeast and a little bit of funk. Some hints of dessert wine. The alcohol is hiding somewhere. There is a lot going on here and the result is very flavorful.

The high ABV limits the drinkability but the taste keeps you coming back for more. Unibroue has another winner.

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Photo of disastermouse
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Rich dark brown. Translucent on the edge of being opaque. Brown tinged head that fades but does not disappear.

S - Maple-y, reminiscent of fallen oak leaves. A faint hint of butterscotch, lemon, and a skosh of...cinnamon? That same 'bubble-gum' smell that most Belgian's have, but more chocolately and not intrusive.

T - This is beer! More oak-y, maple-y goodness, subdued bubble-gum flavor, rich dark mustiness, alcohol heat and spiciness. Definitively Belgian style. The alcohol is surprisingly buried.

MF - Bold, biting, tingly and full.

D - Because of the alcohol content of this beer, it is NOT a session beer.

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Photo of UA8
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very deep and dark reddish/brown with a very coarse bubbled tan head.

S- A touch of a light red wine scent, dates/ figs, sour cherries, and a touch of released alcohol.

T- Has hints of port or sherry cant figure which but acts kinda of like the high proof wines, prominent yeast twang, finishes with sour cherries and alcohol that warms as other flavors fade.

M- Medium light viscosity and as per usual there more carbonation here than is needed. But it's Unibroue and that's typical, nothing that can't be spun out in the tulip.

D- This is a very unique and complex beer. Because of the high abv and in your face flavor profile I would definitely stop at one of these but they come in a 750 so....

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml corked and caged bottle split with brothercannon. Poured into twin snifters, and after stirring up the yummies in the bottle, the ale appears a cloudy dark chestnut color with about an inch of off white foam. Aromas and taste consist of dark fruits such as figs, prunes, raisins, sweet, bready grain, quite fruity, and somewhat spicy. Approaching full bodied for the style and certainly adequately carbonated. Crisp and bubbly. Really nice all around.

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Photo of bheilman
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head, dark clear color. The smell is overwhelmingly yeast. The most yeast/bread smelling beer I have ever experienced. I'm wondering how this will effect the taste. As the head recedes, the smell gets a bit fruity. The taste is excellent. The yeast scent has mellowed and now the taste is much more fruit flavored, like grapes, apples, cherries, currants. Overall, a great blend of very complex flavors. The best beer I've had by Unibroue by far. I've always wanted to like this brewery and this beer has made me a believer. The tasted linger for a while in a good refreshing and fruit flavored manner. Really drinkable. Not much alcohol flavor at all. It's starting to scare me. Get this and savor it. You won't regret it.

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Photo of westweasel
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

The color is dark brown/black with a thin beige head. The color is so dark it is opaque.

The aroma is filled with raisins, figs, a hint of caramel and a smaller hint of chocolate.

The taste is composed of raisins, figs, and some molasses, but surprisingly there were no obvious alcohol flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium. The beer is highly carbonated with a fairly dry finish.

This is a very drinkable Belgian dark strong. The dry finish only makes it more drinkable.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Uprising Chalice. Directly out of the tap, it was a very color, a combination of browns and reds with lots of head. This is a very clean tasting beer. There isn't much carbonation, but I don't mind that. There aroma isn't very distinct, but there is a hint of raisins or other dried fruit. I can detect molasses and vanilla in the taste. Also, there is a smoothness reminiscent of good bourbon (with the burn that is often associated with this trait). There is also a sweetness at the end that is very welcome. Overall, I pretty good beer; not Unibroue's best, but worth picking up a bottle (or ordering a pint) if you get a chance.

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

La Terrible. 10.5% alcohol content Belgian strong dark ale. 25.4 oz. corked bottle.
Bottled in 07/06.

A- Pours a very dark soda like fluid with a off-white foamy head that falls to a rim around the glass. Very little lacing that quickly falls back in to the brew.

S- Matured raisins and plums dominate the first impression of this strong ale. This is followed by sweet smells of alcohol esters and a mild fermented scent that is very nice to the nose. Great smell for such a strong beer.

T- Much like the smell this beer packs a very sweet alcohol flavor but covered by a combination of dark fruits like raisins, plums, and possibly even hints of almonds. Hardcore beer for hardcore drinkers.

M-D- Mouthfeel is very dry upfront and finishes with hard alcohol feel on the tongue. Smooth to the finish for me and drinkablity is excellent.. will try again if found.

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Photo of psurandy
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pain in the ass to open. The cork would not come out and when I finally thought I made some progress it broke off so I had to get the rest out with a corkscrew. However I am reviewing the beer not the cork so I'll get on with it.

Poured a nice deep brownish black into my snifter with a nice little tan head that sticks around and keeps a thin layer on the top and edges. I'm getting whiffs of fig, malt, dark fruits and candied sugars. The taste is right on target with what I'm smelling and has a nice dry finish. Very complex flavors with a smooth buttery mouthfeel as it warms. This is a fantastic beer and I am very glad I picked it up. I'm not sure what year I am drinking because the only date on it states that it is good until 2/26/2012. This beer tastes great now and I would imagine having a few years on it would make it even better. At 10.5% it is definitely a sipper however the alcohol is in no way evident in the taste (I can feel it though). Fantastic beer. I'll definitely pick it up again if I see it.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite style but this was one of the least belgian darks that I liked.

appearance: deep brown copper color, head disapated too quickly

smell: slight coffee, rasin characters, loaded fruit flavors that I didn't like.

taste: slight sweetness which was too much for me and this style. alcohol was not fully covered and it tasted stronger than most in its class.

mouthfeel: super high carbonation... liked that

drinkability: overall a solid beer probably rated higher because I loved the style but not my favorite by far.

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Photo of atsprings
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Raleigh Flying Saucer while waiting for the World Beer Fest Brewers party to begin. Served in a tulip glass an almost opaque black with ruby highlights and a nice khaki diminishing head. Aroma was sweet fruits, dark malts and a hint of spice. The taste was a nice blend of sweet fruits and spice. The most interesting thing about this beer was that it did not taste like a dark beer at all. The beer was medium bodied with VERY well hidden alcohol and a refreshing smoothness. This one is quite enjoyable, but certainly one to be careful with.

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Photo of SpencerSauce
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was stoked on this beer. Looked scary haha. But didnt taste too strong. Also a quadrupal

A- Dark dark with no clairvoyance. I poured mine with a three finger head. I just like a nice head but that seemed a tad to much.

S- some fruit but its hard to tell. lots of yeast ferment smell. slightly boozy.

T- great qaud taste. slight fruit.

M- clean and bubbly. no lingering taste really.

D- easy drinkin id say.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark brown color with chestnut highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of dark fruits - plums, figs, and hints of cherries - backed by good amounts of sweet malts. As it warms hints of spices waft out.

Tastes a bit more complex than it smells. Sweet malts and Belgian candi sugar up front quickly followed by dark fruits. I was surprised at the ABV on this - it drinks more like a 7-8% ABVer.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but moderate carbonation makes it go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have a few of these.

Overall the amount of fruits and thinner than normal mouthfeel make this drink like a strong dubbel more than anything. Regardless, it's a tasty brew that's worth a shot.

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

A- Opaque black with a hint of ruby highlights. Moderate tan head. Laces not so well.

S- Belgian yeast/spices. Dark fruits--grapes, cherries, etc. Some green apple? Little malt. Pleasant. Actually smells a lot like Trois Pistoles to me.

T- Spices, yeast, slightly metallic/astringent. Green apples again, little or no alcohol. Faint malty finish. To style.

M- Medium-to-light bodied. Carbonated. Dry/astringent finish.

D- Nothing amazing, but pretty good. I'm sure I'll move through this one.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split. Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Best by date of 11/11/2013. Woo.

A - Opaque black color with a good dense tan head. Almost no lacing; just teeny patches.

S - Awesome! Sweet malts with a strong yeasty character that imparts some clay aromas and banana esters. Oatmeal raisin cookie hints (and bread) paired mainly with dark fruits.

T - So complex. Sweet maltiness with a good yeasty level. Dark fruit flavors of raisins and prunes abound in this beer. The alcohol flavor hides well behind all the other complexities but warms the tummy! So good! Poured the sediment in towards the end and it got pretty spicy.

M - Smooth and creamy. Almost velvety. Flows across the palate very nicely. Apparent carbonation but it knows its place and stays out of the spotlight.

D - Deceptive color, awesome smell, fantastic flavors, incredibly drinkable!

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Photo of adamette
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 750ML corked bottle into my clean, clear Gulden Draak tulip. No "best by" date observed by me on this bottle.

A No light (not even direct light) comes through the body of this beer. The Gulden Draak tulip has a nice, generous bulbous base to it so that could contribute to its darkness. Head is actually a medium brown with a look of a classic Belgian, all swirling with shades of brown like the top of a cappucino. In all, an impressive look.

S ahh....Deep dark malt with a sweetness of raisins or maybe a dark syrup. Inviting and foreboding.

T Well the taste carries right from the smell. Deep dark malt with a raisin or even date dark sweetness along with a kick of alcohol washes over you as you take this in. This is a big beer with an attitude and should not be taken lightly.

M There is certainly carbonation to make the beer dance on the tongue and it has a syrupy stickiness that adds to its bigness.

D I will drink the 750ML without any problem (it is about two of my Gulden Draak tulips) but this is certainly an apertif, intended to be enjoyed at the end of a meal or a day.

Notes: Right on target for the style, Unibroue flexes its proverbial muscle and hits a home run with this one.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Consumed at a tasting with a handful of fellow BA's. Review is from tasting notes.

Big thanks go out to Pencible for trading this to me.

Pours a mahogany/burgundy color (didn't have my color wheel in front of me) with a couple of fingers of rich foam...the kind of head I've come to expect from Unibroue.

Nice aroma of dark candi sugars, dark fruits (figs, plums, dates, raisins, etc) and that standard Unibroue Belgian yeast. I haven't looked up the yeast strains Unibroue uses, but after trying six or seven of their beers, I wouldn't be surprised if they used one standard one, a la Rogue's Pacman yeast.

Taste follows the nose, with a nice helping of spices and a hint of roast. Nice tongue-stinging quality. The taste definitely one-ups the aroma. Just seemed to me like every component of the flavor was more well-defined than in the aroma. Tasty stuff.

Very creamy mouthfeel. High carbonation, although appropriate. Cork came out with a huge POP! Satisfying finish. Pretty easy drinker. Yet another quality offering from Unibroue. Chambly Noire has kept Unibroue from being my #1 overall brewery. La Terrible is anything but.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours pure black and thick. Nice head.
There is a nice strong note of roasted maltiness all of the smell.
Highly drinkable with a malty finish. The bite of this 10.5 monster is covered beautifully by the malts. Very enjoyable.
Very smooth. The malty flavor stays for a bit, it's nice.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - dark brown, almost black, with a caramel head.

s - warm, inviting beglian yeast with citrus zest and a little spice. Sweetness covers up any alcohol notes for this beefy ABV.

t - well-rounded belgian that tastes a lot like Unibroue's other lines (Maudite, etc). Not that I'm complaining but there isn't much setting this apart outside of being a little sweeter and darker. The alcohol only shows up on the aftertaste.

m - a sticky mouth-coating adds to its otherwise thin liquid. A little punchy on the carbonation but not too extreme. A little warming on the swallow.

d - a solid sipper and a nice bomber for the evening. Barely lets on that it is a sturdy 10.5% ABV. If you like the main Unibroue lineup then you'll like this one. I do on both counts.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle/ Best before date of 2-26-2012

P: Deep brown from the bottle, midnight black with burgundy highlights around the edges of the glass. Khaki-colored head is 2 fingers, thick and fluffy, with good retention.

A: Big whiff of dark fruits that reminds me of plums and raisins. Also has some spices, yeast, and a malt presence that has a roasted quality to it.

T: While I did find it kind of surprising that the nose was as roasty as it was, I'm even more surprised at how roasty the flavor is. Deeply toasted, slightly roasted malts impart flavors of bittersweet chocolate that comes with a slightly chalky feel. Fruits consist of plum, raisins, and maybe a little fig. Spicy pepper, clove, and maybe some Cardomom team up with the yeast to provide a nice and tight spiciness that kicks on the tongue. Alcohol is present, but never intrudes on the palate. Finish is semi-dry with a yeasty character to it.

M: Full-bodied, thick & rich, with a sizeable amount of creaminess underneath.

Notes: This reminds me more of a Belgian Stout than some beers that openly claim to be a Belgian Stout! Roasted maltiness, sweet fruitiness, nice and spicy with a great mouthfeel. What else do you want? Another great brew from Unibroue!

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Photo of Jtschupp04
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours delightfully. dark dark brown very opaque but not complete blackout.

Bouquet first smelled like glass but thats because of the glass. Afterward dark fruit, then alcohol that touches the back of the throat and then i sensed some creaminess. Some other hints of things I cannot conclude what they are, but more stuff, clove and other spices definitely.

A lot of spices like clove and nutmeg. Sweet like caramel. There's a dark fruit in the back light, creamy then alcohol.

Fizzes up on contact with tongue way to much, but later climbs up and tingles the top of the gums which is weird but I like it.

One. Its like a desert on its own and I can feel it still tingling in the stomach. It's good but heavy.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,218 ratings.
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