La Terrible | Unibroue

La TerribleLa Terrible
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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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Ratings: 2,226 |  Reviews: 957
Photo of ntraft
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

L: Pitch black with reddish highlights and a tall, mocha-tan head.

S: Smells like coffee and dark fruits. Maybe some toffee mixed in there. Possibly more subtle aroma than other dark Belgians. Some bready notes become apparent as it warms.

T: More dark fruits in the taste, but it's also slightly more bitter than I expected -- the malts are not completely dominant here. The more I continued to drink it, however, the more it opened up with the fruit and malt flavors. In all, I wouldn't say any one flavor was dominant; it was very well-mixed.

D: Very drinkable as long as you don't mind getting drunk! Haha. (The alcohol is well-masked)

Overall: Though not my favorite from Unibroue, a solid offering and well worth a taste.

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Photo of schmitter
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, I've had this beer cellaring for about two months now and it is not what i expected.

Poured a deep, dark, almost opaque brown with very little head and almost no lacing.

Smells sweet, and fruity caramel notes.

Again, i get the caramel taste, and fruit, most notably dark cherries and some rich apples. I dont really taste the high ABV, other than the alcohol sweetness.

Not the best I've had from Unibroue by far, but clearly satisfying.

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

***Corked Bottle***

A - Looks like Black Cherry Soda but a little thicker and has a thin and non-lasting head.

S- Dark Fruit soaked in alcohol. Mildly sweet.

T- A bit sweet. A bit spicey. A tiny bit of nuts and apricot in the middle of all that alcohol soaked dark fruitiness.

M - This is a pretty full bodied beer. The low hop and low carbonation leave a long lingering array of flavors.

D - Big beers are never as drinkable to me. I tend to like them more but drink them less. At 10+% and a very tongue engrossing flavor this is a nice bottle to share once in a while, not an everyday kind of thing.

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Photo of TommyW
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark with a tan heads that fades to a lasting ring.

S- Dark fruits (prune, raisins) with notes of tobacco and alcohol.

T- Very malty backbone with notes of dark fruit being most prominent. Some rock sugar seems to be present as well. There is a pleasant warming sensation from the alcohol and a dryish finish.

M- Full body with a fairly low carbonation.

D- Pretty straightforward in its malty sweetness. The dark fruit taste/aroma bring some complexity but it's just a little to simple for what I was expecting.

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Photo of weazal
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Dark and rich. Primarily raisins and malt, with a nice, low-key sweetness - like bread pudding made with with raisins and brandy.

T: Mmmm...mild coffee up front under dominating carbonation that turns prickly halfway through until it dissolves into a powerful, thick, sticky, slightly bitter molasses/coffee flavor. Finishes like a stout - with a similar complex bitterness.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with orange tint. Big carmel/toffee nose.

Big flavors; gigantic flavor of cooked fruit and apricots with black coffee and sweet malt. Finish is medium/short and stops this from being cloyingly sweet.

Soda pop character but good. Layered flavors of sweet malt, figs, prunes, raisins and brown sugar but with hints of cola and with a Dr. Pepper flavored finish.

Different but nice.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a super dark brown color, almost black. Almost two-fingers of tan foam of medium density form the head. Retention is pretty good. Lacing is sporadic and fairly sticky.

Dark fruits and brown sugars hit me first. Light phenols. Nice yeastiness. Good spice notes.
Not quite the big nose that I was expecting.

Again, this one is pretty subdued, which is not what was expected.
Good malty backbone, with a fairly big yeastiness coming over the top of it. Nice spice notes. Mild notes of figs and dark fruits. Light touch of brown sugar.
Not very complex, but a tasty brew, nonetheless.

Almost full-bodied. Most of my enjoyment was killed by the high level of carbonation. It really gets in the way of everything else. It's just all sharp and fizzy, in the mouth, and completely detracts from this beer.

While the high abv is nicely masked, the carbonation really kills the enjoyment level of this one for me.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer hanging out at my parent's house for a while. I decided it was time to bring it home and crack it open!

A: Small dark beige head dissipates quickly leaving bubbles and a ring of retention. Brew looks like coffee in that it appears jet black and has some mahogany and lighter brown tones around the edges.
S: Surprisingly fruity and light on the nose. Raspberries come to mind right away. I can't pull much more out of the aroma.
T/M: Light fruits and berries. One thing that really pops out here is the high carbonation, which gives the beer a cava-like consistency and flavor. Sweet candied sugar with some toasted notes that really start to pull through with warmth. A creamy mouthfeel is responsible for leaving behind some sweet residuals. I don't get much of a hop characteristic in this beer, but I am damn happy with the way it tastes. Some wheat in there, too.
D: Danger! The alcohol hides terribly well. The wheat makes this beer more refreshing than it should be with this high an ABV. I recommend splitting this one with a friend.

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Photo of koopa
3.88/5  rDev -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 -1.7%
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 +1.2%
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 +3.6%
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 +0.7%
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 +1.9%
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 -2.9%
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 -3.4%
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 +3.6%
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 +1.2%
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 -12.7%
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 +2.4%
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 +7.2%
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%
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 +0.5%
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 +18.7%
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 +1.2%
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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La Terrible from Unibroue
Beer rating: 89.9% out of 100 with 2,226 ratings
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