La Terrible | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,217
Reviews:
955
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
11.3%
 
 
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137
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354
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Photo of Jaypeajus
2.74/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First unibroue brew here. Look is dark brown small thin head. Smell is quite strong lots of spices, not my cup of tea, taste is even more so. I can appreciate that it's supposed to taste like it does, but I don't care for this style of Belgian strong ales at this time. I think the turn off factor may be the lees

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark dark brown almost black. Half pinky head. Aroma, raspberry and apple truly little else. Taste- a fruity yeasty character, a cereal malt, Bready, clove. Mouthfeel tingling bubbles. Overall nice sweet dark.

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Photo of archero
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Curt3
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bier82
3.24/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is something, good, bad, and kinda ugly.

Looks: Dark brown, muddy looking, bubbles that look almost soapy.
Smell: Almost non-existent, no hint of alcohol.
Taste: Burnt, bitter, yet sweet. No real sense of a Belgian ale, more like a imperial brown ale.
Feel: Lots of carbonation, almost soda like.

Good to try, not to buy.

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Photo of NeverSettle
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zbooks
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour a rich-looking dark brown malty color. Smells of plums and malts. Plummy richness. Hints of chocolate. Belgian yeasts shine here as well. Amazing dry carbonation. Alcohol comes off like a port. Nothing "Terrible" about this ale. I wanted to rate this between 4.75 and 4.5, but we don't really have the flexibility here to do that....Still, another quality outing for Unibroue. These guys know what the hell they are doing.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rugene
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Max8787
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Electros
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Best before March 9th 2020.

Deep walnut red and brown body color, very dark with a touch of faint clarity when looking at the edges. Faint pinhead tan bubbles hit the sides, even a touch of middle carbonation seen at the base. Creamy and tight bubbled top, froths a good solid two fingers, with a nice light espresso color. A solid one and a half finger top that just doesn't budge at all.

Mineral warmth and small amounts of dark fruits on the nose. Hints of dried fig and dark raisins, with even a bit of milk chocolate creeping in, but very low on the sweetness sensations. A bit of powdery nutmeg and clove, brings almost a cocoa powder character but not quite. Very nice for the style.

First thing on the palate that sings is the mouthfeel. Velvet rich and silky feeling. A full body that oozes thick warmth and rich chocolate qualities. Some banana and carbonation then hits almost like a weizenbock, but far thicker. Fruity characters get much lighter with a touch of mineral tasting carbonation. Rocky. Very dark cherries and plum, with drizzled chocolate, maybe even a bit of coconut kicking in as well.

This is a pretty good sized brew, but well controlled, and a great Belgian like representation. Definitely hitting quad territory here, and nicely.

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Photo of lochef81
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DaveBar
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at Champagne's in Warren MI for $7.99- 750ml bottle served at 8deg C. Aged 2yrs in my cellar

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high light brown head that lasts for over 5mins before film out. Very dark brown almost black colour. You can't see through it even if an atomic bomb went off 2ft away it's that dark. Seen many times in stouts but not an ale.

S- Oodles of character. Tobacco, molasses, pear believe it or not and yeast

T- Peppery. Very similar to other Unibroue selections. Same yeast. Caramel. Lots here but subdued. Surprizing really. Has a budget cola flavor for a bit.

M- Waterier than I thought it would be

O- Not so good. Started out like a house on fire but ended in a whimper. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This spicy brew went well with....... Roast beef and gravy with mash spuds on the side. Pick a veggie but it won't go well unless you spice it up in a recipe. Pretty overpowering brew for veggies.

Enjoy

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Terrible from Unibroue
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,217 ratings.
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