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 seedyone
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tape at Rattle n Hum, NYC. There a mild musk in the aroma that doesn't carry into the taste. There is a conflence of chocolate & raisinsn the tongue. The usual malt/hop elements are played down to being almost non-existant, not that that's a bad thing.

The deep, rich flavor & texture place this as a cut above...but of what is the question. The character, of which there is plenty here, defies comparison, yet is not alien.

So where does that leave me? Ahead by the experience.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As with others from this brewery it has the same slight sourness to the aroma that I don't like. Otherwise, this pours a nice dark brown with big, lasting, dense tan head. Aroma has some malt and sour fruit. Flavor is quite different thankfully. Nice balance of malty sweetness and ripe dark fruit. A little light body, like their other similar offerings.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Beautifully dark, with a lot of head and great head retention also. A beautiful look.
Smell: Malty and fruity.
Taste: Sweet and powerful, with a lot of dark fruits: raisin, plums. The sweetness stays on the palate for a long time. Powerful aftertaste.
Feel: Full bodied. Hide the 10.5% pretty well, you don't know what you are getting into!

An awesome (and surprisingly very affordable) brew, true in the Belgium tradition for Unibroue. Would get it again if possible.

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Photo of BeerLover50
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large tulip glass from a bottle. Pours a very dark black. Retains head nicely, roughly 1 inch. Very fruity, aged smell. One of the most fruity beers I've tasted. And boy does it linger, in a good way. Overall, great beer to chill with. The ABV is high but unnoticeable. Beer and a movie really fits with this brew.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opens with a nice little pop of the cork. Very heady, root beer like color, body & head. Yeasty, bread, fruit & spice aroma. Slightly salty, not too sweet, very nice fruit flavor. I find sense a lot of carbonation, I'll be more gentle with the second pour. Well hidden 10.5.

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Photo of MLoxxer
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I procured a 750ml bottle of this beer which noted that it would be best before roughly a three year date after I purchased it. I must say that already being a big fan of Unibroue that I knew it would be good, but not this good. La Terrible is simply an excellent and quite affordable Belgian style dark ale. There is a lot of flavor here, and I must say that I will look forward to imbibing with this one again.

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wonderful aroma, dried fruits, yeast, slightly herbal. Taste brings more of the same, earthy, rich, vibrant. Dark brown \ ruby body, small airy head, finish could be longer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black, essentially opaque but for a slight translucence of brown-red, with a light tan head, not much lacing.

S - Dark fruit and yeast, alcohol and prune flesh.

T - Bright, bready malts, dried fruit and plum skins, a hint of spice, and a quick drying close with hints of grape and limestone.

M - Moderate, with a slight warmth of booze in the close.

O - And now I see where the core of the TJ Vintage Ale came from, although at over 10% ABV, this is a more robust brew. That said, it actually hides its alcohol better, and offers greater depth and presence. Definitely solid.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best I can describe this is a full, better flavor Belgian Dark. Bold dark fruits, raisins, figs, plums and some spices. Maybe some star anise. Underlying belgian candi sugar and huge carb really helps to coat the palate. Probably the best Belgian Dark I've ever had.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a 750 mL into an oversized wine glass, pours an almost opaque black with a slightly tan head, a nice layer of foam that disappears gradually. On first glance, I would have sworn that this was a stout or porter with how dark it is.

S: Classic Belgian sugars, dried fruit, and a bit of alcohol; as other reviewers have said, it smells similar to a tripel.

T: Malt on the nose, fades into a sort of dried fruitiness, apricots and dates standing out, finishes with a nice peppery bite from the booze, the alcohol is there, but it's balanced against the other flavors.

F: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation as is typical with these bottle-conditioned ales.

O: Unibroue has crafted a beast of a beer with over 10.5% ABV! Surprising enough, this is an excellent beer, definitely worth seeking out again, as are all Unibroue brews.

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Photo of L0ne
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From backlog. 750ml bottle - October 2014.

Very dark pour, quickly receding head. Belgian yeast, esters (banana), dark fruits, cherry. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Enjoyable and worth revisiting.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A - Darker than most BSDAles/Quads. A deep ruby in the light. Off white head disappeared and left a few bubbles on top. Those should stick around for a while. Nice.

N - Definitely get the Belgian candi sugar, and it almost smells like a tripel. Maybe I also get some cinnamon and nutmeg. Mmmm.

T - Tastes like a fairly standard dark Belgian. No alcohol at all. I get more dark fruit than I did on the aroma, like dates, figs, plums. Tasty.

M - A heavy, full mouthfeel, almost like drinking the froth of a capuccino. Very nice going down, smooth and lingering. Well-crafted.

O - A winner! Glad it's so plentiful and relatively cheap. Thanks, Unibroue.

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Photo of DJLehnherr
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Uncorking a 750ml bottle of “Terrible.” A dark, dark brown with maybe a hint of red, but so opaque its nearly black. Little white wispy head that dissipates quickly. A very sweet and yeasty scent. It tastes equally sweet, surprisingly fruity (raisin-like scents), the yeast is there too, and just slightly sour too, perhaps. The alcohol taste (10.5% ABV) is definitely coming through. Bold scents and flavors. Overall: delicious. I enjoyed this with steak-frites (California tri-tip, actually) and some cooked vegetables on a cool spring evening, and it was just perfect. I highly recommend this beer! Excellent!

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Hogstone on Orcas Island: black with a nice 1 inch head. Very well balanced with malt and cherry and plenty of hops in there too. One of the best strong ales I've had.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is really nice. It reminds me of the Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel (Which is WAY under-rated IMO.) Full body, full flavor, not too extreme. Another fine offering from Unibroue.... I hear it's the Unibroue yeast that gives their beers that distinctive flavor.

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Photo of samshaw
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Solid black with moderate tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Medium character of dark malt.

T: Strong malt on the tongue with light plum.

M: Moderately viscous with light carbonation, complementing the flavor well.

O: "Sinister" comes to mind. Bold and full-bodied.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark brown, almost black; small head, long lasting in chalice

Smell: strong smell of plums (more prune-like); picked up hints of dates and vanilla; strong Belgian yeast smell reminds me of Westmalle yeast

Taste: big hit of spices up front, tastes like coriander and cardamom to me; dried fruits in the mid; finishes slightly dry with just a bit of hops; well balanced overall; gets better as it warms

Mouthfeel: medium mouthfeel due to a good bit of carbonation; a bit too zippy for me for this style

Remarks: drier finish than I expected; great beer overall.

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Photo of darnzy
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in Quebec but I had a hard time finding it in Montreal. After years I randomly found it in a supermarket near my house.

Tastes like a combination of port and wine. Reminds me of a quadruple stout I once had.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle like that pictured here poured into a tulip. A very dark reddish brown with next to no head, just an off-white smattering of lace hugging the sides of the glass. Although this is brewed in Quebec, I had to wait until a trip to Montana to track this down. Alrighty then. Great name. Looks like port.

Aroma is fruity, spicy, rather tart and vinous with a dash of cloves. Palate is much the same although far more robust. Prunes and raisins, fresh grapes as well, faint toffee and chocolate, cooked pears and apples, red licorice, black licorice, rum. Tastes like port. Very pungent Unibroue yeast adds an overarching woody spice. Alcohol is easily discernable. Fairly thick and subtly carbonated. Some tart gooseberry reveals itself in the vinous, fruity, yet dry finish.

One of the more wine-like beers I've yet to sample but not devoid of some classic Belgian strong dark or quad features. Rather acerbic despite the obvious sweetness.

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Photo of JohnCJr
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass. Had an off-white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing. I waited for it to warm, because the Belgian yeast was initially very prevalent. As it warmed, plums and brown sugar came to the fore. Nice medium mouthfeel. A tasty brew, but not the best Belgian dark I've had. Still worth drinking, though.

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Photo of airborncamel
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass. Look: Dark, dark brown almost black, nearly opaque. Smell: Dates, plums, vanilla... classic quad aroma.....There's some tartness to it, almost like an oud bruin. Taste: caramel, dark fruit, spices... almost chocolatey. Sweet but not cloying. Surprisingly tart for the style, though not as tart as it smelled. Flavor lingers forever. Superb Belgian style quad. Mouthfeel: immense carbonation but still very big body and syrupy. Super dry without being bitter.Overall: An excellent beer, and at $8.99, its unbeatable. My favorite unibroue is their grande reserve, but this is a close second!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml caged and corked bottle, back of bottle says best before 04-15-2015. Served in a chalice, the beer pours very dark brown with about an inch tan head that stuck around for a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, dark bread and a sweet spiciness. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also some earthiness and a bit of tart cherries noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, a bit coating, and has a good amount of soft carbonation. Overall I liked this, certainly worth picking up if you've never had it before!

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy black that is cola-like with a frothy khaki head that quickly evaporates from 2.5 fingers to a whiff of a skiff of a film. Neither retention nor lacing to speak of. (3.25)

Dark and fruity. Red Grapes (almost tannin-like), brown sugar, dark fruits, pepper, woodsy. (4)

Sweet and vinous. Red wine, spiced rum, vanilla, over-ripe dark fruits. (4)

Warm, lingering, full--bodied, creamy velvet feel; very, very nice. (4.5)

This is a good beer and an interesting take on a BSDA. That said, I prefer their other beers to this one. Pours kinda sickly looking with no head that lasts (it is 10.5%, to be fair), the beer is very wine-like to my senses. Sweet and boozy, there are some definite alcohol and yeast domination to both the nose and the flavor, with the yeast being less prominent and the alcohol more than in some of their other beers. The beer has an exquisite palate, with a nice coating warmth complimented by creamy carbonation. This is definitely a sipper that is best shared with others. Great big beer for the wine people you might have to entertain... I liked it, but in the future I would likely just stick to Trois Pistoles; well-worth your time to try if happened upon. (4.25)

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Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear very dark brown with cola like khaki head, settles to a thin ring with a few streaks of lace down the glass. Smell: unripe banana, clove and black cherry notes, dark brown sugar. Taste: fig, cola, overripe cherry; notes of: toasted multigrain bread, backgrounded spicy hopping, booze. Carb is pretty serious, pillowy and space-filling. Cola sugary finish, dries out but stays sticky. Enjoyable but not great. Bottling code indicates it's a 10/13 bottling and best before 9/2018.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small goblet glass. Best before date of 11/11/2013 and I know I’ve had the bottle for at least 6 years.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart fruit, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of tart dark fruits, brown sugar, licorice and some chocolate. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is almost non-existent as you would expect from this type of beer after being cellared for this long. There’s a very faint hint of alcohol. The beer seems to get more balanced as you continue to drink it and the tartness looses a bit of its edge in a favorable way. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong and well-disguised kick, good representation of style, it seems to have held up quite well with time as I know this beer was made to do. However, even though it’s a good beer, I didn’t find it to be anything special.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,210 ratings.
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