La Terrible | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 2002, when the SAQ requested an exclusive new high-end product, Unibroue responded with Terrible. Given its dark colour and 10.5% alcohol content (a first for Unibroue), we knew that this Belgian quadruple-style ale might very well be greeted with reticence.

So we gave it a name that would evoke terror and worry, but also something extraordinary, formidable and awe-inspiring. From here on out, no other beer can ever be called Terrible.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002

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Photo of TheHammer
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with two and a half fingered of head that stayed around and laced like crazy. The body is a deep opaque black with only hints of brown. A degree of yellow yeast made it's presence known at the bottom of the bottle, as well as small, noticable black specks near the head.

Smell: Dark roasted malt with plum, fig, chocolate and cherries with a well tempered dark caramel scent. Warming was not required to bring out this complex array, but a bit more potency would be nicer. Still, quite good though.

Taste: Starts with a rich caramel and berry malt that turns to a swath of chocolate, plum, fig and hints of coffee and vanilla before a hint of earth, nuts and subdued malt rounds out the experience. A slight bit more bitterness and maybe a bit more punch would have got the five.

Mouthfeel: The shifting between flavours is amazing, and the carbonation helps to impart a silkiness to the brew. The aftertaste is also a dark caramel and vanilla, berry touch. If that aftertaste would go just a bit further and not fade quite as fast as it does, it would be perfect.

Drinkability: When a beer is three quarters done before I can adequately express it's characterisitics, you've done a good job. Surprisingly light bodied and easy on the system. It masterfully conceals it's high alchohol content. It's also refreshing and flavourful.

Final Thoughts: I don't think the name does the beer justice, it's certainly not "Terrible", and to imply it's "The Terrible" because it's a badass beer doesn't quite fit the title either. This beer is far too graceful and well executed for such a name. If I was to suggest a new name, it would be Euphorie Sombre or Dark Euphoria. So yes, this beer is great, no bones about it, but that is what you get when you buy from Unibroue. Another exceptional offering.

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

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves sparse, splotchy lacing

S: Belgian yeast, fruit, and spices up front along with a sweet, malty background

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the spices and goes into the fruity Belgian yeast. Some nutty maltiness follows, along with some earthiness and vague caramel notes. Finishes with lingering yeast influence and maltiness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate fine carbonation

O: A very well done quad that makes for a nice sipper. Alcohol is well hidden with the yeast influence, which makes it quite drinkable. Definitely a classic, regardless of the Canadian origins

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Photo of Casey_L
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Commandophile
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 month old bottle : Opaque black color. Super foamy and light creamy beige 4-5 finger head in the tulip, lasting around 20 minutes, producing some good legs and a strong lacing. Flavors of prunes, plums, raisins, cherries, wood, maple, black liquorice, toffee, soft cheese, light cocoa and coffee, Belgian yeast, herbal spices. Silky full body with extra crispy carbonation. Very strong finish, long tongue coat but not overly aggressive, sharp bitter leathery and earthy feel, thick malty and fruity sugars, thick barrel aged feel. Got lots of complexity, pretty well balanced, although not very accessible. Kinda vinous and deeply acidic, some appetizer qualities, still quite fresh and tender from the yeast. Superb taste and body, incredibly rich and smooth. Almost feel like a Quad, heavily alcoholic and warming, almost burning! Perfect winter beer, fits well for festive activities. Yet strangely, I wouldn't drink this one too warm, drink it rather cold, it gets putrid and pukey when at room temp. Overall superb quality craft.

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Photo of Hackattack
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Belgian strong dark ale from Canada is unbelievably great stuff. Another gift from my older bro....THANKS....He runs a major beer distributer outfit and leaves me some killer samples in my Dad's fridge as we take turns visiting Dad from different out of town locations. This one deserves all the flowery hype ( of which I'm not very good ) you can muster. I'll just say it's damn good.... I really like these deeply rich/powerful/high dollar Ales.

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Photo of Birdman89
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341mL bottle into a chalice
L- Deep chocolate brown with a slight red tinge. The head is off-white, pillowy, and has impressive retention for such a high abv.
S- Cinnamon, nutmeg, blackberry, dry red wine, other dark fruit, hints of vanilla and caramel. Also strong alcohol smell.
T- Same as smell with addition of yeast, slight bitterness, and stronger wine-like taste. For 10.5% you can barely taste the alcohol.
F- Very appealing woody/grainy feel with a slight bitterness and nice dryness to balance the dark fruit sweetness. After you swallow a strong alcohol warmness is present.
O- This is the beer to get your wine friend into beer. Amazingly complex while being perfectly balanced. I just wish it was easier to get where I live.

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of groleau
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brody1714
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flyersfan900
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Two year old cellared bottle, bb 6-2019.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cola color pours into a dark black body with an active 2 finger beige head. It grows rather than recedes as it sits there. Having to scoop a little head out in order to imbibe.

Aromas of a really good wit or hefe. Clove, circus peanut, orange, Belgian spice and yeast, some oak chips.

Lightly roasted malts meet bright golden plum, circus peanut, cotton candy, grapes, tapioca/butterscotch (not a flaw), caramel latte, vanilla, oak, and wine cask. Just tons to ponder here, and it's really a sweet Belgian dream with a dark color.

Very very carbonated (lots of burps!), some light boozy hotness, and a polite semi-dryness.

Overall, Terrible is anything but. Very nice Belgian ale with way more bright notes than I'd have ever expected. It's not thick, it's not cumbersome, and it's not overwhelming. This could be an SRM of 10 and still have the same flavor profile and be on point. It's not your typical Belgian Strong. It's very dangerously sessionable and EXTREMELY tasty. Just get some.

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Photo of Prost76
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nanothaniel
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: A deep rich brown that leans towards black, impressive carbonation for a 10.5% brew.
Smell: Rich raisin/fig/prune notes building upon a distinctly tropical yeasty background with notes of banana.
Taste: Dried dark fruits as on the nose, along with caramel, vanilla, and nutty notes. Mild tropical profile that doesn't come across as strongly as the nose when cold. At room temperature the ester/banana notes become appreciable but not overwhelming.
Feel: Surprisingly bright when cold, more oily and coating as it warmed.
Overall: When this beer was cold my initial tasting impression was that the carbonation gave the beer a bit of brightness and verve that kept it from becoming too rich, but that the liveliness would be quickly lost if the beer wasn't consumed promptly. I took a little too long on consuming this brew however, and warmer temperatures revealed a richness and decadence I had almost forgotten. As this beer warmed the flavors brought me back to the original revelation I felt upon consuming my first amazing Belgian beer, a point in my life where I thought, "This truly is the nectar of the gods." Nonetheless, I must admit this beer is not perfect, but it is nearly as close as I dare admit.

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Photo of kevofficiel
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Terrible from Unibrouw. Bought a 12 mix pack for 14,99$

Look: Dark with 2 finger of brown head.

Smell: Dark fruit, raisin, belgian yeast, citrus,

Taste: Raisin, dark fruit, caramel, pepper, spices, cherry,

Feel: Sweet fruit, medium to heavy carbonation, red fruit. Easy drinking

So overall would I recommend it ? Absolutely

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Photo of Eric_Standard
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jaypeajus
2.74/5  rDev -34.3%
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 -13.2%
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 +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Curt3
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Terrible from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,240 ratings