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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,220
Reviews:
956
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
356
For Trade:
7
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Photo of sd123
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alexrdvz
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of petrusek23
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Ctb6582
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of skorze
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bhawk1
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of fission523
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, nearly black, and completely opaque. Thin cream head dissipates quickly.

Smells bitter, bit of alcohol, sweat bread and cherries.

Mouth feel is very pleasant; smooth but good carbonation. Tastes of burnt caramel, cherries, chocolate, cinnamon. Very pleasant and complex flavors. Aftertaste is a bit of alcohol but sweet and fruity.

Very good - highly recommended.

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Photo of JeltMaaj
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anon
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep mohogany hue, nearly opaque. Two-finger head of thick, tan hued foam. Dissipates to a pool of foam with decent retention.

One of those brews you can smell once you pour it - lots of sweet, dark fruits on the nose; plum, raisin, fig and peaches. Clove, cherries and grapes. So much fruit, this smells very akin to a wine.

Taste is heavy on dark red and stone fruits; plum, prunes, raisin, fig, cherries, red grapes, white grapes, apple skin, peaches. Tons of spice in the backbone; lots of clove and nutmeg, tying in with the deep fruit flavours bring out notes of pumpkin, brown sugar and cinnamon. Banana bread, vanilla bean, rum, molasses, fruit cake, pie crust, sherry, roasted malts and sweet milk chocolate.

Finishes off on the sweeter end of the spectrum, with a nice touch of booze adding to that. Nice clean finish after the slight astringency. Nice lingering flavours of stone fruit, apple skin, baked cherry pie and Graham crackers.

I absolutely loved this brew, tons of layers and complex flavours in this one. Definitely need a few of these to age and see how the flavours progress. Would also be a good holiday beer. Excellent.

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

Pours a thick dark amber-- near black. Strong head reduces to excellent lacing. Too dark to judge carbonation activity. Sample was bought in August 2015 and aged close to a year on room temp rack. Aroma is prunes, raisins, rum, port wine, and oak. Some sherry and slightly rotten apricots as well. Excellent mouth feel. Full and dry. Carbonation is low on the tongue. On the nose, rum and raisins. Some port wine. Sour notes are intense. Like rotten fruit or sour wine. Beautiful transition to sweetness-- malt, caramel, cocoa nibs, vanilla, tannins, and root beer. This happens mid-palate and creates a complex taste profile. On the back there's pepper, cinnamon, and sugar. Lingering booziness and sour notes. Rum and raisins. There an aftertaste of vanilla wafers and rum with sour grapes. Not for the faint of heart-- but for those who love complex and powerful traditional beer this is a true gem. 4.5 out of 5. Excellent. Highly recommended.

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Photo of briancathy
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Czequershuus
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a simple black with a large beige head. The aroma is very yeasty, with lots of clove, some banana, nutmeg, and apricots. The flavor offers up figs, banana bread, sweet potato, pumpkin flesh, nutmeg, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is soft and foamy, and surprisingly not rich at all. Overall this is a powerful yet balances beer, with plenty of fruit and spice, and yet deceptively drinkable.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of -chii-
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of teromous
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle has 012151920QFL printed on it and "BEST BEFORE 03-09-2020" on the back label.

Appearance: The body appears black and allows no light in; totally opaque. The head is a short but creamy very light khaki. It fades fairly quickly but retains a short creamy cap. There are fine bubbles around the glass.

Aroma: It has an interesting aroma. There is a good amount of clove an some prune. The aromas are very faint but when I get close there is no mistaking them. The prune aroma starts to get a lot stronger the longer the beer stays in the glass. A fresh pour of the beer really masks the aroma but letting it sit, even for a short while, will really bring out the fruity prune aroma. As that aroma starts to develop it even starts to take on a raisin character. It is really very nice. At first I was pretty underwhelmed by the aroma and the more it sat the more was revealed. Some caramel even made it to the party which was very nice.

Taste: From the onset I pick up quite a few flavors. It closely mirrors the aromatic profile but it leans closer to caramel flavors and a bit of a mossy flavor creeps in. The clove is a bit strong and it pushes away the prune. The overall flavor character is light and again clove and caramel dominate.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light earthy and slightly sweet finish. The beer is very enjoyable and is pretty easy to drink. That sweet finish hinders drinkability just a tad but with a good palate cleanser this beer is wonderful.

Overall: It's a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a good array of flavors. It wouldn't disappoint and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy-to-drink ale of this style. It's the kind of beer that I might drink again and I might not. It is certainly better than your average Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed on the "1001", I have another in my cellar and will review it when imbibed.

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Photo of PUbeer
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hsolorz1
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Noelito76
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

La Terrible from Unibroue
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,220 ratings.
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