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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 taez555
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clearish black body with small white/tan head.

The nose was a mix of soft spice, phenols and some caramel.

The taste was medium bodied with a large bubbled natural carbonation. A mix of phenols, fruit, raisins, plums, apples, pears, caramel, soft chocolate, licorice and some alcohol. Overall very soft and drinkable with a mild even bitterness balanced against the soft caramel, licorice and classic dark Belgian ale flavors.

This was really a good beer. I’d heard some negative things about it and had avoided it for some time, but decided to try it one day and was pleasantly surprised. Very smooth and easy drinking. Very tasty. Classic Belgian dark ale style. I think I’ll try another one.

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Photo of ramrod666
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this ale pours a dark, dark brown. little head that is gone in an instant. little carbonation. fruity overtones abound. sour raisin flavor with a bitter but subtle bite. 10.5 % alcohol is moderately hidden. mouthfeel is bready and hearty. slightly astringent. finishing one bottle will prove to be a moderate task. overly this beer was a welcome to the dark ale style, just not as good as i had expected.

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

Appearance: dark, no head, no carbonation.

Smell: Has a faint smell that I could not pinpoint.

Taste: Starts as a sweet maltyness and as I rolled it around I could pick out a slight black licorice mixed well with the sweetness. Then more malty sweetness on a clean finish. As it warms more sweetness is detectible. Hides the alcohol very well.

Mouth feel: smooth

Drinkability: This is close to a sipping beer, but not quite. As it warmed and my pallet became accustom to it, it became more drinkable.

Notes: Overall a decent brew. It didn’t excite me too much, everything was mellow and smooth, very inoffensive, which is a good accomplishment considering it's alcohol content. I find that I could drink a bottle a night.

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Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! What an awesome beer. This was so good that it inspired me to write my first review.

I can't ask for much more in terms of appearance. The color is a deep, milk chocolate brown, somewhat akin to that of a porter. I see no cloudiness, nor any signs of sediment. A nice centimeter-wide head formed upon pouring into a wide-mouthed goblet, then slowly faded to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

This is one of those beers that smells so great, I'm almost afraid to start sipping it. Afraid that the taste cannot match up to the scent, and afraid that the beer will soon disappear. If my eyes were closed, I might have guessed this was a much lighter, perhaps blonde, Belgian ale. The yeastiness hit me first, then a faint bubble-gum note. Further sniffing reveals a sneaky alcohol presence in there too. The suspense is killing me...

Ah, the taste doesn't quite match up to the aroma, but it's close. That bubble-gum I had in my nose follows through in the flavor. The alcohol is pretty well hidden though, making this very drinkable. There's a bit of caramel-y sweetness here, not roasted though. The sweetness comes and goes; like the alcohol, it doesn't overpower. I guess that makes this a well-balanced beer? My tongue senses little bitterness and no hop or floral tones. Slight fruit flavors... maybe?

I wish the taste lingered a little longer. It dissipates rather quickly.

I'm sniffing the empty goblet now. That smell just won't quit!

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Photo of mntlover
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brew with copper tints large brown head falls quickley to ring of foam, with lots of small bubbles rising in the center.Smells of dark fruit, plums, raisins and dark cherry, plus a light yeast aroma on top of toasted malt. Tastes oh so good, smooth malt hints of fruit with some sweetness followed by light hints of alcohol, no burn a just touch, with light yeast and hop tartness to finish.This beer is well rounded tastes wonderful and so delicious never guess its abv. I could drink this stuff all night, hell all week if I could afford too. I pray the Sleeman leaves this brewery as is.

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Photo of cbl2
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A deep dark brown with hints of ruby, bubbling with effervescence capped by an enormous tan head that laces the goblet as it settles.


Semi-sweet raisiny aromas pervade the nose.


This is a big beer. Alcohol is prevalent, though masked to some extent by a sweet grape-like flavor that is conveyed to the tongue on the backs of thousands of bubbles that are perhaps too abundant. Finish is bitter and dry.

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

Now this is a nice offering from Uni, finally.
Poured a deep brown caramel color had quite a fizzy head almost looked liek i poured out a coke..If not for this it would have ranked a bit higher in the appearance and mouthfeel.
smell was of caramel, malt and sweetness with some dried fruitiness and spice. very nice
taste was very similar to the smell,
it was a littel too soda like but still a very drinkable, decent brew

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Photo of UnionMade
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, murky brown, topped with a thick, almond froth. A very even foam, all the bubbles forming a tiny, even beading. The head settles into a thick misting, leaving thick streaks of lace trailing down the glass.
The aroma is very complex. Heaps of caramel ad chocolate malt blend with mild, sweetish candi sugar and fruity esters. Lots of banana and apple, with hints of plum, mango, pear and fig. A slight alcoholic tang adds some muscle, with some phenolic clove and band-aid. A touch of wood and herbal hops, a slight coffee note, as well as some peppery, spicy yeast.
The flavor starts with a rich, sweetish, chocolatey/caramel malt. Mild candi sugar, with a quickly entering peppery spiciness. Loads of apple and banana fruitiness, with milder plum, fig and mango. Slight clove spiciness, as well as some phenolic band aid and medicinal flavor. The yeast adds some peppery spiciness in the finish, along with slight herbal, floral hops and a rather strong wash of alcohol in the end. A lingering sugary sweetness, with chocolate and a mild alcohol warmth in the stomach. Rather fizzy carbonation flinging around a lightish medium body in a haphazard manner. A tingly, slightly saccharine syrupy mouthfeel.
Very complex, warmth bringing out slight nuances in the fruitiness and malt. Really nice stuff, but not quite up to par with Unibroue's standard of quality. The yeast adds an awesome spicy, peppery flavor as usual, and the chocolatey malt works wonderfully with it, but I just didn't get the depth of flavor I'm accustomed to with this brewery's product. Still worth a try, at least once. If you like belgian beers with roasted malt, this is for you.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged six months. I have six others I plan on ageing for a couple years.

Poured cellar temperature, this has a porter or stout-like head on it: choppy, frothy and brown. The colour is much like a stout or porter as well, near-black, dark brown. The head on this particular bottle lowered very quickly to a mere film. The head was beautiful but not long lasting. Black berries, currants, figs, raspberries, sweet malt, maple syrup, dark chocolate, rhubarb, saskatoon berries, and yeast all make their presence known in the aroma. Rich fruits and berries are the main smells. The taste is alcoholic, more so than the aroma, but still does not suggest 10.5 percent. Sweet on the tip of the tongue, somewhat alcoholic on the middle, and dry and berry-like on the finish. Yeasty, with dark malt sweetness, and detectable grassy hop. This beer conjures up images of mediaeval monks sitting round a table with their meals and flagons of ale in a dark monastery cellar. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, lingering on the palate. This ale may not be the most drinkable: strong, flavourful tastes, combined with high alcohol content make it a beast to consume on a regular basis: compare it to eating a full course heavy meal every day of the week. No, this is meant to be quaffed only once in a special while, on memorable occasions. I drink one every two months or so.

(Cellared for two years, this beer takes on a red-wine character. Rich red-tannins. Extremely high alcohol. I smelt rich cheese, extremely-sweet malts, and heavy rich sugars to the extreme.)

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Terrible was served from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was an almost black dark brown color and was topped by an uneven brown head. The wonderful nose presented a cola-like aroma with numerous enticing subtleties: rich woody cherry esters, coffee, vanilla, melon, kiwi, field flowers, and earth....almost porter-like in the end. On the palate, a nutty, cherry-root beer roasted/alder smoky maltiness hits with accents of vanilla, birch/sasparilla and oregano(?). The finish is simply divine, kicking in with cascading cherry-earthen-coffee flavors that tingle and excite the tastebuds, leaving lingering cherry-brown sugar aftertastes. The body was superbly full and satsifying, melding very well with the flavors and character of the beer. No trace of alcohol was observed, and the beer was not noticably sweet, making for an very drinkable tasty treat. La Terrible is most definately my favorite Unibroue brew, offering an original array of flavors that I found to be fantastic.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahoganey with a fizzy, but not lasting head. Aroma is fairly yeasty and alcoholic, with some cherry hints. Flavor begins very malty. Dark fruits, and some alcohol towards the end. You can tell that this is fairly alcoholic, but you can't really taste it. In all, honesty, as one reviewer put it, it's conservative. Unfortunately, the alcohol will sneak up on you. Very smooth mouthfeel. Surprising in fact. Drinkability suffers because of the thickness and high alcohol content. Plus, it's eight dollars per bottle.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours an opaque black color with four fingers of light tan foam. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very lively, with oak, plum, ginger, and figs. The taste is malty, with some sweet dates and plums. Old wood flavors mingle with roasted malt. Just a hint of alcohol burning on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth, and the drinkability is pretty good for a 10.5% brew. Another kickass Unibroue product!

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark coca-cola color with a modest fizzy tan head. The aroma is a faint fruit, spice, and alcohol in the background. The taste is again fruity with a pronounced dry spice note on the tongue and alcohol in the background. This is a light bodied beer that is only thin on the moutnfeel, but not the flavor traits and finishes slightly dry. This beer drinks down fairly easy for a 10.5% brew. Op uw gezonheid!

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Photo of waughbrew
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, nice head but could have had much better R&L. This beer is very clean, polished, sweet, yeasty, slightly spicy and citrusy like coriander. There are a lot of good flavors going on and it feels great and is very drinkable, but for some reason it lacks the "wow" factor. I guess it is a bit too clean and smooth, without enough esters and phenolics perhaps. Seems somehow conservative, but is a well-made and tasty ale.

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Photo of DaveGood
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very dark brown/boarderline black with a very minimal tan head. There was a comprised mainly of a pleasant dark fruit aroma and a slight tinge of yeast and pepper. The taste was quite complex as it combines a variety of malt flavors. I was able to detect a sweet raisny flavor and a hint of caramel. The high ABV content is nicely disguised but a seemingly cola flavor overall. With a moderate carbonation, this provides a great mouth-feel. Overall, the drinkability is remarkable smooth, given the high ABV and yet another great beer from Unibroue! They are quickly becoming my favorite brewery!

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Photo of watermelonman
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nearly black color with a moderate but extra fizzy head. I'm not getting any lacing out of this one.

The taste is dark but not too heavy. I think I would place it somewhere between Maudite and Trois Pistoles, even through it's more potent than either of them. There's almost a minor smoked taste at the end, which has me wondering. Spice is present as well.

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Photo of jsolack
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown and cloudy. Cloudyness is hard to detect due to the dark brew. Head is almost nonexistant. Looks nice but would like to see a little more head.

Spice and dark brown sugar comes first to nose. Slight smell of burnt hops. Overall very nice.

Excellent flavor. Spicy sweet flavor first come into mouth. Followed by a mild bitterness that doesn't linger very long. Finish has a mild liquorice flavor.

Light in mouth... isn't heavy but does not seem watery either.

Easy to drink beer... tastes great and finish is pleasent too. Overall very nice.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque with a thin, dark tan head. Aroma is yeasty with some sharp, sour fruity tones. Full bodied in the mouth, with a fair bit of carbonation. The flavor is malt-dominated with some sweet candi sugar flavors up front, a mild dark fruitiness to the middle, and a very pleasant, lightly spicy finish. Not mind-boggling as far as Belgian Darks go, but pretty good.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Fin du Monde tulip glass, it gives up a medium-sized, grayish-tan, dense, bubbly head. Lots of spotty, isolated spots. The beer is a dark, dark, reddish-brown. It's really almost closer to black. Garnet highlights against the light. Wow, that's a strong aroma: signature Unibroue spice, sweetish, yeasty, fruity. The strong, spicy, fruity nose is echoed in front. The middle shows a deep, toffee maltiness. It's thick, buttery, bready. It's all the food groups in one. Finish is dry, spicy, with a little corn bread and lots of alcohol heat. At temperature, it's just sublime.

This may be the perfect Unibroue.

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Photo of BierReise
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Corked woth a 08-1 Stamped on the Cork Poured a a dark brown and possibly the darkest Belgian Strong Ale I've had as of yet. There is not much of a head on this one, just a very subtle thin film. Aroma is fruity with notes of cherries, some clove like spices as well as a peppery spice. The body is quite smooth and rounded with a carbonated crispness. The flavor I find similar to Trois Pistoles. It has the fruity malt and sugary sweetness as well as a spiciness that may be more dominant than the Trois. Overall this is a very nice Belgian style with a very spicy profile.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

so after hearing all the hype i finally gave in a nabbed it. it pours what looks to be black, but when held to light a more of a deep brown is evident. the head is there, but not very glorious. the nose is alcoholic, that is for sure. but it is also has some spice and dark fruit to it, figs maybe. think pistoles with alot more alcohol fumage. taste wise? again, it seems like a hopped up pistoles. alcohol is present, you can feel it in your nostrils. hints of dark fruit, cocoa and sweet malt reign supreme. all riding that signature unibrou wave. lively as all hell in the mouth with lots of carbonation. its a party up in hur! warming in the belly. overall this is a strong beer and it does not hide it. good, but i dont know if ill be returning anytime soon.

paid $7.99 for a 750.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like a porter from a distance. The bottle's name and ABV may be threatening, but for a sensory experience beyond the ordinary, fear not.

That Belgian Unibroue sprightliness of mouthfeel cuts right through. A most effervescent dark ale; not leaden at all for one so dark and so strong.

Flavor of pumpernickel, sweet brown bread and richness is still "simple" or unilateral in character. Amazing drinkability for strength and style.

Unexpected and recommended.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got to sample "the terrible" (thanks, Ron). I expected this to be kind of a stronger "Trios Pistoles", and that's pretty much what it is. The biggest disappointment was that there was almost no head, and it disappeared almost immediately. Somewhat carbonated, but the alcohol is quite noticeable (in a good way). A bit more warming and fuller bodied than the Pistoles, but not as much so as Westy 12 or Rochefort. As with the Pistoles (or Chimay Blue, for that matter), let it warm, as it improves substantially. Overall, a terrific brew that I would buy on a regular basis if I could. Unibroue is a great brewery!

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Photo of steorn
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night it pours,with an active tan head.The malty,yeasty nose promises good things to come.Very intriguing.The first sip is sweet ,raisiny and there is a strong alcohol present.There is some lacing on the glass as the head settles somewhat.A long finish offers more of the same along with a gentle hoppiness.A powerful ale for sure.One to sip on a cold night.I can see this as getting even better with age.Guess I better buy some more.Allez unibroue!!

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

I was stunned to find this at the Utah State Liquor Store; they had only just started carrying Unibroue (only Maudite, Blanche, Quelque, Trois, and Don), but the other day they had this beauty! Now if only they could surprise me like this more often. On to the beer.
Pours a deep, dark black with a purplish tan head. Smell is grassy, sweet, vinuous malt. Plums, grape bubblegum are there, so is the alcohol and the Uni-yeast. Taste is semi-sweet, bubblegum wine. Some tangy wheat malts chime in. Very smooth. Finish is warming with some light yeasty bitterness. Mellower than expected, but very good. Full, velvety mouthfeel. The bottle was gone before I knew it. Another Unibroue winner.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,194 ratings.
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