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Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 1476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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La Terrible is a dark brown beer on lees and is part of a collection of exotic and refined Unibroue beers brewed using 100% natural raw materials. It may be drunk as an aperitif or as an after dinner digestive. It is equally a perfect accompaniment to the above-mentioned dishes or a pleasant alternative to coffee.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2003
After this beer has been teasing me on the front page of ratebeer, I decided it was time to rate it. It poured a very dark (much darker than I was expecting!) although it was not quite opaque. It had a ring of fizzly bibbles that did not die for the first 3/4 of the glass. It had a mild musty aroma. The tastes that were prominent were dark fruits, such as plums, chocolate was also noticable. Alcohol was prominent and it had a very carbonated/fizzly mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Stronger and better in every aspect than any other Unibroue product I've tried. Pours dark, murky brown-red, with a thin ring of off-white foam clinging to the glass. Alcohol, candi sugar, and dark fruit in the aroma, which was pleasant but not strong. Rich flavor: dark fruit, vinous notes, apple cider, candi sugar, a touch of banana, and alcohol. Nonetheless, this beer finished somewhat dry, not being cloying in any regard. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel- one of the smoothest high ABV beers I've ever sampled. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1399) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Very rich, delicious beer. Aroma is rich and complex. Appearance is very attractive dark/plum color. Flavor is rich and dessert like with strong fruit flavor and a dash of spice. Excellent. Thanks to CapFlu for the hook up.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fraternie (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Dark, vinous body, large frothy dark head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, berries. Rich, complex malt. Notes of chocolate and toffee evolve into dark fruit flavors in the finish. Amazingly soft/smooth finish. Not as sweet as Trois Pistoles, but every bit as good, which is saying a lot.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Pours a deep dark chestnut brown that reveals light only around the edges. Medium sized marzipan colored head that recedes to a lasting halo. Nose is full with dark fruit and spicy yeast but also has a candy like quality that is intoxicating. Big lush mouthfeel shows itself on the first taste with a slight alcohol burn near the finish. I'm not a big Unibroue fan but this is really good. Flavor has spicy yeast notes at the front with dark fruitiness and some banana/clove weizen-ness to it. Ends with a strange bubble gummy, candy thing going on. Very interesting beer and I'm glad Unibroue decided to step out from their norm on this one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (2384) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Opens with a strong pop and a big whiff of yeasty deliciousness. Deep purple color. Upon pouring the loudly crackling head is vibrant with large bubbles. This head diminish quickly then regrows(!) to a quarter inch of gray foam. It's all very entertaining. <P>Nose is strong with that magnificent Unibroue yeast punch. Rich cloves, banana, plum, and nutmeg are around every corner. Full bodied but not overly thick. Carbonation adds a gentle cushion upon which sits an inimitable candi sugar sweetness. Yeast is most predominant in the flavor as it is in the aroma.

This is really just wonderful--a well balanced, complex mix of sweet, spicy, and bitter with just a touch of alcohol warmth in the belly. As good as anything coming out of Belgium. This is the kind of beer that makes me want to finally stop writing this tat, relax, and enjoy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Dark, friuity esters are strong followed by wafts of sweet malt and hints of alcohol. Warming, soft palate and surprisingly light mouthfeel for such a high gravity brew. Sweet fruits and dark malts, complex, and rewarding. Hint of hops at the end in a long, tasty finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Dude......Black as midnight. Dark malt, earthy nose. Small tannish-beige head. Velvety smooth body, dark fruit, plum, currant, toffee, usual yeast, finishing a bit peppery, yet the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Very nice, terribly drinkable, very terrible. A very seductive, mysterious brew, yet very delicious, complex and satisfying. These guys are definately one of the best brewers in North America, hands down.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Thanks to M500 for this. Didn't know what this was when I started drinking and I was surprised by the darkness and depth of color. Upon taste noticed the Belgian fullness and dark fruits. Considerably alive with throngs of yeast flavors. There's an interesting play of mid-level plums, raisins, left-out-pears, but there's an underlying taste in the end of noticable malt and yeast flavors. Also some white pepper flavors with some spice, also the alcohol is there and warming.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2003
One night with this beer and I got Terrible drunk. Later on, I was Terrible sick.


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