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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Very dark brown liquid under a lasting tan head. Roasted grain aroma when chilled that dissipates to a spicy, yeasty plum, and sweet grainy malt as it warms. Sweetly malty upon first sip, then alcohol flavor w/a light plum fruitiness and hop flavor that lasts into the aftertaste. There is a yeasty spicyness as well, and fairly well balanced, but far less complex that I would have imagined. Higher carbonation leaves a lighter mouthfeel of the medium body, but the alcohol is a little hot. Not quite burning, but you know it's there. Overall I'm disappointed with this beer. Maybe it's a little young, but this is the first beer I've had from Unibroue that I couldn't drink a lot of right now. To me it lacks depth and complexity that I find in their other beers. Just my opinion of course.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2052) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Ooooh so terrible! beautiful black with hefty tan foam wafting up bellicose perfumes, men's cologne, some cheesiness, dark plum, fruit skins, with serious bright and bigness, fully efferevescent as it warms to 63°F. This is so well styled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2003
Had this one immediately after we tasted the 11 with Graeme's stupendous Spicy Salsice pasta. La Terrible pours an opaque dirty brown with small shortish lasting speckled beige head. Faint bready yeast, spices and medium caramel malt aroma. Smooth medium-full but very low carb body. Festive plum pudding and vinous flavours. Alcohol evident but well integrated. Clean astringent finish and aftertaste. Another CapnFlu donation. Thanks Todd - it brings back a lot of memories of my recent Canadian beer adventure. Humm. . . mabe the 11 went better with the Spicy Salsice pasta.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Very dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma of yeast and spices Flavor is sweet, yeasty, dark fruit, acidic and and a little sour. I found it hard to finish the whole bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Head is initially large, fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (cobwebs), lightly malty (toasted bread/grain), with light notes of anise and mint/wintergreen, hint of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Best thing here is the well-hidden alcohol. Other than that, it's a pretty mild and uneventful beer. Not much aroma other than the Uni-yeast, probably some wheat in the grain bill. Good flavor balance, but kind of watery. Turns flat rather quickly despite starting out with a big head. Still, a nice beer...but by no means eye-opening, and certainly not Top 50 material.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Opaque brown with a slow dissipating shiny light tan head. Dry toasty malt aroma, with undertones of blackberries, red currants, signature yeast and slight hint of wintergreen and alcohol. Smooth across the tongue with plenty of bubbles escaping as it slides back. Black malt finish, I start at the finish because it was quite evident after the first quaff, I like it, a change from the norm. Light licorice start with various berries and pepper. Somewhat acidic finish but nothing to overbearing. Serve this to some wine snob and have them compare it to a fine hearty zinfandel. To heck with the aperitif/digestif, consume with a 16 oz. filet au poivre. Considering it was cheaper than the other Unibroue offerings, I am going to pick a few more of these up to cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Quite dark, can't really see the light through it. Similar to Trois Pistoles, but darker, more alcohol flavor and not as carbonated. Very complex, malty flavors with plenty of fruit flavors. Signature Unibroue yeasty flavor, which I love. Overall, an excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2003 10/5/03: bottle.
potent aroma of belgian yeast and alcohol with a small hint of licorice (when cold). as the beer warms there are notes of raisins and plums. black bodied with faint tones of deep browns. the alcohol presence slightly numbs my tongue as the flavors announce themselves. these flavors include sweet malt, raisins, candi sugar and of course, some alcohol. smooth and pleasing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 Black body with a tan head. No lacing.
Big Unibroue yeast nose. Plums and raisins. Spicy. A little bacon too!?
Plums, spicy and yeast dominate the flavor. Some bread. Malt and alcohol. Sweetness from a ton of dark candi sugar I bet.
Medium to light-bodied and very drinkable. This can keep a person warm in winter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 Sampled February 2004
A strong dark fruit aroma wafts from my glass as I pour. It is a deep amber-ruby to black color & is topped by a light brown head. Has a spicy Belgian aroma as well as a hint of alcohol in the nose. Lightly sweet with notes of of burnt raisin and some dried plum in the taste. It has a hint of acidity to it that is slightly reminiscent of cranberries. Fairly soft in character, it is a well integrated beer that is balanced very well between the competing elements. There is a certain spiciness here that seems to be a product of the various higher alcohols, the ethanol is here as well, in the finish. This is a very light beer for 10.5%, even if it is by volume. I do like this beer, but I feel that it could improve quite a bit if it were cellared for a few years.

Sampled September 2003
The aroma is good, I smell rum, raisin and dark malt. This is a very light bodied beer, a great example of the light bodied Belgian beer style that will sneak up on you if you are not careful. The beer is pretty dry but there is a bit of sweetness that adds to the complexity of this brew. There is a hint of chocolate malt, a raisin flavor, and it finishes with a bit of alcohol. A light, tasty, easily quaffable beer, which is a dangerous combination.

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