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

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RATINGS: 1513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2003
This brew seems very overrated. It is full bodied and slightly complex, but far too yeasty. Unfortunately the yeast dominates almost every part of this beer from aroma to aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2003
Aroma of yeast, cookie dough; fairly restrained for a Unibroue product. Pours a very dark ruby brown, head is densely packed with quality lacing. Port-like in the flavour; ripe fruit, plums, raisins. Smoother than John Shaft with the ladies. The alcohol is so expertly delivered its almost a crime. You notice the booze when you try to stand up. A great beer to enjoy with a cigar or after dinner.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2003
Wine like aroma with notes of yeast and flowers. Black but not cloudy until the yeast is stirred up. Fair foamy head that is very long lasting. Almost a dusty quality to the flavour. Light foamy palate. Where do they hide the alcohol? Taste of plums, some chocolate as it warms and a little yeast.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2003
Dark brown, smooth and creamy. It doesnt taste a lot the usual Unibroue yeast.Alcohol taste is well hided in the smoothness of this beer. Getting better as I it warmed. A really goood one, Unibroue's best for sure.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2005 The liquid is as dark as a late summer evening with a dense guiness type of head. Well-balanced aroma of fruits and yeasts. Incredibly smooth in mouth for hidden 10.5%. World-class rich caramel, grapes, bread flavours. As PhillyBeer2112 pointed out, no component seems to take the top over others. Perhaps my favorite Unibroue product, don’t be scared of the name!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2544) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2003
Nice dark brown color, with medium beige head, almost porter in appearance. Whoa - what a complex aroma, some fig/raisin notes, I guess they used a tad of Special B malt...but its not dominant, in fact there is no one dominant aroma component. Other notes include sweet sherry and vinous flavors, a little whiskey, (not smoky, but maybe woody). Flavor is similar: vinous, dry sherry, rich round sweetness followed by a nicely dry finish. Warming in the mouth, not so much in the chest. Full rich flavor, with more fig and raisin and other fruit. Finish is clean and light, not too much alcohol - in fact it hides it all too well, making this deceptively drinkable and intoxicating. Near perfect but I'm bringing it down a tad just because its overall potency of flavor and richness detract a bit from its drinkability. Curious sidenote: the dry lingering alcohol burn reminded me of drinking vodka, and paired with the rich sweetness up front, made me crave a more savory vodka drink like a Bloody Mary. In fact, I'd be willing to bet these two drinks would pair well together.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Poured extremely darker than I was expecting, with a thin, light brown head. A vinous and fruity nose. Red grapes, raisins, sweet apples, plums, a bit of sweet chocolate, rich malt, caramel, cherry and perhaps toffee and sugar make up a delightful start. Try as I might, was unable to find any alcohol present in the nose. The effervescence make the mouth laugh with delight. The flavor really shows the maltiness, but also brings out some sweet fruits as well. Again, the alcohol is almost completely hidden. Incredibly smooth, sweet fruit dipped in chocolate and again in caramel is reduced into a teaspoon. The finish brings about the only signs of alcohol, a warming belly. The shear experience of drinking this finest of concoctions is very near that of gnosis. Many deepest thanks to radiomgb for my initiating this most recent religious experience.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2003
UPDATED: APR 2, 2004 Rerate bottled 6/6/2002, sampled on 4/2/2004: Much as the previous rating. A little smoother and balanced, but still plenty of rich caramel bready Belgian malt and yeast character. Definitely my favorite Unibroue product thus far. Bottled 6/6/2002, sampled on 7/2/2003: Real dark brown with a dense tan head which leaves a thin lace behind. Bready yeast aroma like most Unibroue beers. Smooth malty body with a light fruitiness and good balance. Well crafted and hides its alcohol well. This is my favorite Unibroue offering. Thanks MartinT!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2003
Thick head with a dark colored body. Good spice, moderate bite to the nose. Quite fruity. Very smooth, well crafted ale. Similar to a lot of ofther Unibroue beers but with smooth edges all the way around. Top 50? Sure, but still not too many leaps ahead of their other beers.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2003
Dark brown colour. Pours a huge, creamy head. Yeast and malt aromas not as strong as I expected. Some spicyness, kind of like a dark weisse. Alcohol noticable in aroma but surprisingly not in taste. Nice yeasty, roasted malt taste. Lemon rind, and bananas are apparent. Silky smooth mouthfeel.


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