Bov (9755) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 11, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very dark brown colour, fine head and a nice lace, deep and complex aroma of mocha and prune, slightly toasted, spicy, tart and smooth and slightly overcarbonated with a very long dry aftertaste of dark fruits and black chocolate - heavy and quite hard to drink
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A stunning beer in the same tradition of Chimay’s Grand Reserve (blue cap), it offers everything that the Belgian classic has with just a darker tone and a more affordable price. BC-LDB currently stocks this at $7.95cdn per 750ml bottle -- and this one is honestly worth every penny.
Having tasted my fair share of Belgian styled brews over the past several years, Chimay’s Grand Reserve was and will still remain my current all time favorite, but Unibroue’s latest ’Terrible’ (an Abbey Style) dark brown ale pegged at 10.5% abv is an extremely strong contender that deserves a close look by fellow Belgian styled enthusiasts. New to market, or at least to my eyes, ’Terrible’ is the easy front runner on the Unibroue product schedule suprassing fellow label mates ’Don de Dieu’ and ’La Maudite.’
’Terrible’ is another exceptional offering from Unibroue that is very drinkable and a great brew to relax with. It’s a multi-purpose beer that works well as an afternoon sipping drink, a hearty addition to a meal, or as a replacement to coffee after a meal with friends or family.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown w/ a grey head. roasty flavors w/ some hints of dried fruit. it has a sweet finish. can definitely taste the alcohol in this one.
fiulijn (15217) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013
2013-03-09, corked bottle, bb 06-06-2002, possibly 12 years old, 6-4-7-3-13=33
Dark color, almost black, with small sized but compact head. It has a light aroma of malt but no oxidization, light wood, yeast and cork. Correct body strength; there is some malt and caramel flavor, light oxidation, and no bitterness at all. The final shows a strange feeling of sweetener.
Still interesting overall, but not suitable for long aging.
Dark brown color; grey giant rocky head. Sour and malty aroma; light roasted malt. Round taste, malty, pretty sweet; good body strength, perfectly hiding the high alcohol content. Very good Abbey or Christmas Ale, but not impressive (no originality, no hop character, …).
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great malt and spice, no alcohol taste comes through. Not imported into the US yet.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Re-rate) Dark brown with ruby red hints, onctuous mocha head. Red wine, cloves and dark berries aroma. Chocolate, plump raisins and alcohol flavors, chewy. It got rounder since the first time I tried it. One of Unibroue’s greats. (10/21/2002)Terrible, terrible, terrible. A nice chocolate fudge color with a dark beige head full of big bubbles (looks like an Aero chocolate bar). A complex aroma with notes of blackcurrant, blackberries and alcohol (I hadn’t even read Hoppyman’s rating before drinking this beer). Very complex and warming beer. It does have a bit in common with the Trois-Pistoles but even better. I can’t wait to taste it again in a couple of years. Yummy!
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2003 A big, beautiful beer. Extremely dark (bordering on looking like a stout) with wonderful fruit and toffee flavours, and just a hint of alcohol in the end. Share it with a good friend or two on a cool fall evening.
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 15, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2003 spectacular ale. very dark, almost stout-like in appearance but so much more in the aroma and flavour. big tasting of blackberries, chocolate and burnt sugar. amazingly smooth for 10.5%abv.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black color -- no light gets through. The aroma is sweet, and has some raisin and bubble gum in it. The flavor is deep and caramel-y that is balanced out with just a little tartness. You can taste the alcohol, but it’s really nicely balanced. A complex, masterful beer.