Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Chambly, Canada


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RATINGS: 1533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlpeeler (93) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2014
On tap it is very dark brown with a red tint and modest beige head. Taste is malt with fruit and spice in some complexity. Very smooth with great mouthfeel. There is a faint hint of alcohol but it is along the lines present in a good port or sherry, It all works nicely and is a very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ericular (850) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Sampled at Northgate Tasting. Worth a second look since my rating was quick and much lower than the average... but this was darker with a dirtier taste, and I just wasn’t feeling the love here. Still want a second look at this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (7499) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
not sure of the age on mine, but man, is it "refined" like the brewer’s deScriptions says. I had hopes for this one, but I gotta say, I think this brewery is overated and a little rough around the edges usualy. But then comes Terrible, a fantastic dark, roasted, subtly spiced belgian strong ale that made me rethink what Unibroue is capable of. Some similar flavors (dark fruit, yeast, spices) that other belgians have had, but more elegant and restrained here, with a choclatey aspect as well as wine-like complexity. Full bodied, full flavored, expertly balanced. Easily their best beer, and one of my favorite Canadian beers of any kind. "

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (759) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
It has a very dark brown colored body that is nearly opaque. A tall tan head of big soft bubbles slowly settles down to a finger of thick and creamy foam. Lacing is thick, sticky and coats the glass. The aroma is light and delicate. I get modest hints of sweet bready and mildly funky yeast with some fruity notes of dark cherries. There are fruity/estery notes with hints of sweet-tart black cherries, dry yeast and bready maltiness. This is balanced by a very light herbal leafy hop presence that also adds a light bitterness and a slight mineral or metallic touch. The palate feels smooth and creamy with mellow yet very active carbonation and a good solid medium to full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cmonster (998) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle served in a tulip. Past it’s drink by date by almost a year. Pours near black with a short beige head. Almost no lacing. Nose has heavy bleu cheese, malt and background prune. Mild sweet with a hint of sour. Medium body, sticky texture, decent carbonation and a moderately dry, light bitter finish. The alcohol is well hidden. This would likely rate better if it were fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 7, 2014
750 ml bottle. I purchased this at Market Basket, I always walked past it thinking it was mediocre. Well yet again I am wrong. The thing I love about beer is it can alway surprise you, this beer did just that. Dark brown with amber hues, thick white head. severed in a chalice. Aroma is plums, raisins, anise, light red grapes and Belgian yeast. Spilt 3 ways with family and friends.

More complex and real surprising for a brew you can find in a super market! Flavor is a myriad of malty flavors with yeasty notes. Prunes, figs, dates, English toffee. The yeast gives the malt some balance and complexity. Fruity yeasty flavors, cherries, red grapes giving a mild port wine flavor. This brew is sweet but still works. The texture is smooth with a medium body with a mild sugary finish. Could be the best brew I purchased at a super market!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vlan1 (213) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Pours a dark semi translucent chocolate with tan fluffy head. Subtle roasty nose with funky yeast . Taste is a flash of sweet malt then bubbly effervescent bitter vegetal spicy yeast. I think I just don’t care for Unibroues yeast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerm719 (135) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Sweet Belgian yeast, strong malt (medium roast), dark fruit focused. Some alcohol on the finish. Sweet, yet not overly sweet or syrupy. Long finish boasts lots of plum and raisin. Hints of earth and anise. Mild spices aren’t overpowering, yet adds to the balance. Well made brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrinkinWell (389) - - AUG 14, 2014
Pours jet black with off-white head. Frothy head, substantial lacing. Sweet citrus, yeast on the nose. Dark fruit (dates, figs, plums), Belgian yeast, hints of caramel and vanilla, with a touch of bitterness on the back of the tongue. A delightful dark ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpkinhead2 (625) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
Bière noire présentant quelques reflets rougeâtres, elle semble plutôt limpide malgré sa couleur foncée, très effervescente, et surmontée d’un col couleur moka, mousseux, dense et persistant. Arôme de levure belge (typiquement Unibroue!), de petits fruits foncés (mûre, raisin, cerise noire…), de pain légèrement grillé, de caramel, d’alcool et de malt fumé (charcuterie, viande fumée…). Par moment, des effluves de malt torréfié apparaissent, prenant principalement des arômes de chocolat, mais de façon générale, le malt semble peu torréfié au nez, en fait, il semble même étonnamment frais pour une bière aussi foncée. Nez agréable, belle complexité, intensité adéquate. En bouche, pétillement élevé sur la langue, onctuosité intéressante au palais, c’est rond, moelleux et velouté. Au goût, entrée en bouche pas mal sucrée, caramel, mélasse et chocolat, beaucoup de petit fruits foncés (surtout raisin et cerise noire…), pain légèrement grillé et malt fumé. La levure belge est présente en bouche, mais moins dominante qu’au nez. L’alcool est également présent, mais c’est très bien intégré, ça fait pas mal penser à du porto. La fin de bouche apporte une étonnante amertume aux accents subtils de houblon floral, qui accompagne à merveille une finale surtout alcoolisée, chocolatée et fumée. Bière définitivement axée sur les sucres, excellente intégration des différentes saveurs entre elles, très complexe, très intense. Très bonne bière!

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