dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Poured a deep purplish/brown, tan head with little lacing. Aroma of fruit, plum, grape, yeast, and some alcohol. Alcohol hit me on first sip, went away after four or five. Excellent fruity grape, plum, raisin flavors. Sweet in the finish. Quite good but the alcohol was a little too apparent to me. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Nice warm carmel malt aroma, thickish raisiny first taste, on 2nd taste the alcohol presence becomes apparent. That wonderful fruity carmel taste stayed with right to the end. And the alcohol warmth does creep up on you. If it were a little smoother, it would be perfect. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Very, very dark color, off white medium head with nice lacing. Aroma has rich malts, dates, prunes, belgain sugar, with hints of vanilla. Flavor is spicey, sweet, malty, belgain-like. Carbonation is strong, maybe a little overwhelming. Alcohol is well hidden. A great beer. OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2004 Original Rating (8/4/9/5/18): Very dark brown, oh so close to black with a thick frothy and rocky head. Lots of fruit in the aroma, with plum, blackberry, raisin, plus yeast. Yeasty, raisin, and cereal, with a syrupy and caramel sweet finish. No sign of alcohol at all. Big and bold body, thick and warming mouthfeel.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2003
RE-RATE: Dark brown with ruby glints. Carbonated appearance with a fizzy, frothy, slightly rocky and mostly diminishing off-white head. Toffee, chocolate, raisin, plum, dark bread, and yeasty aroma. Toffee, plum, raisin, and tobacco flavours, plus light alcohol which is well hidden for 10.5%. Full bodied, rich, and smooth. Bottle dated 03/03/2003.
La Terrible pours a deep brown, almost black color with a large smoky tan head and not much lace. The aroma is of candy sugar and dried fruit. The flavor is of dried fruit, sweet malt, a touch of port, somewhat woody, and dry in the finish. The palate is medium rich with a strong carbonation to clean things up in the end. Overall, this is a major league beer and I like it.
Jayb0 (1194) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Damn this is good. Black brown with quickly receding head. nose of malt and dark fruits. malt sweetness, chocolate, black licorice. Well hidden alcohol delivers a nice warming finish. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Very dark brown appearance, schwarzbier-like, so-so head. Aroma of raisins, port, dried prunes. Not much flavor when cool, but really opened up tremendously as it warmed, with notes of dried fruit, port, raisins, and a bit of chocolate. Sweet overall, and with a definite yeasty character. A bit harsher in the mouth than I would like, but still a very good offering from Unibroue. igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2003
deep brown, very slight tan head. aroma has notes of bubble gum, fair amount of spice. flavor has banana and bubblegum with a slight hint of a brown sugar finish. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Spicy maple sugar aroma. Very warming, yet pleasant, alcoholic presence. No head whatsoever. Light prune color. Dark honey and raisin flavor, mild hop bite. Dry finish. DC (14) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Browni 750 ml bomber with a crowned cork. The pour is an almost black brown color, big fluffy tan head, receding to little more than a wisp presently, and then a mere halo of white. No residual lacing.
Aroma is at once fruity, with a hop pungency which borders ever-so-slightly on the barnyard. Citric burn remains a nasal reminder.
Nicely full bodied and creamy up front, a smooth malty mouth and this is aggressively followed by candy sugar and hops, a bit of smoke and fermenting black fruits along for a ride.
Not fantastic, but a solid bruin out of Unibroue, one that will hit you in the face, but leave you asking for more.