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


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RATINGS: 1570   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Great color. Round, smokey flavor with hints of fruit and oak. Maybe a little over-rated, but a truely enjoyable beer. Unibroue is remarkable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (6100) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 Very dark, with some light purple and murky brownish orange. Very clouded. I got no head out of mine, and I even swirled it alot. Smells of lots of candied sugar, some ripe plums, maybe a touch of maple and alcohol? Begins with a ton of malt and lots of candied sugar flavor. Wow, this is sweet. Evens somewhat, with some banana and bubblegum esters, but the hops punch Im hoping for never hits. The body is surprisingly only medium, maybe slightly medium full. Loose, somewhat watery texture, very soft. Finish improves however, with some drier alcohol notes and finally some hops and yeast. Still, the finish just dosent seem to make up for the way too sugary beginning and watery body. I want to be harsh on this beer, as I was let down by the cloyingness it provided towards the end of the bottle, but the finish showed potential. The flavor would even with cellaring, but I have to wonder about the watery smooth mouthfeel, would that hold up? I felt carbonation level was perhaps too low, did not find it to be overcarbed even up front. Im going to have to say overrated now, but lets see how cellaring goes. . .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Pours deep black, for a belgian at least, and not much head for shelter. The aroma is somewhat odd, some fruity notes, but nothing particularly common. Flavor is just an amazing experience. The alcohol is masked very well at first, but sneeks out slightly later on. The end is just amazing, warming, oily, and a slight hop feel to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Virtually black beer is actually a deep chestnut color, and it's topped by a tan head. Mild head retention is displayed, as it quickly fades to a thin collar. Virtually no lacing is left on the glass, either. Good raosted malt aromas are coupled with strong fruitiness. Black raspberry coupled with fresh grape jelly. The taste is also dark and fruity with a very solid malt component. Mild bitterness leads to a smooth finish with a hint of anise in the aftertaste. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - 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 (2560) - 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 (1535) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7479) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2015 Bottle (BB Sep 15, 2018). Head is initially average sized, fizzy/frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of anise, clove, gum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Overall a decent brew but as with pretty much all Unibroue beers, lacking real depth, heart, and character. Theyre workman-like Belgian brews, and fairly authentic for this kind of thing, but they take no chances or show any real soul. This is a little better than the bulk of the brewerys output, reasonably enticing, balanced, and enjoyable, but ultimately still limited and lacking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5866) - 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.

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