Terrible

Terrible, Unibroue
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Don't miss out on this 14 times gold medal winner from the World Beer Championships, World Beer Awards and Australian International Beer Awards. This beer has subtle fruit flavors that are complemented by rich Madeira wine notes. A deep well-balanced flavor profile will surprise with a lingering palate reminding the enthusiast of the product's strength. Truly, a beer of great elegance.

Profile

ABV: 
10.5%
IBUs: 
15
Served at: 
50 - 55º F
Judges Review 
David Sapsis's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Terrible by Unibroue is being judged as BJCP category26E, Belgian Dark Strong Ale. The beer is presented in a tulip glass after a big full and splashy pour, at 44°F. The beer casts a dark brown color with some obvious haze but not opaque; the foam is creamy and fine but lasts only  about 2 minutes. 

The nose is redolent with dark caramel and light cocoa with dark-dried fruit and nuts, and a side of dried herbs and molasses. Ethanol is evident in spades. Absolutely full, rich, alcoholic and sweetly dark in the nose, it is immensely alluring.

The flavor starts with a dark caramel malt and trails quickly to a low-but-there bitterness with mid-palate flavors of dark fruit (dates, black cherries), modest spice, some faint chocolate and dark Brazil nut, and a hit of molasses at the end. Carbonic level is high. The late palate is surprisingly short and off-dry with black cherries and an almost cola-like character that lingers sweet and herbal in the finish. The alcohol is obvious in the beer, but it's not hot. Overall, the beer is elegant and absolutely delicious but not overly complex. The subdued phenols and excellent malt structure top to bottom really make this beer shine.

If you like rich, sweetish and strong dark ales with malt, alcohol and herbs dancing, seek this beer out -- it is simply outstanding, bordering on world-class. For food complements, I am thinking a creme brulee would be a dynamite paring to close a meal. Salud!

Brewery Introduction

Our beers are unlike any other product on the market, and no two are alike. Discover Unibroue’s unique brewing methods which convey our beers’ peculiar character and personality.

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