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Terrible

Posted: February 13, 2011 in Dark Ales
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Last night I opened up a pint bottle of Terrible, a Belgian-style strong dark ale made by the Unibraue Brewery in Quebec.  It really is a pretty strong ale, clocking in at 10.5% ABV.  This is a very dark, syrupy, caramel brown beer with a thick tan head.  It smells very sweet, like a white wine, with some definite fruity notes.  The taste is pretty true to the smell, almost tasting more like a wine than a beer.  In addition to the strong fruitiness, there’s also some chocolatey/molasses taste that blends well.  This is really a complex-tasting beer and really not what I was expecting from a Belgian Ale, but in a good way.  There’s a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel and the alcohol is very well hidden.  This is a beer that can really sneak up on you if you’re not paying attention, not a session beer by any stretch!  I had to drink this slow due to plans to drive later, but this is a very drinkable beer, though the high sweetness and alcohol content would definitely limit how much of this I could drink in an evening.

Overall, this was a great beer.  It lacked the “meal-in-a-glass” quality that you get with some very dark beers, especially stouts.  Like the last beer I tried, this doesn’t really have a typical “beer” taste, possibly because it’s really sweet with almost none of the bitterness/malt/hoppy taste that I really expect in a beer.  I definitely recommend this beer and would buy it again if I ran across it.

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