Friday, August 16, 2013

Unibroue Terrible (8/10)

Unibroue is a Canadian brewer known for a number of fine beers, including La Fin Du Monde (one of my personal favorites), Trois Pistoles, and Blanche de Chambly (among many others).  Terrible is a Dark Ale on Lees brewed with spices and fermented in the bottle.

The aroma is primarily of yeast, hinting at the bottle based fermentation.  Beyond that, you'll smell fruit and a hint of spice.

The color is a very nearly completely opaque chestnut brown, very close to black.  The parts you can see a bit of light through appear to be very clear.

The head is incredibly thick when the beer is first poured, as you can see in the photo at the left.  The head is a light brown color and persists for quite a while before finally settling down.  It leaves behind rings of lacing around the glass.

It takes a certain amount of guts to name a beer "Terrible".  Although it's been named "Terrible", this beer is anything but.  The flavor starts a bit sweet, with a definite red wine note to it.  This is followed by some very mild bitterness, just enough to counterbalance the other flavors.  I get hints of dried fruits like apricots or prunes, along with some Belgian-style spice.  It's a complex but very satisfying flavor. Along with the very complex flavor comes a bit of an alcohol burn, which isn't surprising since the beer is 10.5% alcohol by volume.  The only things keeping me from giving this beer a perfect 10 are that I'd like a bit more spice to poke through and I'd like the alcohol to be more "warming" and less "burning".  Apart from those two minor criticisms, it's a great beer and I look forward to having more of it in the future.

This beer was purchased at Palmer's Beverage Center on Indianola a couple of months ago.  I've not seen it recently at any other retailers, but I'll be keeping an eye out for it.

ABV:  10.5%
IBU:  15 (per the brewer)
My Rating: 8/10

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