MetalNHopHead (1420) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sometimes my snobbishness gets the best of me. While I would never turn down a free beer sample, I was prepared to dislike this beer just because it featured the Trader Joe’s logo on the bottle. Fortunately, my palate was more open than my mind. Providential (which is kind of a pretentious name, to my credit) has a generous head and hazy gold hue. Aroma is yeasty, spicy, and fruity. Taste starts out bright and lightly hoppy before settling into a honey-like sweetness from the malt and ginger. Though I’m not always fond of ginger as a beer ingredient, it’s used brilliantly in this case. It turns out Trader Joe’s relationship with Unibroue is a smart one. I guess that’ll be enough to shut me up.
GarrettB (1456) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
January 11th, 2013 - I love that Unibroue brews for Trader Joe’s, and that the savings get back to the customer. These U-Brews are not on the same level as the German style lagers that TJ’s discounts. They’re something else entirely, and for $5 they’re well worth picking up a bottle, or two, or three, or five. Of the few I’ve had, the Providential is more like Unibroue’s lighter stuff. It’s a clear and hazy and golden (even in the over saturated photo I took) with a considerable head, as per the tradition of the style. The smell is rich with buttery notes, pepper, pine tree, and antique oak furniture. A wonderful bakery quality smell of fresh bread and saffron lurks deep in there too. The flavor is much of the same excellence, with more emphasis on crisp apples in the foretaste, and a quick move to savory, bread tastes: butter, salt and matzoh. This matches well with the milder carbonation and the relatively light palate. As the Providential warms up in my hand, straw notes appear in the nose and taste, and a little sweetness reveals itself too, in the shape of white grape juice. This beer screams "classy", and the price says "Even graduate students can afford me!" That’s the magic combination for this Trader Joe regular.
beertholomeus (1703) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden color with a white head. Malt, yeast, spice fruit and hop aroma. Yeast, malt, clove, banana, apple, pear and hop flavors. Medium body and lively carbonation. Fruit and spice finish.
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours bright yellow, nice belgie head, taste was nice and spicy and really tasty and man the price on this is unbeatable for the quality. If your looking for a cheap beer with lots of punch this is it.
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle. Hazy golden pour with white fluffy head. Nose was champagne yeast, hopcitrus, mild funk, white pepper. Tasted hopcitric, spicy, floral, and estery, with a lot of fruit jumping around, some dry hops, orange zest, white pepper, and a well rounded finish.
Ed5388 (3204) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle shared by Dave. Poured a hazy golden orange with a small foamy white head. Aroma of lemon, orange, hint of banana, and Belgian yeast. Taste has lots of Belgian yeast characteristic, lemons, oranges, and ripe banana.
HighlanderOne (1233) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from big bottle. Aroma of vanilla, lemon and cake. Cloudy gold with lacing head. Lotsa citrus, spice flavors with hop, pepper and yeast notes. A pleasure to drink.
Gachupines (1248) - USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is yeast with hints of banana. Flavor is a bit of banana and clove. A bit muddy, finishes weirdly bitter.
Weezel (269) - Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bubblegum, clove, and tart lemon. Cloudy light off gold color. Taste has some pepper, banana, sweet candy sugar, with a refreshing finish. Effervescent and crisp. Great beer for $5.99.
jtclockwork (14922) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Etched glass. Shared by Dmac. Pours gold white head. Nose/taste of spices, lemongrass, ginger, orange peel, malt, spicy yeast. Medium body.