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Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Crafted exclusively for Trader Joe’s this delicious beer is made in Quebec, Canada, and brewed according to the time honored traditions of classic Belgian Ales. It strikes the perfect balance between spices, hop, and malt profiles. With champagne-like effervescence and aromatic notes of citrus peel and ginger, this beer is malty, mildly sweet and hoppy with a subtle, spicy finish. It is sure to please the most finicky beer drinkers.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5608) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma has quite a bit of fruit; citrus, banana, mild spices, clove, sweet malts, bubble gum with the typical Unibroue character. The flavor is moderately sweet, malts, cloves, banana, citrus, bubble gum and yeast. Pretty tasty and definitely a good value.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madchemist83 (61) - USA - OCT 21, 2014
Champagne like character. Pours golden cloudy. Head disappears in a jiffy. Aromas of classic belgian yeast. Spritzy and sweet taste. Not a bad value. Unibroe golden ales are usually pretty solid.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (1722) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle shared at porch nite thanks to Brent. Pours a golden yellow with a big white head. Aroma is slightly floral and somewhat yeasty. Flavor follows and is somewhat sweet. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (734) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2014
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy honey gold color with a large foamy white head. Yeasty, lemon peel and tangerine malt nose. Flavor is soft and fruity with citrus notes and a champagne-like mouthfeel. Their is a slight hoppy nuance that leaves a dry finish. Tasty and a good value at under $6.00.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5293) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Hazy gold with a medium, dense, frothy white head. Aroma is strong spice and yeast notes with fruit, flowers, soft malt, grains and herbal notes. Taste is strong spices and yeast with ripe fruits, flowers, toasted malt notes, grains, candied fruit and straw. Body is medium with a strong, effervescent carbonation. Ends with more spices, bold yeast notes, fruit, toasted malt, grains, straw, light grass and floral notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbuskirk (456) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - AUG 24, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1061) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (833) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7919) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2151) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
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.


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