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

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RATINGS: 170   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very hazy straw color with a decent-sized head. Aroma of citrus, spice (coriander?) and yeast. The flavor has similar notes, but is balanced nicely for an overall tasty effect. A very solid Belgian-style, and a great value.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2055) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2014
750 ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Trader Joes stamp or not, what we have here is a well-crafted Belgian style pale ale from a brewery (Unibroue) that consistently males great Belgian style beers. The fruity and yeasty aroma features yellow banana, citrus fruits and apricots, It is accompanied by a complex fruityand lightly spicy flavor. The medium body has champagne-like effervescence O: excellent

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3534) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast. Flavors of coriander and tropical fruit. Smooth finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jw0406 (801) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2014
750 ml bottle pours a golden color with a nice white head. Aromas of belgian yeast, spice, light fruit. Medium bodied, very nice, complex and balanced, an amazing value.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madchemist83 (70) - 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 (1937) - 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 (755) - 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 (5315) - 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 (467) - 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 (1079) - 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 (854) - 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.


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