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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2005

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Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale is a dark Belgian style beer of great distinction produced by traditional top fermentation methods resulting in a rich and full-bodied flavour. Brewed once a year in limited quantity, please enjoy Trader Joe’s inaugural Vintage Ale.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Thanks Drewbeerme for bringing this over. Dark brown with off white head. Aroma is a lot of dark fruits, alc, and spice. Nice dark fruits, sweet caramel malt, alc is very well hidden. Medium to full body. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 750ml. pours dark brown with off white head. nose of dark fruits. flavor dark fruits, nuts, and caramel. watery body. no alcohol noticed. some aged malts. holding up well. good stuff.3.5

750ml, aged 3 years, time has done this beer well, nothing earth shattering but nice dark fruit character, carbonation is too fizzy though. 3.6.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Deep & dark pour, with lovely milk chocolate head. Downhill from there. Toffee aroma. Sweet prune flavored, with some light wood notes, but mainly quite cloying, like licking a See’s candy caramel lolly pop. Belgian yeasts add a bit of depth, but the lack of any hops flavor whatsoever (per style) makes this brew feel more like a cheap port than anything else. Could not drink more than a few ounces of the stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4364) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
(Bottle) Acquired from BlankBoy. Lasting almond-coloured foamy head with a deep brown-red body. No sediment. Nose is boozy: fig, caramel and roasted malt and cardamom spice. Flavour is meaty, polished elixir of fresh fig, crystallized brown sugar and bourbon that’s been cherry dipped in syrup. The 3.5 years added to this beer hasn’t hurt this brew one bit. I wish I had more of this...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Tasted 11/3/07. 750ml bottle. Opaque with slight garnet highlights. Finger width of taupe head. Quickly dissipating head. Woody toffee aromas. Full bodied with toffee and dark berry flavors. High effervescence. Citrus note with a belgian yeast flavor. Bready yeasty. Pruney raisin flavor. A cocoa nuance evolves as it warms. More depth and complexity as the level drops and the temperature rises. Cloying but with a nice sticky flavor. Good aging. Good juice!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2323) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Thanks to Maya and Patrick for this. Very dark brown, tan head. Nose is unibroue spice, ginger, yeast, toffee, alcohol. Ginger is overpowering. Flavor is spice, ginger, cola, rich malt is buried below the abundant spicing. There is just too much here, leading to dissonance. Creamby body despite the high carbonation level. All around weird. Tastes like 2004 but with dark malt.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - APR 29, 2007
Very enjoyable while Joe was releasing that he once was actually a fire cracker dealer ;-) - September 2006 - Nice drak ruby color, a bit leggy on the headside. Vingary -. nice sourness. Great balanced - I just loved it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - APR 8, 2007
Earthy nose with hint of leaves, brown color, huge foamy head. Yeasty note comes forward quickly, with a vanilla flavor in the background. Leaves a sweet toffee taste on the lips. Big bold beer and well balanced. Good one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Bottle sampled on 9/20/06: Pours a dark brown with nicely-lacing frothy light tan head. Aroma has a nice, sweet bready dark malty presence with good Belgian yeastiness. Body starts sweet and toasty with a good dark caramel malty flavor and authentic trademark Unibroue Belgian yeastiness. A good Belgian dark strong ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
A very nice brew with a dark look. Molasses and fruity and a pretty nice mouthfeel. Suprised to pick it up at TJ’s, but happy. Nice slow sipper


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