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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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29168) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2006
A hazy brown beer with a red shine underneath a very fast disappearing beige head. The aroma is sweet with powerful notes of berries, as well as lighter notes of wood and herbs. The flavor is sweet again with strong notes of berries, which gives it a slight acidity that bites lightly in the throat, combined with lighter notes of wood and herbs. It reminds me somewhat of a Flemmish Sour. I find the body thin inspite of the 9% ABV. I find it solid, but I’m not blown away by it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Pours slightly hazy reddish brown with a rather rough, off-white head. Extremely fruity nose. Full, sweet body with tons of fruit and dried fruits and some very sweet accents of brown sugar. Rather lovely - but over-carbonated as always from Unibroue. 240706

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20576) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy red brown coloured with a medium sized but fast disappearing head. Aroma of dried fruits and spices. Flavour of fruits, dried fruits and spices.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19228) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown, clear. Sparkling berryish aroma. Medium sweet and medium bodied with lively, soft mouthfeel and notes of lingonberry. A light yeast character. Feels fresh and intriguingly flavourful. Unibroue-quality...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
Near black colour. Light aroma, kind of figgy, pruney, plummy. The flavour again has figgy notes and is mainly malty (dark but understated malts with the usual molasses, brown sugar type stuff, but quite mellow). Hint of alcohol late and a hint of the Unibroue yeast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2006
(750ml bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a deep mahogany body with a large long-lasting beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, yeast, malt, and florals. Flavor of malt, yeast, raisins, licorice, and spices.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10801) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Aroma of cassis and dark fruits. Dark reddish brown color and a tan head which quickly disipates. Tastes of raisin, plum, chocolate! There’s a metallic somewhere, but it’s not bothersome. Ditto for the alcohol. Very nice. Unibroue didn’t skimp on this.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10641) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with some amber notes to it and a big tan head. S: There is an intensely vinous character to the nose. It’s almost like taking a sniff of a big red wine. Lots of red grapes and other dark fruit, particularly berries. There’s also booze, chocolate, and a bit of green apple. T: A big chocolate and red wine flavor to this beer. A moderate licorice note comes through, as do the big dark fruit flavors. There’s the same hint of green apple and even a bit of a woody character. A moderate oxidation as well as some toffee. M:The body is medium to full and the carbonation is medium. D: This was a pretty good beer, even at five years old. It was almost like drinking a big red wine, but very nice, especially considering some of the other vintages.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Bottle from Cincy store. Dark brown color with a large light brown head that diminished slowly and produced good lacing. Good malty, fruit and spice aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Full complex fruit and malt sweet flavor with a long finish with a small alcohol tone. Good brew at a fair price.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Bottle... Opaque, very dark ale with a huge, frothy, khaki head. Terrific retention. Yeasty, dark fruit nose with notes of light molasses, light mint, spicy phenols, black bread, dates and raisins. Big, malty brew with just enough bitterness to prevent it from becoming annoyingly sweet. Mildly chocolaty with light acidity and warming alcohol. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Lengthy, gently sweet, softly bitter, warming finish. A big THANKS to vyvvy for shipping the bottle out east!


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