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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
This dark brown ale poured with a large tan head that dissipated slowly. There was a sharp fruity aroma. The flavor is malty and chocolate, with a carbonated mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2353) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (5247) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
bottle thanks to boomer0813. dark brown almost black with a cream head. syrup, yeast, dried fruits, and vanilla. nice palate, flavor is vanilla, syrup, and dried apples.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Looks like Coke with a big fizzy head. Aroma is watery caramel and spice. Flavor is yeast, spice and caramel with a metalic and slightly roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
progrock (21) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Looks and pours like cola. Lots of carbonation but head fades very quickly. Very little body but a smooth, pleasant flavor. Slightly fruity, mildly malty, some caramel. Alcohol is very well hidden. A bit bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 10, 2006
Interesting [what I would call fancy Belgian cork] bottle. Very Dark color, almost no light visible through the glass. Dark tan head that I had to be careful not to foam over. In that note, it seems somewhat over carbonated. Has an almost home-brew like flavor to it. Very malty, low hops. Rather rich, probably could have used some more time in the cellar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GRM (3735) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2008
Sample from a brown bottle, 750 ml, best before 10 13 2008, "vertical" tasting of Unibroue (from 10 to 17) at Philippe Wouters’ on April 4 2008; eye: burgundy, quite effervescent, no head, no lacing; nose: caramelized malt, spices, alcohol; mouth: low profile of savours, quite carbonated, Madeira, medium body, lightly sweet and bitter, alcohol; overall: so FRANÇAIS Échantillon d’une bouteille brune, 750 ml, meilleure avant 10 13 2008, dégustation « verticale » de Unibroue (de la 10 à la 17) chez Philippe Wouters, 4 avril 2008; oeil : bourgogne, très effervescente, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : malt caramélisé, épices, alcool; bouche : profil de saveurs bas, très carbonatée, madère, corps moyen, légèrement sucrée et amère, alcool; en résumé : bof!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Very slight roastiness and a little sugar and plum, but watery. Didn’t smell, taste or act like 9% which I suppose is good. Unimpressive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34315) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5305) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 1/27/2008 Pittsburgh ratebeer.com gathering upstairs, Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever, I see a spread of bottles like I did there - ever again. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we sampled! For example, how about this beer, courtesy of NIck! A trader Joe’s 2005 retired! COOL! Barely any aroma, but what it present is mildly roasty to the nose. Looks lighter than regular iced tea. Good carbonation, surprisingly good carbonation. Mild yet not too much of the character that would put it over the top. Very good but could not stand up to a Leute Bokbier. Probably more on par with Unibroue Maudite !

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