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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   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 flavor. The Champagne-like effervescence and smooth mouth feel are the result of a natural secondary fermentation in the bottle obtained by the use of a carefully selected yeast culture. This vintage ale commences with a rich head of foam, followed by a smooth dark flavor with a hint of roasted malt delicately balanced by subtle notes of noble European hops. True to its Abbey style, this year’s vintage closes with a long, complex and subtly spiced finish. Brewed once a year in limited quantity, please enjoy Trader Joe’s 2006 Vintage Ale. This ale will age exceptionally well over time, developing more complex flavor as the years go by. Exclusively bottled for Trader Joe’s. Best Before 08-28-2009.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of FlacoAlto. Hazy reddish brown with an off-white head. Very spicy - gingery - aroma. Quite full-bodied with plenty of overripe fruit and again a distinct spiciness. Lightly bitter finish. 291208

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11340) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle at Madsberg 2008 Tasting. Pours deep red with a medium, frothy, off-white head. Arom ais sweet, liquorice and Belgian sugars. Some coriander as well. High carbonation, fine, creamy mouthfeel still. Flavour has pleasant notes of yeast, plums, sweet sugary notes, Belgian dark sugars and a little liquorice. Actually quite drinkable, and there is not a sign of age.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
Dark brown with a large beige head. Aroma was sweet with roasted malt and loads of spices. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, caramel and coriander notes. Finished sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (22443) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle. Hazy red brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of citrus, caramel, yeast and dried fruits. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, coriander, citrus, yeast and dried fruits. Citric and spicy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (33728) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Mild spiced, light coriander note to a mild roasted malt aroma. Somewhat dark. Smooth roasted malty and medium sweet dark flavoured. Light yeasty touch. Lingering sweet, mild spiced and yeasty finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Remarkably surprised with how tasty this was. Had the spices I enjoyed when it was fresh, but had this new layer of sweet tangy cherry. Very carbonated and lively. I wish I had saved more.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7895) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle thanks to someone at the Bruery Tasting. Pours a dark brown, nearly black body with an off-white head. Aroma of Cardamon, cinnamon, clove and dark malts. Taste is alcohol, clove, with a nice Unibroue yeast back note. Playful bubbles that come across on the fizzy side of things.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7156) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2008
Courtesy of ibrew2or3. Pours light brown with tan head. Aroma is fruity, with floral hops. Taste, dark fruits: fig,plum. Some nice spices make this a very nice and almost sweet beer while the bitetrness remains hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown amber with a one finger off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, and spicy yeast. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2008
This 2006 vintage, consumed Dec. 2008, pours hazy dark brown with thin off white head. The aroma has muted dark fruitiness, cinnamon, flower perfume, brown sugar and spices. The taste is much the same with a pulse of carbonation bringing up smooth sweet dark fruitiness swimming in a bath of molasses, some varied spices and a mild note of lemon acidity.


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