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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2011

Bottle 750ml.

[ Trade by auderale ]. Clear medium to dark red brown color with a huge, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, spicy, clove, cinnamon, cola, soap, vintage notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, dark caramel, soapy, light spicy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110319]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40864) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34690) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2007
Bottled. A deep brown beer with a red shine, under a brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of spices and celery. The flavor is sweet malty and very spicy, coriander and cloves standing out, but also with notes of celery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16524) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle, 75cl corked, shared by Brugmansia. It’s a reddish dark brown beer with a two-finger beige head soon diminishing into a thin layer of bubbles. Spiced nose with dried fruits and a solid dose of cola, and that’s not in a bad way. A bit effervescent maybe, full-bodied and not too sugary. Quite dry actually. Flavorwise there’s the same cola and spices found in the aroma, still in a nice way, a good bitterness chimes in too. A beer I enjoyed drinking. An odd mix of cola and a dubbel maybe, but the spices and bitterness adds the needed dimension to it. Nice. 110319

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
A: The pour is dark amber/red-brown with a thin tan head forming. S: Oh man, this is very medicinal. Smells like bandaids, sage, menthol, and anise. It’s also pretty obviously oxidized. The intense herbal and medicinal thing isn’t really for me... T: It doesn’t improve at all on the palate. Cough syrup with plenty of sage and eucalyptus. There’s a bit of a sour apple flavor, which is weird, along with some warming alcohol and cardboard. M: The body is medium with a pretty high carbonation and definite alcohol heat. D: This was all sorts of no good. I wouldn’t even bother with this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
Very dark brown with an inch of head. Spicy, pruney, plummy, peary nose. Anisey, spicy character with a herbal note (sage? juniper?). Lots of malt and a big alcohol kick. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15579) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle @ Denmark/Norway Tasting @ Ulfborg 2011. Courtesy of Fonefan. Pours deep dark amber with a frothy beige head. Nose is sweet and spicy. Cinnamon, clove, fruit and cola. Flavor is nutty and fruity. Also some thick caramel. A bit of cellar and mild oxidized notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2008
Bottle at home - thanks to Sune. Almost black - white head. Cherry, berries, fruity, rosemary, pine needles, spicy, sweetness, licorice, anis. Clearly belgian style - very nice !!!

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