jgolden (9) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a really grat beer at a really great price. Spicier than you might think it would be and no bad flavors. Nice head originally but does fade. Very solid beer.
dougsname (1) - Dekalb, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2007 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Trader Joes in Batavia, IL. Pours black-brown. I wish they would have this year round.
chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Purchased at the newest Trader Joes in California (Livermore, CA) Bottle size: like the one in the picture. Indeed it pours with a rich tan head with medium lacework, fairly volumunous head that dissipates somewhat quickly at warmer temepratures, more slowly at cooler temperatures. Bouquet of strong fig, chocolate / raisin notes. Medium bodied mouthfeel, with nice, deep malty, peppery finish. Enjoyed very slowly with my fiancee’ while watching the movie "Kate & Leopold."
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale looks dull and black, but when held to the light, it is revealed to have a raspberry-like hue. It is also revealed to be quite turbulent. The off-white head is huge and foamy and lasts forever. It has a huge, spicy, fruity aroma: apples, cherries, plums, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, sherry, maple syrup, cassis. It is tender to the mouth with a big and frothy medium body. The finish is dry. It starts sweet and syrupy with a berry flavor; the bitterness rolls in with a wooden fruitiness; the bitterness turns to spice: cinnamon, perhaps coriander and tobacco. Fruit and toasted malt sit under the whole thing. The aftertaste is faintly bitter and lingers. I’m glad I let it sit for a year-- the cork was ready to jump out!
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very much like La Terrible, but yet very deep and rich in flavor texture. Beautiful stuff!
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice appearance and aroma. An extremely spicy bubbly Belgian dubbel. The taste is rich and encompassing, sweet and of raisins. A great beer.
SSSteve (3991) - - APR 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very dark brown to black in color with a huge tan-cream colored head. spicy/floral aroma with notes of licorice, anise, and dark fruits. flavor is spicy with anise, licorice, cinnamon and a hint of roasted malt. very spicy. excellent.
bhensonb (12758) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of spice. Cinnamon. More. Color is a nearly opaque deep brown. Decent light tan head. Flavor starts with cinnamon and perhaps some cardamon. Perhaps some rosemary. It’s not subtle. This goes head to head with Anchor Christmas Ale. It is not be believed. Great mouthfeel. Whoa!
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2007 Very dark brown color with a huge foamy head. Slight malt aroma with some fruit. Dark fruit flavor with banana as well as something I can’t quite put my finger on. I liked this one so well I broke open my 2nd bottle I bought for cellaring and drank it. Time to head back and uy a few more.
duvelordeath (10) - USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bought at trader joes, a unibroue 750 for 4.99?
finally, a reward for all i’ve drank. opened, aromas of plums, pepper, and dubbel spices, maybe a hint of trois pistoles?
nice pour, dark head, nice lacing.
nice roasty taste followed by alcohol and a unusual spicy finish, with a wonderful mouthfeel, very carbonated. brewed in small quanities, get it while you can.