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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jgolden (9) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2006 does not count
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dougsname (1) - Dekalb, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2007 does not count
Bottle from Trader Joes in Batavia, IL. Pours black-brown. I wish they would have this year round.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - APR 14, 2007
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."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2007
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Very much like La Terrible, but yet very deep and rich in flavor texture. Beautiful stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Nice appearance and aroma. An extremely spicy bubbly Belgian dubbel. The taste is rich and encompassing, sweet and of raisins. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 1, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14078) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
duvelordeath (10) - USA - FEB 16, 2007
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.

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