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Trader Joes Vintage Ale 2007

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Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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The 2007 Trader Joes Vintage Ale is a brown Belgian-style ale 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 the bottle obtained by the use of a carefully selected yeast culture. This vintage ale is characterised by a deep amber color topped by a rich head of foam. The prominent flavor of premium malts is perfectly balanced by a combination of three European hops and four distinctive spices. True to its Abbey Dubbel style, this years vintage ale offers a highly distinctive flavor enhanced by the fruity and floral notes of the yeast. The result is a complex and warming ale that offers both strength and subtlety. Brewed once a year in limited quantity, please enjoy Trader Joes 2007 Vintage Ale. This will age exceptionally over time, developing more complex flavor as the years go by. Exclusively bottled for Trader Joes. Best Before 10-28-2010.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demitriustown (1057) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2007
750 ml bottle: I have one of the 2006 and Im keeping a 2007 as well to age. Lost a bit of it in a cork mishap but most of the bottle is left. Aroma is nicely fruity, very carbonated , yeast, sweet plums, banana, clove and a bit of brown sugar. pours a dark amber color with a thick tan head that lingers around for a while. Taste is yeast to the forefront, sweet, heavily spiced, caramel, and somewhat of a doughy texture to this brew as well. Palate is very well carbonated and effervescent on the tongue. Overall, Its a decent brew but not as good as the other Vintages that Ive tried. Its OK...Good beer just doesnt measure up in my opinion.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Murky brown pour with a tall, seems fizzy (sounds like a cola), but fairly lasting ecru head. Quite herbal in aroma, with wintergreen, eucalyptus and sweet basil. Some fruit as well, with cherries, almond extract and white grapes. After things settle down for a few minutes some caramel and cookie dough come out. Seems too sweet and somewhat artificial. Super sweet with the signature yeast component of Unibrue ever present. I think I pour aggressively enough to help dissipate some of the fizz, but its still quite lively on the tongue. Flavors of blue moon ice cream, light banana, bubble gum, dark corn syrup and caramel. Some spice comes in toward the finish with cloves, nutmeg and cardamom. Linger returns to the sweetness with a mild spice cookie dough flavor that coats the mouth. Stomach is starting to burn revealing the strength in this one. I actually think this one would do well with a year or two to help meld the flavors. A decent winter warmer. I hate to say it, but Im am starting to tire of all these new 9%+ brews, especially in the 750 ml and bomber bottles.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
This is an extremely efferevescent pour, lots of tiny white bubbles to complement the brown body of the ale. Its a bit too bubbly on the tongue for my taste. The body is surprisingly light for a dubbel. The flavors I got were maple, plum a touch of dark chocolate and some spices. Id bet that it would age well over time. At $4.99US for a 750ml bottle, its not a bad deal.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Another fine offering from Unibroue. Deep brown with a fluffy white head. Sweet aroma of malt, dark fruit, spices, and Belgian yeast. Bright and lively palate. Chocolate and vanilla tastes linger behind a robust citrus and mixed fruit flavor and finishes with notes of coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg with minor alcoholic warmth in the back of the throat.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gabrielsyme (66) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Pours a med-dark brown with tan head. Taste is heavy on the spices with tastes of clove and a hint of mint. highly drinkable. good for a store brand


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