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Trader Joe’s 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3256) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
Not bad. reasonably priced compared to other unibroue beers. worth a try.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
Deep copper/amber in colour with a thin but lingering off-white head, good lacing. The aroma is yeasty, lots of candy sweetness, dark fruits with some light alcohol. The flavour is sweet at first, yeasty, malty, very fruity with some noticeable alcohol. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, warm.

A step back from the 2006, seems to be lacking some oomph. Lackluster Unibroue.

750ml bottle obtained in a trade with rustychiles, thanks Rusty.
Opened on July 24, 2008.
Vintage 2007.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 3, 2009
In the 750 mL corked bottle from a TJ’s in Seattle. I’m pretty glad that I aged this for about a year from the date that I purchased it. I think it is at its optimum right now. Pours a dark slightly cloudy brown with a large dense tan head that actually grew in size in the goblet after about 5 minutes. The aroma at first seemed a bit oaked to me, then it blasted my senses with profuse raisins. The flavor is a crazy grape candy sweetness, but not at all unattractive. This palate is so smooth that I nearly gulped down the glass without a sense of what I was doing. To beat it all, I think I bought this on sale for $3.99. Woefully under-appreciated on this site at 3.5.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3744) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Amber brown color with a good sized beige head. Aroma is sweet with raisins and spiced pear. Taste is of raisins, sugar and malt.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Smell is raisans, caramel, molasses, toffee, spices, dark fruit, and some malts. Look is clearish brown color with a beige colored head. The taste is sweet, sugary, fruit, very sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, medium brown with some transparency, slight head, has a fruity nose with caramel and fruit flavors , nice finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2009
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of raisins, prunes, dates, caramel, and yeast. Flavor of raisins, chocolate, candi sugar, toasted grain, and pepper with a carbonated mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4842) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. deep brown pour with a thin beige head on top. nose of dark fruits and yeast. very fruity flavor but quite nice on the palate with a slight tartness in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2009
750ml. aged 1 year. pours a hazy reddish brown with fizzy white head. aroma of dark fruits, figs and grapes mostly, some very slight aged port wine notes coming through very nicely as well. flavors of grape, mild spicy notes resembling coriander and clove. again this series a bit too fizzy, thin, and boozy to be something special. however, 1-3 years seems to help gain some malt complexity and shows less alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Sampled another vintage. This was last January or so. Very nice and consistent with expectations from prior years. Nice and frothy and of top quality. Pours bubbly and smooth.


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