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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gregwilsonstl (2143) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2012
High alcohol. Dark brown. Thin head. Smooth. Nice accentuation of the yeast. Malty. Oxidized. Thanks Vivvy (via Seymour).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8465) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2015
750 thanks to Keir. Pours a hazy reddish color with a medium to small white head. Still, lots of carb. A big fruity, oxidized and toffee nose. The flavor is cherries, chocolate, raisin, pretty heavy oxidation/cardboard, plum. Very mellow and soft. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10251) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"definitely has a champagne like mouthfeel too it. all the spiciness and malty aroma youd expect, with tight carbonation, and a drier than expected finish. recommended."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
750ml bottle. Not sure why this gets different years for each vintage as I dont believe the brew changes from year to year. That said, Im copying and pasting this to each vintage Ive had due to this factor. Beyond that, every year this comes out its worth picking up a bottle. Its a great dark fruited and spiced out Belgian style, something like a dubbel, yet stronger. Cant beat it for the price!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (14686) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a hazy dark amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is quite subtle, some bubblegum and Belgian candied sugar. Flavour is fruitier than the 2006, with dark fruits upfront, some brown sugar, caramel, and more dark fruits. Lower carbonation for Unibroue, with the fruitier tones upfront and very complex. This has a stronger flavour profile than the 2006, and like the 2006, this has not suffered at all from age. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1903) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Tasted from corked 750ml brown bottle into nonic pint glass, thanks Vyvvy for sharing and for cellaring it so carefully! It poured a hazy copper color with persistent off-white foam, tiny bottle-conditioning bubbles and lots of excellent Belgian lace. Aromas of perfumey alcohol, malt, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, plums, raisins, complex peppery yeast phenols, faint banana and clove. Taste: malt-forward, caramelly and fruity, balanced by a subdued tangy hops flavor, very smooth yet tart, notes of brown bread and brandy-soaked fruitcake, great Belgian yeast notes again. some good residual candy sweetness, definite signs of age, beneficial oxidation, but no soy sauce or vinegar notes at all. Spritzy, high carbonation, light body, rounded well-concealed 9% alcohol, lasting multi-layered aftertaste. Absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle on 01/15/2011 at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Clear dark brown body with a small tan head. Sweet spice and fruity malt aroma. Sweet malt flavor with belgian spice and fruit. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
Caramel, cane sugar, not too alcoholic, but barely bitter in the finish. Would taste great with a ribeye.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Thanks Richmond crew! Transparent tan, thin white head thats gone quick. Lots of toast, caramel, bit of bubblegum and sweetness. Flavor is washed out, lots of sugar, light cardboard, all around an oxidized caramel malt. Meh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle at 13th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of maniac. Pours clear copper with an average, frothy cream colored head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach and honey. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of honey and pepper. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, and low creaminess with a dry finish.

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