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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with an orange glare and a small white head. Smooth yeasty, light spiced and caramel malty aroma. Sweet malty and slight yeasty base flavoured. Mellow yeasty flavoured with a mild phenolic touch on back of the nose. Dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29208) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2010
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with an off-white head. The aroma has notes of malt and fruit. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, fruit, and alcohol, leading to a dry, fruity and alcoholic finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of FlacoAlto. Pourss a hazy amber golden with tiny impurities and an off-white head. Spicy, gingery nose. Quite full-bodied, a little low in carbonation with sweetish overripe fruit and a spicy edge. Rather alcoholic finish. 291208

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20640) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle. Hazy red brown coloured with a medium szied beige head. Fruity and citric aroma of coriander. Fruity and citric flavour of yeast and coriander. Citric and spicy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2008
(750ml bottle) Off-white head with cloudy brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, alcohol, Unibroue yeast, some bubblegum, light banana. Taste is medium sweet, yeast, light bubblegum, alcohol, caramel. Medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11149) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle at Madsberg 2008 Tasting. Pours orange-red with a small, frothy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, light berries, yeast and some sweet caramel. High carbonation, fine mouthfeel. Flavour is pleasantly sweet, light raisins and plums. Some notes of tartish red currants and a fine, subdued spiciness. Fine beer, though not as good as the 2006.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10904) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Aromas of yeast, mild dark fruits, vanillan, and a hint of funky earth. Dark brown in color with a tan head that was respectable, hung around and laced a little. Medium to full bodied with creamy, almost chewy, carbonation. The flavor starts with spice, floral notes, and moves on to chocolate and lightly roasted malts. Also some treacle. The finish is balanced with sweet malt and bitter. It is not so smooth as the 2005, but give it a couple of years. Really good value. Excellent ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Name: Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale
Date: 06/13/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trader Joe’s, GA
Vintage: 2007

Appearance: opaque dark brown with rusty edges, fine beige head, sudsy bits of lace,
Aroma: rich and fruity aroma with dark caramel sweetness, a touch of chocolate, lots of dark fruity esters,
Body: highly carbonated body,
Flavor: rich malt flavor, just a touch of sweetness from the fruity esters, touch of chocolate, light bitter spicyness, yeast shot adds a bready character and a nice creamyness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10738) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
A: The pour is a dark caramel color with a short lived off-white head. S: This one also smells super vinous with lots of sweet, white grapes. There’s quite a bit of booze, too. Lots of cardboard and a high carbonation that sort of stings the nose. Perhaps a touch of herbs. T: The flavor is reminiscent of a sparkling wine. A sort of buttery chardonnay flavor to go with the cardboard and mild herbal character. A really high carbonation to it that gives it a somewhat acidic feel. M: The body is medium with a very high level of carbonation. D: Not quite as good as the 2005, but certainly better than the 2006. Still don’t think I’d really be interested in having this one again.


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