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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: 186   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5537) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jezmez68 (401) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Very nice dubbel. Smells of monk basement, fruit, caramel. Tastes malty, fruity, sweet, with a nice alcohol burn that isn’t distracting.

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 TJs in Seattle. Im 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Pours dark brown with a creamy, white, fine head. Aroma is yeasty with qualities of vanilla and banana. Mouth feel is light-moderate. Flavor is dark fruits, raisins, vanilla, spices, and flowers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sbwahoo (1) - Ventura, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008 does not count
First off, this is definitely a beer to savor. I picked this up at Trader Joes after getting a bit curious about the different smaller beers they had. I saw the Vintage Ales huge bottle and decided that if anything Id at least get kind of buzzed. Ended up pleasantly surprised by this ale, and have told all my friends about it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LongJaw (7) - West Palm Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008 does not count
Good body. Nice head. Malt flavor balances well against a citrus flavor. Great Traders product and price produced brewed by Unibroue.

4.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1473) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kennydiaz (352) - Manahawkin, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 THIS BEER IS BREWED BY UNIBROUE AND IT HAS ITS DISTINCT TASTE AND FLAVOR. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE OVER ALL QUALITY OF THIS BEER. I WAS EVEN MORE IMPRESSED WITH ITS $4.99 USC PRICE TAG . THIS BEER IS AN ABOVE AVERAGE BELGIUM STYLE BEER WITHOUT THE BELGIUM PRICE TAG. MUST BUY.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2008
aroma: comes out as soon as the cork is popped. Definite raisons, spice, dates, and other dried fruit. pours dark brown with generous abouts of white head, and plenty of carbonation. Beer pours mostly clear. Flavor is fruity, raison, dates, with some spice. Carbonation is ample and tickles the tongue, bringing the spice and fruitiness of the yeast character more alive. Really good dubbel.


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