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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2008

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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2008
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Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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The Trader Joe’s 2008 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 moth feel are the result of a natural secondary fermentation in the bottle obtained by the use of carefully selected yeast. This deep brown color vintage ale, with a tint of red hue displays effervescent generous beige foam. It has notes of coffee and spices, mild aroma of tropical fruits. Trader Joe’s 2008 Vintage Ale has a smooth round mouth feel and notes of roasted malt, carrying toffee-like flavor, finishing with well balanced noble hops. True to it’s Abby Dubbel style, this year’s 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 Joe’s 2008 Vintage Ale. This ale will age exceptionally over time, developing more complex flavor as the years go by. Exclusively bottled for Trader Joe’s. Best before 09-09-2011.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6531) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
[3620-20110304] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Lightly fruity aroma has a hint of something fresh and exotic, a little like freshly baked buttered bread. Clear, amber brown body with a quick bubbly off-white head. Wine-like licorice fruity malt flavour. Medium-full body has noticeable booze. Medium body. Interesting. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(c/o garthicus and HogTownHarry, w/ them, blankboy, GregClow, jerc)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
Bottle [750ml] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o IrishBoy. Pours a deep amber-brown with a small diminishing fizzy off-white head. Aroma is malty, bready and fruity along with Belgian yeast and spices. Sweet and bready flavour of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, brown sugar and spices. Alcohol’s pretty well hidden. Medium bodied. Amazing stuff, I loved it!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
2011-03-04. Crisp brown body with a nice foamy beige head that fades. 3+ Aroma of spices and mild alcohol over a malty core. 7+ Flavour is similar, sweet malty core with pleasant spicey overtones. Not unlike a sweeter maltier version of Maudite? Smooth medium bodied palate. Not earth shatteringly unique, but very enjoyable. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry/Garthicus

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2721) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 4, 2011
Thanks to Irishboy. Appearance: murky copper brown, little to no head. Aroma: vanilla, caramel, raisins, quite the ’Belgian’ yeast nose to it, prunes. Lovely. Flavour: Tangy malt, very fruity, quite yeasty, lots of carbonation, overripe apples with a caramel finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Thanks Richmond crew! Follows ’07 Vintage. Darker brown-tan, still transparent, still a head gone in 2-3 seconds. Apple, sugary nose, light grain. Lots of Candi sugar sweetness, light pepper and cardboard in the finish, faint tea bitterness. Bit better than 07, but still a mess of flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10056) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle at 13th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of maniac. Pours clear tawny with an average, fizzy cream colored head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Medium body and warmth, medium-high carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Date: 1/15/2011 Source:Maniac Spicy yeast character in aroma with moderate caramelized sugars . Mostly clear dark amber with little head. Flavor has a lot of spicy yeast phenolics, dry with some caemelized sugars. Medium to light body with light mouthfeel from high carbonation. Finish is medium with spicy yeast character residual.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3844) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Sampled at the Richmond Gather XIII. Clear chestnut pour with fair near clear head. More bready and sweet than the 07. lots of biscuit. Not as complex. But good price. Love trader’s joes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
750 mL bottle shared at Richmond Gathering 13 by maniac. Thanks! Pours a hazy copper color with fine floating particles. Thin head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of yeast, toffee, faint chocolate, faint berries. The taste is toffee, caramel, peppery yeast notes, faint smoke, berries. Medium bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
A: The pour is a brownish color with a minimal off-white head forming. S: The nose is quite sweet with lots of caramel, candi sugar, and light fruits such as pears and apples. There’s a touch of alcohol as well as a hint of darker fruits like raisins. T: Despite the definite sweetness, there’s a touch of dryness to the beer. Still some good fruit notes like apples, pears, raisins, and plums. Lots of candi sugar and caramel as well. M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth. D: One of the best (if not the best) of the Trader Joe’s vintage beers. A more standard and drinkable Belgian-style beer.


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