mabel (6531) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[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)
blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
garthicus (2721) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (10056) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Butters (3844) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.