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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rohash (47) - New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Well what can I say that isn’t already in the description? An excellent brew from TJ’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Lovely. Dry on the finish. Lots of very round malt flavors with a dark fruit and pie cherry character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immiz182 (17) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2008
I love Unibroues and this one was definitely up there. Nice light brown color. Lots of flavor and decent aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike67 (1110) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Pours dark brown with a nice but short lasting head. Also hazy from the yeast. Nice sweet fruity aroma of malt and yeast. Mouth filling. Sweet , raisin flavor of malt nicely balanced by spicy hops. Did not expect much from Trader Joe’s but this one is great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (635) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Pours very foamy, almost fizzy. Toffee, malty aroma is pleasant and enticing. Appears almost opaque brown until held up to the light, at which point some slightly amber quality is detected. Citrus and nut beginning, gives way to an mildly aromatic anise finish that lingers nicely. Good mouthfeel. Very solid ale, and for the price and relatively high ABV (hard to detect) it’s an excellent choice for any occasion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2009
sample at the Ale Atlanta meeting on 4/2/09... nice Belgian style dubbel brewed by Unibroue for Trader Joe’s... this one really feels like other Unibroue beers... lots of carbonation - almost champagne like - a good amount of spice and yeast as well. pours a dark brown ... some dark fruits on the body... very active and fizzy finish with some deep malts in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Pours brown with orangey-red highlights. Aroma has strong spicy yeast qualities, berry, brown sugar, and an overall tanginess. Classic spicy Unibroue yeast taste with brown sugar, maple, raspberry and raisin. I thought this was great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (1045) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
750 ml bottle purchased at Trader Joe’s, of course, and for a very good price. I drunk a couple bottles when it released (before I was on RateBeer), but decided to age this one. Pours a color that seems to be evenly balanced between red and brown with a generous off-white head. Aroma of candied dark fruits, Unibroue yeast, brown sugar, and some bready malts. Flavor of more sweet dark fruits, yeast, rich malts, and some spice that seems amplified by the prickly carbonation. Some nice dark chocolate comes in the finish. The alcohol is completely hidden. The year and a half of aging seem to have done this very well. Despite the Trader Joe’s label, this beer screams Unibroue in both nose and flavor. Another great one from these talented Quebecois. (126, 280)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
caramel, no pine, honey, slightly floral flavors with syrup. This might be my favorite year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pkbites (871) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Pours a gorgeous dark brownish red. The head is thick and yeasty that attacks the top of the glass. Moderate my ass! Malt and alcohol nose. Burnt caramel and candied fruit flavor. High alcohol is not detected in the palate. Probably the best offering from trader Joes ever.

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