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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The Trader Joes 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 Joes 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 its Abby 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 2008 Vintage Ale. This ale will age exceptionally over time, developing more complex flavor as the years go by. Exclusively bottled for Trader Joes. Best before 09-09-2011.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1702) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2008
This starts with the standard aroma of the Unibroue yeasts. Pours a hazy reddish-brown, with a large white head. Unlike previous Trader Joe vintages, this head does not fade down to nothing quickly. Slightly sweet flavor, with hints of dark fruit. Alcohol is very well hidden, and the finish does have a hint of spice. For five dollars a bottle, this is a nice value beer that drinks well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2639) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Tasted on 1/3/12 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle. Pours hazy amber garnet with an average off-white head that leaves thin, bubbly lace. The nose is sweet golden raisin, caramel malt, and spicy Unibroue yeast. The flavor is a bit darker with date, burnt brown sugar and toasted marshmallow. The body is medium with average, stinging carbonation, and a long date, raisin, and toasted marshmallow finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gramity (1625) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Brown with foamy, fizzy tan head / Nose of brett and caramel / Medium body, Uni fizz, malty but balanced with good finish / Slightly sour flavors of banana, milk chocolate, plums, and cloves with brett notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
750ml bottle. Not sure why this gets different years for each vintage as I dont believe the brew changes from year to year. That said, Im copying and pasting this to each vintage Ive had due to this factor. Beyond that, every year this comes out its worth picking up a bottle. Its a great dark fruited and spiced out Belgian style, something like a dubbel, yet stronger. Cant beat it for the price!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6846) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
From the February 2014 3R6P tasting +++ Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a hazy caramel-brown color with a large fluffy tan head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was cola, wood, dark fruits, yeast and the typical Unibroue house character. The flavor was cola, fig, cherry, yeast and Unibroue house notes. Medium length cola, cherry and wood finish. Moderately full bodied. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3257) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2013
750ml bottle, with a cloudy brown hue, with a bubbly white head, with a yeasty, fruity apple sauce, apple pie, apple strudel, light spicy cinnamon like, orange peel nose, with some faint fig, pineapple, tangerine esters, with a raisin pie, faint coffee, chocolate notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice yeasty, fruity, figgy, orange, tangerine peel, pineapple, tropical fruit, apple pie, spicy character of coriander and vanilla reminiscent of an old Trois pistoles yeast base, with some faint kind of Grand Marnier liqueur, orange lollipop, raisin pie, orange marmalade flavours, with a faint honeyed toasted, bready, pale, chocolate maltiness backbone, still has a good carbonation, leading towards a yeasty, candied orange, tangerine, lemon peel, figgy, dried rainsin fruitiness, vanilla, coriander spiciness, doughy raisin pie finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2013. Nervous bringing this out considering its age, but Ive stored it properly... Pours a medium mud-brown with heavy particulate and a small beige head (no coaxing required either). Aroma is nice, no sign of infection so far! Lovely sugar bread, light chocolate, sweet plums, treacle. Mouthfeel is silky. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12927) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle - Caramel, dark fruit, grains and yeast. Clear amber with a medium head. Brown sugar, dark fruit and a light sourness. Like a Belgian strong in taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2013
750ml bottle, shared by tmoney99. I got the end of the bottle, probably about 5-6oz. Dark brown color, lots of sediment resting on the bottom of my glass. Good thin off-white head, little loose lace. Dark fruit, some chocolate, light coffee, little spice, light citrus (orange peel, pineapple).. Good amount of tropical hops for a dubbel, balances out those dark notes nicely.. Medium to bigger body. Soft, smooth carbonation. Easy drinking, for 9%... Very little alcohol taste. Moderate bitter, light sweet. Very interesting, complex ale. Drinking great right now, especially considering its age. The nice, smooth effervescent carbonation is also still impressive, 5 years later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RSRIZZO (1960) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2013
22oz bottle courtesy of Headbanger poured into a Trappist Glass at 39. Color is a deep hazy amber with good carbonation and a soft tight off white head. Aroma is fruity with toasted caramel. It has a bolder medium body with a fizzy mouth feel. Flavor of yeast, dried fruit, toffee and a bit of spice. The flavors fade out slowly in the after taste. Overall this is just a great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (14682) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a hazy dark amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is quite subtle, with some light spices, mild dark fruits, and some Belgian candied sugar. Flavour is very, very similar to the 2007, with dark fruits upfront, some brown sugar, caramel, and more dark fruits. If I tasted this is a blind tasting, Id likely not be able to tell the difference from the 2007. Fairly restrained carbonation, as the 2007 vintage, with the fruitier tones upfront and quite complex. Stronger flavour than the 2006, and like the 2006 and 2007, this has not suffered at all from age. Excellent stuff.

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