asedzie (565) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown, almost black, with a thick khaki head. Aroma has tons of citrusy corriander, some mild bitter orange peel, backed by very slight Saaz hop. Flavor is much the same, focused on the corriander, with a bit of additional spice flavors, very nicely weighed against lightly roasted hops. Mouthfeel is all bubbly carbonation, which I like in my belgians. Bittersweet chocolate flavors on the finish, along with some lingering citrus. Much more spice focused than last year’s, as always superb for the price.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Incredible aromas of dark chocolate, candied orange, ginger and nutmeg. Very impressive. Very dark brown, tall airy head that fell to a half an inch and stayed there. Modest lacing. Full young Belgian yeast up front, dark chocolate grit, warming heat in the finish with a thin slick mouthfeel and some pine. Wintergreen? Seems young and a bit spread out, and at 5 bucks I’m buying a few of these to drink over time, seems like a smart investment. 121810 After a year, gushed a bit upon opening, lively spontaneous oatmeal head, rocky with large bubbles. Holds up to the original notes, didn’t seem to age much.
andyhwcinc (1255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma for this year’s TJ Ale is not unlike a traditional Unibroue ale, traditional Belgian sourness with a hint of chocolate. Upon first pour, had a head that filled about half of my pint glass that dissipated over a couple of minutes. Taste is of traditional Belgian yeast & candi with a malt undertone, very well balanced. The checkout lady @ TJ’s said that this years batch is much better than last years, and while I can’t comment on last year’s because I didn’t try it, this year’s is pretty damn good.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours black with a slight reddish hue at the bottom of the glass. The head starts out with a inch big tan head that subsides to a 1/4 inch.
Aroma: Lots of spice such as cloves and ginger, some candi sugar sweetness and some dry malt too.
Taste: Burnt malt, roasted malt, cloves, ginger, candi sugar, and that trademark Unibroue house yeast.
Mouthfeel: Full and very fizzy.
Overall: A great treat with a new spin on it for 2009. I am enjoying that bit of ginger and the darker malts compared to previous years.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really interesting citrus, an almost ginger bite on the sides of the tongue. A little sweet. The cocoa isn’t too strong, but very nice. Some chocolate on the nose, yeasty. A tad overcarbed? Gorgeous head, nice color. Couldn’t get the cork out. Overall nice beer. A bit thin, but nice. Especially for 4 bucks.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I guess I stumbled into Trader Joe’s the day after this arrived. Not a bad bit of luck. Anyhoo... pours a dark brown with a huge cola fizz head. (I still find Unibroue heads obnoxious. Aromas are a mix of nuts, earthiness, cola, and a kind of odd presence that is almost like garbage or something, although I know that’s not quite right. Cola and booze come out pretty strong in the flavor with an earthy/nutty finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and a little warm from the higher ABV. This is pretty decent (especially for the price.)
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
coffee-colored head, but no coffee flavor. pours with way too much head due to the high carbonation. is this beer or champagne? after making it past the foamy head, you first notice how crisp and light this beer is. taste is mild roast with something else that i can’t fully describe. maybe burnt carmel or over-toasted bread. certainly nothing too special.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber in color upon pouring. Mostly foam. Somewhat roasty nose. Some yeastiness with a good amount of spice. Flavor is somewhat dry up front. Some chocolate and roastiness. Good spiced flavors. Somewhat sweet. Very prickly. Pretty tasty.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mesa, AZ trader Joes.
Pours a deep brown with a huge active light brown head.
Aroma is chocolate, belgian yeasts, esthers, spices, and as much as I hate to say it Unibroue’ish. Flavor is roasted malt chocolate, belgian yeasts, esthers, ginger, dark fruits, candi sugar and other spices. Lots of prickly carbonation and very lively on the palate. One of their better renditions of the vintage ale.
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from TJ’s in creve coure mo. Really a great drinking beer. Dark pour with large white head. once you taste it you really know it’s a unibroue product. Nice belgian funk to it