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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2009

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Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Trader Joe’s 2009 Vintage Ale
You might be used to seeing vintages on wine; not so much on beer. And that’s what makes this ale so special. Trader Joe’s Vintage Ales were developed, crafted, brewed and bottled for us in limited quantities this year. Its flavor, color, texture and overall character are different from our Vintage Ale of 2008, and in 2010 it will be different once again.

The 2009 Vintage Ale
It is an opaque black color and features an impressive coffee-colored foam. In a glass, it boasts cocoa and malt aromas, with a subtle hint of lemon and ginger. A sip from that glass really brings out the best in this ale - malty and mildly sweet, with hints of cocoa, citrus and spices.

Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale is ready to enjoy right away, chilled but not ice cold. Unlike many beers, though, this one will age for a few years, and its flavors will become more complex and interesting as time goes by.

What’s that? You’re a beer geek? We love that. You’ll love this. And we assume you’ll want to know this is a dark ale on lees, 9% ABV (that’s Alcohol by Volume, for the non-beer geeks). Oh, and it’s brewed exclusively for Trader Joe’s, of course.

Best Before 09-12-2012


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (5096) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle at RBWG grand tasting, thanks to SpringsLicker for bringing a 4 year vertical
Appearance: Hazy brown with a small beige head
Raisins, brown and plum throughout
Nice

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 23, 2013
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque except at the edges dark brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was nutty and brown malt. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a mellow hoppy aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of wood brown malt breads and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5203) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Brown black with tan head and lace. Aroma of dark brown sugar or molasses. Sour brown sugar sweet malt and a sour finish. Medium bodied and fizzy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7046) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
750mL bottle, pours an opaque dark amber brown with a towering foamy beige head. Aroma of spices upfront, bubblegum, licorice, and some mild candied sugar. Flavour of spices, dark fruits, brown sugar, and some caramel. Complex, more spicy than the last couple of vintages, with medium carbonation that brings out the complexity perfectly. Great stuff, but inferior to the last couple of vintages.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6934) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Sample from a 750ml bottle, shared by tmoney99. Dark brown but clear color. Minimal khaki head, little lace. Nice estery lightly spicy nose. Soft, light to moderate carbonation. Dry texture. Nice spicy flavor. Light belgian yeast, little roasty malt. Hint of smoke. Liking this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5820) - Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2012
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks tmoney99). Looks good; black with thin off-white lacing. Smells and tastes malty and a little boozy with notes of lemon and ginger. Average on the palate. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2727) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
12 oct 2012, bottle. Brown/dark ruby. Nose is warm apple pie, heavy on apple and cinnamon, not as much pie crust. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Tastes of spicy cinnamon apples. Really nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevencon (464) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Black with tawny edges and off white head. Aroma of cola cola and twizzlers. Effervescent anise and dark fruit. Slight green apple taste. Weird mix of flavors but not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle Jeff brought to James’s place. Pours a dark brown, auburn hue, with boatloads of khaki head. Aroma has cloying ntoes of butterscotch and candied sugar. Flavor has tootise roll notes and butterscotch stickiness. Some slight sweet spices and cocoa. Sticky sweet despite the thin body and prickly carbonation. Actually pretty good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2012
March 4, 2011 - with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and mabel: 750ml corked & caged bottle via trade with irishboy (again, thanks, Richard!). Clear, deep, bright brick red; bubbly with a long-lasting creamy/fizzy tan head. Like the ’08 (spice/yeast/sweet caramel/ some booze) but roastier, maybe yeastier, definitely darker and more dry herbal bitterness. Taste follows right on from the aroma, a little warming. Average body, solid carbonation, a bit more bitterness and dry character in the finish.


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