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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2010

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

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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Unique and limited edition, this Belgian style ale is crafted once a year as a special treat for those of you who appreciate flavorful, bottle-conditioned ales with character. This year’s vintage: a rich, dark and full-bodied ale with a fine and generous coffee-colored, beige foam. It’s ready to enjoy right away and you may also wish to cellar a few bottles. It will evolve interestingly well, developing more complex flavors as the years go by. Keep bottle upright in storage. Best before 9-10-2013.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3103) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
75cl bottle from TN. Sure its not dry hopped with ground unicorn horn, filtered through a rainbow or aged in a barrel of pixie dust but you can get this quality Ubrue for ten bucks. Sometimes nice is good enough. By the way, it tastes like Christmas in a glass.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of Armin. Thanks. Dark brown appearance with a light tan head. Very spicy, mint, nutmeg, light cinnamon, mild chocolate caramel aroma. Fairly spicy Christmas beer- mint, evergreen, cinnamon, nutmeg- chocolate, caramel flavor. Pretty nice holiday beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1401) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2011 Tasted bottle into tulip glass. Poured an opaque, very dark reddish-brown, almost black color with crazy thick beige foam, extremely persistent, fine Belgian lace. Strong perfumey aroma of unidentifiable spices, which is driving me crazy. I even waited until I’d sampled it on multiple occasions to write this review. I’m pretty sure it contains nutmeg and grains-of-paradise, but I know there’s stuff in there I can’t recognize. It was too much for me at first, but it grew on me the more I obsessed about it. Other aromas include pepper, clove, citrus zest, alcohol. A complex grainbill as indicated by flavors of malt, baking bread, toast, roasted barley, nuts, caramel, molasses, plums, black licorice, dried cranberries, refined hops bitterness. Very fruity, tart and tangy, with a pleasant bittersweet aftertaste. Exquisite bottle fermentation lends tiny, spritzy, aromatic bubbles. High ABV% is less warming than you’d expect. Profoundly spicy, not for everyone, but I love it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5212) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle in LA...brown black with scant head. Super spicy, but also sweet in a walnut cake/mincemeat way. Has a cola with Unibroue yeast character. Smooth but too sweet overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
I guess this would have been about 9 months old. Dark brown. The aroma is rich and figgy, with a light spiciness. Earthy, raisiny with light fruits. Decent complexity, and clean, without too much of that Unibroue yeast.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Pours dark brown with a gigantic brown head that’s VERY frothy. Smells of sweet fruits and malts. Tastes of bubble gum, dark fruits, and burnt malts. Slightly gluey flavor as well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Poobah (262) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Dark cola-like color. Pours with a big head which thins to a light film. Spicy and peppery nose with some apple cider notes. Easy entry with an immediate spiciness and mild carbonation followed by a peppery finish. There is also a lingering, barely noticeable plum-like sweetness in the aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Refrigerated until 8/19/11 This pours a dark Cola brown with a thick, long lasting tan head. Initially some spice and caramel malt start out the aroma. I expect more as the head falls and lets some of it break through. The aroma becomes much more fruit filled as the glass settles in. The flavor is light and fruity, sweet, but not overly so and there are no hops playing in the flavor or finish. Spices and some raisin flavors. Much lighter bodied than I was expecting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2011
2010 vintage bb 9/10/13 shared by dave on 1/9/11. pretty much cola colored with a soft beige head. very spicy nose... cardamom, black pepper, ginger, clove and unibroue yeast along with notes of cola, malt and molasses. the flavor is the same only too sweet, too big and too spicy... yet it remains crisp from high carbonation.7/4/6/3/14

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5338) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours dark brown in color with a large fluffy beige head. The aroma has sweeter malts, fruits, spices like ginger and sage with mild yeastiness. The flavor has sweet malts, caramel, yeast, ginger, cloves and some nice fruits. Medium bodied with a drier finish,


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