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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: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12352) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2011
(750ml bottle, courtesy of AmEricanbrew) Pours a brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of raisins, yeast, dates, coriander, and some sulfur. Flavor of raisins, baked apple, banana, caramel, coriander, light pepper, and yeast.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2010
75cl bottle, thanks Peregrinari. Small tan head atop cola brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some Belgian yeast, banana, cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some Belgian yeast, light anise. Medium body, low carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10904) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 27, 2010
750 c&c from a Sacramento TJs. Pours dark brown with a 4 finger foamy dirty beige/tan head. Main aroma is a lot of spice. Med body; frothy carb. This stuff is really spiced. I’d almost say there’s sage. Plus maybe coriander and pepper. Maybe ginger. There’s a dark malt underpinning, but the spice is the main thing. This may age interestingly.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (10738) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin off-white head. S: A huge sage aroma to this with quite a bit of bitter, baking chocolate as well. There’s a really high level of carbonation that becomes apparent on the nose. A bit of pepper that sort of comes out of nowhere. T: Again, the sage really dominates the beer. Quite a bit of pepper is present, perhaps some fennel as well, and there’s just a touch of chocolate. Not necessarily all that sweet, but a moderate malt/sugar character. M: The body is medium and the carbonation is as well. D: Somebody suggested that this beer tasted like breakfast sausage, and I’m somewhat inclined to agree. Not my favorite by any means.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured dark brown color with a large light brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy malt, ginger and sage spice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex ginger and malt sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish with a small alcohol tone of moderate to long duration. Another good brew.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9866) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
A dark brown ale with a thick collapsing frothy brown head. In aroma, dark fruits, licorice, candy sugar, nice. In mouth, sweet caramel, dark fruits, orange peel, Unibroue yeast, licorice and alcohol warmth, a bit tired but decent. BB 09/10/2013. Shared with GRM and Boutip. Merci Phil.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle at 13th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of dkachur. Pours clear brown with a large, fizzy beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, toasted), light hops (earthy), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of prune and dates. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, straw, toasted, nutty), light hops (earthy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of prunes, dates, pepper, and ginger. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, and low creaminess with a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (8963) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8194) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
C&C 750 from Trader Joes Glen Allen, VA, shared at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Pours a dark reddish color with a medium tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of big spicy hop notes, berries, earthy notes. The taste is toffee, brown sugar, yeast, peppery yeast notes, earthy. Medium-full bodied. Nice.


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