awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with some cedar bark hues and a tall head of fizzy tan. Strong aromas of ginger dominate the nose, but further contemplation reveals subtler notes of leather and cocoa. Hints of some dark fruity esters, mainly prune, but the spices overwhelm the majority of the yeast profile. Medium light bodied, highly
carbonated mouthfeel with a dry, selzery texture. As with the aroma, ginger dominates the flavor. Suggestions of cocoa, leather, and raisin as well. A moderate alcohol warmth lingers in the finish, creating a bit of a medicinal sensation coupled with the ginger. Far too overspiced for my tastes, but the execution is good. Pleasantly dry with a perfect
carbonation level; would love to know what this would have tasted like without any spices.
Nik925 (742) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Forgot about this one, and it sat for quite some time (passing the best by, but really, if you sell a ’age this bottle’, the conservative date is BS.). Nice punchy dried fruit flavor remains after all these years. Meanwhile, the alcohol (hardly there) and other harsh flavors have floated away. Rather happy I let this one sit. Surprisingly high carbonation - worth the time wrangling the cork out - almost went for the cork screw. Reading a few reviews, it looks like these benefit from sitting a long time. Nice, hard, yeast/lees pack at the bottom of the bottle. Will pick up a 2013 next time I’m at Trader Joes - cheers to 2017.
skoisirius (1438) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Not sure why this gets different years for each vintage as I don’t believe the brew changes from year to year. That said, I’m copying and pasting this to each vintage I’ve had due to this factor. Beyond that, every year this comes out it’s worth picking up a bottle. It’s a great dark fruited and spiced out Belgian style, something like a dubbel, yet stronger. Can’t beat it for the price!
GRM (2791) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown bottle, 750 ml, best before 09-10-2013, from Philippe Boutin, with Louise, Luc Bourbonnière and Philippe Boutin, savoured on September 13 2013; eye: mahogany, semi-opaque, no effervescence, tiny sheet of beige head, no lacing; nose: yeast, malt, fruity, candied sugar, alcohol, light liquorice; mouth: yeast, malt, plum, candied sugar, alcohol, alcohol warmth, light liquorice, tired, finale in spices with presence of plum, medium body, below-average carbonation, a bit thin; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, 750 ml, meilleure avant 09-10-2013, de Philippe Boutin, avec Louise, Luc Bourbonnière et Philippe Boutin, savourée le 13 septembre 2013; œil : acajou, semi-opaque, pas d’effervescence, petite couverture de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : levure, malt, fruité, sucre candi, alcool, léger réglisse; bouche : levure, malt, prune, sucre candi, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, léger réglisse, fatiguée, finale en épices avec présence de prune, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, un peu mince; en résumé : correct
Boutip (4431) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of dry fruits with residual candi sugar and your typical Unibroue yeast. Taste is a complex mix between some candi sugars with dry fruits with some caramelized malt notes, liquorice and the typical Unibroue yeast coming through at the end. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Solid beer from Unibroue which is starting to show the damage of time.
Lubiere (9302) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12/29/2010: Trader Joe’s 2010 Vintage Ale (Dark Ale Brewed with Spices and Natural Flavor Added)... Aroma: Ginger spice aroma; ginger-cola. Appearance: Brown, opaque color; large, fluffy mocha-colored head that is long-lasting. Flavor: Ginger; herby DFH/Stone/Victory Saison Du Bugg flavors - sage? rosemary?; dry, spicy finish; a touch of alcohol. Palate: Smooth with a gerneous amount of carbonation; medium-bodied. Overall: Decent; not unlike previous vintages bymuch.
750 mL corked and caged bottle (9% alc./vol.; Best Before 09-10-2013) from Trader Joe’s in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rating #174 for this beer.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle. It pours a dark and murky reddish brown with a large tan head. The head is pretty short lived. The nose is a little papery with notes of dried fruit, raisin, and dust. The flavor has a tinny bitterness to it with the yeast, dried fruit, and caramel sweetness. This one hasn’t aged all that well despite what the label says.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
No thanks to Moll for leaving this bottle. This did not age well. Some dark fruits along with mint and a very off dryness.
SudsMcDuff (5644) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
You may not feel outstandingly robust, but if you are an average-sized adult you will contain within your modest frame no less than 7 X 10^18 joules of potential energy—enough to explode with the force of thirty very large hydrogen bombs, assuming you knew how to liberate it and really wished to make a point.
jbruner (1882) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at RBWG! Pours a dark black brown with a light ring of lacy head. Aroma and taste are boozy, belgian esters of dark fruits and hints of caramel and coffee. Mouth is a little thin, with lots of bubbly carbonation on the mouth. Not too bad, apparently its cheap too, so that’s cool.