ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Dark black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades very slowly.
S - Dark caramel malts, raisin, plums, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, other spices, a touch of sourness, and a touch of booze.
T - Dark caramel malts with raisin, plum, dates, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, and other spices, a bit of residual sugars, a touch of sourness, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Nice BSDA. Good Belgian character and spices.
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a head of foamy finely sized bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a uncarbonated semi-hazy brown colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of brown malt and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
decaturstevo (5206) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is dark brown sugar cough syrup and sweet malt. Sweet brown sugar, sour malt and earthy bitter. Medium bodied but fizzy.
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown / black with a medium beige head. Aroma is very spicy, with cardamom, coriander (almost curried spices), and Belgian yeast. Flavour is extremely spicy, with loads of coriander and cardamom, Belgian yeast, and some mild dark fruits. This one is dominated by the spices though, too much so. Probably my least favourite of the Trader Joe’s Vintage ales.
RSRIZZO (1870) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml cork & cage bottle (courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Trappist glass at 40°. Color is near black with mellow carbonation and a small tight head. Aroma is light on malt with some spices showing. It has a medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor comes in with a bit of malt and caramel then it hits you with Christmas like spices. After taste lets the spice come up a little more. Overall I am a little disappointed, this has always been a good brew but this year they added a bunch of spice that killed it.
alexsdad06 (5867) - Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. A large fluffy rapidly diminishing beige head. The aroma is sweet malty, herbal and fresh spices with the characteristic Unibroue yeastiness. The flavor is sweet caramel malts, allspice, herbal with yeast. These are usually clean and tasty, yet nothing really stands out. Good for what it is and the price point.
daleharshman (932) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle purchased a year ago at Trader Joe’s in Escondido ($4.99). Pours into my Unibroue tulip glass a dark brown with some vague reddish highlights and three full fingers of beige foam. Aroma of freshly grated spice, sticky dark fruit, orange peel, and Unibroue yeast. Flavor of spice (ginger, allspice and perhaps some nutmeg and clove), caramelized bananas, candied dark fruit (as in fruit cake), dark bready malts, medicinal-type herbs, and Belgian yeast. Good prickly carbonation and well-concealed ABV. This is really very similar to the 2009 and 2010 editions (perhaps spicier for 2011). But it’s still a festive ale that always goes well with the holidays and end of year. (124, 756)
oc4111 (119) - USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark cola like color with and active mocha colored head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma is that typical Unibroue yeast, dark fruit, and a hint of spice. Mouthfeel is surprisingly clean considering all the sweetness. Decent hint of carbonation makes it possible.
nielsedd (77) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep deep brown with a nice frothy layer of beige head that diminishes to almost nothing. Almost no lacing. Smells sweet: bread, yeast, dark fruit. Tastes good...nice spice to compliment the sweet fruit and bready flavors. And of course, yeast is very present in the flavor. All-in-all, a very good Belgian beer.
Damico (2680) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma brings soft, sweeter bready notes. Pours unclear dark chestnut colored with a big amount of sediment on the bottom and humongous foamy beige head on top. Flavor brings bready notes from yeast. some caramel malts, spices but not "overclovey" and a delicious creamy body.