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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 ale 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 the bottle upright in storage. Brewed with a delicate balance of noble hops, roasted malts and spices, this is a remarkably smooth ale with a wonderfully complex finish. It is best served slightly shilled, around 53 degrees Fahrenheit and pairs exceptionally well with grilled salmon steaks, curried lamb, beef or tuna au poivre. Crafted and bottled exclusively for Trader Joe’s


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2095) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2012
Pours a mahogany deep dark brown with a bubbly tan head. Smell is instant and rather big spicy notes (nutmeg, cinnamon), some bready yeast. Taste is more spice and smooth yeast dough finish. Excellant holiday beer and nice brew overall.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
Made for Trader Joe’s by Unibrue. Pours rich dark brown with frothy white head. Settles down quickly. Aroma is belgian yeast with booze and some malt scents. First sip is boozey, yeasty nutty profile with lots of carbonation. Aftertase is spicy sweet butty finish. Lots of unrealized potential here.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (4820) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
(750ml bottle) Courtesy of Left4beer. Aroma of ginger and malt. Very spearmint and tonic. Dental, gross. Boring. --- reviewed on RateBeer.com

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5817) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
750 ml bottle. Poured a dark ruby-brown color with a huge foam light-tan head. Aroma was dark fruits, sweet malts, touch of spice. Reminds me a bit of a raisin cookie. Flavor is heavy on the dried fruits, with a ton of malt. Creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is quite subdued with this one, even though it’s 9%. Nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4951) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
750 ml bottle. Dark muddy brown pour, huge foamy light tan head, which quickly disipates. Dark dried fruit, raisin, very spicy, clove, yeasty, dark sugars, and esters. Lively yeast, makes a light body for the abv. Pretty good beer, I haven’t had a unibroue for a while. Not the best, but good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (8065) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle. Very dark muddy brown pour with a foamy white head. Nose of yeast and raisin. Medium palate. Taste is dark fruit and a touch of earthiness. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (6385) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Linh. Great Belgian ale to ease back into. Spicy ester aroma. Mouthfeel is champagne yeast , sparkling carbonated feel with. Notes of dark fruit, clove, Belgian yeast, spicy esters.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5747) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle: The aroma is a great combination of banana, dark fruits, apple, and clove. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a large greyish-beige head. The flavor starts with dark fruits and raisins. There’s some light banana in the background. The finish has cloves, apple, and faint metallic notes. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, the metallic notes really hurt. If the metallic notes drop out over time, this could be excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerKurve (518) - - MAR 3, 2012
Pitch Black in color. The flavor consists of Cloves, Figs, Cinnamon, Apples and Hefe-style Cloves and Bananas, which all come together very well. It feels thick on the palette despite it’s medium body. Excellent flavor, definitely worth the $5 I paid for this, it’s a shame I didn’t buy more than one of these, because I was told these age really well!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2012
750mL bottle, caged & corked. From Trader Joe’s, Roswell. Black pour, purple hue, Light tan head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, dried plums, prune juice. Flavor is a dark malt, loads of dark fruits, belgian yeast esters, spicy notes, prunes, and a metallic finish. Better as it warms, earthier flavors come out. Oily texture, hearty bodied. (3263)


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