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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2011

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

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   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 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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle from Trader Joe’s: The liquid was a dark brown with purple tinting with a thin fizzy layer of head broke up quickly in my Trappist glass. Aroma is heavily spiced with a smell Belgian yeast and a thick smell of malts too. Flavor is mildly spicy with a soft touch of sweet malts that share a sugary candy taste, but overall well balanced and actually quite nice for the price of $4.99, though, I do think the carbonation has turned me into a burp monster.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Very dark color but a thinnish head. A bit of anise, this is pretty light in flavor, but quite candy sugary sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Dark brown color with a big tan head. Rich aroma of dark fruits. Taste is medium sweetness, lightly sour, medium body, thick feel, lively.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Dark brown pour with a huge amount of off white head, yeasty spicy aroma. Sweet malty taste with a interesting mix of spices. solid beer for the price, a great pickup at trader joes every year

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is malty, dark fruits, and hints of booze. Flavor is sweet, caramel, yeasty dough, dried fruits, and Belgian spice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma is of spice like anise, clove and coriander, some breadiness, yogurt like flavors from th Unibroue yeast, caramel and dark fruits. The flavor follows the nose with the caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, spices like clove, coriander and anise, some of the yogurt character and some dark breadiness. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a pretty tasty Belgian Strong Dark Ale!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
samsmith33 (369) - - FEB 18, 2012
Strong but Sour but smell. Dark black appearance even held to light, with much carbonation...large head, bit shortlived. Sour cherry taste, with a touch of smokeyness. A beer to sip slowly.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frpilz (111) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Carmel, floral, citrus, woody aroma. Had a thin head an drak brown color. Flavor was rich, bready, dried fruit apsect, slight citrus at first gives way to woody creamy maltiness. Medium full moyhfeel, then strong ahchol finish/bite. Very complex and enjoyable, not to be chugged but savored.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (4922) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Dark Amber color, hazy with a thin tan head. There is a light Belgian yeast aroma and flavor. Light coffee flavor, Hops are light there is a fruit flavor that lingers. This was dry and a very good finish. Enjoyable beer. Trader Joes beers are interesting every year.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wittales (633) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Appearance was claer root beerish with a lasting 2 finger head with lacing. Aroma was dark fruit , raisins,figs and spices and hints of alcohol. Taste was clean sweet spices and fruit and touches of hops with beautiful malts coming through. Mouthfeel was full and chewy with mild carbonation and amazing long finish with alcohol hits you at the finish. Would age nicely...


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