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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2011

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


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1316) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2011
750ml purchased from dublin, OH trader joe’s. Oversized snifter. beer pours a dark deep brown opaque liquid. Very generous head of medium to small bubbles. nose is rich with sweet malt and hints of floral and banana scents. MOuthfeel is very fizzy on the tongue. Body is fluid yet somewhat silky. Taste is a bit more dry than expected with some pine and resin characters to the hops. Finish is just a twinge acrid and mellows into very nice mild bitters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9765) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown/black with medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast spicy phenols with dark fruity esters, raisins and figs, brown sugar, and light alcohol. Flavor is Belgian yeast phenols and esters, caramel malt, light bitterness, sweet with a dry finish. Full body, high warmth, and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2182) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2011
shared 750ml. pours a light black with a 1+ finger tan bubbly head. solid carbonation throughout. deep dark fruit nose with caramel malts and light cocoa. med body with sweet dark fruit tones, caramel, light chocolate and cola. very sweet fruit filled finish with light smoke and roasted malt. always a great deal at $5 for a Unibroue beer! this will improve with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Very nice. Pours a deep blackish-brown with a thin white head. Strong aroma, mostly of Belgian yeast. Very nice flavor, well-balanced between the malts and yeast, with a bit of grassy hops. Complex, yet quite drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle. Black with a big foamy tan head. Musty aroma of chocolate, cola nut, allspice with tastes of chocolate, caramel, cola nut, and sweet spice with a thick almost syrupy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
monk191 (983) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
These Trader Joes Ales never disappoint. We have been Enjoying them for the last 3 years, and this one is the best batch. Fruity sweet smell, and a dark carbonated pour. Taste is very smooth, with a malty flavor, but not as sweet as last year. Lots of complexity. We will be letting a bottle sit for a few years. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
2012-02-20. Nice black body with a frothy foamy head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and modest spices carries into the flavour, the overall impression of both is of a spiced take on Trois Pistoles, similar malt and yeast character. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate is quite effervescent. Quite nice. Bottle from Trader Joes, Michigan

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a huge light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized Belgian malt with some coriander and the famous Unibroue yeast ester. Taste is also a well balanced mix of caramelized Belgian style malt with some coriander and some light peppery notes with the famous Unibroue yeast ester. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Doesn’t stray away from the brewer standards which is a good thing knowing how he masters the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1341) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
750 ml caged and corked bottle, best before 07-06-2016. Had this bottle a couple years, hope it’s good now! Served in a Dogfish Head signature glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch light tan head that sticked around for a while. There’s also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit (plums, raisins), cloves, peppery spice, and some molasses. It tastes like dark fruit (plums, raisins), peppery spice, cloves, dark bread, cola, molasses and brown sugar. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s a bit coating and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, it’s sweet, spicy and enjoyable to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike67 (805) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours brown with a long lasting, foamy, tanned head. Aroma is of barnyard yeast and sour dough. Medium, crisp body. Venous fruit, raisins, peppery hops, chocolate malt and brown sugar combine on the palate, some hints of alcohol. Long, peppery finish. Nice brew.

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