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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2012

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

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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6172) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2012
12/27/12. 750mL bottle. Dark brown pour with a nice khaki head. Lots of aroma components including dark caramel, coffee, roast, soy sauce, and sourness. More prominent sourness in the flavor with roast and coffee. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle:   Deep brown, nearly black, cola hued, moderate frothy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Bright evergreen aroma, maybe spearmint?   Otherwise a soft dark bready aspect, minor dark pitted fruit, maybe some kafir leaf.   Has a definite dark bready/fruit aspect, but it also has this bright evergreen spiced like background.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Finishes with a wintergreen like spice, along with some dark pitted fruit and dark breadiness.   Decent example, and very Unibroue like.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx77 (1445) - Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2012
From corked and caged bottle. Dark yeast notes with a distinct banana and clove taste. Light-bodied for such a high alcohol content.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
86Moose (62) - - DEC 26, 2012
A very good Belgian. Strong on the yeast. Sweet tasting. Subtle hint of banana. Lots of foam on the pour. Deep brown going to black in appearance.. A good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sharkbcr (110) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012
An interesting seasonal. Long lasting foamy head. Yeasty aroma hides the spicy sweetness of this brew. Color is brown black. The finish has hints of cloves and cinnamon. Pretty good for its modest price.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Huhzubendah (2672) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2012
The beer is near black in color with a thin beige head. The aroma offers spices, mint, dark druit, yeast. The flavor is sweet and spicy, a bit overly so. Dark fruits and licorice with notes of anise. Not in the upper half of the style. Medium bodied with lingering spices and a touch of warming alcohol. Very reasonably priced, but you get what you pay for.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raradel (342) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Starts out very carbonated, hope it mellows on that with time. Also, it has an interesting colored head, very light and chalky that is a nice contrast to the very dark color of the ale. Almost looks like a stout but the flavor profile is strongly Belgian. Yeasty, Christmas spicy, raisin, and rich bread. Palate is decent but carbonated. Not overly heavy but not thin, decent lacing as well. Merry Christmas to me!!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4546) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours dark mahogany into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes leaving trailing sheets. Earthy caramel aromas. Sharp with caramel and treacle upfront turning to pit fruit in the dry, lasting earthy finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerSquare (117) - - DEC 24, 2012
Interesting beer. . . the nose is all cocoa, leather and cinammon, not hinting much at the sweetness of the beer. Taste has all that Unibroue belgianity you would expect, but it’s way darker and thicker than most of their. . . somehow, strangely maintaining the very effervescent carbonation of some of their more champagne offerings (ephemere comes to mind. . . but only re: the bubble). Good for a winter evening. . . I’d like it better if it had more richness and zing to balance the sweet spice, but it really is pretty good. I think it would be in a good "introductory big belgian" for nonbelievers; big meaty belgianness, but nothing too out there and plenty of reassuring familiar spice flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikem409 (1615) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours tan with off white head. Aroma of spice and Belgian yeast. Taste follows lots of spice not much else sweet chewy


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