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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2012



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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Tj’s 2012 VA pours a rich black brown with a very firm head of mocha small bubbles. Nose is spruce and a bit of floral hops. Some alcohol and banana on the scent as well. taste is just a hint of cherry or other red fruit, that is lightly sweet. there is a hint of cereal like earthiness in the middle. Finishes clean with just a bit warming heat. Body is fluid with just a smidge of bubbles. A very nice belgian again this year from Unibroue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (526) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Pours black with a nicely laced brown head. Nice aroma of biscuit, prune and brown malt. Nice taste with some light spice. Very nice palate too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1617) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2012
750ml->stem. Deep brown with white head. Aroma has anise, spices, fruits. Taste of banana, spices, nuts, other fruits. High carbonation. Complex, good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle - Black with little ivory head. Aroma of prunes, cloves, and toasted grains. Taste of banana and clove, good mouth feel and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (3567) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2012
Very dark brown. Aroma has some aniseed and spices. Lots of complex dried fruits. It’s quite sugary. Also rich and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2012
I am not the biggest Unibroue fan but this was pretty respectable and well-balanced. Lots of roasted malt and yeast on the nose. Decent belgian taste to it (dubbel-ish). Some nice complexities too of dried fruit and some spice. I was pleasantly surprised. Not the greatest by any means but enjoyable. I’d be interested to see how this cellars. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3400) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
750mL bottle. The aroma on this has the distinct Unibroue yeast profile - very fruity with hints of pineapple and passionfruit. There is a light underlying spiciness, which seems more along the way of nutmeg. Light toastiness, too. Fairly straight-forward aroma. Modestly transparent mahogany-colored body present with a large, fizzy, light tan head. Good head retention. Starts with a sharp carbonation. Becomes a little sweet with some toffee-like flavors, before this becomes a bit spicy (white pepper). Some of the fruity, pineapple yeast esters then follow, before this finishes with a little bit of metallic flavoring and a little anise. Entirely overly carbonated for me, but decent nonetheless. Curious is all of these vintages are identical, though?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4002) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle. Shocked I haven’t rated one of these yet as I feel like I’ve had it every year. Haven’t has a Unibroue in a while and don’t miss it too much. Strong yeasty phenols, light pine, raisins, hazelnut, roasty malt. Flavor has some schwarzbier-like qualities, and ends with a sweet, slightly watery, light anise finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2559) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle shared by my brother in law, thanks for the opportunity Dave! Pours a deep dark brown with a smallish off white head that shows moderate retention and lots of lace. The aroma holds lots of brown sugar, a smattering of dark fruit, lots of yeast and fruity esters, a bit of pepper, and a faint non descript spice. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Lots of dark fruits and dark sugars with a strong bit of Belgian yeasty flavors. There’s a hint of spice but it is faint and compliments rather that overpowers like so many other holiday brews. Medium to thick body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet sugary almost bubbly mouthfeel. This is a very nice beer. It has that unmistakeable Unibroue taste and aroma. I’m told that this was six dollars for a 750, that’s a hell of a bargain these days for a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
penstemon (182) - Nevada, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Pours pretty much black with a beige head. Aromas of spices (esp. nutmeg and clove), sweet bready malt, dark fruit, a little oxidized. Taste of fig, raisin, spice, bread, burnt caramel, maybe a hint of banana. Slight hoppy bitterness, but very much in line with other dark Belgian-style ales from Unibroue (that’s a good thing).

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