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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: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (1890) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Dark with a tan head. Deep flavor of malt, fig, nuts, raisin. Full bodied leading to a very strong finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8029) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2012
C&C 750 mL bottle from Trader Joe’s Virginia Beach. Pours a clear dark brown color with a huge brown foamy head (4 fingers atop 3 fingers of beer. Aroma of big spice notes, candi sugar, chestnuts, herbal notes and tart fruits. The taste is candi sugar, pineapple, stone fruits, spices, herbal hops. Very fruity. High carbonation, medium bodied. Decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2350) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle gift. Really nice blend of dark fruits, spices and bread. The alcohol was warming and smooth. I liked it a lot.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (829) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Subtle aromas of yeast, wheat, barley and grains. Blackish brown in color with a large tan foam and nice lacing against the glass. Strong yeast, oat, herb and caramel overtones. Pleasant herb, spice, cinnamon and boozey finish. Overall, this is a nice mouthful of complexity. Full bodied with strong and assertive malty flavors. Alcohol is well masked. I’d give this an A+ rating.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5098) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle. Deep brown colored body that is nearly black with a large light brown colored head. The nose has light pears and cinnamon. There is also some caramel behind the spicing and fruit. Hints of funky leather. The taste is like dirty leather with some strong notes of cinnamon. There is also a little bit of nutmeg. This is fairly dry overall with some dry sherry type prune notes in the finish. I don’t require it in other beers, but would like a little more sweetness in this one. Overall, it is ok.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8284) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
750mL at a party. Pours a hazy collar red. Large beige foam. Nose is heavy house yeast, fruit cake, cinnamon, gingerbread. Some sage and mint. Taste begins with light chocolate, mineral water, dark cherries, spicy mint and sage. Palate is minerally, aerated. Finishes too dry and papery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Pours clean cola ebony with a very effervescent head. Smells like Santa: rum raisins, caramelized sugar, anise cinnamon, ginger and a slight tinge of something herbal. Nicely light and carbonated body that tingles your taste buds with flavors of brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate, rum raisin, and prune. Clean finish that is pleasantly sweet with a nice alcoholic warmth like Santa’s breath.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Ha, I swear I rate this the same every year, though I think I like this slightly better than I remember. Less spicy and sweet. Dark sweet malts, figs, raisins, some orange notes, a bit of clove and anise. And of course the Unibroue yeast that tastes like... Unibroue yeast. Solid but not great. Exactly what one comes to expect from this every year.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BuckeyeSammy (538) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Disappointing! Look forward to this release and this year was by far the worst I've had. Metallic taste, sweet malt. Strong figs, dates. Dark cherry? Watery mouthfeel on the back end of my palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy App

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4638) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2012
750ml bottle pours a mostly opaque black with garnet edges and a thin, creamy, off white head. Nose of dark fruit, plum, prunes, raisins, ginger, clove, some banana, a little pineapple. Flavor was similar, raisins, prune juice, cane sugar, rum, cloves, plum, pear. Full bodied, lightly spicy finish. You know, for $4.99 for a 750ml, this is a decent deal. Not sure I’d age this year’s batch though.


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