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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2012

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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theOptimator (284) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Aroma is rich dark berry, apple, grape, belgian, coca cola, allspice. Appearance is dark brown almost black with thin tan head of small bubbles. Taste is dark berry, grape, belgian yeast, apple, coca cola, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, clove, sweet dark malt, bit of tart orange. Palate is medium full, but still somehow manages to be almost light and crisp. A malty beer but not overly heavy. Hides alcohol surprisingly well. Overall an impressive beer, especially at this price. Past beers in this series were in need of aging IMO. This years is very nice right now and Im not sure aging would benefit it much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2012 Bottled from Trader Joe’s. Dark ruby pour. Seasonaly spiced nose along with a bit of dark fruit. Highly carbonated. Slightly sweet with some dark fruit and a bit of spice. Tasty winter Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
This is a winner. And the price is amazing. $4.99 for a bomber. This is a spice medley with ginger and nutmeg swirling in this dark brown brew. Alcohol is present but adds to the taste doesn’t take you out of it. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HughConway (791) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Bomber Bottle from TJs. Dark brown, slight head. Sweet spice aroma, taste is sweet and spice, clean finish. Nice beer, beet sweet and spicier than I like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1347) - Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2012
The aroma is of dark fruit and spices. The beer pours an opaque black, with a giant, out of control light tan head. Very nice flavor, with dark fruit, spice, and a hint of roast. The alcohol is very well hidden, and there’s a nice lingering finish of spices. It’s hard to beat the value that this beer is, coming in at $5 a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1104) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2012
750 mL bottle. Pours black with a large light tan head. Cloves and other spices in the aroma, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Flavor also features the same set of spices, creating a gingerbread cookie feel, but with more cloves and bubble gum and a bit of a smoky note. Hint of raisin. Definitely good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1811) - USA - NOV 4, 2012
Mahogany red brown in color... Aroma I cinnamon and nutmeg... Flavor is caramel and toffee, Belgian yeast and candi sugar... Alcohol is noticeable but very balanced... Delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
monk191 (896) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 Very good, and different the other years. Creamier, and smoother. Pours a thick black with a heavy brown head. Not too much smell, a hint of roasted nuts. That’s the only category where it falls short. Taste is great, best year we’ve had so far. Smooth, less carbonated, and milder. Tastes like we expect an aged 2009 to be. Not as much alcohol overtones either. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle from TJs Berkeley. Black with a fluffy off white head. Cola citrus nutmeg cinnamon and allspice aroma. Lively silky but slightly sticky palate. Tastes of chocolate and light orange followed by hazelnut cola and Ginger bread and finishing with hot cinnamon and alcohol and with lingering sweet spice notes. Very good.

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