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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6359) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Pours near black with a huge tan head and an earthy dark fruit aroma. There is a slightly harsh fruity malt flavor with lots of spice and a bit of candi sugar. This one is a bit stranger than in the series.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4376) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2013
I have had this several times, and I am rating it from a bottle kept refrigerated and consumed on August 29, 2013. Still very well carbonated. Dark brown. The Unibroue house character is very strong in the aroma and flavor to the point it takes away from the other qualities of the beer. Rich and sweet with some spices, maybe clove and cardamom.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5073) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2013
This is a case of a beer not being horrible, but just not my style. Too heavy, the flavors are too muddled, and too boozy. I got some molasses, some pine, and some peppery, but mostly just a lot of jumbled spicy notes and nothing rally stood out. At least it was cheap.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
foyle (224) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Appearance: dark reddish brown, 1" off white head, very light lacing Aroma: strong fruit and clove/cinnamon spice aromas along with distinctive Belgian yeast. There is a also a somewhat medicinal alcohol smell. Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a mostly wet finish. Flavor: spices dominate (cinnamon and clove) along with some raisin and citrus rind flavors. The middle and finish feature cocoa, some earthy hops, and a warming alcohol presence.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jamesthebrit (238) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
A: Musty. Clovey. like.... old banana. something sweet in there... date maybe A: hazy light dandelion color. T: Clove big time. A sugary sweetness like a date. very light and watery on the finish. P: Watery. big must note. funky finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Huge head on this full-bodied ale. Flavors of roasted malt and dark fruit. There is a sweetness that lingers for a sustained aftertaste. Spices in the undertones.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2633) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2013
750ml bottle pours out a dark brown topped with a small soap head. Aroma of pit fruit, house yeast, spice, sweetness, and a little heat. Taste is more of the sweetness, pit fruit, spice, and some tart.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4134) - Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2013
750ml bottle, caged & corked. Best Before 07-06-2015. Pours like cola. Aromas of roasted malts and clove. Very spicy nose. Dark fruit, burnt wheat, spice. Dark sugar finish. Tart wheat character. Better than any Belgian-style, dunkel weizenbock I’ve had. It’s nice to have a Christmas beer in the middle of July. (3758)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
honest_silu (56) - Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA - JUL 7, 2013
I buy this beer with date like fine wine or even scotch. I try and keep in cellar area, but cannot resist the spl cork and nice bottle which tempt me like beaut woman with long black hairs and lip of red cherry. This remind me of similar beer I try called Terrible from Unibrou company from country of much Hockey and French speaking ppl. I like this beer and seem to be good price for 9% alcohol make me full boost.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (802) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Type: 750 ML glass Glass: Oversized Sea Smoke wine glass From: Trader Joe’s in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif. Price: $4.99 Purchased: June 19, 2013 Consumed: June 22, 2013 Misc.: Best before July 6, 2015 Poured an almost pitch black color with 1-2 fingers of khaki tan lacing. Below average lacing with some occasional wet spots on the sides of the glass. Average-to-below average retention on the top. Smelled dark malts and Belgian spices. Specifically got roasty nuts, toffee, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, pepper and cloves. Tasted like toned down version of the smell. Got those Belgian spices. Also winter warmer notes like cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and cloves. The 9 percent alcohol is well-hidden. Medium body, Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Light-to-medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. This beer grew on me as it went down. Not as good as the Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale I tried last night, but definitely worthy.


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