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Trader Joes Vintage Ale 2012

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


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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2174) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 15, 2013
From the 750 ml. corked, caged bottle. The pour is dark reddish brown with a bountiful foamy tan head. Fabulous caramel and dark malt aromas with Belgian sugar, yeast, fig, and a clean but mellow hop note. The body is bold. The taste is upfront sweet with a slight booziness and a vaguely lingering finish. This is very nice for a beer brewed under contract for a grocery and health foods chain. I dont know if this just a variation on Unibroue Don de Dieu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadRobin (1999) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 12, 2013
Poured from 750 ml bottle. Opaque very deep brown with a huge khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of spice, roasted malt, caramel, raisins, figs, dates, tart plums and brown sugar. Taste of caramel, raisins, roasted malt, dates, plums, sour cherries, figs and brown sugar. Medium body and medium carbonation. An excellent brew and at $5 for a 750 ml bottle, a superb value. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle tasted at Oxford Tasting Nov 2012. Pours dark chestnut. Yeasty aroma, spicy, sugary, fruity. Flavor is a bit young, with the phenols brash with the aggressive carbonation, but promising with pipe tobacco, cherry, and brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5870) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 31, 2013
12.10.2012. Clear dark brown color with lasting light tan head. Peppery ,chocolate, molasses, dark caramel, belgian spice aromas. Medium body with lively co2. Nice lightly sweet dark caramel, chocolate flavors with spicy belg. yeast, earthy molasses--very tasty Unibrew brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (783) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 29, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours dark, slightly opaque, mahogany. Aroma of strong citrus, coriander, floral, pepper. Flavor is citrus, coriander, jasmine, pepper, cinnamon. Very citrusy, spicy, and surprising light for such a dark beer. Im glad I tried this on a warm spring day as it compliments the weather well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (712) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2013
750 ml corked bottle from, where else, TJs. Pours deep brown with a thick frothy pale mocha head. Aroma is yeast, bread, and floral cardamom spice. Taste is sweet, thin, figgy malt with yeasty finish. Well carbonated. Notes of chocolate, oak, and spice. Quite balanced for 9% abv... And a bargain for $5. Love to see some aging on this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6622) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bomber. Deep purple to brown pour with a quickly dissipating head. Plum and fig, spices, bready yeast - enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5866) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2013
750ml cork and caged glass bottle .. . pours a deep bruised plum .. . good foam head, lacing is apples .. . slick mouthfeel .. . deep fruits and what not .. . good belgian style .. . . how the lads doing??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3342) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Deep brown body with airy, light caramel brown head. Clovy nose heightend by acidic vinegar nose and whiffs of Brett and a whisper of chocolate. Body is smooth, not much carbonation despite the full head. Liquid Bread Belgian yeast, with touches of chocolate and sourdough, spiced by clove. Fairly complex and actually somewhat reminiscent of Fantome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fallingleaves (32) - Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Compared with the 2011 version, 2012 is simply over spicy and lacks a complexity to add variety to your sips. It possesses a wonderful aroma of Belgian species, but this beer is not particularly enjoyable to drink, although it delivers on all the aesthetic elements.

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