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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deekyn (1187) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
A - pours nice cola brown with low tan head. No lacing. S - very strong Belgian yeast ( similar to al unibroue beers) over ripe apples, over the top sickly sweet fruity notes. Cloves, cinnamon, candied sugar. M - dense full bodied beer, sticky sweet malt madness. Mellow booze for the 9%. T - very rich Belgian yeasts. Over ripe apples. Very very sweet. Some spice notes, cloves and cinnamon. Bubble gum yeasts. O - overly sweet typical unibroue beer. 3.0 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Shooter42 (130) - California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2013 Disappointing taste and aroma. Reminds me of drinking dark soapy water. Not worth buying again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bought from trader joe’s - very cheap price, I think $5.99 or so. I know this is unibroue brewed so I wanted to try. Pours dark brown/plum. Aroma is definitely unibroue yeast - ginger, clove, cinnamon and cardamom. Taste is great, very dry on the front side - candied ginger, faint dark fruits, finishes with belgian yeast spices and faint cinnamon. Not a strong piney hop flavor, but it’s in there. Very drinkable at 9% abv and an excellent beer combined with an excellent price tag. I will buy more of these when I see them at trader joes and age them to see what happens. I wasn’t expecting this good of a beer. Really surprised me !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Pours a medium brown with lively carbonation and a 3-fingered tan head which quickly fades. Smells of fruit, barnyard, hay, caramel. Taste is sweet, mildly sour and bitter, figs, tropical fruit, champagne.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerme31 (492) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown full tan head. Yeasty, clove, ginger, spice aroma. Mild sweet, tart taste. Medium-full body, texture borders between creamy and sticky. Above average carbonation, a bit of bite in the finish. Overall pretty good but liked last year’s version better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Reasonably good. Very dark brown, somewhat thick appearance as it pours. Good sweetness, Belgian dubbel qualities. A little bready, caramel, bubblegum, clove, light spicing. The alcohol is not all that apparent. Drinkable, tasty. Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Witzend (17) - - JAN 17, 2013
Poured from a boomer surprising dark color nice tan head with a malty aroma smooth malty fruit and spice flavor nice beer for the price ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bnoel09 (433) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Poured into an English pint glass. Dark cola brown with a beige head. Aroma is Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet with some mild roasted notes and some assorted spices towards the finish. Medium bodied with a thin mouthfeel. Overall a pretty good Belgian.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (746) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Poured from the bottle I got at Christmas. Aroma is like a Belgium quad, but with an extra pepper or ginger. Flavour shows these more. Poured real dark which seemed odd for the flavor but it’s really good. Nice head and lacing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3190) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Kettering bottle. One of my favorite Christmas traditions. Typical looking dark pour with a thin tan head. Nice change from last year: there is still some of the spice there but a heavy dose of sprucey Christmas tree. Pleasant.


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