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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: 166   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2013
750mL bottle. Poured medium brown with a well-formed khaki head. The aroma picked up lots of black pepper, rye, and clove spicage over molasses and a touch of maple.. very yeasty, but enjoyable. The flavor found prickly carbonation and cloves on the tip of the tongue, with warm molasses, caramel, and maple following.. peppery red notes and tart, red vinous character around.. finished with tight carbonation and lots of spice, with banana and molasses coming back after the swallow. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. spicy, yeasty, and engaging.. a bit too much carbonation for my liking.. overall a very good drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle from Trader Joe’s in Alexandria, Virginia. Served in a cervoise. Pours a very dark brown. Nose has cardamom, dark fruit dc and roast. Flavor is cardamom and spice. A bit earthy. Creamy body. Too much spice through the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (5096) - Utah, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle shared by Phil
Appearance: Clear brown with a big tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Belgian malts, spices and dark fruit
Taste: Sweet, Belgium malts, candy, sugar and spices
Ok, but to spicy and sweet for me

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emeister84 (1128) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2013 Lime, cola, and floral aromas. Dark red-brown with a mostly fading, khaki head. Dry, herbal, funky, earthy, and citrusy. Medium bodied, carbonation is moderate with an earthy spice, and finishes with flavors of herbs and lime peel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Pours clear dark brown with an ample off-white ehad. Aroma of raisins, molasses, clove, caramel. Sweet spicy and complex flavor. Excellent as always.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2013
750 ml bottle opened by a friend- thanks, Peter! I have the rest of this vertical at home, somehow. Pours a deep amber color with some reddish-brown highlights and an initially lively off-white head that settles quickly. Hard color to describe. The aroma really takes a while to emerge, but is loaded with rich caramel malts and spices- clove, ginger, allspice. Some dried fruits, too. The flavor is a richer version of the same; big caramel malts, toffee, cookies, spices, plums, dried berries, and figs. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, spicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. A little warmth. Would be good in a couple years, too. These beers are one of the best values out there every single year. Kudos to Unibroue and Trader Joe’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2013
My first taste of this brew of any vintage. Another solid one form Unibroue. Dark fruits, deep malts, medium yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deekyn (1250) - 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

   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.

   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 !

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