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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: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike67 (819) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a long lasting, thick, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, caramel malt, brown sugar, spices and hops. Body is full and smooth. Funky yeast, caramel malt, brown sugar, spices, dark fruit and hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and very spicy. Very nice, delicious brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hartung32 (227) - Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Very good beer, even better value! Great raisin nose; with a rich sweet taste without any noticeable alcohol. I've had better, but for the price it's an exceptional buy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a dark tan/grey head. Rich malt and spice aroma. Rich malt and light fruit flavor with spice and yeast. Medium bodied. Spice and yeast linger with dark fruit and rich malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1334) - Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Appearance: dark purplish-brown cola pour with a minimalist light tan head. Aroma: cherries, raisin toast, clove, candi sugar, beet juice, ginger snaps, and molasses. Taste: cinnamon-raisin-oatmeal cookies, nutmeg, allspice, clove, graham cracker, candied ginger, yeast, plums, and banana. Finish: yeasty, spicy, but surprisingly lively and clean. Notes: Tons going on with this beer. Tastes exactly like you’d expect a fine Unibroue Belgian ale to taste, which is awesome. Would drink again.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1019) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 Poured from big bottle. Vanilla, strawberry, banana in aroma. Dark mahogany with foamy tan head. I taste vanilla, plum, banana, bread, various spices (nutmeg, pepper) Alcohol is noticed, but is secondary. Maybe just me but I detect a touch of milk chocolate. Great drinkability - maybe too good. A great, just short of outstanding brew. I will take the advice of other ratebeerians and age my remaining bottles a bit. Update 12/2013 - Just has the last bottle that was aged for almost a year. Definite improvements in palate and taste. Worth the wait.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2264) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Trader Joes showed greate judgement getting Unibroue to contract brew this for them and some similar divine inspiration caused my Mom to get this for me for Christmas. Dark reddish and clear, no real lacing/retention, but a thick opening sudsy head. Nose is yeasty, with plums, ginger and soy sauce. Palate is clean tasting, not a lot going on, more of the Christmas spiciness, some dark malty notes and a bit of brown sugar. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Purchased at Trader Joe’s (obviously), enjoyed at home rooting for the Packers to win. Appearance is a very dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of clove, Belgian yeast, kinda smells like the other TJ ales I’ve had in the past. Taste is good and smooth, really enjoying this one. It’s obviously high potent but nice and smooth. $5 can’t buy a better brew, great bargain beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (753) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
750 ml corked and crowned bottle. Dark brown opague liquid topped by a medium-sized bubbly tan head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and spicy. Sweet toasted malt flavor is full of dark fruits and yeasty character. Bready and spicy with hints of ginger and cloves. Very raisiny and notes of vanilla and brown sugar.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1955) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2012
dark brown pour with a quick thin tan head. aroma is dark fruit and ginger spice. molasses maltiness. Body is lighter than expected, flavour is dark fruit and spice. brown bread and yeast. Not as sweet as aroma suggested.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6123) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2012
12/27/12. 750mL bottle. Dark brown pour with a nice khaki head. Lots of aroma components including dark caramel, coffee, roast, soy sauce, and sourness. More prominent sourness in the flavor with roast and coffee. Not bad.


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