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Trader Joeís 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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3126) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5360) - Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle shared by ?? at a local tasting. Pours a darker reddish amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have big caramel malt, ripe fruits, fig, raisins, spices, yeast, good body and mouthfeel. These are some of the best values each and every year.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3076) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle from TJís. Pours deep ruby black with a medium creamy beige head that dissipates slowly and laces well. Aroma is dark fruits, spices, toffee, some cocoa, figs. Flavor follows, medium sweet, little bitterness, spicy and fruity, with a lingering spicy finish. Getting a bit of clove or anise in there. Medium body, high carbonation. Quite a nice Belgian Ale, actually.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (661) - Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Always great for the price. Super dark pour. Big dark fruits and yeast in the nose. Great fruity and strong dubbel taste. Slightly roasty. Big spicy mouthfeel. Never a bad choice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1628) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
750ml bottle. Not sure why this gets different years for each vintage as I donít believe the brew changes from year to year. That said, Iím copying and pasting this to each vintage Iíve had due to this factor. Beyond that, every year this comes out itís worth picking up a bottle. Itís a great dark fruited and spiced out Belgian style, something like a dubbel, yet stronger. Canít beat it for the price!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4669) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown/burgundy color ale with a very generous foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of candy-like ester with some Belgian-style malt. Taste is also dominated by some candy-like ester with some residual sugar notes with some heavy dark Belgian-style malt. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable beer with good drinkability with nice complexity and beautiful ester. Glad they drop the coriander in this yearís version.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maddmatt639 (224) - Pacifica, California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
No retention and no lacing. Smells of sweet malt, spices and raisins. Tastes of sweet malt, dark fruits, slightly doughy and spices. Long finish, slightly bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (390) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Pour is a dark, amber brown with a chunky beige head. Aromas of dark fruits, spice and yeast go quite well with the sweet, malty, yeast flavors. At $5 this beer is a steal especially after a year or more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwm1034 (633) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Shared bomber with Sherm1016 and others at lake house NYE beer tasting; thanks! Pours a 'regular coke' brown; sweet / malty initial taste; hints of medicinal tastes once in a while; taste moves around. Spicy; a little boozy for my taste; bready; yeasty. ---Rated via iPad

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csaso (1342) - Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle - good size foamy head, almost black color with a hint of red around the edges, sweet malty aroma and flavor, mild Belg yeast notes (expected more) - not bad overall but definitely expected a little better ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1297) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
750 ml caged and corked bottle, best before 07-06-2015. This is about a year old now. Served in a Dogfish Head signature glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is good, and thereís a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like cloves, dark fruit (plums, raisins), peppery spice, and molasses. It tastes like cloves, dark fruit (plums, raisins), cola, dark bread, molasses, and a bit of nutmeg. Mouhfeel/body is medium, itís slick and creamy, and is well carbonated. This is very similar to the 2011 bottle I drank right before this, which I liked. Guess Iíll have to buy a bottle of the 2013 now!


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