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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2013

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Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Unique and limited edition, this Belgian style ale is crafted once a year as a special treat for those of you who appreciate flavorful, bottle-conditioned ale with character. This year’s vintage: a rich, dark and full-bodied ale with a fine and generous coffee-colored, beige foam. It’s ready to enjoy right away and you may also wish to cellar a few bottles. It will evolve interestingly well, developing more complex flavors as the years go by.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (1989) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Aroma: Sweet Bread, Raisins, Cinnamon Appearance: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, Decent Lacing Taste: Sweet Bread, Raisins, Mildly Boozy Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1040) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2014
750 ML bottle Thanks to my sister in Seattle for this. Good Christmas present Dark mahogany color with a light tan head. Persistent head. Decent carbonation. Lots of cloves, banana, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Good nose but the yeast is very evident. Taste reflects nose well. Does get a bit thin in the end though. Or maybe it just got very samey. For the price can not beat though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jdb288 (480) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Wanted to like this more than I actually did. Bottle. Pours amber/brown with slight tan head. Aroma is pumpkin-spice, dried leaves, prune. Taste incorporates those elements...I keep going back to some of the pumpkin beers I’ve had in 2013. Lots of carbonation, crisp and clean. Strange sweet/rotten aftertaste to me. Didn’t finish well.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (4931) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2014
brown with red tone pour with light off white head and lace. Aroma is dried fruit with little to no hop aroma. Flavor is sweet dark fruit flavors with just a touch of burnt sugar. Medium body with aggressive carbonation. Just not much. this beer was not well taken care of after it hit the bottle

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2014
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Fruity, caramel, some spice, and bread.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (2314) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Trader Joes 750ml, dark brown, tan head, sweet smell, taste is sweet with spices, overall a really good trader joe’s beer!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
samsmith33 (355) - - MAY 7, 2014
Aroma, yeast and smoke. Dark fruits, licorice. Brown-black color. Small white head. Head lasted. Taste, sour cherry, Belgian Wang is prevalent. Lively beer, better than 2011 I think.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4654) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle: Poured a deep dark brown color ale with a medium brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian malt notes with some candi sugar notes with light spices and typical Unibroue yeast notes. Taste is a well balanced mix between some candi sugar notes with some light spices, some fruity notes and some Unibroue yeast. Body is relatively full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable but I think I preferred the two previous years vintage which were less fruity and a bit more pronounced on the spicy notes.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (1994) - USA - APR 26, 2014
An interesting item - a good abbey quad brewed by Unibroue and offered at a bargain rate by Trader Joe’s. It is hampered by an unpleasant, harsh, yeasty aroma. The flavor is very good though - a complex blend of brett, cola, and molasses, plus a dash of sea salt. It was definitely worth the purchase price.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (5978) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bomber. Murky dark brown pour with a small ring head. Aroma is cinnamon, plum, and yeast. Full flavored. Yummy.


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