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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhwcinc (1854) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Purchased at Trader Joe’s (big surprise), enjoyed at home prior to going out on a snowy New Years Eve. I didn’t take tasting notes, but remember this being a lot like the previous vintage ales, maybe a little more carbonated this year. Still a great value beer...5th year I’ve rated this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
12/25/13. Merry Christmas! 750mL bottle shared graciously by my brother Calvin. Dark amber pour with a nice khaki head. Malty aroma, some caramel, spice, and light fruit. Malty flavor as well, fruity, esters, light spice. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2014
C&C 750 mL bottle from Trader Joe’s Charlottesville, opened 11/24/13. Pours a very dark brown color with large frothy, foamy medium brown head. Average head retention. Aroma of yeast, brown sugar, bread, dark fruits and a bit of cocoa. The taste is yeast, banana, bread, spice, dark fruits, mild nuttiness and a hint of chocolate. Medium bodied, lingering spice, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drdisque (763) - Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2014
From a bottle. Flavor is rich and fruity with lots of nice raisin and walnut notes. Complex flavor. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4083) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Very legit beer--Trader Joe’s probably gets the best BUL beers that anyone puts under their own labels. This is a dark brown with a soft complexion and a good blend of caramel, candi sugar, and general Belgian qualities. Somewhat generic, as others have noted, but very drinkable. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2013
A pretty standard Belgian strong from Unibroue. Sweet, a bit chewy. A lot of Unibroues beers are starting to taste the same to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Almost a black color. Lots of white bubbly suds. Heavy on te palate and intense malts with a pleasant sweetness. Nice job tj's! - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (1365) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Good offering. Pours good and dark with a nice little aroma. Nice Belgian especially more than I was suspecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle from TJs. Dark brown with a fluffy off white head. Huge musty and earthy aroma of spice, molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Bright lively palate. Tastes of dark fruit, berries, caramel, vanilla, and sweet spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8572) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Dark mahogany beer with a light brown head. Yeast and caramel/toffee aroma with light fruitiness. Yeast and spice flavor with caramel/toffee. Medium bodied. Spice and yeast lingers with caramel/toffee and light fruitiness.

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