beerbill (3576) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear ruby red with a moderate-large tan head that lasted until nearly mid-glass and left light lace. Very pleasant aroma of Belgian yeast with spice and plum also noted. The flavor is malt, Belgian yeast, spice, plums and raisins. Mild bitterness at the finish. Enjoyable.
jb (2640) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
one of the best deals going is the Trader Joe anniversary series. Wow, what a beer for the price. Very dark , clear, orange highlights, with a thick head, and foamy retention. Nose is very spicy in a unique way. Also some anise. Taste is similar, anise dominated. Dry, quaffable, with small bubble tingly carbonation. Not as complex as I’d hoped but still very good and very drinkable.
arnold931 (1012) - Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark, dark ruby with tan bubbly head. No lacing to speak of. Nose is Belgian. Taste is sweet with clove and ginger. Lots of carbonation.
dalekliz (903) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark red-brown with a big off-white head that fades to a ring. Sweet-spicy aroma, of malt, preserved citrus, cloves, yeast. Taste is sharp and spicy, malt, sugar, cloves, cardamom, ginger. Nice carbonation. Lingering spicy sharpness that ends a bit watery. Refreshing and tasty.
Bierkrug (2130) - - MAR 30, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
750ml bottle at Trader Joe’s Sarasoda Fl. Pour is a dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma is a nice sugar with some dark fruit. Flavor is a bit sugary sweetness with some caramel and molasses. Palate is more sweetness with some fruit and spice. OK
Doghair (306) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is spicy dark fruits and malt. Nice malt and spice flavors mixed with some fruit. Big carbonation as expected. Excellent beer.
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown. Dark malts, fruitiness and coriander on the nose. Sweet front, light yeasty character, and with a drier finish. Good, I like the slight orangey note.
mcberko (10577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma brings out lots of spices, especially cardamom. Flavour is the same - super spicy, again with the cardamom, and some Belgian yeast. Super spicy, too much so for me. Decent stuff, but not my favourite of the Trader Joe’s specials.
JMerritt (1903) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked/caged bottle, opened and reviewed in March 2014. Pours a red-devil crimson with a large, frothy (yet mostly diminishing) Cinderella-white head. Sweet, earthy spices dominate the nose (licorice/anise, sarsaparilla root, cloves). Malty and sweet brown sugar, rich molasses, anise and toffee flavors are most evident. Moderately carbonated with a full, clean mouthfeel. Finish has a nip of alcohol, nutmeg, some light woody oak, toasted wheat and light pumpernickel rye bread. Root beer qualities are hard to overlook, so if you’re not a fan you may not enjoy. However, I found this year’s version to be quite good, and preferable to previous years.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[ Bottle ][ TJ Bressi Ranch ][ 750mL ][ $5 ][ Lost Abbey Globe ][ 3/15/14 ]
>> Corks pops with heavy carbonation...dusty deep purple brown pour with guge gray foam. Webby big lace. Nose is excellent cinnamon, cinnamon roll, crumble cake, moving to huge soap phenols, bathroom. Taste is super aerated, dark cherry, cinnamon roll, mild metallic, spices. Mild soap and metal finish. Drinkable...maybe TJ Vintage Ale is so cheap because they are botched batches of Trois Pistoles?