beersighted (134) - - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely Belgian strong ale. Heavy of Belgian yeast flavor, with bold spiced plum and brandy undertones. This beer had great body, but lost lacing relatively fast. For the money, this is by far the best beer around. I believe this to be a Trois Pistoles clone.
ben4321 (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: Bottle shared by Dan, thanks bud!, 1/4/14
Aroma: The aroma has some caramel/toffee, lots of Belgian yeast, and dark fruit
Appearance: It pours a dark reddish color with a beige head and some decent lace
Flavor: It has a nice, complex malt flavor, with dark fruit and toffee, spice, and yeast
Palate: The body is medium, it has a somewhat sticky feel, and a short-to-average duration
I haven’t actually tried one of these vintages since the ’09, but I remember it being a pretty tasty beer, and I am rarely disappointed by Unibroue. This one was quite tasty.
radagast83 (6103) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ah, it’s that time of year again - $4.99 bottles of Unibroue beer at Trader Joes! This one, like its predecessors, poured a dark brown with a medium sized tan, fluffy head. Aroma was dark fruits, brown sugar notes, sweetness. Flavor was dark, dried sweet fruits, brown sugar, with nice spice notes. Alcohol was pretty well subdued.
seymour (1750) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared from a corked big brown bottle into snifters. It poured a dark reddish brown colour with crazy thick beige foam, everlasting with lots of Belgian lace. Gorgeous. Predictable strong Unibroue Belgian ale yeast aromas: black pepper, clove, some grainy, toasty and spicy hoppy aspects underneath. Strong, spicy flavours too: pepper, clove, red wine tannins, tart acidity, metallic, plums, black cherries, cola, toasted brown bread. Light body, but very complex mouthfeel, intense Champagne-like carbonation, lingering fruity and spicy aftertastes. Good stuff as usual, but it’s probably time for me to do another side-by-side vintage taste test, because these are starting to seem the same every year to me.
MattH (673) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour. Big tan head. Spicy aroma. I detect coriander among other things. Flavor is coriander, nutmeg, and dark fruits. Body is medium and level of carbonation is high. Enjoyed this one. More on the dry side as opposed to many dark Belgian Ales.
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a thick tan head. Brown black color. Aroma is of toast, chocolate and fruity esters. Taste is similar.
johnnnniee (3156) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle provided by Santa.
Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights at the edges when held to light. Fluffy creamy off white head shows moderate retention and lace. Aromas of pepper and clove with bits of brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Light dark fruit aromas round out the nose. The flavor is a dark sugary spicy affair. Dark sugary maltiness that gets assaulted by peppery clove and other spices. Light prune and molasses round out the flavor. Medium to thick body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly spritzy mouthfeel. Glad I got to try this, but I felt this a bit too spicy for my tastes.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big and dark with an aggressive tan head. Bit of yeast and malt in the nose. Flavor is clean with some yeast and dark fruits. Nice beer.
Imaena (2126) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JAN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This is a great big belgian style with lots of interesting flavor dynamics going on in the background.
Panzuriel (1558) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Trader Joe’s vintage ale 2013 version ale is a dark opaque brown pour with a very firm head of small light brown bubbles. Nose is typical belgian esters of yeast, stone fruit and a bit of cedar hops on the back. Crisp and acrid. Taste is sharp at first that mellows in the middle. there is wheat bread with aspects of earth and stone fruit like not quite ripe peach. very lively body. the finish is just a bit of good baked bread grain.