Home >

Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2013



on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Share this beer with friends!
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.

sailracer's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sailracer (422) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with decent head. Smooth mouth feel with the typical Belgian yeast esters giving a mild banana/fruit taste. A bit of spice. A pretty decent Belgian overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1049) - California, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Pours a dark caramel brown color with a tan head. Yeast, clove, malt, spice and dark fruit aroma. Yeast, banana, clove, spice, dark fruit and malt flavors. Medium full body and lively carbonation. Yeast and fruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6713) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2015
750 ml thanks to Keir. Pours a very dark mahogany color, really looks black with a large light beige head, a bit of a slow gush. A spicy malty nose. Rich, toffee, berries, strawberry especially, yeasty of course, light wood. Comes in a bit hot maybe, slightly tart. Very good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
[6904-20141106] 750mL bottle. Fragrant floral rose grains aroma. Dark cola brown body with a medium-lasting foamy light tan head. Toasted grains and floral boozy barley water flavour. Full body. Interesting. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "The last time I saw MTV music video awards, Kurt Cobain was still alive."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (1558) - Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle - huge foamy tan head, very dark Amber/brown color, sweet dark fruity aroma and flavor, mild alcohol notes, good Belg yeast spice, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ICEatALAMO (1066) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle. The pour is a golden brown with a full head. The aroma is dark fruits and belgian funk. The taste is big on holiday spice and mixes very nicely with the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7097) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle shared by my friend Steve. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and a malty fruity aroma. There is a dark molasses and raisin flavor with lots of spice and a hefty yeast presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6404) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2014
[My bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel] Pours a very dark amber-brown with an average size diminishing frothy white head. Aroma is quite fruity along with Belgian yeast, light spices and a hint of chocolate. Malty and fruity flavour along with light spices. Slightly over-carbonated. Medium bodied. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
2014-11-06. Very dark brown body with a nice foamy tan head. 3+ Aroma is pleasant, sort of anise like notes, muted spice. Flavour is similar. Lightly herbal character over dark malt, mild Belgian yeast character below. Average plus bodied palate, soft effervescent carbonation. 3++ Better than my notes for it unfortunately, it is pretty solid but not does not particularly differentiate itself from other Unibroue offerings. It is very reminiscent of Terrible or Trois Pistoles. Bottle shared by Blankboy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3922) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Toasty nose. Flavors of cinnamon and cloves with some caramel notes. Lots of carbonation. Crisp finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (1046) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Poured from big bottle. Aroma of molasses, raisin and other dried fruit. Porter color with light tan head. Big flavors of molasses, citrus, oak, raisin, cinnamon, touch of nutmeg and clove, honey. Alcohol blends nicely with the flavors. Pepper notes. Excellent beer.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 15

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50