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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle shared late night RBWG. Pours clear brown with a tan cream head. Tasty stuff, lightly herbal, a bit of toffee, rich bread, some Belgian yeast. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, toasted malts, modest toffee. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15617) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (14362) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14077) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2013
750 c&c from Trader Joe’s in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown with a creamy, somewhat fizzy, light tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and spice, with something quite different - perhaps licorice. Or fennel. Med body or better. Flavor reflects the aroma, along with dark malt. Something like a medicinal plant in the mix. It’s just on the sweet side, but the spice and herbs keep the malt under control.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle. Poured hazy reddish brown color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex dark fruit and coffee aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Solid balanced sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a smooth complex beer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11781) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11551) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (11345) - Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2015
750ml corked and caged bottle. Old vintage at this point, very oxidized and forgettable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10105) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
another good year. spice and malt forward beer with a big beefy yeast presence. Always a little overcarbonated, but always a nice treat come December/January...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle at RBWG, thanks! Pours a hazy brown with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has light grain with belgian spice and a backing of bread. Flavor has sweet grains and spice with a hint of a light bread note.


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