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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2013

Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.

Veeks' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Veeks (62) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Great quality with an amazing price of 6$ a bottle comparable to a quad like Chimay...deep dark fruit notes...yummy

   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 (1500) - 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 (1035) - 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 (6861) - 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 (6320) - 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 (8106) - 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 (3733) - 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 (1032) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6164) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2235) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Tasted on 2/8/14 from a bottle at the hotel after the RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours clear dark amber with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to bubbly lace. The nose is raisin, spicy belgian yeast, dark caramel bread malt, and plenty of baking spice. The flavor is more spice from both the yeast and of the baking variety with somewhat sweet raisin and dark caramel malt underlying. The body is hard to ascertain because of the massive amount of carbonation with a long spicy yeast and baking spice finish.

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