malrubius (2985) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Beautiful golden orange with dense white head. Mild herbal aroma with hints of vanilla. Sweet vanilla pineapple with somewhat sweet herbals finish. Very mildly hopped despite what they say above. A touch too sweet but still very good. Headbanger (4020) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
750ml bottle 12/20/12 (Trader Joe’s-Naperville)-42° in Trappist Glass-Pours a hazy yellowish golden with a small white head. Aroma of spices, grass, yeast, and wheat. Taste of hops, yeast, spices, and citrus. This light to medium bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty. Nice brew. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2012
750ml, served in a Duvel tulip. Candied ginger, banana, white pepper, tangerine peel and slight vanilla extract in the nose. Straw colored with a bone white head. Pomme fruit, white & black pepper, subtle biscuit and floral hops in the flavor. Bone dry and refreshing with some lingering spiciness flashing some mild ginger. Pretty darn good. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
A lighter version of their annual vintage ale. Nice spice profile atop a light strong ale base. Pours a lovely orange yellow and at a price of 4.99 is a steal. Some citrus notes in the back. nuplastikk (6415) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2012
750ml bottle split with Anndiesel. Hazy yellow-tan body, thin white head, lots of lively champagne-like carbonation bubbles. Bold for 7.5% in a sense, very old school, big rich yeast tones. Pretty respectable golden ale, I can’t really tell if there are some spices added or it’s just the yeasty notes...which has quite some depth, from hefe-style banana to raspberry to plum..all sorts of fruity tones. Exceeded my expectations, being a Trader Joes beer and such.
MattH (908) - California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. Trader Joe’s. $5.99. Aroma is banana and clove. Taste is a little banana, apple, and spice with a dry gingery finish. Highly carbonated. I enjoyed this one a lot. Love the price. Wish is was a dollar less though like Trader Joe’s traditional Christmas Ale ;). thornecb (6021) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Pours hazy gold into a snifter. Bright white head with good retention recedes leaving trailing sheets. Cookie and yeast aromas. Sharp with sweet tropical citrus upfront turning to yeast in the lasting ginger finish. Landmonger (155) - USA - DEC 15, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a trappistr glass. The aroma is classic belgian with some citrus, the color is hazy golden with nice head, the mouth feel is crisp with taste of citrus and spice prominent, a definite spicy finish with some lingering warth from the alcohol at the end. Very nice Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
750 ml.... 5.99- Trader Joe’s Wow... I’m the first to put this one in? Pours a nice, slightly hazy hue, with a fading, frothy white head. Aromas of hay, straw, a touch of ginger and a little cardamom. Some grass notes and spruce arise as it warms. Mouth feel is light to medium bodied, depending on the temperature. Flavors of the same as the aroma. All intact. A mild sweetness that fades with the bitterness as I swallow. Semi dry and has that wheat ale flavor from La Fin Du Monde. The spices aren’t as dominating as the vintage ale from Tj’s as most of the flavors of spice I feel come from the yeast used. This is supposedly a Trader Joe exclusive recipe. Very nice.