RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale is a dark Belgian style beer of great distinction produced by traditional top fermentation methods resulting in a rich and full-bodied flavor. The Champagne-like effervescence and smooth mouth feel are the result of a natural secondary fermentation in the bottle obtained by the use of a carefully selected yeast culture. This vintage ale commences with a rich head of foam, followed by a smooth dark flavor with a hint of roasted malt delicately balanced by subtle notes of noble European hops. True to its Abbey style, this year’s vintage closes with a long, complex and subtly spiced finish. Brewed once a year in limited quantity, please enjoy Trader Joe’s 2006 Vintage Ale. This ale will age exceptionally well over time, developing more complex flavor as the years go by. Exclusively bottled for Trader Joe’s. Best Before 08-28-2009.

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beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Is there a beer NOT brewed in limited quantites? When unlimited beer is invented, please tell me, along with Bob and Doug McKenzie. Anyway, this limited quantity beer is excellent in a really raw way. If you like your Belgian-style beer simple, headstrong, and sweet, or if you just like really strong flavors, you’ll like it. The nose can make you drunk, with sharp alcohol, spicy smelling esters, and an obvious sweetness. Color is as dark as a stout, with a huge head. Taste is simple, very sweet with all the yeast flavors knocking any possible malt and hop flavors out of bounds. The alcohol presence is huge, and yes, the beer is effervescent like a sparkling wine. Maybe as this ages, it will balance out more. But that’s not saying the flavor is bad, I really liked it. I drank the whole 750 ml bottle waaaay too fast. Good thing I got three more, since they’re only $4.99 a bottle. FYI, palate is a five because if the beer was heavier -- it’s medium bodied, with the aforementioned effervesence lightening it up even more -- it would be too cloying; they hit the palate on the head perfectly.


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