RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nephilium (1781) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Got this as a holiday gift. When the cork was removed, there was a sharp pop, but no overflow of bubbles. It looks like a cola, with a quick head that fades almost instantly. It smells sweet, with an underlying hint of alcohol. It has a sweet flavor with just hints of bitterness behind. As it hits the mouth, carbonation comes out in full force. I’ll be wanting to pick a couple of these up to celler, and will re-rate after they age for a bit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
gregwilsonstl (2370) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Drank this as a throw in cellar clear out at my wedding in 2015. Didnt take notes, but remember not liking it. Probably because its 6+ years past best before date. :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8912) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2015
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark mahogany color with a medium beige head. A big fruity yeasty nose. Sweet fruity notes, caramel, chocolates, big oxidation which is quite nice, strawberry. Toffee and some light chocolate in the finish. The robust fruity notes are still there 9 years on. This is very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (11460) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"a dry, spicy belgian dubbel...the body is just ok, and the carbonation a little high, but the flavor and finish is pretty nice. overall, an enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
750ml bottle. Not sure why this gets different years for each vintage as I don’t believe the brew changes from year to year. That said, I’m copying and pasting this to each vintage I’ve had due to this factor. Beyond that, every year this comes out it’s worth picking up a bottle. It’s a great dark fruited and spiced out Belgian style, something like a dubbel, yet stronger. Can’t beat it for the price!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (16595) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a dark brown / near-black with a medium beige head. Aroma is full of spices, some dark fruits, and brown sugar. Flavour is full of spices, dark fruits, some caramel malts and some licorice notes. Lively carbonation that accentuates the complexity very well. The age has done wonders to this and there is no hint of oxidation. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12829) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle shared by Maniac at the Irish Chanukah tasting. Pours dark brown with garnet highlights, small white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel, cookie, and nutty malt, spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger with earthy and cellar notes. Flavor is malt dominant, light spicy alcohol, spices and Belgian yeast with light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2012
My bottles of this (enjoyed annually since the release) have all been gushers. They pour a deep dank brown with a huge off off white head. Nose and taste are a nice blend of spices and dark sweet malts, caramel, raisins, figs. If this beer wasn’t do overcarbonated I think I would give it a 4+

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark brown. The aroma is yeast spicy with notes of nutmeg, ginger and white pepper. Light roasty and lemon sour undertones. Hints of dark fruits, dark berries (cherries), earth, liquorice, violet, anise and grassy hops. The flavour is medium sweet, light bitter and light acidic. Spicy in the taste as well with notes of anise, ginger, white pepper and nutmeg. Subtle fruity. The mouthfeel is velvety with a sparkling yet soft carbonation. Quite yeasty and light roasted with touch of grassy hops. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (14638) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sugar, alcohol, dried fruits, caramel. Flavour is sugar, caramel, dried fruits, cola, alcohol, spices, hop. Full bodied nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
Strong pine with sherry and honey. Very similar to 2009, but with a stronger pine flavor.

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