RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The 2007 Trader Joes Vintage Ale is a brown Belgian-style ale 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 the bottle obtained by the use of a carefully selected yeast culture. This vintage ale is characterised by a deep amber color topped by a rich head of foam. The prominent flavor of premium malts is perfectly balanced by a combination of three European hops and four distinctive spices. True to its Abbey Dubbel style, this years vintage ale offers a highly distinctive flavor enhanced by the fruity and floral notes of the yeast. The result is a complex and warming ale that offers both strength and subtlety. Brewed once a year in limited quantity, please enjoy Trader Joes 2007 Vintage Ale. This will age exceptionally over time, developing more complex flavor as the years go by. Exclusively bottled for Trader Joes. Best Before 10-28-2010.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Richmond 13th, courtesy of maniac, very happy as I had missed this one. Medium to deep amber, slight head. Dark fruit and orange aroma, slight spice. Flavor is essentially a match, orange marmalade, plus some faint chocolate. Quite nice, and now is probaby a good time to open this if you have held it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Date: 1/15/2011 Source:Maniac Spicy yeast character in aroma with moderate caramelized sugars and some vinous notes. Mostly clear dark amber with little head. Flavor has a lot of sugars but beer is fairly dry with a light fruitiness and spicy yeast phenolics. Medium to light body with light mouthfeel from high carbonation. Finish is medium with earthy spicy yeast character residual.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4058) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Sampled at the Richmond Gather XIII. Clear amber pour with ring of near white head. Very bready/yeasty nose. Flavor is very sweet dark rum soaked fruits and cakey. Moderately full body with velvety texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2011
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured amber with an off white head. aroma was peach, cinnamon, and caramel. flavor was fruity, spicy, cinnamon, and caramel. light body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Active and thick orange-brown with a medium tan head and some lacing. Aroma of bread, yeast, toasted malt, dark fruits and alcohol. Taste of dark fruits, yeast, malt, spices and alcohol. A bit too boozy for the style and tastes and feels like just about every other Unibroue – fizzy with their house yeast. Spicy and peppery finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
A: The pour is a dark caramel color with a short lived off-white head. S: This one also smells super vinous with lots of sweet, white grapes. There’s quite a bit of booze, too. Lots of cardboard and a high carbonation that sort of stings the nose. Perhaps a touch of herbs. T: The flavor is reminiscent of a sparkling wine. A sort of buttery chardonnay flavor to go with the cardboard and mild herbal character. A really high carbonation to it that gives it a somewhat acidic feel. M: The body is medium with a very high level of carbonation. D: Not quite as good as the 2005, but certainly better than the 2006. Still don’t think I’d really be interested in having this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6151) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
(750ml bottle thanks to ericandersnavy, side by side with every vintage from 2005-2009, this was #5 in my ratings) clear light brown with lasting tan bubbles. Nose of apple, really odd and that’s all I got. Taste of spicy cinnamon, Belgian yeast, raisin bread, and cream. Great creamy palate and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (6208) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle drank in August 2010: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry plums and figs with a sweet malt base and the usual rich bready yeast profile from Unibroue. Taste is sweeter then I was expecting with some notes of dry raisins and plums, sweet malt backbone and loads of ester of the yeast. Body was full with good carbonation and light warming notes of alcohol. Good thought not as good as the previous example or maybe the aging has not done any good to this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2010
C&C 750 mL bottle courtesy of BelgianBeerGal from a trade LONG ago. Pours a hazy brown color with a large tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of bread, spice, dates, citrus, floral notes and brown sugar. The taste is bread, toffee, citrus like fruits, apricots and a spicy finish. Medium bodied. Assertive carbonation. Very much in the Trappist style and pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1496) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Bottle from Trader Joes in Rochester, bought Winter of 07-08, this bottle is a little more than two years old, this ale gave a clear ruby-brown pour that can be seen through when held up to a light, made a one to two finger high head of light tan bubbles, there is medium or so effervescence that makes a good size island in the center of the glass, lacing is nice and left a good amount of covering on the sides of the glass, aromas of toasted malt, chocolate, toasted dark bread, touch of yeast with light cherry and raisin dark fruit, and faint cinnamon with other cookie spice(s), flavors of dark bread, toasted malt, raisin, plum, dark brown sugar and molasses sweetness with a little brownies, there is a touch of spice to, the finish has some pepper on the tongue with some of the malt flavor and sweetness trailing after the finish, mouth feel is nice and creamy, a very nice Dubbel drink.

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