shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2009
illidurit (2338) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
12/18/2008: Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2007... Appearance: Deep amber color, transparent; foamy beige head. Aroma: Sweet and yeasty, hints of bubblegum and fruity caramel. Flavor: Strong (more like "assertive"), but not "in your face"; fruity and balanced, subtle spice, fruity yeastiness; alcohol is warming but not noticeable in the flavor. Palate: Mediumb-bodied, smooth; good mouthfeel. Overall: Good, but nohting unique; pairs very well the the homemade date pudding that I am eating!
1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle (9% alc./vol.; Best Before: 10-28-2010) from Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #157 for this beer.
Dark brownish copper color with a big fluffy beige head. The foam dies out quickly leaving no lacing. Aroma is very gingery with additional accents of chocolate mousse, raspberry, brown sugar, bubblegum, and dried dark fruit. Very complex and intriguing aroma but overall it’s just too sweet smelling. Flavor is less sweet but it’s also less complex. Dark crusty bread, light spices, leather, pepper. Dry, astringent finish with some alcohol warmth. Body is too thin and carbonation is much too high and it’s coarse to boot. Lacks the expected Belgian fullness and refinement. Not bad for the very cheap price tag. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
Not bad. reasonably priced compared to other unibroue beers. worth a try. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
Deep copper/amber in colour with a thin but lingering off-white head, good lacing. The aroma is yeasty, lots of candy sweetness, dark fruits with some light alcohol. The flavour is sweet at first, yeasty, malty, very fruity with some noticeable alcohol. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, warm.SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 3, 2009
A step back from the 2006, seems to be lacking some oomph. Lackluster Unibroue.
750ml bottle obtained in a trade with rustychiles, thanks Rusty.
Opened on July 24, 2008.
In the 750 mL corked bottle from a TJ’s in Seattle. I’m pretty glad that I aged this for about a year from the date that I purchased it. I think it is at its optimum right now. Pours a dark slightly cloudy brown with a large dense tan head that actually grew in size in the goblet after about 5 minutes. The aroma at first seemed a bit oaked to me, then it blasted my senses with profuse raisins. The flavor is a crazy grape candy sweetness, but not at all unattractive. This palate is so smooth that I nearly gulped down the glass without a sense of what I was doing. To beat it all, I think I bought this on sale for $3.99. Woefully under-appreciated on this site at 3.5.
jkwalking05 (4735) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Amber brown color with a good sized beige head. Aroma is sweet with raisins and spiced pear. Taste is of raisins, sugar and malt. travita (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Smell is raisans, caramel, molasses, toffee, spices, dark fruit, and some malts. Look is clearish brown color with a beige colored head. The taste is sweet, sugary, fruit, very sweet. blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, medium brown with some transparency, slight head, has a fruity nose with caramel and fruit flavors , nice finish bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2009
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of raisins, prunes, dates, caramel, and yeast. Flavor of raisins, chocolate, candi sugar, toasted grain, and pepper with a carbonated mouthfeel. mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. deep brown pour with a thin beige head on top. nose of dark fruits and yeast. very fruity flavor but quite nice on the palate with a slight tartness in the finish.