heemer77 (5340) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A huge medium tan colored head is very dense. This tops a deep brown body with a hint of garnet at the edges when held to light. The nose is sweet and fruity with some hazelnuts. There is also some rich caramel. The taste is sweet yeasty dough along with some pears and cinnamon spice. There is also some slight funk in the finish. Nice and toasty overall.
Nuffield (4127) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This kind of thing is the reason why Trader Joe’s is the best thing to have happened to upward-aspiring but cheap gourmands. To get food and drink that is repackaged from great suppliers, and get it at a great cost...I don’t know if it’s any more ethical than what Walmart does, but it makes for a great experience. Here, Unibroue has given them a Belgian that comes out with a big head, but settles into a warming yet rounding fruitiness, with more backbone than a Sylvester Stallone. Excellent, enjoyable beer.
ChainGangGuy (4874) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle - $4.99 at Trader Joe’s in Roswell, Georgia.
Best Before: 07-06-2016.
Appearance: Pours out a near black body with a airy, lofty head stand, light khaki in color. Plenty of head from a little, light pour; good thing I’m using the Duvel glass here.
Smell: Mixed fruits spritzed with alcohol and mixed with a variety of raw sugars, then, a sniff of wafting ground cloves and orange peel followed by notes of burley tobacco, aniseed, and banana.
Taste: Toasted crusty dark bread dosed with dark brown sugar, dark candi sugars, a shot of cola (potentially with a doctorate degree), and a blend of finely-ground spices. Moderately sweet. Clove and redolent, bitterish citrus peel carrying over from the nose. Hints of star anise, spruce tips, allspice. More spicy and less fruity here in the taste, though the banana is making a good showing. Teeny tiny sliver of hops here simply blending into the spice tastes. Sweetish, spicy, well-carbonated finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Lively, effervescent carbonation -- there will be burps.
Overall: An agreeable brew from the simple, understated packaging to the taste to the price tag. Sadly, I’ve developed the habit of keeping the Vintage Ale in mind until it’s actually released, then, only remembering when it’s long gone. Not this year, thankfully!
BillKismet (3975) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blackened amber body with flush coffee cream head. Colvey nose right from the outset, quite musky and with the inference of uric acid. While the flavor initially strikes a green clovey phenolic chord, the nuances smooth out and the brew retains a musky character, while also flaunting rich wet bread crusts, sourdough, caramel, and candi. This would be a good one to age.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled. pours dark chocolately brown with a large tan head. aromas of cola, roasted malt and banana and a touch of chocolate. a little sweet a little sour with a fizzy tongue feel. may need a few more months in the bottle to mellow. lasting finish of ripe fruit. decent but not what im used to with unibroue
baraciisch (3091) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated with Para.... Dark reddish to black in color with thin tannish head.... Aroma of dark fruits, candi sugar, citrus.... Flavor is licorice, dark fruits, malts, and nuts... Finish is oak and tobacco... Very nice beer,,,,
beerme31 (676) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with medium thin tan head. Aroma of citrus, cloves, nutmeg, spices. Taste is mild sweet. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation. Finish is spice clove and fruit. Overall enjoyable beer and great gift.
jackl (7466) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep brown color with a small beige head that disappears. The Nose is a bit spicy, some dark fruits, raisins, wood, tart notes. The taste is suprisingly mild given the appearance and nose - fruity, a bit of hot alcohol. some nice dry hops. The body is medium, this feels a bit under-carbonated. Overall, really nice work for the price point - if only Sainsbury’s did something like this! That said, it’s obviously not at the head of the class for the style.
scooter520 (185) - - JAN 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: very sugary, banana, almost astringent. Appearance: dark brown, frothy light tan head. Taste: very dry fruity, malty, pretty sweet. Mouthfeel: oily, slick, very carbonated almost spicy bite because of this. Overall: really decent beer but I believe it could be amazing in a few years with proper aging.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Mhyzdu (11) - - JAN 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ok. A little bitty for my taste. .................................................. via Beer Buddy for iPhone