RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Unique and limited edition, this Belgian style ale is crafted once a year as a special treat for those of you who appreciate flavorful, bottle-conditioned ale with character. This year’s vintage: a rich, dark and full-bodied ale with a fine and generous coffee-colored, beige foam. It’s ready to enjoy right away and you may also wish to cellar a few bottles. It will evolve interestingly well, developing more complex flavors as the years go by. Keep the bottle upright in storage. Brewed with a delicate balance of noble hops, roasted malts and spices, this is a remarkably smooth ale with a wonderfully complex finish. It is best served slightly shilled, around 53 degrees Fahrenheit and pairs exceptionally well with grilled salmon steaks, curried lamb, beef or tuna au poivre. Crafted and bottled exclusively for Trader Joe’s

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerKurve (520) - - MAR 3, 2012
Pitch Black in color. The flavor consists of Cloves, Figs, Cinnamon, Apples and Hefe-style Cloves and Bananas, which all come together very well. It feels thick on the palette despite it’s medium body. Excellent flavor, definitely worth the $5 I paid for this, it’s a shame I didn’t buy more than one of these, because I was told these age really well!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2012
750mL bottle, caged & corked. From Trader Joe’s, Roswell. Black pour, purple hue, Light tan head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, dried plums, prune juice. Flavor is a dark malt, loads of dark fruits, belgian yeast esters, spicy notes, prunes, and a metallic finish. Better as it warms, earthier flavors come out. Oily texture, hearty bodied. (3263)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10093) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
2012-02-20. Nice black body with a frothy foamy head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and modest spices carries into the flavour, the overall impression of both is of a spiced take on Trois Pistoles, similar malt and yeast character. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate is quite effervescent. Quite nice. Bottle from Trader Joes, Michigan

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
billymax85 (1) - Rock Island, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012 does not count
This is a solid offering. Brewed by Unibroue (which is one of my favorite breweries) for Trader Joe’s, this is a pretty tasty Belgian. It’s a bit dangerous, as it goes down very smoothly with little alcohol flavor, despite it being 9 percent ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1690) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Dark and sweet are the operative words here. Raisin, woodsmoke, dark caramel on the nose. A bit of floral esters. Plenty of alcohol and candi sugars on the tongue. Awfully tough for these two strong presences to work well in tandem. Perhaps after cellaring, these elements will blend a bit better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3502) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Pours nearly opaque dark brown under an ample head of tan. Slowly dissipating, leaving lace behind. Rolling the glass produces an even sheet that breaks beautifully. The aroma is earthy roast malts. The flavor is sweetness tempered by a vinous acidity. Complex yet fairly light bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle from Trader Joe’s: The liquid was a dark brown with purple tinting with a thin fizzy layer of head broke up quickly in my Trappist glass. Aroma is heavily spiced with a smell Belgian yeast and a thick smell of malts too. Flavor is mildly spicy with a soft touch of sweet malts that share a sugary candy taste, but overall well balanced and actually quite nice for the price of $4.99, though, I do think the carbonation has turned me into a burp monster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5840) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Very dark color but a thinnish head. A bit of anise, this is pretty light in flavor, but quite candy sugary sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Dark brown color with a big tan head. Rich aroma of dark fruits. Taste is medium sweetness, lightly sour, medium body, thick feel, lively.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Dark brown pour with a huge amount of off white head, yeasty spicy aroma. Sweet malty taste with a interesting mix of spices. solid beer for the price, a great pickup at trader joes every year

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