RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.7
Leighton (22773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle shared late night RBWG. Pours clear brown with a tan cream head. Tasty stuff, lightly herbal, a bit of toffee, rich bread, some Belgian yeast. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, toasted malts, modest toffee. Tasty.

3.1
mcberko (19803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma brings out lots of spices, especially cardamom. Flavour is the same - super spicy, again with the cardamom, and some Belgian yeast. Super spicy, too much so for me. Decent stuff, but not my favourite of the Trader Joe’s specials.

3.7
Oakes (19341) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Dark brown. Dark malts, fruitiness and coriander on the nose. Sweet front, light yeasty character, and with a drier finish. Good, I like the slight orangey note.

3.6
Ferris (17070) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2017
Bottle - Soft bready and cardamom with dark sugars. Jet brown with a small beige head. Dark bready and nice spice. Solid.

2.8
djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2017
Bottle on RBSG Bus. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is yeast, spice, bready malt. Medium body, dark fruit, spice, yeast, dry finish, decent.

3.8
bhensonb (15962) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2013
750 c&c from Trader Joe’s in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown with a creamy, somewhat fizzy, light tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and spice, with something quite different - perhaps licorice. Or fennel. Med body or better. Flavor reflects the aroma, along with dark malt. Something like a medicinal plant in the mix. It’s just on the sweet side, but the spice and herbs keep the malt under control.

3.6
Tmoney99 (15114) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle. Poured hazy reddish brown color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex dark fruit and coffee aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Solid balanced sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a smooth complex beer

3.7
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2014
C&C 750 mL bottle from Trader Joe’s Charlottesville, opened 11/24/13. Pours a very dark brown color with large frothy, foamy medium brown head. Average head retention. Aroma of yeast, brown sugar, bread, dark fruits and a bit of cocoa. The taste is yeast, banana, bread, spice, dark fruits, mild nuttiness and a hint of chocolate. Medium bodied, lingering spice, low carbonation.

2.6
crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2015
750ml corked and caged bottle. Old vintage at this point, very oxidized and forgettable.

3.3
BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 28, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a medium, creamy beige head. Aroma is moderate sweet toast malt, Candi sugar and Belgian yeast esters. Flavor is moderate sweet toast malt with light earthy hops and bitterness, dark fruits and yeast spices with a sweet finish. Medium-full body and medium carbonation.


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