Trader Joe's Vintage Ale 2016

 
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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Series   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 ales with character. Our Vintage Ale is 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 chilled, 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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3.8
DrnkMcDermott (3193) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2018
Dec 2017 Vertical at Goose Island's monthly staff bottle share: Last year's bottle is distinctly "fresh" here. Or perhaps we're more in tune with how it was meant to taste. This does hit the right notes for a stronger Belgian ale: aromatic malts offer an air of black pepper and anise, with hops only serving to keep sweetness in check.

4.2
cobaink2 (870) - seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2018
Average carbination. Lots of raisin and fig notes. Underlying brown sugar and Pasteries. These beer are quite a jem.

3.8
csaso (2368) - Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2018
Bottle - good size dark foamy head, very dark amber color, big Belgian yeasty aroma and flavor with definite notes of cherry, good spicy finish, very good overall, as always with these beers ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
Westchesterco (2274) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2017
From a 750 ml bottle. It is a cloudy brownish black with a massive tan head. The Aroma is earthy and the taste is somewhat sweet flavor with hints of cola and finishes that way

3.4
Iphonephan (7515) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2017
From a 750 ml bottle. Pours a clear cola with a massive tan head. Spicy aroma with caramel and fruit cake. Sweet flavors. Sticky mouthfeel.

3.5
Foxbush (2171) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2017
750 ml bottle. The ale poured a dark brown color with big frothy head. The aroma of spices and chocolate malts greets you. The taste is of spice blended with sweet malts. The ale has a medium body with average carbonation. The finish is somewhat sweet. The high alcohol is deceptive.

3.6
BillKismet (4170) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2017 Deep brown-black with caramel-cocoa cream head. Nose and body are layered with malt, spicy yeast, figs, plum toffee, sweet herbalness, coffee and chocolate. Well-rounded flavor profile. Lively body. A bit sweet, but enjoyable.

4.6
Aaqa (9) - - JUL 2, 2017 does not count
Very good.I recommend this beer, it has a very nice, cold taste is excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
AirForceHops (8182) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2017
750 ml bottle. Awesome bargain as it is every year. Aroma is lightly herbal, a bit of toffee, rich dark bread, some Unibroue house Belgian yeast. Lots of dark fruit. Just soooo much dark fruit. Sweet finish, toasted malts, mild spice, modest toffee. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

3.5
vyvvy (6955) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2017
Press brown with a dense tan head. The aroma had brown sugar, dark fruits and unibroue yeast. Not as spice heavy as previous years. It has a medium body with lots of carbonation. The taste is very gentle for 9 % and had a bit more spice and woodiness. Decent. Good for price.


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