Trader Joe's Vintage Ale 2016

 
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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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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3.3
Westchesterco (2207) - 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 (7327) - 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 (2119) - 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 (4145) - 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 (7895) - 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 (6775) - 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.

4.2
seymour (2120) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2017
Shared from tall corked bottle into snifter glasses, a hazy amber with white foam and lace. Lots of characteristic Unibroue yeast esters and phenols: black pepper, clove, bubble gum, nutmeg. Subtly floral, earthy, woodsy, hops. Soft bready grainbill with hint of caramel and melanoidins, fruity, with hint of grapeskin tannins. Warming alcohol, softened and mellowed by 1 year aging, no oxidization flaws. I had kinda given up on the TJ Vintage bottles for awhile, but maybe that was a mistake, this was really very good.

3.7
BelgianBeerGal (4173) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2017
Bottle most likely from Birmingham. Pours dark brown with a brown head of tiny bubbles that lasts. Aroma is lightly fruity with Belgian yeast. Great flavor of sweeter dark malt and clove without some of the Christmas/spice notes that have dominated some of the past releases. Enjoyable.

3.1
Ferris (16696) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2017
Bottle - Spiced dark malts. Deep dark brown with a nice beige head. Dark sweet and a touch of spicy malts. Very cola like spice. I like them with a bit more age.


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