Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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Reviews by MCain04:
4.19/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle for $4.99! Poured into Bourbon County snifter.
Pours a dark red/amber body with a light coco-cola head which is extremely frothy but good retention and lacing.
Nose is of cinnamon, nutmeg, and other various spices overly the dark fruits and belgian yeasts and malts.
Taste is of sweet and spicy malts akin to the style. Cinnamon and nutmeg with heavy dark fruits and sweet dark malts. Very drinkable. Smooth. No alcohol detectable.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium carbonation, drinkable, mildly dry.
Overall a very drinkable and tasty belgian winter ale which sneaks up on you with dangerous drinkability with 9% ABV.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2013 03:35:21 | More by MCain04
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3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Called a Dark Ale for a reason , this poured a deep dark ruby with a course of bubbling. These bubbles built an inch of single file of horizontal brown lines that was capped by a dense khaki froth.
Peppercorns, cloves, carriage and anise meet the nose as this hints towards the "Brewed with Spices." There's some light fruit sweetness like prunes and plums.
The flavors are spicy as well but the malt is more substantial. There seems to be some caramel malt, dried dark fruit and more of a black licorice flavor. There is clove spice, and carraway, but the cloves seems to dominate the last of the palate.
This drinks with a slight alcohol warmth and a bit of dark fruit twang, but it's full enough to satisfy.
The cork read Unibroue and my guess is that it's contracted brewed through the Canadian brewery. That makes complete sense as the yeast characteristics seem to be close to many of their products.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2014 21:52:34 | More by KYGunner
Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.