Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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3.71/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a goblet out of a 750ml bottle.
Pours a very dark, deep ruby with a one finger light tan head. Not really much lacing but the head retention is downright incredible.
The aroma contains a huge metallic note which really detracts from the entire beer. I can tell there are some spices lingering underneath but they are completely drowned out by the metal. There is a little bit of dark fruit in there that does begin to come through after awhile.
Fortunately, the flavor leaves the metal behind but is a bit overspiced. Lots of orange and anise lending a licorice note along with cherries and figs. I think I can detect some cinnamon in there too. As the beer warms, more traditional Belgian yeast esters begin to take hold and the spice eases up somewhat. Mouthfeel is full and silky with just the slightest bit of warmth along with a mildly sweet finish.
Overall, a good beer but a bit unrefined. I think some age would help tone down the spice and balance everything out. The price is right so i might need to pick up another one of these to age.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2014 02:23:28 | More by rangerred
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