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Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 30 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Contract brewed by Unibroue.

(Beer added by: djaeon on 11-16-2013)
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Willcook

Illinois

1/5  rDev -73.6%

03-25-2014 05:03:36 | More by Willcook
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sleepyteacher

North Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

03-08-2014 18:35:10 | More by sleepyteacher
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lilmul123

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -34%

12-26-2013 05:52:34 | More by lilmul123
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cnbrown313

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

12-26-2013 19:42:02 | More by cnbrown313
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Roxyfire

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

07-25-2014 18:51:30 | More by Roxyfire
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JoeMans

New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

12-21-2013 04:12:34 | More by JoeMans
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aaroncom2005

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-22-2013 05:36:35 | More by aaroncom2005
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sachie23

New York

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-02-2014 20:21:25 | More by sachie23
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Novabrewer

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-22-2013 22:52:59 | More by Novabrewer
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-13-2014 12:46:05 | More by Fettpopps
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s4s

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-19-2014 03:26:40 | More by s4s
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Rjdrager

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.8%

06-17-2014 21:03:04 | More by Rjdrager
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levineju

California

3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Opened one of two for this review, cellaring the other for a few years. Poured from a corked bomber (750ml) into a tulip pint glass.

A - Shows a dark cola brown with red-orange highlights. A little muddy to the eye. Lots of head, about three fingers and sandy-beige in color. Carbonation is moderate. A little bit of lacing on the glass, agitation does not yield back much head.

S - bread-y; lots of banana; malt; a little medicinal; fermented, like wine; grape; red fruit. A little dank in the glass.

T - a little coppery; malt; getting grape/red wine again; no discernible hops; metallic on the exhale, coppery, almost like blood. Anise/root beer as it develops.

M - sharp, acidic

O - it's ok. I have another for cellaring, so we'll see if there is a noticeable difference in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 22:58:33 | More by levineju
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csmartin6

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

02-09-2014 02:06:19 | More by csmartin6
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Biff_Tannen

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-15-2013 21:55:52 | More by Biff_Tannen
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Rick778

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

04-11-2014 03:50:41 | More by Rick778
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thedifferencemaker

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-07-2014 00:47:54 | More by thedifferencemaker
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Jd2391

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

02-19-2014 03:49:23 | More by Jd2391
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-15-2013 02:14:48 | More by carrollmel7
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

P: Dark brown almost black with flashes of ruby highlights. A thick rootbeer head crowns the top and leaves behind an intricate chain of lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant with loads of doughy bread, dark malts, cardamom, figs, plums, nectarine pits, roasted toffee, amaretto, syrupy rootbeer and cloves.

T/M: Taste is prominently spiced and accompanied by doughy dark fruit breads, cherry cola, burnt toffee, amaretto, grain alcohol, and finishes with bitter persimmons. A vivacious, relatively thin body accentuates the spice profile. Scorched grains cover the palate in a chalky film.

O: I have to say for a $5 bottle BSDA it's a surprise. I'm really missing some good Belgian candy sugar and more dark fruit sweetness. The spice and carbonation seem to hinder the cohesiveness of the ale. Overall a good beer but not one of Unibroue's best.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 01:34:46 | More by Hopswagger
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baakabak

New York

3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agreed. Poured into a tulip it looks just like coca cola.Dark brown with frothy tan head that settles to a thin sliver of tiny clinging bubbles

Smell is cherries,almond,shortbread, and yeasty rum

Tastes of the same. Little chocolate and rum raisin ice cream . 9% abv shows on the finish.

Carbonation is good but feels a little thin.

Overall this beer is a bargain. For a $4.99 bomber I don't know that you could find a better buy. Especially for the style. Aging might do some good but I can't seem to hold on to them for long enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 02:24:47 | More by baakabak
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Moby

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-13-2013 00:57:01 | More by Moby
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alwaysplayin

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-03-2013 06:36:32 | More by alwaysplayin
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jonothehut

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-29-2013 00:47:39 | More by jonothehut
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sd123

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-10-2014 02:01:55 | More by sd123
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Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.