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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
86
very good

196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 33 | FT: 6
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Contract brewed by Unibroue.

(Beer added by: djaeon on 11-16-2013)
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

djaeon, Nov 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

EvanWilliams, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jaredkc889, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great dark red/purple hue, monstrous light brown head. Strong carbonation can be seen at the edges of the glass. Capitalized Trader Joe's at the top of the bottle makes for pretty lame art. The Unibroue held within is the only thing that drew me to this beer.

S: Heavy spices, some sweet grape, toffee, and malt in there, too. Middle-of-the-road Unibroue style (that's good).

T: Muscat, heavy blend of heated spices, almost herbacious, that faint toffee is still there too. Semi-sweet. Everything works well together, good balance and depth.

M: Fluid, prickly carbonation. Makes for a refreshing, lively drinker, even if somewhat mouth-drying.

O: Buy one bottle with the official Unibroue art for your collection, buy many discounted bottles of this one for frugal enjoyment. A great BSDA, if you like the style you will not be disappointed.

1000lbgrizzly, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

davegray, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Wattie, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

waiting4lunch, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

TubbyDullard, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Gregwa, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

OldTime, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

DbbC, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Hohnbaum, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

naphi23, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

darcange, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Hoggo, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

DaveRinn, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

BltByKrmn, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Snowdog, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

750ml bottle: This one pours a somewhat dark ruby color. There was quite a bit of a tan head on it. It lingers and left some lacing. This one has a nice nose. Spicy, yeasty, fair amount of sweet malts. Some fruity notes also, as well as some clove. The taste is very good. Bready, sweet Belgian malts, some spices, fruit notes. Another solid Belgian style beer form Unibroue.

Boto, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Beersnake1, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

anzb, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

IndyDad, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Belittle, Jan 10, 2014
Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.