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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of JohnSand
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Drank some tonight. Complex, tasty. Aroma is funky, much more than the taste. Very drinkable for 9%.

JohnSand, Friday at 04:48 AM
Photo of mattyrubes
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

mattyrubes, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of Josh_951
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Josh_951, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of SFC21
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

SFC21, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of kushlash23
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

kushlash23, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of One1Asterisk
4/5  rDev +5%

One1Asterisk, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of hurshybear
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

hurshybear, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Edzomb5
4/5  rDev +5%

Edzomb5, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of mevett89
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Appearance: black with a striking white head. Pours with hight head, dissipates after a few minutes to a persistent creamy foam. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Belgian spicy phenols and fruit with a caramel malt sweetness

Taste: good spicy and some fruit notes from the yeast. Background of warm alcohol, but not overbearing. Some caramel sweetness, and just a hint of chocolate in the back. Just the slightest hint of cardboard from oxidation. As it warms, dark fruit and burnt sugar are detectable, with a background of low hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: carbonation on the high end presents a nice tingle to the palet. Medium body leaves a smooth coating on the tongue which lingers a short while.

Overall: a good example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Granted, not the best I've had, but certainly enjoyable, and one of the better brews I've had from Unibroue. Well balanced, and it aged well (I aged it one year).

mevett89, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

probert, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +5%

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%

Fordknox, Aug 30, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

YalovaIA, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of avwrite
3.81/5  rDev 0%

Was skeptical of an ale brewed from Trader Joe's (though I'm not really sure if it's them anyway), but found this to be pleasant. A bit bitter going down, but then kicks you with sweetness, and finishes it with a spicy aftertaste. Dark brown color, and a bit foamy. Relatively cheap, and I'll be sure to get next year's addition.

avwrite, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

WoostaBia, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Kevinpitts, Aug 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Snodman, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ShriverMO, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

jaredkc889, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

OldTime, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

KyleSweetsema, Jul 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Roxyfire, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of addiwilliams
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

addiwilliams, Jul 17, 2014
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Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.