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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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85
very good

184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 31 | 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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev +8.4%

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle best before 08-01-2016. Sampled on March 9, 2014 and served at about 55 degrees.

The pour is about as attractive as a Belgian Strong Ale can look with its dark brown to nearly black tone and soft, tan head lingering to the end and leaving lacing with each sip.

The nose is colorful with the dark Belgian malts, Belgian candied sugar, black licorice, plums, coriander, and pepper. There is an earthy hop note that enhances the slightly boozy quality.

Medium body.

The taste is something to remember with the black licorice, dark malts, and vibrant spicy or pepper bite with each sip. Dry finish. Trader Joe's Vintage brews are a Unibroue "knock-off" that have all the same qualities but is a couple dollars cheaper. How can one go wrong?

03-09-2014 18:41:21 | More by puboflyons
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sicilian

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-09-2014 03:28:17 | More by sicilian
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-09-2014 01:41:25 | More by Doomcifer
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Vogey77

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-09-2014 00:41:46 | More by Vogey77
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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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thedifferencemaker

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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

Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +3.2%

750mL corked and caged bottle, split between two people, served in Tulip glasses.

Appearance: Dark cola brown to black. Light tan thin head with plenty of carbonation coming up through the beer. Minimal lacing - a few strands and tiny islands.

Smell: Roasted malts, fresh cooked pasta, hint of noble hops.

Taste: Fruity, spicy, candi sugar sweetness all mixed together. Robust flavors. The finish was leafy, part noble hops, and part wintergreen. Definite wintergreen finish as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Airy & lively carbonation, but not fizzy. Tiny bit sticky on the teeth under all that carbonation.

Overall / drinkability: Good, but not great. Did not pair well with Salmon. Didn't clash, but wasn't a good pairing as suggested by the bottle. I think it would be better with grilled meats. Interesting and flavorful, with notable noble hops and an good use of wintergreen as a flavor note. I think however, I could not finish a whole bottle by myself. Alcohol is well hidden and will sneak up on you. I'll have to see how the other bottle I bought shakes out - I'll let it age another 6-9 months and we'll see how it holds up.

03-06-2014 00:23:08 | More by damndirtyape
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BDeibs

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-03-2014 15:08:40 | More by BDeibs
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LMH88

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-02-2014 19:46:25 | More by LMH88
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wc94wc

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-02-2014 01:13:59 | More by wc94wc
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levineju

California

3.01/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

03-01-2014 22:58:33 | More by levineju
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

02-28-2014 21:42:19 | More by tdm168
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-23-2014 16:26:47 | More by waiting4lunch
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Drumboy410

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

02-22-2014 00:34:25 | More by Drumboy410
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Mavigo

Michigan

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%

Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a murky, dark brown color, has a 1/4 beige head that lasts for a few minutes before dissipating to a thing ring.

S: Smells of plums, cherries, malts, barley, brown sugar, licorice

T: Quite sweet, tasting of plums, brown sugars, malts, yeast

M: Full bodied beer with ample amounts of carbonation. A bit too carbonated, takes away from the flavor profile, which could be more pronounced.

O: I've been getting a bottle of the Trader Joe's Vintage ale for the past 3 years, I think I liked last years better, but none the less, it's worth the price.

02-20-2014 00:30:24 | More by Mavigo
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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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Morakaton

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-19-2014 03:25:49 | More by Morakaton
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Caskaway

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-15-2014 03:48:46 | More by Caskaway
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Snowdog

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-14-2014 23:00:46 | More by Snowdog
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ArtZan

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-14-2014 20:48:50 | More by ArtZan
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sblanton83

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-14-2014 15:53:54 | More by sblanton83
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

02-11-2014 00:21:29 | More by PEIhop
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chadski

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-10-2014 04:08:00 | More by chadski
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-10-2014 02:49:45 | More by Whiskeydeez
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Wizzman

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-10-2014 00:58:10 | More by Wizzman
Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.