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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

202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 32 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Vogey77, Mar 09, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -54.1%

sleepyteacher, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

thedifferencemaker, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of damndirtyape
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

damndirtyape, Mar 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

BDeibs, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

LMH88, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

wc94wc, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of levineju
3.01/5  rDev -21%
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.

levineju, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

tdm168, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

waiting4lunch, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Drumboy410, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Mavigo
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Mavigo, Feb 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Jd2391, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Morakaton, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Caskaway, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Snowdog, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ArtZan, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

sblanton83, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

PEIhop, Feb 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

chadski, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Wizzman, Feb 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

csmartin6, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

mcphish22, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Drew88
4/5  rDev +5%

Drew88, Feb 06, 2014
Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.