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Trader Joe's 2007 Vintage Ale - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's 2007 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2007 Vintage Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Overlord on 12-22-2007)
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Reviews by xymyl:
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xymyl

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown with a light tan fragile head that drops fairly quickly to a quarter inch leaving lace, but can easily be stirred up again. Carbonation is intense at first.

Nose is overpowered by phenols at first, then sweet fruity notes emerge, followed by caramel and toasted notes. The whole thing is saturated in spice, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, even some herbal notes including mint, lemon grass and some coriander.

Taste is very much as the nose would suggest but a bit harsh until the carbonation falls to a more reasonable level. Starts off more round with a spicy build up toward the end.

Overall, a very high quality beer at a great price. Medium to medium/full body. Very drinkable. Will display some great qualities as it matures in about 5 years (if you like the winey qualities that develop in such beers). I need to get a case, I like it much better than last years even though it is very similar.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 17:12:38 | More by xymyl
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Jho3325

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-17-2013 01:39:31 | More by Jho3325
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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-09-2013 04:54:12 | More by Lovely85
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PhotoMattT

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-10-2013 23:39:12 | More by PhotoMattT
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Stef422

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-26-2013 00:46:26 | More by Stef422
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nzerbe

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16%

03-04-2013 09:29:24 | More by nzerbe
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-27-2012 20:19:11 | More by beerpadawan
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice amber color with a light hint of caramel around the edges, big head comes up and over the top and settles down gently into a firm and long lasting pillow with loads of side glass lacing. Aroma is nice, much sweeter then I was expecting. Lots of caramel and malts right up front here, light hint of an herbal note boucning around as well, but not terribly strong. Warming brings out a yeast note that is quite intresting and adds a light fruit touch to it, but very sweet still. Flavor again is very intresting and not what I was expecting. Rich notes of caramel and almost candied like sugar abound here. Light touches of hops play on the tongue now as well, very intresting. Comes across almost like an amber ale to me, has that bready maltiness and caramel flavor I associate with it. A bit thin on the feel but the carbonation really saves it

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 18:48:57 | More by mikesgroove
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dbennett04

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After cellaring for four years, it was time to pop the cork on this one. Bottle had a "Best By" date of October 2010.

Appearance - Poured a nice caramel color, with a slight head that didn't linger for too long. No sediment in first glass, but by the end sediment was present despite careful pouring. Still, sediment settled quickly even after pouring.

Smell - Heavenly. I could tell right away that cellaring this one wasn't a mistake. Detected notes of dried fruits (esp. figs), cinnamon, licorice, and cloves. Wonderful to take in. I almost forgot to drink it.

Taste - Not as good as the smell, but still pretty nice. The fruits came through here more than the licorice of cloves, and a floral character was present in the taste that wasn't clearly in the smell.

Mouthfeel - About right for a Belgian ale. The effervescence wasn't overwhelming and it wasn't too thin. Nice lingering finish.

Overall, I really liked this beer. I was a little leery about having cellared it for so long, especially after moving around a bit with it. But it matured nicely. Perfect for sitting in a warm, quiet living room after a long day.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 22:22:47 | More by dbennett04
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-22-2011 22:16:20 | More by brandoman63
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-16-2011 03:27:11 | More by oline73
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KiltedCulinarian

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a goblet. Light amber, translucent in colour. Lots of sediment. Very sweet, but no lasting mouthfeel and very little body. Not as rich as I've come to expect from the vintage ales. Tasty, but not terribly complex, just straight simple. Did not develop any as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 07:50:06 | More by KiltedCulinarian
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kenito799

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured at Belgique tasting, Huge, MN Thanksgiving 2010.

This is made, I hear, by Unibroue, and therefore may be similar to one of their dubbels.

Looks like tea or cola, foam recedes. Sweet and soft, caramel, the sweeter dessert beer version of a dubbel. An oily heft on the palate. Nutty.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 02:50:43 | More by kenito799
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womencantsail

California

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark caramel color with a short lived off-white head.

S: This one also smells super vinous with lots of sweet, white grapes. There's quite a bit of booze, too. Lots of cardboard and a high carbonation that sort of stings the nose. Perhaps a touch of herbs.

T: The flavor is reminiscent of a sparkling wine. A sort of buttery chardonnay flavor to go with the cardboard and mild herbal character. A really high carbonation to it that gives it a somewhat acidic feel.

M: The body is medium with a very high level of carbonation.

D: Not quite as good as the 2005, but certainly better than the 2006. Still don't think I'd really be interested in having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 08:18:41 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle drank in August 2010: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry plums and figs with a sweet malt base and the usual rich bready yeast profile from Unibroue. Taste is sweeter then I was expecting with some notes of dry raisins and plums, sweet malt backbone and loads of ester of the yeast. Body was full with good carbonation and light warming notes of alcohol. Good thought not as good as the previous example or maybe the aging has not done any good to this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 17:43:24 | More by Phyl21ca
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Bfarr

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged nearly 3 years in a closet of varying temperatures.

Clear mahogany with a thin off-white head with only a ring of retention and little lacing. Aromas of dark fruit and great spice. Dark cherry and raspberry flavors persist with a strong spicy characteristic with hints of chocolate and a lightly floral lingering. A light syrupy feel with moderately high carbonation despite the champagne like quality insisted on in the bottle description.

This was my first attempt at aging a beer for a significant amount of time and I was afraid it would not work considering I recently put a thermometer in there and found the temperature got significantly higher in the summer (duh!). However, 3 months before its "expiration" it was quite a good beer that unfortunately I had originally before I started reviewing beer. I look forward to my other experiments now, especially the ones I've reviewed relatively fresh! I wish I could have another but I'll have to settle for subsequent years which are very different year to year!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:50:27 | More by Bfarr
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BenZ

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this in the cellar since '07. A very good balance of fruit and the harsher phenolic tastes unibroue often has. Great drinkability - nice crisp carbonation, not too sweet. This was a good beer, nothing super memorable, maybe it is past it's prime, but I'm not sure since I didn't have it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 02:30:43 | More by BenZ
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy dark brown color with a large light brown creamy head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Good malty, fruit and spice aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Full complex fruit and sweet malty flavor with a long fizzy finish with a small alcohol tone. Good brew at a fair price. I got three bottles to age for the next three years.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 12:40:22 | More by tmoneyba
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gestyr

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been saving this bottle and today was a good day to open it as a toast to my birthday.

A: Pours a nice brown with red and gold tones. 1/2 inch head is long lasting with lacing.

S: Fruit is the first thing I smelled. Raisins, dried fruit. Malty aroma is there along with a subtle caramel smell.

T: Mmmmm....it hits the tongue with malt and fruit and a very slight alcohol warmth. It tastes what you would expect a dubbel to taste like.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Slight carbonation sting.

D: Very drinkable. Something to savor on a rainy evening while sitting in front of a fireplace.

Overall, I like this very much. I would definitely drink more if I had it. I am glad I had this bottle put away for a night like this.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 23:22:58 | More by gestyr
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this vintage 2007 bottle on 12/28/09.

A - Poured a deep, earthy brown liquid with dark amber hues and half an inch of bubbly beige head that receded quickly into a sparse patch, leaving a thin ring of lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Very dry and champagne-esque aroma with prevalent yeast and dark fruit notes... dried fruit, in particular. There is also an underlying syrupy sweetness reminiscent of caramel, toffee and licorice. A light fume of alcohol rounds out the aroma.

T - Flavor takes on a maple syrup-like wuality with a dark fruit character suggesting raisins, plums and dried fruit. Finishes quite sweet and malty with caramel notes and a touch of alcohol warmth.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Fairly dry finish with minimal alcohol warmth on the palate, although it retains its sweetness to the end.

D - Overall, I liken this to a malty, champagne-like Belgian-style beer with a healthy dose of tangy fruit. Quite enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 18:22:08 | More by ffejherb
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gford217

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from oldstylecubfan poured into a tulip.

Pours dark chestnut brown in the glass that has lots of orange when held up to light. The head is a creamy beige two-finger cap that recedes to a big collar and a swirl along the top.

The aroma is sweet with candi sugar taking a lead role with some compliments from dark fruits, especially raisins. There is also a sweet yeast aroma with a light spiciness capping off the aroma.

The taste is sweet but doesn't have quite the same overpowering candi sugar and yeast presence as the aroma. They're certainly there but the spices and dark malts seem to be more prevalent. The finish is where the spices really come out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sugary sweet but with more than enough carbonation to keep it from becoming cloying. Between the spices and carbonation, it's very lively on the palate.

A very good Belgian dubbel that balances the sweetness and spiciness very well and remains very drinkable. It's not a great beer, but the Trader Joes vintages are clearly one of the best value Belgian-style beers for the money.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 02:15:26 | More by gford217
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml corked and caged bottle, best before 10/28/2010. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a murky brownish/copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, lacing is OK. It smells like raisins, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, raspberries and a bit of spice. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar and some peppery spice and also an herbal flavor. Taste isn't as sweet compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and it's well carbonated. Drinkability is decent, would be better if the carbonation was a bit lower. Overall I think it's a decent brew, I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 00:42:51 | More by bluejacket74
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waldoiverson

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Tuplip

A: dark reddish copper with offwhite head and very fine carbonation

S: charcoal, prune, cherry, and tobacco

t: cherry, sweet, pear,

m: a bit cloying, very strong, wishing for a bit of clarity from the carbonation, perhaps

d: it was pretty good, a bit sweet for me

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 00:23:20 | More by waldoiverson
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illidurit

California

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish copper color with a big fluffy beige head. The foam dies out quickly leaving no lacing. Aroma is very gingery with additional accents of chocolate mousse, raspberry, brown sugar, bubblegum, and dried dark fruit. Very complex and intriguing aroma but overall it's just too sweet smelling. Flavor is less sweet but it's also less complex. Dark crusty bread, light spices, leather, pepper. Dry, astringent finish with some alcohol warmth. Body is too thin and carbonation is much too high and it's coarse to boot. Lacks the expected Belgian fullness and refinement. Not bad for the very cheap price tag.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 05:06:52 | More by illidurit
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scootny

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An almost clear mahogany with a light tan head. A touch of cloudiness. Good bits of lace here and there. No real carbonation visible.

Smell is rich with dark fruits and roasted malt. A good bit of alcohol and burnt sugar. Yeasty esters mix in.

Taste is roasted malt and mocha. A yin and yang of coffee and chocolate. Dark fruits and molasses. A dark brown bread. An alcohol bite that blends into the hops. Finish is light floral hoppiness and a dry bitterness. Graham crackery notes on the palates and touch of banana and toffee. More mocha as well. The alcohol almost disappears at the right temperature and with the swirling in of the yeast. Feel is full and gently effervescent, leading to an almost creamy consistency. Very smooth it improves significantly with the yeast in the glass.

The drinkability depends on two things. Temperature and yeast. This one really want to be cellar temp and not a degree colder. Drink it as cloudy as possible. A very good winter or cold rainy night warmer.

Thanks to WasTrinkenSie. A solid brew that will have me looking for a TJ's that sell beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 04:28:50 | More by scootny
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Trader Joe's 2007 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.