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Trader Joe's 2009 Vintage Ale - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's 2009 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2009 Vintage Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
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.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bsp77 on 12-12-2009)
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Reviews by goatxpower:
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goatxpower

California

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmmm that's funny. 3 out of 5 reviews are from people who are highly recomending the beer with very little analysis of the beer to support their reccomendation, AND what do you know, this is also the ONLY BEER THAT THEY HAVE REVIEWED. This beer JUST came out, keep in mind. Could this be some sort of viral meme marketing bs? well, it is the internet...

The thing is, this actually IS a good beer. Reminds me of Delirium Nocturnum. This beer should be rated on it's own merit, not hyped up by marketing trolls.

This is a good beer to buy a case of and sit on until the next release. The ginger and other spices (I'm guessing GoP and/or corriander) are very pronounced and could use time to mellow. At $5, it is very affordable, and is at least as good as the other beers in the unibroue line-up.

I'm not trying to be a shit-stirrer, but I was a little offset this marketing technique.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 05:50:20 | More by goatxpower
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Continuing a tradition of opening these 3 years aged, perhaps waited a little long on this one. Stored in a dark area, refrigerated a day before opening.

A - Dark cola color with a light tan one finger head that diminishes to a thin lace on the surface.

S - Sweet candied fruits (pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango), caramel, pine, yeast.

T - A little musky with aging, but still a pretty good tasting brew. Sweet candied fruit tastes come through in the taste as well. Lots of pineapple and other tropical fruits. A bit of traditional holiday spices, orange, pine, cloves. Roasted malty aftertaste.

M - High alcohol leaves mouth a bit dry, but balances well with the sweetness of the beer.

O - Not bad despite the overaging. Unibroue rarely makes a bad beer and this one certainly stands up to the years, pleasant end of the year drink.

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Nevada

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Beer_HOPper


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this lying in the back of my cupboard, checked the Best Before date = 09-12-2012, whew, time to drink this!

A dark ale on lees.

I don't know what the proper technique is in opening, but, upon popping the cork, a lot of foam came running out. Perhaps, this is past it's prime?

Appearance: Dark, Chocolate., hazy brown. Lots of sticky creamy coffee colored foam over flowing my goblet. If not for the overflowing foam, would be a 4.0.

Smell: sweet citrus and spice like christmas, yeast back-end.

Taste: sweet spice up front, then, some cocoa and malt. Finishes with heavy spice and citrus, a touch dry and bitter.

Feel: wet, slippery, initially carbonated, but, disappears after few minutes.

Overall: Spice dominates with citrus. Lighter tasting than it looks. Alcohol sneaks up on you. Enjoyed this, but, 1 bottle is more than enough.

Note: Brewed by Unibroue exclusively for Trader Joe's, of course.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 06:32:27 | More by Beer_HOPper
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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark garnet, borderline black. Opaque and thick. Nice off-white head sits nicely in a Teku glass. Strong smell of yeast.

Rich with hints of mocha, cherry, spice, and ginger, this is interesting to have in its aged form. The suggested "drink by" date is coming up: 9-13-2012; suffice to say that this might be a touch past its prime but, nonetheless, has a spicy, malty, almost sour presence to it that is really refined for $5 a bottle. Smooth. The booze is all but buried in the back, making this dangerous drinking. Cola-like in mouthfeel and actually has a "Cherry Coke" flavor to it. Medium to medium-heavy bodied but super easy on the palate.

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Trader Joe's 2009 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.