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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

128 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.63%
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:
Beer added by: bsp77 on 12-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of BrittReed
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I agree w/ Beer3nthusiast! Awesome stuff! With the yeasty smell/flavor and the sweetness, my wife's first impression was rootbeer (she has 2 sips and "done"). Got a little of that, but kept tasting different things as the glass got lighter. Had it a little cool, not cold. Got one for now, one for cellaring, but will go back for more. smooth mouthfeel, w/o being thick, but just a little sticky sweet. Thought it went well w/ the yeast and spice flavors. Yum!

Photo of beer3nthusiast
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark Belgian abbey-style. 9%

Cork eagerly pops out. It pours dark with a big but light head that settles into a patchy layer that looks like whipped egg whites. Very little lacing, but the patchy head persists for awhile.

Tastes a LOT like the Westvleteren, or St. Bernardus yeast. It's got a spicy, peppery, yet sweet-ish taste. Not very fruity.

The mouthfeel is light and its very drinkable.

Overall, this series is highly underrated IMO. Great beer.

Photo of RJUGA03
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep black color poured into a tulip esque glass with a 2 finger off white/ coffee colored foam head.
S-Smells of malt, yeast, spices, and slight citrus notes.
T-Sweet with cocoa detected up front flowing in a mellow manor into a slightly(cloved/ hoppy/ malted) lingering finish.
M-Robust on the uptake and syrupy and carbonated tingly finish.
D-It definately is a seasonal beer and I'm glad it comes around yearly because it gives me something to look forward to. I need to be a good and knowledgeable beer consumer. The way I will achieve this will be to lay down a few bottles for at least 2 years.

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Trader Joe's 2009 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.