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Trader Joe's 2011 Vintage Ale - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's 2011 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2011 Vintage Ale

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very good

285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 74 | FT: 4
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: hreb on 11-13-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Descent, but not my style.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.01/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Whiteweasel
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

Patiently poured from a cellared 2.5 year old 750ml bottle into a...tumbler glass. Gotta make do sometimes.

A: Dark ruby red, dark brown, extremely frothy light tan head, can barely see through the beer. 5

S: Dark and fruity, cherries, black currants, raspberry, a bit grainy and a bit candy-like. Actually quite chocolatey. Boozy. 4.5

T: Dark and malty, with a strong chocolate character, a little sweet candy and dark roasted grain. 4

M: Thick and smooth, quite boozy, but frothy. Leaves rich, smooth aftertaste 4.25

Overall: Tastes like a mix of a stout and a Belgian strong ale. Tasty and frothy. Quite alcoholic. May be rating this higher than normal because of how long it's been held, and how alcoholic it is, but still quite a fine beer. Overall rating: 4

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL cork&caged bottle with Best Before date 6-Jul-16.

Cellared on 23-Nov-11. Uncorked on 25-Feb-14 (aged 2 yr 3 mon).

Poured into stemless wine glass.

Looked like really dark coke. Not as translucent as other Belgian darks.

Both aromas and flavors haven't changed much, which is a good thing. The age really smoothed out the edges but maintained the dark fruits and spices of cinnamon, cloves, corriander, and bit of orange peel. It's malty sweet, but not overly sweet like Belgian candy. Again, very smooth from start to finish. No boozy presence either, which I got a bit of when fresh.

Overall, this aged vintage would be able to hold its own against the more infamous of quads in a blind tasting. Wish I put away more.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

aged a bottle for almost 3 years.

totally worth it. mellowed out really nicely. all the sugars mellowed out and it wasnt so super sweet. still had a bit of a funny taste in the finish.

highly recommend aging a bottle. but do keep an eye on the temp you age it at. i think my bottle got exposed to to much heat in the summer time.

Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bottle gushed a bit upon opening. Pour reveals a cola-like ale; bubbly beige head fades to a foam.
S - sweet, fruity aroma, bread, caramel, raisin, plum, yeast
T - sweet, very ripe dark fruits - raisins, plums, dates, cherries, yeast, bread, caramel, toffee, alcohol is warming but not hot
M - medium bodied, moderately carbonated, finishes with a lingering sweetness
O - it was nice to see this one age out a couple of years. I had bought 3 at the time; one to drink fresh, one left a year, and now this one 2 years out. Always a perrenial enjoyment from Unibroue.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Trader Joe's 2011 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.