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Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 33 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerDocT on 11-02-2012)
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

masterofsparks, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Maillard, Aug 21, 2014
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4.93/5  rDev +30.1%

TedTopfer, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

WCW, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

jaredkc889, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

david18, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into snifter. Best before date 7/6/15.

A; Pours a deep cola brown color with a couple fingers of dense light tan head that slowly faded into a fuzzy and lasting film. Thick wispy lace was left down the glass.
S: Rich and spicy notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon, raisin, and powdery chocolate. I get hints of dark fruits and wood as well.
T: Follows the nose with the addition of mint, slight citrus zest. Clove, chocolate, woody must, dates, plums, raisins, cream, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Spicy lingering in the aftertaste. Tastes like creamy spiced chocolate ice cream. Extremely delicious.
M: Full body, creamy, fluffy, and soft carbonation, light bitterness, smooth and rich mouthfeel.
O: Extremely rich, smooth and delicious. Not overly sweet, fruity, or malty. Very balanced yet complicated.

scottfrie, Jul 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

RandyBrown, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

tgraven, May 25, 2014
Photo of secondtooth
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, with deep ruby highlights. Prodigious head of tan foam, dissipating slowly into thin and loopy lace.

Aroma is plenty of fermented fruit (wine grapes), spices, Belgian yeasty bread -- absolutely a wonderful approximation of classic Belgian ales.

Taste is similar -- some sweet notes, but this one is really well-balanced on the palate. I get hints of dark fruit and berries again, alongside plenty of spice (coriander, clove). This is a delicious brew, overflowing with complexity.

At $4.99 a bomber at Trader Joe's, this is a real bargain, and well-worth a try.

secondtooth, Apr 27, 2014
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3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark reddish brown, 1" off white head, very light lacing
Aroma: strong fruit and clove/cinnamon spice aromas along with distinctive Belgian yeast. There is a also a somewhat medicinal alcohol smell.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a mostly wet finish.
Flavor: spices dominate (cinnamon and clove) along with some raisin and citrus rind flavors. The middle and finish feature cocoa, some earthy hops, and a warming alcohol presence.

Foyle, Apr 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

KindaFondaGoozah, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

leprechaunandfatman, Apr 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Jd2391, Feb 19, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a modest head in the tall Petrus goblet. Moderate carbonation. Something of a musty aroma.

This has that classic taste that all Unibroue products seem to share. Distinctive yeasty flavor with a seriously dry finish and a bitter edge. Raisiny but not too sweet. Roasted fruity malt. Dark hints of chocolate add some pleasure. Seems to get better as it warms up and you get used to the taste.

This is an interesting big brew at a bargain price. From Trader Joe's in San Diego.

mactrail, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

kell50, Feb 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Wizzman, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

bvermilion, Feb 04, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown/burgundy color ale with a very generous foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of candy-like ester with some Belgian-style malt. Taste is also dominated by some candy-like ester with some residual sugar notes with some heavy dark Belgian-style malt. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable beer with good drinkability with nice complexity and beautiful ester. Glad they drop the coriander in this year’s version.

Phyl21ca, Feb 03, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For 4.99, a fine value. With a year on it, well worth an evening to sip on. Dark brown with good head retention. Aroma is fruity and spicy. Reminds me of those canned fruit nectars from the Hispanic food section. Tastes roasty and Belgian estery with some grainy malty smoothness. Drinkable with enough going on hold your interest throughout the 750mls. Why didn't I buy more?

qchic, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

fox227, Jan 14, 2014
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Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.