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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

236 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 31 | 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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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-30-2013 01:54:39 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown chestnut color with a big billowy cream colored head. The big billowy head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma was slightly roasted and rather fruity. A good dose of a slightly grainy but roasted and toasted malt smell along with darker fruits of cherry and raisin are there. Along with these aromas are some smells of yeast and a little bit of a spicy smells and some hot rum like aromas are there, producing a nice Belgian strong dark aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly roasted and malty flavor with the darker fruit cherry that was detected in the nose. Some yeasty and spice flavors of a clove and nutmeg later come to the tongue as well as some other flavors of more raisin and fig. As the flavor advances further to the end, the malty flavors dwindle further as the darker fruit and spice seem to increase, combining with a little bit of a boozy rum flavor, which all in all end up leaving a rather nice Belgian dark smell to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for a Belgian strong dark of 9 % adv. with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The combo of body and carbonation are nice for styles of the brew as well as in keeping the brew very drinkable but not too drinkable in light of the abv. and the boozy flavors.

Overall – A rather nice drinking Belgian strong dark ale with some nice fruity flavors as well as a good level of roast and booze.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 02:53:26 | More by Darkmagus82
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, best before 07-06-2015. This is about a year old now. Served in a Dogfish Head signature glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like cloves, dark fruit (plums, raisins), peppery spice, and molasses. It tastes like cloves, dark fruit (plums, raisins), cola, dark bread, molasses, and a bit of nutmeg. Mouhfeel/body is medium, it's slick and creamy, and is well carbonated. This is very similar to the 2011 bottle I drank right before this, which I liked. Guess I'll have to buy a bottle of the 2013 now!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 02:45:07 | More by bluejacket74
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Stalgondo

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-13-2013 03:37:29 | More by Stalgondo
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-13-2013 01:05:37 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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dhannes

Wisconsin

3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle with 11 months' worth of aging into a standard pint glass.

A=Dark, reddish brown with larger, 3-finger eggshell head.

S=Spice...nutmeg or allspice.

T=Similar to a porter's rich cream malt backbone, but nutmeg and cherry present...at times, it reminded me of cherry cough syrup. Alcohol taste present much of the time.

M=Lighter body...felt flat...also a slick feel to it.

O=I was somewhat disappointed in this beer and would not seek it our or buy it again...for numerous reasons, it was too much of a chore to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 04:43:38 | More by dhannes
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-24-2013 07:21:11 | More by Falcone
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Beersnake1

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-22-2013 03:38:27 | More by Beersnake1
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 7/6/2015. Pours clear nearly opaque reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of raisin, pear, apple, grape, clove, peppercorn, cardamom, coriander, orange peel, caramel, molasses, herbal, brown bread, toast, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, pear, apple, grape, caramel, clove, coriander, orange peel, peppercorn, cardamom, molasses, toast, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, clove, peppercorn, cardamom, coriander, orange peel, herbal, brown bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with good flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, smooth, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced Belgian dark ale. All around good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 04:44:35 | More by superspak
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-18-2013 22:44:21 | More by Rollzroyce21
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-16-2013 20:43:45 | More by djaeon
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caverog

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-14-2013 02:51:50 | More by caverog
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BAsbill

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-06-2013 05:44:07 | More by BAsbill
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bzach

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-25-2013 22:45:29 | More by bzach
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scottwurst

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-11-2013 17:33:09 | More by scottwurst
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-06-2013 08:48:31 | More by Tsar_Riga
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jabo134

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-02-2013 01:40:02 | More by jabo134
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vfgccp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-22-2013 18:10:40 | More by vfgccp
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -20.8%

09-21-2013 03:58:36 | More by BGsWo22
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davegray

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-07-2013 06:42:23 | More by davegray
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dvmky

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-10-2013 22:19:49 | More by dvmky
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Nachi

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

08-08-2013 12:58:42 | More by Nachi
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nygannon

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-03-2013 20:00:24 | More by nygannon
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TwoTrees

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-30-2013 19:25:32 | More by TwoTrees
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mpayne5

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-28-2013 05:48:02 | More by mpayne5
Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.