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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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239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of Skrypt


4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-07-2013 12:24:47 | More by Skrypt
Photo of Rainier


1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

05-05-2013 18:13:27 | More by Rainier
Photo of damndirtyape


3.8/5  rDev 0%

750mL bottle - served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown - let little to no light through. Light tan thick rocky head upon pouring, lots of persistent lacing. Lots of carbonation coming up through the glass upon the initial pour, dying back over time.

Smell: Yeasty mostly, and as it warms up then the Nutmeg really comes out. Never could smell much else besides the nutmeg.

Taste: Belgian yeast fruity esters up front. Some roasted malt bitterness in the middle. Strong nutmeg finish. When the beer was fully room temperature I could pick out some of the noble hop tastes, but not a lot under the nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness, spicy carbonation on the tongue. A little bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Just as there are single hop beers, I almost think of this as a single spice belgian dark winter ale. Nutmeg dominates this beer, but not in a bad way. This beer went very well with salmon au poivre, and I think it would be great with a steak. That being said, I think I would have a hard time finishing this bottle by myself. I shared it with the Mrs. and by the end of the glass I was glad I tried it, but I did not want another. Also a beer that sneaks up on you by the end of the glass - I was definitely noting the 9% by the time I finished my glass.

05-04-2013 23:23:03 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of cre83


4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-01-2013 18:46:05 | More by cre83
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-21-2013 22:07:10 | More by Bowers-Brew
Photo of freduardo


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-18-2013 03:35:13 | More by freduardo
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +10%

From the 750 ml. corked, caged bottle. Sampled on April 15, 2013.

It pours dark brown with reddish hues and a full, fluffy tan head that sits on top for several minutes.

Aromas are wonderfully sweet at first with notes of dark malts, Belgian sugars, brown sugar, fig, Allspice, caramel, yeast, and a mild but clean hop backdrop.

The body is full and creamy.

The taste is wonderfully malty and brown sugar sweet with the slightest alcohol note but nothing that puts me off. The spice is delicately dropped in.

Brewed by Unibroue. I wonder if this is a variation of the Don de Dieu. Still, overall very nice.

04-15-2013 22:09:57 | More by puboflyons
Photo of warnerry


4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-14-2013 01:48:10 | More by warnerry
Photo of MidwestBA


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-11-2013 01:03:19 | More by MidwestBA
Photo of GossageBrewery


3.13/5  rDev -17.6%

Poured this Belgian Strong Dark Ale from a big ass bottle into a pint glass. It poured a dark brown color, produced an average tan head, decent retention and it left a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of roasted malt and spices. Medium bodied, this ale has a foundation of roasted malt, dark fruit : figs, black pepper and other spices. Overall, I thought it was a little out of balance, to much spice- it needed a bit more of a malt backbone for my liking. Perhaps this would have been better if I would have let it age.

04-10-2013 20:46:56 | More by GossageBrewery
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-08-2013 05:33:20 | More by bigbeers84
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

04-05-2013 14:15:33 | More by NoetheMatt
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-27-2013 20:32:02 | More by Thunderballroom
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-25-2013 00:36:10 | More by brheuer
Photo of zeff80


3.99/5  rDev +5%

One to drink, one to age.

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of spices, dried fruit and rich caramel.

T - It had a biscuity malt backbone with a very spicy punch. Some dried fruit and caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Looking forward to trying the one I'm aging.

03-21-2013 02:08:57 | More by zeff80
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-14-2013 01:10:57 | More by vcoggins
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-13-2013 04:03:51 | More by Kopfschuss
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

03-11-2013 23:38:58 | More by DaPan
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

03-11-2013 16:18:32 | More by shick1
Photo of NatetheGreat


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

I really enjoyed this one.

is deep deep brown, almost black with a large, somewhat rocky head.

aromas are complex and inviting: sweet candy, green apple, spices including cinnamon and clove, rum raisin, some banana, musty.

flavor is sweet up front with a big, thick maltiness. spices are pronounced, as is the alcohol, although not too much. cheery, spices, and apple come through. finish is a bit sweet. not much hop presence.

moderate carbonation. very tasty and complex.

03-11-2013 07:07:32 | More by NatetheGreat
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-09-2013 15:19:12 | More by Duvel
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-05-2013 08:23:28 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of Kromes


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Black with ruby edges and a thin tan colored head.

A big orange peel , coriander, and clove aroma with a touch of alcohol.

Initial flavor is clove, anise and coriander. The flavors remain strong as a bit of the roasted malt bitterness kicks in. There is a lingering anise/clove flavor in the finish along with a dark cherry fruit flavor.

high level of peppery carbonation gives the beer a great texture and compliments the flavors.

Pretty good Dark Ale. Very tasty and bit strong right now with the spices right up front. I imagine it will get better with age.

03-01-2013 20:20:16 | More by Kromes
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

02-20-2013 05:58:54 | More by CEDAMA
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

02-16-2013 06:29:23 | More by Hopstout
Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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