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Trader Joe's Providential Golden Ale - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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87
very good

297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HalfFull on 12-12-2012

Ale brewed with spices.
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Ratings: 297 | Reviews: 91
Photo of ClavisAurea
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a wine glass with a best before date of 04/2016.

Appearance: pale gold, effervescent, clear

Nose: bread, yeast, malt, dried fruit

Taste: candi sugar, very fruity, refreshing, very sweet

Overall: I thought this was a nice strong pale ale from Unibroue/Trader Joe's. I probably wouldn't buy it again because of the overwhelming sweetness. $4.99 for a 750ml is a great price though.

Photo of SFNC
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It says Trader Joes on the label, but Unibroue on the cork. Maybe not as good as La Fin De Monde or Tres Pistoles, but pretty good quality. Nice spicy taste and Unibroues signature yeast flavor. A good bargain worth trying if you are looking for a cheap Belgian Style fix. A bomber for $6.99 is a steal.

Photo of babaracas
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear gold, one finger of fizzy white head, thin ring left with dots left on the glass. Smell: floral, notes of pear, grape and coriander, lightly bready. Taste: spicy, pepper, mildly grainy, pear and unripe peach, mildly coriander-y, then unripe banana in the finish. For the lower abv it is fairly well put together but does nothing to distinguish itself other than have a lower price tag than most BSPAs in this format.

Photo of rangerred
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice fluffy head and a bright fruity aroma and flavor. Very juicy although a bit sweet with some tartness. A very good beer for the price.

Photo of braiden
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Smell: sour
look: golden bright
taste crisp, bold
feel: sharp
overall: could have been better

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-beautiful foamy head
-bright light hops, light astringent, but very mellow
-very typical Belgian pale ale, but lacking flavor or anything to set it apart
-very smooth and balanced, but overly bubbly
-was hoping for more but it is a plain tasting beer

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, gold color, with a white head that rises at least 2 fingers before settling to a thin layer. Lacing is minimal.

S: Strong citrus notes, followed by freshly baked bread. Some white pepper. There's a funky, wet-leather smell, and green apple. Some flowery/perfumy notes appear as well.

T: Big sweetness up front, but it's quickly overwhelmed by a wave of tart (tangerine & cherry; a hint of lime also is present. I get a strong sense of the yeast late, then a little phenolic bitterness at the end.

M: Initially moist, with mediocre carbonation. It's chewier than I expected based on appearance. The finish borders on astringent.

O: Just OK in my opinion. I had pretty high hopes fom the aroma, but the phenolic aftertaste and astringent mouthfeel didn't do it for me.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5.99 bomber from Trader Joe's, picked up along with their Vintage Ale and (shudder) a couple Boatswain Ales. Seriously, skip the Boatswains.

Pours a pale gold into a craft pub glass because I was too lazy to reach a couple extra inches for the trusty tulip. Lots of carbonation as expected from the style, and a big old fluffy white head. Gorgeous, but expected from an ale made by Unibroue, the masters behind Fin du Monde.

Smell is near-perfect. Banana, clove, bubble-gum, candy sugar, and beautiful, beautiful Belgian yeast. The head has settled to a nice white cap, with little lacing on the glass. The carbonation slows but doesn't stop during the session.

Apropos of nothing, I am watching Archer, "Swiss Miss," while drinking this. They go well together.

The taste is sweet, spice, and yeast. Some citrus zest (lemon and orange). Great, great example. The mouthfeel is a little thin, though, and takes just a tiny bit away from it, but just a tiny bit.

Look, I recommend this one. I feel like I'm stealing it for only 5.99. It's not Tripel Karmeleit, it's not Fin du Monde, but this bad boy Belgian is going to find itself in my cellar more than once this year. Go get it, you'll be happy.

Oh, and the ABV is well hidden. Just be careful.

Photo of secondtooth
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, with massive head of fine white suds. Big, spoke-like lace.

Aroma: Spices, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, and plenty of fruity notes. Very very striking and nice.

Taste: Spectacular, sweet, and fruity on the palate with plenty of spice accents. Very much in line with a classic Abbey ale. A hint of floral notes dance around the tongue, with a flash of hops near the finish. The body is light, even spritzy and champagne-like, adding a level of drinkability. A very complex, rewarding, and refreshing Belgian-style ale here, and well worth checking out (especially as it was only around $5.99 a bomber at Trader Joe’s).

Photo of cratez
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Trader Joe's Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale - 7.5% ABV - Consumed January 9, 2015.

A: Hazy golden amber hue with three fingers of white foam and lots of bubbles in the body. Several strands of lacing cling to the tulip glass. Head and lace retain well. An enticing appearance.

S: Clove, orange peel, spice box (cardamom, cinnamon), lemon zest, classic Unibroue yeastiness (a little doughy), light phenols, and apricot. A very effervescent and appealing nose. Lovely.

T: Big zesty, yeasty, and lightly citric flavours upfront; orange peel, lemon, spice box and clove mid-palate; mildly drying and malty finish with fruity-yeasty afters that linger for a while. A tasty and satisfying Belgian blonde.

M: Full side of medium-bodied, creamy middle, tangy and citric zestiness precedes a lightly drying and malty finish with more fruity, yeasty, and estery flavours on the cough. Nice palate.

O: An appetizing golden ale with above average flavours and aromas. No flaws that I can detect; just a solid, quaffable Belgian ale here.

Photo of SandwichGirl
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic pale Belgian beer, especially considering Trader Joe's prices (and the Christmas gift card picking up the tab). It is fairly spicy and assertive, leaning mostly to a citrus flavor. Then the malts take over, ending with a long finish from the Belgian yeast. It is definitely a drink-by-the-fire, sipping quietly kind of beer but not too heavy or overly sweet. Would absolutely recommend to anyone with a Trader Joe's nearby. It is similar to Fin Du Monde, which I was actually reaching for when I saw this.

Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: lemon zest, pepper, yeast, and a bit of spicy hops.

Taste: grainy malt with loads of lemon zest, yeast, pepper, hint of clove, golden apples, and a spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: very crisp and refreshing throughout. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a slower sipping spicy belgian ale that is well balanced and has a nice flavor profile.

Photo of Gajo74
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy and murky light golden color. Head not so thick and quickly dissipates into a thin lace that retains solidly throughout. Nice aroma of citrus, particularly orange. I enjoyed the taste at first as I picked up fruity flavors. However, as I got further along in the drink, I began to detect some earthy and yeasty flavors that were slightly off putting. There was something not fresh about the taste; perhaps it was the bottle, (I forgot to check date) my mood, or my reaction to this particular brand. Mouthfeel was o.k., the carbonation stings the tongue. However, it did not feel so refreshing and drinkable.
Belgian Strong Pale Ale is one of my favorite styles. Perhaps I have been spoiled by some of the great Belgian Ales and because of the high standard set, this one falls short. It was not terrible and I got a big bottle for a cheap price. However, I will not actively seek it out anytime soon.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Trader Joe's Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale

Notes: Clear deep golden body. Frothy white head. Average to slightly better than average head retention and lacing. Aroma: yeasty, chalky, malty, sweetish, grainy, lightly spicy, coriander, suggestion of lemon zest. Flavor: balanced, clear, bright - all of the things that the aroma suggests with a beautiful apple component added in. Stiff bitterness. Balanced. Polished. Quite nice.

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Any of the Trader Joe beers are drinkable but nothing to get too, too excited about. This is different. Nice golden hazey colour with a light white head. Fruity, Honey, fresh bread aroma. Beautiful hard fruit mouth. Apple, pear taste. Cloves and butterscotch after taste. Mild pleasant bitterness. This is a really good Belgian ale worthy of world class brews! Bravo Trader Joes!

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Trader Joes stamp or not, what we have here is a well-crafted Belgian style pale ale from a brewery (Unibroue) that consistently males great Belgian style beers. The fruity and yeasty aroma features yellow banana, citrus fruits and apricots, It is accompanied by a complex fruity and lightly spicy flavor. Hints of white pepper, allspice and ginger.

The medium body has champagne-like effervescence

O: excellent

Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Green apple, pear skin, biscuity malt, honey sweetness, and floral tones form the complex aroma. Notes of honeysuckle, white pepper, and orange emerge. Flavor reveals citrus undertones of tangerine, lemon, and sour orange, with softer notes of pear and apple offering contrast. More sour than expected, but the lightly toasted malt takes hold mid palate and carries into a dry, slightly peppery finish, accompanied by coriander. Excellent beer for 6 bucks!

Photo of avwrite
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Not bad Trader Joe's, not bad. Nice smoky yet sweet taste, good golden color, and some spices to go along. Great for the fall. A little frothy pouring out, but other wise a solid beer that I enjoyed.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A terrific Belgian golden ale !!! Unibroue has brewed a fantastic beer for Trader Joe's . . . stop in and get yourself one soon.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Yellow-amber color, clear but with some yeast floaties, bright, white head that forms up full, with very uniform bubbles, and significant lacing.

S - Yeast esters and sugars, with a spice note, suggesting bubble gum and allspice.

T - Follow the nose. Bananas and bubble gum, allspice and cloves, slight peppery hint, and a mild sourness in the close.

M - Spritely and bright, with extensive carbonation. Clean.

O - A very solid Belgian, clean and pleasant, with nice spice notes. The one I had has got almost a year on it, and it seems to have come out smooth and delicious. I'll be sure to pick up a few this year.

Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A 3.75 Beautiful golden ale with a nice, white head and decent lace.
S 4.50 Light bready malt. Citrus and spice. Bit of honey. Some grasses green apple.
T 4.0 Malt, honey and green apple front. Spicy middle and finish. Lightly but effectively hopped. Crisp dry finish.
M 4.0 Supple and fluid with a well balanced weight. Smooth velvety carbonation.
O 4.0 A great Belgian. For the money you can't do better. Flavorful, complex, crisp and refreshing. Love it.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, enjoy by 4-28-2015 and a bargain at $5.99!

A most excellent example of a fine Belgian brew made in Canada by Unibroue. Pours a light
yellow amber...very golden indeed, with light white head that dies down to a thin pooling
layer of foam and very light lacing. Nose of banana, clove, coriander, light yeasty sweet bread,
Belgian candy sugar, light citrus fruits, and a slight alcohol aroma. Flavors and banana and a
light tartness of lime and green apple on the front, Belgian candy on the sides, citrus mingles
in the back and aftertaste with a light sea salt like flavor. Effervescent mouthfeel, very delicate
and nice. A must try for lovers of the style.

Photo of Radome
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with cork and wire cage.

A - 4.25 - Dark straw color. Milky cloudiness. Head is white and piles several inches high initially, then fades to a thick sheet with some lacing.

S - 4.0 - Clean, slightly spicy pilsner malt mixes with a strong spice note. Hops are in the background with more spice and some fresh grass. Overall this is a spice bomb in the nose, with black pepper and coriander prominent. I'd like more malt to balance, personally.

T - 4.0 - Light bready malt first, followed quickly by strong spice. Again it is black pepper and coriander. There is enough hops bitterness to provide structure. Fairly dry finish. Yeast notes provide more spice and some light fruit.

M - 4.25 - Medium to high body. Smooth, mouth-filling carbonation. Medium hops burn along with some alcohol heat. Surprisingly dry and crisp finish with no aftertaste.

O - 4.0 - The aroma had me worried that this would be over-the-top with spices and not pleasant to drink. However, the taste was more subtle than the bouquet and it was a fairly well-balanced beer.

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. Best before 4/28/16, which means this can probably be cellared a year.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is about one finger of creamy ivory foam, which isn't super thick but is thoroughly persistent. Quite attractive.

Smell: lightly sweet and malty aroma with a nice, very-lightly-fruity Belgian character. There's a hint of the farmhouse in here too, although that might be more the spicing than the yeast. It's not strong, but it strikes a nice balance and is indeed enticing.

Taste: sweet and malty with an interesting spiciness. Label says ginger and citrus peel, which I'm inclined to believe; the spices sit more in the aftertaste than directly upon the palate. The sweet malt has a very light pear character to it, which I like. This is a bit of a subtle treat, but a treat it is.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great big well-integrated carbonation yielding a bodacious creaminess. Yes, yes, yes!

Overall: I don't want to say this is dainty, but it's got an understated flavor and a nicely balanced profile that seem delicate. But it is highly drinkable and definitely the best Trader Joe's beer I've had.

Photo of Auraan
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous translucent, cloudy golden color with a one finger white head that quickly receded. The body is fantastic, but the head was a bit disappointing for a Belgian Ale. Scents of apricot, bright notes of orange flesh, allspice, white pepper, clove and a slight sugar cookie sweetness. A nice, bright, fruity aroma with a good Belgian yeast spicy undercurrent. Fruity, spicy and complex, a nice Belgian Pale Ale aroma. Flavor begins delicately sweet with a moscato-like character, some tangerine sweetness and a hint of white pepper. This moves into a middle that is still modestly sweet, but slightly spicier with notes of apricot, tangerine, earthy, spicy Unibroue yeast, white pepper, clove and allspice. Finish is medium-sweet with notes of apricot, white pepper, allspice and clove. Aftertaste is sweet and spicy with notes of candi sugar, allspice and clove. A flavor profile that follows the aroma and is brightly, fruity and spicy. Quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, somewhat watery with effervescent carbonation. Very pleasant to drink, quite easy going down and very refreshing. Overall this is a nice Belgian Pale Ale. It's refreshing and bright, with a wonderful aroma and flavor that are still modestly complex. The mouthfeel aids this overall impression and creates a wonderfully drinkable Belgian Pale Ale.

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Trader Joe's Providential Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.