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

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Trader Joe's Providential Golden AleTrader Joe's Providential Golden Ale

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95 Reviews
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Reviews: 95
Hads: 313
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 7
Gots: 47 | 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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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 313
Reviews by Chiefy770:
Photo of Chiefy770
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Big bubbly head formed on top of a hazy, pale, golden-yellow body. The head collapsed and left a bubbly white cap with very little lacing throughout.

Smell: Belgian spices up front... clove, coriander, orange, and dark fruit notes.

Taste: Much like the nose, the spice hits first. Clove and coriander are washed out by strong and slightly bitter notes of orange and other citrus fruits.The malts and yeast lead to a relatively sweet finish, think dark fruits and sweet rolls. My biggest complaint with the taste is that there is a rather medicinal backdrop.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Full carbonation.

Overall: I would say this is like a scaled down "Don De Dieu" from Unibroue, not surprising because they brew this beer. It is underwhelming compared to the bigger names of the style but I will gladly be underwhelmed for such an affordable price. Don't get me wrong, you could do much worse than this beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sicilian
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SandwichGirl
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mverity
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share at Proof Bottle Shop. Pours the slightly hazy color of a wit/triple, a odd pale yellow. Can we all agree that this is almost exactly like La Fin Du Monde? Really enjoyable. Tons of fruity ester. Citrusy. Hmmm, I can really dig this beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Caged and corked bomber, a bargain at $5 and change at my local Trader Joe's.

"Best before 02-04-2015" (almost 2 years away)

Pours clouded lighter tangarine, lite khaki head that stays nicely, before going to a thicker film and leaving moderate elongated blobs of lace.

Lemony nose, with some honey, lime and Belgian/Unibroue yeast notes.

Tasty, fruity, citric, yeasty, hoppy late. Notes of lemon/lime, ginger, more yeasty goodness, with alcohol well in check. Dangerously delicious.

Nicely crafted and thoroughly enjoyable, especially for the price. Gotta get to TJ's more often and make sure to put a few more bottles of this nectar in my basket.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says best before 09/28/2014.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A spicy and yeasty Belgian aroma with a nice kick of citrus esters. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, white and black peppers, coriander, and ginger spicing. Hints of banana, pear, and apple fruit as well as citrus orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Sweet pilsner like malts with hints of biscuit, hay, grains, toast, and crackers. Fairly earthy. A nice zesty aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a zesty taste of yeast, spices, fruit esters, and malt. Belgian yeast with a mix of spices including white and black pepper, clove, coriander, and ginger. A variety of fruit esters with some banana, pear, apple, and grape. Notes of citrus orange, lemon zest, tangerine, and grapefruit. Sweet pale malts with notes of biscuit, wheat grains, hay, crackers, and toast. A really solid all around fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, juicy, and fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian style pale ale. Good mix of spices and fruit esters.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of timontheroad
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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!

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Photo of Auraan
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of Fuzzycuffs
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle today, and drank this evening.

A: Pours a hazy golden colour. About what you would expect of the style. Two fingers of snowy white head, dissipated very quickly, leaving almost no lacing =(

S: Belgian spices. Orange peel, coriander, possibly a bit of star anise. Very strong, but not particularly defined. Might improve with age.

T: No booziness, despite the 7.5 ABV. A touch watery, but not exactly a session ale, due to the intense aromas that accompany it. Wet and spicy, not a whole lot of flavor from the grains.

M: Smooth body, mild, but prickly carbonation. Not much to say. Water.

O: Not a whole lot of balance. The wheat is mellow, the spices are in-your-face, and there isn't much else to say. Reasonably priced, but for a store that sells their delightful vintage ale, I was disappointed. Might buy again to cellar for two years, might not. Depends on whether I go back to Trader Joe's before I forget this brew exists.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split and poured into a tulip. Best before 02-04-2015.

A: Pours a hazy opaque light golden with a full dense white head. Tons of visible carbonation shooting from the bottom of the glass. The head sticks around for quite a long time making this one enticing beer.

S: Orange, pale malts and belgian yeast are the first thing that comes to the nose. Spiciness that one would anticipate from a wit beer or a lighter tripel.

T: Nice blend going on here. It has a pretty solid pale malt backing that is complimented by a dose of orange peel, spice and belgian yeast. Very authentic to the style its well balanced in its approach. A bit sweet, bitterness is minimal.

M: Fairly light body for such a strong brew, good carbonation makes it an easy drinker. Has a touch of stickiness from the sweetness.

Overall this is tasty and a steal of a deal from Trader Joes. Will be picking up more of these down the line. Great presentation, taste and ABV for its price point. Reminds me of a La Fin Du Monde mixed with a Blanche De Chambly.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Bright gold liquid with a fist of active pearling magnolia soft peaks. Thick tendrils of lace, superior retention.

Clean malt aroma (Pils?) along with hints of orange zest, coriander, and a hefty dose of distinctive yeast.

Initially sweet with notes of pear and golden raisin. Very mild bitterness with a gentle herbal/peppery noble hop flavor fading away in the face of the phenols and alcohol. Becomes increasingly dry into the finish which has faint mineral and metallic qualities.

Medium-bodied, effervescent, fully carbonated, zesty.

A very nice offering from Unibroue, on par with their regular offerings but at a good discount in comparison.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of secondtooth
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
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).

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Photo of hreb
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Unibroue's classic 750mL cork-topped bottle. Best before 02-04-2015. Served in pint glass. Beer pours pale yellow in color, slightly hazy, with a pretty nice white head. Aroma is yeasty, and has an unfortunate banana ester smell (though I'm sure others may appreciate that more than I do). Flavor is pretty mild, continuing with the fruity theme, and adding a very gentle spicing. Despite not having any of my favorite flavors in a Belgian strong pale ale, it's supremely drinkable, and doesn't expose any of it's 7.5 ABVs. It would be interesting to try this side by side with Don De Dieu, or even Blanche De Chambly -- I'm pretty sure I remember liking either of those a lot more than this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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