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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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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
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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 mverity
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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 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 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 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.

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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 hreb
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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 HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this one hiding in plain sight next to their Vintage Ale and brewed by contract with Unibroue just like the Vintage series. Not sure if this is a one time thing or a seasonal or regular offering. Came in at $5.99 for a corked 750 ml painted bottle.

Pours a sunburst golden with notable haze. Bright white cap offers decent though surely not meringue like retention. This beer did open with a firm bottle conditioned pop and more robust than the Vintage series tends to be. Bit of lemony hop aroma mingles with that distinctive yeast aroma of Unibroue beers along with a subtle hint of ginger/clove. A decent amount of wheat seems evident and would well explain the haze on the pour. Pale malts and tart lemon cracker with a hint of sweetness lingering on the finish.

Feel is spritzy and bright in a way yet lacks significant malt depth as for the general style. Yet this is surely not a Duvel-esque attempt at a Golden Ale given the presumed wheat and spices. Light as the feel is, the 7.5% is hidden as the beer is quite soft on the palate.

Overall quite interesting while being not quite what I was expecting. Spices become notably more prominent with warming as do yeast esters and the carbonation holds well. Simple yet complicated at the same time. Interesting to stumble upon this just 10 days before the world ends, as it seems like a softened La Fin du Monde...

Photo of negroobserver
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance...
Heavily carbonated. Requires a soft pour. Completely translucent under light. Visible rising carbonation in the glass.

Smell...
Sweet. Spicy. Earthy. Clean and crisp. Refreshing.

Taste...
Starts off sweet.
Light flat bitter finish.

Mouthfeel....
Not too dense. Mellow rounded and soft. Tingling sensation on the tongue from the carbonation.

Overall....
A nice enjoyable mid summer afternoon beer. Could drink this all day at the beach.

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 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 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 puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the caged and corked 750 ml. bottle with an expiration date of 02-04-2015. Sampled on May 19, 2013.

It pours a highly carbonated rich yellow with a tremendous, puffy white head that sticks around.

The aroma is a fetching cavalcade of Belgian yeast, Belgian sugar, pale malts, coriander and clove.

The body is a little acidic but generally on the medium side.

The taste is mellow with the yeast and spices playing up bigger than anything else. A light hoppy finish. The is brewed by Unibroue for Trader Joe's and it reminds me of their La Fin du Monde.

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a very hazy yellow gold with 1.5 fingers of fluffy white head that lasts a while and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Fruity Belgian yeast and traditional spices with a little light grainy malt coming through.

Taste. Light grainy malt, belgian spice and yeast, and a little tart lemon. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body, pretty lively and fine medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A nice lighter Belgian style ale. Would be great on a hot day.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty blonde color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention with some great lacing. Aroma consists of Unibroue yeast ester with some rustic malt notes and some peppery notes. Taste is also dominated by some Unibroue yeast ester with some rustic malt notes and a spicy peppery finish. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Great mix of drinkability and complexity. Another winner from Unibroue.

Photo of Rukasu
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color, a bit cloudier near the end of the bottle due to settled yeast. Strong white and fragrant head.

S: Floral and fruity with yeasty mustiness. Coriander and citrus rind, tropical fruit, and warming alcohol.

T: Sour citrus, Belgian yeast, more coriander.

M: Very light carbonation, quite flavorful but easy drinking. Wheatiness adds a bit of sharpness.

O: Pretty solid, yet inexpensive Belgian ale. May say TJ's on the label, but you know it'll still be a decent beer because they always team up with Unibroue.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Edited this review because my last bottle was flat. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light to medium golden amber. This bottle has lots of carbonation and poured with a nearly half glass white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, cloves, hint of banana; spicing strong and almost mineral. Flavor is moderate Belgian spicing and yeast, apple and pear juice, finishes rather dry with light residual hops and spicing. Medium bodied, with pleasant prickly carbonation. Rather light flavored compared to most of Unibroue's other offerings, but what flavor is evident is pleasantly Belgian.

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

750mL bottle (best before 09/28/14) served in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy glowing gold color with hints of orange. Thin white head, islands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Yeast, citrus peel, floral & herbal notes, orange sweetness.

Taste: Many flavors at once. Orange, fruit, malt sweetness, sugar sweetness, citrus (non-orange citrus), some noble hops, tart finish. I can definitely taste the citrus peel as indicated on the back of the bottle, but not the ginger. There is maybe a tiny bit of lingering spiciness at the end of the sip if you take a few minutes between drinks, but not a lot. Regardless, this is one tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation; a bit airy. Does not linger on the palate much nor stick to the teeth. Very nice.

Overall / Drinkability: Very nice and pleasant beer. Went very well with cod and arugula + watercress salad. I easily could have another one, and the beer is dangerous in that is sneaks up on you. I found I want more and I know I shouldn't as I'm starting to feel the beer a bit by the end of my glass. While a beer well on the sweet side, its not cloying, nor is it too sweet. Rather it is just right sweet, with plenty of other flavors to enjoy alongside. I should probably go grab another bottle of this.

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