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

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

179 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HalfFull on 12-12-2012)
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Bstrickler

Kentucky

4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding off brand of Unibroue, much like a Blanche de Chambly. This has a great overall quality that is associated with Unibroue. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, the flavor is also light, but the flavor is great. All things considered, this is worth a try.

Serving type: growler

04-12-2014 02:44:29 | More by Bstrickler
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4000qtrap

Missouri

4.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle, fresh

S: Nice and deep. Banana and lemon verbena shoot through, but tart tropical fruits, moderate spice, doughy malt, and wild herb come through nicely. Light cider note. Pleasantly surprised at the balanced and complexity.

T: Great lively, interesting beer. Zesty and light with a nice herbal hoppiness that works very well with the belgian flavor component. A great balance of flavors that maximize the Belgian and hop notes. Slightly tart up front with banana, tropical fruit and lemon verbena from the nose. Fruity, juicy, and zesty. Natural Belgian yeast spiciness (not exogenous spicing, thankfully) comes through in the middle as well as a nice dry crispness, right on for my tastes, which give great drinkability and crispness. Medium low body and easy on the palette, but a nice creaminess comes through. Hints of funkiness. The finish matches the paler end of the lemon verbena notes with wild herb hoppiness and funk that really lingers.

Notes: A standout beer, and at this price ($5.99) its an incredible value. While this could just use a touch more hoppiness in the finish its one of the best Belgian pale's I've had, though it’s a style I find rarely works. No idea why this scores as low as it does by BAr's except that there might be some type of store-brand bias. Not average, worth seeking out. Buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 04:08:17 | More by 4000qtrap
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threeviews

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked & caged 750ml bottle, best by date of 02-22-14 into an elongated tulip glass

A- Pours a slightly hazy, yellow/golden hue along with copious amounts of carbonation. A 2+ finger worth of white (large bubble/champagne-like) head is supported by immense carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass (no nucleation). Absolutely picturesque.

S- Chalky and immensely fruity...lemon/grapefruit citrus, fleshy tropical fruits containing green apple, green grape, mango, peach, pear...a medley of aroma that is hard to describe.

T- Follows the aroma. However, the malt backbone supports the fruity esters with enough strength so that it doesn't ever finish too dry or sweet. Amazing kudos to the brewers at Unibroue!

M- Copious carbonation is very reminiscent of sparkling wine, but is much smoother...allows all of the fruity flavors to coat the palate well before finishing dry and wiping your palate clean.

O- If you like/love Duvel and have a Trader Joe's in your vicinity, then get yourself a few Provedential bottles and enjoy, as it is dollars cheaper and just as quaff-able as the almighty Duvel (one of my favorite beers and my all-time favorite Belgian beer).

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 23:08:44 | More by threeviews
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL pours a pale golden-yellow with a little haze, tons of carbonation helps head retention maintain a 1/4" layer of foam atop the ale. Fresh lemon, orange, and grapefruit rind permeate the nose with hints of banana, yeast, and biscuity malt as well. Tastes are sharp with fresh citric notes of grapefruit, lemon, and orange, biscuit, yeast, banana, ginger, and spice; tremendous balance here. Mouth-feel is super creamy & smooth, medium-to-full body, pleasant carbonation. Overall, a nice surprise! One of my favorite Unibroue's, but they're all terrific.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 11:17:03 | More by barnzy78
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 06:11:18 | More by MattyG85
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gpogo

California

4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy light yellow body with a small white head. Lots of bubbles.

A- Tropical, citrus, and that belgian yeast aroma. Some light sweetness and coriander.

T- Light wheaty sweetness. Coriander soapiness and belgian yeast flavor. Slightly sour citrus flavor.

M- Smooth, moderate constant carbonation.

D- For $5 a bottle it is completely worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 04:32:51 | More by gpogo
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

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

750ml corked bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Best by 2/4/2015

Uncorks to a huge fizz that overflows immediately out of the bottle. Pours a rich, perfectly golden color with a big head that dissipates fairly quick. The smell is very yeasty and citrusy. Some spices in there too. Taste is big on cloves and other spices, as well as yeasty. The spices are the most prevalent flavor. Very drinkable. Exceptional actually. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Alcohol undetectable and impressive at 7.5%

Overall I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this. But as this is brewed by Unibroue I shouldnt be surprised. Very recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 00:25:21 | More by Axnjxn
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BucannonXC5

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 750 ML glass
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: June 19, 2013
Consumed: June 21, 2013
Misc.: Best before Feb. 4, 2015

Poured a golden straw sparkling color with four fingers of frothy, foamy white head. Minimal-to-average lacing on the sides. Very good retention all the way down.

Smelled spicy Belgian notes, orange peel, cloves, floral notes, sour fruit, kiwi, oranges and slight Circus Peanuts candy. Very nice.

Tasted those spicy peppery Belgian notes. Cloves, orange peel, orange, grapefruit peel, Circus Peanut candy, kiwi, tart notes and floral notes. Just a step down from the smell.

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long finish.

Really enjoyed this beer. It just got better and better.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 06:15:35 | More by BucannonXC5
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wilkowski

Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy, straw golden, thin laced head

S: a sweetness up front with a body of rich warm bread, some banana, orange peel, more yeast and bready aroma

T: sweet malts, coriander, black pepper, ginger, bitter orange, grapefruit

M: good carbonation, light, per style

O: another good offering from Unibroue

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 04:34:00 | More by wilkowski
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aubuc1

Florida

4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle dated best before 9-28-14 poured into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a thinning white head and constant stream of bubbles rising up.

Smell is a sweet and grassy delight. Slight pepper.

Taste is a slightly bright/tart, lemony pleasure.

Mouthfeel is very clean with a nice carbonation zing.

Overall this is very good. Kind of like La Fin du Monde, but not as sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 00:38:22 | More by aubuc1
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Billolick

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 22:45:04 | More by Billolick
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scottfrie

California

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into NB snifter. Best before 09/28/2014.

A: Pours a clear golden apple juice color with a couple fingers of fizzy white head. Head quickly faded into a faint collar.
S: Sweet notes of golden fruits, pears, golden delicious apples, champagne, chardonnay, spice Belgian style yeast, black pepper, clove, green apple and wheat.
T: Follows the nose with sweet and spicy flavors of crisp fruits and peppery earthy spices. Earthy, sweet, sticky and bready flavors overall. The finish is full of coriander and clove and earthy hops, and the aftertaste is sweet with fruit nectars and honey.
M: Medium-full body, slick, drying and chewy mouthfeel, with fizzy but non-distracting carbonation.
O: A refreshing and well flavored Belgian pale. Light and easy to drink but rich and full flavored.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 01:00:59 | More by scottfrie
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Disguised in Trader Joe's clothing, the distinctive and specific taste of Unibuoue's yeast directs the taste of this strong Belgian Pale Ale through taste and texture in a way that only Unibroue can.

Decanting the beer, its dirty gold appearance is created with straw pilsner-stained colors and yeast haze. Its unfiltered character keeps it rustic and charming to its sight. The ale erupts with vibrant carbonation but only manages to amass a part-fizz, part-froth of a head that dissolves far sooner than I expected. Terse in retention, seldom clumped lace also gives the beer a lackluster foam character.

Grainy-sweet aromas of bread and powdered sugar rise to the nose, but is soon overtaken by the high spice of yeast- coriander, dried orange peels, white pepper, clove, and ginger can all be pulled from the overall scent. Lesser aromas of fruit arise in the forms of dry champagne, light banana, apricot, papaya, and pineapple. Undersold hop notes offer as much of a straw character as it does spice and only offers mild balances in the beer's overall aromatic profile.

The complexity not only continues but elevates when delving into taste: spice and fruit to this Fred and Ginger dance relation upon a stage of whimsical malt taste. All those exotic fruit notes of the nose manifests in a candied sweetness to start the show. Muscular spices cut right through the fruit and malt with heat, bold flavor, and an esoteric Asian character- cumin, curry, and ginger weave into the mix with ribbons of taste and create this marvelous varying taste. Hops provide earthy straw-like taste before developing into a spicy saffron bitterness to finish. Even mint and vanilla work to add complexity deep in the finish for added variation even as the beer tries to close.

Malty-dry to start, the beer strives for complete spice and dryness but lingering residual sweetness keeps the malt influence around until late middle palate. But diving into finish, the beer easily sheds its malty underpinnings and favors a champagne texture- full of acidity, alcohol heat, prickling spice, and light fiery sulfur. An aftertaste of grape, pepper, and yeast keeps me reminded of the ale-like properties that are unique to Belgium.

This ale is both delicate and boastful- it seduces you with its light fruit and tantalizing spices but then pummels you with its alcohol and earthen hop character. It's kinda like a praying mantis of beers. Even though she's an ugly duckling, her imbibers should take heed.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 04:35:21 | More by BEERchitect
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Shibbykaiyai

Michigan

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

Grabbed this at Trader Joe's today, along with a couple 2012 Vintage Ales. This is the first that I have seen on this variety and their weren't a lot left when I got there.

It pours a cloudy golden color. The brew seems to have an overly carbonated look and feel, almost like champagne. Not a very powerful brew with a nice sweet taste to finish it off. It definitely lacks the punch one would expect from a 7.5ABV brew.

A nice, if not strange brew. If I can find more when I go back next week, I might grab em and see how they age.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 03:03:19 | More by Shibbykaiyai
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impending

California

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

A-

750ml into a tulip. Pours a mid tone hazed golden yellow, towering yellow egg cream colored froth remains clinging as it subsides.

Sweet yeasty spicy fruity goodness. Clean, upbeat, unmistakeably Unibroue.

Taste is of light skinned fruits, apple, pear and a delicious but subtle orange citrus. Minor phenolic bitter comprises the aftertaste. Crisp. Shy of medium lively mouthfeel.

unmistakeably related to Don de Dieu
an exceptional value
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 05:11:57 | More by impending
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ONUMello

Ohio

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip
A: Hazy yellow with lots of carbonation and a two-finger head
S: Lots of wheat, florals, banana, clove. Very nice
T: Largely matches the nose, with wheat, banana, apricot and spice
M: Light but smooth with pleasant carbonation
O: A nice beer, especially from a producer like Unibroue for a beer with a mass retailer label

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 03:04:53 | More by ONUMello
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brureview

Massachusetts

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

The beer pours a golden honey color with a large 4 finger head color into a tulip glass, The head resolves to a 1 finger within minutes.

There are carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Initial aroma: cloves, lemon and spices, which become more pronounced with warming.

The tingling, crisp carbonation is well suited for the style.

The taste is light cloves and lemon which like the aroma become more pronounced with warming.

The finish is crisp and refreshing with some hop presence.

Overall, an excellent Belgian Golden Ale. I was surprised- I didn't expect a Trader Joe's Unibroue beer to be as good as the Unibroue labeled beer. However, this beer was actually better than other Unibroue beers I have tasted. The cork was good and easy to remove- not always the case with Unibroue, and a sign of good beer, The best by date is 2/4/15.

It is recommended to serve the beer at 50+F for subtleties in aroma, taste, and finish, A bargain at $5.99.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:10:53 | More by brureview
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elNopalero

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a light straw golden color. There’s a lemony aroma with some coriander and some chamomile competing for second billing. I get a slightly zesty flabor with a lemony, grassy, straw character. The beer itself has tremendous effervescence with this lemony crispness and a lingering bitter finish with some bitter orange marmalade. I called it a Trader Joe-ified Fin du Monde with more lemon. For the price I’ll take it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 18:27:36 | More by elNopalero
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BeerManDan

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color when poured was of an hazy medium light golden yellow with a fair amount of foam and also a fair amount of lace the the side of the glass. The smell of malts, mild hops and spices filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste was of a lightly carbonated flavor of malts, hops and spices (cloves for one) and a nice pleasant finish on the end. A nice balanced of components on this Belgium Ale from Unibroue for Trader Joes.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 22:59:22 | More by BeerManDan
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Kendo

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the caged and corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy golden- yellow with a fizzy-bubbled 2-finger white head. The occasional splotch of lace is left on the side of the glass on the way down.

S: Nice Belgian-type nose - some floral notes over yeasty scents: a touch of banana and some clove. A bit of funkiness.

T: Mild yeasty tastes and funkiness over bread doughy malt. Generally sweet, with a touch of fruit (apricot keeps coming to mind, along with tropical fruit). Warming from alcohol felt in belly but not really noted on the palate. Finishes clean, semi-dry and with a good beer-like taste (think some cereal grains); no real bitterness, however. May be the best example of "liquid bread" that I've had in awhile.

M: Good creaminess due to the light, airy fizziness. Call it medium in heft, maybe a tiny bit lighter.

O: Good stuff. Not sure why this one's listed as a "Trader Joe's Brewing Company" beer instead of Unibroue (the cork even has that Unibroue "U" and the name Unibroue on it), and I can't help but wonder if it would have better ratings here if that were the case.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 00:10:02 | More by Kendo
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled LaTrappe goblet. 2013 bottle.

Appearance 4.25: Pours out a beautiful bright and warm golden color. Opaque with some residual floaters. Nice, 1/2" head quickly dissipated. Really gorgeous, distinctly bottle-conditioned bubbles in this beer. The veining in the goblet make the bubbles actually seem to be evenly spaced on the sides of the glass. Amazing!

Smell 4.0: Lovely and familiar scents of a Belgian beer. Somewhat piquant, I also detect Belgian yeast spiciness and some hints of cloves and slight hints of cardamom.

Taste 4.0: Front is dry, but sharp with some hints of Belgian spice. Middle is light and refreshing with a hint of noble hops; very balanced and nuanced. Finish is where a warming flow of semi-sweet barley malt seeps in and is quickly balanced by a dryness and a hit of Belgian yeast with more of the very light spices. Aftertaste is of medium length and tastes of musty books, dank cellars and Belgian yeast. In other words: just like a Belgian ale should end.

Mouthfeel 4.0: very well-balanced and a outstanding complement to the other characteristics of the beer.

Overall 4.0: An outstanding beer and all credit goes to the brewers at Unibroue who produced it. Light, balanced and just an overall excellent all-purpose beer. Great with food or a nice session beside the fire. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 06:31:00 | More by BeerDocT
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mverity

Florida

4.01/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 18:11:23 | More by mverity
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DoubleJ

California

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's line of beers are usually decent quality, but when it's put in the hands of Unibroue, I expect to taste good things. There's 750 ml tonight. On to the beer:

A healthy Belgian-like pour yields a pale golden body with small, visible bubbles, an airy head on top with adequate retention.The aroma is appetizing. On the dry side, with notes of cider, fennel, spiced pear, and a whisper of white pepper.

I like what I'm tasting. Its flavor and mouthfeel seem to play off each other, meaning that one makes the other more appetizing. It starts dry and cidery, and adding to the taste is pear, spice, ginger, balanced with bubbly carbonation which would make the Belgians proud. The alcohol doesn't weigh into the flavor although it hits 7.5% . The beer finished dry with a lingering spice and cider note.

Trader Joe's has a beer which they can proudly sell under their name. Cheers to them and Unibroue for this.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 06:49:02 | More by DoubleJ
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mikeg67

New Jersey

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

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy-golden with a white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, pale malt, pears, cloves and some bananas. Body is full and crisp. Funky yeast, spices, pale malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and very spicy. This brew is very nice to sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 22:27:46 | More by mikeg67
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:42:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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Trader Joe's Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.