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

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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HalfFull on 12-12-2012)
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

shick1, Mar 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

kp29, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Bstrickler
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Bstrickler, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of 4000qtrap
4.64/5  rDev +19%
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.

4000qtrap, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

StrongOakOnTheFront, Oct 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

BDF2000, Jul 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

mattporter2, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

RandyBrown, May 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

hickmancase, Nov 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

halfbarrelbrew, Sep 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

KingMe, Mar 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

KyleSweetsema, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of threeviews
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
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).

threeviews, Feb 24, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

barnzy78, Mar 04, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

MattyG85, Mar 16, 2013
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4.32/5  rDev +10.8%

sunilmallya, Aug 23, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +10%
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.

gpogo, Jan 11, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +10%
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.

Axnjxn, Aug 14, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

jmartinger, Nov 12, 2014
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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!

Tilly, Nov 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

zonker17, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

jdkitchi, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

civicm87, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Josh_951, Oct 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

crob3888, Nov 02, 2014
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Trader Joe's Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.