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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very good

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 301
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 4.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of SandwichGirl
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of Bstrickler
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (1,353 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.47/5  rDev +14%
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). (1,194 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (1,368 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,255 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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). (652 characters)

Photo of gpogo
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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! (379 characters)

Photo of wilkowski
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 (308 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (2,492 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 (361 characters)

Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of impending
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 (456 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,219 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wife picked this up at TJ's for $5.99, best by date 6-3-2016. Poured into tall tulips and shared out on the deck on a pleasant afternoon. Pours a very hazy, golden yellow with a slight greyish tinge. The head is somewhat thin with grainy bubbles, dissipates quickly leaving a thin ring and very little lace. Nice bready, yeasty Belgian aroma with slight hint of spices. Taste is good, with more spice coming into the picture and a nicely balanced bitterness to finish the up front sweet malt. Mouth is good, medium body, nicely carbed and refreshing. Overall, a great deal on a decent Unibroue product. (609 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

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! (457 characters)

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Trader Joe's Providential Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.