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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

180 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 180
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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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 01:21:17 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.96/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Chilled 22 oz. bomber into a stemless tulip pint. Bottling date appears to be July 27, 2012.

Look- Claims to be TJ Brewing company, but the bottle, cork, and cage are clearly embossed by Unibroue. Pours a hazy straw with a large, soapy head that falls to a sticky, dense cap over the course of a minute or two and then persists until the glass has been emptied. Excellent lacing.

Smell- As soon as the bottle's uncorked, there's a fresh, doughy bready aroma mixed with a cidery tartness. After the pour, it takes on a toastier feel with significant sweetness in the background, candied banana. Also some... coriander? Maybe some clove, lemongrass? Not much for a spiced ale, but there's something there.

Taste- Sharper than expected, almost acidic, cidery. Crusty bread dipped in milk, banana, marshmallow, doughy yeast. The tartness at the beginning of the sip never really goes anywhere, just a vaguely fruity start that goes into a clean doughy body, finishes quite clean. Overall impression of a bowl filled with graham crackers, bananas, and whole milk. It's not offensive, but it's somewhere between bland and outright weird.

Mouthfeel- Juicy feel, medium body, light-medium carbonation. Crisp on the sip, finish is creamy and coats the mouth. At first, the ABV is hidden, but as it warms a certain booziness emerges.

Overall- Decent fridge-cold, and I'd probably buy it again to give to a friend used to American Lager. Not something I'd seek out.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 05:09:17 | More by Lawl3ss
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Vixie

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly cloudy yellow with a bit of a white head. Looks a bit like a wheat beer, although not quite as cloudy.

Has a spicy smell to it. Main scents are orange peel, ginger, and clove. There is a touch of citrus and yeast as well.

Starts out with a hint of citrus, then a bit of pepper comes in. Finishes with a bit of an orange peel like flavor.

Feels seem a bit thin for the style.

Overall, not one of the better offerings from Unibroue. Usually their beers have a nice solid feel, both in flavor and texture. In this one, the flavors just don't mesh together very well, and gives it kind of an odd taste. It's also less solid than what I expect from them, almost tasting watered down. Trader Joe's has two offerings this year, and I'd say the regular vintage ale is the better choice.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 03:18:53 | More by Vixie
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy yellow, like urine.... White head comes and goes, fast. Missing lacing.

Lactic lime-banana and cloves. Missing strong bodied aroma.

Very blunt flavor. Clove, spice, Belgian yeast stands out. Crisp, thin, high carbonation, dry champagne finish, slight burn on back end.

It's drinkable and okay, but nothing special or worth seeking. It's about what I expected @6/750ml, glad I snagged one.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:40:01 | More by chugalug06
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beertunes

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Caged & corked 759. Best before date: 9/28/2014. Poured into straight pint glass (hey, I was cat sitting! It was the best they had.) Poured a hazy dark yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing.

The aroma was an understated, but typical, example of the style. Some light grain, some yeasty spice, and a hint of basic floral notes. On the tongue, the beer was similar, just a bit more well defined. The grains were a bit more earthy, the yeast spicier, and the floral/fruit notes a bit more even.

The body was medium,with a slightly sticky finish. Drinkability was good, finishing the 750 wasn't a chore at all. Overall, a decent value example of the style, and perhaps one that would well suited to introducing someone to the Belgian styles, which sometimes are an acquired taste. Worth a shot, especially at the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:28:27 | More by beertunes
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kojevergas

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Trader Joe's; the great price made it a no-brainer. Especially given the brewery. "Ale brewed with spices on lees." Best before 02/04/2015. Brewed by Unibroue. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high; I anticipate it'll be good but not great. 750ml brown glass bottle with printed-on appealing label art and hood-and-wire cap (i.e. cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a somewhat satisfying dull pop upon removal of the cork. Beer slowly begins surging upwards; you have about a minute to pour it. Carbonation seems to be on the higher end.

A: Pours a three finger head of white colour. Nice thickness. Slightly creamy. Pretty good (~4-5 minute) retention. I suspect overcarbonation based on the appearance. No bubble show.

Body colour is a cloudy translucent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Nontransparent.

Overall, it's right on the money for the style but not unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Pale malts. Pilsner malt. Yeast-derived clove and banana. Some crystal malt perhaps. Complementary floral hops. Lemon citrus esters and zest. Cilantro. Ginger perhaps. A somewhat dry champagney aroma. Spritzy and effervescent. Vague hints of clove honey. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Quite pleasant and appealing. Spot on for the style. Really looking forward to trying it.

T/Mf: Lemon citrus esters and zest are most prominent in the late second act. Lightly grainy. Pale malts, crystal malt, and some pilsner malt provide the foundation. Floral hops complement the flavour profile overall. Spritzy and somewhat dry; redolent of champagne. A hint of funkiness from the yeast, which is otherwise primarily biscuity. Somewhat cidery; I'm picking up definite crisp apple and appleskin notes. Love the evocative clove. Yeast-derived banana is quite restrained.

Really not getting any lees. That may be a good thing in a golden ale, though. I love Unibroue's strong ales, but I don't necessarily want dead yeast and sediment lurking about in the bottom of a bottle of golden ale.

Not at all oily. More dry than I'm accustomed to given the style. Smooth. Good carbonation. Pretty good presence on the palate. Somewhat soft, but it does leave something to be desired. Clean. Somewhat cidery. Crisp. Moderately heavy on the palate for the style.

A biteen of alcohol comes through.

As it warms, I'm getting some subtle buried hints of apricot and pear. Maybe peach.

Overall, it's a nicely balanced brew with interesting complexity and subtlety.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Very well priced for the quality. I do like it, but I did expect better. It's another solid brew from Unibroue, but doesn't quite match the quality of many of their mainstream (and higher priced) offerings. It's a good introduction to the golden ale style, but there are far better examples to be found - even here in California. [Russian River Damnation comes to mind.] I might get it again - especially on draught - but I wouldn't quite recommend it to friends. It's good for what it is, but price point not withstanding it isn't an exemplary beer. Glad I picked it up and I'm not disappointed. I'll enjoy polishing this one off. Hides ABV decently well.

B-

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 02:57:30 | More by kojevergas
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass.

Says golden ale on bottle, but looks exactly like a Belgian witbier.

Smells like one too; wheaty and Belgian-yeasty. Lemons. Slight bit of barnyard must.

And… yeah.. Witbier for sure. Lemon zest with Belgian esters. Not a lot, but some level of spice going on. Wheaty finish. The carbo is very sprite. Drinking pretty easily. Flavors not disagreeable at all.

Overall, if this were classified as a Belgian wit, then I would believe this to be a pretty decent example of style. But if they're calling this a BPA, then not so sure what to make of it. Still, I've had worse BPA's. This is on the lower end of Unibroue's pipeline.

I prefer the Vintage ale over this one. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 06:35:21 | More by Rollzroyce21
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seand

California

3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a small amount of white head. Just some surface film retains, leaving a small amount of lacing.

S: Honey, yeast, and a small amount of booze.

T: Malty, yeasty, and light citrus.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, decent, and excellent for the price. It'd be pretty average if it cost twice the price, but there's not much else that's nearly as good at the price point.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 06:47:06 | More by seand
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 9/28/14.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, yeast, citrus, and spices. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness present. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a good smell but the flavors don't quite match up in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 05:12:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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HalfFull

California

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:38:10 | More by HalfFull
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keithmurray

New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a best before date of 2/4/2015

Appearance - clear golden color beer with fluffy white head

Smell - tart apple, ginger, coriander, orange peel

Taste - much like the smell, tart green apple, ginger, coriander, lemon peel

Mouthfeel - heavier side of medium bodied, high carbonation, tartness upfront that turns to sour in the finish, lacks finesse in the finish when compared to others in the style

Overall - not a bad beer for the price, albeit it is a little rough round the edges

Price Point - $5.99/ 750 ML bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 19:03:11 | More by keithmurray
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mpyle

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - cloudy (knocked over bottle shortly before tasting - may have been an issue), straw colored. Poured a fairly large white head with good retention.

Aroma - subtle spicy aroma, slightly sweet. A bit of pepper and corriander.

Taste - Fairly bland spicy flavor, minimal malt. A bit of citrus sweetness. Dries out in finish - well attenuated and subtle hop bitterness are enough to make that so. Fairly clean finish with a slightly lingering bittersweet spice.

MF - Modest body, fairly high carbonation. A bit of alcohol warming, but not harsh.

Overall - Well balanced and drinkable, but not extremely flavorful or exciting.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 20:50:25 | More by mpyle
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ESPNman

California

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage, served in a Stone IRS snifter

A - Pours a hazy, golden straw color. Two fingers of thick foamy off-white head that resembles shaving cream. Moderate retention, decent lacing. It almost looks like a cloudy chardonnay.

S - Not a ton here... mostly Belgian yeast fruit esters and sweet malts. There's also a bit of tart lemon in there, as well.

T - Much better than I expected, given the nose. There's a fair amount of yeast flavors in this brew, but they're well balanced with a bit of tart apple and sweet malts. More funk than I was expecting, but in a good way. Juicy, tart apple, pear, and apricot flavors mix well with the sweet pale malts and (too much) yeast.

M - My favorite part of this beer, hands down. It had a creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation, and just enough liveliness to bring this beer something special. It's perfectly matched to the beer... although it's not exactly typical for the style. It feels thicker, and less carbonated than most Belgian Pale Ales, but with the funk that this one brings, it really shines.

O - For the price, this one's a winner. It's not going to win any awards, but it's a classic Unibroue-style beer. I'm curious to see how this one will age, and look forward to grabbing a few bottles of it next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 07:36:47 | More by ESPNman
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augustgarage

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 11:28:02 | More by augustgarage
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 20:07:50 | More by Rutager
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FosterJM

California

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1675th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
750 ml C/C

2012 release
Purchased at Trader Joes Chino Hills

App- Pours the requisite orangey color of a golden ale. Small hints of yellow throughout. A bit of a dense center. A nice 2 finger white head that was a bit puffy. Settled to a nice cap and then left good cling lines.

Smell- Opens up a small citrus note infused with a semi balanced yeast/spice combo. Retained Unibroue notes and was a bit restrained but thick on the nose at parts.

Taste- For being a new addition to TJs lineup, it was pretty solid. More yeast than it needed and a bit thick spice. It was fairly balanced and creamy. Tasted like a Unibroue beer with that oak spice taste.

Mouth- A semi solid medium body with a fairly creamy medium carbonation. A bit bubbly at times and a bit dry at points. More yeast remains on the back of this beer.

Drink- A nice beer. Again semi balanced and a good price point for what it is. Might be worth aging a couple. Unibroue seemed to create something nice here.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 21:44:30 | More by FosterJM
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Murky Golden color with a 2-finger, fluffy white head. There is a virtual torrent of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, feeding the head so that it is never-ending (barely, in fact, receding).

A: Lemon zest and coriander take the front of this beer. There is also a slight gingery spice that tickles the nose, as well as a slight grain aroma.

T: Much more subtle and mellow than I was expecting from the aroma, which is not a bad thing. The front of the beer is grainy and light, but then the Blegian yeast takes a prominent position in the flavor. The finish is lemony and light, with a lingering earthiness from the yeast, and a hint of woody hops.

M: Light bodied, and very heavy on the carbonation.

O: A solid beer. Brewed by Unibroue, so it couldn't be that bad. A little too heavy on the lemon peel and spices for my taste, but I approve of the heavy yeast flavors. If you happen to go to Trader Joe's I would certainly recommend picking up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 21:45:56 | More by DaveBlack
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mactrail

California

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale yellow in the Ommegang chalice with a nice robust foaminess. Lots and lots of suds in the mouth. Long nose of fruit and grain.

Rather sweet, like a Hefeweizen, at least for a while. Tart with fruit like pears. Lots of the The classic Belgian yeasty flavor just doesn't quit. Very dry sensation takes over. It gets to be more like unripe pineapple. Quite a lip-tickler and actually quite peppery hot along with the coriander intensity. Thoroughly interesting spicy brew but a truly odd interpretation of Belgian styles. Sort of an imperial "Blanche de Chambly."

You're getting a real deal on this Unibroue beer at Trader Joe's. From the 500 ml bottle bought at TJs in San Diego. Label says "Best before 09-28-2014."

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 05:04:07 | More by mactrail
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi transparent yellow with a big foamy white head.

The smell is yeast,spices,bannana's and cloves.

The taste is light, slightly spicey,lemons and yeasty. The initial taste was pretty decent but the finish it quite watery.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with medium carbonation.

A decent light beer, tastes fairly decent and is a good price.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:07:48 | More by Dave1999
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Rukasu

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:16:16 | More by Rukasu
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 04:26:46 | More by LiquidAmber
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up yesterday at Joe's for $5.99. Was skeptical until I saw on the bottle that it was brewed by Unibroue. Can't be too bad, eh?

Into a small tulip, it pours a bright yet muted golden color. The carbo is fine and steady, adding to a healthy, fluffy 1" layer of marshmallow white foam. Lacing is thin and scattered. Aroma has some spiciness and ginger, with some bready, toasty malt added to the mix. It is light and airy on the tongue, with a bit of prickle, and the body is about medium.

Flavor is light and fruity, with orange-peel very noticeable. Has some light, crackery sweetness, and ginger makes another appearance. The finish is quite dry, with a bit of white-pepper spiciness. Fairly good, and refreshing on a warm, sunny day. Not in a Fin du Monde category, but still good. Prosit!!

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1563

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 18:07:54 | More by Bierman9
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olilitewu

Arizona

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: blond colored poured into a mug (due to a lack of nice glasses), lots of foam, well carbonated

S: strong citrous smell, some pine.

T: strong citrous peel, well carbonated, well hopped. With some spices that I cannot name. I don't think it is very malty

M: very pleasant, no funky after taste. The hoppiness comes back as sweet, like drinking a good cup of tea.

O: fantastic beer, respectable American attempt at Belgian blonde beer despite this feels not as full bodied as . Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:14:07 | More by olilitewu
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TheMarkE

California

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Perfect blonde/gold with a huge head of foam. Quite a bit of carbonation.

Smell: Yeast, citrus, and spice.

Taste: Citrus, clove and other spices, yeast, light grains, banana.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a slight spice aftertaste.

The Verdict: Very good. Its brewed by Unibroue so I shouldn't be surprised. Complex, tasty, and one heck of a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 21:18:28 | More by TheMarkE
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Chiefy770

Illinois

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:04:54 | More by Chiefy770
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Trader Joe's Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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