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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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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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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3.9/5  rDev 0%

Not bad Trader Joe's, not bad. Nice smoky yet sweet taste, good golden color, and some spices to go along. Great for the fall. A little frothy pouring out, but other wise a solid beer that I enjoyed.

avwrite, Wednesday at 05:37 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mpayne5, Tuesday at 12:54 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Josh_951, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

GOBLIN, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Professor_Yeesh, Oct 13, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%

MNBeerGeek, Oct 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

StrongOakOnTheFront, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

davegray, Oct 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

hurshybear, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Yellow-amber color, clear but with some yeast floaties, bright, white head that forms up full, with very uniform bubbles, and significant lacing.

S - Yeast esters and sugars, with a spice note, suggesting bubble gum and allspice.

T - Follow the nose. Bananas and bubble gum, allspice and cloves, slight peppery hint, and a mild sourness in the close.

M - Spritely and bright, with extensive carbonation. Clean.

O - A very solid Belgian, clean and pleasant, with nice spice notes. The one I had has got almost a year on it, and it seems to have come out smooth and delicious. I'll be sure to pick up a few this year.

Tsar_Riga, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

scootny, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

HoistinBrews, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Brutaltruth, Sep 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

brm300, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

st9647v3, Sep 13, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

JakeBarnett, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

flyersfan900, Sep 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

halfbarrelbrew, Sep 06, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

paleoplant, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Radome
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with cork and wire cage.

A - 4.25 - Dark straw color. Milky cloudiness. Head is white and piles several inches high initially, then fades to a thick sheet with some lacing.

S - 4.0 - Clean, slightly spicy pilsner malt mixes with a strong spice note. Hops are in the background with more spice and some fresh grass. Overall this is a spice bomb in the nose, with black pepper and coriander prominent. I'd like more malt to balance, personally.

T - 4.0 - Light bready malt first, followed quickly by strong spice. Again it is black pepper and coriander. There is enough hops bitterness to provide structure. Fairly dry finish. Yeast notes provide more spice and some light fruit.

M - 4.25 - Medium to high body. Smooth, mouth-filling carbonation. Medium hops burn along with some alcohol heat. Surprisingly dry and crisp finish with no aftertaste.

O - 4.0 - The aroma had me worried that this would be over-the-top with spices and not pleasant to drink. However, the taste was more subtle than the bouquet and it was a fairly well-balanced beer.

Radome, Sep 01, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

BushwyckCraft, Aug 31, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%

LostandBound, Aug 31, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

DamienI, Aug 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

DavidHume, Aug 26, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +10.8%

sunilmallya, Aug 23, 2014
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Trader Joe's Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.