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

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87
very good

291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 33 | 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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Ratings: 291 | Reviews: 88
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3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of babaracas
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear gold, one finger of fizzy white head, thin ring left with dots left on the glass. Smell: floral, notes of pear, grape and coriander, lightly bready. Taste: spicy, pepper, mildly grainy, pear and unripe peach, mildly coriander-y, then unripe banana in the finish. For the lower abv it is fairly well put together but does nothing to distinguish itself other than have a lower price tag than most BSPAs in this format.

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

Photo of rangerred
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice fluffy head and a bright fruity aroma and flavor. Very juicy although a bit sweet with some tartness. A very good beer for the price.

Photo of braiden
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Smell: sour
look: golden bright
taste crisp, bold
feel: sharp
overall: could have been better

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-beautiful foamy head
-bright light hops, light astringent, but very mellow
-very typical Belgian pale ale, but lacking flavor or anything to set it apart
-very smooth and balanced, but overly bubbly
-was hoping for more but it is a plain tasting beer

Photo of Boldenglishale
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, gold color, with a white head that rises at least 2 fingers before settling to a thin layer. Lacing is minimal.

S: Strong citrus notes, followed by freshly baked bread. Some white pepper. There's a funky, wet-leather smell, and green apple. Some flowery/perfumy notes appear as well.

T: Big sweetness up front, but it's quickly overwhelmed by a wave of tart (tangerine & cherry; a hint of lime also is present. I get a strong sense of the yeast late, then a little phenolic bitterness at the end.

M: Initially moist, with mediocre carbonation. It's chewier than I expected based on appearance. The finish borders on astringent.

O: Just OK in my opinion. I had pretty high hopes fom the aroma, but the phenolic aftertaste and astringent mouthfeel didn't do it for me.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Electros
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sicilian
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dicers
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MickeyHops
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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).

Photo of cratez
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Trader Joe's Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale - 7.5% ABV - Consumed January 9, 2015.

A: Hazy golden amber hue with three fingers of white foam and lots of bubbles in the body. Several strands of lacing cling to the tulip glass. Head and lace retain well. An enticing appearance.

S: Clove, orange peel, spice box (cardamom, cinnamon), lemon zest, classic Unibroue yeastiness (a little doughy), light phenols, and apricot. A very effervescent and appealing nose. Lovely.

T: Big zesty, yeasty, and lightly citric flavours upfront; orange peel, lemon, spice box and clove mid-palate; mildly drying and malty finish with fruity-yeasty afters that linger for a while. A tasty and satisfying Belgian blonde.

M: Full side of medium-bodied, creamy middle, tangy and citric zestiness precedes a lightly drying and malty finish with more fruity, yeasty, and estery flavours on the cough. Nice palate.

O: An appetizing golden ale with above average flavours and aromas. No flaws that I can detect; just a solid, quaffable Belgian ale here.

Photo of atone315
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pascual
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SandwichGirl
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of DavidSomers
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: lemon zest, pepper, yeast, and a bit of spicy hops.

Taste: grainy malt with loads of lemon zest, yeast, pepper, hint of clove, golden apples, and a spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: very crisp and refreshing throughout. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a slower sipping spicy belgian ale that is well balanced and has a nice flavor profile.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wroywel
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Trader Joe's Providential Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.