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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
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:
Beer added by: HalfFull on 12-12-2012

Ale brewed with spices.
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Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split and poured into a tulip. Best before 02-04-2015.

A: Pours a hazy opaque light golden with a full dense white head. Tons of visible carbonation shooting from the bottom of the glass. The head sticks around for quite a long time making this one enticing beer.

S: Orange, pale malts and belgian yeast are the first thing that comes to the nose. Spiciness that one would anticipate from a wit beer or a lighter tripel.

T: Nice blend going on here. It has a pretty solid pale malt backing that is complimented by a dose of orange peel, spice and belgian yeast. Very authentic to the style its well balanced in its approach. A bit sweet, bitterness is minimal.

M: Fairly light body for such a strong brew, good carbonation makes it an easy drinker. Has a touch of stickiness from the sweetness.

Overall this is tasty and a steal of a deal from Trader Joes. Will be picking up more of these down the line. Great presentation, taste and ABV for its price point. Reminds me of a La Fin Du Monde mixed with a Blanche De Chambly.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 9/28/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, lemon zest, clove, orange peel, pepper, ginger, light banana, wheat, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast esters and spicing; with a moderate malt balance and good strength. Taste of pear, apple, grape, lemon zest, clove, orange peel, light banana, pepper, wheat, herbal, light ginger, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, light banana, wheat, herbal, light ginger, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast, spice, and malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced Belgian golden ale. All around nice balance and complexity of spice and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

750 ml Bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a big billowy 3" head that stuck around and leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, some spice, and Unibroue yeast.

Taste: Citrus and spice (clove mostly) and the unique profile provided by Unibroue yeast. Very flavorful beer, almost at the intersection of a Witbier and a Tripel.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and very clean on the palate.

Overall: Incredible value with this beer, again a bit like Blanch de Chamby meets Fin Du Monde. Wish I bought some more as it's also a nice summer beer.

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3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (best before 09/28/14) served in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy glowing gold color with hints of orange. Thin white head, islands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Yeast, citrus peel, floral & herbal notes, orange sweetness.

Taste: Many flavors at once. Orange, fruit, malt sweetness, sugar sweetness, citrus (non-orange citrus), some noble hops, tart finish. I can definitely taste the citrus peel as indicated on the back of the bottle, but not the ginger. There is maybe a tiny bit of lingering spiciness at the end of the sip if you take a few minutes between drinks, but not a lot. Regardless, this is one tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation; a bit airy. Does not linger on the palate much nor stick to the teeth. Very nice.

Overall / Drinkability: Very nice and pleasant beer. Went very well with cod and arugula + watercress salad. I easily could have another one, and the beer is dangerous in that is sneaks up on you. I found I want more and I know I shouldn't as I'm starting to feel the beer a bit by the end of my glass. While a beer well on the sweet side, its not cloying, nor is it too sweet. Rather it is just right sweet, with plenty of other flavors to enjoy alongside. I should probably go grab another bottle of this.

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4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
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-

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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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