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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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very good

235 Ratings
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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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Shatter, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

rickski1981, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of nyrblue2
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

nyrblue2, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +2.6%

jroberts8811, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of threeviews
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
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).

threeviews, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

scottfrie, Feb 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

brewtus, Feb 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

mkennedy119, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

admiralcrunch, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
4.1/5  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

ONUMello, Feb 03, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the caged and corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy golden- yellow with a fizzy-bubbled 2-finger white head. The occasional splotch of lace is left on the side of the glass on the way down.

S: Nice Belgian-type nose - some floral notes over yeasty scents: a touch of banana and some clove. A bit of funkiness.

T: Mild yeasty tastes and funkiness over bread doughy malt. Generally sweet, with a touch of fruit (apricot keeps coming to mind, along with tropical fruit). Warming from alcohol felt in belly but not really noted on the palate. Finishes clean, semi-dry and with a good beer-like taste (think some cereal grains); no real bitterness, however. May be the best example of "liquid bread" that I've had in awhile.

M: Good creaminess due to the light, airy fizziness. Call it medium in heft, maybe a tiny bit lighter.

O: Good stuff. Not sure why this one's listed as a "Trader Joe's Brewing Company" beer instead of Unibroue (the cork even has that Unibroue "U" and the name Unibroue on it), and I can't help but wonder if it would have better ratings here if that were the case.

Kendo, Feb 01, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +19%
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.

4000qtrap, Jan 31, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

ESPNman, Jan 29, 2013
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2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Lawl3ss, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

heresy22, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

cowboy83, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ThirstyHrothgar, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

LiquidAmber, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Dave1999
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Dave1999, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Rutager, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

mbw314, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of BeerManDan
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color when poured was of an hazy medium light golden yellow with a fair amount of foam and also a fair amount of lace the the side of the glass. The smell of malts, mild hops and spices filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste was of a lightly carbonated flavor of malts, hops and spices (cloves for one) and a nice pleasant finish on the end. A nice balanced of components on this Belgium Ale from Unibroue for Trader Joes.

BeerManDan, Jan 17, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

FosterJM, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

2GOOFY, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

JohnnyForeign, Jan 14, 2013
Trader Joe's Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.