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

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Trader Joe's Providential Golden AleTrader Joe's Providential Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with spices.

Added by HalfFull on 12-12-2012

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Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 339
Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Trader Joes stamp or not, what we have here is a well-crafted Belgian style pale ale from a brewery (Unibroue) that consistently males great Belgian style beers. The fruity and yeasty aroma features yellow banana, citrus fruits and apricots, It is accompanied by a complex fruity and lightly spicy flavor. Hints of white pepper, allspice and ginger.

The medium body has champagne-like effervescence

O: excellent

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Green apple, pear skin, biscuity malt, honey sweetness, and floral tones form the complex aroma. Notes of honeysuckle, white pepper, and orange emerge. Flavor reveals citrus undertones of tangerine, lemon, and sour orange, with softer notes of pear and apple offering contrast. More sour than expected, but the lightly toasted malt takes hold mid palate and carries into a dry, slightly peppery finish, accompanied by coriander. Excellent beer for 6 bucks!

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Photo of avwrite
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. Best before 4/28/16, which means this can probably be cellared a year.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is about one finger of creamy ivory foam, which isn't super thick but is thoroughly persistent. Quite attractive.

Smell: lightly sweet and malty aroma with a nice, very-lightly-fruity Belgian character. There's a hint of the farmhouse in here too, although that might be more the spicing than the yeast. It's not strong, but it strikes a nice balance and is indeed enticing.

Taste: sweet and malty with an interesting spiciness. Label says ginger and citrus peel, which I'm inclined to believe; the spices sit more in the aftertaste than directly upon the palate. The sweet malt has a very light pear character to it, which I like. This is a bit of a subtle treat, but a treat it is.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great big well-integrated carbonation yielding a bodacious creaminess. Yes, yes, yes!

Overall: I don't want to say this is dainty, but it's got an understated flavor and a nicely balanced profile that seem delicate. But it is highly drinkable and definitely the best Trader Joe's beer I've had.

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Photo of Auraan
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous translucent, cloudy golden color with a one finger white head that quickly receded. The body is fantastic, but the head was a bit disappointing for a Belgian Ale. Scents of apricot, bright notes of orange flesh, allspice, white pepper, clove and a slight sugar cookie sweetness. A nice, bright, fruity aroma with a good Belgian yeast spicy undercurrent. Fruity, spicy and complex, a nice Belgian Pale Ale aroma. Flavor begins delicately sweet with a moscato-like character, some tangerine sweetness and a hint of white pepper. This moves into a middle that is still modestly sweet, but slightly spicier with notes of apricot, tangerine, earthy, spicy Unibroue yeast, white pepper, clove and allspice. Finish is medium-sweet with notes of apricot, white pepper, allspice and clove. Aftertaste is sweet and spicy with notes of candi sugar, allspice and clove. A flavor profile that follows the aroma and is brightly, fruity and spicy. Quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, somewhat watery with effervescent carbonation. Very pleasant to drink, quite easy going down and very refreshing. Overall this is a nice Belgian Pale Ale. It's refreshing and bright, with a wonderful aroma and flavor that are still modestly complex. The mouthfeel aids this overall impression and creates a wonderfully drinkable Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of Boto
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was a bit of a fizzy white head on it that subsided quickly and left no lacing. It has a nice nose. Definitely a bit spicy: perhaps some corriander and ginger. I also get a bit of citrus. The taste is very good. A bit of spiciness on top. Actually a hint of bitterness in there. I know it’s not, but the body seems a little lighter for a 7.5% beer. A very good beer which I will buy more of. Unfortunately the TJ’s near me don’t carry this. Something to pick up on the next trip to ME or NH.

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Photo of hreb
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Unibroue's classic 750mL cork-topped bottle. Best before 02-04-2015. Served in pint glass. Beer pours pale yellow in color, slightly hazy, with a pretty nice white head. Aroma is yeasty, and has an unfortunate banana ester smell (though I'm sure others may appreciate that more than I do). Flavor is pretty mild, continuing with the fruity theme, and adding a very gentle spicing. Despite not having any of my favorite flavors in a Belgian strong pale ale, it's supremely drinkable, and doesn't expose any of it's 7.5 ABVs. It would be interesting to try this side by side with Don De Dieu, or even Blanche De Chambly -- I'm pretty sure I remember liking either of those a lot more than this one.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip.
Nice classed aroma for style. Pleasing spiciness, and clear malt base. Hints of fruit.
Cloudy golden yellow and huge white head. Again, quite classic.
Pretty darn dry and less sweet overall than some. Still rich though. Man is that dry - from start to finish. Also super carbonated, almost to distraction for me, but probably within style limits. Less spicy than aroma and more malt forward. Softer fruits and more blending in the spiciness.
Nice drink overall.
Thanks Drevis

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Trader Joe's in early February for $5.99. Bottled on 11-03-2013.

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head that is long lasting.

Nose has light fruits.

Taste is light apple with a light touch of pepper.

Mouthfeel is classic Unibroue, very light and smooth yet lively on the palate.

Overall this is another delicious brew from Unibroue. Definitely a value at this price!

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Photo of Bstrickler
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding off brand of Unibroue, much like a Blanche de Chambly. This has a great overall quality that is associated with Unibroue. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, the flavor is also light, but the flavor is great. All things considered, this is worth a try.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty blonde color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention with some great lacing. Aroma consists of Unibroue yeast ester with some rustic malt notes and some peppery notes. Taste is also dominated by some Unibroue yeast ester with some rustic malt notes and a spicy peppery finish. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Great mix of drinkability and complexity. Another winner from Unibroue.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's line of beers are usually decent quality, but when it's put in the hands of Unibroue, I expect to taste good things. There's 750 ml tonight. On to the beer:

A healthy Belgian-like pour yields a pale golden body with small, visible bubbles, an airy head on top with adequate retention.The aroma is appetizing. On the dry side, with notes of cider, fennel, spiced pear, and a whisper of white pepper.

I like what I'm tasting. Its flavor and mouthfeel seem to play off each other, meaning that one makes the other more appetizing. It starts dry and cidery, and adding to the taste is pear, spice, ginger, balanced with bubbly carbonation which would make the Belgians proud. The alcohol doesn't weigh into the flavor although it hits 7.5% . The beer finished dry with a lingering spice and cider note.

Trader Joe's has a beer which they can proudly sell under their name. Cheers to them and Unibroue for this.

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Photo of seand
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a light straw golden color. There’s a lemony aroma with some coriander and some chamomile competing for second billing. I get a slightly zesty flabor with a lemony, grassy, straw character. The beer itself has tremendous effervescence with this lemony crispness and a lingering bitter finish with some bitter orange marmalade. I called it a Trader Joe-ified Fin du Monde with more lemon. For the price I’ll take it.

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Photo of Henrich
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous golden color. Spritzy foam settles to rim of lacing around the glass. Clear, but only barely.
Smell: Grainy smell with large bouquet of citrus and spice. Quite pleasant.
Taste: Bubbly and delicious. Decently sweet and mildly tart with an aftertaste of spices, possibly coriander.
Mouth-Feel: Effervescant, albeit slightly syrupy. The two balance out in a nice way.
Overall: For the price ($5.99 for a 750 ml), I think you'd be hard-pressed to find something as good as this. If you're a newbie to decent beer and also want to be frugal, I think this would be a good intro beer for you. Obviously there are better Belgians out there. I'd say this is inferior the other Unibroue products, but overall an excellent beer for value.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.89/5  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.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml C&C bottle split 3-ways
Notes taken on 12/22/13 – served in a standard pint glass

A: Effervescent golden straw body. Lightly burnished look with some soft haze to it. Decent flurry of sudsy snow white froth action on top. Light swaths of lace remain upon the glass after each sip.

S: Golden apple with ripe pear and clove like phenol spices. Some grainy cracker malt presence with a dash of banana peel, citrusy coriander, and some light bubblegum in there. Fairly clean and straight forward Belgian with a healthy spice fragrance.

T: Golden fruits of pear and tart apple with Belgian yeast spice, lemon peel, and a light grainy cracker malt base. Mostly a traditional mix of clove spice, banana, and fruity bubblegum there. Apricot, white pepper, and coriander are noted as well. Very dry with a moderate to low perceived amount of bitterness and some really well cloaked alcohol. Touch of mineral water at the finish. Refreshingly nice with a very smooth balance.

M: Creamy and light with a high amount of spritzy carbonation. Smooth and clean overall with some nice drying efforts at the finish.

D: This is a very nice Strong Pale and pretty hard to beat for the money. Has a good mix of fruity malts and spicy yeast. A touch heavy on the phenols at times but overall with nice balance and smooth ABV.

It’s made by real Unibroue bits so you know it’s good.

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Photo of baos
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

550 ml bottle into glass.

A: Very pale dishwater-blonde with a mega head that sticks around very nicely. Great lacing. Very bubbly like a good little Belgian Ale.

S: Banana, pink bubble gum, dark dried fruits. Peach with a bit of dried apricot. Wide range of nice aromas going on here.

T: Very spicy from the first sip. Coriander and a few other spice that hit you kind of bitter and then mellow nicely. Warming alcohol and a few dark rum notes. Dark dried fruits. Much more clove than banana, but banana is still present. Apricot and brown sugar. Sweet wheat malts. Ends very dry. Very good Belgian.

M: Medium body. Nice bubbly thats more dry than sweet at the end.

O: Great Christmas present from my niece, Ani. Happy holidays to all.

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Photo of mverity
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share at Proof Bottle Shop. Pours the slightly hazy color of a wit/triple, a odd pale yellow. Can we all agree that this is almost exactly like La Fin Du Monde? Really enjoyable. Tons of fruity ester. Citrusy. Hmmm, I can really dig this beer.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled LaTrappe goblet. 2013 bottle.

Appearance 4.25: Pours out a beautiful bright and warm golden color. Opaque with some residual floaters. Nice, 1/2" head quickly dissipated. Really gorgeous, distinctly bottle-conditioned bubbles in this beer. The veining in the goblet make the bubbles actually seem to be evenly spaced on the sides of the glass. Amazing!

Smell 4.0: Lovely and familiar scents of a Belgian beer. Somewhat piquant, I also detect Belgian yeast spiciness and some hints of cloves and slight hints of cardamom.

Taste 4.0: Front is dry, but sharp with some hints of Belgian spice. Middle is light and refreshing with a hint of noble hops; very balanced and nuanced. Finish is where a warming flow of semi-sweet barley malt seeps in and is quickly balanced by a dryness and a hit of Belgian yeast with more of the very light spices. Aftertaste is of medium length and tastes of musty books, dank cellars and Belgian yeast. In other words: just like a Belgian ale should end.

Mouthfeel 4.0: very well-balanced and a outstanding complement to the other characteristics of the beer.

Overall 4.0: An outstanding beer and all credit goes to the brewers at Unibroue who produced it. Light, balanced and just an overall excellent all-purpose beer. Great with food or a nice session beside the fire. Recommended.

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