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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | 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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Marshall_ofmcap

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-26-2014 02:13:16 | More by Marshall_ofmcap
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-16-2014 14:52:30 | More by Fettpopps
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BDeibs

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-03-2014 15:08:22 | More by BDeibs
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DoubleJ

California

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 06:49:02 | More by DoubleJ
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-01-2014 15:48:08 | More by bigred89
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-28-2014 21:43:13 | More by tdm168
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seand

California

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 06:47:06 | More by seand
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ElijahRivera

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-15-2014 03:28:29 | More by ElijahRivera
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-11-2014 00:21:54 | More by PEIhop
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elNopalero

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 18:27:36 | More by elNopalero
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Henrich

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:24:15 | More by Henrich
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Maillard

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-04-2014 06:55:43 | More by Maillard
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GraduatedCashew

California

3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-03-2014 20:13:05 | More by GraduatedCashew
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napetry

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-26-2014 01:36:18 | More by napetry
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Chiefy770

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:04:54 | More by Chiefy770
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gory4d

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-23-2014 21:43:48 | More by gory4d
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keithmurray

New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 19:03:11 | More by keithmurray
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Belittle

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-10-2014 17:45:47 | More by Belittle
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Nugganooch

California

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 22:26:02 | More by Nugganooch
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baos

Indiana

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:36:15 | More by baos
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mverity

Florida

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 18:11:23 | More by mverity
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-02-2014 04:23:58 | More by ZEB89
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-22-2013 08:55:21 | More by InfernoBoss
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 06:31:00 | More by BeerDocT
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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-19-2013 02:51:39 | More by Lovely85
Trader Joe's Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.