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

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 309
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of Radome
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

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 +4.9%
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 +1.5%
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 +3.8%
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 -11.5%
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 +1.8%
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 +2.3%
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 +18.9%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.6%
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 -10.7%
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 +3.8%
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 -1%
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 -0.5%
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 -5.9%
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

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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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Photo of JayQue
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's/Unibroue have provided a tremendous bargain with this beer. At around $5 a pop, this beer rivals many that cost 3 times as much.

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into my Chimay goblet. Best by 02-04-15 dated stamped on the bottle.

Pours a hazy gold color with a big delicately bubbly white head. Head retention is fairly good, not much in the way of lacing. Aroma is strong. Light fruit (apples and pears) and a pronounced Belgian yeast presence.

Flavor is similar. The Belgian yeast is a strong presence along with the fruit/sweetness. A little spicing, primarily the ginger is noticible as well.

The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. A little alcohol warming is noticeable. Carbonation level is just right.

An impressive beer at a cheap price.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Perfect blonde/gold with a huge head of foam. Quite a bit of carbonation.

Smell: Yeast, citrus, and spice.

Taste: Citrus, clove and other spices, yeast, light grains, banana.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a slight spice aftertaste.

The Verdict: Very good. Its brewed by Unibroue so I shouldn't be surprised. Complex, tasty, and one heck of a great deal.

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Photo of olilitewu
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: blond colored poured into a mug (due to a lack of nice glasses), lots of foam, well carbonated

S: strong citrous smell, some pine.

T: strong citrous peel, well carbonated, well hopped. With some spices that I cannot name. I don't think it is very malty

M: very pleasant, no funky after taste. The hoppiness comes back as sweet, like drinking a good cup of tea.

O: fantastic beer, respectable American attempt at Belgian blonde beer despite this feels not as full bodied as . Will buy again.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Best by 2/4/2015

Uncorks to a huge fizz that overflows immediately out of the bottle. Pours a rich, perfectly golden color with a big head that dissipates fairly quick. The smell is very yeasty and citrusy. Some spices in there too. Taste is big on cloves and other spices, as well as yeasty. The spices are the most prevalent flavor. Very drinkable. Exceptional actually. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Alcohol undetectable and impressive at 7.5%

Overall I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this. But as this is brewed by Unibroue I shouldnt be surprised. Very recommended.

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Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Caged & corked 759. Best before date: 9/28/2014. Poured into straight pint glass (hey, I was cat sitting! It was the best they had.) Poured a hazy dark yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing.

The aroma was an understated, but typical, example of the style. Some light grain, some yeasty spice, and a hint of basic floral notes. On the tongue, the beer was similar, just a bit more well defined. The grains were a bit more earthy, the yeast spicier, and the floral/fruit notes a bit more even.

The body was medium,with a slightly sticky finish. Drinkability was good, finishing the 750 wasn't a chore at all. Overall, a decent value example of the style, and perhaps one that would well suited to introducing someone to the Belgian styles, which sometimes are an acquired taste. Worth a shot, especially at the price.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Trader Joe's Providential Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.