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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87
very good

253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HalfFull on 12-12-2012)
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of hurshybear
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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.

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of brm300
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of JakeBarnett
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of flyersfan900
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of halfbarrelbrew
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of paleoplant
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

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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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of LostandBound
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DamienI
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DavidHume
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sunilmallya
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of einman
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brongladest
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of WoostaBia
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KyleSweetsema
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

Photo of RichJamz
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Trader Joe's Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.