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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

211 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | 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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CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-08-2014 03:08:16 | More by CaptDavyJones
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-07-2014 07:34:23 | More by jimmah120
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jokemon

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-04-2014 22:30:52 | More by jokemon
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RavyneChyylde

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

04-27-2014 14:31:22 | More by RavyneChyylde
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

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

04-24-2014 01:39:35 | More by garymuchow
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target88

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-20-2014 22:22:12 | More by target88
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fishguyac

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-20-2014 00:25:15 | More by fishguyac
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arizcards

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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!

04-13-2014 23:18:54 | More by arizcards
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Bstrickler

Kentucky

4.66/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

04-12-2014 02:44:29 | More by Bstrickler
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-08-2014 04:26:55 | More by Falcone
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

04-04-2014 23:42:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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timontheroad

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-30-2014 22:27:55 | More by timontheroad
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Marshall_ofmcap

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

California

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

California

3.49/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

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

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

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

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

California

3/5  rDev -22.9%

02-03-2014 20:13:05 | More by GraduatedCashew
Trader Joe's Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.