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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

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very good

95 Reviews
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Reviews: 95
Hads: 313
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 7
Gots: 47 | 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:
Beer added by: HalfFull on 12-12-2012

Ale brewed with spices.
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Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 9/28/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, lemon zest, clove, orange peel, pepper, ginger, light banana, wheat, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast esters and spicing; with a moderate malt balance and good strength. Taste of pear, apple, grape, lemon zest, clove, orange peel, light banana, pepper, wheat, herbal, light ginger, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, light banana, wheat, herbal, light ginger, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast, spice, and malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced Belgian golden ale. All around nice balance and complexity of spice and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 750 ML glass
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: June 19, 2013
Consumed: June 21, 2013
Misc.: Best before Feb. 4, 2015

Poured a golden straw sparkling color with four fingers of frothy, foamy white head. Minimal-to-average lacing on the sides. Very good retention all the way down.

Smelled spicy Belgian notes, orange peel, cloves, floral notes, sour fruit, kiwi, oranges and slight Circus Peanuts candy. Very nice.

Tasted those spicy peppery Belgian notes. Cloves, orange peel, orange, grapefruit peel, Circus Peanut candy, kiwi, tart notes and floral notes. Just a step down from the smell.

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long finish.

Really enjoyed this beer. It just got better and better.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Murky Golden color with a 2-finger, fluffy white head. There is a virtual torrent of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, feeding the head so that it is never-ending (barely, in fact, receding).

A: Lemon zest and coriander take the front of this beer. There is also a slight gingery spice that tickles the nose, as well as a slight grain aroma.

T: Much more subtle and mellow than I was expecting from the aroma, which is not a bad thing. The front of the beer is grainy and light, but then the Blegian yeast takes a prominent position in the flavor. The finish is lemony and light, with a lingering earthiness from the yeast, and a hint of woody hops.

M: Light bodied, and very heavy on the carbonation.

O: A solid beer. Brewed by Unibroue, so it couldn't be that bad. A little too heavy on the lemon peel and spices for my taste, but I approve of the heavy yeast flavors. If you happen to go to Trader Joe's I would certainly recommend picking up a bottle.

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Photo of BobZ
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml Bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a big billowy 3" head that stuck around and leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, some spice, and Unibroue yeast.

Taste: Citrus and spice (clove mostly) and the unique profile provided by Unibroue yeast. Very flavorful beer, almost at the intersection of a Witbier and a Tripel.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and very clean on the palate.

Overall: Incredible value with this beer, again a bit like Blanch de Chamby meets Fin Du Monde. Wish I bought some more as it's also a nice summer beer.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy yellow, like urine.... White head comes and goes, fast. Missing lacing.

Lactic lime-banana and cloves. Missing strong bodied aroma.

Very blunt flavor. Clove, spice, Belgian yeast stands out. Crisp, thin, high carbonation, dry champagne finish, slight burn on back end.

It's drinkable and okay, but nothing special or worth seeking. It's about what I expected @6/750ml, glad I snagged one.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (best before 09/28/14) served in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy glowing gold color with hints of orange. Thin white head, islands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Yeast, citrus peel, floral & herbal notes, orange sweetness.

Taste: Many flavors at once. Orange, fruit, malt sweetness, sugar sweetness, citrus (non-orange citrus), some noble hops, tart finish. I can definitely taste the citrus peel as indicated on the back of the bottle, but not the ginger. There is maybe a tiny bit of lingering spiciness at the end of the sip if you take a few minutes between drinks, but not a lot. Regardless, this is one tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation; a bit airy. Does not linger on the palate much nor stick to the teeth. Very nice.

Overall / Drinkability: Very nice and pleasant beer. Went very well with cod and arugula + watercress salad. I easily could have another one, and the beer is dangerous in that is sneaks up on you. I found I want more and I know I shouldn't as I'm starting to feel the beer a bit by the end of my glass. While a beer well on the sweet side, its not cloying, nor is it too sweet. Rather it is just right sweet, with plenty of other flavors to enjoy alongside. I should probably go grab another bottle of this.

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Photo of brureview
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a golden honey color with a large 4 finger head color into a tulip glass, The head resolves to a 1 finger within minutes.

There are carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Initial aroma: cloves, lemon and spices, which become more pronounced with warming.

The tingling, crisp carbonation is well suited for the style.

The taste is light cloves and lemon which like the aroma become more pronounced with warming.

The finish is crisp and refreshing with some hop presence.

Overall, an excellent Belgian Golden Ale. I was surprised- I didn't expect a Trader Joe's Unibroue beer to be as good as the Unibroue labeled beer. However, this beer was actually better than other Unibroue beers I have tasted. The cork was good and easy to remove- not always the case with Unibroue, and a sign of good beer, The best by date is 2/4/15.

It is recommended to serve the beer at 50+F for subtleties in aroma, taste, and finish, A bargain at $5.99.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Trader Joe's; the great price made it a no-brainer. Especially given the brewery. "Ale brewed with spices on lees." Best before 02/04/2015. Brewed by Unibroue. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high; I anticipate it'll be good but not great. 750ml brown glass bottle with printed-on appealing label art and hood-and-wire cap (i.e. cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a somewhat satisfying dull pop upon removal of the cork. Beer slowly begins surging upwards; you have about a minute to pour it. Carbonation seems to be on the higher end.

A: Pours a three finger head of white colour. Nice thickness. Slightly creamy. Pretty good (~4-5 minute) retention. I suspect overcarbonation based on the appearance. No bubble show.

Body colour is a cloudy translucent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Nontransparent.

Overall, it's right on the money for the style but not unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Pale malts. Pilsner malt. Yeast-derived clove and banana. Some crystal malt perhaps. Complementary floral hops. Lemon citrus esters and zest. Cilantro. Ginger perhaps. A somewhat dry champagney aroma. Spritzy and effervescent. Vague hints of clove honey. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Quite pleasant and appealing. Spot on for the style. Really looking forward to trying it.

T/Mf: Lemon citrus esters and zest are most prominent in the late second act. Lightly grainy. Pale malts, crystal malt, and some pilsner malt provide the foundation. Floral hops complement the flavour profile overall. Spritzy and somewhat dry; redolent of champagne. A hint of funkiness from the yeast, which is otherwise primarily biscuity. Somewhat cidery; I'm picking up definite crisp apple and appleskin notes. Love the evocative clove. Yeast-derived banana is quite restrained.

Really not getting any lees. That may be a good thing in a golden ale, though. I love Unibroue's strong ales, but I don't necessarily want dead yeast and sediment lurking about in the bottom of a bottle of golden ale.

Not at all oily. More dry than I'm accustomed to given the style. Smooth. Good carbonation. Pretty good presence on the palate. Somewhat soft, but it does leave something to be desired. Clean. Somewhat cidery. Crisp. Moderately heavy on the palate for the style.

A biteen of alcohol comes through.

As it warms, I'm getting some subtle buried hints of apricot and pear. Maybe peach.

Overall, it's a nicely balanced brew with interesting complexity and subtlety.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Very well priced for the quality. I do like it, but I did expect better. It's another solid brew from Unibroue, but doesn't quite match the quality of many of their mainstream (and higher priced) offerings. It's a good introduction to the golden ale style, but there are far better examples to be found - even here in California. [Russian River Damnation comes to mind.] I might get it again - especially on draught - but I wouldn't quite recommend it to friends. It's good for what it is, but price point not withstanding it isn't an exemplary beer. Glad I picked it up and I'm not disappointed. I'll enjoy polishing this one off. Hides ABV decently well.


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Photo of aubuc1
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle dated best before 9-28-14 poured into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a thinning white head and constant stream of bubbles rising up.

Smell is a sweet and grassy delight. Slight pepper.

Taste is a slightly bright/tart, lemony pleasure.

Mouthfeel is very clean with a nice carbonation zing.

Overall this is very good. Kind of like La Fin du Monde, but not as sweet.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the caged and corked 750 ml. bottle with an expiration date of 02-04-2015. Sampled on May 19, 2013.

It pours a highly carbonated rich yellow with a tremendous, puffy white head that sticks around.

The aroma is a fetching cavalcade of Belgian yeast, Belgian sugar, pale malts, coriander and clove.

The body is a little acidic but generally on the medium side.

The taste is mellow with the yeast and spices playing up bigger than anything else. A light hoppy finish. The is brewed by Unibroue for Trader Joe's and it reminds me of their La Fin du Monde.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heavily carbonated. Requires a soft pour. Completely translucent under light. Visible rising carbonation in the glass.

Sweet. Spicy. Earthy. Clean and crisp. Refreshing.

Starts off sweet.
Light flat bitter finish.

Not too dense. Mellow rounded and soft. Tingling sensation on the tongue from the carbonation.

A nice enjoyable mid summer afternoon beer. Could drink this all day at the beach.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up yesterday at Joe's for $5.99. Was skeptical until I saw on the bottle that it was brewed by Unibroue. Can't be too bad, eh?

Into a small tulip, it pours a bright yet muted golden color. The carbo is fine and steady, adding to a healthy, fluffy 1" layer of marshmallow white foam. Lacing is thin and scattered. Aroma has some spiciness and ginger, with some bready, toasty malt added to the mix. It is light and airy on the tongue, with a bit of prickle, and the body is about medium.

Flavor is light and fruity, with orange-peel very noticeable. Has some light, crackery sweetness, and ginger makes another appearance. The finish is quite dry, with a bit of white-pepper spiciness. Fairly good, and refreshing on a warm, sunny day. Not in a Fin du Monde category, but still good. Prosit!!

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Caged and corked bomber, a bargain at $5 and change at my local Trader Joe's.

"Best before 02-04-2015" (almost 2 years away)

Pours clouded lighter tangarine, lite khaki head that stays nicely, before going to a thicker film and leaving moderate elongated blobs of lace.

Lemony nose, with some honey, lime and Belgian/Unibroue yeast notes.

Tasty, fruity, citric, yeasty, hoppy late. Notes of lemon/lime, ginger, more yeasty goodness, with alcohol well in check. Dangerously delicious.

Nicely crafted and thoroughly enjoyable, especially for the price. Gotta get to TJ's more often and make sure to put a few more bottles of this nectar in my basket.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Disguised in Trader Joe's clothing, the distinctive and specific taste of Unibuoue's yeast directs the taste of this strong Belgian Pale Ale through taste and texture in a way that only Unibroue can.

Decanting the beer, its dirty gold appearance is created with straw pilsner-stained colors and yeast haze. Its unfiltered character keeps it rustic and charming to its sight. The ale erupts with vibrant carbonation but only manages to amass a part-fizz, part-froth of a head that dissolves far sooner than I expected. Terse in retention, seldom clumped lace also gives the beer a lackluster foam character.

Grainy-sweet aromas of bread and powdered sugar rise to the nose, but is soon overtaken by the high spice of yeast- coriander, dried orange peels, white pepper, clove, and ginger can all be pulled from the overall scent. Lesser aromas of fruit arise in the forms of dry champagne, light banana, apricot, papaya, and pineapple. Undersold hop notes offer as much of a straw character as it does spice and only offers mild balances in the beer's overall aromatic profile.

The complexity not only continues but elevates when delving into taste: spice and fruit to this Fred and Ginger dance relation upon a stage of whimsical malt taste. All those exotic fruit notes of the nose manifests in a candied sweetness to start the show. Muscular spices cut right through the fruit and malt with heat, bold flavor, and an esoteric Asian character- cumin, curry, and ginger weave into the mix with ribbons of taste and create this marvelous varying taste. Hops provide earthy straw-like taste before developing into a spicy saffron bitterness to finish. Even mint and vanilla work to add complexity deep in the finish for added variation even as the beer tries to close.

Malty-dry to start, the beer strives for complete spice and dryness but lingering residual sweetness keeps the malt influence around until late middle palate. But diving into finish, the beer easily sheds its malty underpinnings and favors a champagne texture- full of acidity, alcohol heat, prickling spice, and light fiery sulfur. An aftertaste of grape, pepper, and yeast keeps me reminded of the ale-like properties that are unique to Belgium.

This ale is both delicate and boastful- it seduces you with its light fruit and tantalizing spices but then pummels you with its alcohol and earthen hop character. It's kinda like a praying mantis of beers. Even though she's an ugly duckling, her imbibers should take heed.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says best before 09/28/2014.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A spicy and yeasty Belgian aroma with a nice kick of citrus esters. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, white and black peppers, coriander, and ginger spicing. Hints of banana, pear, and apple fruit as well as citrus orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Sweet pilsner like malts with hints of biscuit, hay, grains, toast, and crackers. Fairly earthy. A nice zesty aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a zesty taste of yeast, spices, fruit esters, and malt. Belgian yeast with a mix of spices including white and black pepper, clove, coriander, and ginger. A variety of fruit esters with some banana, pear, apple, and grape. Notes of citrus orange, lemon zest, tangerine, and grapefruit. Sweet pale malts with notes of biscuit, wheat grains, hay, crackers, and toast. A really solid all around fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, juicy, and fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian style pale ale. Good mix of spices and fruit esters.

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Photo of wilkowski
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy, straw golden, thin laced head

S: a sweetness up front with a body of rich warm bread, some banana, orange peel, more yeast and bready aroma

T: sweet malts, coriander, black pepper, ginger, bitter orange, grapefruit

M: good carbonation, light, per style

O: another good offering from Unibroue

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Photo of barnzy78
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL pours a pale golden-yellow with a little haze, tons of carbonation helps head retention maintain a 1/4" layer of foam atop the ale. Fresh lemon, orange, and grapefruit rind permeate the nose with hints of banana, yeast, and biscuity malt as well. Tastes are sharp with fresh citric notes of grapefruit, lemon, and orange, biscuit, yeast, banana, ginger, and spice; tremendous balance here. Mouth-feel is super creamy & smooth, medium-to-full body, pleasant carbonation. Overall, a nice surprise! One of my favorite Unibroue's, but they're all terrific.

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Photo of threeviews
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked & caged 750ml bottle, best by date of 02-22-14 into an elongated tulip glass

A- Pours a slightly hazy, yellow/golden hue along with copious amounts of carbonation. A 2+ finger worth of white (large bubble/champagne-like) head is supported by immense carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass (no nucleation). Absolutely picturesque.

S- Chalky and immensely fruity...lemon/grapefruit citrus, fleshy tropical fruits containing green apple, green grape, mango, peach, pear...a medley of aroma that is hard to describe.

T- Follows the aroma. However, the malt backbone supports the fruity esters with enough strength so that it doesn't ever finish too dry or sweet. Amazing kudos to the brewers at Unibroue!

M- Copious carbonation is very reminiscent of sparkling wine, but is much smoother...allows all of the fruity flavors to coat the palate well before finishing dry and wiping your palate clean.

O- If you like/love Duvel and have a Trader Joe's in your vicinity, then get yourself a few Provedential bottles and enjoy, as it is dollars cheaper and just as quaff-able as the almighty Duvel (one of my favorite beers and my all-time favorite Belgian beer).

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Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into NB snifter. Best before 09/28/2014.

A: Pours a clear golden apple juice color with a couple fingers of fizzy white head. Head quickly faded into a faint collar.
S: Sweet notes of golden fruits, pears, golden delicious apples, champagne, chardonnay, spice Belgian style yeast, black pepper, clove, green apple and wheat.
T: Follows the nose with sweet and spicy flavors of crisp fruits and peppery earthy spices. Earthy, sweet, sticky and bready flavors overall. The finish is full of coriander and clove and earthy hops, and the aftertaste is sweet with fruit nectars and honey.
M: Medium-full body, slick, drying and chewy mouthfeel, with fizzy but non-distracting carbonation.
O: A refreshing and well flavored Belgian pale. Light and easy to drink but rich and full flavored.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip
A: Hazy yellow with lots of carbonation and a two-finger head
S: Lots of wheat, florals, banana, clove. Very nice
T: Largely matches the nose, with wheat, banana, apricot and spice
M: Light but smooth with pleasant carbonation
O: A nice beer, especially from a producer like Unibroue for a beer with a mass retailer label

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Photo of Kendo
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the caged and corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy golden- yellow with a fizzy-bubbled 2-finger white head. The occasional splotch of lace is left on the side of the glass on the way down.

S: Nice Belgian-type nose - some floral notes over yeasty scents: a touch of banana and some clove. A bit of funkiness.

T: Mild yeasty tastes and funkiness over bread doughy malt. Generally sweet, with a touch of fruit (apricot keeps coming to mind, along with tropical fruit). Warming from alcohol felt in belly but not really noted on the palate. Finishes clean, semi-dry and with a good beer-like taste (think some cereal grains); no real bitterness, however. May be the best example of "liquid bread" that I've had in awhile.

M: Good creaminess due to the light, airy fizziness. Call it medium in heft, maybe a tiny bit lighter.

O: Good stuff. Not sure why this one's listed as a "Trader Joe's Brewing Company" beer instead of Unibroue (the cork even has that Unibroue "U" and the name Unibroue on it), and I can't help but wonder if it would have better ratings here if that were the case.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle, fresh

S: Nice and deep. Banana and lemon verbena shoot through, but tart tropical fruits, moderate spice, doughy malt, and wild herb come through nicely. Light cider note. Pleasantly surprised at the balanced and complexity.

T: Great lively, interesting beer. Zesty and light with a nice herbal hoppiness that works very well with the belgian flavor component. A great balance of flavors that maximize the Belgian and hop notes. Slightly tart up front with banana, tropical fruit and lemon verbena from the nose. Fruity, juicy, and zesty. Natural Belgian yeast spiciness (not exogenous spicing, thankfully) comes through in the middle as well as a nice dry crispness, right on for my tastes, which give great drinkability and crispness. Medium low body and easy on the palette, but a nice creaminess comes through. Hints of funkiness. The finish matches the paler end of the lemon verbena notes with wild herb hoppiness and funk that really lingers.

Notes: A standout beer, and at this price ($5.99) its an incredible value. While this could just use a touch more hoppiness in the finish its one of the best Belgian pale's I've had, though it’s a style I find rarely works. No idea why this scores as low as it does by BAr's except that there might be some type of store-brand bias. Not average, worth seeking out. Buy.

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Photo of ESPNman
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage, served in a Stone IRS snifter

A - Pours a hazy, golden straw color. Two fingers of thick foamy off-white head that resembles shaving cream. Moderate retention, decent lacing. It almost looks like a cloudy chardonnay.

S - Not a ton here... mostly Belgian yeast fruit esters and sweet malts. There's also a bit of tart lemon in there, as well.

T - Much better than I expected, given the nose. There's a fair amount of yeast flavors in this brew, but they're well balanced with a bit of tart apple and sweet malts. More funk than I was expecting, but in a good way. Juicy, tart apple, pear, and apricot flavors mix well with the sweet pale malts and (too much) yeast.

M - My favorite part of this beer, hands down. It had a creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation, and just enough liveliness to bring this beer something special. It's perfectly matched to the beer... although it's not exactly typical for the style. It feels thicker, and less carbonated than most Belgian Pale Ales, but with the funk that this one brings, it really shines.

O - For the price, this one's a winner. It's not going to win any awards, but it's a classic Unibroue-style beer. I'm curious to see how this one will age, and look forward to grabbing a few bottles of it next year.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Chilled 22 oz. bomber into a stemless tulip pint. Bottling date appears to be July 27, 2012.

Look- Claims to be TJ Brewing company, but the bottle, cork, and cage are clearly embossed by Unibroue. Pours a hazy straw with a large, soapy head that falls to a sticky, dense cap over the course of a minute or two and then persists until the glass has been emptied. Excellent lacing.

Smell- As soon as the bottle's uncorked, there's a fresh, doughy bready aroma mixed with a cidery tartness. After the pour, it takes on a toastier feel with significant sweetness in the background, candied banana. Also some... coriander? Maybe some clove, lemongrass? Not much for a spiced ale, but there's something there.

Taste- Sharper than expected, almost acidic, cidery. Crusty bread dipped in milk, banana, marshmallow, doughy yeast. The tartness at the beginning of the sip never really goes anywhere, just a vaguely fruity start that goes into a clean doughy body, finishes quite clean. Overall impression of a bowl filled with graham crackers, bananas, and whole milk. It's not offensive, but it's somewhere between bland and outright weird.

Mouthfeel- Juicy feel, medium body, light-medium carbonation. Crisp on the sip, finish is creamy and coats the mouth. At first, the ABV is hidden, but as it warms a certain booziness emerges.

Overall- Decent fridge-cold, and I'd probably buy it again to give to a friend used to American Lager. Not something I'd seek out.

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