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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

278 Ratings
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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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4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

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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4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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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3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Trader Joe's Providential Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.