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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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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 LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Edited this review because my last bottle was flat. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light to medium golden amber. This bottle has lots of carbonation and poured with a nearly half glass white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, cloves, hint of banana; spicing strong and almost mineral. Flavor is moderate Belgian spicing and yeast, apple and pear juice, finishes rather dry with light residual hops and spicing. Medium bodied, with pleasant prickly carbonation. Rather light flavored compared to most of Unibroue's other offerings, but what flavor is evident is pleasantly Belgian.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi transparent yellow with a big foamy white head.

The smell is yeast,spices,bannana's and cloves.

The taste is light, slightly spicey,lemons and yeasty. The initial taste was pretty decent but the finish it quite watery.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with medium carbonation.

A decent light beer, tastes fairly decent and is a good price.

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Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a very hazy yellow gold with 1.5 fingers of fluffy white head that lasts a while and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Fruity Belgian yeast and traditional spices with a little light grainy malt coming through.

Taste. Light grainy malt, belgian spice and yeast, and a little tart lemon. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body, pretty lively and fine medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A nice lighter Belgian style ale. Would be great on a hot day.

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

The color when poured was of an hazy medium light golden yellow with a fair amount of foam and also a fair amount of lace the the side of the glass. The smell of malts, mild hops and spices filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste was of a lightly carbonated flavor of malts, hops and spices (cloves for one) and a nice pleasant finish on the end. A nice balanced of components on this Belgium Ale from Unibroue for Trader Joes.

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

1675th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
750 ml C/C

2012 release
Purchased at Trader Joes Chino Hills

App- Pours the requisite orangey color of a golden ale. Small hints of yellow throughout. A bit of a dense center. A nice 2 finger white head that was a bit puffy. Settled to a nice cap and then left good cling lines.

Smell- Opens up a small citrus note infused with a semi balanced yeast/spice combo. Retained Unibroue notes and was a bit restrained but thick on the nose at parts.

Taste- For being a new addition to TJs lineup, it was pretty solid. More yeast than it needed and a bit thick spice. It was fairly balanced and creamy. Tasted like a Unibroue beer with that oak spice taste.

Mouth- A semi solid medium body with a fairly creamy medium carbonation. A bit bubbly at times and a bit dry at points. More yeast remains on the back of this beer.

Drink- A nice beer. Again semi balanced and a good price point for what it is. Might be worth aging a couple. Unibroue seemed to create something nice here.

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

A- Cloudy light yellow body with a small white head. Lots of bubbles.

A- Tropical, citrus, and that belgian yeast aroma. Some light sweetness and coriander.

T- Light wheaty sweetness. Coriander soapiness and belgian yeast flavor. Slightly sour citrus flavor.

M- Smooth, moderate constant carbonation.

D- For $5 a bottle it is completely worth it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale yellow in the Ommegang chalice with a nice robust foaminess. Lots and lots of suds in the mouth. Long nose of fruit and grain.

Rather sweet, like a Hefeweizen, at least for a while. Tart with fruit like pears. Lots of the The classic Belgian yeasty flavor just doesn't quit. Very dry sensation takes over. It gets to be more like unripe pineapple. Quite a lip-tickler and actually quite peppery hot along with the coriander intensity. Thoroughly interesting spicy brew but a truly odd interpretation of Belgian styles. Sort of an imperial "Blanche de Chambly."

You're getting a real deal on this Unibroue beer at Trader Joe's. From the 500 ml bottle bought at TJs in San Diego. Label says "Best before 09-28-2014."

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Photo of Rukasu
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color, a bit cloudier near the end of the bottle due to settled yeast. Strong white and fragrant head.

S: Floral and fruity with yeasty mustiness. Coriander and citrus rind, tropical fruit, and warming alcohol.

T: Sour citrus, Belgian yeast, more coriander.

M: Very light carbonation, quite flavorful but easy drinking. Wheatiness adds a bit of sharpness.

O: Pretty solid, yet inexpensive Belgian ale. May say TJ's on the label, but you know it'll still be a decent beer because they always team up with Unibroue.

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


750ml into a tulip. Pours a mid tone hazed golden yellow, towering yellow egg cream colored froth remains clinging as it subsides.

Sweet yeasty spicy fruity goodness. Clean, upbeat, unmistakeably Unibroue.

Taste is of light skinned fruits, apple, pear and a delicious but subtle orange citrus. Minor phenolic bitter comprises the aftertaste. Crisp. Shy of medium lively mouthfeel.

unmistakeably related to Don de Dieu
an exceptional value

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Photo of mpyle
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - cloudy (knocked over bottle shortly before tasting - may have been an issue), straw colored. Poured a fairly large white head with good retention.

Aroma - subtle spicy aroma, slightly sweet. A bit of pepper and corriander.

Taste - Fairly bland spicy flavor, minimal malt. A bit of citrus sweetness. Dries out in finish - well attenuated and subtle hop bitterness are enough to make that so. Fairly clean finish with a slightly lingering bittersweet spice.

MF - Modest body, fairly high carbonation. A bit of alcohol warming, but not harsh.

Overall - Well balanced and drinkable, but not extremely flavorful or exciting.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 9/28/14.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, yeast, citrus, and spices. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness present. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a good smell but the flavors don't quite match up in my opinion.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this, looks like it's brand spanking new, contract brewed by Unibroue, world class brewery. Served it in a snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, with a short white head that dissipates fast with medium amounts of white lacing.

S: Smells yeasty, wheat, grains, malts, smoky, wood

T: Tastes good, smoke flavor, wheat and grains, malts, yeast, woody, very smooth, quite nice

O: Overall its a great bargains, good solid flavor, contract brewed by an incredible brewery, great value, well worth it, like $5 a 750ml bottle, very nice, I've been quite happy with Trader Joe's specialty beers.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Bright gold liquid with a fist of active pearling magnolia soft peaks. Thick tendrils of lace, superior retention.

Clean malt aroma (Pils?) along with hints of orange zest, coriander, and a hefty dose of distinctive yeast.

Initially sweet with notes of pear and golden raisin. Very mild bitterness with a gentle herbal/peppery noble hop flavor fading away in the face of the phenols and alcohol. Becomes increasingly dry into the finish which has faint mineral and metallic qualities.

Medium-bodied, effervescent, fully carbonated, zesty.

A very nice offering from Unibroue, on par with their regular offerings but at a good discount in comparison.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy-golden with a white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, pale malt, pears, cloves and some bananas. Body is full and crisp. Funky yeast, spices, pale malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and very spicy. This brew is very nice to sip.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass.

Says golden ale on bottle, but looks exactly like a Belgian witbier.

Smells like one too; wheaty and Belgian-yeasty. Lemons. Slight bit of barnyard must.

And… yeah.. Witbier for sure. Lemon zest with Belgian esters. Not a lot, but some level of spice going on. Wheaty finish. The carbo is very sprite. Drinking pretty easily. Flavors not disagreeable at all.

Overall, if this were classified as a Belgian wit, then I would believe this to be a pretty decent example of style. But if they're calling this a BPA, then not so sure what to make of it. Still, I've had worse BPA's. This is on the lower end of Unibroue's pipeline.

I prefer the Vintage ale over this one. Cheers.

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Photo of Vixie
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly cloudy yellow with a bit of a white head. Looks a bit like a wheat beer, although not quite as cloudy.

Has a spicy smell to it. Main scents are orange peel, ginger, and clove. There is a touch of citrus and yeast as well.

Starts out with a hint of citrus, then a bit of pepper comes in. Finishes with a bit of an orange peel like flavor.

Feels seem a bit thin for the style.

Overall, not one of the better offerings from Unibroue. Usually their beers have a nice solid feel, both in flavor and texture. In this one, the flavors just don't mesh together very well, and gives it kind of an odd taste. It's also less solid than what I expect from them, almost tasting watered down. Trader Joe's has two offerings this year, and I'd say the regular vintage ale is the better choice.

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Photo of Fuzzycuffs
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle today, and drank this evening.

A: Pours a hazy golden colour. About what you would expect of the style. Two fingers of snowy white head, dissipated very quickly, leaving almost no lacing =(

S: Belgian spices. Orange peel, coriander, possibly a bit of star anise. Very strong, but not particularly defined. Might improve with age.

T: No booziness, despite the 7.5 ABV. A touch watery, but not exactly a session ale, due to the intense aromas that accompany it. Wet and spicy, not a whole lot of flavor from the grains.

M: Smooth body, mild, but prickly carbonation. Not much to say. Water.

O: Not a whole lot of balance. The wheat is mellow, the spices are in-your-face, and there isn't much else to say. Reasonably priced, but for a store that sells their delightful vintage ale, I was disappointed. Might buy again to cellar for two years, might not. Depends on whether I go back to Trader Joe's before I forget this brew exists.

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

Grabbed this at Trader Joe's today, along with a couple 2012 Vintage Ales. This is the first that I have seen on this variety and their weren't a lot left when I got there.

It pours a cloudy golden color. The brew seems to have an overly carbonated look and feel, almost like champagne. Not a very powerful brew with a nice sweet taste to finish it off. It definitely lacks the punch one would expect from a 7.5ABV brew.

A nice, if not strange brew. If I can find more when I go back next week, I might grab em and see how they age.

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Photo of Oaklander
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The haziness from the wheat is apparent through the bottle. Even the gentlest of pours will yield a thick mousse-like head that lingers. And lingers. Smells like a blend of vanilla and lemon peel. Thick, creamy mouthfeel; the foam lingers at the back of the throat. Tastes like hefenweissen on steroids, didn't know that was possible, spicy-tangy flavor that yields to a lasting banana taste. Don't let the gentle ride down the esophagus fool you, one of these bad boys on an empty stomach and it's hammock time!

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Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one hiding in plain sight next to their Vintage Ale and brewed by contract with Unibroue just like the Vintage series. Not sure if this is a one time thing or a seasonal or regular offering. Came in at $5.99 for a corked 750 ml painted bottle.

Pours a sunburst golden with notable haze. Bright white cap offers decent though surely not meringue like retention. This beer did open with a firm bottle conditioned pop and more robust than the Vintage series tends to be. Bit of lemony hop aroma mingles with that distinctive yeast aroma of Unibroue beers along with a subtle hint of ginger/clove. A decent amount of wheat seems evident and would well explain the haze on the pour. Pale malts and tart lemon cracker with a hint of sweetness lingering on the finish.

Feel is spritzy and bright in a way yet lacks significant malt depth as for the general style. Yet this is surely not a Duvel-esque attempt at a Golden Ale given the presumed wheat and spices. Light as the feel is, the 7.5% is hidden as the beer is quite soft on the palate.

Overall quite interesting while being not quite what I was expecting. Spices become notably more prominent with warming as do yeast esters and the carbonation holds well. Simple yet complicated at the same time. Interesting to stumble upon this just 10 days before the world ends, as it seems like a softened La Fin du Monde...

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Trader Joe's Providential Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.