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Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale - Unibroue

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Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale
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BA SCORE
88
very good

22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Morakaton on 02-19-2014)
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hail_seitan

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Poured from bottle into brandy snifter.

A - A dark opaque brown body.

S - Plum, burnt sugar, cinnamon, banana, and clove.

T - A funky yeasty flavor typical of Belgian brews, but this one is not as refined as most. The taste of the malt is a bit cloyingly sweet, too. The spices do add a nice touch, and I get hints of cinnamon, anise, and all-spice. The finish is a little too sharp and boozy, especially since Belgians usually excel at hiding high alcohol.

M - Viscous, but almost a little too syrupy. The carbonation is nice, though.

O - Not a bad beer and at $4 a bottle quite a good deal. However, it certainly is not as refined as most other Belgian-style brews out there. I would be curious to see if some of the overly-aggressive or off flavors settle down with a year or two of cellaring.

04-06-2014 13:53:04 | More by hail_seitan
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Poured from the 750ml into a large snifter. Maintained a finger-and-a-half of head which slowly dissipated to leave thorough lacing. Smell… can't find much except alcohol. Taste blew me away: pepper, caramel, coffee, fruitiness (strawberries and citrus! could the "natural flavors" have something to do with this?) low tannins, low-to-moderate yeast. Silky smooth and light on the palate with adequate carbonation.

I might be late to jump on the ball, but I think I'll head back to Trader J's to see if I can a couple to shelf.

03-30-2014 04:11:44 | More by keenberg87
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Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale from Unibroue
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.