Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale - Unibroue
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4.15/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a cork-and-cage, "best by 2015" bottle and enjoyed over 90 festive minutes.
Color is densely opaque ebony brown that holds up a light tan head with fairly good retention. Not much lacing, though.
Smells of winter spice, chocolate covered raisins, clove, and mild herbaceous phenols. The foundation of malt is evident with a breeze of hop essence.
The taste profile is complex and balanced. It starts sweet, but nicely sliced with carbonation that ushers in a combination of fruits and a-bit-too-bright acids. Figs, dates, raisins, and pears all dipped in melty bakers chocolate that takes over later in each gulp. It's then also chewy and just bready enough, dashed with cinnamon and anise, the latter of which slides into the ending oils that carry a nice long finish.
Thick and smooth, balanced nicely with high carbonation, the mouthfeel is a nice fit to the style and frames the flavor profile well. It becomes a bit tart and tannic in aftertaste in a way that suggests a cleaner ending would help to address--so I dock points here rather than in the flavor category.
In general, I'm extremely grateful that this great Canadian brewer partnered up with a chain of markets I can get to easily. Three cheers for Unibroue south of the border!
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2013 04:12:31 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale from Unibroue
88 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.