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Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale - Unibroue

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Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jamesthebrit on 12-18-2012)
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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.

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Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale from Unibroue
88 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.