Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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86
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266 Ratings
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Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Contract brewed by Unibroue.

Added by NickMunford on 11-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
266
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
41
For Trade:
5
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Opened one of two for this review, cellaring the other for a few years. Poured from a corked bomber (750ml) into a tulip pint glass.

A - Shows a dark cola brown with red-orange highlights. A little muddy to the eye. Lots of head, about three fingers and sandy-beige in color. Carbonation is moderate. A little bit of lacing on the glass, agitation does not yield back much head.

S - bread-y; lots of banana; malt; a little medicinal; fermented, like wine; grape; red fruit. A little dank in the glass.

T - a little coppery; malt; getting grape/red wine again; no discernible hops; metallic on the exhale, coppery, almost like blood. Anise/root beer as it develops.

M - sharp, acidic

O - it's ok. I have another for cellaring, so we'll see if there is a noticeable difference in a few years.

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3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

**
05/07/2014
AROMA: yeast and smoke. Dark fruits, licorice.
LOOK: Brown-black color. Small white head. Head lasted.
TASTE: sour cherry, Belgian Wang is prevalent.
FEEL: Lively beer.

Better than 2011 from what I remember.

**

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3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Side-by-side with '12-'15. My personal least favorite. Seemed slightly infected (if that's even possible) with overcarbonation, and slightly cola flavored. Even so, it was still good. Cheers!

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3.84 out of 5 based on 266 ratings.
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