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

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Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale

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.

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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of JohnSand
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Drank some tonight. Complex, tasty. Aroma is funky, much more than the taste. Very drinkable for 9%.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Josh_951
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of SFC21
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of kushlash23
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Photo of mevett89
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Appearance: black with a striking white head. Pours with hight head, dissipates after a few minutes to a persistent creamy foam. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Belgian spicy phenols and fruit with a caramel malt sweetness

Taste: good spicy and some fruit notes from the yeast. Background of warm alcohol, but not overbearing. Some caramel sweetness, and just a hint of chocolate in the back. Just the slightest hint of cardboard from oxidation. As it warms, dark fruit and burnt sugar are detectable, with a background of low hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: carbonation on the high end presents a nice tingle to the palet. Medium body leaves a smooth coating on the tongue which lingers a short while.

Overall: a good example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Granted, not the best I've had, but certainly enjoyable, and one of the better brews I've had from Unibroue. Well balanced, and it aged well (I aged it one year).

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +5%

750ml bottle: This one pours a somewhat dark ruby color. There was quite a bit of a tan head on it. It lingers and left some lacing. This one has a nice nose. Spicy, yeasty, fair amount of sweet malts. Some fruity notes also, as well as some clove. The taste is very good. Bready, sweet Belgian malts, some spices, fruit notes. Another solid Belgian style beer form Unibroue.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.81/5  rDev 0%

Was skeptical of an ale brewed from Trader Joe's (though I'm not really sure if it's them anyway), but found this to be pleasant. A bit bitter going down, but then kicks you with sweetness, and finishes it with a spicy aftertaste. Dark brown color, and a bit foamy. Relatively cheap, and I'll be sure to get next year's addition.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Trader Joe's 2013 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 267 ratings