Trader Joe's 2009 Vintage Ale
Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
3.82 | pDev: 15.97%
Oct 12, 2016
Dec 12, 2009
Very Good
Trader Joe's 2009 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2009 Vintage Ale
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Rated: 3.38 by RBorsato from Virginia

Oct 12, 2016
Rated: 2.75 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Feb 13, 2016
Rated: 3.03 by mendvicdog from Maryland

Dec 08, 2015
Rated: 4 by Howlader from Canada (AB)

Jul 20, 2014
Rated: 3 by mattvandyk from Michigan

Jan 18, 2014
Rated: 4 by Falcone from North Carolina

Jul 16, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by PhotoMattT from New Jersey

Jul 11, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by Khutso from Massachusetts

Jun 25, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Doogermeister from Illinois

Jun 08, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Stef422 from Illinois

May 26, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by campfirebrew from New York

Apr 04, 2013
Rated: 5 by Snodman from West Virginia

Mar 24, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by nzerbe from New York

Mar 04, 2013
Rated: 4 by t0rin0 from California

Mar 03, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by e30todamax from Virginia

Jan 25, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Jan 07, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by ctenidae from Massachusetts

Jan 06, 2013
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Reviewed by Rukasu from District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Continuing a tradition of opening these 3 years aged, perhaps waited a little long on this one. Stored in a dark area, refrigerated a day before opening.

A - Dark cola color with a light tan one finger head that diminishes to a thin lace on the surface.

S - Sweet candied fruits (pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango), caramel, pine, yeast.

T - A little musky with aging, but still a pretty good tasting brew. Sweet candied fruit tastes come through in the taste as well. Lots of pineapple and other tropical fruits. A bit of traditional holiday spices, orange, pine, cloves. Roasted malty aftertaste.

M - High alcohol leaves mouth a bit dry, but balances well with the sweetness of the beer.

O - Not bad despite the overaging. Unibroue rarely makes a bad beer and this one certainly stands up to the years, pleasant end of the year drink.
Dec 30, 2012
Rated: 5 by cowboy83 from New York

Nov 18, 2012
Rated: 4 by mmilyko from Nevada

Sep 14, 2012
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Reviewed by Beer_HOPper

3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Saw this lying in the back of my cupboard, checked the Best Before date = 09-12-2012, whew, time to drink this!

A dark ale on lees.

I don't know what the proper technique is in opening, but, upon popping the cork, a lot of foam came running out. Perhaps, this is past it's prime?

Appearance: Dark, Chocolate., hazy brown. Lots of sticky creamy coffee colored foam over flowing my goblet. If not for the overflowing foam, would be a 4.0.

Smell: sweet citrus and spice like christmas, yeast back-end.

Taste: sweet spice up front, then, some cocoa and malt. Finishes with heavy spice and citrus, a touch dry and bitter.

Feel: wet, slippery, initially carbonated, but, disappears after few minutes.

Overall: Spice dominates with citrus. Lighter tasting than it looks. Alcohol sneaks up on you. Enjoyed this, but, 1 bottle is more than enough.

Note: Brewed by Unibroue exclusively for Trader Joe's, of course.
Aug 21, 2012
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Reviewed by Zraly from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark garnet, borderline black. Opaque and thick. Nice off-white head sits nicely in a Teku glass. Strong smell of yeast.

Rich with hints of mocha, cherry, spice, and ginger, this is interesting to have in its aged form. The suggested "drink by" date is coming up: 9-13-2012; suffice to say that this might be a touch past its prime but, nonetheless, has a spicy, malty, almost sour presence to it that is really refined for $5 a bottle. Smooth. The booze is all but buried in the back, making this dangerous drinking. Cola-like in mouthfeel and actually has a "Cherry Coke" flavor to it. Medium to medium-heavy bodied but super easy on the palate.

If you have any of these lingering about in your stash, break them out ASAP. Bring out the cheese plate while you're at it.
Aug 05, 2012
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, dark red amber. Very nice heavy tan head and tons of lacing. Looks very nice. Malt and dark fruit up front with spices an fruit in the middle and light malty finish with a bit of bitterness. Somewhat of a dry, abrupt finish. Not very heavy bodied, but the flavors are well integrated. These Trader Joe's Vintage ales seem to do nicely with about a year or so of aging.
Aug 02, 2012
Rated: 4 by OldTime from Georgia

Mar 08, 2012
Rated: 4 by jumbopanda from California

Jan 31, 2012
Rated: 3 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Jan 30, 2012
Rated: 4 by kevgod from Massachusetts

Jan 14, 2012
Rated: 4 by FreshmanPour77 from Minnesota

Dec 29, 2011
Rated: 4 by DoctorB2B from Virginia

Dec 14, 2011
Rated: 4 by Shango42 from Minnesota

Dec 14, 2011
Rated: 5 by Hatshep18 from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2011
Rated: 4 by barnzy78 from Illinois

Dec 04, 2011
Rated: 3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Dec 04, 2011
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Reviewed by mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
brown with a huge frothy head. Smell was very spicey, grassy and earthy tones with a hint of sweetness. The taste was classic belgian and very nicely done. Fruitness and spices predominate, no hint of alcohol, which at 9%abv is incredible. Really smooth and effortless in drinkability. This is a fantastic brew, way too easy to drink, honestly the easiest 9% I have ever had
Dec 03, 2011
Rated: 5 by McCranky from Illinois

Nov 25, 2011
Rated: 4 by beagle75 from Iowa

Nov 24, 2011
Rated: 4.25 by brandoman63 from Illinois

Nov 22, 2011
Rated: 4 by sgoro from Illinois

Nov 16, 2011
Rated: 3 by oline73 from Maryland

Nov 16, 2011
Rated: 5 by DocDownUnder from Illinois

Nov 14, 2011
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