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

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Trader Joe's 2009 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2009 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)

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Added by bsp77 on 12-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of goatxpower
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmmm that's funny. 3 out of 5 reviews are from people who are highly recomending the beer with very little analysis of the beer to support their reccomendation, AND what do you know, this is also the ONLY BEER THAT THEY HAVE REVIEWED. This beer JUST came out, keep in mind. Could this be some sort of viral meme marketing bs? well, it is the internet...

The thing is, this actually IS a good beer. Reminds me of Delirium Nocturnum. This beer should be rated on it's own merit, not hyped up by marketing trolls.

This is a good beer to buy a case of and sit on until the next release. The ginger and other spices (I'm guessing GoP and/or corriander) are very pronounced and could use time to mellow. At $5, it is very affordable, and is at least as good as the other beers in the unibroue line-up.

I'm not trying to be a shit-stirrer, but I was a little offset this marketing technique.

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Photo of mrquartetman
4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply a wonderful holiday beer, far better than last year's TJ Vintage Ale, which was very good. What a beer! And what a price! $4.99 for a 750ml bottle? What a deal.

It's a dark Belgian-style ale, clearly made, along with its spices, with candy sugar in the mix.

A: Pours with a dark, persistent head and is very dark in the glass. Looks like a stout.

S: The aroma is one of malt and spice, and gets even stronger as the beer warms. Excellent.

T: This a complex beer that seems to be playing on the tongue. It starts sweet, then the combination of spices starts its joyride, with a lemony hint, then ginger, but it's difficult to identify the ginger at first because in combination with the other spices, one gets a sort of mint flavor for a bit. This flavor hint pretty quickly merges into a subtle ginger. It is big in malt across the palate and never loses its sweetness.

M: This is a dense brew that uses the entire palate and is like eating a meal all by itself. One reviewer called it "not chewy," but I can't say that - it is chewy to this taster.

D: All I can say is that I will buy 2 to lay down, 5 for friends, and 3 to have here this holiday season. Unless it's all gone tomorrow.

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Photo of HopHearted
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip Glass slightly chilled. First impressions....Definitely a Abbey style/Old World European brew. The smell, very sweet, but with a slight hint of hops and chocolate and alcohol. Decent head retention but the bottle lies, not quite a coffee colored foam, more like frapuccino. First sip was quite enjoyable but definitely on the sweet side; an absolute awesome beer as she warmed up a bit. Not quite a chewy mouth feel but still holds that Abbey style going on a fast, not eating for days monk deliciousness. Would buy three. One to cellar for 6 months, one to cellar for a year, and lastly one for when the 2010 comes out so I can make room.

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Photo of BrittReed
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I agree w/ Beer3nthusiast! Awesome stuff! With the yeasty smell/flavor and the sweetness, my wife's first impression was rootbeer (she has 2 sips and "done"). Got a little of that, but kept tasting different things as the glass got lighter. Had it a little cool, not cold. Got one for now, one for cellaring, but will go back for more. smooth mouthfeel, w/o being thick, but just a little sticky sweet. Thought it went well w/ the yeast and spice flavors. Yum!

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Photo of beer3nthusiast
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark Belgian abbey-style. 9%

Cork eagerly pops out. It pours dark with a big but light head that settles into a patchy layer that looks like whipped egg whites. Very little lacing, but the patchy head persists for awhile.

Tastes a LOT like the Westvleteren, or St. Bernardus yeast. It's got a spicy, peppery, yet sweet-ish taste. Not very fruity.

The mouthfeel is light and its very drinkable.

Overall, this series is highly underrated IMO. Great beer.

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Photo of RJUGA03
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep black color poured into a tulip esque glass with a 2 finger off white/ coffee colored foam head.
S-Smells of malt, yeast, spices, and slight citrus notes.
T-Sweet with cocoa detected up front flowing in a mellow manor into a slightly(cloved/ hoppy/ malted) lingering finish.
M-Robust on the uptake and syrupy and carbonated tingly finish.
D-It definately is a seasonal beer and I'm glad it comes around yearly because it gives me something to look forward to. I need to be a good and knowledgeable beer consumer. The way I will achieve this will be to lay down a few bottles for at least 2 years.

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