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Trader Joe's 2011 Vintage Ale | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's 2011 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2011 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 hreb on 11-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger frothy head with decent retention and some lacing on a dark body with some light getting through.

S: mostly dark fruit, mostly red apple and plum, and clove.

T: dark fruit, mostly raisin, plum, cherry and fig. Nice breads, banana, spicey and zest note as well

M: moderate to high carbonation. medium bodied.

Overall: This is a very drinkable member of the genre. Not too sweet, complex and flavorful.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - Very dark brown completely opaque, two finger off white/tan head w/ nice retention and

S - Tons of sugar, yeast, malts toasted and not, earth, herbs, dry wood, raisins, fall/winter spices, minerals and more earth

T - Very nutty, tons of malt, sweet yeast, slight booze, toasted oak, caramel/toffee, lots of holiday spices, very herbaly/earthy, oily, lots of minerals, wet soil, dried out plums and or raisins,

M - Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, medium acidity and long finish

D - The novice and advanced beer drinkers alike should find comfort in this winter warmer/strong ale. Lovely nose and flavors, refreshing and delicious. Lots of malts and earth. Quite yummy ale

Final thought - $5 a pop and 9% abv! Another tasty vintage. Can't wait to do an aged vertical of these awesome ales

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 25.4 fl oz/750 ml bottle. Pour is in to a DFH tulip.

A: SRM is dark brown. Semi opaque. Head is cream/off-white, 1 in, recedes to the edge of the glass. Medium lacing. Medium carbonation.

S: Belgian yeast esters. Dark fruits, caramel/toffee, nutmeg, cloves.

T: Follows nose. Faithful Belgian dark ale true to the style. Aftertaste is caramel and light spice.

M: Medium body. Wet finish.

O: Fantastic value @ under $5. Ages quite well. Mosdef one to put back every year.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, best before 07-06-2016. Had this bottle a couple years, hope it's good now! Served in a Dogfish Head signature glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch light tan head that sticked around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit (plums, raisins), cloves, peppery spice, and some molasses. It tastes like dark fruit (plums, raisins), peppery spice, cloves, dark bread, cola, molasses and brown sugar. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit coating and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, it's sweet, spicy and enjoyable to drink.

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Trader Joe's 2011 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 320 ratings
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