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
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:
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Added by hreb on 11-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
320
Reviews:
123
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
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5
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79
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750 mL cork&caged bottle with Best Before date 6-Jul-16.

Cellared on 23-Nov-11. Uncorked on 25-Feb-14 (aged 2 yr 3 mon).

Poured into stemless wine glass.

Looked like really dark coke. Not as translucent as other Belgian darks.

Both aromas and flavors haven't changed much, which is a good thing. The age really smoothed out the edges but maintained the dark fruits and spices of cinnamon, cloves, corriander, and bit of orange peel. It's malty sweet, but not overly sweet like Belgian candy. Again, very smooth from start to finish. No boozy presence either, which I got a bit of when fresh.

Overall, this aged vintage would be able to hold its own against the more infamous of quads in a blind tasting. Wish I put away more.

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

aged a bottle for almost 3 years.

totally worth it. mellowed out really nicely. all the sugars mellowed out and it wasnt so super sweet. still had a bit of a funny taste in the finish.

highly recommend aging a bottle. but do keep an eye on the temp you age it at. i think my bottle got exposed to to much heat in the summer time.

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A - Bottle gushed a bit upon opening. Pour reveals a cola-like ale; bubbly beige head fades to a foam.
S - sweet, fruity aroma, bread, caramel, raisin, plum, yeast
T - sweet, very ripe dark fruits - raisins, plums, dates, cherries, yeast, bread, caramel, toffee, alcohol is warming but not hot
M - medium bodied, moderately carbonated, finishes with a lingering sweetness
O - it was nice to see this one age out a couple of years. I had bought 3 at the time; one to drink fresh, one left a year, and now this one 2 years out. Always a perrenial enjoyment from Unibroue.

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Trader Joe's 2011 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 320 ratings.
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