Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale
BA SCORE
72.3%
Liked This Beer
3.81 w/ 325 ratings
Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2012 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerDocT on 11-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
325
Liked:
235
Avg:
3.81/5
pDev:
12.86%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
42
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 325 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of secondtooth
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, with deep ruby highlights. Prodigious head of tan foam, dissipating slowly into thin and loopy lace.

Aroma is plenty of fermented fruit (wine grapes), spices, Belgian yeasty bread -- absolutely a wonderful approximation of classic Belgian ales.

Taste is similar -- some sweet notes, but this one is really well-balanced on the palate. I get hints of dark fruit and berries again, alongside plenty of spice (coriander, clove). This is a delicious brew, overflowing with complexity.

At $4.99 a bomber at Trader Joe's, this is a real bargain, and well-worth a try.

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Photo of Foyle
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark reddish brown, 1" off white head, very light lacing
Aroma: strong fruit and clove/cinnamon spice aromas along with distinctive Belgian yeast. There is a also a somewhat medicinal alcohol smell.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a mostly wet finish.
Flavor: spices dominate (cinnamon and clove) along with some raisin and citrus rind flavors. The middle and finish feature cocoa, some earthy hops, and a warming alcohol presence.

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Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Bazyx
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Knoxrb12
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Jd2391
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a modest head in the tall Petrus goblet. Moderate carbonation. Something of a musty aroma.

This has that classic taste that all Unibroue products seem to share. Distinctive yeasty flavor with a seriously dry finish and a bitter edge. Raisiny but not too sweet. Roasted fruity malt. Dark hints of chocolate add some pleasure. Seems to get better as it warms up and you get used to the taste.

This is an interesting big brew at a bargain price. From Trader Joe's in San Diego.

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Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Wizzman
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Morakaton
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of bvermilion
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown/burgundy color ale with a very generous foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of candy-like ester with some Belgian-style malt. Taste is also dominated by some candy-like ester with some residual sugar notes with some heavy dark Belgian-style malt. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable beer with good drinkability with nice complexity and beautiful ester. Glad they drop the coriander in this year’s version.

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Photo of qchic
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For 4.99, a fine value. With a year on it, well worth an evening to sip on. Dark brown with good head retention. Aroma is fruity and spicy. Reminds me of those canned fruit nectars from the Hispanic food section. Tastes roasty and Belgian estery with some grainy malty smoothness. Drinkable with enough going on hold your interest throughout the 750mls. Why didn't I buy more?

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Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of nstorrs
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of fox227
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of avckc
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Brandegee
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in tulip glass... this was a New Year's Day share.

A: Lovely head with lots of lace, a hint of brown in the thick, dark pour.
S: Not much going on here, but a few hints of spice and sweet malt. It's pleasant, however.
T: I didn't try a fresh example, so I can only assume the aging helped bring out some of the dark fruit flavors, which dominate the profile without little hint of sourness or bitterness. Raisin, plum, dates even. Sweet malt and clove round out the flavors for me.
M: Nice, full, lots of room for the spices to play.
O: A nice Belgian seasonal and good effort by Unibroue and hopefully I can still get a 2013 to age for next year. This was well worth what was probably a low price tag.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4/5  rDev +5%

Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72.3% out of 100 with 325 ratings
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