Trader Joe's Providential Golden Ale | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

Trader Joe's Providential Golden AleTrader Joe's Providential Golden Ale
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Trader Joe's Providential Golden AleTrader Joe's Providential Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with spices.

Added by HalfFull on 12-12-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,869
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
361
Liked:
294
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
8.44%
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0
 
 
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle today, and drank this evening.

A: Pours a hazy golden colour. About what you would expect of the style. Two fingers of snowy white head, dissipated very quickly, leaving almost no lacing =(

S: Belgian spices. Orange peel, coriander, possibly a bit of star anise. Very strong, but not particularly defined. Might improve with age.

T: No booziness, despite the 7.5 ABV. A touch watery, but not exactly a session ale, due to the intense aromas that accompany it. Wet and spicy, not a whole lot of flavor from the grains.

M: Smooth body, mild, but prickly carbonation. Not much to say. Water.

O: Not a whole lot of balance. The wheat is mellow, the spices are in-your-face, and there isn't much else to say. Reasonably priced, but for a store that sells their delightful vintage ale, I was disappointed. Might buy again to cellar for two years, might not. Depends on whether I go back to Trader Joe's before I forget this brew exists.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Chilled 22 oz. bomber into a stemless tulip pint. Bottling date appears to be July 27, 2012.

Look- Claims to be TJ Brewing company, but the bottle, cork, and cage are clearly embossed by Unibroue. Pours a hazy straw with a large, soapy head that falls to a sticky, dense cap over the course of a minute or two and then persists until the glass has been emptied. Excellent lacing.

Smell- As soon as the bottle's uncorked, there's a fresh, doughy bready aroma mixed with a cidery tartness. After the pour, it takes on a toastier feel with significant sweetness in the background, candied banana. Also some... coriander? Maybe some clove, lemongrass? Not much for a spiced ale, but there's something there.

Taste- Sharper than expected, almost acidic, cidery. Crusty bread dipped in milk, banana, marshmallow, doughy yeast. The tartness at the beginning of the sip never really goes anywhere, just a vaguely fruity start that goes into a clean doughy body, finishes quite clean. Overall impression of a bowl filled with graham crackers, bananas, and whole milk. It's not offensive, but it's somewhere between bland and outright weird.

Mouthfeel- Juicy feel, medium body, light-medium carbonation. Crisp on the sip, finish is creamy and coats the mouth. At first, the ABV is hidden, but as it warms a certain booziness emerges.

Overall- Decent fridge-cold, and I'd probably buy it again to give to a friend used to American Lager. Not something I'd seek out.

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3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Smell: sour
look: golden bright
taste crisp, bold
feel: sharp
overall: could have been better

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3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly cloudy yellow with a bit of a white head. Looks a bit like a wheat beer, although not quite as cloudy.

Has a spicy smell to it. Main scents are orange peel, ginger, and clove. There is a touch of citrus and yeast as well.

Starts out with a hint of citrus, then a bit of pepper comes in. Finishes with a bit of an orange peel like flavor.

Feels seem a bit thin for the style.

Overall, not one of the better offerings from Unibroue. Usually their beers have a nice solid feel, both in flavor and texture. In this one, the flavors just don't mesh together very well, and gives it kind of an odd taste. It's also less solid than what I expect from them, almost tasting watered down. Trader Joe's has two offerings this year, and I'd say the regular vintage ale is the better choice.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Caged & corked 759. Best before date: 9/28/2014. Poured into straight pint glass (hey, I was cat sitting! It was the best they had.) Poured a hazy dark yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing.

The aroma was an understated, but typical, example of the style. Some light grain, some yeasty spice, and a hint of basic floral notes. On the tongue, the beer was similar, just a bit more well defined. The grains were a bit more earthy, the yeast spicier, and the floral/fruit notes a bit more even.

The body was medium,with a slightly sticky finish. Drinkability was good, finishing the 750 wasn't a chore at all. Overall, a decent value example of the style, and perhaps one that would well suited to introducing someone to the Belgian styles, which sometimes are an acquired taste. Worth a shot, especially at the price.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy yellow, like urine.... White head comes and goes, fast. Missing lacing.

Lactic lime-banana and cloves. Missing strong bodied aroma.

Very blunt flavor. Clove, spice, Belgian yeast stands out. Crisp, thin, high carbonation, dry champagne finish, slight burn on back end.

It's drinkable and okay, but nothing special or worth seeking. It's about what I expected @6/750ml, glad I snagged one.

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3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Trader Joe's; the great price made it a no-brainer. Especially given the brewery. "Ale brewed with spices on lees." Best before 02/04/2015. Brewed by Unibroue. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high; I anticipate it'll be good but not great. 750ml brown glass bottle with printed-on appealing label art and hood-and-wire cap (i.e. cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a somewhat satisfying dull pop upon removal of the cork. Beer slowly begins surging upwards; you have about a minute to pour it. Carbonation seems to be on the higher end.

A: Pours a three finger head of white colour. Nice thickness. Slightly creamy. Pretty good (~4-5 minute) retention. I suspect overcarbonation based on the appearance. No bubble show.

Body colour is a cloudy translucent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Nontransparent.

Overall, it's right on the money for the style but not unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Pale malts. Pilsner malt. Yeast-derived clove and banana. Some crystal malt perhaps. Complementary floral hops. Lemon citrus esters and zest. Cilantro. Ginger perhaps. A somewhat dry champagney aroma. Spritzy and effervescent. Vague hints of clove honey. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Quite pleasant and appealing. Spot on for the style. Really looking forward to trying it.

T/Mf: Lemon citrus esters and zest are most prominent in the late second act. Lightly grainy. Pale malts, crystal malt, and some pilsner malt provide the foundation. Floral hops complement the flavour profile overall. Spritzy and somewhat dry; redolent of champagne. A hint of funkiness from the yeast, which is otherwise primarily biscuity. Somewhat cidery; I'm picking up definite crisp apple and appleskin notes. Love the evocative clove. Yeast-derived banana is quite restrained.

Really not getting any lees. That may be a good thing in a golden ale, though. I love Unibroue's strong ales, but I don't necessarily want dead yeast and sediment lurking about in the bottom of a bottle of golden ale.

Not at all oily. More dry than I'm accustomed to given the style. Smooth. Good carbonation. Pretty good presence on the palate. Somewhat soft, but it does leave something to be desired. Clean. Somewhat cidery. Crisp. Moderately heavy on the palate for the style.

A biteen of alcohol comes through.

As it warms, I'm getting some subtle buried hints of apricot and pear. Maybe peach.

Overall, it's a nicely balanced brew with interesting complexity and subtlety.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Very well priced for the quality. I do like it, but I did expect better. It's another solid brew from Unibroue, but doesn't quite match the quality of many of their mainstream (and higher priced) offerings. It's a good introduction to the golden ale style, but there are far better examples to be found - even here in California. [Russian River Damnation comes to mind.] I might get it again - especially on draught - but I wouldn't quite recommend it to friends. It's good for what it is, but price point not withstanding it isn't an exemplary beer. Glad I picked it up and I'm not disappointed. I'll enjoy polishing this one off. Hides ABV decently well.

B-

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3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

(Review 2 days after drinking) 750 ml bottle, bought at the beginning of 2015.

Shared at my beer club meeting. I thought the spiciness was too much, and it reminded me of another Unibroue beer I had recently. Not bad, just not my kind of beer.

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3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass.

Says golden ale on bottle, but looks exactly like a Belgian witbier.

Smells like one too; wheaty and Belgian-yeasty. Lemons. Slight bit of barnyard must.

And… yeah.. Witbier for sure. Lemon zest with Belgian esters. Not a lot, but some level of spice going on. Wheaty finish. The carbo is very sprite. Drinking pretty easily. Flavors not disagreeable at all.

Overall, if this were classified as a Belgian wit, then I would believe this to be a pretty decent example of style. But if they're calling this a BPA, then not so sure what to make of it. Still, I've had worse BPA's. This is on the lower end of Unibroue's pipeline.

I prefer the Vintage ale over this one. Cheers.

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3.4/5  rDev -13%

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3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Unibroue's classic 750mL cork-topped bottle. Best before 02-04-2015. Served in pint glass. Beer pours pale yellow in color, slightly hazy, with a pretty nice white head. Aroma is yeasty, and has an unfortunate banana ester smell (though I'm sure others may appreciate that more than I do). Flavor is pretty mild, continuing with the fruity theme, and adding a very gentle spicing. Despite not having any of my favorite flavors in a Belgian strong pale ale, it's supremely drinkable, and doesn't expose any of it's 7.5 ABVs. It would be interesting to try this side by side with Don De Dieu, or even Blanche De Chambly -- I'm pretty sure I remember liking either of those a lot more than this one.

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