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

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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

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Reviews:
104
Ratings:
350
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
8.44%
 
 
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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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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at Trader Joe's today, along with a couple 2012 Vintage Ales. This is the first that I have seen on this variety and their weren't a lot left when I got there.

It pours a cloudy golden color. The brew seems to have an overly carbonated look and feel, almost like champagne. Not a very powerful brew with a nice sweet taste to finish it off. It definitely lacks the punch one would expect from a 7.5ABV brew.

A nice, if not strange brew. If I can find more when I go back next week, I might grab em and see how they age.

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Photo of Oaklander
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The haziness from the wheat is apparent through the bottle. Even the gentlest of pours will yield a thick mousse-like head that lingers. And lingers. Smells like a blend of vanilla and lemon peel. Thick, creamy mouthfeel; the foam lingers at the back of the throat. Tastes like hefenweissen on steroids, didn't know that was possible, spicy-tangy flavor that yields to a lasting banana taste. Don't let the gentle ride down the esophagus fool you, one of these bad boys on an empty stomach and it's hammock time!

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Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one hiding in plain sight next to their Vintage Ale and brewed by contract with Unibroue just like the Vintage series. Not sure if this is a one time thing or a seasonal or regular offering. Came in at $5.99 for a corked 750 ml painted bottle.

Pours a sunburst golden with notable haze. Bright white cap offers decent though surely not meringue like retention. This beer did open with a firm bottle conditioned pop and more robust than the Vintage series tends to be. Bit of lemony hop aroma mingles with that distinctive yeast aroma of Unibroue beers along with a subtle hint of ginger/clove. A decent amount of wheat seems evident and would well explain the haze on the pour. Pale malts and tart lemon cracker with a hint of sweetness lingering on the finish.

Feel is spritzy and bright in a way yet lacks significant malt depth as for the general style. Yet this is surely not a Duvel-esque attempt at a Golden Ale given the presumed wheat and spices. Light as the feel is, the 7.5% is hidden as the beer is quite soft on the palate.

Overall quite interesting while being not quite what I was expecting. Spices become notably more prominent with warming as do yeast esters and the carbonation holds well. Simple yet complicated at the same time. Interesting to stumble upon this just 10 days before the world ends, as it seems like a softened La Fin du Monde...

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