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

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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
Ratings:
353
Reviews:
105
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
8.44%
 
 
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8
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Marshall_ofmcap
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's line of beers are usually decent quality, but when it's put in the hands of Unibroue, I expect to taste good things. There's 750 ml tonight. On to the beer:

A healthy Belgian-like pour yields a pale golden body with small, visible bubbles, an airy head on top with adequate retention.The aroma is appetizing. On the dry side, with notes of cider, fennel, spiced pear, and a whisper of white pepper.

I like what I'm tasting. Its flavor and mouthfeel seem to play off each other, meaning that one makes the other more appetizing. It starts dry and cidery, and adding to the taste is pear, spice, ginger, balanced with bubbly carbonation which would make the Belgians proud. The alcohol doesn't weigh into the flavor although it hits 7.5% . The beer finished dry with a lingering spice and cider note.

Trader Joe's has a beer which they can proudly sell under their name. Cheers to them and Unibroue for this.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of seand
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a small amount of white head. Just some surface film retains, leaving a small amount of lacing.

S: Honey, yeast, and a small amount of booze.

T: Malty, yeasty, and light citrus.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, decent, and excellent for the price. It'd be pretty average if it cost twice the price, but there's not much else that's nearly as good at the price point.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of elNopalero
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a light straw golden color. There’s a lemony aroma with some coriander and some chamomile competing for second billing. I get a slightly zesty flabor with a lemony, grassy, straw character. The beer itself has tremendous effervescence with this lemony crispness and a lingering bitter finish with some bitter orange marmalade. I called it a Trader Joe-ified Fin du Monde with more lemon. For the price I’ll take it.

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Photo of Henrich
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous golden color. Spritzy foam settles to rim of lacing around the glass. Clear, but only barely.
Smell: Grainy smell with large bouquet of citrus and spice. Quite pleasant.
Taste: Bubbly and delicious. Decently sweet and mildly tart with an aftertaste of spices, possibly coriander.
Mouth-Feel: Effervescant, albeit slightly syrupy. The two balance out in a nice way.
Overall: For the price ($5.99 for a 750 ml), I think you'd be hard-pressed to find something as good as this. If you're a newbie to decent beer and also want to be frugal, I think this would be a good intro beer for you. Obviously there are better Belgians out there. I'd say this is inferior the other Unibroue products, but overall an excellent beer for value.

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Photo of Maillard
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of napetry
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Chiefy770
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Big bubbly head formed on top of a hazy, pale, golden-yellow body. The head collapsed and left a bubbly white cap with very little lacing throughout.

Smell: Belgian spices up front... clove, coriander, orange, and dark fruit notes.

Taste: Much like the nose, the spice hits first. Clove and coriander are washed out by strong and slightly bitter notes of orange and other citrus fruits.The malts and yeast lead to a relatively sweet finish, think dark fruits and sweet rolls. My biggest complaint with the taste is that there is a rather medicinal backdrop.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Full carbonation.

Overall: I would say this is like a scaled down "Don De Dieu" from Unibroue, not surprising because they brew this beer. It is underwhelming compared to the bigger names of the style but I will gladly be underwhelmed for such an affordable price. Don't get me wrong, you could do much worse than this beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of keithmurray
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a best before date of 2/4/2015

Appearance - clear golden color beer with fluffy white head

Smell - tart apple, ginger, coriander, orange peel

Taste - much like the smell, tart green apple, ginger, coriander, lemon peel

Mouthfeel - heavier side of medium bodied, high carbonation, tartness upfront that turns to sour in the finish, lacks finesse in the finish when compared to others in the style

Overall - not a bad beer for the price, albeit it is a little rough round the edges

Price Point - $5.99/ 750 ML bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml C&C bottle split 3-ways
Notes taken on 12/22/13 – served in a standard pint glass

A: Effervescent golden straw body. Lightly burnished look with some soft haze to it. Decent flurry of sudsy snow white froth action on top. Light swaths of lace remain upon the glass after each sip.

S: Golden apple with ripe pear and clove like phenol spices. Some grainy cracker malt presence with a dash of banana peel, citrusy coriander, and some light bubblegum in there. Fairly clean and straight forward Belgian with a healthy spice fragrance.

T: Golden fruits of pear and tart apple with Belgian yeast spice, lemon peel, and a light grainy cracker malt base. Mostly a traditional mix of clove spice, banana, and fruity bubblegum there. Apricot, white pepper, and coriander are noted as well. Very dry with a moderate to low perceived amount of bitterness and some really well cloaked alcohol. Touch of mineral water at the finish. Refreshingly nice with a very smooth balance.

M: Creamy and light with a high amount of spritzy carbonation. Smooth and clean overall with some nice drying efforts at the finish.

D: This is a very nice Strong Pale and pretty hard to beat for the money. Has a good mix of fruity malts and spicy yeast. A touch heavy on the phenols at times but overall with nice balance and smooth ABV.

It’s made by real Unibroue bits so you know it’s good.

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Photo of baos
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

550 ml bottle into glass.

A: Very pale dishwater-blonde with a mega head that sticks around very nicely. Great lacing. Very bubbly like a good little Belgian Ale.

S: Banana, pink bubble gum, dark dried fruits. Peach with a bit of dried apricot. Wide range of nice aromas going on here.

T: Very spicy from the first sip. Coriander and a few other spice that hit you kind of bitter and then mellow nicely. Warming alcohol and a few dark rum notes. Dark dried fruits. Much more clove than banana, but banana is still present. Apricot and brown sugar. Sweet wheat malts. Ends very dry. Very good Belgian.

M: Medium body. Nice bubbly thats more dry than sweet at the end.

O: Great Christmas present from my niece, Ani. Happy holidays to all.

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Photo of mverity
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share at Proof Bottle Shop. Pours the slightly hazy color of a wit/triple, a odd pale yellow. Can we all agree that this is almost exactly like La Fin Du Monde? Really enjoyable. Tons of fruity ester. Citrusy. Hmmm, I can really dig this beer.

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Trader Joe's Providential Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 353 ratings.
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