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

Trader Joe's Providential Golden AleTrader Joe's Providential Golden Ale
BA SCORE
81.4%
Liked This Beer
3.91 w/ 361 ratings
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:
#6,888
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
361
Liked:
294
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
8.44%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
63
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 361 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of Beginner2
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like what Trader Joe's does here. It goes to one of the top north American breweries specializing in Belgians and puts TJ's private label on a recipe. TJ offers many new outlets for high-quality Belgians and, I suspect, substantially boosted Unibroue production and probably sales. (They apparently have a deal to sell Unibroue's sampler pack, which I buy almost annually.)

While I drink Providential at least twice a year, I once taste-tested against two other Unibroues: Don de Dieu (a strong pale) and its world-class triple, Fin du Monde. I and my co-taster agreed there was enough of each in Providential to conclude it was something of a hybrid recipe of the two (with the alcohol lower, of course.) As the years wore on, something has changed... (probably my buds) and Providential seems more its own recipe.

At any rate, Providential tastes great, goes well with varied appetizer-like foods and is an even better value, at least 25% under the competitors. I recommend doing what I do: buy Providential most times I go to TJ's and bring it to parties to introduce others to a well-made and very well-priced Belgian.

4/14/17 Review edited and Overall rating revised slightly upward for superior value and flexibility at the table.

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Photo of stanzy1
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PUbeer
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL corked bottle poured into a pint glass. Bright golden color, and Belgian yeast aroma. Belgian yeast is not overpowering, a pleasant golden ale. I enjoy Unibroue beers made for Trader Joe's, and always a good price for the quality.

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

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a golden color with a puffy white head. A bit of citrus and yeast in the nose. The mouth gets a bit of sweet malt and fruit flavor. Enjoyable. BB: Apr 2016

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrk829
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutBoi
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mJJJJJJJ
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B33rcules
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Avatar113
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BWH3
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pieltre
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rivarol
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jsprain1
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
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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Photo of jheimiller
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's Providential Golden Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81.4% out of 100 with 361 ratings
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