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%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
62
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Photo of Dicers
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MickeyHops
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, with massive head of fine white suds. Big, spoke-like lace.

Aroma: Spices, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, and plenty of fruity notes. Very very striking and nice.

Taste: Spectacular, sweet, and fruity on the palate with plenty of spice accents. Very much in line with a classic Abbey ale. A hint of floral notes dance around the tongue, with a flash of hops near the finish. The body is light, even spritzy and champagne-like, adding a level of drinkability. A very complex, rewarding, and refreshing Belgian-style ale here, and well worth checking out (especially as it was only around $5.99 a bomber at Trader Joe’s).

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Photo of cratez
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Trader Joe's Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale - 7.5% ABV - Consumed January 9, 2015.

A: Hazy golden amber hue with three fingers of white foam and lots of bubbles in the body. Several strands of lacing cling to the tulip glass. Head and lace retain well. An enticing appearance.

S: Clove, orange peel, spice box (cardamom, cinnamon), lemon zest, classic Unibroue yeastiness (a little doughy), light phenols, and apricot. A very effervescent and appealing nose. Lovely.

T: Big zesty, yeasty, and lightly citric flavours upfront; orange peel, lemon, spice box and clove mid-palate; mildly drying and malty finish with fruity-yeasty afters that linger for a while. A tasty and satisfying Belgian blonde.

M: Full side of medium-bodied, creamy middle, tangy and citric zestiness precedes a lightly drying and malty finish with more fruity, yeasty, and estery flavours on the cough. Nice palate.

O: An appetizing golden ale with above average flavours and aromas. No flaws that I can detect; just a solid, quaffable Belgian ale here.

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Photo of atone315
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pascual
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SandwichGirl
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic pale Belgian beer, especially considering Trader Joe's prices (and the Christmas gift card picking up the tab). It is fairly spicy and assertive, leaning mostly to a citrus flavor. Then the malts take over, ending with a long finish from the Belgian yeast. It is definitely a drink-by-the-fire, sipping quietly kind of beer but not too heavy or overly sweet. Would absolutely recommend to anyone with a Trader Joe's nearby. It is similar to Fin Du Monde, which I was actually reaching for when I saw this.

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

Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: lemon zest, pepper, yeast, and a bit of spicy hops.

Taste: grainy malt with loads of lemon zest, yeast, pepper, hint of clove, golden apples, and a spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: very crisp and refreshing throughout. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a slower sipping spicy belgian ale that is well balanced and has a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wroywel
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gajo74
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy and murky light golden color. Head not so thick and quickly dissipates into a thin lace that retains solidly throughout. Nice aroma of citrus, particularly orange. I enjoyed the taste at first as I picked up fruity flavors. However, as I got further along in the drink, I began to detect some earthy and yeasty flavors that were slightly off putting. There was something not fresh about the taste; perhaps it was the bottle, (I forgot to check date) my mood, or my reaction to this particular brand. Mouthfeel was o.k., the carbonation stings the tongue. However, it did not feel so refreshing and drinkable.
Belgian Strong Pale Ale is one of my favorite styles. Perhaps I have been spoiled by some of the great Belgian Ales and because of the high standard set, this one falls short. It was not terrible and I got a big bottle for a cheap price. However, I will not actively seek it out anytime soon.

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

Trader Joe's Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale

Notes: Clear deep golden body. Frothy white head. Average to slightly better than average head retention and lacing. Aroma: yeasty, chalky, malty, sweetish, grainy, lightly spicy, coriander, suggestion of lemon zest. Flavor: balanced, clear, bright - all of the things that the aroma suggests with a beautiful apple component added in. Stiff bitterness. Balanced. Polished. Quite nice.

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3.4/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

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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