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Trader Joe's Vintage Ale 2012 is out...not listed on here yet!

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BeerDocT, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. BeerDocT

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    Just picked up a bottle of this Unibrow brewed beauty. Am trying to write the first review as we speak.
     
  2. bradfordjohnson

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    What is the it the Unibrou equivalent of?
     
  3. rovaj

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    let the "last year it was way better" comments begin!
     
  4. tronto

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    Last year it sucked actually.
     
  5. Timmush

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    Agreed a year is much better
     
  6. debohop

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    picked up a case on saturday
     
  7. GennyCreamAle

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    Unibrow? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess....
     
  8. pixieskid

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    People probably aren't as excited about it as they were in previous years...last years release was pretty lame.
     
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  9. Handle

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    There's not a direct equivalent, but I guess I'd say it's a poor man's Trois Pistoles.
     
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    I thought '11 was delicious, and almost impossible to beat for the price of $4.99. I will certainly be hitting up TJ's for multiple '12s.
     
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    I thought '11 was unpleasantly (oddly) mentholated and medicinal and generally disappointing...even for a mere 5 bucks. Can anyone give a description of this year's? I'd love to try it, but a Trader Joe's that sells alcohol is out of my way, especially if it's like last year's...
     
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  12. pmoney

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    I had a 2012 yesterday and it was fantastic fresh. Much better and more balanced than 2011 IMO.
     
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    Hmmm, still thinking. Ok, I'll try one. $5 is a pretty cheap taster, and worse case- it's a tick.
     
  14. draheim

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    I submitted a correction request to BA a while ago about this series of beers, to no avail. It's listed here as brewed by Trader Joe's Brewing Company, but it says right on the label (and cork/cage, IIRC) that this beer is brewed by Unibroue. What gives?

    I had the 2010 not too long ago, thought it was certainly worth the $5 or $6 I paid for a 750.
     
  15. pschul4

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    Promise? Cuz i hated my 1 bottle of 2011...
     
  16. pmoney

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    For realsies.
     
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    I shall report back with results after I crack a 2012 at Thanksgiving
     
  18. pmoney

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    Promise? ;)
     
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    2008 was the best of the Vintage ale that I've had.
     
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    It's brewed for Trader Joe's by Unibroue. Do other contract breweries show contract beers under their name? Most likely not.
     
  21. draheim

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    Do other contract breweries put their name on the label, and put their logo on the cap/cage? (Honest question; I don't know.) I didn't see anywhere on the Vintage Ale bottle a reference to Trader Joe's Brewing Company; the only name I saw was Unibroue. To me that made enough of a difference to request a correction.
     
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    True about the cap, but yes other breweries will put their name on the label. Brewed by XXX for XXX.
     
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    I actually really want to taste this now that we finally have a Trader Joes in Fort Worth. I really enjoy the oatmeal stout too that they sell.
     
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    Looking forward to picking one up this weekend! ;)
     
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    ugh.. just bought 3. As bad as last year. I know its cheaper, but not worth it.
     
  26. hotpipes29

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    I've had this beer since it came in 05. I believe the early years where great for the price. 08 is still my favorite. 09,10,11 got a little crazy with the spices and such. The current reminds me more of the early years. I usually by 2 cases each yr but skipped the past 2. Gotta like the Unibroue yeast taste though!

    Cheers
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    I thought the spice character on last year's (once it had a little time to calm down) was actually quite nice (if a bit odd)...the wife and I wished we'd bought two!
     
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    I will have to see if my local TJ's has this. I have never had it!
     
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    Opened a btl the night before last. Tasted like cough syrup. Oddly sweet and strange spice notes. Not a winner but not as bad as the Italian beers Tj's sells
     
  30. rowingbrewer

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    I will look for this, but Mass sucks not allowing all stores of a chain sell beer. I feel an exception should be made when the beer is brewed specifically for the store.
     
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    We all know you meant ooo-knee-brew ;) But yes, an Unibroue beer for $5! A diamond in the rough for sure.
     
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    Seriously... a 750ml bottle of Unibroue for $5 is totally worth it. I opened an 2009 Vintage Ale last Xmas and it was delicious. Remember this is a Belgian strong dark ale, they're intended it sit and rest for a bit. This beer is no exception. Can't wait to pick up a few bottles.
     
  33. beertunes

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    I believe either Maudite or La Terrible. I was told, but I've forgotten.
     
  34. lucas1801

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    Trader Joe's on Memorial Drive in Cambridge sells beer, they usually have MBC Peeper for $5 as well.
     
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    About to crack this one for a review. I liked last year's, so I guess I'm in the minority.
     
  36. raynmoon

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    Couldn't you just drive back to the store and by another? :mad:
     
  37. kojevergas

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    Review is up. I gave it a B- if anyone cares (they don't).
     
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    Picked up 3 of these up today. I'll probably have to go back and get more. I enjoyed last years version, so I'm looking forward to trying it again. I put a bottle of last years in the fridge also to do a mini vertical.
     
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    Oh no its in the brow of the beholder, i crack myself up haha
     
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    i liked last year's quite a bit. it was awesome for the price.
     
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