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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.

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  1. BeerDocT

    BeerDocT Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2011 Georgia

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

    bradfordjohnson Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 Kentucky
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    What is the it the Unibrou equivalent of?
  3. rovaj

    rovaj Initiate (115) Jan 13, 2008 New Hampshire

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

    tronto Initiate (84) Dec 22, 2010 Kentucky
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    Last year it sucked actually.
  5. Timmush

    Timmush Aspirant (292) Jan 5, 2008 New Jersey
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    Agreed a year is much better
  6. debohop

    debohop Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2012

    picked up a case on saturday
  7. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New York

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

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    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

    Handle Initiate (145) Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    There's not a direct equivalent, but I guess I'd say it's a poor man's Trois Pistoles.
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  10. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    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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  11. sjverla

    sjverla Devotee (490) Dec 1, 2008 Massachusetts

    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

    pmoney Crusader (712) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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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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  13. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (1,863) Jan 31, 2005 California
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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

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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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

    pschul4 Zealot (562) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
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    Promise? Cuz i hated my 1 bottle of 2011...
  16. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (712) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    For realsies.
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  17. pschul4

    pschul4 Zealot (562) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
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    I shall report back with results after I crack a 2012 at Thanksgiving
  18. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (712) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    Promise? :wink:
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  19. dirtyfab

    dirtyfab Initiate (155) Oct 21, 2004 New York

    2008 was the best of the Vintage ale that I've had.
  20. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,199) Mar 18, 2010 California

    It's brewed for Trader Joe's by Unibroue. Do other contract breweries show contract beers under their name? Most likely not.
  21. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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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.
  22. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,199) Mar 18, 2010 California

    True about the cap, but yes other breweries will put their name on the label. Brewed by XXX for XXX.
  23. gtermi

    gtermi Meyvn (1,214) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    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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  24. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Devotee (486) Sep 24, 2012 Nebraska
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    Looking forward to picking one up this weekend! :wink:
  25. Timmush

    Timmush Aspirant (292) Jan 5, 2008 New Jersey
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    ugh.. just bought 3. As bad as last year. I know its cheaper, but not worth it.
  26. hotpipes29

    hotpipes29 Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2008 Ohio
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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!

    Eric B
  27. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,023) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    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!
  28. MilkManX

    MilkManX Disciple (305) Jul 10, 2012 Arizona

    I will have to see if my local TJ's has this. I have never had it!
  29. geoffpm

    geoffpm Aspirant (276) Sep 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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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

    rowingbrewer Champion (849) May 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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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.
  31. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    We all know you meant ooo-knee-brew :wink: But yes, an Unibroue beer for $5! A diamond in the rough for sure.
  32. kell50

    kell50 Meyvn (1,061) Jul 25, 2007 North Carolina

    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

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,768) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    I believe either Maudite or La Terrible. I was told, but I've forgotten.
  34. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Trader Joe's on Memorial Drive in Cambridge sells beer, they usually have MBC Peeper for $5 as well.
  35. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,283) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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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

    raynmoon Crusader (728) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    Couldn't you just drive back to the store and by another? :angry:
  37. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,283) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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    Review is up. I gave it a B- if anyone cares (they don't).
  38. rfbenavi80

    rfbenavi80 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2010 Missouri

    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.
  39. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 California
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    Oh no its in the brow of the beholder, i crack myself up haha
  40. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

    i liked last year's quite a bit. it was awesome for the price.
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