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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. bluejacket74

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    Didn't want to hear that, last year's bottle is still sitting in my fridge!
     
  2. WassailWilly

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    We just got a TJ here in the Roch. NY area I wonder do ALL stores carry this brew ?
     
  3. mendonjoebeer

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    The store in Pittsford Plaza has it- $4.99
     
  4. WassailWilly

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    Thanks Joe
    How is it ?
     
  5. slangtruth

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    Me, I just drink beer - I've read all about how folks here "age" it, but that's all been obscure to me. In my state (MA) there are only a couple of TJ stores which carry beer, and I was near one yesterday so I grabbed four of these. I've had one. The aroma and flavors seem very muted to me, and the carbonation way too high. I found this kind of surprising, since the only other Unibroue product I've had (La Fin du Monde) I thought was damn near perfect out of the gate, and $11-12 for four 12 oz of those isn't really that much different from $5 for a 750 of this, which in my mind and at this point is nowhere near being in the same league. I have some spare, unheated closet space upstairs and winter is upon us, so I guess I'll see if a few months in storage will make this more appealing. But it basically seems to me like TJs contacted Uni and said "we need x thousand cases at no more than $15 a case landed in the US" and this is what they got.
     
  6. khooke

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    I didn't take notes of last years, but from memory this years (just opened a bottle) seems less 'medicinal' - I thought last years had very noticable alcohol content and was almost like cough syrup. Agreed, it's not the normal style of beer I drink (I prefer IPAs), so last years was bit of a surprise, but I still enjoyed it and I think I like this years even more. Will definitely be branching out to try some other Belgian Dark and Trappist styles.
     
  7. brikelly

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    I hated this year's vintage. Too spicy and unbalanced. Didn't drain pour it but came close.
     
  8. fox227

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    You guys are lame. I drank my 2010 last year, and the 2011 is still aging, so I don't know its lameness yet. ;)
     
  9. DaveLikesAle

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    Enjoyed last year's, enjoying this year's even more. Best deal of the season.
     
  10. UCLABrewN84

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    This year's is pretty good but I enjoyed last year's better.
     
  11. MilkManX

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    This was my first year drinking this. I enjoyed it. I split it with my Brother in Law in Pint glasses and we both liked the spicy notes.
     
  12. tehzachatak

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    Neither. It's not a clone, and AFAIK, none of TJ's beers are. They're unique beers only available under their label, despite the fact that they're brewed by Unibroue, Firestone-Walker, etc.
     
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