Trader Joe's Vintage Ale 2008

Trader Joe's Vintage Ale 2008

Rated 3.488 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Unibroue

Chambly, Quebec, Canada

Style:  Abbey Dubbel

9% Alcohol by Volume

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The Trader Joe's 2008 Vintage ale is a brown Belgian style ale of great distinction produced by traditional top fermentation methods resulting in a rich and full-bodied flavor. The Champagne like effeervescence and smooth mouth feel are the result of a natural secondary fermentation in the bottle obtained by the use of carefully selected yeast. This deep brown color vintage ale, with a tint of red hue, displays effervescent generous beige foam. It has notes of coffeeand spices, mild aroma of tropical fruits. Trader Joe's 2008 Vintage Ale has a smooth round mouth feel and notes of roasted malt, carrying toffee like flavor, finishing with well balanced noble hops. True to its Abbey Dubbel style, this year's vintage ale offers a highly distinctive flavor enhanced by the fruity and floral notes of the yeast. The result is a complex and warming ale that offers both strength and subtlety. Brewed once a year in limited quantity, please enjoy Trader Joe's 2008 Vintage Ale. This ale with age exceptionally over time, developing more complex flavor as the years go by. Exclusively bottled for Trader Joe's. Best before: 09-09-2011.

ID: 33595 Last updated 4 years ago Added to database 12 years ago

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Overall Rank3360
Overall Percentile92.9
Style Rank44 of 365
Style Percentile87.9
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.780
Weighted Score3.488
Standard Deviation0.482

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  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle: Poured a hazy deep brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of typical Unibroue Belgian ester with deep rich malt with hints of candi sugar. Taste is also a nice mix between some rich Belgian malt with notes of candi sugar and that typical Unibroue ester. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Very well done though quite similar to prior year vintage.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    had this late in the afternoon, from what i can remember, thanks lindsey .. . dark marmalade .. . very smooth .. . kinda mild .. . when it comes to lemons, i'm your main squeeze...an enjoyable brew .. thank you big harry, sorry little AL..

  • KILLPINEAPPLE 79 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    An interesting beer but nothing of grand outstanding quality; we were told that this would be a great beer to age for 3-5 years. That is an amazing feat for a Trader Joe's Beer. Typical Belgian yeast/sugar taste with some plumminess and some malt background. Really tame in taste

  • STALEYIV 1405 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    The aroma is very fruity-like with hints of dark fruit, like plum, and maybe some dark berries or other dark fruit with a slight scent of yeast with floral-like tendencies. The appearance is very dark and earthy and creamy-like and is an extremely dark burgundy that can not be penetrated even when held to the light with a nice bubbly head on top that is light brown and sticks to the glass and remains. The mouthfeel is very full and robust with much fruity complexity and has good balance with a nice, wet pallet that is coated evenly. The flavor is of fruit, like plum and berries, with maybe hints of banana with some slight raisin accent with an aftertaste that is somewhat yeasty with slight hints of alcohol with a finish that turns to bitter with some alcohol burn when it goes down. Overall, a very tasty ale with good alcohol quantity that is masked well and surprisingly smooth and creamy to drink. This one definitely is refreshing and nice to sip.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 4.4 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This is definately better than last year's offering. I don't know how much of the recipe changes, but this doesn't seem as harshly spiced as previous year's editions have been. The spicing is there (cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves, and some other zingy doo-dads) but the flavors are mixed and balanced really well. There is also more fruit (grapes, sweet raisins, plums, cherries) in this than I remember. The faintest hints of coffee and chocolate in there also. Looks the same as I remember it: dark brown with a solid yummy cap of beige foam. Smells of yeasty bicuits, spice, and some sweet fruits. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. As this "breathes" in the glass and warms up a bit, it becomes even better. This is really and outstanding beer. Much more than I was expecting. The wife and I thoroughly enjoyed drinking the 2008 vintage and were thoroughly upset when the bottle was empty.

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