Trader Joe's Vintage Ale 2010

Trader Joe's Vintage Ale 2010

Rated 3.120 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Unibroue

Chambly, Quebec, Canada

Style:  Belgian Strong Ale

9% Alcohol by Volume

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Unique and limited edition, this Belgian style ale is crafted once a year as a special treat for those of you who appreciate flavorful, bottle-conditioned ales with character. This year’s vintage: a rich, dark and full-bodied ale with a fine and generous coffee-colored, beige foam. It’s ready to enjoy right away and you may also wish to cellar a few bottles. It will evolve interestingly well, developing more complex flavors as the years go by. Keep bottle upright in storage. Best before 9-10-2013

ID: 41038 Last updated 4 years ago Added to database 10 years ago

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Overall Rank28250
Overall Percentile40.5
Style Rank923 of 1172
Style Percentile21.2
Lowest Score2.9
Highest Score3.7
Average Score3.300
Weighted Score3.120
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • GROWLERPOWER 23 reviews
    rated 2.9 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 4

    Had this fresh when it came out & couldn't stand it. Spiced all to hell. Let's see what a few years in the dungeon have turned you into. Best before 9-10-13. Chilled for a few moons in the back of the fridge. Ommegang fluted tulip. Sweaty bottle. Frail inch of sandy head. Hazed, dark brown & amber over black body. I can hear some serious sizzling underneath it all. Lots of orange candy on the nose. Juicy Fruit bubblegum phenols. The yeast finally comes around once it warms. Just trying to get through that first sip. Even cold, even so aggressively carbonated, it's so incredibly starchy. Taste is anise & cola & a whole lot of yeast. Still boozy. A bit of black plum sort of character. Raisin. Big acid. The moderate to high oxidization is not quite a fair trade off. Passing on something time & time again doesn't really mean you're aging it.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

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

    very yeasty (initially) on the aroma. thad eventually fades into a nice belnd of dark dark fruit and spices, which blends seemlessly into the flavor. ful flavored, prickly carbonation. as usual, pretty good stuff.

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