Trader Joe’s 2009 Vintage Ale

Additional notes 01/11

About 14 months old.

Nose seems stronger than ever (in a good way). The carbonation is still quite prickly, and I think this is probably the weakest part of the beer, but paradoxically it lends a pretty lively element to the beer, and I would rather be it that way than the other, Still fruity and rich, the value here is indisputable. Yeasty elements seems a little higher than originally.

Super beer.

Original notes 12/09

Trader Joe’s have been in Atlanta for about three years, but this is the first time I’ve seen the Vintage ‎Ale in the stores here. They told me that they’ve had it once before but I’ve never been able to find it. ‎It comes in pretty small amounts and disappears very quickly. I love Unibroue so this is a real treat.‎

‎$4.99 for the 750mL bottle, INCREDIBLE value.‎

Dark, dark brown (essentially black) body with a fizzy head that fades quickly to leave a lovely mocha ‎film and spotty lace on the surface of the beer. Looks great.‎

Nose is very rich with plenty of plum and dark fruits but also a sense of some medicinal aniseed.‎

As expected the tastes reflect the nose with a combination of all of the rich, dark fruits that one would ‎expect and a decent dose of the

Belgian candy, yeast and fruity sugar one would expect. In addition ‎we get some medicinal notes of juniper and aniseed which add to the experience. Alcohol present but ‎not oppressive.‎

Perhaps a touch prickly in the mouth but it’s trivial.‎

Very rich, moreish and basically a fantastic beer. MUCH less “Dubbel” (as originally in the BA database, but subsequently changed) ‎and more Belgian Strong Dark.‎

Super beer, massively drinkable and fantastic value as usual for Unibroue. Delighted by it.‎


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ABV: 9.0 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.45
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