750 mL corked & caged affair. Best before 02-04-2015.
Delighted and surprised to find this on the shelves as I went to pick up my annual fill of Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale. The vintage ale and Unibroue are two of my favorite selections at this time of year, so I was delighted to find this ‘new’ (this is the first yea that this has made its way to TJ’s in GA) beer, in a style that I generally enjoy, on my visit – a really nice surprise.
Pop is small on opening and the hazed golden pour has a modest head. Retention not great. Lace poor.
Nose and tastes are quite a bit sweeter than I was expecting.
Pineapple ester up front, and a sweetness that dominates any spice and phenol by some distance. The beer does not have great presence, and it feels a little light (in terms of the body, alcohol and flavor profile). The sweetness continue to the feature that dominates, and as much as I want a different element to come to the fore, it never really achieves it. It IS true that as the beer warms and I get further down the bottle the
Good value at $5.99 but to be honest this is not quite the beer that I was expecting/hoping for. Unibroue usually goes deeper and better than this – a touch lackluster by their own, high standards. I suppose (perhaps unfairly) I was hoping for something as good as the Vintage series – this isn’t there. A bit disappointing especially considering the extra $1 per 750 mL.