Trader Joe’s 2013 Vintage Ale

The other half really likes to shop. My qualification for the term “likes to shop” involves enjoying shopping slightly more than me, which really does not take much. One of the places that she tends to go to quite often is Trader Joe’s, especially because it’s on the way home from work. She picked up this bomber for me a few weeks ago. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 9%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to, “The 2013 Vintage Ale has an amber-mahogany hue, abundant with coffee & cream colored foam. The ample aromas are of cocoa and malt, with added notes of lemon and ginger. A single sip leads to the true discovery — mildly sweet and malty flavors, with a captivating suggestion of cocoa, citrus and spice. It’s ready to enjoy right away, chilled but not ice cold. We recommend you forego the beer glass in favor of a wide-rimmed goblet — a glass like this will really showcase the flavor and striking color of the brew”

Random: I’m really into watching the Olympics, except for the ice skating.

This brew poured with a huge three finger, light brown head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with some carbonation visible throughout. The nose was very boozy with lots of raisin and sweetness apparent. I also got some Belgian yeast and candi sugar as well. The taste had a lot of plum, raisin and dark fruit. The booze was hidden pretty well, but there was a decent amount of yeast apparent. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long raisin finish. The beer was pretty good and definitely a sipper. I would have this one again, especially with the reasonable price tag.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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