Petrus Trader Joe’s Sour Blueberry

Tonight’s selection is another Trader’s Joe special beer.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to traderjoes.com, “It all started in the 50s… Would you believe we started out as a small chain of convenience stores? It’s true. Way back in 1958. We were called Pronto Markets. In ‘67, our founder, the original Trader Joe, changed our name (yes, to Trader Joe’s) and the way we do business. We made the stores bigger (if you can imagine), decked the walls with cedar planks and donned our crew in cool Hawaiian shirts. Most importantly, we started packaging innovative, hard-to-find, great-tasting foods under the ‘Trader Joe’s’ name. That cut our costs and saved you money. Still does. And that’s important, because ‘Value’ is a concept we take very seriously. And by ‘Value,’ we mean great everyday prices on all of our great products — no sales, no gimmicks, no clubs to join, no special cards to swipe… How do we do it? We buy direct from suppliers whenever possible, we bargain hard to get the best price, and then pass the savings on to you. If an item doesn’t pull its weight in our stores, it goes away to gangway for something else. We buy in volume and contract early to get the best prices. Most grocers charge their suppliers fees for putting an item on the shelf. This results in higher prices… so we don’t do it. We keep our costs low — because every penny we save is a penny you save. It’s not complicated. We just focus on what matters — great food + great prices = Value.”

Random: Trader Joe’s is my version of hell since it’s always so crowded.

The beer poured a one finger of pink head. It dissipated quickly and left only limited lacing on the glass. The body was a dark purple that was impossible to see through. Given that, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was filled with blueberries, yeast and some oak. The taste was much of the same. It had some funk along with white vinegar tartness. The blueberries came through next along with vanilla and oak. The body was light and the booze was well hidden. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with fruit. Val picked this up for me on a Trader Joe’s trip, so no idea how much this one was. Either way, I enjoyed this beer a lot and glad I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Trader Joe’s Sour Framboise By Petrus

Tonight’s selection is another beer that Val picked up from Trader Joe’s.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Petrus is all but an average beer. Petrus is a real sour, with roots that date from ages ago, brewed in Belgium according to the finest brewing tradition. Despite its age, it is young at heart! It is the sour beer reference. Though not for sour people, but for people who don’t care about trends and hypes. People who trust their senses, rely on their own good taste and are eager to explore new boundaries. Petrus is a slow, unpredictable and wild beer that takes lots of patience. No wonder it is a beer for people who understand the urge to slow down. This beer, aged for 2 years in oak foeders, should be enjoyed sip by sip. Indeed, a real sour… takes time. Petrus is intriguing, enigmatic and therefore impossible to copy. Only the master brewer fully grasps the complex brewing processes. He rules the mysterious microbiology in the oak foeders. That truly is science with a touch of magic. So why not accept that mystery, cherish the secret and embrace the experiment? Do you dare to take that experiment to the next level? Simply savoring Petrus is already quite a rewarding experience, but do you dare to start your own blending experiment with the Petrus sour beers? How sour do you want your Petrus blend? Try and taste until you reach your personal level of sour beer perfection.”

Random: I always find it interesting who Trader Joe’s partners with.

The beer poured with a large, three finger, pink head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright pink. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of funk and sourness to it. Quickly, raspberries came through next. The taste had a lot of white vinegar. It quickly went into some funk and then raspberries with a touch of vanilla. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with funk and raspberry. This beer was a gift from Val, so I have no idea how much it was, but I enjoyed it a lot. I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Wittekerke Framboise

This was the second brew of the night. For some reason, when I purchased this brew, I thought that it was German. Yeah, no. It’s Belgian. Oh well. I’ve never heard of this beer either, but this brewery also makes Petrus, which I’m familiar with. I haven’t had a fruit lambic in almost a year. Wow, definitely time for a revisit.

ABV: 4.3%

Style: Lambic – Fruit

Trivia: According to glunzbeers.com, “A blend of regular Wittekerke, the best Belgian wheat beer, with 10% of the purest Raspberry fruit. This beer offers a unique combination of refreshing sweetness and exploding fruitiness. A perfectly balanced beer.”

Random: I’m obsessed with my foam roller. After a rough day at the gym, it almost feels like a deep tissue massage.

The brew poured with a two finger white head that was thick, yet dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange color with definite active carbonation visible through the haziness. The nose was really one-dimensional with pungent raspberry. But, it was definitely fruity and pleasant. The taste was much better than the nose. It started with sweet raspberry and then a bit of wheat came through on it. The raspberry tasted authentic and not like raspberry flavoring, which was really nice. After a few sips, I also got a bit of tartness to it. The body was towards the thicker side of lambic with active carbonation, which made this a very crisp, yet fruity brew. The finish was long and fruity. For a brew that I really didn’t think that I would enjoy, it floored me. It didn’t remind me of a fruit spritzer and it had a lot of flavor and was just really satisfying. I would definitely have this brew again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0