Our BrewView on Unibroue’s 2014 Vinatge Ale was originally published on November 7, 2014.

Unibroue has had a very long business relationship with the Trader Joe’s grocery store chain in the United States. The Vintage Ale is released every November, right before the Thanksgiving holiday. It is one of a handful of great beers that Unibroue makes for them.

NOTE: Unfortunately, we did not get a glass pour and bottle picture of the 2014 Vintage Ale; only the bottle shot. Our apologies.

STYLE: Unibroue-style holiday specialty dark ale. 9% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown liquid. Light brown colored head that easily produces a voluminous 3-finger height head. Thick lacing on the sides of the glass during consumption.

AROMA: Bready Unibroue yeast, rich dark malt, chocolate, holiday spices, black pepper.

FLAVOR: This vintage (as we remember) was quite rich on the holiday spice factor. Bready Unibroue yeast, brown sugar, rich dark malt.

MOUTHFEEL: The richness of the liquid fills the entire mouth, there is a moderate level of carbonation, which Unibroue is well known for in their dark ales. The holiday spices linger quite a bit.

IMPRESSION: This was one of the best vintage we had up to that date. As always, we look forward to every November when Unibroue releases the Vintage Ale to the Trader Joe’s grocery store chain. This is a seasonal release, with limited quantities. It is extremely well priced (usually $5.99 for a 750ML bottle) so buy as many as you can, cellar some, and do yearly tastings. The flavors develop quite nicely as the years pass.