Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2012 and Further Elf on the Shelf Shenanigans

Next up, Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2012 (brewed and bottled by Unibroue):

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Unexpectedly, my Tröegs Mad Elf review ended up pretty popular. I think this was mostly due to the coke-snorting and Bacardi-swigging Elf on the Shelf pics. I clearly underestimated how sick you people really are. So, since I am nothing if not a traffic whore, I give you more naughty Elf on the Shelf.

Here is Elf on the Shelf celebrating the Colorado Governor signing into law Amendment 64:

You have to admire his DIY initiative.

You have to admire his DIY initiative.

And here is Elf proving that child-proof veterinary prescription bottles are not elf-proof:

photo (93)Now, with that out of the way…every year Unibroue brews and bottles a holiday beer for Trader Joe’s. Each year seems to be slightly different. Here is the review for the 2011, which tasted pretty Coca Cola-y. Also of note, in the review I make fun of French-Canadians…but who doesn’t really.

It pours dark brown…chestnut, I suppose, if you’re feeling festive. It has a tight, tan head that recedes begrudgingly to leave a ring and thin layer. It smells like ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. There is a hint of Coke, too, but not nearly as much as last year. It tastes like some moderately zippy gingerbread, and it has a tell-tale fruity and spicy Unibroue house yeast flavor to it. Carbonation is moderately high, but that’s not out of sorts for a Belgian Dark Ale. And it finishes pretty clean with a little licorice lingering around like the last Christmas party guest to leave, but they help with the dishes, so it’s cool.

It’s pretty good, especially for the price. And it’s definitely better than last year’s…or at least a little more complex.

The Haybag (from her shot glass-sized pregnancy portion): Gah. The carbonation is too much, it’s killing my heartburn. My advice to any pregnant readers: Don’t drink this.