Trader Joe’s Providential Belgian-Style Golden Ale

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“Ale brewed with spices on lees”

This brew was very tasty, if you don’t take into account the name.  Drink it as a beer that would be good with burgers and dogs.  The 7.5% abv is a bit higher than a good session beer, but it doesn’t bury you with alcohol flavor.

Aroma:  Light beery aroma with hints of orange, banana, and cardamom.  Clover scent is present, probably from the yeast.

Appearance:  Has a golden straw color with strong carbonation and a light colored head that dissipates quickly and leaves a clean glass.

Flavor:  Lightly malty, but has a strange, almost “freshmint” flavor that comes up the nose.  Orange, clove, and cardamom come out very strong.  Not much hops at all, and only some malts come through on the end.  Hints of ginger and orange peel come through the mix.

Mouthfeel:  Very light and bubbly.  It doesn’t linger on the tongue, but feels like it would be very cleansing with a light salad or pale seafood.

Overall Impression:  This is a very tasty beer.  It touches on a true wit, with heavy spices and flavors of orange, banana, and clove; but it seems to lack the wheat malts that make a wit a wit.  However, that being said, this is an amazingly tasty beer, excellent with any light seafood or shellfish dish, most salads, and any chicken dish that isn’t heavily spiced.

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Final Impressions:

Hops:                   mug rating 1.5

Malts:                  mug rating 2

Flavor:                  mug rating 4

Overall:                 mug rating 3.5

Label:                    mug rating 2

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2 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s Providential Belgian-Style Golden Ale

    • We both have enjoyed all the beers we have gotten from Trader Joe’s. They carry a rather extensive selection, but we really enjoy their house label brews. They are definitely doing something right, and they tend to be very inexpensive for 22 oz. bottles as well.

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