August 18, 2014—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
This is serious beer. Nothing run-of-the-mill here. It's a close cousin (and brewed by the same craft brewers) to our Vintage Ale, which is available during the holiday season. Trader Joe's Providential Belgian-Style Golden Ale is our every day offering from this respected brewer, yet a far cry from being an "everyday" kind of beer.
Providential Belgian-Style Golden Ale is unfiltered and lightly effervescent - more similar to fine sparkling wine than typical beer. Pale gold in color, it delivers aromatic notes of citrus peel and ginger that lead to a malty, mildly sweet, and hoppy flavor profile, and a finish that is positively palate-warming. With 7.5% alcohol, this is an ale to be sipped and savored, and will improve with age for about two years. An excellent "food beer", Providential shines alongside everything from curries to fruit pies to hearty soups. Each 750ml bottle (with a Champagne-style cork) is $5.99*, plus deposit where applicable, an excellent price for this unique brew.
*TJ’s Provedential Belgian-Style Golden Ale is currently available in Trader Joe's stores where beer is sold. It is $5.99 (plus tax & deposit value. Alcohol availability & price may vary due to state laws, taxes, shipment fees & other such stuff. (If we could, we would.)