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Trader Joe's Vintage Ale from Unibroue
« on: May 29, 2014, 01:37:49 PM »
Do any of you guys know what strain this is? I've got a case of this and it is lovely. Thinking about culturing the dregs. LMK TIA
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Re: Trader Joe's Vintage Ale from Unibroue
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2014, 01:42:06 PM »
IIRC WY3864 is Unibroue yeast.  I know that's what in La Fin du Monde and I'd guess it's in the Vintage/Terrible also.
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Re: Trader Joe's Vintage Ale from Unibroue
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2014, 01:43:17 PM »
Hmm. Sounds like a trip to the local TJ's to see.
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Re: Trader Joe's Vintage Ale from Unibroue
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2014, 01:47:49 PM »
Roger tat DC.....heading out to the brew shed for a flask. I had to "sacrifice" and open a bottle so I can get to the yeast. I remember you saying that you can't get it(Vintage Ale) up in Eugene. Maybe you need to talk to the mgr at TJ's. I pretty much bought them out of their stock....at 4.99 a bottle it's cheap but half the price....go figure!  ;D
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Re: Trader Joe's Vintage Ale from Unibroue
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2014, 01:51:55 PM »
I came across a couple bottles in my cellar last weekend.  Maybe I'll pop one open.  My recollection is they're not too bad at all.

FWIW, I've cultured the yeast from La Fin du Monde and it does quite nicely.  I'm sure you could culture the yeast from one of these or, as Denny notes, buy a smack pack when they are available.
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Re: Trader Joe's Vintage Ale from Unibroue
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2014, 01:54:46 PM »
I must be getting blind in my old age. I went to the wyeast site and can't find 3864 anywhere... DC, did you say it was a special release?
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Re: Trader Joe's Vintage Ale from Unibroue
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2014, 01:56:50 PM »
Yes.  Special release.  Available in the fall, IIRC.
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Re: Trader Joe's Vintage Ale from Unibroue
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2014, 02:24:12 PM »
Roger tat DC.....heading out to the brew shed for a flask. I had to "sacrifice" and open a bottle so I can get to the yeast. I remember you saying that you can't get it(Vintage Ale) up in Eugene. Maybe you need to talk to the mgr at TJ's. I pretty much bought them out of their stock....at 4.99 a bottle it's cheap but half the price....go figure!  ;D

From what I've been told, TJ didn't file the paperwork to be bale to sell it.  I dunno, that's about 84th hand!  However, our Costco has started catting Unibroue (along with Rodenbach and Chimay) that the TJ Vintage is the same as Unibroue Terrible, which I can get at Costco for $7.
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Re: Trader Joe's Vintage Ale from Unibroue
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2014, 02:38:55 PM »
At least you can get it so, that's good. Saving 2 bucks a bottle would even be better IMO especially if you buy it by the case like me. IFIWY I'd start turning some screws....it's not like you don't have any influence...just sayin.
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Re: Trader Joe's Vintage Ale from Unibroue
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2014, 03:47:08 PM »
Yes.  Special release.  Available in the fall, IIRC.

Actually it was just out 1st quarter of this year. It was released about a year and a half after the previous release so probably fall 2015 next if I had to guess.

If you want to see it more often, then email Wyeast to request that it be a year round strain. They base their decisions on that kind of feedback.

FWIW, this is one of my favorite strains. It tastes great and is super versatile. Wish it was available all year long.
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Re: Trader Joe's Vintage Ale from Unibroue
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2014, 06:36:59 PM »
The corks on the TJ bottles are a b**** to get out. I typically buy a case each year but stopped when I had to resort to a pair of heavy pliers to coax the cork out. Sometimes it would work, other times it would fail. Corkscrews became useless, hence the pliers.

The beer is decent, certainly worth $5, but those damned corks ...

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Re: Trader Joe's Vintage Ale from Unibroue
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2014, 05:33:36 AM »
Never had a problem with the corks. I let it sit at room temp for aqbout an hour before I open it so, that might be the solution.
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