La Trappe Jubilaris
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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Style:
Belgian Dark Ale
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
67
From:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
 
Netherlands
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Gots
  8
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews by babaracas:
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4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, brown-tinted dark ruby, one finger of foamy cream colored head, settles to a thin ring. First inch of lace sticks. Smell: lightly buttered toasted raisin bread, plum, pear, peppery note. Taste: pear, plum, toasted brown bread, caramel, red grape, musty / tannic / oxidized notes. Medium bodied, low-moderate fluffy carbonation. Really nice!

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babaracas from Florida, Mar 31, 2015
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3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a goblet at Beer Market - Schaumburg.

It's been a while since I've had a La Trappe, much less one I've never heard before, so it was easy to order this bad boy. It pours a mostly clear topaz-russet topped by a short finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises Belgian yeast, Belgian candi sugar, light oats, mild maple syrup, mild mixed greens, and a touch of pumpernickel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the greens coming in a bit stronger, the yeast and the bread really hitting it off, and a new-coming bit of cedar causing some mischief. This woodiness just doesn't meld with its surroundings very well, forcing some flavor clashes. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, an okay little beer, but the woodiness just didn't work with the other flavors, precluding full enjoyment.

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TMoney2591 from Illinois, Apr 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

WynnO from Florida, Feb 11, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Any new Trappist beer has to get immediate respect, right? Well...

Le Trappe's Jubilaris opens with a creamy and heady pour. A calm separation from the honey-amber body below and the frothy eggshell foam above, the ale simply looks Belgian. Its mild haze denotes its unfiltered refermentation, as its champagne-like structure frames its long-lasting head with fine lacing rings.

Its malty aromatics are deep with caramel, sugared almonds, and toasted malt. There's a fruity and spicy melange that swirls about the olfactories while notes of rose wine waft about. Its light earthen grain scent brings out a light straw hop note for a culmination that's very fruit cake-like.

Its taste is sweetened with both caramel malt and also confectioner's sugar. As that sweetness grows across the middle, its met with balances that include fruit, spice and alcohol- apples, figs, pecans, nutmeg and vinous tastes all align on the palate for a warm cola nut character that's somewhat of fruitcake in its fusion. As the beer finishes, it has a dry malt taste and is slightly bitter with grass and straw.

But the beer's real celebration is in its body. Where its residually sweet texture is expected, it's surprisingly short-lived as the beer's excited carbonation pulls the sweetness from the mouth and ushers in a quick finish of arid and spicy cotton candy. Its finish is malty-dry, spicy and undeniably warm.

Though the beer's sweetness lingers in uncharacteristic fashion for well made, especially Trappist ales of medium strength. It promotes a succulent sipping kind of taste but it delivers a struggling drinkability because of its sweetness. Still, there's enough complexity and subtly to give this regal beer a nod.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

nickfl from Florida, Aug 13, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 corked and caged, thanks to my buddy Woody. Anyone who doesn't have a Woody, should get one, they're great. But I digress. Poured into a goblet, it is caramel in color, with a fizzy off white head that settles before too terribly long. Smell is slightly sweet, biscuit-like, and fruity. Taste is not at all like it smells. Woody, very very dry, and with a slightly plant-like finish. Wow, very dry. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but a tad thin. This is an interesting beer. It seems more like a dubbel than anything, but it is a bit harsh. I suspect that ageing this one for a couple of years may do it a lot of good, but I've just opened the only bottle I have so someone else will have to run that experiment.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

deebo from Minnesota, Dec 15, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +20.8%

skolviking from Illinois, Nov 19, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle equipped with a rubbery 'cork' that was exceptionally hard to remove. Served in a Belgian snifter.

A - red-brown color, lightly hazy; fairly durable tan head; spotty lacing.

Aroma - Spiced bread, Belgian yeast and an abundance of dark fruit. Jubilaris has a solidified aroma with plenty of complexity. In addition to such usual features as raisins and brown spices, these are hints of red grape juice and white pepper.

Flavor: Mainly brown bread and dark fruits with some complex spiciness. Hints of chocolate, raisns, dried plums and grape juice. The finish is a touch more bitter than expected.

M - Crisp carbonation; medium-light body seems too thin; dry finish.

O - As a special Jubilaris brew from a world class Trappist brewery, this ale is a little disappointing in regard to feel and flavor. But at only 6% ABV this is still an outstanding "big" Belgian brown.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Jan 18, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

ckollias from Maryland, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GRG1313 from California, Jul 04, 2014
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3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a La Trappe chalice. Pours a medium red amber with a fine two finger ivory colored head with great retention and tons of lacing. Pleasant aroma of caramel malt, light and dark stone fruit, apples, Belgian yeast a hint of holiday spicing. Flavor is light stone fruit, apples, caramel malt, toffee, clove, Belgian yeast; although mildly sweet, seems dry due to spicy clove and cinnamon spicing. Medium bodied with peppery lively carbonation. A pleasant fuit and caramel malt Belgian that seems a bit overcarbonated, which distracts from the flavors, which are somewhat lighter than those in La Trappe's heavier ales. Still has great fruit flavors and the spicing is especially appropriate for the holidays. Light, but enjoyable.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Jan 04, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cork and cage bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
6% ABV

A - Bright crimson amber in color, this mildly clear, beautifully colored beer is complimented by a lasting ivory head that leaves wonderfully delicate lacing on the glass.

S - Dusty Belgian yeast opens Jubilaris with an intoxicatingly classic nose that brings forth dark stone fruits, chocolate covered raisins, and a spicy finish of clove and white pepper. Caramel and dark sugar undertones create a smooth building base that begs for a sip.

T - Delicate maltiness provides light bread and caramel drizzled sweetness to the tongue while yeast fills in the gaps with fruity undertones and soft spiciness for a flavor that's surprisingly lighter, in every regard, than the aroma suggests.

M - Tight carbonation through Jubilaris is sparkling with crispness but doesn't attack the tongue while it's light body smoothly makes it's way across the tongue with a lasting dryness on the back end.

O - Jubilaris aromatically offers a plethora of classic Belgian characteristics that excite the senses but the taste comes as a bit of a let down with how little the nose translates to flavor. The blend smells of two different beers but ends up a bit jumbled and confusing though not without an incredibly level of drinkablility! In the end, I'd rather have either one or the other, not the Dubbel and Lsid'or combined.

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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ridgeline23 from Pennsylvania, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Let me be the first to review this celebration beer from the monks @ Koningshoeven.

The text on the bottle:

This La Trappe Jubilaris has been brewed especially in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Dom Bernardus. On august 29th 1988, aged 20, he took his monastic vows.

Dom, derived from the Latin Dominicis, meaning Lord, is a title for the superior in the tradition of Trappists.

The La Trappe Jubilaris is a special ale that is a cross between Dom Bernardus' two favourites: La Trappe Dubbel and the La Trappe Isid'or. This anniversary ale combines the best of both.

"Find God and live!", Dom Bernardus would say. The Koningshoeven Brewery likes to add the following: "Enjow this unique Trappist ale".

Congratiulations Dom Bernardus!

Boy, what a big disappointment this beer. Poured in my Struise glass this bees looks quit nice with it's ruby-red fluid en an nice broken white head. No carbonation.... The smell is the best part for this beer. Smell with some hints of spices. Taste is much too watery and with no depth at all. Mouthfeel dito. Not worth buying and i am not the only one who has this opinion. They could have made a far more better beer, they are very much capable in doing that. In stead they brewed a 'nothing' beer...

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Brabander from Netherlands, Oct 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

chickenm from British Columbia (Canada), Nov 06, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled I brought to share at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, pear juice, and pear aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice pear presence in the aroma.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours moderately cloudy reddish orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, apple, plum, apricot, caramel, toast, bread, candi sugar, herbal, floral, pepper, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, plum, apricot, caramel, toast, bread, candi sugar, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, plum, apricot, caramel, toast, bread, candi sugar, herbal, floral, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale. All around nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Jan 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

desint from Belgium, Nov 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

George2744 from Pennsylvania, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Localdrinklax from Wisconsin, Aug 02, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

ste5venla from California, Jun 28, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania, Jul 17, 2015
La Trappe Jubilaris from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 67 ratings