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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jubilaris XXV (Brouwerij De Koningshoeven)

After a long week in meetings last month, this brew really made my day. It was a brew from the Trappist monastery that brews La Trappe in The Netherlands. This beer was a nice, clean, Trappist brew.

I seem to note all of these brews that are limited to a certain region or brews that are one-time releases. I went to a La Trappe tasting for an anniversary a couple of years ago. I tasted limited releases that were trickling into the States in limited quantities. It was glorious, and I kept those notes to myself. But for the most part, I like to get these notes out there to give people ideas for their next homebrew or a little background so they can find like-brews when they are faced with a challenging selection on an overcrowded store shelf or bar with a large tap list/bottle selection.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This brown-amber brew has a medium white head that dissipated quickly. Some froth stayed behind. It smelled like apple, tart/sweet fruit.

Taste: It had a Belgian sugar sweetness, balanced with a light hopiness (floral or fruity?). Some apple flavor came through.

From the menu:
Brewed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Abbot Of Koningshoeven, Dom Bernardus. Crafted to include characteristics of his two favorite La Trappe beers-Dubbel and Isid’or-Jubilaris is described as being deep amber in color with a mild bitterness and a ripe, fruity aroma. Quantities are limited and it will not be produced again. 

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