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Ølfabrikken Jule Ale - Ølfabrikken

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-21-2007)
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Reviews by Keene:
Photo of Keene


4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evidence that Denmark is an underrated brewing nation. A deep, reddish-orange color with a small brown head, Ølfabrikken's Jule Ale has a very fruity nose that recalls raisins, coriander, allspice, and a faint whiff of hops.

Dark, roasty malts dominate in this silky smooth, lightly carbonated strong ale. Full-bodied with plenty of alcohol warmth in the finish, it's reminiscent of a soft, sugary gingerbread cookie. Far and away my favorite holiday beer of 2009.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 18:02:24 | More by Keene
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of magine


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into becker glass.

Pours a deep dark cloudy amber color. Has a light tan fast fading head. Brew leaves minimal lace. Decent looks.

Brew smells hoppy, malty and spicy. A very unique smelling brew. Fruits, coriander, malts and spices are all there. Very good smell.

Brew is sweet and fruit hopped, has a malty yeast flavor as well. Spices are abundant. Very smooth and finishes dry. Balanced brew for sure. Good stuff here.

This is a very drinkable, unique tasting brew. Lots of flavors that work well together. The mouthfeel is solid as well. I like this one, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 04:46:08 | More by magine
Photo of corby112


3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a very dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with a thin half finger yellowish tan foam head that quickly fades into a very thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Spicy peppery aroma with hints of cinnamon and peppermint as well as some dark fruit such as cherry, plum and fig. Very faint citrus peel and hops in the nose.

Medium bodied with a nice prominent spiciness up front that is quickly countered by dark fruit notes and slight citrus. Hints of cherry, grape, date, fig, raisin and citrus peel. Well balanced with enough bitterness and spice to balance out the citrus and dark fruit flavor. Slightly bitter dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 08:04:04 | More by corby112
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice smell of spices, hops, malt, and sweets.

T: Tasted of West Coast hops, caramel malt, cinnamon, and coriander. Not as overly spicy as you might expect, but still very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 14:35:05 | More by avalon07
Photo of Xul


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slighty hazy, dark, brownish amber capped by one finger of frothy off-white head. Moderate retention.

S: Caramel base with some piney hops, winter spices, and some booziness. Aroma is rather faint, but what's perceptible is good.

T: Pretty much follows the nose...starts out caramel malts, followed by some piney hops jumping in. As those fade out of the taste buds, winter spices pop up along with some vanilla. No bitterness on the backend, leading to a sweet finish.

M: Creamy with moderate carbonation.

D: Booziness comes through as it warms, nothing particularly interesting to make me want to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 01:46:25 | More by Xul
Photo of froghop


3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy dark brown-orange with a small light tan head, and some lacing.

smell is of malt, spice, caramel, and dark fruits.

taste is of dark fruits, cocoa, malt, some hops in the back, spice, and pepper, ends a little on the dry side.

overall a good strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:19:53 | More by froghop
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The Pour yielded a natural ice tea color with a frothy beige capping, about 2 fingers in height, with a moderate sense of retention. A light state of clarity showed a haze of micro particles suspended within, along with a strong showing of carbonation. Some slight stickage occurs for a lacing but nothing to get to excited about.

S: The piney dry grapefruit hops, compliment of the abundance of C-hops come through nicely here with medium strength, think arrogant bastard. Piney needles, dried caramel but hardly a trace of any spicing (coriander, cinnamon) as indicated could be picked up. There was a light presence of powdery sweetness which could have been the sugars or the cinnamon added on the very trail of the scent but again nothing to get to excited about.

T: Sticky pine hop resins with a robust showing of speciality malts (caramel) come through initially. There is a spicing of evergreen, with a spicy, woodsy appeal along with ripe grapefruit pulp. The finish is slightly dry of coriander (finally), spicy licorice and a dry alcohol touch of solvent. Boozy, wintery with a spicy American citrus hopping makes for an unique take on the style.

M: Tight carbonation, swells up slightly turning creamy with a playful and warming nature. The finish finds a spiciness of pine needles and citronella.

D: Decent drinkability along with decent enjoyment. Solidly good, but will stop there, wasn't anything that will make me mention this out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 23:05:55 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of jrallen34


2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 22oz bomber into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a dark murky brown, similar to a quad with a very light tan head, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is light showing mostly a little spice.

The taste is super strong like coffe mixed with winter spice. No clue where the coffee came from, but its not a welcome surpirse.

The feel is medium with a smooth finish, not very drinkable.

This beer is pretty blah, nothing anything special.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 00:32:07 | More by jrallen34
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22.3oz bottle into stout glass at 45 degrees.

Very active, 4F cream/tan head, over a deep amber body. Head lingers as a healthy film, with a decent amount of lacing.

Aromas of piney hops, barley & wheat malt and a touch of the coriander when taken in deeply. Little alcohol comes thru as it warms, too.

Flavor is a fairly well balanced hop-to-malt combo, with the alcohol bringing in the thickness and aftertaste. Pretty rich and sticky as expected from the style. The bitter citrus (grapefruit) & pine (old, dead tree at the curb) profile does end up dominating the sweet, without being a total blowout for the former.

The alcohol seemed higher than 8% (could've fooled me as a 10%), which helps to slow things down on the drinkability - but still quite good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 22:04:21 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of emerge077


3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No date on here, but considering the store I found it at (Friar Tuck), it's probably a 2008 bottle.

Pours a reddish orange, fairly murky. Some visible carbonation trailing upwards. Decent amount of foam. Looks like a winter ale. On closer inspection there's tiny suspended micro sediment hanging in the liquid.

Aroma is a little muddled, some yeast and malt character, with indistinct spice under that.

Perceptible alcohol, vague hop earthiness, citrus peel, and bitterness in the end. Spicy phenolics in the aftertaste. Sadly this isn't as festive as i'd hoped. Sort of odd, malt and yeast forward, with some faded hops and spice. It has the hefty fortitude that a winter ale should have, which is one redeeming characteristic. It's drinkable, but i'd rather have someting else.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 23:34:27 | More by emerge077
Photo of Richardberg

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy amber with light orange fringes, slightly off-white head, nice head with ok retention.

S - quite hoppy for a Yuletide brew: citrus, pine, and some floral aromas all present. Caramel malts with a little roastiness. Expected more spice, given the label.

T - nicely crisp with a touch of malt sweetness. You do get a little of the coriander staying with you at the end, along with the ample hops, but without ever becoming totally bitter. Fairly simple flavor profile overall stays well balanced & within the style.

M - medium body, could use more carbonation given that they went for more of a standard strong ale vs a true winter brew

D - very drinkable. The 8% ABV is the furthest thing from your mind. Not quite what I expected but highly enjoyable for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 21:12:30 | More by Richardberg
Photo of tpd975


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to SeaBass for this one.

A: Pours a nice orangish brown hue with a nice creamy off white head. Okay retention with some nice sheet lace.

S: Hoppy for sure. Lots of american hops with mild notes of spice and caramel.

T: Piney hops mostly with subtle notes of citrus. Caramel malt with a nice little blast of cinnamon. A unique take on the style.

M: Medium in body, with good carbonation.

D: Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 20:15:12 | More by tpd975
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely blurry maraschino cherry-orange with bright Sunkist edges. This has always struck me as a festive color and is one of my favorites where beer is concerned. The wonderful looking lid is pastel gold, has plenty of interesting topography and is laying down tattered sheets of sticky lace. Great right out of the gate.

Too bad I wasn't aware of Olfabrikken's intent with Jule Ale or this crown would have been cracked long, long ago. They set out to brew a highly-hopped American-style ale (70 IBUs) rather than a malty sweet beer. Aging it for a year wasn't very smart on my part. One last note: winter warmer would probably be a better style choice.

The nose is caramel malty and still has a nostril pleasing amount of citrus fruity hoppiness. Rarely have I run across a beer that uses each and every one of the C-hops and nothing else: Cascade, Chinook, Columbus and Centennial. Too bad the added spices (see below) aren't very prominent.

Jule Ale might have been great beer in November 2008. It's merely good beer now. It still isn't sweet and malty, it's more balanced and spicy. On second thought, hops continue to have the upper hand over malt. Minimal appreciable alcohol is a plus.

Flavors include steely caramel, toasted brown bread, a figgy fruitiness, white grapefruit peel, pine boughs and generous amounts of cinnamon and coriander. Hmmm... looks like they start with the letter 'C' too. A gentle warming is probably a combination of cinnamon and alcohol. Herbed/spiced beer would work just as well.

If the mouthfeel was even a little less full, the score would've been lower. It doesn't have the heft that I look for at this ABV, but it's nicely smooth and creamy thanks to perfect carbonation. It also making drinking quickly (not recommended) a cinch.

Olfabrikken is my favorite Scandanavian brewery (Nogne is a very close second). Nothing that I've had from these guys has been less than delicious and Jule Ale does nothing to change that. Merry Christmas... one month early.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 15:49:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of linnet


2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ruby colour, beige head, ridiculous amounts of lacing! Aroma is malty, fruity and with a nice hoppy touch to it. Flavour is sickenly sweet and overpowers any other flavourand makes it almost impossible to drink. Mouthfeel is very flat and is not impressing at all. This was my first beer from ölfabrikken and It was a huge disappointment!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 11:48:00 | More by linnet
Photo of Kegatron


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby with 1 1/2 fingers of light tan head. 1/2 finger of solid retention throws a big creamy cascade of lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is fairly sweet with honey, bread, oranges & cherries, some definite spiciness of cinnamon and dusty coriander, floral hops, and a quick sting of warmth as this reaches room temp.

The taste matches the aroma fairly closely. Bready caramel and atouch of chocolate, a fruity middle section of apples, oranges, and cherries; and a lively undercurrent of spices and hops. Finishes tangy but the segues into a more bitter and dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a flatter feel as it first hits the palate but then flares up into a creamier sense as it hits the back of the throat. The ABV of this is right out there. I'd call it warm but not overly hot.

Tasty and fairly complex but the ABV held this back some for me. A decent but ultimately not hugely satisying Winter Warmer experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 16:58:31 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel, some kind of spices going on. The taste is malty, caramel, nice touch of spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is no AB, but still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 19:14:06 | More by Wasatch
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a St. Bernardus chalice, deep, dark, clouded crimson, slim to no head.

Spices and fruit hit the nose with equal alacrity, cinnamon and apple, cloves and cherries...big malt, and well-hopped...

More of the same in the mouth...and,apparently, there's coriander in here, with the cinnamon...(no clove, though...)
Bountiful fruit flavors, with big hop bitterness.Sour for a minute, then bitter, then refreshing and cool. Every sip demands a next one.The next one is just as delightful.

nice, medium bodied, long, lovely finish...great wintry brew...mmm, mmm, Olfabrikken!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 08:14:43 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of gford217


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

This one pours a deep caramel brown, very hazy and shows amber when held up to light. There is a one inch off-white head that recedes to a collar slowly and leaves little lacing.

The nose is dominated by caramel malts and spices, especially the cinnamon. The Chinook hops have faded a bit but are still a bit of the pine resin aromas in the background.

The taste has what's left of the hops as a fleeting floral flavor up front before the caramel malt backbone starts to dominate. The spices start out subtly in the taste but seem to build up after each sip and the resulting cinnamon and coriander spciness becomes more and more evident after each sip.

The mouthfeel is just light of medium bodied with decent carbonation and comes across as a bit slick.

This is not one my favorites from Olfabrikken but is still a good beer overall with a good use of spices to liven things up. I would have liked to try this with a fresher hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 03:52:58 | More by gford217
Photo of nick76


3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has plastic, caramel, roasted malt, alcohol, and grass hops. The appearance is deep amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is thin. Overall this is disappointing but not bad. I think I had my hopes too high.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 11:45:48 | More by nick76
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a sorded brown with huge ruby highlights and a nice white head that retains pretty well leaving nice lacing.

Nose is kind of weak, alot of dark malt, some slight dark fruit. Spice and alcohol.

Flavor is pretty nice but rather thin. Mostly alot of dark fruits and spice. This is really mediocre by olfabrikken standards. There is some slight hop bite on the finish. Aftertaste full of spice.

Mouthfeel is thin and kind of slick.

Drinkability is not that great. A bit hot for 8% if you ask me.

Overall, I am not impressed with this brew from Olfabrikken. This one should probably be thrown into the winter warmer category. I was expecting more from such a good brewery, but I can't in good consciounse recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 03:55:58 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Ølfabrikken Jule Ale from Ølfabrikken
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.