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Jubilation Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Jubilation AleJubilation Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WesWes on 01-02-2009)
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Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

Cloudy brownish colour with a smooth off-white head. Poor head retention.

Sweet malt and a touch of spice. A little fruity. Some Munich malt type notes. Higher alcohols. Interesting but dull all at the same time.

Malty sweetness with a lightly spiced back end. Some fruit. Nothing all that compelling with just a little alcohol to round it out.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A middle-of-the-road fruit beer. The figs seem unidentifiable. Okay.

dgilks, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of jdmandel
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jdmandel, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

From a 633 ml brown bottle, abv. listed as 6.5%. Pours out a deeply hazed dark amber/chestnut hue, with a short creamy off-white head that holds a lengthy retention.

Sweet yet dry malt on the aroma, somewhere between caramel and bready, with mild dry earthy and grassy hops. Very faint spice in the background.

Flavour is dry overall. Wafer-like cocoa malt up front, dark fruit sweetness punctuated with some earthy cinnamon sweetness in the middle, with a bit of a sticky, tart finish and a lingering astringent aftertaste similar to tannin.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, quite thick and chewy in texture at times, moderate carbonation.

A curious twist on the style, I'm assuming it's the Japanese fig added that is providing the more unique characteristic to this. Yet something is definitely contributing to a runaway tannic astringency that is detracting from the overall enjoyment, and lingering on as an unwelcome aftertaste. Aside from that it's quite enjoyable and worth giving a try.

IronDjinn, May 09, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

mendvicdog, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of rypkr
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

rypkr, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of 2neardead
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

2neardead, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Glazed terra cotta infused with brick red, polished brass accents, and a generously sized lid of golden beige colored foam. The beer fizzed like crazy on crown cracking, but there doesn't appear to be excessive bubbles at this point. The foam deflates in the usual fashion and leaves the glass pretty much bare.

Call me crazy, but shouldn't a beer that includes Japanese figs and cinnamon smell like either Japanese figs or cinnamon? To be fair, the latter is appeciated with warming. Otherwise, there isn't much here to be jubilant about. Some toasted malt, a faint fruitiness... and very little else.

Thankfully, Jubilation Ale tastes better than it smells. It still doesn't reach the relatively high bar set by the other Baird brews that I've had. Most of their lineup is solid without being special. This one is growing on me, but it still probably won't get to 4.0 for either taste or drinkability.

This seasonal ale tastes like a Belgian dark ale whose Belgian yeast strain has cinnamon esters rather than clove esters. As far as I know, Belgian yeast wasn't used, I was just trying to make a point. Figgy flavors (or figs themselves) always work better in slightly sweet beer rather than slightly bitter beer.

The second pour adds quite a bit of murkiness, so let's see if it also adds more and deeper flavor. Yeah, it does, a little, though I still can't pull the trigger on taste, so let's reward drinkability instead. No appreciable alcohol is a plus.

Warming (and the sediment-laden bottle half of the bomber) turns a 'too small' beer into a 'just big enough' beer. More malt and better bubbles would have improved things.

Again, most of the Baird lineup consists of quality craft beer. If it was less expensive and more easily available, I'd drink it often. Jubilation Ale isn't one of their better efforts and the $10.79 price tag makes it that much harder to recommend. Bottom line: there are plenty of American winter warmers that I would pick up before this one.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

Baird Brewery /Taproom
Jubilation Ale
(Brewed with Japanese Figs and Cinnamon)

LOOK: Pours a sediment ridden copper with a white foam cap that recedes to a fine ring. Chunks floating, unavoidable. It is safe to say its unfiltered.

SMELL: Sweet and malty, with a small accent of dark fruits.

TASTE: Raisin, fig and even apple are in the taste, as well as a semi strong presence of alcohol. Light dry cinnamon and spicyness.

FEEL: Medium bodied, decently carbonated, but the yeast and proteins in the beer coat the palate giving off a slick chalky feel.

OVERALL: An interesting beer that has its strong suits, but still falls short in a few catagories.

Stinkypuss, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

My tulip glass fills with a slightly hazy, plum red and one finger of off-white froth that drops fairly quickly, leaving little lace and a film on the glass. A quick swirl brings new life to the head.

Very sweet cherry cough syrup, with some straw, licorice and no figs, but there is some cinnamon.

Ah, there's the fig, in the back, behind the cinnamon, and only in the lingering finish. Flavor otherwise is estranged from the aroma. There is a little bitterness and the hops make no appearance. Some notes of tea can be detected.

This is a full body with syrupy texture and soft carbonation. The alcohol is present, but far less than expected for this style.

While Jubilation is relatively easy to consume, it is just not what I want from a winter warmer. The promise of fig infusion fails to deliver just as this one misses the prerequisites for a sipper or contemplative complexity. Pair this one with beef and enjoy it for what it is, rather than what it claims to be.

SLeffler27, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

633ml bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a rather clouded, dark copper body with a small-sized head of yellowish foam.

Smell: Fruity, sherry accented aroma with a generous dose of spicy er... spices. Also, some sugary caramel, herbs, fragrant orange bitters, and yeast cake.

Taste: A sweet sip of bready caramel maltiness followed closely by figs, orange blossom, golden raisins, and a shot of cooking sherry. Pinch of ground cinnamon, but also a slice of piquant ginger. Current of yeastiness throughout. Herbal, leafy hops with some bitterness noted. Continued fruitiness with a sprinkling of candied almond on the back half. Spicy-sweetish finish with a lingering heat on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's sweet, spicy, heated, though overall just okay for me.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev 0%

Tried April 2009
A gusher that I had to quickly move to the sink so as not to create a mess. A careful pour yields a three-finger thick, lightly tanned head. The beer is a deep cherry-red color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells cherry up front, some fig notes and a finish of brandy soaked raisins. A touch spicy as well which seems to accentuate an almost mace like note. Nutty malt notes and a touch of toasty grain becomes noticeable after a bit in the finish.

A bit chewy, with a touch of tartness and only a touch of sweetness. Fruity flavors of fig and a touch of plum are noticeable up front and in the middle. The beer finishes with a spicy note and a nutty toasted malt note as well as a touch of bitterness. This has a bit of cherry and cherry pit like flavors as well as a touch of vanilla flavors here. This has a bit of astringency in the finish that seems to be contributed from the malt and something else that I can't quite place (the fruit perhaps). The body on this brew is not too heavy and not too light, it has a bit of viscous character to it.

I am glad that this was not infected, it was just poorly conditioned. This is a nice brew, one that is definitely enjoyable. This is definitely a fruit dominated beer. I definitely like the fruit contribution here, it surprisingly has a fair amount of cherry character to it, almost more so than recognizable fig flavors.

Gueuzedude, May 16, 2009
Photo of ummswimmin
3.7/5  rDev 0%

I poured this beer into a tulip glass. I like the deep amber coloring with this beer. There was a decent amount of red in the brown beer. I get about two fingers of thick foam from the initial pour. It wasn't sticky enough for very good lacing, but it was a good looking beer.

There is a decent amount of fruityness coming off the top of this one. You can really smell pear and fig. I was surprised that I got the cinnamon in the flavor and not in the nose. I also taste dark fruit, especially figs.

This is a pretty good example of a strong or old ale. It works out as a nice sipper. I recommend this one for the colder weather.

ummswimmin, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

tbryan5, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours copper with a fading head.
Nose shows sweet rich malt, with dried fruit and golden syrup showing through.
Flavours are equally sweet but quite complex. Hints of eucalyptus, dried fruits and some spices. Pretty interesting (in a good way).
Body feels too syrupy.

CrazyDavros, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Where the western cultures rarely honor the holiday season of Europe or the Americas, Barid brewers create a truly jubilatory ale in honor of the family get-togethers, holidays and general time off.

With rusty hues and a hazy reddish brown cast, Jubilation ale settles in with a cap of sand-colored foam. Its long retention blankets the beer coast to coast with broken rings and specks of lace that trails behind.

Fruit and spice fills the nose with the hearty sugary scent of brown sugar, singed toffee, light coffee and faint chocolate. Its counterpart of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice balances the malt and wraps around fruit notes of dates, figs and raisins for a highly "fruit cake"-like medley.

Its taste is chocked full of coffee cake as the biscuity sweetness of malt weaves in brown sugar, molasses and a toasty toffee flavor that brings out the more savory components of malt. But as the sugars seep into the taste buds, spicier balances come about- the common "Christmas" spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are the usual suspects that combat the ale's sheer sweetness. But the savory richness of dates, figs, raisins, prune and cherry all take turns teasing the palate with its savory flavor. As the flavors melange in aftertaste, a sense of spiced rum and coffee cake remain.

Medium-full in body, the ale's heightened carbonation lifts the sugars and highlights the ales spicy taste. Still yet, the ale eventually settles and allows its residual sweetness to be felt. Its long draw in the middle is spicy and sweet, warming incrementally along the way. Its final heated evaporation leaves behind cinnamon, rum and malty-dry heat.

Jubilation Ale is the epitome of "Winter Warmer". Its dense, rich, spicy, fruity and warm- much like desserts of fruit cake, rum cake, or coffee cake- except with the backing of alcohol. Its perfect with prosciutto, bacon wrapped dates and baklava.

BEERchitect, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Cloudy chestnut-violet with off white film.
Sweet raisin toast nose.
Brown sugar, a speck of chocolate, dark fruit, cherry stones, a banana yeast hit and winter spice.
Woody finish and cedar linger.
Medium, creamy, clean.

Yawn. I get the figs and cinnamon, but those notes would be in a winter warmer without any adjuncts. Nothing new here.

Disappointing intro to Baird.

StJamesGate, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Satsuma
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Satsuma, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Provocajade
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

Bought a bottle at Total Wine&More in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. Poured into large wine goblets.

Smell is strongly reminiscent of white grape notes even though I would have thought it would (should?) smell like figs and cinnamon. A bit of maltiness comes though and that was all I can smell as it warmed. I thought it smelled nice, but it just wasn't what I expected to smell.

It tastes sweet, almost caramel on the forefront with some figs coming through ( I was hoping for more) and has almost a Belgian yeasty quality to it. Then evolves to be slightly spice-y (there's the cinnamon!) and comes in with a slight bitter finish...nothing harsh- kinda like citrus zest.

It's mouthfeel is smooth, kinda creamy. I thought it was going to be heavier, but was lighter feeling than it looked.

I haven't had Winter Warmers before so I can't quite judge how this compares to the style standard. It probably skews a bit of my review being ignorant of a style so forgive me, and take it for what it is....Out of the different winter and festive beers I've had this was the mildest and simplest- sometimes that isn't a bad thing. It was a relatively easy to go down beverage and on occasion I don't need a beer to boggle my mind picking out notes and make my mouth go on a rollercoaster ride. I enjoyed it, but I feel there are other beers out there that have similar notes that I enjoyed more. I probably will go try more winter warmers and other Baird beers, but don't know if this will end up in my fridge again.

After drinking my throat got a bit warm and irritated which could very well have nothing to do with the beer, but I don't just get my throat going out of the blue thus the B rating.

Provocajade, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

Syrupy orange, tobacco, and copper color. Quick head and I can't see any bubbling in this muddy copper hued beer.

The aroma makes me think of toasted malts, XMAS spices, and a little Earth. The cinnnamon and figs are noticeable, but not overwhelming.

Super toasty malt with a chalky yeast fruit palate and flavor. Then the fig and cinnamon hit the palate from middle to finish. Spicey, a little fruity and very malty and dry on the finish.

scruffwhor, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a murky amber body beneath the thin, tan head that quickly dissolves to leave little to no lacing for the remainder of the beer.

Pleasant spice aromas such as cinnamon and nutmeg as well as sweet malt like caramel and dark fruits.

The flavor is similar with more pronounced sweet malt, a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg as well as a more significant fig and dark fruit character.

The carbonation is on the lighter side with a medium body and a nice spicy finish.

This is a pretty good winter warmer with plenty of malt and winter spices. A touch more carbonation wouldn’t hurt, but really pretty good.

CHADMC3, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Ghenna
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Medium copper pour, respectable lingering film on the top of the beer. Big dark fruit malt on the nose, caramel too. A little astringency in the background. LME and dark fruit in the taste, a bit of cinnamon dryness in aftertaste. Well balanced. Medium light MF, taste doesn't linger much.

As a regular malty ale this is actually pretty good. Easy drinking MF, pleasant not overly powerful malt- makes for a nice strong amber. As a winter warmer though it kind of lacks, as it lacks the usual spicing that I expect from a winter warmer. A good beer none the less, one I would happily make a ready staple of my fridge door were it not for the price ($10/bomber).

Ghenna, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of thirdeye11
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Presentation: Poured from 21.4oz brown glass bottle (what an odd size) into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a medium brown color, when held to light it is a deep orange in appearance. Really pretty color. Lacing on the glass is superb, 1 finger head that's gone in about 60 seconds.

S: The bottle indicated this is brewed with Japanese figs and cinnamon, but I'm not sure I detect either in the smell. There isn't much to be smelled here to be honest. Trust of the matter is I just can't detect any smells here except some of the malt which is sweet. It's not bad, but not strong either.

T: The taste is however pretty distinct. There is a nice chocolatey malt up front which is delicious. Lingering bitterness indicates the presence of some hops, but isn't bad at all. Quite nice actually and never gets in the way of the malt. The yeast profile reminds me almost of the complexity of a Belgian beer, but not quite. Pretty well balanced.

M: Maybe the most perfectly carbonated beer I've had yet, the tiny bubbles dance across my tongue unlike any beer I've had yet. Weight of the beer is a little thinner than I'd prefer, but the carbonation being so good keeps its score really high.

D: Very high, I could drink a lot of this. Nothing cloying, bitter or bad in any way.

Highly recommended. I'm not sure the cinnamon or fig ever show their presence, but this is a good beer and you should try to find it.

thirdeye11, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from a 25.4 oz. bomber into a Hennepin flute.

A--Nice creamy eggshell cap, maybe two fingers, that laces well with excellent retention. The body is a hazy reddish burnt caramel. Looks like the inside of a plum.

S--Pretty straightforward, but not in a bad way. More plummy or raisiny than figgy, I'd say. Just not that rich, but then again, I've never had a Japanese fig. Cinnamon coats the edges of the nose, and warms the fruitiness up. Smells like it will be sweet, with considerable caramel pulling through, too.

T--Oh wow, good winter warmer. The restraint here is welcome. The spiciness is gentle, refined, not whack you over the head with a 2x4. You get, essentially, a wisp of cinnamon that tugs clear through the middle of the profile. Any fig flavor remains subdued, and I'm not getting much in the way of those plums or raisins on the tongue, either, which is a shame. Back end of the flavor profile is essentially a brown ale, with some cocoa powder, nuttiness, and hop bitterness packed in there. Kind of like a Belgian Dark without the esters--take away the clove and medicinal qualities, and you have this beer.

M&D--Both are good. I juiced the drinkability on this because, for a winter warmer, this isn't overly spicy or overly boozy, so you could throw back a few no problem.

Interesting spicy amber/brown take on the winter warmer style, if a bit simple. A little like a stripped down Rare Vos.

TheycallmeTim, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

This is nicely spiced, imo. Though it tastes of much more than just cinnamon. Hearty base flavor profile with Belgian-like tones to it. I usually don't really like beers labeled as winter warmers, but I dig this one. Could be a little "thinner" so that some more character could show, but who cares. It works.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

633ml bottle poured into tulip 2/3/12

A hazy reddish amber with a short lived cream colored foam that leaves no lace

S raisins, cinnamon, pumpkin, ginger, orange cremesicle, and just a little booze, smells good, everything's pretty mellow

T some orange peel on top of what I smell, reminds me of a pumpkin brew yet as far as I know there's no pumpkin

M fairly full bodied considering the color, enough carbonation to please and a very mellow spicy aftertaste

O good for the style, slightly warming and it reminds me of Winter... therefor a decent Winter Warmer

well concealed booze with at least a year on it, perhaps I need a refresher course on figs but at the end of the day I found it pretty easy to down

wordemupg, Mar 03, 2012
Jubilation Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
84 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.