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Jubilation Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

t0rin0, Aug 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

spycow, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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
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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

633ml, 6.5% ABV. Celebratory, I assume, for the winter season, one from which we here in Alberta are trying very hard to escape this year...

This beer pours a hazy dark burnt amber colour, with two fingers of creamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves a low seaward landmass of lace around the glass as it slowly settles.

It smells of sweet caramel malt, slightly metallic cinnamon, ginger, fruity fig (more the earthy sort than our more recognizable Newton), and a mildly fruity citrus zing. The taste is bready malt, pithy citrus and savoury cinnamon, followed by some lesser earthy fruit (hard to say if it's fig or pumpkin from my North American palate), a somewhat funky mustiness, and an increasingly noticeable, but still mostly sedate booze warming.

The carbonation is generally on the low side, and more or less unobtrusive, the body medium weight, and smooth as can be, amongst a pithy, slightly tacky character. It finishes off-dry - a truly level contest amongst restrained autumn vegetables, germ-inclusive sliced bread, and drying alcohol/hop offsets.

As I've spent a number of weeks now forsaking the notion of winter, since, as previously noted, we here have had our fill, my appreciation of this offering may be just a wee bit underwhelming in the proclaimed warming department. That said, I can appreciate the similarity to heartening local offerings, enjoyed back when the snow fell in October(!!!). Shipping time from Japan observed, red tape bullshit satisfied, and bingo, we still have a winner.

biboergosum, Apr 16, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

mendvicdog, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It's appears thin with a nice cinnamon and fig aroma. This is a "celebratory beer" as the bottle states and it definately has a holiday/winter warmer feel to it. The taste is good as well. It has a very smooth taste that goes down dry and finishes with a touch of fig flavor and cinnamon spice. It's 7% abv., yet it's not a heavy drinker. The alcohol is hidden nicely as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I'm not really sure what to make of it. It's not your typical holiday brew, but it's well brewed and easy drinking. I do admit that their beers are highly overpriced for the quality of the product.

WesWes, Jan 02, 2009
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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
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2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle served into a Samuel Smith's nonic glass at a tasting. 7% ABV. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, but merely decent retention. Yeast is plainly visible. Body colour is a textbook auburn. Nontransparent.

Sm: Cinnamon. Light fig when I look for it. Pale and biscuit malts. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

T: Lots of imbalanced fig. Messy pale and biscuit malts. Cinnamon spice throughout is nicely subtle. Decently built and pleasant to drink. Limited hop content.

Mf: Coarse throughout, but just wet enough. Suits the flavour okay, but it's inconsistent.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from great. Hides its ABV well.

Low C-

kojevergas, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

wrightst, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

afsdan, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A dull amber and cloudy brown body giving a faint off white and caramel head with barely two fingers on the pour and no head left to speak of.

Nose is a real pungent brown cinnamon and fruit persimmon. Great mix of persimmon and fig like dark fruit sense, melds nicely with the cinnamon. Feels like a refreshing punch or Asian big soda only bolder.

Palate sort of falls apart. Weak bodied, and not giving much of the flavor hinted from the nose. Watery malt presence doesn't match the sweetness hinted, or give any density either. It's not too bad in feel, but also has a strange faint metallic tinge on the aftertaste.

Overall it's not horrible, but it's not that great either.

smakawhat, Jun 25, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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
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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

whartontallboy, Nov 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

williamjbauer, Aug 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw the contents of this Japanese celebratory ale and knew that it would be a proper initiation into my experience with beers of the orient! How can you turn down a beer boasting fresh fig and cinnamon brewed at the base of Mt. Fuji?

Appearance:
Bottle label is classy and catches the eye. Purchase made for $13.09, a little pricey for 633mL worth of beer, but there is no time for hesitation. Served at a cool temperature in my Duvel tulip, I'm ready to investigate this beast from the east.
Light white foam head leaves a light blanketing over an amber orange. The beer is hazy and laces well. Good indications so far.

Smell:
This beer smells gorgeous. Tart notes of unripened fig, bread, and ethanol lightly tickle the nose. The spice isn't distinctly cinnamon and doesn't come through as strongly as most winter warmers I've had (although this beer isn't as dark as most winter warmers I've had either).
Because the beer is at a cooler temperature, I shall continue to take time while drinking to investigate other notes that come with warming.

Taste:
Light, balanced, nothing is too overpowering. i am not getting much of the cinnamon or fig at this stage of the tasting, but I shall let it warm. *10 minutes go by in anticipation*
Bam, there is the cinnamon and figgy fig sweetness. Letting the beer warm makes all the difference in letting the flavor profile properly develop. A slightly bitter aftertaste would have been better accompanied by a dry finish.

Moughfeel:
The beer is sweet but not from just the malt. This sweetness is a distinct fructose that lingers on my palate long after sipping. The bitter aftertaste takes 10 seconds to come through, and fades just as quickly. Feels like your basic ale with some fruits tossed in to make it sweeter and more palatable to the ladies.

Drinkability:
The beer was good, however, no diamond in the ruff. A damn good drinkable beer with a complex profile, but for $13...easily outdone.

Cheers

ThePorterSorter, Feb 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

tbryan5, Mar 29, 2014
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Jubilation Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
84 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.