Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) - Deschutes Brewery

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Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale)Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale)

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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 123
Gots: 237 | FT: 15
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Released February 2010. This is, according to the brewer at the Portland Pub, the same recipe as 'Super Jubel', but was aged in pinot noir barrels for 13-months before the release.

Approx. 500 BBL produced.

10% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
55 International Bittering Units (IBUs)
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Reviews by LtCracker20:
Photo of LtCracker20
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark body that lets little light through. A nice 2-finger khaki head sits, but doesn't last too long before falling to a decent cap. A little sticky lace.

S- Sweet, slight milk chocolate, a little coconut aroma, sugary, but not too much alchohol, a little dark fruit aroma as well.

T- Dark fruits, sugar, molasses, slight chocolate, and just a slight burn. Very good. Also, more of that coconut flavor.

MF- A nice full body on this one. Good velvety texure.

O- Very glad I got to try this. I've been holding on to it since it came out and really wish I had another to see how it would be another couple years down the road.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This poured a rich, deep burgundy brown in color with surprisingly large head for a 10%'er. The head was a light brown in color and tightly arranged.

Smell - There are some big wine and port notes in this ASO questioning the classification, but the rich alcohol aroma puts that worry to rest. There's a very complex malt base to this nose accentuated with a strong oaky character but not that fake wood smell that you get with pretenders of the style. There is a light sugar touch as well but definitely not the super-sweet profile I remember from 2000.

Taste - The wood comes on strong at the taste and again I feel the need to stress that this is an authentic, raw wood and not that cheap imitation flavor that you find so often in the big beer genre. The alcohol comes across almost like a mild whiskey and the sugar is plain table and very very mild.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with little carbonation, a poignant alcohol sting, and a slight bitter finish.

Drinkability - I don't know that this will hold up to aging like the 2000 did so I'd say to definitely drink it now. It's not as complex as the previous iteration but a wonderful beer nevertheless.

Photo of warnerry
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear deep garnet with one finger of tan head. Fades to a thin cap and leaves some pretty good lacing.

S - Lots of dark fruits and toffee, with some caramel, roasted malt. A bit of brown sugar and anise. Very appealing aroma.

T - Similar to smell there is a big presence of dark, dried fruits, mostly raisin and fig, and toffee. Caramelized brown sugar, anise, some spice, and faint wine notes. Finish has some oaky tannins. The flavors seem well blended. I never had this fresh, so I don't know how it compares, but it is smooth and easy drinking for a strong ale at this point.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel is a bit sticky initially, but finishes dry and oaky.

O - Very nice. There is definite sweetness, but it never gets overpowering. The wine barrel aging adds a nice aspect to this. Alcohol presence is quite faint.

Photo of Beaver13
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz wax covered bottle, best after 1/29/11. Pours a dark amber brown with a smallish creamy off white head that goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sugary malts and lots of dark fruit and cherries with some alcohol and vinous oak.

The flavor is sweet sugary molasses, with some caramel malts and a lot of dark fruits and cherry. It has a bitter alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, a bit unbalanced on the sweet side followed by a little harsh bitterness. It would be interesting to try aged some to see if the sweetness and bitterness mellow and become something even better.

Photo of bsp77
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Best after January 29, 2011.

Appearance: Very dark maroon-mahogany with thin light tan head and minor lacing rings.

Smell: Major molasses - sweet and almost salty, a little soy sauce like. Toffee, caramel and cherry round out the fantastic malt aroma. Touch of English hops.

Taste: Malt onslaught of molasses, toffee, soy sauce and some nice fruity notes (plum, cherry, figs). There is a nice English hop flavor (but not bitterness) toward the finish that becomes more noticeable as I make my way through the bottle.

Feel: Very thick and full body. Quite smooth and warming. Not much carbonation, which is good for this beer.

Overall: So happy I finally got a hold of one of these bottles, as it is fantastic. I can definitely tell that this is based off of Jubelale, but it is even better (and I love Jubelale). Guess I have to wait until 2020 for them to make another batch.

Photo of ehammond1
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A deep mahogany that barely lets any light through. A thin tan cap and little lace down the glass.

A very fruity aroma that mostly consists of dark fruits like cherries and figs along with some citrus elements. There's some other sweetness and syrupy aromas as well.

A very sweet taste that follows the nose very closely. Along with the dark fruits and syrupy flavors, there's some bready characteristics along with a very warming sensation from the alcohol and an alcohol flavor like a port or a brandy. Very nice and changing as it warms.

A creamy, syrupy, thick, dessert-like mouthfeel. It's a sipper, but the alcohol is not overpowering.

I think this beer is better than its individual parts would let on. It's a dessert sipper, and a nearly perfect one at that.

Photo of chickenm
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650mL wax-capped bottle with best after date of 1/29/2011. Pours dark ruby/brown with a tan head that stuck around for a bit. Smells very nice, with sweet malt, brown sugar, hops, and wood. Tastes like a big version of Jubelale! Caramel sweetness, maple syrup, dark fruits, hop bitterness, and woody flavors. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is a bit boozy. Very rich and sweet. Nothing mind-blowing but this is a good, very unique Strong Ale.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the story behind this brew supposedly this one came around after a drunk patron tried to steal a keg of their Jubelale, evidently the caper couldn't get away with the goods and left the keg outside to freeze. The next day the brewers came in and found the keg and sampled, basically an eisbock version of their standard seasonal and loved it with some fortification. So they brewed a bigger version and it's released every year as Super Jubel and it's only been released in bottles back in 2000 and now in 2010.

Appears a molasses mahogany like hue with deep ruby highlights when held toward the light, the head is a deep tan hue with fine evenly dispersed specks on each side check things out okay. Herbal hops and citrus zest blend in with a touch of holiday spices.

Aroma is exuberant with malt sweetness layers of syrup drizzled over dark overly ripened alcohol soaked dark fruits like plums and raisins. A definite air of charred oak with herbal/mint hop expressions in the finish. Booze is hidden pretty well but the wood used at times give a pine mint expression that must be coming from the hops.

The flavor collides with dark fruit a touch of maple syrup, a mild citrus and herbal hop bitterness, holy malt monster batman! This one also has those backing hops to provide some bitterness for balance, a touch of booze maple syrup tree bark and herbs. Very festive big brew aged on Pinot wine barrels.

Mouthfeel is big bodied a bit cloying better to share this bad boy with some friends, alot of girth with some soothing alcohol tones about it. Carbonation is smooth and mellow, quite a treat definitely a unique experience for me.

Drinkability overall, this one is to be savored with friends around the holidays I hop to have more friends around next time a bottle of this comes my way. From the smallest beer to these bruisers that Deschutes has been releasing, everything from them is so damn drinkable it may be their best attribute overall. I again can't wait to show up at the brew house or one of their brewpub locales and do some sampling with my buddy Geof, who sent me this bottle.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best after 1/29/11. Served on 2/3/11.
22 ounce poured into Delirium snifter.

Appearance is a deep brown with a reddish tint when held up to the light. Very light head that fades to a thin lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smells like brown sugar, prunes, and caramel malts. A little oakiness shines through.

Tastes like sweet dark fruits and malts.

Mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated.

Overall is a good beer and pretty easy to drink but not really worth sitting on for a year.

Photo of hughesm4
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-Pours a deep red brown in color. With a very slight amount of head.
s-Very sweet malt smell and a little weak wine smell.
t-Sweet malt takes the lead in taste with a slight sweet wine taste towards the end of the gulp. There is also a slight coffee taste that pokes through intermediately.
m/d-A little thicker than average mouth feel with a sweet coating of the mouth. A little bit of a slow drinker but pretty enjoyable.

Photo of degerbah
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark red brown with very little head. The aroma is all very sweet maltiness. The taste is straightforward and speaks of a tremendous amount of malt. There is a slight grainy taste that I think detracts from the beer a bit. Loses major points on mouthfeel because it is frankly not a very easy drinker.

Photo of racer2k
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap in a brandy snifter glass at the Deschutes brew pub in Portland, Oregon

A - Pours a dark mahogany color with a red tint. Produces a very thin off white head coating which quickly dissipates to a thin lacing. Very thin looking profile to the beer.

S - Very complex aroma with roasted caramel nutty malt and a fruity presence of raisins, dates, fruitcake, cherries, sour apples. I also picked up the presence of the Pinot Noir barrel aging process in this complex aroma.

T - A complex dark fruit taste which is very smooth and carries an earthy woody profile of flavors from the Pinot Noir barrel aging. Mid-stream in the taste profile is a caramel toffee roasted malt presence which smooths out the initial sweet taste of the dark fruits. The finish is quite smooth and dry to the palette.

M - Very smooth profile with minimal carbonation for such a complex beer. There is a creaminess and smoothness to this beer which is very unique especially given the 10% abv which does not really show it self in the taste. This is quite dangerous.

D: This is an excellent interpretation of the Strong Ale category. This beer was off the charts in terms of the experience. I drank this with very little knowledge of the history and associated hype of the release as I happened to be in Portland, OR traveling and stopped in to the Deschutes brew pub. The person next to me at the bar was sipping this beer and it looked delicious. Highly recommended but be weary of the high alcohol content.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to smacoly for this beer!

A: Pours a dark brown color with a small golden/tan head on top. Not much retention and spotty lacing.

S: Some vanilla and caramel, a little bit of brown sugar and molasses with hints of dark fruit.

T: Upfront some nice caramel and brown sugar and a little toffee. The back has more of a chocolate and dark fruit flavor, quite nice.

M: Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very faint heat from the alcohol, hits when the liquid is in my stomach.

O: A really nice beer. Glad I have another bottle to sit on and see what happens to it.

Photo of mudbug
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pulled from my cellar just a little before the best after date of 1/29/11 because I have more, and I'm curious, I'll update this review with subsequent tastings
After removing the obnoxious waxed cap and pouring into an oversized wine glass vigorously down the middle I'm rewarded with a very deep clear ruby red brew that sports a short lived one inch head that leaves lots of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.
Aroma of cooked brown sugar with fig newtons, a slight cotton candy.
Taste is superb, what you would expect by the smell to be cloyingly sweet has a nice bitter upfront bite where is the alcohol? No burn at all.
Very chewy, some RIS don't get to this level WOW.
Hope I can resist wiping out the rest too soon. Bravo!
Second bottle report, this is getting crazy good in the cellar, the bitterness has slightly faded and the brown sugar note has become jamaican rum without the burn, revising the overall to a five.

Photo of GilGarp
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 1/27/2011.

Served cool into a pint glass. Just enjoyed a Jubelale so it seemed like a natural progression.

Jubel has a nice dark redish brown color with good clarity and thick head. The head settles pretty quickly but leaves some nice lace behind.

The aroma is toasty, roasty and sweet. It's much like the Jubelale but bigger and stronger. I guess that's the point.

Flavor is intense and strong. Much like a barleywine style but without so much hoppiness. It's strong in the caramel, dark fruits, and figs but the hops are more subtle and earthy than I expected. Mostly sweet but there is some nice roasted malts and hops to balance it out. Cherries become the dominant flavor as time goes by. The pinot noir starts to come through more as it warms. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body and nice low carbonation. The balance is towards the sweet side but it's far from cloying.

Overall really enjoyable. I don't know how the age will help. To me it seems just great how it is. There isn't a huge hop presense so it's not like that will fade a great deal. The alcohol might become more subdude but it's not all that noticable as it is.

Looking back, I wonder how this would be with some bretanomyces. It seems like a lot of brewers are riding that bandwagon. Put some Jubel on brett and watch the ratings soar!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought one to ship home and save as long as humanly possible, and one to try relatively fresh (4 months after bottling). Pours a deep, soupy, milky redwood color. The head is foamy and thick at first, a big tan monster that dwindles down to a little bit of a thing quickly, then just a crown. It's 10%, so I'll forgive it.

Big aroma comes with some big alcohol. Sherry-like and bold, but not unappealing, and the big dark fruits that come with it are wonderful: fig, date, raisin. Shades of milk chocolate pass by. There's a bit of a vinous quality, although it's a beastlier mutation of the most bad-ass red wine I've ever smelled, if anything. More like gluwein (spiced Germany holiday wine).

That spiced wine thing comes into the flavor, with the darker fruits also riding through, especially fig and raisin. Touch of very dark toffee, a little milk chocolate, sherry, port, barely detectable grassy hops. Lots of wonderful flashes, although something doesn't totally coalesce like it probably will in a year or so. Did I like it though? Good god yes.

Wasn't into the texture at first, seemed a little too slick and thin...but then it really started to develop, and delivered the big bold flavor in a kind, gentler way than some of your thicker, chewier big American ales. A buoyant creaminess comes into shape, as does just a bit of stick, and it really meshes well with the bigger, more demanding flavors.

A slow sipper, and one that clearly will develop over time...and one that probably can't be understood immediately. Complex and even somewhat elusive, I really look forward to trying this in a year, and will probably want to take notes on that one too, just to see how it compares with this younger tasting.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had the tap version of this (super jubel) a few times at great ak b and bw fest. Time to test out the bottled version that just arrived on anchorage shelves.

Pours a hugely dark ruby red color, but totally clear. Nice off white head rests well for the style and leaves pretty decent lacing.

Nose is HUGE deep dark fruits. Booze soaked carameled fruit and large vanilla and oak notes. A touch of fig and black cherry (wine?) and slight hairspray like booze.

Pretty durn nice. Big for sure with monster dark fruit flavors. Giant Vanilla and caramel presence. More dark fruits. Fig. Slight hop presence, but clearly not the focus here. The finish is more bitter than i expected and could use some mellowing out to suit the beer better. Aftertaste is fairly boozy, suprisingly dry, and reeks of dark fruit and vanilla, some oak as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty much exactly what you want for this style. Med-high viscosity. Carbonation is flawless for the style. Nice and sticky, great marks here.

Drinkability is what you would expect for a relatively fresh 10% beer. Not amazing right now, one bomber is surely enough, but you should expect that. Over time i think this could really smooth out well.

Overall, a very nice beer. Some english barleywine like characteristics, but definitely not falling into that category. Giant dark fruit and sugary flavors that blend very well. Not sure, but i expect there was some barrel aging done on this one. This is definitely one to lay down, its great even now, but in time this could be something special. Excellent cellar potential here. Great beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark appearance of dark body and a beige soapy head. Leaves good amount of lace.Aroma and toasty aromas. Creamy mouthfeel, taste like a strong brown. Elements of vanilla and caramel. Boozy this one. In a word, pleasant and nicely drinkable.Thanks JMBSH for hooking me up.

Photo of augustgarage
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best after January 29th, 2011 - so let's see what we have now:

Poured from a wax-capped 22oz bomber into my Spirit Sippers snifter.

Nearly opaque, dark old-mauve liquid with a thin soapy smattering of near-platinum-colored foam forming an amorphous cap. Vague lacing and very light tears.

Lovely old-ale like aromas - stewed nectarines, prunes, leather, Oloroso sherry butts, malt, and floral notes.

Dried fruit, wood, esters, nuts, and potent malt lead the flavor profile towards the sweet side. Not as hoppy as a barleywine, not as oxidized as an old ale, though it reminds me in many ways of both. Medium-dry, slightly spicy finish.

Rich, medium-heavy bodied, lightly warming, with moderate carbonation.

Not sure it will stand up to extended aging, but I expect it will become increasingly complex over time. Worth setting down a few bottles to find out...

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Have wanted to open this one on numerous occasions... Finally said "Screw it, I'll dirnk it myself". Best after date of 1/29/11. Poured from a 22oz. black waxed and capped bomber into a Southampton oversize snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger semi-coarse off-white colored head with decent retention. Beer is a clear dark brown. Lacing is spotty and stringy with decent cling. Nice legs too.

S: Nose is very unique. Notes of oak, fresh purple grapes, fresh prunes, fresh plums, cinnamon, brown sugar, and bourbon. Purple fruit abounds. Some sweet spices hide out in the background also. Appetizing and it gives me something to look forward to.

T: Opens brown sugar and prune pulp. Some purple grapes and more brown sugar towards the middle with a touch of molasses and tea leaves. Bourbon hits towards the end providing an accented and sweet finish enhanced by a touch of honey. Finish is sweet iced tea and aftertaste is the same with more molasses and brown sugar. This isn't bad but its not too appetizing either. A strange brew.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with some lingering bubbles and goes down a bit watery with a touch of heat. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers. A bit thin overall for the style.

O: I'm not sure what to make of this beer but I'm pretty sure that it won't hold up for another 9 years. Body is a bit thin and the flavor is awkward if anything. Worth a try for the novelty of it... I can't recall ever having a beer that taste's like this... but its not worth the effort to age in my opinion.

Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

"best enjoyed after 1/29/11"

appearance: served in an oversized snifter, lovely light ruby-mahogany body, creamy tan film.

smell: lots of dark dried fruit, brown sugar, some light tannins, malty

taste: hard to say without trying it fresh, but this seems like an old ale on the decline - syrupy malts, wood, tobacco, brown sugar, roasted malts, some tannin notes from the pinot barrel. Nice stuff, smooth and and a complex layer of flavors, though my sense is this may be 6 months past the prime

mouthfeel: smooth, rich, light bitterness, layered

overall: solid stuff - one of the more interest deschutes releases

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber beer with honey colored head. Quickly subsiding head

S - Dark fruit aroma with alot of plum and fig. Vanilla, oak and maple syrup coming through.

T - Plum and custard sweetness. Tartness of the pinot comes through in the back. Medium body, with a juniper-like bitterness.

M - Medium body with alot of tannin. A delicate carbonation is here, leaving you to desire the next sip.

O - Interesting beer. Very tasty. So many contrasts here make the beer desirable.

Photo of mikey711
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep mahogany color with some light getting through and some carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Pours a decent sized heat with no lacing.

S: huge biscuity sweet note to start. plenty of toffee caramel and breadiness, very barleywinish. Some oak comes through and provides a bit of vanilla.

T: Again heavy on the sweet side but not cloyingly sweet. Vanilla, caramel, toffee and some toastd flavors are the most prominent. Some fruitiness at the back end, plums and figs mostly.

M: Nice creamy feel with some noticeable heat.

D: It will be interesting to see what his one does over time

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste of Jubel. And a good one it is.

Pours a deep redish brown. Decent tan head that disapated to a ring/film that lends a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is of caramels and burnt sugars. Tons of dark fruits. Awesome.

Tastes just as it smells. Very tasty. A little bit of bourbon and oak in the flavor. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is viscous but expected for style. Nice light thin bubble carb.

Overall a very tasty beer. Trade for it if you have to. Your not going to want to miss it. Couldn't drink a ton of this in one sitting though.

Photo of nickd717
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand bottles straight from a keg shared by byaeger at a gathering at his apartment.

Pours a great dark reddish-brown color with a nicely formed light beige head and very good lacing.

Aroma is rich and sweet with lots of caramel malt, spices, chocolate, dark fruits, and vanilla.

Flavor is great and complex, even if it's a little sweet. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, vinous notes, mild roast, spice, raisin, date, and sugar plum. This is some decadent stuff.

Smooth on the mouthfeel with a fairly full body, just a tad syrupy.

Drinkability is good though, and overall I like this beer a lot. Picked up 3 bottles to last me til 2020.

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Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from Deschutes Brewery
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