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Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) - Deschutes Brewery

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

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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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)

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-27-2010)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 18:29:02 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I waited to open this beer until well after the "best after" date of 1/29/11. This has been sitting in my cellar since I first bought a few in February 2010 when it was released.

Pours a deep crimson/hazelnut color with a small 1/2 inch beige head that fades to absolutely nothing. Tiny spots of lace randomly left on the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, oak. Tastes much like the smell with plum, cherry, burnt sugar, toffee. A wine like bitterness on the finish from the barrel aging. Slight alcohol warming in the throat after each sip. Carbonation is light with a medium body. This beer sort of coats the mouth after each sip. Overall, this is a good beer that is a rare treat seeing as it is touted as being only brewed once a decade. I have 3 more of these in the cellar with access to more bottles in the future. I can't wait to see how much better this beer will get with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 05:28:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
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South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thrilled to finally try this one, i let it settle down a touch before i opened up last week. slowly decanted into my trust white birch glass.

pours out a jet black color with only a minimal head that does not stick around too long but what is there is clinging to the sides and nice ans sticky. aroma is warming, lots of boozy notes, vanilla and oak coming through the air very clearly now, really showing off what it can do for sure. a nice and well rounded mix of bourbon, caramel, dark roasted malts, nice hints of toffee, and vanilla and a light brown sugar that seems to pop up in the finish. really nicely blended and a well deserved finish was smooth, silky and full of sweet flavor.

truly a fantastic beer and i am soo happy i have more to sit on to watch this one grow.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 01:21:56 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with a thin off-white head and some surprising lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has a slight oxidation note to it, which actually works somewhat well with the sugary, caramel, and dark fruit notes. There's some noticeable alcohol as well.

T: The flavor is also quite sweet. The caramel and toffee are the most present with the sugar more subdued. Unfortunately, I don't pick up quite as much in terms of fruit, but I do seem to notice some herbal and buttery qualities. Once again, the alcohol is present.

M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This is a bit too hot for my tastes. Perhaps it might calm down in a few years, but just a couple ounces is fine for now.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 08:45:59 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany with a very modest head that dissolves to a ringlet though it leaves some legs and dots of lace

Smell: Bourbon-soaked prune, Pinot Noir (cherry-nuanced grape) and caramel, with undertones of fusel alcohol

Taste: The Bourbon-soaked prune and Pinot Noir flavors jump out at the forefront and are joined by the caramel before that hops appear, at mid-palate, to add some balance; after the swallow, the alcohol becomes more apparent, as does the caramel, which lingers, in conjunction with the fruit flavors into the finish and beyond

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Overall: A lot of complexity that befits an ale brewed once in a decade; still tastes a bit young so it will be interesting to see how it develops over the next few years, though I don't have a spare bottle to make that judgment myself

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 19:36:23 | More by brentk56
Photo of BEERchitect


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sharing a lot in common with Scottish Strong Ales and English Strong/Old Ales, this hoppy version weaves what's best about those into an American signature in hop flavor, bitterness, and dryish finish.

Pouring a true mahogany color and carrying a modest haze, the beer forms a terse lightly tanned head that struggles through about the first half of the session. Low on lace, the beer shows stickly legging- giving a brandy-like appearance.

Molassas and a plethera of fruits define the nose. Apples, cherries, dates, figs, give a melded scent of fruitcake, rum, and candied malts. Surprisingly, the citrus and pine notes from hops take somewhat of a backseat to the weight of the malts.

Syrup sweetness and estery fruitiness continue its dominance throughout the taste. Rum-soaked fruitcake, port wine, and balancing orange zest and spruce (both from hops) round out the complex taste.

Malty rich from start to finish, the early creaminess makes an even transition to a full and bolsterous mid palate before a sudden and unexpected dry-ish finish. Though not completely dry, the beer's end gives an airy and evaporative feel to accompany the alcoholic warmth and minty taste. A long linger of malt sweetness follows well into the next sip.

An extremely solid ale of any sort. The fruity notes make me think English; the malt complexity, Scottish; and the hops, American. But the blend and balance here is superb and a joy to sip.

Thanks BigBlueBeerGuy!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 03:41:28 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this at a tasting a while back.

Pours a dark brown with crimson hues. Tan head and a bit of lacing. Smells of caramel, sweet malt, some dark cherries, and a bit of bourbon. Good amount of chocolate as well. Taste is sweet and dry. Chocolate is pretty strong along with a nice cherry flavor. Fairly full bodied with good carbonation and low heat. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 02:10:54 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of TMoney2591


4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

I think I've finally finished taking down the beers from this BIF's haul. Damn. This one pours a hazed ruby topped by a finger or so of tan foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits, toffee, wheat, rye bread, light vanilla, red grapes, and light cinnamon. The taste is much the same, though the butter is completely dropped and some light cocoa powder joins the fray. The body is a slightly hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice brew, but something seems eerily missing. i can't come close to pinpointing what, exactly, but without it this beer just falls short of greatness. I am still very pleased to have been able to sample it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 09:58:26 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of emerge077


3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Eric for sharing this one, review from written notes.
Served in a goblet.

It pours a dark brown color, with tan bubbles that cluster to one side. Color is seemingly impenetrable by light, with reddish glints around the edges.

Belgian yeast aromas, dried prune and raisin. Bitter aftertaste, lightly sweet with a dry alcohol tang. Molasses and brown sugar bleed though. Big and burly, light carbonation. Not picking up any barrel character. This is showing it's age with some sherry notes, if you like that sort of thing. Can't say that time is treating this well.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 02:43:13 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Schmittymack for this one! Review based on notes. Drank about 3 weeks ago...

Pours a very effervescent chestnut with a pinky of brown head. Flecks of lacing & a touch of head retention

S: Much plummyness & some persimmons

T: Follows the nose, very rich with much dryness & cakeyness up front. Dark cherry & baker's chocolate as this warms, herbal hoppyness, a bit of cinnamon & pears too. Finishes dry,fruitty & cakey, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Rich, chewy & warming with low carbonation

Drinks easy for the style & abv, but the dryness slows me down a bit too much...

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 18:48:17 | More by russpowell
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this beer is the #18 beer on the "Top Beers - American Strong Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a tulip.

Beer is brown and hazy with a nice two finger head of small tan bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate to low carbonation, not aggressive looking or overly carbed but nice.

Aroma is huge, I can smell it without picking up the glass. Malty sweet, strong booze.

Beer is sweet and light in body, thinner than expected. Beer has this mild roasty finish, a little dry but good. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:03:21 | More by drabmuh
Photo of zeff80


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left soapy, patchy lace all over the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, vanilla and some dark fruits - like raisin and plum.

T - Great flavors. Tons of malty sweetness, chocolate, toffee, vanilla and bourbon. Great balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a really tasty brew. I am very glad I got the opportunity to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:09:23 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled January 2012
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an initially three-finger thick, pale-brown / amber tinged, tan colored head. The head leaves some nice, open lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as it subsides. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber-brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry-juice-red hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a rich, sweet, but complex, concentrated malt character to it that almost approaches a savory quality. Deeply rich, brown bread, toasty grain aromatics also play a dominant role here. The sweet, deeply caramelized malt notes that are found here in the nose almost have a red-wine and oak like character to it; in fact, the red wine character seems to be where most of the sweetness is coming from. The deeply caramelized, Maillard rich brown maltiness is really what dominates the nose though. There is a lot of toasted character to this beer, it is not just malt though, after recognizing it in the flavor, the oak also contributes to the toasted character in the aroma as well.

As the beer first hits my palate it is not that sweet, it has more of a toasted, brown grain character to it, but it does pick up some rich sweetness as it rolls across the palate. The finish has a bitterness / astringency to it that seems a mix of alcohol, hops and dark malt; it even gets a touch more aggressively, almost harshly bitter than I was expecting. Rich, brown bread flavors, mix with brown caramelized malt, a husky whole grain quality, and even some brown cracker like notes; there is a fair amount of almost spicy, whole grain character that usually is contributed by caramelized malts. Ah, I just got it, this beer has been oaked, which explain the astringency and alcohol enhancing spiciness that is in the finish. The oak also contributes a toasted character to it as well as a touch of woody-oak flavors. As the beer warms up a soft fruitiness really becomes more noticeable, this contributes notes of berry like red wine, some concentrated current notes and even some fresh, dark skinned, tannic, red wine grape fruit flavors. There is an almost roasted quality to this beer that seems to be brought out by the toasty malt and the toasted oak character. As the beer warms up it gets less harsh, and quite a bit smoother in the finish. The body is certainly rich and viscous, though I wouldn’t call it overly heavy or anything near cloying (this assumes you were expecting a rich beer to begin with though); this is most definitely a sipping brew, but finishing off this bottle over a slow, long evening is not a chore. There is something about the alcohol and a certain smoothness to the malt character (especially as this warms up significantly) that reminds me of a huge Bock; it isn’t nearly as simplistic as young Samichlause (as there is a lot more complex, toasted, malt character here)

This is quite a bit tastier than I was expecting, for some reason I was resisting cracking this beer open since its release. I don’t know how much it has changed since it was younger, but it certainly hasn’t picked up any noticeable oxidation yet; I can see this ageing quite well, and even doing well with some oxidation.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:17:04 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 15:15:56 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, I'm finally opening up my elusive bottle of Jubel 2010,

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a soft off-white head, fair retention.

S: Quite hoppy - pine and cedar/wood notes, figs and sugar.

T: Kind of like a barleywine mixed with a Belgian/quad. Even at 55 IBUs, the hops are prevalent and bitter bringing wood flavours and pine. Counter-balanced with a lot of dark fruit, grape/pinot barrel, raisin and dark sherry. Quite tasty.

M: Rather medium-bodied, still a bit boozy.

D: This is quite good now. I agree with Deschutes that it'll be better after some aging. Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 02:27:59 | More by Halcyondays
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excellent excellent beer. much more complex than the standard jubel ale, and in fact an entirely different animal. pours a mostly clear brassy color with a dim red glow and a medium sized tan head. smells acidic a little bit, and fruity a little bit. this is a lat forward beer with notes of caramel, butterscotch, and dark fruit. flavor is very similar to the nose, but you can really feel the alcohol here. the wine doesnt invade the flavor as much as i thought it might, but it is there more in the feel, which is very lightly carbonated (this is 2 years old now...). medum body, boozy and tannic to a degree in the finish, artfully smooth. rare and expensive (from what im told), it was a pleasure to try this one. deschutes big beers are all wonderful, and this is one of the best of the lot. i look forward to the next one in another 8 years!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 00:47:43 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a darkish ruddy amber color with good carbonation and a dirty white head

S: Dark fruits, candy, booze, wood,Earth

T: Has a interesting texture, dark fruits, candy sweetnessm soime pinot and wood presence and very earthy feel

M: Warm, sticky, booze and coating

D: Good

Serving type: growler

07-30-2010 12:56:56 | More by barleywinefiend
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a mahogany reddish brown color with one to two inches of off white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing evident.

s - Smells strongly of dark fruits and oak. Also smells a little bit of vanilla and than hints of alcohol. Very nice.

t - Tastes mostly of dark fruits and oak again. Also some smooth caramel malts. As it warmed up there was some cream or vanilla to it as well.

m - Low carbonation and medium to full body. Smooth and creamy, but a little bit of alcohol warmth.

d - I thought this smelled amazing and the taste was pretty good too. I thought when it warmed up a little some more flavor came out. There was a little bit of alcohol warmth to the taste but it wasn't too bad. Going to hold onto my other bottle for a while and see how this one ages, but worth checking out fresh as well. Might even try and grab another bottle or 2 to add to the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:35:32 | More by mdfb79
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once A Decade Ale. That's enough to get you excited, and if there's a brewery I trust to give me a good beer once every ten years, it's Deschutes. You heard me. Purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley CA, and brough tback to Sydney to crack open with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a very deep red-brown mahogany colour, almost opaque in the centre, with a frothy and lovely head of yellowish brown. It's the same shade you get from a really heavy American Red, or an extremely hoppy oil-filled IPA. Lacing doesn't stick around, but the body leaves legs when it's swirled. Looks pretty damn good.

Nose is big and smooth and slightly woody, with smooth oak coming through coupled with a slightly tart astringency. A touch of dark grain to it, and an incredible welling of smooth rich sweetness. The lightly herbal, slightly tart character is the only thing I can fault, and to be honest, I don't really want to fault it at all.

Taste is smooth and clinging, with a hint of dark wood, but mostly sticking to the tried and true story of molasses, heavy malt, and toffee, with just a clear vibrant oak echo hanging around the edges. This lends some vanilla, some fragrance and a touch of class. To be fair, it's not astoundingly complex—as in, it doesn't have nuanced and competing flavours vying for your attention—but it's very smooth and very rich.

Lovely feel; very heavy. It's a big and smooth sipper of a beer that makes you feel warm as you drink it. It's a special occasion beer, no doubt, but it has a lovely gloss to it and a sense of classiness that really sets it apart as special release beers should.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 04:41:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Zorro


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Held this one for over a year till its best after date had been reached, 1/29/11.

Clear dark brown colored ale with a small temporary yellowish brown head.

Smell is mostly sweet chocolate and molasses. Smells of coffee, toffee, coconut, butter and raisin. Warming this up there is pipe tobacco and smoke in the ethanol fumes. There is a smell here something like smoked apple brandy.

Starts out bittersweet with a chocolate cake aftertaste. Chocolate and coffee with toffee. Taste just isn't as complex as the smell.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Drinkability is OK. This is a sipper but I'm not convinced that this beer has yet peeked. Need to re-review in two years.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:08:37 | More by Zorro
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber
Black Wax
Best After: 1/29/11

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy/creamy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind, also some nice small islands and oil slicks. The nose is mostly malty, very slight hop note, chocolate/toffee, figs, raisins, plums. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop note, nice touch of chocolate/toffe, with some dark fruits thrown in. Full/Medium body, a very nice smooth/creamy brew, ABV is hidden very well. I say this sucker is just fine right now. Very Drinkable, WOW! what a tasty brew, nothing like a Stone AB.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 18:47:33 | More by Wasatch
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3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a snifter. The brew appears a mahogany color with a khaki cream colored topping. 2 fingers worth of froth appear and slowly fade leaving a full wall of lace. Some ruby coloration is noted when held to the light.

The aromatics are caramel to candy-like with some citrus and fruity notes faintly like alcohol. Some mild toasty grain inclusion is also present. As it warms up, it gets raisony with a mild oxidative note somewhat like cardboard.

The taste includes the previously mentioned notes of raison mixed with a bit of milk chocolate which was not expected. More sips reveal some cardboard oxidation along with a backing of bready to biscuit grains. Somewhat fruity to floral alcohol tries to tie things back together towards the finish. Overall, this is a mild brew for 10%.

This is medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. It is not terrible by any means but is really lacking in complexity. To put it bluntly, it is mediocre to lackluster. Perhaps if you were looking for a simple, easy drinking 10% brew you might love this. However, to label a beer as the once a decade ale and then package it with wax and a "best after date" you would think this would have held up a little better after only 3 years.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 18:34:22 | More by stakem
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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this beer for roughly a year, and felt it was time to crack it open.

The beer pours a reddish brown color with good head retention and fair at best lacing. This beer has the look of an aged ale that has seen some significant barrel aging. The nose is sweet and somewhat boozy, showcasing molasses, cherry cough drop, some wine overtones and light orange citrus. The flavor profile tends to replicate the nose, but with some vanilla, dry sherry and some underlying bitterness as well. The underlying hoppy bitterness helps to counter the significant sweetness in this beer, and tends to dry this beer out on the finish. Mouthfeel is full, with a long, sweet and bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good for the abv., though the 10% abv. is pretty apparent. Still, the beer is not at all hot, heavy or tiring on the palate, though the sweetness and noticeable alcohol make this very much a sipper.

This is a very solid beer, but I'm not sure I would characterize it as a great one.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 01:33:23 | More by johnmichaelsen
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District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe & Thorpette. Thanks!

The beer appears dark brown colored with a small head that leaves some random lacing on the glass. The aroma offers caramels, oak, booze, fruity malts. Smells nice. The flavor follows suit, with a mild sweetness that never becomes overpowering. Well balanced. Delicious and easy drinking. Beautiful caramel flavor. Alcohol content is well disguised, with just a light, pleasing warmth in the finish. Overall, a terrific beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:29:57 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jubel got into Boise yesterday... I was able to talk Brenda into heading to the COOP tonight for me... Poured into my Delerium goblet.

3/4" Tan head with good retention and lacing... The brew pours significantly darker than I was expecting... deep chocolate brown until you hold it to a bright lite and crystal clear deep garnet highlites are revealed... very pretty.

Nose is really malty with a nice dark fruity element.. maybe a bit of tannic woody notes... caramel and a dusting of cocoa.. needs warmth to blossom... getting some vinous notes as it hits room temperature.... pretty damn good.

Flavor is again nicely malty with similar but more pronounced dark fruit esters .. the wood really compliments the complexity of the malts... not getting any "wine" character, but I doubt I would be able to pick it out without one of my wine friends explaining it to me... raisins show throughout with something that I can only describe as essence of plum.. once I think about it a while, I can really see where this is a much bigger version of Jubelale... where Jubelale tends to be drier, this has a nice rich maltiness from front to back.. but the finish does dry out with some woody tannins and that is where I think I'm getting the wine barrel... finish lingers forever with wood and dried fruits and lite cocoa... yummy .. some black pepper shows with room temperature... could be perceived alcohol..

Great medium/lite heavy body with smooth lighter than expected carbonation... this is a brew that is really making me think.. I can see how this is going to get better with some age .. but honesty right now thinks are meshing fairly well. The drinkability is high for me even though this is such a sipper... each sip reveals new flavors and makes me want another... this is going to be a pleasure finishing off this bottle over the next couple of hours... Nice for sure.


Serving type: bottle

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Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.