Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) - Deschutes Brewery
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3.59/5 rDev -14.3%
Bottled Jan 2010, opened Nov 2013.
A - Coca cola black brown with cranberry highlights. Mixed, light khaki head. Low retention. Light lace.
S - Huge, sweet brown syrup nose with licorice, plum jam, cherry wood, tootsie roll, and a touch of smoke.
T - Molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, tootsie rolls, buckwheat honey, chestnuts, raisins, burnt caramel.
M - Medium-full body, appropriately light carbonation, syrupy finish.
O - Incredibly sweet, but otherwise complex. Drinks like a fortified port.
11-30-2013 02:58:44 | More by vfgccp
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a rich dark brown with a nice one finger tall cocoa coloured head that dissipates shortly. Reminds me of a lot of common English barleywines in colour.
Smells of dark fruits with a rich complex blend between brown sugar, molasses, burnt cookie, and some charred oak.
Tastes come through similarly as the smell. Lots of burnt brown sugar/caramel with a nice raisin/prune character. Sweetness of molasses paired with the malty roasted nutty character.
Mouthfeel is fairly rich and has a syrup quality that coats the tongue. Medium amount of carbonation helps it from feeling too viscous. A great sipper.
Overall, this is a fantastic once a decade beer. Great smell, flavours, and feel that all comes together to create a rememberable beer. Definitely glad to have tried this one and I would recommend this to anyone who really enjoys English barlywines and American strong ales. Celebration ale indeed.
09-12-2013 23:25:06 | More by lsummers
4.29/5 rDev +2.4%
Opened on my 2nd wedding anniversary, ~June 2012. Wrote the review on paper for lack of internet access, and am just getting around to putting it down here.
Appears dark int he glass, but bursts into a fiery crimson ruby when backlit. Small 1/2 finger of dense, light tan head. Poured into a Swiss wine snifter. Look about as good as any beer can in my book.
Fantastic aroma. Dark dried berries in a cookie crust, deeply baked bread (like smelling the loaf right out of the oven when the crust is dark brown). The hops have melded into a rather warm firelight sort of aroma.
The flavor is layered and dynamic- still packs weight. Starts with substantial bitterness from the fading hops. One can almost taste their slow transformation into molasses and burnt caramel. The malts are coming through with serious form. Richly layered and deep: Free from the meaty notes that tarnish some aged beers, but present in the sweet glory that seldom is seen in aged beer.
Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Alcohol burn is nowhere to be found.
I wonder, will this aged like the classic English barleywines? Time will tell. I am scheduled to open another on our 5th anniversary.
09-10-2013 16:56:37 | More by allforbetterbeer
3.79/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
08-22-2013 03:17:04 | More by Gueuzedude
4.15/5 rDev -1%
Best after 1/29/11. Me thinks today is as good as any day for consuming. Was a little troubled by the posts about this and it may have turned, etc....I press on.
Appearance - Pours a dark brown colored ale with a still decent one finger beige head. Touch of lacing.
Smell - The aroma is very fruit forward. Grapes, raspberries and dates. Whiffs of alcohol.
Taste - The taste is still nicely hoppy with a fruity and touch of booze on each sip. Getting some good plum juiciness. Minor lip numbing. A touch of oxidation is present but ever so slightly.
Mouthfeel - Decent. Still pretty full-bodied and carbonated.
Overall - I think this is about the time to drink this. I had one about a year after the release and followed it up two years later. Not a ton of difference from what I remember but still a complex brew worthy of cellaring.
08-11-2013 19:42:12 | More by kaseydad
3.21/5 rDev -23.4%
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.
07-15-2013 18:34:22 | More by stakem
Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from Deschutes Brewery
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