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Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 120
Gots: 233 | FT: 13
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 lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours out a brownish amber with an off-white head (inch), no real lace.

The smell is subdued, but pleasant. Caramel and wood are right up-front. A touch of butter (uh-oh), earth and orange peel.

Caramel is pretty strong at the start of the taste, minerals, wood, spicy alcohol, malted barley. None of the butter that I smelled, which is good. In the finish I get a hint of citrus, anise and chocolate. Great sipper, not too thick and the carbonation is just right.

I've had this since the release and will say that a year and a half plus did it some good. I just saw that stores are popping out some aged cases and hope to grab one to keep for another year or two.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of marikoangel
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured as a 8oz pour at Toronado.

A: This one pours a dark, almost black brown. So dark that while I can see a small trail of tiny bubbles running up the glass, I can't see through it. It pours with not even a quarter of tan head.

S: I'm not getting as much as I though I would from the nose. I get a dark sweetness, brown sugar, prunes, a nice malty wet wood, molasses, and maybe something else; like raisins.

T: Wow! A very big flavor that bursts through right away. Sweet and malty, with a small kick of hops. There are some great woody notes that make themselves more apparent in the finish. Vanilla and a light amount of dark fruits like figs and raisins mixed with brown sugar. I'm also getting some grapes that I thought that I caught a whiff of in the nose, but are there in the flavors. The malts are caramel, and there's a hint of banana in there as well.

M&O: It has a medium heavy body that's juicy, but also almost a little astringent in the middle. It has a lower carbonation with almost a fizzy quality to it. overall, it's a nice beer. a good one to sip on and enjoy the overall complexity of. I'm sure it will age well.

marikoangel, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is a gift from my brother for the birth of my daughter. He didn't care for it but I enjoyed it when it was first released in Jan 2010. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Appears opaque black on the pour but is actually Coca-Cola brown, with ruby red highlights at the edges and carbonation visible on the sides of the glass. The head is light tan and sticks/laces fairly well.

S: Good oak presence, followed by some dark fruit (grapes and maybe dark cherries), dark and caramel malt, and hints of vanilla and bitter bakers chocolate.

T: More oak-forward then I remembered, but mixing nicely with the vinous dark fruit and chocolate and malt sweetness to form an excellent union. Lots of caramel and toffee and chocolate as well, with hints of smoke and tobacco. Not very boozy at all, which is nice; these bottles might be peaking. Reminds me a lot of the Insanity I had last night, with more balance.

MF: Medium bodied, creamy and viscous, good carb levels and not too much dryness. Good stuff.

O: Aaron, what a great beer...I'm glad you don't care for it as much as I do. The booziness is gone, the flavors are meshing, and this is a good time to drink this one. Cheers!

Scotchboy, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into Portsmouth snifter. Best after date 1/29/11.
A: Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head after the pour was about a finger in width and dark brown in color, and it bubbled away rather quickly into a thick collar. Sticky sheets of lacing were left down the glass as I sipped.
S: Fruity notes of grape, apple and cranberry juices with a splash of chocolate and some kind of baking spice.
T: The fruitiness translates to the flavor but only in the beginning. The fruit is quickly overpowered by rich and sweet notes of chocolate, caramel, slight toffee, vinous alcohol, and earthy, spicy hops. I get strong, drying notes of dark chocolate in the finish, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and full of tobacco.
M: Thinner body than I was expected the thick carbonation gives the mouthfeel a bit of a chew. It’s dry, but goes down well though. The alcohol has all but integrated itself into the flavor, and I am not getting any heat as I drink.
O: Pretty sweet flavors all around and highly drinkable. I actually really enjoyed the flavors. It’s like a fruitier, earthier chocolate stout that isn’t as rich or heavy. Can’t wait to see how it continues to age.

EDIT: Bottle consumed 12/2012.
Even better than I remember. This is drinking fantastic right now!

scottfrie, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Coca cola brown with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Dark Fruits plums dates and raisin there is also a hint of booze but for 10% it is hiding very well

Taste: Very much the same as the nose dark fruits are there in beautiful harmony, this very much reminds me of a belgian dubble. This beer is drinking incredibly well right now it has such a great malty caramel character to it on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Full Body low to medium carbonation with a great silkyness and buttery feel to it

Overall: This beer is drinking really well right now my best after date is 1/29/11 so i put about an extra 6 months of age on it and it was so worth it. Amazing flavor profile and great drinkability

DarthKostrizer, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

Pours a medium-dark coffee brown, almost no lacing, and some khaki foam which coats the surface for quite awhile. Smell is creamy caramel and toffee up front, sweet dark dried fruit (raisins, plums), Pinot Noir, and the classic cinnamon and spice oakiness that you get in Pinot from the barrel treatment. Taste is sort of sugary malt, dark fruit again, caramel, and tannic red wine, with some alcohol presence. Any trace of hops has long left the building. Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation, medium-full bodied. Overall, this was a very enjoyable sipper, fairly well integrated with some nice flavors, and bonus points for the Pinot Noir notes.

pmarlowe, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown beer that turned a deep ruby red on the edges. Some pretty nice lace left on the sides.

S - Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, a little booze, and some dark fruit.

T - Really sweet, has some caramel and toffee on a brown sugar backbone. Booze runds a little hot. It's not bad, but maybe should sit a bit.

M - Relatively full with lower carbonation.

O - Needs some time to cool down, it's not a bad beer, but maybe giving it some time would help. Believe it says give it a year or so on the bottle, not bad advice.

AgentZero, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted May 9th 2011 (from notes)

A - deep dark brown, one finger dark tan head and some lacing

S - very sweet, alcohol, caramelized brown sugar, desert wine, oak, sour, pungent, toasted malt and grains, sweet grass. Bitter sweet chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, honey and tree bark

T - this beer tastes exactly like the smell! Except for a apple juice like taste

M - sticky, low acidity, long finish, very sweet

D - at 10% this beer is amazingly smooth. Tastes great, goes down nicely and hits you like a pound of bricks

Final thought - if you can get this beer, get it and save one and drink one! Stoked!

whatthehull, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Jubele 2010 – really dark mahogany brown, even more brown than mahogany, not much lace, not much head, swirls gets some action on the head. smell is maple syrup, nutmeg…not much going on but not bad. Taste is interesting, much like the nose, nutmeg and maple syrup with some caramel and vanilla maltiness, but there is an interesting bittery finish. mouth…thick, little bitter, not such a great after vibe, easy drinker overall.

cosmicevan, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of claspada
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big shoutout to hoppymcgee for generously offering this in trade. Was one of my most sought after beers since I first started to track down/trade for harder to find beers.

Pours a hazy dark reddish-light brown with no clarity and a nice 1-2 inch tan head that leaves some nice spotty lacing as it falls. Crazy bright red hues along the edges when held up to the light. Definitely one of the nicest looking beers I have ever seen.

Aromas begin with toffee and butterscotch maltiness coupled with a solid toasted bready maltiness. Vinous and dark fruitiness are apparent immediately and emerges more and more as you investigate further. Oaky vanilla and other light oak nuances continue to emerge as it warms

The tastes begin initially with dark fruit and a nice oak bite from the wine barrel. There is a noted tannic bitterness which I am also contributing to the Pinot barrel over any hop additions. As it warms a slight alcohol heat comes out in the beer with some more mild vanilla and wood notes but continues with the dry finish. I also continuing to get nice caramel and butterscotch malt waves with more noticeable vanilla and more dark fruits. Really complex here.

The mouthfeel is full and kind of sticky with a nice amount of carbonation considering the high ABV and barrel-aging. The finish is awesome thanks to the wine barrel aging; pleasantly dry and almost tannic like a red wine.

Overall this is a really great complex beer that I will imagine will continue to change and age gracefully. Glad I have more to sample down the road. Highly recommended. Over the last year I have sampled some really great barrel aged beers and to have found the one that involve wine or port barrels are just so complex and add such a crazy new dynamic to barrel-aging beers. It gets me excited to think of what new frontier American craft brewers will adventure into next.

claspada, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz wax dipped bottle with best after date 1/29/11 printed on label, poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 7/1/11.

A: Pours a deep dark purple red with light brown head, leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Dark malts and dark fruit, raisins, figs, molasses and caramel, only a hint of alcohol.

T: Dark malt, caramel, molasses, cherries and other dark fruit notes with some oak and vanilla. Only hints of alcohol, delicious and sweet blend of different fruits and malts.

M: Smooth medium-full body with low-moderate carbonation, finishes on the sweeter side.

O: Really tasty and drinkable, especially given the high ABV. Hope they decide to make this again before 2020.

Azurescens, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 6/27/11

A hazy reddish brown with no clarity and a giant three finger tan head that leaves some random lacing as it falls

S toffee and butterscotch with some earthy hops and candied fruit

T not far from the smell but more soft caramel and a little earthy aspect that's rather nice, not much from the barrel much to my surprise but some faint wood is there but not sure what the Pinot Noir is doing

M thick and a little syrupy a high point in a solid beer

O no problems with this one at all, not crazy complex but quite solid in all areas

I expected more from 13months in a barrel but quite tasty, thanks Adam (alpineclimber) for bringing it over

wordemupg, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of tat2dhllblly
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a burnt sienna with suprisingly a very small head produced. The head is less than a 1/8 inch to start and reduces to a minimal lacing across the top of the beer.

S- Very oak laced with the heft of a english barleywine. Dark figs and almost burnt toffee.

T- Initially dark fruit with a spice that is noticed early in the profile but lost at the end to a dry finish. There is a noted bitterness but this I believe comes more from the wine barrel tones than any hops. As it warms more heat comes out in the beer quality with mild oak notes but continues with the dry finish.

M- Middle of the pack weight in the mouth with minimal carbination. I am glad the carbination is down played is this beer because with any higher carbination it would be destracting.

O- This was a damn fine beer that I was really glad that I could track down in a trade. I could say with no question that this has becaome one of my top 10.

tat2dhllblly, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/11.

Best after 1/29/11.

A-Pours a burgundy hue cola color with a finger of brown head.

S-Smells of sweet vanilla and bourbon-like notes with some dark fruit notes.

T-Dark fruit with some vanilla notes and a drying wine-like finish.

M-Rich and full-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-Very rich and decadent brew... a great beer for a nightcap, but the price-point was very high for this one.

samie85, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of stupac2
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, pours a deep brown with a very small amount of creamy brown head. Smells very sweet, with hints of spice and a lot of plum. Taste is similar to smell, sweet, fruity (mostly plum, maybe a bit of cherry), and with a small amount of spice in there. Full-bodied with just enough carbonation.

A solid beer, if a weird choice for mid-June.

stupac2, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of HoppyMoth
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best after date: 01/29/11 - poured into a tulip, a bit overly chilled at first to around 40 degrees.

A: Deep amber/caramel red in color and gave a short lived light caramel colored head with light lacing. A great beer to look at.

S: At first the pour was cold and it gave me a heavy fruit delivered with a tiny bit of carbonation. As the beer warmed the oak aroma came through with a toasted malt smell similar to toffee/molasses and dried fruit (raisins/apricots/prunes). As I expected the alcohol is obvious on the nose especially as it warms.

T: A little sweet with a strong oak/pinot flavor. Tasted exactly as it smelled, the alcohol is reminiscent of drinking a wine by adding to the complexity of flavor. As the beer finishes there is a bitter sweetness that lingers and detracts a bit from my enjoying the aftertaste.

M: Lighter bodied than I expected, smooth and warm.

Overall: I enjoyed drinking this beer but it was a bit too sweet with lingering bitterness. There are better american strong ales, but this is still a great beer from Deschutes.

HoppyMoth, Jun 15, 2011
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.

bsp77, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A viscous, hazy ruby brown beer with a dense latte colored head and hick rings of lacing.

S - Alcohol, peppery hops, caramel, faint chocolate, butterscotch and citrus pith.

T - A bit boozy. Flavor is smooth though, dates, caramel, butterscotch, pepper and citrus pith. The aftertaste has a bit of lingering pepper, alcohol and sweetness - not very strong.

M - Smooth, thick, refreshing - except my tongue seems to dry out a tiny bit.

O - I've been saving this one for a while. I am pleased. Very pleased. I can't wait till 2020...

mrasskicktastic, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a black waxed 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Best After: 01/29/11

A: Pours a deep, rusty chestnut. Pretty hazy with some visible sediment. Barely any head formed on top...just a thick khaki collar. No lace.

S: Nice aromas of dark fruit, brown sugar, pinot, and rich sweet caramel. Some fudge pops through as it warms.

T: Exactly as above. No real alcohol flavor...which is a good thing.

M: Wow. Too damn sweet during the beginning and middle and extremely drying and astringent for the finish. Tiring to drink.

O: We really struggled to share a bottle of this. It's saving grace are the smell and taste. Too bad the mouthfeel wasn't as enjoyable as those.

GbVDave, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of pmccallum86
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby color with a light brown colored head.

Aroma is very malty with dried fruits also in the aroma. Light hops come through as well.

Taste is rich and malty, very sugary with tons of dried fruit. Almost like a barleywine. Very tasty beer, not hot at all.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with medium carbonation.

Overall a good beer, I wish I had more in the cellar.

pmccallum86, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of dvsbizzyb
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep plum color with a thin light tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell - Sweet smell of fruits and oak.

Taste - Strong hoppy/alcohol flavor overpowers the hints of brown sugar and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation and full body that leaves me with cotton mouth after a few sips. Was not very pleased having a very dry mouth after finishing the glass.

Overall - Almost turned into Bruce Lee as the more I sipped the more I wanted to break boards from flexing from the harsh bitterness this had.

dvsbizzyb, May 31, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that appears dark red in the light. There is a medium-sized tan head. Scent is quite winey with some nice caramel and toffee notes. Some lovely dark fruit aromas with fruit cake and oak. Taste is initially quite oak-forward with delicious dark fruit and chocolate flavors. Then you get some more of the wine flavors with toffee and vanilla. There are hints of rum as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with just a bit of alcohol burn. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is one amazing beer that I wish I had purchased more of.

DovaliHops, May 27, 2011
Photo of Devi0us
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best after 01/29/11. Poured into a Tulip.

A- Pours a dark murky brown. Had a 1 finger tan head that melted away quickly leaving scattered lacing.

S- Has alot of mixed fruit going on. You can tell this has been aged in Pinot Nior Barrels. Vanilla hits you at the back end.

T- Tastes just like it smells. Dark fruit, vanilla and some caramel. Alcohol is almost unnoticed. This is a truly tasty brew and tastes better with each sip. 

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Subtle sweetness left on the palate.
O- This is a well crafted brew. Truly amazing and enjoyable. The complexity of all the flavors mesh into 1 cohesive unit creating balance. I'm glad that I was able to try this and can't wait to see what the rest will taste like with a  little more age on them. 

Devi0us, May 26, 2011
Photo of Rangerator
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cutting through the wax drenched cap built all the excitement. It opens with a sweet molasses rich body with many other aromas that cant be explained but they are freakin good! I poured it into a pint glass, a very small dark cream head was produced which quickly dissipated. The taste very full it is thick but is not unbearable and goes down very nicely. The abyss is next for another night but these guys make a damn good beer worth every dollar paid

Rangerator, May 23, 2011
Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.