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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: 575
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 121
Gots: 234 | FT: 14
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 Lukafer
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, thanks jdefont!

Pours a dark reddish amber, with a pinky of tan head. Smells like alcohol and caramel, definitely hot right now. Tastes like caramel, toffee, plum, raisins with a lot of alcohol burn at the finish. Mouthfeel is good, nice and thick. There were three of us that split a bottle, I can't imagine drinking even half of it myself right now, it will be interesting to see how this beer turns out with some age on it.

Photo of jjanega08
2.38/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A= pours a nice deep deep amber color with a nice tan head on it that's a little lighter than brown and mocha. The head is about a half finger high. Not much carbonation at all and the lacing is there but pretty minimal.

S= Nice barrel smell to it. There's a lot of sweetness and some boozyness to it. Little Pinot Noir smell to it. Little rasiny sort of dark fruit smell to it as well. Not that pungent though.

T= The taste is similar to the smell. Really sort of light tasting. Mostly tastes a lot like barrel, sweetness, and just a little touch of booze. Nothing spectacular to tell you the truth. There is a little bit of a belgian sugar sweetness to it and some nice dark fruit flavor. Really nothing that great however.

M= Feels light and has low carbonation. One of the biggest dissapointments.

D= I dunno why this beer gets such high reviews. This beer is really sort of a let down. Not even close to my favorite strong ales.

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Deschutes pint glass.

Appearance is a dark Mahogany colour with amethist highlights around the edge. The head is tanned, and fades away quite quickly yo leave a lacing ring that leaves spotty rings as the glass goes down.

Smell hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Very boozy, figs, dried stone fruit, leather. Very nice fruit and malt combination.

The taste actually has similar notes to the nose, but I get a light aftertaste that is almost vanilla like. There is certainly something sweet in there, perhaps licquorice. Very nice

Slight carbonation, and very smooth despite the high ABV.

I can finish one of these nicely, very enjoyable.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Overlord for the trade

Pours an awesome, deep crimson color that almost appears black. The head is two fingers and sticks around for a little while.

The aroma is lightly toasted malts, caramel sweetness, biscuits, earthy hops, and nougat.

The flavor is a nice blend of the above mentioned characteristics. Mostly biscuit and caramel maltiness with a toasty finish. Some coffee bean bitterness at the end, but not much. The flavor profile here is very nice. It is not brash in any way, and there are no off-flavors. Although there is some noticeable alcohol, it doesn't really strike me as a 10% ABV beer....perhaps I am just getting too used to big booze bombs.

The body is medium, I wish it was a bit fuller but considering the flavor profile I suppose it works well. Carbonation is about perfect. Drinkability is very high...I found myself pounding through this bottle with a quickness and before I knew it, the 10% ABV really started to show :)

This is a very good beer, dare I say a great beer. It is not going to seperate itself from the pack in terms of flavor, but I appreciate it for what it is.

Photo of hardy008
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best after 1/29/11

Mahogany color with ruby highlights and a 1/2 finger tan head. There is a lot of toffee and caramel malt on the nose, with some alcohol and a small amount of chocolate.

Has a sweet flavor with the sweet caramel malt and toffee coming through. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable, and the chocolate is present, but subdued. I think this beer would be incredible after 1/29/2011. Fortunately for me, I have more bottles for later.

Between medium and full bodied with proper carbonation. This is very smooth and easy to drink. I can't wait to see what this is like with some age on it.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a RR stemmed glass. 22 oz bottle.

A: Dark brown in color with a crimson tinge. Head is about a finger thick, but quickly settles to a thin film with some decent lacing.

S: Very unique nose. Caramel and toffee lie up front, along with dark fruit. Wood is definitely present, as well as a piney hop note.

T: Caramel and toasty malt, along with dark fruit, prunes and vinous character. Wood is very distinct, giving flavors vanilla and adding viscosity. Hops dry out the finish, with a slightly cedary, piney character.

M: Big and chewy, with warming alcohol. Yet, this beer is very soft.

D: The 2010 has alot going on. It is very drinkable, but it may be much for someone not knowing what to expect. Perhaps it will mellow out with a year or two of age.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best after Jan 29, 2011 on the label of this waxed 22oz bottle.

It pours a clear deep mahogany colour w close to an inch of tannish foam; lacing is good. Overall, a great looker.

It smells pretty sweet with notes of caramel malt and fairly bitter that is pine like. A pretty big dose of alcohol as well as some barrel influence and a bit of chocolate.

The taste is mostly bitterness from dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, light woody tones and dark fruit that may also be adding to the bitterness. There *is* a sort of harsh astringent note that will *probably* settle down with some time in the cellar. Lots of warming in the swallow but it is good and tasty.

On the very edge of being full bodied with mediumish carbonation. A pretty smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Another sipper from Deschutes though it isn't quite up there as compared to The Abyss when it comes to drinkability..but few strong brews are.

I paid US$12.85 locally, the same price as The Abyss and Mirror Mirror and that's reasonable.

Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are nice. Dark fruits, oak, and a little bit of booze.

Taste is very good, and very similar to the nose. Dark fruit flavors, some caramel, light oak and booze flavors, plus a nice pine like hop finish. This beer come off a little on the sweet side, but the booze, oak, and hop flavors on the finish cut in very well.

Mouthfeel is very good. Full, thick, and with spot on carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. This is an excellent strong ale. Not overly strong or heavy at the moment, drinking great right now, another year or two might make this exceptional, but it's really good right now.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jubel 2010 into medium chalice

Pours deep brown/ruby with a dense red tinted beige head that tracks
pretty lacing.

The nose is dominated by a soft raisiny chewyness. Booze, caramel
malt, vanilla, toffee, chocolate malt balls, oak, dark cherry.

Palette is chewy, vinous, dark cherry tang, light caramels, booze,
oranges, light chocolate, dry oak. Like a mega doppelbock that was
barrel aged. Wine barrels always impart such interesting flavor
nuances. Leans toward the sweet side, but with enough depth to keep it
interesting. The dark cherry draws out more as it warms.

Body is soft and dense, with a hefty chewyness. A moderate carbonation
of miniscule bubbles.

Interesting and easy drinking. Not my favorite specialty beer from
Deschutes, but I certainly don't hate it. I find it intriguing, and
for me its so far from what I expected that it is kind of difficult to
approach. I would buy again, but only to lay down until the 'best
after' date.

Photo of vacax
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gorgeously with a cloudy very dark brown body and a tight tan head with lots of fine bubbles that catch the eye. Aroma of candi sugar, juniper berries, toast, esters, and bubblegum. Tastes plenty malty with sweet figs, herbs, butter cookies, gingerbread, and caramel and cookie malt finish. Full body with moderate amounts of carbonation. Interesting brew, definitely unique. I did drink this up, though the experience didn't thrill me into stocking up on enough bottles to last a decade.

Photo of THORN
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz bottle poured into Duvel Tulip. Served 50-55 F.
A: Pitch black. Half inch of bubbly head.
S: Chocolate, rich malts, and rum.
T: Dark malts are followed by chocolate and bitter hop linger. Alcohol is noticeable.
M: Medium on tongue, warming, and syrupy.
D: Big beer. Body is full and well balanced. Sweet rum-like alcohol adds depth.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of ebin6
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


A - Pours thick without an extensive head; coppery in color. Very viscous in appearance and really sticks to the side of the glass.

S - Fairly strong alcohol smell, not much else. I would imagine this mellows with age

T - Malty, syrupy with quite a bit going on. Tasted caramel as well as an almost bourbon-like kick

M - Syrupy, caramel quality hits the palate hard, mellows a bit as you swallow and lingers for quite some time

D - Not something I'd drink a whole lot of by myself. Definitely a beer to be shared. I'll be interested in seeing what it does with some age. At this point, I'd rather go for a bourbon barrel aged beer.

Photo of NefariousR
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A - Pours a dark, brownish-red with a touch of light highlighting the edges, forming a creamy off-yellow head. The head dissipated relatively quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

S - Very sweet and fruity; I particularly picked a lot of grape or raisin in the aroma, as well as a very slight hint of alcohol.

T - The sweetness from the scent comes through in full in the taste. More fruit sweetness with malt undertones, with a slight bitter finish.

M - Moderately light body, but with lots of stickiness. Not too much carbonation, it actually feels a lot like wine.

D - An extremely tasty and interesting beer, but it's a bit too sweet for my taste, which may be due to its age (or lack thereof). Pick up a bottle if you see it.

Photo of felipe2toes
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with tawny red highlights. Nice creamy tan head that gives way to some good lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, dark fruits and raisin, malt, molasses. Smells great actually.

Brown sugar, raisin, and molasses on the palate as well, and there's some vanilla and oak in there too. As it warms up, really nice dark fruit flavors besides raisin, lots of fig.

Nice and viscous, great chewy mouthfeel. An all-around great tasting beer.

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

Pours a dark almost black that only through the outer edges is see-through. Nice caramel colored head that is even and creamy.
Smells of a bit of coffee, hops and some esters.
Feels nice and creamy too, if it were not for the bit of alcohol bite I would be able to feel the intense mouthfeel better.
Tastes like a Christmas ale, not overloaded with spices but just a little to give it that feel, considering that is what it is. Nice hops balance with the malts and if it were not for the alcohol taste I would say probably the best I have had for it's style. Definitely up there though!

Photo of IKHOURY
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a tawny reddish color when poured into the glass. The aroma is filled with dried dark fruits, apricots, honey, and wheat toast. The aroma carries through into the flavor with the malt making a bigger presence. The alcohol jumps out a little which should hopefully settle down over time. The carbonation cuts through the sweet maltiness nicely. Overall a good beer, that will become a great beer over time.

Photo of voteforgoat
2.78/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I was disappointed in this one. Granted I ordered it after driving for a while, and I knew it would not be the best choice. But I just wanted to taste it!

The mouth-feel was nice and a bit thick. Like watered-down molasses or syrup.

The taste is what got me. I thought it was similar to North Coast Old Stock, but with a treacly, overly sweet aftertaste. I found it cloying. The bar also had the Old Stock 2009 of that on tap, which would have been the better choice.

In its defense, I will say that I picked the wrong beer for the time. I should have tried one of the 3 or 4 saisons they had on tap. But still, even on a different day, I don't think I would be more generous with this one. That aftertaste was sticky..in a bad way. Imagine the aftertaste you would get from a large spoon of a bad, cheap strawberry jam.

Photo of d0ggnate
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to check this one off my list.

Poured a deep earthy red/muddy brown with a very thin, but frothy tan head layer. Visible carbonation is gone in less than a minute, leaving my glass completely still.

This beer was very sweet on the nose. Faint hops, pine-like, come through the dominant malt sweetness.

The taste is a little better than the nose. Still sweet, but more defined. A little caramel, and even more bitterness noted. A light tobacco like quality is here, too.

The mouthfeel seems like this beer is unfinished. Overall I do feel like this beer is a bit young. The bottle reads best after 01/29/2011, and I think I'll need to revisit it then. Not terrible now, but I would imagine time would improve this beer. I found it very similar to a young Doggie Claws.

Photo of JerryBullfrog
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark reddish-brown color that's barely transparent. Tan-colored head that recedes after a few minutes and leaves a spotty layer of foam on the surface. Good lacing.

Candied fruit, cherry, raisin, caramel, vanilla, and oak aromas... picking up a bit of the Pinot Noir as well.

Holy cow, there's a really prominent cherry/raspberry Pinot Noir character here. Other dark fruit, oak, and malt round out the flavors. A little bit of booziness, but I'm sure it'll smooth out with age. The beer's pretty viscous and has the slightest bit of tannins from the oak.

It's tasty stuff... probably can't/wouldn't want to drink more than one, but I'm sold on it. Now, how would this taste when Jubel 2020 is released...

Photo of Overlord
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with reddish highlights. Maybe half an inch of off-white foam. Head dies down to a filmy wisp.

Smells gigantically of toffee, caramel, brown-sugary/honey malt, and ... alcohol soaked dark fruits. Pretty decadent smelling, actually.

Sadly, the taste does not live up to the very, very good aroma. I'll cut to what the problem is: a weird biting bitter finish tinged with alcohol. I have no idea what it is. It's incredibly distracting. Almost like a bitter pine/grapefruit hop that's been mixed with some sort of astringent dirtl, then pummeled with alcohol.

The caramel is nice. The brown sugar/malt/decadently sweet background is nice. I do like the tinges of raisin and chocolately molasses I'm getting. I have no idea what that weird aftertaste is.

Nice chewy mouthfeel. Still fairly drinkable, even though flawed.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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 PeprSprYoFace
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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 IrieJackalope
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Searched high and low for a few weeks, but finally stumbled upon a small cache of this stuff. Poured into a Belgian style goblet well before the "best after" date marked on the bottle. Immediately I'm hit with notes of fruit and wine as well as a slight note of alcohol in the nose. The color is a deep brown, fair amount of head after a fairly quick pour and lacing and legs that stick around long after the head has settled down. Upon first taste, this brew reveals itself to be thick and viscous, but pleasantly complex at the same time. The fruit notes from the aroma hold true in the taste. Ultimately, I'm very glad I picked up two bottles as this is a very good beer that I suspect will greatly improve with some aging.

Photo of Xul
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy mahogany capped by a small beige head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind moderate lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruits up front - dark cherries, grapes, plums - along with a sweet caramel and oak. The vinous character from the pinot barrels adds a lot without being overdone.

T: Dark fruit up front again with the vinous notes really coming through, I'm assuming from both the base beer as well as the barrel aging. Malty backbone comes through on the second half with caramel and toffee, some dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with strong enough carbonation to keep the beer from becoming syrupy or heavy on the tongue.

D: Booze doesn't really show through and it goes down remarkably easy for as big of a beer as it is.

Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.