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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: 235 | FT: 14
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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 kk73
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just made it to Hawaii, picked up on St. Patty's Day.

Apperance: Pour a deep redish brown, with a small head and a little lacing.

Smell: aroma a sweet caramel malt and dried fruit, can also smell a little of the pinot barrel.

Taste: Very smooth with hints of chocolate and caramel, the aloohol is well hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but pretty hearty beer with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good considering its high abv. I can't wait to crack my next bottle.

Excellent beer, can't wait to go to the store and buy more.

Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark cola, small tan head reduces to ring. Not much lace.

S - Booze, candied dark fruits, heavy malt. My son says he gets the hops, but I don't see much in the ratio.

T - Taste matches smell. Big cooked fruits, candy, sweet, but tempered with bittering at the end.

M - Not an equal balance, however. More sweet than bitter, it tips to the slightly cloying side.

D - Huge ABV and big flavors. Nice for the style, but really, not a session beer.

Photo of rye726
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany with a thin tan head. Nice color. Nose has dark fruity malts, caramel, toffee, light oak and wine. Taste is quite malty, with some subtle hops, booze, wood and caramelized candies. Would like to see more of a barrel presence. Medium to full body is a bit over carbonated, but drinks well.

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

Got a tweet about this guy from the Goat. Had to give it a St. Patty's day shot.

Appearance- A very rich, deep chestnut. Almost black. Very minimal head. Decent lacing.

Smell- Some chocolate and dark fruit. Plums, possibly dried cherries. A little toasty. Some vanilla.

Taste- Follows the nose. A hint of red wine. Fairly fruity. It's a little hot. Some vanilla, and marischino cherries. There is some citrus, unexpectedly. A hint of grapefruit. A touch muted. Plenty of oak.

Mouthfeel- A little thick and syrupy. It's got a nice body, but as it warms it's heavy.

Drinkability- Very easy. It's a tad hot, but very nice.

Really enjoyed this beer. It's good. Not sure if it's a once-every-10-years good. But glad to have it. More glad to have picked up a couple bottles.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I know the bottle says to wait a while of course I couldnt do that. Had to have now! Poured into a snifter. Dark as can be ruby color with creamy tan head, not the biggest. Good retention and some lacing. Smell was wonderful and complex. Definitely picked up on some red wine, wood, hops, caramel and alcohol. A nice bouquet. Taste was complex and interesting as well. Sweet dark fruits, caramel, oak, vino, toasted grain, raisin...a little bit of a lot of things that came together marvelously well. Mouthfeel was good. Thick and creamy, not too heavy though. The ABV was very well hidden. One of the best beers I've had in a long time. I'll have to go get another because I'd love to see how this one ages.

Photo of SShelly
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brownish red, deep red tint, thin white head.

Light dark malt aroma with light red wine aroma.

Dark fruit, nice red wine and oak, thick dark malt, leaves a crisp dark malt bite on your tongue. Med thick mouthfeel, nice carb gives a bite to the tongue.

Can't wait to see how my bottles of this age.

Photo of drummstikk
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jubel 2010 balances flavor complexity with satisfying drinkability. The aroma is of fruit and Belgian yeast spiciness. A first sip contained dark fruit, raisins, and red wine, countered by a medium yeast funky spiciness. Medium malt sweetness and flavor provided a stiff backbone while the medium-light body and subtle hops cleared everything out and got me ready for another sip. Jubel 2010 makes Belgian yeast and complex wine barrel flavors accessible to many drinkers. I would gladly drink several of this pleasurable exotic brew, discovering more complexities each time in the wild blend of fruit and funk.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If you haven't read the story on how this was found I definitely recommend you look it up on their website. I waited a long time for this one.

It has a dark caramel look to it, with little to no head.

It smells of a little alcohol, choc, and raisin.

the taste is of that of an ale. Its lightly carbonated, with a little like dark choc. its a really unique brew hard to pin an exact flavor to it.

its very drinkable. Smooth with little to no alcohol taste to it.

I def recommend it but the Abyss still rocks my socks a little more

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

Served on tap into a pint glass. It was served a little too cold. I tried to wait as long as I could.

A - Clear, reddish-brown, garnet color. There is a small, beige head that dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of foam around the glass. It leaves good lacing, and can be restored easily with a swirl of the glass. There is no visible carbonation.

S - On the maltier side. There is chocolate, prunes, and dates. I also smell cookie dough. As it warms up, I smell more of the wine and oak.

T - Overall sweet flavor. Sweet malt, plums, and cherries. The pinot noir emerges as it warms. There are slight earthy hops to keep it from being cloying.

M - Full-bodied with soft carbonation. It is creamy and sticky on the lips.

D - This hides the alcohol very well, although it is very warming. It is very sweet, smooth, and tasty.

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

Had this on tap at the Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: deep brown with 1 cm compact foam head; nice persistence on the foam.

Smell: rich malt aroma with apparent but muddled hop presence. I like it.

Taste: complex malt flavor: chocolate, caramel, plum, raisin. Kind of reminds me of a porter-cum-barleywine. Hops are somewhat difficult to distinguish in the mix, but what is there is floral and citrusey. It is also quite bitter indeed.

Mouthfeel: smooth, syrupy, rich, creamy ... I think that says it all. Very nice.

Drinkability: dangerously drinkable. Great flavor makes this a real winner.

Photo of karlbronson
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was a dark red as it came out of the bottle. As the glass filled, it darkened to a more brown color. My first thought was a darker cognac color. When I got near the bottom of the snifter, I noticed the color to be back to the cogac color with lighter red hues similar to a pinot color.

Head was small and weak. Very little carbonation at this point. More than likely opened this one too early. Its ok for me, I have more cellared. If you only have 1, you should probably wait to open yours.

The nose is very pleasant. Pinot, oak, cherries, and malt dominated for me. Maybe I'm too used to big beers, but I did not pick up much alcohol in the nose at all.

The taste is right on, yet again, for Deschutes with the reserve series. I was concerned being 100% barrel aged before drinking. It was a non issue. Everything is perfectly balanced. Stong Jubelale + pinot + oak + cherries = goodness.

My thoughts are, this beer will be only that much better with time. I will definitely pick up more to put away for future use.

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

Dark brown with hints of ruby towards the edges. An off white bubbly half finger head that dies down to a collar around the edge of the glass with wisps of foam on the top of the beer. Bits of lacing left behind.

Smells of vanilla, dark fruits (figs and raisins), spices, caramel, grapes and red wine. Nicely pungent. Traces of alcohol begin to become apparent as the beer warms.

Flavor is caramel and vanilla up front maybe a bit of brown sugar too. Some very subtle spice (cinnamon?/nutmeg?). Dark fruits in the middle (plumbs, raisins, figs) and various ripe berries. Then the barrel comes in. Oak and some tannins, hints of red wine and grapes. Some bitterness on the back end as well, perhaps a subtle leafy hop flavor. Oak and bitterness linger. As the beer warms the barrel characteristics become more pronounced, and the aftertaste begins to evoke pecans. Very interesting and complex.

Pretty full bodied. A bit viscous. The beer coats your mouth some as well, but not overwhelmingly so. Low carbonation which works well. Somewhat creamy too which seems very impressive for the abv and the barrel aging.

Given what goes into this beer and the abv, I find it very drinkable. I was worried it might get overwhelming, but it is pretty nicely balanced and nothing jumps out too much. Rather the beer's characteristics work very well together.

Overall, better than good across the board. Really glad to have tried this one. Even more glad that I have two bottles in the cellar. Very curious as to how this will age.

Photo of snpub540
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an almost black hue with some reddish hues showing up at the bottom of the glass. Very small ring of tan bubbles mad up the head. Small amount of lacing left on the glass.

Smell was very nice. Sweet dark fruits made up the majority with some vanilla, and roasted aromas mixing in.

Taste was very deep and complex. Roasted malts, followed by sweet dark fruits, with some nie grassy hoppiness and a fruity, warming alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel was almost slick in texture. Drinkability is OK for a big beer, but this 750 is more than enough for me. Glad I got a 2nd one to put down.

Photo of alli4051
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint. Wanted to age this one but the store only had one left and I couldn't help myself.

A: Pours a deep garnet color with a tan head. Produces little head that dissipates quickly leaving next to no lacing.

S: Scent is malty with dark fruit and brown sugar.

T: Certainly very complex, I almost feel like I'm in over my head as I'm still kinda new at this. Chocolate and caramel with some dark fruit and red wine. Some hoppiness and cherries in the finish.

M: Full bodied and thick. Leaves a bit of stickiness with the finish.

D: Despite the amount of alcohol its surprisingly well hidden; however,I have a feeling it could catch up pretty quick. Would definitely have another, if I could find one.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another homerun from Deschutes!

This beer pours a wonderful dark reddish color with great clarity and a thick khaki head. The aromas really impressed me as they were both toasty and sweet with notes of dried dark fruits, bananas and citrus. The palate is intense, similar to American style Barleywines but without all the hops. Distinctive notes of dark fuits, caramel and figs leave you wanting more. As the beer warms cherry flavors really start to show through. Not sure how they are going to age but I pick up a few to keep in the cave so I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Photo of GilGarp
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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 koopa
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got to try a bottle of this thanks to beerloco at a recent tasting!

Appearance: Pours an attractive brown that turns garnet as you get towards the edge and then the color of honey on the outside most fold. Crown is 2 fingers, a creamy looking khaki, shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Strong amount of caramel malt, hints of spice (cinnamon like), and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Very smooth....no alcohol presence which is surprising after I picked up on it in the nose. Lots of creamy caramel malt crashes into loads of fruity esters.

Mouthfeel: Chewy but crisp?? Good carbonation and on the thin side of heavy bodied.

Drinkability: The abv holds it back a bit.

Very nice and glad I got to try it this decade :)

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

pours a clear dark blood red with a small khaki head, and some lacing.

smell is of sour malt, a little cocoa, and dark fruits.

taste is strong, thick, dark fruit, pepper, cocoa, some spice, licorice, malt, graham cracker, and a few hops, ends dry and with an alcohol bite.

Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought two bottles from AJ's today: one to drink now, one for laying down in the cellar, as Deschutes prescribes.

A vigorous pour begets a one-finger soap bubble head the color of ginger. The liquid's too dark to see through except when held to the light. Clear and effervescent. Red wine and cola in color.

In the nose: vanilla, cola, burnt brown sugar, raisins, and bourbon. Noticeable alcohol heat. Flowery hops. Spicy yeast.

In the taste: Sweet prunes, vanilla, pepper, and caramel. Dr. Pepper! Super hot; you can feel the alcohol heat travel all the way down to the stomach. The slightest hint of roasted malts. Bitterness clings to the back sides of the tongue.

Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth, buttery. Wow.

The first bottle of Jubel 2010 was good. Can't wait to meet its brother in a year or two.

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.

Photo of popery
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, home. This one is a bit sweet for me but otherwise up to the excellent standard of the Deschutes Reserve Series. The beer appears a deep reddish mahogany color with a small beige head. The head recedes fairly rapidly, but I enjoy this look in a big barrel-aged beer. It ends looking like a glass of port. The aroma shows off a ton of rich malt with notes of caramel, prunes, molasses and honey. There's also some nice hopping and a relatively subtle oak aroma with a bigger fruity red wine note accompanying it. The flavor is quite sweet upfront with hop bitterness and wood dryness pulling things together in the finish. Mouthfeel is good and will probably improve with time. It's certainly a slow sipper, but I'm happy to have this bottle to myself. Another success from Deschutes.

Edit: Had this beer a couple times since and my opinion has dropped somewhat. It's just a bit too sweet and boozy.

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

Wow, this is a beast. Still, its definitely as advertised: strong ale aged in red wine barrels. the smell is alcohol, malt, sweetness, and barrel-aging. The taste is definitely wine influenced and for a minute makes me think this beer could work if it were soured. Overall, intense Jubelale, good stuff.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasted on March 6. Split a bomber between two large red wine glasses with my wife. The appearance was exciting. It was very dark ruby and could only be seen through when held up to direct light. There was a half finger of tan head floating on top that quickly dissipated. The smell was vinous with coffee and a little chocolate. I kept going back for more whiffs and it was wonderful. The taste was so complex with coffee, dark red fruits, chocolate and some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was amazing. There was minimal carbonation at the beginning of the tasting and towards the bottom of the glass it was totally non-carbonated which allowed the extreme smoothness to really be highlighted. Drinkability wise it became apparent that this was 10% ABV% but I do believe I could have and would have finished the bomber all by myself...and it would have been oh so good!
I have 5 more of these in my cellar sitting right next to 5 Abyss. I do believe it is going to be hard to resist opening these before the "ready date" that Deschutes has on the label. These are still readily available in Portland and should be bought up by beer enthusiasts. If these do get better after a year of age the effect will be intoxicating. Another unbelievable offering by a world class brewery.

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

Pours dark brown/garnet with plenty of light tan head. Smells great - dark fruits, red wine, and malt goodness. Taste follows. Fairly sweet, but not overly so. There are some notes of chocolate, brown sugar, red wine, and dark fruits in the flavor. Slight hop presence here that I look forward to disappearing with some age. Heavier side of medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, a very nice brew and pretty unique. The closest thing I've had to a red wine "bomb" in beer so far, but definitely in no danger of being too vinous.

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

Pours a lot thicker than I expected, the pour being very dark amber, but the glass appearing to be almost black ruby, except for a layer of light at the edges. Very thin small-bubbled ring on the pour, no lacing and doesn't last, but not surprising given the style.

Smells almost exactly like oatmeal raisin cookies, cinnamon, and smooth bourbon. Taste is at first grains, with a wash of plum and a bite of licorice at the end, slightly peppery and fairly smokey.

The carbonation cuts the heavy weight of the beer sharply, with a pronounced edge of feel that doesn't overpower. Just about perfect for this heavy a beer.

This is a very heavy, hearty beer with a definite booze whallop. One 22oz is going to be it for me tonight. Definitely great beer though.

If you hated Jubelale, don't bother. If you loved (or even liked) Jubelale, this is great stuff.

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