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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: 584
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 122
Gots: 236 | FT: 15
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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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-27-2010

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)
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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.

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!

Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.