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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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337 Reviews
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Reviews: 337
Hads: 593
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 122
Gots: 236 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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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 kaseydad
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decided to finally crack open my bottle after seeing the thread that this is going downhill really fast. Never tried it fresh and traded for it >6 months ago. Poured into Lawson's tulip, served at cellar temparature.

A- Pours a dark but translucent ruby red/mahogony brown with about a half finger of brownish/yellowish slightly yeasty looking off-white head that has about average retention and recedes to a flat top leaving some light spotty lacing. Not overly carbonated, but nice consistency.

S- Dark fruits of cherries, raspberries, plums, grapes, chardonnay, and a nice rich malt backbone. Fairly aromatic and smells fairly pleasant with absolutely no alcohol present. For a strong ale the nose on this is fantastic.

T- Dark fruits, cherries, plums, molasses, raisins, dark malts, finishes with cherries and plums with a hint of alcohol and a faint presence of oxidation. I never had this fresh, but I can't imagine this has gone downhill too much since being released. All the flavors were still nicely pronounced and the slight oxidation didn't detract too much from the beer.

M- Very smooth for a strong ale, medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, light syrupiness that doesn't impede drinkability at all.

O- I decided to finally crack this open after never having had it fresh and I wasn't dissapointed at all. There was a hint of oxidation but plenty of flavor (especially in the nose) of dark fruits, molasses, etc.- pretty much everything that I love in a strong ale. It might just be personal preference, but I don't mind a bit of oxidation. This beer is still definitely worth checking out but I don't think it will improve much.

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Photo of Rutager
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with some nice red at the edges and topped with almost a finger of orange-tan head.

Smell. Caramel, red wine, a little cherry and chocolate.

Taste. Caramel, raisins, coffee, red wine and dark berries, woody vanilla, slight oxidation.

Mouthfeel. Fuller body, sticky on the lips, low carbonation.

Overall. This one was a little oxidized. I thought it was built for the long haul, but I'm glad I didn't wait any longer to drink it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 3.2.13
Best after 01/29/11

A - Pours a super dark amber, almost brown with a soapy dark tan head with good retention.

S - Toffee, dark fruit, maybe a touch oxidized.

T - Carmel, toffee, raisin, brown sugar, ripe fruits.

D - Lower carbonation with a surprisingly thin body.

O - A bit past it's prime, but still drinkable and fun.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- pours a very dark red, nearly black, with a paper thin offwhite head that looks pretty much nonexistent. Disappointing

S- booze. Just straight booze. Even at two years out, this smells hot as hell

T- cherries, red wine, tobacco. Not exactly exploding with flavor, but it's clearly a very nuanced beer that may have sat for a little too long.

M- medium bodied. Body isn't as thick as I'd expect. Nice

O- this beer confuses me. I don't know what it wants to be, but then again, the generic "strong ale" category lets it be whatever it wants for the mostpart

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter

A - Dark ruby red. Very little to no head.

S - Pretty darn good. Chocolate, cherries, barrel, wine. Somebody below wrote about it smelling like cough syrup in a good way, I see what they mean. Pretty unique smell.

T - Liquor soaked black cherries with chocolate. I have no idea what it was like fresh, but everything is well blended together 2 years out. Lots of subtle flavors, with the dark cherry being the only stand out. I like it quite a bit.

M - Solid. Just on the thicker side of medium, very low carb.

O - This does not remind me of jubelale at all. Havent done a side by side, but 2010 seems significantly different. Great unique beer. I'm not a huge fan of wine barrel treatments, but I really like this one.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Loved this beer. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean beach, CA.

Rich and with bold character, hops sprinkled throughout, then warm bourbon and dark fruits hit- like you should be sipping by a fire. Chocolate and vanilla wafers (almost like a kit-kat), oak, a touch of hop bite/citrus, a touch of toffee/caramel, finishing with more bourbon/oaky warmth. A bigger, perhaps more regal pour of the Jubelale. A delicious, richly flavored and balanced beer, I would drink again and again.


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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with black wax. Poured into a 10oz tulip
Best after date of 1/29/11. Batch #0938K
Sampled 14SEP12

Received a while back from my first trade. Thanks Drezz77.

[A] A semi-vigorous pour garners one finger and a half of head. Moderate density, around medium light in color. Retention is well above average and the thick creamy collar looks like it will be around for a while. The body is an opaque, dark amber brown and takes on a murky chestnut hue when backlit.

[S] Old, musty leather. Wet cardboard. Molasses. Dark dried fruit aromas of prune & raisin - and grilled fig to a lesser extent.

[T] Some lighter vinous/red grape flavors seep through shortly after the pour, then become indistinguishable as the beer opens up. Hearty grain, soily earth with a layer of semi sweet, dark fruits to pull it all together. Bitterness and sweetness are equals.

[M] Well attenuated. The body of this beer is on the thinner side for 10% but this bottle has been sitting for almost 30 months at this point. A fine level of carbonation let's the beer roll across the tongue with ease. Body is just above medium; the finish somewhat prolonged.

[O] A buddy opened this bottle about 8 months ago - and it was a little better then. This beer, at this age, hit the spot for an airy September night. Lower temperatures, however, would have called for a thicker, chewier beer - but I enjoyed sipping on this one today.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured info a Founders snifter on 12/26/12

Best after: 01/29/11

Thanks to PDXHops

Pours a chestnut brown but settles much darker. At a glance it looks pretty close to black. The two finger head is fizzy and short lived, dropping to a soapy layer across the top. Tilting the glass to smell the beer leaves large trails of lace.

The aroma explodes with depth and complexity. Notes of figs, port, rum cake, molasses, raisins, black cherry, chocolate, bran muffins, toffee, caramel and hints of leather and black walnuts. This is bold without smelling overly sugary or boozy.

The flavors are layered less than the aromas. Baked bread, notions of spice cake, figs, raisins, dark fruit notions, tobacco, toasted sugars and hints of burnt chocolate. Slight hop kick on the back end. Moderate alcohol heat - definitely several steps up from the aroma.

The body is full and slow-moving though it is far from sluggish. There is some residual sugar stickiness and the aforementioned alcohol; there is also a gritty undercurrent. These two characteristics are held in balance by moderate carbonation.

This is a great cold weather sipper. I figured the night of the "blizzard" that came through earlier today would make as good a night as any. No disappointments here. Thanks, Jeff!

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Photo of woemad
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho, for $12.99 when it first came out. According to the label, this is “Best After: 01/29/11”, so it should be safe from the perils of too-early consumption. I’m drinking this in honor of the end of the 2012 Eastern Washington University season, and the continuing success of the Seattle Seahawks season.

Pours a very dark brown, with a half finger of tan foam that dropped after a couple of minutes.

Big aroma of dark chocolate, slightly sour cherries, oak, figs, booze and brown sugar. Rather complex smelling.

Surprisingly sweet in the taste. Quite a bit of alcohol heat. The sour cherries stand out more than the dark chocolate flavor. Subordinate in the taste department is the brown sugar flavor. There’s also a wine-like flavor that stands out in the taste more than it did in the scent. I’m presuming that’s from the pinot noir barrells. There’s a voluptuous bourbon-flavord cloak wrapped around everything. Hops are only noticeable at the slightly dry swallow.

Not as full bodied as I expected this to be for a beer this complex tasting. The mouthfeel is creamy and rather sticky.

An outstanding dessert beer. Nothing I’d want to session, but it’s working rather well after dinner on a cold night. I kinda wish I’d tried one of these when it was fresh to see what’s changed, but what I’m really regretting is that at the time I bought this, I only had the funds for one bottle

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dresden. Best after 1/29/11.

A - Dark brown; almost opaque with only a slight dark ruby hue along the bottle of the glass. A thin layer of light brown head.

S - Big oak aroma up front with a huge sweet malt presence providing toffee, dark caramel and brown sugar. No hop profile at all, which is not surprising given the tow years of age of this one.

T - Dark caramel, brown sugar and toffee create a very sweet flavour profile where the malt base shines. The oak is present but is secondary, unlike in the nose. Very sweet overall with well hidden ABV.

M - Medium body with a big chew. Light carbonation.

O - A nice beer. I wish I had tried this one fresh to compare the differences.

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Photo of gonzowestwood
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle. Date says best after 01/29/11

A- very dark brown rust, thin lingering head
S- booze, rasin, and a touch of molasses
T- dark fruits, maple, a touch of oak and booze
M- think this is the best part of the beer. Real nice and Smooth
O- a very nice beer but a real boozer. Doesn't hide the 10% at all. Nice to sip on but not worth the ten year wait.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks pat

Pours a clouded dark amber color with a thin coating of bubbled graham cracker brown head. Fades into a collar of retention, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of dark fruit in the nose - raisin and dates with some candied and burnt sugar notes. Touches of chocolate and nuttiness with a warming alcohol sensation. A few touches of vinous red wine and oak.

Warm and sweet up front with a healthy helping of candied dark fruits. Dates, figs and plums with some sugary tones. Roasted malts with touches of chocolate and nuts creating a dark sweetness. Red wine, crushed grapes and charred oak with a very soft hint of tobacco. Finishes warm and boozy with a oak tannins and some residual dark fruit.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and slightly chewy on the tongue. Another winner here for Deschutes, plain and simple - I wish they would make this one again.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remember if I got this in a trade or if my buddy Jeff brought it back for me, but hey, I guess it doesn't matter. Review is from notes taken on 9/2/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: The pour looks like a lot of strong ales -- nice dark, caramel brown with some ruby highlights and lighter mahogany hints on the sides where the light penetrates a little bit; starts with a short, light tan 1/4 finger head that fades to a thin wisp in the center; body is dark and murky, nearly opaque; moderately strong carbonation bubbling up near the sides;

Smell: Lots of dark fruitiness - overripe and of the fig/raisin variety; a bit of some sweet and bread-like yeast and maltiness; definite whiff of alcohol; reminiscent of a good strong ale blended with a dark red wine -- it's got some bitter tannin scent in ther.

Taste: Really nails the smell -- it's got a nice sweet maltiness with aspects of caramel and some light chocolate notes with a touch of earthy roastiness; bitter/tart fruitiness, not like an infection or anything but really more like a deep red wine holds some bitterness to it; definite presence of alcohol. Overall, it's pretty good, and more complex than I was expecting -- kudos to Deschutes (not that they don't know that they kick ass anyway).

Mouthfeel: Body is medium weight, a little slick but still leaves a nice thin stickiness behind; carbonation is solid and lively, but not sharp; carbonation brings about plenty of life along with the warming alcohol that leaves the gums tingly and belly quite warm. I love a big beer that does all of this.

Overall: It's a very good beer -- once a decade, I don't know about that, but it's definitely worthy of at least an every-other-year kind of bottling. I'm also just glad that it wasn't infected like the last couple of beers from Deschutes I've cracked. Definitely a sipper since it weighs in at 10%, but it's worth drinking a 22 on your own, but it's probably never bad to share -- I'm just greedy like that.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown with a bit of ruby around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of dark caramel malts and dark fruits with some brown sugar, oak, red grapes, vanilla, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark fruit and dark caramel malts with a bit of licorice and vanilla. Through the middle, some more raisin and other dark fruits come through with some red wine grapes, oak, and brown sugar. Finish is a mix of molasses, dark fruit, dark caramel malts, oak, red wine grape, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice overall balance. The barrel adds some nice character next to the malty base beer.

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Photo of warnerry
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear deep garnet with one finger of tan head. Fades to a thin cap and leaves some pretty good lacing.

S - Lots of dark fruits and toffee, with some caramel, roasted malt. A bit of brown sugar and anise. Very appealing aroma.

T - Similar to smell there is a big presence of dark, dried fruits, mostly raisin and fig, and toffee. Caramelized brown sugar, anise, some spice, and faint wine notes. Finish has some oaky tannins. The flavors seem well blended. I never had this fresh, so I don't know how it compares, but it is smooth and easy drinking for a strong ale at this point.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel is a bit sticky initially, but finishes dry and oaky.

O - Very nice. There is definite sweetness, but it never gets overpowering. The wine barrel aging adds a nice aspect to this. Alcohol presence is quite faint.

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Photo of impending
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


2010 22oz into a tulip. Pours a motor oil brown, opaque in the glass. Minor head subsides quickly, minor lacing.

Strong aroma, heavy of charred malts, mollasses and minor anise, oaky over ripened dark fruits.

Big taste, very long lasting aftertaste. The barrel is obvious. Sweetness perfectly balanced by the bitter and conversely as well. The alcohol is appropriately warm. Full bodied viscous mouthfeel.

A slow sipper, tasty. If you awoke the next morn and found some remained in a glass, the taste would remain as you remembered it from the night before.
excellent at room temp

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark red with a complimentary caramel head.
Smell: quite complex. Buttery malts and dark fruit like dates or raisins.
Taste: very much like the nose. Complex and balanced. Alcohol well hidden. Buttery and rich. Raisins come to mind.
Overall: Outstanding brew.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich copper with a small brown head and pretty good lacing.

Lots of sugary sweet caramel and toffee with some dark fruits and a touch of booze. Maybe a bit of oxidation at this point, but the other aromas still shine through.

Similar flavors as the aroma. Sweet without being a malt bomb. Loads of caramel and toffee goodness. Don't really detect any of the pinot barrel as the dark fruits aren't quite as present in the taste. Just a touch of booze, but pretty well hidden. A rich buttery sweetness and texture comes out at the end which is kind of weird, but again with the flavors just kind of ends up tasting like caramel corn and doesn't harm the profile.

Medium to thick bodied with carbonation on the low side.

Maybe I'm just in the mood for this type of beer, but I thought it was well done. Borderline too sweet although it managed to not get cloying and the flavor profile is interesting. It appears time did some good to this one as it's much less hot than upon release.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a one finger light brown had. Dissipates rather quickly. Still looks impressive.

Aroma of chocolate, malts.

Taste has chocolate, dark malts, caramel, bourbon and some hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, a very nice brew.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

"best enjoyed after 1/29/11"

appearance: served in an oversized snifter, lovely light ruby-mahogany body, creamy tan film.

smell: lots of dark dried fruit, brown sugar, some light tannins, malty

taste: hard to say without trying it fresh, but this seems like an old ale on the decline - syrupy malts, wood, tobacco, brown sugar, roasted malts, some tannin notes from the pinot barrel. Nice stuff, smooth and and a complex layer of flavors, though my sense is this may be 6 months past the prime

mouthfeel: smooth, rich, light bitterness, layered

overall: solid stuff - one of the more interest deschutes releases

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Photo of mulder1010
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a globe glass
Been sitting in the cellar for awhile

A-- Poured a dark brown cherry color, lots of ruby showing and quite clear when shown to light. One finger light brown head that quickly faded to a solid collar and splotchy film. Lots of big bubbles in the head and when turned to film. Little bit of spotty lacing through drinking.

S-- Dark fruits soaked in melted brown sugar,toffee and chocolate. Sweet nose and quite warming. Just slight aroma's of wood to this. Just a good smell to stick a nose in.

T-- More dark fruits but generally plumb, strawberry and cherry, with backing of toffee. Little hints of wine and barrel. Sticky and sweet but slightly thin at first.

M-- Low carbonation and medium light feel. Little bit of warming on the gums and a bit of tannin. Dry, port like finish with a kick of strawberry and cherry jam.

O-- Strong Ale or Barleywine??? HMMM. Either way a very nice beer. Slow sipper as the ABV catches on quickly but not a hindrance. Well aged 2 year old beer.

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Photo of Fux
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy brown with a thin off-white head that dissapears with some lacings.

S: Smells is malty, molasses, chocolate.

T: The taste follows the nose, malt, wort, brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied. Finishes dry. Easy to drink.

O: A bit linear but overall a nice malt sirup.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excellent excellent beer. much more complex than the standard jubel ale, and in fact an entirely different animal. pours a mostly clear brassy color with a dim red glow and a medium sized tan head. smells acidic a little bit, and fruity a little bit. this is a lat forward beer with notes of caramel, butterscotch, and dark fruit. flavor is very similar to the nose, but you can really feel the alcohol here. the wine doesnt invade the flavor as much as i thought it might, but it is there more in the feel, which is very lightly carbonated (this is 2 years old now...). medum body, boozy and tannic to a degree in the finish, artfully smooth. rare and expensive (from what im told), it was a pleasure to try this one. deschutes big beers are all wonderful, and this is one of the best of the lot. i look forward to the next one in another 8 years!

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Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.