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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: 562
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 121
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 GbVDave
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
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 +4.5%
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 -22.4%
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 +0.2%
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 +8.6%
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 +5.7%
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
Photo of BeanBone
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thick, thoroughly dark brown body capped by a little less than a finger of golden-brown head that burns off quickly and leaves only the barest patches of lacing (not a big surprise given the double-digit alcohol content).

Aroma: A rich mix of dark fruit, sticky toffee pudding, herbal hops, oak, vanilla, and a trace of booze. I can already tell this is going to be special. It just gets more and more complex as it warms.

Flavor: Wow, this is bursting flavor, with many layers of distinct elements. Nicely bitter and herbal hops get the party started. Underneath, a massive malt body absolutely dripping with caramel, earthiness, and rum-soaked dark fruit. Plenty of oak comes through, but there’s a little less vanilla than usually shows up in barrel-aged beer. The alcohol is present throughout, but instead of dominating, it just contributes a light spiciness. There is a hell of a lot going on here, but each element plays nicely with the others, resulting in a well-balanced behemoth. Dark fruit, bitter hops, caramel, oak, and subtle booze in the lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: A chewy and sticky medium-full body with smooth medium carbonation and a drying finish. Subtle warmth from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: At first, it feels like it drinks a little faster than a massive ten percent brew, but eventually the pace slows to what you’d expect.

Verdict: What can I say? I just adore this beer. It’s massive, absolutely packed to the gills with character, but everything comes together in a perfect way to create something almost transcendent. I’m so glad I invested in a case.

BeanBone, May 23, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thrilled to finally try this one, i let it settle down a touch before i opened up last week. slowly decanted into my trust white birch glass.

pours out a jet black color with only a minimal head that does not stick around too long but what is there is clinging to the sides and nice ans sticky. aroma is warming, lots of boozy notes, vanilla and oak coming through the air very clearly now, really showing off what it can do for sure. a nice and well rounded mix of bourbon, caramel, dark roasted malts, nice hints of toffee, and vanilla and a light brown sugar that seems to pop up in the finish. really nicely blended and a well deserved finish was smooth, silky and full of sweet flavor.

truly a fantastic beer and i am soo happy i have more to sit on to watch this one grow.

mikesgroove, May 19, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into tulip. Best after 1/29/2011

A - Deep ruby with a thin off white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

S - Raspberries and some spiciness. Sweetly fruity and very appealing. Some raisin or prune, maybe.

T - Prune, raspberry, cherry, perhaps some vanilla. Plenty of sweet chocolate too. So complex and so delicious. Like a chocolate fruitcake. Finish of cherries with a long tail of flavor.

M - Creamy smooth, little carbonation. Just a touch of alcohol heat and a bit too sticky. Aftertaste for ages.

O - Really something special. So delicious, with complexity and drinkability to match. Flavors go together perfectly and create what is undeniably a brilliant beer. I'll see you guys in 10 years when the next version comes out!

greenmonstah, May 19, 2011
Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bottle.

Pours deep, clear mahogany that shows brighter amber when held up to light. The head is small and tan, but does stick around as a thin cap for a while.

Aroma is almost like a booze-soaked fruitcake. It's got cherries, apples and raisins with some toasted malts and toffee. There is also caramel, chocolate and molasses with a touch of spices.

The taste is fruity with some more of the doughy malts. Raisins are present with some tart cherries and semi-sweet chocolate. There is more spiciness in the finish with cinnamon jumping to the top.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and equal parts sweet and roasted in the finish.

This is a nice and complex winter-style ale with strong fruity notes mixed with chocolate and toasted malts. Good.

gford217, May 18, 2011
Photo of CruisaC
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to mnbearsfan for this want. Check this one off the list.

After I got the wax off (any one have a super easy way for this I'm all ears), it pours a dark mahogany with an inch of caramel head

smells of grapes and raisins and cinnamon cloves, slightly medicinal on the end. Very Belgian Strong Ale

Taste follows with some oak, dark fruits, almost bourbon with some red wine notes. I do detect some of the alcohol, but it's not burning.

A little thin on the mouthfeel, which doesn't necessarily work against this beer. Almost allowed me to sip it a little faster than I probably should have.

Overall another solid offering from Deschutes. I've had the Dissident, and I've got a Mirror Mirror and an Abyss to add to the repertoire. So far so good

CruisaC, May 07, 2011
Photo of HoustonTX
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers. The kinds you see in the display case of high end expensive goods. The ones with high quality wax that you struggle with to even break into the thing. Yeah, one of those kinds.

Being that this is my pre-birthday celebration, I am a bit drunk anyways. Getting the wax off was like James Franco surgically cutting his arm off in 127 hours. Time seemed to slow down, and insanity pursued.

Thank god those 127 hours were worth the wait.

Deep brown body, with some off white sticky lacing.

The aroma is wonderful, just like something out of a bakery. Dates and raisins, molasses, brown sugar. Cinnamon, apple, oranges, and plenty of tart dark fruits. Very nice, just like a fresh out of the oven warm apple pie. Well balanced.

Dark fruits dominate the flavor, with amazing complexity. Plums, raspberry, prunes, and fresh squeezed white grapefruit. Notes of bitter, earthy, tangy, sweet, spicy, neutral, cloying, and assertive all blend together nicely. The complexity is almost too much at once to describe. The deepness of the fruits, and the very well pronounced earthy malt and floral hop background to support it is truly something to behold.

There is just a whole lot going on here, and the amazing this is my arm is still stuck in between a rock and this is the best beer I've had in a long time.

Now you might not know this about me, but I will say it anyways.

You know, I've been thinking. Everything is... just comes together. It's me. I chose this. I chose all this. This rock... this rock has been waiting for me my entire life. It's entire life, ever since it was a bit of meteorite a million, billion years ago. In space. It's been waiting, to come here. Right, right here. I've been moving towards it my entire life. The minute I was born, every breath that I've taken, every action has been leading me to this crack on the out surface.

It's time to say goodbye now, I'm running out of things to say. Mom, Dad, I really love you guys. I wanted to take this time to say the times we've spent together have been awesome. I haven't appreciated you in my own the way I know I could.

And Deschutes, this is one hell of a beer.

HoustonTX, May 05, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Have wanted to open this one on numerous occasions... Finally said "Screw it, I'll dirnk it myself". Best after date of 1/29/11. Poured from a 22oz. black waxed and capped bomber into a Southampton oversize snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger semi-coarse off-white colored head with decent retention. Beer is a clear dark brown. Lacing is spotty and stringy with decent cling. Nice legs too.

S: Nose is very unique. Notes of oak, fresh purple grapes, fresh prunes, fresh plums, cinnamon, brown sugar, and bourbon. Purple fruit abounds. Some sweet spices hide out in the background also. Appetizing and it gives me something to look forward to.

T: Opens brown sugar and prune pulp. Some purple grapes and more brown sugar towards the middle with a touch of molasses and tea leaves. Bourbon hits towards the end providing an accented and sweet finish enhanced by a touch of honey. Finish is sweet iced tea and aftertaste is the same with more molasses and brown sugar. This isn't bad but its not too appetizing either. A strange brew.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with some lingering bubbles and goes down a bit watery with a touch of heat. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers. A bit thin overall for the style.

O: I'm not sure what to make of this beer but I'm pretty sure that it won't hold up for another 9 years. Body is a bit thin and the flavor is awkward if anything. Worth a try for the novelty of it... I can't recall ever having a beer that taste's like this... but its not worth the effort to age in my opinion.

SpeedwayJim, May 01, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber. Best After 01/29/11. Bought this over a year ago and have been aging it patiently in the old beer fridge. Poured into Tulip.

Pours a deep dark brownish red. Hard to see any light coming through this one. A finger of beige foam fades away to a medium ring. Some slow cascading carbonation around the edges.

Initial smell is of berries and various dark fruits. Also some vanilla, apple, and cinnamon.

Initial taste mixes sweet malt with vinegary red wine tannins. Taste tilts more towards raisins than the sweet berries on the nose. The red wine/grape juice flavor lingers through the middle accompanied by some biting carbonation and hop bitterness. Getting more of an oaky barrel aged note in the flavor than the nose. (OK, just read that this was aged in Pinot Noir barrels, duh, that explains a lot.). Alcohol mixes in with the flavor near the finish, but isn't overly strong.

Body is quite thick and syrupy, encourages slow sipping.

I like this beer a lot, although the cloying sweetness knocks the score down a bit. It is very much a beer-wine hybrid, much like Dogfish Head Red & White, which is one of my favorites out there.

brotherloco, May 01, 2011
Photo of mklooster
2.6/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with my brother "kdiggidy"

A - This was the best part of the beer. Very nice pour into modern day tulip glasses. Great carbonation, mahogany pour that turns dark purple/black (almost the color of root beer) in the glass.

S - Fruity, almost wine-like (obviously).

T - Surprisingly flat on the tongue, lacking in complexity. I had way higher hopes for this beer.

M - Silky smooth.

O - I received this for my 30th birthday and have saved it for a special occasion (pre DLD festivities). As hard as it is to say, this beer did not live up to my expectations. I haven't ruled out the 2020. Sadly, I don't think cellaring would have made much of a difference for this brew. Much love to Deschutes for their ambition/innovation. To each their own - happy drinking everyone!

mklooster, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of DosBeerigos
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C: Cloudy
H: Light Brown, almost like a watered down Rootbeer
N: Dark Fruits (Plumbs/Cherries), Candy Sugar, Pinot/Oak Odors

You have to love a beer that reads “Best AFTER”, that’s right not before. AFTER! That means the beer was release a bit pre-mature in my opinion, but hey who cares. Well lucky for me this beer was opened after the date on the bottle so it was “ready” to drink.

And Ready to drink it was! This beer was almost unlike anything else I have ever had. The thick/sticky mouth feel was a pleasant surprise as the sugars took front and center on the taste. Hints of the dark fruits came across, and everything was followed by a hint of barrel/oak funk. The Funk didn’t overpower but simply complemented the super sugary flavor of this beer.

Very Nice Surprise!

DosBeerigos, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of TStron
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Has a huge creamy white head over a deep amber body.

S - Very strong hop aroma with and underlying sweetness.

T - Robust malty flavor well balanced with the hops. Hops are very much there but nowhere near what I thought it would be based on the smell.

M - Lightly carbonated and smooth like many stouts. There is a really great full and creamy body.

O - Very enjoyable. Not a session beer. I really like the flavor of this beer but its not something I want a lot of. One bomber split with my dad was enough.

TStron, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A deep mahogany that barely lets any light through. A thin tan cap and little lace down the glass.

A very fruity aroma that mostly consists of dark fruits like cherries and figs along with some citrus elements. There's some other sweetness and syrupy aromas as well.

A very sweet taste that follows the nose very closely. Along with the dark fruits and syrupy flavors, there's some bready characteristics along with a very warming sensation from the alcohol and an alcohol flavor like a port or a brandy. Very nice and changing as it warms.

A creamy, syrupy, thick, dessert-like mouthfeel. It's a sipper, but the alcohol is not overpowering.

I think this beer is better than its individual parts would let on. It's a dessert sipper, and a nearly perfect one at that.

ehammond1, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/maroon color with a light khaki head.

Nose is big rich creamy carmel with sweet undertones of coconut and creamy whiskey.

Mouthfeel is rich, viscous and well balanced.

Flavors follow nose with rich carmel, toffee, sweet creamed coffee and creamy rich whiskey/malty tones. Some cooked stone fruit and cooked banana/clover character.

Finish is creamed bitter coffee. Flavor profile was a bit sweeter in earlier tastings. This remains a very nice drink and likely at its peak now, 4/11.

GRG1313, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle). Pours clear dark mahogany with beige head and active carbonation. No real lacing occurring here. Aroma is super sweet reminiscent of hardy candy. Reminds me of some of the Hair of the Dog brews. Taste is very sweet with a bit of hop bitterness. Full bodied with a sticky texture and slightly dry, bitter finish. Decent beer, but not once a decade special.

trappistlover, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Gatch
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this the night of Deschutes Base Camp Week at Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale, AZ on Friday, April 8th.

Dark as night. Not much of a head. Malty and sweet on the nose. So smooth and malty on the palate. A bit of alcohol but it's a welcome flavor. Caramelized sugar and molasses all day. Fantastic beer. I'd recommend it to anyone.

Gatch, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of mikeyv35
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 04/01/2011
Vintage: 2010
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Glass: Tulip

Poured a deep brown mahoghany in color w/ ruby red accents, that produced a 1/2 finger off-white head, that left nice lacing. Aromas of strong grape skin, oak, and earthiness. Taste was vinous grape/wine from barrel aging up front, followed by caramel/toffee, and finishing w/ solid hop bite and a touch of booze. Medium bodied and lush due to appropriate carb. Pretty drinkable brew for 10% ABV, but would recommend sharing.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. This one should get much better w/ age as the hop bite will fade and make this more English Barleywine-esque. Will be picking up more bottles of this to age for a few years.

mikeyv35, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best after January 29th, 2011 - so let's see what we have now:

Poured from a wax-capped 22oz bomber into my Spirit Sippers snifter.

Nearly opaque, dark old-mauve liquid with a thin soapy smattering of near-platinum-colored foam forming an amorphous cap. Vague lacing and very light tears.

Lovely old-ale like aromas - stewed nectarines, prunes, leather, Oloroso sherry butts, malt, and floral notes.

Dried fruit, wood, esters, nuts, and potent malt lead the flavor profile towards the sweet side. Not as hoppy as a barleywine, not as oxidized as an old ale, though it reminds me in many ways of both. Medium-dry, slightly spicy finish.

Rich, medium-heavy bodied, lightly warming, with moderate carbonation.

Not sure it will stand up to extended aging, but I expect it will become increasingly complex over time. Worth setting down a few bottles to find out...

augustgarage, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650mL wax-capped bottle with best after date of 1/29/2011. Pours dark ruby/brown with a tan head that stuck around for a bit. Smells very nice, with sweet malt, brown sugar, hops, and wood. Tastes like a big version of Jubelale! Caramel sweetness, maple syrup, dark fruits, hop bitterness, and woody flavors. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is a bit boozy. Very rich and sweet. Nothing mind-blowing but this is a good, very unique Strong Ale.

chickenm, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

334th review on BA
bottle to NB globe
650 ML Best after 1/29/11

App- Dense thick browns with rays of lighter brown jetting out of from the center. Nice developing one finger head. Nice scattered lacing.

Smell- Smells a lot like fruit juice with a lot of booze in it. Could be the pinot aging so i'll go with that. Very grape/cranberry in the nose. A little malty and medicinal but for some reason its growing on me.

Taste- IMHO, this is one of those beers you either love or hate. The grape/fruit flavors will leave a lot of people happy and the ABV will make a lot of people happy but to cross the too might be difficult. I found this to be very tasty and inviting. A nice blend of sweet and malty to blend with the ABV. It had a lot of tannin flavors to it but it worked and it was tasty and a little complex due to its aging.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low/medium carb level. Slightly sweet with a tad malty aftertaste.

Drink- A sweet malty brew with many big flavors. The balance of the booze with the fruit flavors made this quite enjoyable. I might just have to go find another bottle for an aging of my own.

FosterJM, Mar 24, 2011
Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.