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Ølfabrikken Jule AleØlfabrikken Jule Ale

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Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No date on here, but considering the store I found it at (Friar Tuck), it's probably a 2008 bottle.

Pours a reddish orange, fairly murky. Some visible carbonation trailing upwards. Decent amount of foam. Looks like a winter ale. On closer inspection there's tiny suspended micro sediment hanging in the liquid.

Aroma is a little muddled, some yeast and malt character, with indistinct spice under that.

Perceptible alcohol, vague hop earthiness, citrus peel, and bitterness in the end. Spicy phenolics in the aftertaste. Sadly this isn't as festive as i'd hoped. Sort of odd, malt and yeast forward, with some faded hops and spice. It has the hefty fortitude that a winter ale should have, which is one redeeming characteristic. It's drinkable, but i'd rather have someting else.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby with 1 1/2 fingers of light tan head. 1/2 finger of solid retention throws a big creamy cascade of lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is fairly sweet with honey, bread, oranges & cherries, some definite spiciness of cinnamon and dusty coriander, floral hops, and a quick sting of warmth as this reaches room temp.

The taste matches the aroma fairly closely. Bready caramel and atouch of chocolate, a fruity middle section of apples, oranges, and cherries; and a lively undercurrent of spices and hops. Finishes tangy but the segues into a more bitter and dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a flatter feel as it first hits the palate but then flares up into a creamier sense as it hits the back of the throat. The ABV of this is right out there. I'd call it warm but not overly hot.

Tasty and fairly complex but the ABV held this back some for me. A decent but ultimately not hugely satisying Winter Warmer experience.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely blurry maraschino cherry-orange with bright Sunkist edges. This has always struck me as a festive color and is one of my favorites where beer is concerned. The wonderful looking lid is pastel gold, has plenty of interesting topography and is laying down tattered sheets of sticky lace. Great right out of the gate.

Too bad I wasn't aware of Olfabrikken's intent with Jule Ale or this crown would have been cracked long, long ago. They set out to brew a highly-hopped American-style ale (70 IBUs) rather than a malty sweet beer. Aging it for a year wasn't very smart on my part. One last note: winter warmer would probably be a better style choice.

The nose is caramel malty and still has a nostril pleasing amount of citrus fruity hoppiness. Rarely have I run across a beer that uses each and every one of the C-hops and nothing else: Cascade, Chinook, Columbus and Centennial. Too bad the added spices (see below) aren't very prominent.

Jule Ale might have been great beer in November 2008. It's merely good beer now. It still isn't sweet and malty, it's more balanced and spicy. On second thought, hops continue to have the upper hand over malt. Minimal appreciable alcohol is a plus.

Flavors include steely caramel, toasted brown bread, a figgy fruitiness, white grapefruit peel, pine boughs and generous amounts of cinnamon and coriander. Hmmm... looks like they start with the letter 'C' too. A gentle warming is probably a combination of cinnamon and alcohol. Herbed/spiced beer would work just as well.

If the mouthfeel was even a little less full, the score would've been lower. It doesn't have the heft that I look for at this ABV, but it's nicely smooth and creamy thanks to perfect carbonation. It also making drinking quickly (not recommended) a cinch.

Olfabrikken is my favorite Scandanavian brewery (Nogne is a very close second). Nothing that I've had from these guys has been less than delicious and Jule Ale does nothing to change that. Merry Christmas... one month early.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a St. Bernardus chalice, deep, dark, clouded crimson, slim to no head.

Spices and fruit hit the nose with equal alacrity, cinnamon and apple, cloves and cherries...big malt, and well-hopped...

More of the same in the mouth...and,apparently, there's coriander in here, with the cinnamon...(no clove, though...)
Bountiful fruit flavors, with big hop bitterness.Sour for a minute, then bitter, then refreshing and cool. Every sip demands a next one.The next one is just as delightful.

nice, medium bodied, long, lovely finish...great wintry brew...mmm, mmm, Olfabrikken!

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel, some kind of spices going on. The taste is malty, caramel, nice touch of spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is no AB, but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Debut release at Max's today. Impressive stuff.

The beer pours a hazy toffee brown color with OK head retention and lacing. This beers has the nose of an IPA, albeit one with some significant malt as well. There is plenty of citrus, but also some chocolate and cherry. The flavors for the most part replicate the nose, except the beer is really dominated by the hop profile. Still, the beer has moderate sweetness and some nice flavors of cherry and chocolate. The beer is medium bodied and the alcohol is pretty well disguised.

This is a nice, easy drinking holiday IPA from this accomplished Danish brewery. While not as good as the Kloster Jule (IMHO), it's still very good.

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Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a very dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with a thin half finger yellowish tan foam head that quickly fades into a very thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Spicy peppery aroma with hints of cinnamon and peppermint as well as some dark fruit such as cherry, plum and fig. Very faint citrus peel and hops in the nose.

Medium bodied with a nice prominent spiciness up front that is quickly countered by dark fruit notes and slight citrus. Hints of cherry, grape, date, fig, raisin and citrus peel. Well balanced with enough bitterness and spice to balance out the citrus and dark fruit flavor. Slightly bitter dry finish.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The Pour yielded a natural ice tea color with a frothy beige capping, about 2 fingers in height, with a moderate sense of retention. A light state of clarity showed a haze of micro particles suspended within, along with a strong showing of carbonation. Some slight stickage occurs for a lacing but nothing to get to excited about.

S: The piney dry grapefruit hops, compliment of the abundance of C-hops come through nicely here with medium strength, think arrogant bastard. Piney needles, dried caramel but hardly a trace of any spicing (coriander, cinnamon) as indicated could be picked up. There was a light presence of powdery sweetness which could have been the sugars or the cinnamon added on the very trail of the scent but again nothing to get to excited about.

T: Sticky pine hop resins with a robust showing of speciality malts (caramel) come through initially. There is a spicing of evergreen, with a spicy, woodsy appeal along with ripe grapefruit pulp. The finish is slightly dry of coriander (finally), spicy licorice and a dry alcohol touch of solvent. Boozy, wintery with a spicy American citrus hopping makes for an unique take on the style.

M: Tight carbonation, swells up slightly turning creamy with a playful and warming nature. The finish finds a spiciness of pine needles and citronella.

D: Decent drinkability along with decent enjoyment. Solidly good, but will stop there, wasn't anything that will make me mention this out of the ordinary.

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Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice smell of spices, hops, malt, and sweets.

T: Tasted of West Coast hops, caramel malt, cinnamon, and coriander. Not as overly spicy as you might expect, but still very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable beer.

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Photo of bark
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The colour is dark amber; the liquid clear. The pale brown head is two fingers thick; it leaves a nice lacing when sinking.

The smell got fresh American hoppy notes: A grand bitterness, citric notes, grapefruits, apples, raisins, dried fruits. Sweet and elegant.

The taste is dry and very balanced. An elegant yet robust bitterness. Notes of raisins and other dried fruits. Fresh and full flavoured, but not too heavy. Matured fruits and a tart bitterness in the aftertaste - which is long lasting and elegant. Some raisins and dry bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is a little too strong; it gets better after an hour in the glass. Small bubbles. The liquid is dry yet quite smooth.

A very good interpretation of this American style: Hoppy without being heavy.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 22oz bomber into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a dark murky brown, similar to a quad with a very light tan head, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is light showing mostly a little spice.

The taste is super strong like coffe mixed with winter spice. No clue where the coffee came from, but its not a welcome surpirse.

The feel is medium with a smooth finish, not very drinkable.

This beer is pretty blah, nothing anything special.

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Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

This one pours a deep caramel brown, very hazy and shows amber when held up to light. There is a one inch off-white head that recedes to a collar slowly and leaves little lacing.

The nose is dominated by caramel malts and spices, especially the cinnamon. The Chinook hops have faded a bit but are still a bit of the pine resin aromas in the background.

The taste has what's left of the hops as a fleeting floral flavor up front before the caramel malt backbone starts to dominate. The spices start out subtly in the taste but seem to build up after each sip and the resulting cinnamon and coriander spciness becomes more and more evident after each sip.

The mouthfeel is just light of medium bodied with decent carbonation and comes across as a bit slick.

This is not one my favorites from Olfabrikken but is still a good beer overall with a good use of spices to liven things up. I would have liked to try this with a fresher hop profile.

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Photo of tpd975
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to SeaBass for this one.

A: Pours a nice orangish brown hue with a nice creamy off white head. Okay retention with some nice sheet lace.

S: Hoppy for sure. Lots of american hops with mild notes of spice and caramel.

T: Piney hops mostly with subtle notes of citrus. Caramel malt with a nice little blast of cinnamon. A unique take on the style.

M: Medium in body, with good carbonation.

D: Pretty good.

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Photo of Vancer
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ol' Juley pours from the bomber a hazy amber brown in the Corsendonk tulip, with a big foamy tan head bubbling up, and sticking like gorilla glue to the sides.

Hoppy aroma of pine, resinous earth and even...spruce? Very spicy quaff with the winter type flavors dominating - nutmeg, vanilla, and some hints of coriander and dark chocolate. But again, the spruce and pine hops are unique and tasty.

A very fine winter/Xmas ale supplied by Bon Vivant in Colombia, IL - many thanks!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22.3oz bomber into a red wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy, smokey-brown color with hints of rust. The head is light-khaki in color and recedes quickly to a faint skim and thick, bubbly ring that leaves some lacey globs on the glass.

S: Interesting aromas of toasted malt, citrus, slightly singed bread crust, caramel, pine needles and/or juniper, white grape, alcohol, and spices.

T: See above. The toasted/roasted malt flavors really came alive as its' temperature rose. Everything else from above became more pronounced the warmer it got. I even caught a hint of cinnamon spiked cookie dough towards the end of the bottle. Mmmmm, Danish Christmas.

M: Dry and prickly with an overall oily-ness that keeps the finish alive forever.

D: Complexities that are unleashed by proper serving temp. Definitely allow this one to "breathe" before pouring-if straight out of the fridge. Alcohol was apparent, slightly, in the aroma but not intrusive in the least. Hope more Olfabrikken beers become available in the states...soon!

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Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled several times in Copenhagen, in the bottle and on draught. This is a hell of a winter ale, one of the best I’ve had. Really unique, with perfect balance between the spices, big hops and toasty malt. Flavorful and spot on. Just another gem for Christian.

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Photo of albern
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful holiday beer if there ever was one. It pours a nice amber color with a slightly foamy off white head, no lacing, with some retention. The aroma is sweet malts and spices. The beer is low to moderate carbonation.

The beer is quite strong, although the alcohol is well hidden underneath. The beer is a bit syrupy in consistency, quite full bodied, with a rich palate of flavors. There is a strong, brown sugar, roasted flavor to the beer. There is a nice caramel flavor that is present throughout. There is some coriander, orange peel, and maybe some alcohol soaked pineapple flavors. There is definitely a wheaty quality to the beer which tends to tamp down some of the more syrupy strong alcohol character of the beer. There is cinnamon spices to the beer, and the cinnamon comes on strong towards the finish and really caps off the experience. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but there is no throaty burn in the aftertaste. This is more of a sipping type of beer, but it is a very nice holiday beer on a cold winter night. L'Chaim.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Champane Wine.

A - Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.

S- Moderate to heavy balanced spicy malt and hop aroma.

T - Medium to heavy spicy flavor with a medium spicy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.

D - Good Christmas brew that met my expectations.

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Photo of froghop
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy dark brown-orange with a small light tan head, and some lacing.

smell is of malt, spice, caramel, and dark fruits.

taste is of dark fruits, cocoa, malt, some hops in the back, spice, and pepper, ends a little on the dry side.

overall a good strong ale.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a sorded brown with huge ruby highlights and a nice white head that retains pretty well leaving nice lacing.

Nose is kind of weak, alot of dark malt, some slight dark fruit. Spice and alcohol.

Flavor is pretty nice but rather thin. Mostly alot of dark fruits and spice. This is really mediocre by olfabrikken standards. There is some slight hop bite on the finish. Aftertaste full of spice.

Mouthfeel is thin and kind of slick.

Drinkability is not that great. A bit hot for 8% if you ask me.

Overall, I am not impressed with this brew from Olfabrikken. This one should probably be thrown into the winter warmer category. I was expecting more from such a good brewery, but I can't in good consciounse recommend this.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Duvel tulip...

Big, bountiful doughy, 2-finger cinnamon/ginger head tops a perfect bourbon-colored body with quick but not-too-bountiful carbonation. Great lacing and solid retention.

Nose is surprsingly carbonated - a little sarsparilla - fair amount of earth. Good carmelized sugar and caramel malt with slight grassy hops. Quite dry - spice profile leds well to dried dates.

Pepper spice melds with dates to provide a juniper-like earthiness. Hop pine is more dominant than grassy scent and is prevalent - sweetness is really subdued. Finish is tight. Hearty but not necessarily warming.

Spice comes off a little tight with slight astringent alcohol burn. Earthiness doesn't really mesh well here with the tight palate feel, creating a mixed finish.

This warms up to be a little nicer after a while, and is quite a complex offering. However, there's a little too much cool burn for supreme drinkability.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22.3oz bottle into stout glass at 45 degrees.

Very active, 4F cream/tan head, over a deep amber body. Head lingers as a healthy film, with a decent amount of lacing.

Aromas of piney hops, barley & wheat malt and a touch of the coriander when taken in deeply. Little alcohol comes thru as it warms, too.

Flavor is a fairly well balanced hop-to-malt combo, with the alcohol bringing in the thickness and aftertaste. Pretty rich and sticky as expected from the style. The bitter citrus (grapefruit) & pine (old, dead tree at the curb) profile does end up dominating the sweet, without being a total blowout for the former.

The alcohol seemed higher than 8% (could've fooled me as a 10%), which helps to slow things down on the drinkability - but still quite good for the style.

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Photo of magine
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into becker glass.

Pours a deep dark cloudy amber color. Has a light tan fast fading head. Brew leaves minimal lace. Decent looks.

Brew smells hoppy, malty and spicy. A very unique smelling brew. Fruits, coriander, malts and spices are all there. Very good smell.

Brew is sweet and fruit hopped, has a malty yeast flavor as well. Spices are abundant. Very smooth and finishes dry. Balanced brew for sure. Good stuff here.

This is a very drinkable, unique tasting brew. Lots of flavors that work well together. The mouthfeel is solid as well. I like this one, good stuff.

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Photo of nick76
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has plastic, caramel, roasted malt, alcohol, and grass hops. The appearance is deep amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is thin. Overall this is disappointing but not bad. I think I had my hopes too high.

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Photo of baggio
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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A: Red / Amber with a beige head. Looks a bit murky but really isn't when you take a closer look.

S: Citric Notes, Pine, Molasses, Fruit and plenty of hops!

T: Orange, Spices, Dark Caramel, Fruit, Citric notes.

M: Very well balanced and refreshing. Plenty of carbonation. Initial taste reveals lots of sweetness but just a wee bit after the sweetness has appeared in your mouth a nice doze of bitterness shows up. Not bad.

Dunno if i would call this a christmas beer but it is damn good. Lots of interesting flavors and a nice fresh bitterness at the end making it an easy drink. Try it!

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