Ølfabrikken Jule Ale | Ølfabrikken

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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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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 31
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 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 Bananaman
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer from the Danish micro brewery Ølfabrikken. And it's definetley a nice first experience!

The beer pours a dark brown, slightly hazy, color with a nice beige head. The bottle is quite clean and nice aswell.

Aroma has a lot of American style hops, rosted malts, caramel, slight notes of cinnamon and some sort of slightly fruity scent.

Taste is full of the same things as the aroma, maybe even more hops in the taste than in the smell. The cinnamon reminds itself in the background. Full on rosted malts and American hops this makes a very nice christmas beer, but it's slightly out of balance.

Extremly filling beer anyway, feels almost like you're having a cask ale.

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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 Douglas88
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from the Bayou. Pours out a brown, almost red color with a small white head. The aroma is full of both hops and spices, some toasted malts and sweeter candy flavors. The taste was very nice; a smooth hoppy flavor, some spices, a bit of milk chocolate, a lot of malt, but not an earthy malt, a fairly sweet malt which balances against the hops. Pretty good. Light fruits and more malt stood out as it warmed. Enjoyable.

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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 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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