Jubilee | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

48 Ratings

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
HOPS: German Blanc
MALTS: Pilsner
ADDITIONS: Primary: Saison, Secondary: Sparkling Wine
FLAVOR: Pours golden yellow/orange, with a nice white head. Immediate aromas of pear, green apple, white grape, and spice , with hints of a floral presence. Flavor/mouthfeel is lively and intense with flavors of orange peel, spice, cloves and pear (will be highly carbonated). Finish is dry, crisp and warming.

Added by kell50 on 09-08-2016

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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Upon opening the bottle the strong "PUUFF" signals lots of carbonation and so warns of the need for a gentle pour. Even with that gentle pour the golden yellow light apricot tinged beer pours out into a Corsondonk goblet with a finely bubbled 2" fluffy white head that leaves behind a thin cap of lacing as it slowly recedes to a ring around the glass and an island on the liquid. The many streams of finely bubbled active carbonation help maintain that thin island foam. Sipping creates lots of patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include green orchard fruits (apple, some pear) and some white grapes. There is also a bit of bready malt, some light yeast notes and even a bit of spice.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the white grapes, the green apple and the pear up front all backed up by the light bready malt, a bit of sweetness, the yeast and a slightly bitter herbal, grassy, spicy semi-dryness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and both slightly creamy and slightly prickly with the active, finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins fairly early on as the initially fruity start begins to show a hint of the bready malt sweetness and a bit of yeast. Then all that begins to fade away, leaving behind some crisp, spicy, herbal, grassy bitter semi-dryness in the ending in the back of the throat which then gradually dries more as it leaves the scene.

This is my first beer in this style so I have nothing else to compare it to, but overall I have enjoyed it, found it complex, refreshing and a beer I certainly would try again. It’s also a bit of a dangerous beer in that the alcohol doesn’t really show, except for the feeling of bodily warmth it creates after several sips. I’d expect this would work well as an aperitif served in Champagne flutes, or possibly as an after dinner digestif.

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Photo of Budlum
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RickS95
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory Brewing Co. "Jubilee"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked and caged, "BOTTLED ON 14 DEC 2016 07.49P"
$7 @ Pletcher's Beer Distributor, State College, PA

Look: A careful first pour delivers a clear amber-orange body beneath a three finger thick head of pillowy, slightly off-white foam. The head retention is excellent, bolstered by the steady flow of tiny bubbles rising from beneath, and the lacing is very good as well.

Smell: The aroma is sweetish with what seems like rock-candy sugar, lightly caramelish and bready malt, yeast, Spanish Cava, and dried grass.

Taste: The flavor livens up with the addition of a good bit of fruitiness that includes juicy Red Delicious apples and soft Anjou pear. There's a hint of honey to it as well, and some sweet white grape and light orange. The caramel remains, light, and somewhere between golden and medium. It's moderately bitter and it finishes semi-dry but also a touch spicy. Some floral character appears in the finish along with more white grape, some orange, and a dusting of yeast, spiciness, and dried grass. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden across the palate but it is mildly warming in the finish.

Feel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous feel, and gently crisp and effervescent: lightly tingling at first but then more supple and smooth.

Overall: I rarely recommend aging beers but I'd suggest that if you have this in your cellar you give it another six months to a year, and given the price I paid for it I'm kicking myself now for not buying a whole case. It's not fantastic/amazing, but it's quite solid and fairly unique, and I believe that with a little bit of age it will sharpen a touch (although I didn't find much yeast even in my last pour - ?). I can totally imagine having a glass of this at the end of a large meal (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.) as a replacement for dessert or an addition to a smaller dessert, or just a spacer; or even as an apertif before hand. On the other hand, it really shows itself best once it's warmed a bit and it would make a great after-dinner/nightcap while winding down but you'd need several people to finish the bottle.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium gold color, full barm that settles quickly, perhaps a little more carbonation but certainly approximates champagne. Aroma is rustic, lots of those dry pear / apple notes, grape must (not sweet, more earthy), clove, yeast. Belgiany. Taste starts out creamier & sweet with vanilla oramge creme, flickers of that pear must & champagne yeast, but turns pretty husky & spicey towards the end - more star clove, anise bark - with this odd pique of medicinal hops that ends it with bitter note that really conflicts with the rest of the beer. It is certainly interesting & you have to appreciate the effort, but it didn't come together for me (really would have dialed-back the spice & jettisoned the hops). Mouthfeel is too thick & creamy for a champagne style beer.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is an orange color with great clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Apple, pear, vanilla, pale, toasted, biscuit, doughy, and boozy.

Taste: Same as above. Sweet, fruity, yeasty, and boozy. More complex as it warmed up and definitely a sipper being so sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, sweet, dry, boozy, medium to full bodied, and high carbonation.

Overall: Not to familiar with this style, but this was almost a like a super boozy tripel. Definitely a desert beer and sharing kind of beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a bubbly, effervescent cap

S: Lots of fruitiness up front. Includes apple, pear, grape, and some lighter citrus. Some yeasty spice and crackery maltiness as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the grape, apple, and pear notes with a bit of must followed by a mildly sweet crackery maltiness. Goes into very light yeast spiciness and a touch of alcohol. Finishes with lingering fruity notes and light sweetness

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, very effervescent and on the drier side due to the champagne yeast

O: A solid and surprisingly very drinkable (given the 12% abv) bière brut that does an incredible job combining the maltiness and champagne yeast. There aren't too many beers out there that utilize champagne yeast, but the ones that do are usually quite interesting and complex. This one is no different

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Photo of Aisha
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/14/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense, foamy, and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, peach, pear, apricot, orange, grape must, white wine, golden raisin, red/green apple, peppercorn, clove, bread dough, light honey, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, fruity/earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge lemon, peach, pear, apricot, orange, grape must, white wine, golden raisin, red/green apple, peppercorn, clove, bread dough, light honey, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness and herbal/floral/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, peach, pear, apricot, orange, grape must, white wine, golden raisin, red/green apple, peppercorn, clove, bread dough, light honey, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, fruity/earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly warming alcohol for 12%. Overall this is great Biere de champagne, and my first from the style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, fruity/earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, fairly crisp, and dangerously easy to drink for the huge ABV. Great well rounded yeast and hop complexity; nice malt backbone without much residual sweetness. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly golden yellow with a fat uniform belgian style head that lasts and never falls completely. Refreshes on each tip. Stream of bubbles can be seen as well as lots of scattered fizzy bubbles. Nose is pear, spice and floral. cracker malt is firm and strong and has to be to keep up with all that fruit. Lemony citrus. Soft nose with lots of sweet spice. Apple. Taste follows the nose. Smooth and not too sweet. The beer is fuller than let's say a typical saison but it has many of the same flavors and features. The yeast does not add funk imo but I did notice a little something tart on the nose. Crisp malt and plenty of fruit flavor to take you to a bubbly and dryish finish.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tumbler, on draft at DAily Growler.

A: pale dark gold, clear with little carbonation. 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly.

S: smells Belgian; lightly phenolic. Slightly sour; green apple; slightly vinous, wine like; actually smells like champagne. Phenols emerge as it warms, grape and pear.

T: sweet malty arrival, fruit and light phenols expressing immediately. Fuji apple, white grapes, pear, white peach,malt, mild clove.

M: medium, clean, more carbonated than the appearance lets on.

O: a cleaner, crisper, WAY higher ABV Saison. Very fruity, clean, and strong. Really the perfect beer for these cold, sunny spring days. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of micropale
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mleidig
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours clear orange with a huge head of good retention. The nose has some champagne-like elements. Not sure if I'm imagining it but there are some vinous notes too. Some candi sugar as well. The taste is like an overly carbonated and overly sweet Tripel. Thick mouthfeel. The alcohol levels are well concealed at least while the beer is cold.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of gopens44
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First venture into the style, and I'm very pleased with it. Tastes sorta like an imperial Zinfandel with a Helles finish. Body is perfect for conveying the strength without being too heavy.

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Photo of Chackman151
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimmyMijal
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate brassy colored highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy fizzy off-white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of half finger thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of musty white grapes, green apples, and pear with light to moderate aromas of pale malts with a moderate amount of candi sugar sweetness. Light aromas of spices (grains of paradise + coriander).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale + bready malts with a moderate amount of candi sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of light fruits - white grape, pear, and green apple. That is followed by moderate flavors of spices (grains of paradise + coriander) and a moderate champagne yeastiness. Light amount of lingering yeasty sweetness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: More of a hybrid Belgian Tripel and Biere de Champagne - starts out like a Biere de Champagne but the finish is much more similar to a Tripel. Easy to drink with lighter, more effervescent body and well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: clear, medium amber with a mild yellow tint... finger-high loose foam recedes and actually maintains a messy collar and thin pad of suds atop

S: semi-sweet, semi-toasty pale malt with a mild tinge of honey, some apple-like esters, and hint of powdery yeast... initial impression is that it smells like a Belgian golden strong with hints of a dirty triple but with altogether tame/mellow aromas

T: rather spicy up front and through the finish... semi-dry, graham-cracker malt flavor with some vague (clove) spicy apple (cider) flourishes on the fringes... now noticing the details below - more white grape than pear, but not much of either

F: marginally slick, near-syrup viscosity in the middle of the first few sips that thins out gradually, though the body never becomes sharp or bone dry... carbonation too buried

O: the baked-yeast flavors are too prevalent - tastes a little like a Belgian strong pale that's been sitting on the shelf for a couple years... the tame alcohol presence is enjoyable, but there's not enough of anything else going on to bring me back - I'll stick to Mickey's, or hopefully eventually soon grab a bottle of Deus or Malheur

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Jubilee from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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