Jubilee
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Ranked #11
ABV:
12%
Score:
87
Ranked #21,099
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.03%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
55
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  9
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 55 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jkblr from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked bottle from late 2016 (according to the tiny etched date on bottle neck) poured into a wine glass at fridge temp 12% ABV. The beer pours bright light honey in color with off white head. Retention and lacing are above average. The aroma is fruity. The flavor is slightly sweetish with more fruit and a nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and very well carbonated. Overall, good. This is the second beer de brut that I've had and I like it better than the SA that was out a couple years ago. The German blanc hops work well with the champagne yeast.

Dec 29, 2017
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Mar 16, 2017
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gandres from Philippines

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thursday, December 05, 2019 8:08 PM
750 mL bottle to wine glass
Sight: very light amber, hazy
Smell: fragrant
Taste: medium bitterness
Mouth Feel: good carbonation, medium drop. Long Follow through, slight bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good
Repeat: Yes
Look for: no

Mar 14, 2020
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Pegasus from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bottle uncorked with a satisfying "pop" and a cloud of gunsmoke. The pour is hazy yellow-brown, with a large, billowy off-white head, which soon diminishes to a healthy scattering of foam on the surface. The glass wall sports a nice circlet of foam. The lacing is quite thick and fine-beaded in an unbroken sheet across the glass wall. Profuse streams of small bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: The aroma is dominated by white wine, ripe apples and pears, green grapes, cloves, yeast, white pepper, coriander, grassy and herbal hops, sugar syrup, and profoundly sweet and spicy alcohol.

Taste: Opens with white wine notes, sweet alcohol, and light caramel. Soon after, ripe pears, apples, and green grapes present, with the apples contributing some bitter peel. Sweet and spicy warming alcohol is notable early on, with moderate coriander following. Considering the staggering ABV of twelve percent, the presence of alcohol is graciously restrained. Afterward, the hops have their turn, with grassy and herbal notes and a mild bitterness. Finishes with a lingering light caramel sweetness against the hop bitterness, offering a gracious close.

Mouth feel: Soft and quite full, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A fine example of this rare style with no real detractions, verging even on superb. Unfortunately, at least in my experience, examples of this style are scarce. This is a pity, as Victory Jubilee is a proper alternative to champagne. Surely a fitting tribute to the New Year, 2021!

Presentation: Packaged in a Belgian-style 750 ml brown glass bomber bottle with a cork and cage, served in a Duvel Tulip.

Jan 01, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip. 2016 release, so 4 years old.

Looks outstanding in the glass. Beautiful almost clear amber body with tiny streams of carbonation. Big bright white head, always impressive in a high abv beer, continues to form throughout the pour. Layers of lacing form.

White wine aroma with a whisper of mustiness.

On tasting, it's a little warm, though not 12.0 warm. Slightly sweet, a significant white wine presence. Delicious sipper.

Mouth between medium and full, finish warming, sweet, and winey, with just a hint of bitterness at the edge of the tongue.

Overall, really nice late night drink. Sweet and warm, ABV feels less than advertised. Shout out to my favorite bottle shop, Sabatinis in Exeter Pa, who provided all the rare styles (Grisette, Sahti, Biere De Champagne) I've enjoyed tonight.

Nov 07, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 19, 2020
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oberon from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Only the 3rd beer of this style I have had...and it's been awhile.Pours into a pilsner clear golden with a fluffy bone white crown atop that never really settles.A little cork in the nose along with a bit of a vinegar note,a breadiness emerges after awhile as well.The beer starts out on the dryer side with slight funk but than big fruits and and hefty sweetness really hits,the feel is heavier than expected as well but not all bad.This isn't a bad beer but alot of things make the drinkability on the lower side,I would think this would be more "spritzy" and dry.

Feb 01, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Aug 21, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: crystal clear golden yellow in color with a 1" head that hangs around a while.

Smell: green grapes and some floral notes rise from the glass.

Taste: green grapes, pear, orange, a spicy yeast flavor, and a floral bitterness rounds it out. Alcohol is well hidden here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp from the start, and the finish is dry.

Overall: a super crisp and refreshing beer at a high ABV. Very enjoyable.

Feb 19, 2017
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RickS95 from Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 05, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 01, 2017
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Budlum from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sep 23, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear deep golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of musty grapes and green apples are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with some notes of grape flavors but quickly transitions over to something that closer resembles a Belgian Tripel with underlying candi sugars and strong notes of spices.
M: It feels a little shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer kind of tastes somewhat like a hybrid between a Belgian Tripel and a Bière de Champagne. It hides its alcohol exceptionally well and the higher amount of carbonation helps to lighten up the body.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 10, 2017
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Feb 20, 2017
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Sep 25, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Feb 21, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a flute glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a massive fizzy / creamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of several different fruits, citrus, and a floral quality.

T: Tasted of light citrus notes (oranges, in particular), some apples, a vinous quality, the aforementioned floral quality, a slight booziness, pear, cloves, malt, and hops. A surprisingly aggressive flavor that surprises you a bit. Very fruity and powerful, with a spicy quality.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I haven't had many beers of this style, but this seems to be a good example of it. Worth a look.

Feb 08, 2017
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BigMike from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Jan 05, 2017
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whatname from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 04, 2017
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smithj4 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 09, 2017
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

May 20, 2017
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sendbeer from Georgia

1.81/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Nov 25, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Apr 23, 2017
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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

May 16, 2017
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heysuz from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 21, 2017
Jubilee from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 55 ratings