Jubel 2015
Deschutes Brewery

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Strong Ale - American
4.05 | pDev: 9.88%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Jubel 2015Jubel 2015
Notes: Affectionately referred to as “Super Jubel”, Jubel 2015 is an imperial take on our festive winter ale. Notes of toasted caramel, raisins, dates and figs are complemented by spicy and herbal hop aromas. Originally planned as a once-a-decade-ale; we just couldn’t wait another five years. (Released February 2015)
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown color with walnut highlights, thin tan head falls fast no real alce.

Aroma is nice brown sugars everywhere, dates, figs, caramel, oak and vinous notes blend together for a great nose . So sweet and inviting smelling.

Taste is mostly like the nose lots of brown sugars coated figs, toffee and caramel nice and earthy in the finish. The wine barrels impart flavor that's more noticeable then in the nose, you get hints from the oak as well. Overall the taste isn't as sweet and thick as the nose makes it out to be in my head anyway. Maybe a touch too much age but I have no reference for that.

Mouthfeel is big medium but becomes lighter in the finish even without the aide of over carbonation, which is a little weird.

Overall smell fantastic and tastes good maybe a touch too much age lol.

Dec 31, 2020
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep reddish brown beer which is topped by a finger of rocky cream colored head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of brown sugar, caramel, faded hops, oak, and hints of wine.
T: Taste is slightly wine and oak forward followed by brown sugar and caramel with some hints of toasted malt. Faded hops on the back end that are slightly tea like with some more mingling oak and wine barrel. On the swallow there's some wine barrel and oak, faded hops, caramel, and lingering brown sugar.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of heft on the palate with a fairly neutral feel. Carbonation is adequate and slightly effervescent while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a pretty solid beer. It has good flavors and a nice amount of complexity. it has also held up well over time.

Dec 18, 2020
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Radome from Florida

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Aces & Ales-Tenaya in Las Vegas, NV. Another great dark beer from Deschutes. Great dark Belgian strong ale. but starting to show its age after 4-5 years. This example is a bit oxidized, but not too bad yet.

Mar 06, 2020
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draheim from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz (bottled 1/24/2015) into a tulip. Pours a deep rich mahogany with patchy lace, wisps of foam across the surface.

Aroma is rich and sweet. Toffee, rum-soaked tobacco, dates/figs, brown sugar.

Taste is likewise sweet and complex. Brown sugar, caramel, nice warming touch of booze. Hoppy bitterness balances the malty sweetness. A hint of the Pinot noir barrel and oak.

Mouthfeel is sticky and medium to heavy bodied. A satisfying dessert beer.

Overall a nice barrel-aged imperial version of Jubelale.

Feb 25, 2020
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What an interesting holiday beer. I feel like this should be advertised as a fruitcake in a glass. Strong spicy notes, along with the sweetness from the caramel and the fruits, actually balance it pretty well. Not as dark in color as I expected, but that's okay. I'd picked this up several months ago and kept it cold, and broke it out for New Year's. Glad I did. And also glad they didn't wait another decade to make this one.

Jan 03, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well aged 22 ounce bottle. Pours a murky reddish brown with scant light brown head. Aroma of molasses, caramel malt, dates, raisins, boozy plums. Taste follows with dark fruits, plums, a bit of sherry, and bourbon at the end. Full mouthfeel with warming sweetness balanced by just a touch of finishing boozy bitterness.

Dec 03, 2018
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RandyV from Arizona

4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up when visiting Las Vegas recently. I am a big fan of Jubelale and look forward to it every year; this was my first Jubel. It did not disappoint. It has all the elements as described by the brewery, with the nice spicy kick in the end. The aging I'm sure has tamed the alcohol heat and is balanced well in the taste profile. No cloying sweetness with a relatively clean finish for this type of ale. Glad I found this.

Oct 28, 2018
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 11-25-16 for $16.99 and stored in the wine fridge for most of the time since purchase. Best after 1-23-16. 50% aged in Pinot barrels...this should be nice!

Beer poured a murky brown with a very nice tan head with the initial pour.

Nose is dates, plums, and red grapes.

Taste is Jubelale on steroids. The dates and plums are magnified, with dark bread in the mix. Hops are gone for the most part. Catching a very light sour tang from the pinot barrels which lends a very nice touch. Alcohol heat with the first sips.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and satisfying.

Overall i am glad i picked this up as a splurge. This has aged well and is probably near or at its peak.

Mar 10, 2018
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle best after 1/23/16 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a thin head
S: Cocoa, cherry, malt, raisin & bourbon
T: Matches the nose
M: Full-bodied, a touch sweet and a bit of alcohol
O: A solid dark ale that has aged well

Dec 13, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Came an amber tinged deep brown with a full finger off white head atop.Deeply fruity in the nose with cherries coming thru most of all,buttery caramel as well.Sweet alcohol with a tinge of leather up front on the palate,dark fruits and alcohol wich is quite big comes in late into the finish.A nice chewy feel goes well for such a bigger sweet beer,a great night cap for the holidays or sitting at the tasting room on a Sunday afternoon.

Dec 10, 2017
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Pours a murky maroon-brown with a thin, creamy, off-white head.
S- Tons of carmel malt and dark fruits.
T- Follows nose. Dark fruit stands out and the pino aged oaked barrels brings a drying finish. Lots of spice.

Dec 02, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky, chestnut brown color, tan head with gravitas. The wine and oak barrel aromas are very prominent on the nose initially, but the dark fruit aromas are also present.

The taste is a jubilee of flavors - there’s rich caramel, there’s raisins, there’s dark fruits (figs and dates are listed on the label, which seems accurate), there’s spices that resemble cinnamon and cardamom, but not Inman obtrusive way. And the barrels are also represented with a spritzy flavor from the wine and some vanilla from the oak. Simply delicious.

This is the winter warmer I’d like to drink every year for the rest of my life. I hope Deschutes releases this again. Soon.

Oct 30, 2017
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philipwalter from New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tart tanin laziness from this that I wasn't really up for. Aroma is lovely Pour is a muddy brown that doesn't look the best. Deep flavours though under that tartness and the alcohol begins to ping as it warms

Oct 22, 2017
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jubel 2015, best after 1/23/16. Poured into a snifter.

I had this beer twice, first in 2017, and again on 9/5/2019. It was much better with a couple more years of age on it. The scores have been revised to reflect my most recent impressions.

It looks good, copper brown, with a generous tan head that sticks around. The smell is red wine, dark fruit, caramel, and maybe something a little nutty.

The taste is all of that. In 2017, when I first had this beer, I said "it doesn't come together quite as well as I expected" I rated the taste at 3.75. Now, in 2019, the aging has caused the flavors to meld in an incredibly smooth fashion, and the results are excellent. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light bodied, for a big beer like this. It's not watery, but it's pretty light.

Overall, this could easily be called a barleywine, one with medium hoppiness.

It's quite good, especially with a good bit of bottle aging.

Aug 26, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.99/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance is clear burnt cherry wood with a faint, thin tan ring.

Smell is caramel, toffee, nuts, weak booze and prune.

Taste is toffee, cracker, dry prune, caramel, and red apple.

While there is essence of booze, it's not hot but a bit watery, and if we're being honest, you really can not tell that wine barrel was used here.

Jun 26, 2017
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger brown head, hazy brown body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Red wine, toasted bread, caramel, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, dates.

Feel: Medium-full body, medium carbonation. A small alcohol bite upfront, warming finish.

Jun 25, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best after 01/23/16 date on the bottle. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than about thirty seconds. The smell had a decent malty sweet presence of dried dark fruit with some toasted caramel malts here and there. The taste was malty sweet with a decent balance between the dark fruit and a light brown sugar. A slowly running malty aftertaste leads into a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. The carbonation was there and good. Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Strong Ale amped up to where it is. I hope to get another to age.

Jun 23, 2017
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maltznhopz from Nevada

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Brown body with a small tan head that lingers. The smell I get is of raisins, toffee, plums and caramel. Tastes follows that of the smell with an added red wine flavor. Heavy body with a boozy finish.

Jun 11, 2017
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CJNAPS from California

3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think I missed the sweet spot with this one, letting it sit one more year it come across like it was missing something.
It had a watered down taste, was still drinkable just missing something in its character.

May 14, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tawny, brownish body; thin yet lasting head. Notes of caramel and cola in the smell; roasted grains; brown sugar. Brown sugar flavors; dark fruits such as figs, dates, etc.; boozy. Heavy body yet somewhat watery feel overall; bourbon-barrel sweetness with a faint heat.

A fine enough strong ale, yet a bit of age hasn't really added anything (not that I had a fresh bottle for reference).

Apr 21, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE: February 8, 2017... OCCASION: enjoying the thought of the first snow day of the year tomorrow... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... pours a dark black body, with a creamy grey head... raisins, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, toasted nuts and licorice... sips a medium to full-bodied draught that smooths out to what can be considered a most subtle 10.4% alcohol... a sheen of brownout smears the glass as it drains... a dynamic mix of chocolate, raisins, vanilla, coffee bean, some nutty hints, with a strong licorice and bourbon intonation... a heavy, boozy, powerfully subtle strong ale that came as a gift from Jerry... dry at its finish, prunish and winey and worthy of a slow draw... fruity, textured and worthwhile as a sipper... perhaps a one-off, but a good companion for the night before a snowstorm... Deschuttes is capable of putting out some big beers, for sure....

Feb 09, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky dark brown with a two finger foamy tan head.

S - Aroma is grapes, raisins, toffee, red wine and oak.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Red grapes, raisins, dates, toffee, brown sugar, red wine and oak.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is unlike any beef I've ever had. Tons of different flavors going on and everything thing seems to work as a whole.

Dec 04, 2016
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charlzm from California

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on November 27th, 2016 from a Teku glass. Stored refrigerated since purchase in December 2015.

Pour is mostly clear, very dark brown with deep orange highlights when held to strong light. A one-finger tan to off-white head is produced from a moderate pour and it quickly becomes a thin, sticky ring around the glass.

Aroma is complex - nutmeg, wood, raisins, grapes, apricot - essentially, pitted fruit and oak wine barrels.

Flavor is just as multi-layered as aroma: mild mocha, oak, acidic grapes, cinnamon, leather, dried pitted fruit. Moderate bitterness on finish. Alcohol present to remind the drinker that this is over 10%.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky and a little chew./ Some residual alcohol heat.

This is a winner and I for one am happy that Deschutes decided to wait only 5 years to brew this one again.

Nov 28, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Sticky lacing on the side.
S - Aroma is caramel and a bit of booze.
T - Flavor is oak, a little sweetness. Not as much going on here as I had hoped for.
M - Mouth feel is medium with medium carbonation.
O - A good but not great beer.

Nov 26, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brown to light black with a very murky complexion. There's a half inch of tightly knit creamy brown foam on top. The aroma is very oak forward with the pinot noir and dark malt much less prominent. The flavor is packed with oak, copious amounts of dark malt, and more oak and a touch of pinot noir at the back of the palate. I'm also tasting some chestnuts in the mix. The mouth is very dry and warm with the otherwise well hidden alcohol.

Oct 15, 2016
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