Jubel 2015
Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Strong Ale - American
4.01 | pDev: 9.98%
Dec 26, 2021
Dec 14, 2014
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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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GrumpyGas from Illinois

22oz bottle dated best after 01/24/16 poured into a snifter shows a ruddy, brown, clear translucent body with bronze highlights when backlit and floats a 1/2" tan head of mixed bubbles for at least a minute before falling to a edge-hugging ring. Agitation creates sheets of bubbles with legs leaving the glass clean of lacing.

Rich combination of spices, caramel malts, grape tannins, dried fruits and spicy hops. Maybe a touch of oxidation with a cardboard aroma and taste just under the beautiful surface. Slight warming sensation but no booze heat.

Medium feel, drying with an almost chewy finish.

Overall probably just past it's time, but I'm glad to have tried it.

Dec 26, 2021
4 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Nov 28, 2021
4.48 by Randy_Bridges from Oregon on Jan 16, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mntlover from Tennessee

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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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beer_banse from Wisconsin

650ML Bottle with Waxed Top - Picked up from brewery - Great winter beer with a lot of spice flavors. Nice booze smells

Apr 13, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by pathman from Ohio

04/12/20 bottle @ home

Apr 12, 2020
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Mar 26, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Radome from Florida

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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4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by draheim from Washington

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Hop_God from California

Drank 5/5/19. 1/23/16 best after

May 06, 2019
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1.42/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

Drain pour.

May 03, 2019
4.06 by cd34 from Illinois on Mar 06, 2019
4.11 by BarrelAgedG from California on Jan 10, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by dcscientist from Colorado

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
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Dec 09, 2018
4.27 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Dec 03, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

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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4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by chill-i-am from Washington

Just found at my local pub. They have had it cellared for 3 yrs. Nom nom nom.

Nov 17, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RandyV from Arizona

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
4.15 by BKotch from Texas on Oct 18, 2018
2.5 by krome from Illinois on May 22, 2018
2.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois on May 21, 2018
3.5 by rspauldi from Texas on Apr 16, 2018
3.79 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Apr 02, 2018
4 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Mar 31, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by arizcards from North Carolina

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
4 by jewellrunner from Missouri on Feb 03, 2018
4.04 by heymikew from California on Dec 31, 2017
3.92 by TheHopsman from Nebraska on Dec 31, 2017
4.1 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Dec 31, 2017
4.34 by BigIslandfarmer from Minnesota on Dec 25, 2017
3.88 by A_Rad from Wisconsin on Dec 25, 2017
4.12 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Dec 25, 2017
4 by yancot from Canada (ON) on Dec 24, 2017
4.12 by philbe311 from Pennsylvania on Dec 24, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by ONUMello from Ohio

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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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by oberon from North Carolina

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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4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ovaltine from Indiana

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
Jubel 2015 from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 416 ratings