Jubel 2015 | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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)

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 406
Photo of dcscientist
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of RandyV
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of philipwalter
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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, but somehow it doesn't come together quite as well as I expected. 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.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.99/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of maltznhopz
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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).

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Photo of dacrza1
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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....

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of Rcaros
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poures a finger of off white head. Cant see any carbonation through ALL the haziness.. brown color

The nose is very sweet. Caramel, oak, bready malt..

Dark fruit, raisin fig and plum, a lot of oak on the back, nice sweetness

Feel is a little thinner than what i.expected

Very good

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark mohagany reddish brown color with an off white head that rises two inches and is rather fluffy at first but quickly dissipates leaving a ring around the glass that reinforces itself with excessive movement of the glass. The bouquet on this beer is incredible. From the moment you crack the bottle cap you are greeted by a sweet fruity smell. Once in the glass you get caramel and an explosion of apple and dark fruit. Caramel and turbinado sugar predominates but you also get hints of raisin and green apple along with barrel woodsy notes. The taste is sweet on the front end and is balanced by a super subtle hop bitterness. It also leaves a vaguely dark chocolatey aftertaste. It feels somewhat carbonated with light heavy body. Overall a rather unique and excellent beer. Tastes like a cross between an ale on lees and Belgian quad. Truly excellent.

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Photo of Jacob_Hargis
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 11oz snifter glass. Bottled on 1/23/16. ABV content 10.4%.Originally marked at $19 per bottle, ended up scoring this at 8.99 on a whole foods special.
Dark amber brown color, filled with carbonation bubbles and islands of frothiness around the top of the glass. Fairly limited head, but in a seemingly good way. Initial notes from the noes are fig like, molasses and raisin, dark honey sweet, maple, and ripened plum. The oak barrel smokiness is throughout--filling in flavors of roasted malt, spiciness from the hop profile, but aged--certainly getting those classic aged flavors as you would expect. A slight alcoholic bite towards the end. Wildly complex. The mouthfeel is rich, full, and leaves a wine-line coating over the tounge and in the back of the throat. I really enjoyed the richness of this beer, and the beautiful aged quality it brings. Recommend this beer paired with dark olives, sharp cheeses like manchego or cheddar, and proscitto. As I continue to sip, I am more impressed at the quality. Certainly worth the price. Even though is summer down here in San Diego this beer will "dress to impress" and is worthy of its strong ale style.

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Photo of bgold86
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big grapes on the nose, the oak really shines through, lots of prunes as well. Taste is of red cherries, lots of them, beer has a medium mouthful, finishes dry.

It's an interesting beer, but not nearly as flavorful as I had hoped.

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Jubel 2015 from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 406 ratings