Jubel 2015 | Deschutes Brewery

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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)

Added by jhartley on 12-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 401 |  Reviews: 94
Reviews by Alron:
Photo of Alron
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cutting their age-length in half, this semi-decade release is a welcome offering to craft beer fans near and far. This scaled-up Jubel Ale takes a nice long slumber in red wine and oak barrels for complex, powerful and refined taste that respects its winter warmer influence but tantalizes the most staunch beer connoisseur.

Its rusty garnet hues shine through a translucent glow. A dainty cap of sandy froth cast aspirations of sweet toffee, tangy red wine, earthy oak, dark fruit and hints of coffee and cocoa. Its malty sweet upstart is lush with the toffee sweetness and complex plum, prune, grape, fig and chocolate.

Its powerful flavor display charges forth with the intense malt sweetness and intricately woven dehydrated fruits, a quick charge of whisky and wine chew through the middle palate and offer their own twangy, tart warmth. Cherry, berry, red grape and vinous oaken spice prove assertive and command the taste thereafter.

What should be full and sweet is actually moderate and tangy as the lush tasting ale delivers a power-packed finish that culminates in all the acidity, alcohol warmth, residual sweetness, toasty earthiness to overwhelm the palate with little sense of hierarchy. Its a highly complex taste that's hit the market way too soon. Much more age will be required to turn this green beer into the butterfly that it is destined to become.

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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 t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjumfrid
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dbrulet
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange-brown in color with 3/4 inch head. Smell is brown sugar and big malts. Taste is toffee, alcohol, raisin, molasses, wood, dark cherry. Tastes like a complex English barleywine. Like this way more than their regular Jubele ale. Heavy bodied, smooth, and very sweet. I would get this again if I could find it. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of deebo
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good sized snifter at pub 819 for $7.75.
A-served with a very thin film of tan foam that laces the glass. Mahogany and cloudy.
S-most notable is the dark ripe fruit aroma. Cherries and ripe pomegranate. Toasted malts. That covers it.
T-tastes like a dark fruity Belgian dark strong beer mixed with jubelale. Has a lot of ripe fruits and a bit of an edge in the finish.
M-low carbonation with a bit of a slick not creamy mouthfeel.
O-lots of ripe fruit flavor in this beer. The alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer to sip on and contemplate.

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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 PSU_Mike
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two finger off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty, fruity, and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of fruit, wine, and oak. Toasted malt with bready hints of biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuts, and yeast. Big barrel scent comes through with hints of red wine, oak, and wood. Big mix of dark fruit with hints of raisin, cherry, fig, grape, and dates. Spice hints of cinnamon and slight nutmeg. Also some sweet hints of brown sugar and molasses. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A really nice complex smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and fruity malt driven taste with good notes of dark fruit, red wine, and oak. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, toast, chocolate, nuts, and yeast. The red wine barrel comes through nicely along with some notes of oak and wood. Lots of dark fruit with notes of cherry, fig, raisin, dates, and grapes. Sweet taste of brown sugar and molasses. Also some spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Light background presence of earthy hops. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and pretty smooth given it’s size. Not much alcohol heat.

Overall: A really good barrel aged take on an already good Winter Warmer style beer. Very good combination of barrel and dark fruit flavors.

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

Just wasn't too impressed with this beer.

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Photo of moundbz
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brown with a creamy head, great scent too. A super smooth and creamy beer , the taste is a little powerful on the aftertaste I'd say, Overall great beer!!

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JGonzo90
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Auraan
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a cloudy reddish brown body with one finger of thick tan head with a reddish tint. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice strong ale, deep with a good head and a nice thick body. Scents of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, toffee and dark fruit, with notes of raisin, fig and high amounts of dates at high levels alongside strong notes of oak, hints of red wine and medium-high levels of sweet spices that are too muddled to discern to type. Overall impression of aroma is of a fantastic barrel-aged strong ale, one that is malty and fruity to a great degree and showcases the character of the barrel aging nicely. Flavor begins with notes of dark fruit, with date dominating, but also raisin and prune and malt character of dark chocolate, oak, red wine, burnt caramel, light herbal hop flavors, brown sugar and toffee. This moves into a robust middle that gets slightly drier with notes dark chocolate, dates, raisin, light herbal hops, some moderate alcohol warmth, toffee, caramel and spices, oak and honey. Finish is smooth and bittersweet with notes of brown sugar, caramel, warming alcohol, oak, raisin, date and fig, very light herbal hop flavors and a touch of spices. Aftertaste is sweet with notes of warming alcohol, herbal hops, brown sugar and caramel. Overall this is a fantastic strong ale. It is rich and malty, just hoppy enough to balance and wonderfully, with the barrel aging shining through. Mouthfeel is full bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation, a smooth finish and a touch of warming alcohol. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice strong ale, true to style. Overall this is a wonderful ale. It is rich, deep, complex and warming in aroma and flavor, with these qualities enhanced by the mouthfeel. A truly wonderful beer and well worth trying.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Nob Hill Bar and Grill in Albuquerque.

Arrives in an elegant Belgian tulip with a half-finger of caramel-head that looks just as chewy as a caramel is. Body is a cloudy dark brown with trickling carbonation. Seems a bit murky in the body but otherwise nice. 4.25

Smells like dark fruit and caramel. A tad sweet. Pretty straightforward. 4

I'm surprised by burly oak and tobacco flavors, the barrels have left their mark. Caramel sweetness blends with dark fruit notes that give the beer a grape sucker similarity. The finish is bitter and lingers with a faint dark chocolate/baker's chocolate flavor. 4.25

For a beer that Deschutes supposedly couldn't wait to release, this beer feels like it could have waited a bit. The hops are a bit harsh and detract from the smoother, creamy elements of the beer. 3.75

I think this will taste good in a year or two more. I have a bottle I can now sit on and report back.

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

22oz, dull gold wax-capped bottle. Couldn't wait another 10 years, eh? Yeah, we understand - it's less than a month until the specified 'best after' date, and still the holidays, so...

This beer pours a murky, dark orange-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of broad cannonball splash lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of musty dark orchard fruit (cherries, overripe pineapple, and plums, predominately), gritty caramel and toffee malt, further middle eastern fig and date notes, a softly vanilla-tinted and oaken woodiness, a twinge of bittersweet chocolate, and an indistinct earthy and weedy dryness. The taste is rather fruity once again, the cherry, raisin, rotten pineapple, and Cradle of Civilization figs and dates coming off strong, over top of a now second-class (but still first-rate, overall) bready caramel malt, grainy toffee, some chalky dry cocoa, a low-key yeastiness, subtle red wine barrel astringencies, weak herbal and dusty hop bitters, and a very sublime sense of the hovering alcohol, doing its best dangling Sword of Damocles impression.

The carbonation is quite light and ineffectual in its seemingly played-out frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, a certain thinning consequence coming from those Pinot (Noir, I'm guessing) barrels. It finishes off-dry, the increasingly tart and pithy varied fruitiness starting a run of the table, as it were.

A rather engaging and enjoyable barrel-aged strong ale, one derived from the brewer's home state's strengths, at that. Lots going on, and it's hard to tell at times where it's all coming from, but after a short spell, you begin to care a whole lot less. Just sit back, watch the snow-encrusted vistas outside, and sip away at this whilst 'anticipating' the New Year. Cheers, all!

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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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Jubel 2015 from Deschutes Brewery
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