Super Jubel | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 46
Photo of TrojanRB
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2015 vintage drank from cellar 6/6/16

Nose: Raisin, gingerbread

Tongue: Oak and bitter resin. Surprised the notes from the nose aren't present on the taste. Pretty harsh, lots of alcohol. A bit of wine.

Pretty brutal....although very young. Maybe it will develop with age, but I wouldn't think about opening a bottle for another few years.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a footed ale glass at the Bier Stein. 2010 vintage aged in Pinot Noir barrels

A- Poured a dark brown (almost purple color) with a small dark off-white frothy head that left a little bit of spotty lace

S- Big aroma of red wine, raspberry, toffee, chocolate, and some yeasty notes. Lots of sweetness, light roasty notes, and some nice tartness in the aroma

T- Dominant red wine and raspberry flavors, pronounced toffee notes, cherry, some light roasted notes, some alcohol taste. Finishes with a nice medium level tartness

M- Effervescent, high carbonation, very dry, smooth, nice warming sensation, and very drinkable

O- Great beer with huge pinot noir and fruit character, balanced with a nice roastiness. Extremely drinkable, nice level of tartness, and a very well-crafted beer.

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Photo of mentor
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. A bottle left over from the 2007 GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. I pulled this out of my cellar as a nice nightcap on this cold 2011 winter evening. So glad my semester is over and I can relax for a couple weeks.

Pours a half finger of tan head over a brilliant ruby brown liquid. Gorgeous. Smells rich malt with esters and strong piney hops. Oranges, leather, bourbon vanilla, cherry cough syrup (in a pleasant form, not icky), figs, clean alcohol, animal cookie, chocolate-chip cookie dough, and warm clean laundry lint.

Tastes wonderful. Holiday beer meets blackberry, american hops, and gorgeous oaking. Fairly light in the mouth and drying in the finish. Malt flavor is cookie dough, biscuit, nutty, and mild chocolate. A malty sweet start loses to hop flavor, alcohol sting, and a mild acidic bite. Berry esters momentarily stave off many types of edge (alcohol, oak, etc). NORTHERN BREWER HOPS!!! Hop flavors are blackberry and pine with minimal resiny character. The hops mix with vanillins, a gentle ginger, and nutmeg. Alcohol is a clean sting with an intensity that balances with the intensity of the flavors. The sting also helps to lighten the beer off the tongue. Despite how light the liquid is in the mouth, there is a dextrinous silky thickness that is really nice.

The oak is raw woody and blended into the other flavors extremely well. It would come across as abrupt and abrasive except that it plays so well with the other kids. Wonderful bourbon and vanilla character.

My guess is that I consumed this beer near the peak of its aging. My impression is that the alcohol is a bit more tamed than in other reviews and some evidence of positive oxidation aging characters are present. A bit more time might reveal some additional soured-caramel (other describe it as sherry-like) oxidation that increases the complexity of this beer. Tough to say, as I waxed the cap on my bottle at some point in the past (maybe 3 years ago). Stunning beer. Has a flavor for everyone and the flavors blend well together.

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Photo of jdense
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Deschutes Public House PDX 12.1.11.

About a quarter finger of light brown head over medium dark brown body, no visible carbonation. Pretty interesting nose, chocolate, some toffee, umami (!), good resiny hop aromas. Taste mirrors nose, a pretty complex offering, some stone fruit, plums, decent bitterness considering this was brewed over a year ago. Mouthfeel medium good effervescence though the ABV is quite prominent inhibiting drinkability. Need to let this warm up fully to appreciate, especially the interesting aromas. A contemplative beer to be taken seriously at this ABV. Hoping the bottles I've stashed mellow out hop wise over the next decade or so :-).

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at he Portland brewpub.

A - Served a very dark brown, almost black with a nice tan-yellow head. Good retention and lacing left o the glass.

S - roasted malts, and surprisingly hoppy floral tones, dark fruit.

T - Dark fruit, malty thickness, hop resin.

D - a bit chew Nd thick, but good carbonation.

O - I lie this one, very wintery, but the hop were surprising.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on tap in a snifter - quite unexpectedly at the tiny remote 49th State Brewery outside of Denali Park in Alaska.

The beer list described this as the Super Jubel 2010 - aged in Pinot-Noir barrels.

Appeared dark brown with brilliant amber highlights, and a nice creamy beige head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is wonderful and strong, big malt flavors with spice and dark fruits. The taste follows, and reminds me very much of a Belgian Quad. Body is medium to heavy, with a good carbonation level.

Overall - definitely an interesting and complex brew.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brown, almost black with a dispersed white head. Small bubbles run up the glass.

Deep roasted malt characteristics are present in the nose as well as mild hops and SPICE!! The hops impart a mild floral smell, but this is very weak, and hidden by the amount of spice.

Tastes really spicy, a nutmeg thing seems to be there. It's bitter, but not a traditional hop bitterness, it seems to be imparted from, you guessed it, the spice. As I let this warm the spice notes subside, but definitely not enough. The alcohol is subtle and adds a hint of warmth.

This isn't something I would seek out, but if you see it get a taster.

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Photo of ccrida
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The menu cited this one at 70 IBUs / 7.6%, but on the pub's website, that was just updated that day with the tap list, it said
68 IBU's / server wasn't really sure, and I couldn't really tell either.

10 oz snifter at the pub, Super Jubel is a dark ruddy brown with a small off-white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is spices, super heavy on the anise, kind of sweet, very much like Jägermeister. I don't really like anise, and I don't really like beers that are so overtly spicy.

Taste is also a spice bomb, and again, like a glass of Jäger, but the anise isn't as dominant as it is in the nose, definitely more of a medley (or mish-mash) of spices. The malt though is rich enough to somewhat match up to them, so it's on the smoother side. ABV was not noticable, so again, not sure if this was 7.6 or 9.5% (but I'd guess the later). Not bad, but really left of center, and totally different then regular Jubel, or what I would guess a double Jubel would taste like..

Mouthfeel is sticker, a bit thick but not overly so, some tannins well, medium-heavy bodied.

Drinkability is ok, the spices makes it a slower sipper, again, very liqueur like. An herbal tonic barleywine, if that sounds appealing to you, you'll like this. I took my time with the snifter, and while it wasn't a chore, I don't feel the need to revisit it.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Deschutes Brew Pub in Portland, OR

Enjoyed the spicy flavors in this beer, which reminded me of a ginger beer with hop bitterness. There's a potpourri of scents. The beer has low carbonation, a thick mouthfeel and it certainly warms on the way down. Well done.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice surprise to find Super Jubel on tap at the Deschutes Pub in Portland. Like Christmas in February. A 'half pint' poured to a hefty snifter, paired with a pretzel and bowl of potato/leek soup.

The menu's description reads: "This is Super-Duper Jubelale. It is made with the same recipe as our Jubelale but with an increased amount of malt to create a stronger beer for the coldest part of the year. This year, we aged most of it on bourbon oak casks, and with the rest we dry-hopped with lots of hops and spices. IBU's: 75 Alcohol Content 11%"

A: Very dark - murky brown, hints of red-auburn - topped with a thin covering of off-white cream. Head subsides to a thin ring circling the glass and a stationary lump of sudsy bubbles, dead-center. Lace tries valiantly to hold but nearly all slips back down the glass, leaving only a few rare flecks.

S: Malty sweet upfront, filled with dark cocoa and caramel, mild seasonal spices. Light woody aroma accents the orange-citrus and piney hop notes. Spices really take off as it warms and fruit/oak aromas blossom. Though cask-aged, I didn't get too much of that sweet-spiciness of 'bourbon', though a vague 'booze' developed with warming. A fun one to swirl and savor, very inviting.

T: Dark chocolate meets toffee meets earthy spice meets piney/pithy hops. Plenty going on here: some bourbon tang, a spicy black pepper, a bit of leathery jerky(?). Hops have some citrus notes and also reveal a late-developing minty herbal quality. Oak is subdued, blended in well.

M: Velvety feel with a medium thickness. Tannic oakiness takes a little getting used to at first, but mellows nicely. A little on the 'hot' side, a gentle cheek-drawing alcohol and hop bitterness

D: Very good sipper, full of interesting flavors. There are many discernible elements that revealed the 'Jubelale' (a wintertime staple in these parts) in this big beer. Like the added spices, the bigger maltbill, and was happy enough with the lofty ABV, but maybe a little too much fusel burn and bittering right now. Still, I'd looked for a chance to have this rare seasonal and it came along when least expected; certainly one to try if you stumble across it.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Moon and Sixpence.

The beer pours a brown amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is intriguing, as I get some cardboard and sour apple aromas. It's not unattrative, but is a bit odd. On the palate I can't say I'm thrilled with this beer. It's fairly sweet, but there is a hot, bitterness in the finish that I'm not digging. There is some nice complex fruitiness as well, but ultimately it's the heat on the finish that I can't help but focus on. The beer ends up being somewhat heavy and tiring on the palate, and drinkability is where this beer really suffers.

Perhaps this beer will be better in time, but at least for now it was just not working for me. Alcohol at the Moon was listed at 11%, which is about what I would have guessed.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never heard of this before. Had at the Toronado Bwine Festival this past weekend. Was listed as a Barleywine rather than Winter Warmer and I can see why. No ABV was mentioned but it was over 10 easy. Poured like a dark ruby. No head to mention and no real nose on the notes. A deep rich smell of malts and hops. PLENTY OF BOTH!! This one is malt driven all the way. In the taste I found some roasted malts, somethng spicy and sticky sweet. EXCELLENT and I hope I see more of this in the future.

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Super Jubel from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 46 ratings