Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale)
Deschutes Brewery

Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale)Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale)
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American Strong Ale
4.18 | pDev: 9.81%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale)Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale)
Notes: Released February 2010. This is, according to the brewer at the Portland Pub, the same recipe as 'Super Jubel', but was aged in pinot noir barrels for 13-months before the release.

Approx. 500 BBL produced.

10% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
55 International Bittering Units (IBUs)
Reviews: 339 | Ratings: 600
Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks pat

Pours a clouded dark amber color with a thin coating of bubbled graham cracker brown head. Fades into a collar of retention, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of dark fruit in the nose - raisin and dates with some candied and burnt sugar notes. Touches of chocolate and nuttiness with a warming alcohol sensation. A few touches of vinous red wine and oak.

Warm and sweet up front with a healthy helping of candied dark fruits. Dates, figs and plums with some sugary tones. Roasted malts with touches of chocolate and nuts creating a dark sweetness. Red wine, crushed grapes and charred oak with a very soft hint of tobacco. Finishes warm and boozy with a oak tannins and some residual dark fruit.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and slightly chewy on the tongue. Another winner here for Deschutes, plain and simple - I wish they would make this one again.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remember if I got this in a trade or if my buddy Jeff brought it back for me, but hey, I guess it doesn't matter. Review is from notes taken on 9/2/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: The pour looks like a lot of strong ales -- nice dark, caramel brown with some ruby highlights and lighter mahogany hints on the sides where the light penetrates a little bit; starts with a short, light tan 1/4 finger head that fades to a thin wisp in the center; body is dark and murky, nearly opaque; moderately strong carbonation bubbling up near the sides;

Smell: Lots of dark fruitiness - overripe and of the fig/raisin variety; a bit of some sweet and bread-like yeast and maltiness; definite whiff of alcohol; reminiscent of a good strong ale blended with a dark red wine -- it's got some bitter tannin scent in ther.

Taste: Really nails the smell -- it's got a nice sweet maltiness with aspects of caramel and some light chocolate notes with a touch of earthy roastiness; bitter/tart fruitiness, not like an infection or anything but really more like a deep red wine holds some bitterness to it; definite presence of alcohol. Overall, it's pretty good, and more complex than I was expecting -- kudos to Deschutes (not that they don't know that they kick ass anyway).

Mouthfeel: Body is medium weight, a little slick but still leaves a nice thin stickiness behind; carbonation is solid and lively, but not sharp; carbonation brings about plenty of life along with the warming alcohol that leaves the gums tingly and belly quite warm. I love a big beer that does all of this.

Overall: It's a very good beer -- once a decade, I don't know about that, but it's definitely worthy of at least an every-other-year kind of bottling. I'm also just glad that it wasn't infected like the last couple of beers from Deschutes I've cracked. Definitely a sipper since it weighs in at 10%, but it's worth drinking a 22 on your own, but it's probably never bad to share -- I'm just greedy like that.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown with a bit of ruby around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of dark caramel malts and dark fruits with some brown sugar, oak, red grapes, vanilla, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark fruit and dark caramel malts with a bit of licorice and vanilla. Through the middle, some more raisin and other dark fruits come through with some red wine grapes, oak, and brown sugar. Finish is a mix of molasses, dark fruit, dark caramel malts, oak, red wine grape, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice overall balance. The barrel adds some nice character next to the malty base beer.

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Photo of warnerry
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear deep garnet with one finger of tan head. Fades to a thin cap and leaves some pretty good lacing.

S - Lots of dark fruits and toffee, with some caramel, roasted malt. A bit of brown sugar and anise. Very appealing aroma.

T - Similar to smell there is a big presence of dark, dried fruits, mostly raisin and fig, and toffee. Caramelized brown sugar, anise, some spice, and faint wine notes. Finish has some oaky tannins. The flavors seem well blended. I never had this fresh, so I don't know how it compares, but it is smooth and easy drinking for a strong ale at this point.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel is a bit sticky initially, but finishes dry and oaky.

O - Very nice. There is definite sweetness, but it never gets overpowering. The wine barrel aging adds a nice aspect to this. Alcohol presence is quite faint.

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Photo of impending
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


2010 22oz into a tulip. Pours a motor oil brown, opaque in the glass. Minor head subsides quickly, minor lacing.

Strong aroma, heavy of charred malts, mollasses and minor anise, oaky over ripened dark fruits.

Big taste, very long lasting aftertaste. The barrel is obvious. Sweetness perfectly balanced by the bitter and conversely as well. The alcohol is appropriately warm. Full bodied viscous mouthfeel.

A slow sipper, tasty. If you awoke the next morn and found some remained in a glass, the taste would remain as you remembered it from the night before.
excellent at room temp

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark red with a complimentary caramel head.
Smell: quite complex. Buttery malts and dark fruit like dates or raisins.
Taste: very much like the nose. Complex and balanced. Alcohol well hidden. Buttery and rich. Raisins come to mind.
Overall: Outstanding brew.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich copper with a small brown head and pretty good lacing.

Lots of sugary sweet caramel and toffee with some dark fruits and a touch of booze. Maybe a bit of oxidation at this point, but the other aromas still shine through.

Similar flavors as the aroma. Sweet without being a malt bomb. Loads of caramel and toffee goodness. Don't really detect any of the pinot barrel as the dark fruits aren't quite as present in the taste. Just a touch of booze, but pretty well hidden. A rich buttery sweetness and texture comes out at the end which is kind of weird, but again with the flavors just kind of ends up tasting like caramel corn and doesn't harm the profile.

Medium to thick bodied with carbonation on the low side.

Maybe I'm just in the mood for this type of beer, but I thought it was well done. Borderline too sweet although it managed to not get cloying and the flavor profile is interesting. It appears time did some good to this one as it's much less hot than upon release.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a one finger light brown had. Dissipates rather quickly. Still looks impressive.

Aroma of chocolate, malts.

Taste has chocolate, dark malts, caramel, bourbon and some hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, a very nice brew.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

"best enjoyed after 1/29/11"

appearance: served in an oversized snifter, lovely light ruby-mahogany body, creamy tan film.

smell: lots of dark dried fruit, brown sugar, some light tannins, malty

taste: hard to say without trying it fresh, but this seems like an old ale on the decline - syrupy malts, wood, tobacco, brown sugar, roasted malts, some tannin notes from the pinot barrel. Nice stuff, smooth and and a complex layer of flavors, though my sense is this may be 6 months past the prime

mouthfeel: smooth, rich, light bitterness, layered

overall: solid stuff - one of the more interest deschutes releases

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Photo of mulder1010
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a globe glass
Been sitting in the cellar for awhile

A-- Poured a dark brown cherry color, lots of ruby showing and quite clear when shown to light. One finger light brown head that quickly faded to a solid collar and splotchy film. Lots of big bubbles in the head and when turned to film. Little bit of spotty lacing through drinking.

S-- Dark fruits soaked in melted brown sugar,toffee and chocolate. Sweet nose and quite warming. Just slight aroma's of wood to this. Just a good smell to stick a nose in.

T-- More dark fruits but generally plumb, strawberry and cherry, with backing of toffee. Little hints of wine and barrel. Sticky and sweet but slightly thin at first.

M-- Low carbonation and medium light feel. Little bit of warming on the gums and a bit of tannin. Dry, port like finish with a kick of strawberry and cherry jam.

O-- Strong Ale or Barleywine??? HMMM. Either way a very nice beer. Slow sipper as the ABV catches on quickly but not a hindrance. Well aged 2 year old beer.

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Photo of Fux
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy brown with a thin off-white head that dissapears with some lacings.

S: Smells is malty, molasses, chocolate.

T: The taste follows the nose, malt, wort, brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied. Finishes dry. Easy to drink.

O: A bit linear but overall a nice malt sirup.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excellent excellent beer. much more complex than the standard jubel ale, and in fact an entirely different animal. pours a mostly clear brassy color with a dim red glow and a medium sized tan head. smells acidic a little bit, and fruity a little bit. this is a lat forward beer with notes of caramel, butterscotch, and dark fruit. flavor is very similar to the nose, but you can really feel the alcohol here. the wine doesnt invade the flavor as much as i thought it might, but it is there more in the feel, which is very lightly carbonated (this is 2 years old now...). medum body, boozy and tannic to a degree in the finish, artfully smooth. rare and expensive (from what im told), it was a pleasure to try this one. deschutes big beers are all wonderful, and this is one of the best of the lot. i look forward to the next one in another 8 years!

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Photo of harrymel
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I've had this a few times, and figured it was time to review.

Pours dark brown with a mahogany tone with light, little latte rim and bubbles. Smells magnificent. Sweet molasses, candy, caramelized sugar, plums, brown sugar, malt, malt, malt - so delicate and sumptuous. Flavor follows with the same and add in some really nice nougat flavors and cola flavors. Medium on light syrup body with moderate carb and semi dry finish, this hits the spot. I'm glad to have a few more bottles. Really coming into it's own right now. A really nice beer.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark body that lets little light through. A nice 2-finger khaki head sits, but doesn't last too long before falling to a decent cap. A little sticky lace.

S- Sweet, slight milk chocolate, a little coconut aroma, sugary, but not too much alchohol, a little dark fruit aroma as well.

T- Dark fruits, sugar, molasses, slight chocolate, and just a slight burn. Very good. Also, more of that coconut flavor.

MF- A nice full body on this one. Good velvety texure.

O- Very glad I got to try this. I've been holding on to it since it came out and really wish I had another to see how it would be another couple years down the road.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HUGe thanks to Beerdy for this beer! Thanks Brien! Always a fan of Deschutes! I gotta say awesome looking bottle with a cool label and a well done thick wax dip.

22oz bottle poured into oversized snifter.

Appearance: medium brown bodied beer with a deep red hue when held up to light. 2 full fingers of light and wispy head that drops quickly to a cap on top the beer. Spotty lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Smells of really sweet malt and earthy hops. Brown sugar and dark fruits.

Taste: Big figs and raisin notes that are semisweet. Red grapes/red wine notes mixing with sweetness to add some balance. Caramel and toffee adds some substantial sweetness. Little bit of spiciness almost reminds me of belgian yeast notes; maybe even some cinnamin. Finishes with a little smoke, oak, and dark tannin/wine notes from the pinot nior barrel. The raisins go from sweet at the beginning of the beer to a mild and lingering bitter raisin note. interesting complexity in the finish of this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. This beer has a clean and dry finish. Super smooth sipping beer. The alcohol is hard to detect. It just has that warming effect to it that lets you know that it a big beer without drinking like a big beer.

Overall: Really interesting American Strong Ale by Deschutes. They always seem to bring it with there beers! Nice complexity, the beer looks visually appealing, and a really smooth beer at 10%. Great use of a not so frequently used wine barrel.

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Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Eric for sharing this one, review from written notes.
Served in a goblet.

It pours a dark brown color, with tan bubbles that cluster to one side. Color is seemingly impenetrable by light, with reddish glints around the edges.

Belgian yeast aromas, dried prune and raisin. Bitter aftertaste, lightly sweet with a dry alcohol tang. Molasses and brown sugar bleed though. Big and burly, light carbonation. Not picking up any barrel character. This is showing it's age with some sherry notes, if you like that sort of thing. Can't say that time is treating this well.

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, while the site was down :(

Served in a 16.9 oz goblet.

Appearance: Dark murky brown. Barely any head, just a nice ring of tight tan bubbles around the edge of the glass. Very noticeable alcohol legs.

Smell: Sweet maltiness and alcohol hit immediately, followed by the dark fruits, plums, figs, and raisins.

Taste: Very sweet! Tons of dark fruit notes just like the smell. Not too much alcohol bite, which is surprising for 10% ABV. Though there's a good bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. The hops were barely perceptible, but that was expected from a 2 year old beer.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light to medium body, with a nice crisp finish from the very light carbonation. Kind of surprised by the whole mouthfeel on this one. I was expecting something completely different.

Overall: Very, very good brew! As I said mine was aged for 2 years prior to drinking so it was amazingly smooth and sweet. Nowhere near as boozy as I expected it to be, would for sure buy this brew again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this beer is the #18 beer on the "Top Beers - American Strong Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a tulip.

Beer is brown and hazy with a nice two finger head of small tan bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate to low carbonation, not aggressive looking or overly carbed but nice.

Aroma is huge, I can smell it without picking up the glass. Malty sweet, strong booze.

Beer is sweet and light in body, thinner than expected. Beer has this mild roasty finish, a little dry but good. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle has now been through the ringer. I brought it to a tasting over at Huhzubendah's place a few month ago and we never got around to it.

My intention was to bring this beer to a tasting at some point. I got tired of waiting.

I got this beer over a year ago from harrymel. Thanks Harry!

Served in a snifter.

A: Poured a dark, dark, dark brown, with a little baby soft head that amounted to a mere ring around the brew.

S: I got a tinge of hoppiness, sugar, Belgian funk, and a bit of cocoa.

T: I got an very cool fruit component on this in addition to the caramel, malt one. Sure, I got a bit of booze, but that mesh well with the rest of the ingredients.

M: I got just the right amount of prickle and sweetness. Also, the lacing was mild to nill.

O: Why did I wait so long to pop this one? Probably because I thought there would be an opportunity to present it at a tasting, but alas... there were none.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from scotchboy. Shared with inebriatedjoker. One I've been eyeing for a long time, thanks Dan.

A: Comes out a mahogany brown but collects in the glass a near-black. Very big light-brown head. Looks murky.

S: Raisin, toffee, fig, some red wine grape. Quite a mixture of malts in this, good stuff. Some wet paper and real light barrel notes. Mainly dark rum soaked fruits here with some bits of cherry and brightness.

T: It gets complex here, more than the nose. Plum, fig, raisin, vague cherry. These flavors run into a couple other different directions with a powdery mix of dark & milk chocolate, and a sherry-like finish. I'm assuming it was the pinot influence affecting this, but this beer is really dry, it also affects the chocolate making it appear more powdery. Faded hops start to peak out a bit. Alcohol is hidden well.

M: Plenty of carbonation, heavier medium body. Bone dry.

O: I wasn't sure what to expect with this. I assume this is a good point to drink this one, maybe just a bit earlier. A real complex beer that deserves a good chunk of time to savor. I wouldn't recommend drinking it cold, or by yourself, but shared with others it is a real treat.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve - Thanks

poured into tulip - 2010 release

A: Translucent black/dark brown with two finger head that descends into thin /thick frothy lacing, great carbonation.

S: Raisins, dark fruit caramel/toffee, chocolate malts.

T: Dark fruits, red grapes , caramel/toffee ,roasted malts, biscuit, bittersweet chocolate, slight red wine hints.

O: Overall a sweet beer that is very drinkable without overpowering the taste buds , It hides it's abv% very well and goes down dangerously easy, Worth a try and glad I had a chance to try it - Thanks again Steve.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two year old bottle, properly cellared, poured into a Gulden Draak flute. Pours a dark red-brown amber with a finger of fine light tan head. Looks nice. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruit, cherries, hint of vanilla and oak, also nice. Flavor is dark fruit, plums, cherries, sweet malt. Finish is sherry like, but not vinous, hints of pepper and cinnamon. Very complex and beautifully integrated. Medium to heavy, creamy body. A really superb ale, wonderfully done.

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Photo of rtaps
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a merky brown with a small tan head decent retention leaving spotty lacing

smell is nice dark fruits(plum, figs, raisins)swet and some oak notes

sweet chocolate and dark fruits

light-medium bodied

overall it was a nice brew nothing to exciting

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Photo of Thingus
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Live tasting, poured into a Delirium tulip...

Appearance; pours a root beer brown, ruby colored at the edges and a murky reddish brown when held to light... One finger khaki color head that quickly fades to a ring with minimal lacing...

Smell; I pick up hints of raisins and dark fruits and a little of the barrel but not much beyond that...

Taste; taste is much the same as the smell, with the slight addition of red wine notes although fairly unimpressive and quite mellow given the alcohol content... I'm not sure the age has treated this very well...

Mouthfeel; relatively thin, with only a slight amount of carbonation, goes down smooth with a slight raisiny bitterness that doesn't seem to hang around for long... After the bitterness fades a silky texture seems to coat the mouth...

Overall; an average brew all around, certainly nothing groundbreaking... I feel like this would have been a much more impressive beer at release, Im not sure age has treated this very well although it is well past the "best after: 1/29/11" date, and I would probably have enjoyed the cloying, boozy raisin bomb that others have described quite a bit more than this.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe & Thorpette. Thanks!

The beer appears dark brown colored with a small head that leaves some random lacing on the glass. The aroma offers caramels, oak, booze, fruity malts. Smells nice. The flavor follows suit, with a mild sweetness that never becomes overpowering. Well balanced. Delicious and easy drinking. Beautiful caramel flavor. Alcohol content is well disguised, with just a light, pleasing warmth in the finish. Overall, a terrific beer. Recommended.

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Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 600 ratings