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)
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Photo of largadeer
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Whole Foods for $12. Into a tulip, the beer pours a dark but perfectly clear amber, and in the glass it's a near-impenetrable cherry skin red. A small tan head tops the dark body, slowly receding to a small cap.

It smells of dates, plums, figs - the dark fruit aromas are prominent without overwhelming the senses - and there's a slight vinous quality along with some molasses. The aroma doesn't blow me away like some of their other Reserve Series beers; it's pleasant but muted.

On the palate it's much bolder, molasses, roasted malt, spice and dark fruit melding together harmoniously with a slight oaky and vinous backbone. My guess is that this is a blend of barrel aged and non-barrel aged beer, as the barrel character isn't particularly strong. The mouthfeel is full and rich, moderate sweetness balanced nicely by tannins, bitterness and faint alcohol. It finishes on a vinous and bitter note, red wine, plum, brown sugar and alcohol lingering on the tongue, amply bitter and roasty. A good beer overall, it met my expectations without necessarily blowing me away. It's worth trying at a very reasonable $12.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been feeling a little sick and haven't reviewed anything in a while. This is from notes.

The appearance straight off of the tap is dark plumb with a tan head. Held up to the light the edges get more purple and display a very pretty gradient of violet. I loved the look of this one. It had some pretty thick lacing as well, and the head stayed for a while.

The smell on this one is pretty great, especially for my taste buds. You have to figure that I am reviewing it very fresh on tap, meaning that this thing is going to age like a monster. It smelled of sweet port wine with great raspberries. I get a lot of berries in the smell and tastes, which has to be from the Pinot barrels. Just an amazingly spice and berry combo that pleases my nose.

The taste is a bit muddled, but time will fix the imperfections. There are berries again, with some resin hops. I get some earthy malts with a woody oak taste as well. I would love to see this brew without the oak barrels, just to compare because I do believe the barrels put this to a different level. The berries I get are mostly raspberry and a bit of cherry.

This has a good mouthfeel, but I think everything will be better in the bottle. I like Deschutes Reserve Series bottled better, I think the characters show up bigger, and everything is blended better. This brew on tap is thick and a bit overcarbonated. It has a good drinkability, and when given to non craft drinkers, the response is always positive. Age is going to befriend this one, I can just tell.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm no longer surprised when Deschutes strikes a high note on a big beer. These past few years have seen them excel from brewers of reliable standbies to brewers of high clout classics. Jubel 2010 extends their winning streak with this pinot barrel aged strong ale.

2010 is a highly complex strong ale with notes of chocolate, date, licorice, brown sugar, and strong hop contours. Alcohol makes no intrusion and the beer still manages to balance out as agreeably sweet. It is ruby black and arrives with a smattering of suds. Satisfying, sustained, and sensual in every dimension.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll make this short and sweet. A once a decade brew. Take Jubelale and add chocolate, coffee, and bourbon barrels. Yes. No kidding!

It reminds me of Abyss but darker, richer, and less acidic. The '10 Jubel smells of bananas foster (caramel, banana, chocolate), toffee, dark coffee, and currants. Very rich and expressive on the nose. The flavors are deep and rich with massive tannins from the coffee and chocolate. Very dark, rich, and bittersweet.

Texture is massive but could use a touch extra acidity to round it out. I put this up there with Abyss, and I think this is a more massive beer than Abyss... but I would rather drink Abyss with the extra balance. This one is a bit overwhelming!

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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snifter poured at Deschutes PDX 2.19.10.

3/4 finger tan head, quick dissipation. Blackish brown opaque body. The nose is cherry vanilla, re crystal and caramel malts. The taste is quite complex, malt-forward with some smokiness present, oak tannins from barrel aging, and warming alcohol and some grassy hops towards the back end. Dry bitter finish, with a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. At this ABV limited drinkability, sharing a bottle makes the most sense. Looking forward to seeing how this taste after a year of cellaring. Another fine reserve beer from Deschutes, a worthy companion to The Abyss, Dissident, and Black Butte XXI. Recommended

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer is dark brown in color with a light brown head and little retention. It lightly smells of caramel and malt with no heat. It has a rich caramel taste with hints of roasted grains. It has a full body and runs smooth over the palette. You definitely do not taste any alcohol. Dangerous but delicious; definitely an easy drinking beer.

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

Quite the story behind this brew supposedly this one came around after a drunk patron tried to steal a keg of their Jubelale, evidently the caper couldn't get away with the goods and left the keg outside to freeze. The next day the brewers came in and found the keg and sampled, basically an eisbock version of their standard seasonal and loved it with some fortification. So they brewed a bigger version and it's released every year as Super Jubel and it's only been released in bottles back in 2000 and now in 2010.

Appears a molasses mahogany like hue with deep ruby highlights when held toward the light, the head is a deep tan hue with fine evenly dispersed specks on each side check things out okay. Herbal hops and citrus zest blend in with a touch of holiday spices.

Aroma is exuberant with malt sweetness layers of syrup drizzled over dark overly ripened alcohol soaked dark fruits like plums and raisins. A definite air of charred oak with herbal/mint hop expressions in the finish. Booze is hidden pretty well but the wood used at times give a pine mint expression that must be coming from the hops.

The flavor collides with dark fruit a touch of maple syrup, a mild citrus and herbal hop bitterness, holy malt monster batman! This one also has those backing hops to provide some bitterness for balance, a touch of booze maple syrup tree bark and herbs. Very festive big brew aged on Pinot wine barrels.

Mouthfeel is big bodied a bit cloying better to share this bad boy with some friends, alot of girth with some soothing alcohol tones about it. Carbonation is smooth and mellow, quite a treat definitely a unique experience for me.

Drinkability overall, this one is to be savored with friends around the holidays I hop to have more friends around next time a bottle of this comes my way. From the smallest beer to these bruisers that Deschutes has been releasing, everything from them is so damn drinkable it may be their best attribute overall. I again can't wait to show up at the brew house or one of their brewpub locales and do some sampling with my buddy Geof, who sent me this bottle.

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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a super dark murky amber, more like mahogony with a dark tan/light brown head that lingers and laces the glass nicely. The smell is of sweet fruits (cherry, plum, raisins, figs, even strawberry) and dark malts. Some brown sugar and caramel notes.

This really is jubelale on steroids, and it is quite amazing, though I think some aging will make it even better. Super complex. Lots of chocolate up front, which came as a surprise. Some caramel and brown sugar up front too. The middle is all fruit and spices. Cherry, raisins, and figs. In the finish the hops and malts come together in great harmony. Bitter hops, like those of fresh jubelale, and roasty malts. Alcohol barely becomes noticeable in the aftertaste. It is well hidden though. The barrel aging is hardly noticeable with everything else going on.

Mouthfeel is a little light and a little too dry on the palate, but it is very well carbonated. Dangerously drinkable for a 10% beer.

Once again, Deschutes' reserve series comes through with a ridiculously well made beer. Bravo.

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Photo of racer2k
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap in a brandy snifter glass at the Deschutes brew pub in Portland, Oregon

A - Pours a dark mahogany color with a red tint. Produces a very thin off white head coating which quickly dissipates to a thin lacing. Very thin looking profile to the beer.

S - Very complex aroma with roasted caramel nutty malt and a fruity presence of raisins, dates, fruitcake, cherries, sour apples. I also picked up the presence of the Pinot Noir barrel aging process in this complex aroma.

T - A complex dark fruit taste which is very smooth and carries an earthy woody profile of flavors from the Pinot Noir barrel aging. Mid-stream in the taste profile is a caramel toffee roasted malt presence which smooths out the initial sweet taste of the dark fruits. The finish is quite smooth and dry to the palette.

M - Very smooth profile with minimal carbonation for such a complex beer. There is a creaminess and smoothness to this beer which is very unique especially given the 10% abv which does not really show it self in the taste. This is quite dangerous.

D: This is an excellent interpretation of the Strong Ale category. This beer was off the charts in terms of the experience. I drank this with very little knowledge of the history and associated hype of the release as I happened to be in Portland, OR traveling and stopped in to the Deschutes brew pub. The person next to me at the bar was sipping this beer and it looked delicious. Highly recommended but be weary of the high alcohol content.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with a thin off-white head and some surprising lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has a slight oxidation note to it, which actually works somewhat well with the sugary, caramel, and dark fruit notes. There's some noticeable alcohol as well.

T: The flavor is also quite sweet. The caramel and toffee are the most present with the sugar more subdued. Unfortunately, I don't pick up quite as much in terms of fruit, but I do seem to notice some herbal and buttery qualities. Once again, the alcohol is present.

M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This is a bit too hot for my tastes. Perhaps it might calm down in a few years, but just a couple ounces is fine for now.

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Photo of antioch
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dan and Jon from The Full Pint for sharing this with me.

A - Dark brown, small head, nice lacing.

S - Beautiful candy sugar sweetness comes through. Strong scents of fruits and caramel sweetness! This smells amazing!

T - The taste is good, not great... YET. Malty, fruity and a lot of other flavors come through this. I think it needs some time in the cellar before it's opened.

M - Kind of light on the tongue, maybe a medium body to it. With the booziness of the taste and the complex and sugary smell of it I thought it'd be a lot thicker and chewier than it is.

D - The booze is pretty present, I think if it's given some time to mellow out it can be a very tasty beer. It's not bad now, but it will be much better later.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jubel got into Boise yesterday... I was able to talk Brenda into heading to the COOP tonight for me... Poured into my Delerium goblet.

3/4" Tan head with good retention and lacing... The brew pours significantly darker than I was expecting... deep chocolate brown until you hold it to a bright lite and crystal clear deep garnet highlites are revealed... very pretty.

Nose is really malty with a nice dark fruity element.. maybe a bit of tannic woody notes... caramel and a dusting of cocoa.. needs warmth to blossom... getting some vinous notes as it hits room temperature.... pretty damn good.

Flavor is again nicely malty with similar but more pronounced dark fruit esters .. the wood really compliments the complexity of the malts... not getting any "wine" character, but I doubt I would be able to pick it out without one of my wine friends explaining it to me... raisins show throughout with something that I can only describe as essence of plum.. once I think about it a while, I can really see where this is a much bigger version of Jubelale... where Jubelale tends to be drier, this has a nice rich maltiness from front to back.. but the finish does dry out with some woody tannins and that is where I think I'm getting the wine barrel... finish lingers forever with wood and dried fruits and lite cocoa... yummy .. some black pepper shows with room temperature... could be perceived alcohol..

Great medium/lite heavy body with smooth lighter than expected carbonation... this is a brew that is really making me think.. I can see how this is going to get better with some age .. but honesty right now thinks are meshing fairly well. The drinkability is high for me even though this is such a sipper... each sip reveals new flavors and makes me want another... this is going to be a pleasure finishing off this bottle over the next couple of hours... Nice for sure.


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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the pub in Portland at the release "party". Served in a wide bowled large brandy glass (not sure of the technical term for this glass). 12oz pour. Notes from memory.

A: The color is a deep dark brown color. Definitely not black, more like rich chocolate brown.

S: Smell is hard to identify and faint at first. Improved over time as the drink warmed (it was served a little too cold). Some caramel flavors. A little raisin (?) or dark fruit. Very complex with a bright smell I associate with getting this beer fresh.

T: The beer continues to be complex on the taste with more fruit, raisin, and caramel. The fruit provides a little sweetness, but not overly so. I got a little heat from the alcohol as the beer finished. Limited hop presence, but that is expected. The beer improved as it warmed and I feel like there are many more subtle flavors that will show in a better tasting environment.

M: Fairly light bodied, for what it is. I remember the SuperJubel as a beer that really coated the tongue, almost too much so. Not with Jubel 2010. Very smooth beer.

D: Can I have another please? Likely not. At 11%, this beer goes down a little too easily. While best sipped slowly, the taste and mouthfeel of this beer don't require it. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, more than I expected. Would love to try it on a firken.

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4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the pub for the release party. Gary Fish even showed up to give a little speech about the history of this beer...very cool! Drinking out of the Jubel 2010 Commemorative glass (kind of like a pinot noir glass)

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown body with hints of ruby in the light, and the body is slightly transparent on the edges. Small one finger head falls to thin lacing. Appears more like a barleywine than an American Strong, fairly viscous...

S: Very barleywine-like, lots of dark fruit, roasted caramel malt, toffee, apricot, green apple, very complex and almost reminiscent of a Belgian triple. Excited to taste it!

T: Leads out with the fruit, lots of lighter fruits. Definitely get the green apple, faint apricot, raisin, and a little honey. Then the malt comes through with caramel, toffee, and a little roastiness that rounds out the sweetness of the fruits. The finish is long with a faint hint of grassy floral hop.

M: I expected it to be heavier, but that's a good thing, the body comes across closer to medium than heavy, but definitely viscous. The carbonation on this beer is unreal, it is present but so soft and creamy it is amazing how smooth this is especially for 11%!

D: Dangerously drinkable for 11%...the booze comes through ever so faint on the finish which detracts from the drinkability just a touch. Overall this beer is fantastic, definitely world class and one that I will be picking up several of!

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Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from Deschutes Brewery
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