Two centuries ago, it seems that Deschutes discovered a hidden gem of a beer when a clumsy burglar dropped a stolen keg of the popular Jubelale ouside the Deschutes brewery and it proceeded to freeze. When Deschutes owner, Gary Fish, discovered the keg the next morning, more than half the liquid had frozen and the remaining unfrozen beer was a highly-concentrated version of Jubelale; “Jubelale on steroids”. It was so good that Deschutes set out recreating the recipe. They brew this beer each year now and age it in Oregon pinot barrels, but it is usually only available at the brewpubs.
Ten years ago, Deschutes bottled ”Super Jubel” for the first time as a limited-edition millennium release called “Jubel 2000″. Ten years later, Deschutes will now distribute the beer as “Jubel 2010″ this February in limited amounts of 22 ounce bottles and on draft in select accounts. Since this is only the second time this beer has been available in bottles, it should be in high demand; get it while you can.
Beer Geek Information:
· 10% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
· 55 International Bittering Units (IBUs)
· Serving Temperature: 50-55 degrees F
· Glassware: Snifter or Goblet
· Drink one now and cellar one to enjoy a year from now.
On a personal note, I was lucky to be able to try the Jubel 2000 last year when Bottleworks broke some out of their cellar eary in the year. Thanks again, Craig! Even after nine years, it was tasting good (but definitely past its prime). I can’t wait to see what it tastes like fresh. My tasting notes from the 2000 version:
Dark cherry red brown with medium light brown head. Shows good carbonation for a nine year old beer. Lots of floaties in the glass…I should have been more careful pouring this one. Aroma of caramel malts and dark fruit fits together nicely. Moderate malt thickness with lots of caramel and some earthiness. Still rounded out with a touch of alcohol in the finish and minimal bitterness. Overall, it’s a nine year old beer that is still very drinkable but not mind-blowing. It has held up very well with only minor oxidation issues.