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Old 11-17-2008, 01:14 AM   #1
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HWMBO and I had Jubelale on tap at two separate restaurants. We enjoyed the caramel malt flavor that came through, the hop flavor and bitterness, the slight smokey character, etc.

Imagine my elation at finding it bottled at the local supermarket. I picked up a 6 pack and made myself ready to enjoy a delicious, interesting, flavorful, well-crafted commercial beer in my own home. HWMBO cracked open a bottle and poured a glass as I looked on in anticipation. The beautiful red color showed that they had used a great deal of caramel malts, the head looked seraphic, and I watched him take the first sip.

"Uhhhhh. This is WAY better on tap."

The malt character in this beer doesn't come out, the hop aroma and bitterness are almost nonexistent, it merely tastes like a smoked porter, boring and mundane. After a great deal of excitement leading up to the consumption of this beer, it was all we could do to finish the single glass collectively in a couple hours. Hoping that the single bottle that we opened was a lemon, I opened and poured another the following day. It tasted the same.


Has anyone else experienced this?

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Old 11-17-2008, 01:20 AM   #2
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I have, I had one in the bottle a few weeks ago and I was not impressed at all, I guess I should have tried it on tap yesterday but after having it in the bottle I just couldn't convince myself to try it again.

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Old 11-17-2008, 02:34 AM   #3
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I have found the same to be true of most beers. It has always seems to me that subtleties only come out when on tap, provided the taps are clean and the keg is fresh.

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Old 11-17-2008, 02:35 AM   #4
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I find several of their beers don't do well in the bottle. Mirror Pond is waaaaay better at the pub.

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You know, you are right... the only Deschutes products that translate well to bottles, IMO, are Obsidian Stout and Inversion IPA.

But then there's serving them Nitro'd .... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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Old 11-17-2008, 02:16 PM   #6
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I reconfirmed this by having a glass at the bar last night. It was so much tastier. I don't know how so much flavor is lost through the pasteurization process, but it made me a sad panda.

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I agree it seems like a lot of their beers don't translate well to the bottle, I have a case of Mirror Pond I bought some time ago for a party and I was disappointed in how much different it tasted in the bottle. I am definitely going to have to give Jubelale another go on tap.

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OK, I emailed Deschutes a couple days ago and received this:
Hello Laurel,
I am sorry to hear that your experience with Jubelale in a bottle was less then stellar. If you still have the bottles, could I get the batch number and top row of numbers (i.e. 264 08 – which means it was made the 264th day of the year 2008). If I could get this information I can send it on to our QA manager and he can sample that batch. Thanks so much! I see that you live in Washington so we will send you a token of our appreciation for being a fan of our brews and for taking the time to write to us!
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Strangely enough, bottle # 3 was tasty, and almost as good as Jubelale on tap. Same batch #.

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I like how they responded. Good customer retention practice.


I haven't had Jubelale on tap... too much BMC around here for that.
I enjoyed what I had in bottles however.

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Ya know. I've never had it on tap. But I finished of a 12 pack and picked up a 24 pack at costco. The 24 pack hasn't been as good as the 12 pack was. I thought it was all in my head, but after reading this I wonder if it was the batch.

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