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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan

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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
There is a tradition in the world of ale brewing to craft celebratory holiday ales that incorporate festive spices and perhaps other special ingredients. Baird Jubilation Ale is brewed within the context of this tradition and in the spirit of joyful celebration. A hearty ale with a rich malty base and soothing alcoholic warmth (ABV 6.5%), Jubilation Ale is made luxuriant by deft additions of two wonderful ingredients: (1) fully ripened figs candied in the country kitchen of our friend, Shoko-chan, and (2) cinnamon twigs culled from a Japanese Nikki tree. A sublimely balanced interplay between sweet and spice reminiscent of the yin-yang duality of life results. The ruby-red hue and the wafting aroma of cinnamon warm the heart and furbish the soul.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Deep amber, somewhat of a dark red, cloudy and dirty, moderate off-white head, frothy, with spotty lacing.   Lots of dark pitted fruit on the nose.   Not real heavy, but it seems like dates, figs, and raisins.   Golden raisins to be more exact.   On the tongue it certainly carries that dark pitted fruit aspect.   The body is light, meaning its not like a dubbel.   The backside has a very dull cinnamon aspect.   Now I know its nothing like a Dubbel.   I wished this was a bit more full bodied, and sweet.   Seems to come across as a weak Dubbel with some other spices.   Not bad, but needs a little more body and brightness.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5771) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2009
( 21.4oz bottle) Pours a medium brown color, when held to light it is a deep orange in appearance. Lacing on the glass is superb, 1 finger head thatís gone quickly. There isnít much to be smelled here to be honest. Some sweet malt. The taste is however pretty distinct. There is a nice chocolaty malt up front which is delicious. Lingering bitterness indicates the presence of some hops, but isnít bad at all. Quite nice actually and never gets in the way of the malt. The yeast profile reminds me almost of the complexity of a Belgian beer, but not quite. Pretty well balanced. Maybe the most perfectly carbonated beer Iíve had yet, the tiny bubbles dance across my tongue unlike any beer Iíve had yet. Weight of the beer is a little thinner than Iíd prefer, but the carbonation being so good keeps its score really high. Highly recommended. Iím not sure the cinnamon or fig ever show their presence, but this is a good beer and you should try to find it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5693) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2010
330 ml bottle, vintage 2007, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Hazy brownish orange colour, big and lasting off-white head with a pale orange hue. Fairly strong sweetish aroma with notes of candied fruits (figs, actually), caramel and malts, hints of cinnamon. The flavour has notes of cinnamon and other mild spices, figs, caramel and malts, great sweetness nicely balanced by decent hops in the finish. Some alcoholic warmth, but not dominant. Some wood in the aftertaste. An interesting beer, pleasant to drink.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5357) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
I have never heard of this brewer before and was surprised to hear that it comes from Japan. +++Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a murky orange-brown color with a small foamy white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was cinnamon, nutmeg and was a bit musty. The flavor was bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and raisin. The finish was medium length bread and dry spices. Medium body. Ok.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Sampled on 1/2/2010. This spiced beer pours a medium brown color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is figs, malt, dark fruit, and cinnamon. A medium bodied spiced ale. The malts are dark fruit, figs, banana and bread. The hops are earthy and a touch floral. Lively carbonation. Interesting blend of fruit and spices, a nice balance of sweet and spice. A nice winter ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5316) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bomber from State Line Liquors - pours a hazy light red - everything about this beer is beautifully subtle - the fig is quite present in the aroma, but not heavy or overly sweet - the fig sweetness and cinnamon spiciness ride in on a surprisingly light-bodied bready malt backbone (which is great, because so many spiced beers overburden the palate) - some cane sugar balanced by the spices and moderate herbal bitterness - understated and well-done.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5077) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2010
2007 bottle at Olympen. Hazy copper with a healthy tan head. Tart berry aroma. In the mouth dry chocolate blends with tart berries. Overall quite dry. Medium body. Complex and somewhat surprising.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours medium amber with a ligth thin head- slight haze. Aroma is lightly fruity, candied dried fruits- raisin fig and dates, spicy- phenolic and cinnamon and vanilla- earthy. Flavor is a slate and mineral in the middle- some sugar and sweet upfront and some spices lingering past the finish- light cinnamon noticed - slight diacetyl as it warms with more earth and herbal notes as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (5042) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2010
330 ml bottle. Hazy orange body with a fine off-white head. Aroma is fruity with some caramel and cinnamon spices. Flavor is refreshing fruity, mild malty, fine balanced bitterness, cinnamon and other spices, maybe some ginger? A nice, fruity, spicy and a bit unusually beer. Quite enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2009
22oz. Bottle (at 7%ABV): Lightly sweet aroma of cinnamon, caramel, spices, slight tea, pale malts, and slight fig. Poured deep orange/deep amber in color with a medium to large-sized, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of cinnamon, figs, pale malts, slight tea, wood, caramel, light honey, spices, and slight resin. Light to medium body (more toward medium). Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Cinnamon, tea, and wood finish.


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