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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery


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very good

1,736 Ratings

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Ratings: 1736
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available: October to December
Alc. by Vol.: 6.7%
IBUs: 60

216 calories per 12 oz serving

Label artwork changes annually.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001)
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Photo of matjack85


3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Roommate brought these home, so not sure what the store cost is as he works at the distributor and gets them for $10/case. 12oz brown bottles with a freshness date on the side of the label. The website says they change the art work on the label each year, so it will look different from year to year.

The beer poured a clear dark garnet color with a 1½-finger tan head that lasts a few minutes and leaves tons of lacing.

The beer smells like molasses and caramel.

Not as sweet as the smell wouold indicate. More of an earthy hop flavor along with a dry roastiness. There's a little caramel/molasses flavor underneath, but not enough to call it sweet. There is also a touch of nuttiness and spicy alcohol, but still the 6 different hops used dominate the flavor. 60 IBUs, but not overly bitter.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Despite its high ratings, I'm not a big fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 22:38:08 | More by matjack85
Photo of jlindros


3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really like this brewery, wish I could get them more. When I got this beer, for some reason I figured a festive winter ale should be aged... not realizing it was only 6.7%, so a 2009 vintage to try. I hope I didn't ruin it. Thanks to bendretread for this one.

A careful pour spares me the big sediment sludge on the bottom, and yields a nice fluffy 1/2 finger tan head that fades at a quick pace, decent lacing at least, a dark murky maroon black-raspberry reddish almost purply colored sediment laden depth of darkness.

Nose does have a slight tinge of oxidation, but I'll ignore that, and then turns to a nice malt, toasty reddish malt with lots of candy, toffee, caramel, a little molasses like syrup, a bit of a nutty note with nice candied figs, dates, trail mix like, some nice soft aged malt like notes too, nice dark syrup, touch of a biscuity malt too even. It has all the notes of a nice English old ale that's 15 years old, complete with the oxidation included. I eventually get hints of baking spices that are mostly muted by now.

Taste brings lots more syrupy malts, candy, caramel, toffee, lots of nutty flavors with a bit of fig and candied dates, etc. Just a bit of molasses syrup to go wtih the toffee and caramel like notes, and faint baking spices on the back end. A little aged soft malt feel too, but not much. Now the bad, that definite aged more than it should have taste, lots of cardboard and oxidation all over the place, even a little chalky. A hint of an earthy herbal hop note still comes through even... somehow. Not sweet really either, or very syrupy. Finish is drier but sticky, more oxidation, fair amount of herbal spicy hopsa nd bitterness, bit more dried fruits and nuts, and little dried molasses syrup.

mouth is med bod but a bit softer, stil pretty good carb.

Overall, I'll try to put aside the oxidation as that was my fault not the beer's. nice candy malt profile, nice dried fruits and nuts, sweet candy notes without too much sweetness or syrupy feel, faint hint of baking spices I'm sure was a lot more when it was fresh, and even still a decent hop profile in there somehow. Not bad, still not that great compared to many of the other Deschutes beers, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 02:24:55 | More by jlindros
Photo of alphagnome


4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/ruby color with a thin, tan (almost yellowish) head. Minimal lacing. No noticeable carbonation.

A very sweet with a bit of spice with a tinge of cola. Dark fruit notes, bitter cherries and fig spring to mind. Light brown sugar and molasses and a hint of hazelnut.

Beautifully balanced between bitter and sweet. A rush of slightly tart, dark fruit up front with dates and cherries. Sweetness brought to you by molasses with a bit of nice spicing that I can't seem to put my finger on. Tasty, this one is.

Smooth and super easy to drink. Medium bodied. Fizzy. Sweet finish.

Another fantastic offering from Deschutes. Easy to drink and loaded with character. Definitely worth picking up!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 01:53:12 | More by alphagnome
Photo of admiral


4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! One of the most balanced beers I have ever had.

aroma: Chocolate and big malt with slight wine, hops and brown sugar.

taste: Beautifully balanced. Chocolate, roasted malt, pine, orange, grapefruit - nothing too strong or standing out but all blending in to make a brilliant and tasty beer. Also, a nice and smooth mouthfeel.

Very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 09:34:42 | More by admiral
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beer Revolution in Cowtown for bringing in some nifty Deschutes brews of late. The holiday seasonal from this brewery (or maybe its just a winter seasonal) is a dark reddish brown with a decent amount of tan foam. Aroma was a pleasant surprise, lemon-lime hops first (of all things) followed by a more expected sweet caramel malt. Dark and fruity at the same time. Tastes of treacle toffee, chocolate syrup, brown bread crust, green coffee beans, citrus rind, bubblegum, stone fruit, red berries ... A barrage of dark malt and sweet fruity flavors that co-exist in a tasty congress of the unexpected. Booze is detectable and becomes more so as one proceeds through a pint. Light-bodied and very smooth with middling carbonation, featuring a long roasted finish accented by medicinal hops and gooseberry notes. Really quite unique. How can toffee also taste zesty and refreshing? You can read in several reputable sources that dark malts and assertive hops typically mesh about as well as the Greeks and the Turks on Cyprus, but in all honesty I think this is a myth ... Done right, one gets some tasty results.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2014 04:08:58 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of BastardKing24


4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent winter warmer, I'll put it there....

Pours a dark ruby red, purple, with a decent offwhite head that hangs on for the life of the beer.

Smell is dark, hoppy, and vigorous. Malt is the first quaff, as in caramel and roasty barley goodness. Deep mohagany and munich sweetness. A touch of coffee, and dark fruits.

Taste is not too bad, with malty decadence , and hoppy undertones pervasive throughout.
C hops I presume, along with a decent butterscotch and coffee undertone. Lots of spicy notes to the tune of cinnamon , Nutmeg, Clove, and others.

Feel is generous, plenty of carb, and a decent feel overall.

I like this brew as a winter seasonal session ale. Loads to give as far as taste, and Above all others, this one sessions well for the style....

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 07:53:24 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark copper with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows liquorice, sour spices, confectionery, sweet malt and brown sugar.
Roasty flavours with an astringent herbal hit too. Some confectionery-like sweetness and more liquorice.
Carbonation is too high.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:31:34 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of BierJager89


4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a glowy mahogany up to the light, black otherwise with a tan head.

S: Cinnamon, cloves, wintery spices, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt in the nose.

T: Spices up front, first earthy then cinnamon, some roasted malt/coffee/chocolate character then a nice tasty malt backbone.

M: Medium full bodied and smooth enough.

O: This beer is just one of many examples of why Deschutes is one of the best pacific coast breweries. It's exactly what I want out of a standard festive winter ale. Perhaps better than this is Jubel, which I have yet to try (waiting on The Abyss for a vertical).

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 02:49:48 | More by BierJager89
Photo of IronLover


4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, raisin brown with a copper orange hue and a light haze. Started with a lush beige foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left sheets of sticky lacing on the glass. Sweet, sugary caramel malt aromas with  hints of freshly milled grains, dark fruit and chocolate. Full bodied with rich, gentle carbonation. Rich, sweet, caramel malt flavors up front with slowly emerging, earthy hop bitterness through the middle. Hop flavors transition to light coffee flavors as the bitterness fades to chocolate notes at the end. Finishes with a light, earthy, bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Sweet and malty that is tempered nicely with lazy hop flavors through the middle.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 02:00:27 | More by IronLover
Photo of titty_mcbitty


3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a raisin brown color that's foggy. Looks delicious in the glass. Has some golden touches to it.

S: Not much of a nose I don't think. I'm not the best at picking up aromas though. Maybe some caramel and soapy booze but that's about it.

T: The taste on this beer is interesting but awesome; but it's not as strong as I'd like it to be. Caramel, raisins, brown sugar, toffee, wheat bread, yeast, malts, licorice, cola, and some nice hops in the back.

M: Medium and buttery. It's a very good mouth for the style. It has some good carb, too.

O: Awesome beer, and still not disappointed by anything that Deschutes has made.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 04:29:43 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of Chiefy770


4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl. ounce bottle - poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Rich brown-amber body with a rather short foam head. Impressive lacing was left behind.

Smell: Sweet fruit. Toasted grains. Very subtle notes of herbal spices.

Taste: Creamy notes of toasted malts. The hops kick in and bring a modest amount of hoppiness to the table. Complex notes of figs and dates stand out in the malts. Sweet notes of citrus come through the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Supports the flavors well. A bit more carbonation than a majority of the other Winter Warmers out there. The carbonation really carries the hops. This one is pretty much dry throughout.

Overall: This has been a "must-have" on my list of holiday releases for quite some time. The unique balance of this brew really makes it stand out amongst the other Winter Warmers. Never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 23:17:41 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a ruby red, with a one inch off white sticky head, that leaves a wall of lace. Smell is all just hints of nutmeg, ginger bread, caramel, orange peel, pine tree, and cinnamon. Taste is as festive as the nose, balanced perfectly yum! Body is medium large for its abv, nice amount life, not really dry, and easy drinking. This is an excellent winter warmer, not over barring like some spiced up beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:44:43 | More by SawDog505
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a case a few weeks ago (so glad we get Deschutes in the Philly area!), and this is not my first sampling from that...

12oz into standard pint glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours with about an inch of tightly packed, dirty-sand-colored head over a very deep and cloudy ruby body. Awesome, sticky lacing throughout.

Stick your nose into this one, and you get Christmas. Lively Cascade/NW hops bring you full-on pine tree action, with rich, sweet malts and plenty of holiday spices. Plenty going on here!

Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp and full of carbonation, which cuts nicely through all the flavor and richness of this Winter Warmer. Flavors lead with a somewhat complex hoppy mash-up which doesn't relent. Toasty malt lingers in the finish. Somewhat rye-like. Holiday spices are there, but not over the top. Slight molasses-like sweetness in the finish, too. This is not an all-night beer, but it certainly is festive.

Lovely Christmas beer. Very glad that I sprung the 45 on this case.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 20:06:19 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of mwilbur


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a dark ruby-garnet with 1/2 inch dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Sweet, spiced malt, cinnamon, clove, and some hazelnuts.
T: Follows aroma with pleasantly sweet malt, cinnamon, hazelnuts, and lightly toasted grains.
M: Softly sweet. Light-medium body. Mildly spiced. Fairly smooth and creamy feel.
D: Highly sessionable, especially for style. Not overly aggressive on the spice which serves this one well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 00:39:35 | More by mwilbur
Photo of ZoomanCru


3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

App: Dark reddish brown like that of raw honey. Pours a nice one and a half finger head that retains very well. Darker than a lot of winter brews, and almost opaque. Head is a rich coffee and cream color.

Smell: Slight medicinal twinge with significant malt character. Some notes of raisins and caramel. Smells “warm” like some belgian strongs, and oddly enough, a lot like fruit cake.

Taste: Dark and complicated maltiness blooms over the tongue with the first sip. Very deep caramelized flavors with notes of bitter pecan skin and molasses. Some interesting interplay between malt and fairly assertive hop character. A little bit brown, a little bit ESB with some extra bittering hops kick that lingers on your palate long after you swallow. The slightest bit metallic.

Mouth: Heavy bodied and very present when upon the first drink. Medium to light carbonation that fits the style well.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:41:32 | More by ZoomanCru
Photo of charlzm


3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on December 12th, 2013. Poured into a Firestone Walker tulip from a 12 oz bottle of 2013 vintage at approximately 45 degrees F.

Beer is a very deep and clear maroon with deep garnet highlights. Two fingers of pale beige head well up from a controlled pour, providing nice lacing on the glass during consumption.

Aroma is a fairly tame juicy, melanoidin scent. Not really getting any hop or malt notes.

Flavor is malty, however. Woody and deep, the malt character is somewhere between caramel and chocolate. Reminds me of slightly burnt toast as well. Some powerful bitterness emerges at the end, lingering a good long while after the beer has left the mouth.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost velvety. Lush carbonation is smooth, not prickly.

This beer is aimed at easy drinking for its size and is just that. I like it!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 03:19:11 | More by charlzm
Photo of barnzy78


4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Best By 03/30/14
A - a creamy, frothy, beige head tops a brown ale leaving chunky lacing as it gradually fades
S - huge malt nose with caramel, toffee, bread, earthy, spicy, faint anise
T - full flavored with plenty of malty goodness - toasted grain, caramel, toffee, bread crust, burnt sugar, fruit, molasses, earth, spice, and anise, nice semi-bitter finish; excellent complexity
M - full bodied, sweet but amply balanced, alcohol is warming
O - the definition of winter warmer in my books

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:37:29 | More by barnzy78
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3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We did a blind taste test between this and 4 other Winter Seasonals to objectively determine which one was best. They beers were: Deschutes Jubelale, Anderson Valley Boont Winter Solstice, Big Sky Powder Hound, Alaskan Winter Ale, and Redhook Winterhook. Check it out:


Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 13:44:12 | More by brewbattles
Photo of CHADMC3


4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a walnut brown body beneath the fair tan head which dissolves slowly to leave a sticky ring of lacing about the glass.

Generous sweet malt and winter spice aromas. There is a fair amount of sweet nutty aroma as well as a touch of toffee to accompany the cinnamon and nutmeg.

The flavor is similar with the nutty sweetness becoming even more pronounced. The winter spices are a touch more subdued than in the aroma.

Medium to fuller in body with generous carbonation and a nice winter spiced yet sweet finish.

Tis reminds me of a nut brown ale wi winter spices. Great combo mingling of the character in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 00:26:35 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cola brown with red accents. light tan head with a firm grasp of the glass.

S- caramel, toffee and English style malts. Hints of chocolate with lots of mineral earthy notes.

T- Follows nose well. Lots of leafy, medicinal flavors that accompany the intense toffee malt. Some toasted bread finds its way onto the tongue. Herbal spice as well.

M- The feel is probably the best aspect of this one for me. Creamy, yet crisp. Mid body and light carbonation settles in really well.

O- A very solid winter warmer with so few blemishes. Nothing really unique about it that will leave me with much of an impression, but still very well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 05:03:14 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of PetitChouffe


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch, a 12-oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Aroma - strong fruit/spice aroma, a little bit of caramel and butterscotch (maybe diacetyl).

Appearance - head is frothy, tan. Beer has nice clarity, a deep reddish tint.

Flavor - warming spices and dried fruit, some hop bitterness at the end. A hint of sweetness and caramel notes. Very little roasty character (I could just be imagining it).

Mouthfeel - medium carbondation... This year it is drier and less cloying than I remember Jubelale being in the past. It makes it somewhat more refreshing and definitely makes the hop bitterness more noticeable.

Overall Impression - my go-to winter warmer since I was a baby beer geek, so I might be biased - BUT - I find this to consistently be one of the best winter craft beers I've ever had. The only flaw I detect this year is a hint of diacetyl in the aroma (not in the flavor, though). An excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 01:55:21 | More by PetitChouffe
Photo of archyquaffer


4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a longneck into a shaker. A moderate pour brings about a 3/4 inch creamy, pale brown head that sticks nicely. The beer is a medium reddish brown and is quite hazy.

A little something unusual in the nose- decidedly fruity or candy-like, with just a tad of citrusy hops. Plenty of malty flavors, including some caramel that is really pronounced and reminds me of a Sugar Daddy sucker. Lingering hop and malt bitterness round out and balance the flavor. You can't really see the carbonation in this beer, but it's readily apparent in the tingly, full mouthfeel.

This is an excellent, very flavorful ale and very reasonably priced at 8.50 a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 04:27:07 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 04/15/2014 printed clearly on the label. A new seasonal beer to me from Deschutes. Not a style I know a whole lot about, but my expectations are about average given the brewery.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two and a half fingers of creamy doughy tan head. Body is a semi-clear dark chestnut / ruby color when held to the light. Nice thick ribbons of lacing.

S - Strangely enough, cantaloupe was the first thing that came to mind, and I'm sticking to it. Cantaloupe. Alcohol fumes. Bananas. Some faint earthy nuttiness and chocolate / amber malt roast.

T - Taste is of earthy roasted malt, chocolate, earthy nuttiness, grains, & some sweet tropical fruits. Definitely retains the trademark Deschutes fruitiness.

M - Feel is sticky and dry. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, I'd say this was an average winter offering from Deschutes, though definitely distinct in it's own way. I'm glad to have tried it, and I would recommend it, but I probably wouldn't want it again.

Deschutes Jubelale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 23:56:38 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky, hazy, reddish brown appearance, smells of raisins, molasses, prunes, some booziness detected. No discernible hops in the nose but big time hop bitterness in the flavor that is very unexpected. Cherries, sweet caramel and dates up front with big grapefruit pith bitterness in the back. Chocolate in the aftertaste along with that pithy, earthy bitter. A very interesting and not overly complex combination of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 14:49:32 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of Deathpod


3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Overall not a bad holiday session beer, i remember the first time i drank it, wasn't blown away, but it was decent, what you want in a session beer.

Of most seasonal offerings, i am glad its not gimmicky with over the top spice tones, and can just have a couple on Sundays watching the game.

Like Deschutes beer very much, and their seasonal offering is better then avg and something to look forward to each year.

Recommend picking up a bottle if you can!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 22:42:01 | More by Deathpod
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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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