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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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very good

1,884 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,884
Reviews: 785
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 112
Gots: 116 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by BeardedRiker:
Photo of BeardedRiker
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it's winter and what better to drink than another winter warmer? I don't think I've had one winter warmer that I've disliked. This will be the first Deschutes beer that I've had since drinking a year old Abyss (2010) and a two year old Black Butte (XXI) so this will obviously not be at that par. Still, this is a good beer.

The head on this is lovely. It forms a bit slowly, becomes a creamy blanket on top, is tan in color, and a fair amount of it stays on top throughout drinking. Lacing is good. I can tell when I took each gulp. The beer is clear and a reddish copper color. It looks delicious

There's a dominant fruity smell. Dark fruits like raisins. There's also a strong booziness to it but it is not off-putting. There's a sweetness from the fruits plus a sort of cookie sweetness. Bit of coffee too. A tad bit of piney hops.

Fruity, raisiny sweetness along with a bit of white sugar. Hoppy bitterness is very faint though present and it adds some pine flavor. It has a sort of raisin cookie and toasty bread flavor. It's a tad boozy too but nothing that dissatisfies.

Jubelale is pretty darn drinkable with a lighter medium body. It has decent carbonation that breaks up the smoothness a bit.

Nothing really exceptional about this beer but nothing to complain about. It's another good winter warmer.

BeardedRiker, Dec 17, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some dark orange tinit with a nice creamy looking tan head,aromas of caramel and roasted nut along with some zest.Taste is earthy and chocolaty with a nice spicey finish,almost a higher hopped brown ale.A nice velvety mouthfeel the beer glides down the throat,a real winter warmer rich and hearty with alot of nice flavors going on.

oberon, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Liquid brown sugar in color with no head to speak of and tons of big sediment.

Smell – Big sherry and oak flavors jump out of the glass first, followed closely by the dark, sugary malts. This is the kitchen sink of sugars, and just about any type that I’ve had is in this aroma. There’s some ripe bananas and cherries as well, but it’s one part fruit 99 parts sugar.

Taste – For a powerful ale, this is wonderfully blended. The sugars meld expertly with the malt and sherry oak flavor. No, this is not the same as the Deschutes Jubelale.

Mouthfeel – Almost full in the body with a big, chewy mouthfeel and a light sting of alcohol.

Drinkability – I felt like a king drinking this ale. This one is awesome. If you’re looking for a BA Christmas present, this is it.

RoyalT, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Turbo, May 19, 2013
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Tiernan, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of SteadySippin
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - I opened up the bottle and started to pour and was amazed. It comes out of the bottle with a nice dark brown color. The head was light tan and fluffy. LOTS of lacing. The body is slightly foggy and full of particles and bubbles.

S - Sweet caramel and lots of malt. A lot going on with the taste. You get lots of malt flavors at first but they fade off and you get a very light hop bitterness on your tongue. Its sweet and a little bready.

T - A lot going on with the taste. You get lots of malt flavors at first but they fade off and you get a very light hop bitterness on your tongue. Its sweet and a little bready. I found the taste to be pretty complex.

M - Surprisingly light, by looking at it in the glass I expected a heavier beer. It goes down smooth and the carbonation is right. Flavors linger in the mouth for quite some time.

O - Good beer from Deschutes. Not too heavy but delivers some good malt and hop flavors infused quite nicely. Try it if you can!

SteadySippin, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of SanFranJake
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

SanFranJake, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

SkiBum22, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of bulldogg915
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of robbk7
4/5  rDev +1.5%

robbk7, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

csmartin6, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +1.5%

warnerry, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 0.355l brown bottle. No freshness date. Festive label.

Appearance: A garnet coloured beer, capped by a beige head, about two fingers thick, multiple bubble sizes, foamy and with a hell of a lot of stick on the glass and great retention. A lovely creamy lace if left behind, for the remainder of the beer's life.

Smell: Soft fruity aroma, fresh apple skin, touch of pear. Touch of toffee from the malts, faint hint of all-spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied brew a bit robust. Dry. A defining and unique fruity characters of apples, pear, over-ripe mellon, fig with a bitter citric end. Coarse hop feel on the palate, a bit leafy and dry with gently herbal spice. Malt flavours contain just enough rich and bold sweetness to balance with a touch of chicory, earth and toffee. Slight bubble-gum flavour tucked beneath. Alcohol becomes more pronounced and noticeable as the beer warms, lends some spice. Finish brings more dryness with residual chicory and leafy hop flavours.

Notes & Drinkability: One of the better winter brews to meet my palate. I could drink this all winter. Complex, balanced and hands down tasty. Definitely puts you in a festive mood.

Todd, Nov 28, 2002
Photo of Beaver13
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jubelale pours a dark reddish brown with a brown head that quickly goes to a film.

Its aroma is sweet figgy chocolate with a little bitterness and molasses.

The flavor is roasted malts with some figs and chocolate and spices. It has a nice bitter finish that balances it well. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, but a little acidic.

Overall, a very fine winter seasonal with some nice alcohol warming. Reminds me of Great Divide's Hibernation Ale.

Beaver13, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Beerswag, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

megamass, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date, artsy themed label.

Appearance: Deep brownish garnet color with a good clarity, light tan lace adorns the top ... a product of densely frothed head.

Smell: Sweet and earthy with a big hand of caramel, candied fruit and mineral. Hops are soft in the aroma with a leafy character.

Taste: Nice flush full body, smooth and crisp in the mouth. Malt character is very broad with a bitter-sweet start and a chocolaty finish with hints of lightly roasted coffee. Esters are quite abundant but are quelled with the sweetness of the brew, alcohol warms quite well. Fruity of the dark ripened variety, fig or prune in the mix? Hop bitterness cuts through the malt and leaves a trail of flavor that gets lost before the after taste. A triple fold of alcohol spiciness, heavy leftover hops and the mild chocolaty finish rush for the finish line. Pleasant and complex after taste.

Notes: One of the top true (unspiced) winter warmers in the US, a must year after year. A bottle full of holiday cheer or just something to warm your soul.

Jason, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 edition, obtained via trade with waldowin. Pours out a clear, radiant, reddish copper body, topped by a lush, two finger, creamy tan head. Good retention finally gives way to profuse sticky lacing.

Very aromatic nose, with red apples, spicy nutmeg and cinnamon, a hint of chocolate, and a variety of hop aromas that are too numerous to try to decipher.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with tingly carbonation and a spicy bite that is like taking a nip of fresh ginger root.

Taste is delicately balanced, with lots of malty caramel and toffee mingling delightfully with a tame spiciness and a very tasty array of bittering hops. Hops offer citrus, floral, and herbal notes, with an occasional hint of spruce. I also noticed a hint of vanilla.

Definitely, one of the more drinkable winter warmers I've encountered and certainly one of the tastiest. Very well balanced.

merlin48, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first one to enjoy a pint of this at Redbones today...thanks to Chris for posting right away.
Arrived in a standard pint glass...dark rust in color with a full finger and a half of creamy tan head...hung around forever and produced some serious lacing.
Aroma was inviting, but not over the top...molasses, mild spices, caramel.
The taste was enjoyable...not too sweet, but pleasantly one of the most well balanced WW's I've had the pleasure of trying. A hint of smokiness with again, subtle spices and a low hop profile to bitter it up just a touch in the finish.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied and the carbonation was fantastic.
I really enjoyed the pint and it is very quaffable. Another solid brew from Deschutes and one I'd gladly enjoy again.

warriorsoul, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Jovo
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Jovo, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium to dark brown with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is dark fruit - mainly raisins - with some alcohol and toffee.

The flavor is caramel, raisins, toffee, bread and alcohol. I also get a little bit of spice - mainly cinnamon - but it is fairly faint. I am not sure if it is from cinnamon being used in the beer, or if it is just a mix of malt and hops that is giving that to me.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of frenchblood21
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance- Deep amber red with a one finger light tan head. Tons and tons of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smell- Loads of winter spices come right through. Totally blended together with perfection.

Taste- Like the nose only more hoppy than expected. This is such a smooth tasting beer.Butter and toffee in the back.

Mouthfeel- Just right. You get the hops and the malt at the exact same time. It bubbles onthe roof of your mouth, so you get the flavor even after you swallow.

Overall- Top 3 for the style. Not as good as Great Lakes Brewing Christmas Ale, but what is? Really a well crafted beer by a world-class brewery.

frenchblood21, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of BigE90
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

BigE90, Dec 23, 2011
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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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