Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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2,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 135
Gots: 311 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Available: October to December
Alc. by Vol.: 6.7%
IBUs: 60

216 calories per 12 oz serving

Label artwork changes annually.
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm just doing the Deschutes tour here at the Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay. After having Hop Henge, Black Butte XX, this is the next step in the progression.

2008 vintage: Served in a standard pint glass, the beer has a color somewhere between ruby and rust, but with an almost clear complextion. Lightly tanned head formation provides a creamy froath atop the beer.

Very malty and very fruity in the aromas with a orange zest, lemon zest spiciness from the hops. A follow of pine, nuttiness, and Christmas spices follow giving the beer a lot of complexity and variety in the nose.

Flavors of dense malty set the pace while hop flavoring begin the decoration of the bold barley additions. Pine is the most identifiable spice with modest cinamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice rounding out the malts. Malt flavors bring firm toffee, toasty, caramel, and nutty taste to support the cherry, berry, apple, and fig flavors. The beer has nearly all the attributes that an ale can have.

Full and malty rich textures give a lot of creaminess, firmness, and softness to the beer while the hops balance the sweetness well. Not a lot of residual sweetness but enough to keep the hops and added spices from becomming bitey or harsh.

Finishes with a long lingering taste of fruitcake, citrus, pine, and sweet rum-like alcohols.

This beer has the perfect delicate blend of malts and spices for great balance and complexity. This is my pick of the litter for Christmas Ales this year.

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of SteadySippin
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Photo of Todd
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste is molasses, caramelly, dark and sweet chocolate with slight barky hops. This makes for a nice bock like beer. A good winter warmer, although there are others in the style that I prefer.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of frenchblood21
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What better way to start off the Christmas Eve libations than with one of the holiday beer exchange brews from the esteemed Xlperro!

Appearace: Poured a medium-deep red in color with a few minute bubbles dancing up from the bottom and sides of the glass. Half-finger thick off-white lace is thick and creamy...a real lip-coater. Nice lacing of the glass.

Smell: Very caramel in the nose. A bit of Heath bar, too. Some fruity/earthen hops stand by off to the side.

Taste: Tis the Season! Sweet candied fruit flavors pair with some darkened and ripe fruit to match wits with the bitter chocolate flavor. Some caramel flavors noted as well. Finishes slightly on the dry side. Some residual warming from the alcohol right at the end. Cocoa powder flavor rests on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly smooth and creamy. Hugely chewy. Get me a spoon! Very full-bodied.

Drinkability: Where can I get more of this? An excellent winter beer...one I could drink all night long. Extremely flavorful, creamy smooth and very, very quaffable.

Huge thanks to Xlperro for this one.

Photo of bsp77
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich reddish-brown with moderate tan head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel, cherry, toast and spicy English hops.

Taste: Caramel and wintry spice are dominant (even though no spices were added, must be the hops), with some cherry and fruity undertones. The strong spicy English hops build on the finish, and it becomes quite bitter. Great complexity from both malts and hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, somewhat creamy medium to full body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Very good example of an English Strong Ale that has been ramped up on hops. The spicy, floral English hop bitterness is just slightly off-putting but this is still a very good, complex beer for the winter.

Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep mahogany with brown hioghlights and a thin tan head. Nutty, roasted malt aroma, with a bit of spice (nutmeg? cinnamon?). Flat mouthfeel. A truckload of caramel malt lingers throughout, which the hops have the fight through. Some coffee and roasted malt. It really keeps true to a English Strong Ale without falling into the ESB category.

Photo of deebo
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle with BB date of 5/22/12 into a pint glass.
A-Pours a ton of dense creamy tan foam that laces the glass very nicely and still lingers until the last sip. Color is reddish brown with good clarity.
S-Smells good enough to eat. Sweet, creamy, and rich. The malt dominates, there is a hint of warm spiciness, presumably from the hops.
T-A lot of good stuff going on here. Complex, yet balanced. Upfront caramel toasted toffee malt with a nice blast of spicy citrus hops that gives a long finish but is not bitter.
M-Moderate carbonation feel, nice body but not heavy at all.
D-Very high
O-Another very good beer from Deschutes. Flavor, drinkability, this beer has it all.

Photo of BenHesk12
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful robust copper with a rusty orange head. Thick, soft mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation and relaxing comfort in every sip. A mild but noticeable bitterness through and through, with mellow but well balanced hops in the background, and the kind of malty counterpoint you'd expect from a winter warmer. The alcohol is surprising here, for 6.7% one can barely taste it. Overall, a great session beer and even without spices, this beer represents the style well. Nothing too spectacular but not a beer that I would ever turn down. Another quality mark from Deschutes. Hope to see this on tap soon

Photo of kingcrowing
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to my buddy UA8 for hooking it up!

Pours a dark brown that's near black, there's basically no head except for a few light brown bubbles. Nose is spicy and fruity, some molasses as well.

Taste is quite spicy and flavorful, there's some nice dark malt character to it, and a nice creamy mouthfeel with light but sharp carbonation. There's a slight warming from it that's nice as well.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown to amber in color with an inch thick of khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. I smell caramel malt and not much else. The flavor is plenty of caramel malt with a spicy nutty taste. The mouth is smooth and creamy.

Photo of pat61
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant chestnut under a 1” finely bubbled off-white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass providing thick lace.
S: Spicy, herbal, citrus, dark moist cake, dark sugars.
T: Starts sweet and malty, caramel, toffee, chocolate, with spice followed by a hint of banana with a spicy hop finish with a little drying.
M: Moderate soft carbonation, smooth and not sharp. Medium full body.
O: This is a go to winter ale.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label says best by 03/25/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish copper amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma is a complex mix of malts with a sizable earthy hop presence for the style. Dark roasted barley malts with good hints of cocoa, caramel, toffee, and nuts. Some brown sugar and a light hint of molasses. Subtle hints of apple and dark fig, dates, raisin, and plum. Very earthy with a big presence of earthy hops along with some piney spices. Slight scent of citrus. Not really any of the typical winter spices. A pretty good balance of malts and hops.

Taste: A nicely rich and creamy mix of dark malts and earthy hops. Sweet roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, baked biscuit, caramel, toffee, and a mix of nuts. Some burnt sugar sweetness. Subtle undertones of dark fruits including dates, raisin, fig, and prune. A nice hop presence that is fairly strong for the style but balances out the malts well. Hops are earthy with a little spicy pine. Definitely tastes like a West Coast version of a Winter Warmer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good take on the style. Very different but good. Nice balance of sweet malts and hoppy bitterness.

Photo of masikon
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try this after seeing the high reviews, it is highly available here in WA state and seems to be the winter warmer of choice alongside Pyramid Snowcap. Poured a very unusual and quite beautiful shade of ruby or perhaps garnet, quite striking visually which i was not really expecting. Taste was earthy and balanced with strong suggestions of woodspice and heavy herbal notes. Impressive job from Deshutes to accomplish all those classic Winter Warmer spicy flavors without actually spicing the brew. Overall a brew deserving high praise, although not my personal favorite style I am still able to appreciate this effort from deschutes.

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a copper brown with not much of a head. Not impressive, but not bad looking either.

S: The aroma consists of a strong caramel malt background with a heavy fruit and spice tone.

T: The flavors in the taste mold together to make a solid beer, but nothing is standing out like it should. There is a strong hop presence, which is only bitter on the finish. There is a nice spice to the brew, but nothing that is pronounced.

MF/D: Mouthfeel and Drink are both good. Mouthfeel is full, and this is a tasty brew.

Photo of moundbz
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A good mouthful, bitter and strong tasting.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A winter classic. Not the top tier winter stuff like Sierra Nevada Celebration/Bigfoot . . . but this one is a worthy ale.

Appearance, dark brown, dark amber. Not a big hop profile like a lot of Deschutes beers. But reveals a nice malty mild sweetness that is somewhere between robust and substantial. Hides the alcohol well, I wish it had a little more hop bite and warming alcohol zest to it though. If you like a solid dose of malt and hops, this beer is for you, it delivers in both aspects.

Pretty consistent. Sometimes inversion and mirror pond lack consistency.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,354 ratings.