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 Bierwolf
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy orangish red with a finger of nice tannish foam.

Smells sweet and malty, bready and some vanilla.

Coffee and caramel flavors with a little alcohol.

Medium light body with a dry lingering finish

Good winter offering but there are a lot of good ones out there.

Photo of jwhancher
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear garnet amber with large offwhite head. Good carbonation. Initial nose has some gentle spices: clove, pepper, brown sugar. Underlying malt smells of some light chocolate. As it warms, the chocolate & caramel aromas really shine through and come to he forefront. Tastes of sweet caramel malts with some chocolate & cocoa. Upfront spiciness - not sure from hops or actual spices. Medium high bitterness. Feels medium full to full with no hot alcohols. Overall, a nice malty beer for the cold winter nights. Subtle spiciness lends some complexity but doesn't distract. Very solid winter ale overall. Great to pair with dark chocolates.

Photo of Louski
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass. Nice color and healthy head. Malts on the nose with a light but crisp hop finish. The flavors hang out on your tongue for a bit after too. Very nicely done!

Photo of Suds
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful mahogany color...thick light tan head...brilliant appearance. The smell is of malt, with a little spice. Bitter taste, with some warmth. Lots of dark malt flavors...warming. Full in body. Great winter beer.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red, almost to brown color. Thin off white head with a small amount of lacing. The nose is English toffee and light clove. The spices here complement rather than overwhelm the palate. Definitely a complex winter seasonal - enough boozy heat and spice to make this a winter warmer but with plenty of other layers that allow for more balance and other pieces to fall into place. The toffee notes add a sweetness and brevity across the dark maltiness.

Photo of classixIII
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of many just OK Winter Ales. A little more hop than others, light spice some molasses.

Photo of Beerma
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kinda plain wanted some more flavor but ok overall!

Photo of OlyBob
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight molasses aftertaste, otherwise pleasant winter brew.

Photo of phlegming
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is good. I've had this in bottles and on nitro-tap. Really tasty either way. Malty with enough hop presence to add some complexity. Terrific winter brew.

Photo of Tabbrew
2.74/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not very impressed as a winter warmer. Not very warming at 5%. Was served on nitro which aided mouthfeel but not anything special

Photo of hail_seitan
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark cherry stain color with a frothy cafe-colored head.

S - Raisins, orange spice, vanilla, and brown sugar.

T - Plum, candi sugar, maple, and vanilla hit the tongue initially. Then chocolate and Christmas cake malt. Finish is sweet and ever so slightly bitter with lingering citrus notes.

M - Slightly syrupy (which is pleasant for a Yuletide brew) with a medium carbonation.

O - A great Christmas time beer. Pleasantly warming without cloying spices or flavors. Would go great with Christmas ham.

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/17/15; into a pint glass.
Appearance - a cloudy auburn with noticeable sediment against the light. A thin, beige head that leaves nice, sticky lacing!
Smell - sweet candy malts and spice.
Taste - sweet candy and herbal spices.
Feel - a nice blend of spice and sweetness with a great bitter finish!
Overall - a nice holiday brew that warms on a cold night and at a great price!

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

Bottle (best by 5/4/15) poured into a mug.

A- A gentle pour still creates a huge tan head that requires stopping short and a second pour. The body was dark brown with crimson edges. The head never drops below 1-finger and leaves foamy rings.

S- Caramel and brown sugar are maybe toffee-esqe. Slightly charred brown sugar and grains. Some spice and citrus comes on later.

T- Much as the aroma suggests, a mix of sweet and char. Robust. Very toffee-like with some spice and citrus.

M- Medium body. Sips are through a foamy head. Moderate carbonation.

O- Very wintry and robust. One and done, but very flavorful for the holidays. Drank on its own, but I could see it as a great food pairing for a rich Christmas dinner.

Photo of bnes09
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Descent flavor but a little over hopped and over spiced.

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting winter hoppy ale

Photo of dcscientist
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent beer, but a lot closer to a regular IPA than to a winter seasonal. The 60 IBUs make it hoppier than most Christmas beers, and I didn't get a lot of the traditional mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. that most others in the style have. So yeah, it's ok, but not really a great example of a holiday beer. I prefer other Deschutes beers to this one.

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass

A. Dark amber brown with a frothy khaki head.

S. Estery and sought biscuit around and a little spice.

T. Nice brown amber ale flavor with a bit of Carmel and a start anise like spiceness. Resiny aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied with a light carbonation that finishes clean.

O. An above average holiday beer. Not too heavy and not too light. Nice to have to sit around by the fire and chat with the family.

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent holiday ale - not too much of the usual nutmeg, etc. A pretty unique holiday ale that tastes very good.

Photo of lushes22
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Nice brown copper color with a bit of cloudiness. Great lacing. Very inviting and cant wait to dig in.
S. Very nice brown ale smell with a hint of caramel and toffee. Minimal spice smell which works well. A bit of apple.
T. Great nutty malt start which finishes with a malty toffee close. Get a hint of spices at end which is nice as not overpowering. Perfect balance in my opinion.
M. Perfect carbonation for this one. Really smooth.
O. One of my favorite winter warmers. Great taste of all mentioned but nothing dominent. At 6.7 not quite sessionable but would really enjoy having a few of these in a row. Bring em on!

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a fairly dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.
The smell had a nice sweet caramel malt base with some light cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar.
The taste was mainly sweet with an amplified sweet orange to it. There was a light spice in the aftertaste and it left a dry sweet citrus finish.
The mouthfeel was about a medium on the body with a thorough full carbonation to it, good as a winter warmer and to me.
Overall, I say this was a good winter warmer I'd come back to.

Photo of Rivarol
1.9/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tried it on a cold, boring night when I was itching for a winter ale. Half of it still went down the drain.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sampling right now on 12/16/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a very deep reddish-brown in color with almost a 1-finger beige creamy head that settles back down after a while. A decent amount of sticking lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of roasted malts, some dark fruit and spices for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some semi-sweet chocolate and pine in the mix as well. Does have a bitter finish that lasted a little to long for my liking though. Other than that the taste was decent. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation.

Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-12-15 in Columbia, PA from a bottle

A - Fairly clear ruby with a 2-finger light tan head that sticks around and leaves great lace. A beautiful brew.

S - Red licorice, cherries, candied orange, hint of dark bread.

T - More porter/stout-like than I expected from the aroma. Plenty of medium roasted grain and some char and semi-sweet chocolate. The sweet fruit aspects evident in the smell are not a major component of the taste but instead, add a festive touch to the malt base; along with some cinnamon and vanilla. There's also a woody/oak flavor, which adds to the balance; keeping the sweetness well-in-check. There's a good amount of roast and hop bitterness in the finish; appropriate to the style.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial with creamy and prickly aspects competing-and-yet-balancing each other.

O - I use the word "balanced" a lot in this review but don't take this as meaning bland. There are bold but balanced flavors. Basically, if you are in the mood for something like Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard but favor a bit of holiday cheer stirred in; this is the beer for you. I'll have this again; and it doesn't have to be just at the Winter holidays.

Photo of bmeehan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Good winter/holiday beer that doesn't teeter to the bad or the great.

Photo of spacecake9
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Pours a dark reddish brown. Nice thick cap with lacing on the glass. Flavor is more bitter than I like for Winter/Christmas Ales. I'm typically a big fan of Deschutes but this one misses the mark for me.

Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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