Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery
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3.9/5 rDev -1%
Pours a lovely chocolate brown with white head and a glassfull of web-and-dot lacing. Aroma, initially very delightful, still malty and spicey as it airs out. Taste is chocolate, more thick initially and then middling. Dry taste, a bit of an old ale, but never drying. Rich and interesting.Thanks Dr. Jay for 2007 version.
07-14-2008 02:48:10 | More by Sammy
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
A - Pours a hazy dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to nothing. Good lacing leaves rings on the way down.
S - Smells of roasted coffee/espresso and sweet toffee.
T - Bittersweet chocolate, toast, bitter hop aftertaste.
M - Crisp and acidic. Good carbonation makes for a smooth drink.
D - A very tasty Winter brew. I got this one in a Winter sampler pack I got on clearance and I think that this is one of the best ones in the box. I would purchase this one again when it is in season.
05-19-2010 03:09:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
Big thanks to chickencoop for sending this along as an extra.
Pours a moderate copper color with a decent white head. The smell is a bit of spice and a good deal of citrus hops, especially for the style. A little bit of fruit in there as well. The taste was fairly nice, and much better than the nose. The nose was certainly a bit weak when compared to the taste, although the general components were quite similar. Mouthfeel was a little bit too light. Good drinkability, especially for a winter warmer.
03-17-2010 11:01:52 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
Deep crimson-bronze with orange peel accents beneath a pale toffee colored head that has a sponge-like texture. The surface of the cap looks like bubbly, caramelizing sugar, and as it drops, gobs of chunky lace begin to cling to the glass. This is one impressive looking beer.
The aroma is of toasty caramel malt and orange fruity hops. It's pleasant, but it lacks power. I'd like to see some aspect of the nose (malt, hops or spices) break out and act as a focal point. Yeah, it's balanced, but it isn't forceful enough or distinctive enough for the big leagues.
The Deschutes website says that Jubelale is akin to a 'Strong Ale or an English Olde Ale'. Well... not quite. It isn't big enough or flavorful enough for either one of those designations, but it's good beer all the same. There's nothing at all wrong with being on the lighter end of the winter warmer spectrum.
The beer is more malty than it is hoppy (by a relatively wide margin) and has a flavor profile that consists of dark caramel, toasted black bread, strong/unsweetened tea and weak cocoa. It doesn't taste quite as dark as that list makes it sound however. While no one would confuse Jubelale with a porter, a lighter doppelbock wouldn't be such a crazy comparison.
It isn't overly sweet--as winter warmers go--and is actually on the bitter side; especially on the finish where piney hops make quite an impression. Even though I don't pick up much in the way of spices, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there's a little cinnamon present. The body/mouthfeel is in the general vicinity of medium and is capably smooth with a subdued amount of carbonation.
Jubelale is a good, solid winter beer, but pales in comparison to my last winter warmer from the Pacific Northwest, Dick's Double Diamond Winter. If you're looking for loads of flavor and a big, luscious body, look elsewhere. This Deschutes seasonal can hold its own though, and kept me interested all the way to the bottom of the bottle.
03-05-2005 22:24:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
4.5 across the board
Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a huge head that leaves lots of lace
Smell: Caramel, brown bread and cherries
Taste: Starts with a fruity caramel flavor with a touch of bubblegum; after the swallow, some bitterness peeks in but is sublimated to the fruity and woody flavors on the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A fine winter warmer; I look forward to this every year
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a rocky ecru head; pretty good lacing, too
Smell: Caramel, hazelnuts, brown bread and horehound
Taste: Opens with a bready caramel flavor that develops in a very hoppy, but slightly gingery direction by mid-palate; after the swallow the fruity and hoppy flavors build, with subtle hints of red licorice, pine and ginger
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Not as good as the 2006, to my palate, but a nice Winter Warmer nevertheless
Thanks, younger35, for the chance to taste this one again
12-21-2006 02:28:03 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
12-28-2008 21:24:32 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Picked this one up in a trade recently. A 2007 vintage bottle, I had not tried this before so I was naturally anxious to give another one from this great brewery a shot. A twelve ounce bottle served cold right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 09/14/2008.
The pour was very nice, and very dark which surprised me a bit. Full brown color with a nearly opaque consistency, this was a nice looking warmer right out of the gate. Nice two inch head of tan settled down quickly and eventually left behind only token side glass lace, but some nice carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom.
The aroma was light at first, but as it warmed seem to pick up a bit in intensity. Lots of caramel, cinnamon and dark earthy hops were stealing the show on this one. Quite nice actually just a bit light for me. The flavor was much nicer though. Rich with a healthy dose of cinnamon and spice but not enough to really push it over the top and make it mind-blowing. Interesting as it warmed as some tart fruit started to come forward and the caramel getting sweeter, turning the feel almost over on it self from a nice medium body to almost syrup like by the time I finished it. Smooth and creamy the aftertaste was solid, leaving me linger on a nice note of dark fruit and a subtle vinous like bitterness. Somewhere lost between a drinker and a sipper, it was easily very enjoyable though.
Overall I thought this one was very well done. A good, classic take on the style that definitely did not disappoint. I would have no problems with getting a good dose of this one any year. It really held together well and impressed the heck out of me. Solid beer all around.
09-19-2008 11:17:14 | More by mikesgroove
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
Bottle: Poured a a dark cloudy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with some notes of toffee and warming notes. Taste is very comforting with loads of caramel and toffee malt with some light dry fruits. Body is fuller then average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done though additional dry fruits notes would have benefited this beer.
10-13-2009 02:13:27 | More by Phyl21ca
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark mahogany body with a small, bubbly, off-white head.
Smell: Spicy-scented caramel malt nose with a slight note of pine.
Taste: Sweet caramel maltiness sprinkled with spices. Drop of molasses. Floral overtones, along with a taste of pine needles, though only a mild balancing bitterness. Dry, lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Why, it's downright tolerable! A decent, stand-up member of the winter warmer league.
08-29-2008 19:11:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-25-2004 19:56:26 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +1%
A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki-colored head of foam on the glass. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled spicy with notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. A nice malty nose, too.
T - It tasted of roasted malt, pine, nutmeg and cinnamon. Some sweet toffee and caramel, too.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.
O - This is a very nice winter ale. So glad Deschutes is in Missouri.
11-13-2012 04:06:31 | More by zeff80
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
A sweet and spicy aroma is released as soon as the cap is removed. It pours with a large tan head and a reddish-brown body. The taste is roasted, spicy (clove, nutmeg), sweet and heavily malted. Hops are there, but fairly subdued and in the background. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium-bodied; pretty rich stuff, but extremely drinkable, and not overly filling.
11-22-2006 04:10:06 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev +1.5%
12oz bottle, another elusive entity for me, until my good man DoktorZee came through with a sweet Cali haul, in my version of a Charlie Brown Christmas.
This beer pours a clear, rusty orange brick hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some intermittent pocked limestone lace around the glass as it duly recedes.
It smells of lightly toasted caramel malt, softly earthy anise, nutty dark chocolate, a bit of ashy tobacco, some muddled, but not lacking for it, savoury spices, and some mild, leafy hops. The taste is bready caramel/toffee malt, nutty cereal biscuits, a light mocha coffee essence, more understated tobacco, over-steeped (just the way I like it) black tea, and singed wet chlorophyll-laden leaves.
The bubbles are fairly soma-fied, but awaken here and there to keep things on the level, support-wise, the body a docile medium weight, and really quite smooth, in a sole survivor sort of way. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt still in contention with a lingering ashy/tea bag earthiness.
A decent winter warmer, the warming the least of the appreciable attributes, as the malt, hops, and grandfather's sweater essences hold the lion's share of character here. Good, and even better when I look past the glowing Christmas tree to the snowscape outside.
12-16-2012 04:53:13 | More by biboergosum
4.8/5 rDev +21.8%
A pumped-up version of the Deschutes Jubelale... the 2000 batch was brewed to a higher gravity, dry-hopped and cask-aged! And I almost feel as if I've made a mistake by tasting it now... it's that good - and it will get better!!!
I poured the complete bottle, sediment and all, leaving a cloudy brown body beneath a thin layer of light tan foam. The head dropped shortly but maintained a decent collar throughout most of the glass. The nose is just astounding! Very unique! It displays a complex variety of fruits, sweet malt, and woody character that includes fresh-picked berries, soft baked-apple-pie, a slight hint of red pepper, dried apricots, tangerines, mushrooms, cocoa, cocoanut, dark caramel, toffee, fudge, a touch of smoke, some creamy coffee, and alot of oak. Whoah! The aroma in itself can be enjoyed throughout the good part of a night by the fire or as the sun sets and the sky comes alive with stars! This is truly a beer for all seasons. Impressive. The body is full/medium; and it's quite creamy and smooth across the palate with just a gentle caress on the tongue from the restrained, natural carbonation. Not surprisingly, some different flavors arise in the mouth. Previously unseen, soft prune rushes the stage; accompanied by a mild and sweet cherry, toasted cocoanut, dark toffee, light coffee and a nutty character that really develops in the long & complex finish along with some residual piney and grassy notes from the receeding hop flavors. It finishes dry with a very mild note of smoke, but no longer robustly bitter. This beer should soften and develop a bit more complexity over then next year or so, and then change as more cherry/sherry character develops for some time. Exceptional!
05-27-2003 14:55:17 | More by NeroFiddled
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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