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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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very good

2,332 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,332
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 137
Gots: 299 | 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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Ratings: 2,332 | Reviews: 852
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 edition.

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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Version
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

Thanks, boolshot

2007 version

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

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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 SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

gettin the winter warmer season started on the early side, 11/12/11. cool. pours a dark red wood color with a standard 1 finger head. nose and taste are parallel is magic, christmas cookie biscuity with a gently spiced middle and a rare but seasonally appropriate hop finish. crisp for a warmer. mouthfeel is almost perfect, hold it for a minute, gets all creamy and rich. this beer is gold. yummm

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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