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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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88
very good

1,897 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,897
Reviews: 788
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 113
Gots: 120 | 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)
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Ratings: 1,897 | Reviews: 788 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Sammy, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

t0rin0, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 19, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.5%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

zestar, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

acurtis, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Texasfan549, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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

brentk56, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 28, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 13, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

GRG1313, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

mikesgroove, Sep 19, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

ygtbsm94, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.5%

jaydoc, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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 largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

largadeer, Nov 22, 2006
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

SocalKicks, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Nov 13, 2012
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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,897 ratings.