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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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1,788 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,788
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 107
Gots: 93 | 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.

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Photo of TenHornsProud


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to maroon with a big, tan head that lingers and laces.

Smells of biscuit, cherry, some fruity hop character, molasses.

Tastes of molasses up front with some hop kick in the middle that leads into an almost ESB lick malt character and has a huge molasses finish.

Lighter to medium body and lower carbonation make it quite easy to down.

This is a nice bready, molasses driven beer that has enough hop character as it warms to be assertive.

Aging notes: I tried this next to a one-year old bottle and the year-old bottle had a fantastic nose but the taste was quite vegetal, phenolic, and just mostly unpleasant. Do NOT age this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 00:46:34 | More by TenHornsProud
Photo of draheim


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 3/13/12) poured into a tulip. Pours a deep brown mahogany with a thick khaki head that hangs around and leaves some great sticky lacing. This is a great-looking winter warmer.

Aroma is deep rich malt, hops, and spice.

Taste follows nose: the toasty roasty malt leads up, balanced perfectly by bitter hops. All the way through are nice holiday spices.

This is just a classic beer that I look forward to every fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 04:29:50 | More by draheim
Photo of Takahiro


4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: brilliant, dark amber - ruby red with a tan, creamy head, which dissipated in a shot time.

S: malt, dark fruits, caramelized sugar. I don't know what it is, but i smell a "soft" yeasty smell, which is pleasant

T: chewy malt, prune and caramel/creme brulee :) The hop bitterness, which can be found behind the malt is rather subdued, but i would say it's very well in a balance. also pleasant alcohol sweetness & warmth present. very tasty.

M: medium body.

D: highly drinkable.

can down couple of pints easily. very very tasty brew

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 03:26:06 | More by Takahiro
Photo of Rizalini


4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle best before 04/09/12, into a standard pint glass...

A - Pours a very clear dark ruby/mahogany color, with a very foamy 2 finger orangish-brown color head. Thick lacing as the head slowly fades.

S - Smells rich and fruity on first sniff. Almost like juicy fruit gum. Second sniff brings bananas and plums.

T/M - Not as sweet as the smell leads on to, but rather more herbal/spiced. A little fruity still on the front of the taste, like blueberries. Smooth buttery finish. Medium/full mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation.

O - I've never had a winter warmer before, but this is definately a winner. The head sticks around, even as I'm typing this end part. Very smooth, malty, delicious. Definately gets better as it warms!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:56:25 | More by Rizalini
Photo of doughanson78


3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. My first Winter Warmer.

A: Dark amber with redish highlights. One and a half finger rocky, tan head. Awesome retention and sticky lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee. With some light piney hops. A little bit of dark fruits come through. Not a huge aroma on this.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee up front. Raisins, figs, and a mild nuttiness come through in the middle. Some apricots and a slight orange peel. Finishes with a piney bitterness and a touch of warm alcohol.

M: Light to medium bodied. Higher carbonation. A touch creamy.

O: Not loving this beer as I do every other Deschutes release I've had. Don't know if it's the style or what. It's not bad for sure, just not great. Maybe it needs to be winter?

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 00:58:37 | More by doughanson78
Photo of darjoh


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into bar pint glass.

The setting is in my home, noisy with electrical appliances rumbling in the background.

Thankfully this brew has a dark transparent color with a heavy muddy head. Just the type of looking beer I love to have.

I've had this brew before, and it is a season favorite. There is a new label from the picture shown, and the look seems darker than I remembered. Also, the taste seems to have more of a bite than last year. Maybe it is because it's early version? New batches? Don't know, but it definitely seems heavier than I remember, in a pleasurable way.

The taste is not over bearing, but it does linger as an aftertaste. Mostly on the bitter side. Could be just me, being I haven't had a beer in a couple weeks, so my taste buds could be freaking out.

Probably would be even better is it was colder outside.

Goes good with pasta.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 03:25:54 | More by darjoh
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Portland Brewpub, 2011 version.

A - Pours a dark brown with a tan foamy head that fades to the center. Solid walls of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Spicy and dark fruit.

T - Apple, orange, raisins, cinnamin and bread/cake.

D - Lower carbonation and medium body. Silky smooth on cask.

O - Fall is here with this one.

Serving type: cask

10-04-2011 03:21:50 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of chugalug06


4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours big straw colored head. Lots of foamy goodness. The brew reminds me of a Fall sunset... Brew is nice deep purple; heavy viscosity.

S - Lots of cinnamon, but done very well! Cloves are present too. Ginger and nutmeg also are present, but not as prominent.

T - Yum. Lots of smooth cinnamon! A very well done spiced brew! I wish my homebrew could come out like this one! There's lots of caramel and chocolate too.

M - Perfect carbonation! ABV is perfect for the style. Bitterness is non-existent. For having so much cinnamon, there's not much in the way of distractions from it.

O - Awesome brew! I look forward to this one every year...

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 02:57:25 | More by chugalug06
Photo of diamondc


4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 02/10/11. Been sitting my fridge for close to year.

A: Massive head into a Duvel glass. Tawny, muddy, dark rust shade. Good head retention, too.

S: Figs, dried apricots, raisins. Earthy, woodsy pine from the hops. Nutty aroma after a few swirls.

T: Spicy... nutmeg, cinnamon. Almost peanut brittle like flavors. Malt has taken over since I last had one, the hops have faded to the background. Bit of a dirty dry earthy hop bitterness at the end, though.

M: Didn't lose much carbonation while being cellared. Very drinkable for a winter warmer, not much sipping here.

O: I think this beer tastes better slightly aged than having it fresh. Worthy of being cellared for at least a year.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 05:15:42 | More by diamondc
Photo of Pegasus


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, deep amber brown in color with a massive coarse tan head, which retains superbly. The carbonation is slight, the lacing Belgian-like.

Aroma: Abundant citric hops and pine hops and lots of strong caramel malt, the hops are a bit more pronounced than I have usually found in this style.

Taste: Prominent caramel and toasted malts vie with a strong citric, pine, and grapefruit hop presence. Dark bread and earthy notes appear as the taste progresses. The hops are a solid presence throughout the taste. Any spices present were overwhelmed by the hops. The finish offered nearly equal portions of malt and hops, and a hint of alcohol. The hops lingered on well past the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: I would characterize this beer as a West Coast Winter Warmer due to the aggressive hopping. Its very well done, and worth a try, especially in colder weather.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:45:41 | More by Pegasus
Photo of armock

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pub Hub in Houston, TX

A - Poured a mahogany color with a thin tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt with some dark fruit

T - Like the nose starts off with sweet malt then the dark fruits come through

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I really liked this beer it has a very good taste that was very easy to drink one of the better winter beers out there worth trying if you see it around

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 23:37:10 | More by armock
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 01/27/11. Whoops. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a very very dark amber, a finger and a half of dense light khaki/ivory foam, some really nice sheets of lacing. Decent retention.

S: Light toffee and caramel malt, soupçon of nuttiness and fresh dark fruit.

T: More of a roasted malt in the forefront, but still some caramel there underneath. Kind of finishes with an unpleasant stale hop bitterness which seems to come out more as it warms. Maybe I was underestimating how fresh this has to be consumed. Oh well.

M: Smooth, creamy. Medium carbonation and body.

O: This is a good alternative to those big stouts and barleywines when the weather turns cool. Now I just need to try this again when it's fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 04:20:33 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of jsanford


3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Deschutes Tulip. 2010 Vintage.

A - Pours a murky, rusty brown with a creamy ivory head that settles to a thick ring and soapy haze, leaving intricate lacing as it recedes.
S - Big "holiday" aromas of caramel, toffee, figs, raisins, roasted nuts, and a nice melange of spices. Pretty sweet, but I can already imagine sipping this next to a roaring fire on a blistering Winter night.
T - That's pretty nice, not nearly as cloyingly sweet as the nose suggested. Instead I'm getting subtle flavors of caramel malt, cocoa powder, rum-raisins, dark roasted nuts, a bit of caramelized orange peel, and more holiday spices (ginger, clove, cinnamon). Basically a fruitcake in liquid form, only not that sweet and gross ;)
M - Smooth and a bit slick, with a medium-full mouth-feel and lowish carbonation.
O - A really nice Winter Warmer, I'd love it on a cold night!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:52:14 | More by jsanford
Photo of Florida9


3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly translucent, deep dark brown. Appears clear. Forms a large sticky tan colored head. Excellent retention with lots of lacing.

S: Almost nothing. Maybe some malt.

T: Unexpectedly light. Mostly nutty maltiness with a slight sweetness to it. A bit of malt fruitiness and a mild bitterness. Finish is watery, but dry.

M: Again, lighter than anticipated. Medium in body. Soft carbonation.

O: Decent drinking winter beer that is not overkilled with holiday spice, but also seems to be lacking in the intensity this beer requires.

(Review from tasting notes. February 2011)

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 01:42:04 | More by Florida9
Photo of JAXSON


4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear garnet with a soapy head. I think that's the perfect descriptor for the look of this beer, I'll put it up against the best of them. Nose is fairly hop-forward, a bit of malt heft, reminds me of an aggressively hopped American style barley wine. This might actually be the first "Winter Warmer" I've ever had, wow. Flavor is strangely dry, very welcoming in that way. Pine cone and forest floor are the hop qualities, but they are very nicely tempered. A faint sap-like quality. I really enjoy the perfect attenuation here. Fairly thin feel. Way better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 01:57:54 | More by JAXSON
Photo of bs870621345

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 packs were 3 bucks...how can I lose?

Pours a deep ruby brown with a good amount of head and nice lacing.

Smells nutty, spicy, slight pine, caramel, and a little tinge of roast flavor that has recently come out.

Taste opens up with a caramel and nut sweetness. Moves into a mixture of nuts and spice (think cinnamon and nutmeg) and moves into a pine like finish. Clean finish and not cloying even though it's on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with nice carbonation.

Overall it's really good, especially for the price. Goes well with Chinese food.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 00:21:42 | More by bs870621345
Photo of mdaschaf


3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Poured a deep ruby almost mahogany brown color, very clear. Nice one finger foamy head with great retention, but only spotty lacing left behind.

S: A little weak until the beer warmed up a bit. Caramelized sugar, lots of dark fruit - mostly raisins, and some spices, chiefly cinnamon.

T: The flavor profile was stronger than the aroma. The spices are more present, especially the cinnamon. Nice dark fruits mixed with caramel.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, just one step above syrupy. Has a dry finish.

O: Overall I thought this was a good beer. A beer that I would have guessed is a winter warmer, which doesn't always happen with this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 18:25:06 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of THECPJ


3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark copper orange with 1 finger off white head

smell: dark fruits, sweet, malts, spice

taste: dark fruit, sweet, malts spices

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: nice winter warmer. spot on for the style.


Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 14:56:26 | More by THECPJ
Photo of corby112


3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 vintage.

Pours a very cloudy deep dark copper color with dark amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger light beige that quickly settles into a lasting ring.

Sweet malty aroma with subtle spice, alcohol and dark fruit. I'm picking up a buttery diacetyl presence that is slightly off-putting. Hints of caramel, biscuit and rye along with a subtle medicinal/herbal character and sweet dark fruit, especially cherry.

Medium bodied with a prominent peppery spice presence up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt and dark fruit notes into a lingering dry finish. Slight herbal/medicinal with only a touch of the buttery character found in the aroma. Very malty with lots of caramel, biscuit, toffee, toast and rye. I'm also picking up hints of cherry, raisin, plum and grape. Complex but a bit too heavy on the spices for my liking. The lack of booziness/heat helps drinkability but I'm just not a big fan of the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 07:14:21 | More by corby112
Photo of Lunch


3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter. Looks like a dark chestnut brown with some ruby hues. Smells very malty and a little burnt. Something in this aroma is far from pleasing. Winter Warmers are certainly a varied style, but this is not particularly inviting. Taste is very malty with that same burnt tone as in the aroma. As it warms the flavors settle down and the uniqueness of the malt bill show themselves and I am enjoying this a bit more. Mouthfeel is unremarkable.

Not my favorite Deschutes beer, but one 12oz. bottle is more than enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 00:55:29 | More by Lunch
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cfh64 for tossing this into a thank you box. This one might be passed its prime (says best by 2/17/11) but I'll give it a shot none-the-less...take my thoughts on this with a grain of salt based on that information.

a - Popped the bottle and filled my captain lawrence taster tulip. Poured an almost ruby brown with a generous bubbly off white head. The beer settled into the glass with a darker core than the outer surface. Lacing was sticky and milkshake like.

s - Brown sugar, spicy malts, a bit of mustiness. Toasted.

t - Mostly malt, a bit of spicey, a bit of brown sugar and a lot of toasted malt.

m - A bit watery. Alc tingles the mouth, but other than that there isn't much more.

o - Overall, it's good. I'd like to try it a bit fresher (and perhaps in the colder weather), but not bad right now. Kind of like a cross between an old ale and a lighter barleywine...kind of like a toasted lager even.

--- edit --- 2011-11-30 (thanks brad, always appreciate the deschutes love!) best by april 2012!!!

4 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 4

a - poured a nice caramel red with a generous finger plus of off white head into my cbs snifter. great lacing.

s - festive and FRESH! pretty much toasted malts with some festive sweet spicing.

t - very nice. like a toasted english barleywine. all malt. some festive spiciness.

m - tingly...medium to full bodied.

o - glad i got another shot at this one. much better fresh...still nothing crazy, but enjoyable winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 23:54:13 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of a2marzman83


3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

Almost clear dark orange brown with big off white head leaving lots of sudsy lace.

Good balance in the nose. Bright citrusy hop smell with lightly toasted malts as well as winter spices

Flavor is well balanced as well. Fruity but not sweet. Toasted malts are the most prominent flavor. Not overwhelmingly hoppy but a solid bitter backbone present. Alcohol well hidden/blended with other flavors.

Medium body.

Deschutes can do no wrong in my book. Jubelale is a solid, tasty, well crafted winter beer. I normally prefer a spicier winter warmer but Jubelale brings a balanced profile that leaves me with not much else to ask for.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 14:08:40 | More by a2marzman83
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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany body with tan head

S: Strikes a nice balance with hops and the the malts sweet crystal malts mix with hops.

T: Sweet up front dry finish nice balance to the beer even if it is 60 IBU bitter pine flavor with the hops

M: med mouth med carbonation

Overall: its a very enjoyable beer one of the better winter warmers

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 01:03:31 | More by JamisonM
Photo of beagle75


3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium reddish-brown color with over one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Husky, lightly roasted grain features vinous qualities, faint alcohol, and some astringency (which is worrisome when detectable by smell).

T: Begins dry, with abundant but mellow brown malt that is offset by some sharp acidity. Dark fruit is restrained, coming and going at times. Flavors remain dry through the middle, which features woody aromatics, and into the finish. Acidic coffee grounds emerge late and linger on the palate, along with faint vanilla and hops that are earthy, herbaceous, and mildly bitter.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, luxuriously creamy on the palate but with some dissenting acidity, and with moderate carbonation.

D: This winter warmer is a straight-forward contribution to a style of typically odd-ducks. It features a strong malt presence and a touch of yeasty fruit, but spices seem to be out of the picture. The dryness on display here is unexpected and remarkable for the style. While not really anything special by Deschutes standards, it is satisfactory simply by not being an embarrassing mess.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 06:22:35 | More by beagle75
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a murky cherry and crimson colour with a respectable light tan head. some sticky lace for show. a bit of nougat and chocolate covered cherries in the nose followed by a bit of citrusy hops..all nicely balanced and pleasant. wonderful cocoa flavours on the tastebuds...bursting forth with some juicy hoppiness wrapped up nicely by ghostly lactic and yeast notes. perfect bitterness shines through in the finish then lingers with more well placed malty, gooey, candy bar notes. there is an appropriate, and well placed, spiciness from both the alcohol and hops that really pushes this over the top as far as i'm concerned. it just screams winter warmer while being just plain delicious on top of everything else. lush mouthfeel...another impressive aspect of this ale. sturdy, malt driven body floats all the subtle nuance boats in this excellent holiday themed brew. high drinkability and overall i love winter warmers with this sort of flavour profile.

reminds me of another one of my winter time faves...GI X-mas ale. this one has a bit more hops and little less belgian candy flair but outstanding regardless. loved it. and this might age for a year or so very well...might try it myself. very impressed and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:15:10 | More by budgood1
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,788 ratings.