Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery
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4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
a ruby amulet, clear and inviting, with a beautiful head that creams the tulip. the aroma is lush and inviting: a bit of chocolate, some raisins, dash of caramel, notable and pleasant pine and citrus. very well-balanced, hop-forward winter. the bitterness slams you into the snow, while the caramel sweetness and pine and citrus hops rub it in your face. very chewy for its medium thickness. i shall be enjoying these all day.
11-25-2010 19:01:07 | More by dragonWhale
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
Bottle to the pint glass
Appearance: Thick reddish brown with a light tan head. One finger deep but not much body to the foam
Aroma: Spice and malt notes. Some fruityness, maybe figs or raisins
Flavor: Fruity entrance followed by a crips hop bitterness that reminded me of a coffee-type bitterness (but not flavor). Spice is overwhelmed and warming is hardly existent. It seemed more to me like an aggressively hopped red ale than a spicy winter warmer.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, not thick or chewy
11-24-2010 04:38:32 | More by ebrauser
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
Nitro-tap at the Deschutes Pub in downtown PDX. Also had on cask but I only had a taster of that. I have also had this countless times in bottles.
Visual: deep red around the edges with a dense mahogany center. light-brown head that is about 5/8 inches and is quite thick. leaves minimal lacing as it is consumed.
Smell: have had this many, many times and the smell leaves something to be desired. I always struggle to pick up on a defining scent, but I normally notice mostly malt with some suppressed citrus hops
Taste/Mouthfeel: mildly roasted malt with a hint of sweetness, a bit of spices, grapefruit, and caramelized banana. not overpowering but there is a lingering aftertaste of malt and slight bitterness. mouthfeel is interesting if you let it warm up a bit; fairly creamy with almost no carbonation.
Drinkability: pretty high if you let it warm up, as this seems to release more of the hidden flavors. i wouldn't say it is sessionable but there have been nights where i have easily put back a couple of these. probably would have gone with another on nitro if Deschutes didn't have The Dissident, Cinder Cone, and Black Butte XXII on tap as well at the time.
This is probably my go-to beer during late fall/early winter, despite it lacking a defining characteristic. I wish it were year-round but after all it is a winter warmer. I enjoyed it more on nitro-tap than I have on regular draft or bottles. would like to try it on cask as well, so hopefully i don't miss my window of opportunity!
11-22-2010 06:30:05 | More by CapitalGains
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
Look - Dark brownish in color until held up to the light, which reveals a more reddish color. Two fingers worth of beige-colored foam that dissipates very slowly.
Smell - A little malty smelling with hints of caramel and maybe molasses.
Taste - Slightly more malty in taste, but very well-balanced. Sort of a bittersweet feeling at the back middle of the palate. Finish is mild, and the aftertaste is somewhat lingering. Texture is more toward the creamier side.
Drinkability - Not a bad brew, but it kind of has a filling quality that I wouldn't care for in a six-pack's worth, but on its own is just fine.
11-22-2010 03:06:37 | More by Nerudamann
3.9/5 rDev -1%
A: Small, off-white head, diminishing quickly. Spare lacing. Clear body. Red, orange, brown (tawny?) color.
S: Disappointing. I had a hard time smelling much of anything. Heavy malts with caramel. Light hops.
T: Average duration, moderate sweetness and acidity with light bitterness on the finish.
M: Medium body, thin and slick with soft carbonation.
D: Despite the seemingly negative attributes, this beer went down quickly. Matter of factly, the wife just asked "Did you finish your beer already?". It was good. I think I am just disappointed as I continue my search for a beer with more of the seasonal taste; meaning cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, anything that reminds me of the holidays.
11-20-2010 22:39:36 | More by Dieffenbach
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Another gift from the West. This beer presented itself in a much darker condition of an ale. Smell was a mix of light citrus, carmel and toasty bread. Once it hit my lips the hops took over and gave way to a biscuity, sweet finish. Good mouthfeel in full essence of the season. In the end, a really drinkable ale.
11-20-2010 05:13:32 | More by Neffbeer
3.15/5 rDev -20.1%
Reddish brown color with a two fingered light tan head with good retention. The aroma has spices and caramel malt, along with some citrus aroma.
The taste is hoppier than anticipated. The caramel malt and spices also make their presence known, but the bitter hop flavor gets in the way. The hops and the malt do not work together as well as I had hoped. I can also taste some sweet malt and spices, but not as much as I had hoped for.
Medium bodied, medium carbonation, has a bit of a dry feeling. This is not that bad of a beer, but is too hoppy and dry for the style.
11-20-2010 04:02:01 | More by hardy008
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Best by 01/27/11
Dark crimson color with a large, dense head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Impressive. Malty aroma. Hints of chocolate, caramel, alcohol, and a little citrus. The hops make more of a showing in the taste as all 60 IBUs are detectable. One of the most bitter Winter Warmers I have come across. The bitterness balances out the sweet, chocolatety malt. Some fruity esters add a level of complexity. Alcohol is felt and adds some warmth. The body feels a little light for all the malt and flavor going on. Carbonation is nice. A truely warming Winter warmer. Hoppy and malty and fantastic looking.
11-18-2010 23:27:32 | More by morimech
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
Appearance: Pours mostly clear with a small head of tight off-white bubbles. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking.
Aroma: I get mostly malt with some toasty British notes and some caramel. There is some reserved hops in this beer and they are coming out as a mild grassy note. There really isn't any oxidation to speak of in this beer which is sometimes welcome. As the beer warms up a bit, there is a mild spicy note coming out that I assume is from the alcohol.
Taste: The flavor is pretty clean overall. It has a good bit of the character of a British beer with the malts and hops. I really think of "Old Ale" when I drink this, but it is a bit light and young for that style...so I guess it is the malt-hop balance. There is plenty of carbonation to this beer, so it comes across the palate as pretty drinkable even though it is pushing 7%ABV. The finish has some alcoholic warming and dark caramel to linger for some time after this sip.
Opinion: This is really a good beer overall. It is really clean, but has a solid flavor profile that doesn't leave the palate wanting for hardly anything. The spice is a welcome component, but may be a tad much. Either way, I like this beer and wouldn't mind enjoying it again in the future. Give it a shot if you can find it...you won't be disappointed if you like the Old Ale/Winter Warmer styles of beer.
11-18-2010 09:08:44 | More by SkeeterHawk
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
I'm not sure if there is a point to comparing the two, but I just opened a bottle of fresh 2010 and a year old bottle of 2009 I still had and decided to do just that. Reviewing ensued:
2009 and 2010 bottles poured into Delirium Tremens and Noël snifters respectively.
A: Both bottles pour a clear extremely dark ruby red color with a couple fingers of light brown head. The head of the fresher one receded into a thicker, frothier film than the aged bottle, but both left great rings of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Both has rich malty tones but the 10 has a brighter, fruitier smell that is also full of spices, while the 09 has more of a quadruple aged dark fruit odor and perhaps some woody notes. The fresh one smells a lot better than the aged.
T: The difference between the two bottles is like night and day. Compared to the fresh bottle the aged one is muted with far more roasted, over ripened fruit, and tobacco flavors. The fresh one is full of earthy, resiny hops, all spice, sweet malts, caramelized banana and bright sweet fruits. I don't much care for the aftertaste of the 09, but the 10's is full of brown sugar and doughy bread crust. 10 is much sweeter.
M: Medium body on both, maybe a touch thick mouthfeel on the 09. Carbonation is slightly sharper on the 09. There is a little bit of alcohol vapor present in both the nose and mouth of the 10, but I wouldn't say it's warming. No trace of alcohol in the 09.
D: Based on this, albeit narrow, experiment of these two bottles I can say that Jubelale did not hold up very well over the year. This may have just been batch variation, and it's still drinkable, but the 09 is a completely different beer than the 10. If you already knew this, congratulations, I'm apparently slow. But if you're looking for a place to age a few bottles from your six-pack, you won't find any room in my cellar. Drink it fresh! (Score represents fresh version).
11-17-2010 04:59:01 | More by scottfrie
2.7/5 rDev -31.5%
12 oz bottle into my Rahr Winter Warmer oversized snifter.
A - 1 finger light brown head, settles to ring/cover. Beautiful clear dark brown.
S - sweet malts, candied fruits - apples, cherries...caramel & a bit of spice for good measure.
T - Whoa! Spicy hops galore...not like the smell at all. Pepper, pine, coffee...wow, I simply cannot get past the shock of the hop bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter too. The malts are in there somewhere, but the bitterness is too overpowering. There is warming too, with the ABV, but I consider that par for the course with this style.
M - carbonation is fine, medium body...but the finish is dry, too dry in my opinion.
D - Not really. Don't think I'll have another one tonight. I'll drink my sixer, but I'm not buying any more of this. Maybe I'll offer it to guests who might like it more than me.
Apparently this is a popular beer, but I did score it the way that I did, since it didn't quite seem like a Winter Warmer to me...almost like a CDA instead? The harsh bitterness is just not what I typically expect from a Winter Warmer; I expect a bit more balance.
Upon reading some other reviews, maybe this beer needed to warm up a bit more. Obviously I have to finish out this sixer, so next time, I'll let it warm up a little more and see if it seems a bit less harsh. Or if all else fails, let someone else drink it.
11-15-2010 07:11:22 | More by fragilehearted
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Deep amber-brownish color. Lots of fine little bubbles. Head looks very creamy. Lacing looks great on the glass.
Dark fruit, deep caramel malts, some brown sugar, spices, I could smell some hops.
Taste & Mouthfeel:
Mixture of brown sugar and dark fruit up front, I get some spices, caramel, a little touch of roasted malts. Nice hoppy chartacter at the end, resiny-leafy. Body is medium, a little sticky.
Finish & Aftertaste:
Smooth finish, resiny aftertaste that lingers very well.
Very good, a really nice holiday beer.
11-14-2010 19:12:16 | More by mjurney
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
$9.99 / 6-pk.
A: Bright brown body with red highlights topped with two fingers of tight beige head of moderate retention. Leaves behind moderate foamy lace and creamy cover.
S: Spicy aroma with noticeable sweet malt and a slight coffee tone. Hops are floral to grassy and there is just a hint of alcoholic hotness.
T: A bit on the hop end of the spectrum with a piney resinous character up front. Spicy malt profile throughout finishing with a slight bitter aftertaste. Again, some alcohol shows through.
M: Light to medium body and high carbonation. Crisp with noticeable carbonic bite. No hop oil texture.
D: Light enough to enjoy, but a bit too many flavors going in too many directions. A few of these are fine, could really use some balance.
O: Good, but not great.
11-14-2010 02:17:15 | More by dpnelson1978
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
A - A beautifully thick, rich, fig brown, hemmed by an orangey hue.
S- Offers an array of berries - cassis, cranberry, blueberry - that hang distractingly from a subtle malt background, manifested through soft wafts of caramel. The hops hides somewhere between the two - barely distinguishable.
T - Let it be noted that the following is a revised draft of my original review, in which I bashed the taste pretty severely at first - accusing it of being unbalanced, and ultimately ruined by an ambush of hops on the finish. However, although an aspect of this asymmetry still exists, allowing the beer to reach almost room temperature massively improved the experience, and so I'll conclude the following:
The fore and mid palates present the berry complexity displayed by the nose, although relatively short-lived. Malt and spice lead forth, exhibiting sticky toffee pudding, and spices - particularly nutmeg - with some resinous pine wandering along the edge. Hops finally take center stage for the finale, which, although welcoming, seems to fail in its attempt to fully integrate, and eventually results in a disappointingly detached and unbalanced final quality.
M - the viscosity reflects the visual density, while the higher-end medium carbonation breaks-up some of the malty stickiness.
D - pretty good, but lacks the abv to really tackle the stickiness of the malt. One an evening is definitely enough.
11-13-2010 03:59:51 | More by SirRuss
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Had this at Red Bones NW Fest on 11/12/10
Appearance: Ruby and Amber in color on a nice clear body. The head is thick has a remarkable persistence. Lacing is thick and coats the glass as I drink.
Aroma: Not a big nose. Slightly dark fruity scent with a nice bouquet of hop flavors presence.
Taste: Malty sweet (caramel in particular) with dark fruits also provided balance against floral/herbal/slightly piney hop flavors. Not too robust, but very well balanced.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light body for a beer called a winter warmer. Yes, this might be bigger than your average session beer, but I would have no problem making this one a beer of choice at a holiday party. Not too filling and it finishes crisp and clean.
Overall: I'm becoming a fan of the winter warmer that creates a great balance of flavors without resorting to spices. With the right malt sweetness and selection of hops, you can produce a drinkable, robust beer that warms the soul on a winter evening.
33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Dark Fruit: 3.75
Citrus Fruit: 2
Hoppy (pine): 2.5
11-12-2010 22:14:12 | More by soze47
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
A - Deep brown with red and purple accents. The head tops very well with a medium tan and allot of stamina. This brew is a sight to be seen.
S - Cherry, cranberry, medium roasted malts and a hint of cocoa.
T - Slightly spicy edge over a strong base of toasted caramel malts. There's a bitter resiny taste that lingers on my tongue in the finish.
M - Coarse with a smoothness along the outside of my tongue. My lips are left with a nice tingle.
~ This a a definite warmer. I've had only a few sips and I'm already feelin' nice and cozy. This is a sipper that should be enjoyed rather slow.
11-11-2010 02:06:15 | More by cdkrenz
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
12oz bottle poured into standard shaker.
This beer is a dark mahogany with reddish edging. The head is full and an almost orange color with tan mixed in. The smell was not distinct and did not make much of an impression, mostly some sweet sugars and a touch of spice. The taste was good, picked up mainly on toffee, definite caramel, candy sugar and malts. There was a bit of peppery spice and some hops in the background. This medium bodied brew is well done and would be perfect for a Christmas party or other occasion with non-craft beer drinkers.
11-09-2010 16:40:38 | More by OakedCanuck
4/5 rDev +1.5%
pours a dark brown with ruby highlight it has an excellent tan head with great lacing..smell is roasted malts hops and toffee sweet brown sugar..taste is a roasted malt ,bread ,grass,toffee and sweet malts with hops on the palate...mouth fell is full nice carbonation fill the beer buds with loads of flavor..drinkability is great one of my favorite winter warmers
11-08-2010 22:37:39 | More by gatornation
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
12oz from a 6-pack, poured into a snifter. Best by indicates: 02/03/11, bottle #1528 0
Picked up this 6-pack from Liquor Mart in Boulder, and this is rivaling Isolation for my favorite Winter Warmer of the season.
L: Pours a deep mahogany with 2-fingers head eagerly leaping from the beer.
S: Smells sweet and crisp. Slight hoppiness in the back, briefly, before returning to caramel smoothness.
T: Crisp and simple, good fluidity from sweet to bitter ... and back. Simple and delicious.
F: Light and crisp, thinner than I'd like, but I'm unbothered by that.
D: Damn good, simple beer.
11-07-2010 06:59:58 | More by codewarrior
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
A: Clear brown with a thick tan colored head. The beer leaves a nice coat of lacing down the glass.
S: Roasted malt and hop. Have a cold, so that's about all I can smell.
T: A nice toasted malt flavor with a big hop bite. There is a nice hop flavor in the finish, but the bitterness is not there, mostly a smooth malt finish with hop flavor. The peppery alcohol shows through a little in the finish.
M: This beer is very smooth. A nice velvety feel to it.
D: Very drinkable beer. Recommend picking it up. Smooth with lots of flavor.
11-07-2010 04:52:01 | More by Kromes
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Deschutes Jubelale pours a finger of sticky tan foam over an almost opaque black brew. Held to bright light a bright light a deep rosy brew and steady carbonation is revealed. The nose is toasty dark malt with a fruity note and a little bright hop spiciness. Up front the flavor is dark sweet malts and that fruity note again, balanced by spicy herbal hops. Mouthfeel is crisp with a long hoppy aftertaste. This is a fairly hoppy ale, but balanced by rich sweet dark malts- how they make feel so light is beyond me. It's that note of fruit though, that makes this a winter holiday beer, though otherwise it would still be a pretty good hoppy brown ale. I love the label art, by the way- it's the work of Oregon artist Natasha Bacca.
11-05-2010 06:33:09 | More by shadow1961
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
appearance - amazing head and retention, excellent lacing, dark fig colored, murky and barely any transparency
smell - candy and spice, sweet malt
taste - sugar, candy, sweet malts, light alcohol in the finish, complex spice notes
mouthfeel - smooth, medium body, well carbonated, sticky
drinkability - complex and flavorful, excellent sugar notes, a bit warm and would be great with some age
11-04-2010 02:56:56 | More by djbreezy
4.97/5 rDev +26.1%
I've been tasting Jubelale for a while now, and have a vertical tasting since 07 lined up soon.
This is a good year, not that any particular year is not very good, but I rate this year as exceptional. I thought it was good and then compared it against the brewery down the river, Full Sail Wassail, and Great Divide's Hibernation Ale, which I bought based on the A- it received here. Jubelale is the hands down winner.
Jubelale is: Not syrupy, Not astringent, Not to thin or thick. It is a great blend of malts and hops and the english ale yeast they use as their house yeast makes the most drinkable winter/strong ale i've tried in the last few years.
11-04-2010 02:44:05 | More by nathanm
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
A: Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque with some ruby around the edges. A one finger beige head forms that sticks around for a minute. Nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, some dark fruits, vanilla, and cinnamon. An interesting fruity flavor of apples and grapes.
T: Big toasted malt up front. Some bread/biscuit flavors. Caramel covered apples with lots of spice. Cinnamon and vanilla. Excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body. Creamy and smooth. Very easy to drink. I can quaff a few with ease.
A very nice Winter Warmer. Lots of flavors going on. Something that might be an interesting experiment in the cellar. Along the lines of Anchors Our Special Ale. Though really good fresh without a doubt. Something I highly recommend.
11-03-2010 00:07:31 | More by champ103
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Beer is brown and hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles that breaks and pulls toward the walls of the glass leaving a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low.
Aroma of the beer is sweet with mild spice.
Beer is medium to light in body with a creamy mouthfeel. Lead off sweetness and a nice finish without an aftertaste. The spice level is nice and gives it a tea like flavor to the whole thing. I enjoyed it for a winter warmer its pretty good.
11-02-2010 17:37:04 | More by drabmuh
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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