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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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1,820 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,820
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 111
Gots: 100 | 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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Photo of Domingo
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown color with slight reddish highlights. Looks a little like a Doppelbock.
Head forms quickly and sticks around as a tiny layer of foam after it settles.
Smells of...MALT. Strong malt character in this one. Some hops as well, although defintiely not the typical piney variety you might expect from the pacific northwest.
Flavor is potent. That's the best way to describe it. From the up-front malt blast, to the hops, to a little bit of unidentifiable spice. It's not the typical "cinnamon/clove/nutmeg" spice, though. It's more along the lines of a hop or even a black pepper spice combined with the malt kick. Either way, it's a really welcome and unusual flavor. I'd describe it as a kicked up brown ale with more bitterness and less sweetness.
Mouthfeel's thick and chewy. The term "winter warmer" couldn't be any more fitting.
Drinkability is unusually low for me. After about 1/2 to 2/3's of a bottle I lost interest. I figured it was a one-time thing, but after 3 bottles I've ended up losing interest before finishing them. I think because it's so heavy up-front, it overwhealms you and then fills you up.

Domingo, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of Pooba001
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 edition of Jubelale pours a hazy dark brown color with reddish amber highlights around the edges when held to light. Carbonation looks fine, a finger of almost white head forms, and its quick disipation to lace is the only thing holding this beers appearance from a better score. Caramel and roasted malt aroma are first in the nose, with candied fruit and pear following.

Taste starts and finishes with a little bit of bitter, and in between there's the caramel and roasted malts, and a nice earthy hoppy/spicy kick. Jubelale is a beer I look forward to every year, and this year's offering is no exception.

Mouthfeel is a little dry and tart, not as big and creamy as I remember the last couple years of Jubelale, that was one of this beer's standout qualities. Drinkability is still good though, and this is one of the better Winter seasonals out there.

Pooba001, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had a cask conditioned Deschutes Jubelale at the Elk Public House in Spokane. Served in a pint tumbler.

Pours a dark brown with a red hue and a bubbly beige head.

The smell is sweet, floral and fruity.

The taste is bitter and sweet like a red ale. There is some fermented fruit flavor. cherry and licorice. Some evergreen flavor, juniper maybe and a bit of alcohol taste.

The mouth feel is a little sharp, cloying and flat.

This is a drinkable beer. OK but not great. I'll look for it in a bottle.

RJLarse, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date, artsy themed label.

Appearance: Deep brownish garnet color with a good clarity, light tan lace adorns the top ... a product of densely frothed head.

Smell: Sweet and earthy with a big hand of caramel, candied fruit and mineral. Hops are soft in the aroma with a leafy character.

Taste: Nice flush full body, smooth and crisp in the mouth. Malt character is very broad with a bitter-sweet start and a chocolaty finish with hints of lightly roasted coffee. Esters are quite abundant but are quelled with the sweetness of the brew, alcohol warms quite well. Fruity of the dark ripened variety, fig or prune in the mix? Hop bitterness cuts through the malt and leaves a trail of flavor that gets lost before the after taste. A triple fold of alcohol spiciness, heavy leftover hops and the mild chocolaty finish rush for the finish line. Pleasant and complex after taste.

Notes: One of the top true (unspiced) winter warmers in the US, a must year after year. A bottle full of holiday cheer or just something to warm your soul.

Jason, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of unklesyd
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jubelale is more than a beer, it is a tradition of being a beer drinker in Oregon. I'm always excited to see the new year's incarnation. All that being said, I think that this is the best Jubel in a while.

Interestingly enough, there is a delicious honey-toffee aroma that comes from the initial pour that is not present through the rest of the beer's lifespan. I've had two on two separate occasions, and this has been true both times. The other aroma of the beer is also nice, but not as lovely as the initial whif. It has that characteristic Deschutes grainy-maltose/yeast profile that you'll get from Black Butte, or any of their brews. No discernable hop aroma.

Nice deep ruby color with a dirty head that leaves nice lacing. The flavor is really something special. It is warming and rich, without being cloyingly sweet or overly carmelly or roasty. A nice MO grain backbone with some choice mid-level crystal and a good balance of English bittering hops and a hint of Willamette(?)-type flavor hops.

Crisp mouthfeel, nicely conditioned so as not to be acidically carbonated or too flat. Very nice: much easier to drink than in previous years. Very well done!

unklesyd, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of xoqx
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2006 batch of Jubelale was released on Monday, October 2. This was the week of my first trip to this wonderful brewery in Bend, Oregon.

I have liked this beer a lot every year I’ve had it. I can say that I find the 2006 batch more to my liking than the 2005, and definitely more than the 2004. I would need to do a vertical tasting to really be sure of the specific differences. I think it’s a little crisper this year and the hops are perhaps not as drowned out by the malt as last year’s batch. The spiciness provided only by the crystal malts and no actual spice additions is spectacular as always. This is the quintessential winter beer.

xoqx, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of Matthew
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the bottle a light reddish brown type color (ruby maybe), nice thick off white head to top it off.
Very sweet and malty in the nose with slight hints of fresh hops and warming alcohol.
Sweet malty backbone is the biggest characteristic in this beer with a hint of hop bitters that blends nicely with the warming character at the tail end of each sip.
Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel that has an almost silky type texture.
This beer is very very drinkable and can really catch up with you. Its very easy to have 3 or more of these....really.

Matthew, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Shaw
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Deschutes restaurant in Bend.

A deep ruby in color without much head. It has a sweet, complex smell. The taste is also complex, but a little light. There are fruity sweet notes. This beer is much more English in flavor that American. It has a good body that's nice and smooth.

Shaw, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of clickpush
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12 oz bottle to pint glass. I did two years of this side by side. The one I'm writing about is the one that is pictured on BA, and the other was clearly marked 2005. This one was the better of the two. Comes out with a bright red body and one finger tan head of large bubbles that go down to beautiful lacings and cling to the glass. No bubbles seen in the body of the beer.

Nose: Grapes, caramel, and a good sweet malt aroma. Has a slightly dusty characteristic, like cocoa powder. It's not extremely interesting, but it's very strong and wafts quite a distance.

Mouth: Sweet flavorful entrance of a light & mild malt. Has a tinge of grapefruit as it goes through the mouth and continues in the swallow with a lasting hop bitterness. Not too bitter but fitting for the beer.

clickpush, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005

Pours mahogany with burgundy hues, with a beige, frothy head.
Retention is average, leaving minimal lacework.
Roasted nuts, toasted grains, and caramel coated dried cherries in the nose.
Aromatics continue with bruised bannana dusted with cocoa.
A vineous suggestion lingers with a warm bitterness.
Medium mouthfeel, with a forward texture accented with a crisp nod.
Pallet starts off with large roasted notes and assertively bitter.
Warming in the middle with faint spruce bits and fruity esters.
Finishes with a dry maltiness, a lingering warmth and a smooth bitterness.
A Dorchester slant in the Deschutes mountains, and extremely drinkable.

brewandbbq, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This cherry-mahogany colored winter ale shows hints of sweetness on the nose with possible diacetyl. The flavor is malty in the fore, with a sweetness mid-palate, followed by a bit of hop presence. The finish is mostly malty but there are some hops that rush in late, imparting a mild astringency to the mouthfeel.

The result? Jubelale is not too bad but alltogether it's rather standard.

VoodooBrew, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of tobyandgina
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great label to go with a good beer.

Nice deep orange-ish red color with a nice clean head on it. The smell is fantastic! Very sweet with a slight hint of spice and maybe even a bit milky smelling. Taste is good, but not as good as the smell. Tastes like an amber ale, but a little deeper in malts. It hits the sides of the tongue with a bit of bitterness and spice. A hearty beer.

Another good one in the Deschutes line.

tobyandgina, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a dark reddish brown with a frothy off white head that holds nicely. The smell is not very strong but hops and cinamon can be detected. The taste is mainly spicy which consists mostly of cinamon again. Hops can be detected on the back of the throat as the beer goes down. There is a decent thickness about this beer but the carbonation is not bad either. Overall, it is one of the few winter warmers I have come in contact with that actually tastes like a beer and not spiced holiday drink. This is not the best winter warmer but one of the better ones.

MSchae1017, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of nvsblman
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mohogany color with very little coffee colored head. Slightly citrusy aroma with a little spice and caramel. Crisp hop flavor folowed by caramel, spice, and molasses. Well carbonated with a medium mouthfeel. A favorite winter beer of mine, this is a great one to sit out and enjoy in the cool desert night.

nvsblman, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deeply ruby colored clear ale with a thick tan head.

Smell is spicy and strongly hopped with a very fruity aroma. Aromas of brown sugar, clove, ginger and to a lesser extent cinnamon and black pepper.

Taste is mildly sweet with an assertive fruit and spruce flavor at the start. Flavor quickly becomes dry and woody with a lot oak flavor to this. Fruity flavor is all confined to the same version you get in an English style ale and it is all from the yeast used. This has a nice herbal bitterness; it builds to a climax at about the middle and just disappears at the end like a phantom.

Mouthfeel is good.

An extremely drinkable beer to say the least. No rough edges at all only a little lack of subtle aspects keeps this from getting some fives.

Drinkability is VERY good.

Zorro, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label shows some folks hanging at a ski lodge patio.

Fills a tulip with a dark russet light revealing hue topped with a dense thin khaki layer atop the glass leaving some noteworthy lace.

Light burnt malt roasted aroma, a touch fruity and some tobacco notes.

First swigs: Surprising blend of berry and apple fruity flavors meets a sugary cake malt. Plenty of cherry and even a smidge of banana blending things up. Not a typical Winter Warmer as this is a light body and easy drinkability.

Medium feel with a soft flowing carbonation and a stick residual aftertaste of Spree candy chalky.

Last swigs: Refreshing berry cherry chalky fruit Winter Warmer. Thanks to BA G.D. for the bottle. Nice choice of a tasty different brew choice to broaden the palate horizon here in Yuenglingville, right in season. I'd like to try this on tap one day, but it doesn't get out here. Worth a shot to try!

Beer is good. Happy Winter beering.

blitheringidiot, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of Gusler
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Release 2007
The beer evacuates the 12-ounce bottle a clear deep mahogany color with a humongous creamy light tan head that after decomposes leaving a thick sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose has a delightful floral aroma, backed by sweet malts and caramel, start is somewhat sweet with a pleasant grain profile, the top is medium in its feel. Finish has a determined acidity, hops delightfully spicy, and the aftertaste dry and long lasting.

Release 2006
The beer evacuates the 12-ounce bottle a clear deep mahogany color with a humongous creamy light tan head that after decomposes leaving a thick sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose has a delightful floral aroma, backed by sweet malts and caramel, start is somewhat sweet with a pleasant grain profile, the top is medium in its feel. Finish has a determined acidity, hops delightfully spicy, and the aftertaste dry and long lasting.

Release 2005
The beer after the pour from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in my glass a clear deep mahogany color with a Brontosauric semi-creamy light tan head that after decomposition leaves a thick coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a light floral aroma, backed by the sweet malts and caramel, start is sweet with a pleasing grain presence, the top is light to medium in its feel. Finish is delightfully acidic, the hops delectable in their spiciness, and the aftertaste dry and lingering, another of those winter beers I look forward to each year.

Release 2004
The beer after its departure from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass deep garnet to almost brown color with a behemothic sized semi-creamy light tan head that erodes slowly leaving behind a thick and glutinous sheet of lace to seal off the glass from view. Nose has a cotton candy sweetness at the start with a bit of earthiness and some light hop tones also noticed, start is modestly sweet, the grain profile perfect and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is merciful in its acidity with the hops dynamically spicy and the aftertaste long lasting and dry. Each year I wait patiently for this beer to come out, a long time favorite beer and brewery, I do believe that the fall and winter beers are my most favorite.

Release 2003
The beer pours with the head a light tan crown upon the unclouded deep garnet body, the texture is semi-creamy and the resultant lace a fine velum to seal off the glass from view. Nose is lightly hop floral, lots of sweet malt, crisp and quite appealing with the start lightly sweet, nicely malted and the top middling in feel. Finish is brisk in its carbonation and the hops persistent in their spiciness, the aftertaste quite dry. Deschutes is a much favored brewery for many years and this beer one I look forward to each winter.

Release 2002: On the pour a deep sanguineous color, the head modest in size, spumescent in texture, the color a light tan, as it dissipates it leaves behind a nice coating of lace to seal off the glass. Tons of malt in the nose, caramel sweet, light hint of hops and yeast, quite clean and fresh with the start sweet and loaded with malt, the top is middling in feel. Finish has a light to moderate carbonation, the hops pounce on the taste buds, crisp and sharp, and the aftertaste quite dry. I think this is my most favorite beer from Deschutes, nice to have a source once again.

Gusler, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle of the 2005 version a few months back in Sonoma, CA while on vacation. Shared it with my friends on New Year's eve in my cellar.

Pours a nice amber color with a nice thick head.

The smell has some defined malt and hoppy notes it to.

The taste is more of the same and as the description on the bottle says. It is a nice warm, hoppy beer that is easy to drink with a pretty nice balance between the hoppiness and smoth malt character.

ggaughan, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of loren01
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from bottle into standard pint glass. Color is dark amber. Thick frothy brownish/white head. Lots of lacing down the pint glass.
S: Smell is very complex. Nice hoppy scent with some fruity scents as well. There is also some spiciness other than hop, maybe like a nutmeg smell.
T: This beer does not taste too well balanced to me. Very bitter, much more than expected. Very light on the malt flavor. There is also a slight coffee aftertaste. The alcohol in this one seems very evident.
M: Nice amount of carbonation, smooth drinking.
D: I think that winter seasonals are really not my cup of tea, because looking at some of the other reviews of this one, it seems like people really like it. I'm glad I bought a single bottle of this because its a little heavy for me.

loren01, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of czechsaaz
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light citrus hop aroma. Has lots of fruity fermentation aroma. Plums and cherries.

Deep ruby colored with fantastic head that disapates to a thinner permanent layer throughout the drinking of a pint. Leaves behind very nice lacing on the glass too.

Starts out malty sweet and fruity but has substantial hop bitterness to round it out. Not much hop flavor either. Mostly a combo of toasted malt and really nice yeast fermentation profile.

Medium bodied and creamy.

Very nice approachable beer. Well rounded and nice to drink.

czechsaaz, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of sockeye101
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I took a random shot at a NW winter brew with this one and lucked out....very nice ale

The Jubelale 2005 is dark opaque deep amber color with minimal and quickly dissapating head but did leave a little lace. The smell is sweet and very citrusy. Nice sweet maltyness up front with a strong kick of bitterness on the back end. Overall it's a good beer, I could have many, but nothing that will stick in my mind forever.

Nice work Deschutes!!

sockeye101, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of goschool
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The new label fits this beer perfectly. It pours a clear ruby with a two finger head. The head retention is better then average. The nose has pine, cider and toffee. The taste is equally sweet and bitter with a bit of spice and there's a lot of chocolate in here. It starts off with sweet caramel, roasty malts and chocolate and finishes with piney bitterness. This is a beer that I could just about drink day in and day out without getting bored.

goschool, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 edition, obtained via trade with waldowin. Pours out a clear, radiant, reddish copper body, topped by a lush, two finger, creamy tan head. Good retention finally gives way to profuse sticky lacing.

Very aromatic nose, with red apples, spicy nutmeg and cinnamon, a hint of chocolate, and a variety of hop aromas that are too numerous to try to decipher.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with tingly carbonation and a spicy bite that is like taking a nip of fresh ginger root.

Taste is delicately balanced, with lots of malty caramel and toffee mingling delightfully with a tame spiciness and a very tasty array of bittering hops. Hops offer citrus, floral, and herbal notes, with an occasional hint of spruce. I also noticed a hint of vanilla.

Definitely, one of the more drinkable winter warmers I've encountered and certainly one of the tastiest. Very well balanced.

merlin48, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of masikon
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try this after seeing the high reviews, it is highly available here in WA state and seems to be the winter warmer of choice alongside Pyramid Snowcap. Poured a very unusual and quite beautiful shade of ruby or perhaps garnet, quite striking visually which i was not really expecting. Taste was earthy and balanced with strong suggestions of woodspice and heavy herbal notes. Impressive job from Deshutes to accomplish all those classic Winter Warmer spicy flavors without actually spicing the brew. Overall a brew deserving high praise, although not my personal favorite style I am still able to appreciate this effort from deschutes.

masikon, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of ctdfalconer
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One thing I like about winter seasonal beers is that there really are no hard and fast rules about what it should be like. Every year brings a new wave of awesome fresh suds, almost always using new recipes varying widely from brewer to brewer. Deschutes is a solidly competent brewery so I don't anything less than good beer for their winter seasonal. This one has very nice balance, with just enough hops to offset the sweet maltyness. The malt profile is complex, rich and grainy with a hint of toastiness and dried fruit. The hop character is clean and brisk with a mild woodsyness that lingers like slow stroll through the forest. Very nicely done.

ctdfalconer, Dec 15, 2005
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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