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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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very good

2,057 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 122
Gots: 180 | FT: 1
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 Yesac
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Brownish amber color. Light tan/white color head that fades quickly to a thin layer.

S- Caramel malt, spice

T- Very sweet caramel. Molasses and pine.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D- Spicy and malty. Not the worst but could be better. The ABV is fairly well hidden.

Yesac, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of drez511
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into my Sam Adams glass.

A: Light Brown with a nice head after pouring into glass. The head quickly reduces as I drink the beer.

S: malt, Some Chocolate, Nutmeg, Also notice a strong hop presence towards the end.

T: malty taste, finish is hoppy with a spicy warmth. Probably from the nutmeg.

M: Medium. Not to carbonated.

D: The drinkability for this 6.7% is pretty good. I could drink a few of these in a sitting.

Overall i likes this winter warmer from Deschutes. Would get it again.

drez511, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out a deep and dense darker shade of amber with a 2 finger tan head. Nice retention.

The nose is full of caramel, roasted malts, pumpernickle bread, light cocoa, clove, cinnammon and a bit of earthy and floral hops.

The flavor profile is mildy malty and sweet. A touch of spice follows and leads us to a dry and bitter close.

Medium, gulp-worthy body size with medium Co2 levels.

Very sessionable. One of the better seasonals this year.

bonsreeb85, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of kbm
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper with a ruby hues. Nice large almond head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Spices, sweet fruits and piney hops.

Taste: Foretaste consists of spices and sweet malt, wihch is followed by a strong piney hop assault. Lingering hops and slight metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Aggressive carbonation with a watery and very thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable - IPA drinkable. Good cold night hopped seasonal.

kbm, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darker ruby crimson color with a medium off white head. Smelled of oranges, lemon peel, and clove. Taste surprised me, this years version seemed hoppier than last years. I am a hophead for sure but this tasted like it should have been more balanced. The hops have a very leafy, earthy taste to them which I didn't think meshed well with the style. Could have been more creamy, malty and complex like last years. Maybe it was too fresh, it could mellow so much more with a few months on it. Honestly this beer tasted like an American amber ale. Since it's listed as a Winter Warmer it will be judged as such-an above average beer but only an average example of the style.

natelocc787, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A winter classic. Not the top tier winter stuff like Sierra Nevada Celebration/Bigfoot . . . but this one is a worthy ale.

Appearance, dark brown, dark amber. Not a big hop profile like a lot of Deschutes beers. But reveals a nice malty mild sweetness that is somewhere between robust and substantial. Hides the alcohol well, I wish it had a little more hop bite and warming alcohol zest to it though. If you like a solid dose of malt and hops, this beer is for you, it delivers in both aspects.

Pretty consistent. Sometimes inversion and mirror pond lack consistency.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Nesued
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained in a trade (came as an extra).

Appearance - Amber in color with a mild by lively carbonation. A nice-sized head formed upon initial pour, with ample lacing hugging the glass as the head resolved into a small ring.

Smell - Sweet caramel aroma with a bit of a piney presence as well. Not overpowering in presentation but just enough to draw you in. A light grainy aroma as well.

Taste - Not what I was expecting (although I have little experience with the style). I'm guessing that since it was billed as an "English" winter warmer, the spice presence was optional. An overall mild beer with a nice malty backbone. Bold crisp finish from the hops contribute to what is a nice little number.

Mouthfeel - Mid density offering a marginal bold presence. The finish leaves a nice clean feel that invites more. Improves as the beer warms.

Drinkability - From my limited experiences with the style, it's nice to have a standard by which to measure others.

Nesued, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of photomike
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a nicely clear garnet color with a creamy beige head. Decent retention and lots of lacing. A beautiful beer, I must say.

The smell is kind of odd, and my least favorite part of this beer. Nicely spiced with cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg, there's an underlying chemical smell that I have to pin as chlorine. Not all that inviting.

Taste is somewhat disappointing as well. The spices really don't come out until the finish, and before that, there isn't a lot of good stuff going on. Dry and somewhat unflavorful (at least until the finish), I don't particularly like the taste on this one.

A little too light in body for me, but with a creamy finish and nice carbonation, the mouthfeel here is satisfactory.

Highly drinkable, but not enough here to keep me wanting to come back.

Meh at best.

photomike, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of satowns
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bright red with a nice tan layer of bubbles.

aroma is dominated by english hops. slightly musty/earthy.

big caramel malt, bright hops up front. roasty.

decent body for the style. but looking for a bit more.

overall, its not super complex, but a good beer. nice balance, alcohol is hidden.

satowns, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of waltonc
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time to start drinking the Christmas beers. This one pours dark amber with an initial inch of light tan head. Smells of caramel, lots of malts, and slightly floral hops. Tastes sweet and malty, again - caramel, slightly floral, with a faint bitter hop finish. Body is medium, slightly creamy, with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice winter brew that is highly sessionable.

waltonc, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Brandt
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage
this beer pours out a ruby red amber color with a tan colored head that settles into puffy cloud like formations

the smell here is very nice for winter beer, a spicy herbal note with hints of cinnamon, cloves and a base of sweet malts to carry it all

the rich dark malts make the flavor very warming and pleasing. there is moderate bitterness and a slightly toasty/spicy note on the tail end

this beer finishes nicely with a good rich caramel malt that hangs on the palate and spicy floral notes of hops and classic winter spices. this is a great drinker for the winter months and will be enjoyed all through the season.

Brandt, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into my SA Perfect Pint class with just a slight hue of red but more so overpowered by a coffee colored dark brown. The pour leaves over two fingers of white, billowy head that dissipated relatively quickly but is leaving some chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Toasted malts is what first comes to mind. A few more whiffs and spices (cinnamon mostly) become present, along with slight hops and a bit of alcohol.

Taste - A very interesting taste. One can immediately taste the sweet malts however there is for sure a somewhat earthy funk/tone to this beer which is unexpected and similar to a saison in my opinion.. After a few more sips and allowing it to warm up a bit, I gather more on what exactly is going on here. Up front was a caramel, smoky malt taste which is followed by an earthy, hoppy/floral punch and it finishes up relatively dry and with a lingering spicy taste in your mouth. Honestly, a lot more complex than I would have imagined. It is a saison on crack with spices and sweetness. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel - Moderately thick and chewy but not to heavy. Creamy, smooth, and good carbonation. Finishes dry.

Drinkability - This is a pleasant surprise. Very interesting beer and easily drinkable/sessionable, despite it being a relatively decent ABV beer. Glad I picked up the six pack that I spotted while in downtown Los Angeles. I am currently sitting outside on my balcony in low 60's weather enjoying this thoroughly. Just cold enough outside to feel like I'm back home in the Midwest enjoying a cool Autumn evening. Cheers everyone!

SpdKilz, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of thrawn208
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a warm brown, and leaves a good head, which laces just fine. Shows a lot of depth in appearance, as well. You can tell right off the bat that this beer has been painstakingly crafted just by looking at it through a light.

The smell is really good, warm, but hopeful of spring, because it has just the right amount of alcohol bite. Sure, there's chocolate, and raspberry and a touch of toffee, but there's also a little bit of alcohol smell - which in a small dose is okay.

Extremely malty, and not real hoppy, which is what this should be. Some of these winter ales end up tasting a little bit too much like an IPA, and this one has just the right amount of hops without kicking anyone's face in.

Mouthfeel is decent, but nothing to write home about. It's heavy without being too heavy, and remains surprisingly drinkable despite it. The only thing holding this beer back is it's character - a little bit too much like a throwback ale, and not enough like a winter ale.

I like it, and it's cheaper than other microbrews. I'm from CO, and I'm used to paying 8, 9 bucks a pop for a sixer ... this one was 9, and it's from Deschutes. If you have Jubliation ale from O'Dell around, go with that. But if that's not there, go with this one.

thrawn208, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice dark ruby-amber color with very little head. An attractive lace is left as I drink the glass.

Smell: malty with notes of caramel, nuts and a little chocolate. The profile is all malt but the aroma is not terribly strong.

Taste: malty indeed. I get a lot more caramel and nuts here; it's almost like an imperial nut brown ale. There is a nice bitterness toward the end but the hops are not otherwise very present.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a well-integrated carbonation which yields a delicious creaminess. Very nice texture.

Drinkability: highly drinkable for a high ABV winter beer. Too drinkable, really; my memories of last year's new year's eve party are distinctly hazy due to this beer.

flagmantho, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear brown with a small rising tan head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of caramel malt and some dark fruitiness. Mild hop earthiness underlying it.

Tastes of the big malt profile upfront with some herbal hoppiness following. The malts fall in line with the caramel aroma and have a molasses like note to it. Some spiciness along the lines of anise and clove can be found.

Mouthfeel is a medium full that is nice and creamy.

ocelot2500, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle, I pour this into a pint glass. It pours a moderate ruby brown with good clarity and light carbonation. Yet a half inch of off white head maintains a stubborn stance atop this brew.

Nose is subdued of light red malts and a hint of hops, hmmph...More hop notes arrive after some settling.

Taste kicks it up a notch with some spices added. A bit of malts and a more notable hop presence is noted. Somewhat reminscent of Arrogant Bastard in a way without the robust hopping. Not bad...

HalfFull, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Dark amber color. Two fingers of creamy, but frothy head has average retention and leaves lots of lacing.

3.5 S: Caramel and dark fruits. Pleasant, but not nearly strong enough. I let this warm up for my final evaluation and it just simply wasn't packing any punch.

3.5 T: Tastes like what I can only describe as olde ale light. Dark fruits again, a healthy bitterness (perhaps too healthy), and caramel malts. Good, but perhaps too bitter for the style and the mouthfeel ruins the taste.

2.0 M: Light body, which is exactly what I don't want in a beer like this. Good carbonation. Not very creamy. Mouthfeel sucks.

3.0 D: Would not be bad at all if it had some body.

DavoleBomb, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of cbarrett4
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my very favorite local Winter Warmers, made more amazing by cask conditioning and serving from an old school pump style tap!

Lots of licorice, herbed anise, and mocha come through. Great texture. A little better I think than the bottle version.

cbarrett4, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of olmatty
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a deep brown with quite a bit of ruby. Head is light tan, with a low sticky head that leaves nice lacing.

Smell- Molasses and black licorice, biscuit malts

Taste- Sweet and mildly spicy malts. Hints of licorice and molasses and some spicy hops stick on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated and a little sticky.

Drinkability- Packed with flavor and yet smooth. One of my favorite winter beers.

olmatty, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of velosuds
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Single of the 2009 edition purchased for $1.39.

"It's the most wonderful time of the year - for beer, that is." From the label. I agree. I like the stouts, porters, and winter warmers that accompany this time of year. And Jubelale is probably my favorite winter seasonal.

A-Pours a dark copper, deep amber hue with a two finger, light tan foamy head. Strong retention and nice, ample lacing. I am always amazed by how consistently Deschutes' ales pour.

S-Dark malts and fig like fruits produce a pleasant, inviting aroma.

T-The dark crystal malts dominate the flavor with enough hops to provide a nice bittering finish to this sweet, tasty brew. Makes me want to go caroling or watch the Nutcracker Suite. I plan to enjoy some Jubelale Christmas Day.

M-Very smooth and balanced. Nice substance and complexion. Great carbonation.

D-This is a very drinkable winter warmer since it is not as heavy and filling as some others, even though the ABV is 6.7%. Saw my favorite local natural foods store has this on sale for $6.49 a six-pack, so I will be stocking up to share this festive ale.

velosuds, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured cool into a glass this shows a hazy mahogany color with a big oatmeal bubblage on top and chunky lace. The aroma is delicious chocolate raspberry wheat with peaty malt and rye. The flavor is bright piney hops and herbal malt, tangy bread. Complexity that is tough to pin down, but very good. Very drinkable with a relatively middle body feel and some resinous qualities. Tastefully carbonated, all around drinkably enjoyable yule tide goodness. Well done.

Anthony1, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up next door to the comic shop after getting comics.

Appearance- dark red with brown, little head

Smell- molasses

Taste- molasses, brown sugar

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very nice, I had this with a ham dinner, had a really nice winter dinner, made me feel all christmassy, will drink again , definitely good winter beer

jeffjeff1, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint pour with a nice amber color with a creamy one finger lace foam.

An aroma of grapes, candy, hops, figs and raisins.

I was expecting some weird combo of spices but this is truly a hop-fans treat for enjoying during the winter months. A nice hoppy bite with some peppery hints on the swallow. A bitter aftertaste keeps the buds working overtime until the nest sip.

Multiples are definitely doable as I easily enjoyed two on this particular session.

While I am not a huge fan of winter warmers (because of the strange spices) this is a great winter beer with enough hops and subdued spices to make it a truly enjoyable brew. Glad I picked it up and will do so in the future years to come.

kaseydad, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of TheJollyHop
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a slight reddish hue. A solid two fingers of head that remains long after the initial formation. Very enticing.

Tastes of roasted malts, (grape?) with a lot of smokiness and a slight hop kick. Body is on the think side. Extremely well balanced with decent drinkability. The fact that this brew is so well balanced is a slight disappointment to me as I would have liked more prominent flavors to come through, especially in the middle. Not bad for what it is.

TheJollyHop, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of bcm119
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 version; very similar to previous years.

Dark reddish brown, fizzy tan head.

Spicy, toasty malt in the nose, with chocolate and burnt caramel. A hint of vinous dark/red fruit.

Toasty up front. A muted spiciness integrates well with wholesome dark malt flavors. Fairly complex for a beer this size, with earthy, woody, some dark fruit, and bready flavors all showing. Well attenuated with a very long, but mostly dry finish. Enough hops to balance the malt bill and add some leafy undertones, but they stay out of the way. Very nice toasted malt aftertaste.

A really drinkable, subtle, well done holiday beer with the finesse of a beer from a great brewery like Deschutes. Bright flavors, perfectly balanced-- both in bitterness and spiciness. This beer reminds me of the 3 long winters I spent in Oregon, and the many, many beers consumed during those odd times.

bcm119, Oct 30, 2009
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,057 ratings.