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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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very good

2,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,035
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 119
Gots: 170 | 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 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
Photo of macktbone
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This review is for the 09 Jubelale

I enjoyed the 08 version of this so I am looking forward to trying the 09. My local grocery story ended up putting it on sale last year because they had so much. Let's hope for a repeat.

A- Pours a beautiful dark copper, almost looks like a fruit beer. The pour alone causes some nice lacing. and the head is minimal but has a nice dark color with some large bubbles and pilling.

S- Very Christmasy. Nutmeg and spice, maybe some orange peel. A woody finish on the nose.

T- Solid and full taste. Tastes like a heavy saison, the aftertaste lingers. As soon as you swallow the entire beer changes. The spice is not the first thing you notice but it creeps up on you. Not the most amazing thing out of Deschutes and the taste is not really the best part of this beer but it is good none the less.

M- Awesome thick mouthfeel on this seasonal. Thick, creamy, rich, full....anything else you would like to call it.

D- Another decent seasonal. I hope it does go on sale so I can have an excuse to buy a bunch more.

macktbone, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of mikey711
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Burnt brown with some transparency and a fair amount of carbonation rushing up from the bottom of the glass. head is slightly offwhite and about an inch thinck, lingering at about a quarter of an inch for quite some time.

S: Some chocolate, caramel, cloves.

T: Bitter/burnt coffee upfront transitions into a molasses and slightly christmas tree piny finish. Some holiday spices in there, but not a whole lot of spiciness all around and more bitterness than I expected.

M: The first sip was a revelation. It had a great amount of body nd flavor while not feeling too heavy.

D: I could drink this one all the way until christmas non stop..seriouly I only have one bottle and wish I had more because this is a very nice drinking beer

mikey711, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of GregSVT
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deepish amber with a big light tan head that reduces to a small layering and leaves decent lacing.

S: Aromas of dark crystal malts and christmas spices waft from the glass and a small amount of hops on the background.

T: Taste is full of sweet malt, nutmeg, and other spices. There is a slight hop bitterness on the finish that balances out the sweetness. Not bad stuff.

M: Smooth and creamy but the carbonation is a bit too much. It could be a bit thicker but this style isn't exactly full of viscous beers.

D: I could easily put down a 4-5 of these while watching holiday movies on TV during christmas eve or day.

Very good holiday beer with just the right amount of malt and hop balance and not too much holiday spice.

GregSVT, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of OLaw
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought the 2009 edition at Trader Joe's in Tempe, AZ after many years of drinking it fresh in Oregon. Thanks to TJ's for providing it early, well before BevMo.

This is easily the finest edition of Jubelale I have come across. The appearance is rich, and smell is just wonderful, a deep fruit-influence.

But the taste is what sets this Jubel apart. I will trust other reviewers for the proper adjectives and similes, but this is a deep and complex flavor, begging another sip.

The mouthfeel is very similar to the quality of a porter. While the flavor overpowers the mouthfeel, it is perfect for savoring the flavor of the beer while not oily or too light.

And drinkability...well, the warm feeling in the stomach after enjoying one or two combined with the wonderful buzz this beer provides...well, you're not going to down more than a six pack without dedicating yourself to do so.

This is the finest product Deschutes has released since the last Abyss. Period.

OLaw, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a winter warmer even though it was 80 degrees today. Still getting used to SoCal in that regard.

Appearance - A very deep amber color, looks black until held up to the light. Half inch of off-white head laces well.

Smell - Lots of strong roasted malts. However there is a real earthy hoppiness that comes in. Some caramel and toffee as well. A hint of spice.

Taste - A small hop bite is overwhelmed by roasted malts. The toffee is definitely still there. The finish has that roasted bitterness lingering around which overpowers the foretaste. There is a nice moment when it all balances, but that fades as the roast dominates.

Mouthfeel - A little on the light side. Good carbonation but it slips away.

Drinkability - The dominant aftertaste is a little tough. It also feels boozy. I might have two, but I'd think about mixing it up.

This is a good example of the style but nothing special. It's a little out of balance and doesn't really do much for me. Those who like the roast bitterness will probably enjoy it more than I.

callmescraps, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of northaustin
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a barrel mug. pours dark red which is semi clear when held to the light.a finger and a half of brown head which disappears fast and leaves little lacing.

smell has a good amount of heat and a strong malt bill.

taste: very rich and malty. no alchohol taste very similiar to other winter warmers.

mouthfeel: enters the mouth rich and frothy but leaves a nice bitterness in the mouth.

drinkability: pretty sessionable. affordable and a nice well masked calm abv.

northaustin, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- nice balance of hops and malt

color- red-copper

clarity- clear

smell- banana

body- medium-full, nice bitter finish

appearance- nice color, head, looks solid

overall impression- good, i'd drink again

notes- brewed with dark crystal malt and bountiful hops. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

NorCalYeti, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle - 2009 batch

A - Pours a deep brownish-amber with a thick, creamy, light-tan head. Great retention and it leaves ample sticky lacing behind.

S - Spicy, earthy hops and rich, sweet, toasted malt and caramel aromas. A hint of ripe apples in the background as well.

T - Nicely balanced flavor with piney, earthy, spicy hop flavors mingling with ample amounts of sweet, roasted, caramel malt flavors. There are some dark, ripe fruit and slightly smoky flavors in there as well. Finish is somewhat dry and helps keep the sweet malts in check. Nice, roasty, piney flavors linger into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth feel. Moderate carbonation and a slightly resinous quality.

D - A very enjoyable winter offering from Deschutes. I really like the balance and complexity of this one a lot. Nicely done brew!

GarrisWH, Oct 16, 2009
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
Photo of TheFlern
4.93/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color. Lots of creamy colored head that laces finely.

Smell: Lots of strong barley and malt notes overshadow some fine hops.

Taste: This is a nice dark fruit and bready tasting barley brew. Hops carry the malt flavors for this fine winter warmer.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy and strong. Perhaps too much alchohol.

Overall: Check this brew out!

TheFlern, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark dark amber like a pretty brownish color. Great head retention.

S- Smells of alcohol and spice, cinnamon and dark chocolate.

T-Taste is average, alcohol and almost a bit of a burnt flavor. a little hint of the spices but not to much, would have hoped it followed the sweeter smell.

M- a bit over carbonated but other than that great.

D- Overall a decent winter warmer, could use a bit more sweetness for a winter beer, but that is just my opinion. I could see why people would like this.

SeattleBeerBlog, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just grabbed a fresh new 2009 6-pack and am ready for the season now! I don't see why anybody is aging this brew... but maybe that is just me... I think it's best had fresh.

- Nice cream soda color, A&W... small mocha bubbled head, foamy down to a nice spread of lacemaker. Spotty..

- Great robust hop forward aroma.. hops seem very fresh... as well there is a nice blanket of spice to boot.. some alcohol, herb, spice.... and a slight oakiness and bourbon quality to it... although I have no clue if any of those are even present.

- Wonderfully smooth brew with a forward hop bitterness with a punch, and then settles down with a nice caramel malt, and pumpkin-like spice.. pine needles, oak, sweetness... so hard to hit the nail on the head with these great flavors. This year is really nice.

- Bitter dry and chewy... (I hate writing about mouthfeel, I can never think of much to say) Leaves some great flavors behind.. molasses... pine, earth..

- Huge huge drinkability... and I am thankful for this brew. I will be buying a lot of it this year. The flavor is great, and the time is just right.

Docer, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of scottoale
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage pours a deep dark mahogany brown with a substantial finger and a half of thick head. Nice lace left behind as head disappears.

The nose is sweet, earthy and somewhat alcoholic, especially as is warms. Very malty with a good note of spiciness, mainly from the hops.

The flavor does not disappoint with a mildly sweet malty intro that's got some earthiness and an interesting spiciness as well. That all rounds out with some still hoppin, hop bitterness. Very pleasant flavor with great balance and a definite Winter Warmer feel and taste. Fits the style well.

Medium body with some fluff and fullness to the mouth, good carbonation and good punch from the alcohol make this warmer a pleasure too consume. The beer pic of this brew I took two years ago and am finally reviewing it...can't wait to taste this years offering...cheers!

scottoale, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle. This is a fairly murky dark brown beer with a substantial head on it, about an inch tall despite a gentle pour. The aroma is dark cocoa, caramel, with a hint of fruitiness and a nice spicy hop aroma. The malt takes a background seat to a high bitterness, which I wasn't expecting. Malt is still present, with a nice caramel, roast, after a moment. Finish is roasty and dry.

allengarvin, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im reviewing this winter beer in the summer so you might want to take this review with a grain of salt

Pours a huge 4 finger beige head. Body is nut brown with amber highlights. Head retention and lacing are pretty good

Smell is of of roasted chocolate malt. Pretty sweet with some dark fruits in there. Hops are pretty muted

Taste is big on the sweet malt, smokiness comes through. More flavors come through than were detected in smell. The floral hops are more apparent and there is a after taste of some spice. There is a nice balance of the malt and hops even though the hops have prolly faded since it was bottled

Mouth feel is good. Some cream from the head is there and the body is medium but a little lighter than most winter warmers. Pretty good balance in carbonation also

Over all this beer is pretty good. Drink ability is high especially for a winter warmer. Most might say this beer is past its prime at over 6 months old but i find it good still. Hops arent as powerful as earlier but still very much present. Looking forward to buying more of this beer in the fall

angelmonster, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Durge
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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.

Durge, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of drunkmonk
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to barleywinefiend for the opportunity on this one.

A Christmas beer on the last day of May? Why not?
Deep chestnut in color. Nice sheet of tan belgian lacing. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and cookie dough like malts. Previously mentioned spice flavors mixed with some pumpernickle bread and ghost like nuttiness. Some light hops keeps all the spice flavors in check. Some sweetness and slight nutty flavors in the finish. Mouth is somewhat light and slick in nature. This goes down easy and the spices and roasted flavors are not cloying at all. Liquid bread in nature. Very well done. This is a great beer today, and would be an excellent choice to hang out by the fire with in the cold winter months. I would sure seek this out again.

drunkmonk, May 31, 2009
Photo of ThePortlander
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a mug.

A: It pours a transparent deep brown, with subtle red hues. A tan, dense head with nice lacing is produced with a slightly vigorous pour.

S: Sugary sweet Christmas fruits dominate the nose. Additional earthy, almost floral hop aromas can also be detected.

T: Big, crisp malty sweetness hits the mouth strong. Hints of fruits and christmas sweets swim around, and hints of chocolate trail. The hops cut through also, providing a decent bitterness about midway through the drink, trailing off as the finish comes on. The alcohol is spicy and warm, expanding perfectly in the throat and back of the mouth.

D: A great Winter Warmer, one to pick up every christmas season, for sure.

ThePortlander, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of charlesw
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby amber that you can just barely see through. 1" tan head with good staying. A beautiful pour. Perfection comes with a head that lasts longer still...

Doesn't smell like much. I get little bits of sweet candied fruit. Maybe candied oranges or apricots. Trust me when I tell you that I hope for the former rather than the latter in the taste! To score higher it needs fewer floral notes and more malt notes.

Oh. My. Wow. Whoa. Now that... I didn't expect! At least, from the aroma I was not expecting a big bitter hit. But there it is. This is like a malt/butter bomb of a Brittish ESB with a wack over the head of bitterness to it. Some citrusy fruitiness to it but not a lot. Enough to knock the score down. And the bitterness is just a bit much to be in balance. So, tone down the hops a bit and you're probably well on your way to an awesome beer.

charlesw, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of merryjoulton
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color with great head retention. Aroma is thick on the malt, and just slightly piny. The taste of the malt comes through immensely. Very bready and grainy. Tastes like it came straight out of the fermenter and into my mouth, very fresh. Mouthfeel compliments the taste, just a tad bit heavy.

merryjoulton, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my *normal* Oregon coworker Barry for shipping me a 12 pack of this.

Drinking the 2007 offering in March of 2009. Stored in my fridge since receiving it in late 2007. They've since changed the label.

Pours a dark copper brown with a thin white head into my Unibroue tulip glass. Head stays consistently thin and leaves fine bubble lacing.

Stong caramel chocolate toffee malt aroma. Very strong and impressive.

Full, chewy mouthfeel and the flavor explodes in the mouth. This one held up very well over the years (thank goodness). Some linger in the finish.

Continuing to appreciate the bold aroma of this one. It seems to balance and mellow as it warms (or as I drink).

Yetiman420, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A 1.5 finger, fluffy, tan head sits on top of this dark winter brew. When held to light, the body is a deep brownish crimson color with moderate visibility and tons of suspended yeast sediment. Head dies to a frothy crown after a minute or two, leaving lots of lace on the walls of the glass. Nice lace all the way down in fact. Is there a better looking winter warmer? I'm not sure...

Smell: Loads of toasted malt, molasses, spice, and sticky pine. Dry chocolate shavings sprinkled throughout, and... vanilla frosting? Smell isn't overpowering, just mild and pleasant.

Taste: I initially thought this one was all malt, but the second time around I'm tasting some hoppiness in the finish. Toasted and caramel malt start things off and pine and woody hops follow. Lots of spiciness and chewiness throughout. Maybe some meat as well, and definitely molasses and/or other sugary goods. Alcohol is hidden well, and provides for a mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy, pretty full in body, creamy, spicy, and pretty light on the carbonation. Very smooth. Mildly dry finish.

Drinkability: A little too heavy for me to drink more than one, but otherwise fantastic! Keep it up Deschutes!

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 29, 2009
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,035 ratings.