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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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2,295 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,295
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 136
Gots: 280 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

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 jsprain1
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear garnet with a one finger tan head. One ring of lacing.
S- Initial aroma I picked up was dry fruit. Heavy on the raisen and dates. There is a touch of a cinnamon aroma too.
T- The dark fruits are fairly assertive and dominate the flavor palate. There is some spice character and just a bit of pine (probably from hops).
M- More assertive carbonation than most winter ales. Body is medium.
O- It's one dimensional but I enjoy all the flavors it has. Worth a shot.

Photo of Humulus85
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'11 batch poured from a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

A dense, 2 finger, cream head with moderate retention and some pretty decent lacing. Deep mahogany, with vibrant red tones when held to light. Great looking beer.

Smells of bread and oats. Mostly malt, there are some hops here but they're well blanketed, maybe even a touch of booze.

Malt forward. Mainly sweet and bready, maybe some toffee and a surprising hop bitterness in the finish. Is this dry hopped? Whatever, it's super well balanced.

This is very drinkable. While I wouldn't call it a dry ale, it was surprisingly dry for how much malty sweetness it has. Also a little light in the mouth. I expect a bit more substance and body in my winter brew (I am from Minnesota).

Overall this is a new favorite among winter ales, and another notch for Deschutes on my top breweries list. Balanced and very drinkable, yet flavorful. A bit light for the style, but some may like that. I'll be getting this again. Cheers!

Photo of Beernoisseur
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious beer. It's almost like a really hoppy amber ale. It pours a garnet red with a finger and a half head the color of bailey's irish cream. The nose showcases the festive nature of this "festive winter ale" There are carmel notes and a spiciness from the hops. the flavor follows suit.

All in all, an excellent beer.

Photo of bbb099
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch

A - Deep burgundy color with a good amount of light brown lacing.

S - Rich malt and spices aroma.

T - Cocoa and vanilla enriched malt with maybe a tad bit of cinnamon. Finishes with a nice lingering cocoa and coffee bitterness.

M - Creamy and smooth with minimal carbonation.

O - Great drinkable winter warmer. One of the best in terms of values as well since the price is quite fair.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 2011 bottle

Look: Pours a beautiful mahogany brown with a 1/2 inch tan head and ok retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Notes of vanilla and cocoa nibs reach up and tickle the nose. Just a wonderful smell that reminds me of baked goods that I enjoy during the holidays

Taste: Upfront is the vanilla and the sweetness that comes with it. The vanilla note is good but could be better. The middle of the beer has some chocolate and the backend has a wonderful coffee note that I found myself enjoying more and more as I drank it

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a stingy carbonation level

Overall: Love this beer. It is one of my favorite winter seasonals. I look forward to this every year well done deschutes.

Photo of sweethome
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is chestnut in color with an off-white to tan head.

Nose is of cherries, spices (can't put my finger on key spice) and chocolate bar.

Nice soft entry. Smooth and soft, maltiness with flavor of cherries, raisins and spice kick in.

Nice mouthfeel as it moves through the palate. A finishing astringency takes on the malty sweetness - a root/woody feel at the end.

Nice beer for the season, if lacking in heft.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" tan coloured head over mahogany coloured liquid.

S: Yeast, caramel, citrus hops.

T: Citrus hops and caramel up front which transitions to a nutty and buttery middle which then turns into a slightly bitter finish that is slightly peppery with earthy hops, and orange peel.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A hoppy and nice winter warmer that is almost reminiscent of a sweet ESB.

Photo of TenHornsProud
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Takahiro
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
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

Photo of Rizalini
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of doughanson78
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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?

Photo of darjoh
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of chugalug06
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
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...

Photo of diamondc
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Photo of pmarlowe
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.92/5  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!

Photo of Florida9
3.54/5  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)

Photo of JAXSON
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of bs870621345
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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.


Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,295 ratings.