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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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2,320 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 135
Gots: 288 | 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 suncrust
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured to a pint glass.

A- Ruby, dark brown, plum color with mahogany shades. Two finger head and a creamy, medium lace on the glass.

S- Milk chocolate and sweetness reminiscent of french vanilla ice cream and vanilla bean. A soft sweetness underlined with aromas of fluffy white biscuits and butterscotch. Light dark fruits and a little cherry on the tail end.

T- Chocolatey malts, chicory, and a Hershey syrup sort of sweetness. Some yeast and breads with creamy dark fruit and caramel. Milky textures that match the tartness of dark fruit similar to cranberry, round out the finish.

MF- A little creamy, but a touch thin, still some body mixed with a dry finish. Drinks a bit like Hershey's syrup for me. Still easy to drink.

O- Great beer for the Pacific NW winters and a solid contribution to the slew of winter ales. Wish it was bolder. This beer would be superb with a higher OG, or even better barrel aged.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Jubelale

12oz bottle. Pours a deep copper/amber color with a slightly off white head and a fine display of lacing. Aroma of barley, brown sugar, and toffee. In the taste, robustly malty leaving a strong impression of chocolate. Somewhat sweet, as there is little in the way of hop bitterness. Nice dry cocoa flavor and very light spice notes. Medium bodied feel with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, a tasty winter warmer, exceptional for the colder months.

Photo of RISky
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2011 into pint glass, regular 1 finger head, light amber color, plenty of carbonation bubbles. Lacing that followed all through out beer.

Smells of citrus hops, slight malty sweetness. Maybe a pinch of some chocolate as well.

You can taste woodsy hops up front followed by minor malt sweetness. The beer holds a creaminess that lingers well after you have a sip, which is a nice feel and intensifies the flavors which are not so apparent at first.

Mouth feel is the lighter side of a medium and again the creaminess does wonders for the hidden tastes.

Over all, decent winter ale, my first loves for winter ales are celebration and Brrrr, so big competition. I do enjoy the creaminess and the unusual lingering of taste that comes after a sip, I think I'll stick to my fav's! I would recommend it though!!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

gettin the winter warmer season started on the early side, 11/12/11. cool. pours a dark red wood color with a standard 1 finger head. nose and taste are parallel is magic, christmas cookie biscuity with a gently spiced middle and a rare but seasonally appropriate hop finish. crisp for a warmer. mouthfeel is almost perfect, hold it for a minute, gets all creamy and rich. this beer is gold. yummm

Photo of isualum12
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't wait every year to get the new release of the Jubelale winter warmer...I really enjoy this beer year after year and this year is no different.

I am skipping the standard on this...This beer taste with hops and crispness. There is a little burnt caramel that is great. I think this beer is a must try. I know it will be in fridge multiple times this winter.

Photo of steve8robin
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at a beer competition I helped out at. 12oz bottle, best by 04/29/12...

A: A perfectly clear super deep ruby red brew with a humongous 2+ inch tan head that fades very slowly. Very good.

S: I get a nice sweet malty scent upfront with some nice spices and hints of cherry in the middle. More sweetness follows on the backend. Decent.

T: A nice watery malt upfront blended with some mild spices. A slight bitter hop in the middle with some mild dark fruit on the backend. I can kind of taste some elements of Jubel 2010 in here. Decent.

M: Light body with a good carbonation. A watery finish. Ok.

O: All in all, this is a decent beer. Not amazing, but decent. I can definitely taste some elements of Jubel 2010, but a lot lighter version. Not as flavorful. Definitely try if you like a more watered down winter warmer, but still full of great flavor.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color with a 1 finger, light tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

Dark malt, faint chocolate, mild/faint holiday spice make up the nose.

Nice flavor and balance but very simple and kind of underwhelming. You just want it to be a little better than it is. The holiday spices barely come through at all for me. Kind of just tastes like a brown ale. Faint touch or chocolate and vanilla somewhere in there too.

Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall it's a good beer but nothing special just a slightly above avg winter warmer with decent flavor and balance.

Photo of kojevergas
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic pilsner glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love this style and have enjoyed everything I've tried from Deschutes.

A: Pours a one and half finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and very good retention. Colour is a very dark nontransparent amber.

Sm: Caramel, spice, biscuity yeast, cream, and toasted malt. Appealing but modest.

T: Creamy open to a toasted malt foundation with pleasant caramel and spice notes throughout, though the spice is never particularly strong. The creamy undertone remains throughout, a welcome effect. It's a subtle beer and a fairly complex one, but I do wish the flavours were bolder. It's an inspired if traditional take on the winter warmer, and I enjoy it. It's also well balanced.

Mf: Creamy on the open. Smooth and wet throughout, with enough thickness to support its complexity without compromising its subtlety.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the relatively high ABV. I'd like to try it on draught, and as always I look forward to more beers from Deschutes.

Photo of PerHops
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- As dark of a shade of amber as possible

S- Much different than I expected. No spices evident, nice toasty malt scent

T- Follows the nose, Very nice subtle toffee, coffee, chocolate, banana bread, nuttiness without being sweet. Actually really pleasant

M- Very nice for the style. Medium high carbonation. Drinks very well.

O- I'm not one for holiday ales, but this isn't too shabby.

Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red, good head.

Smell: Sweet, caramel and dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet bread, some ginger, toffee, dry citrus finish.

Drinkability: Pretty good stuff, doesn't emphasize spice as much.

Another winter warmer to try from the mixed 6 pack. I liked this one as it reminded me more of a strong ale instead of going overboard with wintry spices. Nice malty beer with a dry citrus finish, would be a nice change of pace any time of year.

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

A - Dark brown with hints of red. Light brown head.

S - Sharp grassy hops. Sweet light biscuit malt.

T - Toasty Malt. Raisins. Slight maple syrup flavors. Sharp bitterness.

M - Bitter. Slight pucker. Lingering bubbly body.

O - Love the warming feeling of this beer. It has a deep malty body with a great balance of a northwest hop profile.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The Jubelale was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- There is one-finger of bubbly, khaki colored foam. This beer has a nice dark brown and ruby body. Long columns of slow bubbles are seen at the edges of the glass. It leaves a nice sheet of lace with a ring of foam.

Smell- There is a slight fruity and ester quality to the smell. It's like grapes and kind of like apricots. It is really, really faint.

Taste- The front of the drink is roasted and has a hint of the esters from the nose. The middle of the drink to the finish brings in some spiciness and alcohol warming. There is some hop bitterness in the finish. That weird, grape flavor is still here. This is really unbalanced and not what I was expecting.

Mouth feel- The beer is medium bodied, but really harsh due to the alcohol like warming and the roasted malt. It also seems watered down which does not help matters.

Overall- There is not enough going on in this beer to make it interesting. It is like whatever flavors had been in here have been boiled down to their essence of "spicy", "roasted", and "sweet".

The strange alcohol harshness also detracts greatly on the palate. This is not something I will probably ever pick up again.

Photo of DoktorZee
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a schooner; didn't see the best before as I was at a beer club tasting event, but this one is hot off the presses for the season so it's fresh as can be!

A - deep brown and slightly cloudy; one finger head that disappears after a minute or two leaving thin lacing

S - interesting combination of malt roasty notes plus some sweet fruit (almost like Christmas fruit cake)

T - really interesting flavor with just a hint of hops then a massive sweet roasty finish intermingling with sweet fruits (apricot hints). Almost like a nice solid Marzen with a dried fruit infusion

M - medium bodied with moderate carbonation; alcohol nicely hidden

D - great flavors; goes down easy

Absolutely loved this one; not overly herb or spice profile, but big malt and sweet dried fruit. Among my favorite Winter Warmers (along with Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome - very different though). Delicious and highly recommended.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 21oz bottle into a mug

A Pours a dark brown color topped with a thick white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Excellent looking beer.

S Very sweet with some earthy coco and caramel.

T Lots more earthy coco, some more caramel and a hint of hop bitterness. Also a bit of fruit is present.

M nice full body thats smooth and has good carbonation.

Overall this might be my favorite winter warmer and another excellent job by Deschutes on making great beer that I love to drink.

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours dark amber like a light porter, medium tan head, not a whole lot of active carbonation. Smell is kind of whiskey like, rye-ish with a lot of spice.

Taste is surprisingly bitter, which seems like a combination of hops and some kind of spice that for some reason I can't readily identify. There's a little cherry flavor in there, too.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall, this is a nice solid beer.

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

Pours a fairly big, one and...maybe a hair over a finger of head into my standard pint glass. The head is pretty dark, considering the body isn't black, the head is light light brown. Mostly small bubbles on the head, but a few medium and large sized ones as well. Lacing looks nice, but we'll see how it goes throughout the beer. The head is pretty much gone now, but it has left some patchy...even uneven foam on top of the body. The body is extremely dark brown in color, but not quite black, there is a fair amount of dark red in the color as well. Visibility through the beer is zero. Overall it's a pretty nice looking beer, nice looking body, and a nice looking head, even though it didn't last too long, and it ended up kinda weird. On the nose I get a lot of roasted dark malts, that's the first thing I notice. There is a sweet smell to this beer, but it doesn't seem overwhelming at all. There is also a small small booze smell as well, but again, it doesn't seem too bad. Finally there are some easily noticeable hops, which is nice to have sometimes in a darker beer, SOMETIMES. The hops are for sure not anywhere close to as present as the malts are, but they are still for sure there. Finally, there might even be some spices in here too. I might be spoiled, because I've had this beer so many times, and it might be because of that, that I'm only giving this beer a 4 for smell. It's really a freaking great smelling beer, it's just...not quite a 4.5. The taste is not as good as the smell indicated, but it's still super yummy. Dark malts are present, but they aren't dominating the taste like I thought they would be, rather they are pretty balanced with the other flavors. This isn't necessarily a bad things, but in darker beer I generally prefer a big amount of dark malts. The alcohol and the sweetness are both very nice, and they actually compliment the beer pretty well because they are subtle and not overpowering at all. I was expecting the hops to be a little more present than the sweetness and the alcohol, but obviously less present than the malts. What I an tasting is the malts slightly in the lead in terms of taste, but overall pretty balanced, and then the sweetness, alcohol, and hops completely equal and balanced. Again, this isn't necessarily a bad things, and in this case it is much more acceptable then with the malts, it's just not what I expected. There may be some spice in this beer, but overall it isn't a beer with a lot of pizazz, rather a very balanced beer, that I may even all bland, in terms of spice at least. Overall it's a very tasty beer, but it is a little mixed up in some areas. It's for sure a 4, maybe on the lower end of the 4 scale though, because the smell was a 4 and it was better than the taste. Actually, you know what, I'm going to change the smell to a 4.5 because it's better than then taste, and the taste is a 4 for sure. So, overall, good tasting beer. The mouthfeel on this beer is...interesting. The carbonation is just about perfect, but maybe just a tad under carbonated. The body is the problem, it's pretty thing for the style and it even has some watery characteristics. It's not ridiculously weak, I can feel it has some back bone to it, but overall it's pretty thin. Not a terrible mouthfeel, the body isn't horrible, and the carbonation is pretty darn good. The drinkability is actually pretty good considering it's 6.7% ABV, and you can taste the alcohol. It's smooth and tasty enough that it's not very hard to put back, and the alcohol isn't too bad at all. Overall it's a pretty darn good beer. It's pretty tasty and it has plenty of good qualities, it could be improved in some small areas, but overall it's very good.

The appearance is very hard to grade, because it has a nice body, the lacing followed me almost all the way down the glass, and the head was big and it looked pretty nice when I first poured it. However, the head didn't last very long and it left this weird patchy, bubbly array of bubbles on top of the body. This beer probably deserves a 4.5 for appearance, but I'm going to bump it down to a 4 because the bubbles looked bad and they kinda just freaked me out.

Photo of RuckusDu
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know I've had this before, but that was before my extreme BA days. So here goes my review.

A - Nice 3 dingers of dark cappuccino ice cream colored head. Body is clear but very dark amber. Very red.

S - Dark bitter notes. Molasses with hints of cherries. It's actually a very pleasant aroma that you would want from this beer.

T - Not the strong point of this beer. It has hops, but not what I was expecting based on aroma. The bitterness does not assist.

M - It is nice and a little dry on the finish. Carbonation is there as is the density. Nothing to complain about, but not extraordinary.

O - This beer is all over the place. I would not want this much hops from a winter warmer, but everything else is decent. Not something I would seek out, but would drink this if it was available.

Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,320 ratings.