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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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1,795 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,795
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 108
Gots: 93 | 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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3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark ruby-brown, thick layer of sudsy tan foam with good head retention, lace

Aroma: dark caramel, crystal malt, grassy hops (simcoe?), hint of pine, a bit sweet

Flavor: rich hit of malt which is quickly swiped aside by a heavy swath of piny hop flavor and bitterness, very present hoppiness, finishes dry with an aftertaste of bitter grass

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, pert carbonation, a bit astringent

Other comments: A nice malty/hoppy strong ale, but I'm not sure what makes it "festive".

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 02:38:06 | More by GreenCard
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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah nuts... Like I have a bowl of nuts in front of me, and this looks most like the color of a filbert.

I wistfully smell cardamom among the "pine and spruce," and warm biscuits in a seasoned 12" cast iron skillet. Doink.

Jubelale is "characterized by a large malt body balanced with hop bitterness derived from a variety of American and European hops." I don't know -- that sounds like Santa on a salad diet. The picture I get as I guzzle to buzzle my calabuzza is bit thin: It's like I live a quarter mile from my nearest neighbor so I focus a telescope on his dining room and see a fat guy sitting at the table eating a box of brach's chocolate-covered cherries on a wood table decorated with pine boughs.
Whooppee, an average "Santamas" beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 21:57:47 | More by gbontrag
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Red Bones.

This winter warmer poured a very lightly hazy, deep red-chestnut color with tan foam that settled flat. The smell was modest but malty. The taste was malty with very light sweetness and some hoppiness to balance. Other flavors detected were dried fruits. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with a slight drying quality and a touch of sharpness. The body and carbonation were medium. The aftertaste was tangy and lightly hoppy. Overall this was a good winter warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2004 05:02:21 | More by UncleJimbo
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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark translucent ruby-brown with a quickly dissolving head, smells like caramel-covered cinnamon apples. Heavy toffee malt mixed with plums and berries and spices, with a nice chewy mouthfeel and smooth slightly bitter grapefruit finish. I would love to try this stuff on cask, or even at room temperature, there's a lot of flavor here. Unfortunately I live in a galaxy far, far away for the nearest place to get this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2004 03:17:35 | More by PopeJonPaul
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 bottle:
The head is small, tan (almost a little yellowy) and dies filmy. The beer is clear, dark, oiled mahogany: gorgeous. Sweet chocolate and toffee in the delicious nose. Chocolate and fruit up front. Thick and fruity malty, cocoa middle. Bitter chocolate, nutty, hoppy, milky finish with alcohol. This is a very nice, bitter, chocolate, malty, dark ale with a great hop profile. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 16:55:58 | More by kbub6f
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gueuzedude for the sample.
Aroma presents with some really nice rich malt tones. Also possesses good fruitiness, adequate sweetness and bits of alcohol.
Wonderful deep amber with mahogany and brown. Solid one inch tan head that's quite firm.
Good mix of experiences in the taste. Sweetness in the beginning, dryness at the finish. Darker fruits and a nicely balanced bitterness and flavor from the hops (spice, pine and flowery), which show a strong presence, but aren't excessive.
Good softness and same with smoothness. Medium to heavy feel. Seems to thin as warms.
I wouldn't call this a big beer, but it's rich and flavorful. Very good for cold nights. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 04:18:45 | More by garymuchow
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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Savoring the sixer that my in-laws brought me from Oregon on their Thanksgiving trip. Pours a dark brown hue with deep red highlights with a thick, one-inch tan head. Aroma of deep, roasted malt with notes of spruce and a touch of spicy hops. Chewy, slightly syrupy mouthfeel holds an upfront palate of sweet malt. Sharp, spicy hops come through afterwards, with notes of licorice, spruce, pepper, and a good bit of warming alcohol on the finish. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 05:17:35 | More by ElGordo
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark, ruby red, thick looks. A small haze of a cover. Nose is pungent malts, full of black cherry booze and some spice, but not really clearly anything or another.

Taste, too, is powerful, but hard to place distinct flavors. Definitely more black cherry, some cinnamon, and lots of apple booze. Tangy.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Big, small foam mouth, which smooths down, edgy all the way -- but never sharp. A bitter after, but controlled.

Having recently drunk Full Sail's Wassail, I thought this brew was not dissimilar to that one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2004 00:36:07 | More by donnebaby
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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a reddish-brown color. It was clear, with a small tan head. The head disapated rather quickly. I was suprised by the amount of hops in the nose. They were just above a fairly nice sweet, malty nose. Some roastiness to the taste, with plenty of malt and a touch of bitterness thrown in. A touch dry in the aftertaste. A really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 18:26:20 | More by Boto
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite time of year the holidays. Its not the getting or giving of presents its the beer. All the great seasonal beers is what makes my spirits so high every holiday season! How better than to start it off with a Jubelale!

The color was a nice deep blood red with a thin film of a head and no lacing to speak of.
The smell had a distinct carmel smell to it with a nice touch of roasted malts leading to a slight nutty smell. Sneaking in the end of the smell was a subtle smell of hops in a floral way.
The taste was very complex with a nice mixture of malts and hops to give this beer a nice warming to it. Not to mention the 6.7% abv in the warming feeling. The first sip gives way to a nutty and carmel flavor which turns to a hop like bite in the middle of the taste with a good body. The hop taste lingers and is very smooth.
What a good way to start my seasonal tasting!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 02:33:48 | More by HochFliegen
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown with red tint. Large amount of very light brown head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is nice, fruity and malty. Tastes a bit of raisins and other ripe Dark fruit. Rather mellow on the hops but the alcohol is a bit evident in the end, but not harsh.

It feels nice and smooth as it goes down, semi creamy and warms you as it goes. Not much carbonation though.

A very fine winter warmer. Can't wait to try next years.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 04:07:02 | More by KoG
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle, with a nice winter motif on the label, it pours a dark brown with a hint of red. The smell is sweet, hard-candy with a subdued hop smell. The taste is also sweet without being cloying. Hop bitterness makes cameo appearance to keep things interesting. Mouthfeel and drinkability are nice. However, it's not a session beer by any stretch of the imagination.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 04:37:17 | More by mickeymac
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jubelale pours a dark reddish brown with a brown head that quickly goes to a film.

Its aroma is sweet figgy chocolate with a little bitterness and molasses.

The flavor is roasted malts with some figs and chocolate and spices. It has a nice bitter finish that balances it well. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, but a little acidic.

Overall, a very fine winter seasonal with some nice alcohol warming. Reminds me of Great Divide's Hibernation Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 04:54:23 | More by Beaver13
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4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Late October 2004 release.
Excellent new packaging this year immediatly caught my attention as well as the statement of the ingredients which excluded spices. I don't like spices in beer very much (even coriander in a wit tastes crappy to me) and after having last years Jubelale I carefully checked to see how this years recipe was formulated and after no spices were found i picked up a six pack.
Appearance: Poured a rich deep red almost burgundy with a thick light brown head that stuck around for a few minutes leaving a little lace. Clear as a can be with little streams of tiny CO2 bubbles from the soft bottle condioning.
Aroma: Rich dark fruit aroma, mainly plumbs with a little dark cherry, with a subtle hop accent.
Taste: Begins with a rich malt flavor that is full of dark roasted malts blended with sweet caramel malt flavors. The dark roasted malts seem to me to be more along the lines of Special B or a really dark Munich with the sweet malt flavors lending a very clean balance. The hops are present in the middle and finish of this ale and I believe are comprised of a blend of American hops to get that fresh almost earthy hop bitterness and flavor, while also being blended with Noble hop varieties to give a smoothness to the hop flavor round out the lingering bitterness. Great hop flavor in the finish of this ale makes me take drink after drink trying to figure out which varieties were used but the blend is very complex with no individual variety really making an impact. Perfectly formulated for a winter warmer I don't believe that this recipe should ever be changed in the future in order to maintain what I believe to be a hallmark of the style. Also the lack of spices makes me very happy.
Mouthfeel: Smooth rounded carbonation fits very well with the flavor profile lending smoothness but also picking up the hops but not accentuating the bitterness too much.
Drinkability: Very drinkable on a cold night by the fire I believe that this beer would lose some of it's pleasurable qualities if served on a hot day as it is more flavorful than thirst quenching. A nice session beer in the Winter though after about three I wouldn't need many more.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 20:21:53 | More by RenoZymurgist
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great winter beer, pours a mahogany red with a 2 inch thick cream head. The smell is of melons, apples and cider, nice spice of nutmeg lingers. The taste is sweet with melons and harvest fruits, a nice citrus taste is distant but right, the spices are warming and fit the season well, medium bodied and a great winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 04:31:30 | More by beertaster13
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an amber brown body with an off white head. Intense fruitty, sweet and hoppy smell makes my mouth water. Taste first of dark malts then finishes with hop bitterness and back to sweet malt. Has a deep dark malt taste throughout but not an astringent edge like some beers with dark malts. A nice sipping beer not really a great session beer but a great winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 22:23:58 | More by zacharius
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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 Bottle Release

Dark amber/copper color. Not quite black like many winter ales. Light tan to almost white head retains well.

Aroma mostly of pine and dust with some "Skor" toffee candybar aromas. (no, the dust isn't from my glass).

On the palate you notice an alcoholic edge right away, so much so that you need another sip to seek out the other flavors. Burnt caramel flavors are prominent with a sweet warming finish. Hops balance well to my palate - they're not too aggressive as I expected from the nose.

Moderately drinkable - goes well for the season but it's not a beer you'd like to have 2 or 3 of in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 01:28:24 | More by yemenmocha
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3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A nice, equal combination of malt and hops in the nose providing fragrances of pine, deep rich malts, caramel and dark fruits. Balance continues onward into the flavor.

Large, creamy malt flavor with notes of caramel, maple and dark fruit balanced by a cunning bitterness and hop notes of pine and other citrus flavors. I like this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 22:28:21 | More by Crosling
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2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this year's Jubelale early in the season, shortly after its release in the first week of October. The imperial pint I drank at the Deschutes Brew Pub had many laudable properties but only in strange disharmonious proportions. My Jubelale sported a light head atop a body of deep cherry cola. I found notes of plum, fig, and raisin in the nose. The taste also held raisin and coffee extract flavors as well as a fair measure of fruit and spice. A solid wall of bitterness completed the taste profile.

With all these admirable qualities in place why did this beer still fail to inspire? One reason may be the unexpected harshness to the tongue. The fruit and spice flavors were present, but crowded and stumbling upon one another. The bitterness seemed like an angry intrusion. The net effect was a hostile coarseness that strained the mouthfeel. Perhaps the brew needed aging.

I've been wracking my brains about this for some time now and haven't yet arrived at any satisfactory conclusions. Some possibilities include improperly cleaned glassware or beerlines. And then again, maybe this Jubelale just isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2004 01:38:18 | More by RedDiamond
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Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown body, no head anymore. Complex malty aroma, smoky and oak-barrel reminiscent. Various sweet malt notes like chocolate, toffee, mint… Big barrel taste, woody with subtle English hops references. Toffee like sweetness lets room for a bitter coffee alike finish. Taste comparable to a “smoked barrel” and sweet caramel if anything. Low carbonation, medium bodied. A rarity worth seeking out. Cheers to skyhand for this rare chance!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 15:06:51 | More by Rastacouere
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4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skyhand. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, with no effort at decanting, poured it all in (didn't quite mean to, but oh well), formed little head, and what was there was gone quickly. Color is murky brown with strong red edges. Aroma is strongly of plums, raisins, and alcohol, like a good winter warmer should. Taste is a wood-tinged maltfest, with the dark fruits and alcohol exploding onto the scene near the end of the tasting experience. Mouthfeel is incredible, with apparently the aging rounding the edges and making this one smooth MF of a brew, especially for the style. Same goes for the drinkability. Wish another of these could be gotten, but I am happy to know that I had one, at least.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2004 23:50:27 | More by ppoitras
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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jubelale was served from a 12 oz. bottle, a straggler from the winter season. In a pint glass, the beer was an attractive hazy ruddy orange-brown color, and was topped by an fine, thin, and persistant off-white head that left nice sheets of lacing. The nose was rich and lively, with sharp and developed estery malts and notes of lemon-orange zest and subtle licourice. On the palate, a sharp roasty caramel-coffee malt profile opened, then became increasingly malty and orange-tinged in the transition to the creamy-roasted coffee finish. Robust bitterness was found evenly throughout, as well as a tad of alcohol. The body was quite smooth and full, working well with the flavors and character of this dark winter ale. This winter beer was fairly robust on the malt and hop fronts, yet was deftly balanced and not overly sweet, making it very drinkable. Jubelale is one of my favorite winter seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 04:51:14 | More by HiroProtagonist
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4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cranberry tinted brown with a minimal tan head. As soon as I smelled this creation, I knew I was in for a treat. Deep, woody aroma of sweet fruits (plums and cherries) upfront with mild hops and alcohol in the background. Tremendously well rounded flavor profile with sweet caramel and toffee malts blending beautifully with the dimmed burst of sour fruit to yield an utterly fantastic chocolate covered burgundy cherry flavor that fills and delights the mouth. As if that superb, dessert-like taste isn't enough, there are still more subtle flavors adding to this brew's complexity - there is a dull, but ever-present hop bitterness that rests on the back of the tongue & some well blended hints of molasses and brown sugar. Lightly carbonated, almost creamy, & coats your mouth like a delicious syrupy blanket. Finishes dry with vanilla & a tiny bitter bite, but mostly leaving you with a long lasting, sweet reminder of the deliciousness that just passed your lips. As good as any dessert I've had.

Many, many thanks to skyhand for passing this bottle on to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2004 22:31:40 | More by garthwaite
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4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, with huge layer of yeast sediment.
Many thanks go out to Skyhand for allowing me to try this fine brew.
Pours a somewhat murky amber-brown (mostly because of the yeast) with no head. There is a small (very small) ring of white bubbles around the edges, however.
Smell are wonderful: Vanilla, sherry, some oak and boy oh boy lots of malt sweetness.
Taste is wonderful as well: Some fruitiness, cherries maybe? Lots of sweetness. There is a little nuttiness to this as well, but very subtle. Some vanilla, some chocolate. There is a certain brandy or sherry (deffinitely distilled liquor) quality to this beer as well. There is absolutely no alcohol in the nose or the taste, it is so very well covered by the wonderfully gentle flavors of this beer.
I could drink more than one of these easily. I would have to say that this is one of the most complex beers of the style I have ever had. If only I could get it again and age is just a little longer to see how a few more years would change the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2004 01:20:53 | More by LuckySevens82
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a deep and dark ruby with a good head. The head was of good size but faded quickly. The lacing left was pretty minimal.

The smell has a touch of cinnamon. It's quite spiced but the content is very well blended. The taste is very nice overall.

The spice can detract from the drinkability after a few, but it's still very drinkable. It feels great in the mouth, being somewhat dark and heavy but not overwhelmingly so.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 05:25:18 | More by watermelonman
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,795 ratings.