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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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2,215 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,215
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 133
Gots: 244 | 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 wrightro07
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: good creamy white head. The beer has a light amber colour.
S: Sweet citrus hop aroma with almost a winter pine feel. There is also the smell of winter style spices.
T: a wonderful smooth hoppy flavour accompanied by winter spices. It is not extremely bitter but has great hop characteristics.
D: I would love to drink another when feeling thirsty. I was well pleased with this beer.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle best-by dated 12/11/10 courtesy of SamuelJackson45.
A: Poured a murky red brown with a nice tan one-finger head with lacing.
S: Mild overall, creamy brown sugar with a slight cinnamon vanilla with an oaky earthy character. Nice.
T: Nice brown sugar and cinnamon bun, the caramel goodness lingers for a long time with a pecan nuttiness in the finish. The hops are earthy and very slightly citric with a slightly metallic copper finish. Good. The alcohol is pronounced like bourbon and coke.
M: Thicker with a creamy carbonation.
D: Great. This is a good brew.

Photo of 321jeff
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and two fingers of rocky tan head that leaves some nice lacing as it fades.

Aroma is faint, consisting of dark caramel malts and some dark fruits along with bits of Christmastime spices.

Lots of malt sweetness in the taste, dark fruits are evident along with some fresh bread. Finishes noticeably bitter, I'm surprised I didn't pick that up in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I was expecting, but there is plenty of prickly carbonation to go around. I'm not typically a fan of sweeter beers like this and this one didn't change my mind, although it was nice to give this holiday ale a try on a cold December night.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just had this at a Deschutes taste testing. This beer was a great surprise!

Nice pour, a bit brown with a light tan frothy head. I really liked the smell and taste of this beer. There was an interesting mix of flavours. Nutty and fruity malts abound! Walnut, cashew, prune, plum and perhaps peach are in the mix. The hops were also strong and very nicely balanced.

The beer went down silky smooth. It left a nice bitter hop aftertaste in my mouth as well as some roasty caramel flavour. (perhaps a hint of nut). I can imagine the drinkability would be great as well. Overall a great beer which defies categorization.

Photo of UnknownKoger
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my New Belgium tulip glass. Appearance is dark, with some reddish amber hues when held up to the light. Smells like a fruitier and spicier version of an amber ale. So far I'm not too impressed. The taste is okay. The tongue is immediately overwhelmed with a spice taste I can't quite put my finger on. It's not the best, but it's okay. Mouthfeel is medium. Drinkability is alright.

My review for this is rather lackluster because this simply didn't impress me, which is odd because I've always considered Deschutes to be a pretty darn good brewing company. As a beer in and of itself, it's decent. As a winter ale, it's somewhat disappointing. Would I buy it again? probably not. It's just okay

Photo of plfahey
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep red-brown color with ruby highlights. Clear. Healthy head of tan foam. Gorgeous.

Aroma-Brown sugar, dark fruits (plum, prune) and a hint of roast make for a quite sweet malt note in the aroma. Light aroma of soft, floral and citrus hops as well. Definitely what I'd call an enticing aroma.

Flavor-Some grainy malt sweetness, along with some roast. Some citrus and pine hop flavors here, tend to dominate the malt in the middle of the palate. Moderate hop bitterness. Light fruitiness. Finishes with some grain and earthy hops, and bittersweet chocolate. Yum.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth, though a bit drying from the hop bitterness. Just a touch of alcoholic warmth.

This is a very yummy example of the category. I'd recommend it highly.

Photo of aristeros
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I used an English pint glass for this one.

Pours a dark ruby with one finger of cream-colored head. Little retention and modrate lacing. Moderate to heavy carbonation visible. Very light aroma, some roast malt, some sweet cream, with a touch of hops. Sort of a let down as regards the nose.

Sweet citrus and roasted malts over a moderate hop presence that lingers well after the first sip. The malt body has a moderate coffee and light cocoa presence. Creamy texture, some spices. Have a warm alcohol finish--alas, it doesn't!--and it's exactly what I imagine a 'winer warmer' should taste like.

The nose was a disappointment, but otherwise this is a pretty solid seasonal. The average ABV--low for the style--makes this wonderfully sessionable.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jubelale on Nitro! Pours a beautiful ruby-amber with nice clarity and a nitro-induced finger-thick head of billowing, creamy, cake batter-like foam that just won't quit. Leaves the anticipated sheets of lacing as good nitro pours tend toward.

aroma, as with all versions of jubel, it seems, is unfortunately lacking. hints of malt, a touch of citrus and some pine, but not much. mellow and smells creamy... not sure else how to describe it.

taste is where this one shines. pine and citrus, with a clean fruitiness to it. banana, white peach and nectarine. a solid malt backbone keeps the hops in check and there's just a smidgen of spice to it. quite delicious and the flavors are all working harmoniously.

mouth is creamy, but I'd expect no less from nitro. Full, smooth, no slickness, and a nice lingering bitterness. If anything, a touch on the thin side for the flavors and abv. but I'm not complaining.

all in all, I'm thrilled to have had the chance to try Jubelale, one of my standard fallbacks, on Nitro. deliciously creamy which works beautifully with the flavors of Jubelale. I could easily go for a few more of these! The flavors aren't quite as pronounced as in past years, albeit possible the nitro tap may have effected that somewhat. Regardless, it's still a solid brew.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This has been the first let-down beer I've had from deschutes. It's not a bad beer per se, but it let down in couple key areas for my winter warmer criteria.

A: A rich firebrick red with a toast colored head. It certainly looks the part, and I'm excited just ogling it. The head is well retained and a bit of lacing clings to the glass.

S: Maybe a faint hint of spices, but bitterness cuts above all else. Caramel, toastiness, and a bitter earthiness also arise.

T: Bitterness seems to overrule the malt character that I would normally expect to dominate. Black tea seems to be ruling the aftertaste, and though there is a dash of spiced flavor, I expect more of it in a winter warmer. I'm bummed out that this isn't more malt-centered.

M/D: It does have a decent heft to the mouthfeel, but I don't want to drink a hoppy winter warmer when it's this cold out. If I want a Pale Ale, I'll go buy a pale ale.
If you are more of a hophead, this could be a good intro beer to the category. I'm still left wanting for more malt and spices.

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

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a copper brown with not much of a head. Not impressive, but not bad looking either.

S: The aroma consists of a strong caramel malt background with a heavy fruit and spice tone.

T: The flavors in the taste mold together to make a solid beer, but nothing is standing out like it should. There is a strong hop presence, which is only bitter on the finish. There is a nice spice to the brew, but nothing that is pronounced.

MF/D: Mouthfeel and Drink are both good. Mouthfeel is full, and this is a tasty brew.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours crimson but settles as a dark brown hue leaving lots of lacing and retaining a small frothy head. Nice start.

S: Very faint chocolatey, sweet cherry, roasty malt, and caramel. Not much there, average.

T: Not too much in the flavor either, sort of thin. Some dark fruit, bitters at the back of the palate, roasty malt, hop resin, sweet caramel. Ok.

M: Smooth, creamy, pretty good.

D: Not terrible, but forgettable. Easy to get through fast to move on to something else.

Photo of otto251068
2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Received as extra from Emmasdad, thanks!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. "Best by" date of 01/08/11 on the bottle. Guess I'm drinking this just in time.

Appearance: Pour creates a great looking dense head, very dense. It fades slowly, but almost seems to disappear the way it dissipates, and the fact that the head is so dense and frothy. Some wispy swirls remain. The beer has a dark caramel color, very inviting.

Smell: Strong malt presence here, roasted malts and sweetness dominate the nose. After the pour is when the real aromas come out, mainly some fruitiness like pear, apple, and raisins. Plenty of alcohol. A little bit of spiciness in the middle comes out more as the drink warms.

Taste: Some fruity and citrusy flavors appear at first, only to be replaced quickly with lots of bitterness. The bitterness continues to dominate the rest of the flavor, it also has some burnt, smoky and roasted characteristics. Some alcohol at the finish. The bitterness fades as the drink warms, but it's still overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. Very smooth, a little thin, but not in a negative way. I enjoy the level of carbonation. The bitterness sticks in the back of the throat.

Overall: The deep, smoky, burnt flavor is just a little too overpowering for me. It really becomes the focus of this beer for me, and I just don't like it.

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

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is a massive two and a half inches in height, and recedes quickly into a thick cap of rocky lacing. This beer looks fantastic. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and well integrated dark spices. The taste is spicier than the aroma with a lot of ginger, but there is enough of a malt presence to keep things from going out of whack. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the better winter warmers I've had in a long while. I will certainly drink this beer again.

Photo of Phelps
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though I enjoyed this on tap at the 2010 DRAFT Big Pour, I have a little familiarity with this year's bottles as well. For the past 16 years, Deschutes has selected a local Oregon artist to create an image evocative of the season's festive atmosphere. This year, bottles are decorated with artist Natasha Bacca's "Creation of Light," a piece she says illustrates a cold winter night in the background with a dynamic warm fire in the foreground. But back to the beer at hand...

The beer comes to me a crimson-tinged mahogany, fairly clear for how dark it is. It's topped with a creamy pinkish-tan head that rapidly becomes a thin fuzzy top layer, leaving jagged webs of lace.

The nose is full of raisins, dates, caramel, toffee, molasses and cinnamon. Though it sounds sweet and rather intense with these flavors, it's actually fairly delicately and nicely balanced.

Tastes biscuity. There's far more lightly toasted bread than the nose would imply. Lightly sweet, with raisins, maple, earthy hops, a tiny bit of toffee and a very light bitter finish. A tang builds in the back.

A high carbonation prickles the tongue and gets the beer quite fizzy as it moves about. Medium-light in body, crisp and easy-drinking.

Jubelale is the taste of winter. Not too heavy, not too sweet, extremely sessionable.

Photo of Estocker
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my tulip glass.

Pours a crimsony brown color, almost like a dark copper.

Smells very malty with bits of brown sugar and possibly some cocoa. I want to say there are some spices in there, but I can't place what they are exactly, if there are any. Smells like X-max in a glass.

Taste matches the smell but there seems to be a slight orange flavor making it's way in.

Mouthfeel is nice, makes this easy to drink.

Not my cup of tea, but it's pretty good for the style.

Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harpoon IPA pint glass. It poured a deep mahogany color with a big tan and frothy head filling the top two inches of the glass. It had pretty good retention to it and left some pretty good lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a pretty big malt profile to it. Caramel with a bit of toffee come through in it as well as some hints of spice. The spice is pretty reserved though which I like. I get just a small hint of some roasted malt as well.

The taste has a sweeter malty flavor with some toffee and caramel to it right up front. As you get close to the finish just a bit of a winter spice flavor comes through. It's a lighter spice though and nicely done compared to a lot of spice bomb winter beers. You get more of the hops at the very end coming through with some balancing bitterness. I get just a touch or roasty flavors in the finish as well. Very nice flavored beer.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is good, especially for the style. I usually find the beers of the style too spiced or too sweet. This one however balances everything very nicely and allows all of the flavors to shine at one time or another. Very good beer overall.

Photo of echoes
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a dark redish-brown color with tons of carbonation. Super thick head that seems not to want to dissipate at all. Leaves noticeable lacing.

S: Sort of a floral, citrus, and bread smell as well as a "clean" smell.

T: Malty flavor. Bitter and a bit soapy in the aftertaste. Bit of a bread taste. Not a lot of spice present. Perhaps some citrus. Aftertaste isn't real bad, but not pleasant either.

M: Full bodied, smooth and foamy.

D: Drinkability isn't there much. A little too strong in bitterness/aftertaste to have more than one.

Not a great winter warmer. Would accept it in the future if offered but I wouldn't buy it again. Appearance and mouthfeel are the best things about this in my opinion.

Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-very beautiful beer. pours a thick dark reddish purple and the head, while it lasts, has a beautiful red tint

S- smells of hops, with a mild sweetness of fruit coming through

T-unexpectedly starts roasty and hoppy in the front, then settles through the midle with a very cooked down fruit profile, and finishes hoppy

M-a bit more frothy than i would like, but not bad nonetheless

D- my favorite winter seasonal so far. Deschutes never disappoints!

Photo of cmkendrick
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a 12oz bottle into my favorite pint..

L - Dark caramel color with a small head that recedes quickly.

S - Smells pretty amazing! Sweet caramel as well as a deep fruity smell.

T - Well, not even close to how it smells. Piney, spicy, a little bit of a roasted taste. Definitely not my cup of tea... or beer. But to each their own.

F/D - Smooth and a little carbonated. And a bitter aftertaste. Not too drinkable for me. I believe I'll pass on my next opportunity to drink this festive winter ale.

Photo of StetsonWeizen88
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-poured into a snifter. Jubelale poured a very attractive mahoganey, deep purple color. Somewhat of a deep amber. Very pretty beer in my opinion.

Smell-the aroma is also very attractive. The aroma has a nice dark fruit, burnt sugar, raisiny smell. I get a little alcohol but it's covered up nicely by all the complex aromas. I also get dark malts. Great smelling brew.

Taste-the taste is alot like the smell. I get dark fruit, dark malt, burnt sugar and a kind of tart raisin flavor. A very warming beer that is easy to enjoy by a warm fire. Good, unique flavor.

Mouthfeel-mouthfeel seemed nice. Carbonation was moderate and the beer has a surprising creamy mouthfeel.

Overall-overall I thoroughly enjoyed this winter warmer. Had it by a warm fire and once again Dechutes didn't dissapoint. Good brewery, good beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium to dark brown with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is dark fruit - mainly raisins - with some alcohol and toffee.

The flavor is caramel, raisins, toffee, bread and alcohol. I also get a little bit of spice - mainly cinnamon - but it is fairly faint. I am not sure if it is from cinnamon being used in the beer, or if it is just a mix of malt and hops that is giving that to me.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of PDXHops
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Docer for this 12 oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep amber body with a creamy cap of foam. Creamy patches of lacing are connected by jagged spiderweb.

Heckuva nose on this. Loads of caramel, loads of dark and candied fruits, baked apple crisp, a touch of earthiness. Bold and inviting. Tastes just as good, maybe even moreso. Fig newtons, brown sugar and fried tart apples all play big parts. Fruity esters, chocolate and toasted notes dance in and out. A substantial bitter current cuts through the sweetness and keeps it from becoming sticky. Great feel, full and robust, yet it manages to finish rather clean aside from a some lingering fresh bread and light earthiness.

Overall impression: Leave the spices in the cupboard; this is what a real winter warmer should taste like. Top notch.

Photo of Fnord
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark, cloudy red with a cream-colored, fairly large head.

Smell - Alcohol, brown sugar, nutmeg, maple, and a bit of licorice and toffee.

Taste - Well balanced. The bitterness seems to come from the malts more than the hops. Somehow manages to start and end bitter with the sweetness coming in between. Alcohol is a noticeable part of the flavor profile, as is traditional with winter warmers. The aftertaste is lingering and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thick body and medium carbonation.

Notes - This is a good all round winter warmer. My only complaint is that lingering bitter aftertaste but that's forgiveable in an otherwise good beer.

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

Jubelale has a mahogany colored body with a slow rising, light brown colored head. The head is rocky and porous, with good retention and good lacing.

Jubelale has a great aroma. As soon as I pop to cap I can smell rich malty notes in the form chocolate and toffee Underneath the malt is a good dose of dark fruits, and also a good spicy character that could be from the actual addition of spices or from the yeast.

The dominant flavors in Jubelale are definitely supplied by the malt. The sweetness is deep and rich, with a lot of chocolate along with caramel and toffee. Some notes of very dark bread are in there also. After the initial malt flavors, I notice a good bite of grapefruit and citrus along with a noticeable bitterness that lets me know there are a good amount of hops in this beer also; it's kind of strange that I didn't notice them in the aroma, but they are definitely present in the taste. The dark fruits come next, with a pronounced black cherry flavor that pairs with other generic dark fruit flavors. Although it is especially noticeable in the finish, the whole beer has a flavor that makes me think that it has been lightly spiced with cinnamon. It's possible a touch of some other spice was used, but I only notice cinnamon, and only barely. The piney taste of more hops in the finish seem to enhance this flavor, lending a hint of dark tea to the flavor. I really like this winter warmer; it incorporates hops, malt and spices, but the malt is the most prominent and the spices are barely noticeable.

Despite the big malty flavors, the body on Jubelale is a little on the light side, although the carbonation gives a slightly creamy feel, which is nice.

I've liked everything I've tried from Deschutes, and Jubelale is no exception. In fact, it's probably one of my favorites. It's too bad I only bought one bottle, because I could definitely drink more of this. Those of you that love a nice malty beer on cold nights should definitely give Jubelale a try.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle of Jubelale from Deschutes. The beer poured a dark chestnut and garnet color with a nice creamy cap of foam which left excellent lacing down the glass. The aroma is mixture of malt, spice and fruity alcohol. The flavor is more dynamic than the aroma. Malt is the main player but the hops provide ample balance. Caramel and toffee are from the roasted malt, but it is earthy, bitter, and mineral-like at the same time. The beer finishes with spicy hops and a hint of alcohol. The palate is left dry.

This is a well constructed beer. All components are well balanced and contribute constructively to the experience. I would definitely drink more of this.

Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,215 ratings.