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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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1,879 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 112
Gots: 116 | 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 dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, obtained as an extra from ClickPush a while back, year not indicated on the bottle but i think we concluded it was a 2002 version

my first deschutes brew

appearance: pours into a chalice....clear garnet-amber body, thick foamy beige-cream head, adequate lacing. pretty strong appearance

smell: faded green hop presence has turned into a sweet caramel malt aroma, light festive spicing

taste: what was once a likely strong green hopped beer is now much mellowed...lingering citrus and pine still present but a malty caramel base is now more prevalent. Remarkably smooth and rather enjoyable in its elder years. I'll probably drink a 2005 bottle tommorow to compare

mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, light carbonation

drinkability: high

dirtylou, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of granite
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Jubelale 06

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A--- Poured amber with red highlights and a large off-white head.

S---Coffee, dark chocolate and cherries.

T---Sherry, astringency with a walnut aftertaste.

M---Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D---The taste did not agree with me but the aroma was outstanding.

granite, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of ballenc
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 6-pack from my wife for Christmas via Liquids Solutions (OR).

When I lived in Portland, OR, Jubelale was one of the more anticipated winter beers. The 2006 version was not as good as other years.

Appearance - wonderful tawny reddish-brown with a tight tan head that soon diminishes with limited lacing

Smell - Nothing discernable - some roasty notes.

Taste - Some hints of pine but more malt and roast than anything else.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin for my taste - I prefer a heavier winter warmer.

Drinkability - Slightly above average for Deschutes but I've had better. This is one of Oregon's best breweries but this year's Jubelale doesn't seem to stack up to past years. Definitely drinkable but there are other winter warmers that match or exceed this one.

ballenc, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A- 1" fluffy off white head, good retent, goes down to a little ring. brew is dark copper w/ red hues, mostly clear, little bit of lacing

S- clean, sterile, fresh pine & citrus, toasted malts

T- dark bread, bran cookie like malt flavor, sweetness is low, some hop bitterness (pine) in finish & aftertaste, bran cookie in after as well

M- medium body, smooth, warm, good level of carbonation

D- i wouldn't recommend for sessions, becomes increasingly delicious as its drank, but its filling as well, awesome seasonal.

tonistruth, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of nase
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

gracias, cwier. 12 oz. 2006 bottle

I don't know if it's me or if this just a watered-down cousin of the Arrogant Bastard. Certainly has a nice smell to it. Taste needs something. Really sweet and bitter, lacking some balance. Similar smell and notes on the finish to the AB. Just nowhere near the same beer but seems pretty good for a winter warmer.

Appearance - 3
Smell - 4
Taste - 3.5
Mouthfeel - 3.5
Drinkability - 3.5

nase, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Butch
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled 5 January 2007

Deep reddish brown color, add a touch of auburn to the brown bottle and that’d be it. Head was tight, dense, and thick - almost as much as a nitro. There were some floaties in the head, and the beer, and I know the glass was clean. I don’t think it’s bottle conditioned, but it looks like yeast. Aroma was very alcohol, especially for a beer this strength.

Taste was good. Not very hoppy for a Winter Warmer, but not very malty either, so go figure. Still getting a lot of alcohol. Maybe that’s from letting it warm too much, but I prefer these winter warmers uncool.

All in all a good beer.

Hat tip to my good friend Derek who brought me 18 micros from Oregon when he came home for Christmas. I’ll review the rest as I get to them. I want to saver them.


Butch, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of roblowther
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 2006 edition. Pours a dark, ruddy brown with a thick tan head that laces the pint glass nicely. It smells of dark cherries and hops, the contrasting smells balancing each other out nicely. Taste really doesn't have any of the yeast's fruit, which is a bit odd. Tastes more like a pale ale than a winter warmer. Assertive flavoring hops but not too much bittering. Nice but not what I was expecting. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy but then finishes a bit thin. Drinkability is pretty good. The hops are refreshing without being so bitter as to be limiting. All in all, a decent brew.

roblowther, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of nlmartin
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my Secret Santa 06 Fartingdog for sending this dam fine beer my way. The beer was served in an Imperial Pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a truly exceptional appearance. The beer has a clear blazing amber coloration. The body of the beer has tight carbonation. The head is a very fluffy creamy biege coloration. The head is 2 fingers high and has near perfect retention. Thick streams of lacing remain on the glass. This beer just shouts at me to drink it.

Smell: This beer has a fruity malty bready smell. Cherries, apricots, molasses fantastic citrus zing with floral hoppyness.

Taste: The beer has a very tasty lightly toasted caramel. The beer has a citrus and cherry fruity taste. This combines well with some mineral water flavors and a very pleasing hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is just shy of medium bodied. The carbonation isnt excessive. I think I would have liked a bit heaver body. This is a very nice beer. I could see easily sessioning this beer during the winter.

nlmartin, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of orfeu
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottling. My second Deschutes beer this week, and my second ever! Many thanks to b0ldfacelies for including this in the BA Secret Santa '06 package he sent me. Man, does this brewery ever have some nice-looking bottles. I can't get over the raised/embossed hop vine detail on the glass. Anyway, my nonic fills up almost to the top with a glowing auburn red beer and a thick and frothy manilla head that has an ever-so-slight peach sheen to it. Did I say peach? That happens to also be the first scent I pick up in the bouquet, along with the zesty character of some slightly citric hops, an understated mineral water aroma, and a tiny bit of crystal malt sugariness. Clumpy, webby lacing is left as I sip what is at first a sweet and fruity mouthful. This juicy sweetness is soon muted by some ruggedly bitter hops, all piney and acrid, with a metallic grapefruit rind character dominating the finish. Juicy mouthfeel, full-bodied and dextrinous with a bit of stickiness. A hearty hop-filled winter ale that won't trip your trigger if your looking for a spiced beer, but certainly good for those who love hoppy bitterness balanced by a non-intrusive but capable malt sweetness.

orfeu, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber to cola brown with a small cream head that fades to a small covering of bubbles. Aroma is a sweet cola-y maltiness with a little light fruitiness, raspberry mainly. Taste is a nice roastiness up front followed by the cola and fruit sweet maltiness. Finishes with a nice steady dry and light bitterness. Easy winter drinker, well balanced beer.

hoppymeal, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2006 vintage with the updated label. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard french pint.

Very dark, slightly murky red. Fast and fine crema-coloured head, but with resilient carbonation. Thick, even lace from lip to floor.

Smells of cherries, sour candi sugar, caramel, young northwest hops, a touch of brine. Much more of a stout smell than is typical for the style.

Taste is cola, alpha acids, and orange, over-roasted malts and a finish almost like peat smoke. All of the tastes are incredibly fleeting. Little to no aftertaste, not that it would have been minded!

Feels quite smooth on the tongue and only mildly sticky afterwards, despite the sweetness. Alcohol rides noticably on the bitter hops, but is otherwise well masked. A predisposition towards very long-boiled hops is necessary for drinkability on this one.

I normally love winter warmers, but I feel as if this particular brew puts the emphasis on in the wrong parts of the style. There isn't enough body to hold up the bitters, despite a beautiful nose.

ojiikun, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of TheLiterati
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 - 12 oz. bottle

Deep amber-brown color with a finger high, quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of sweet, smoky malt, caramel, some winter spice, mild citrus, and a little bit of browned butter.

Taste is much the same – malt and spice, a bit of caramel, with a hoppy bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice amount of carbonation.

All in all a nice seasonal offering from Deschutes.

TheLiterati, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Hazy, deep amber color. Small, light tan head.

Aromas of fruits, mainly cherries. Honey and caramel. Clove.

Taste is sweet, again fruit and cherries. Malt seems to come through as caramel and wheat bread. Bit of medicinal/alcohol flavor in center. Hops at finish - floral and grassy.

Medium in body. Carbonation is low to medium. Quite refreshing.

Very good winter warmer. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Version
4.5 across the board

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a huge head that leaves lots of lace

Smell: Caramel, brown bread and cherries

Taste: Starts with a fruity caramel flavor with a touch of bubblegum; after the swallow, some bitterness peeks in but is sublimated to the fruity and woody flavors on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fine winter warmer; I look forward to this every year

Thanks, boolshot

2007 version

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a rocky ecru head; pretty good lacing, too

Smell: Caramel, hazelnuts, brown bread and horehound

Taste: Opens with a bready caramel flavor that develops in a very hoppy, but slightly gingery direction by mid-palate; after the swallow the fruity and hoppy flavors build, with subtle hints of red licorice, pine and ginger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not as good as the 2006, to my palate, but a nice Winter Warmer nevertheless

Thanks, younger35, for the chance to taste this one again

brentk56, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of GimmeAles
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dusky, dark bronze with reddish highlights are a jeweled firmament to a blossoming, creamy, off-white, 3-finger head. Head developes pits, then crumples and recedes to a gossamer ring supported by a constant stream of fine bubbles from the glass’s etching.

Notes of green, leafy hops are sharp at first, but tempered by a light molasses and toffee sweetness. Noticeable mineral-bite when cold but softens nicely and disappears as it warms. An earthy, almost peat-like fragrance is in the back.

Taste starts with malts that are of toffee and oven-roasted Pecans and Walnuts. A touch of smoky, roasted grain and faint hints of maraschino cherries and dried fruit. Somewhat to my surprise, slices of Honeycrisp apple paired very well and brought out an apple-skin bitternes, which was quite enjoyable. Bracing, fresh hops give a tingly, mineral-citric edge which combined with the robust malts bring together a sturdy, rich Christmas-y flavour.

Medium, body supported by smooth, active conditioning compliment the strong flavor and while alcohol is well hidden, two of these is all I can muster – appropriate for an evening sipper on a cold night. Another solid standard from a great brewery and one I look forward to every year. Pecan Pie, Bread Pudding or dare I say, a Fruitcake would do quite well with this brew.

GimmeAles, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of cjhofelt
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Jubelale pours a hazy reddish-brown with a rocky tan head about an inch thick. The head fades, doesn't seem to want to go completly. Lots of lace glued to the glass.

The smell is malty and citrisy.

This is a delicious beer. It has a very malty flavor with some hop bitterness in the end. Some spicy notes, too, but not overpowering.

Very satisfying mouthfeel. This ale has a healthy amount of body without being chewy. A tiny bit of syrupy stickyness, though, but otherwise, great.

A very drinkable winter warmer.

cjhofelt, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of EPseja
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Looks clear coming out of the bottle, but very hazy in the glass... looking forward to some really nice body! Color is a ruby-brown; deep and vibrant. Pillowy head rises up an inch and seems to sit there... waiting. Lacing comes in thick, sheeted rings that seem to paint themselves on the inside of the glass. Head never diminishes below a nice, even beer-obscuring mat.

S - Wow. Interesting hints of many different styles. Some light bananas foster, fruity cherry notes, lightly toasted malts, Sweet, flowery hoppiness. Do I detect some maple notes? Yeasty Belgian notes? Mmmm...

T - Bright cherry (banana?) sweetness up front, countered by the warm toastiness of some dark caramel maltiness and a dusting of chilly hops. Not too bitter, not too sweet. Excellent balance. Finish is slightly tart with a crisp, moderate dryness. Alcohol is non-apparent. Fruit notes are not cloying at all.

M - Good body entereing the mouth, turning velvety frothy after just a moment. Carbonation is lively, but not too fizzy. Swallow is throat coating and pleasant.

D - This is definitely an ale that sparks thoughts of the Holidays, with a quality and balance that is a joy to the world, indeed! High ratings across the board speak for themselves when it comes to drinkability. Delicious.

EPseja, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of cerveza5150
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/ruby with small head retention. Small bubbles of carbonation present with chunky bits of yeast.

S: Smells sweet, almost fruity, with spicy hops left on the nose. Reminds me of figs, plums, and cherries. Intriguing!!

T: Good, sweet malt is off-set by the hops and alcohol. I noticed another review disappointed by the lack of harmony among the flavors. I couldn't disagree more, respectfully. Each flavor is bold and pronounced yet the overall experience comes together beautifully. Personally, I think this is one of the better 'winter warmer' ale's I've had this 2006 season; better than Anchor Steam's Merry XMas/Happy New Year Ale!!

M: Great mouthfeel - the bold flavors are washed cleanly down by the bottle conditioning and the alcohol. The only thing left on the palette is the bitterness from the hops.

D: Great ale for the holiday season. I'm still partial this year to Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale, but this is very merry indeed!!!

cerveza5150, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, I see my tastes on this one don’t match the general consencous.

Pour was fine – a clear deep mahogany brown, tan head died way too quickly. Aroma was good too – a malty Jim Beam bourbon.

But the taste – a sour malt, dry and woody. Not near enough malts for balance. Spices were noticeably missing.

Body was appropriate and I could sip on these, but I’m not gonna be looking for this in the future. Que sera, sera.

Vancer, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid was a deep dark copper, with good carbonation. The head was 1 fingers off white and left great lace.

The smell was very good big sweet malt mixed with very nice hopy tones that balance out and are exceptional. Like a big malt APA.

The taste followed a great malty back bone very well balanced with a very nice hopes. Like a caramel fruit cake with a hope icing.

The mouthfeel is good, better then medium body, nice carbonation.

The drinkability is very good, a big thanks to Flexabull for a great beer from a good trade. Prosit Mk

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky brown color with a mohogany tint. It has a thick, fluffy tan head, that fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a bready aroma. It also smells slightly spicy. It has a slight yeasty aroma. It has a sweet toffee malty aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. I think it tastes a little too bready. It has a nice spicy flavor. It tastes sweet. Toffee and caramel flavors are present. Maybe a slight brown sugar or molasses also.

This beer is refreshing, and crisp. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy and bready aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It is not too aggressive, and it is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: This beer is good, but I have had better. I doubt I will buy it again.

OStrungT, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a reddish brown, with a off white/tan head. It has is clear, no hazing. Head was a moderate size, medium length, and lacing left on the glass.

Aroma of spiciness, peppery, malty sweetness, fruity, and some earthy/grassy.

Flavors of peppery, banana, spice, some fruit tinge, earthy, a slight hint of chocolate is apparent.

Mouth feel is smooth, with a nice carbonation, medium body.

Overall a delicious beer to sit back and warm up with. It has a complexity, that is not overwhelming, and well balanced.

amatuerbeerguy, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of isaac
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A - Deep, reddish brown, with beige head. Thick bubbles and slow, marshmellow lacing.

S - Sweet, hoppy, with a hint of banana and some earthiness.

T - Nice taste with many subtle complexitites. Begins with a strong alcohol flavor, masked in bitter-sweet chocolate from the malt, which becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Fruitiness from the hops as well as well as a sharp, spicey bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied - would be heavier if not for the strong carbonation burning the tip of my tongue. Initially clean and crisp, it leaves the mouth feeling somewhat wet.

D - I was surprised by this one. Gimme more.

Now, maybe this will help me write my philosophy paper...

isaac, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark red/burgundy pour. Some reddish tints around the edges when held up to light. Good 2 finger head, clumps a bit in the middle.
Smell of chocolate and berries (cherry?) and tobacco. Hints of hops are present to provide some pinch in the nose.
Tastes of coffee/chocolate, some cranberry and nut. Is a bit thick at first, then thins out when hops are introduced and dries the sweetness nicely.
The thick to thin feeling is accompanied by an overall velvety finish. I would like a crisper finish, but this is nice.

Mebuzzard, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish mahogany body with a very attractive creamy, roasted marshmallow colored head. Intrigued, I am.

S: Red fruits, peat moss, caramel, powdered cocoa and some bubble gum.

T: Begins with aggressively hopped ruby red fruits. Lots of chocolaty malt creates a substantial malt backbone as the foundation. Then a healthy dose of roasted coffee handsomely balances the trifecta of flavors. Very sweet yet burly and roasted. Finishes with some earthy hops and raspberryish lows.

M: Medium body and a bit thin across the tongue unfortunately. Could use some creaminess.

D: I'm not a huge Deschutes fan so this beer came out of left field. I wasn't expecting much but was more than pleasantly surprised by how well this beer was put together and played out. Best American winter beer of the season IMO.

Westsidethreat, Nov 30, 2006
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.