1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,031 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 120
Gots: 170 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Jubelale Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,031 | Reviews: 800 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jjayjaye
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appreciate this one from autumnaldave.

Pours a mahogany amber color with a full finger foamy light tan head that decomposes like an ice cream float...a good amount of lacing from the top right down to the bottom of the glass. Smells sweet; dark fruit, molasses and spices. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied. Full flavored, the figgy raison taste is complimented by a mild coriander spice. A real nice drinker, the 6.7% ABV is well integrated.

jjayjaye, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this is the 2008 verity.

pours a clear brown-red with a small tan head that goes away quickly, some lacing.

smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, spice, and nutmeg.

taste is watery at first, lots of spice, some sour malt, some hops in the back, a little caramel, and ends a little bitter.

froghop, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear ruby red with small off white head

S - Malty goodness with a little bit of sweetness and spice

T - Spiced malty and sweet with a slightly bitter unpleasant aftertaste

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty good. Nice seasonal but not an all the time kind of beer

midaszero, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich chestnut, and dark. Puffy white head settles to a 1/8 inch with big sticky rimming the glass. Smells fruity, of figs maybe some plums, maraschino cherries, rummy alcohol. Taste is a nice rich mix of flavors...up front is sort of a cherry and citric acid bite which falls off into more of a caramel and plum duff malt flavor. Gin-like juniper notes. Acidic hop bite sticks around and melds with a strong burnt character that i can't shake (even though i kind of want to). Thinner than i expected, though not watery. Drinks well, despite the aftertaste, which actually grows on me as i get through the glass. I might get some more, i might not...we'll see.

aforbes10, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of lhaqq
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like an amber ale, but tastes a lot more like a porter. Pours with a brown/amber body and a small tan/orange head that diffuses quickly.
S: A little bit of chocolate, roasted malts, and some orange.
T: Starts with some spices, then a fair amount of smokiness and malt, and a bitter quick finish.
M: Really carbonated but smooth. Would rate it higher if it took better to warming.
D: A good winter session beer; probably my favorite winter warmer yet.

lhaqq, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of swanmann
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle poured dark rich amber with mahogany highlights, fluffy well sustained tan head settling into a pillowy sheet. It's got rich chocolate, malty nose with sweet dark fruit and alcohol. It's a delicious brew with intense roasted bitterness falling back on acidic hoppyness. Well rounded caramel sweetness with adequate carb and velvety mouthfeel, but it does not hold well to warming.

swanmann, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Release, 12oz Bottle

Deschutes brewing rocks and this beer is proof once again.

This beer poors a great shade of oiled mohagony and leaves two fingers of tan head. The head retreats fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Nose is fairly complex with some sweet malty, nutty, spicy and hoppy aromas contributing to well rounded and yet festive nose. Well, the flavor is even more complex than the nose. I not sure were to start, but a combination of roasty malts, prunes, hops, holiday spices and perhaps even some smokey flavors make this my favorite seasonal ale, hands down! Mouthfeel is medium to full with good carbonation and there's also a zing in there that rounds this brew out.

You gotta try this!!

SickBrew, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of erikm25
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 2008 edition pours a deep dark brown with amber highlights. After an aggressive pour the foam is three fingered and billowing over the top of the glass. Sits with ruby tints and a snowy caramel colored head. Retention coats and clings to the bottom of the glass.

S: Extremely warming and balanced aromas. Toasted malts with caramel, figs, and sugary candies. The smell really lends itself to the winter season with vanilla, nutmeg, and other seasonal spices.

T: Taste is as balanced and warming as the nose. Hefty and bready malt backdrop. Ginger, clove, and peppers add a massive kick to the whole beer. Splashes of cinnamon and dark fruits. A subtle hops finish. Alcohol is well hidden behind the spicy and peppery tastes.

M: Perfect body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

D: I thought this beer was spot on. Perfect for the winter season. My only regret was not pulling the trigger on a case instead of a six.

erikm25, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Bookseeb
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, the 2008 Jubelale.
Appearance has a dark brown amber with a fair head and nice lace. Smell is bready, caramel with dark malts and a touch of smoke. Taste is rich in malts with a good balance of hops. Mouthfeel has a medium+ that slides down with just the right amount of carbonation. Just as remembered from previous yrs. as a deep rich festive ale.

Bookseeb, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Magpie14
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: brown and crimson with luscious foamy head, globs of lacing. good looker in the glass.

S: big caramel candied nose at first, once it settled in the glass hops teased my nose with a waft of malts. Oh so good!

T: fits the winter warmer/seasonal brew title to a tee. Harmonious brew with toasted/roasted malts, fresh hops, and sweet candy. Roasted malts and caramel can be described as a praline flavor...delicious. Everything is very well rounded! As it warmed, mellow alcohol notes shined through.

M: slick and smooth on the way down, body is mild-medium and carbonation is just right.

D: yea, I am glad I bought the sixer of this. My new favorite winter warmer and I will buy this one again, you can count on it.

Magpie14, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams beer glass.

Ruby red/brown color with a frothy 2 finger deep tan colored head. Looks yummy.

Smells of caramel malt, spice, bready, sweet.

Hop bitterness up front, sweet caramel malt, spicy character, cinnamon, gingerbread, medicinal flavor going on in there that is kinda off putting for me.

Medium, moderate carbonation, dry lingering finish.

Not a big fan of the spicy gingerbread cookie like flavors. 1 12oz was enough for me. A rare miss from Deschutes for me. When I say miss, I mean not the typical awesome brew from this brewery. Still okay.

bbothen, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 11/04/08. 2008 version.

Pours a deep ruby-mahogany color with about a finger of beige head. The head dropped quickly, no lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, spices, and faint hops.

Taste is fairly malty with plenty of caramel flavor. Piny hops are also present, along with various spices. Some cherry flavor as well. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Feel is smooth with a medium-full body and ample carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down pretty easily and the alcohol is well hidden. Not something I could drink several bottles of, though.

Overall, pretty good winter seasonal. Not my favorite beer from Deschutes, but still very good. Worth a try if you see it.

bkilpatr, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of JBogan
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 version: Pours a beautiful dark ruby color with a creamy one finger tan head and left good lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Smelled of some spices, somewhat of a gingerbread. However I must mention what I did pick in the scents were somewhat on the weak side.

Taste was alsomade up mainly of spices, and again not much else and again on the weak side. I was rather disappointed here and was expecting more.

Mouthfeel was ok, although a bit thin. I would have liked a bit more body in this one, and it had sort of a wtaery feel to it.

Overall I was hoping for more out of this brew. Like some of the other beers from Deschutes, I felt it lacked something to make it a really good beer. It definately needed a bit more strength in the taste department. Not a bad beer, but only a tad above average. Plenty of other better seasonals out there.

JBogan, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a clear brown with a cream colored, retentive head. Nice lacing.

S: Caramel is predominant. Very sweet smelling.

T: Bitter initial taste. There is some floral and spice notes. It has a slightly sweet background and a bitter/clean finish.

M: The mouthfeel is medium and somewhat dry.

D: While this is an interesting beer, I wouldn't consider it an easy drinker.

barefootbrewer, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of treyrab
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to brotherliam for this one in a recent trade. Great to see first time traders throwing in little extras. Poured this into my pint glass on the first snowfall of the year...

A: This one starts of remarkable (and then goes downhill, but I will get there later). It pours a deep ruby brown with a nice two finger fluffy, sticky head that clouds above the beer weightlessly. Held up to light there is adequate carbonation that helps support the light khaki head.

S: The smell is also glorious with tons of spice and some malt. The first thing that rushes up and hits you is the powerful spices that are added. Tons of spice: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and pepper. Followed by that is nice sweet malt and caramel. The pepper scent is really sticking out.

T: Ok now I can tell you where the downhill part starts. The taste is all spice with a dash of malt. Tons of cinnamon - and not sweet cinnamon, just plain cinnamon. Pepper too, which also is a bit off. The malt comes in slightly at the end, which is nice, but not enough to balance the spices.

M/D: The mouthfeel is pretty highly carbonated, which is not bad for the style. But with the astringent flavors in the taste, one or two of these as a night cap would be fine.

Overall, a decent winter warmer, but there are some better ones out there. Definitely give this a try if you have the chance though.

treyrab, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Tolnik
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out into a pint glass, this robust reddish brown ale started with a low foam and reduced to a good lacing that lingered. The Maltiness tasted of dark cooking chocolate. While the aftertaste lost the malt and returned with a hopped chocolate taste.

Tolnik, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of beersheppard
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber color with retreating tan head.

Smell: vanilla, dark fruit, malty.

Taste: vanilla, dark fruit, malty, with some hops at the end. Some residual alcohol burn. I was suprised it was below 7 % abv.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied.

Drinkability: A nice seasonal beer that is not heavy on the baking spices. I would drink it again.

beersheppard, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark somewhat hazed nut husk brown in appearance, frothy off-white head with spongy retention, not going anywhere's. Thick rings of lacing that forms concentrically down the glass, and there`s still a foam cap sitting on top of the beer near the bottom.

Aroma of dark dried fruits, nutmeg and cinnamon, sweet mandarin, and some sugary sweetness.

The flavour is very subtle at first and then it`s a big unorganized explosion near the finish, with everything rushing to get their face in the picture, resulting in something of an unsavoury mess, with some big leafy hops finally emerging as the only discernable flavour in the aftertaste. This seems to me as just a really hoppy dark spiced ale.

The mouthfeel is great however, like baby bear`s porridge, they got it *just* right, full and smooth.

What seemed promising turned into a bit of a let down, more of a dark pale ale than a winter warmer, although the hops are a nice touch, but that`s all there really is to it.

IronDjinn, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Deep copper in color, translucent body with a fluffy light tan head and sticky head.

s: Caramel malt and mild orange fruit notes.

t: Rich caramel malt serves as the foundation with piney, woody hop bitterness in the finish. Not overly sweet, nor is it dominated by baking spices as many Winter Warmers are. a nice, simple, malty beer.

m: medium body, fairly smooth, slightly sticky, fitting warming effect.

d: A good Winter Warmer for the reasons listed above. My first experience with Jubelale is a good one. A suitable beer for the season.

BradLikesBrew, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of buffettfan
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I LOVE winter warmers, and this is a great example of the style!
Pours a dark brown, with a fluffy perfect two fingers of head. Very pretty!

Smells spicy! Made me think of Christmas already! With some fruity, berry hints as well.

Taste- Malty, with some hint of coffee, and some of the fruity berry taste I picked up in the aroma comes through in the taste. Spice is very subtle, and has a good hop note.

Mouthfeel drinks a lot like wine, or even brandy. It's pretty thick, and heavy, not a beer you want to sit and drink a six pack of, but should be enjoyed one at a time. Winter warmers are some of my favorite beers, and this is one of the best examples I've had of the style! I'll be drinking a lot of this one this holiday season!

buffettfan, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of duci05
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can't get enough of the Jubelale this year, Delicious

Appearance - Dark almost amber, little head that quickly went away(i may have drank it though)

Smell - Light, pleasant

Taste - Here's where Deschutes got it perfect. Not a lot of carbonation, but enough to feel tingle on the toungue. I think it taste a little sweet. The after taste is not bitter but kinda of a burnt flavor, very good in my opion.

Mouthfeel - again, slightly carbonated, not overly.

Drinkability - cant get enough

duci05, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of ardeano
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The 2008 version:

This version of Jubale reminds me of the 2004 version - if you didn't know, each year of Jubale is different...

Appearance: I'm at work so I'm drinking it straight from the bottle (NICE!)

Smell: warm / floral goodness

Taste: moderate dark wood with fresh hop over-tone

Mouthfeel: classic smooth with moderate carbonation (enough to tingle the tongue)

Drinkability: I have been known to drink a 12 pack of previous versions but at 6.7% (that's 13.4 proof folks) and a year older I'm keeping it to 3...

Deschutes has hit a home run with this version. It's perfect for sipping out on the deck watching the snow fall or bringing it to the Saturday tailgater...

Should go good with slow cooked red meats such as roasts.

ardeano, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2008 version.

Dark brown with red highlights, two finger long lasting tan head and plentiful lacings.

Piney, citrus, spicey aroma.

Taste is citrus orange-grapefruit hops with a complex and sweet malt backing.

Mouthfeel is good though a slight alcohol presence is noted.

Excellent beer for fall or winter warming.

Spikester, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of JISurfer
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could have sworn I'd reviewed this one before, but I guess not. My in-laws actually live in Bend, so I am lucky to get a sixer of this every christmas. God Bless 'em! Anyways, the highlights for this one to me, are the taste and smell. The smell is a nice smokey malt, mixed with a hoppiness. I would also say a bit of caramel to go along with it. The taste has a little more pronounced hop to it, but it's quickly balanced out by the strong malts. All in all a great beer for the sweltering cold nights in Charleston.

JISurfer, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 edition purchased at BevMo! Brea on October 4th.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash tulip glass, Jubelale pours a gorgeous amber color with a tan colored head that settles to a patchy layer for the duration of the beer. Each sip yields only a few streaks of lacing behind. Some yeast particles float around along the bottom of my glass.

S- The aroma is heavy on the dark fruits. Raisins, dates, figs, black currants, and blackberry jam are present along with molasses and burnt sugar as the beer warms. The 6.7% ABV becomes only slightly noticeable as the beer hits room temperature. A trace of hops is nicely woven throughout all of this.

T- The taste is almost vinous, with the myriad of dark fruit flavors taking center stage accompanied by a mild red wine-like tartness towards the finish. There is a moderate hop bitterness that lingers on the palate long after after each sip and the not-so-dry finish leaves some flavors of caramel and dark fruits.

M- The mouthfeel is full-bodied with mild carbonation.

D- This beer is heavy on the stomach and the rich flavor profile makes Jubelale a beer that I would only want one or maybe two of in a sitting. However, it tastes great and the unobtrusive ABV adds to the drinkability.

This is a great winter warmer. I'll always have a special place in my heart for Anchor's OSA, but I still look forward to Jubelale every year.

Tdizzle, Oct 05, 2008
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,031 ratings.