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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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1,829 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,829
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 110
Gots: 104 | 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 yemenmocha
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.

yemenmocha, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of Crosling
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.

Crosling, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
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.

RedDiamond, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
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!

Rastacouere, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
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.

HiroProtagonist, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of garthwaite
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.

garthwaite, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
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.

LuckySevens82, May 27, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
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.

watermelonman, May 13, 2004
Photo of RootedFool
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dumped from a decorative twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass, the body is mahogany and when held to the light becomes burgundy; the head is barely there, but what's here is barely a quarter inch tall, tan to off-white, leaves oily swirls on the brew's surface. Smell: rich, warm brown sugar, spiced fruits (raisins, plums, soaked in rum for days), sugar cookies, and the finish is like fresh melon rinds. Full, complex nose. Taste: opens with a bitter-sweet prick on the tip of my palate that folds back revealing a sweet (flat cola) and fruity (granny smith apples) edge; the finish is a grainy, crusty bitterness that emcompasses my entire palate, with a lingering background of subtle fruit sweetness. Alcohol is present in the warmth I feel in my stomach and throat. Mouthfeel: think whole milk, and just a dash of carbonation noticeable through the finish. I enjoyed this in season, a real winter warmer, and it's a treat even now that it's spring.

RootedFool, May 05, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to weefisheads for allowing me the pleasure to sample this winner.

One deep, dark scarlet brew oozed from this bottle. The head was apparently not going anywhere anytime soon. The aroma was pleasant, and not harsh in any way. I am catching notes of fruit, perhaps ripened apples with some all-purpose all-spice mixed in for some twang. The flavor is smooth, as is the mouthfeel. Slightly sweet with some kind of caramel-toffee-type thing going on. I am generally not the biggest fan of Ales like this, but this one is far better than many I have tried in the past!

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of Weissenheimer
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks good. My pour wasn't all that vigorous, yet the pint has a large caramel-tinged fawn head. As the big bubbles begin to pop it reminds me more and more of the foam on an ice cream soda. The fluid is a murky brown; when held up to the light it attains a deep reddish-orange glow which seems to radiate from deep within. Wispy lacing forms as the bubbles burst. As I drink it leaves pleasantly spastic, if slightly sparse, lacing.

The spicy aroma is intense. I can smell it several feet away. I'm still not all that good at parsing smells but I think that Allspice, orange peel, and just maybe a bit of cardamom might compose the scent.

It's been a while since I've been this surprised by the taste of a beer. This is some interesting stuff. There's a touch of coffee and some dark molasses, and the hops are evident without being at all intrusive. There's a pleasantly twangy bitterness and a slight smokiness. The most interesting thing, though, is the oily, thick, malty, viscous mouthfeel. Man, this is good. The finish has a delightful bitterness that's somewhere between woody and nutty, along with that beany/coffee bean flavor that's reminiscent of Perkuno's Hammer. Most of all it reminds me of Gilded Otter's Winter Wassail, but this is better executed.

Weissenheimer, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of chaduvel
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alexgash for this one. Nice dark reddish brown with a nice khaki colored head. Smell is rich piney hops and spices, nutmeg, cinnimon, ginger? Full mouthfeel and a taste that is sublime. Nice strong malt base with touches of subtle spices and a strong hop component that is extremely well balanced. A great celebration beer...to celebrate good skiing that is.

chaduvel, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of woemad
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I plugged into my sixer of Mirror Pond that I bought at a Safeway in Spokane a week ago.

Poured a dark brown with a slight hue of orange. 1 1/2 inch thick off-white head.

Scent was of floral hops, sweet, candyish malts, and a slight spicy, pepper-like odor hiding in the background.

Taste is more complex than the smell. There's a crisp, piney hop aspect, which is slightly more domionant than the malts. The maltiness is not as sweet as the smell leads one to believe, but it still provides a nice balancing effect when combined with the hops.

This has a creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. I find it well-balanced and rather tasty, and think it would make a great session beer.

woemad, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear ruby hue with a slight murk. One finger thick, steadfast, dense, light beige head leaves intricate lace. The aroma is a melange of mellow grapefruit and pine, with a spritz of festive spicy cinnamon and grainy, caramel drizzled whole grain bread. Remains unexpectedly static, with little change in profile as the beer breathes. Still, well rounded and stately aromawise. In flavor, the dominant malt suggestion is of dark, lightly singed toffee. Secondary are notes of overbaked rye cracker. Hop bitterness is moderate, and quells residual sweetness well, resulting in an overall dry flavor profile. Softens somewhat as the beer oxidizes, with subtle butterscotch and brittle notes superceding the evanescent burnt caramel tones. Hop flavor is of a mild pine sap and floral, noble esque combination. A touch meak in body, with a mouthfeel that could use additional viscosity. Finishes dry, but with lingering afterthoughts of red licorice, bitter cinnamon and graham crackers. A fairly complex and enjoyable brew, indeed. Jubeale could use more heft in body to support the bold, fermentation derived spice character, however. Regardless, it's very tasty and highly drinkable for a winter seasonal. Its ester profile is impressive.

marc77, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a rusty orangish brown, moderately deep and clearish with a muted glow, medium smooth tannish head that sits breifly fading to a thick cream colored skim and lots of intricately woven sheets of lace. Aroma has a good caramel top with some underladen tones of dried fruits and hops. Taste is slightly sweet, mild overall with a super fine blend of calming dried hop variants, both dulled and mild fruityness and woodsy sense in the hops. Malts lend the sweetness throughout which come through as well rounded and help keep balance. Finish has a lingering mix of dried hops first then the sweetness returns for a stint eventually breaking away into some light earthy tones, kinda nice in that department. But overall the flavors are short lived and not all that complex, seems a bit one dimensional, if it weren't for the finish this would have been average for me I think. Its very well balanced, but I was looking for more of a boost in the flavor dept. Slight chocolate tones show up as it warms which is a nice surprise.Feel is close to medium body with an overall light sweet twinge and mild dryness thats always mixing and giving way to one another. Pretty decent, good balance, but lacking some boldness and depth of lasting flavors, that said, it still makes for a good sessionable Old Ale, quite drinkable; the 6.7% may be a bit much for many of these though.

Thanks to Gusler for the bottles!

tavernjef, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now here's a winter brew with some hop character...pours an orangish brown...Nose is a nice mix of sweet candy like maltiness and fresh floral hoppiness...the taste resembles neither...more of a bready/biscuity maltiness which is overriden by a piney, bitter hoppiness...hops lead the way but it definitely balanced...mouthfeel is creamy, and medium-to-full..

Quality winter beer...not quite special in my book but close..

ZAP, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of jtfest
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2003-4 sampled. Pour a reddish brown with a health tan head. Musky aroma that alternately let through the malt and hops. Toasted, coffee-ish flavor with a slowly growing bitterness in the finish. Substantial mouthfeel. A pretty good brew, but more of a treat than a session beer. I was satisfied with one.

jtfest, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of genaro
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One good reason to come to Oregon during the winter season. I haven't a Jubilale for a few years and I was looking forward to having one. Winter 2003-04. It starts off with a big lingering head with plenty of lace. The color is dark amber with traces of ruby. The aroma is citrusy with a nice floral bouquet. As to the taste, It is citrusy (grapefruit) with a good blend of flavoring hops and caramel overtones and it is a little sweet. The mouthfeel is a bit doughy with a good hop bite. The finish is dry and bitter with some sweetness. At first this beer was too hoppy for my winter beer taste. However, it mellowed as it warmed up a bit. The malt characteristics became more prominent and balanced out the hops perfectly for my taste. Not a bad beer at all.

genaro, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of tfinn
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this 2003 bottling pours a light chestnut color with light head, and leaves light lacing down the glass.

scent is hoppy with only faint maltiness.

taste is hoppy with pleasant malt undertones, and dare I say even a little buttery. (strangely enough, this buttery flavor is NOT present in the cask- conditioned version.) body and mouthfeel are definitely in-line with other strong seasonal ales. hops finish off each mouthful.

I keep getting flashbacks to mirror pond while drinking this. it's a very similar hops profile.

good for sipping by the fireside. or while surfing the web.

tfinn, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 bottling.
Good, light brown head that laced sits atop this amber brew. Some particulate matter at the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma isn't as big as I anticipated, but it shows a deep, rich lightly roasty malt base, spice, and hops.

Taste shows a deep, rich lighty roasty malty beer. Chocolate notes. Spice accents the malt. Good hop balance seems to have a citrusy twang.

Plenty of body to this beer. Great, creamy mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good strong ale.

PhantomVodoo, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A touch of grain leads into pineapple and caramel on the palette accented by a floral nose. Though it only hits 6.7abv, Jubeale has all the characteristics of a strong ale -- lush body, spice, and an aggressive palate -- while remaining sinfully drinkable. Elegant, balanced, and profound, this beer has it all.

Thank you to Michael for the bottle.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What better way to start off the Christmas Eve libations than with one of the holiday beer exchange brews from the esteemed Xlperro!

Appearace: Poured a medium-deep red in color with a few minute bubbles dancing up from the bottom and sides of the glass. Half-finger thick off-white lace is thick and creamy...a real lip-coater. Nice lacing of the glass.

Smell: Very caramel in the nose. A bit of Heath bar, too. Some fruity/earthen hops stand by off to the side.

Taste: Tis the Season! Sweet candied fruit flavors pair with some darkened and ripe fruit to match wits with the bitter chocolate flavor. Some caramel flavors noted as well. Finishes slightly on the dry side. Some residual warming from the alcohol right at the end. Cocoa powder flavor rests on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly smooth and creamy. Hugely chewy. Get me a spoon! Very full-bodied.

Drinkability: Where can I get more of this? An excellent winter beer...one I could drink all night long. Extremely flavorful, creamy smooth and very, very quaffable.

Huge thanks to Xlperro for this one.

OldFrothingSlosh, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of CRJMellor
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with orange and red highlights. Small but frothy head that leaves amazing lace on the glass. Aroma is caramel apple and some subtle bitter hop notes. Taste is a beautiful malt, slighlty sour on the front. Middle has a mild bitter alcoholic kick and finishes with a spicy dry after-taste.

CRJMellor, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this offering from Deschutes Brewing Co. during a holiday beers swap conducted during the Strong Ale Festival at the Carlsbad Pizza Port a couple weeks ago. Jubelale had a clear reddish-amber color and a long-lasting foamy beige head that deposited lots of sticky lace on the glass.
The smell was an interesting mix of earthy malt, toffee, some citrus hops and some mild herbal notes. The taste fell short of what the aroma promised, IMO. At first, pleasant caramel malts and toffee flavors were picked up. All too quickly the palate was jarred by a rather harsh rush of bitterness and an astringency that really clashed with the malt profile. A long, dry and bitter finish made this seasonal a tough one for me to follow through to the bottom of the glass. The feel was medium-bodied and dry.
I’ve enjoyed Deschutes’ Black Butte Porter and had high hopes for Jubelale. Unfortunately, all I can say is that I was disappointed with how the tastes didn’t same to mesh well. I’ll pass on this one in the future.

Boilermaker88, Dec 18, 2003
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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