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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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2,060 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,060
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 122
Gots: 182 | 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 whoneeds8
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark dark brown with a nice size tan head. Lacing lasts all the way down. Smell has hints of roasted sugars. Malted taste up front with very faint hop bite followed by a carmel sweetness. The mouthfeel is very smooth, just right. Overall, this is probably my favorite of the winter warmers. I'm glad it's come to Texas finally.

whoneeds8, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured with a 1 inch head, however there was sufficient carbonation for a bigger head if desired. Head was an attractive tan color. Head dissapated quickly, leaving a nice lace. Bold, spicy aroma that is very pleasing. Flavor matches aroma well, with a lingering roasty, spicy bite on the back of the tongue. Slightly thinner body than the style should have. Very drinkable. If you like a slightly stronger beer for a session this would work well. Another strong entry from a strong brewery.

beertunes, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby red with a small dirtty white head. Nose is spicy with tons of roasted and heavily toasted malts. Taste is lots of crystal malts that you can easily taste other tasting notes were maple syrup, faint coffee, and a spiciniess to it. Mouthfeel was good, ABV is obvious but well hidden and overall good. A good warmer as usual..Jubel Ale is always good.

barleywinefiend, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Bagman007
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown coloring with a thin amount of light brown head.

S- Roasted malty scent with just a very slight hint of hops.

T- A slight malty caramel flavoring at first with a slightly dry, hoppy finish.

M- Smooth at first, but it definitely has a dry finish to it.

D- Very drinkable. A few of these shouldn't be a problem for someone to get down.

Overall a decent winter warmer, but it seems a tad unbalanced. Not even close to being one of my favorite Winter Warmer's, but still a decent beer.

Bagman007, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark copper color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that dissipated slowly to a thick skim. Medium lacing in nice rings.

S: Resiny, mildly spicy aroma. Roasted and caramel malt in the background.

T: Big floral hops. Roasted and caramel malts, nutmeg and chocolate. Hot alcohol with dry finish. Very pleasantlhy flavorful.

M: Heavy side of medium body. Balanced carbonation. Big, rich lingering flavours.

D: Pleasantly complex enough to stay interesting without growing tired of all the flavors. Not a one-and-done beer.

Haybeerman, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby red color with brown tones. Two fingers of thick foamy off-white head has good retention and leaves nice lacing stick. Smells of caramel, bananas, brown sugar, chocolate, spices, roasted malt, spicy hops, and chalk. Tastes of spicy hops right up front followed by sweetness of caramel and brown sugar, overripe bananas, chocolate, nutmeg, and a hint of cinnamon. Strong bready backbone with some nut notes along with a slight chalkiness and soy sauce bitterness towards the back end with a finish of ginger, bitter woodsy hops, and a touch of alcohol warmth. Medium in body with good effervescent carbonation. Smooth, sweet with solid bitterness in the finish. A good winter warmer with some nice holiday highlights. Easy to drink and one I look forward to every year.

HopDerek, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Japerrault
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear ruby with a small creamy head. The head dissipated rather quickly down to a nice skim.

S: Caramely toffey, spice aromas

T: Sweet Dark caramel and toffey flavors to start, Cinnimon and spices lightly present; slight bitterness later to balance. The hops are there, but not dominate.

M: Medium to full bodied. Well carbonated. A nice textured beer.

D: I enjoy drinking this ale. It is full flavored and balanced. Definately one I will have again.

Japerrault, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of kosmoraios
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a 2-finger loose tan head that laces well and leaves some small chunks. Aroma is of toffee and toasted malt and piney hops.

This one is nice and substantial in the mouth, with some sweetened coffee toasted malt flavor, baked apple, hot dark bread. Some nutty brown-ale flavors are complemented by the piney/herbal hops that lend just the right amount of bitterness.

kosmoraios, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of QuentinCompson
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Orval chalice

A - 1.5 finger head fairly quick dissipation into nice brown, foamy top; dark cherry red brew, held up to light; dark cranberry; super clear

S - Faint hops, caramel syrup

T-M - Watery malt intro, brown sugar, fitting carbonation into fairly hoppy bitterness, a bit of chocolate malts, caramel, body like an English brown ale, finishing notes and tang of an English ale yeast perhaps...

D - Good seasonal, better than most I've had; as mentioned, reminds me a lot of an English pale ale or brown ale, esp. the finish. Flavor of this beer really comes out as it warms. I'm sure I could drink a number of these.

QuentinCompson, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice ruby brown colored beer. The head is very little, but the lacing is clinging to the side like spiderman to a building.

S- Great malt smell, with some spices that are there, but kinda covered up by the hops in this beer. Nice sweet caramel smell mixed in as well.

T- I like how this beer has the caramel malty taste, but the hop taste that is there as well. I also get a berry flavor, almost like a subtle strawberry taste. This is a tasty winter warmer, but I would like to have more spices involved.

M- Feels like a beer should.

D- Very drinkable, goes down smooth and works well with spicy foods too.

Wetpaperbag, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of FrognutUnl
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bring for tossing this in the box he sent me.

Pours hazy deep copper in color with a single finger head that dissipates to a foamy ring rather quickly. No lacing to note. The nose is delicous roasted malts with a mild amount of spice and toasted nuts. The taste is very similar to the nose minus the toasted nuts. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than many others in the genre, but so is the abv. I would say it is on the light side of medium body. Overall, this is a refreshing change of pace from the higher abv winter warmers. The roasted malt character and the mild spice compliment each other well.

FrognutUnl, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Split three ways w/ dkachur and proteus93. My portion poured into a 4 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: A hazy amber brown, robust and deep, and though the head retention - initially one-finger of off-white bubbly goodness - isn't fantastic, there are some nice flourishes and islands of glittery, delicate lacing. Nice start.

Aroma: Maple syrup and cinnamon, very waffle-esque, bready and wholesome. It's a little simplistic, though.

Taste: Very spicy and relatively dry, with tons of roasted and heavily toasted malts. Maple syrup, toast, faint coffee, very bready but still very dry. Ginger is the predominant spice note, but other holiday spices are also present, though less obvious - cinnamon, cloves. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: The spiciness imparts a nice crisp feel that works well in conjunction with the mild carbonation and mild bitterness. The body itself is moderately thick though not sticky of syrupy, though the carbonation does make the mouthfeel somewhat uneven.

Drinkability: I wasn't too impressed with this one. It was decently drinkable, but a little too dry, a little too heavily spiced, and a little too uninteresting. It's worth a try though, even if it's not one that I'd go back to.

CrellMoset, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of rayjay
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 release. I've had this on tap at Barclay's in Oakland many times so I'm looking forward to this gift from last year's Secret Santa BIF.

Muddy and murky with a big proud layer of clingy foam. Deep brown with orange hues. Really really hazy, appealing to me but probably not for the timid brite beer drinker.

Aroma: sweet and spicy, with brown sugar, dried cloves, figs, hops, oxidized malty sweetness like an English barleywine. A liquid fruitcake.

Pleasant oxidation, firm bitterness, and an unexpected dry finish. Spices are muted and way more present in the aroma. The dryness makes me suspect brown sugar, since there are hints of it in the flavor as well. Bold and interesting graininess. Firm malt body, but in the end the hops win out. Some cinnamon, clove, and ginger, and maybe nutmeg. Some nutty flavors for a second or two. Some carmel malt, maybe some extra special malt and carapils?

Full mouthfeel that never gets cloying. Medium carbonation that seems to be right on the money. Just slightly sticky sweet. Lip-smacking deliciousness. Munich malt mouthfeel.

English in style with a heavy American hop dosing. The abv shows itself in the mouthfeel but the alcohol is well-hidden.

The perfect balance of refreshment and boldness for the winter. One of the best in it's class, especially for the hopheads out there.

A year in the bottle has produced excellent results, but I wouldn't go much longer (feel free to prove me wrong though!) Cheers and happy holidays!

rayjay, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a semi hazy dark maroon color with a medium lived beige head. Smell is toffee, tart malt and belgian yeast like spiced character. Smells like a dubbel. Taste is very reminiscent of a dubbel as well, with some dark fruity malt flavors and a yeasty spice component that I am not too big on. Good rich body and soft to medium carbonation, but the flavor is not my favorite. Still well done though.

JDV, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Arbitrator
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled bottle into a pint glass. Had a sip right away -- too cold to enjoy -- but I let it warm up for 20 min and it was much better.

A: Murky brown with hints of crimson and copper when held to the light.

S: Kind of weak. Malts, toastiness, wood.

T: A little spice, a little alcohol burn. Dominant taste is a balance of bitter and sweetness with a strong presence of spice. The aftertaste is roasted and hoppy.

M: Very pleasant in the mouth. Not too carbonated.

D: I could easily have 3 or 4 bottles of this in a sitting. It goes down very well.

Arbitrator, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown with copper highlights with a medium off white head that held on strong and left nice lacing.

S-Mild spicy aroma with some nutmeg and a minimal dose of caramel malt.

T-Whoa! Spicy hops, nutmeg, chocolate, alcohol heat and nice, sweet, caramel, bready body. This one has a lot of flavour and a lot going on.

M-Medium-heavy body. Big, juicy, rich, lingering flavours abound.

D-Very nice full of flavour, lots going on with this one but one is enough. Maybe a bit too busy?

Deuane, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle to try from City Beer in SF. Not too familiar with Deschutes but tis the season.

Bottle poured into wine glass.
Bottle graphics: 5/10. Something I like about it although Im not even sure what the picture is.

A: Amber brown, colors of a dark rye. Heavy pour left a fluffy off white head. Outstanding retention and lacing.

S: Balance of malt and hops. Spices, notably nutmeg with a surprising abundance of caramel. Nutty and bready all at once, a lot going on. Too much?

T: Plenty of hops but sweetness on the other end. Bready seasonal spice with clear underpinnings of roasted dark chocolate. In the end, the ginger prevails with honey caramel malts. The question was answered, not too much going on- well balanced. I swear it tastes like raw almonds.

M: Pretty full and creamy. I find absolutely no alcohol on any level. Chewy.

D: Good seasonal hoppy beer. Goes down remarkably easy. For such a low price single, a far above average beer. Terrific seasonal. Paired well with some Ghiradelli chocolates and cranberry bread that Im snacking on.

marcpal, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep mahogany with brown hioghlights and a thin tan head. Nutty, roasted malt aroma, with a bit of spice (nutmeg? cinnamon?). Flat mouthfeel. A truckload of caramel malt lingers throughout, which the hops have the fight through. Some coffee and roasted malt. It really keeps true to a English Strong Ale without falling into the ESB category.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of AndrewMcLemore
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you're looking for a top-notch winter warmer, full of the toasty maltiness the style implies, Deschutes Brewery's Jubelale is one of the best.

This beer has a beautiful ruddy brown that turns slightly crimson when held to the light and garners a thin but gratifying head with a decent retention. The thin translucency hints at a lighter body than many of this beer's brethren.

Although the aroma could be stronger, toasted pecans and maple syrup waft recognizably and a slight scent of an outdoor fire is present as well.

Avoiding the coca-cola pitfalls of many soda-like attempts at a good winter warmer, Jubelale doesn't smack with flavor but has more of a slow burn that anchors itself in a subtle creaminess with little spiciness but many malts and hops. A finely balanced bitter-sweetness gives way to a nutty finish and a roasted aftertaste where the beer's hops are most present.

As for mouthfeel, Jubelale is neither too carbonated nor too flat, walking a fine line missing in many winter ales. Only somewhat sticky, the Jubelale manages to make the density of its style a great asset.

I'd call this a more than drinkable beer and I'd highly recommend it to beer lovers of all shapes and sizes.

AndrewMcLemore, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of walshclimb
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of the 2008 version. Pours clear red brown with thick off-white head. Very good looking, leaving a decent lace. Really not much to improve on there. Clean malty aroma with caramel, a little hops and a hint of banana. Nice full flavor of roasted malt and bitter hops with a good lingering bitter aftertaste. This is not as spicy as some of the other winter beers, but that is fine with me. Medium bodied with a strong carbonation and slightly alcoholic finish. This is one I am always sure to buy come December. Great by a warm fire or paired with holiday main courses.

walshclimb, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of sprucetip
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage into Midnight Sun goblet.

Deep amber/medium brown, very clear when held to light, thick tan head lingers as does lacing.

Sweet, chocolatey, some alcoholic heat and fruity esters. some hops in the background balancing. Aroma is pleasant but not strong.

A conflicting sweetness at front of tongue and a hop bitterness at the back, initially. Unlike the smell, the taste is balanced toward bitterness. IT is not a hop forward beer, but definitely bittering hops were used. Maybe they didn't use any flavoring or finishing hops? It wasn't overly cold as I started drinking, but as it warmed I noticed some slight caramel, and it got more complex with some nutty and grainy tones coming into the mix, though still defined by the hoppy bitterness, which extends into the finish.

Ample carbonation, effervescent feeling. Some alc warming and dryness, but pleasant texture.

This beer could be pounded by those who enjoy the bitterness. It is not huge, but it isn't wimpy thin either. I find it easy to drink but the bitterness could slow down some.

sprucetip, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of sweetbrew82
2.85/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass: Freshness date in code on the back of bottle

P: Pours a Sepia brown color and sits in the glass a light brown, with persian red highlights throughout. Nice 2 fingered frothy head that showed good retention, but didn't leave much lace. Head slowly crumbled down to form a thin lid on top.

A: Smells a bit like an IPA. Some toasted malts, citrus hops, caramel, and some spice. Not as pronounced as I would have expected.

T: Citrusy hops, a little grapefruity, with a slight touch of a piney flavor. Weak toasted malts in the background, some caramel, a tad nutty, some spice, and an undertone that tastes kind of like Ginger Ale. Having said that, the flavor is weak, falls flat on the palate, and has very little carbonation. This seems like more of a brown ale the deeper you dig. But, I swear it tastes like someone spilled some Ginger Ale into my glass of beer.

M: The body of Jubelale is on the lighter side of medium. But, the mouthfeel does suffer from the flat flavor and the absence of carbonation, though. (Maybe a bad bottle?)

D: If I really wanted to, I could drink these like water because they are pretty smooth. But, I would rather not due to the above-mentioned deficiencies.

Notes: I had really high hopes for this Winter Warmer from Deschutes. But I have to be honest, it didn't come close to matching my expectations. There is a promising base here for this brew, but the nose and flavor just doesn't stand up as strong as they should. I would love to see some carbonation added, a little more heft to the body, and more of a warming effect from an increase in alcohol. As it is, I'm disappointed with this one, for sure.

Happy Thanksgiving!

sweetbrew82, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Holds a dark purple ruby color with a thick creamy off white head that held together throughout the session and provided good sticky lacing.

S: Has a strong hop smell like an IPA with some autumn spices and honey in the back of the nose.

T: Wow!! The taste started out like an IPA and shifted direction and transitioned to a strong brown ale all in a matter of seconds. The first few seconds had a strong hop and light alcohol taste with a spicy clove and cherry taste then it switched to a light hop and malty bread flavor that sticks around and increases in strength a few seconds after you swallow in the aftertaste.

M/D: For such a hopped brew I would expect some mouth drying effects but actually it was pretty mild and there is a slight bittersweet feel left in the mouth but the hops are definitely left on the breath. The drinkability is very good and will go very well with my turkey tonight.

Kemmerlin, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of junon
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought this was a brown ale after I poured it. Aroma is fairly light and creamy. Not much alcohol in the smell. Roasted flavors and caramel. You would not guess it were 6.7 % based on smell and taste. They mite want to bump it up to 7.2 % for a better winter warmer. Overall a very good beer.

junon, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of jkendrick
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber brown with light visible through the glass. A half inch head after a moderately aggressive pour. The head is off-white with a combination of large bubbles and smooth foam. The head has good retention and has barely moved a good two minutes after the pour. When the head does finally recede it leave nice lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Nicely balanced aroma with light hints of sweet malt and some floral hops. There are some "holiday" spices such as nutmeg present as well.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium body. More full-bodied than I was expecting though (which is good!). It is definitely creamy with not too much carbonation, keeping it very smooth in the mouth.

Taste: This is definitely hoppy but well-balanced with some sweet maltiness. The malt is a bit bready and the initial hops bitterness quickly balanced leaving nice, but subtle hints of holiday spices. Just terrific complexity and balance though it certainly leans to the hoppy side a bit. The alcohol gives it the nice warming finish that a winter seasonal should have.

Overall impression: As someone who tends to favor the hops, I like this seasonal quite a bit. It is more aggressive than a lot of winter ales, I would say. It is wholly sessionable, going down very smooth. Another winner from Deschutes!

jkendrick, Nov 26, 2008
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,060 ratings.