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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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2,325 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,325
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 136
Gots: 293 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Available: October to December
Alc. by Vol.: 6.7%
IBUs: 60

216 calories per 12 oz serving

Label artwork changes annually.
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Photo of Florida9
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly translucent, deep dark brown. Appears clear. Forms a large sticky tan colored head. Excellent retention with lots of lacing.

S: Almost nothing. Maybe some malt.

T: Unexpectedly light. Mostly nutty maltiness with a slight sweetness to it. A bit of malt fruitiness and a mild bitterness. Finish is watery, but dry.

M: Again, lighter than anticipated. Medium in body. Soft carbonation.

O: Decent drinking winter beer that is not overkilled with holiday spice, but also seems to be lacking in the intensity this beer requires.

(Review from tasting notes. February 2011)

Photo of JAXSON
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear garnet with a soapy head. I think that's the perfect descriptor for the look of this beer, I'll put it up against the best of them. Nose is fairly hop-forward, a bit of malt heft, reminds me of an aggressively hopped American style barley wine. This might actually be the first "Winter Warmer" I've ever had, wow. Flavor is strangely dry, very welcoming in that way. Pine cone and forest floor are the hop qualities, but they are very nicely tempered. A faint sap-like quality. I really enjoy the perfect attenuation here. Fairly thin feel. Way better than I expected.

Photo of bs870621345
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 packs were 3 bucks...how can I lose?

Pours a deep ruby brown with a good amount of head and nice lacing.

Smells nutty, spicy, slight pine, caramel, and a little tinge of roast flavor that has recently come out.

Taste opens up with a caramel and nut sweetness. Moves into a mixture of nuts and spice (think cinnamon and nutmeg) and moves into a pine like finish. Clean finish and not cloying even though it's on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with nice carbonation.

Overall it's really good, especially for the price. Goes well with Chinese food.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Poured a deep ruby almost mahogany brown color, very clear. Nice one finger foamy head with great retention, but only spotty lacing left behind.

S: A little weak until the beer warmed up a bit. Caramelized sugar, lots of dark fruit - mostly raisins, and some spices, chiefly cinnamon.

T: The flavor profile was stronger than the aroma. The spices are more present, especially the cinnamon. Nice dark fruits mixed with caramel.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, just one step above syrupy. Has a dry finish.

O: Overall I thought this was a good beer. A beer that I would have guessed is a winter warmer, which doesn't always happen with this style.

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark copper orange with 1 finger off white head

smell: dark fruits, sweet, malts, spice

taste: dark fruit, sweet, malts spices

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: nice winter warmer. spot on for the style.


Photo of corby112
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 vintage.

Pours a very cloudy deep dark copper color with dark amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger light beige that quickly settles into a lasting ring.

Sweet malty aroma with subtle spice, alcohol and dark fruit. I'm picking up a buttery diacetyl presence that is slightly off-putting. Hints of caramel, biscuit and rye along with a subtle medicinal/herbal character and sweet dark fruit, especially cherry.

Medium bodied with a prominent peppery spice presence up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt and dark fruit notes into a lingering dry finish. Slight herbal/medicinal with only a touch of the buttery character found in the aroma. Very malty with lots of caramel, biscuit, toffee, toast and rye. I'm also picking up hints of cherry, raisin, plum and grape. Complex but a bit too heavy on the spices for my liking. The lack of booziness/heat helps drinkability but I'm just not a big fan of the flavor.

Photo of Lunch
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter. Looks like a dark chestnut brown with some ruby hues. Smells very malty and a little burnt. Something in this aroma is far from pleasing. Winter Warmers are certainly a varied style, but this is not particularly inviting. Taste is very malty with that same burnt tone as in the aroma. As it warms the flavors settle down and the uniqueness of the malt bill show themselves and I am enjoying this a bit more. Mouthfeel is unremarkable.

Not my favorite Deschutes beer, but one 12oz. bottle is more than enough for me.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cfh64 for tossing this into a thank you box. This one might be passed its prime (says best by 2/17/11) but I'll give it a shot none-the-less...take my thoughts on this with a grain of salt based on that information.

a - Popped the bottle and filled my captain lawrence taster tulip. Poured an almost ruby brown with a generous bubbly off white head. The beer settled into the glass with a darker core than the outer surface. Lacing was sticky and milkshake like.

s - Brown sugar, spicy malts, a bit of mustiness. Toasted.

t - Mostly malt, a bit of spicey, a bit of brown sugar and a lot of toasted malt.

m - A bit watery. Alc tingles the mouth, but other than that there isn't much more.

o - Overall, it's good. I'd like to try it a bit fresher (and perhaps in the colder weather), but not bad right now. Kind of like a cross between an old ale and a lighter barleywine...kind of like a toasted lager even.

--- edit --- 2011-11-30 (thanks brad, always appreciate the deschutes love!) best by april 2012!!!

4 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 4

a - poured a nice caramel red with a generous finger plus of off white head into my cbs snifter. great lacing.

s - festive and FRESH! pretty much toasted malts with some festive sweet spicing.

t - very nice. like a toasted english barleywine. all malt. some festive spiciness.

m - tingly...medium to full bodied.

o - glad i got another shot at this one. much better fresh...still nothing crazy, but enjoyable winter warmer.

Photo of a2marzman83
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

Almost clear dark orange brown with big off white head leaving lots of sudsy lace.

Good balance in the nose. Bright citrusy hop smell with lightly toasted malts as well as winter spices

Flavor is well balanced as well. Fruity but not sweet. Toasted malts are the most prominent flavor. Not overwhelmingly hoppy but a solid bitter backbone present. Alcohol well hidden/blended with other flavors.

Medium body.

Deschutes can do no wrong in my book. Jubelale is a solid, tasty, well crafted winter beer. I normally prefer a spicier winter warmer but Jubelale brings a balanced profile that leaves me with not much else to ask for.

Photo of JamisonM
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany body with tan head

S: Strikes a nice balance with hops and the the malts sweet crystal malts mix with hops.

T: Sweet up front dry finish nice balance to the beer even if it is 60 IBU bitter pine flavor with the hops

M: med mouth med carbonation

Overall: its a very enjoyable beer one of the better winter warmers

Photo of beagle75
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium reddish-brown color with over one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Husky, lightly roasted grain features vinous qualities, faint alcohol, and some astringency (which is worrisome when detectable by smell).

T: Begins dry, with abundant but mellow brown malt that is offset by some sharp acidity. Dark fruit is restrained, coming and going at times. Flavors remain dry through the middle, which features woody aromatics, and into the finish. Acidic coffee grounds emerge late and linger on the palate, along with faint vanilla and hops that are earthy, herbaceous, and mildly bitter.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, luxuriously creamy on the palate but with some dissenting acidity, and with moderate carbonation.

D: This winter warmer is a straight-forward contribution to a style of typically odd-ducks. It features a strong malt presence and a touch of yeasty fruit, but spices seem to be out of the picture. The dryness on display here is unexpected and remarkable for the style. While not really anything special by Deschutes standards, it is satisfactory simply by not being an embarrassing mess.

Photo of budgood1
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a murky cherry and crimson colour with a respectable light tan head. some sticky lace for show. a bit of nougat and chocolate covered cherries in the nose followed by a bit of citrusy hops..all nicely balanced and pleasant. wonderful cocoa flavours on the tastebuds...bursting forth with some juicy hoppiness wrapped up nicely by ghostly lactic and yeast notes. perfect bitterness shines through in the finish then lingers with more well placed malty, gooey, candy bar notes. there is an appropriate, and well placed, spiciness from both the alcohol and hops that really pushes this over the top as far as i'm concerned. it just screams winter warmer while being just plain delicious on top of everything else. lush mouthfeel...another impressive aspect of this ale. sturdy, malt driven body floats all the subtle nuance boats in this excellent holiday themed brew. high drinkability and overall i love winter warmers with this sort of flavour profile.

reminds me of another one of my winter time faves...GI X-mas ale. this one has a bit more hops and little less belgian candy flair but outstanding regardless. loved it. and this might age for a year or so very well...might try it myself. very impressed and highly recommended.

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

I'm in the process of clearing my fridge of the winter beers to make room for spring. As a result, I'm pressing on through the winter warmers and I'm disappointed I didn't make it to these when snow was down.

Anyway, on to the beer.

Another opaque mohagany color, but this one comes with a generous and dense tan head.

This one was an interesting winter warmer from the start, with a blast of cocoa aroma followed by a very light roast coffee.

The cocoa is balanced in the flavor by a crisp hop bitterness that finishes with walnut. The cocoa is not a cocoa that would be found in a porter or stout, but is more of a thin flavor, if that makes sense.

Mouthfeel is light for the style, but still filling. It has a nutty bitterness to it.

Overall, a good version of the style and a great beer for the colder months. I just wish I got to it sooner.

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Thanks for the trade colts9016! Best by March 16 2011. Better drink this solar system beer fast heh heh!

Pours brown out the bottle to release a big four finger off light tan brown head. Good retention on the head with a nice cap. Body is a very dark brown amber color real beautiful looking. I think that even though this is dark and hard to see through it does appear to be clear. real nice looking here.

Great faint toast but wonderful malt aromatics. That's about it, not boozy, hints of powdered cocoa chocolate.

Taste is light bodied and kind of fruity. Nice hop finish, with hints of black pepper. A prickly dry pepper finish, even an almost burnt prickly sense on the roof mouth as well. Hints of cigarette aftertastes.

Body seems a little wet though. No carbonation to detect, pleasant and teeth coating.

Boy this is an odd one, this was not what I was expecting from this style. Really spicy and dry and light. It's a bit too parching in my palate for me to really get into, but it has some real good qualities.

Photo of Phocion
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark mahogony color with a finger of beige creamy head that just doesn't want to go away. Light lacing around the edges.

Dark roasted, chocolate, and caramel malts on the nose. Slightly nutty and spicy with a light floral/citrus hop presence.

The flavor is of rich malts and a bit of spiciness. Ever so slight bitter chocolate, hoppy, and nutty finish.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel that only gets better the more it warms up. Medium carbonation. Easily drinkable and sessionable in the colder months.

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

Drank 1/16/11

A: Pours a thick, hazy amber. A beautiful tan head (full finger) that is much darker than I was expecting. It leaves a nice, filmlike lacing.

S: Sweet malty notes with a STRONG dark fruity body. There isn't much in the way of winter spices that comes through the nose. It's nice and caramel-y, but not overpoweringly so. Good, but not too distinctive.

T: Malty body with some definite hop to it. Almost a hint of their pale, Mirror Pond, but not in a bad way. Very sweet, with caramel and molasses dominating, but at the same time there's a definite hoppy finish.

M: Good, with a nice medium body and good carb. I got to it before the best by date.

D: Quite good, very smooth and all that, but it doesn't quite stack up to some of the other seasonal beers that are just as easy to find out here.

Photo of Khazadum
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little bit beyond its best by date of my birthday.

A- Huge creamy tan head. The color of just barely toasted bread... biscuits undercooked but getting there. Great retention. Laces full circle and fried egg edging thickness and stickiness, almost perfect. Murky amber body with expected streams from the base of carbonation.

S- Sharp spicy notes. Some cinnamon like hits. Citrus and orange rind stabs forth. Gentle sweetness on the back hits with light biscuit malt.

T- Not as subtle and put together as the nose. First hits are the sharpness of a faint citrus and rind combination, bit of spice to it, nothing strong enough to stand out. Secondarily is the expected sweetness. The malt backbone is actually really faint for a winter warmer. I feel it is a bit strong of hop, and not exactly the best kind. All bitter, very few complementing characteristics. Some other middle hits are a biscuit dryness and some subtle dark fruit... plum? Dates? Nothing major.

It has the bitterness of fruit skins that fade out as the hops start to develop. I really do enjoy the bitterness of rind complementing the hops finish that has a relatively mild center and chewy edge of bitter notes. Pretty much the only saving grace.

M- Mild bodied, almost thin and watery. Strong stickiness of the hops. Low carbonation, only crisp on the very finish before it slithers away to the nether regions. I find it in places that I really really did not want to lick up.

D- Definitely not impressed. It was a fine tick, but I definitely will never seek this out again. It was a challenge for the last quarter of my glass to go down. I had to let my palate revive itself from the final drinks. Before that though, went through it pretty much like most unassuming, average brews.

Photo of jjanega08
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle reads best before 04/01/11. 1821 E

A= The beer pours a deep deep amber color. Looks brown in the glass with amber highlights until I hold it up to the light. Totally translucent. The head is about a half finger high and falls to a thin skin on the glass with a little lacing.

S= Smells interesting. Big malty sweetness. Caramelly and sugary. Typical winter warmer smell. No spice to it just sweet sweet malts.

T= The taste is again somewhat typical of a winter warmer. Big malt character. There seems to be a touch of roasted malt maybe? The finish is bitter but coffee bitter not hoppy bitter. There is a slight hop character to it on the back of the tongue however. The finish is a little oily if that makes sense. You get hit with a lot of typical malty caramel sweetness on the tip of the tongue. The finish is the most interesting part however. Oily and coffee like bitterness.

M= Good carbonation. The lingering coffee bitterness is somewhat bothersome however.

D= I dunno how many of these I could drink before wanting to check out something else. It's ok but nothing worth seeking out.

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy brown with a huge tan fluffy head. Reasonably heavy lacing.
S - Green apple, some dark fruits, slight yeastiness and spiciness as well.
T - Very tart. Somewhat malty backbone as well. Heavy hops bitterness with a reasonable amount of generic spices.
MF - Fairly bubbly, but pleasant thickness.
DB - I'd have a couple.

This is a reasonable beer, but there is something about it that bothers me. I think the hops and spices are a bit too present and not well integrated with the flavor; ie they are very superficial.
Not the best but still a very pleasant beer. As others have noted, perhaps a bit weak on the malt front.

Photo of sommersb
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a best by date of 01-27-11
Served in a tulip pint
Thanks to nickd717 for this in a trade

Color is a dark brown with tinges of red. Head is tan and frothy, about 4 fingers high, with very good retention and lacing.

Aromas are mainly of hops, with some dark bread smells from the malts as well.

Taste is pretty bitter. I get some of the roasted and caramel malt flavors, but they are overshadowed by the hop bitterness. Also pick up some spiciness and alcohol warming. Taste improves as the beer gets close to room temperature.

Feel is smooth with a dry finish. Carbonation is moderate and body is medium. The aftertaste is bitter.

A good winter warmer, although I'd prefer if it had more of a malt presence.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice muddy brown-red body crowned with a medium size, rocky, off-white head that last till the last sip.

S: This one definitely has a big malty presence in the nose. A good aroma of cracker like breadiness, faint toasted toffee malts, brown sugar, low hoppy notes, and caramel.

T: Initial taste is an upfront caramel and biscuit malts. Other flavors are brown sugar sweetness, toffee from the malts, low hops which give it a bit and breaks up the malty strength, & spices (cinnamon or allspice, can't decide). The finish is long lasting and very dry.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, and a smooth texture.

D: Perfect for a winter night and extremely easy to drink. Very well balance and not an overly spiced winter warmer.

Photo of jrallen34
1.98/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2006 bottle poured into my De Struise glass...A dark mahoany that is almost clear, very dark in the middle. A huge light tan head rises about four fingers. There is great retention, half the head falls fass, but a full two finger frosting like cap stick around. GREAT lacing. Certainly looks the part...The aroma is ROUGH with a capital R. Way too sweet with toffee then plums and winter spice. It teases because at first its almost nice, but its inappropriately strong. Weirdly reminds me of Lime Gatorade, how?...The taste is equally poor. Its incredily light in taste after how strong the aroma is. The feel is way to light, almost water. The taste is light toffee, coffee, gatorade, with chalk and alcohol.

This is horrible and needs to be dumped, even more opening it.

Photo of rhodeska
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really interesting for a christmas seasonal. A good amount of spice and hops as it poured into a nice dark orange, with a little bit of lacing and head. I didn't really feel the "festive ale" as much as some of the other beers I've had around this time, but it did have some good spices and taste.

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to joemcgrath27 for hauling this back from BC.

A - Pours a nice amber colour with a slight haze, finger of caramel head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Bready caramel off the top, slightly nutty, and some cedar and citrus hops on the finish.

T - Taste came through opposite to the scent, with the bitter citrus hops off the top followed by bready caramel on the finish. Burnt sugar notes and mild spicing with a touch of nutmeg and vanilla.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and leaving your palette craving more.

D - Almost reminiscent of a hoppy amber ale with a hint of spicing. It`s nice to have a winter warmer that doesn`t bombard your tastebuds with spices. Very tasty and drinkable and highly recommended to any fan of winter warmers. No need for this to be seasonal as it would be drinkable ay time of the year.

Photo of Strix
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep reddish-brown, frothy head.

Bready caramelly notes in the smell, along with a fresh citrus hop note.

Caramel, malt, bread, grapefruit, orange rind, pear, and very subtle spice notes in the finish. Thirst-quenching, in a way.

Smooth rich mouthfeel.

I've got a soft spot for Dechutes. I thought this was great. One of those beers with a big load of malt to lend some backbone to the hops, ala Three Floyds. I could drink the whole 6 of this right now. If they only distributed farther east.

Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,325 ratings.