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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.

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very good

857 Reviews

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Reviews: 857
Hads: 2,467
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 20.51%
Wants: 152
Gots: 376 | 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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Reviews: 857 | Hads: 2,467
Photo of Mikus
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red in the light. Thin lacing of head. Great color. Hint of tobacco, light nose overall, backbone of solid malts. Warm spicy and nicely blended. A bit of bright hop bitterness on the end . Some alcohol. Some murk in essence overall, but good residual carryover of spice and hint of yeast. Overall nice. Love some Deschutes, maybe earlier in the season next time?

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2/28 - Bottle. Nice reddish brown pour with good body. Not a strong smell, but malt and spices were noticeable. Nice pour and a very good taste of herbs and orange. Felt good going down and had a decent kick. Overall very good beer and I'll be seeking this out down the road.

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Photo of cheers_chick
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally! I feel like I can really call myself a beer lover now. I've tried one of Deschutes original beers. 2014 was silky smooth, hints of chicory and cherry, rounded by a huge malt finish. A hint of citrus zest but all together a great winter warmer. Warmed me right up! Do you expect anything less from Deshutes though? They're the best. A very good beer!

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark hazy brown with a rocky off-white head that left plenty of lacing.

Smell: Yeast and malt, slight spices.

Taste: Very good. Strong malts and yeast, faint spiciness (like apple pie), into moderate bitterness, just a touch of alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness and carbonation.

Overall: All the parts fit together well. Full of flavor, not just spices. I wouldn't limit it to just Winter.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle. Pours a deep, murky mahogany color, one-finger tan head.

Malt, a little caramel, no hops bitterness. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. It all blends together well, though. Good winter beer.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 19, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – A half-inch of thick, khaki foam sits on top of a deep mahogany/copper liquid. Moderate head retention. Beer is somewhat thick in appearance, little light passes through, but seems to be pretty clear.

S – Chocolate and light vanilla with a touch of dried fruit, ruby red grapefruit, cherry pits. Malty-sweet toffee and thick caramel. Minor herbal hop aroma.

T – Sweet toffee and vanilla, with some hints of fruity spice, nutmeg. Darker cherry impression. Hops are herbal, medicinal, and spicy. Bitterness from hops is strong in the finish and aftertaste.

M – Carbonation is high, sudsy, and provides a bite. Sweetness is lower than suggested by the aroma and does not last, as bitterness takes over through the finish and aftertaste. Dry throughout.

O – Very interesting, comparable to Belgian quad in aroma and flavor but with lower alcohol and a more dry, carbonic bite. A lot to like here.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent, burnt caramel color with a large head of soapy, khaki foam. Mild aroma smells of toffee and cherries.

The taste is malt-forward, featuring caramel, nuts, grain husk, and toasted bread. Balancing hops are on the piney side, but not aggressive. Tart cherries alluded to by the nose sneak up on you in the finish, though they aren't prominent. A vague spiciness ties everything together without seeming contrived. The aftertaste manages to avoid being cloying despite the full flavor, while a sticky sweetness coats the lips between sips. The flavor profile is reminiscent of a brown ale, just with a bit more character. Medium body and carbonation facilitate a delightfully soft, creamy mouthfeel that is the highlight of this beer.

Overall, this is a light, flavorful brew that would be perfect for fall sessioning--a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy orangish red with a finger of nice tannish foam.

Smells sweet and malty, bready and some vanilla.

Coffee and caramel flavors with a little alcohol.

Medium light body with a dry lingering finish

Good winter offering but there are a lot of good ones out there.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear garnet amber with large offwhite head. Good carbonation. Initial nose has some gentle spices: clove, pepper, brown sugar. Underlying malt smells of some light chocolate. As it warms, the chocolate & caramel aromas really shine through and come to he forefront. Tastes of sweet caramel malts with some chocolate & cocoa. Upfront spiciness - not sure from hops or actual spices. Medium high bitterness. Feels medium full to full with no hot alcohols. Overall, a nice malty beer for the cold winter nights. Subtle spiciness lends some complexity but doesn't distract. Very solid winter ale overall. Great to pair with dark chocolates.

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Photo of Louski
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass. Nice color and healthy head. Malts on the nose with a light but crisp hop finish. The flavors hang out on your tongue for a bit after too. Very nicely done!

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Photo of Suds
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful mahogany color...thick light tan head...brilliant appearance. The smell is of malt, with a little spice. Bitter taste, with some warmth. Lots of dark malt flavors...warming. Full in body. Great winter beer.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red, almost to brown color. Thin off white head with a small amount of lacing. The nose is English toffee and light clove. The spices here complement rather than overwhelm the palate. Definitely a complex winter seasonal - enough boozy heat and spice to make this a winter warmer but with plenty of other layers that allow for more balance and other pieces to fall into place. The toffee notes add a sweetness and brevity across the dark maltiness.

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Photo of phlegming
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is good. I've had this in bottles and on nitro-tap. Really tasty either way. Malty with enough hop presence to add some complexity. Terrific winter brew.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark cherry stain color with a frothy cafe-colored head.

S - Raisins, orange spice, vanilla, and brown sugar.

T - Plum, candi sugar, maple, and vanilla hit the tongue initially. Then chocolate and Christmas cake malt. Finish is sweet and ever so slightly bitter with lingering citrus notes.

M - Slightly syrupy (which is pleasant for a Yuletide brew) with a medium carbonation.

O - A great Christmas time beer. Pleasantly warming without cloying spices or flavors. Would go great with Christmas ham.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/17/15; into a pint glass.
Appearance - a cloudy auburn with noticeable sediment against the light. A thin, beige head that leaves nice, sticky lacing!
Smell - sweet candy malts and spice.
Taste - sweet candy and herbal spices.
Feel - a nice blend of spice and sweetness with a great bitter finish!
Overall - a nice holiday brew that warms on a cold night and at a great price!

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Photo of GRPunk
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (best by 5/4/15) poured into a mug.

A- A gentle pour still creates a huge tan head that requires stopping short and a second pour. The body was dark brown with crimson edges. The head never drops below 1-finger and leaves foamy rings.

S- Caramel and brown sugar are maybe toffee-esqe. Slightly charred brown sugar and grains. Some spice and citrus comes on later.

T- Much as the aroma suggests, a mix of sweet and char. Robust. Very toffee-like with some spice and citrus.

M- Medium body. Sips are through a foamy head. Moderate carbonation.

O- Very wintry and robust. One and done, but very flavorful for the holidays. Drank on its own, but I could see it as a great food pairing for a rich Christmas dinner.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent beer, but a lot closer to a regular IPA than to a winter seasonal. The 60 IBUs make it hoppier than most Christmas beers, and I didn't get a lot of the traditional mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. that most others in the style have. So yeah, it's ok, but not really a great example of a holiday beer. I prefer other Deschutes beers to this one.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass

A. Dark amber brown with a frothy khaki head.

S. Estery and sought biscuit around and a little spice.

T. Nice brown amber ale flavor with a bit of Carmel and a start anise like spiceness. Resiny aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied with a light carbonation that finishes clean.

O. An above average holiday beer. Not too heavy and not too light. Nice to have to sit around by the fire and chat with the family.

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Photo of lushes22
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Nice brown copper color with a bit of cloudiness. Great lacing. Very inviting and cant wait to dig in.
S. Very nice brown ale smell with a hint of caramel and toffee. Minimal spice smell which works well. A bit of apple.
T. Great nutty malt start which finishes with a malty toffee close. Get a hint of spices at end which is nice as not overpowering. Perfect balance in my opinion.
M. Perfect carbonation for this one. Really smooth.
O. One of my favorite winter warmers. Great taste of all mentioned but nothing dominent. At 6.7 not quite sessionable but would really enjoy having a few of these in a row. Bring em on!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a fairly dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.
The smell had a nice sweet caramel malt base with some light cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar.
The taste was mainly sweet with an amplified sweet orange to it. There was a light spice in the aftertaste and it left a dry sweet citrus finish.
The mouthfeel was about a medium on the body with a thorough full carbonation to it, good as a winter warmer and to me.
Overall, I say this was a good winter warmer I'd come back to.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sampling right now on 12/16/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a very deep reddish-brown in color with almost a 1-finger beige creamy head that settles back down after a while. A decent amount of sticking lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of roasted malts, some dark fruit and spices for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some semi-sweet chocolate and pine in the mix as well. Does have a bitter finish that lasted a little to long for my liking though. Other than that the taste was decent. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-12-15 in Columbia, PA from a bottle

A - Fairly clear ruby with a 2-finger light tan head that sticks around and leaves great lace. A beautiful brew.

S - Red licorice, cherries, candied orange, hint of dark bread.

T - More porter/stout-like than I expected from the aroma. Plenty of medium roasted grain and some char and semi-sweet chocolate. The sweet fruit aspects evident in the smell are not a major component of the taste but instead, add a festive touch to the malt base; along with some cinnamon and vanilla. There's also a woody/oak flavor, which adds to the balance; keeping the sweetness well-in-check. There's a good amount of roast and hop bitterness in the finish; appropriate to the style.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial with creamy and prickly aspects competing-and-yet-balancing each other.

O - I use the word "balanced" a lot in this review but don't take this as meaning bland. There are bold but balanced flavors. Basically, if you are in the mood for something like Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard but favor a bit of holiday cheer stirred in; this is the beer for you. I'll have this again; and it doesn't have to be just at the Winter holidays.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good winter/holiday beer that doesn't teeter to the bad or the great. It's got nice sweet notes while also having some of the spices you'd expect from a Christmas time beer.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Pours a dark reddish brown. Nice thick cap with lacing on the glass. Flavor is more bitter than I like for Winter/Christmas Ales. I'm typically a big fan of Deschutes but this one misses the mark for me.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

Best by 03/16/15.

Pours a hazy copper brown. The one inch khaki head fades to a thick cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of vanilla, toasted bread, orange peel and Winter spices.

The taste is of caramel malt, Winter spices, orange rind, faint vanilla with a bitter hop finish.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid effort with lots of different aromas and flavors blending well together.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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