Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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2,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 135
Gots: 311 | 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 classixIII
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of many just OK Winter Ales. A little more hop than others, light spice some molasses.

Photo of Beerma
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kinda plain wanted some more flavor but ok overall!

Photo of OlyBob
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight molasses aftertaste, otherwise pleasant winter brew.

Photo of phlegming
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Tabbrew
2.74/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not very impressed as a winter warmer. Not very warming at 5%. Was served on nitro which aided mouthfeel but not anything special

Photo of hail_seitan
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

Photo of GRPunk
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of bnes09
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Descent flavor but a little over hopped and over spiced.

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting winter hoppy ale

Photo of dcscientist
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent holiday ale - not too much of the usual nutmeg, etc. A pretty unique holiday ale that tastes very good.

Photo of lushes22
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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!

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Rivarol
1.9/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tried it on a cold, boring night when I was itching for a winter ale. Half of it still went down the drain.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of bmeehan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Good winter/holiday beer that doesn't teeter to the bad or the great.

Photo of spacecake9
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

Photo of Furlinator
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

Photo of zander4dawin
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%

Malty ale with a full pallate of flavors, cinnamon, netnug, licorice candy, with a hoppy backbone.

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nice brown amber color with a decent light tan head. Nice aromas of malt, orange, little berries, cinnamon, and nuts. Taste has nice blend of malt, toffee, orange, lemon, nuts, spices and hint of chocolate. Not a huge fan of this style, but this was an enjoyable one.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(best by 03/02/15 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: fairly-clear, ruby-hued liquid... copper/umber highlights... tan-colored cap of foam that lasts

S: cold wood on a snowy day, wool sweater... generic evergreen shrub w/ red berries, tea, undercurrent of demerara... as it goes along, dried leafy aromas from the hops wake up, rubbing out the definition of the sweet malt, perhaps a bit too much

T: surprising surge of herbal (bitter-hoppy) notes and vinous fruits on first sip... roasted/toasted malt finish, dry... bit of residual dextrins lingering, slowly sliding back... I imagine the roasted barley is mostly for coloring, but some of its char mingles with the malt sweetness and a touch of pear and chocolate left in the aftertaste... at its core, moderately lusciously malty, balanced by an assertive, citrus-tinged bitterness

F: round and medium-full... fills the palate with a bit more carbonation than is necessary... swirl the glass, and the flavors open up a bit, while the flow softens... still, notably dry

O: this is a true winter warmer - with some West Coast flair, of course - one of the few US takes on the style that manages to have bold elements of both the malts of an English WW and the hops of an American pale ale... not sure I would dive into another bottle of this, though - maybe if they eased back a touch on the hop charge - too much static

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a twelve ounce bottle into a can-shaped glass.

Dark brown body with amber hues. Sudsy, wispy off-white colored head that reminds me of a root beer float.

Great malt profile on this brew. Dark chocolate and caramel abound. Resinous and dank hops are a stark contrast. Toast and sweet bread aromas that remind me of pannetone are present too, complete with a touch of spice. Notes of citrus are a nice surprise. 4.25

The palate is pretty true to the nose, similar dank and resinous hops and a rich malt profile. It occurs to me this beer is a sort of cross between a spiced brown and a pale ale. Toasted caramel flavors add a rich layer to this beer and a bit of toast flavor on the finish are also a nice touch. The hop flavor is surprisingly prominent but also quite agreeable, especially the citrusy fruit touch. 4.25

It's got a rich and creamy feel, but it's also highly dry and bitter on the finish. Plenty of hops make their presence felt on the palate. The carbonation is low-key and mellow and allows the beer's smoothness to shine. 4.25

This beer is great. I'm glad I took notes and really soaked this beer in. It's an easy-to-find winter pleaser that along with Celebration belongs in my fridge for a solid three months.

Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,354 ratings.