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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery


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very good

1,736 Ratings

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Ratings: 1736
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%

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 utopiajane

New York

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown when held to the natural light and a perfect garnet when held to the indoor light. Has some honey gold and brown hues and good clarity. A fat khaki head of foam that falls like a lazy Sunday morning. Laces like it means to with rings and patches. Nose is malty and sweet. Some lightly sweet chocolate and dark fruit. Some spice and some earthy leafy depth. Has a little cinnamon and nutmeg but they are blended so well that it's hard to pick them out. Taste is dynamite. The malt is perfection and smooth and full but not too heavy. The chocolate is less powerful in the taste and the earth and grain from the roast comes to the forefront. I love how this beer has a roasted quality that comes right to the edge of where it would have become bold and impudent like a stout but stopped gently. It has grain in the taste and that's how well done it is. The fruit takes a back seat but sweetens this beer subtly and without too much fanfare for a pleasant and mild flavor overall. The mouthfeel is excellent and the hops show off a touch of bitter alongside a bit of bitter from the roast in the finish that I thought was especially festive. has a nice gentle warming from the alcohol and a slight dryness in the finish. This beer because of it's earthy nature doesn't have to stay on the desert or on the after table. You could serve this with plenty of foods.

Cheers and thanks Bill for the chance to try this fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 16:27:31 | More by utopiajane
Photo of SteadySippin


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - I opened up the bottle and started to pour and was amazed. It comes out of the bottle with a nice dark brown color. The head was light tan and fluffy. LOTS of lacing. The body is slightly foggy and full of particles and bubbles.

S - Sweet caramel and lots of malt. A lot going on with the taste. You get lots of malt flavors at first but they fade off and you get a very light hop bitterness on your tongue. Its sweet and a little bready.

T - A lot going on with the taste. You get lots of malt flavors at first but they fade off and you get a very light hop bitterness on your tongue. Its sweet and a little bready. I found the taste to be pretty complex.

M - Surprisingly light, by looking at it in the glass I expected a heavier beer. It goes down smooth and the carbonation is right. Flavors linger in the mouth for quite some time.

O - Good beer from Deschutes. Not too heavy but delivers some good malt and hop flavors infused quite nicely. Try it if you can!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 06:24:18 | More by SteadySippin
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White stamp on the side of the bottle says "best by 04/06/14":

Into a pint glass

A: fairly dark brown colored body with a white almost off white colored half finger head that dies to a small coating on the top of the body, some spotty lacing is left

S: a malty sort of caramel but kinda coming through in a bland sort of way, still there's some toasty yet also somewhat burnt nuttiness, spice tries to come through but stays muted for the most part

T: bland earthy caramel nuttiness, malty nutty aftertaste, dry finish

M: medium body, fairly sessionable - as sessionable as a winter warmer can be, carbonation is fairly smooth and good for the style, pretty good to me

O: for the most part, I tend to like Deschutes a ton, but this one is honestly only average to me, got a coupe left, I'll see if it gets any better

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 06:22:44 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: Deep garnet with some darker browns thrown in for depth. Head is light-tan and drops to a small creamy cap in short order. Decent retention with a moderate carbonation. Some specks and spots of lacing.

Smell: Toasty nutty burnt caramel. Deeply bready with fresh brown bread and some biscuit dough. Toasted element is quite nice. A soft spice runs through the back, but it hits more like hop spicy than spices. Some caramel and molasses. Mildly leafy with some underlying earthy notes. Follows a typical Deschutes malt profile, which is never a bad thing. A bit of candied and caremlized sugars.

Taste: Mild earthy and herbal hops sit atop a slightly toasted malt body. A touch of light roast coffee bean. A touch of cocoa buried in the back. Soft spice element adds a nice compliment to a deeply bready malt backbone. Toasted brown bread with some sweeter biscuity notes. A touch of alcohol and some caramelized malts. Something almost candied. A bit of a floral edge. A mix of spiciness, alcohol and hop. Some apple skin and mealy pear as it warms, A bit more assertive on the hops than the style normally gets, but it's a welcome addition.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body with a moderate carbonation. A touch creamy on the front, with a slightly dry finish. Lingering alcohol.

Overall: Hells yeah holiday spirit.

Sign me up for more of this next year. Add this to my case(s) of Celebration and winter just got even better. A nice unspiced take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 20:54:20 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of Khad


4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the first time I had ever tasted this beer. I noticed the liquor stores in Vegas carrying more and more of the Deschutes product; I'm guessing the huge success they have been having contributes to his decision.

This turned out to be a wonderful treat, to say the least! I poured this into a Stout glass. The head isn't super thick and just barely hangs around enough for you to finish the brew but the lacing isn't bad considering a real lack of head. The color might remind some of iced tea, but I think it's kind of nice considering the time of year its consumed. Some might say it appears like iced tea others along the lines of a single malt scotch, either way I like it. The scent is really nice. You get a layer of malt, caramel, spices, and hops but no one thing is overpowering. Now the mouth feel is just perfect! Kind of creamy but all very very pleasant and it all adds to incredible drinkability. The taste is full of flavor and it all seems to work in "waves". First thing you get is some malt, followed by some great floral spices maybe (cinnamon?) I even got very very very... subtle notes of chocolate. In the end you get a little "baby punch" of hops, which was kind of a pleasant surprise. Guys, this is not a "hoppy" beer but they come out in the end. All very very smooth and extremely pleasant. Anyone can enjoy this as it's subtle enough for a newbie, but complex enough for the beer snob. Deschutes hit this one out of the park!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:41:46 | More by Khad
Photo of BVukelich


4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I would never have guessed the IBUs were 60, great beer. Decent appearance, aroma and mouthfeel. Where this beer rocked it was in the taste. I wasn't looking to pair it with anything specific for my lunch but ate it with a roast beef hot dip sandwich served with Guinness au jus. Dang, the beer went well and I went through 2 pints. With or without a sandwich like this, I recommend it...on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 05:16:36 | More by BVukelich
Photo of colforbin73


4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

winter warmer. i avoid pumpkin ales and anything that advertises spice. deschutes jubilale along with SN celebration is one of THE GOTO winter seasonals -- nothing over-the-top in terms of additional flavor elements -- just hearty goodness~!

the pour is outstanding, dark maple, ruby red .... nay, mahogany color when held up to the light and given the deep color it is crystal clear -- nice tan head sticks to the glass.

malts dominate the nose but there is plenty of hop presence in the drink. a nice frontal citrus bite clears the way for the unctuous malty froth that follows. perfectly sweet but with a little alcohol burn... it tastes like sitting in front of the fire on a snowy afternoon. long list of ingredients:


for some reason i didn't like the 2012 jubilale that much but this year it is superb again!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:17:28 | More by colforbin73
Photo of Auraan


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep brown with one finger tan head. It was very dark, and very appealing, quite nice to the eye. Scents of fruity esters, spiciness, citrus pith, some pine, slight funk, overripe fruit and some apricot sweetness. A good aroma, quite sweet and fruity, with a bit of a citrus hop aroma. Flavor is citrus pith and pine resin bitterness, balanced by banana, tropical fruit, a caramel malt backbone and fruity and overripe fruit flavors. It's quite sweet and fruity, but with enough West Coast hop bitterness to balance it. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Quite nice to drink. Overall this is a good beer. It's got a nice balance of sweet fruit and bitter hops to keep it from being cloying like many winter warmer and it has enough complexity to make it interesting.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-09-2013 07:37:32 | More by Auraan
Photo of BWED


3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle (now distributed to Southeastern PA) poured into a tulip.

A- Dark amber in color, with some vibrant red and burnt orange highlights shining brightly when held straight up to a light. The head is yellowish tan and retains well with some really nice looking lacing left behind.

S- Dark fruit in the aroma, some raisin. Spice is apparent, as expected. There is a sweetness in the nose as well, along with a little booze.

T- Sweet raisin and a little caramel. Spices come through along with a some hop.

M- Medium, slightly creamy in body. Spice lingers in the feel. Bitterness may be a little too much for me for this style.

O- Overall this isn't bad. It's wonderful looking, and has a good taste. The bitterness in the finish is just a little more than I like.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:03:03 | More by BWED
Photo of BeerWizard


3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I get this every year - always a solid offering. Pours a reddish brown, clarified ale, with an ecru head. Smells very malty, jammy, and of dark, candied fruit; kind of like fruitcake, now that I think about it. Flavor brings a bit more choco-mocha to it along with dark fruit, and a little wine-like strawberry element. Mouthfeel is pretty solid, somewhere between medium and heavy bodied, but this isn't a huge beer. ABV comes in a bit below a 7, and for the style I think it should achieve at least a 7, but I'm not making the rules here. Overall, very good winter warmer, good representation of the style, and a good offering from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 04:07:11 | More by BeerWizard
Photo of Fatehunter


3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big three fingers of head on a dark copper colored body.
The aroma is strong on the caramel with some lemon, toffee and milk chocolate too. Quite a nice mixture.
The taste is caramel and toffee sweet, with a little lemon and pine bitterness.
The texture is medium body with moderate carbonation.
It's got great aroma and a wonderful flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 01:45:34 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of micromaniac129


3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the Wegmans in Warrington and snatched up a sixer fast.
A pretty good beer. It's spicy, sweet and bitter with a nice roasted malt nose.
It drinks well sweet and spicy to start with a yeasty dry finish. But that finish is a bit harsh for some reason.
I'll hold off on the others until it a leasts gets cold.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 11:49:07 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of constantine_272


3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with slight cloudiness. Brown foam settled quickly but left a large mess of sticky glass clinging foam.

S: Roasted chestnut and cedar. Good roasted malt. Hints of maple sweetness.

T: Strong roasted grain and rye taste. A warm spiciness softens the roasted notes. Strong hoppy finish balances out the flavors well with hay and dried grass.

M: Medium strong dryness. Finishes with very low dried leaf aftertaste. Surprisingly thin and light in texture.

O: One of the staples of the winter seasonals. It's refreshing and easy drinking. I'm not terribly impressed, but its still a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 01:12:47 | More by constantine_272
Photo of dc87


4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The body is a very dark, attractive red. A relatively thin off-white head.

S - Very pleasant sweet smell. Sugar, dark fruits, raisins.

T - Starts out with a rich, fruity, malt flavour - like the nose but slightly less sweet - with a perfect amount hops coming through midway to make things interesting. Has a little spice to it too. Aftertaste is bittersweet mix of hops, dark chocolate and bread.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, goes down very nicely

O - A rich, flavoursome malty winter ale. Very moreish. One of my go-to favourite autumn/winter beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 05:12:44 | More by dc87
Photo of Will_Edgar


4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Keg Stand in West DSM, Ia. Poured into 10 oz tulip.

Appearance- Not a lot of light in here but definitely appears a very dark red, almost reddish-brown.

Smell- Toffee, spices, slight hops.

Taste- Definitely a hazelnut, raisin and cocoa at the beginning. Fades to a sweeter caramel flavor towards the end.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, very smooth

Overall- An excellent beer, especially on tap. It is early for winter ales but I enjoyed it just as well. Doesn't beat SN Celebration as my go to winter warmer brew but but definitely a good one when mixing it up.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2013 14:18:54 | More by Will_Edgar
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a FW tulip. BB 3/2/14

Pours a hazy brownish red color with an appropriate inch thick off white head. A massive aroma of caramel/ toffee engulfs your nose as soon as the beer hits your glass. OOh...the taste is, dare i say, even better than the smell! A lot of dark fruit is what i get at first...raisins/dates, which i didnt get at all in the nose. After that i do get a bit of caramel sweetness but the dark fruit is really what lingers and dominates the palate. Very creamy feel to this beer, the body is just a tad lighter than i'd like, but its real close to spot on.

Overall a very impressive beer that i enjoyed much more than i thought i would. Grab this one while you can!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 22:18:21 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of justintcoons


3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Chestnut brown with mahogany highlights. Has 1 finger of tan head. Good retention and clarity.

Cocoa, raisin, cinnamon and caramel.

Sweet brown breads and raisin. Hazelnut, cocoa and hints of cinnamon. Molasses and caramel maltiness.

Medium-plus bodied, smooth and silky.

Smooth, easy drinking Winter Warmer. Think chocolate & cinnamon Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 13:47:00 | More by justintcoons
Photo of jimmah120


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date i could find (didnt search long, this is fresh)

dark ruby color with lots of small floating particulates. smell is hop, spice, and toasty malts. the feel is a silky smooth medium, the taste is almost like a spiced black ipa. good amount of bitter hops and dark toasty malts. a little white pepper and clove in there as well.

a choice dark ale for the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 03:55:58 | More by jimmah120
Photo of lashasha

New Mexico

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first ale I have ever tried. Jubelale was easy to drink, not too heavy, and I even felt a little buzzed from my first beer. Hops can be an overwhelming taste for me personally, and this was not overpowering at all. I would drink Jubelale again, and would say this is a fitting beer for learning palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 19:03:03 | More by lashasha
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC


4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- It's a dark reddish color.
S- I already get a little hazelnut. Dark Fruits and raisin also come off the nose.
T- Nice spicy balance. There is very low bitterness and it tastes honey-like as well.
M- Perfectly balanced, Medium bodied beer.
O- I am very impressed with the quality of beer here.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 05:00:24 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
Photo of BeerLover99


4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy auburn body, finger khaki head,
world class lacing

S: raisins, sweet malt, mild leather, nutty

T: same as nose, hint of grassy, veggie taste

M: med/heavy body, very smooth/creamy mouth

O: WOW! One of the most interesting
and amazing Winter Warmers out there. I will
most assuredly grab more of these for the cold
winter months of the Great Lakes.


Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 22:32:10 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Jellopants356


3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice deep red, with a thin coffee head. Smells of wood and smoke with a little hop to it. Tastes alright. Much more of a smoke flavor than i would like to see from what appears to be a red ale. Where's the hops? Kinda disappointed in the lack of hops in this one. Needs more coffee or caramel to balance with that intense smokey flavor. I do like the mouthfeel, nice. Bubbly and light. The finish again lacks with a fairly watery smoke flavor. Overall, probably my least favorite Deschutes beer that I've had. Shame really, now i guess I'll just have to drink Powder Hound or Sleigher all winter :)

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 05:31:04 | More by Jellopants356
Photo of mtboozeaddict41


3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured carelessly into a Carters Brewery glass;-/Props Carters

Appearance: dark copper, frothy milk head. small retention.

Smell: rich toasted malt dominates the aroma. Lingering is dark chocolate with noticeable nuttiness. Sweet candy toffee. beautiful nose for those who love rich aromas. Light herbal hoppiness also complements the otherwise dominant malt.

Taste: rich in molasses initially. Vanilla follows. Tasty I say. Full bodied and chocolate rich. Ends a tad bitter with notes of lingering dark cocoa in the background enticing the drinker for more. For the most part this beer holds ground for being balanced. Rich malt with enough of a hop backbone to keep one satisfied.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation moves smooth through the palate. Fulll bodied

Overall: Great beer for this style. Something I wouldn't turn down. Deschutes does it again

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:54:17 | More by mtboozeaddict41
Photo of minterro


4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Morgans in Denver, CO

I have read that the label changes annually. This years label is very well done, I really like it.

A&S: Very malty in the aroma initially which gives way to more of a piney earthy hoppyness. Very subtle hints of milk chocolate and roastyness. Huge (more then 2 fingers) light tan colored head. Lively semi-transparent garnet colored beer.

T&M: surprisingly well hopped for a winter warmer. There is a sweetness present but is well balanced by roasty and hoppy components. Piney and roasty elements in the finish (semi bitter). This beer is a very well balanced and on the more complex side of flavors (makes ones palate think). No alcohol presence. Smooth, but crisp. On the lighter side of medium (its refreshing, but not too light).

Overall: Deschutes has kinda been a disappointment for me so far, however this beer was very good. I really don't know how many beers I will continue to try from them, because it seems hit or miss, but this one is worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 05:14:22 | More by minterro
Photo of deschutes_fan


4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a St. Sebastian tulip.

Pours a deep, dark amber with decent amount of carbonation and some lacing present.

The smell of holiday spices and roasted malt reminds me that fall is upon us.

Nice full roasty flavor up front with spice and a lingering bitterness from the hops. The medium body makes this a great fall/winter sessionable ale, I could easily drink 2-3 of these during monday night football (but probably not the whole 6pack @ 6.7% ABV).

Overall a very drinkable, but full flavored fall/winter beer. I would choose this over many of the fall/winter seasonals or pumpkin beers I've had so far and is relatively cheap at $8 per 6pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 02:43:12 | More by deschutes_fan
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