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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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very good

855 Reviews

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Reviews: 855
Hads: 2,453
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 20.51%
Wants: 153
Gots: 365 | FT: 3
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 ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Dude_Abides
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

I should have tried a sixer before barreling-up. Pleased with the deep opaque poor and two fingers of tight pleated khakis at the helm. Malty richness with a bit of toastiness, but finishes a bit bitter for my taste. Worse yet, and maybe I'm alone, but this one is a head-throbber. About thirty minutes after seeing the bottom of my glass, I am met with a dull headache.

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Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deschutes has been new to our market this year and I've been quite pleased with all of their offering, so I'm eager to try this holiday offering... Less than a finger's worth of rich fluffy densely packed froth that is khaki in color with a slight reddish hue... Decent retention gives way to a full film of lacing of much the same... The color is a slightly murky light to medium brown... A slight bit of moderate paced carbonation throughout... The nose is comprised of light maraschino cherries, light caramel, cinnamon, and a light woody character... It's a unique but pleasing combination... Starts mellow and slightly sweet as the nose alluded to... Next comes a prominent earthy character... Finally, there is a light charred character that rises on the finish... Medium bodied... Crisp... Some sharp carbonation... Finishes a touch dry with a bit of chalkiness... A decent Winter Warmer all the way around... Not my favorite Deschutes offering... It may take a few more to truly experience this one as intended, but I'm confident I'll get there...

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

This brew pours a dark brown with red highlights when held up to the light. There is a two finger off white/tan head which lasts for several minutes and moderate lacing.

The smell is full of sweet and roasted malts, nuts, berries, mint and pine.

The taste follows the nose with plenty of sweet and roasted malts, mostly sweet, followed by nuts, spices, possibly nutmeg, berries and a hint of caramel. There are very mild piney hops at the finish. Just the slightest hint of alcohol leaks through.

Overall this is a very complex Winter Warmer and one definitely worth trying.

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

A - Pours a deep ruby red with a two-finger off-white head. Tons of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of caramel, toffee, and some faint earthy hops.

T - The taste stars out sweet with caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Roasted malts and piney hop appear mid palate. The finish has a nice piney hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a perfectly balance winter warmer. The flavors blend together seemlessly. Very nice.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: its a clear, light brownish/purple/ruby amber color. 3 finger solid tan white head that hangs around nicely. looks really pretty

s: its roasted malts, caramel, pine cones, clove, sweet berries, maybe a hint of cinnamon? and coriander

t: dark caramel, toasted malts, very light pine, cloves, cardamom, sweet berries, fig. ends with some spicy caramel with a very mellow alcohol bite

m: medium, chewy mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation (i'm loving the head retention).

o: one of my favorite winter warmers. its warming, sweet, with just a right amount of spice to harmonize it perfectly. very, very enjoyable and i highly recommend it

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Photo of Stevedore
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Enjoy by 5/4/2015. Poured into a snifter 11/22/2014.

A- Dark brown. Very dark black almost; with a touch of brown. One finger offwhite head with nice retention time, dropping eventually into a thick lacing and collar. Very nice lacing as well. [4]

S- Nothing particularly impressive. Lots of toffee and caramel. Slight bit of roast. A bit of earthy hops rounds it out. [3.25]

F- Nice amount of roast and nutty flavours, surprisingly. Smooth toffee and caramel sweetness buttresses the middle of the palate with a bit of coffee bitterness and a more than solid touch of pine on the finish. Very nice complexity and definitely a treat to drink. [4]

M- Medium bodied, nicely carbonated but smooth and silky. Nice soft feel that makes this easy to drink despite all the flavours packed into the beer. [4]

O- One of the better shelf winter warmers I've had. It's like a black scotch ale- has the good parts of a nice roasty oatmeal stout along with the nice sweetness of a scotch ale/wee heavy without the negatives. Very good stuff, I would recommend trying this one. [4]

Final score: 3.94

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Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Smooth bitterness. Taste is full, but not heavy. It would go well with a fire on a snowy evening. Has a great aroma, a lot of character. It doesn't have any staying power, no taste sitting in your mouth, but the immediate reaction is cozy. It isn't going for too much, not over the top, very comforting.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Jubelale has a medium, beige head, a rust-red, opaque appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, full, fruit cake, dates, dried fruit, some alcohol, cocoa powder, and cookies. Taste is of all those elements, plus strong hop bitterness and dark bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and Deschutes Jubelale finishes on the dry side and sip-able.


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Photo of grammodesguapote
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Bottle, best by 3/16/15. Pours a dark amber color with a light tan head. Aroma is raisin with slight banana, some mild fruit and caramel/molasses. Taste is sweet and malty, not much spice that I could make out, maybe towards the end with the slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is skickey and slightly thick, lots of residual sugars. Overall a decent beer, not in my wheelhouse, would like more spice, less malt/sugar.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Color is dark mahogany with a thin tan head and ample lacing. Smell is roasted malt and dark fruits with some citric hop presence and winter spices. Flavor is very nice, lots of malt, plums, and spices. FInish is refreshing and a touch bitter. Body is medium-full with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a great winter warmer with a lot of complexity and style. I really enjoy this beer. It's really even better on nitro if you can find it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jubelale, though indeed a dark and wintry looking beer, still has enough bright flash to act as a tree ornament; its roasted chestnut colour has a splash of cranberry shine and a fine powdering of snow atop. It's so appropriately designed you'd think the folks at Hallmark were behind it.

First and foremost, the vital ingredients for a good-quality Winter Warmer are: a) good-quality malt; b) a big proportion of it; c) holiday spices subtly blended into it. Jubelale smells like it fits the bill, with a crunchy caramel maltiness and hints of gingerbread, cinnamon, and chicory.

I'd even entertain a notion of milk chocolate, though it's not present on the palate where there's instead an abundance of fruity flavours focused primarily on raisin and dried apricots, as well as a pinch of butterscotch pudding and maybe a distant hint of peat. Plenty characterful but still a bit milder, this will certainly suit those who prefer the English style of doing things.

In true Christmas spirit, this ale prefers to make peace. I mean, not a creature is stirring - not a drop of the 6.7% alcohol nor a single one of the 60+ IBUs (nor even a mouse). It has 'ale' in the title but it drinks more akin to a lager: restrained nuttiness and a smooth, sessionable profile.

Like all Deschutes offerings, Jubelale is a more mainstream-minded one that still has more than what it takes to stand up on its own. Provenance may ensure this brewery's commonplace and mass-produced brands are still revered, but truth be told they haven't compromised an ounce and are as deserving of love now as ever before. Jubelale is a great holiday tipple!

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +1.3%

The presents itself like the consummate Holiday beer with a rich maple color and a frothy thick head.

The nose is malty, with a fruit cake, spice, chocolate malt, molasses and and toffee scent.

Great flavor and easy yet thick drinkability. I get chocolate malt, dry maltiness, slight hop bitterness, raisin, fruit cake, anise, fennel, nutmeg and brown sugar.

Deschutes nailed this one!

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Photo of blackcompg
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours 2 fingers of a rich tan foam with a hint of lite orange, body is a gorgeous ruby amber with a slight haze, accompanied by a steady stream of bubbles rising within the center. Lovely foamy rings left behind each quaff. Truly a beautiful beer which visually announces Holidays, although I prefer Christmas ;)

Smell - Dark fruits, fruitcake, notes of cherry, almond and plum, cooked brown sugar and darkened toffee.

Taste - Very unexpected and so pleasant - much like the nose, but not nearly as sweet as the nose belies. My initial thought is unsweetened well done fruitcake - very nice dark fruits, defined by plum, cherry, and a nuttiness of almond, a wonderful light roast of well done breadcrusts, and longer into the finish i'm getting some herbal flavors, some light basil and even a hint of mint, and a barely perceptible shake of white pepper. There is also a lingering woodiness very long into the finish that lingers between quaffs, a light oakiness.. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium, not because of the "weight" so much as the complexity of flavors that fill the mouth. Carb is about medium and smooth, allowing the myriad of flavors to appear w/out being scrubbed, some nice tingling edges prickle along the sides and back of the tongue.

Overall - I've been impressed by every Deschutes product I've ever tried, and what an impressive winter warmer they've brewed. So many nice flavors here, and they are all complimentary forming the perfect holiday brew. Flavors and sweetness are perfect, and at 6.7% you may be able to enjoy a few without being the guy wearing the lamp shade in the corner - highly recommend.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Finally got this long time "want" from a local distributor for just 3 bucks for the single.

A - Nice two inches of deep mocha head making for some great lacing. Beer is a deep dark brown yet clear.
S - Mildly spiced winter warmer with notes of caramel and toffee. Nice touch of brown sugar.
T - Leather and bitter herbal bite which is swiped aside with mild cinnamon and nutmeg notes. It's actually not as sweet as I hoped with an oaky like body and root flavors.
M - Medium bodied yet I can't get around how herbal this is.

I don't see the fuss about this winter warmer its a mash of leather, bitter roots, and mild oaky twang. Defiantly not good in my opinion.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

Except for the minor key of leather (the flavor I detest most in beer), this spiced brew performs well as a Winter Warmer. Not nearly as good as Stevens Point St. Benedict's Winter Ale, but tasty, nonetheless. They've done the spice just right. And the malty sweetness is right up my alley.

Note: wife hates it.

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Photo of djchrismac
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

I'm just not real sold on this offering from Deschutes. I feel it's somewhat lacking the characteristics that make a good holiday ale/winter warmer. As an avid IPA fan, I do enjoy the bitterness.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev +1%

iPhone review as I'm in my man dungeon watching the news.

App : 2 finger khaki head. Body is dark cranberry, 90 per cent opacity. 4/5

Smell : initial pour yields oats, blueberry, clove, maple. A touch of sweetness like brown sugar. As the beer is drank the aroma goes to a more barley forward aroma with clove and coffee bean. 4.5/5 great.

Taste : malty, with lots of oat and hop. The body is largely malt, but it finishes as a pale ale with strong hop presence. Some mild blueberry in the mix and biscuit, and as the beer tames it takes on more of a straight dark licorice/coffee/maple flavor. It's a bit too bitter for me but there's a good balance. 3.75/5.

Mouthfeel : mostly creamy with some carbonation and a pasty finish. 3.75/5

Overall : I'd have it again. Not what I was looking for tonight but it'll suffice. Decent beer. 3.99/5

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Photo of cratez
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Deschutes Jubelale - 6.7% ABV Winter Warmer - Consumed November 1, 2014.

A: Very dark and opaque ruby-brown hue with two fingers of tan foam and sheets of lacing on the snifter glass. Head and lace retain for the duration of the beer. An attractive pour.

S: Toffee, cherry, cocoa powder, grassy-earthy hops, red apple, roasted malt, fig, and plum. Subtle, appetizing aromas, spot on for the style.

T: Red apple, toffee, grassy hop, cherry, slight earthiness, roasted malt, juicy plum, cocoa, and fig. Grassy-astringent and drying-bitter finish lingers long. Classic winter warmer flavours.

M: Meidum-full body, creamy carbonation, smooth middle (somewhat juicy), grassy, astringent and drying-bitter finish lingers for a while. A superbly balanced and satisfying palate.

O: An impressively nuanced and delicious warmer that I would happily buy again.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12 Fl. Oz. Bottle
“Best By” date of 03/02/2015 printed on the label
Reviewed on October 30th, 2014
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Poured a mahogany body with a creamy light tan head. A feeble amount of soapy lacing followed the body to the bottom of the glass.

Very sweet nose consisting of dark fruit, caramel, toasted grains, and faint notes of earthy hops.

An abundance of warm, sweet, toasted malts up front. Tremendous caramel / molasses notes. Hints of burnt toast broke through when the hops gained steam. Subtle notes of herbal malts did not detract the prominence of the malts. Medium-full body (definitely leaned towards the full side of the spectrum). Low-moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy body. Semi-dry finish.

Many of my favourite brews are released in the Fall/Winter… you can bet Jubelale is one of them. Between the warm, full flavour and the festive artwork on the label, it is the perfect ale to welcome in the cold weather.

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Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance: auburn. Medium-thick, light tan, dense foamy head. Sticky lacing.
Smell: caramel. Citrus hop aroma.
Taste: chocolate and a light toasted biscuit. Roasted barley. Citrus hop flavor.
Mouthfeel: medium-light carbonation. Big body. Slightly Sweet.
Overall: well balanced. Malty, hoppy, strong ale. Great widely available winter ale.

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

Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a finger thick, medium-dark brown head, solid lacing, and a near black super dark brown body. This is a sexy lookin' beeya.

I smell splendidly roasted malts, molasses, and a touch of ginger. Just the right, amount, too.

The taste is very similar, maybe like a xmas cookie. This is a savory, perfect-for winter brew.

Mouthfeel here is slightly thicker, but I like that in a beer made especially for the cold months.

Overall a very well deserved 4.75 for Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery. This is a delicious choice and I advise you to give it a go.

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

Deep brown to amber in color with an inch thick of khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. I smell caramel malt and not much else. The flavor is plenty of caramel malt with a spicy nutty taste. The mouth is smooth and creamy.

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Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best By 3/16/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark ruby amber with a khaki head that leaves great lacing and retention. Looks really good. The aromas are very malty. Cocoa is there. Dark fruits and cherries in the mix. The flavors are malty as well, but has a subtle bitterness to it. The citrus and pine notes start to come through. Some raisins in the mix. More cherries. Very subtle spice notes. It becomes pretty earthy. The mouthfeel is wonderful. I've noticed Deschutes seems to nail this light fluffy creaminess with active carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a solid winter brew. The craftsmanship is what sells this beer for me. The mouthfeel alone makes me want to drink this all day. It's along the lines of a bold brown ale.

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Photo of ricke49
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 version is superior. Figs, malt, seasonal goodness abound. Hard to think of a better rich winter beer available for 6.99 (sale price at BiMart). This awesome taste at a poor mans price point make winter a wonderland.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.