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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 838
Hads: 2,369
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 143
Gots: 318 | 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: 838 | Hads: 2,369
Photo of whartontallboy
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly-opaque reddish brown, almost like cola with a solid head of tan foam. Nice bubbly carbonation.

Smell is malty and sweet, with some cinnamon hints in it and a little bit of licorice.

The flavor is nice, it's got a little bit of a caramel/gingerbread thing going on with the malt, and there's a nice fruitiness, too. Fairly sweet without being cloying. The alcohol doesn't come through, and the spices really round out the finish nicely, with little hints of nutmeg and clove sneaking in.

Overall: Not my favorite style by any stretch, but this is a pretty tasty winter warmer I'd like to have again.

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Photo of ReebShorts
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. longneck brown bottle. Different artwork than the one pictured. This one has a pic of people chatting it up at a ski lodge, light blue with a red cursive Jubelale.

Color is a deep, dark, reddish-brown. off white head, faded slowly leaving adequate lacing behind.

Aroma is caramel malt, floral spice, dark fruit, pine and cinnamon.

Tasty and well balanced, I thought the malt bay be a bit strong due to the style, but it is actually about right. Carbonation is about perfect. Great winter drinker.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table crystal clear brown with a tan and frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with caramel and a nice maltiness. The sweetness component of the aroma contained a honey character and a fruity, cherry aspect.

The flavor was fruity with caramel maltiness and a chocolate flavor that was mingled with cherries.

The body was medium and the finish was just dry with fruity caramel and chocolate lasting long into the aftertaste . Not very complex, but a decent beer.

Pint at Papago in Scottsdale, AZ.

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

Thanks to waldowin for the sample. Nice looking chestnut color. Somewhat hazy in appearance. Low aroma-malt with some spiciness to it. Full malty flavor. Mild spiciness behind it all. Not too sure if there are spices added but it comes across as though there are. Mellow lingering bitterness. Decent body. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Reminds me of some of the better ESBs I have had in my life.

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Photo of charlatan
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 2005 edition has a dark brown colour (which I definitely wouldn't describe as golden!) with a generous head and a creamy, caramel smell with a herbal tone. A roasted malt flavour and a creamy feel give way to a cleaner slightly herbal flavour. This is very pleasant and would make a good winter session beer despite its strength.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the 2005 edition of Jubelale on-tap at Northern Lights Theatre Pub in Salem. It was poured into a standard pint glass, and allowed to sit for a few minutes to warm some - they tend to serve their beers a touch too cold for my liking pretty often. Also of note, this is my first real winter seasonal of the year, which is very exciting for a number of reasons.

The first thing I noticed was that the beer was served with a beautiful finger of head that just peaked up over the glass and retained throughout the course of the entire drinking. Lacing was left down the side of the glass as I drank the beer. The beer itself was a very deep red color with very little carbonation. The aroma was predominately of sweet maltiness but it did include some hint of spices. The flavor was unexpected, and I wish I could give it a 4.75. It begins malty and as the beer finishes over the pallet with a bitterness and alcohol finish. Complex and full bodied, the beer retains a really high drinkability. A very good winter brew, and the first beer I'm fighting myself not to give a 5.0 in the taste or drinkability areas of the review. A real pleasure.

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Photo of 1whiskey
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great label for the '05 version!

12 oz bottle poured out a dark cherry-brown. More of a cloudy blood orange color when held up to light. One finger head quickly flattens out.

Smell is almost exclusively mild malt sweetness. Some piney hop notes also present.

Taste is also dominated by a mild malt sweetness, but the piney hops notes are more prominant. Some grainy esthers and sublte orange peel bitterness is also in the mix. Mmmm....tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy, as you would expect from a winter warmer. It leaves a bit of an oily hop residue on the tongue, but no bitter taste. Carbonation is minimal.

I really liked this beer. It's hearty, but not overly spiced liked most winter seasonals. I found it very enjoyable and drinkable enough to be a good session beer. In fact, I would like to see this available year-round. Very good, definately recommended.

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Photo of RoBotGod
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I kept wanting more form this beer. The Look and smell was good but the taste didn’t follow through. I think the malt covered up some of the flavor. The Christmas spice ale flavor was there but very hard to detect. The IBUs were at 60 and the alcohol % was 6.7. Not a bad beer but I expect more form a seasonal.

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Unfortunately I poured this downstairs and don't have the bottle in front of me for more details, but this years design has a nice 1950's style ski scene.

Appearance: Very dark red brown with a nice offwhite head that fades to leave a thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with a fair amount of spices. Nutmeg seems to be the dominant spice, with some others mixed in as well. Just a hint of hops at the end.

Taste: Starts off malty and sweet.. in the middle is a good amount of spice nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe some coriander). The end finishes suprisingly hoppy.

Overall impression: A very nice winter beer. I enjoyed this last year, and will be keeping quite a bit in the fridge this season as well.

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Photo of BrewDad
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 is out and ready to drink. This is a great beer. Dark reddish brown color with a huge head and a great overall aroma. The hint of smokyness with a light hopps flavor and a huge malt presence make this a great winter warmer. I will be getting more for the deep winter months.

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Photo of waldowin
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby amber, with a nice light tan head that fades back to a thin layer of large bubbles and a ring, with lacing all the way down. Very nice.

Smells malts, coriander, and cloves. Almost a spiced rum smell. Grapefrut and citrus hops are hinted at.

Tastes very strongly of cloves, spices, and a complex mix of hops (grapefruit, pine, citrus, and smoke). Malt on the tip of the tongue, and hops in the wash. A sweet start, spiced body, and hopped aftertaste that leaves you ready for another gulp.

Mouthfeel is a bit smooth and airy, fairly big feel for this level of ABV.

Definitely a good brew for winter. This will go alongside the Black Butte Porter as a daily drinker for me during the cold months.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at 'bones. Pour was of cloudy chesnut. Aroma came across as low and carmelly. I found that tastewise it was malty, with some cocoa powder notes. Had a caramelly finish. Medium body. Didn't knock my socks off, but kept me warm while drinking.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep crimson-bronze with orange peel accents beneath a pale toffee colored head that has a sponge-like texture. The surface of the cap looks like bubbly, caramelizing sugar, and as it drops, gobs of chunky lace begin to cling to the glass. This is one impressive looking beer.

The aroma is of toasty caramel malt and orange fruity hops. It's pleasant, but it lacks power. I'd like to see some aspect of the nose (malt, hops or spices) break out and act as a focal point. Yeah, it's balanced, but it isn't forceful enough or distinctive enough for the big leagues.

The Deschutes website says that Jubelale is akin to a 'Strong Ale or an English Olde Ale'. Well... not quite. It isn't big enough or flavorful enough for either one of those designations, but it's good beer all the same. There's nothing at all wrong with being on the lighter end of the winter warmer spectrum.

The beer is more malty than it is hoppy (by a relatively wide margin) and has a flavor profile that consists of dark caramel, toasted black bread, strong/unsweetened tea and weak cocoa. It doesn't taste quite as dark as that list makes it sound however. While no one would confuse Jubelale with a porter, a lighter doppelbock wouldn't be such a crazy comparison.

It isn't overly sweet--as winter warmers go--and is actually on the bitter side; especially on the finish where piney hops make quite an impression. Even though I don't pick up much in the way of spices, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there's a little cinnamon present. The body/mouthfeel is in the general vicinity of medium and is capably smooth with a subdued amount of carbonation.

Jubelale is a good, solid winter beer, but pales in comparison to my last winter warmer from the Pacific Northwest, Dick's Double Diamond Winter. If you're looking for loads of flavor and a big, luscious body, look elsewhere. This Deschutes seasonal can hold its own though, and kept me interested all the way to the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of danadeny
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown body with a head that fades fast. The smell is very faint, average roasted grain, floral hops. Tastes of medium malt, tart hops, a bit of overall sweetness, and a coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is watery and smooth. Drinkability is average. Overall a solid winter ale.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear dark amber liquid with many fine bubbles rising to the light tan head. The head retention was not great but that could be because of the fairly high alcoohol content.

The aroma was quite muted. I could detect some malt and maybe some nondistict hops, but that might be my imagination.

The taste was outstanding. The malt chocolate sweetness exploded on the sides of my tongue. Then came the hop bitterness that lingers long. This provides a sweet finish with a lot of bitterness. Not often to I find a beer so complex that I can descern both the malt and the hops for a long period of time after I sip the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation stings the tip of my tongue. I was surprised that I could not detect the alcohol as I drank the beer.

This is a nice beer that I bought just before Christmas. This one is the last of the two six packs that I had shipped to me. I will be looking for more next year.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 12oz bottle drank on 12/20/04 with a best by date of 3/10/05. Pours out with a dark brownish red body with a small light tan head floating atop. No lacing was left around the glass. Aroma was sweet caramel malt and a spicy hoppiness. Taste was similar with sweet caramel malt being at the front and a light spicy earthiness towards the end. Quite balanced and tasty overall. Ends on a bitter and slightly roasty flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly warming. Good stuff that is easy drinking and fairly tasty, I could definitely have a few.

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Photo of bultrey
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nothing really stood out with this beer; rather, it's the beer's fine balance that makes a statement. However, it is more malty than hoppy, and it doesn't have a whole lot of detectable spice. To me this drank like a scottish ale or something of that ilk. The malt sports nice caramel, toffee, and nut flavors. I was happy to receive this as a holiday present, and it makes a fine winter session beer. Not one to track down, but one to keep in your fridge if it's readily available. Nice.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/25/04- Purchased at Tower Market in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no expiration date poured into my Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance- Dark red/brown color. Decent 3/4 inch head and acceptable lacing.

Smell- Hops, fruity esters, malt some nutty scent.

Taste- Tastes like a porter/brown ale. The first thing that caught me was the soft burnt or roasted coffee taste. Then the nutty aspect caught my buds. All intermixed with hops.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation and kinda creamy leaves a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- A nice X-mas beer to start the first football game off. Not bad at all.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some dark orange tinit with a nice creamy looking tan head,aromas of caramel and roasted nut along with some zest.Taste is earthy and chocolaty with a nice spicey finish,almost a higher hopped brown ale.A nice velvety mouthfeel the beer glides down the throat,a real winter warmer rich and hearty with alot of nice flavors going on.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark ruby-brown, thick layer of sudsy tan foam with good head retention, lace

Aroma: dark caramel, crystal malt, grassy hops (simcoe?), hint of pine, a bit sweet

Flavor: rich hit of malt which is quickly swiped aside by a heavy swath of piny hop flavor and bitterness, very present hoppiness, finishes dry with an aftertaste of bitter grass

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, pert carbonation, a bit astringent

Other comments: A nice malty/hoppy strong ale, but I'm not sure what makes it "festive".

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Photo of gbontrag
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah nuts... Like I have a bowl of nuts in front of me, and this looks most like the color of a filbert.

I wistfully smell cardamom among the "pine and spruce," and warm biscuits in a seasoned 12" cast iron skillet. Doink.

Jubelale is "characterized by a large malt body balanced with hop bitterness derived from a variety of American and European hops." I don't know -- that sounds like Santa on a salad diet. The picture I get as I guzzle to buzzle my calabuzza is bit thin: It's like I live a quarter mile from my nearest neighbor so I focus a telescope on his dining room and see a fat guy sitting at the table eating a box of brach's chocolate-covered cherries on a wood table decorated with pine boughs.
Whooppee, an average "Santamas" beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Red Bones.

This winter warmer poured a very lightly hazy, deep red-chestnut color with tan foam that settled flat. The smell was modest but malty. The taste was malty with very light sweetness and some hoppiness to balance. Other flavors detected were dried fruits. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with a slight drying quality and a touch of sharpness. The body and carbonation were medium. The aftertaste was tangy and lightly hoppy. Overall this was a good winter warmer.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark translucent ruby-brown with a quickly dissolving head, smells like caramel-covered cinnamon apples. Heavy toffee malt mixed with plums and berries and spices, with a nice chewy mouthfeel and smooth slightly bitter grapefruit finish. I would love to try this stuff on cask, or even at room temperature, there's a lot of flavor here. Unfortunately I live in a galaxy far, far away for the nearest place to get this stuff.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 bottle:
The head is small, tan (almost a little yellowy) and dies filmy. The beer is clear, dark, oiled mahogany: gorgeous. Sweet chocolate and toffee in the delicious nose. Chocolate and fruit up front. Thick and fruity malty, cocoa middle. Bitter chocolate, nutty, hoppy, milky finish with alcohol. This is a very nice, bitter, chocolate, malty, dark ale with a great hop profile. Delicious.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gueuzedude for the sample.
Aroma presents with some really nice rich malt tones. Also possesses good fruitiness, adequate sweetness and bits of alcohol.
Wonderful deep amber with mahogany and brown. Solid one inch tan head that's quite firm.
Good mix of experiences in the taste. Sweetness in the beginning, dryness at the finish. Darker fruits and a nicely balanced bitterness and flavor from the hops (spice, pine and flowery), which show a strong presence, but aren't excessive.
Good softness and same with smoothness. Medium to heavy feel. Seems to thin as warms.
I wouldn't call this a big beer, but it's rich and flavorful. Very good for cold nights. Well done.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.