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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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very good

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Reviews: 838
Hads: 2,369
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 143
Gots: 319 | 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 ExaltedNecrosis
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with some ruby. One finger of tan/khaki head.

S - Lots of sweet malts: caramel, toast, brown sugar, and a hint of cocoa.

T - Big nutty caramel malt flavor which is followed by sweet brown sugar, a bit of roastiness, a little coffee, and some cocoa. A great mix of sweet and roasty flavors.

M - Smooth, moderate body with low-to-moderate carbonation. This is very creamy and easy to drink.

O - Deschutes has impressed me greatly again. Definitely my favorite winter warmer; the amount of complexity is great and the various sweet malt flavors complement each other perfectly.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skyhand. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, with no effort at decanting, poured it all in (didn't quite mean to, but oh well), formed little head, and what was there was gone quickly. Color is murky brown with strong red edges. Aroma is strongly of plums, raisins, and alcohol, like a good winter warmer should. Taste is a wood-tinged maltfest, with the dark fruits and alcohol exploding onto the scene near the end of the tasting experience. Mouthfeel is incredible, with apparently the aging rounding the edges and making this one smooth MF of a brew, especially for the style. Same goes for the drinkability. Wish another of these could be gotten, but I am happy to know that I had one, at least.

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Photo of 49degrees
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Released as a "limited edition Millennium ale" it is closely related and based on its older cousin, the "Jubelale" but it taken to new extremes in virtually every directions including bitterness, aroma, maltiness and character. This is a real winner. Although the abv is unlisted on the bottle., I've seen references to 7.0%abv written in places; but for this avid beer fan, its seems to pack a much heartier punch ... Perhaps a little closer to its local competitor Hair Of The Dog and their selection of 10%abv releases.

Pours a deep dark brown with a heavy ruby red accent. Pours with a very small head which quick fades to little more than an extremely small inconsistent collar and no glass lacing.

Aroma is rife with passion and extremely fruity, malty, sour, and hoppy hints with plenty of interesting earthy hints like peat, oak and smoke.

Flavorise,this really packs a punch and is a cornacopia offering of different ingredients for beer. This is intensely fruity (cherry, apricot, plum, and apple), earthy (walnut, peat, and oak), wickedly sweet (toffee, caramel and chocolate) plus a nice round hit of coffee/espresso to help round it all out. Extremely bitter, but it doesn't make your tongue tingle like many barley wines, but its tends to sit better at the back of the throat and slides down with a interesting bitterly sweet malty taste explosion.

Considering everything that is going on in this brew, it’s a real intresting and highly enjoyable brew. Best of all, all the flavors come together in one very well rounded, almost creamy consistency package that delivers a real knockout punch.

A nice brew that should age well, considering the quality of it at this juncture more than 2 years after being brewed. Sadly, I've only come across 3 bottles of this and failed to grab more than the one I'm about to finish off now. Sublime!!

[ STATS:>> 12oz bottle / ABV: unlisted / PRICE: $2.39 ]

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Photo of pkalix
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my bottle looks different than the one on the picture of BA, and i am surprised at the difference in ratings of the BA score and 'the bros' . . . . but here goes....
pours a solid, thick dark brown with a nice oatmeal colored head and very respectable lacing down the side.
malty, darker fruit aroma, biscuit-y, and smells like it will fill you up like a meal. earthy smell, wonderful aroma, probably the best trait of this one.
taste definitely gives away the darker fruit. smooth, minor after-bitterness, and a little heavier than the brown ale and pils i just had. very 'earthy' and almost stout-like.
overall, i wanted to try this as deschutes seems to have some really good products and i wanted to see what they produced for a 'winter ale'. at 6.7%, it serves a purpose for the cooler evenings. it's hearty enough for the stomach and it's mellow enough for the palate. almost stout-like... this is a very good brew. a cross between a brown ale and a stout, if you will.... each aspect was very good- straight 4.5's in my book. but i really liked the aroma i got from it...

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark dark brown with a nice size tan head. Lacing lasts all the way down. Smell has hints of roasted sugars. Malted taste up front with very faint hop bite followed by a carmel sweetness. The mouthfeel is very smooth, just right. Overall, this is probably my favorite of the winter warmers. I'm glad it's come to Texas finally.

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Photo of Idris
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is long overdue. Quite simply, I consider Jubelale to a benchmark of the style and my one of my favorite beers. I've been enjoying this beer for years and finally decided to review it.

A garnet hued beauty hides gentle ruby highlights. A lovely two finger tan head that lasts and lasts. Seductive. Dark malt presence, but enough of a spicy hop on the edges to keep the aroma balanced. This beer just smells like winter. Broad malt profile that has hints of chocolate, a touch of tobacco, and coffee. Gentle hops on the crisp finish that makes me beg for more.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Docer for this 12 oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep amber body with a creamy cap of foam. Creamy patches of lacing are connected by jagged spiderweb.

Heckuva nose on this. Loads of caramel, loads of dark and candied fruits, baked apple crisp, a touch of earthiness. Bold and inviting. Tastes just as good, maybe even moreso. Fig newtons, brown sugar and fried tart apples all play big parts. Fruity esters, chocolate and toasted notes dance in and out. A substantial bitter current cuts through the sweetness and keeps it from becoming sticky. Great feel, full and robust, yet it manages to finish rather clean aside from a some lingering fresh bread and light earthiness.

Overall impression: Leave the spices in the cupboard; this is what a real winter warmer should taste like. Top notch.

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Photo of garthwaite
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cranberry tinted brown with a minimal tan head. As soon as I smelled this creation, I knew I was in for a treat. Deep, woody aroma of sweet fruits (plums and cherries) upfront with mild hops and alcohol in the background. Tremendously well rounded flavor profile with sweet caramel and toffee malts blending beautifully with the dimmed burst of sour fruit to yield an utterly fantastic chocolate covered burgundy cherry flavor that fills and delights the mouth. As if that superb, dessert-like taste isn't enough, there are still more subtle flavors adding to this brew's complexity - there is a dull, but ever-present hop bitterness that rests on the back of the tongue & some well blended hints of molasses and brown sugar. Lightly carbonated, almost creamy, & coats your mouth like a delicious syrupy blanket. Finishes dry with vanilla & a tiny bitter bite, but mostly leaving you with a long lasting, sweet reminder of the deliciousness that just passed your lips. As good as any dessert I've had.

Many, many thanks to skyhand for passing this bottle on to me.

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Photo of beernut7
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark amber color with a creamy head. This is a very good winter ale in the tradition of teh brewery. Moderate body with heavy, but not overbearing maltiness. Goes down very smooth.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Holds a dark purple ruby color with a thick creamy off white head that held together throughout the session and provided good sticky lacing.

S: Has a strong hop smell like an IPA with some autumn spices and honey in the back of the nose.

T: Wow!! The taste started out like an IPA and shifted direction and transitioned to a strong brown ale all in a matter of seconds. The first few seconds had a strong hop and light alcohol taste with a spicy clove and cherry taste then it switched to a light hop and malty bread flavor that sticks around and increases in strength a few seconds after you swallow in the aftertaste.

M/D: For such a hopped brew I would expect some mouth drying effects but actually it was pretty mild and there is a slight bittersweet feel left in the mouth but the hops are definitely left on the breath. The drinkability is very good and will go very well with my turkey tonight.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours big straw colored head. Lots of foamy goodness. The brew reminds me of a Fall sunset... Brew is nice deep purple; heavy viscosity.

S - Lots of cinnamon, but done very well! Cloves are present too. Ginger and nutmeg also are present, but not as prominent.

T - Yum. Lots of smooth cinnamon! A very well done spiced brew! I wish my homebrew could come out like this one! There's lots of caramel and chocolate too.

M - Perfect carbonation! ABV is perfect for the style. Bitterness is non-existent. For having so much cinnamon, there's not much in the way of distractions from it.

O - Awesome brew! I look forward to this one every year...

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Photo of kristenrae8
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you are looking something to sip while you tie up your ice skates or untangling Christmas tree lights, this is your beer.

Pours beautifully, dark red - almost wine colored. Quickly disolving head. Faint lacing.

The smell is delightful, caramel infused cinnamon - nutmeg, notes of currants, dates, plum and cherry counterbalanced with a whisper of pine.

The pine is more present in the taste - the beer is neither bitter nor syrup-sweet - however it is malty beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, clinging to palate.

Overall this is a great winter warmer. Would be great to bring to a holiday gathering.

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Photo of merryjoulton
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color with great head retention. Aroma is thick on the malt, and just slightly piny. The taste of the malt comes through immensely. Very bready and grainy. Tastes like it came straight out of the fermenter and into my mouth, very fresh. Mouthfeel compliments the taste, just a tad bit heavy.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Sam Adams Official

A - Mahogany colored brew with decent clarity and medium carbonation. It produced a fluffy off white 2-finger head that held very well. It left very nice lacing on my glass.

S - I get lots of brown sugar, vanilla undertones and soft ginger. A bit of cinnamon in there as well with leafy/herbal hop characteristics. The soft ginger and cinnamon work so well in the aroma. It's very inviting.

T - It's got a nice brown sugar flavor upfront, an almond like note quickly follows. It unfolds into nuttiness, cinnamon, allspice, and subtle vanilla. It finishes with a bright, palate cleansing herbal hop flavor that washes away the warming spice and malt flavors. Bitterness is low but balancing, and it's noticeable dry as well. The herbal hop character seems to get a little stronger as it warms.

M - Medium bodied with a bit of a smooth feel and medium crispness.

O - Wow, this is a very nice beer. The aroma is soft and inviting to me, and the flavor profile is wonderful with that subtle vanilla and cinnamon. The beer even looks tasty! I definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes maltier brews. I'd love to buy it again. Cheers!

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Photo of yuriruley
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle.

Appearance - Dark brown and reds. Poured aggressively, had quite a head for a bit, but it settled down to not much at all. Quite a bit of lacing.

Smell - Hints of alcohol blended with sweet and spices.

Taste - Dark fruits, little nuttiness coming across, spices, and little bitterness to top it off. Really well rounded.

Mouthfeel - Almost syrupy, pretty thick, good amount of carbonation.

Drink - Nice to sit back and enjoy this one. I don't know how many I'd want to drink in one setting.

This years is the best years I have had. I don't know if it is in my mind or what, but I am really enjoying it this year. My favorite seasonal of this season currently. Had it on tap and bottle and it is amazing in both, go out and get some. Also like the artwork on the bottle this year.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wish we could get more of this stuff on the east coast! Dark reddish copper with thick off-white head and nice sticky lace. A pleasantly sweet aroma of malt, hops, fruit and trace alcohol vapors. The full rich malty body is sweet and exudes the essence of berries. Medium/high in complex hops. Balanced yet complex. Velvety & smooth. Celebrate!

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Photo of dcook11
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep cherry hue with visible carbonation. Excellent lacing. Off white head with a forest of soapy head.

S- Hops, Chocolate, malt, earthiness...

t- hops, chocolate, malt, earthiness...

m- medium

0- very solid winter warmer. Would buy again.

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Photo of Gusler
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Release 2007
The beer evacuates the 12-ounce bottle a clear deep mahogany color with a humongous creamy light tan head that after decomposes leaving a thick sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose has a delightful floral aroma, backed by sweet malts and caramel, start is somewhat sweet with a pleasant grain profile, the top is medium in its feel. Finish has a determined acidity, hops delightfully spicy, and the aftertaste dry and long lasting.

Release 2006
The beer evacuates the 12-ounce bottle a clear deep mahogany color with a humongous creamy light tan head that after decomposes leaving a thick sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose has a delightful floral aroma, backed by sweet malts and caramel, start is somewhat sweet with a pleasant grain profile, the top is medium in its feel. Finish has a determined acidity, hops delightfully spicy, and the aftertaste dry and long lasting.

Release 2005
The beer after the pour from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in my glass a clear deep mahogany color with a Brontosauric semi-creamy light tan head that after decomposition leaves a thick coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a light floral aroma, backed by the sweet malts and caramel, start is sweet with a pleasing grain presence, the top is light to medium in its feel. Finish is delightfully acidic, the hops delectable in their spiciness, and the aftertaste dry and lingering, another of those winter beers I look forward to each year.

Release 2004
The beer after its departure from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass deep garnet to almost brown color with a behemothic sized semi-creamy light tan head that erodes slowly leaving behind a thick and glutinous sheet of lace to seal off the glass from view. Nose has a cotton candy sweetness at the start with a bit of earthiness and some light hop tones also noticed, start is modestly sweet, the grain profile perfect and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is merciful in its acidity with the hops dynamically spicy and the aftertaste long lasting and dry. Each year I wait patiently for this beer to come out, a long time favorite beer and brewery, I do believe that the fall and winter beers are my most favorite.

Release 2003
The beer pours with the head a light tan crown upon the unclouded deep garnet body, the texture is semi-creamy and the resultant lace a fine velum to seal off the glass from view. Nose is lightly hop floral, lots of sweet malt, crisp and quite appealing with the start lightly sweet, nicely malted and the top middling in feel. Finish is brisk in its carbonation and the hops persistent in their spiciness, the aftertaste quite dry. Deschutes is a much favored brewery for many years and this beer one I look forward to each winter.

Release 2002: On the pour a deep sanguineous color, the head modest in size, spumescent in texture, the color a light tan, as it dissipates it leaves behind a nice coating of lace to seal off the glass. Tons of malt in the nose, caramel sweet, light hint of hops and yeast, quite clean and fresh with the start sweet and loaded with malt, the top is middling in feel. Finish has a light to moderate carbonation, the hops pounce on the taste buds, crisp and sharp, and the aftertaste quite dry. I think this is my most favorite beer from Deschutes, nice to have a source once again.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
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.


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

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date, artsy themed label.

Appearance: Deep brownish garnet color with a good clarity, light tan lace adorns the top ... a product of densely frothed head.

Smell: Sweet and earthy with a big hand of caramel, candied fruit and mineral. Hops are soft in the aroma with a leafy character.

Taste: Nice flush full body, smooth and crisp in the mouth. Malt character is very broad with a bitter-sweet start and a chocolaty finish with hints of lightly roasted coffee. Esters are quite abundant but are quelled with the sweetness of the brew, alcohol warms quite well. Fruity of the dark ripened variety, fig or prune in the mix? Hop bitterness cuts through the malt and leaves a trail of flavor that gets lost before the after taste. A triple fold of alcohol spiciness, heavy leftover hops and the mild chocolaty finish rush for the finish line. Pleasant and complex after taste.

Notes: One of the top true (unspiced) winter warmers in the US, a must year after year. A bottle full of holiday cheer or just something to warm your soul.

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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 DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass best by date of 4/24/12. This pours a nice brown color with a tan head which has a nice retention and leaves a little lacing. This smells of toffee, roasted malts, caramel and roasted malts. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is excellent, way way better than the winter warmer I had last week, this is one of my favorite Deschutes beers, it has the toffee and caramel with a nice roasted malt and bitter hop finish, great beer.

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

Deep brown to garnet red translucent body with a sisal foamy head. Smell is caramels and chocolates with a faint fig. Very inviting. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, caramel, malty bread, dried dark fruit, dates, plums, fig newtons, just a cusp of sweetness washes across the tongue on a medium body that holds together solidly crafted with a clean lightly bitter, lightly chocolate finish. I can't stop drinking this! Really good. No question this is a world class winter warmer.

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

Sharp pungent hops and spice and raw toffee nose. These same elements make a flawless transition to the tongue. Complex and mature. All the distinguished flavors gently fold over one another on the tongue, beginning with a mouthful of rich malts these will soon give the robust hop character permission to surface. A phenomenal brew.

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

glass: Sam Adams glass

Dark copper/brown color, slightly hazy large bubbles coming to the surface. 2-finger tan head.

Chocolate, dates, coffee, pepper, pine on the nose. Fairly chocolatey in the taste, nice rich cocoa. Citric hops keeps things balanced. Rich, toasted malts throughout. Finishes the way it starts, a big chocolate/coffee flavor and a touch of hop bitterness. body is -medium-full with medium carbonation.


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