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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 SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a ruby red, with a one inch off white sticky head, that leaves a wall of lace. Smell is all just hints of nutmeg, ginger bread, caramel, orange peel, pine tree, and cinnamon. Taste is as festive as the nose, balanced perfectly yum! Body is medium large for its abv, nice amount life, not really dry, and easy drinking. This is an excellent winter warmer, not over barring like some spiced up beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:44:43 | More by SawDog505
Photo of admiral


4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! One of the most balanced beers I have ever had.

aroma: Chocolate and big malt with slight wine, hops and brown sugar.

taste: Beautifully balanced. Chocolate, roasted malt, pine, orange, grapefruit - nothing too strong or standing out but all blending in to make a brilliant and tasty beer. Also, a nice and smooth mouthfeel.

Very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 09:34:42 | More by admiral
Photo of DonDirkA


4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with thick reddish brown head that sits at around two fingers. Nose is super malty with caramel, cinnamon, clove, raisins, nutmeg, figs, some toffee, a bit of pine, some kind of doughy scents in there as well, molasses and brown sugar. The taste is similar with the spices more up front. Clove, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, caramel, pine, toffee, dates and just a tinge of hop bitterness. It has a medium body with good carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. This is a pretty excellent winter warmer. I used to hate this style, but with my love of malts having developed over the past 2 years this tastes like its gonna be a fun holiday season for brews once the stout season ends (which is ALWAYS my favorite beer season).

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 06:26:02 | More by DonDirkA
Photo of FlyingBull


4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this beer at the local Albertson's while looking for smomething different to try. Overall, I was very impressed and pleased with this beer. I enjoyed it very much.

A: A nice clear medium brown color with some redish hue. Poured ~1" light tan head that lasted halfway into the glass.

S: Slightly sweet with some malt and brown sugar like flavors. More pronounced with the dark malts, and a touch of chocolate. Very appealing aroma - I could really pick up the spice and hops.

T: Light malty sweetness and spices come through with a hint of nutmeg-like flavor and caramel notes. Finishes dry and spicy.

M: Medium body, but on the lighter side. Lightly carbonated and easy to drink.

O: As I wrote in the begining, this beer was very good. Nice, slightly sweet but balanced "winter warmer" kind of beer that was very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 19:20:17 | More by FlyingBull
Photo of rkhaze


4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2003 offering. Poured a beautiful reddish/amber. Almost looked like an amber that had a little cherry juice poured into it. Very festive. A spongy thick tan head that didn't stick around long and left good lace. Sweet malty nose with a bit of chocolate, spice and a mild hop presence.
Rich, full, malty bittersweet taste. Some chocolate, red fruits and a hint of caramel make an appearance. Nicely balanced by a spicy hoppiness and a bit of citrus rind.
Thick, smooth & creamy mouthfeel with great carbonation. Highly drinkable for the style. Great job Deschutes!!!
I tend to be a Sierra Celebration fan when it comes to winter beers, but this is definitly the cream of this years crop. I've certainly enjoyed Jubelale in the past but this year it's exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 00:54:08 | More by rkhaze
Photo of markman


4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Jubelale, 2005:

Appearance: A smoky pop of the cork and I am reminded of my early days of beer enthusiasm in Corvallis OR, sipping Jubelale in the fuckin’ rain…shear bliss. Beautiful deep copper-tea colored with a alabaster head that dissipates quickly to a gossamer film. NW hops abound, but don’t dominate like one might expect from a pac-northwest brew…oh no my droogies. Make no mistake, the hops are there in force, but there is a subtle spicy-malty sweetness that takes this beer beyond the “winter warmer” and into damn fine drinkin’. This is Arrogant Bastard territory and she’s holding her own…well. Spicier though, with a long bitter citrussy finish.


Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 01:40:51 | More by markman
Photo of Bookseeb


4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, the 2008 Jubelale.
Appearance has a dark brown amber with a fair head and nice lace. Smell is bready, caramel with dark malts and a touch of smoke. Taste is rich in malts with a good balance of hops. Mouthfeel has a medium+ that slides down with just the right amount of carbonation. Just as remembered from previous yrs. as a deep rich festive ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 00:05:17 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of plfahey


4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep red-brown color with ruby highlights. Clear. Healthy head of tan foam. Gorgeous.

Aroma-Brown sugar, dark fruits (plum, prune) and a hint of roast make for a quite sweet malt note in the aroma. Light aroma of soft, floral and citrus hops as well. Definitely what I'd call an enticing aroma.

Flavor-Some grainy malt sweetness, along with some roast. Some citrus and pine hop flavors here, tend to dominate the malt in the middle of the palate. Moderate hop bitterness. Light fruitiness. Finishes with some grain and earthy hops, and bittersweet chocolate. Yum.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth, though a bit drying from the hop bitterness. Just a touch of alcoholic warmth.

This is a very yummy example of the category. I'd recommend it highly.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 04:10:26 | More by plfahey
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a clear dark brown amber, tan head left sticky lacing up the glass
S - light fruity syrup and caramel, sweet pear and light leafy hop note
T - strong malt backbone with roasty, caramel, and light coffee flavours, a definite fruity sweetness of pear and apple, with crisp hop finish
M - medium body starts creamy smooth quickly moving to a pleasant crisp bitter and light dryness
D - truly exceptional, instead of the typical spice bomb that masks may winters, this is characterized by the candied fruit and rich malty flavour with a fantastic hop balance, truly exceptional

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 05:12:46 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of alexgash


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

Thank you Idaho. Dark cinnamon body with a creamy light-brown head. Smells of sweet, rich toffee malts, a little fruit, and loads of spicy hops. Taste starts out with toffee malts, at the perfect sweetness level, rich, some alcohol. Hops are big, but balanced, piney, spicy and am I detecting some nutmeg? Maybe I'm crazy. Deliciously warming, and bitter. One of the best holiday beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 19:11:29 | More by alexgash
Photo of RenoZymurgist


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

Late October 2004 release.
Excellent new packaging this year immediatly caught my attention as well as the statement of the ingredients which excluded spices. I don't like spices in beer very much (even coriander in a wit tastes crappy to me) and after having last years Jubelale I carefully checked to see how this years recipe was formulated and after no spices were found i picked up a six pack.
Appearance: Poured a rich deep red almost burgundy with a thick light brown head that stuck around for a few minutes leaving a little lace. Clear as a can be with little streams of tiny CO2 bubbles from the soft bottle condioning.
Aroma: Rich dark fruit aroma, mainly plumbs with a little dark cherry, with a subtle hop accent.
Taste: Begins with a rich malt flavor that is full of dark roasted malts blended with sweet caramel malt flavors. The dark roasted malts seem to me to be more along the lines of Special B or a really dark Munich with the sweet malt flavors lending a very clean balance. The hops are present in the middle and finish of this ale and I believe are comprised of a blend of American hops to get that fresh almost earthy hop bitterness and flavor, while also being blended with Noble hop varieties to give a smoothness to the hop flavor round out the lingering bitterness. Great hop flavor in the finish of this ale makes me take drink after drink trying to figure out which varieties were used but the blend is very complex with no individual variety really making an impact. Perfectly formulated for a winter warmer I don't believe that this recipe should ever be changed in the future in order to maintain what I believe to be a hallmark of the style. Also the lack of spices makes me very happy.
Mouthfeel: Smooth rounded carbonation fits very well with the flavor profile lending smoothness but also picking up the hops but not accentuating the bitterness too much.
Drinkability: Very drinkable on a cold night by the fire I believe that this beer would lose some of it's pleasurable qualities if served on a hot day as it is more flavorful than thirst quenching. A nice session beer in the Winter though after about three I wouldn't need many more.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 20:21:53 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99


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

Thanks to desertbronze for sending this as an extra in a trade.

Pours a deep ruby red to brown. Two finger chunky head that dissipates after a few minutes but sticks around on the side of the glass. Smells of sweet roasted malts with a slight citrus scent. Warms you as soon as it hits your mouth. Slight alcohol burn but mostly sweet and rich. Some spicy notes with chocolate and coffee hints. The mouthfeel is a little rough on the palate but it is still pleasurable. Definitely the perfect beer for tonight. Its 5 degrees outside right now with a windchill of -12.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 02:32:59 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

I got this brew from whoneeds8, Thanks Maston!

2008 12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy deep brown color with a fluffy beige head that left lots of lacing.

S - spiced roasted malt and citrus hop aroma.

T - good balance of sweet roasted malt and bitter hops with a nice touch of a spiced flavor.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - it's very tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 00:38:47 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of cbarrett4


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

One of my very favorite local Winter Warmers, made more amazing by cask conditioning and serving from an old school pump style tap!

Lots of licorice, herbed anise, and mocha come through. Great texture. A little better I think than the bottle version.

Serving type: cask

11-12-2009 21:41:28 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of StetsonWeizen88


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

Appearance-poured into a snifter. Jubelale poured a very attractive mahoganey, deep purple color. Somewhat of a deep amber. Very pretty beer in my opinion.

Smell-the aroma is also very attractive. The aroma has a nice dark fruit, burnt sugar, raisiny smell. I get a little alcohol but it's covered up nicely by all the complex aromas. I also get dark malts. Great smelling brew.

Taste-the taste is alot like the smell. I get dark fruit, dark malt, burnt sugar and a kind of tart raisin flavor. A very warming beer that is easy to enjoy by a warm fire. Good, unique flavor.

Mouthfeel-mouthfeel seemed nice. Carbonation was moderate and the beer has a surprising creamy mouthfeel.

Overall-overall I thoroughly enjoyed this winter warmer. Had it by a warm fire and once again Dechutes didn't dissapoint. Good brewery, good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 04:02:02 | More by StetsonWeizen88
Photo of Luu777


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

A nice Yul beer, hoppier than most and a definite treat
a- Nut brown color with hints of red
s - like a beer. molasses, hops, malt, with an emphasis on the malty side
t- delicious. Start with a nutty molasses taste, bits of plum, and finish with the hops. Just lovely.
m - Good carbonation, smooth all the way down.
d - could drink a six of these no problem.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 01:14:43 | More by Luu777
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 BierJager89


4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a glowy mahogany up to the light, black otherwise with a tan head.

S: Cinnamon, cloves, wintery spices, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt in the nose.

T: Spices up front, first earthy then cinnamon, some roasted malt/coffee/chocolate character then a nice tasty malt backbone.

M: Medium full bodied and smooth enough.

O: This beer is just one of many examples of why Deschutes is one of the best pacific coast breweries. It's exactly what I want out of a standard festive winter ale. Perhaps better than this is Jubel, which I have yet to try (waiting on The Abyss for a vertical).

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 02:49:48 | More by BierJager89
Photo of Chiefy770


4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl. ounce bottle - poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Rich brown-amber body with a rather short foam head. Impressive lacing was left behind.

Smell: Sweet fruit. Toasted grains. Very subtle notes of herbal spices.

Taste: Creamy notes of toasted malts. The hops kick in and bring a modest amount of hoppiness to the table. Complex notes of figs and dates stand out in the malts. Sweet notes of citrus come through the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Supports the flavors well. A bit more carbonation than a majority of the other Winter Warmers out there. The carbonation really carries the hops. This one is pretty much dry throughout.

Overall: This has been a "must-have" on my list of holiday releases for quite some time. The unique balance of this brew really makes it stand out amongst the other Winter Warmers. Never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 23:17:41 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of RoyalT


4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Liquid brown sugar in color with no head to speak of and tons of big sediment.

Smell – Big sherry and oak flavors jump out of the glass first, followed closely by the dark, sugary malts. This is the kitchen sink of sugars, and just about any type that I’ve had is in this aroma. There’s some ripe bananas and cherries as well, but it’s one part fruit 99 parts sugar.

Taste – For a powerful ale, this is wonderfully blended. The sugars meld expertly with the malt and sherry oak flavor. No, this is not the same as the Deschutes Jubelale.

Mouthfeel – Almost full in the body with a big, chewy mouthfeel and a light sting of alcohol.

Drinkability – I felt like a king drinking this ale. This one is awesome. If you’re looking for a BA Christmas present, this is it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2003 02:42:13 | More by RoyalT
Photo of ReebShorts


4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 04:51:47 | More by ReebShorts
Photo of xoqx


4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2006 batch of Jubelale was released on Monday, October 2. This was the week of my first trip to this wonderful brewery in Bend, Oregon.

I have liked this beer a lot every year I’ve had it. I can say that I find the 2006 batch more to my liking than the 2005, and definitely more than the 2004. I would need to do a vertical tasting to really be sure of the specific differences. I think it’s a little crisper this year and the hops are perhaps not as drowned out by the malt as last year’s batch. The spiciness provided only by the crystal malts and no actual spice additions is spectacular as always. This is the quintessential winter beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2006 21:06:22 | More by xoqx
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark red/burgundy pour. Some reddish tints around the edges when held up to light. Good 2 finger head, clumps a bit in the middle.
Smell of chocolate and berries (cherry?) and tobacco. Hints of hops are present to provide some pinch in the nose.
Tastes of coffee/chocolate, some cranberry and nut. Is a bit thick at first, then thins out when hops are introduced and dries the sweetness nicely.
The thick to thin feeling is accompanied by an overall velvety finish. I would like a crisper finish, but this is nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2006 03:06:04 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of isaac


4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A - Deep, reddish brown, with beige head. Thick bubbles and slow, marshmellow lacing.

S - Sweet, hoppy, with a hint of banana and some earthiness.

T - Nice taste with many subtle complexitites. Begins with a strong alcohol flavor, masked in bitter-sweet chocolate from the malt, which becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Fruitiness from the hops as well as well as a sharp, spicey bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied - would be heavier if not for the strong carbonation burning the tip of my tongue. Initially clean and crisp, it leaves the mouth feeling somewhat wet.

D - I was surprised by this one. Gimme more.

Now, maybe this will help me write my philosophy paper...

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 05:18:23 | More by isaac
Photo of Bitterbill


4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the 2007 edition

Pours from 12oz bottle a clear deep amber with a large head of offwhite foam that recedes but stays as a solid 1/2" layer for the entire session. Good lacing is to be had here as well.

The smell is of caramel malt, spice, and a slight hop bitterness.

The taste is very malty up front, kind of sweet but not really, and it's followed by some good spiciness which includes nutmeg and a light touch of corriander. The best way to taste the spice is by swishing the beer in your mouth...man, *that's* tasty. It has a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is light to medium and it finishes with a mild bitter kick. Very easy to drink because, whilst having loads of flavour, it's just so darn smooth and drinkable. Jubelale has never failed to impress me over the years even though the recipe seems to change a tad every year. It's my favourite Winter Warmer and I could drink this all day/night long. See some, buy some.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 15:29:44 | More by Bitterbill
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