Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 837
Hads: 2,356
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 137
Gots: 311 | 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 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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of davidchollar
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Ah good old Jubelale. Way way back before I found this website and learned about craft beer I liked the label art of this NW winter classic. The artistic packaging caught my eye but the FLAVOR made me a lifelong fan. Fast forward 10+ years later and conversations with coworkers brought me back to my old reviews ... I can't believe I never reviewed Jubelale!

It's damn near perfect. Looks great and smells delicious. This is the definitive winter warmer, strong and tasty, a little dark and spicy but not overwhelming. Under 7% so it's not a 1-bottle KO but not sessionable either. This is the right beer for the dark cold season. I think Deschutes is my favorite brewery. Everything they make is good to great. Support our troops. (734 characters)

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. (303 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of admiral
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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). (744 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy reddish brown, nice creamy head with decent retention. Smells of slight cinnamon spice, caramel malts, some tropical fruits, tangerine and pineapple, background apple and maybe a little pear. Tastes of sweet caramel malt that is countered nicely with a bitter earthy backbone. Hints of chocolate and some spices such as cinnamon. Bitterness is fairly neutral but enough to cut through the malt sweetness. Finishes with some chocolate , touch of roastiness and some caramel sweetness. Solid medium mouthfeel and very smooth.

A fantastic winter warmer, so many layers and complexities. A nice malty backbone that is countered by a great combo of hops. The website says this is 60 IBUs, but you couldn't tell by tasting it, very nicely balanced and incredibly smooth. One of my favorite winter warmers and very unique, highly recommend. (849 characters)

Photo of Strix
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep reddish-brown, frothy head.

Bready caramelly notes in the smell, along with a fresh citrus hop note.

Caramel, malt, bread, grapefruit, orange rind, pear, and very subtle spice notes in the finish. Thirst-quenching, in a way.

Smooth rich mouthfeel.

I've got a soft spot for Dechutes. I thought this was great. One of those beers with a big load of malt to lend some backbone to the hops, ala Three Floyds. I could drink the whole 6 of this right now. If they only distributed farther east. (497 characters)

Photo of goschool
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The new label fits this beer perfectly. It pours a clear ruby with a two finger head. The head retention is better then average. The nose has pine, cider and toffee. The taste is equally sweet and bitter with a bit of spice and there's a lot of chocolate in here. It starts off with sweet caramel, roasty malts and chocolate and finishes with piney bitterness. This is a beer that I could just about drink day in and day out without getting bored. (447 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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 (577 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rustic looking with a 1/2" khaki colored head with moderate retention. Lot's of sticky soapy lace outlast the beer.
Smells like chocolate covered cherries with just a hint of pine.
Delicious beer that is subtlely complex. Dark fruits, dates, cherries, plums. Nice malty sweetness, akin to a dopplebock. Earthy tasting. Big hoppy/alcohol finish. This beer finishes very dry with a nice hop/alcohol kick in the end. I love the way this beer finishes. It like lures you in with all of these sweet introcitcies and then bam, smacks you in the face. It's not a punch, more of a bitch slap.
I like how Deschutes does all this with out the intense spiciness from other Winter Warmers. Here the alcohol and hops add the spiciness imo.
Wonderfully dry mouthfeel. Rich and crisp, yet still smooth.
If it were available it's one I'd look for every Winter. (844 characters)

Photo of FlyingBull
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of markman
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Cheers… (695 characters)

Photo of StetsonWeizen88
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the 2010..
a ruby amulet, clear and inviting, with a beautiful head that creams the tulip. the aroma is lush and inviting: a bit of chocolate, some raisins, dash of caramel, notable and pleasant pine and citrus. very well-balanced, hop-forward winter. the bitterness slams you into the snow, while the caramel sweetness and pine and citrus hops rub it in your face. very chewy for its medium thickness. i shall be enjoying these all day. (437 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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). (595 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of Luu777
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (296 characters)

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