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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 888
Hads: 2,603
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 152
Gots: 431 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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 Mitchster
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2002 edition. Barely cloudy dark amber with hints of red, forming a thin yellow head despite a vigorous pour. Retention and lacing are OK. Aroma is of sweet rasins, brown sugar, fruity mild hops. Taste begins with herbal flavor hops, round amber malts with some earthiness, hints of dark fruit followed by moderately perceptable sharp alcohol and a sustained moderate earthen bitterness. Mouthfel is dry with a medium-dense body. The alcohol is pungent yet tolerable at cold temps and gets worse as it warms. Rough all over and a little ugly on the side.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - Dark brownish in color until held up to the light, which reveals a more reddish color. Two fingers worth of beige-colored foam that dissipates very slowly.

Smell - A little malty smelling with hints of caramel and maybe molasses.

Taste - Slightly more malty in taste, but very well-balanced. Sort of a bittersweet feeling at the back middle of the palate. Finish is mild, and the aftertaste is somewhat lingering. Texture is more toward the creamier side.

Drinkability - Not a bad brew, but it kind of has a filling quality that I wouldn't care for in a six-pack's worth, but on its own is just fine.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Deschutes in Portland, OR.

Served in a tall flute, light tan head, about a finger. Deep ruby-brown body. Good lace and great retention.

Tart malt in the nose but little else.

Some limp, tart malt in the taste. Faint leafy hops to balance, and some peppery spice, maybe cardamom? Bitter malt on the finish.

Standard, cask-y feel, carbonation is sparse.

A tad bitter for a winter beer, but decent and good cask character.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light citrus hop aroma. Has lots of fruity fermentation aroma. Plums and cherries.

Deep ruby colored with fantastic head that disapates to a thinner permanent layer throughout the drinking of a pint. Leaves behind very nice lacing on the glass too.

Starts out malty sweet and fruity but has substantial hop bitterness to round it out. Not much hop flavor either. Mostly a combo of toasted malt and really nice yeast fermentation profile.

Medium bodied and creamy.

Very nice approachable beer. Well rounded and nice to drink.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a rather deep brown/mahogany color with a one finger head of tan foam. The head has a good level of staying power, with it very slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a sweeter candied sugar and molasses smell with a whole lot of a dark fruits of raisin, cherry, and plum. There are some lighter spice smells of coriander and clove with a decent showing of some roasted bready smells, giving a nice dark and sweet smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins much drier then I was anticipating from the nose. It begins with a quite roasty taste with a whole lot of roasty malt mixed with just a little bit of breadiness and some lightly sweet tastes of molasses and dark fruits. The sweeter tastes, while not very strong upfront, fade even more as the taste advances, all while the roast seems to increase a bit. With the increase in roast and the loss of sweetness, comes some light spice of coriander and clove as well as some light hop tastes of a more earthy nature. With a bit of a booziness (surprising at only 6.7 %) and a little bit of bitter coffee coming at the end, one is left with a sorta drier and dark spiced ale taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin and the carbonation rather high for the dark and roasted flavors of the brew. A thicker and chewier feel with a lower carbonation would have been better for the mix of lighter sweet fruit and dark roasty tastes of the brew, making a better medium to keep it a mouth coating slow sipper.

Overall- This was much drier and slightly more boozy brew then I was expecting. It was an alright winter warmer, but the lack of body and somewhat contradictory nature of the nose and mouthfeel with that of the taste and look, sorta kicks it down a bit. OK, but nothing too exceptional in my opinion.

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Photo of stpaulsipper07
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Light reddish brown hue.

Smell- Dark fruits, pine needles, boozy alcohol presence.

Taste- Opens up with toasty malt flavor, hints of raisins and plums, finishes with piney hops.

Mouthfeel- Hops linger on the tongue, but otherwise smoother than one would expect.

Overall- Great to sip on a cold night. Just boozy enough to warm you up, but drinkable enough to have another. Doesn't reinvent the wheel, but a solid beer all the same.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

blind beer labeled #1 from flexabull

A:4.5 poured this 12oz-er into my snifter. its appearance presented me with a nice opaque dark brown color with dark red tints to it while also delivering a huge tan head that seemed to last forever. really nice lacing followed.

S:3.5 some sweet caramely malts, some spice. faint traces of nuts and alcohol round it out - but not too exciting

T:3.5 not bad. taste follows the nose - sweet caramel malts, biscuit, bread. get more of a slight roasted, smoky taste as well as some chocolate that I didn't pick up in the nose.

M:3.5 decent, thin to medium body, good carbonation but left a slightly unpleasant aftertaste that wasn't the greatest.

D:4 still a pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of mbunje
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sixer at Bevmo...hey its the holidays, why not.

A - Red tinged brown with a creamy white head and very nice lacing

S - Spice, Carmel, Cinnamon(?), smells like winter so i say very good for this style.

T - There is something off/missing. It is not bad but it does not nail it. Could use more hops or bittering. I taste carmel, wood, and maybe a little dark cherry fruit at the finish.

M - Needs to be a bit more full bodied. this came off a bit light for what I look for in the style.

D - Complex flavor is nice, but can only go so far. So I give this average drinkability.

$7 for a 6 er is a good price, so the value is there. Definitely try it along with some other seasonals.

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Photo of PerHops
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- As dark of a shade of amber as possible

S- Much different than I expected. No spices evident, nice toasty malt scent

T- Follows the nose, Very nice subtle toffee, coffee, chocolate, banana bread, nuttiness without being sweet. Actually really pleasant

M- Very nice for the style. Medium high carbonation. Drinks very well.

O- I'm not one for holiday ales, but this isn't too shabby.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Dark brown body with tinges of ruby red hues showing around the edges. Mild retention in the head, leaving some lace around the sides. Aroma of caramel malts standout above the hops. Taste is roasty and mildly malty, finishing with some hop bitterness. Medium-bodied and very drinkable. A solid winter warmer.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

vintage 2008, 6.7% abv.

A) Dark shoe leather brown color shows a little murky clarity while holding a tan rocky head.

S) Sweet, fruitcake with chunks of cherry, some hops and lots of malt here.

T) Firm spiced fruit, hard to nail down what it is, probably a mix, but some clove, nutmeg, pear, Christmas notes. The spices notes drown out most of the "beer" flavor, hard to get any malt sweetness, but there is some leafy hop. As both it and I warm up, some of the purple grape malt flavors come out.

M) Prickly carbonation, medium heavy body has a slight chew, ends with an alcohol heat.

D) A very nice seasonal celebration, but not exactly Christmas morning.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich chestnut, and dark. Puffy white head settles to a 1/8 inch with big sticky rimming the glass. Smells fruity, of figs maybe some plums, maraschino cherries, rummy alcohol. Taste is a nice rich mix of flavors...up front is sort of a cherry and citric acid bite which falls off into more of a caramel and plum duff malt flavor. Gin-like juniper notes. Acidic hop bite sticks around and melds with a strong burnt character that i can't shake (even though i kind of want to). Thinner than i expected, though not watery. Drinks well, despite the aftertaste, which actually grows on me as i get through the glass. I might get some more, i might not...we'll see.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a dark, somewhat murky, brown with ruby tinting. One-finger head of light brown, loose foam. Dissipates to a thin covering on top of the liquid. Lacing is foamy and fairly sticky.

A touch of caramel maltiness. Notes of dried, dark fruits. Raisins and figs, mostly. Not really getting alot from this one.

You get a lite kiss of hops first. Followed by some hints of those dried, dark fruits. Then a roastiness comes in, fairly large. Some mild biscuitiness follows. Finishes with a slightly dry citrus taste.

Okay, medium body. A little bit on the lighter side, than I'd hoped for.

Overall, I expected more from this one. It's drinkable, but there just isn't a whole lot going on, here. Pretty mild, as far as winter warmers go.

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Photo of BWED
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle (now distributed to Southeastern PA) poured into a tulip.

A- Dark amber in color, with some vibrant red and burnt orange highlights shining brightly when held straight up to a light. The head is yellowish tan and retains well with some really nice looking lacing left behind.

S- Dark fruit in the aroma, some raisin. Spice is apparent, as expected. There is a sweetness in the nose as well, along with a little booze.

T- Sweet raisin and a little caramel. Spices come through along with a some hop.

M- Medium, slightly creamy in body. Spice lingers in the feel. Bitterness may be a little too much for me for this style.

O- Overall this isn't bad. It's wonderful looking, and has a good taste. The bitterness in the finish is just a little more than I like.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. My first Winter Warmer.

A: Dark amber with redish highlights. One and a half finger rocky, tan head. Awesome retention and sticky lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee. With some light piney hops. A little bit of dark fruits come through. Not a huge aroma on this.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee up front. Raisins, figs, and a mild nuttiness come through in the middle. Some apricots and a slight orange peel. Finishes with a piney bitterness and a touch of warm alcohol.

M: Light to medium bodied. Higher carbonation. A touch creamy.

O: Not loving this beer as I do every other Deschutes release I've had. Don't know if it's the style or what. It's not bad for sure, just not great. Maybe it needs to be winter?

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Photo of Yesac
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Brownish amber color. Light tan/white color head that fades quickly to a thin layer.

S- Caramel malt, spice

T- Very sweet caramel. Molasses and pine.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D- Spicy and malty. Not the worst but could be better. The ABV is fairly well hidden.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fine beer for the first Nor'easter of 2011. Clear chestnut color looks brilliant auburn when held to light. Hearty tan head relaxes and makes itself comfortable: like me on this winter afternoon. Great, foamy retention is what I'm trying to say. Equally as good lacing.

Aroma is fig, spice medley, caramel and dark bread. Taste is rum raisin, thin steely caramel, plum and chocolate muffin. Toned down hop spice with a pharmaceutical lean. I'd like a chewier mouthfeel. I suspect this beer is at the end of it's lifeline.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

App: Dark reddish brown like that of raw honey. Pours a nice one and a half finger head that retains very well. Darker than a lot of winter brews, and almost opaque. Head is a rich coffee and cream color.

Smell: Slight medicinal twinge with significant malt character. Some notes of raisins and caramel. Smells “warm” like some belgian strongs, and oddly enough, a lot like fruit cake.

Taste: Dark and complicated maltiness blooms over the tongue with the first sip. Very deep caramelized flavors with notes of bitter pecan skin and molasses. Some interesting interplay between malt and fairly assertive hop character. A little bit brown, a little bit ESB with some extra bittering hops kick that lingers on your palate long after you swallow. The slightest bit metallic.

Mouth: Heavy bodied and very present when upon the first drink. Medium to light carbonation that fits the style well.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 batch. Poured into pint glass, pours a clear dark, dark brown however when held to light its has amazing ruby hints. Very small off-white head that doesnt last very long, some lace left behind. Smell is interesting, just a slight whiff and I get mainly a bread/earth smell which isnt too flattering however with a deep whiff I get a burst of hops which I do like. Taste is good. I'm having a hard time pinpointing it but a nice mix of chocolate, caramel, roasted grains, and a "burnt" taste. Very thick, creamy mouthfeel leaves a coffee like aftertaste. Overall a pretty good beer. I dont think I'll be buying another 6 pack but I will enjoy the one I got.

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Photo of RickSawyer
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big ups to Tayner for the throw-in on a recent trade. Deschutes is a cool craft for sure.

Mahogany meets ruby tint. Sweet, malt smell met with some maple syruparomas. Thin sheet of buckhide colored head that lightly holds while you sip. Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable. First taste a bit more hops than I would like for a winter ale, but an interesting take. As it warms, malts become more present on the pallet. Rasin and dried apricot flavors.

This is a nice beer. Would prefer a bit more malt profile and old ale flavor, but a very nice, well rounded beer.


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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$9.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright brown body with red highlights topped with two fingers of tight beige head of moderate retention. Leaves behind moderate foamy lace and creamy cover.

S: Spicy aroma with noticeable sweet malt and a slight coffee tone. Hops are floral to grassy and there is just a hint of alcoholic hotness.

T: A bit on the hop end of the spectrum with a piney resinous character up front. Spicy malt profile throughout finishing with a slight bitter aftertaste. Again, some alcohol shows through.

M: Light to medium body and high carbonation. Crisp with noticeable carbonic bite. No hop oil texture.

D: Light enough to enjoy, but a bit too many flavors going in too many directions. A few of these are fine, could really use some balance.

O: Good, but not great.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled bottle into a pint glass. Had a sip right away -- too cold to enjoy -- but I let it warm up for 20 min and it was much better.

A: Murky brown with hints of crimson and copper when held to the light.

S: Kind of weak. Malts, toastiness, wood.

T: A little spice, a little alcohol burn. Dominant taste is a balance of bitter and sweetness with a strong presence of spice. The aftertaste is roasted and hoppy.

M: Very pleasant in the mouth. Not too carbonated.

D: I could easily have 3 or 4 bottles of this in a sitting. It goes down very well.

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Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tawny hued; thick, rocky, sculpted head. Spicy, malty aroma; cinnamon; anise. Mild, roasted grains; nutty; somewhat woody; pungent with a bitter edge. Medium-heavy body; soft; somewhat dry finish.

A solid winter warmer with low-key malt qualities and a warm, gentle bitterness. It delivers a satisfying smoothness and nut and caramel-like sweetness.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jubelale on Nitro! Pours a beautiful ruby-amber with nice clarity and a nitro-induced finger-thick head of billowing, creamy, cake batter-like foam that just won't quit. Leaves the anticipated sheets of lacing as good nitro pours tend toward.

aroma, as with all versions of jubel, it seems, is unfortunately lacking. hints of malt, a touch of citrus and some pine, but not much. mellow and smells creamy... not sure else how to describe it.

taste is where this one shines. pine and citrus, with a clean fruitiness to it. banana, white peach and nectarine. a solid malt backbone keeps the hops in check and there's just a smidgen of spice to it. quite delicious and the flavors are all working harmoniously.

mouth is creamy, but I'd expect no less from nitro. Full, smooth, no slickness, and a nice lingering bitterness. If anything, a touch on the thin side for the flavors and abv. but I'm not complaining.

all in all, I'm thrilled to have had the chance to try Jubelale, one of my standard fallbacks, on Nitro. deliciously creamy which works beautifully with the flavors of Jubelale. I could easily go for a few more of these! The flavors aren't quite as pronounced as in past years, albeit possible the nitro tap may have effected that somewhat. Regardless, it's still a solid brew.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- nearly opaque ruby brown with a thin tan head that lingers the whole glass

S- a little spicey and grainy, nearly no yeast smell at all. slightly Vinous

T- Dark stone fruit and slight toffee With a bit of a wine-y finish. I was definitely expecting some spice seeing as this is a holiday ale. Didnt really taste that.

M-silky and a little boozy in the finish.

O- good strong winter warmer imho especially if you are NOT into the whole spiced beer thing. very drinkable and with the high % it almost drank like a mellowed out bigfoot ....

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.