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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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very good

2,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,061
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 123
Gots: 183 | FT: 1
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 DarthKostrizer
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 2011 bottle

Look: Pours a beautiful mahogany brown with a 1/2 inch tan head and ok retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Notes of vanilla and cocoa nibs reach up and tickle the nose. Just a wonderful smell that reminds me of baked goods that I enjoy during the holidays

Taste: Upfront is the vanilla and the sweetness that comes with it. The vanilla note is good but could be better. The middle of the beer has some chocolate and the backend has a wonderful coffee note that I found myself enjoying more and more as I drank it

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a stingy carbonation level

Overall: Love this beer. It is one of my favorite winter seasonals. I look forward to this every year well done deschutes.

DarthKostrizer, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of GeezLynn
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber with full beige head.

S: At a distance big fruity candy and powdered sugar scents. Especially banana. As I get the beer up in my grill I get sweet caramel malt. Maybe a touch of hops, but hard to tell with the huge sweet malt aromas.

T: Flavor is quite a surprise based on what the smell had me expecting. There is plenty of that fruit sweetness apparent in the smell, raisins and prune in particular. But unforeseen (or unforesmelt) is the substantial hop bitterness this beer is packing, which thoroughly dominates the malt profile. Hefty dose of white grapefruit throughout the long, spicy finish.

M: Feel is a little lighter in the mouth than I'd like with a lot of prickly carbonation. Not thin, but lighter.

This was my first time drinking Jubelale, and although they could probably stand to take it a little easier on the hops in this one, it stacks up pretty well against most of the other winter warmers out there and lives up to Deschutes' high standard.

GeezLynn, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly big, one and...maybe a hair over a finger of head into my standard pint glass. The head is pretty dark, considering the body isn't black, the head is light light brown. Mostly small bubbles on the head, but a few medium and large sized ones as well. Lacing looks nice, but we'll see how it goes throughout the beer. The head is pretty much gone now, but it has left some patchy...even uneven foam on top of the body. The body is extremely dark brown in color, but not quite black, there is a fair amount of dark red in the color as well. Visibility through the beer is zero. Overall it's a pretty nice looking beer, nice looking body, and a nice looking head, even though it didn't last too long, and it ended up kinda weird. On the nose I get a lot of roasted dark malts, that's the first thing I notice. There is a sweet smell to this beer, but it doesn't seem overwhelming at all. There is also a small small booze smell as well, but again, it doesn't seem too bad. Finally there are some easily noticeable hops, which is nice to have sometimes in a darker beer, SOMETIMES. The hops are for sure not anywhere close to as present as the malts are, but they are still for sure there. Finally, there might even be some spices in here too. I might be spoiled, because I've had this beer so many times, and it might be because of that, that I'm only giving this beer a 4 for smell. It's really a freaking great smelling beer, it's just...not quite a 4.5. The taste is not as good as the smell indicated, but it's still super yummy. Dark malts are present, but they aren't dominating the taste like I thought they would be, rather they are pretty balanced with the other flavors. This isn't necessarily a bad things, but in darker beer I generally prefer a big amount of dark malts. The alcohol and the sweetness are both very nice, and they actually compliment the beer pretty well because they are subtle and not overpowering at all. I was expecting the hops to be a little more present than the sweetness and the alcohol, but obviously less present than the malts. What I an tasting is the malts slightly in the lead in terms of taste, but overall pretty balanced, and then the sweetness, alcohol, and hops completely equal and balanced. Again, this isn't necessarily a bad things, and in this case it is much more acceptable then with the malts, it's just not what I expected. There may be some spice in this beer, but overall it isn't a beer with a lot of pizazz, rather a very balanced beer, that I may even all bland, in terms of spice at least. Overall it's a very tasty beer, but it is a little mixed up in some areas. It's for sure a 4, maybe on the lower end of the 4 scale though, because the smell was a 4 and it was better than the taste. Actually, you know what, I'm going to change the smell to a 4.5 because it's better than then taste, and the taste is a 4 for sure. So, overall, good tasting beer. The mouthfeel on this beer is...interesting. The carbonation is just about perfect, but maybe just a tad under carbonated. The body is the problem, it's pretty thing for the style and it even has some watery characteristics. It's not ridiculously weak, I can feel it has some back bone to it, but overall it's pretty thin. Not a terrible mouthfeel, the body isn't horrible, and the carbonation is pretty darn good. The drinkability is actually pretty good considering it's 6.7% ABV, and you can taste the alcohol. It's smooth and tasty enough that it's not very hard to put back, and the alcohol isn't too bad at all. Overall it's a pretty darn good beer. It's pretty tasty and it has plenty of good qualities, it could be improved in some small areas, but overall it's very good.

The appearance is very hard to grade, because it has a nice body, the lacing followed me almost all the way down the glass, and the head was big and it looked pretty nice when I first poured it. However, the head didn't last very long and it left this weird patchy, bubbly array of bubbles on top of the body. This beer probably deserves a 4.5 for appearance, but I'm going to bump it down to a 4 because the bubbles looked bad and they kinda just freaked me out.

MaltsOfGlory, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

Except for the minor key of leather (the flavor I detest most in beer), this spiced brew performs well as a Winter Warmer. Not nearly as good as Stevens Point St. Benedict's Winter Ale, but tasty, nonetheless. They've done the spice just right. And the malty sweetness is right up my alley.

Note: wife hates it.

martyl1000, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

70th review on BA
Bottle to Pint

App- It poured a amber colored brown if at all possible with a light one finger tan head.

Smell- I picked up on only a couple things. Dark Malts, Light Roast and some brown sugar.

Taste- Its a bit of a mix in this taste. You get a certain creaminess and then you pick up on some malt and a tad of a bitter with a sweet residue to it.

Mouth- Its a basic medium body with a mild carbonations and some light spice that works well together.

Drink- It was a good 12 oz and I could see a 6'er falling very easily on this one.

FosterJM, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is a massive two and a half inches in height, and recedes quickly into a thick cap of rocky lacing. This beer looks fantastic. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and well integrated dark spices. The taste is spicier than the aroma with a lot of ginger, but there is enough of a malt presence to keep things from going out of whack. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the better winter warmers I've had in a long while. I will certainly drink this beer again.

KarlHungus, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  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.

garymuchow, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of bamadog
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to alexgrahamlv for the sweet extra in our most recent trade! Review is from notes taken on 12/16/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Normally, I don't get too excited about a beer's appearance, but this beer is absolutely beautiful!; pours a beautiful ruby and chestnut color; starts with a one finger light tan frothy head with really good retention; body is dark and just a little hazy, but shows strong carbonation; head fades to a full, but uneven cap and leaves big swaths and patches of lacing.

Smell: Smell is quite nice -- a sweet tropical fruitiness, kind of like banana, is evident; bit of a warm, sweet caramel and some sweet berry scents as well; bit of an earthy aroma that provides just a touch of bitterness, and I can't quite put my finger on it.

Taste: Much like the smell, there is that sweet tropical banana-like flavor with some of the sweet berry; definitely some earthy bitterness as well, some hops, but more of a nutty aspect to it that balances out the sweetness and actually starts to overpower it by the end; bit of a tobacco-like flavor and just a touch of alcohol; aftertaste is dominated by the bitterness and it takes just a little bit away from the over performance of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and has very full and soft carbonation; a thick, semi-dry coating is left all over the palate and the belly is left a little warm from some acidity, but certainly not the ABV because at under 7%, there's really not much burn to it all -- quite nice.

Drinkability: Very solid -- great scents and flavors, and really, the only detractor I can find in it is the rather harsh, bitter aftertaste that lingers; if a bit more of the malty sweetness held up in this it may have scored just a tad higher; I think if I manage to get a few more of these, they may go in the closet for about 6 months to see if the malts develop more.

bamadog, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice dark ruby-amber color with very little head. An attractive lace is left as I drink the glass.

Smell: malty with notes of caramel, nuts and a little chocolate. The profile is all malt but the aroma is not terribly strong.

Taste: malty indeed. I get a lot more caramel and nuts here; it's almost like an imperial nut brown ale. There is a nice bitterness toward the end but the hops are not otherwise very present.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a well-integrated carbonation which yields a delicious creaminess. Very nice texture.

Drinkability: highly drinkable for a high ABV winter beer. Too drinkable, really; my memories of last year's new year's eve party are distinctly hazy due to this beer.

flagmantho, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky, hazy, reddish brown appearance, smells of raisins, molasses, prunes, some booziness detected. No discernible hops in the nose but big time hop bitterness in the flavor that is very unexpected. Cherries, sweet caramel and dates up front with big grapefruit pith bitterness in the back. Chocolate in the aftertaste along with that pithy, earthy bitter. A very interesting and not overly complex combination of flavors.

Aaron_Ramson, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of willjschmidt
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with a tan head.

S: Light fruits, brown sugar, leafy hops.

T: Dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar makes up the nice malt character. Very good leafy hop finish to balance it out. Dark fruits in there as well.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied.

D: A very good winter brew, look forward to it every year.

willjschmidt, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

gettin the winter warmer season started on the early side, 11/12/11. cool. pours a dark red wood color with a standard 1 finger head. nose and taste are parallel is magic, christmas cookie biscuity with a gently spiced middle and a rare but seasonally appropriate hop finish. crisp for a warmer. mouthfeel is almost perfect, hold it for a minute, gets all creamy and rich. this beer is gold. yummm

StonedTrippin, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of HochFliegen
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite time of year the holidays. Its not the getting or giving of presents its the beer. All the great seasonal beers is what makes my spirits so high every holiday season! How better than to start it off with a Jubelale!

The color was a nice deep blood red with a thin film of a head and no lacing to speak of.
The smell had a distinct carmel smell to it with a nice touch of roasted malts leading to a slight nutty smell. Sneaking in the end of the smell was a subtle smell of hops in a floral way.
The taste was very complex with a nice mixture of malts and hops to give this beer a nice warming to it. Not to mention the 6.7% abv in the warming feeling. The first sip gives way to a nutty and carmel flavor which turns to a hop like bite in the middle of the taste with a good body. The hop taste lingers and is very smooth.
What a good way to start my seasonal tasting!

HochFliegen, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into tulip. Thanks to vkv822!

A- Dark brown body, mild frosting on glass and a head that settles quickly.

S- Winter spices, bready malts.

T- Fruity, almost like a dunkel actually. Tasty caramel malts and winter spices. Plums, raisins, and I almost want to say banana.. Spice is mild and well-focused. Some bitter pith in the finish. A bit of fruit tartness comes out about 1/2 way through. Like unripe fruit.

M- Lingering bitterness kind of throws off the finish.. Nice body, carbonation is pretty good.

D- Pretty good. A tasty beer. Another good one from Deschutes.

ShogoKawada, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of ficknish
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with hints of red. Light brown head.

S - Sharp grassy hops. Sweet light biscuit malt.

T - Toasty Malt. Raisins. Slight maple syrup flavors. Sharp bitterness.

M - Bitter. Slight pucker. Lingering bubbly body.

O - Love the warming feeling of this beer. It has a deep malty body with a great balance of a northwest hop profile.

ficknish, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of ReverendJon
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

ReverendJon, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of GeePee
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

GeePee, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of sdsurfer217
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

sdsurfer217, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of kornkid8600
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

kornkid8600, Monday at 02:49 AM
Photo of watermelonman
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a deep and dark ruby with a good head. The head was of good size but faded quickly. The lacing left was pretty minimal.

The smell has a touch of cinnamon. It's quite spiced but the content is very well blended. The taste is very nice overall.

The spice can detract from the drinkability after a few, but it's still very drinkable. It feels great in the mouth, being somewhat dark and heavy but not overwhelmingly so.

watermelonman, May 13, 2004
Photo of aval89
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark copper nearly brown with a beautiful 2 finger off white/khaki head. Looks magnificent in my snifter. Very nice ruby spectrum when brought up to light.

S: Roasty malt goodness.. Hints of chocolate, toffee, brown sugar. Slight traces of vanilla & dark fruits.. Slight booze detection.

T: first thing I noticed was the alcohol shockingly! Once you get past that dark fruits, toffee notes, coffee like bitterness. Finishes with huge dark chocolate flavors, that somehow pair wonderfully with the piney bitterness & slight boozey finish.

MF: medium-bodied with good carbonation. Smooth & rich coating..

D: definitely a slow sipper for those cold winter nights.

Good work from Deschutes

aval89, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of beerhan
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Personally I have never been that impressed by winter warmers but this is really something else. Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. Nice thick coffee black color with a thick cocoa head. Smells like coffee, toffee, cinnamon, and a whole kitchen of spices. The taste is sort of a combination between toffee and spice that balances out to be not spicy at all but just a smooth beer that is real drinkable. A tasty winter treat for desert that goes great with chocolate.

beerhan, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of darjoh
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into bar pint glass.

The setting is in my home, noisy with electrical appliances rumbling in the background.

Thankfully this brew has a dark transparent color with a heavy muddy head. Just the type of looking beer I love to have.

I've had this brew before, and it is a season favorite. There is a new label from the picture shown, and the look seems darker than I remembered. Also, the taste seems to have more of a bite than last year. Maybe it is because it's early version? New batches? Don't know, but it definitely seems heavier than I remember, in a pleasurable way.

The taste is not over bearing, but it does linger as an aftertaste. Mostly on the bitter side. Could be just me, being I haven't had a beer in a couple weeks, so my taste buds could be freaking out.

Probably would be even better is it was colder outside.

Goes good with pasta.

darjoh, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of scottoale
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage pours a deep dark mahogany brown with a substantial finger and a half of thick head. Nice lace left behind as head disappears.

The nose is sweet, earthy and somewhat alcoholic, especially as is warms. Very malty with a good note of spiciness, mainly from the hops.

The flavor does not disappoint with a mildly sweet malty intro that's got some earthiness and an interesting spiciness as well. That all rounds out with some still hoppin, hop bitterness. Very pleasant flavor with great balance and a definite Winter Warmer feel and taste. Fits the style well.

Medium body with some fluff and fullness to the mouth, good carbonation and good punch from the alcohol make this warmer a pleasure too consume. The beer pic of this brew I took two years ago and am finally reviewing it...can't wait to taste this years offering...cheers!

scottoale, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Tdizzle
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 edition purchased at BevMo! Brea on October 4th.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash tulip glass, Jubelale pours a gorgeous amber color with a tan colored head that settles to a patchy layer for the duration of the beer. Each sip yields only a few streaks of lacing behind. Some yeast particles float around along the bottom of my glass.

S- The aroma is heavy on the dark fruits. Raisins, dates, figs, black currants, and blackberry jam are present along with molasses and burnt sugar as the beer warms. The 6.7% ABV becomes only slightly noticeable as the beer hits room temperature. A trace of hops is nicely woven throughout all of this.

T- The taste is almost vinous, with the myriad of dark fruit flavors taking center stage accompanied by a mild red wine-like tartness towards the finish. There is a moderate hop bitterness that lingers on the palate long after after each sip and the not-so-dry finish leaves some flavors of caramel and dark fruits.

M- The mouthfeel is full-bodied with mild carbonation.

D- This beer is heavy on the stomach and the rich flavor profile makes Jubelale a beer that I would only want one or maybe two of in a sitting. However, it tastes great and the unobtrusive ABV adds to the drinkability.

This is a great winter warmer. I'll always have a special place in my heart for Anchor's OSA, but I still look forward to Jubelale every year.

Tdizzle, Oct 05, 2008
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,061 ratings.