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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.

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very good

856 Reviews

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Reviews: 856
Hads: 2,457
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 20.51%
Wants: 153
Gots: 367 | 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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Reviews: 856 | Hads: 2,457
Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Photo of HalfFull
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle, I pour this into a pint glass. It pours a moderate ruby brown with good clarity and light carbonation. Yet a half inch of off white head maintains a stubborn stance atop this brew.

Nose is subdued of light red malts and a hint of hops, hmmph...More hop notes arrive after some settling.

Taste kicks it up a notch with some spices added. A bit of malts and a more notable hop presence is noted. Somewhat reminscent of Arrogant Bastard in a way without the robust hopping. Not bad...

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Photo of MaximalC
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent, burnt caramel color with a large head of soapy, khaki foam. Mild aroma smells of toffee and cherries.

The taste is malt-forward, featuring caramel, nuts, grain husk, and toasted bread. Balancing hops are on the piney side, but not aggressive. Tart cherries alluded to by the nose sneak up on you in the finish, though they aren't prominent. A vague spiciness ties everything together without seeming contrived. The aftertaste manages to avoid being cloying despite the full flavor, while a sticky sweetness coats the lips between sips. The flavor profile is reminiscent of a brown ale, just with a bit more character. Medium body and carbonation facilitate a delightfully soft, creamy mouthfeel that is the highlight of this beer.

Overall, this is a light, flavorful brew that would be perfect for fall sessioning--a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 Bottle Release

Dark amber/copper color. Not quite black like many winter ales. Light tan to almost white head retains well.

Aroma mostly of pine and dust with some "Skor" toffee candybar aromas. (no, the dust isn't from my glass).

On the palate you notice an alcoholic edge right away, so much so that you need another sip to seek out the other flavors. Burnt caramel flavors are prominent with a sweet warming finish. Hops balance well to my palate - they're not too aggressive as I expected from the nose.

Moderately drinkable - goes well for the season but it's not a beer you'd like to have 2 or 3 of in a single sitting.

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Photo of Philousa
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on tap (nitro) at Original Gravity on 12/7/12. 

Pour a clear, deep red bordering on brown with a finger of dense, creamy tan head. This smells more like a red, as I get mostly caramel with some savory spices. Hops are citrusy, slightly piney, and mild in intensity. Flavor is also mainly caramel with some burnt/bakers chocolate. There is some cinnamon or clove spiciness and piney hop bitterness on the back end. Bitterness is pretty significant. The feel is appropriate for the style, but I feel it's a little thicker than normal because of the nitro tap. Finish is mostly balanced but slightly dry. This is a nice winter warmer in the sense that I get some spices, but it's not crazy. Feels festive but it's not overbearing. Would like to try it on regular tap or bottle for comparison.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, murky bronze-like color, with a light tan finger and a half of head that dissipates to a bit of splotchy bubbles leaving a nice bit of sporadic lacing.

Aroma is of slight malt sweetness, mild acidic fruits, and some spices.

Taste is malty, slightly sweet, some dark fruits, spice cake, and a fair amount of crisp bitter finishings.

Feel is slightly crisp, lighter in body, and slick.

Overall, good drink and a nice enjoyable WW.

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Photo of matjack85
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Roommate brought these home, so not sure what the store cost is as he works at the distributor and gets them for $10/case. 12oz brown bottles with a freshness date on the side of the label. The website says they change the art work on the label each year, so it will look different from year to year.

The beer poured a clear dark garnet color with a 1½-finger tan head that lasts a few minutes and leaves tons of lacing.

The beer smells like molasses and caramel.

Not as sweet as the smell wouold indicate. More of an earthy hop flavor along with a dry roastiness. There's a little caramel/molasses flavor underneath, but not enough to call it sweet. There is also a touch of nuttiness and spicy alcohol, but still the 6 different hops used dominate the flavor. 60 IBUs, but not overly bitter.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Despite its high ratings, I'm not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah nuts... Like I have a bowl of nuts in front of me, and this looks most like the color of a filbert.

I wistfully smell cardamom among the "pine and spruce," and warm biscuits in a seasoned 12" cast iron skillet. Doink.

Jubelale is "characterized by a large malt body balanced with hop bitterness derived from a variety of American and European hops." I don't know -- that sounds like Santa on a salad diet. The picture I get as I guzzle to buzzle my calabuzza is bit thin: It's like I live a quarter mile from my nearest neighbor so I focus a telescope on his dining room and see a fat guy sitting at the table eating a box of brach's chocolate-covered cherries on a wood table decorated with pine boughs.
Whooppee, an average "Santamas" beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a clear darker mahogany color with a small cap of bubbly whitish head. Caramel malts in the nose, light spice, and a hint of pine needles. Taste of sugars--caramel, molasses--crisply piney and floral, light spices. No really "big" flavor here, but a good balance in all the flavors that are present. Medium in body and carbonation, and surely an easy drinker.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a tall head, tan in color. Beer is a dark brown, just clear enough for a tiny bit of light to penetrate. Smells malty, a little bit spice and a heavy sweetness (like syrup or molasses, not sugar) Taste is malty with a bit of spice and toastyness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer, a lot of people rave about it, but I am not really into it. Its not really my style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage, recently bought at Walnut Liquorette. On to the beer:

The pours is a good one. Dark ruby brown with a hint of violet. The head is big on top and is showing some good retention. It settles to a creamy lace that clings to the glass. Very sweet in the nose. A little wood and resin is mixed into the maple, peach, and sweet toasty malt. Festive indeed.

Pleasant taste. There's a little tropical flare from whatever hops remain. Toasted malt leads the way in this ale. Vague fruit flavors echo around. It seems sort of thin in the mouth, with very low carbonation.

I should note that I have never tasted this beer before, so needless to say I never had a fresh version. That would be an interesting comparison to this aged version, which I enjoyed.

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Photo of CapitalGains
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-tap at the Deschutes Pub in downtown PDX. Also had on cask but I only had a taster of that. I have also had this countless times in bottles.

Visual: deep red around the edges with a dense mahogany center. light-brown head that is about 5/8 inches and is quite thick. leaves minimal lacing as it is consumed.

Smell: have had this many, many times and the smell leaves something to be desired. I always struggle to pick up on a defining scent, but I normally notice mostly malt with some suppressed citrus hops

Taste/Mouthfeel: mildly roasted malt with a hint of sweetness, a bit of spices, grapefruit, and caramelized banana. not overpowering but there is a lingering aftertaste of malt and slight bitterness. mouthfeel is interesting if you let it warm up a bit; fairly creamy with almost no carbonation.

Drinkability: pretty high if you let it warm up, as this seems to release more of the hidden flavors. i wouldn't say it is sessionable but there have been nights where i have easily put back a couple of these. probably would have gone with another on nitro if Deschutes didn't have The Dissident, Cinder Cone, and Black Butte XXII on tap as well at the time.

This is probably my go-to beer during late fall/early winter, despite it lacking a defining characteristic. I wish it were year-round but after all it is a winter warmer. I enjoyed it more on nitro-tap than I have on regular draft or bottles. would like to try it on cask as well, so hopefully i don't miss my window of opportunity!

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Photo of xnicknj
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to SamuelJackson45

Pours a deep dark copper with cherry and brown hues. A thick, frothed beige head bubbles up and retains well with some patchy lacing around the glass.

A lighter nose with scents of holiday spice, doughy breadiness, and a touch of piny hops.

A nice splash of caramel malts with assorted spices right up front. Piny hops and light sweetness throughout. Some dark fruit flavor with some molasses like sticky sweetness. Candied brown sugar and another dose of hops towards the end. Slight warmth in the finish.

Medium bodied, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and dry in feel. A nice combo of spice and hops which makes for a solid drinking winter warmer, although the nose was pretty muted.

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Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste is molasses, caramelly, dark and sweet chocolate with slight barky hops. This makes for a nice bock like beer. A good winter warmer, although there are others in the style that I prefer.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While Deschutes is one of my favorite breweries, I couldn't remember if I've ever picked up a sixer of this before. I've been on a local winter warmer kick recently. so it made sense to pick these up and see how they measure.

Hit and miss labels change every year, this year is pretty attractive. Poured into a pint glass, the color is a substantial dark amber, with enough color and possibly haze that one can see very little through it. Fairly minimal foaming, you have to give a vigorous pour to get much of a orange-tinted head, which leaves moderate lacing.

The substantial look tones down some for the aromas. I note some sweet, roasty malts, clove/allspice, some alcohol. Definitely had to let this one warm up some to get more out of it.

Flavors are less sweet and spicy than the smells. Surprisingly roasty, dry and bitter. Definitely packs some oomph, I notice quite a bit of burnt malts and mid-roasted coffee, with citric, lemon rind hop bitterness. Quite a bit of flavor, but not the balance I was hoping for. The finish is dry, fairly sharp. Pretty muted carbonation, but fairly substantial mouthfeel that helps balance the bold flavors.

Overall, one of my least favorites from Deschutes. I haven't totally figured out what I like in a winter warmer. Deschutes definitely went for the roasty, hoppy interpretation. Not bad, but I'm still looking for something more ideal.

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Photo of thekaiser51
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color - Very dark, but not black. More of a deep mahogany with some purplish tones. Good color for a winter beer.

Taste - Agreed on the earth, spice, and chicory from their own description. There is a little hint of cinnamon in there too. Not much fruit though...maybe a bit of plum or raisin if anything but it is hidden by the alcohol and bite. A bit on the heavy side as far as body and intensity of flavor...a beer that you wouldn't want to have more than 2-3 of in a row, unlike some other great winter beers. Therefore, might be a bit heavy with food. Very dry and a bit nutty as a result. Hint of pine, but not the resiny citrus pine of many NW beers...more like a straight up evergreeny pine, good for the style.

Overall - A really nice winter ale. Decent name and pretty cool label artwork - kind of a pastel Rockwell sort of thing? Really smooth, dry, and drinkable, but just slightly heavy for my tastes. Solid B+ beer.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Dante’s in the University of Washington district in Seattle. Poured into a pint glass. Appearance was dark amber to mahogany. There was a gentle lacing with very little head to speak of. As you drink, the lacing stays on the side of the glass (almost like a Christmas ornament). Aroma was spicy, with red fruits. It has a pretty sweet note to it. Tasted almost like an abbey ale at first. Lots of character and no real surprises after the smell. It’s warming and drinkable with heavy fruits (cherry) and minimal alcohol burn. Almost spicy. Very crisp and drinkable with a lot of carbonation. There is a small bland aftertaste, but it’s not that bad. Overall it’s a very drinkable, very festive beer. If it’s available and you’re feeling in the mood, pick one up.

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Photo of TKEAnimal
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark copper color with a quickly fading head that laces your glass as it leaves.

S - To me it smells like bread and caramel malts.

T - After tasting it I definitely taste the caramel malts.

M - This is a medium bodied beer.

D - I was surprised at how simple this beer is, I had a different set of expectations. The 6.7 ABV doesn't over power the beer. Overall I think this is a good beer and I am glad that I tried it.

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Photo of csiewert
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This nut brown holiday special really warms the heart. Pours a nice chocolate color with one finger of off white head. The smell is of roasted barely and chocolate. The taste starts strong of chocolate and malt and then finishes with some slight hoppy bitterness. The finish is very smooth and makes the beer very drinkable. Good winter beer for those fans of brown ales.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy brown with a huge tan fluffy head. Reasonably heavy lacing.
S - Green apple, some dark fruits, slight yeastiness and spiciness as well.
T - Very tart. Somewhat malty backbone as well. Heavy hops bitterness with a reasonable amount of generic spices.
MF - Fairly bubbly, but pleasant thickness.
DB - I'd have a couple.

This is a reasonable beer, but there is something about it that bothers me. I think the hops and spices are a bit too present and not well integrated with the flavor; ie they are very superficial.
Not the best but still a very pleasant beer. As others have noted, perhaps a bit weak on the malt front.

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Photo of mrkc
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The bottle is a typical 12 oz Deschutes bottle, with a purple label that informs me that Jubelale is a "festive winter ale," and little else. There's a best by date stamped by the UPC, but no indication when it was bottled. You can smell the hops before you've even poured; the beer is a dark oak colour, just edging on transparent, with little evident carbonation. The head is down to a thin ring in short order.

The aroma is dominated by hops, with just the faintest hint of caramelized sugar. The flavour is more balanced, with the smoky coffee flavour that Deschutes does so well blended with hops and something malty. The beer finishes dry, with just a slight bitter aftertaste. It seems to improve as it warms, the flavours becoming more distinct. Not terribly drinkable for for my money, though - just a touch too dry.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Made it home from Darkness Day with a bottle of this- thanks Tim! Much appreciated.

A: pour is deep mahoganey with light passing through, creamy beige head, nice lacing

S: the aroma features candied fruit on the front with a deep earthy hop presence. The hops meld into a rich and sweet malty finish.

T: The palate doesn't feature sweet notes as much as the nose suggests. The hop bitterness does come through along with notes of molasses, dark fruits, and a long spicy finish. The flavors are nice but don't seem to be in balance.

MF: medium body, medium to high carbonation, smooth

D: this is a nice winter warmer from Deschutes.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is toffee, nutmeg and other spices, brandy, black cherry. Dark brown translucent, reddish hue. Medium white head. Taste is wine , spice, slight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A - Pours a deep ruby with a few fingers off white head.

S - Sweet caramel and spicy hops.

T - Caramel malt with hints of citrus and clove. Slight hints of spice but I can't exactly place it.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

D - Solid winter warmer but slightly boring.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tawny red color with a filmy tan head that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere any time soon. The taste is hard to describe but some indistinct spices and malty flavors. Easy to drink but it may be a little early for winter beers, even here in Colorado.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.