Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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2,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 135
Gots: 311 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 2,354 | Reviews: 857
Photo of dukeandduke
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2/28 - Bottle. Nice reddish brown pour with good body. Not a strong smell, but malt and spices were noticeable. Nice pour and a very good taste of herbs and orange. Felt good going down and had a decent kick. Overall very good beer and I'll be seeking this out down the road.

Photo of cheers_chick
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally! I feel like I can really call myself a beer lover now. I've tried one of Deschutes original beers. 2014 was silky smooth, hints of chicory and cherry, rounded by a huge malt finish. A hint of citrus zest but all together a great winter warmer. Warmed me right up! Do you expect anything less from Deshutes though? They're the best. A very good beer!

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark hazy brown with a rocky off-white head that left plenty of lacing.

Smell: Yeast and malt, slight spices.

Taste: Very good. Strong malts and yeast, faint spiciness (like apple pie), into moderate bitterness, just a touch of alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness and carbonation.

Overall: All the parts fit together well. Full of flavor, not just spices. I wouldn't limit it to just Winter.

Photo of dbl_delta
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle. Pours a deep, murky mahogany color, one-finger tan head.

Malt, a little caramel, no hops bitterness. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. It all blends together well, though. Good winter beer.

Photo of mingsngerbs
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a quality holiday beer, never too sweet, but still complex in terms of spice flavor.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 19, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – A half-inch of thick, khaki foam sits on top of a deep mahogany/copper liquid. Moderate head retention. Beer is somewhat thick in appearance, little light passes through, but seems to be pretty clear.

S – Chocolate and light vanilla with a touch of dried fruit, ruby red grapefruit, cherry pits. Malty-sweet toffee and thick caramel. Minor herbal hop aroma.

T – Sweet toffee and vanilla, with some hints of fruity spice, nutmeg. Darker cherry impression. Hops are herbal, medicinal, and spicy. Bitterness from hops is strong in the finish and aftertaste.

M – Carbonation is high, sudsy, and provides a bite. Sweetness is lower than suggested by the aroma and does not last, as bitterness takes over through the finish and aftertaste. Dry throughout.

O – Very interesting, comparable to Belgian quad in aroma and flavor but with lower alcohol and a more dry, carbonic bite. A lot to like here.

Photo of MaximalC
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of wiegs4life
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer from a nitro tap. I haven't had that many nitro beers before, but this one was surprisingly very good. It is worth a shot.

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice hoppy winter warmer. Not really my style, but a fine example of this variety.

Photo of BEERWOLF1951
2.11/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

A little bit too toasty,smokey for my taste. Probably a great beer for someone else, but not my style.

Photo of Bierwolf
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy orangish red with a finger of nice tannish foam.

Smells sweet and malty, bready and some vanilla.

Coffee and caramel flavors with a little alcohol.

Medium light body with a dry lingering finish

Good winter offering but there are a lot of good ones out there.

Photo of jwhancher
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear garnet amber with large offwhite head. Good carbonation. Initial nose has some gentle spices: clove, pepper, brown sugar. Underlying malt smells of some light chocolate. As it warms, the chocolate & caramel aromas really shine through and come to he forefront. Tastes of sweet caramel malts with some chocolate & cocoa. Upfront spiciness - not sure from hops or actual spices. Medium high bitterness. Feels medium full to full with no hot alcohols. Overall, a nice malty beer for the cold winter nights. Subtle spiciness lends some complexity but doesn't distract. Very solid winter ale overall. Great to pair with dark chocolates.

Photo of Louski
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass. Nice color and healthy head. Malts on the nose with a light but crisp hop finish. The flavors hang out on your tongue for a bit after too. Very nicely done!

Photo of Suds
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful mahogany color...thick light tan head...brilliant appearance. The smell is of malt, with a little spice. Bitter taste, with some warmth. Lots of dark malt flavors...warming. Full in body. Great winter beer.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red, almost to brown color. Thin off white head with a small amount of lacing. The nose is English toffee and light clove. The spices here complement rather than overwhelm the palate. Definitely a complex winter seasonal - enough boozy heat and spice to make this a winter warmer but with plenty of other layers that allow for more balance and other pieces to fall into place. The toffee notes add a sweetness and brevity across the dark maltiness.

Photo of classixIII
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of many just OK Winter Ales. A little more hop than others, light spice some molasses.

Photo of Beerma
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kinda plain wanted some more flavor but ok overall!

Photo of OlyBob
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight molasses aftertaste, otherwise pleasant winter brew.

Photo of phlegming
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is good. I've had this in bottles and on nitro-tap. Really tasty either way. Malty with enough hop presence to add some complexity. Terrific winter brew.

Photo of Tabbrew
2.74/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not very impressed as a winter warmer. Not very warming at 5%. Was served on nitro which aided mouthfeel but not anything special

Photo of hail_seitan
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark cherry stain color with a frothy cafe-colored head.

S - Raisins, orange spice, vanilla, and brown sugar.

T - Plum, candi sugar, maple, and vanilla hit the tongue initially. Then chocolate and Christmas cake malt. Finish is sweet and ever so slightly bitter with lingering citrus notes.

M - Slightly syrupy (which is pleasant for a Yuletide brew) with a medium carbonation.

O - A great Christmas time beer. Pleasantly warming without cloying spices or flavors. Would go great with Christmas ham.

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/17/15; into a pint glass.
Appearance - a cloudy auburn with noticeable sediment against the light. A thin, beige head that leaves nice, sticky lacing!
Smell - sweet candy malts and spice.
Taste - sweet candy and herbal spices.
Feel - a nice blend of spice and sweetness with a great bitter finish!
Overall - a nice holiday brew that warms on a cold night and at a great price!

Photo of GRPunk
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (best by 5/4/15) poured into a mug.

A- A gentle pour still creates a huge tan head that requires stopping short and a second pour. The body was dark brown with crimson edges. The head never drops below 1-finger and leaves foamy rings.

S- Caramel and brown sugar are maybe toffee-esqe. Slightly charred brown sugar and grains. Some spice and citrus comes on later.

T- Much as the aroma suggests, a mix of sweet and char. Robust. Very toffee-like with some spice and citrus.

M- Medium body. Sips are through a foamy head. Moderate carbonation.

O- Very wintry and robust. One and done, but very flavorful for the holidays. Drank on its own, but I could see it as a great food pairing for a rich Christmas dinner.

Photo of bnes09
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Descent flavor but a little over hopped and over spiced.

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting winter hoppy ale

Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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