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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 838
Hads: 2,361
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 140
Gots: 313 | 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 mr-jj
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Color is dark mahogany with a thin tan head and ample lacing. Smell is roasted malt and dark fruits with some citric hop presence and winter spices. Flavor is very nice, lots of malt, plums, and spices. FInish is refreshing and a touch bitter. Body is medium-full with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a great winter warmer with a lot of complexity and style. I really enjoy this beer. It's really even better on nitro if you can find it. (443 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jubelale, though indeed a dark and wintry looking beer, still has enough bright flash to act as a tree ornament; its roasted chestnut colour has a splash of cranberry shine and a fine powdering of snow atop. It's so appropriately designed you'd think the folks at Hallmark were behind it.

First and foremost, the vital ingredients for a good-quality Winter Warmer are: a) good-quality malt; b) a big proportion of it; c) holiday spices subtly blended into it. Jubelale smells like it fits the bill, with a crunchy caramel maltiness and hints of gingerbread, cinnamon, and chicory.

I'd even entertain a notion of milk chocolate, though it's not present on the palate where there's instead an abundance of fruity flavours focused primarily on raisin and dried apricots, as well as a pinch of butterscotch pudding and maybe a distant hint of peat. Plenty characterful but still a bit milder, this will certainly suit those who prefer the English style of doing things.

In true Christmas spirit, this ale prefers to make peace. I mean, not a creature is stirring - not a drop of the 6.7% alcohol nor a single one of the 60+ IBUs (nor even a mouse). It has 'ale' in the title but it drinks more akin to a lager: restrained nuttiness and a smooth, sessionable profile.

Like all Deschutes offerings, Jubelale is a more mainstream-minded one that still has more than what it takes to stand up on its own. Provenance may ensure this brewery's commonplace and mass-produced brands are still revered, but truth be told they haven't compromised an ounce and are as deserving of love now as ever before. Jubelale is a great holiday tipple! (1,640 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +1.3%

The presents itself like the consummate Holiday beer with a rich maple color and a frothy thick head.

The nose is malty, with a fruit cake, spice, chocolate malt, molasses and and toffee scent.

Great flavor and easy yet thick drinkability. I get chocolate malt, dry maltiness, slight hop bitterness, raisin, fruit cake, anise, fennel, nutmeg and brown sugar.

Deschutes nailed this one! (388 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours 2 fingers of a rich tan foam with a hint of lite orange, body is a gorgeous ruby amber with a slight haze, accompanied by a steady stream of bubbles rising within the center. Lovely foamy rings left behind each quaff. Truly a beautiful beer which visually announces Holidays, although I prefer Christmas ;)

Smell - Dark fruits, fruitcake, notes of cherry, almond and plum, cooked brown sugar and darkened toffee.

Taste - Very unexpected and so pleasant - much like the nose, but not nearly as sweet as the nose belies. My initial thought is unsweetened well done fruitcake - very nice dark fruits, defined by plum, cherry, and a nuttiness of almond, a wonderful light roast of well done breadcrusts, and longer into the finish i'm getting some herbal flavors, some light basil and even a hint of mint, and a barely perceptible shake of white pepper. There is also a lingering woodiness very long into the finish that lingers between quaffs, a light oakiness.. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium, not because of the "weight" so much as the complexity of flavors that fill the mouth. Carb is about medium and smooth, allowing the myriad of flavors to appear w/out being scrubbed, some nice tingling edges prickle along the sides and back of the tongue.

Overall - I've been impressed by every Deschutes product I've ever tried, and what an impressive winter warmer they've brewed. So many nice flavors here, and they are all complimentary forming the perfect holiday brew. Flavors and sweetness are perfect, and at 6.7% you may be able to enjoy a few without being the guy wearing the lamp shade in the corner - highly recommend. (1,673 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Finally got this long time "want" from a local distributor for just 3 bucks for the single.

A - Nice two inches of deep mocha head making for some great lacing. Beer is a deep dark brown yet clear.
S - Mildly spiced winter warmer with notes of caramel and toffee. Nice touch of brown sugar.
T - Leather and bitter herbal bite which is swiped aside with mild cinnamon and nutmeg notes. It's actually not as sweet as I hoped with an oaky like body and root flavors.
M - Medium bodied yet I can't get around how herbal this is.

I don't see the fuss about this winter warmer its a mash of leather, bitter roots, and mild oaky twang. Defiantly not good in my opinion. (664 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

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. (316 characters)

Photo of djchrismac
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

I'm just not real sold on this offering from Deschutes. I feel it's somewhat lacking the characteristics that make a good holiday ale/winter warmer. As an avid IPA fan, I do enjoy the bitterness. (195 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev +1%

iPhone review as I'm in my man dungeon watching the news.

App : 2 finger khaki head. Body is dark cranberry, 90 per cent opacity. 4/5

Smell : initial pour yields oats, blueberry, clove, maple. A touch of sweetness like brown sugar. As the beer is drank the aroma goes to a more barley forward aroma with clove and coffee bean. 4.5/5 great.

Taste : malty, with lots of oat and hop. The body is largely malt, but it finishes as a pale ale with strong hop presence. Some mild blueberry in the mix and biscuit, and as the beer tames it takes on more of a straight dark licorice/coffee/maple flavor. It's a bit too bitter for me but there's a good balance. 3.75/5.

Mouthfeel : mostly creamy with some carbonation and a pasty finish. 3.75/5

Overall : I'd have it again. Not what I was looking for tonight but it'll suffice. Decent beer. 3.99/5 (842 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Deschutes Jubelale - 6.7% ABV Winter Warmer - Consumed November 1, 2014.

A: Very dark and opaque ruby-brown hue with two fingers of tan foam and sheets of lacing on the snifter glass. Head and lace retain for the duration of the beer. An attractive pour.

S: Toffee, cherry, cocoa powder, grassy-earthy hops, red apple, roasted malt, fig, and plum. Subtle, appetizing aromas, spot on for the style.

T: Red apple, toffee, grassy hop, cherry, slight earthiness, roasted malt, juicy plum, cocoa, and fig. Grassy-astringent and drying-bitter finish lingers long. Classic winter warmer flavours.

M: Meidum-full body, creamy carbonation, smooth middle (somewhat juicy), grassy, astringent and drying-bitter finish lingers for a while. A superbly balanced and satisfying palate.

O: An impressively nuanced and delicious warmer that I would happily buy again. (856 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12 Fl. Oz. Bottle
“Best By” date of 03/02/2015 printed on the label
Reviewed on October 30th, 2014
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Poured a mahogany body with a creamy light tan head. A feeble amount of soapy lacing followed the body to the bottom of the glass.

Very sweet nose consisting of dark fruit, caramel, toasted grains, and faint notes of earthy hops.

An abundance of warm, sweet, toasted malts up front. Tremendous caramel / molasses notes. Hints of burnt toast broke through when the hops gained steam. Subtle notes of herbal malts did not detract the prominence of the malts. Medium-full body (definitely leaned towards the full side of the spectrum). Low-moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy body. Semi-dry finish.

Many of my favourite brews are released in the Fall/Winter… you can bet Jubelale is one of them. Between the warm, full flavour and the festive artwork on the label, it is the perfect ale to welcome in the cold weather. (983 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance: auburn. Medium-thick, light tan, dense foamy head. Sticky lacing.
Smell: caramel. Citrus hop aroma.
Taste: chocolate and a light toasted biscuit. Roasted barley. Citrus hop flavor.
Mouthfeel: medium-light carbonation. Big body. Slightly Sweet.
Overall: well balanced. Malty, hoppy, strong ale. Great widely available winter ale. (363 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a finger thick, medium-dark brown head, solid lacing, and a near black super dark brown body. This is a sexy lookin' beeya.

I smell splendidly roasted malts, molasses, and a touch of ginger. Just the right, amount, too.

The taste is very similar, maybe like a xmas cookie. This is a savory, perfect-for winter brew.

Mouthfeel here is slightly thicker, but I like that in a beer made especially for the cold months.

Overall a very well deserved 4.75 for Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery. This is a delicious choice and I advise you to give it a go. (644 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown to amber in color with an inch thick of khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. I smell caramel malt and not much else. The flavor is plenty of caramel malt with a spicy nutty taste. The mouth is smooth and creamy. (226 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best By 3/16/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark ruby amber with a khaki head that leaves great lacing and retention. Looks really good. The aromas are very malty. Cocoa is there. Dark fruits and cherries in the mix. The flavors are malty as well, but has a subtle bitterness to it. The citrus and pine notes start to come through. Some raisins in the mix. More cherries. Very subtle spice notes. It becomes pretty earthy. The mouthfeel is wonderful. I've noticed Deschutes seems to nail this light fluffy creaminess with active carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a solid winter brew. The craftsmanship is what sells this beer for me. The mouthfeel alone makes me want to drink this all day. It's along the lines of a bold brown ale. (800 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 Redneckwine
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Dark, dark brown and showing good clarity in the light. 1.5 finger head is downright persistent, leaves great lacing.

Smell - Dark, dark fruitiness, various spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, anise), earthy and malty

Taste - Dark fruits and raisin note is very big, touch of caramel sweetness, earthy/toasty malts blend with holiday spices complemented by a whiff of alcohol, and surprisingly, a pretty significant piney, spicy, citrusy hop burst to cap things off. Finishes fairly dry with a moderate lingering resiny hop bitterness.

Feel - Medium body is cleaned up nicely with ample prickly, scrubbing carbonation, pretty smooth and drinkable still.

Overall - This beer just feels like the holidays: like liquid fruitcake spiked with a nice blast of hops. It's hard to get more festive than that! I have a feeling it would even be pretty nice 5-6 months from now as the hops fade a touch (my bottle was super fresh), letting the complex malts shine even more. This is easily one of my favorite holiday brews. (1,043 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at ~45 degrees F.

A: Pours a reddish-amber, and forms a thick, frothy tan head with an orange tint. The head lasts a good long while, and leaves some serious lacing on the glass while it does. Held to light, the beer is a hazy red-amber, with no visible bubbles rising anywhere.

S: Malt and spice greet one at the fore of the nose, with hints of something floral and piney beneath. The aroma is primarily toasted caramel malt and spices, however, mainly clove and nutmeg.

T: Floral and piney notes are confirmed in the taste, beneath caramel malt so heavily toasted that it is nearly all bitter, not so much sweet. The spice notes are subtle rather than bold, appearing as just hints of ginger and nutmeg, not so much clove. Some fruitiness is present, but only in the middle of a sip. Floral bitterness lingers a while after the finish.

M: Smooth, light-to-medium in body, with carbonation on the lower side.

O: A solid winter warmer of the brown ale variety. I'd personally have preferred something with more spice emphasis and less floral-pine influence, though I am an admitted malthead. The body seemed a touch on the light side for a winter beer, and I'd also have liked the malt to be less toasted bitter, to allow more sweetness in. Still, not a bad beer. (1,307 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most winter warmers start similar to this one and add a lot more than this one. It doesn't try very hard or get much in the way of results.

It looks nice enough, with a deep brown color and it is nearly opaque. It has nice lacing.

The aroma is an understated fresh smell with a hint of spice giving it some character.

The taste is of a slightly strong brown ale. Fairly sweet but hardly any spice taste. It's a decent brown. The aftertaste is neutral. It just pretty much goes down and goes away.

This isn't anything all that special, but it is a well made brew, and worth drinking. Don't refuse one if it is offered, but find something better for your guests. (664 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -3%

Ginger and toasted, nutty, caramelly malt dominate the aroma. Floral hops add a more beer-like quality. Flavor reveals deeply toasted caramel malt at the base, toasted enough to lend bitterness, along with notes of chocolate and specialty malt fruitiness. Bittering hops round out the flavor profile. More bitter than most winter warmers. The spices are fairly subtle, with just a hint of ginger surfacing. A welcome change of pace, though I wish it were a tad less bitter. There's a metallic character that surfaces. (517 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

Dark brown. Nothing head.

Smells of subdued sweet allspice.

Taste is of bittersweet chocolate with espresso hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is mostly light with crisp carbonation leaving this just short of being a porter. A bit of fruitcake winter spice flavor in taste, as well.

Overall a nice little warmer. (318 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

This pours a medium brown color with a foamy, light brown head. The aroma is malty with a bit of spice. The flavor is very bold with malts and spice flavor. Fairly decent for the style of beer. It does leave a bit of a chalky after taste. (238 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse.

Pours a red colour, bit of haze. Head is off-white, webbed lace but sticks to the glass. Looks nice.

Smells like banana esters, with some dry sweet spice, nutmeg and vanilla. Touch of raisin. Could have more richness and more robustness, but decent.

Taste is chocolatey. Dry cocoa with some toffee, sultanas and some dried orange peel. Not much spice; more fruit and lots of chocolate. Not bad.

Full body, nicely textured. Slightly dry on the back.

Nice beer; have had better spiced Winter seasonals though, generally better because of more spice. (585 characters)

Photo of foobula
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by 4/6/14. Dark ruby red pour with one-finger khaki head. Aroma is nice, sweet, nothing disagreeable -- reminscent of sweet orange. Taste is sweet & bitter up front -- more bitter than I expected. Citrusy, seemingly from yeast and hops. Bitterness in the finish, too. Mouthfeel is light-medium. Overall wanted this to be sweeter, but it's a nice beer of reasonable complexity. (388 characters)

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. (897 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really like this brewery, wish I could get them more. When I got this beer, for some reason I figured a festive winter ale should be aged... not realizing it was only 6.7%, so a 2009 vintage to try. I hope I didn't ruin it. Thanks to bendretread for this one.

A careful pour spares me the big sediment sludge on the bottom, and yields a nice fluffy 1/2 finger tan head that fades at a quick pace, decent lacing at least, a dark murky maroon black-raspberry reddish almost purply colored sediment laden depth of darkness.

Nose does have a slight tinge of oxidation, but I'll ignore that, and then turns to a nice malt, toasty reddish malt with lots of candy, toffee, caramel, a little molasses like syrup, a bit of a nutty note with nice candied figs, dates, trail mix like, some nice soft aged malt like notes too, nice dark syrup, touch of a biscuity malt too even. It has all the notes of a nice English old ale that's 15 years old, complete with the oxidation included. I eventually get hints of baking spices that are mostly muted by now.

Taste brings lots more syrupy malts, candy, caramel, toffee, lots of nutty flavors with a bit of fig and candied dates, etc. Just a bit of molasses syrup to go wtih the toffee and caramel like notes, and faint baking spices on the back end. A little aged soft malt feel too, but not much. Now the bad, that definite aged more than it should have taste, lots of cardboard and oxidation all over the place, even a little chalky. A hint of an earthy herbal hop note still comes through even... somehow. Not sweet really either, or very syrupy. Finish is drier but sticky, more oxidation, fair amount of herbal spicy hopsa nd bitterness, bit more dried fruits and nuts, and little dried molasses syrup.

mouth is med bod but a bit softer, stil pretty good carb.

Overall, I'll try to put aside the oxidation as that was my fault not the beer's. nice candy malt profile, nice dried fruits and nuts, sweet candy notes without too much sweetness or syrupy feel, faint hint of baking spices I'm sure was a lot more when it was fresh, and even still a decent hop profile in there somehow. Not bad, still not that great compared to many of the other Deschutes beers, but still good. (2,218 characters)

Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.