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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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very good

856 Reviews

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Reviews: 856
Hads: 2,464
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 20.51%
Wants: 152
Gots: 373 | 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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Reviews: 856 | Hads: 2,464
Photo of cerveza5150
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/ruby with small head retention. Small bubbles of carbonation present with chunky bits of yeast.

S: Smells sweet, almost fruity, with spicy hops left on the nose. Reminds me of figs, plums, and cherries. Intriguing!!

T: Good, sweet malt is off-set by the hops and alcohol. I noticed another review disappointed by the lack of harmony among the flavors. I couldn't disagree more, respectfully. Each flavor is bold and pronounced yet the overall experience comes together beautifully. Personally, I think this is one of the better 'winter warmer' ale's I've had this 2006 season; better than Anchor Steam's Merry XMas/Happy New Year Ale!!

M: Great mouthfeel - the bold flavors are washed cleanly down by the bottle conditioning and the alcohol. The only thing left on the palette is the bitterness from the hops.

D: Great ale for the holiday season. I'm still partial this year to Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale, but this is very merry indeed!!!

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Photo of Vancer
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, I see my tastes on this one don’t match the general consencous.

Pour was fine – a clear deep mahogany brown, tan head died way too quickly. Aroma was good too – a malty Jim Beam bourbon.

But the taste – a sour malt, dry and woody. Not near enough malts for balance. Spices were noticeably missing.

Body was appropriate and I could sip on these, but I’m not gonna be looking for this in the future. Que sera, sera.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid was a deep dark copper, with good carbonation. The head was 1 fingers off white and left great lace.

The smell was very good big sweet malt mixed with very nice hopy tones that balance out and are exceptional. Like a big malt APA.

The taste followed a great malty back bone very well balanced with a very nice hopes. Like a caramel fruit cake with a hope icing.

The mouthfeel is good, better then medium body, nice carbonation.

The drinkability is very good, a big thanks to Flexabull for a great beer from a good trade. Prosit Mk

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Photo of OStrungT
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky brown color with a mohogany tint. It has a thick, fluffy tan head, that fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a bready aroma. It also smells slightly spicy. It has a slight yeasty aroma. It has a sweet toffee malty aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. I think it tastes a little too bready. It has a nice spicy flavor. It tastes sweet. Toffee and caramel flavors are present. Maybe a slight brown sugar or molasses also.

This beer is refreshing, and crisp. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy and bready aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It is not too aggressive, and it is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: This beer is good, but I have had better. I doubt I will buy it again.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a reddish brown, with a off white/tan head. It has is clear, no hazing. Head was a moderate size, medium length, and lacing left on the glass.

Aroma of spiciness, peppery, malty sweetness, fruity, and some earthy/grassy.

Flavors of peppery, banana, spice, some fruit tinge, earthy, a slight hint of chocolate is apparent.

Mouth feel is smooth, with a nice carbonation, medium body.

Overall a delicious beer to sit back and warm up with. It has a complexity, that is not overwhelming, and well balanced.

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Photo of isaac
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A - Deep, reddish brown, with beige head. Thick bubbles and slow, marshmellow lacing.

S - Sweet, hoppy, with a hint of banana and some earthiness.

T - Nice taste with many subtle complexitites. Begins with a strong alcohol flavor, masked in bitter-sweet chocolate from the malt, which becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Fruitiness from the hops as well as well as a sharp, spicey bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied - would be heavier if not for the strong carbonation burning the tip of my tongue. Initially clean and crisp, it leaves the mouth feeling somewhat wet.

D - I was surprised by this one. Gimme more.

Now, maybe this will help me write my philosophy paper...

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark red/burgundy pour. Some reddish tints around the edges when held up to light. Good 2 finger head, clumps a bit in the middle.
Smell of chocolate and berries (cherry?) and tobacco. Hints of hops are present to provide some pinch in the nose.
Tastes of coffee/chocolate, some cranberry and nut. Is a bit thick at first, then thins out when hops are introduced and dries the sweetness nicely.
The thick to thin feeling is accompanied by an overall velvety finish. I would like a crisper finish, but this is nice.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish mahogany body with a very attractive creamy, roasted marshmallow colored head. Intrigued, I am.

S: Red fruits, peat moss, caramel, powdered cocoa and some bubble gum.

T: Begins with aggressively hopped ruby red fruits. Lots of chocolaty malt creates a substantial malt backbone as the foundation. Then a healthy dose of roasted coffee handsomely balances the trifecta of flavors. Very sweet yet burly and roasted. Finishes with some earthy hops and raspberryish lows.

M: Medium body and a bit thin across the tongue unfortunately. Could use some creaminess.

D: I'm not a huge Deschutes fan so this beer came out of left field. I wasn't expecting much but was more than pleasantly surprised by how well this beer was put together and played out. Best American winter beer of the season IMO.

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A sweet and spicy aroma is released as soon as the cap is removed. It pours with a large tan head and a reddish-brown body. The taste is roasted, spicy (clove, nutmeg), sweet and heavily malted. Hops are there, but fairly subdued and in the background. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium-bodied; pretty rich stuff, but extremely drinkable, and not overly filling.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The color was dark orange and clear, with a thin foamy head. It smelled malty with not much hops in the aroma, no spices were used either which seems rare in USA winter warmers. The taste was actually unremarkable for me, I expected more based on previous reviews. Maybe it's important to let the beer cool to some temperature before the flavors improve, if that's the case I didn't reach the critical temp. So-so beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass it forms a thick brown head that leaves sticky lace all the way down. Brown bodied brew w/ amber outter edge. Good looking brew.

Plenty of roasty and toasty notes from beginning to end. The malt bill is sturdy and full of flavor. Chocolate pudding, Candied Caramel, Charred wood, and a spiced backend, combine for a smooth and spirited brew. Alcohol is evident towards the finish and is swept away in a toasted power struggle. Mouthfeel is rich but not overbearing. Actually, I think a full body would be a better way to describe it. Overripe plumbs are in the backdrop along with a mild leafy hop presence. A slight bit of acidity are evident as I dissect this into a beer geek manner.

Notes: This is a nice change of pace beer. It shows alot of winter warmer characteristics but remains drinkable due to the restraint on the spices. Don't get me wrong its kicked up but it remains a grounded yet delightfull offering. Winner and reccomended.

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Photo of umfskibum
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish-brown color. Creamy, medium-sized head that left quickly, but nice lacing throughout.

S: Sweet alcohol scent. Really, really strong malt smell as well.

T: Bitter, caramel, roasted malt. You can really taste the holiday spices that Deschutes brags about on the bottle. A nice kick of hops and alcohol, but well balanced.

M: Full body and full carbonation. Borders on being too thick, but luckily is balanced enough to hold together.

D: Couldn't pick a better beer than this for a chilly night. I think that some winter ales try too hard and end up being heavy and chewy, but this one is brewed just right. I could easily down a couple on a winter eve.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Jubelale, $1.35 for a 12 ounce bottle at Marcellar's Vintage Wines in Idaho Falls, ID.

Pours a deep reddish brown, good head, slightly rocky. (I had to use a red wine glass, with a big open mouth, as it was what I had [beer clean] and handy.) Head fades over time to somewhat limited.

Aroma is cold, sweet, notes of brown sugar and honey. Agitation (due to the non-standard tasting glass) mostly accentuates these things.

Taste is sweet and spicy, with hints of beets and prunes, and notable alcohol. Lingers in mouth more than taste. Seems like an american strong ale with slightly spicy hints, and high carbonation.

Mouthfeel is sprightly carbonation, and distinct alcohol warmth, more than the 6.7% would suggest.

Long finish of brown sugar and sweet warmth, with a tingly presence stciking around. Lacy residue on the sides of the wine glass.

Overall, a very tasty beer, and a nice winter warmer. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Jubelale of 2006 - part of a sixer of 12 oz. bottles offered up at the office's Halloween Party this afternoon. A 'winter warmer' on the last day of October? Why not - it's 40 degrees out...

A: Deep reddish-brown with a moderately sized frothy ivory head. Diminishes to a ring and a thin sheen across the surface.

S: Notable crisp seasonal spices and crisp sweet fruit. Lots of toasted malt.

T: Citrusy hops are paired with sweeter malts. A little holiday spice tossed in, too. Perhaps a little tangier and more bitter than I recall from last year. Flavors are good and well-balanced.

M: Warm and mellow. Medium mouthfeel and body - finish is cmostly clean and dry with a degree of lingering toasted malt/hop bitterness.

D: A nice warm-up for the winter season. Enjoyable and reasonable ABV for more than one. A good local choice for me...

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Photo of johnbonham1980
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively into a pint glass, lots of creamy off white head which lasts for a good while. Good lacing.

Aroma is roasty and sweet, not much to say here.

Flavor is pretty complex and I'm surprised it's not spiced. Equal parts molasses, port wine, pine, and roasty...

Has a strange caramelized candy sugar flavor that I don't especially enjoy. Could be a bit drier.

Nice full mouthfeel with a pleasant aftertaste.

Would probably go really well with a whole range of seasonal foods... gingerbread and baked ham come to mind.

Good beer but I prefer Anderson Valley and Bridgeport's offering for a regular purchase in the Winter Warmer category.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber with a with full finger head that melts to a top covering lacing.
Aromas are rich with toasted amber malts and dark fruit and cocoa. As it warms, brown sugar starts to make itself very prominent.
Taste is amazing. sweet toasted malt, raisins, dark fruits, cocoa, bitter hops...everything balanced and evolving from sweet to bitter and drying. Exactly the way a beer should. Cocoa does take on a powdered taste at the end however that becomes more noticable as it warms.
Mouthfeel is creamy and rich with a tingly hops and carbonation that leaves the mouth clean and dry.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Version. Deep, ruby color. Head is thick and tan, with good retention leaving a pristine lace. The aroma is a bit weak, with notes of raisin and other dark fruit plus mild alcohol. The flavor is dry with a lightly sweet and toasty maltiness. Hints of caramel, maple, and moderate hops present. The finishing bitterness is mild yet exquisite. Full bodied, but not chewy. The carbonation is solid, smooth, and lightly foamy. I really enjoyed this year's Jubelale, and would definitely recommend it...

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Photo of Domingo
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown color with slight reddish highlights. Looks a little like a Doppelbock.
Head forms quickly and sticks around as a tiny layer of foam after it settles.
Smells of...MALT. Strong malt character in this one. Some hops as well, although defintiely not the typical piney variety you might expect from the pacific northwest.
Flavor is potent. That's the best way to describe it. From the up-front malt blast, to the hops, to a little bit of unidentifiable spice. It's not the typical "cinnamon/clove/nutmeg" spice, though. It's more along the lines of a hop or even a black pepper spice combined with the malt kick. Either way, it's a really welcome and unusual flavor. I'd describe it as a kicked up brown ale with more bitterness and less sweetness.
Mouthfeel's thick and chewy. The term "winter warmer" couldn't be any more fitting.
Drinkability is unusually low for me. After about 1/2 to 2/3's of a bottle I lost interest. I figured it was a one-time thing, but after 3 bottles I've ended up losing interest before finishing them. I think because it's so heavy up-front, it overwhealms you and then fills you up.

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Photo of Pooba001
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 edition of Jubelale pours a hazy dark brown color with reddish amber highlights around the edges when held to light. Carbonation looks fine, a finger of almost white head forms, and its quick disipation to lace is the only thing holding this beers appearance from a better score. Caramel and roasted malt aroma are first in the nose, with candied fruit and pear following.

Taste starts and finishes with a little bit of bitter, and in between there's the caramel and roasted malts, and a nice earthy hoppy/spicy kick. Jubelale is a beer I look forward to every year, and this year's offering is no exception.

Mouthfeel is a little dry and tart, not as big and creamy as I remember the last couple years of Jubelale, that was one of this beer's standout qualities. Drinkability is still good though, and this is one of the better Winter seasonals out there.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had a cask conditioned Deschutes Jubelale at the Elk Public House in Spokane. Served in a pint tumbler.

Pours a dark brown with a red hue and a bubbly beige head.

The smell is sweet, floral and fruity.

The taste is bitter and sweet like a red ale. There is some fermented fruit flavor. cherry and licorice. Some evergreen flavor, juniper maybe and a bit of alcohol taste.

The mouth feel is a little sharp, cloying and flat.

This is a drinkable beer. OK but not great. I'll look for it in a bottle.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date, artsy themed label.

Appearance: Deep brownish garnet color with a good clarity, light tan lace adorns the top ... a product of densely frothed head.

Smell: Sweet and earthy with a big hand of caramel, candied fruit and mineral. Hops are soft in the aroma with a leafy character.

Taste: Nice flush full body, smooth and crisp in the mouth. Malt character is very broad with a bitter-sweet start and a chocolaty finish with hints of lightly roasted coffee. Esters are quite abundant but are quelled with the sweetness of the brew, alcohol warms quite well. Fruity of the dark ripened variety, fig or prune in the mix? Hop bitterness cuts through the malt and leaves a trail of flavor that gets lost before the after taste. A triple fold of alcohol spiciness, heavy leftover hops and the mild chocolaty finish rush for the finish line. Pleasant and complex after taste.

Notes: One of the top true (unspiced) winter warmers in the US, a must year after year. A bottle full of holiday cheer or just something to warm your soul.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jubelale is more than a beer, it is a tradition of being a beer drinker in Oregon. I'm always excited to see the new year's incarnation. All that being said, I think that this is the best Jubel in a while.

Interestingly enough, there is a delicious honey-toffee aroma that comes from the initial pour that is not present through the rest of the beer's lifespan. I've had two on two separate occasions, and this has been true both times. The other aroma of the beer is also nice, but not as lovely as the initial whif. It has that characteristic Deschutes grainy-maltose/yeast profile that you'll get from Black Butte, or any of their brews. No discernable hop aroma.

Nice deep ruby color with a dirty head that leaves nice lacing. The flavor is really something special. It is warming and rich, without being cloyingly sweet or overly carmelly or roasty. A nice MO grain backbone with some choice mid-level crystal and a good balance of English bittering hops and a hint of Willamette(?)-type flavor hops.

Crisp mouthfeel, nicely conditioned so as not to be acidically carbonated or too flat. Very nice: much easier to drink than in previous years. Very well done!

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Photo of xoqx
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2006 batch of Jubelale was released on Monday, October 2. This was the week of my first trip to this wonderful brewery in Bend, Oregon.

I have liked this beer a lot every year I’ve had it. I can say that I find the 2006 batch more to my liking than the 2005, and definitely more than the 2004. I would need to do a vertical tasting to really be sure of the specific differences. I think it’s a little crisper this year and the hops are perhaps not as drowned out by the malt as last year’s batch. The spiciness provided only by the crystal malts and no actual spice additions is spectacular as always. This is the quintessential winter beer.

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Photo of Matthew
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the bottle a light reddish brown type color (ruby maybe), nice thick off white head to top it off.
Very sweet and malty in the nose with slight hints of fresh hops and warming alcohol.
Sweet malty backbone is the biggest characteristic in this beer with a hint of hop bitters that blends nicely with the warming character at the tail end of each sip.
Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel that has an almost silky type texture.
This beer is very very drinkable and can really catch up with you. Its very easy to have 3 or more of these....really.

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Photo of Shaw
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Deschutes restaurant in Bend.

A deep ruby in color without much head. It has a sweet, complex smell. The taste is also complex, but a little light. There are fruity sweet notes. This beer is much more English in flavor that American. It has a good body that's nice and smooth.

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