Jubelale | Deschutes Brewery

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88
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
894
Ratings:
2,641
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.93%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
455
For Trade:
3
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Reviews by MaltsOfGlory:
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE warmer pours a deep mahogany with bright outer highlights and a fantastic head of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin lacy pool, and excellent clinging lacing. Nose of rich caramel, sweet dark raisin bread, herbal spicy notes of hops, and vanilla. Flavors exceed the nose with fresh baked raisin bread, caramel, and light fruity notes of orange peel come through nicely on the front to mid taste with a brown sugar and herbal hop note on the back with a touch of vanilla, cherry, and orange. Very festive and highly drinkable with a nice warming on the back of the taste. Great mouth feel with good carbonation is smooth with an herbal hop note on the aftertaste vying for position over the sweet caramel/brown sugar flavor. VERY NICE.

Cheers

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Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Liquid brown sugar in color with no head to speak of and tons of big sediment.

Smell – Big sherry and oak flavors jump out of the glass first, followed closely by the dark, sugary malts. This is the kitchen sink of sugars, and just about any type that I’ve had is in this aroma. There’s some ripe bananas and cherries as well, but it’s one part fruit 99 parts sugar.

Taste – For a powerful ale, this is wonderfully blended. The sugars meld expertly with the malt and sherry oak flavor. No, this is not the same as the Deschutes Jubelale.

Mouthfeel – Almost full in the body with a big, chewy mouthfeel and a light sting of alcohol.

Drinkability – I felt like a king drinking this ale. This one is awesome. If you’re looking for a BA Christmas present, this is it.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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 mlockman
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best holiday ale I've had; difficult to describe all of the notes, but the balance between malts and spice was spot on. Suffice to say, this tastes like the winter season.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark amber color with medium head
S: Malt, caramel, toffee and burnt fruit
T: Not hoppy or heavy but not light either, mainly sweet malt, toffee with hints of burnt fruit and winter spices
F: So-so
O: I'm not a huge fan of winter ales but this one is easy to drink. Probably a good one to introduce friends to if they're not familiar with them.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm just doing the Deschutes tour here at the Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay. After having Hop Henge, Black Butte XX, this is the next step in the progression.

2008 vintage: Served in a standard pint glass, the beer has a color somewhere between ruby and rust, but with an almost clear complextion. Lightly tanned head formation provides a creamy froath atop the beer.

Very malty and very fruity in the aromas with a orange zest, lemon zest spiciness from the hops. A follow of pine, nuttiness, and Christmas spices follow giving the beer a lot of complexity and variety in the nose.

Flavors of dense malty set the pace while hop flavoring begin the decoration of the bold barley additions. Pine is the most identifiable spice with modest cinamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice rounding out the malts. Malt flavors bring firm toffee, toasty, caramel, and nutty taste to support the cherry, berry, apple, and fig flavors. The beer has nearly all the attributes that an ale can have.

Full and malty rich textures give a lot of creaminess, firmness, and softness to the beer while the hops balance the sweetness well. Not a lot of residual sweetness but enough to keep the hops and added spices from becomming bitey or harsh.

Finishes with a long lingering taste of fruitcake, citrus, pine, and sweet rum-like alcohols.

This beer has the perfect delicate blend of malts and spices for great balance and complexity. This is my pick of the litter for Christmas Ales this year.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some dark orange tinit with a nice creamy looking tan head,aromas of caramel and roasted nut along with some zest.Taste is earthy and chocolaty with a nice spicey finish,almost a higher hopped brown ale.A nice velvety mouthfeel the beer glides down the throat,a real winter warmer rich and hearty with alot of nice flavors going on.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of SteadySippin
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - I opened up the bottle and started to pour and was amazed. It comes out of the bottle with a nice dark brown color. The head was light tan and fluffy. LOTS of lacing. The body is slightly foggy and full of particles and bubbles.

S - Sweet caramel and lots of malt. A lot going on with the taste. You get lots of malt flavors at first but they fade off and you get a very light hop bitterness on your tongue. Its sweet and a little bready.

T - A lot going on with the taste. You get lots of malt flavors at first but they fade off and you get a very light hop bitterness on your tongue. Its sweet and a little bready. I found the taste to be pretty complex.

M - Surprisingly light, by looking at it in the glass I expected a heavier beer. It goes down smooth and the carbonation is right. Flavors linger in the mouth for quite some time.

O - Good beer from Deschutes. Not too heavy but delivers some good malt and hop flavors infused quite nicely. Try it if you can!

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Photo of SanFranJake
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of seandogg1986
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of googs509
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bulldogg915
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of robbk7
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Todd
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 0.355l brown bottle. No freshness date. Festive label.

Appearance: A garnet coloured beer, capped by a beige head, about two fingers thick, multiple bubble sizes, foamy and with a hell of a lot of stick on the glass and great retention. A lovely creamy lace if left behind, for the remainder of the beer's life.

Smell: Soft fruity aroma, fresh apple skin, touch of pear. Touch of toffee from the malts, faint hint of all-spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied brew a bit robust. Dry. A defining and unique fruity characters of apples, pear, over-ripe mellon, fig with a bitter citric end. Coarse hop feel on the palate, a bit leafy and dry with gently herbal spice. Malt flavours contain just enough rich and bold sweetness to balance with a touch of chicory, earth and toffee. Slight bubble-gum flavour tucked beneath. Alcohol becomes more pronounced and noticeable as the beer warms, lends some spice. Finish brings more dryness with residual chicory and leafy hop flavours.

Notes & Drinkability: One of the better winter brews to meet my palate. I could drink this all winter. Complex, balanced and hands down tasty. Definitely puts you in a festive mood.

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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