Jubelale | Deschutes Brewery

very good
912 Reviews

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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Reviews: 912 | Ratings: 2,732
Photo of bradybeer
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 Edition

A=Dark Red Brown pours with a nice tan head
S=lovely hops aroma
T=A little warming with a little bitterness in the finish
M=Light to medium body
D=Pitchers? I could do this beer in pitcher quantity

I visited Deschutes a 12 years ago and love their beer! This beer has mellowed since I bought this a few months ago

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Photo of nathanm
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been tasting Jubelale for a while now, and have a vertical tasting since 07 lined up soon.

This is a good year, not that any particular year is not very good, but I rate this year as exceptional. I thought it was good and then compared it against the brewery down the river, Full Sail Wassail, and Great Divide's Hibernation Ale, which I bought based on the A- it received here. Jubelale is the hands down winner.

Jubelale is: Not syrupy, Not astringent, Not to thin or thick. It is a great blend of malts and hops and the english ale yeast they use as their house yeast makes the most drinkable winter/strong ale i've tried in the last few years.

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Photo of TheFlern
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color. Lots of creamy colored head that laces finely.

Smell: Lots of strong barley and malt notes overshadow some fine hops.

Taste: This is a nice dark fruit and bready tasting barley brew. Hops carry the malt flavors for this fine winter warmer.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy and strong. Perhaps too much alchohol.

Overall: Check this brew out!

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Photo of Deeter
4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Today, my brother brought me a "box full of beer my neighbor gave me". This box contained wonderful surprises. I now have Black Butte and Obsidian Stout circa 2001/2 (which I will report on later), and some old Mirror Pond and Avalanche (Breckenridge Brewing) bottles -- which I will not. The crowning find, however, was several bottles each of Jubelale 2000, 2k1, and 2k2. Naturally, I shall start by reviewing the 2000 vintage in short form.

Now, I have no idea how/where these were kept, but I poured a slightly chilled bottle into a pint glass (down the middle). What resulted was a one finger head, and somewhat less carbonation than you would expect of a fresh Jubel. The smell is wonderful, a more pungent version of what you've come to expect.

Taste? The raisin (strong) and black licorice (more muted) really come through in the aged beer. They combine with the malty smoothness and the right touch of hops to really make you want to throw a sixer of Juble 09' into a vault and just wait. To summarize: My brother is a good person, and Jubelale ages really, really well.

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Photo of Takahiro
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: brilliant, dark amber - ruby red with a tan, creamy head, which dissipated in a shot time.

S: malt, dark fruits, caramelized sugar. I don't know what it is, but i smell a "soft" yeasty smell, which is pleasant

T: chewy malt, prune and caramel/creme brulee :) The hop bitterness, which can be found behind the malt is rather subdued, but i would say it's very well in a balance. also pleasant alcohol sweetness & warmth present. very tasty.

M: medium body.

D: highly drinkable.

can down couple of pints easily. very very tasty brew

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Photo of ricke49
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 version is superior. Figs, malt, seasonal goodness abound. Hard to think of a better rich winter beer available for 6.99 (sale price at BiMart). This awesome taste at a poor mans price point make winter a wonderland.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: three fingers of an inviting, cream-colored head with a frothy and bubbly texture; beer is deep brown with some red hues; immense retention on the head, leaving lace all the way 'til the last drop.

Aroma: malty, lightly roasted toffee and coffee aromas; hint of spice and zest

Taste: sweet malts and hops fighting it out for dominance on the palate; earthy malts with a hoppy bite near the end of the sip; roasted aroma delivers on its promise; hints of dark chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel: light in body, but certainly not in flavor; carbonation feels just right.

Drinkability and other notes: texture and body gives this a major thumbs up on drinkability. I have to say that I even enjoyed the taste and feel of the creamy head. In some moments, the hops bit through the malts more than others, but I wouldn't call it overwhelming or unbalanced. I wouldn't have more than one, but I would easily recommend it to anyone who enjoys this style.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, time to start the winter beer drinking season off and what better way to do it than with the 2002 version of Jubelale.

Deep, dark amber colored ale with a nice brownish head on the pour Head went away a bit quick, although some stayed around on the edges to lace the glass nicely. Piney scent on the nose Great full flavored taste. This is one beer that is bound to keep you warm during those long and cold winter nights. Past years of Jubelale have been nothing less than magnificant and this years version is no different.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A touch of grain leads into pineapple and caramel on the palette accented by a floral nose. Though it only hits 6.7abv, Jubeale has all the characteristics of a strong ale -- lush body, spice, and an aggressive palate -- while remaining sinfully drinkable. Elegant, balanced, and profound, this beer has it all.

Thank you to Michael for the bottle.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of SickBrew
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Release, 12oz Bottle

Deschutes brewing rocks and this beer is proof once again.

This beer poors a great shade of oiled mohagony and leaves two fingers of tan head. The head retreats fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Nose is fairly complex with some sweet malty, nutty, spicy and hoppy aromas contributing to well rounded and yet festive nose. Well, the flavor is even more complex than the nose. I not sure were to start, but a combination of roasty malts, prunes, hops, holiday spices and perhaps even some smokey flavors make this my favorite seasonal ale, hands down! Mouthfeel is medium to full with good carbonation and there's also a zing in there that rounds this brew out.

You gotta try this!!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pumped-up version of the Deschutes Jubelale... the 2000 batch was brewed to a higher gravity, dry-hopped and cask-aged! And I almost feel as if I've made a mistake by tasting it now... it's that good - and it will get better!!!
I poured the complete bottle, sediment and all, leaving a cloudy brown body beneath a thin layer of light tan foam. The head dropped shortly but maintained a decent collar throughout most of the glass. The nose is just astounding! Very unique! It displays a complex variety of fruits, sweet malt, and woody character that includes fresh-picked berries, soft baked-apple-pie, a slight hint of red pepper, dried apricots, tangerines, mushrooms, cocoa, cocoanut, dark caramel, toffee, fudge, a touch of smoke, some creamy coffee, and alot of oak. Whoah! The aroma in itself can be enjoyed throughout the good part of a night by the fire or as the sun sets and the sky comes alive with stars! This is truly a beer for all seasons. Impressive. The body is full/medium; and it's quite creamy and smooth across the palate with just a gentle caress on the tongue from the restrained, natural carbonation. Not surprisingly, some different flavors arise in the mouth. Previously unseen, soft prune rushes the stage; accompanied by a mild and sweet cherry, toasted cocoanut, dark toffee, light coffee and a nutty character that really develops in the long & complex finish along with some residual piney and grassy notes from the receeding hop flavors. It finishes dry with a very mild note of smoke, but no longer robustly bitter. This beer should soften and develop a bit more complexity over then next year or so, and then change as more cherry/sherry character develops for some time. Exceptional!

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, with huge layer of yeast sediment.
Many thanks go out to Skyhand for allowing me to try this fine brew.
Pours a somewhat murky amber-brown (mostly because of the yeast) with no head. There is a small (very small) ring of white bubbles around the edges, however.
Smell are wonderful: Vanilla, sherry, some oak and boy oh boy lots of malt sweetness.
Taste is wonderful as well: Some fruitiness, cherries maybe? Lots of sweetness. There is a little nuttiness to this as well, but very subtle. Some vanilla, some chocolate. There is a certain brandy or sherry (deffinitely distilled liquor) quality to this beer as well. There is absolutely no alcohol in the nose or the taste, it is so very well covered by the wonderfully gentle flavors of this beer.
I could drink more than one of these easily. I would have to say that this is one of the most complex beers of the style I have ever had. If only I could get it again and age is just a little longer to see how a few more years would change the flavor.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my best winter warmers now to grab. Slightly sweet aroma with some dried dark fruits, coffee and slight chocolate. A complex aroma for sure. Smooth creamy taste with some dark fruit sweetness and a more bitter coffee taste at the end. There is also a small amount of chocolate. Slightly astringent aftertaste. I think the taste is pretty complex as well. A grand complex holiday brew from Deschutes. Easy to drink and a happy change of pace. Very glad I tried it and will absolutely revisit again for sure.

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Photo of OLaw
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought the 2009 edition at Trader Joe's in Tempe, AZ after many years of drinking it fresh in Oregon. Thanks to TJ's for providing it early, well before BevMo.

This is easily the finest edition of Jubelale I have come across. The appearance is rich, and smell is just wonderful, a deep fruit-influence.

But the taste is what sets this Jubel apart. I will trust other reviewers for the proper adjectives and similes, but this is a deep and complex flavor, begging another sip.

The mouthfeel is very similar to the quality of a porter. While the flavor overpowers the mouthfeel, it is perfect for savoring the flavor of the beer while not oily or too light.

And drinkability...well, the warm feeling in the stomach after enjoying one or two combined with the wonderful buzz this beer provides...well, you're not going to down more than a six pack without dedicating yourself to do so.

This is the finest product Deschutes has released since the last Abyss. Period.

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Photo of Louski
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

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Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz bottle on a rare rainy and cold winter's day in Southern California. The beer pours a deep garnet color; held to the light, some shines through, and it's beautiful. The aromas and flavors of this beer are unmatched as it warms up. Malts, dried fruits, figs, raisins, a subtle hop earthiness, slight alcohol warmth, some notes of toasted bread and coffee and chocolate, but just whispers. Medium-bodied; let it warm-up and sip it, really take this beer in. Would pair excellently with gamey meats and holiday-inspired desserts.

The perfect winter warmer? I haven't had many, but it must be close to what the style should be.

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Photo of ardeano
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The 2008 version:

This version of Jubale reminds me of the 2004 version - if you didn't know, each year of Jubale is different...

Appearance: I'm at work so I'm drinking it straight from the bottle (NICE!)

Smell: warm / floral goodness

Taste: moderate dark wood with fresh hop over-tone

Mouthfeel: classic smooth with moderate carbonation (enough to tingle the tongue)

Drinkability: I have been known to drink a 12 pack of previous versions but at 6.7% (that's 13.4 proof folks) and a year older I'm keeping it to 3...

Deschutes has hit a home run with this version. It's perfect for sipping out on the deck watching the snow fall or bringing it to the Saturday tailgater...

Should go good with slow cooked red meats such as roasts.

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Photo of Jubel_Joe
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This has been my favorite beer for many years. Sure there are some better tasting beers for a lot more money, but this one is the best Winter Warmer at this price point. I stock up each winter when it's available and drink it till it runs out in the summer.

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Photo of chuckbeer
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a Looks like Christmas cheer! Robustly dark and inviting.
s Invites my inspection
t Wow. More of this for sure. Lots of grapefruit and wakes up the senses.
m Fill er up again!
d I bought a six-pack. Then a case. Then another...Best beer of the season in my book. Too bad winter will turn to spring.

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Photo of matcris
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

LOOKS: Very dark ruby red. Nice tight, small bubbles. Tan head that leaves a slight lacing on this snifter.
AROMA: Floral...dried dark fruit, rum raisin, bready fruitcake, holiday type spice, some black cherry.
TASTE: Wow...chocolate right off the bat. Dark fruit/rum raisin, dark bread, a little molasses or brown sugar, that flowery note comes out a bit.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium thick body, great medium carbonation, a little sticky but finishes a little drier than I would have thought.
OVERALL: What a great beer. It's kind of like Founders Dirty Bastard's kid brother if you gave him a bath, and handed him a chocolate bar on the way to school! Lots to mull over with this one. Highly recommend it. Sip and enjoy it.

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Photo of Khad
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the first time I had ever tasted this beer. I noticed the liquor stores in Vegas carrying more and more of the Deschutes product; I'm guessing the huge success they have been having contributes to his decision.

This turned out to be a wonderful treat, to say the least! I poured this into a Stout glass. The head isn't super thick and just barely hangs around enough for you to finish the brew but the lacing isn't bad considering a real lack of head. The color might remind some of iced tea, but I think it's kind of nice considering the time of year its consumed. Some might say it appears like iced tea others along the lines of a single malt scotch, either way I like it. The scent is really nice. You get a layer of malt, caramel, spices, and hops but no one thing is overpowering. Now the mouth feel is just perfect! Kind of creamy but all very very pleasant and it all adds to incredible drinkability. The taste is full of flavor and it all seems to work in "waves". First thing you get is some malt, followed by some great floral spices maybe (cinnamon?) I even got very very very... subtle notes of chocolate. In the end you get a little "baby punch" of hops, which was kind of a pleasant surprise. Guys, this is not a "hoppy" beer but they come out in the end. All very very smooth and extremely pleasant. Anyone can enjoy this as it's subtle enough for a newbie, but complex enough for the beer snob. Deschutes hit this one out of the park!

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Photo of pat61
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant chestnut under a 1” finely bubbled off-white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass providing thick lace.
S: Spicy, herbal, citrus, dark moist cake, dark sugars.
T: Starts sweet and malty, caramel, toffee, chocolate, with spice followed by a hint of banana with a spicy hop finish with a little drying.
M: Moderate soft carbonation, smooth and not sharp. Medium full body.
O: This is a go to winter ale.

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Photo of MikeDre
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You definitely dont want to drink this one too cold. Drink it tipping slightly toward room temp to get all the sees sucker flavors from it. Drink it too cold and its yeasty bite gets to you giving it a personality disorder.

Yeasty body with a bitter hop presence. Very slight blueberries at the very front, with creamy strawberries further back. After warming up, it lets out its oaty caramel Sees sucker finish underneath its bitter ciitrus hop bite.

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Photo of timhoth
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite generic winter beer that is out in stores. This is my rock. Whenever i would go out to buy a darker beer this is what i would grab first. Although it is a dark beer it is so smooth that even my friends who had never liked dark beer liked having jubelale. Recommend this beer to everyone!

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