Jubelale | Deschutes Brewery

very good
915 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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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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Photo of pwoods
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MiScusi for this nice extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. '07

A: Pours an orange tinted deep brown that's very cloudy. 1 1/2 fingers of light toffee head that holds for a bit before dieing to a fluffy 1/4 inch. Huge chunks of lacing from the head.

S: Very fruity smelling but I can't quite pick it apart. Cherries, mango, pineapple, and many others.

T/M: Nicely sweet malts with some candied fruit. Very unique taste. Some citrus from the hops but no bitterness. A very light touch of some peppery notes in the very back.

D: Very tasty and complex. My palate might not be formed enough to give this brew justice. Probably the best winter warmer I've had.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Jubelale has a medium, beige head, a rust-red, opaque appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, full, fruit cake, dates, dried fruit, some alcohol, cocoa powder, and cookies. Taste is of all those elements, plus strong hop bitterness and dark bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and Deschutes Jubelale finishes on the dry side and sip-able.


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Photo of timmos1
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

what a great beer. Deep dark flavors, not too much abv, very drinkable. Makes you long for winter! Malty, sweet, just enough hops to clean the palate.Just enough spice to make it interesting. Affordable, available here in california. think I'll have another. You gotta try this beer. If you only try out one winter warmer, get this one. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of duci05
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can't get enough of the Jubelale this year, Delicious

Appearance - Dark almost amber, little head that quickly went away(i may have drank it though)

Smell - Light, pleasant

Taste - Here's where Deschutes got it perfect. Not a lot of carbonation, but enough to feel tingle on the toungue. I think it taste a little sweet. The after taste is not bitter but kinda of a burnt flavor, very good in my opion.

Mouthfeel - again, slightly carbonated, not overly.

Drinkability - cant get enough

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with some ruby. One finger of tan/khaki head.

S - Lots of sweet malts: caramel, toast, brown sugar, and a hint of cocoa.

T - Big nutty caramel malt flavor which is followed by sweet brown sugar, a bit of roastiness, a little coffee, and some cocoa. A great mix of sweet and roasty flavors.

M - Smooth, moderate body with low-to-moderate carbonation. This is very creamy and easy to drink.

O - Deschutes has impressed me greatly again. Definitely my favorite winter warmer; the amount of complexity is great and the various sweet malt flavors complement each other perfectly.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skyhand. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, with no effort at decanting, poured it all in (didn't quite mean to, but oh well), formed little head, and what was there was gone quickly. Color is murky brown with strong red edges. Aroma is strongly of plums, raisins, and alcohol, like a good winter warmer should. Taste is a wood-tinged maltfest, with the dark fruits and alcohol exploding onto the scene near the end of the tasting experience. Mouthfeel is incredible, with apparently the aging rounding the edges and making this one smooth MF of a brew, especially for the style. Same goes for the drinkability. Wish another of these could be gotten, but I am happy to know that I had one, at least.

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Photo of 49degrees
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Released as a "limited edition Millennium ale" it is closely related and based on its older cousin, the "Jubelale" but it taken to new extremes in virtually every directions including bitterness, aroma, maltiness and character. This is a real winner. Although the abv is unlisted on the bottle., I've seen references to 7.0%abv written in places; but for this avid beer fan, its seems to pack a much heartier punch ... Perhaps a little closer to its local competitor Hair Of The Dog and their selection of 10%abv releases.

Pours a deep dark brown with a heavy ruby red accent. Pours with a very small head which quick fades to little more than an extremely small inconsistent collar and no glass lacing.

Aroma is rife with passion and extremely fruity, malty, sour, and hoppy hints with plenty of interesting earthy hints like peat, oak and smoke.

Flavorise,this really packs a punch and is a cornacopia offering of different ingredients for beer. This is intensely fruity (cherry, apricot, plum, and apple), earthy (walnut, peat, and oak), wickedly sweet (toffee, caramel and chocolate) plus a nice round hit of coffee/espresso to help round it all out. Extremely bitter, but it doesn't make your tongue tingle like many barley wines, but its tends to sit better at the back of the throat and slides down with a interesting bitterly sweet malty taste explosion.

Considering everything that is going on in this brew, it’s a real intresting and highly enjoyable brew. Best of all, all the flavors come together in one very well rounded, almost creamy consistency package that delivers a real knockout punch.

A nice brew that should age well, considering the quality of it at this juncture more than 2 years after being brewed. Sadly, I've only come across 3 bottles of this and failed to grab more than the one I'm about to finish off now. Sublime!!

[ STATS:>> 12oz bottle / ABV: unlisted / PRICE: $2.39 ]

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Photo of pkalix
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my bottle looks different than the one on the picture of BA, and i am surprised at the difference in ratings of the BA score and 'the bros' . . . . but here goes....
pours a solid, thick dark brown with a nice oatmeal colored head and very respectable lacing down the side.
malty, darker fruit aroma, biscuit-y, and smells like it will fill you up like a meal. earthy smell, wonderful aroma, probably the best trait of this one.
taste definitely gives away the darker fruit. smooth, minor after-bitterness, and a little heavier than the brown ale and pils i just had. very 'earthy' and almost stout-like.
overall, i wanted to try this as deschutes seems to have some really good products and i wanted to see what they produced for a 'winter ale'. at 6.7%, it serves a purpose for the cooler evenings. it's hearty enough for the stomach and it's mellow enough for the palate. almost stout-like... this is a very good brew. a cross between a brown ale and a stout, if you will.... each aspect was very good- straight 4.5's in my book. but i really liked the aroma i got from it...

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark dark brown with a nice size tan head. Lacing lasts all the way down. Smell has hints of roasted sugars. Malted taste up front with very faint hop bite followed by a carmel sweetness. The mouthfeel is very smooth, just right. Overall, this is probably my favorite of the winter warmers. I'm glad it's come to Texas finally.

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Photo of Idris
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is long overdue. Quite simply, I consider Jubelale to a benchmark of the style and my one of my favorite beers. I've been enjoying this beer for years and finally decided to review it.

A garnet hued beauty hides gentle ruby highlights. A lovely two finger tan head that lasts and lasts. Seductive. Dark malt presence, but enough of a spicy hop on the edges to keep the aroma balanced. This beer just smells like winter. Broad malt profile that has hints of chocolate, a touch of tobacco, and coffee. Gentle hops on the crisp finish that makes me beg for more.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Docer for this 12 oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep amber body with a creamy cap of foam. Creamy patches of lacing are connected by jagged spiderweb.

Heckuva nose on this. Loads of caramel, loads of dark and candied fruits, baked apple crisp, a touch of earthiness. Bold and inviting. Tastes just as good, maybe even moreso. Fig newtons, brown sugar and fried tart apples all play big parts. Fruity esters, chocolate and toasted notes dance in and out. A substantial bitter current cuts through the sweetness and keeps it from becoming sticky. Great feel, full and robust, yet it manages to finish rather clean aside from a some lingering fresh bread and light earthiness.

Overall impression: Leave the spices in the cupboard; this is what a real winter warmer should taste like. Top notch.

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Photo of garthwaite
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cranberry tinted brown with a minimal tan head. As soon as I smelled this creation, I knew I was in for a treat. Deep, woody aroma of sweet fruits (plums and cherries) upfront with mild hops and alcohol in the background. Tremendously well rounded flavor profile with sweet caramel and toffee malts blending beautifully with the dimmed burst of sour fruit to yield an utterly fantastic chocolate covered burgundy cherry flavor that fills and delights the mouth. As if that superb, dessert-like taste isn't enough, there are still more subtle flavors adding to this brew's complexity - there is a dull, but ever-present hop bitterness that rests on the back of the tongue & some well blended hints of molasses and brown sugar. Lightly carbonated, almost creamy, & coats your mouth like a delicious syrupy blanket. Finishes dry with vanilla & a tiny bitter bite, but mostly leaving you with a long lasting, sweet reminder of the deliciousness that just passed your lips. As good as any dessert I've had.

Many, many thanks to skyhand for passing this bottle on to me.

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Photo of beernut7
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark amber color with a creamy head. This is a very good winter ale in the tradition of teh brewery. Moderate body with heavy, but not overbearing maltiness. Goes down very smooth.

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Photo of eschaton
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Most winter beers are terrible. This one is not, in fact it's outstanding - a must try if you're lucky enough to be in the right beer distribution zone.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Holds a dark purple ruby color with a thick creamy off white head that held together throughout the session and provided good sticky lacing.

S: Has a strong hop smell like an IPA with some autumn spices and honey in the back of the nose.

T: Wow!! The taste started out like an IPA and shifted direction and transitioned to a strong brown ale all in a matter of seconds. The first few seconds had a strong hop and light alcohol taste with a spicy clove and cherry taste then it switched to a light hop and malty bread flavor that sticks around and increases in strength a few seconds after you swallow in the aftertaste.

M/D: For such a hopped brew I would expect some mouth drying effects but actually it was pretty mild and there is a slight bittersweet feel left in the mouth but the hops are definitely left on the breath. The drinkability is very good and will go very well with my turkey tonight.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours big straw colored head. Lots of foamy goodness. The brew reminds me of a Fall sunset... Brew is nice deep purple; heavy viscosity.

S - Lots of cinnamon, but done very well! Cloves are present too. Ginger and nutmeg also are present, but not as prominent.

T - Yum. Lots of smooth cinnamon! A very well done spiced brew! I wish my homebrew could come out like this one! There's lots of caramel and chocolate too.

M - Perfect carbonation! ABV is perfect for the style. Bitterness is non-existent. For having so much cinnamon, there's not much in the way of distractions from it.

O - Awesome brew! I look forward to this one every year...

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Photo of BierGirl2
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Christmas beer! Creamy head, reddish hue, very chocolate spice up front with smooth and very long finish. Not overly sweet and not bitter. Balanced. Drinkable and soothing. Great dessert!

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Photo of kristenrae8
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you are looking something to sip while you tie up your ice skates or untangling Christmas tree lights, this is your beer.

Pours beautifully, dark red - almost wine colored. Quickly disolving head. Faint lacing.

The smell is delightful, caramel infused cinnamon - nutmeg, notes of currants, dates, plum and cherry counterbalanced with a whisper of pine.

The pine is more present in the taste - the beer is neither bitter nor syrup-sweet - however it is malty beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, clinging to palate.

Overall this is a great winter warmer. Would be great to bring to a holiday gathering.

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Photo of merryjoulton
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color with great head retention. Aroma is thick on the malt, and just slightly piny. The taste of the malt comes through immensely. Very bready and grainy. Tastes like it came straight out of the fermenter and into my mouth, very fresh. Mouthfeel compliments the taste, just a tad bit heavy.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Sam Adams Official

A - Mahogany colored brew with decent clarity and medium carbonation. It produced a fluffy off white 2-finger head that held very well. It left very nice lacing on my glass.

S - I get lots of brown sugar, vanilla undertones and soft ginger. A bit of cinnamon in there as well with leafy/herbal hop characteristics. The soft ginger and cinnamon work so well in the aroma. It's very inviting.

T - It's got a nice brown sugar flavor upfront, an almond like note quickly follows. It unfolds into nuttiness, cinnamon, allspice, and subtle vanilla. It finishes with a bright, palate cleansing herbal hop flavor that washes away the warming spice and malt flavors. Bitterness is low but balancing, and it's noticeable dry as well. The herbal hop character seems to get a little stronger as it warms.

M - Medium bodied with a bit of a smooth feel and medium crispness.

O - Wow, this is a very nice beer. The aroma is soft and inviting to me, and the flavor profile is wonderful with that subtle vanilla and cinnamon. The beer even looks tasty! I definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes maltier brews. I'd love to buy it again. Cheers!

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,742 ratings.
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