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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Reviews: 915 | Ratings: 2,742
Photo of GrumpyGas
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz draft pour into a pint glass displays a brick-red body floating a 1/2in cream colored head. Artistic lacing throughout.
Aromas include bright stone fruit, (peach and plum) under an almost smokey sweet malt with spice.
Flavor is the same and the spiciness (cardamum, orange peel, cinnamon) is identifiable.
Mouthfeel is medium with an oily finish.
Great with a burger.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with decent head and lace. The aroma has bits of spice and sweet malts but mostly I get dark fruits. The beer does have a spicy and almost heated finish particular to winter warmer beers but it is mostly a thick/sticky beer that balances sweet malts (caramel/toffee) with dark fruits like figs, prunes and dates.

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Photo of gandres
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
very dark amber- reddish when held against the light in a wine glass
very good aroma, malty
taste, very good, bitter slightly overpowers bitterness
creamy, long follow through, tart-bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer
drank: January 31, 2017 8:00 PM

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this beer as a single. It was in a 12oz bottle, and I wanted to try a Winter Ale. This was the first one that I seen that caught my eye so I got it. The beer pours dark, it resembles the color of an acorn/chesnut. The head is very foamy and it left lots of lacing in the glass. The beer smells a little boozy and fruity. Malt also meets the nose. Overall it's a sweet smell. The beer tastes like dark chocolate, toffee, and a light splash of hops. It's a little malty in the back of the mouth. The beer is very smooth and warm going down. The beer a winter warmer. It has the remnants of light booze in the back of the throat, It's probably better as a sipper. Not bad I'd try it again.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- amber and red highlights. half finger head with a frothy lacing on the mug.

S- dark cherries and toffee malts with hints of vanilla

F- sour cherry and toffee malts. As others say i do get the wine note feeling from this brew.

M- medium to thick bodied winter warmer that leaves a boozy taint in the mouth.

O- a good winter warmer and look forward to more. It is heavy as the further i go so its a sipper.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark reddish brown with a good tan head. Head died but left a film and some lacing.

Nose is very malty with lots of dark fruit, fruit cake and a boozy vinous note.

Palate is malty - dark fruit, cherries, some spice and again that fortified wine note. Light to medium bitterness at the end.

Mouth is good - quite full.

A bit boozy for its 6.7% but otherwise well balanced. Very nice beer.

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Photo of kitch
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a best before date of 3rd April 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A very nice clear dark amber colour with big almost three finger tanned head with great retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malts, toffee and dark berries.

Taste: Milk chocolate, cocoa, roasty coffee, toasted bread, raisin and prune sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was ok, but I didn’t really get the warming spices that were supposedly there.

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Photo of delta490
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A murky brown with a big pillowy tan head. Leaves big hunks of lacing. The aroma is fruity and malty as is the taste. The taste throws in a hint of herbal hops. The body is lighter. But not thin.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by jc1762. Thanks Jon.

Chestnut brown body with a thick, soapy tan collar. Brown bread, malt, squash, spice, vanilla aroma. Prevalent sweetness in both the scent and flavor. Cream soda, pine, holiday spices. While fun and seasonally appropriate, a small pour is plenty for me.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely perfect pour. Deep, dark muddy ruby in color with ample light brown head, with a slightly pink hue. Excellent retention and lacing. Nice aroma. Nutmeg, spices, fig, dark fruit, molasses. Taste follows, with more complexity. Some additional chocolate notes and lingering spices. Slight piney, bitter aftertaste. Medium light body, moderate carbonation, dry finish. Excellent brew, one of my favorite of the style.

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Photo of lastmango
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured translucent deep brown with a ruby hue and a frothy 3 finger tan head. Lots of lacing in this beer. Aroma was very faint brown sugar and spice. Probably too cold. Tastes of malt, toffee, brown sugar and allspice. Slight hop bitterness on the end. Medium carbonation and full bodied with a chewy feel. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of ChicagoPartisan
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Did a make-your-own six pack today with holiday seasonals that I have never tried.

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint.

A: Decent amount of smoke off the bat. Pours a transparent amber. One-finger head is bubbly and off-white.

S: Malts in the front on the smell. Fades to caramel and dark fruits.

T: Getting prominent dark chocolate initially. Some coffee notes as well. Hops are quiet but not missed. Malts not as present as the taste suggests. Alcohol bite is there as well. A "winter warmer" through and through.

M: Moderately dry. Medium body. Light carbonation.

O: I am a big fan of this one. Though it seems many brewers are replacing warmers for paler winter styles, I am still a big fan of the darker winter warmer. As Chicago bears down for a foot of snow tonight, I am happy that I picked this one up.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with best by date of 05/12/17. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with haze and 1/2 finger of head

Smell: toffee and spice

Taste: dark fruit and bananas foster with some alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and almost over carbed

Overall: An interesting blend of spice notes and booziness. I'd call this medicinal. Certainly a hearty ale but doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of jp32
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours auburn/brown in color with an orange-ish shaded head on top. Smells malty, lots of caramel, and something slightly bitter underlying everything. Caramel malts up front in it's flavor quickly give way to tart fruit (fig, green apple, dried apricots) and a hoppiness that seems a little to assertive for the style. These 3 main flavors seem to swirl around and leave the beer tasting off-balanced. Notable alcohol presence. Something earthy or herbal going on here as well.

Full, chewy-bodied mouthfeel. A beer that I did not enjoy as much as it looks like most people do, yet one I would try again.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tap at walnut grill. BEAUTIFUL color, first off. Leah had this one, and so much was going on at dinner that she doesn't have much to stay about this one except she really enjoyed it!

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Photo of TurboBrew
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured best by 5/2017 .. 12 oz and its a bottle conditioned ale !

Look is perfect. Huge light tan head 2 finger by my count. Light red/brownish hue in color. Translucent. Leaves crazy lacing on my glass.

Aroma is huge. I get toffee, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, light piney hops.

Taste follows the nose, imagine that. Light roast and brown sugary malt. Some medium level of astringency as expected.. a small amount of lingering bitterness that sticks around for a little while.

Mouthfeel is a bit dryer / mild than I care for in a winter warmer. Drinks almost like an english mild.. which to me is great as it improves how fast it goes down.. smooth..... not so much for the true "style" so a few points dinged here.

Overall this is a must try and one of the best. It is a LOT Less spice and holiday cheer than most popular winter warmers so if thats your thing you will be disappointed. But I'm not. Cheers to Deschutes for brewing such a marvel.

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Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very dark brown with a thin layer of dark khaki colored head that leaves a bit of lacing around the top

S-nice aroma of caramel malt, spices, and finishes with dark fruit sweetness

T-caramel malt backbone with some roasted coffee, chocolate, spices, and a slight bitter finish

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall very drinkable, one of the better winter warmer beers out there

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Photo of jmd1978
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark brownish color poured with a little head. Nose chocolate, spice, berries, toffee. Taste is cocoa, dried fruit, cinnamon, clove, roasted caramel malts. Nice strong finish. A textbook winter beer. Dark, bold, and satisfying. Just wish it was colder to enjoy more.

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Photo of ApolloXII
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

First as it pours, as illustrious as dark
Tints of garnet with a lush cherry bark
A foam that won't quit, tan and unwaving
Telling you now that every sip you'll be saving

A ripe, pithy smell of plum, raisin, and roots
Like winter bottled with the most earthy of fruits
Some baker's chocolate rounds it out well
That you cant quite grasp until you give it a smell.

And the flavor- Oh, the flavor, is where it really shines
With first flavors of cherry Cola and the reddest wines
They give way to amaretto, espresso, and anise
A combination of flavors that surely aims to please

Despite the low strength, it drinks as if more ornate
Enjoyed by the yule log after an amorous date
A great beer indeed, always a true pleasure
One of the best for this season, or any by measure.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black in appearance. Minimal head and lacing, seemed to fade pretty fast. Smells of cloves, chocolate, some malt, and coffee. Taste is pretty light with a good blend of chocolate, bitterness, little herb taste like cinnamon or cloves, coffee, and a malty alcohol finish. Overall an easy finish and very light beer for a dark winter style. Will need a few more to get full effect but my impression is a decent winter style ale with good flavors. Would buy again.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light head disappears random bits of which cling which is the only lacing. Colour is deep red brown.

Flavour is hoppy spice puncturing through multilayered malt breads. Alcohol tang is present. Overall tastes nutty.

Mouthfeel is appropriately tumultuous.

A good beer.

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Photo of TH28
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is deep brown with ruby highlights and a quickly fading khaki foam cap. Aroma is caramel, cherry, chocolate, and a hint of peaty smoke. Taste is rich bready and toasty malt, with caramel and toffee. A sharp but balanced herbal hop bitterness helps balance. Mouthfeel is medium with a light carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and toasty malt. A much richer malt profile than a traditional English pale ale, but still a great beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Always enjoyed the changing artwork each year for these. Its one of those classics come wintertime. Comes in brown and auburn owing more to brown. 1/2" off white head. Aroma is brown malt and a mild toffee like sweetness.

Taste is winter warmer through and through, mild sweetness, toffee malt, warming effect, hopping is not insubstantial but certainly does not dominate other aspects of the beer.

Balanced and shit.

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

Nicely crafted winter ale, pours dark brown / ruby red with beige head and lots of sticky lacing. Heady aroma of malt, oak barrel, peat and spice. Taste is malt, raisins, nutmeg and peat. Spicy lingering finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of Pencible
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a clear cola with thick light tan head.
S: It smelled like cocoa powder and nutmeg and cinnamon.
T: It tasted like vanilla and nutmeg and a little cinnamon. It had a clean sweet and spiced aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Big, slick body.
D: This was a nice brew, with nicely balanced scent and taste but a little weak. The body was great, and the finish was very smooth, so it was really easy to drink. A good session winter warmer?

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