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Jubelale | Deschutes Brewery

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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: 901 | Ratings: 2,679
Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +7.3%
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 +5.3%
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 +6.1%
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 +8.6%
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%
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 -4.1%
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 -5.1%
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 -10.6%
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 -1.5%
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 -3.5%
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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Photo of akolb
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is fairly light on the aroma, with some coffee, spice, and caramel malts. The flavor is rich and sweet, with warming spices, lingering bitterness. Moderate bodied beer. Red-brown with a thin head. Tastes richer and more complex than the ABV suggests. Maybe a bit on the thin side, but a lovely winter beer none the less.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] Brick red to brown in color. Forms about 1/2 a finger of off white head. The bottle lists the ABV (6.7%) but unfortunately I can't find any date code.

S: [3.25] Caramel apples, cinnamon, toffee, waft of beef jerky type scent.

T: [3.75] Caramel, toffee, cinnamon, raisins, dark cherries, some spiciness of hops on the finish.

M: [3.25] Low carbonation makes this feel a little watery. There is a bit of a hop bite at the end (not like an IPA but there is something present).

O: [3.25] This is pretty middle of the road and forgettable. Easy to drink a few. Easy to forget. The cherry flavor seemed a bit unique if I had to pick out the most interesting characteristic. I wouldn't buy this again but I'd take one offered to me.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Das Bierhaus

A: Pours deep ruby brown with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Roasted malt, a little coffee, lots of dark fruit, and a little toffee sweetness.

T: Big dark fruit, cherry, plum, fig, earthy roasted malt, burnt toast and hints of coffee, a little spice, and some nice toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Nothing super special, but still a solid winter beer.

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Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tawny hued; thick, rocky, sculpted head. Spicy, malty aroma; cinnamon; anise. Mild, roasted grains; nutty; somewhat woody; pungent with a bitter edge. Medium-heavy body; soft; somewhat dry finish.

A solid winter warmer with low-key malt qualities and a warm, gentle bitterness. It delivers a satisfying smoothness and nut and caramel-like sweetness.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a relatively opaque brown color, with a relatively large clouded head.

Smells of almonds, figs, nuts and (slightly) sweet malts.

Taste is similar to nose, but with a roasted/smoked element. Mouthfeel is gentle, with low carbonation.

This is a fine beer, despite its simplicity.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up recently at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop and being a (relatively) mild day in mid-January 2016, I figure that there is no time like the present.

From the bottle: "a festive winter ale"; "Family & Employee Owned Since 1988"; "Bottle Conditioned for Quality[.] Live yeast added to the bottle allows this beer to age gracefully and stay fresher, longer. Keep bottles upright, and away from light & heat."; "Profile - Chicory, dried fruit, and toffee notes. A robust ale with a warming spice."

I Pop!ped the cap, but the verbiage regarding live yeast led me to do a very gentle pour. I still raised a foamy finger of deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention from my efforts. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = >27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & gorgeous ruby highlights. Nose was very spicy, with cinnamon in the forefront and other more difficult to discern scents behind it. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very toffee-like and there was also a good bit of warmth to it on the tongue. As it warmed, the coffee/chicory flavor began to become more prevalent. I also tasted cherries, which made a nice addition to the mix. Finish was dry, mostly thanks to the spices, but the yeast probably helped. It seemed to be a bigger beer than the 6.7% ABV identified on the label, though. That may be something to bear in mind if you are planning to open one.

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Photo of gopens44
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking this well after the intended season but the head presents a magnanimous appearance as this massive frothy creature is more reminiscent of a slightly warmed root beer float head than anything I've seen on an actual beer. Giving it a few minutes to calm down, it leaves some disinterested lacing. All of this takes place atop a dark ruby beer.

Nose is generally sweet with fig, cherry and graham cracker before maybe the faintest hint of chocolate seeps in.

Taste falls in line with the nose but adds a fairly significant coffee taste as well as traveling the chocolate to dark chocolate.

Mouth feel begins very silky before this thin to medium bodied beer fades out dry and slightly chalky as an aggressive bitter aftertaste takes hold.

No complaints here. For a winter warmer, it's spot on and just fine.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, heavy mouthfeel, caramel coffee taste, not really my style of beer. I can see it being good to sip on when its' cold outside, but it doesn't get that cold in Hawii so I am not it's target market.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark reddish brown with a one finger off white head. Mostly a malt smell, a light nut and chocolate smell. Nut, toffee with a coffee poking through with a light hop. Some dark fruit also shows up. I am not big on the winter warmers, this is good.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Svingjo
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with reddish hues and topped off with a finger thick beige head that has good retention. The nose leads with toffee, dried fruit and sweet malt. Definitely reminds me of winter treats. The taste leads with that sweet malt, dried dark fruits, winter spices ( honestly having hard time telling which ones but it reminds me of plum pudding) and a finishes with an earthy hop bitterness and slight alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation is active without being overwhelming. A nice winter warmer.

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Photo of parkcenterlounge
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jubel Ale is underrated in my opinion. This beer comes across strong and feels smooth on the finish. Toffee and fruit make this a great beer for the holiday season. Overall very solid beer

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice tan and creamy head that looks very nice and leaves quite a bit on the surface. The beer itself is a clear dark brown color. The overall look is pretty nice and appealing. It definitely gives the impression that this is a heavy beer.

The smell is incredibly indulgent. Very strong toffee notes with light chicory and hints of dried fruit really give a lot of weight to this beer. The dried fruit is a bit sweet, which works very well with the other notes. There is also a slight hop bitterness underneath all these heavy notes but is barely noticeable.

The taste is as good as the smell. The taste has very strong toffee notes that mixes well with dried fruit such as peaches and a light chicory to it. There is a slight and tiny hop bitterness to it but the taste mainly consists of these big and bold flavors.

The feel is pretty good. It's heavy bodied and a bit thick feeling. The beer cerrtainly has some weight and feels for the season. There is some light carbonation but it adds to the thick feel.

Overall, a very good winter warmer and certainly one of the better ones out there. It isn't super spciey and fairly simple when it comes to the different notes. Go for it.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep garnet color with brown tints and a rocky beige head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit, toffee, and spice. Taste follows with toffee, dark fruit, roast malt, and light spice. Mouthfeel is medium and coating. Overall a nice light spiced winter warmer.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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