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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: 894 | Ratings: 2,647
Photo of tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD 4/2/16. Clear dark amber pour that is a brilliant garnet under intense light. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of rich malt (caramel), hints of dark fruit (plum, fig), subtle toffee and very subtle spice (nutmeg or allspice).

Light full bodied with an almost creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is quite good, but falls short of outstanding due to the overbalance of the chicory and tobacco notes. It begins with a nice slightly sweet dark fruit aspect that is fig, prune and apple then flows into a nice toffee character. The middle is moderately bitter and slightly astringent from the chicory and tobacco. These 2 flavors dominate through the finish. The finish is semi-dry and has alcohol notes.

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Photo of MLoxxer
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was poured out of a 12oz bottle whose label noted that it would be "best by" a date six months in the future. From an appearance point-of-view the liquid had a slightly hazy, ruby color. The head had a dark, amber-like color and dissipated quickly leaving behind respectable lacing. The beer's aroma was almost spruce-like reminding me a bit of a pumpkin ale. The flavor was good, but not great. The mouthfeel is respectable. Overall I don't know that I would go out of my way for this one, but if offered I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Brown with abundant tan head and some lacing
Smell: resin, fruity
Taste: rich sweet caramel maltiness with resinous tart hops, a slight alcohol sting and lingering moderate bitter finish revealing some roasted malt flavors.
Feel: Full bodied, nice and smooth, perfect carbonation.

Overall: A hoppy brown ale, in the same ballpark as Anchors Brekle's Brown but better blended. Very enjoyable, will happily repeat.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small chalice, color is cherry, head is tan with a mixture of bubbles sizes and depth of about 1/2 inch with some lacing.

Smell is light toffee, hints of cacao, maybe some toast and coffee grinds, mild spice but subtle.

Taste is very pleasant, a little deep and somewhat thick, maybe some wheat and oats providing depth, then some lighter malts not too much caramel, spice level is subdued - this ale keeps a solid focus on the malt - the chicory comes through a with a chalky drying quality, similar to a drier espresso. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel is probably my favorite quality of this ale - the malts are not overdone, the spices are not biting and the malt depth and chicory create a pleasantly full beer.

Overall, this beer is one of the best winter warmers i've had in many years - simple and quality components create a full but not overpowering ale.

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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 cjgiant
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated best by 4/2016:
Pours fairly dark, auburn to brown. Head is medium on a decent pour, and sticks around with minor lacing.

Nose makes me think Scotch Ale, but there's an extra breadiness, leading me to the impression of a holiday fruit-cake. Spice notes aren't strong, but there is a little pine note.

Taste of the beer also seems scotch ale-based, but there is an American hop bitterness that I didn't expect that overpowers any spice notes. I actually initially thought roast-malt chocolate notes. Spice bite - cinnamon in nature - hits late but almost an afterthought.

The winter ale spices got lost in the "hoppy red" nature to this beer. This isn't what I was expecting, and maybe expectations were off. This offering doesn't seem much different than a standard hoppy beer - not quite a winter warmer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Deschutes Jubelale last week for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. Since it's that time of that year I thought it was time to give a nice holiday beer a try, so lets see how this one goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice amber red color which take on more of a crimson and ruby hue when held to the light with a little under half a fingers worth of bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts some eastery, doughy yeast and dark fruit like aromas with the dark fruits seeming to stick out the most. but no single fruit seems to stick out more than the other. Up next comes the spices which are on the lighter side with no single spice sticking out the most or being too overpowering. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, It's what I expect from a Winter Warmer.

T- The taste is a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some caramel malt, bready. bread crust, biscuit and a little bit of a grainy flavor and it's followed by the yeast which imparts some doughy flavors with a little bit of those dark fruits that I got in the aroma with an equally light amount of the spice that I got in the aroma with no single one seeming to stick out more than the other. On the finish it's a little hoppy with a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a hoppy and malty aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, but I was expecting it to be more like the aroma and it doesn't really stand out on it's own.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was pretty average for the style and it didn't seem to be the truest to style, it was going the right direction, but when I got to the taste it too on more of just and malt and hoppy flavor and it left behind most of those Winter Warmer aspects that I got in the aroma. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink anymore than that. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma and mouthfeel, they were both pretty nice and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and that it just wasn't that true to style, I think it needs to taste more like the aroma. I don't think I would buy this beer again and I can't say I would recommend it as a good Winter Warmer. All in all this beer wasn't bad, but it wasn't that great either and it kind of feel right in the middle and I didn't find it to be all that memorable. It's one of my least favorite beers from this brewery and I thought it was average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little bit of work.

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Photo of atone315
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, with a rough pour it gave a 1" light tan head. Smells of holiday spice, what I imagine a fruit cake to smell like. Taste follows the nose, heavy spice and dark caramel flavors abound. Definitely a winter warmer. Mouthfeel is decent, just thick enough to coat your tongue, mouth, and stomach. Slight warming from the alcohol, I want it to be snowing out and cold for me to truly enjoy this. Proper Winter warmer, will be re-visiting this one in the future.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, slightly hazy, amber/red color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. 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. I really enjoyed this beer. Very impressed.

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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 headlessparrot
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful pour, this looks quite dark in the glass, black-brown edged by some ruby hints. Big head that recedes to some islands of lacing and a ring around the glass but leaves a tremendous amount of lacing.

Smell is smoky, hickory, lightly fruity, perhaps some molasses or brown sugar, and a big toasted/roasted malt character. Faint chocolate and coffee bean.

The taste right at the front of the mouth is an absolute thing of beauty--a sudden shot of cherries and dried fruits (figs/dates/raisins/plums?) that's gradually overtaken by a malty base. Surprisingly bitter for a Winter Warmer, with slight cocoa and coffee, hints of smoke. A faint almost Belgian yeastiness. Balanced carbonation, moderate body (neither too heavy nor too watery).

It's not Deschutes' best beer, but it's certainly one of the better Winter Warmers out there (a style I've always thought of as the "accessible" alternative to an imperial porter/imperial stout/RIS). I absolutely LIVE for that short kick of beautiful fruit right at the entry of the sip. My only thought, since this is bottle-conditioned: will laying it down for six months or a year enhance or erase those lovely fruit flavours?

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Photo of EMV
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Satchmo's in Flagstaff. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Poured a deep clear mahogany color with a thin off-white head.

S: Caramel and spices on the nose. Mild hops in the background.

T/F: Malt forward with a lot of forces assaulting your palate at once. Nutmeg and cloves... Christmas spices and hints of caramel. Crisp with a dash of hops to bitter out the finish. Effervescent and zesty.

O: A lovely and complex holiday brew from Deschutes. Easy to drink and a happy change of pace. Very glad I tried it and will absolutely revisit.

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

For my taste, a bit bitter for a winter warmer. Pours a dark brown, I taste toffee and a bitter roasted-nuttiness, dark fruit, brown sugar. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Bitter on the back side, but I'm feeling the warmth to my toes.

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

12oz bottle, BB 5/10/16.

Look: Pours a light amber color, with a small amount of beige head, with decent lacing.

Aroma: Malts and a slight sweetness.

Taste: Malt, sweet, with a hop bite in the finish. Nice Flavor.

Feel: medium, and reasonably smooth.

Not as good or as smooth as an Avery year-old Old Jubilation Ale, when I did a side-by-side, but still a decent beer. It was more malt forward than Old Jubilation, and so tasted more like a standard beer.

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Photo of ntalexan
2.31/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

-Color: Light Brown with a nice head that lasted throughout the pint. Little to no carbonation and fizz after the initial pour.

-Nose: Nutty. A bit of brown sugar and bananas. A sweet smelling yeastiness almost reminiscent of a dark Belgian.

-Flavor: All malt with just a enough hops to make it bitter on the back-end of things. Light toffee notes a bit of banana and baking spices. It does a good job of representing its seasonal flair. The flavor doesn’t lead me to Belgium as much as the nose did. Think more of the dark German beer side of things with that Northwest American beer style at the end with the hoppy bitterness. That bitterness stays with you more so than spices that they were intending with a beer of this style to have.

-Rating: 2.5/5: Nothing that exciting here. It’s almost like they felt obligated to put out a seasonally appropriate beer. It is bottle conditioned so maybe this just needs to be bought, stored, and unwrapped next holiday season? I will say that it is very easy to drink but certainly not as good as some of the stouts and IPAs that Deschutes puts out.


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Photo of HouseBrew
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Dark ruby red, thick tan head, good carbonation
A - Toffee, dark fruits, nutmeg, brandy
T - Sweet, molasses and malty up front. Fig, raisin, and prune flavors in the middle with slight bitter finish.
M - Medium heavy body with heavy dose of carbonation. Fairly smooth.
O - Great slightly sweet, roasty beer with fruit and spice flavor. A top-notch winter ale!

I also found this on Nitro at the Loyal Legion in Portland and it was phenomenal!

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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 q33jeff
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is toffee, nutmeg and other spices, brandy, black cherry. Dark brown translucent, reddish hue. Medium white head. Taste is wine , spice, slight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of AubieTheTiger177
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've loved this winter warmer for years. Color is dark with just a hint of a red hue. Head is a cream color. The aroma is slightly spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg with a bit of orange peel. This will always be a go-to choice for me. There's nothing better than sipping this fantastic beer while sitting in the Deschutes Brewpub in Bend while the snow falls. Try this one!

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Photo of MACrist
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | 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 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 PA-hunter
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.7% abv

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown/reddish tint. Thick 2 finger head slightly tinted tan that lingers. Opaque.

Smell- Sweet molasses, prune, toasted malt

Taste- A sweet roasted malt, but also has a sugary mollasses sweetness that follows. Toffee notes are prominent from the use of malts. Dark fruits like raisin and prune flavors come on midway. Mild bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel- Medium - heavy in body with lively carbonation.

Overall- This one exceeding my expectation for a Winter ale. This one has great malt character and nice fruit notes. Very smooth yet complex. I recommend this one for the frosty season. Well put together.

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Thin short lived head but decent lacing. Rich, dark bro wn color. It smells great! Sweet and fruity, almost a candy smell. Taste of dark candied fruit, raisin, prunes, some chocolate. A comforting beer. I will get more this winter!

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A bit disappointing in my book. I remember this having more of a chickory bite to it adding a bit of smokiness and wood, making it stand out amongst the other winter warmers.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a rather deep brown/mahogany color with a one finger head of tan foam. The head has a good level of staying power, with it very slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a sweeter candied sugar and molasses smell with a whole lot of a dark fruits of raisin, cherry, and plum. There are some lighter spice smells of coriander and clove with a decent showing of some roasted bready smells, giving a nice dark and sweet smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins much drier then I was anticipating from the nose. It begins with a quite roasty taste with a whole lot of roasty malt mixed with just a little bit of breadiness and some lightly sweet tastes of molasses and dark fruits. The sweeter tastes, while not very strong upfront, fade even more as the taste advances, all while the roast seems to increase a bit. With the increase in roast and the loss of sweetness, comes some light spice of coriander and clove as well as some light hop tastes of a more earthy nature. With a bit of a booziness (surprising at only 6.7 %) and a little bit of bitter coffee coming at the end, one is left with a sorta drier and dark spiced ale taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin and the carbonation rather high for the dark and roasted flavors of the brew. A thicker and chewier feel with a lower carbonation would have been better for the mix of lighter sweet fruit and dark roasty tastes of the brew, making a better medium to keep it a mouth coating slow sipper.

Overall- This was much drier and slightly more boozy brew then I was expecting. It was an alright winter warmer, but the lack of body and somewhat contradictory nature of the nose and mouthfeel with that of the taste and look, sorta kicks it down a bit. OK, but nothing too exceptional in my opinion.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,647 ratings.
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