Jubelale | Deschutes Brewery

very good
914 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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Poured a deep ruby almost mahogany brown color, very clear. Nice one finger foamy head with great retention, but only spotty lacing left behind.

S: A little weak until the beer warmed up a bit. Caramelized sugar, lots of dark fruit - mostly raisins, and some spices, chiefly cinnamon.

T: The flavor profile was stronger than the aroma. The spices are more present, especially the cinnamon. Nice dark fruits mixed with caramel.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, just one step above syrupy. Has a dry finish.

O: Overall I thought this was a good beer. A beer that I would have guessed is a winter warmer, which doesn't always happen with this style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 version pours an effervescent ruby red with 1+ finger of tan, rocky head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Bready & fruitty notes

T: Bready, dry, with herbal & piney hops up front. Cakey notes & leafy hops, plus plummy flavors & brown sugar as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty, with a hint of booze, caramel & plenty of herbal & leafy hops

MF: Medium-bodied, chewy with low carbonation, this offering balances more hoppy than previous iterations I recall.

Drinks good, not quite as good as previous years, but I could still happily session on this

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a trade recently. A 2007 vintage bottle, I had not tried this before so I was naturally anxious to give another one from this great brewery a shot. A twelve ounce bottle served cold right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 09/14/2008.

The pour was very nice, and very dark which surprised me a bit. Full brown color with a nearly opaque consistency, this was a nice looking warmer right out of the gate. Nice two inch head of tan settled down quickly and eventually left behind only token side glass lace, but some nice carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom.

The aroma was light at first, but as it warmed seem to pick up a bit in intensity. Lots of caramel, cinnamon and dark earthy hops were stealing the show on this one. Quite nice actually just a bit light for me. The flavor was much nicer though. Rich with a healthy dose of cinnamon and spice but not enough to really push it over the top and make it mind-blowing. Interesting as it warmed as some tart fruit started to come forward and the caramel getting sweeter, turning the feel almost over on it self from a nice medium body to almost syrup like by the time I finished it. Smooth and creamy the aftertaste was solid, leaving me linger on a nice note of dark fruit and a subtle vinous like bitterness. Somewhere lost between a drinker and a sipper, it was easily very enjoyable though.

Overall I thought this one was very well done. A good, classic take on the style that definitely did not disappoint. I would have no problems with getting a good dose of this one any year. It really held together well and impressed the heck out of me. Solid beer all around.

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

first tastes 2015
Look 4 Smell 4 Taste 4 Feel 4.25 overall 4
I had this at Federal Taphouse, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is deep crimson with translucent clarity and thin tan head with copious confetti-type lace. The smell is malty with a woody hop scent and mild caramel aroma with spiced ester and mild dried fruit scent. The feel is great with semi-dry feel up front with medium carbonation and moderately low bitterness with subtle spiced middle and lightly warming finish.

The taste starts with dark dried cherry with a slight woody spice which is cinnamon-like with some woody hops blending in the taste and complimenting the mild caramel foundation with a light warmth of alcohol in the finish. Overall this is very easy to drink with a pretty great balance of flavors - malt, hops with a spice presence I found this to be one of the better winter ales I have tried this year.

edit - 2016 version
Appearance is good as well as smell however the feel is a lot of boozy heat and flavor is decent yet the alcohol comes out a little too much in the finish Overall not bad but I was glad I did not get more than 10oz

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Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harpoon IPA pint glass. It poured a deep mahogany color with a big tan and frothy head filling the top two inches of the glass. It had pretty good retention to it and left some pretty good lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a pretty big malt profile to it. Caramel with a bit of toffee come through in it as well as some hints of spice. The spice is pretty reserved though which I like. I get just a small hint of some roasted malt as well.

The taste has a sweeter malty flavor with some toffee and caramel to it right up front. As you get close to the finish just a bit of a winter spice flavor comes through. It's a lighter spice though and nicely done compared to a lot of spice bomb winter beers. You get more of the hops at the very end coming through with some balancing bitterness. I get just a touch or roasty flavors in the finish as well. Very nice flavored beer.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is good, especially for the style. I usually find the beers of the style too spiced or too sweet. This one however balances everything very nicely and allows all of the flavors to shine at one time or another. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date, artsy themed label.

Appearance: Deep brownish garnet color with a good clarity, light tan lace adorns the top ... a product of densely frothed head.

Smell: Sweet and earthy with a big hand of caramel, candied fruit and mineral. Hops are soft in the aroma with a leafy character.

Taste: Nice flush full body, smooth and crisp in the mouth. Malt character is very broad with a bitter-sweet start and a chocolaty finish with hints of lightly roasted coffee. Esters are quite abundant but are quelled with the sweetness of the brew, alcohol warms quite well. Fruity of the dark ripened variety, fig or prune in the mix? Hop bitterness cuts through the malt and leaves a trail of flavor that gets lost before the after taste. A triple fold of alcohol spiciness, heavy leftover hops and the mild chocolaty finish rush for the finish line. Pleasant and complex after taste.

Notes: One of the top true (unspiced) winter warmers in the US, a must year after year. A bottle full of holiday cheer or just something to warm your soul.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes. Really dark ruby color with light brown head. Aroma has biscuits, bread crust but also hops. Taste starts malty and gets quite bitter in the aftertaste. Smooth body, really easy to drink. A nice winter beer, I think it would go really well with heavy food.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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 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 vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Mahogany body with an amber rim and ruby highlights. Light cap of white foam. Ok retention and poor lace.

S - Grains of paradise, hazelnut, touch of vanilla, little bit of booze, cardamon.

T - Spicy with a nice hop character. It's a tough profile to nail down; hazelnut, malt, spicy grains of paradise, bitter cilantro, a little vanilla, warm nutmeg, and charred roast grain.

M - Warm, smooth, medium body.

O - A great winter ale, one of my favorites.

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

Pours nicely. Flavor is smooth with a bit of a leafy and tangy malty thing on there. Actually there is slightly more than a bit; which I could do with less of. Very smooth on the liquid with a mild carbonation. A nice and easy drinker, though not really blowing me away.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Thanks for the trade colts9016! Best by March 16 2011. Better drink this solar system beer fast heh heh!

Pours brown out the bottle to release a big four finger off light tan brown head. Good retention on the head with a nice cap. Body is a very dark brown amber color real beautiful looking. I think that even though this is dark and hard to see through it does appear to be clear. real nice looking here.

Great faint toast but wonderful malt aromatics. That's about it, not boozy, hints of powdered cocoa chocolate.

Taste is light bodied and kind of fruity. Nice hop finish, with hints of black pepper. A prickly dry pepper finish, even an almost burnt prickly sense on the roof mouth as well. Hints of cigarette aftertastes.

Body seems a little wet though. No carbonation to detect, pleasant and teeth coating.

Boy this is an odd one, this was not what I was expecting from this style. Really spicy and dry and light. It's a bit too parching in my palate for me to really get into, but it has some real good qualities.

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 03/22/16:

Pours slightly hazed brown with a thick lasting head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of toffee, dark dried fruits (esp. prunes, maybe apricots), earthy spicing (chickory). A pleasant aroma.

The taste is of caramel/toffee. Sweetness balanced by dried fruits and chickory. Semi-sweet finish with a touch of alcohol warmth.

It has a chewy, medium-to-full body. Very smooth.

I can drink this year-round! Nice touch of fruitiness and chickory. Not too spicy nor too sweet. Just right!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, murky, but bright cherry-red color, lighter and transparent at foot and sides, beneath a great, creamy head of foam.
Aroma: instant rich, sweet maltiness, with fruity flavors, too, and slight nuttiness, but altogether wonderful, a true treat to drink in the nose!
Taste: abundant, and wonderful. with tasty malt, just enough hops, a medium body, and a flavor that ranks among the most delicious. Possessed of a thick, clinging, sweetness on the texture that hangs mightily on the palate and makes this winter ale a never-ending delight. Mmm, Mmmmm1
This one really hit the spot!
Kudos to King Gusler for helping me to sample it!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/25/04- Purchased at Tower Market in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no expiration date poured into my Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance- Dark red/brown color. Decent 3/4 inch head and acceptable lacing.

Smell- Hops, fruity esters, malt some nutty scent.

Taste- Tastes like a porter/brown ale. The first thing that caught me was the soft burnt or roasted coffee taste. Then the nutty aspect caught my buds. All intermixed with hops.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation and kinda creamy leaves a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- A nice X-mas beer to start the first football game off. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, caramel malt, slight roasted malt, hint of nut, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of coffee, hint of spice (coriander?), slight dark citrus (cherry?), slight alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, great appearance, good blend, and good body.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is brown and hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles that breaks and pulls toward the walls of the glass leaving a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low.

Aroma of the beer is sweet with mild spice.

Beer is medium to light in body with a creamy mouthfeel. Lead off sweetness and a nice finish without an aftertaste. The spice level is nice and gives it a tea like flavor to the whole thing. I enjoyed it for a winter warmer its pretty good.

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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 Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 edition

A: poured an amber brown with light brown highlights and a half finger tan head that had very little lacing.

S: molasses and brown sugar armoas with booze hitting as well and hints of malts.

T: dark sweet malt flavors that almost make the beer taste like it has tea. Brown sugars, booze, and dark fruits also add to the overall taste.

M: medium body with light carbonation that had a sweet boozy slight bitter finish.

D: good winter beer in the summer hahaa. Really held up well after 4 years. Will probably try to find some more bottles.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Princeton's Liquors. Poured a reddish-brown with a short off-white head. The aroma has a rich mix of sweet toffee with light cinnamon spice and cherry-apple fruit. The flavor is dry and finishes about as hoppy as any winter warmer I've tried. There's a cutting citrus in the finish, rolling over toasty, bready grains. The initial smooth fruit esters are a pleasant contrast to the bitter finish, though not until the beer warms up. Definitely on the interesting end of the style's spectrum, give it a try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ommegang flute. Pours a dark red amber, thin cream colored head which dissipated slowly leaving a ring and nice lacing. Nice caramel malt and light fruit aroma. Flavor of roasty malts with well blended spices; nutmeg, cinnamon, semi-sweet chocolate; dark fruit. Medium bodied. Very nicely integrated and tasty. This is an excellent winter warmer. This is a must re-visit every year. .

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark red/burgundy pour. Some reddish tints around the edges when held up to light. Good 2 finger head, clumps a bit in the middle.
Smell of chocolate and berries (cherry?) and tobacco. Hints of hops are present to provide some pinch in the nose.
Tastes of coffee/chocolate, some cranberry and nut. Is a bit thick at first, then thins out when hops are introduced and dries the sweetness nicely.
The thick to thin feeling is accompanied by an overall velvety finish. I would like a crisper finish, but this is nice.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage. Best Before 03/18/13.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Very dark copper colour, almost opaque. One finger of tan coloured head formed with good lacing.

S - Big dark caramel, brown sugar and toffee aromas with a hint of vanilla and a nice spice bouquet that adds cinnamon and clove notes.

T - Sweet up front with dark caramel, brown sugar and toffee flavours. A big spice presence adds an array of flavours, including cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Slightly warming ABV is perfect compliment to the palate to make this taste like a true winter warmer. A slight bitterness is present throughout.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.

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

2016 Vintage
Best By: 05/20/17

Pours a very nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice creamy one-finger tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is mostly malty, and some spice. The taste is malty, spicy, with a lot of caramel. Medium body with a nice little warming effect. Overall still a pretty tasty brew, glad to see it here in GJ.

2015 Vintage
Best By: 05/18/15

Pours a very nice brown color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger tan head, nice sticky lacing and some small islands hanging around. The nose is mostly on the malt side, with some caramel and spice. The taste is malty, spicy, and alot of caramel. Medium body with a nice little warming effect. Overall still a pretty tasty brew, glad to see it in UT.

2006 Vintage

Been sitting on this one for at least a year.

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice small tan head, nice sticky lacing and some small islands hanging around. The nose is mostly on the malt side, with some caramel and spice. The taste is malty, spicy, and alot of caramel. Nice little warming effect going down. Drinkable, a nice WW in my book.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage, recently bought at Walnut Liquorette. On to the beer:

The pours is a good one. Dark ruby brown with a hint of violet. The head is big on top and is showing some good retention. It settles to a creamy lace that clings to the glass. Very sweet in the nose. A little wood and resin is mixed into the maple, peach, and sweet toasty malt. Festive indeed.

Pleasant taste. There's a little tropical flare from whatever hops remain. Toasted malt leads the way in this ale. Vague fruit flavors echo around. It seems sort of thin in the mouth, with very low carbonation.

I should note that I have never tasted this beer before, so needless to say I never had a fresh version. That would be an interesting comparison to this aged version, which I enjoyed.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,736 ratings.
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