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Jubelale | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,697
Reviews:
930
Ratings:
2,799
pDev:
11.96%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
166
Gots:
518
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,799 |  Reviews: 930
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a a dark cloudy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with some notes of toffee and warming notes. Taste is very comforting with loads of caramel and toffee malt with some light dry fruits. Body is fuller then average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done though additional dry fruits notes would have benefited this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki-colored head of foam on the glass. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy with notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. A nice malty nose, too.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, pine, nutmeg and cinnamon. Some sweet toffee and caramel, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice winter ale. So glad Deschutes is in Missouri.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/21/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted bread, herbal, floral, pepper, pine, light roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted bread, herbal, floral, pepper, pine, light roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted bread, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn good English strong ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A sweet and spicy aroma is released as soon as the cap is removed. It pours with a large tan head and a reddish-brown body. The taste is roasted, spicy (clove, nutmeg), sweet and heavily malted. Hops are there, but fairly subdued and in the background. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium-bodied; pretty rich stuff, but extremely drinkable, and not overly filling.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pumped-up version of the Deschutes Jubelale... the 2000 batch was brewed to a higher gravity, dry-hopped and cask-aged! And I almost feel as if I've made a mistake by tasting it now... it's that good - and it will get better!!!
I poured the complete bottle, sediment and all, leaving a cloudy brown body beneath a thin layer of light tan foam. The head dropped shortly but maintained a decent collar throughout most of the glass. The nose is just astounding! Very unique! It displays a complex variety of fruits, sweet malt, and woody character that includes fresh-picked berries, soft baked-apple-pie, a slight hint of red pepper, dried apricots, tangerines, mushrooms, cocoa, cocoanut, dark caramel, toffee, fudge, a touch of smoke, some creamy coffee, and alot of oak. Whoah! The aroma in itself can be enjoyed throughout the good part of a night by the fire or as the sun sets and the sky comes alive with stars! This is truly a beer for all seasons. Impressive. The body is full/medium; and it's quite creamy and smooth across the palate with just a gentle caress on the tongue from the restrained, natural carbonation. Not surprisingly, some different flavors arise in the mouth. Previously unseen, soft prune rushes the stage; accompanied by a mild and sweet cherry, toasted cocoanut, dark toffee, light coffee and a nutty character that really develops in the long & complex finish along with some residual piney and grassy notes from the receeding hop flavors. It finishes dry with a very mild note of smoke, but no longer robustly bitter. This beer should soften and develop a bit more complexity over then next year or so, and then change as more cherry/sherry character develops for some time. Exceptional!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear, almost opaque deep mahogany in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate to significant ruby red colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of small to medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel + toasted + bready malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness as well as moderate aromas of dark fruity yeast (cherry) and spices (anise, cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, and pine). Hints of earthy + herbal hop aromas.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of caramel + toasted + bready malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness and some flavors reminiscent of brown bread. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark fruity yeast (cherry) and spices (anise, cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, and pine). Light flavors of herbal + earthy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly leaving a spicy dark fruit flavor lingering.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Probably one of my favorite examples of the styles - wonderful flavors that remind me of fruitcake soaked in rum (and therefore the holidays). Drinks easily for the style + strength. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really like this brewery, wish I could get them more. When I got this beer, for some reason I figured a festive winter ale should be aged... not realizing it was only 6.7%, so a 2009 vintage to try. I hope I didn't ruin it. Thanks to bendretread for this one.

A careful pour spares me the big sediment sludge on the bottom, and yields a nice fluffy 1/2 finger tan head that fades at a quick pace, decent lacing at least, a dark murky maroon black-raspberry reddish almost purply colored sediment laden depth of darkness.

Nose does have a slight tinge of oxidation, but I'll ignore that, and then turns to a nice malt, toasty reddish malt with lots of candy, toffee, caramel, a little molasses like syrup, a bit of a nutty note with nice candied figs, dates, trail mix like, some nice soft aged malt like notes too, nice dark syrup, touch of a biscuity malt too even. It has all the notes of a nice English old ale that's 15 years old, complete with the oxidation included. I eventually get hints of baking spices that are mostly muted by now.

Taste brings lots more syrupy malts, candy, caramel, toffee, lots of nutty flavors with a bit of fig and candied dates, etc. Just a bit of molasses syrup to go wtih the toffee and caramel like notes, and faint baking spices on the back end. A little aged soft malt feel too, but not much. Now the bad, that definite aged more than it should have taste, lots of cardboard and oxidation all over the place, even a little chalky. A hint of an earthy herbal hop note still comes through even... somehow. Not sweet really either, or very syrupy. Finish is drier but sticky, more oxidation, fair amount of herbal spicy hopsa nd bitterness, bit more dried fruits and nuts, and little dried molasses syrup.

mouth is med bod but a bit softer, stil pretty good carb.

Overall, I'll try to put aside the oxidation as that was my fault not the beer's. nice candy malt profile, nice dried fruits and nuts, sweet candy notes without too much sweetness or syrupy feel, faint hint of baking spices I'm sure was a lot more when it was fresh, and even still a decent hop profile in there somehow. Not bad, still not that great compared to many of the other Deschutes beers, but still good.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some dark orange tinit with a nice creamy looking tan head,aromas of caramel and roasted nut along with some zest.Taste is earthy and chocolaty with a nice spicey finish,almost a higher hopped brown ale.A nice velvety mouthfeel the beer glides down the throat,a real winter warmer rich and hearty with alot of nice flavors going on.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to chickencoop for sending this along as an extra.

Pours a moderate copper color with a decent white head. The smell is a bit of spice and a good deal of citrus hops, especially for the style. A little bit of fruit in there as well. The taste was fairly nice, and much better than the nose. The nose was certainly a bit weak when compared to the taste, although the general components were quite similar. Mouthfeel was a little bit too light. Good drinkability, especially for a winter warmer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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 dcmchew
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Craft + Commerce in San Diego. Served ice cold in a glass I've never encountered before-- I'd have to describe it as a chubby champagne flute.

A grainy, tangy brew with a robust hoppiness. Sharp sensation along with plenty of bitterness. I remember this as being maltier in bottles tasted over the years. Lots of roasted flavors with a darker, bitter aftertaste.

Resins in the nose, a little hot and spicy, and some buckwheat. A hard flavor to leave behind you. Not my choice in the winter beer competition, but its austere lines may appeal to some in search of a less malty Christmas brew.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 billab914
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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 smithj4
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a clear darker mahogany color with a small cap of bubbly whitish head. Caramel malts in the nose, light spice, and a hint of pine needles. Taste of sugars--caramel, molasses--crisply piney and floral, light spices. No really "big" flavor here, but a good balance in all the flavors that are present. Medium in body and carbonation, and surely an easy drinker.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,799 ratings
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