Jubelale | Deschutes Brewery

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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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label says best by 03/25/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish copper amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma is a complex mix of malts with a sizable earthy hop presence for the style. Dark roasted barley malts with good hints of cocoa, caramel, toffee, and nuts. Some brown sugar and a light hint of molasses. Subtle hints of apple and dark fig, dates, raisin, and plum. Very earthy with a big presence of earthy hops along with some piney spices. Slight scent of citrus. Not really any of the typical winter spices. A pretty good balance of malts and hops.

Taste: A nicely rich and creamy mix of dark malts and earthy hops. Sweet roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, baked biscuit, caramel, toffee, and a mix of nuts. Some burnt sugar sweetness. Subtle undertones of dark fruits including dates, raisin, fig, and prune. A nice hop presence that is fairly strong for the style but balances out the malts well. Hops are earthy with a little spicy pine. Definitely tastes like a West Coast version of a Winter Warmer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good take on the style. Very different but good. Nice balance of sweet malts and hoppy bitterness.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this at the store. I have heard a lot about it, figured I would try it. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Like the fact the packaging changes annually. I like the look of the label. Pours a nice clear light brown, amber color with about a finger of pillowy head that has good retention and excellent lacing. Very good presentation overall.

Smell - The nose hints at some classic winter warmer characteristics: dark fruits, malts, and a little caramel. There was a surprising amount of earthiness in the nose as well. Unique

Taste - I was a little disappointed in the taste, honestly. Maybe its' because I went into the drink with a preconceived notion or something, but I think I am pretty good at avoiding such beer tasting pitfalls. There was the touches of dark fruits and maltiness that I smelled, but they didn't seem to me like they mixed well together. There were also some sweet accents to the taste and a bit of nuttiness, but everything kind of collided together. I just didn't like the feel I got from the beer.

Mouthfeel - Finished relatively smooth, medium body and carbonation. Its' alright, nothing to write home about.

Overall - This is the first time I think I have been disappointed by Deschutes Brewery. I just did not pick up the vibe from this brew at all. I am sure it is a great beer, obviously from the reviews, but I just didn't feel it. I will have to drink a couple more, but past experiences have shown me that only works occasionally.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sexy looking winter ale with a pillow(y) beige head that initially stood around 2 finger tall. Holding this beer to the light, reveals a beautiful red color, and brilliant clarity. The head hangs around and lacing is clinging to the glass.

Aroma: Subtle for a winter ale... Caramel Malts, Plum Skin, faint Chocolate and Nutty smells as well.

Taste: Slight hop bitterness right up front followed closely by suggestions of dark fruits and chocolate malts. Well balanced with a mild sweetness about mid-pallet. The finish is on the dryer side.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied winter ale with moderate carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: A good winter ale. If you're looking for something that's not highly spiced, but still speaks "winter"...this beer is for you. A nice change of pace within a style that sometimes gets a bit repetitive. Merry Christmas!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark, dark amber. Hazy and beautiful - the kind of translucency that you'd hope for while sitting in front of a fire place.

S - while classified as a winter ale, some might be hoping for a winter warmer or something a little closer to the stout end of the spectrum. Those, will be disappointed. Reeks of an ale, piny, herbal, earthy.

T - Awesome. Slightly taken aback, as I was expecting the taste of an ale, but immediately was faced with explosions of mocha, coffee, a nice thick head - all characteristics of a slightly more substantial winter beverage.

M - somewhere in between. carbonation level is great, thick, done very well. Aftertaste, not so much.

O - really impressive. Would buy any time.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Restaurant Firestone pint glass
From: BevMo in La Mesa (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $1.39
Misc.: Best by May 6, 2013

Poured a mahogany color with 2-3 fingers of frothy off-white head. Well-layered, thick and sticky lacing on the sides. Pretty good retention all the way down.

Smelled heavy malts right from the get-go. Also got caramel, toffee, dark fruits, blueberry, rye and iced tea with a touch of hops.

First thing I noticed in the taste was how carbonated it was. Once that was done, got some fruits - dark apple, dates, figs, prune - and a bit of a buttery finish.

Medium body. Sticky texture. Lively (good) carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

This beer wore down on me as it went along and I was really digging it by the end. Just a nice winter warmer.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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