Jubelale | Deschutes Brewery

very good
915 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 akolb
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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 -11.9%
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 -4.3%
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 -7.9%
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 -3.8%
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 +4.3%
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 gopens44
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -11.2%
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 -12.2%
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 -1.3%
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 +5.8%
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 +5.6%
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 +5.6%
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 -1.8%
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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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass and deep rich reddish brown or mahogany color with a 1" light tan head that leaves lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Sipping leaves irregular patches of lacing and lots of smaller patches and speckles of lacing. Even towards the end of the beer there's still persisitent foam and lacing.

The aromas include some dark fruit, toffee and a touch of cocoa and spice.

The flavors are as expected from the nose except for the strength of the cocoa which is up front and forward, with the dark fruit, toffee and a hint of spice playing a supporting role. The slight bitterness from the hops is in the background.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth as the faint carbonation is quite persistent. The finish is medium length and begins about midway through as the cocoa and hop bitterness are left on stage by the fading of the supporting cast. Slowly the bitterness begins to fade into semi-dryness.

I've enjoyed this beer and expect to have more of next year. This is a beer well worth trying.

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Photo of Ottoj55
1.99/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Looks great, a nice dark brown with off white foam and incredible lacing. Sadly this is the last nice thing I have to say about this beer. The smell was average, malty, indistinct spices, subdued hops. The taste was bad, astringency from the chicory I think. This clashes with the malt and makes for a terrible flavor. The mouthfeel was dry and thin. Just a bad attempt to cash in on the holiday themed beer market.

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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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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,741 ratings.
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