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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Ratings: 2,825 |  Reviews: 935
Photo of LarryKemp
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear dark amber liquid with many fine bubbles rising to the light tan head. The head retention was not great but that could be because of the fairly high alcoohol content.

The aroma was quite muted. I could detect some malt and maybe some nondistict hops, but that might be my imagination.

The taste was outstanding. The malt chocolate sweetness exploded on the sides of my tongue. Then came the hop bitterness that lingers long. This provides a sweet finish with a lot of bitterness. Not often to I find a beer so complex that I can descern both the malt and the hops for a long period of time after I sip the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation stings the tip of my tongue. I was surprised that I could not detect the alcohol as I drank the beer.

This is a nice beer that I bought just before Christmas. This one is the last of the two six packs that I had shipped to me. I will be looking for more next year.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 12oz bottle drank on 12/20/04 with a best by date of 3/10/05. Pours out with a dark brownish red body with a small light tan head floating atop. No lacing was left around the glass. Aroma was sweet caramel malt and a spicy hoppiness. Taste was similar with sweet caramel malt being at the front and a light spicy earthiness towards the end. Quite balanced and tasty overall. Ends on a bitter and slightly roasty flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly warming. Good stuff that is easy drinking and fairly tasty, I could definitely have a few.

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Photo of bultrey
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nothing really stood out with this beer; rather, it's the beer's fine balance that makes a statement. However, it is more malty than hoppy, and it doesn't have a whole lot of detectable spice. To me this drank like a scottish ale or something of that ilk. The malt sports nice caramel, toffee, and nut flavors. I was happy to receive this as a holiday present, and it makes a fine winter session beer. Not one to track down, but one to keep in your fridge if it's readily available. Nice.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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 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 GreenCard
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark ruby-brown, thick layer of sudsy tan foam with good head retention, lace

Aroma: dark caramel, crystal malt, grassy hops (simcoe?), hint of pine, a bit sweet

Flavor: rich hit of malt which is quickly swiped aside by a heavy swath of piny hop flavor and bitterness, very present hoppiness, finishes dry with an aftertaste of bitter grass

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, pert carbonation, a bit astringent

Other comments: A nice malty/hoppy strong ale, but I'm not sure what makes it "festive".

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

Ah nuts... Like I have a bowl of nuts in front of me, and this looks most like the color of a filbert.

I wistfully smell cardamom among the "pine and spruce," and warm biscuits in a seasoned 12" cast iron skillet. Doink.

Jubelale is "characterized by a large malt body balanced with hop bitterness derived from a variety of American and European hops." I don't know -- that sounds like Santa on a salad diet. The picture I get as I guzzle to buzzle my calabuzza is bit thin: It's like I live a quarter mile from my nearest neighbor so I focus a telescope on his dining room and see a fat guy sitting at the table eating a box of brach's chocolate-covered cherries on a wood table decorated with pine boughs.
Whooppee, an average "Santamas" beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Red Bones.

This winter warmer poured a very lightly hazy, deep red-chestnut color with tan foam that settled flat. The smell was modest but malty. The taste was malty with very light sweetness and some hoppiness to balance. Other flavors detected were dried fruits. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with a slight drying quality and a touch of sharpness. The body and carbonation were medium. The aftertaste was tangy and lightly hoppy. Overall this was a good winter warmer.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark translucent ruby-brown with a quickly dissolving head, smells like caramel-covered cinnamon apples. Heavy toffee malt mixed with plums and berries and spices, with a nice chewy mouthfeel and smooth slightly bitter grapefruit finish. I would love to try this stuff on cask, or even at room temperature, there's a lot of flavor here. Unfortunately I live in a galaxy far, far away for the nearest place to get this stuff.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 bottle:
The head is small, tan (almost a little yellowy) and dies filmy. The beer is clear, dark, oiled mahogany: gorgeous. Sweet chocolate and toffee in the delicious nose. Chocolate and fruit up front. Thick and fruity malty, cocoa middle. Bitter chocolate, nutty, hoppy, milky finish with alcohol. This is a very nice, bitter, chocolate, malty, dark ale with a great hop profile. Delicious.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gueuzedude for the sample.
Aroma presents with some really nice rich malt tones. Also possesses good fruitiness, adequate sweetness and bits of alcohol.
Wonderful deep amber with mahogany and brown. Solid one inch tan head that's quite firm.
Good mix of experiences in the taste. Sweetness in the beginning, dryness at the finish. Darker fruits and a nicely balanced bitterness and flavor from the hops (spice, pine and flowery), which show a strong presence, but aren't excessive.
Good softness and same with smoothness. Medium to heavy feel. Seems to thin as warms.
I wouldn't call this a big beer, but it's rich and flavorful. Very good for cold nights. Well done.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Savoring the sixer that my in-laws brought me from Oregon on their Thanksgiving trip. Pours a dark brown hue with deep red highlights with a thick, one-inch tan head. Aroma of deep, roasted malt with notes of spruce and a touch of spicy hops. Chewy, slightly syrupy mouthfeel holds an upfront palate of sweet malt. Sharp, spicy hops come through afterwards, with notes of licorice, spruce, pepper, and a good bit of warming alcohol on the finish. Very nice.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark, ruby red, thick looks. A small haze of a cover. Nose is pungent malts, full of black cherry booze and some spice, but not really clearly anything or another.

Taste, too, is powerful, but hard to place distinct flavors. Definitely more black cherry, some cinnamon, and lots of apple booze. Tangy.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Big, small foam mouth, which smooths down, edgy all the way -- but never sharp. A bitter after, but controlled.

Having recently drunk Full Sail's Wassail, I thought this brew was not dissimilar to that one.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a reddish-brown color. It was clear, with a small tan head. The head disapated rather quickly. I was suprised by the amount of hops in the nose. They were just above a fairly nice sweet, malty nose. Some roastiness to the taste, with plenty of malt and a touch of bitterness thrown in. A touch dry in the aftertaste. A really nice beer.

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

My favorite time of year the holidays. Its not the getting or giving of presents its the beer. All the great seasonal beers is what makes my spirits so high every holiday season! How better than to start it off with a Jubelale!

The color was a nice deep blood red with a thin film of a head and no lacing to speak of.
The smell had a distinct carmel smell to it with a nice touch of roasted malts leading to a slight nutty smell. Sneaking in the end of the smell was a subtle smell of hops in a floral way.
The taste was very complex with a nice mixture of malts and hops to give this beer a nice warming to it. Not to mention the 6.7% abv in the warming feeling. The first sip gives way to a nutty and carmel flavor which turns to a hop like bite in the middle of the taste with a good body. The hop taste lingers and is very smooth.
What a good way to start my seasonal tasting!

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Photo of KoG
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown with red tint. Large amount of very light brown head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is nice, fruity and malty. Tastes a bit of raisins and other ripe Dark fruit. Rather mellow on the hops but the alcohol is a bit evident in the end, but not harsh.

It feels nice and smooth as it goes down, semi creamy and warms you as it goes. Not much carbonation though.

A very fine winter warmer. Can't wait to try next years.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle, with a nice winter motif on the label, it pours a dark brown with a hint of red. The smell is sweet, hard-candy with a subdued hop smell. The taste is also sweet without being cloying. Hop bitterness makes cameo appearance to keep things interesting. Mouthfeel and drinkability are nice. However, it's not a session beer by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jubelale pours a dark reddish brown with a brown head that quickly goes to a film.

Its aroma is sweet figgy chocolate with a little bitterness and molasses.

The flavor is roasted malts with some figs and chocolate and spices. It has a nice bitter finish that balances it well. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, but a little acidic.

Overall, a very fine winter seasonal with some nice alcohol warming. Reminds me of Great Divide's Hibernation Ale.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Late October 2004 release.
Excellent new packaging this year immediatly caught my attention as well as the statement of the ingredients which excluded spices. I don't like spices in beer very much (even coriander in a wit tastes crappy to me) and after having last years Jubelale I carefully checked to see how this years recipe was formulated and after no spices were found i picked up a six pack.
Appearance: Poured a rich deep red almost burgundy with a thick light brown head that stuck around for a few minutes leaving a little lace. Clear as a can be with little streams of tiny CO2 bubbles from the soft bottle condioning.
Aroma: Rich dark fruit aroma, mainly plumbs with a little dark cherry, with a subtle hop accent.
Taste: Begins with a rich malt flavor that is full of dark roasted malts blended with sweet caramel malt flavors. The dark roasted malts seem to me to be more along the lines of Special B or a really dark Munich with the sweet malt flavors lending a very clean balance. The hops are present in the middle and finish of this ale and I believe are comprised of a blend of American hops to get that fresh almost earthy hop bitterness and flavor, while also being blended with Noble hop varieties to give a smoothness to the hop flavor round out the lingering bitterness. Great hop flavor in the finish of this ale makes me take drink after drink trying to figure out which varieties were used but the blend is very complex with no individual variety really making an impact. Perfectly formulated for a winter warmer I don't believe that this recipe should ever be changed in the future in order to maintain what I believe to be a hallmark of the style. Also the lack of spices makes me very happy.
Mouthfeel: Smooth rounded carbonation fits very well with the flavor profile lending smoothness but also picking up the hops but not accentuating the bitterness too much.
Drinkability: Very drinkable on a cold night by the fire I believe that this beer would lose some of it's pleasurable qualities if served on a hot day as it is more flavorful than thirst quenching. A nice session beer in the Winter though after about three I wouldn't need many more.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great winter beer, pours a mahogany red with a 2 inch thick cream head. The smell is of melons, apples and cider, nice spice of nutmeg lingers. The taste is sweet with melons and harvest fruits, a nice citrus taste is distant but right, the spices are warming and fit the season well, medium bodied and a great winter warmer.

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Photo of zacharius
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an amber brown body with an off white head. Intense fruitty, sweet and hoppy smell makes my mouth water. Taste first of dark malts then finishes with hop bitterness and back to sweet malt. Has a deep dark malt taste throughout but not an astringent edge like some beers with dark malts. A nice sipping beer not really a great session beer but a great winter seasonal.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 Bottle Release

Dark amber/copper color. Not quite black like many winter ales. Light tan to almost white head retains well.

Aroma mostly of pine and dust with some "Skor" toffee candybar aromas. (no, the dust isn't from my glass).

On the palate you notice an alcoholic edge right away, so much so that you need another sip to seek out the other flavors. Burnt caramel flavors are prominent with a sweet warming finish. Hops balance well to my palate - they're not too aggressive as I expected from the nose.

Moderately drinkable - goes well for the season but it's not a beer you'd like to have 2 or 3 of in a single sitting.

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Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A nice, equal combination of malt and hops in the nose providing fragrances of pine, deep rich malts, caramel and dark fruits. Balance continues onward into the flavor.

Large, creamy malt flavor with notes of caramel, maple and dark fruit balanced by a cunning bitterness and hop notes of pine and other citrus flavors. I like this stuff.

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Photo of RedDiamond
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this year's Jubelale early in the season, shortly after its release in the first week of October. The imperial pint I drank at the Deschutes Brew Pub had many laudable properties but only in strange disharmonious proportions. My Jubelale sported a light head atop a body of deep cherry cola. I found notes of plum, fig, and raisin in the nose. The taste also held raisin and coffee extract flavors as well as a fair measure of fruit and spice. A solid wall of bitterness completed the taste profile.

With all these admirable qualities in place why did this beer still fail to inspire? One reason may be the unexpected harshness to the tongue. The fruit and spice flavors were present, but crowded and stumbling upon one another. The bitterness seemed like an angry intrusion. The net effect was a hostile coarseness that strained the mouthfeel. Perhaps the brew needed aging.

I've been wracking my brains about this for some time now and haven't yet arrived at any satisfactory conclusions. Some possibilities include improperly cleaned glassware or beerlines. And then again, maybe this Jubelale just isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown body, no head anymore. Complex malty aroma, smoky and oak-barrel reminiscent. Various sweet malt notes like chocolate, toffee, mint… Big barrel taste, woody with subtle English hops references. Toffee like sweetness lets room for a bitter coffee alike finish. Taste comparable to a “smoked barrel” and sweet caramel if anything. Low carbonation, medium bodied. A rarity worth seeking out. Cheers to skyhand for this rare chance!

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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