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Jubelale | Deschutes Brewery

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894 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

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Reviews: 894 | Ratings: 2,647
Photo of aobrehm
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time tasting the 2015 edition of Jubelale. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

L- Thick, creamy tan head that is very well-retained. Deep amber hue with garnet highlights. Slight haze that may come from bottle conditioning.

S- Malt-forward aroma dominated by caramel sweetness. A suggestion of hops (piney and earthy) and slight fruity esters.

T- Initial impression is complex malt, swiftly followed by assertive bitterness. Malt profile has great depth with sweet caramel, toffee, and slight roast quality. Balanced beautifully by significant hop presence that provides more bitterness than flavor.

F- Hefty mouthfeel, big and chewy. Finish dries out despite initial sweetness.

O- I'm a fan of this Jubelale. The aroma didn't impress and threw me for a second, but the overall experience of drinking this beer is exactly what you'd want from a good winter warmer.

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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 davellopmint
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This an outstanding beer, it is reminiscent of Optimator. though it has a lighter mouth feel and a hint of cinnamon and clove has any winter warmer should. It has a near perfect of balance and fits for listening to Keith Jarrett playing My foolish heart. An amazing beer! peace love swing.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 5-17-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a dark brown color with one-finger tan head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of bubbles remained, excellent lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, nutmeg, bread.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel then a roasted malt and chocolate flavor, it finishes with a bitter hop profile that pleasantly lingered, the 6.7% ABV is perceptible.

PALATE: full body and creamy, medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good winter warmer, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style, I would definitely have this again, Deschutes is an excellent brewer, I have yet to be disappointed.

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Photo of Jubel_Joe
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This has been my favorite beer for many years. Sure there are some better tasting beers for a lot more money, but this one is the best Winter Warmer at this price point. I stock up each winter when it's available and drink it till it runs out in the summer.

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Photo of ARoman
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

transferred from previous notes 1/4/2014
12 oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter. A very potent sweet cherry aroma comes through first along with some other citrus notes in the background. As this aroma mellows out, some faint clove, cinnamon, and caramel notes arise - in turn, the sweet cherry smell becomes more of a cranberry apple juice aroma. It pours a deep, dark, and hazy mahogany color with a light tan, soap-like head that leaves some trace lacing along the glass. The initial taste is almost overwhelmingly sweet and tart (cherries come back to mind) with a noticeable, but light, bitterness. The initial tartness fades as the beer warms up and some toastiness, doughiness and spiciness come through - overcooked cinnamon apple muffins come to mind. It finishes with a lingering, but mild, bitterness that comes through as a very light burnt, woody flavor.

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Photo of pat61
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant chestnut under a 1” finely bubbled off-white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass providing thick lace.
S: Spicy, herbal, citrus, dark moist cake, dark sugars.
T: Starts sweet and malty, caramel, toffee, chocolate, with spice followed by a hint of banana with a spicy hop finish with a little drying.
M: Moderate soft carbonation, smooth and not sharp. Medium full body.
O: This is a go to winter ale.

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Photo of DDiFran
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not as syrupy sweet or hyper-spiced as most winter warmers. The malty Carmel taste is refreshing at first, with a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. This one has a mild skunk at the end, probably because it almost Easter and a bit late for a winter warmer. Of course the high today was in the mid- 20's and this is warming me up nicely.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have always loved winter warmers and this one is in my top 5... maybe top 3.

Pours a reddish mahogany body with a 3/4inch off white-tan head. Good lacing.

Smell is an even mix of spice, hops and malt

Tastes like it smells, with just a hint of sweetness . A great even balance of flavors.

A nice full feel

Very well balanced ! Normally I like my winter warmers to be a little sweeter. But with this one I don't mind. Just the right mix of flavors .(If it was sweeter it might ruin that mix). Perfect for the thanksgiving meal every year.

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Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste is molasses, caramelly, dark and sweet chocolate with slight barky hops. This makes for a nice bock like beer. A good winter warmer, although there are others in the style that I prefer.

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Photo of Mikus
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red in the light. Thin lacing of head. Great color. Hint of tobacco, light nose overall, backbone of solid malts. Warm spicy and nicely blended. A bit of bright hop bitterness on the end . Some alcohol. Some murk in essence overall, but good residual carryover of spice and hint of yeast. Overall nice. Love some Deschutes, maybe earlier in the season next time?

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2/28 - Bottle. Nice reddish brown pour with good body. Not a strong smell, but malt and spices were noticeable. Nice pour and a very good taste of herbs and orange. Felt good going down and had a decent kick. Overall very good beer and I'll be seeking this out down the road.

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Photo of cheers_chick
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally! I feel like I can really call myself a beer lover now. I've tried one of Deschutes original beers. 2014 was silky smooth, hints of chicory and cherry, rounded by a huge malt finish. A hint of citrus zest but all together a great winter warmer. Warmed me right up! Do you expect anything less from Deshutes though? They're the best. A very good beer!

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark hazy brown with a rocky off-white head that left plenty of lacing.

Smell: Yeast and malt, slight spices.

Taste: Very good. Strong malts and yeast, faint spiciness (like apple pie), into moderate bitterness, just a touch of alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness and carbonation.

Overall: All the parts fit together well. Full of flavor, not just spices. I wouldn't limit it to just Winter.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle. Pours a deep, murky mahogany color, one-finger tan head.

Malt, a little caramel, no hops bitterness. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. It all blends together well, though. Good winter beer.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 19, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – A half-inch of thick, khaki foam sits on top of a deep mahogany/copper liquid. Moderate head retention. Beer is somewhat thick in appearance, little light passes through, but seems to be pretty clear.

S – Chocolate and light vanilla with a touch of dried fruit, ruby red grapefruit, cherry pits. Malty-sweet toffee and thick caramel. Minor herbal hop aroma.

T – Sweet toffee and vanilla, with some hints of fruity spice, nutmeg. Darker cherry impression. Hops are herbal, medicinal, and spicy. Bitterness from hops is strong in the finish and aftertaste.

M – Carbonation is high, sudsy, and provides a bite. Sweetness is lower than suggested by the aroma and does not last, as bitterness takes over through the finish and aftertaste. Dry throughout.

O – Very interesting, comparable to Belgian quad in aroma and flavor but with lower alcohol and a more dry, carbonic bite. A lot to like here.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent, burnt caramel color with a large head of soapy, khaki foam. Mild aroma smells of toffee and cherries.

The taste is malt-forward, featuring caramel, nuts, grain husk, and toasted bread. Balancing hops are on the piney side, but not aggressive. Tart cherries alluded to by the nose sneak up on you in the finish, though they aren't prominent. A vague spiciness ties everything together without seeming contrived. The aftertaste manages to avoid being cloying despite the full flavor, while a sticky sweetness coats the lips between sips. The flavor profile is reminiscent of a brown ale, just with a bit more character. Medium body and carbonation facilitate a delightfully soft, creamy mouthfeel that is the highlight of this beer.

Overall, this is a light, flavorful brew that would be perfect for fall sessioning--a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy orangish red with a finger of nice tannish foam.

Smells sweet and malty, bready and some vanilla.

Coffee and caramel flavors with a little alcohol.

Medium light body with a dry lingering finish

Good winter offering but there are a lot of good ones out there.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear garnet amber with large offwhite head. Good carbonation. Initial nose has some gentle spices: clove, pepper, brown sugar. Underlying malt smells of some light chocolate. As it warms, the chocolate & caramel aromas really shine through and come to he forefront. Tastes of sweet caramel malts with some chocolate & cocoa. Upfront spiciness - not sure from hops or actual spices. Medium high bitterness. Feels medium full to full with no hot alcohols. Overall, a nice malty beer for the cold winter nights. Subtle spiciness lends some complexity but doesn't distract. Very solid winter ale overall. Great to pair with dark chocolates.

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Photo of Louski
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass. Nice color and healthy head. Malts on the nose with a light but crisp hop finish. The flavors hang out on your tongue for a bit after too. Very nicely done!

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Photo of Suds
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful mahogany color...thick light tan head...brilliant appearance. The smell is of malt, with a little spice. Bitter taste, with some warmth. Lots of dark malt flavors...warming. Full in body. Great winter beer.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red, almost to brown color. Thin off white head with a small amount of lacing. The nose is English toffee and light clove. The spices here complement rather than overwhelm the palate. Definitely a complex winter seasonal - enough boozy heat and spice to make this a winter warmer but with plenty of other layers that allow for more balance and other pieces to fall into place. The toffee notes add a sweetness and brevity across the dark maltiness.

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Photo of phlegming
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is good. I've had this in bottles and on nitro-tap. Really tasty either way. Malty with enough hop presence to add some complexity. Terrific winter brew.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark cherry stain color with a frothy cafe-colored head.

S - Raisins, orange spice, vanilla, and brown sugar.

T - Plum, candi sugar, maple, and vanilla hit the tongue initially. Then chocolate and Christmas cake malt. Finish is sweet and ever so slightly bitter with lingering citrus notes.

M - Slightly syrupy (which is pleasant for a Yuletide brew) with a medium carbonation.

O - A great Christmas time beer. Pleasantly warming without cloying spices or flavors. Would go great with Christmas ham.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/17/15; into a pint glass.
Appearance - a cloudy auburn with noticeable sediment against the light. A thin, beige head that leaves nice, sticky lacing!
Smell - sweet candy malts and spice.
Taste - sweet candy and herbal spices.
Feel - a nice blend of spice and sweetness with a great bitter finish!
Overall - a nice holiday brew that warms on a cold night and at a great price!

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,647 ratings.
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