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Jubelale | Deschutes Brewery

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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: 2,648
Photo of hoppymeal
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber to cola brown with a small cream head that fades to a small covering of bubbles. Aroma is a sweet cola-y maltiness with a little light fruitiness, raspberry mainly. Taste is a nice roastiness up front followed by the cola and fruit sweet maltiness. Finishes with a nice steady dry and light bitterness. Easy winter drinker, well balanced beer.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2006 vintage with the updated label. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard french pint.

Very dark, slightly murky red. Fast and fine crema-coloured head, but with resilient carbonation. Thick, even lace from lip to floor.

Smells of cherries, sour candi sugar, caramel, young northwest hops, a touch of brine. Much more of a stout smell than is typical for the style.

Taste is cola, alpha acids, and orange, over-roasted malts and a finish almost like peat smoke. All of the tastes are incredibly fleeting. Little to no aftertaste, not that it would have been minded!

Feels quite smooth on the tongue and only mildly sticky afterwards, despite the sweetness. Alcohol rides noticably on the bitter hops, but is otherwise well masked. A predisposition towards very long-boiled hops is necessary for drinkability on this one.

I normally love winter warmers, but I feel as if this particular brew puts the emphasis on in the wrong parts of the style. There isn't enough body to hold up the bitters, despite a beautiful nose.

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Photo of TheLiterati
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 - 12 oz. bottle

Deep amber-brown color with a finger high, quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of sweet, smoky malt, caramel, some winter spice, mild citrus, and a little bit of browned butter.

Taste is much the same – malt and spice, a bit of caramel, with a hoppy bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice amount of carbonation.

All in all a nice seasonal offering from Deschutes.

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Photo of
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Hazy, deep amber color. Small, light tan head.

Aromas of fruits, mainly cherries. Honey and caramel. Clove.

Taste is sweet, again fruit and cherries. Malt seems to come through as caramel and wheat bread. Bit of medicinal/alcohol flavor in center. Hops at finish - floral and grassy.

Medium in body. Carbonation is low to medium. Quite refreshing.

Very good winter warmer. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Version
4.5 across the board

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a huge head that leaves lots of lace

Smell: Caramel, brown bread and cherries

Taste: Starts with a fruity caramel flavor with a touch of bubblegum; after the swallow, some bitterness peeks in but is sublimated to the fruity and woody flavors on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fine winter warmer; I look forward to this every year

Thanks, boolshot

2007 version

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a rocky ecru head; pretty good lacing, too

Smell: Caramel, hazelnuts, brown bread and horehound

Taste: Opens with a bready caramel flavor that develops in a very hoppy, but slightly gingery direction by mid-palate; after the swallow the fruity and hoppy flavors build, with subtle hints of red licorice, pine and ginger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not as good as the 2006, to my palate, but a nice Winter Warmer nevertheless

Thanks, younger35, for the chance to taste this one again

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dusky, dark bronze with reddish highlights are a jeweled firmament to a blossoming, creamy, off-white, 3-finger head. Head developes pits, then crumples and recedes to a gossamer ring supported by a constant stream of fine bubbles from the glass’s etching.

Notes of green, leafy hops are sharp at first, but tempered by a light molasses and toffee sweetness. Noticeable mineral-bite when cold but softens nicely and disappears as it warms. An earthy, almost peat-like fragrance is in the back.

Taste starts with malts that are of toffee and oven-roasted Pecans and Walnuts. A touch of smoky, roasted grain and faint hints of maraschino cherries and dried fruit. Somewhat to my surprise, slices of Honeycrisp apple paired very well and brought out an apple-skin bitternes, which was quite enjoyable. Bracing, fresh hops give a tingly, mineral-citric edge which combined with the robust malts bring together a sturdy, rich Christmas-y flavour.

Medium, body supported by smooth, active conditioning compliment the strong flavor and while alcohol is well hidden, two of these is all I can muster – appropriate for an evening sipper on a cold night. Another solid standard from a great brewery and one I look forward to every year. Pecan Pie, Bread Pudding or dare I say, a Fruitcake would do quite well with this brew.

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Photo of cjhofelt
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Jubelale pours a hazy reddish-brown with a rocky tan head about an inch thick. The head fades, doesn't seem to want to go completly. Lots of lace glued to the glass.

The smell is malty and citrisy.

This is a delicious beer. It has a very malty flavor with some hop bitterness in the end. Some spicy notes, too, but not overpowering.

Very satisfying mouthfeel. This ale has a healthy amount of body without being chewy. A tiny bit of syrupy stickyness, though, but otherwise, great.

A very drinkable winter warmer.

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Photo of EPseja
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Looks clear coming out of the bottle, but very hazy in the glass... looking forward to some really nice body! Color is a ruby-brown; deep and vibrant. Pillowy head rises up an inch and seems to sit there... waiting. Lacing comes in thick, sheeted rings that seem to paint themselves on the inside of the glass. Head never diminishes below a nice, even beer-obscuring mat.

S - Wow. Interesting hints of many different styles. Some light bananas foster, fruity cherry notes, lightly toasted malts, Sweet, flowery hoppiness. Do I detect some maple notes? Yeasty Belgian notes? Mmmm...

T - Bright cherry (banana?) sweetness up front, countered by the warm toastiness of some dark caramel maltiness and a dusting of chilly hops. Not too bitter, not too sweet. Excellent balance. Finish is slightly tart with a crisp, moderate dryness. Alcohol is non-apparent. Fruit notes are not cloying at all.

M - Good body entereing the mouth, turning velvety frothy after just a moment. Carbonation is lively, but not too fizzy. Swallow is throat coating and pleasant.

D - This is definitely an ale that sparks thoughts of the Holidays, with a quality and balance that is a joy to the world, indeed! High ratings across the board speak for themselves when it comes to drinkability. Delicious.

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Photo of cerveza5150
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/ruby with small head retention. Small bubbles of carbonation present with chunky bits of yeast.

S: Smells sweet, almost fruity, with spicy hops left on the nose. Reminds me of figs, plums, and cherries. Intriguing!!

T: Good, sweet malt is off-set by the hops and alcohol. I noticed another review disappointed by the lack of harmony among the flavors. I couldn't disagree more, respectfully. Each flavor is bold and pronounced yet the overall experience comes together beautifully. Personally, I think this is one of the better 'winter warmer' ale's I've had this 2006 season; better than Anchor Steam's Merry XMas/Happy New Year Ale!!

M: Great mouthfeel - the bold flavors are washed cleanly down by the bottle conditioning and the alcohol. The only thing left on the palette is the bitterness from the hops.

D: Great ale for the holiday season. I'm still partial this year to Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale, but this is very merry indeed!!!

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Photo of Vancer
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, I see my tastes on this one don’t match the general consencous.

Pour was fine – a clear deep mahogany brown, tan head died way too quickly. Aroma was good too – a malty Jim Beam bourbon.

But the taste – a sour malt, dry and woody. Not near enough malts for balance. Spices were noticeably missing.

Body was appropriate and I could sip on these, but I’m not gonna be looking for this in the future. Que sera, sera.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid was a deep dark copper, with good carbonation. The head was 1 fingers off white and left great lace.

The smell was very good big sweet malt mixed with very nice hopy tones that balance out and are exceptional. Like a big malt APA.

The taste followed a great malty back bone very well balanced with a very nice hopes. Like a caramel fruit cake with a hope icing.

The mouthfeel is good, better then medium body, nice carbonation.

The drinkability is very good, a big thanks to Flexabull for a great beer from a good trade. Prosit Mk

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Photo of OStrungT
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky brown color with a mohogany tint. It has a thick, fluffy tan head, that fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a bready aroma. It also smells slightly spicy. It has a slight yeasty aroma. It has a sweet toffee malty aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. I think it tastes a little too bready. It has a nice spicy flavor. It tastes sweet. Toffee and caramel flavors are present. Maybe a slight brown sugar or molasses also.

This beer is refreshing, and crisp. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy and bready aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It is not too aggressive, and it is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: This beer is good, but I have had better. I doubt I will buy it again.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a reddish brown, with a off white/tan head. It has is clear, no hazing. Head was a moderate size, medium length, and lacing left on the glass.

Aroma of spiciness, peppery, malty sweetness, fruity, and some earthy/grassy.

Flavors of peppery, banana, spice, some fruit tinge, earthy, a slight hint of chocolate is apparent.

Mouth feel is smooth, with a nice carbonation, medium body.

Overall a delicious beer to sit back and warm up with. It has a complexity, that is not overwhelming, and well balanced.

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Photo of isaac
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A - Deep, reddish brown, with beige head. Thick bubbles and slow, marshmellow lacing.

S - Sweet, hoppy, with a hint of banana and some earthiness.

T - Nice taste with many subtle complexitites. Begins with a strong alcohol flavor, masked in bitter-sweet chocolate from the malt, which becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Fruitiness from the hops as well as well as a sharp, spicey bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied - would be heavier if not for the strong carbonation burning the tip of my tongue. Initially clean and crisp, it leaves the mouth feeling somewhat wet.

D - I was surprised by this one. Gimme more.

Now, maybe this will help me write my philosophy paper...

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark red/burgundy pour. Some reddish tints around the edges when held up to light. Good 2 finger head, clumps a bit in the middle.
Smell of chocolate and berries (cherry?) and tobacco. Hints of hops are present to provide some pinch in the nose.
Tastes of coffee/chocolate, some cranberry and nut. Is a bit thick at first, then thins out when hops are introduced and dries the sweetness nicely.
The thick to thin feeling is accompanied by an overall velvety finish. I would like a crisper finish, but this is nice.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish mahogany body with a very attractive creamy, roasted marshmallow colored head. Intrigued, I am.

S: Red fruits, peat moss, caramel, powdered cocoa and some bubble gum.

T: Begins with aggressively hopped ruby red fruits. Lots of chocolaty malt creates a substantial malt backbone as the foundation. Then a healthy dose of roasted coffee handsomely balances the trifecta of flavors. Very sweet yet burly and roasted. Finishes with some earthy hops and raspberryish lows.

M: Medium body and a bit thin across the tongue unfortunately. Could use some creaminess.

D: I'm not a huge Deschutes fan so this beer came out of left field. I wasn't expecting much but was more than pleasantly surprised by how well this beer was put together and played out. Best American winter beer of the season IMO.

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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 TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The color was dark orange and clear, with a thin foamy head. It smelled malty with not much hops in the aroma, no spices were used either which seems rare in USA winter warmers. The taste was actually unremarkable for me, I expected more based on previous reviews. Maybe it's important to let the beer cool to some temperature before the flavors improve, if that's the case I didn't reach the critical temp. So-so beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass it forms a thick brown head that leaves sticky lace all the way down. Brown bodied brew w/ amber outter edge. Good looking brew.

Plenty of roasty and toasty notes from beginning to end. The malt bill is sturdy and full of flavor. Chocolate pudding, Candied Caramel, Charred wood, and a spiced backend, combine for a smooth and spirited brew. Alcohol is evident towards the finish and is swept away in a toasted power struggle. Mouthfeel is rich but not overbearing. Actually, I think a full body would be a better way to describe it. Overripe plumbs are in the backdrop along with a mild leafy hop presence. A slight bit of acidity are evident as I dissect this into a beer geek manner.

Notes: This is a nice change of pace beer. It shows alot of winter warmer characteristics but remains drinkable due to the restraint on the spices. Don't get me wrong its kicked up but it remains a grounded yet delightfull offering. Winner and reccomended.

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Photo of umfskibum
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish-brown color. Creamy, medium-sized head that left quickly, but nice lacing throughout.

S: Sweet alcohol scent. Really, really strong malt smell as well.

T: Bitter, caramel, roasted malt. You can really taste the holiday spices that Deschutes brags about on the bottle. A nice kick of hops and alcohol, but well balanced.

M: Full body and full carbonation. Borders on being too thick, but luckily is balanced enough to hold together.

D: Couldn't pick a better beer than this for a chilly night. I think that some winter ales try too hard and end up being heavy and chewy, but this one is brewed just right. I could easily down a couple on a winter eve.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Jubelale, $1.35 for a 12 ounce bottle at Marcellar's Vintage Wines in Idaho Falls, ID.

Pours a deep reddish brown, good head, slightly rocky. (I had to use a red wine glass, with a big open mouth, as it was what I had [beer clean] and handy.) Head fades over time to somewhat limited.

Aroma is cold, sweet, notes of brown sugar and honey. Agitation (due to the non-standard tasting glass) mostly accentuates these things.

Taste is sweet and spicy, with hints of beets and prunes, and notable alcohol. Lingers in mouth more than taste. Seems like an american strong ale with slightly spicy hints, and high carbonation.

Mouthfeel is sprightly carbonation, and distinct alcohol warmth, more than the 6.7% would suggest.

Long finish of brown sugar and sweet warmth, with a tingly presence stciking around. Lacy residue on the sides of the wine glass.

Overall, a very tasty beer, and a nice winter warmer. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Jubelale of 2006 - part of a sixer of 12 oz. bottles offered up at the office's Halloween Party this afternoon. A 'winter warmer' on the last day of October? Why not - it's 40 degrees out...

A: Deep reddish-brown with a moderately sized frothy ivory head. Diminishes to a ring and a thin sheen across the surface.

S: Notable crisp seasonal spices and crisp sweet fruit. Lots of toasted malt.

T: Citrusy hops are paired with sweeter malts. A little holiday spice tossed in, too. Perhaps a little tangier and more bitter than I recall from last year. Flavors are good and well-balanced.

M: Warm and mellow. Medium mouthfeel and body - finish is cmostly clean and dry with a degree of lingering toasted malt/hop bitterness.

D: A nice warm-up for the winter season. Enjoyable and reasonable ABV for more than one. A good local choice for me...

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Photo of johnbonham1980
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively into a pint glass, lots of creamy off white head which lasts for a good while. Good lacing.

Aroma is roasty and sweet, not much to say here.

Flavor is pretty complex and I'm surprised it's not spiced. Equal parts molasses, port wine, pine, and roasty...

Has a strange caramelized candy sugar flavor that I don't especially enjoy. Could be a bit drier.

Nice full mouthfeel with a pleasant aftertaste.

Would probably go really well with a whole range of seasonal foods... gingerbread and baked ham come to mind.

Good beer but I prefer Anderson Valley and Bridgeport's offering for a regular purchase in the Winter Warmer category.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber with a with full finger head that melts to a top covering lacing.
Aromas are rich with toasted amber malts and dark fruit and cocoa. As it warms, brown sugar starts to make itself very prominent.
Taste is amazing. sweet toasted malt, raisins, dark fruits, cocoa, bitter hops...everything balanced and evolving from sweet to bitter and drying. Exactly the way a beer should. Cocoa does take on a powdered taste at the end however that becomes more noticable as it warms.
Mouthfeel is creamy and rich with a tingly hops and carbonation that leaves the mouth clean and dry.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Version. Deep, ruby color. Head is thick and tan, with good retention leaving a pristine lace. The aroma is a bit weak, with notes of raisin and other dark fruit plus mild alcohol. The flavor is dry with a lightly sweet and toasty maltiness. Hints of caramel, maple, and moderate hops present. The finishing bitterness is mild yet exquisite. Full bodied, but not chewy. The carbonation is solid, smooth, and lightly foamy. I really enjoyed this year's Jubelale, and would definitely recommend it...

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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