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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

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Photo of younger35
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just arrived at my local brew store. I had last year’s version and it was fantastic. This, of course, is the 2007 brew. Drank from my Kells Irish Style Lager pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a mahogany amber that leans on brown. Pours about a half finger head that recedes fairly quickly leaving no cap and pretty nice collar. Leaves a little lacing at the start but it fades quickly.
Smell- Very nice toasty malts that does lend well to cooler temperatures. Smells of brown sugar and molasses. Light berry’s and raisins with a bit of spice make this quite a festive brew indeed.
Taste- Lots of toasted chocolate and caramel malts to start. Figs and prunes and dark cherries are definitely present. Slight tastes of red licorice and bubblegum. Light citrus bitterness from the hops but not quite enough to cover the sweetness or alcohol. The beer finishes semi bitter with a bit of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a bit of stickiness. Nice carbonation with slight warming.
Drinkability- This is a great holiday beer. Nice toasty malts and a bit of spice are awesome warmers. Grab a sixer of this, start the fire and pop on a football game. Awesome Sunday!

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Photo of henrysunset
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

biggish red with an enourmous tan poufy head is this 2007 Jubelale. clear filtered beer with modest visible carbonation.

fresh malty smell. Must be brand spanking new from the brewery. this year they advertise their "dark crystal malts" but give no indication of the hops used. not a dark malt scent, just a lot of it.

Tastes pretty good. Lighter Malts are right there, with a darker flavor that lingers. Flavors I'm more used to in a darker beer liek a porter.

Characteristic of the style, it is a bit sweet and sticky for my taste.

Totally drinkable, but not something I need to revisit this year.

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Photo of jakon
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best before date of 12-7-7 and an abv of 6.7% (2007 release)

Pours a dark caramel/garnet with a bountiful cream colored head that leaves tons of sticky lacing all around the glass. Aroma is distant, but nice. Roasted malts and various hops. Wow the taste is even better. A coffee-like bitterness appears along with that of the hops to counterweight the strong malt presence that reveals itself in the form of toffee, lightly sugared coffee, raisins and perhaps a hint of Gala apple. This is much better than what I remember of last year's version. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with the perfect amount of light carbonation. This will be a tough act for the rest of the winter warmers to follow.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found a sixer of the '06 Jubelale in a convenience mart in Honolulu and figured, what the heck, it's August on a tropical island, but why not see if this winter warmer that I've never tried is still good, and is suitable for these chilly nights up in the mountains? Yeah, it is.

Pours an attractive dark brown with garnet highlights. The head is initially an impressive two fingers of light tan foam, but it eventually degrades into a thin ring, leaving some lacing. The smell is mostly malts -- lots of caramel, brown sugar, some raisin -- with a scant hint of hops. Tastes fantastic -- I've never had a warmer quite like it -- it's almost like a dubbel with all of the dark fruit, but it's got a really nice earthy and spicy hops. It makes the cinnamon and nutmeg in all of the other warmers that I know of seem irrelevant. Kudos to Deschutes for playing around with the style and making such a great tasting beer!

I suppose it's an appropriate mouthfeel for the style, full bodied with very light carbonation, but I find it a bit syrupy, though the astringent finish saves it from being unpleasant. However, despite the extreme tastiness of this brew, I couldn't see myself having more than one or two of these in a session, though I suppose I'll have to try out this hypothesis next winter back at the fortieth parallel.... Again, thanks Deschutes!

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Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark tea color with some lacing. One finger of slightly off-white suds.
Smell is very light but malts and sugars like a caramel or brown sugar come through with a slight hoppiness and just a hint of alcohol. Mabey a hint of raisin.
Taste is at first malty sugar then the hoppy bitter and that last for a few seconds. The flavors all go away pretty quickly making you want more. This one would be a hard one to stop drinking in the middle of a glassfull. I am also getting mabey a plum flavor?
Mouthfeel is very dry which I like a lot.
Drinkability would be pretty high on my behalf because of the flavor quickly leaving making you want more. This is a guzzler.

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

This one is pretty close to the Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highlands. Maybe not quite as complex but very well balanced and good in its own right. Pours a nice shade of brown with a head that doesn't want to leave. Good lacing down the glass as well. The smell was sweet, malts and spices abound. Kind of like a sugary brown ale with some twang to it. It's crazy how well the hops balance this brew in taste. You get a sweetness from the malts that is followed by a stunted bitter taste, accompanied by spicy fruit flavors. I do think of the holidays when I drink this beer. Mouthfeel is spicy, sweet, and festive if you could say that about a beer. I enjoy the lingering flavors. Good drinkability for a Winter Ale. Pretty solid all around and highly recommended if you're interested in something different. Thanks Talisker!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage (3/6/07)

A - dark red and hazy, some light carbonation, thin nearly nonexistant light tan head

S - heavy on the roasted malts, some light spice, with characteristics of dark fruits, like raisins or figs, sweet and inviting

T - hoppier than i expected, which combined with the malt and dark fruitiness creates a well balanced flavor

M&D - smooth and well balanced, a great winter warmer, possibly one of the best i have had. the malts and hops are in tune and the fruitiness is mellow yet poignant, a very great brew, wish i lived closer to this one

2007 vintage (9/16/09)

A - dark crimson in color with a thick creamy dark yellow/tan head, held up to light reveals plenty of carbonation and sediment

S - deep roasted malts dominate, some sweetness, like a toffee/vanilla/caramel characteristic

T - almost two years cellared has seriously mellowed the hop profile, to almost non-existant, the mlats still make this a tasty beer, roasted nutty flaovrs with a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness and a finish thats slightly tannic

M&D - 2 years is too much, this beer begs for a bit of balance, seeing my old review fresh to 1 year cellared is ideal. smooth it was, but previous bottle was better

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A - Pours a deep ruby with a few fingers off white head.

S - Sweet caramel and spicy hops.

T - Caramel malt with hints of citrus and clove. Slight hints of spice but I can't exactly place it.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

D - Solid winter warmer but slightly boring.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Dark brown body with tinges of ruby red hues showing around the edges. Mild retention in the head, leaving some lace around the sides. Aroma of caramel malts standout above the hops. Taste is roasty and mildly malty, finishing with some hop bitterness. Medium-bodied and very drinkable. A solid winter warmer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The beer pours a deep chocolatey brown color. There are some darker red colors blended in. The head was average-sized and leaves a mere hint of lace.

S: The aroma is malty with a strong caramel sweetness and a very subtle hoppy kick.

T: The taste flips from the nose, exposing a bigger hop presence at the expense of malty depth. The hops are citrusy but a little hot, too strong for the good of the beer. The caramel malts don't come out in the taste, instead relying on the hops and some syrupy sweetness. A dry grain finish does emerge near the end, lending a chewy character.

M: The mouthfeel is conflicting, never really allowing a dominant malt or hop element to emerge.

D: One beer would be more than enough, the flavor is nice but there is too much going on and nothing really comes into focus.

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Photo of mentor
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aged in my cellar a year (bottle stamp reads 334 1248M). Pours a three finger light brown head over a clear and bubbly red-brown liquid. Head caves and laces well. Smells oranges and honey riding wave of sweetness. Sooured malt oxidation. mango, strawberry, light-meat of plum are the esters. Brown sugar gingerbread or graham cracker.

tastes sweet with oranges, then really drying. Almost puckering...not sour, but dry with mild sour. Wow. Nice experience. Woody hop character, toasted malts, cardboard oxidation (is a contributor, not a detractor). tannic rough aftertaste,t hen fades quickly. Smell was richer than the taste. Clean alcohol can be found with searching. Picking up some nice aged qualities in the malt. Md-thick, but smooth, mouthfeel. Dextrinous. Medium carbonation. I wish the finish weren't so dry.

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Photo of Talisker
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 edition.

An ideal high-test brown ale, if such a style existed (perhaps a strong ale). Malty with a nice sweetness. No obvious holiday spices.

Rich ruby brown color. Pours with a tall head - airy, not dense, dissipates quickly, but lace sticks around the edges. Smells sweet and malty, and the flavor matches exactly. Just a beautiful rich brown ale flavor - no discernible spices, all malt, tiny bit of hops for balancing. But slightly astringent, probably overdone on the aftertaste's bitterness. A result of the high alcohol (6.7%, which is otherwise masked)? Could sneak up on you if you were trying to session. That bitterness sticks around a little longer than it should, so the next drink isn't as inviting as it could be.

But still a suberb beer. Now on my list for future years.

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Photo of bradybeer
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 Edition

A=Dark Red Brown pours with a nice tan head
S=lovely hops aroma
T=A little warming with a little bitterness in the finish
M=Light to medium body
D=Pitchers? I could do this beer in pitcher quantity

I visited Deschutes a 12 years ago and love their beer! This beer has mellowed since I bought this a few months ago

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Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, obtained as an extra from ClickPush a while back, year not indicated on the bottle but i think we concluded it was a 2002 version

my first deschutes brew

appearance: pours into a chalice....clear garnet-amber body, thick foamy beige-cream head, adequate lacing. pretty strong appearance

smell: faded green hop presence has turned into a sweet caramel malt aroma, light festive spicing

taste: what was once a likely strong green hopped beer is now much mellowed...lingering citrus and pine still present but a malty caramel base is now more prevalent. Remarkably smooth and rather enjoyable in its elder years. I'll probably drink a 2005 bottle tommorow to compare

mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, light carbonation

drinkability: high

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Photo of granite
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Jubelale 06

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A--- Poured amber with red highlights and a large off-white head.

S---Coffee, dark chocolate and cherries.

T---Sherry, astringency with a walnut aftertaste.

M---Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D---The taste did not agree with me but the aroma was outstanding.

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Photo of ballenc
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 6-pack from my wife for Christmas via Liquids Solutions (OR).

When I lived in Portland, OR, Jubelale was one of the more anticipated winter beers. The 2006 version was not as good as other years.

Appearance - wonderful tawny reddish-brown with a tight tan head that soon diminishes with limited lacing

Smell - Nothing discernable - some roasty notes.

Taste - Some hints of pine but more malt and roast than anything else.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin for my taste - I prefer a heavier winter warmer.

Drinkability - Slightly above average for Deschutes but I've had better. This is one of Oregon's best breweries but this year's Jubelale doesn't seem to stack up to past years. Definitely drinkable but there are other winter warmers that match or exceed this one.

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


A- 1" fluffy off white head, good retent, goes down to a little ring. brew is dark copper w/ red hues, mostly clear, little bit of lacing

S- clean, sterile, fresh pine & citrus, toasted malts

T- dark bread, bran cookie like malt flavor, sweetness is low, some hop bitterness (pine) in finish & aftertaste, bran cookie in after as well

M- medium body, smooth, warm, good level of carbonation

D- i wouldn't recommend for sessions, becomes increasingly delicious as its drank, but its filling as well, awesome seasonal.

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Photo of nase
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

gracias, cwier. 12 oz. 2006 bottle

I don't know if it's me or if this just a watered-down cousin of the Arrogant Bastard. Certainly has a nice smell to it. Taste needs something. Really sweet and bitter, lacking some balance. Similar smell and notes on the finish to the AB. Just nowhere near the same beer but seems pretty good for a winter warmer.

Appearance - 3
Smell - 4
Taste - 3.5
Mouthfeel - 3.5
Drinkability - 3.5

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Photo of Butch
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled 5 January 2007

Deep reddish brown color, add a touch of auburn to the brown bottle and that’d be it. Head was tight, dense, and thick - almost as much as a nitro. There were some floaties in the head, and the beer, and I know the glass was clean. I don’t think it’s bottle conditioned, but it looks like yeast. Aroma was very alcohol, especially for a beer this strength.

Taste was good. Not very hoppy for a Winter Warmer, but not very malty either, so go figure. Still getting a lot of alcohol. Maybe that’s from letting it warm too much, but I prefer these winter warmers uncool.

All in all a good beer.

Hat tip to my good friend Derek who brought me 18 micros from Oregon when he came home for Christmas. I’ll review the rest as I get to them. I want to saver them.


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Photo of roblowther
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 2006 edition. Pours a dark, ruddy brown with a thick tan head that laces the pint glass nicely. It smells of dark cherries and hops, the contrasting smells balancing each other out nicely. Taste really doesn't have any of the yeast's fruit, which is a bit odd. Tastes more like a pale ale than a winter warmer. Assertive flavoring hops but not too much bittering. Nice but not what I was expecting. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy but then finishes a bit thin. Drinkability is pretty good. The hops are refreshing without being so bitter as to be limiting. All in all, a decent brew.

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

Many thanks to my Secret Santa 06 Fartingdog for sending this dam fine beer my way. The beer was served in an Imperial Pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a truly exceptional appearance. The beer has a clear blazing amber coloration. The body of the beer has tight carbonation. The head is a very fluffy creamy biege coloration. The head is 2 fingers high and has near perfect retention. Thick streams of lacing remain on the glass. This beer just shouts at me to drink it.

Smell: This beer has a fruity malty bready smell. Cherries, apricots, molasses fantastic citrus zing with floral hoppyness.

Taste: The beer has a very tasty lightly toasted caramel. The beer has a citrus and cherry fruity taste. This combines well with some mineral water flavors and a very pleasing hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is just shy of medium bodied. The carbonation isnt excessive. I think I would have liked a bit heaver body. This is a very nice beer. I could see easily sessioning this beer during the winter.

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Photo of orfeu
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottling. My second Deschutes beer this week, and my second ever! Many thanks to b0ldfacelies for including this in the BA Secret Santa '06 package he sent me. Man, does this brewery ever have some nice-looking bottles. I can't get over the raised/embossed hop vine detail on the glass. Anyway, my nonic fills up almost to the top with a glowing auburn red beer and a thick and frothy manilla head that has an ever-so-slight peach sheen to it. Did I say peach? That happens to also be the first scent I pick up in the bouquet, along with the zesty character of some slightly citric hops, an understated mineral water aroma, and a tiny bit of crystal malt sugariness. Clumpy, webby lacing is left as I sip what is at first a sweet and fruity mouthful. This juicy sweetness is soon muted by some ruggedly bitter hops, all piney and acrid, with a metallic grapefruit rind character dominating the finish. Juicy mouthfeel, full-bodied and dextrinous with a bit of stickiness. A hearty hop-filled winter ale that won't trip your trigger if your looking for a spiced beer, but certainly good for those who love hoppy bitterness balanced by a non-intrusive but capable malt sweetness.

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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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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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