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 ChicagoPartisan
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Did a make-your-own six pack today with holiday seasonals that I have never tried.

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint.

A: Decent amount of smoke off the bat. Pours a transparent amber. One-finger head is bubbly and off-white.

S: Malts in the front on the smell. Fades to caramel and dark fruits.

T: Getting prominent dark chocolate initially. Some coffee notes as well. Hops are quiet but not missed. Malts not as present as the taste suggests. Alcohol bite is there as well. A "winter warmer" through and through.

M: Moderately dry. Medium body. Light carbonation.

O: I am a big fan of this one. Though it seems many brewers are replacing warmers for paler winter styles, I am still a big fan of the darker winter warmer. As Chicago bears down for a foot of snow tonight, I am happy that I picked this one up.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date, artsy themed label.

Appearance: Deep brownish garnet color with a good clarity, light tan lace adorns the top ... a product of densely frothed head.

Smell: Sweet and earthy with a big hand of caramel, candied fruit and mineral. Hops are soft in the aroma with a leafy character.

Taste: Nice flush full body, smooth and crisp in the mouth. Malt character is very broad with a bitter-sweet start and a chocolaty finish with hints of lightly roasted coffee. Esters are quite abundant but are quelled with the sweetness of the brew, alcohol warms quite well. Fruity of the dark ripened variety, fig or prune in the mix? Hop bitterness cuts through the malt and leaves a trail of flavor that gets lost before the after taste. A triple fold of alcohol spiciness, heavy leftover hops and the mild chocolaty finish rush for the finish line. Pleasant and complex after taste.

Notes: One of the top true (unspiced) winter warmers in the US, a must year after year. A bottle full of holiday cheer or just something to warm your soul.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12 Fl. Oz. Bottle
“Best By” date of 03/02/2015 printed on the label
Reviewed on October 30th, 2014
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Poured a mahogany body with a creamy light tan head. A feeble amount of soapy lacing followed the body to the bottom of the glass.

Very sweet nose consisting of dark fruit, caramel, toasted grains, and faint notes of earthy hops.

An abundance of warm, sweet, toasted malts up front. Tremendous caramel / molasses notes. Hints of burnt toast broke through when the hops gained steam. Subtle notes of herbal malts did not detract the prominence of the malts. Medium-full body (definitely leaned towards the full side of the spectrum). Low-moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy body. Semi-dry finish.

Many of my favourite brews are released in the Fall/Winter… you can bet Jubelale is one of them. Between the warm, full flavour and the festive artwork on the label, it is the perfect ale to welcome in the cold weather.

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Photo of DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass best by date of 4/24/12. This pours a nice brown color with a tan head which has a nice retention and leaves a little lacing. This smells of toffee, roasted malts, caramel and roasted malts. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is excellent, way way better than the winter warmer I had last week, this is one of my favorite Deschutes beers, it has the toffee and caramel with a nice roasted malt and bitter hop finish, great beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown to garnet red translucent body with a sisal foamy head. Smell is caramels and chocolates with a faint fig. Very inviting. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, caramel, malty bread, dried dark fruit, dates, plums, fig newtons, just a cusp of sweetness washes across the tongue on a medium body that holds together solidly crafted with a clean lightly bitter, lightly chocolate finish. I can't stop drinking this! Really good. No question this is a world class winter warmer.

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Photo of Jordan
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sharp pungent hops and spice and raw toffee nose. These same elements make a flawless transition to the tongue. Complex and mature. All the distinguished flavors gently fold over one another on the tongue, beginning with a mouthful of rich malts these will soon give the robust hop character permission to surface. A phenomenal brew.

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Photo of JosiahS
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

glass: Sam Adams glass

Dark copper/brown color, slightly hazy large bubbles coming to the surface. 2-finger tan head.

Chocolate, dates, coffee, pepper, pine on the nose. Fairly chocolatey in the taste, nice rich cocoa. Citric hops keeps things balanced. Rich, toasted malts throughout. Finishes the way it starts, a big chocolate/coffee flavor and a touch of hop bitterness. body is -medium-full with medium carbonation.


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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the 2005 edition of Jubelale on-tap at Northern Lights Theatre Pub in Salem. It was poured into a standard pint glass, and allowed to sit for a few minutes to warm some - they tend to serve their beers a touch too cold for my liking pretty often. Also of note, this is my first real winter seasonal of the year, which is very exciting for a number of reasons.

The first thing I noticed was that the beer was served with a beautiful finger of head that just peaked up over the glass and retained throughout the course of the entire drinking. Lacing was left down the side of the glass as I drank the beer. The beer itself was a very deep red color with very little carbonation. The aroma was predominately of sweet maltiness but it did include some hint of spices. The flavor was unexpected, and I wish I could give it a 4.75. It begins malty and as the beer finishes over the pallet with a bitterness and alcohol finish. Complex and full bodied, the beer retains a really high drinkability. A very good winter brew, and the first beer I'm fighting myself not to give a 5.0 in the taste or drinkability areas of the review. A real pleasure.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Ah good old Jubelale. Way way back before I found this website and learned about craft beer I liked the label art of this NW winter classic. The artistic packaging caught my eye but the FLAVOR made me a lifelong fan. Fast forward 10+ years later and conversations with coworkers brought me back to my old reviews ... I can't believe I never reviewed Jubelale!

It's damn near perfect. Looks great and smells delicious. This is the definitive winter warmer, strong and tasty, a little dark and spicy but not overwhelming. Under 7% so it's not a 1-bottle KO but not sessionable either. This is the right beer for the dark cold season. I think Deschutes is my favorite brewery. Everything they make is good to great. Support our troops.

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Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Smooth bitterness. Taste is full, but not heavy. It would go well with a fire on a snowy evening. Has a great aroma, a lot of character. It doesn't have any staying power, no taste sitting in your mouth, but the immediate reaction is cozy. It isn't going for too much, not over the top, very comforting.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a ruby red, with a one inch off white sticky head, that leaves a wall of lace. Smell is all just hints of nutmeg, ginger bread, caramel, orange peel, pine tree, and cinnamon. Taste is as festive as the nose, balanced perfectly yum! Body is medium large for its abv, nice amount life, not really dry, and easy drinking. This is an excellent winter warmer, not over barring like some spiced up beers.

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Photo of admiral
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! One of the most balanced beers I have ever had.

aroma: Chocolate and big malt with slight wine, hops and brown sugar.

taste: Beautifully balanced. Chocolate, roasted malt, pine, orange, grapefruit - nothing too strong or standing out but all blending in to make a brilliant and tasty beer. Also, a nice and smooth mouthfeel.

Very impressive.

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Photo of plfahey
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep red-brown color with ruby highlights. Clear. Healthy head of tan foam. Gorgeous.

Aroma-Brown sugar, dark fruits (plum, prune) and a hint of roast make for a quite sweet malt note in the aroma. Light aroma of soft, floral and citrus hops as well. Definitely what I'd call an enticing aroma.

Flavor-Some grainy malt sweetness, along with some roast. Some citrus and pine hop flavors here, tend to dominate the malt in the middle of the palate. Moderate hop bitterness. Light fruitiness. Finishes with some grain and earthy hops, and bittersweet chocolate. Yum.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth, though a bit drying from the hop bitterness. Just a touch of alcoholic warmth.

This is a very yummy example of the category. I'd recommend it highly.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with thick reddish brown head that sits at around two fingers. Nose is super malty with caramel, cinnamon, clove, raisins, nutmeg, figs, some toffee, a bit of pine, some kind of doughy scents in there as well, molasses and brown sugar. The taste is similar with the spices more up front. Clove, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, caramel, pine, toffee, dates and just a tinge of hop bitterness. It has a medium body with good carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. This is a pretty excellent winter warmer. I used to hate this style, but with my love of malts having developed over the past 2 years this tastes like its gonna be a fun holiday season for brews once the stout season ends (which is ALWAYS my favorite beer season).

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Photo of bum732
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy reddish brown, nice creamy head with decent retention. Smells of slight cinnamon spice, caramel malts, some tropical fruits, tangerine and pineapple, background apple and maybe a little pear. Tastes of sweet caramel malt that is countered nicely with a bitter earthy backbone. Hints of chocolate and some spices such as cinnamon. Bitterness is fairly neutral but enough to cut through the malt sweetness. Finishes with some chocolate , touch of roastiness and some caramel sweetness. Solid medium mouthfeel and very smooth.

A fantastic winter warmer, so many layers and complexities. A nice malty backbone that is countered by a great combo of hops. The website says this is 60 IBUs, but you couldn't tell by tasting it, very nicely balanced and incredibly smooth. One of my favorite winter warmers and very unique, highly recommend.

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Photo of Strix
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep reddish-brown, frothy head.

Bready caramelly notes in the smell, along with a fresh citrus hop note.

Caramel, malt, bread, grapefruit, orange rind, pear, and very subtle spice notes in the finish. Thirst-quenching, in a way.

Smooth rich mouthfeel.

I've got a soft spot for Dechutes. I thought this was great. One of those beers with a big load of malt to lend some backbone to the hops, ala Three Floyds. I could drink the whole 6 of this right now. If they only distributed farther east.

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Photo of goschool
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The new label fits this beer perfectly. It pours a clear ruby with a two finger head. The head retention is better then average. The nose has pine, cider and toffee. The taste is equally sweet and bitter with a bit of spice and there's a lot of chocolate in here. It starts off with sweet caramel, roasty malts and chocolate and finishes with piney bitterness. This is a beer that I could just about drink day in and day out without getting bored.

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Photo of HouseBrew
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Dark ruby red, thick tan head, good carbonation
A - Toffee, dark fruits, nutmeg, brandy
T - Sweet, molasses and malty up front. Fig, raisin, and prune flavors in the middle with slight bitter finish.
M - Medium heavy body with heavy dose of carbonation. Fairly smooth.
O - Great slightly sweet, roasty beer with fruit and spice flavor. A top-notch winter ale!

I also found this on Nitro at the Loyal Legion in Portland and it was phenomenal!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a clear dark brown amber, tan head left sticky lacing up the glass
S - light fruity syrup and caramel, sweet pear and light leafy hop note
T - strong malt backbone with roasty, caramel, and light coffee flavours, a definite fruity sweetness of pear and apple, with crisp hop finish
M - medium body starts creamy smooth quickly moving to a pleasant crisp bitter and light dryness
D - truly exceptional, instead of the typical spice bomb that masks may winters, this is characterized by the candied fruit and rich malty flavour with a fantastic hop balance, truly exceptional

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Photo of wcudwight
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rustic looking with a 1/2" khaki colored head with moderate retention. Lot's of sticky soapy lace outlast the beer.
Smells like chocolate covered cherries with just a hint of pine.
Delicious beer that is subtlely complex. Dark fruits, dates, cherries, plums. Nice malty sweetness, akin to a dopplebock. Earthy tasting. Big hoppy/alcohol finish. This beer finishes very dry with a nice hop/alcohol kick in the end. I love the way this beer finishes. It like lures you in with all of these sweet introcitcies and then bam, smacks you in the face. It's not a punch, more of a bitch slap.
I like how Deschutes does all this with out the intense spiciness from other Winter Warmers. Here the alcohol and hops add the spiciness imo.
Wonderfully dry mouthfeel. Rich and crisp, yet still smooth.
If it were available it's one I'd look for every Winter.

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Photo of FlyingBull
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this beer at the local Albertson's while looking for smomething different to try. Overall, I was very impressed and pleased with this beer. I enjoyed it very much.

A: A nice clear medium brown color with some redish hue. Poured ~1" light tan head that lasted halfway into the glass.

S: Slightly sweet with some malt and brown sugar like flavors. More pronounced with the dark malts, and a touch of chocolate. Very appealing aroma - I could really pick up the spice and hops.

T: Light malty sweetness and spices come through with a hint of nutmeg-like flavor and caramel notes. Finishes dry and spicy.

M: Medium body, but on the lighter side. Lightly carbonated and easy to drink.

O: As I wrote in the begining, this beer was very good. Nice, slightly sweet but balanced "winter warmer" kind of beer that was very drinkable.

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Photo of markman
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Jubelale, 2005:

Appearance: A smoky pop of the cork and I am reminded of my early days of beer enthusiasm in Corvallis OR, sipping Jubelale in the fuckin’ rain…shear bliss. Beautiful deep copper-tea colored with a alabaster head that dissipates quickly to a gossamer film. NW hops abound, but don’t dominate like one might expect from a pac-northwest brew…oh no my droogies. Make no mistake, the hops are there in force, but there is a subtle spicy-malty sweetness that takes this beer beyond the “winter warmer” and into damn fine drinkin’. This is Arrogant Bastard territory and she’s holding her own…well. Spicier though, with a long bitter citrussy finish.


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Photo of StetsonWeizen88
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-poured into a snifter. Jubelale poured a very attractive mahoganey, deep purple color. Somewhat of a deep amber. Very pretty beer in my opinion.

Smell-the aroma is also very attractive. The aroma has a nice dark fruit, burnt sugar, raisiny smell. I get a little alcohol but it's covered up nicely by all the complex aromas. I also get dark malts. Great smelling brew.

Taste-the taste is alot like the smell. I get dark fruit, dark malt, burnt sugar and a kind of tart raisin flavor. A very warming beer that is easy to enjoy by a warm fire. Good, unique flavor.

Mouthfeel-mouthfeel seemed nice. Carbonation was moderate and the beer has a surprising creamy mouthfeel.

Overall-overall I thoroughly enjoyed this winter warmer. Had it by a warm fire and once again Dechutes didn't dissapoint. Good brewery, good beer.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the 2010..
a ruby amulet, clear and inviting, with a beautiful head that creams the tulip. the aroma is lush and inviting: a bit of chocolate, some raisins, dash of caramel, notable and pleasant pine and citrus. very well-balanced, hop-forward winter. the bitterness slams you into the snow, while the caramel sweetness and pine and citrus hops rub it in your face. very chewy for its medium thickness. i shall be enjoying these all day.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, the 2008 Jubelale.
Appearance has a dark brown amber with a fair head and nice lace. Smell is bready, caramel with dark malts and a touch of smoke. Taste is rich in malts with a good balance of hops. Mouthfeel has a medium+ that slides down with just the right amount of carbonation. Just as remembered from previous yrs. as a deep rich festive ale.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,738 ratings.
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