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 barefootbrewer
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a clear brown with a cream colored, retentive head. Nice lacing.

S: Caramel is predominant. Very sweet smelling.

T: Bitter initial taste. There is some floral and spice notes. It has a slightly sweet background and a bitter/clean finish.

M: The mouthfeel is medium and somewhat dry.

D: While this is an interesting beer, I wouldn't consider it an easy drinker.

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Photo of bens0n
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark copper, ambery, color with a nice amount of creamy tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

On the nose I pick up sweet caramel and toffee with a tiny bit of boozyness.

Flavor wise there is a nice nutty backbone with a hint of caramel that lingers on your tongue. Not too much hop action going on, just a tiny bit near the end.

It has a really wet finish that stays with you, nice amount of carbonation and thickness, very smooth.

This beer was nice but nothing special.

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Photo of Luchman
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A; Pours a dark amber/red color with a fluffy light tan/off white head that dissipates to the sides quickly. Little to no lacing down the sides.

S: dark malts, coffee,slight spice, and light fruity esters on the nose.

T: Not as tasty as the nose entails. The spice and fruits take a backseat to the malts and coffee, as well as an earthy/woody flavor, leaving the fruits and spices for the end. Ends surprisingly a little bitter from hops.

M: medium body with medium carbonation. Ends dry and bitter.

O: A nice winter beer that I pick up every year. Nothing is out of control or out of the box here, flavors are mild but still pleasant.

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured with a 1 inch head, however there was sufficient carbonation for a bigger head if desired. Head was an attractive tan color. Head dissapated quickly, leaving a nice lace. Bold, spicy aroma that is very pleasing. Flavor matches aroma well, with a lingering roasty, spicy bite on the back of the tongue. Slightly thinner body than the style should have. Very drinkable. If you like a slightly stronger beer for a session this would work well. Another strong entry from a strong brewery.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 Release. Pours a very dark ruby-amber color with a small off-white head. Scent is very sweet with some caramel and dark fruit aromas. I get very little hops but a nice amount of malt in the nose as well. Taste is surprisingly hoppier than expected. After the bitterness, I get sweet candied sugar flavors with sweet malts. There is a slight caramel and nutty flavor as well. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, great for a winter brew (even though it's still hot here in Fresno). Drinkability is fairly high.

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Photo of Shaw
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Deschutes restaurant in Bend.

A deep ruby in color without much head. It has a sweet, complex smell. The taste is also complex, but a little light. There are fruity sweet notes. This beer is much more English in flavor that American. It has a good body that's nice and smooth.

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Photo of kitch
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a best before date of 3rd April 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A very nice clear dark amber colour with big almost three finger tanned head with great retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malts, toffee and dark berries.

Taste: Milk chocolate, cocoa, roasty coffee, toasted bread, raisin and prune sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was ok, but I didn’t really get the warming spices that were supposedly there.

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

Poured from the bottle into my over-sized HF wine glass.

Appeared a crisp looking dark brown color with a 2 finger slightly tan head. Head retention was great. Overall a a nice looking ale.

Smell was relatively generic to the style. Some malted notes with a very light honey/sugar smell.

Taste was solid. Nothing crazy going on in this one. A bit on the "lighter" side than most winter warmers I have tried. Regardless, you can tell this is a well crafted beer as there are no signs of issues.

Mouth-feel was spot on for the style. Smooth and creamy, a bit thicker than most ipas/ales.

This was a solid beer. However, I am not sure that I would seek this out if I was looking for a winter warmer...almost reminded me more of an Oktoberfest type beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2014 edition... Picked up a 6-pack tonight at the 16th St Albertsons.. but anymore this is a shelf staple in Boise this time of year... Times have changed. Poured into my Elysian Pumpkinfest goblet... 1 finger tan head... the brew is mostly clear deeeep amber/walnut.

The nose is nutty/dry toast and still bitter with a bit of EtOH and slight dark fruits..

Flavor begins with something that I associate with toffee, but it is still dry and fermented out.. good hop bitterness with some hoppy pithy bite too.. plenty of dark toast and some light cocoa maltiness to really balance and make for a really long finish. Not really any malt sweetness to speak of.

Medium/light body... light/medium bubble. Every year a winner.

2007 edition acquired at Albertons for about $1.30. Enjoyed from a standard shaker pint. Listening to Steve Lawler (Lights Out V.1 D.2).

Good pour ... perfectly clear light walnut and a long lasting lite tan head with fastastic long lasting head.

Milk chocolate and roasted chestnut aroma .... nice mix of hops to balance. Caramel and floral hops with complex bag of roasty malts.

Roasted malts and an interesting mix of citrus hops... not expected on a winter warmer, but sorta expected from Deschutes. Not a lot of maltiness, actually quite dry for the style .... low bitter hop and slight roasted grain finish .... Oooops there was an American hop burp.

This brew is a really good separation from the herd on most PNW winter brews.... Middle of the road across the board, but still finding itself knee-deep in complexity. Deschutes is always around in Boise, and always a refrigerator beer in my house. Jubelale is one of those beers that I never give much respect to, but I should.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now this is a holiday beer! It's been the season and all the beers havent measured up yet. This one has the best look and smell of the season so far. I'm looking for Anchor christmas but this one pours a ruby nose jack frost.

It smells of deep malts, alcohol. Sweetness.

It tastes of rich a bready quality. Some hops, some alcohol, mostly malts.

Keeps you warm on a hot winters day. I like it.

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Photo of beagle75
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium reddish-brown color with over one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Husky, lightly roasted grain features vinous qualities, faint alcohol, and some astringency (which is worrisome when detectable by smell).

T: Begins dry, with abundant but mellow brown malt that is offset by some sharp acidity. Dark fruit is restrained, coming and going at times. Flavors remain dry through the middle, which features woody aromatics, and into the finish. Acidic coffee grounds emerge late and linger on the palate, along with faint vanilla and hops that are earthy, herbaceous, and mildly bitter.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, luxuriously creamy on the palate but with some dissenting acidity, and with moderate carbonation.

D: This winter warmer is a straight-forward contribution to a style of typically odd-ducks. It features a strong malt presence and a touch of yeasty fruit, but spices seem to be out of the picture. The dryness on display here is unexpected and remarkable for the style. While not really anything special by Deschutes standards, it is satisfactory simply by not being an embarrassing mess.

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

The beer arrived on the table crystal clear brown with a tan and frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with caramel and a nice maltiness. The sweetness component of the aroma contained a honey character and a fruity, cherry aspect.

The flavor was fruity with caramel maltiness and a chocolate flavor that was mingled with cherries.

The body was medium and the finish was just dry with fruity caramel and chocolate lasting long into the aftertaste . Not very complex, but a decent beer.

Pint at Papago in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark, apple cider colored reddish brown with a fluffy 2 finger slighlty tan head. Sweet smelling, faintly of honey, along with caramel. Slight citrus hop notes in the nose as well. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very smooth flavored with notes of slight roast, some bitterness, and citrus. Some pine like bitterness as well makes itself known at the end. Slight lace on the glass. No real alcohol present in the nose or taste. Over all a nice beer but lacks any sort of in your face flavors but that's what is kind of nice about it too.

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

Poured into a 16oz Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Pours a fairly hazy dark amber color with a rather fluffy 3 finger slightly brown head. There is also alot of lacing left behind as well

Smell - Very sweet smelling malty flavor mixed in with some caramel and piney hops There are also some spicy notes along with what smells like cinnamon.

Taste - The strongest flavor are the piney hops, but with sweetness to it; There is also a fairly strong coffee flavor that emerges about halfway through drinking. There are also some mild burnt malt, cinnamon, and nutmeg flavors as well.

Mouthfeel - Body is moderate and the carbonation adds some bite to the overall feel. In terms of drinkability, it's a fairly easy winter warmer to drink and it's smooth to boot as well! True to the namesake "Winter Warmer", You get a very strong warming feeling from drinking this beer; I even feel a bit flushed from drinking this.

Overall - It isn't too different from other winter warmers I've had, but it's mixture of flavors AND drinkability make this a very easy to recommend winter warmer.

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Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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 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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Photo of Furlinator
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%

Best by 03/16/15.

Pours a hazy copper brown. The one inch khaki head fades to a thick cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of vanilla, toasted bread, orange peel and Winter spices.

The taste is of caramel malt, Winter spices, orange rind, faint vanilla with a bitter hop finish.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid effort with lots of different aromas and flavors blending well together.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a copper brown with not much of a head. Not impressive, but not bad looking either.

S: The aroma consists of a strong caramel malt background with a heavy fruit and spice tone.

T: The flavors in the taste mold together to make a solid beer, but nothing is standing out like it should. There is a strong hop presence, which is only bitter on the finish. There is a nice spice to the brew, but nothing that is pronounced.

MF/D: Mouthfeel and Drink are both good. Mouthfeel is full, and this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best By 3/16/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark ruby amber with a khaki head that leaves great lacing and retention. Looks really good. The aromas are very malty. Cocoa is there. Dark fruits and cherries in the mix. The flavors are malty as well, but has a subtle bitterness to it. The citrus and pine notes start to come through. Some raisins in the mix. More cherries. Very subtle spice notes. It becomes pretty earthy. The mouthfeel is wonderful. I've noticed Deschutes seems to nail this light fluffy creaminess with active carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a solid winter brew. The craftsmanship is what sells this beer for me. The mouthfeel alone makes me want to drink this all day. It's along the lines of a bold brown ale.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2002 edition. Barely cloudy dark amber with hints of red, forming a thin yellow head despite a vigorous pour. Retention and lacing are OK. Aroma is of sweet rasins, brown sugar, fruity mild hops. Taste begins with herbal flavor hops, round amber malts with some earthiness, hints of dark fruit followed by moderately perceptable sharp alcohol and a sustained moderate earthen bitterness. Mouthfel is dry with a medium-dense body. The alcohol is pungent yet tolerable at cold temps and gets worse as it warms. Rough all over and a little ugly on the side.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - Dark brownish in color until held up to the light, which reveals a more reddish color. Two fingers worth of beige-colored foam that dissipates very slowly.

Smell - A little malty smelling with hints of caramel and maybe molasses.

Taste - Slightly more malty in taste, but very well-balanced. Sort of a bittersweet feeling at the back middle of the palate. Finish is mild, and the aftertaste is somewhat lingering. Texture is more toward the creamier side.

Drinkability - Not a bad brew, but it kind of has a filling quality that I wouldn't care for in a six-pack's worth, but on its own is just fine.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Deschutes in Portland, OR.

Served in a tall flute, light tan head, about a finger. Deep ruby-brown body. Good lace and great retention.

Tart malt in the nose but little else.

Some limp, tart malt in the taste. Faint leafy hops to balance, and some peppery spice, maybe cardamom? Bitter malt on the finish.

Standard, cask-y feel, carbonation is sparse.

A tad bitter for a winter beer, but decent and good cask character.

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