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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Reviews: 915 | Ratings: 2,738
Photo of mlockman
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best holiday ale I've had; difficult to describe all of the notes, but the balance between malts and spice was spot on. Suffice to say, this tastes like the winter season.

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Photo of headlessparrot
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful pour, this looks quite dark in the glass, black-brown edged by some ruby hints. Big head that recedes to some islands of lacing and a ring around the glass but leaves a tremendous amount of lacing.

Smell is smoky, hickory, lightly fruity, perhaps some molasses or brown sugar, and a big toasted/roasted malt character. Faint chocolate and coffee bean.

The taste right at the front of the mouth is an absolute thing of beauty--a sudden shot of cherries and dried fruits (figs/dates/raisins/plums?) that's gradually overtaken by a malty base. Surprisingly bitter for a Winter Warmer, with slight cocoa and coffee, hints of smoke. A faint almost Belgian yeastiness. Balanced carbonation, moderate body (neither too heavy nor too watery).

It's not Deschutes' best beer, but it's certainly one of the better Winter Warmers out there (a style I've always thought of as the "accessible" alternative to an imperial porter/imperial stout/RIS). I absolutely LIVE for that short kick of beautiful fruit right at the entry of the sip. My only thought, since this is bottle-conditioned: will laying it down for six months or a year enhance or erase those lovely fruit flavours?

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

Had on-tap at Satchmo's in Flagstaff. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Poured a deep clear mahogany color with a thin off-white head.

S: Caramel and spices on the nose. Mild hops in the background.

T/F: Malt forward with a lot of forces assaulting your palate at once. Nutmeg and cloves... Christmas spices and hints of caramel. Crisp with a dash of hops to bitter out the finish. Effervescent and zesty.

O: A lovely and complex holiday brew from Deschutes. Easy to drink and a happy change of pace. Very glad I tried it and will absolutely revisit.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For my taste, a bit bitter for a winter warmer. Pours a dark brown, I taste toffee and a bitter roasted-nuttiness, dark fruit, brown sugar. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Bitter on the back side, but I'm feeling the warmth to my toes.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, no date. Pours transparent amber with a large sized reddish/tan head; good lacing. Smells of mostly sweet malt, dark fruit, and caramel with some earthy/piney hops, cocoa, and spice. The taste follows exactly with sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, hops, cocoa, and spice. Average carbonation and below average body for the style. Overall, this is a pretty good WW with nice intensity, but could be improved with more spice and body.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, BB 5/10/16.

Look: Pours a light amber color, with a small amount of beige head, with decent lacing.

Aroma: Malts and a slight sweetness.

Taste: Malt, sweet, with a hop bite in the finish. Nice Flavor.

Feel: medium, and reasonably smooth.

Not as good or as smooth as an Avery year-old Old Jubilation Ale, when I did a side-by-side, but still a decent beer. It was more malt forward than Old Jubilation, and so tasted more like a standard beer.

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Photo of ntalexan
2.31/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

-Color: Light Brown with a nice head that lasted throughout the pint. Little to no carbonation and fizz after the initial pour.

-Nose: Nutty. A bit of brown sugar and bananas. A sweet smelling yeastiness almost reminiscent of a dark Belgian.

-Flavor: All malt with just a enough hops to make it bitter on the back-end of things. Light toffee notes a bit of banana and baking spices. It does a good job of representing its seasonal flair. The flavor doesn’t lead me to Belgium as much as the nose did. Think more of the dark German beer side of things with that Northwest American beer style at the end with the hoppy bitterness. That bitterness stays with you more so than spices that they were intending with a beer of this style to have.

-Rating: 2.5/5: Nothing that exciting here. It’s almost like they felt obligated to put out a seasonally appropriate beer. It is bottle conditioned so maybe this just needs to be bought, stored, and unwrapped next holiday season? I will say that it is very easy to drink but certainly not as good as some of the stouts and IPAs that Deschutes puts out.


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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 BierGirl2
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Christmas beer! Creamy head, reddish hue, very chocolate spice up front with smooth and very long finish. Not overly sweet and not bitter. Balanced. Drinkable and soothing. Great dessert!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is toffee, nutmeg and other spices, brandy, black cherry. Dark brown translucent, reddish hue. Medium white head. Taste is wine , spice, slight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of AubieTheTiger177
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've loved this winter warmer for years. Color is dark with just a hint of a red hue. Head is a cream color. The aroma is slightly spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg with a bit of orange peel. This will always be a go-to choice for me. There's nothing better than sipping this fantastic beer while sitting in the Deschutes Brewpub in Bend while the snow falls. Try this one!

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Photo of matcris
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

LOOKS: Very dark ruby red. Nice tight, small bubbles. Tan head that leaves a slight lacing on this snifter.
AROMA: Floral...dried dark fruit, rum raisin, bready fruitcake, holiday type spice, some black cherry.
TASTE: Wow...chocolate right off the bat. Dark fruit/rum raisin, dark bread, a little molasses or brown sugar, that flowery note comes out a bit.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium thick body, great medium carbonation, a little sticky but finishes a little drier than I would have thought.
OVERALL: What a great beer. It's kind of like Founders Dirty Bastard's kid brother if you gave him a bath, and handed him a chocolate bar on the way to school! Lots to mull over with this one. Highly recommend it. Sip and enjoy it.

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Photo of eschaton
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Most winter beers are terrible. This one is not, in fact it's outstanding - a must try if you're lucky enough to be in the right beer distribution zone.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.7% abv

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown/reddish tint. Thick 2 finger head slightly tinted tan that lingers. Opaque.

Smell- Sweet molasses, prune, toasted malt

Taste- A sweet roasted malt, but also has a sugary mollasses sweetness that follows. Toffee notes are prominent from the use of malts. Dark fruits like raisin and prune flavors come on midway. Mild bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel- Medium - heavy in body with lively carbonation.

Overall- This one exceeding my expectation for a Winter ale. This one has great malt character and nice fruit notes. Very smooth yet complex. I recommend this one for the frosty season. Well put together.

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Thin short lived head but decent lacing. Rich, dark bro wn color. It smells great! Sweet and fruity, almost a candy smell. Taste of dark candied fruit, raisin, prunes, some chocolate. A comforting beer. I will get more this winter!

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A bit disappointing in my book. I remember this having more of a chickory bite to it adding a bit of smokiness and wood, making it stand out amongst the other winter warmers.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a rather deep brown/mahogany color with a one finger head of tan foam. The head has a good level of staying power, with it very slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a sweeter candied sugar and molasses smell with a whole lot of a dark fruits of raisin, cherry, and plum. There are some lighter spice smells of coriander and clove with a decent showing of some roasted bready smells, giving a nice dark and sweet smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins much drier then I was anticipating from the nose. It begins with a quite roasty taste with a whole lot of roasty malt mixed with just a little bit of breadiness and some lightly sweet tastes of molasses and dark fruits. The sweeter tastes, while not very strong upfront, fade even more as the taste advances, all while the roast seems to increase a bit. With the increase in roast and the loss of sweetness, comes some light spice of coriander and clove as well as some light hop tastes of a more earthy nature. With a bit of a booziness (surprising at only 6.7 %) and a little bit of bitter coffee coming at the end, one is left with a sorta drier and dark spiced ale taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin and the carbonation rather high for the dark and roasted flavors of the brew. A thicker and chewier feel with a lower carbonation would have been better for the mix of lighter sweet fruit and dark roasty tastes of the brew, making a better medium to keep it a mouth coating slow sipper.

Overall- This was much drier and slightly more boozy brew then I was expecting. It was an alright winter warmer, but the lack of body and somewhat contradictory nature of the nose and mouthfeel with that of the taste and look, sorta kicks it down a bit. OK, but nothing too exceptional in my opinion.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle: deep mahogany color. Not too much going on smell wise. delicious dense head of tan foam; excellent feel. Taste wise, I detect toffee and plum. It is malt forward but still plenty of hops. This is the best winter beer I've had to date and therefore one that I reach for often.

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

Fairly hazy. Dark brown with deep ruby hues. Rocky, fluffy, golden-brown head of good retention. Nose is molasses, resin, licorice, roastiness, and alcohol. Bitter, brown sugar, roastiness, and anise seed throughout, toffee notes as it fizzes, gets sweeter in the middle...but then!...strong piney to soapy hop notes — perhaps aided by spices and roasty/smokey malts — swoop in to save the finish. Full bodied, thick, and rich. Carbonation is medium. A bit sticky, not as warming as I would like, but still a good drinker. May update this review. I have a cold as I write.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE warmer pours a deep mahogany with bright outer highlights and a fantastic head of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin lacy pool, and excellent clinging lacing. Nose of rich caramel, sweet dark raisin bread, herbal spicy notes of hops, and vanilla. Flavors exceed the nose with fresh baked raisin bread, caramel, and light fruity notes of orange peel come through nicely on the front to mid taste with a brown sugar and herbal hop note on the back with a touch of vanilla, cherry, and orange. Very festive and highly drinkable with a nice warming on the back of the taste. Great mouth feel with good carbonation is smooth with an herbal hop note on the aftertaste vying for position over the sweet caramel/brown sugar flavor. VERY NICE.


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by 3/20/16.

L: deep, dark mahogany in color with a thick and fluffy white head that never seems to go away. Excellent looking beer. I also enjoy the seasonal label art (different artist every year). This years label shows a family ice fishing at night.

S: lots of sweet, brown sugar-like malt aroma. Herbal hops. Quite nice

T: malts up front, with notes of toffee and dark/dried fruit. Subtle roasted malt bitterness, herbal hop bitterness. Increadbily complex.

M: thick, velvety smooth mouthfeel.

O: an outstanding winter warmer. I love the fact there are no spices used. Another great beer from Deschutes!

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/21/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted bread, herbal, floral, pepper, pine, light roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted bread, herbal, floral, pepper, pine, light roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted bread, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn good English strong ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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