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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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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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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 5-17-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a dark brown color with one-finger tan head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of bubbles remained, excellent lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, nutmeg, bread.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel then a roasted malt and chocolate flavor, it finishes with a bitter hop profile that pleasantly lingered, the 6.7% ABV is perceptible.

PALATE: full body and creamy, medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good winter warmer, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style, I would definitely have this again, Deschutes is an excellent brewer, I have yet to be disappointed.

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Photo of Jubel_Joe
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This has been my favorite beer for many years. Sure there are some better tasting beers for a lot more money, but this one is the best Winter Warmer at this price point. I stock up each winter when it's available and drink it till it runs out in the summer.

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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 pat61
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant chestnut under a 1” finely bubbled off-white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass providing thick lace.
S: Spicy, herbal, citrus, dark moist cake, dark sugars.
T: Starts sweet and malty, caramel, toffee, chocolate, with spice followed by a hint of banana with a spicy hop finish with a little drying.
M: Moderate soft carbonation, smooth and not sharp. Medium full body.
O: This is a go to winter ale.

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Photo of DDiFran
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not as syrupy sweet or hyper-spiced as most winter warmers. The malty Carmel taste is refreshing at first, with a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. This one has a mild skunk at the end, probably because it almost Easter and a bit late for a winter warmer. Of course the high today was in the mid- 20's and this is warming me up nicely.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have always loved winter warmers and this one is in my top 5... maybe top 3.

Pours a reddish mahogany body with a 3/4inch off white-tan head. Good lacing.

Smell is an even mix of spice, hops and malt

Tastes like it smells, with just a hint of sweetness . A great even balance of flavors.

A nice full feel

Very well balanced ! Normally I like my winter warmers to be a little sweeter. But with this one I don't mind. Just the right mix of flavors .(If it was sweeter it might ruin that mix). Perfect for the thanksgiving meal every year.

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Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste is molasses, caramelly, dark and sweet chocolate with slight barky hops. This makes for a nice bock like beer. A good winter warmer, although there are others in the style that I prefer.

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Photo of Mikus
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red in the light. Thin lacing of head. Great color. Hint of tobacco, light nose overall, backbone of solid malts. Warm spicy and nicely blended. A bit of bright hop bitterness on the end . Some alcohol. Some murk in essence overall, but good residual carryover of spice and hint of yeast. Overall nice. Love some Deschutes, maybe earlier in the season next time?

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2/28 - Bottle. Nice reddish brown pour with good body. Not a strong smell, but malt and spices were noticeable. Nice pour and a very good taste of herbs and orange. Felt good going down and had a decent kick. Overall very good beer and I'll be seeking this out down the road.

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Photo of cheers_chick
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally! I feel like I can really call myself a beer lover now. I've tried one of Deschutes original beers. 2014 was silky smooth, hints of chicory and cherry, rounded by a huge malt finish. A hint of citrus zest but all together a great winter warmer. Warmed me right up! Do you expect anything less from Deshutes though? They're the best. A very good beer!

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark hazy brown with a rocky off-white head that left plenty of lacing.

Smell: Yeast and malt, slight spices.

Taste: Very good. Strong malts and yeast, faint spiciness (like apple pie), into moderate bitterness, just a touch of alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness and carbonation.

Overall: All the parts fit together well. Full of flavor, not just spices. I wouldn't limit it to just Winter.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle. Pours a deep, murky mahogany color, one-finger tan head.

Malt, a little caramel, no hops bitterness. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. It all blends together well, though. Good winter beer.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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