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 Bubba83
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Samuel Adams tumbler.

Head rose fairly quickly on a vigorous pour, but dissipates fairly quickly as the larger bubbles give way to a somewhat creamy light tan head. The beer itself seems to glow an ominous dark reddish brown. The first thing that jumps out at me is the aromas of strong caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits.

The first sip was blissful and exciting, flavors are not vibrant initially, but seem to intensify over a gradual pace into wonderfully complex flavors. Hints of plum, raisins and fig make their way out of the murky caramel/brown sugar backbone. Hops make themselves known on the swallow bringing an earthy slight citrus kick with a side of spicy alcohol.

Quite smooth on the tongue as well, almost like it's giving it a nice massage. The body is right where it should be, not thin, but not chewy either. The softness of this beer really helps the tongue receive every flavor present. Good drinkability as the alcohol can't get past the tasty flavors and it warms me up nice despite that.

Another winner from Deschutes, can they make a bad beer?

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweeter maltiness, alcohol and, somewhat sugary. In the taste, a sweeter malt, and nice fruity hints. A smooth, with a small bite, and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a dry alcoholic and fruity aftertaste. Kind of light for a warmer. Nice though and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown color with a fizzy tan head. Smell was a faint mixture of caramel, medium malts and earthy hops. Taste had some very mild malts with a similar amount of musky hops. Nice body and heavy carbonation. A good beer to wash down a burger. Well balanced and quite refreshing.

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Photo of pwoods
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MiScusi for this nice extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. '07

A: Pours an orange tinted deep brown that's very cloudy. 1 1/2 fingers of light toffee head that holds for a bit before dieing to a fluffy 1/4 inch. Huge chunks of lacing from the head.

S: Very fruity smelling but I can't quite pick it apart. Cherries, mango, pineapple, and many others.

T/M: Nicely sweet malts with some candied fruit. Very unique taste. Some citrus from the hops but no bitterness. A very light touch of some peppery notes in the very back.

D: Very tasty and complex. My palate might not be formed enough to give this brew justice. Probably the best winter warmer I've had.

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

2007 edition courtesy of younger35 in a recent trade. Thanks Dan!
Beautiful colour, a deep red brown, quite clear with a thin cap of yellow/beige foam. Fine bubbles clung to the glass in sheets, becoming a little more spotty as the glass emptied. Nice maltiness in the aroma, a combination of bread crust and caramel, maybe a bit of chocolate/cocoa too. Citrusy hops provided a contrast in the nose, with a bit of dried fruit and alcohol providing a warming depth. Same in the flavour, but it's more difficult to pick things apart. Solid bitterness throughout, quite balanced, with more prominent nut and cocoa at first, more alcohol warmth towards the end. There was a brief flash of mint too. Finished with a chocolatey, roasted maltiness. Nice texture, smooth and nearly full bodied with creamy carbonation that was just on the soft side. A really nice winter warmer, great balance, super easy to drink.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to desertbronze for sending this as an extra in a trade.

Pours a deep ruby red to brown. Two finger chunky head that dissipates after a few minutes but sticks around on the side of the glass. Smells of sweet roasted malts with a slight citrus scent. Warms you as soon as it hits your mouth. Slight alcohol burn but mostly sweet and rich. Some spicy notes with chocolate and coffee hints. The mouthfeel is a little rough on the palate but it is still pleasurable. Definitely the perfect beer for tonight. Its 5 degrees outside right now with a windchill of -12.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey Jub. Pours a middle of the road red to brown hue. Good pour with ample, off-white head that did dissipate through the tasting but did last through the whole time too.

The aroma is subtle for a winter warmer. Malt is the biggest detector with some grainy and caramel notes coming out. Touches of roast and chocolate are light but you can pick it out if you are looking for it. Notable spicy aromas with cinnamon, cloves and a bit of prunes.

The taste is more keeled with the spices, cinnamon and cloves mostly, coming out more and over balance the malt flavor. The malt still has that caramel notes but the grainy flavors reseed while the chocolate notes come out more. Some nice grassy hop flavors are noticeable too. Also as the beer warms you notice the alcohol warmth of the beer.

The body is a touch closer to mid than full. Carbonation is light but some bite that I associate with some of the spice. Overall an easy drinking beer but there are a lot of good winter warmers around me that this becomes an average beer.

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

This one was out of a bottle poured into a standard pint glass. It's great on tap also.

Poured a dark reddish brown with a decent head and nice lacing. Smelled and tasted the same. Sugary dark roasted malts and light on the hops. mothfeel is good. There seems to be a slight residue but I'm not sure this is from the beer.
This beer is very drinkable. I can put back a few of these before I gt sick of them.

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Photo of Rayek
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the Holiday beers I had the pleasure of drinking in 2007.

A: Dark amber color. Almost black in low light. Topped with a thick cream colored head. The head left a thick lace the whole way down the glass. My bottle was a little hazy, but otherwise a nice looking beer.

S: Heavy espresso notes up front. A hint of spice and a subtle charcoal aroma.

T: Starts out with a coffee notes, followed by bitter chocolate and hint of cinnamon. Finishes dry with a nice warmth befitting its strength.

M: Nicely balanced. Medium body with just the right level of carbonation.

D: As I said above, this was my favorite holiday beer. Its strength would keep me from drinking more than two in a sitting, however. After my initial experience with this beer, I hurried to the store to grab another six before it was gone for the season.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a clear dark amber with at least 2 finger widths of light tan foam. Eventually it settles down into a fantastic looking dollop of creamy retention that left an awesome looking latticework of lacing down the sides of the glass. As I sit here swirling in it my snifter I can't help but think how nice the contrast between the amber liquid and tan head head looks. A very handsome looking beer! The aroma is full of very inviting festive flavors. Sweet brown sugar, breadiness, dark fruits, spices. Very nice!

The taste keeps up the spirit, with notes of caramel sweetness, roast, dark fruit tartness, and lively spices. Luckily some light bitter hoppiness and citrus are present to help balance out all of that Holiday cheer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wonderful creamy feel. Some heat is detected but trust me, it enhances the beer with even more warmth than it all ready has.

Wow, what a great Winter Warmer! The festive warming character of this guy can't help but bring a smile to your face as you drink it. I know it did to mine. Now I wish I had more than this one bottle. Great stuff as usual from Deschutes.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 01.16.08 as some rare snow fell in Decatur, GA. Poured a beautiful brownish-amber with 2 fingers of beige froth. Bright and clear hues.
Aroma of pronounced toffee with some brown sugar and molasses.
Very 'American' Winter Warmer style, which I prefer over the English. More of the toffee/brown sugar/molasses with a nice hop backbone. Perhops some spruce tips also and maybe a hint of cocoa? Very enjoyable and perfect for the setting.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish-brown hue, beautiful head, settled after a few minutes. lots of dark roasted malt aromas, slight caramels, fig, bitter cocoa, a hint of raspberries on the finish. Taste is as appealing as the smell. Malty, thick mouthfeel, fruity notes on the finish. Leaves some sugary stickyness on your lips. This winter warmer brought a smile to my face, Brost! Cheers!

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a solid dark brown/copper with minimal head. No lacing on the glass.

S: Some sugar, dark fruits, and roasted grains are present in the nose.

T: Lots of flavor in here - sugary sweetness, some dark fruits and raisins, some roasted flavors, and more. Damn good.

M: Smooth, with a nice thickness to it. Medium carbonation.

D: I wish Deschutes distributed out here. This is another excellent brew I've had from them. I'd get this as a winter warmer every year if I could.

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

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good sticky lace. Cloudy brown/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is burnt brown sugar with hops in the background. Nice beer when there is two feet of snow on the ground. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Oregon City, Or.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from BevMo. Dark, deep amber in color, thin, khaki head, and appears semi-filtered. Bouquet is slightly oaky, with strong scents of raisin, plums, and black currants. Taste is oaky, little gingery, slightly bitter, and the scent of sweetness from the raisins and plums disappears. Mouthfeel hits the bitter tastebuds and is slightly warming. Drinkable beer, which suits winter. Probably less bitter out of the tap and could age a little longer.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with JohnGalt1. There was a lot in that trade that I feel obligated to review. ...And here we go. :)

The bottle looks like a New Year's party favor. Brings a little cheer to this drearily cold night. The beer goes into the Unibroue that has taken over the top spot in the rotation for the time being. A sturdy inch of oatmeal-colored head sits atop a murky brown mud puddle of a beer. Hints of red around the edges, & a fair amount of activity in between the seams.

This nose detects very little in the way of seasonal spices, & have shifted my attention towards the dry & quite sharp hop presence(along with a very thick bed of bread crust). There is a very muted note of corriander, along with a vial or two of heavy corn syrup.

Taste is super bready, with the carbonation making it feel superficially grainy even. There is a succulent Wonder Bread sweetness initially, followed up with a little salty crust, & then a very generic bitterness that feels more obligated then interested. Again, I'm really loving the malt, but the hops just seem to be playing a conservative role here. Like a backstop that bats .238, but holds down the plate better then anyone. He won't sell jerseys, but he's your rock.

Frothy, but still retaining a good snap at the same time. Slight twang of alcohol, & a small dose of diacetyl.

A nice mixture of bread & bubbles. Pretty light on the stomach for 6.7%. An easy repeat, had I asked for more then 1 in the trade. D'oh! :P

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

This is the 2007 release of Jubelale from Deschutes.

Popped the crown-top on a 12oz. bottle and poured into a standard pint. Great mahogany in color with a thick tan one finger head. The headed faded into a nice tight lace. Smells of potent spicy hops. The hops also a very apparent in the taste, backed with a mild malt backbone. I taste hints of Vienna and caramel malts. Quite bitter but not over done. Medium body and carbonation. A very drinkable winter warmer.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an incredible winter brew from the pacific northwest, Deschutes brewery consistantly puts out strong beers and this one is no different. There are several options for winter brews in the oregon area, but this one I think is the best, very warm and dark for those winter night, I would recommmend it.

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Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic, Jubelale is a ruddy burnt caramel with a small, tight creamy head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is rich and sharp, biscuit malt and fresh earthy hops.

Taste is robust and full, semi-sweet caramel malts with a big hop presence of spices and mint. Finish is clean alcohol and dry.

Mouthfeel is crispy carbonated with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is pretty good, as I really enjoy Jubelale, probably my favorite winter warmer, although it might be a bit to rich for some. Rich and full bodied, with enough alcohol to actually warm, yet not spiced out like some kind of xmas tea. Served at cellar temp.

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Photo of illidurit
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 version poured into a snifter. A pretty aggressive pour results in only a centimeter of light tan head, but I was keeping it very very cold so it may be a function of the temperature. Body is dark brown, and there's no lacing.

Distinct notes of caramel, subtle cherry, nutmeg, raisin, and wood in the nose.

Taste starts out lackluster with a chalky dry character, BUT as the beer warmed it transformed into a very tasty winter warmer. That'll teach me to serve it so cold. I get notes of caramel/toffee, dark fruit, ginger, piney hops, and a much more subdued dry bitterness than the one I experienced earlier. I also notice a quite woody character.

Pretty full in body, with surprisingly adequate carbonation considering the relatively small head. Very smooth. Easy to drink and great for a cold winter night.

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Photo of beeritron
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite of the season....so far. Still alot out there to get at. Pours from the bottle a nice brown color with a dark, tan head. The head diminishes quickly and lurks on the surface all the way down the glass, leaving some heavy lacing. The smell is lightly hoppy with the bulk of aroma being malty, sweet, and smoky. There is also a hint of coffee in the smell that grabs your attention. The taste is definitely conveys a smoked malt flavor that reminds you of campfires in late fall. The smoked flavor also adds some bitterness to the beer, working with the hops to balance the strong malt bill. The mouthfeel is vicous with a carbonation level that is not too aggressive, letting the tongue taste everything there is to offer. The drinkability definitely lends itself to the weather. The colder is gets, the more I want to drink this beer. It creates a warmth in the belly that I just can't get enough of.

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

This seems to have been an ongoing struggle for deschutes. This winter ale is very malty with coffee bean and breadish sharpness. It pours dark brownish red, with pretty good head. first sip is automatically malty. it finishes with some spice. very similar to hibernation ale by great divide, but more nutty and malty

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle.

Striking dark brownish red color. Some sediment. Thick creamy beige head, big rings of lace.

Smells like sweet ripe fruity and solventy esters, with caramel malt. Vaguely Belgianesque, fairly complex, and good.

Hops come through in the flavor, floral and piny, along with plenty of moderately sweet caramelized malt, and fruit and solvent. In a long and enjoyable finish, the fruit and solvent remain in place, the sweetness subsides, the malt flavor becomes more singed, and hop bitterness picks up. Cohesive, well balanced and tasty.

Great soft creamy texture, and quite drinkable.

Very good beer.

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

I've been trying out various seasonal beers and decided to give this one a try. I have to say that I like this beer and that it has a nice balance between malt and hop flavors. I also like the crispness on the finish that doesn't leave a heavy or chalky feeling in the mouth. Overall, it's a pretty good beer and not a bad pick up for a seasonal beer to go outside the usual pale ale or IPA's that I tend to drink.

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Photo of cdrummer
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep cognac color with a creamy off white head of thick foam.

S: Woody, brown sugary, and nutty aromas.

T&M: Like a graham cracker with a bit of woodiness and nice toasted oat nut bread qualities. I love the balance of the malt and the hops. The carbonation is reckless, and coats the tongue with a viscous, lingering oak finish.

D: There is a complex and pleasant bitterness to this brew that I like. It's very balanced.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,741 ratings.
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