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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 Tolann
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark in color. thick head and lacing. Not so clear, more sediment.

S - Powerful smell, but not harsh. I don't need my head in the glass to smell this one. I got a feel for it as I poured it into my pint glass. I definitely smell yeast like bread and malt. There's some sweetness hiding in the back of the smell that I think is oranges.

T - not a lot of bitterness. There's an after taste that is more bitter and very welcoming. The initial sip is kind of like an excited brown ale. Something maybe bready/biscuit like quality some others try to identify. The taste is good, I just don't know what it is. There's a spice in there I don't know what that is either.

M - A lively feel, but not in carbonation. It's more of the taste rolling over to the over all feel of the beer. It's a medium body and not completely smooth, but not foamy or over bubbly.

D - I like this beer. It's not one of my usual styles which is making it difficult to identify everything that is going on in this somewhat complex ale. Yes, this is what I would have imagined as a 'winter warmer'.

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Photo of RickSawyer
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big ups to Tayner for the throw-in on a recent trade. Deschutes is a cool craft for sure.

Mahogany meets ruby tint. Sweet, malt smell met with some maple syruparomas. Thin sheet of buckhide colored head that lightly holds while you sip. Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable. First taste a bit more hops than I would like for a winter ale, but an interesting take. As it warms, malts become more present on the pallet. Rasin and dried apricot flavors.

This is a nice beer. Would prefer a bit more malt profile and old ale flavor, but a very nice, well rounded beer.


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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 batch. Poured into pint glass, pours a clear dark, dark brown however when held to light its has amazing ruby hints. Very small off-white head that doesnt last very long, some lace left behind. Smell is interesting, just a slight whiff and I get mainly a bread/earth smell which isnt too flattering however with a deep whiff I get a burst of hops which I do like. Taste is good. I'm having a hard time pinpointing it but a nice mix of chocolate, caramel, roasted grains, and a "burnt" taste. Very thick, creamy mouthfeel leaves a coffee like aftertaste. Overall a pretty good beer. I dont think I'll be buying another 6 pack but I will enjoy the one I got.

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Photo of Floydster
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased from Bevmo in Redlands as part of a six pack on sale for $6.99 last week

2007 version and the twentieth time this has been brewed

Poured into my Ballast Point glass with a deep red color, darker than a lot of Christmas beers I have had, head was small, about 1/4 inch and its color was vanilla, small amount of lacing

Smell was nothing special, had some minor fruit accents, butr a whole lot of malt

Taste was also full of malt, the bready hints dominated this brew, it was very dry and hoppy for a winter warmer, nothing like Yulesmith or last year's Anchor, tastes like a mixture between a bland Belgian and an American Amber, nice surprise in the taste, ends with a dry finish with a touch of roasted nuts

Could not drink too many of this because of its heaviness, making me very full and definitely splitting up the rest of the six pack with the roommate and some friends

Recommended if you like beer that heats you up and makes you feel like you ate two dinners, another above average beer from Deschutes out of Oregon

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Photo of Murchmac
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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 BigJTrucker
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby color, thin light tan head settles fairly quickly, good lacing. Smell is fairly sweet, a faint pear like aroma, along with some caramel. Taste is sweet malt, with hints of hop flavor, but this one is clearly all about the malt. Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth, and easy finish, with a nice and lasting aftertaste. Goes down easy. Glad I picked up a six pack of this, when that runs out, i may just have to pick up some more!

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Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on in a little Deschutes sampler from my man Younger35.

A: Pours a lovely deep hue of red with a nice thick foamy khaki head. The head dies down but does leave lacing all the way down the glass.

S: The aroma is full of malty goodness with a hint of spice and nuts.

T: Big malty brew with a nice sweet character. There is some spice in the taste as well. It's just mild enough that I can't really pick it out, but forward enough to let you know its there. Very Nice.

M: Pretty thick and filling beer.

D: One bottle was enough for me. I could see this one being very filling on a cool winters night.

Overall: Not the best Deschutes has to offer, but very good nonetheless. I enjoyed drinking this unique beer and look forward to revisiting it when I pop the second one which currenlty resides in the fridge.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 2007 Edition,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a nice, thick off-tan head which looks like its going to fade away fast into nothingness at first, but stays there the whole glass.

S: Smells of dark malts and a bit of spice, though I couldn't get much out of it.

T: Tastes very malt, sweet with caramel and crystal malt, with a pronounced bitter flavor that tasted almost like coriander to me, a little shocking at first, but I got into it after a while.

M: Smooth and crisp, a bit warming as well, solid for a Winter Warmer, but nothing outstanding.

D: A good drinkable Winter Warmer, though I do remember liking the 2006 version better, the label was more inviting that year too, although that has nothing to do with the beer itself. Overall, I enjoyed it, will probably buy a few more bottles this fall and winter.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the 2007 edition

Pours from 12oz bottle a clear deep amber with a large head of offwhite foam that recedes but stays as a solid 1/2" layer for the entire session. Good lacing is to be had here as well.

The smell is of caramel malt, spice, and a slight hop bitterness.

The taste is very malty up front, kind of sweet but not really, and it's followed by some good spiciness which includes nutmeg and a light touch of corriander. The best way to taste the spice is by swishing the beer in your mouth...man, *that's* tasty. It has a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is light to medium and it finishes with a mild bitter kick. Very easy to drink because, whilst having loads of flavour, it's just so darn smooth and drinkable. Jubelale has never failed to impress me over the years even though the recipe seems to change a tad every year. It's my favourite Winter Warmer and I could drink this all day/night long. See some, buy some.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 version pours an effervescent ruby red with 1+ finger of tan, rocky head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Bready & fruitty notes

T: Bready, dry, with herbal & piney hops up front. Cakey notes & leafy hops, plus plummy flavors & brown sugar as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty, with a hint of booze, caramel & plenty of herbal & leafy hops

MF: Medium-bodied, chewy with low carbonation, this offering balances more hoppy than previous iterations I recall.

Drinks good, not quite as good as previous years, but I could still happily session on this

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Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage - 20 years of Jubelale from Deschutes. Congrats and thanks for the many years of brewing excellence!

Pours a deep, clear, dark amber color with a small white head.

Aromas are very malty, some chocolate, cherries, and smokey.

Beer is dry and very malty. Taste seems thin up front. Mouthfeel is kind of thin... there are some smokey malt flavors, it's a bit floral, spicey, nutty, tart, and with a crisp slightly bitter finish.

Drinkability is good. This years vintage seems to be a notch or two below some of the prior vintages. It just seems too lean for my tastes. Still a nice beer though.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage
Best By: 05/20/17

Pours a very nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice creamy one-finger tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is mostly malty, and some spice. The taste is malty, spicy, with a lot of caramel. Medium body with a nice little warming effect. Overall still a pretty tasty brew, glad to see it here in GJ.

2015 Vintage
Best By: 05/18/15

Pours a very nice brown color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger tan head, nice sticky lacing and some small islands hanging around. The nose is mostly on the malt side, with some caramel and spice. The taste is malty, spicy, and alot of caramel. Medium body with a nice little warming effect. Overall still a pretty tasty brew, glad to see it in UT.

2006 Vintage

Been sitting on this one for at least a year.

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice small tan head, nice sticky lacing and some small islands hanging around. The nose is mostly on the malt side, with some caramel and spice. The taste is malty, spicy, and alot of caramel. Nice little warming effect going down. Drinkable, a nice WW in my book.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a ruby chestnut color with a small 1/3 inch light tan head. Lacing is nice when tipped and hangs around for a bit longer than expected.

S - Sweet, slightly nutty and earthy malt scent. Hazelnut comes to mind with a bit of a wooded scent. Snow is falling outside and this smells rather appetizing right now.

T - Nutty sweet flavor hits you from the first sip and dominates throughout. A bit syrupy as it warms, although alcohol is hard to detect. Little to no extra spicing. Mild hop flavor comes at the finish in a drying, slightly bitter floral taste.

M - Smooth and moderately thick on the palate. A light carbonation falls away and leaves behind a slightly drying aftertaste.

D - Not my favorite winter warmer (see Odell's Isolation Ale for that), but it's tasty and malty enough for a cold winter's night.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bit on the dark side in my mind for a winter ale. It looks in colour more like an old-ale: copper-mahogany/ruby-brown. The head looks more like a barley wine: off-white head that is thin, dissipates quickly but leaves a very thin, spotty layer on top.

Sweet malty smell, with bourbon-vanilla coffee notes. Brown sugar in the background.

Acidic malts, slightly bitter hops. Creamy caramel traces with some wintery spicey flavours.

Good, low carbonation. Smooth drinking. A very nice winter ale; one of the better ones I've had recently.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tawny red color with a filmy tan head that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere any time soon. The taste is hard to describe but some indistinct spices and malty flavors. Easy to drink but it may be a little early for winter beers, even here in Colorado.

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Photo of jletts
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aaaah yes, first one of the season. One of my favorite winter session brews.

Poured a beautiful orange-red amber with a nice thick, frothy, tannish head that eventually thinned but stuck around to provide some decent lacing. Smells great. Notes of milk chocolate, cherries, vanilla, and alcohol. Tasted of alcohol and hops upfront on a base of sweet grainy malt. Notes of leather and pine. Mouthfeel was a little thin but average.

A great session beer for the colder winter months. Better than last year's IMO and I really dig this year's art work on the label. Bring on the snow!!!

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Photo of younger35
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just arrived at my local brew store. I had last year’s version and it was fantastic. This, of course, is the 2007 brew. Drank from my Kells Irish Style Lager pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a mahogany amber that leans on brown. Pours about a half finger head that recedes fairly quickly leaving no cap and pretty nice collar. Leaves a little lacing at the start but it fades quickly.
Smell- Very nice toasty malts that does lend well to cooler temperatures. Smells of brown sugar and molasses. Light berry’s and raisins with a bit of spice make this quite a festive brew indeed.
Taste- Lots of toasted chocolate and caramel malts to start. Figs and prunes and dark cherries are definitely present. Slight tastes of red licorice and bubblegum. Light citrus bitterness from the hops but not quite enough to cover the sweetness or alcohol. The beer finishes semi bitter with a bit of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a bit of stickiness. Nice carbonation with slight warming.
Drinkability- This is a great holiday beer. Nice toasty malts and a bit of spice are awesome warmers. Grab a sixer of this, start the fire and pop on a football game. Awesome Sunday!

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Photo of henrysunset
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

biggish red with an enourmous tan poufy head is this 2007 Jubelale. clear filtered beer with modest visible carbonation.

fresh malty smell. Must be brand spanking new from the brewery. this year they advertise their "dark crystal malts" but give no indication of the hops used. not a dark malt scent, just a lot of it.

Tastes pretty good. Lighter Malts are right there, with a darker flavor that lingers. Flavors I'm more used to in a darker beer liek a porter.

Characteristic of the style, it is a bit sweet and sticky for my taste.

Totally drinkable, but not something I need to revisit this year.

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Photo of jakon
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best before date of 12-7-7 and an abv of 6.7% (2007 release)

Pours a dark caramel/garnet with a bountiful cream colored head that leaves tons of sticky lacing all around the glass. Aroma is distant, but nice. Roasted malts and various hops. Wow the taste is even better. A coffee-like bitterness appears along with that of the hops to counterweight the strong malt presence that reveals itself in the form of toffee, lightly sugared coffee, raisins and perhaps a hint of Gala apple. This is much better than what I remember of last year's version. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with the perfect amount of light carbonation. This will be a tough act for the rest of the winter warmers to follow.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found a sixer of the '06 Jubelale in a convenience mart in Honolulu and figured, what the heck, it's August on a tropical island, but why not see if this winter warmer that I've never tried is still good, and is suitable for these chilly nights up in the mountains? Yeah, it is.

Pours an attractive dark brown with garnet highlights. The head is initially an impressive two fingers of light tan foam, but it eventually degrades into a thin ring, leaving some lacing. The smell is mostly malts -- lots of caramel, brown sugar, some raisin -- with a scant hint of hops. Tastes fantastic -- I've never had a warmer quite like it -- it's almost like a dubbel with all of the dark fruit, but it's got a really nice earthy and spicy hops. It makes the cinnamon and nutmeg in all of the other warmers that I know of seem irrelevant. Kudos to Deschutes for playing around with the style and making such a great tasting beer!

I suppose it's an appropriate mouthfeel for the style, full bodied with very light carbonation, but I find it a bit syrupy, though the astringent finish saves it from being unpleasant. However, despite the extreme tastiness of this brew, I couldn't see myself having more than one or two of these in a session, though I suppose I'll have to try out this hypothesis next winter back at the fortieth parallel.... Again, thanks Deschutes!

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Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark tea color with some lacing. One finger of slightly off-white suds.
Smell is very light but malts and sugars like a caramel or brown sugar come through with a slight hoppiness and just a hint of alcohol. Mabey a hint of raisin.
Taste is at first malty sugar then the hoppy bitter and that last for a few seconds. The flavors all go away pretty quickly making you want more. This one would be a hard one to stop drinking in the middle of a glassfull. I am also getting mabey a plum flavor?
Mouthfeel is very dry which I like a lot.
Drinkability would be pretty high on my behalf because of the flavor quickly leaving making you want more. This is a guzzler.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is pretty close to the Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highlands. Maybe not quite as complex but very well balanced and good in its own right. Pours a nice shade of brown with a head that doesn't want to leave. Good lacing down the glass as well. The smell was sweet, malts and spices abound. Kind of like a sugary brown ale with some twang to it. It's crazy how well the hops balance this brew in taste. You get a sweetness from the malts that is followed by a stunted bitter taste, accompanied by spicy fruit flavors. I do think of the holidays when I drink this beer. Mouthfeel is spicy, sweet, and festive if you could say that about a beer. I enjoy the lingering flavors. Good drinkability for a Winter Ale. Pretty solid all around and highly recommended if you're interested in something different. Thanks Talisker!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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 brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A - Pours a deep ruby with a few fingers off white head.

S - Sweet caramel and spicy hops.

T - Caramel malt with hints of citrus and clove. Slight hints of spice but I can't exactly place it.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

D - Solid winter warmer but slightly boring.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Dark brown body with tinges of ruby red hues showing around the edges. Mild retention in the head, leaving some lace around the sides. Aroma of caramel malts standout above the hops. Taste is roasty and mildly malty, finishing with some hop bitterness. Medium-bodied and very drinkable. A solid winter warmer.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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