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 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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Photo of franksnbeans
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pure copper with a frothy thick lacing tan head. Smells of candied fruit, caramel with a barleywinesque hop character. Tastes of mild fruit, malty, and a very bitter and lingering finish. Thin in the mouth, slightly watery. Very drinkable and a nice twist on the style

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Photo of MiScusi
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2007 version. Pours a beautiful deep mahogany color, hard to see through but can notice some clarity on the edges. Off white head forms pretty thick and dwindles down but sits as a half-finger head for a while. Leaves great lacing. The taste is, for a lack of better term, malty. Seems like a toasted malt on a pretty thin body, finishes with some lingering sweet aftertaste. Finishes watery. This is a far cry from the version I remember of last year that had much more malt character but also some fruit coming through as well.

Pains me to have to do this, I love Deschutes, but this winter style ale just doesn't hit the spot for me. It's not a bad tasting beer, which is why I give the drinkability a fair score, but the taste is just average, and you could even say below average for a "festive winter ale."

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Photo of seaoflament
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 release. Thanks to Joey (KingG) for this one.

Jubelale pours a dark maple syrup hue with an off-white colored, two fingers thick, foam. Very good retention and also some lacing.

The aroma is of toasted malts, bread dough, brown sugar, ginger, nutmeg, a bit of cinnamon, and some earthy tones that are either from the hops or the yeast. For such a fresh brew it really has the spices well balanced. I also detect a bit of orange peel. As it begins to warm up there is more of a cinnamon presence and it smells like a cinnamon muffin, yum!

The taste is similar to the aroma. The toasted malts and maybe ginger upfront followed by some hop bitterness. The bread dough appears more in the finish and aftertaste. The spiciness is also well balanced in the flavor which is a plus for me.

A very good winter warmer.

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

The beer pours a rich mahogany color with good head retention and lacing. Lots of sweet malt on the nose, but with overtones of sherry and walnuts. Smells very much like a fine old, aged English ale. The beer is very smooth on the palate, with flavors of nuts and sweet malt. There is also some noticeable bitterness in the finish, and I get nuances of cherry and apple. Abv. is pretty well disguised, but still this beer is fairly sweet and rich, so one is probably all I could do. Seems as if this beer has a bit less roastiness then in previous years, but is once again the usual good, solid effort from Deschutes. Very nice 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 biking4beer
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 edition.

Deep ruby to brown. Mahogany would be a good color descriptor. Whispy tan head.

Aroma is busy. Caramel, floral hoppiness, clove (among some other spices), and slight alcohol.

Solid hop presence in this beer, and I notice it right off the bat. Mild dark chocolate. Clove again.

It's fairly thick in my opinion, but the carbonation was too high for my tastes.

I could down a couple of bottles of this on cool nights like tonight. It definitely warms the head and belly. One of my favorite winter warmers.

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Photo of bradford
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Six pack bought at local BevMo for $7.99
Looked very good. Super dark red with huge off white head
Smelled good. Subdued spices, hops, and a generous helping of hops.
Taste was quite harsh. Very intense flavors. Almost sherry like. It was good, but a bit unexpected as I am a novice of winter warmers. Detected vanilla, fruit, butterscotch, and alcohol
Mouthfeel was the best part for me. Very thick, coating and warming. The intense flavors have a nice viscous feel that melds together perfectly.
Not my favorite beer, but a pleasant experience. I will probably buy at least one more sixer this holiday season for the brutally cold Southern California winter...

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

I was poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: A moderately aggressive pour resulted in a ruddy mahogany body with a two finger off-white sticky head. The head lingered for a white before receding into a collar around the liquid. There was a moderate and thin curtain that had decent retention.

S: It had a subtle blend of aromas that included light molasses, plums, yeasty dark bread and floral hops.

T: The flavor was faithful to the aromas and included medium roasted malts with hints of molasses and toffee. Grassy and floral hops and light spices as well as dark fruits.

M: It was medium bodied with a creamy mouth presence. The carbonation was balanced and there was a lingering sweet aftertaste. The overall light ABV did not warm to the extent I anticipated but it was still pleasant to the feel.

D: I would buy to share as a winter treat but would not consider this a treasure to stash for my personal pleasure. Not a session brew but one that could easy satisfy for one to three in a row.

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Photo of rsyberg01
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz. '06 from notes

A - Pours a burnt amber, sediment, head not very prominent. ok

S - orange peel, spice, touch of smoke, good malt character, sweet citrus, pear, dig it.

T - hop bite, malty backbone, citrus...not quite as sweet as in the nose, slight caramel note.

M - coats the palate and cuts through with the bitter which helps even it out, nice

D - not fatiguing, I'd set my limit at about 3 which is good.

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Photo of Tolann
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
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 -7.9%
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 -7.9%
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 -12.9%
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 -6.6%
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 BigJTrucker
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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 -2.3%
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 -10.2%
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 +11.7%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.8%
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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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,741 ratings.
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