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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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Reviews: 894 | Ratings: 2,648
Photo of GRPunk
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (best by 5/4/15) poured into a mug.

A- A gentle pour still creates a huge tan head that requires stopping short and a second pour. The body was dark brown with crimson edges. The head never drops below 1-finger and leaves foamy rings.

S- Caramel and brown sugar are maybe toffee-esqe. Slightly charred brown sugar and grains. Some spice and citrus comes on later.

T- Much as the aroma suggests, a mix of sweet and char. Robust. Very toffee-like with some spice and citrus.

M- Medium body. Sips are through a foamy head. Moderate carbonation.

O- Very wintry and robust. One and done, but very flavorful for the holidays. Drank on its own, but I could see it as a great food pairing for a rich Christmas dinner.

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

This was a decent beer, but a lot closer to a regular IPA than to a winter seasonal. The 60 IBUs make it hoppier than most Christmas beers, and I didn't get a lot of the traditional mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. that most others in the style have. So yeah, it's ok, but not really a great example of a holiday beer. I prefer other Deschutes beers to this one.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass

A. Dark amber brown with a frothy khaki head.

S. Estery and sought biscuit around and a little spice.

T. Nice brown amber ale flavor with a bit of Carmel and a start anise like spiceness. Resiny aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied with a light carbonation that finishes clean.

O. An above average holiday beer. Not too heavy and not too light. Nice to have to sit around by the fire and chat with the family.

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Photo of lushes22
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Nice brown copper color with a bit of cloudiness. Great lacing. Very inviting and cant wait to dig in.
S. Very nice brown ale smell with a hint of caramel and toffee. Minimal spice smell which works well. A bit of apple.
T. Great nutty malt start which finishes with a malty toffee close. Get a hint of spices at end which is nice as not overpowering. Perfect balance in my opinion.
M. Perfect carbonation for this one. Really smooth.
O. One of my favorite winter warmers. Great taste of all mentioned but nothing dominent. At 6.7 not quite sessionable but would really enjoy having a few of these in a row. Bring em on!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a fairly dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.
The smell had a nice sweet caramel malt base with some light cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar.
The taste was mainly sweet with an amplified sweet orange to it. There was a light spice in the aftertaste and it left a dry sweet citrus finish.
The mouthfeel was about a medium on the body with a thorough full carbonation to it, good as a winter warmer and to me.
Overall, I say this was a good winter warmer I'd come back to.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes. Really dark ruby color with light brown head. Aroma has biscuits, bread crust but also hops. Taste starts malty and gets quite bitter in the aftertaste. Smooth body, really easy to drink. A nice winter beer, I think it would go really well with heavy food.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sampling right now on 12/16/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a very deep reddish-brown in color with almost a 1-finger beige creamy head that settles back down after a while. A decent amount of sticking lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of roasted malts, some dark fruit and spices for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some semi-sweet chocolate and pine in the mix as well. Does have a bitter finish that lasted a little to long for my liking though. Other than that the taste was decent. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-12-15 in Columbia, PA from a bottle

A - Fairly clear ruby with a 2-finger light tan head that sticks around and leaves great lace. A beautiful brew.

S - Red licorice, cherries, candied orange, hint of dark bread.

T - More porter/stout-like than I expected from the aroma. Plenty of medium roasted grain and some char and semi-sweet chocolate. The sweet fruit aspects evident in the smell are not a major component of the taste but instead, add a festive touch to the malt base; along with some cinnamon and vanilla. There's also a woody/oak flavor, which adds to the balance; keeping the sweetness well-in-check. There's a good amount of roast and hop bitterness in the finish; appropriate to the style.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial with creamy and prickly aspects competing-and-yet-balancing each other.

O - I use the word "balanced" a lot in this review but don't take this as meaning bland. There are bold but balanced flavors. Basically, if you are in the mood for something like Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard but favor a bit of holiday cheer stirred in; this is the beer for you. I'll have this again; and it doesn't have to be just at the Winter holidays.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good winter/holiday beer that doesn't teeter to the bad or the great. It's got nice sweet notes while also having some of the spices you'd expect from a Christmas time beer.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Pours a dark reddish brown. Nice thick cap with lacing on the glass. Flavor is more bitter than I like for Winter/Christmas Ales. I'm typically a big fan of Deschutes but this one misses the mark for me.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%

Best by 03/16/15.

Pours a hazy copper brown. The one inch khaki head fades to a thick cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of vanilla, toasted bread, orange peel and Winter spices.

The taste is of caramel malt, Winter spices, orange rind, faint vanilla with a bitter hop finish.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid effort with lots of different aromas and flavors blending well together.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Nice brown amber color with a decent light tan head. Nice aromas of malt, orange, little berries, cinnamon, and nuts. Taste has nice blend of malt, toffee, orange, lemon, nuts, spices and hint of chocolate. Not a huge fan of this style, but this was an enjoyable one.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(best by 03/02/15 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: fairly-clear, ruby-hued liquid... copper/umber highlights... tan-colored cap of foam that lasts

S: cold wood on a snowy day, wool sweater... generic evergreen shrub w/ red berries, tea, undercurrent of demerara... as it goes along, dried leafy aromas from the hops wake up, rubbing out the definition of the sweet malt, perhaps a bit too much

T: surprising surge of herbal (bitter-hoppy) notes and vinous fruits on first sip... roasted/toasted malt finish, dry... bit of residual dextrins lingering, slowly sliding back... I imagine the roasted barley is mostly for coloring, but some of its char mingles with the malt sweetness and a touch of pear and chocolate left in the aftertaste... at its core, moderately lusciously malty, balanced by an assertive, citrus-tinged bitterness

F: round and medium-full... fills the palate with a bit more carbonation than is necessary... swirl the glass, and the flavors open up a bit, while the flow softens... still, notably dry

O: this is a true winter warmer - with some West Coast flair, of course - one of the few US takes on the style that manages to have bold elements of both the malts of an English WW and the hops of an American pale ale... not sure I would dive into another bottle of this, though - maybe if they eased back a touch on the hop charge - too much static

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a twelve ounce bottle into a can-shaped glass.

Dark brown body with amber hues. Sudsy, wispy off-white colored head that reminds me of a root beer float.

Great malt profile on this brew. Dark chocolate and caramel abound. Resinous and dank hops are a stark contrast. Toast and sweet bread aromas that remind me of pannetone are present too, complete with a touch of spice. Notes of citrus are a nice surprise. 4.25

The palate is pretty true to the nose, similar dank and resinous hops and a rich malt profile. It occurs to me this beer is a sort of cross between a spiced brown and a pale ale. Toasted caramel flavors add a rich layer to this beer and a bit of toast flavor on the finish are also a nice touch. The hop flavor is surprisingly prominent but also quite agreeable, especially the citrusy fruit touch. 4.25

It's got a rich and creamy feel, but it's also highly dry and bitter on the finish. Plenty of hops make their presence felt on the palate. The carbonation is low-key and mellow and allows the beer's smoothness to shine. 4.25

This beer is great. I'm glad I took notes and really soaked this beer in. It's an easy-to-find winter pleaser that along with Celebration belongs in my fridge for a solid three months.

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Photo of Dude_Abides
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

I should have tried a sixer before barreling-up. Pleased with the deep opaque poor and two fingers of tight pleated khakis at the helm. Malty richness with a bit of toastiness, but finishes a bit bitter for my taste. Worse yet, and maybe I'm alone, but this one is a head-throbber. About thirty minutes after seeing the bottom of my glass, I am met with a dull headache.

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Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deschutes has been new to our market this year and I've been quite pleased with all of their offering, so I'm eager to try this holiday offering... Less than a finger's worth of rich fluffy densely packed froth that is khaki in color with a slight reddish hue... Decent retention gives way to a full film of lacing of much the same... The color is a slightly murky light to medium brown... A slight bit of moderate paced carbonation throughout... The nose is comprised of light maraschino cherries, light caramel, cinnamon, and a light woody character... It's a unique but pleasing combination... Starts mellow and slightly sweet as the nose alluded to... Next comes a prominent earthy character... Finally, there is a light charred character that rises on the finish... Medium bodied... Crisp... Some sharp carbonation... Finishes a touch dry with a bit of chalkiness... A decent Winter Warmer all the way around... Not my favorite Deschutes offering... It may take a few more to truly experience this one as intended, but I'm confident I'll get there...

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

This brew pours a dark brown with red highlights when held up to the light. There is a two finger off white/tan head which lasts for several minutes and moderate lacing.

The smell is full of sweet and roasted malts, nuts, berries, mint and pine.

The taste follows the nose with plenty of sweet and roasted malts, mostly sweet, followed by nuts, spices, possibly nutmeg, berries and a hint of caramel. There are very mild piney hops at the finish. Just the slightest hint of alcohol leaks through.

Overall this is a very complex Winter Warmer and one definitely worth trying.

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

A - Pours a deep ruby red with a two-finger off-white head. Tons of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of caramel, toffee, and some faint earthy hops.

T - The taste stars out sweet with caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Roasted malts and piney hop appear mid palate. The finish has a nice piney hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a perfectly balance winter warmer. The flavors blend together seemlessly. Very nice.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: its a clear, light brownish/purple/ruby amber color. 3 finger solid tan white head that hangs around nicely. looks really pretty

s: its roasted malts, caramel, pine cones, clove, sweet berries, maybe a hint of cinnamon? and coriander

t: dark caramel, toasted malts, very light pine, cloves, cardamom, sweet berries, fig. ends with some spicy caramel with a very mellow alcohol bite

m: medium, chewy mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation (i'm loving the head retention).

o: one of my favorite winter warmers. its warming, sweet, with just a right amount of spice to harmonize it perfectly. very, very enjoyable and i highly recommend it

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Photo of Stevedore
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Enjoy by 5/4/2015. Poured into a snifter 11/22/2014.

A- Dark brown. Very dark black almost; with a touch of brown. One finger offwhite head with nice retention time, dropping eventually into a thick lacing and collar. Very nice lacing as well. [4]

S- Nothing particularly impressive. Lots of toffee and caramel. Slight bit of roast. A bit of earthy hops rounds it out. [3.25]

F- Nice amount of roast and nutty flavours, surprisingly. Smooth toffee and caramel sweetness buttresses the middle of the palate with a bit of coffee bitterness and a more than solid touch of pine on the finish. Very nice complexity and definitely a treat to drink. [4]

M- Medium bodied, nicely carbonated but smooth and silky. Nice soft feel that makes this easy to drink despite all the flavours packed into the beer. [4]

O- One of the better shelf winter warmers I've had. It's like a black scotch ale- has the good parts of a nice roasty oatmeal stout along with the nice sweetness of a scotch ale/wee heavy without the negatives. Very good stuff, I would recommend trying this one. [4]

Final score: 3.94

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Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Smooth bitterness. Taste is full, but not heavy. It would go well with a fire on a snowy evening. Has a great aroma, a lot of character. It doesn't have any staying power, no taste sitting in your mouth, but the immediate reaction is cozy. It isn't going for too much, not over the top, very comforting.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Jubelale has a medium, beige head, a rust-red, opaque appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, full, fruit cake, dates, dried fruit, some alcohol, cocoa powder, and cookies. Taste is of all those elements, plus strong hop bitterness and dark bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and Deschutes Jubelale finishes on the dry side and sip-able.


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Photo of grammodesguapote
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Bottle, best by 3/16/15. Pours a dark amber color with a light tan head. Aroma is raisin with slight banana, some mild fruit and caramel/molasses. Taste is sweet and malty, not much spice that I could make out, maybe towards the end with the slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is skickey and slightly thick, lots of residual sugars. Overall a decent beer, not in my wheelhouse, would like more spice, less malt/sugar.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Color is dark mahogany with a thin tan head and ample lacing. Smell is roasted malt and dark fruits with some citric hop presence and winter spices. Flavor is very nice, lots of malt, plums, and spices. FInish is refreshing and a touch bitter. Body is medium-full with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a great winter warmer with a lot of complexity and style. I really enjoy this beer. It's really even better on nitro if you can find it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jubelale, though indeed a dark and wintry looking beer, still has enough bright flash to act as a tree ornament; its roasted chestnut colour has a splash of cranberry shine and a fine powdering of snow atop. It's so appropriately designed you'd think the folks at Hallmark were behind it.

First and foremost, the vital ingredients for a good-quality Winter Warmer are: a) good-quality malt; b) a big proportion of it; c) holiday spices subtly blended into it. Jubelale smells like it fits the bill, with a crunchy caramel maltiness and hints of gingerbread, cinnamon, and chicory.

I'd even entertain a notion of milk chocolate, though it's not present on the palate where there's instead an abundance of fruity flavours focused primarily on raisin and dried apricots, as well as a pinch of butterscotch pudding and maybe a distant hint of peat. Plenty characterful but still a bit milder, this will certainly suit those who prefer the English style of doing things.

In true Christmas spirit, this ale prefers to make peace. I mean, not a creature is stirring - not a drop of the 6.7% alcohol nor a single one of the 60+ IBUs (nor even a mouse). It has 'ale' in the title but it drinks more akin to a lager: restrained nuttiness and a smooth, sessionable profile.

Like all Deschutes offerings, Jubelale is a more mainstream-minded one that still has more than what it takes to stand up on its own. Provenance may ensure this brewery's commonplace and mass-produced brands are still revered, but truth be told they haven't compromised an ounce and are as deserving of love now as ever before. Jubelale is a great holiday tipple!

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,648 ratings.
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