Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Deschutes Brewery - Jubelale Winter Ale

Getting warm with a winter warmer.
Yup, it's yet another winter warmer that I'm reviewing tonight. It's dark and wet and rainy and cold--I'm just going to give it up and admit that the holiday season is here. Thanksgiving is just a few days away and then it will be Christmas before you can shout Kris Kringle!

Hey, here's something going completely off the rails. Ever hear of the Stumptown SantaCon? It's a free event that will take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on December 20th. Basically, hundreds of people show up dressed in Santa suits and other holiday garb and...I don't know what they do next, but I'm going to find out! Looks like fun! I'm planning a very "special" Santa outfit. Stay tuned!

Sorry about that little transgression. Back to the beer! Tonight's brew is Deschutes Brewery's Jubelale. It's categorized as a "strong ale". This winter warmer comes in at a relatively modest 6.7% ABV. It was brewed with a bunch of malt: Pale, Crystal, Extra Special, Carapils, and Roasted Barley. A load of hops, too: Nugget, Cascade, Willamette, Styrian, Tettnang and East Kent Goldings. This seasonal beer has made an appearance for several years and has quite a loyal following. How was it? Thought you'd never ask.

The beer poured into my glass a dark, reddish amber color with an off-white head. The head made its way up to almost an inch tall and dissipated at a moderate rate. A good amount of sudsy lacing was left behind.

Aroma was sweet malt, overripe fruit, toffee and caramel. A bit of an herbal, grassy, floral smell in the background. Some light citrus hops in the mix, as well.

Taste was toffee, cocoa, ripe cherries and abundant, earthy malt. Bready, almost fruitcake-like flavor lingering after every sip. A light citrus zing at the end. 

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Smooth finish. Not particularly boozy, but I did get a just a hint of alcohol.

Overall, this is a nice, unoffensive, flavorful holiday beer. It would be an appropriate beer to drink with Thanksgiving dinner and while sitting around the fireplace afterward. I'm giving Jubelale a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.

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