Deschutes Brewery’s Jubelale

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From their site:

A dark, malty celebration ale with layered flavors and beautifully balanced hopping. Jubelale pours deep garnet in color, medium bodied, with notes of chicory, earth, spice and fruit. To beer lovers, it’s like Yule fire and family

From my notes:

brown, medium bubbled head and a dark coppery red color. Nuts and toast with malt on the nose. Toasted oats with earthy, bitter finish.

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Fall and Winter seasonal beers are my favorite and this was the first time I’ve been able to get my hands on Deschutes’ Jubelale, a beer I’d been looking forward to drinking for nearly two years. So, I was surprised and excited to see it pop up at the Co-op! After trying it though I’m sorry to say it won’t be replacing New Belgium’s 2° Below or Firestone Walker’s Velvet Merlin, both of those are deep, smooth, chocolatey, oaty beers. My problem with Jubelale is that they ruin the great start of their beer with a bitter, acidic finish that spoiled my whole experience with the beer.

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Rating (out of five):

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