Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by MaltsOfGlory:
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a fairly big, one and...maybe a hair over a finger of head into my standard pint glass. The head is pretty dark, considering the body isn't black, the head is light light brown. Mostly small bubbles on the head, but a few medium and large sized ones as well. Lacing looks nice, but we'll see how it goes throughout the beer. The head is pretty much gone now, but it has left some patchy...even uneven foam on top of the body. The body is extremely dark brown in color, but not quite black, there is a fair amount of dark red in the color as well. Visibility through the beer is zero. Overall it's a pretty nice looking beer, nice looking body, and a nice looking head, even though it didn't last too long, and it ended up kinda weird. On the nose I get a lot of roasted dark malts, that's the first thing I notice. There is a sweet smell to this beer, but it doesn't seem overwhelming at all. There is also a small small booze smell as well, but again, it doesn't seem too bad. Finally there are some easily noticeable hops, which is nice to have sometimes in a darker beer, SOMETIMES. The hops are for sure not anywhere close to as present as the malts are, but they are still for sure there. Finally, there might even be some spices in here too. I might be spoiled, because I've had this beer so many times, and it might be because of that, that I'm only giving this beer a 4 for smell. It's really a freaking great smelling beer, it's just...not quite a 4.5. The taste is not as good as the smell indicated, but it's still super yummy. Dark malts are present, but they aren't dominating the taste like I thought they would be, rather they are pretty balanced with the other flavors. This isn't necessarily a bad things, but in darker beer I generally prefer a big amount of dark malts. The alcohol and the sweetness are both very nice, and they actually compliment the beer pretty well because they are subtle and not overpowering at all. I was expecting the hops to be a little more present than the sweetness and the alcohol, but obviously less present than the malts. What I an tasting is the malts slightly in the lead in terms of taste, but overall pretty balanced, and then the sweetness, alcohol, and hops completely equal and balanced. Again, this isn't necessarily a bad things, and in this case it is much more acceptable then with the malts, it's just not what I expected. There may be some spice in this beer, but overall it isn't a beer with a lot of pizazz, rather a very balanced beer, that I may even all bland, in terms of spice at least. Overall it's a very tasty beer, but it is a little mixed up in some areas. It's for sure a 4, maybe on the lower end of the 4 scale though, because the smell was a 4 and it was better than the taste. Actually, you know what, I'm going to change the smell to a 4.5 because it's better than then taste, and the taste is a 4 for sure. So, overall, good tasting beer. The mouthfeel on this beer is...interesting. The carbonation is just about perfect, but maybe just a tad under carbonated. The body is the problem, it's pretty thing for the style and it even has some watery characteristics. It's not ridiculously weak, I can feel it has some back bone to it, but overall it's pretty thin. Not a terrible mouthfeel, the body isn't horrible, and the carbonation is pretty darn good. The drinkability is actually pretty good considering it's 6.7% ABV, and you can taste the alcohol. It's smooth and tasty enough that it's not very hard to put back, and the alcohol isn't too bad at all. Overall it's a pretty darn good beer. It's pretty tasty and it has plenty of good qualities, it could be improved in some small areas, but overall it's very good.
The appearance is very hard to grade, because it has a nice body, the lacing followed me almost all the way down the glass, and the head was big and it looked pretty nice when I first poured it. However, the head didn't last very long and it left this weird patchy, bubbly array of bubbles on top of the body. This beer probably deserves a 4.5 for appearance, but I'm going to bump it down to a 4 because the bubbles looked bad and they kinda just freaked me out.
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2011 05:40:49 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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4.19/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a deep amber/ruby color with a thin, tan (almost yellowish) head. Minimal lacing. No noticeable carbonation.
A very sweet with a bit of spice with a tinge of cola. Dark fruit notes, bitter cherries and fig spring to mind. Light brown sugar and molasses and a hint of hazelnut.
Beautifully balanced between bitter and sweet. A rush of slightly tart, dark fruit up front with dates and cherries. Sweetness brought to you by molasses with a bit of nice spicing that I can't seem to put my finger on. Tasty, this one is.
Smooth and super easy to drink. Medium bodied. Fizzy. Sweet finish.
Another fantastic offering from Deschutes. Easy to drink and loaded with character. Definitely worth picking up!
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 01:53:12 | More by alphagnome
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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