Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery
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3.76/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Really like this brewery, wish I could get them more. When I got this beer, for some reason I figured a festive winter ale should be aged... not realizing it was only 6.7%, so a 2009 vintage to try. I hope I didn't ruin it. Thanks to bendretread for this one.
A careful pour spares me the big sediment sludge on the bottom, and yields a nice fluffy 1/2 finger tan head that fades at a quick pace, decent lacing at least, a dark murky maroon black-raspberry reddish almost purply colored sediment laden depth of darkness.
Nose does have a slight tinge of oxidation, but I'll ignore that, and then turns to a nice malt, toasty reddish malt with lots of candy, toffee, caramel, a little molasses like syrup, a bit of a nutty note with nice candied figs, dates, trail mix like, some nice soft aged malt like notes too, nice dark syrup, touch of a biscuity malt too even. It has all the notes of a nice English old ale that's 15 years old, complete with the oxidation included. I eventually get hints of baking spices that are mostly muted by now.
Taste brings lots more syrupy malts, candy, caramel, toffee, lots of nutty flavors with a bit of fig and candied dates, etc. Just a bit of molasses syrup to go wtih the toffee and caramel like notes, and faint baking spices on the back end. A little aged soft malt feel too, but not much. Now the bad, that definite aged more than it should have taste, lots of cardboard and oxidation all over the place, even a little chalky. A hint of an earthy herbal hop note still comes through even... somehow. Not sweet really either, or very syrupy. Finish is drier but sticky, more oxidation, fair amount of herbal spicy hopsa nd bitterness, bit more dried fruits and nuts, and little dried molasses syrup.
mouth is med bod but a bit softer, stil pretty good carb.
Overall, I'll try to put aside the oxidation as that was my fault not the beer's. nice candy malt profile, nice dried fruits and nuts, sweet candy notes without too much sweetness or syrupy feel, faint hint of baking spices I'm sure was a lot more when it was fresh, and even still a decent hop profile in there somehow. Not bad, still not that great compared to many of the other Deschutes beers, but still good.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2014 02:24:55 | More by jlindros
4.19/5 rDev +6.3%
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
88 out of 100 based on 1,794 ratings.