We have passed the halfway point in the advent calendar and are now peeking behind door number thirteen to find…
A 25th Anniversary bottle of Jubelale a “festive winter ale” from Deschutes Brewery and one of the most established winter beers in the countdown.
Jubelale 25th Anniversary is sporting a really neat Van Gogh-esque label this time out. According to the Deschutes website that label is a collage constructed from layers of Jubelale labels from years past. This ale pours a chesnut reddish brown with tons of creamy head that ebbs into some nice lacing. Sweet malty nose with a twinge of tart fruit and warm spices. On the first couple of sips I noticed a more complex interaction of flavours from roasted malts, toffee-like qualities and ginger spice but as I continued drinking I found this one became less balanced with the hops dominating the palate. There is a decent amount of body to this winter ale giving it a bit of a warming quality and the finish is nicely bittered. Overall not my favourite year for the Jubelale but a strong outing nonetheless.
I am giving 25th Anniversary Jubelale seven candy canes.