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RATINGS: 1040   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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, itís like Yule fire and family.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours dark walnut brown with a foamy off-white head and creamy lacing. Aroma is malt (straw) and hoppy citrus fruit, trace yeast. Flavor is medium bitter and acidic, malty citrus rind with no sweetness to it. Medium bodied and creamy, fizzy palate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thoreaubred (42) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2006
This beer didnít really impress me that much. Boring flavor compared to other Deschutes beers. Like their Twilight Ale, itís a little two watery, though Twilight Ale makes up for that with falvor, which this doe not. Alcohol taste is noticable but not too strong.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 Bottle, 2005 vintage.

Pours dark with orange-red highlights and a nice tan head.

The aroma is truly superb: baking bread, dried fruits, candied orange, a hint of blueberries, and and a hint of chocolate. Compared to the aroma, the flavor doesnít quite live up. Itís good enough - but not an absolute standout as one might have hoped after the first whiff. The flavor is burnt grains and a bit of molassas and raisin, well balanced with firm, tasty hops that provide a nice bitter finish without ever stealing the show from the malts. The mouthfeel is quite nice, full without being too sticky.

All in all, a pretty darn nice beer. 9/3/7/14/15=3.8.

Bottle, 2007 vintage Decent aroma, yeasty, orange peel, cola notes, but also some alcohol burn beyond its percentage. Disappointing flavor; burnt sugar (badly burnt) and a late metallic bitterness too strong to complement the other flavors. Iíd go about 7/3/6//3/12 =3.1 on this rerate. Huge difference between the two ratings; Iíll split it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 2005 vintage, bottled. Very nice dark ruby red color with a medium frothy brownish head. Interesting aroma of raspberry and dried apricots. Flavors of burned toast instantly mob the tongue, followed by the slightly yeasty flavors of a fresh Christmas bread. Very pleasant, non-spectacular seasonal beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sam10 (37) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Dark carmel colored Ale. I expected this beer to be very bitter. But was pleasently surprised by the opposite. Carmel and some fruity taste, at 6.7% alcohol can taste it in the aftertaste. Good beer I enjoyed it and will enjoy it again next year.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2006
2005 bottle picked up for me in Arizona. Deeper amber colored beer, light haze and a frothy beige head. A hearty blend of caramelly and toasty malts to go with some spice and and a decent hop punch on the end. Medium to full bodied with a bit of dryness. Very nice seasonal beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2755) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle, from trade with acertain. 2650814L on label wasnít sure if this meant something. Ski chalet label. Ok nose, malty. Yeasty bready, caramel, lemon. minor fruity notes. Tad hazy reddish orange color, small head that faded quickly, no lacing. Sweet bitter flavors, grapefruit, caramel, apple. Medium body, lite, kinda watery, creamy mouthfeel, bitter fruity finish. Eh, this seemed off by what Iíve seen of others comments. Never would of guessed 6.7%.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2006
Clear brown colour with thick rocky beige head. Mild malt nose with hints of alcohol. Bitter malt taste with lingering bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. Nice tan head and deep reddish-brown body. Rich malty aroma. medium-to- full body. Plenty of hops for balance. Nice finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2005
(Bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a deep mahogany body with a large beige head. Aroma of toasted malt, florals, and caramel. Flavor of toasted malt, toffee, and a hint of fruit (possibly cherry) with a bitter, metallic finish.


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