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RATINGS: 982   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, it’s like Yule fire and family.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3156) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Thanks to Bück Dich for this one! This is a beautiful beer. Tall, off white head that sits on a clear garnet beer. Lots of caramel and some yeasty notes in the aroma. Smooth body that delivers a lightly sweet nutty brew that has a nice dryness in the finish. I’d like a bit more body, but this is a real nice winter treat. I could drink another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Ah nuts... Like I have a bowl of nuts in front of me, and this looks most like the color of a filbert. I wistfully smell cardamom among the "pine and spruce," and warm biscuits in a seasoned 12" cast iron skillet. Doink. Jubelale is "characterized by a large malt body balanced with hop bitterness derived from a variety of American and European hops." I don’t know -- that sounds like Santa on a salad diet. The picture I get as I guzzle to buzzle my calabuzza is bit thin: It’s like I live a quarter mile from my nearest neighbor so I focus a telescope on his dining room and see a fat guy sitting at the table eating a box of brach’s chocolate-covered cherries on a wood table decorated with pine boughs. Whooppee, an average "Santamas" beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Deep mahigany color with a medium beige head. Spicy malt aroma. Nutmeg, corriander, malt, honey and hops flavors. Slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3385) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2008 2004 Bottle. Ruby red with a brown head. Malt and hops in good balance. Smooth on the tongue, and smooth going down. Tinge of sweetness. This is just what it wants to be...a great winter ale. 2006 Bottle. Same color as before. Nose of hops and fruit. I have tasted a lot of beers since the first time I rated this. I can only say I still like it. 2008 bottle. Seem like I get this every two years. Same as ever, which is good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Bottle pours dark cherry, large frothy sand colored head, wonderful lacing, with very light carbonation.   Subtle hop aroma, traces of malt.   Sharp bitterness up front, quickly gives way to a decent balance of roasted malts and hops.   Body and mouthfeel are rather average, at least compared to earlier years.   Subtle malts and hops on the finish... slight sweetness with a bit of biscuit.   yawn....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 2004- Dark Amber with a tan head. Aromas and flavors of allspice and nutmeg. Very dry mouthfeel. 2005-Dark Amber with Tan head. Malty aroma with some fruits. Sharp, cardboard, and prune flavor. Dusty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Thanks to Odeed for sharing! Carmalized malt, nutty aroma. Dark ruby color with a thin tan head. Really nutty, kinda odd/cheap taste aka over carbonated... Decent but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Bottle: Ruby amber with a tiny tan head. Aroma: berries, hops, grass, earth, apple, sweet malts. Taste: Hops, caramel, chocolate, tea, lemon, spices, light roast. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5365) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Poured a deep amber color with a small, light tan head, that also left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malts, mild fruity hoppiness, and alcohol (surprising seeing how the alcohol content is only 6.7%). Taste was spiced, light roast, fruity malts, and a light hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Clear garnet pour with a medium tan head. Shared with my brother. Malty nose, brown sugar, some yeast. Smooth and malty, sugary to start, choco-bitterness to finish. Very easy drinking, not cloyingly sweet. I like this.

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