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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Pours fairly dark brown with a big retained tan colored head. Aroma is hoppy grapefruit but there is some nice malty roastiness there too. Flavor is really nice with some decent complexity, especially an ale of this ABV. Enjoyable maltiness with some assertive hoppy to balance out the package. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 21, 2004
Deep mahogany with small head. Cherry malt and vanilla nose with some roasted notes. Med wieght with ling finish and slight sweetness. Cherry vanilla, light spice, bitter hops, and some roasted flavors. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1497) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2004
deep brown with a reddish hue, and clear. head is tan and creamy, lasting. aroma is strong of apples, definitely a subtle maltiness. flavor is malty, lots of fruit, especially apples, typical english hops, also an earthy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Pours clear dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, hops, and malt. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit and hops. Alcohol is there, but it works well with the other tastes. Thanks to Indiana Red for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Reddish brown brew ,tannish brown head.Nose is almost like a belgian strong ale.Strong aromas of dark fruits and roasted malts,very nice.This was a little cold at first and I was let down but after it had a chance to warm the flavor took on a major transformation.Dark fruit,ripe dates and cherries.Then the raosted malts came in changing the feel on the tongue.Indiana_Red,u da man.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Pours dark copper with little head. Aroma is chocolate with some hops and alcohol. Sweet with choclate, some caramel, toasted malts, with little hops and alcohol burn. Creamy feel, nice aftertaste. Overall an exceptional winter ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 2004 draught pint at Redbones. Wonderful deep red with dark brown tinges, quite transluscent with a small off-white head. Smells of sweet malt, light spicing (cinnamon) and lightly spicy hops that are very fresh. Flavor starts out sweet and spicy with the hops being present but not bitter, just fresh and spicy. Light toffee and toasted malt, sweet caramel and molasses on the finish with more herbal hops-like flavor. Full bodied and delicious with a smooth, creamy consistency and very low carbonation. Beautiful! 8/5/8/4/17

2005 draught pint at Redbones. More crystal malt heavy with that profound hardness and a thick sugariness as well. Cherries, tangerines and bitter oranges crowd the palate and seem at odds with the (rather acidic) roasty/toasty malts. Seemed rather jumbled and in the end it goes from a bit too sweet, to too bitter without much room for in between. Though there certainly is no skimping on ingredients and the overall texture was about the same as last year. Rating is an average. 8/4/7/3/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2004
Foamy tan head on a clear amber/orange body. Sweet malt and bitter hop in the aroma with a nice roasted tone and light spices. Rather mild but nice and inviting. Flavor is a little thin but tasty. Sweet caramelly with hoppy tones and notes of chocolate and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjurney (64) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Pours out nice dark brown color with a head. Nice roasted flavor, kinda hoppy, warmth finish. Perfect for cold winter day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1297) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Jubelale pours a dark reddish brown with a brown head that quickly goes to a film.

Its aroma is sweet figgy chocolate with a little bitterness and molasses.

The flavor is roasted malts with some figs and chocolate and spices. It has a nice bitter finish that balances it well. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, but a little acidic.

Overall, a very fine winter seasonal with some nice alcohol warming. Reminds me of Great Divide’s Hibernation Ale.

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