Terminus (3253) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 tap-tucson beer fest
Nice old ale!!! this one has it all. a great balance of hops, spice, huge malts, smoke and spice. very resin-y-some citrus at the very finish. nicely done!!
Rerate-bottle 2010 vintage-pours deep crimson red with a lite kacki soapy head with some lacing. nose of burnt malt, noble spicy hops, lite pine, smoke, char. Flavors of char, wood, pine/earthy hops with a lingering burnt note through the whole way. I dig this even though its not a style i drink on a regular basis. Long burnt finish with some lingering spicy hops. Very solid beer and one of the best from this brewery.
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
After having the Double Bale Quail, the Jubel appears to be the weak little cousin. This has a lot of malt and a bit of hops. Slips of coffee, caramel sweets, chocolate and citrous. More sweet than bitter, but the combination of flavors isn't that interesting.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this in the bottle, pretty damn good; had it from the cask and my god what a seasonal ale. I was in Portland for Thanksgiving at some fish n' chips joint and I truly could not have had a better beer. The color was like a sunset, all red and orange and opaque; off the cask it had nearly no head (but out of the bottle it's small bubbles and tight). This brew was redolent with so many different hop notes and a rich, malty, ester-ridden bouqet that I literally sat with my nose in the glass for about 2 minutes. Bold, sweet, malty flavor, citrus hoppiness came in at the beginning of the aftertaste and was followed my another, different onslaught of malt, reminiscent of unfermented wort. Can't quite tell if the subtle spice notes are adjuncts or hops. A true test of a beer's meddle is tasting it from the cask. Jubelale is a champion.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one pours a muddy red and orange with a slightly tan and orange head which lingers here and there around the glass. The aroma is predominantly caramel malt with peaches, something very slight in spice (coriander?) and a hint of alcohol sweetness. The taste is predominantly fruity in nature..grapefruits and peaches mixed with caramel sweetnesses near the ending. Very bittersweet citric ending, nice however. Ive never been a true lover of christmas ales, but this does a decent job in not spicing me to death. High alcohol content is well hidden, relative to other christmas beers. Thanks goes to beerguy101.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap.Fruity caramel aroma.Reddish brown appearance.Chocolate caramel,fruity peach flavor.Mild hop chocolate finish.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Gregory for this bottle. Good solid seasonal. Not enough spice flavor for me. Nothing wrong with it.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RAF: Golden copper with a lacey head and blossoming hop aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with good complexity and smoothness. Soft, lightly bitter finish rounds out a drinkable, well-brewed ale.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RAF: Deep amber with a hoppy nose. Good malt/hop balance. Very drinkable and refreshing. Citrus, moderate bitterness. A decent brew.
fraternie (826) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2013 Dark fruit aromas. Fruity/banana combines with a dark caramel malt flavor. Smooth finish gains an element of burnt coffee and just a hint of earthy vegetable, well balanced through the medium length. A very flavorful and enjoyable strong ale but lacks a sense of fullness.
jsquire (3499) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out of the bottle a dark, murky amber color with an attractive, off-white head. Nice brown sugar, cinimon toast taste. Nice bitterness in the finish. Very nice drinking winter seasonal. I only wish I could get it locally.