Ho ho ho, Merry, uh, Halloween?
Deschutes annual winter brew release, Jubelale, is is here… a tad early, but who’s complaining? We missed the last couple of releases of this seasonal beer, but like an old glove it still fits well. This year’s release is nutty and malty, with a chocolatey core that wavers between milky and bittersweet. The finish drives toward a coffee character, with chewy, woody notes to it (Deschutes’ tasting notes use chicory as a reference, which I think is just about spot on). I could use a little more sweetness in the mix, but overall, as usual, this is a satisfying and warming “festive” brew.
The only problem is that as I sip on this here in Northern California, it’s 90 degrees outside. Should I drink it now in the heat or wait a couple of months til things chill down? Ah, decisions…
A- / $8 per six-pack / deschutesbrewery.com
- Review: Deschutes Brewery Jubelale Winter Ale 2009
- Review: Deschutes Brewery Jubel 2015
- Review: Deschutes Brewery Cinder Cone Red and Red Chair NWPA (2010)
- Review: Samuel Adams Octoberfest