Review: Deschutes Brewery Jubelale Winter Ale 2010

I’ve still got Modelo in my fridge but the first winter beer has already arrived: Deschutes’ annual Christmas brew, Jubelale.

Not to be confused with Jubel 2010 (a special, aged version of Jubelale), this year’s Jubelale is as easygoing as the 2009 edition. Sweet on the tongue, it’s balanced with just the right amount of bitterness (60 IBUs). Brewed with dark crystal malt, it’s got distinct caramel notes, and some candied apple fruit, and hints of orange peel. Great balance and a solid, silky body, perfect for the holidays.

6.7% alcohol by volume. On sale beginning September 2010.

A / $8 per six-pack /

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