Pacific Northwest – Fall is almost upon us but you couldn’t tell that by the seemingly endless advertisements, and specters of “Fall Beers” that are coming in September. That’s right, this writer said it, September. Anyone with a calendar and a good sense of math can tell you that Fall is not till around the 22nd of September, yet we have already discussed this with the advent of Jubelale.
Truth is, you the Craft consumer, drank a great deal of Twilight and what better way to reward you for your enthusiasm than an early start on Jubelale. So wondering when this beer would show up on the shelf, we were caught a little bit off guard when we spotted a box from the brewery at our doorstep. Featured neatly inside was a bottle of this Winter Ale that people have been speaking about for almost 20 years.
So instead of letting this beer rest in our fridge for another few weeks, we instead elected to try this out and see what this year had in store for us.
Deschutes Jubelale is a Winter Ale that pours dark but allows a slight brownish glow to rest at the bottom when the sunlight hits it just right. With an initial strong mocha-colored foamy head the only that thing that remains is an antiques curtain as a reminder of what was rest near the top of the glass.
As the beer is swirled around underneath the nose, we detect spice with dark fruits minor brown sugar, and overall sweet character.
Tasting this you can’t help but reflect on hot buttered rums, or rum raisin as raisin and figs come forward before being imparted by a noticeable brown sugar, before finally allowing the spice hop bitterness to finish the sip. Overall this beer has a medium weight when rested on the tongue and at 6.50% this is a great sipper after a few hours spent raking leaves, mowing the lawn, or relaxing outside with a lightly seasoned, grilled pork or steak.
Every year, fall’s crisp, cool air signals the imminent arrival of winter. Thoughts of snow, friends and family, the holidays, and — Jubelale. Brewed with dark crystal malt creating a luscious holiday note with bountiful hops to excite your taste buds— it’s easy to see why Jubelale is the perfect complement to the season.
For the past 16 years, Deschutes Brewery has selected a local Oregon artist to create an image evocative of the season’s festive atmosphere. The intricate and unique art on the label enhances the Jubelale experience much like beautiful wrapping paper enhances a gift.
This year, Oregon artist Natasha Bacca’s unique “creation of light” adorns the label. Bacca says, “This piece illustrates a cold winter night in the background with a dynamic warm fire in the foreground. I wanted the composition of the work to exhibit a balance of cool scenery elements with the warm and energetic celebrations of the season, exemplifying this festive time of year.”
You Must Try. There aren't too many beers out there that demonstrate what a Winter Ale in the Northwest is but this is the exception. Enjoy this beer side by side with some smoked turkey or pork or maybe with some buffalo.
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About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.