I can’t believe I hadn’t posted a review of the 2006 Jubelale yet… I’ve had it written down in my notebook since around Thanksgiving. I guess that gives an idea of how far behind I am in posting them here. Of course, that makes for good blog fodder.
Anyway, each year’s Jubel is a winner, and the current one is no exception. And, of course, every year they commission an artist to create a new label. This year:
Every year we seek out a new artist to capture the festive cheer of Jubelale on canvas. Katherine Taylor of Bend, Oregon is this year’s artist, painting a warm depiction of the Deschutes Brewery Public House on a cold Central Oregon winter’s night. We love what she created and hope it entices you to cozy up by the fire with your friends and a tall pint of Jubelale. More of her vibrant oil-paintings can be viewed at www.katherine-taylor.com.
So, on to my review notes.
Appearance: Nice tan head. Deep garnet amber in color, with red highlights when held up to the light.
Smell: Burnt sugar, caramel, alcohol. Dark fruits (raisins, plums), spicy.
Taste: Right up front is the alcohol strength (6.7% by volume), warming and slightly astringent. Spicy hops. Slightly fruity. Rich and dark.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied; puckering in the alcohol with a slight dryness.
It’s still on the shelves; get some before it’s gone!