The 12 Beers of Christmas – Day 2: Deschutes Jubelale

On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Deschutes Brewing Company
Bend, OR
ABV: 6.7%

CHUG Rating:
Chuggability: 4
This one got a little sloppy. I could attribute it to being rusty in my chug methods, but I’d like to think chugging is like riding a bike. No, I think that this was simply a tough beer to chug, so I say “good effort, Jubelale” as I truly felt challenged for those 4 1/2 seconds.

How Much: 6
I bought this in a build-your-own-six-pack, but my local liquor store sells it for $8.49 for a sixer. Fully reasonable price for a very decent beer, so if winter ales are your thing, this is a good bet.

Uhhh…Taste: 7
This is an interesting beer, to be sure. It has all the elements I would expect out of a winter seasonal, caramel malts with a bit of fruity spice to it, but the finish still has a bit of citrus and hops bitterness, which was a nice surprise. My pre-conceived notions kind of got the best of me as I was expecting something that tasted like baked raisins, but this a really nice example of the winter seasonal style.

Gettability: 4
Deschutes distributes to half of the states in the union, but Jubelale is a winter seasonal available September through December.

Overall Rating: 6.9

Suggested food pairing: Turtledove jambalaya

Random gif from “A Christmas Story:”



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