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Monday, January 4, 2010

A taste of... Jubelale 2009

Deschutes Brewery
901 SW Simpson Ave.,
Bend, OR 97702

Preface: This is another sample sent by the folks at Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew. It arrived via delivery service and has been stored in a cool, dry, dark place (a Brooklyn apartment). I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of a creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: This is a dark brown amber crystal-clear brew. It is topped with a very rocky dense sandy brown head of closely knit bubbles but leave excellent Belgian lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma: I opened this brew it was a very aromatic pour. The aroma of malt was obvious as soon as the bottle was opened. The first impression is of roasted grain, the second impression introduces just a touch of vegetal aroma that is indicative of the hop plant. A third visit to the aromatics enhances both the malt and grain impression, as well as the identifiable hop characteristics. The moment between sip and lip reveals no surprises.

Mouth feel: It has a good feel to the mouth that is enhanced by the carbonation.

Flavor: After the initial refreshing sensation the first flavors are of candy sugar with a bit of molasses. The second sip reveals the tang of hops. The third sip marries the aromas and flavors of this beer quite well.

Finish: The finish on this beer is quite sharp, perhaps a bit metallic.

If I’d had a chance to explore this beer a bit more I might pair it with a nice piece of cheddar as well as a sharp slightly acidic apple. I would suggest this beer be served before a full sit-down dinner as it will certainly get the appetite ready for almost any flavors.

The Brewery: http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/63/2178

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/deschutes-jubelale/2142/

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