In all my brewing days I have only ever tried a clone recipe once. A clone, if you don't know, is an attempt via home brewing to recreate as nearly as possible a commercial brand of beer. I've made countless beers in my home brewing career but I've rarely deliberately set out to mirror an existing beer.
The notable exception is my flirtation with trying to make Schneider Weisse at home. In short, it didn't go well.
And now comes my Christmas ale attempt.
I love Jubelale from Deschutes. It's malty, it's hoppy, it's rich without overdoing it. It's thick and boozy but warming not threatening. It's lovely....