He'Brew Funky Jewbelation 13' - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.94/5 rDev +2.9%
Bottle I brought to share at dabaloons' tasting.
Batch No. 02. 1492 cases. Bottled 2/18/13.
Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, caramel, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a tasty sour presence, but I am not really getting any noticeable barrel aged qualities other than some wood.
01-25-2014 22:48:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.79/5 rDev -1%
22oz bottle, bottled Feb 18, 2013. This year's version has a more balanced (55/45) ratio of bourbon and rye whiskey barrel treatments in its blend schedule.
This beer pours a very, very dark brown colour, with pervasive red cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, thickly foamy beige head, which leaves a bit of random sea spray lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.
It smells of sour cherry and other indistinct orchard fruit, red wine vinegar, moderate barnhouse funk, subdued pale and caramel malts, astringent wood fiber, and fruity alcohol. The taste is rather sour fruity malt, semi-sweet cooking vinegar, lemon juice, a bit of fleshy dark fruit, woody, grainy whiskey barrel notes, an earthy yeastiness, and wet leafy, weedy hops.
The bubbles are duly present, and pervasive, but mostly just playfully frothy, the body a dense medium weight, and actually scorched-earth smooth under all that various acridity. It finishes off-dry, the sour acidity still cutting a broad swath across that big boozy barrel-tinted maltiness.
Like the previous incarnations of Funky Jewbelation, it just seems that the well-wrought sourness, funkiness, and woodiness are weirdly out of place in this brewer's heady strong ales. I'm unable to detail why, other than a certain dissociative sense I get while drinking this, like someone dumped a dry fruit lambic into my big-ass Shmaltz hop and malt monster. But I guess that's just me.
12-18-2013 03:37:28 | More by biboergosum
3.01/5 rDev -21.4%
i really didnt like this one, but maybe its just my palate. a strange blend of beers, aged partially in rye, partially in bourbon barrels. there is an obvious infection here, or bacterial presence, i suppose possibly intentional, but why? dark syrupy in color, i smell red fruit, orange zest, soy sauce, and dark malt. its sour and sweet, a mix ive never really enjoyed, but it smells more like an asian dish than a beer. the taste is odd too, sour up front, sweet on the back end, with the soy all the way though. the beer they call origin, a pomegranate brew, is very evident in the taste, tart and juicy, distinct as that beer way. the other flavor agent thats front and center is the rye barrel. course and granular, with a whiskey sting. the alcohol is robust, the sourness is there, but there is just way too much going on for this to be enjoyable for me. its a sloppy mess really, a jumble of a bunch of things that dont even work very well on their own. i really didnt care for this at all.
02-23-2014 19:18:55 | More by StonedTrippin
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/18/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, light vanilla, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, dark malt, and moderate bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, light vanilla, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Nice amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, light vanilla, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding sour strong ale! All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
05-10-2014 23:54:11 | More by superspak
3.99/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown with a half finger fine tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark lightly toasted malt, wood, cherry juice, wild yeast, mild citrus. Starts wth cherry, oak, light fruit juice, wild yeast funk and quickly develops a puckering wild sour cherry tartness, whoa. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Lots going on here, quite a different flavor than the the malty aroma, which may have reflected the original ale mixture used. I'm not a big sour fan and usually don't review them due to not having the taste for them, but this one is compelling to me, largely because it is relatively complex and the sourness sneaks up while sipping, but with plenty of flavor support and good barrel wood notes. Not enough to convert me to sours, but plenty to impress me and allow me to drink this with pleasure.
05-02-2014 04:00:15 | More by LiquidAmber
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
22 ounce bottle, bottled on 2/18/2013. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with some reddish tints, and about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like tart dark fruit (cherries), vinegar, whiskey, wood, lemon peel and some blackberries. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some raisins, caramel, vanilla and a bit of chocolate. I think the tart fruitiness is dominant, but the whiskey flavor is noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has low/moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I wasn't expecting the tartness so it was a nice surprise. Definitely worth a try. $10.99 a bottle.
12-22-2013 23:09:30 | More by bluejacket74
4.4/5 rDev +14.9%
Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.
Pours a very dark opaque brown, with a quickly fading one inch head that recedes to rings of lacing down the glass.
Smells include apple cider, grapes, cherries, caramel, and chocolate.
The taste is similar. Mind-boggingly complex- I uttered "Wow" out loud when I first tried it. Gonna try to pick this one apart- vanilla, bourbon, cherry, apple cider, lactic acid, chocolate, oak and other woody flavors. Just packed with flavor, with a nice alcoholic fruity acidity that lingers on the palate for a while.
Slightly boozy, but it adds to the overall experience. Tart, but creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable.
This one was really weird for me, but it worked well. Delicious stuff.
05-06-2014 00:47:18 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.71/5 rDev +23%
dark rustic brown, minimal froth on top, smells like a certified sour. wish I had known. wish it had been labeled as such.... I suppose the root of the word 'funky' should have given me a clue....
smells fruity, tart, a tad of vinegar, a little bitter and shot of sour. this one IS different (2013) than the other listed on BA in that it has 6 ales from 55% bourbon barrels and 45% from rye barrels. and it's 9.4% . . . . .
Coca-Cola look in the bottom of the glass as it is tilted, minus the carbonation. orange-y brown around the edges.... some cherry and blackberry tartness. easy to miss the large abv. I love the sours, but I just was not expecting it right now... as I spend time on tasting it I really like what i'm getting.... subtle tartness and great flavor. this one is very, very good.... bottled in 2/13.... mixing seems to be the thing these days, doesn't it?
I wanna give it a 93 overall, but I cant. so i'm doing the 95 and letting it all play out from there...
12-15-2013 04:29:46 | More by pkalix
He'Brew Funky Jewbelation 13' from Shmaltz Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.