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
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Pour / Appearance: Not much in the way of carb; some foam hangs around the edges but not much. Expected with the blend and the barrels and the 9.4%. Tan head. Pretty black and opaque, with some brown tinting around the edge of the glass when put in the light. Not the best look, but it's expected (especially when pouring six beers together).
Aroma: Definite funk. Some barnyard notes, probably a lighter brett strain, but also tart and sour notes. I guess with enough time in the barrels, the wild yeast and bacteria can still eat past the IBUs and alcohol content. Oak tannins and almost vinous characteristic round it out. No definite hop or malt, but the blend ensured that pretty handedly.
Taste: Wow, even with the nose, unexpected. Incredibly smooth drinker with a small lactic punch and cherry pie notes. Tannin presence persists, and with the low carb this drinks a bit like a port. Despite the whole thing being aged in barrels, there isn't much oak or such to talk about. If they were bugged or old barrels, this would make sense, and they have to be somewhat bugged to produce this level of funk.
Overall: A very nice beer that's nothing like what I expected. Pretty delicious and a great blend.
Bottom Line: Don't know if it's available outside the pack, but definitely worth seeking out. A really fun, interesting beer I was not expecting.
01-04-2014 20:57:40 | More by VincentFrey
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
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
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
4.36/5 rDev +13.8%
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. 02/18/13 on the bottle.
A: Clear brown appearing almost black in the glass. Light tan head leaves spots of lacing on the glass. Too dark to see any visible carbonation.
S: Aroma of a sour, fruity lambic like beer with a dose of booze and malt. Bourbon and whiskey do not dominate but are certainly present. Rich fruitiness to this one.
T: Complex blend. Lots of sour qualities that really shine after getting a little age on it. Dark fruits add a lot of flavor. As with the aroma, the bourbon and whiskey are subdued.
M: Medium to full body with fairly crisp carbonation. Isn't too sticky and booze isn't overly hot.
Overall much more sour than a draft pour I had in April. Barrel flavors add more of an oak than bourbon or whiskey. Great tartness.
11-10-2013 22:33:24 | More by CloudStrife
He'Brew Funky Jewbelation 13' from Shmaltz Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.