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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation 14' - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 03-15-2014)
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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/18/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, red wine vinegar, leather, vanilla, oak, toffee, toast, molasses, cocoa, light whiskey, musty funk, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity/funky yeast, and moderate whiskey barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, red wine vinegar, leather, vanilla, oak, toffee, toast, molasses, cocoa, light whiskey, musty funk, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, red wine vinegar, leather, vanilla, oak, toffee, toast, molasses, cocoa, light whiskey, musty funk, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity/funky yeast, and moderate whiskey barrel flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged wild ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/funky yeast, and moderate whiskey barrel flavors; and very smooth and fairly crisp to sip on for the ABV with the moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of MikesnoHSL
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

MikesnoHSL, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - batch 3, case 1492 pours with a deep amber tawny caramel color. A frothy head of mocha whips up and dries out on top, holding at a sticky half-finger. Solid lacing all around.

Aroma - whiskey right from the start, a backnote of funk. Not heavy and boozy, but mashy with prevalent barrel/wood elements. Note of brown sugar as it sets up.

Taste - tangy from the mash and wild yeast, souring the brown sugar flavor. Has that funky tartness taste with the wood edging up the funky. As it warms up, it really continues on that bend, and as such I don't care much for it at first but as layers of chocolate peek out along with the bourbon and abv warmth, I can't help but appreciate the complexity.

Mouthfeel - lots of fluffiness, not at all heavy for a 9.4% beer. Dry at the end, but with a sweetness that balances it.

Overall - when it comes to Schmaltz, I buy first and read labels later. Wild ales aren't my thing, but this had plenty else going on to keep it drinkable for me. Don't see my self re-visiting this, but glad I tried it and challenged the palate.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%

SPLITGRIN, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Kahlerbock, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Denzo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Denzo, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of bourassa23
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

bourassa23, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Big_Dave
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Big_Dave, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of patrad
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I can't answer what if anything is wrong with this beer. I love it in every way. Curios to see what an older vintage tastes like.

Love the level of funk, the character of the barrel aging and the sweet/tart balance.

If you like funk, sour, BA, fruit beer, get this.

This kind of reminds me of a BFM beer.

patrad, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Sparty55
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Sparty55, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of TruePerception
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

He'brew's Funky Jewbelation. A blend of 7 of their ales aged in 35% Bourbon barrels and 65% rye whiskey barrels. 9.4% ABV

A: Slightly under a finger of head. Very dark brown, with a slight hint of red. Golden brown in the dimple. Some slight lacing, but it doesn't stick. You can see a lot of fine carbonation dancing at the top of the glass as you tilt it around, and the lacing sparkles nicely. Not an effect I've noticed before...

S: Surprisingly tart from straight out of the bottle. It smells vaguely Flemish Red-ish! Tart cherry, tartaric acid, black grapes. I get a faint sense of darker malts and caramels. Slight oakiness. Just the faintest hints of Bourbon caramels and rye spiciness.

T/MF: Woah! Okay. The taste is almost completely a different experience. Barrel flavors dominate, but they seem to be in a perfect balance. Some medium rye with Bourbon-y caramels and oak, and more of that tartness that lights up the tip of the tongue. Very acidic, actually, but it's nicely balanced, so as not to overpower! I also get a sticky pomegranate juice flavor, but it's hidden.

Overall, a nice and unexpected experience! I'd be interested to know what beers were blended. I'll have to look it up!

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Edit: Barrel flavors come forward as the beer warms, and funky flavors recede.

TruePerception, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Apparently this is different enough to warrant a new entry - I'm too distracted right now to verify the delta from previous years' entries - I trust the original reviewer's assessment.

This beer pours a clear, very dark cherry cola tinted brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and slightly bubbly tan head, which leaves a few instances of burbling lava spout lace around the glass as it slowly blows off.

It smells of sharp Bourbon barrel woodiness - astringent wood fiber, sour fruity yeast, more red wine and apple cider tartness than yer typical Kentucky whiskey sweetness - a further acidic, almost metallic bacterial funkiness, particularly rye-borne, and none-too sweet malt notes, and even more, if understated white wine vinegar edginess. The taste is a better blend of the rye whiskey and fruity wine barrel effects - appreciable Bourbon malt and tart red vinous essences, but more level, I put forth. The funk from the purported wild yeast is duly ingrained, as well, with a further black fruitiness, gritty treacle, ethereal hints of coffee and Nordic licorice, and removed from the mainstage metallic alcohol.

The carbonation is steady and sturdy, in its challenging, over the top frothiness, the body a dense medium-full weight, and just too assaulted on all fronts and flanks to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes on the sweet side of off-dry, the whiskey and claret (or whatever) barrel, subdued malt, and other fruity characters shifting the sands as such.

Complex is one word that could be used to describe this little Hebrew science experiment, sure, though I'm more inclined to call it, well, busy. Too busy to focus on a few high points, the kind that keep you coming back for more. Instead, my tastebuds get overwhelmed, and not in a good way, tiring them, boring them, even to the point of questioning the meaning of L'Chaim in the first place.

biboergosum, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a neck label that clearly denotes that this is the third batch and that 1492 cases were produced, and that it was bottled on 2/18/2014. Given the rest of the label, I wasn't quite sure what to expect--a blended ale comprised of beers aged for various lengths of time in bourbon or rye (mostly rye) whiskey barrels. And there's that whole "funky" moniker, which would imply some kind of wild ale, but the label (and even the brewer's own description fails to mention anything about wild yeast inoculation. Served into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - So far nothing surprising. Pours a deep rustic brown color, like walnut tree bark. Slight hints of garnet and redwood show when held in front of the light, which also reveals a mostly translucent quality to the liquid. The body is topped by a finger of frothy not-for-long tan head that wastes no time in dissipating to a healthy ringlet and a nice film across the surface of the liquid. The lacing is pretty much nowhere to be found.

Smell - Well then. Here is my first hint that the "funky" label might be intended as a nod to some kind of wild yeast inclusion. It's not sour, but there is that acidic quality to the smell, with hints of red wine vinegar as well as that fruity kind of tartness that is different than lactobacillus-generated sourness. To be fair, one of the included beers is Origin, a beer with pomegranate, so I can't help but feel that is having an impact on the aroma. As it warms, I definitely get a little bit more of the barrel characteristics, with just fleeting glimpses of the bourbon, but the rye seems to peek wryly at me from the glass, imparting notes of vanilla, toffee and some spice beneath the tart fruitiness.

Taste - Here that tartness is more pronounced, but still not really into that gear that I would call "sour" with a big S. It's just a hint of the kind of tart you get by biting into a strawberry, or raspberry. Almost like the impression of tartness. The vanilla and toffee are again present, but I can't quite seem to recapture the strongest wafting of it, which is a pity. A part of me would love to see this one without the fruit tartness, just focusing on the sweeter profiles from the grain and barrels, but another part of me wants to see the sourness kicked up a notch so this is more of a bonafide sour beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation with a dry feel on the tongue and just the slightest pinch of tartness well after the finish is gone.

Overall, just a really odd, but good all the same, beer. My only major gripe is that I wish there was a little bit more ability for the sweeter barrel and grain aspects to shine through. The other part of me wishes the leash was taken off and that this beer was intentionally soured to create a crazy sour brown ale. The in between is just a little off to me.

LambicPentameter, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of adamcarlson28
4/5  rDev +6.4%

adamcarlson28, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent scarlet/chestnut with a pinky of tan head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Red wine/grape juice, some oakyness

T: Red wine, tartness& oakyness up front along with a little grape juice sweetness & dryness. More dryness/tartness, more grape juice & a little boozeyness sneaking in, a little oakyness too. Finishes dry, tart, oaky with grapeyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, warming

I enjoyed this, if you are looking for something funky or sour this ain't it, but tasty & fun enough for my liking. One of the most wine-like beers I've ever had. I never feel like these guys get enough love..

russpowell, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Stillmakingnoise
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Stillmakingnoise, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of CraigTravor
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

CraigTravor, Jun 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Tafyob41, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of AlMarzo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

AlMarzo, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of michaelfcasey
2/5  rDev -46.8%

michaelfcasey, May 23, 2014
Photo of Pencible
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a nearly opaque black garnet with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of very tart apples and sour grapes and funky oak, with some dark fruits and molasses.
T: It tasted like tannic grapes and sour apple and funky oak, with some sweet molasses and dark fruits. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with lots of carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a really interesting sour, with unique character. The scent and taste were rich and complex, and the body was lively but full. Very nice. The alcohol was well hidden, but the finish was powerful, so it must be sipped. Curious how this would age. Fresh is quite good.

Pencible, May 18, 2014
Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

hopsolutely, May 17, 2014
Photo of Jaycase
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Jaycase, May 10, 2014
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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation 14' from Shmaltz Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.