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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation 14' - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation 14'He'Brew Funky Jewbelation 14'

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86
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BEERchitect on 03-15-2014

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Photo of CMYK-MMA
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Warning: If you aren't a fan of sours, you won't like this brew.

Funky Jewbelation provides an explosion of flavor (cherry, maple, wood, bourbon) on the first sip. It's quite tasty! That's until the sour takes over after a second. Maybe it's my hop-head bias but I can't back the non-existent carbonation and sour/vinegar finish. He'Brew should list the sour in this beer (they have a vague list on the back but don't specify the type of ale, only the name). From the label "aged in 35% bourbon barrels and 65% rye whiskey barrels" the last ale I was expecting in this concoction would be a overpowering sour. Great ABV, definitely got buzzed after this bomber (I can neither confirm nor deny intoxication during the writing of this review).

TL;DR: Great Flavor - Strong Sour Finish - No Carbonation

Photo of Viperman1316
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of El_Farto_Magico
2.02/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Easily one of the worst beers I've ever had. I understand the appeal, and I highly recommend that everyone give a try so that they may taste what I can only describe as "butt flavor."

Photo of RBuckley73
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kerrie
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jewbelation 2014 pours brilliant deep dark brown under a 1" finely bubbled light tan head that produces crisp lines of lace. A big prune and sherry palate joined by dark dried fruit flavors with traces of caramel and spice. It begins with a slightly sticky mild sweetness but dries towards balance with a mild bitterness on the finish with a hint of tartness especially as it warms. A big chewy, buxom beer with soft, slightly above average carbonation.

Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/18/2014 – Batch No. 03/Case 1492: Pours so dark brown that it looks black color with a 2 finger foamy tan head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good spotty lacing as it went down. After the head dissipated the color of the brew looked more reddish or mahogany brown, almost purple looking.

Smells of sour rotting dark fruit like plum, raisin, red grapes, apples and then a mix of yeast, brown sugar, syrup, piney hops, peat moss, tree bark, red wine, oak barrels, roasted malt, earthy notes and a strange funk that’s almost like a sour grape juice. There are hints of spices and I think I get some rye along with definite pepper, but the barrel aging blend makes this more earthy than boozy.

Tastes of tart green apple and funk up front, followed by sour rotting dark fruit like red grapes, raisins and pears, white wine, yeast metallic traces, brown sugar, cinnamon, pepper, 7-Up, piney hops, peat moss, red wine, oak barrels, rye, dry grass, earthy notes and vanilla that trails like a chaser after a shot and almost seems like MadDog 20/20. The bourbon barrels only allow the oak and vanilla to show through and seem to tame the 9.4% ABV as this flows down easy with only mild sour and tart sensations. As it warmed up it brought out more earthy notes and seemed to smooth out and blend all 7 brews nicely as well as allowing the wild yeast to mix things up.

Mouthfeel is slick and on the watery side with mild carbonation, a light body and an aftertaste that was funky and sour which almost left my mouth dry. It left a sweet aftertaste yet seemed like it scraped by tongue clean with fine sandpaper; funny end.

Per the bottles this is a "A Blend of 7 Ales Aged in 35% Bourbon Barrels and 65% Rye Whisky Barrels”, mixing Jewbelation Fifteen aged 18 months, Messiah aged 3 months, Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA aged for 12 months, Reunion aged for 6 months, Origin aged for 6 months, Rejewvenator aged for 6 months, and Death of a Contract Brewer aged for 4 months...complex and confusing, it was pretty interesting and to me a cross between a wild ale and a Belgian strong dark ale. The funk and sour aftertaste was oddly enjoyable so I’d recommend trying it since I’d have it again. A unique and enjoyable offering.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like a sweet, funky, heavy wine. There's a lot to smell and a lot to taste here. This is one to sit with all night and figure out.

Photo of MDHopster
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

across the board good. Pours very black, tan head, lots of lacing. Aroma of fruit, vanilla, bourbon. Tartness of a Belgian triple with wonderful barrel aged bourbon and rye, the latter giving a nice bitter. Lots of citrus and fruit flavor, cherries perhaps adding to tartness. Initial velvet mouth feel rapidly changes to highly carbonated and tart bite. First time trying Funky, can't compare to prior versions.

Photo of IreRican
4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love the hint of sour

Photo of KShophead
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Balanced, complex- like the communion of a strong ale and a wild ale. Little resemblance to the previous sour, overcarbonated messy versions. Had on tap, fresh and beautiful.

Photo of byronic
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of SocalKicks
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of retry4z
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beersaday
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of csrbv
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ShibbyMayne
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of JohnGray
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Hopswagger
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation 14' from Shmaltz Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.