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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation 14' - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by TruePerception:
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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 assailed on all fronts and flanks to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes on the far 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 He'Brew 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.

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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..

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3.97/5  rDev +5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Upon the first sip, if the wonderment of where all these complexities stem, the jargon on the label says it all: "A Blend of 7 ales Aged in 35% Bourbon Barrels and 65% Rye Whisky Barrels", where Jewbelation Fifteen was aged for 18 months, Messiah for 3 months, RIPA for 12 months, Reunion for 6 months, Origin for 6 months and Death of a Contract Brewer for 4 months... What the hell?!

The highly complex ale pours with a dark and ominous tawny black appearance. Garnet swaths of light slice through the darkness. Colors of tobacco and tar slowly and tirelessly shed a short-statured and simmering ivory creme that tops the beer, slowly folding back in before regenerating once more with a gentle swirl.

Sour aromas leap right out with cider, lemons, limes, grapes, cherries and balsamic. But not all is tart and tangy- a strong malt backdrop reveal notions of molasses, toast, coffee and cocoa. Elements from the barrel peak through with peppery oak, whisky and merlot while dates, figs and plumbs add richness to balance the spice.

Its complicated flavor starts with the sweetness of black-strap molasses, burnt honey and fruit. But a darker tone is reaches with a nutty, coffee and cocoa. Then as the ale turns and crosses the middle palate, sourness and fruit dominate its taste- balsamic, cider, dried limes, sour grapes and crab apple all pierce the sweetness and launch an assault on the taste buds. Its boozy finish is once again a melange of characters- whisky, dry red wine, sherry and oak spices link up with a piney hop bite for a surprisingly bitter finish.

Medium bodied, the sweetness of the ale likes to give the beer a heafty demeanor while the acidity, wood spices and warm alcohol act to lighten it. Its sourness acts as a palate cleaner, and then the malt goes and dirties things up again. This back and forth concludes with moderate barrel-derived astringency and aggressively hopped malty-dryness.

Such an odd collection of flavors create a charming yet scattered taste. The beer simply goes everywhere and makes me ponder the point where complexity ends and complicated begins.

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3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation 14' from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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