He'Brew Funky Jewbelation 14' - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
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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 El_Farto_Magico
2.02/5  rDev -47.8%
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 maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Picked up because I like Shmaltz’s stuff quite a bit. And hey, I have a Jewish friend. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, bottled 2/18/14.

And we have a gusher! Popping the cork necessitates a towel, & there are just too many ways to go with that, so I’ll leave it lie. The pour is dead dark, with spare red around the edges, someplace between a stout & a porter. The head fades faster than a Kenau Reeves performance. The nose is an overhand smash of fruitiness, with lobs of tartness & wood tannins. Smells like a strange wine.

Funky Jewbelation 2014 charges me up. Seriously: a wildish beer where you can actually taste the barrel is about as common as getting an ogre ride. Barrels figure prominently here with a wide slash of whiskey/bourbon warming all the way down, backed by a prominent dose of fruity cherries (sans stem) that impart only a mild tartness. Sweet malts dance into the mid-palate, barrel staves provide dry humor, but closing the deal is that exquisite balance of barrel & wild. I could have taken this bomber into my tummy alone, & I don’t say that often about wildish stuff.

This shit might be my holy grail. Taste the barrel & the bugs? Fuck yeah. Why can’t more breweries figure this out? This is a beautiful beer, artfully done. Excellent.

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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 biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -2.1%
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..

Photo of MDHopster
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 TruePerception
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, bottled 02/18/2014, batch 03/case 1492. Served in a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Black with a full glass, but more of a cola brown with some ruby red highlights as the glass got less full. Thin tan ring with some small strands and occasional dots of persistent lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, rye whiskey aroma dominate, but not overpowering. There are some other smells under that bourbon barrel / whiskey smell. In fact, it's quite appealing - like a fine aged whiskey. Maybe just a hint of tart fruits....but I could be confusing that aroma I can't quite place with the taste of this beer.

Taste: With 7 different aged beers all blended together it's amazing to me that this beer has some distinct flavors, but it does. Definite whiskey/bourbon flavors, wood tannins, a tartness that mellows out a bit as the beer warms up (sour tart cherry), with a roasty finish that has hints of chocolate, coffee, and more whiskey notes.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, sticky, and light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer, but it grew on me with every sip. The initial pour when it was still cold was very tart, mouth puckeringly so, and I was worried I might not be able to finish it, but then more of the flavors came out and it was still a sour beer, but with enough other flavor to compensate for it. I think I would be in serious trouble to finish off a whole bottle myself (I shared this one with the Mrs.) but I handled my big Duvel glass pour and was glad to have it. I had paired this with Pizza and it didn't quite go. Not sure what type of food to pair this with. Something more substantial I think. Could go with a dessert though - the tartness might pair well with cheesecake or a fruit tart.

Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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 LambicPentameter
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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 beerjunky413
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Dark purple/black with a sustained 1/8th inch head. Aroma: figs, plums, dark grapes, alcohol. Almost smells like an expensive merlot but with some barrel notes and wild yeast funk. Taste: slightly mouth puckering with tons of dark fruit and smooth wood undertones. The high abv is present but feels appropriate. As each sip ended I got a nice combo of dark grains and sour funk. Very enjoyable beer. I think this beer could turn a wine lover on to big, funky barrel aged beers. Wish I bought another to cellar.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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 BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Judicator7
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There is an obvious cherry character to this sour. But the blend makes this a nice balance. Well done.

The nose is fruity and gives you the impression of even more tartness than is really present.

This beer is a nice combination of sour, barrel characteristics, and a little acidity.

Photo of IreRican
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love the hint of sour

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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 patrad
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Photo of barczar
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep brown with frothy tan head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

Balsamic vinegar notes and fairly sweet caramel malt dominate the aroma. There's a hint of phenols.

Chocolate and deeply toasted, lightly toasted malt form the backbone, with acetic acid providing contrast. Very complex flavor profile, which finishes a bit burnt and with a touch of buttery diacetyl.

Body is light, with moderate to light carbonation. Alcohol is somewhat well hidden, but warms the body.

Interesting contrast of malt character and sourness. Menthol surfaces at the finish. Strange, but I like it.

Photo of CMYK-MMA
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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 SirHefeweizen
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well I was very excited for this beer and I was not let down. It's is almost jet black with a dissapating dark head. The smell is of funk, oak and so much more. The taste is on incredibly complex.

Photo of Jewmalt
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the first and only sour beer I've had that didn't taste like I was drinking bile!

Quite delicious and worth your time and tastebuds.

Photo of Pencible
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After tasting the 2013 bottle I was a bit skeptical about this one as I felt that the 2013 bottle was a bit too sour. The 2014 bottle was much better, still sour, but a lot more balanced.

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation 14' from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.