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He'brew Funky Jewbelation 2014 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'brew Funky Jewbelation 2014He'brew Funky Jewbelation 2014

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JShelbyS on 03-15-2014

A blend of 7 ales aged in 35% Bourbon Barrels and 65% Rye Whiskey Barrels.
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Photo of RBuckley73
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kerrie
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
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 -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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 -1.5%
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 MDHopster
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love the hint of sour

Photo of KShophead
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of SocalKicks
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of retry4z
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beersaday
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShibbyMayne
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of JohnGray
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Hopswagger
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of MikesnoHSL
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%

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 brongladest
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Beerlover
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/18/14 at 40 degrees into a snifter
Aroma of oak
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing OK –multiple various size islands of tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins sweet with marked vanillin, slowly becomes somewhat tart. By the end, the alcohol comes through. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate full, syrupy, soft carbonation.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.5625

Photo of chefbigjon
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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He'brew Funky Jewbelation 2014 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.