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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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88
very good

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 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 DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.04/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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3.91/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Photo of beerjunky413
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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