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He'brew Funky Jewbelation 2014 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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

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 TheBeerAlmanac
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of barczar
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 Raziel313
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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 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.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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