He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2014) - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.91/5 rDev +4.3%
22oz bottle. Back to the grapey wine guest ingredient, I see (and still with heady Judaic historical references, natch!).
This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and lazily bubbly beige head, which leaves some weak soap scum lace around parts of the glass as it evenly recedes.
It smells of doughy caramel malt, musty yeast, both sweet red (you were expecting maybe something else?) and white wine fruitiness, floral honey, the gritty, earthy dark fruit of previous versions apparently not washed out of the tanks, or something, and leafy, weedy, and mildly perfumed hops. The taste is strong caramel/toffee malt, grainy soaked toast, a bit of candy bar nougat, mixed wine must (a sort of rosé, I guess, then), vegetal maple sap, that last bit of cotton candy in your warming and melting childish hands, ethereal white pepper, and surprisingly bitter leafy, weedy, and floral hops, familiar as they are from the nose.
The bubbles are quite active in their inherently fizzy frothiness, the body a forceful medium-heavy weight, even for the style, and tacitly smooth - the variously soused fruity esters and embiggened hops sniping about. It finishes somewhat on the sweet side, the grapey wine doing a good Manischewitz impression if there ever was one, the caramel malt aiding and certainly abetting, even as the hops threaten to take further unguarded territory.
Not the most complex iteration of a dubbel, but I hardly think that's the point here. A decent base version of the style supports the latest indulgence of guest ingredients herein - so, grapes it is, baby! Ya know, the opposite, or at very least, begrudging working partner of the grain we so readily accept as the way it should be. Anyway, another weird, interesting, and eventually drinkable strong Belgian and points farther south influenced offering from this continually challenging bunch of meshuggah mensches.
08-24-2014 05:31:28 | More by biboergosum
3.26/5 rDev -13.1%
He'brew's Rejewvenator, Dubbel Doppel. A Belgian-style Dubbel and Doppelbock blend, brewed with wine grape juice from both California and New York. 8% ABV.
A: Very clear reddish-brown. Yellow in the dimple. About half a finger's, lopsided head. Fades slowly to a thin ring.
S: I'm not getting a lot on the nose. A little deeper tree sap malt character. A slight grapiness, bordering on raisin.
T/MF: Huh. Light, deep-roasted coffee. Ash. More of that tree sap. Actually, I'd say tree bark, as well. They might have used too much hops for what they were going for (or atleast, what I imagined they were going for by reading the front label). No real sweetness, as one might expecting, given the styles and the grape addition. Not terrible; just, meh. Disappointing, since I know He'Brew can do better.
Poured into a Belgian tulip glass, from a 22 oz. bottle.
04-15-2014 06:17:41 | More by TruePerception
3.61/5 rDev -3.7%
Caught somewhere between Belgian Dubbel and German Dopplebock- this schizophrenic ale is smack-dab in a match of tug and war- one sip seeming more dubbel and the next more dopple. Yet the uniqueness that is "American" plays out underneath with simplified taste and straight-forward sweetness.
It charismatic pour is bright and its body sheds its carbonation and reveals a deep crimson hue with tawny browns, copper and bronze colors tethering through. Building above is a dense and creamy tarnish head that outlasts the session and speckling the glass with random lace.
Fruit, malt and spice align on the nose with notions of hard candy, caramel and honey. Dark fruits of the fig, date and raisin family emerge, along with prominent apple and cherry. Taking on light cabernet vinous notes, its peppery balance is playfully tangy spicy.
Its lavish sweetness is cake-like with the sweetness and breadiness pulling together. Its pulled candy sweetness pulls ahead with confectioner's delight. With the dark, dried fruit flavors rising, those hard candy notions seem even stronger. Its biting hop bitterness slices through its sweetness at the same time as its peppercorn and vinous wine notes do- for a complex taste that keeps the taste buds guessing.
Sticky-sweet in body, the more savory tones that marry up to its bready structure collapses, leaving its candied sweetness to linger long in finish. Its tack clings to the mouth like cola and is only lessened by spicy alcohols, peppery yeast spices and light acidity.
I love the idea of a dubbel-dopple blend as this ale is Mr. Jekyll in one sip and Mr. Hyde the next. However, I'm missing the melanoidin-rich savoriness of Dopplebock and the steely malty-dry character of authentic Belgian Dubbels. But its experimentation plays out cleverly in taste and texture.
04-14-2014 17:11:57 | More by BEERchitect
He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2014) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.