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He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2014) - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2014)He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2014)

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-14-2014

Belgian Style Dubbel Ale and Doppelbock European Style Lager brewed with California Merlot and New York Concord Grapes.
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by TruePerception:
Photo of TruePerception
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +8%

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 Back to the grapey wine guest ingredient, I see (and still with heady Judaic historical references, natch!).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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of silverking
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 4/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, spices, caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of spices, licorice, brown sugar and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. There is some fruit flavor in the background as well. The alcohol heat is strong for the ABV. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty with good complexity, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good hybrid of styles, it’s a decent beer to sip on for a while if you’re in the mood for something different.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Brown body, cream colored head. Little to no lacing.

Aroma: Malts, brown sugar, spices, mint, alcohol.

Taste: Toasted malts, raisins, some mint, nuts.

Mouthfeel: Tangy.

Overall: Although flavorful and aromatic, there is just something about it that I do not like. Too tangy or minty perhaps. Probably the use of grapes.

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +5%

Photo of byronic
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours a murky brown with almost no head and no lacing. The aroma is quite interesting however it's a bit confusing as one minute it smells of a dubbel and the next it's unrecognizable. The taste is a bit of a blend between the two styles, neither of which shines. The finish is where the grapce juice is present and is a bit off putting.

For me the grape juice ruins this beer and possibly what could have been a great combination of styles.

Photo of nmann08
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hellpop65
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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1.94/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer that I think may need more time to fully develop. For a beer listed as a dubbel, there is a harshness or bitterness that one does not usually find in that style. It is not the booze, but something else. Perhaps it would be better saying it lacks the sweet of both the styles it claims to be emulating, the dubbel and the dopplebock.

Photo of sirsteve42
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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