He'Brew Funky Jewbelation - Shmaltz Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 440 | Reviews: 127 | Display Reviews Only:
4.83/5 rDev +31.3%
On tap at Rustico Ballston $4 for 4oz
A: A very dark black pour with a slightly light brown head. A nice size, the head laces very nicely but could last a bit longer. 4.5
S: The aroma is nicely tart and surprisingly not dominated by bourbon or rye. Booze and sour, smells inviting. 4.5
T: The taste is really interesting. Built upon what seems to be a base of dark chocolate and booze. The rye and bourbon are much more prominent here. The sweet vanilla and aftertases of sour tartness really blend beautifully. The rye and bourbon add to the taste, which I like to see. A very well put together beer 5
MF: The body is heavy and velvety smooth on the palate. The booze is not offensive at all. Very drinkable 4.5
O: This is wonderful, hope the bottle is just as good. I absolutely recommend you grab this. Every beer in this series has been well above average. A new take on sour beers in my experience. 5
05-25-2012 02:24:36 | More by russwbeck
4.78/5 rDev +29.9%
Head is light brown in color, thick, with fine, dense bubble structure. Dissipates after a minute or so, but lacing is even and sheeting.
Color is deep garnet.
Aroma is fantastic and reminiscent of a Cantillion-style kriek? Sour lambic notes were not what I was expecting at all. Touch of acetic acid like a flemish red. Raisins and red-fruit up front. Citrus hops present, but not distinct enough to recognize. Maybe vanilla?
Whoa. Intense. Not as sour as the lambic notes would suggest, but there is certainly a lambic funk. The raisin flavors are huge and along with the vanilla/caramel touches remind me of an aged sherry. Hops are restrained at first, but really jump out with continued sips. Grapefruit certainly. Quite complex with several layers of tastes popping up over time as the beer is sampled. Gets resinous and more hoppy as it warms. Initial sweetness begins to wane too.
Mouthfeel is thick as one might expect.
Overall, this is more complex than I was expecting and quite nice. Good beer to share and discuss.
04-20-2012 02:58:58 | More by Forestdruid
4.75/5 rDev +29.1%
This pour was very unusual in the coloration, which appeared orange brown and translucent during the poring, but in the glass, it looked very deep red, bordering on black. The head was about two fingers thick at first, and then dissipated down to under one finger thick. The smell of the beer was very strong, and was wafting away from the glass without the need to bring it to the nose. There was strong oak barrel smell, along with the brett, which probably lurked in the nooks and crannies of the same. The taste was keeping up with the funky theme, with sour highly aged taste reminiscent of a Flanders Red. This is an intentional effect, as the aging process involved in this beer and the Belgian style is very similar. When other beers say funky, they usually add a bit of Brett character and call it a day. This one goes for the full "funk you" treatment. I love the resulting creation. The ABV is listed at 9.5%, but it is not evident at all, so make sure you be careful when sampling this. Beautiful beer.
11-04-2013 05:17:33 | More by rajendra82
4.7/5 rDev +27.7%
Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, a small sweet to sour fruitiness and a licorice. In the taste, sweet alcohol, fruity white grape, plum, green apple, and licorice. A small bite, but mainly smooth, with a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry note of licorice and a small fruitiness in the aftertaste. A bit boozy, nice fruit, licorice, that lingers nicely.
07-03-2012 17:09:16 | More by OWSLEY069
4.6/5 rDev +25%
Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Colour is a dark brown with a toffee-brownish head - half a finger in height, fades slowly to a thin film leaving behind nice lacing.
Smell: Lots of dark fruits supported by a nice, sweet aroma from the bourbon barrels; cloying and boozy.
Taste: Funky indeed! The different flavours just keep cycling through my taste buds: sweet dark fruits, hard liquor, bourbon, smokey whiskey, and just a hint of rye. The layers are endless.
Mouthfeel: Full body, silky, and very sticky.
Overall: By far one of the most interesting, delicious chaotic brews I've had. Complex? No. Crazy as a 70's disco inferno? Yes!
05-05-2012 03:57:42 | More by EkimGram
4.58/5 rDev +24.5%
Poured a dark mahogany color from a 22 oz bomber. Deep ruby red hues along the edges with some light penetration.
The label has all the details about the beers used to make the final blend and also includes the batch and date of bottling.
A nice one finger light tan colored head that dissipates very slowly to a thin film.
The bourbon stands out straightaway. Blast of bourbon, charred wood with hints of caramel and sweet alcohol aroma.
The bourbon is also dominant in the taste. Blast of bourbon upfront that slowly mellows towards the middle to give way to sweet caramel toffee notes. Hint of bitterness towards the finish, which is on the drier side. The finish does make you want to sip more. A big, extreme beer that does not hold back.
As it warms up there are some fruity elements that stand out.
Not a lot of lacing along the sides of the glass.
A perfect sipper on a nice, chilly evening. I am sure age will only make this beer better.
Overall, this is a very good blend from Shmaltz.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.
04-21-2012 02:56:11 | More by CaptDavyJones
4.55/5 rDev +23.6%
I purchased this bottle from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley CA, and brought it back to Australia where I shared it with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.
Pours a deep, thick, black, with a gorgeously dark head of chunky mocha-brown. Lacing is speckled but forms as the persistent chunky head moves around the glass. Body is thick and heavy, and leaves streaking streams of fine carbonation. All up, it's a pretty damn fine looking beer.
Nose is rich, sweet and deep, split by a pealing bright funk that lends acidity to the mix. Plenty of roast sweetness and a rounded barrel character to carry it through this, however, and it ends up more boozy, rich and sweet than funky or tart. Slight mineral characters round it off, always giving the suggestion that you're not fully aware of its full complexity. Lovely stuff.
Taste is deep and sweet, but again dogged by that persistent mild acidity that weaves its way amongst the barrel-aging, the mild roast astringency and the booziness, so you never really seem to see it out in the open. It leaves a smooth lemon-custard character: probably citric and biting, but also caught up with the sweetness and richness that surrounds it. It's an impressive beer.
Feel is pretty much perfect: smooth, clear and rich, providing just the right amount of weight for the flavours.
Overall, this is superb stuff. It blends all the oddities into a gorgeous, complex but coherent and balance whole. I think this is a step up even from the regular Jewbelations. Love it.
11-11-2012 04:36:24 | More by lacqueredmouse
He'Brew Funky Jewbelation from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.