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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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427 Ratings
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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 14
Gots: 65 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of 6 ales aged in 73% rye whiskey and 27% bourbon barrels. The blend consists of He'Brew Jewbelation 15, Vintage Jewbelation, Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA, He'Brew Origin, Reunion Ale '11, & He'Brew Messiah.

(Beer added by: Pahn on 03-30-2012)
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning a few weeks back. Always impressed by He'Brew, so I thought I'd splurg on an expensive one.

From a bomber into a snifter
BA release #6
Bottled 6 March 2012
Batch 001
999 Cases
Six Ales with 73% in rye whisky and 27% in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: A brown pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, fizzy, tan head with decent retention. Bistre brown in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a good frothy cap. A ring and splotchy wisp remain but leave no lacing down the glass. Fizzy head hurt a bit here.

SMELL: Medium nose of bourbon, whisky, oak, light vanilla and milk chocolate notes. Some caramel, dark fruits and light brett cherries on the nose as well. Quite complex with lots of elements for sure, but it could be a little bigger for the style.

TASTE: This is much bolder and more flavorful than the nose had advertised, and is also much funkier than expected as well. Funky notes of sour brett cherries up front, with some dark fruits and whisky flavors into the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of whisky, oak, light milk chocolate, some caramel sweetness, bitter dark chocolate and sour, brett cherries. Quite complex and much bolder than the nsoe. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Just enough weight and very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Solid.

OVERALL: These guys always impress, and this beer is just another chapter in the story. The barrels, beers and brett really work well together. A creamy palate helped as well. A bolder nose would help bring this one way into the promise land, but regardless, this is a very complex and interesting beer that I was very happy with. Give it a chance if you can. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 15:25:31 | More by Jeffo
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duff247

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-18-2013 05:38:54 | More by duff247
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance. Pours deep brown, pretty much black with 1.5 fingers of tan head.

Smell. Sour cherries, bourbon and sweet chocolate with some tart dark berries and old wood. Interesting.

Taste. Dark berries and fruit, very light sourness, bourbon and caramel, with a little chocolate and barrel and a bit of woody funk. Really sugary sweet.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied with medium, smooth carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall. I like the intention of making something interesing, but this just isn't doing it for me. Way too sweet for this guy and a strange blend of flavours that didn't really go together well with that sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 04:29:15 | More by Rutager
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a number of these beers, as it has been on tap at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for some time now. I'm surprised to see it listed as an american strong because this beer is very funky and quite sour. ...and overall great.

Appearance is a dark brown with a lighter brown/tan head. Carbonation is adequate, not huge but not flat either.

Aroma is of the dark fruit, roasted malt and some of the sourness comes through on the nose.

Flavor has all of the same characteristics but also a very sour presence. Pretty well balanced if you're ok with sour as one of the elements.

A great beer from a great brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 19:02:23 | More by david18
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was all but black. It poured with a medium sized head that faded to a thin film.

s: Odd, but mostly in an appealing way. I find vinous soy sauce, some fruity chocolate, cheries, tobacco, vanilla, and sweet, sugary booze.

t: Sweet brown sugar up front and then mildly funky, vaguely chocolatey, vinous dark fruit. Plenty of booze and hints of tobacco and soy sauce at the end.

m: Big and chewy.

o: Well, its different. It just doesn't quite come together for me. Glad I tried it but I don't want another.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 22:49:19 | More by DIM
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-31-2013 03:29:41 | More by kwjd
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Bottleneck label says Batch No. 001/999 and Bottling date 3/6/2012.

A- Pours a full-on opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that fails to retain long before it shrinks away to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a partial sheet of surface foam. Lacing barely hangs on long.

S- Intense burst of raisin, almond and pecan. Some sweetness in the context of molasses and syrup.

T- Heavy, deep booze bite in the front with a sweet start and a bitter finish. So, right off the bat, I'm getting the Jewbelation, Lenny's RIPA and Messiah nut brown. Loads of syrupy malt mesh with the alcohol and slam down on the palate. A lot of tastes going on at once but not necessarily complex enough to achieve much depth of flavor.

M- Sluggish and viscous with low carbonation fueling that sentiment. Syrup continues to be the word that pops up as the beer leaves plenty of residue behind on the tongue.

O- Definitely a sipper, and definitely an experiment. Just a bit too heavy and strong for the ABV and kind of all over the place in terms of flavor balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 00:50:19 | More by Immortale25
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deepest brown body, trace tan head,
groovy lacing

S: cherries, caramel, sweet malt, nutty, date/figs

T: same as the nose, mild boozy finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth mouth

O: POW! Another fine bottle at a great price
from He'Brew. The alcohol warmth really
sneaks up on you. Will grab another bottle
to lay down. Recommend to any fan of big beers.

VERY GOOD, WORTH GETTING!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 16:21:31 | More by BeerLover99
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-24-2013 19:35:22 | More by Sparky44
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-20-2013 12:22:15 | More by Morey
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-10-2014 18:05:30 | More by thatoneguymike
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 2/18/2013. Batch No. 2. Bottle neck label says "L’chaim sucka" so you know you are in for some fun. Pours deep dark brown with a dark kahki brown head. Smell is crazy. A combination of sour beer and chocolate, with something that reminds me if wine. Smells sweet with some citrus. Bit if the rye whiskey and oak on the nose, too. flavor is sweet up front with chocolate and lots of molasses. Fades into sweet black cherries and sour vinegar. Rye whiskey is present but it is not too boozy. Sweet lingering aftertaste on the palate. Like a slightly sour cherry cordial. Pretty heavy beer, with low-to-medium carbonation. Had no clue what to expect with this, but it actually turned out rather nicely. No single word to describe this. It is certainly funky. Share the bomber, just too much sweet for one.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:49:20 | More by BMMillsy
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-24-2012 21:49:23 | More by 2dogbrew
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

08-12-2012 02:37:42 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-14-2012 16:38:09 | More by Kopfschuss
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akang

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-20-2014 08:48:47 | More by akang
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HardTarget

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep brown glass glows a bit but has no clarity. Halo of tan tiny bubbles holds but doesn't really lace.

Smell: Dark malt extract with a sour cherry twang. A powerful nose gives you bang for buck.

Taste: A real kick in the teeth this one. Sour brett cherry bourbon malt bomb on aisles 4-9. As I get somewhat accustom to the tidal wave, a lot of smokey charred barrel starts to come in, as well as a heady alcoholic slap.

Mouthfeel: Cask to still carbonation drags this back a bit. There's plenty of body to support a little fizz.

Overall: Sour beers don't sit well with me. Love the taste, don't like the indigestion later. Still, was glad to get a nose and taste of this monster. If the Sour doesn't scare you, it's an experience you shouldn't pass up.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 21:03:38 | More by HardTarget
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-23-2012 18:14:16 | More by sholland119
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atone315

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-27-2012 00:07:05 | More by atone315
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-08-2014 06:35:14 | More by whatname
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

04-17-2014 02:14:57 | More by lupercmda
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, maybe with some hints of red, and nearly opaque. A one-finger light brown head on top, and low visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, boozy, chocolate, a bit of wood, some fruitiness (dark cherry?), and some tart funk.

T: Funky, dark fruity, wood, booze (sherry?), chocolate. Quite tasty, although pretty sweet.

M: Heavy bodied, thick sticky mouthfeel, significant alcohol heat, carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Tasty, different, but it's heavy, sticky and sweet. I felt pretty much done with it after about 6 oz. worth of the beer, but those first six were quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2013 14:57:41 | More by macrosmatic
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vonnegut21

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-10-2012 18:34:05 | More by vonnegut21
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is wood, molasses, alcohol and chocolate.
Well, the taste is outstanding. It's amazing that this is a blend of six barrel aged ales and that it tastes this good. Where to begin? There are bits of every one of the six beers in this one beer and they all play together nicely.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
Try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 00:12:09 | More by Fatehunter
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours dark brown with a beige head of an inch that quickly fades to a placid surface and zero lacing.

Ripe malt, raisins, bourbon, port, and plums start the nose. Booze-laced figs and dark fruit follow through.

Medium to full bodied with a slick, sticky mouthfeel. A bit syrupy.

Sweet malt, ripe fruit, and plump raisins lead off the palate along with boozy, vineous notes. A faint tartness with cherries and dark rum run under.

Finishes with warming bourbon, port, cherries, and leathery malt.

Big, boozy beer and certainly cellar worthy.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 02:28:57 | More by brewandbbq
He'Brew Funky Jewbelation from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.