He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 482
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 15
Gots: 72 | FT: 5
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Pahn on 03-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a dark cranberry red to almost brown that gave it a purplish hue in the bar. The head was a tightly knit cap of dense brownish foam.

The aroma is tart, a tad sour and full of balsamic funk. A good amount of sour cherry can be had along with some barrel wood.

The flavor is well matched between barrel and sour. The taste is tangy and tart with cherry, vinegar and sour. The barrel manifests itself in a bit of oak and a touch of vanilla for sweetness. This taste profile compliments the sour cherry very well.

The feel is a bit puckering but not over done and adds to the personality of this ale.

This is listed as a strong ale but this certainly could mask for a well done European Flanders, Oud Bruen or any other sour style ale. (747 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. Batch/Cases No. 001/999. Bottling date 3/6/2012.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark black with no other color. Moderate amount of bubbles and a decent two fingers of tan head that slowly fades into a thin layer. Lacing is moderate on the glass.

Smell: A pretty interesting smell. The first thing that stands out is a somewhat sour dark cherry presence like a wild ale. Big hints of rye and a little bourbon with vanilla and oak. Dark roasted caramel malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Also some hints of sugar, dark prunes and figs along with the cherries. Crazy but smells good.

Taste: Tastes just as complex and crazy as it smells. Big dark fruit taste with sour cherries, fig, and prunes. A good amount of rye and some bourbon with hints of vanilla and oak. Dark malts with hints of caramel, chocolate, and a little coffee. Also some brown sugar and molasses. With six different beers things are starting to get a bit jumbled. But this does taste good and is pretty drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Syrupy and chewy but smooth enough so it goes down fairly easy.

Overall: With this many flavors competing you would expect a mess, and to an extent this kind of is. But this is balanced and smooth enough to be an enjoyable beer. The dark fruit flavors are pretty good. This is like a combination of a dark Belgian ale and American Wild ale, and barrel aged. (1,472 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a substantial toasted beige head. Good lace and retention. Nifty Jew 'fro bottle art.

Smells like a sour version of those root beer barrel hard candies. Sour whiskey dark fruit.

Tastes like sour whiskey, root beer, and barrel-y dark fruit. Flavors are very complimentary and balanced. Velvety mouthfeel.

I like whiskey. I like root beer. I like whiskey and root beer in my beer. (398 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (381 characters)

Photo of beergoot
1.9/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Batch No. 2/Case 1492; bottling date: 02/18/2013

The beer poured a dark brown body with a thick bubbled, smallish head; head quickly disappeared and looks flat. Spicy, estery, and phenolic nose; plums, raspberries, and dates; boozy. Strong sour and tart flavors; grapefruit. Medium bodied and coarse mouthfeel.

God knows what the brewery intended with this, but this one is headed for the drain. There's overkill with the barrel aging (and nothing remotely resembling bourbon or rye, more like a sherry or red wine) and the various beer styles just don't merge well. There's no overtly discernible malt or hop character. The overall taste is like wine turning to vinegar. Lousy and forgettable although it may pass for a fair wild or Flanders sour ale. (754 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - near black and impenetrable, two fingers of mocha head retained nicely
S - a milky sweet & sour aroma, rye, toffee, and mild hops, definitely funky
T - this thing is all over the place, the milky sweetness is prominent, rye and woody notes, mild molasses, a hint of herbal hops
M - big and somewhat chewy, low carbonation, sticky sweet, with just a little dryness from the alcohol
O - I think this is a case of too much of a good thing, big respect for the forward thinking, but it seems unfocussed and that comes through in the flavours, but still worth a try for any curious beer advocate (594 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle as part of a Hannukah mixed pack by Shmaltz brewing. The pack is of eight beers (for the eight nights of Hannukah); so expect many reviews to come.

This is a good smelling beer. You get a decent amount of sour presence off the top of this one. I also get some raisins from this one.

The Funky flavor is a very mixed bag. You get an uneven mix of sour and dark fruit. I would sip this one, as a full drink does not play well here.

Jewbelation is a little bit of a challenge. There is lots of stuff going on with this beer. I would sip this slowly for the best experience. (597 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,056 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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! (807 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Funky Jewbelation, bomber bought at Whole Foods Columbus Circle for circa $11.99.

Appearance: Poured into my new and massive Daan Duvel glass, the Funky pours dark and black and opaque like an Imperial Stout, with a perfect one-finger head that lasts long enough. Some lacing and good retention.

Smell: Sweet and sour, with lots of funkiness! A clear vinous aroma all around, with grape juice and Welch's fruit jelly. Barnyard, fresh horse shit/pee near Central Park and smashed cherries. Whiskey overtones all around. Between engaging and unpleasant...

Taste: Dark fruit, Concord-grape puree. Then some hops and liquid chocolate. Graininess, more whiskey flavor and some barrel. Sour all around. Outrageous sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full body and flavor, medium-to-low carbonation. Sticky, chewy, sweet and heavy. A definite sipper, can easily overwhelm.

Overall: Drinkability is low here. So sweet and thick and massive... easily my lowest fav of all of Hebrew's barrel-aged releases. Would not seek again, but glad to have tried it twice. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really excited to try this one, had never seen or heard of it before but a beer that's made up of seven different aged beers sounds GLORIOUS! Hopefully it tastes half as good as it sounds. This is the 2014 vintage

A: very very dark crimson brown, looks black until you hold it up to a light, with a thin quickly dissipating light khaki brown head.

S: Aromas of very strong sour ales, can't get much more than that, maybe once it warms...

T: initially very sour. The mid-palate of this beer is where I get kind sidetracked and the after taste is where I get completely lost - not in a bad way but in a way that makes it hard to describe accurately what is going on in this beast. There is some strong maltiness at least for a sour, not overpowering but pretty noticeable for this style of beer. waiting a bit for is not a bad idea with this one. picking up a slight dried fruit aftertaste, raisins or dates. There is also some metallic taste to this in the mid-palate perhaps from the yeast strain used. Great sour factors here but subsides after 4 or 5 sips, then there is a pleasant sweetness to it, unfortunately the rye from r.i.p.a. and the bourbon whiskey is lost in translation.

O.A. : I wish there was a little more complexity in the beer for all the different ales that were used to mix this one, still very good to try if you like unique and sour aged beers. (1,372 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
1.88/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

12 oz.

Pours jet black, tan film for a head.

Smells of whiskey, molasses, cinnamon, figs, caramel, coca cola and nutmeg.

Tastes like grapes, bourbon, oak, soy sauce, cranberries, cinnamon, molasses, chocolate, lemon juice and orange peel.

Medium body with a light tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

I really want to like this beer and have had and liked several of the component beers that went into this ale blend, but this is awful. Cloyingly sweet and nauseating. The only beer I've ever had that I've had trouble getting down without gagging. I see from the other reviews that I am in the minority here. Maybe I just got a bad one? The bottling date says March 6, 2012, so maybe it just aged poorly. Batch 001 of Case 999. Whatever the cause, this is pretty terrible. (794 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sierra Grille...kind of a mystery beer to me, a mix of various Jewbelation beers that has been funkified I believe?

Pours into a snifter a very dark brownish red, a nice off-white head retains pretty well, settles as a thick cap leaving good lace.

A good smell with balance between dark fruits, caramel, funkiness.

Lots of dark fruit/raisin up-front, caramel+nutty malts, molasses, quite a bit of sweetness but balanced pretty well. There is some light funk/brettiness there but it's toned down from the nose. Some earthy hop, slight booze.

Solid mouthfeel, a bit of a velvety feel, a little booze but not bad for almost 10%.

An interesting beer, I've never had any of the Jewbelation series or any Shmaltz beer for that matter so I'm not sure how well any of the elements of this blend were integrated. Certainly wouldn't mind trying it again. (860 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a kind of trade a few weeks ago. I am breaking my head if i got this bottle from Trevorjk but i will ask him the next time i see him...

Poured in my small duvel tasting glass the beer looks nice, pretty dark fluid and a decent head.

The rest gets disappointing from there on. The beer is too sour for me. I dont know if its the hops they used or the yeast or any other ingrdient. I also can not detect the bourbon and whiskey there should be in the bottle. It is there but not as noticable like the other is this style... (544 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.06/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22oz bomber into a snifter.

Pours a completely opaque dark brown with a tiny head that quickly dissipates

Aroma of dark fruits and a little bit of pine. I don't really pick up too much of the bourbon/whiskey aging.

The flavor is immensely sweet right off the bat. Some roasted malt, cough syrup, dark fruit and some tartness. A tiny bit of bourbon but not much. Alcohol is detectable through the nose. Mouthfeel is very heavy and sticky.

Overall, a really bad beer in my opinion. Like drinking overly sweet cough syrup. I really could only drink a couple ounces of this. Above and beyond cloying. There is just way too much going on in this beer and it is beyond sweet. I was really expecting a lot more. (709 characters)

Photo of shand
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's time to unleash the funk! Batch 1. The two batches should really get separate listings...

Funky Jewbelation pours a very deep brown with a nice cap of head. The aroma is - honestly - not what I expected. The Funky might be more than in name, and I don't know where the fruit could come from except for the Oirigin in the mix, but I get a bit of a tart fruit peeking over the rye barrels. I was expecting pure sugar sweetness from reviews I remember reading earlier, but this smells very nice. The taste brings some of the fruit sweetness I expected into play for sure, with a huge sweet malt along with a pronounced nuttiness that hits the backend with the strongest barrel component the beer has to offer. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy - overly thick for the strong fruit component. Overall, Funky Jewbelation is a tasty and complex barrel-aged blend that doesn't quite strike cohesiveness. Drink it cooler, the temperature rising just brings out more sweetness. (973 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

batch 001

poured a dark brown, 2 fingers of head which dissipated into a ring (1/8" thick) leaving no lacing behind. smells of bourbon, chocolate, hint of dark fruits. this beer is definitely all over the place.. starts off with a roasty chocolatey flavor, moves on to a funky/sort of sour stout feel, pulls off of that into a tart berry flavor (maybe their pomegranate ale), then into a bourbon profile.. medium body with low carbonation, finishes very sweet. overall, this isn't a bad beer.. but it's just a little too over the top to be worth seeking out again. like i said, it's all over the place flavor-wise, but i kind of expected that. for what it is though, it's not bad at all and worth trying at least once. (719 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque molasses brown with a thin cinnamon head.

Overwhelming scent of brown sugar, molasses, and cola.

Holy shit, it tastes like Dr. Pepper if it were a beer. Prunes, brown sugar, and a little blackstrap molasses.

Mouthfeel is sticky and cloyingly sweet.

With all the different beers and barrel aging going on here, it doesn't have the depth I was expecting. It was good, but all their other Jewbelations are much better. (430 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Batch/Cases: 001/999; Bottle Date: 3/6/12)

A: Nice minimal tan head with a deep dark brown body that is close if not pitch black.

S: Excellent smell on the swirl. Lots wood and bourbon notes. Lots of scents but they are all quite sweet smelling. Quite a lot of raisin and roasty notes as well.

T: WTF is that flavor!? It's so "sweet" that it almost gets you to pucker as if it is tart/sour. I almost don't want to take another sip to fully detail out the experience. I got that shiver that you get when you are trying to eat/imbibe something bad that you don't want to but kind of have to. So, after that all that I guess I am warming up to it a little bit. It seems that the pucker is from an actual bit of tart/sour/funk. It gets much better the more you drink though. Lots of raisin. It really tastes like a syrupy cola, it makes me think that this is what the stuff in the box for the fountain soda (the syrup) would taste like. It really tastes more like a wine (which my mother said).

M: It is a bit thin but comes across as syrupy with just a prickling of carbonation.

O: This is a very surprising beer starting off. It comes on strong and then settles down as your palate adjusts and comes to terms with what you are drinking. I wasn't expecting the tart/sour notes, which is confusing coming with the strong, sweet notes of a BA stout. This sure is one funky beer. It's good but surprising and not another one I would go out of my way to acquire again. However, I wonder what it would be like with a fair amount of age on it. (1,588 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the East Nashville Beer Festival in East Nashville, TN. Tapped from the "Bottle" handle w/ Funky Jewbelation branded into my 8oz Yazoo Festival Glass.

Aroma- Tons of booze and strong ale characteristics. Malt forward and has an interesting funk hanging in the background. Mellow berries also shoot out on the nose. Very nice!

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger, dark brown head that has good retention. Has a opaque body and definitely brown. Leaves thick lacing behind that coats the glass.

Flavor- Malt strong, tons of berries and fruit character, and then has a good amount of booze once again. Light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied while also being thin, Light Carbonation, and has a boozy finish.

Overall Impression- A VERY interesting one by Shmaltz. I've had the Jewbelation before so decided to hit this one first on this special day. Just like the brand. A funky strong ale. (920 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2. Pours a pitch black color with a small tan head that goes down slowly. Scent is very interesting. Somewhat tannic notes with some dark chocolate and brandy aromas. Sweet vanilla and coconut with dark malt and oak. Subtle cherry and plums...other dark fruits as well. Smells like this one is going to taste pretty sweet...I'm hoping it's not overwhelmingly sweet. Taste is...extremely sweet. Almost coming close to Dark Lord-sweet. I really wish this beer would have tasted just like it smelled. There is some cloying sweetness and soy sauce flavors here, very similar to Dark Lord. A hint of tartness, I'm assuming from the barrel aged Origin in this blend. That slight tartness is the only thing saving this beer, making it seem more complex and balancing out that intense sweetness. Brandy and whiskey flavors, but not very well-balanced. Drinkability is fair, as this one is too sweet. Small doses. Mouthfeel is a tad thin...could use a little more body and creaminess. Overall, not a bad beer at all...in fact, this one will be highly recommended by me. It is unique and delicious in very small doses. Too sweet to drink a pint or 22oz of. (1,152 characters)

He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.