He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '13 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '13He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '13

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of 6 ales & lagers aged in 55% Bourbon Barrels and 45% Rye Whiskey Barrels.

Added by djrn2 on 11-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by ElijahRivera:
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No label information. Funky Jewbelation '13 is brewed in the style of an American Blended Strong Ale, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft, as Shmaltz Barrel-Aged Release #8.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a mild brown color over a very dark cola brown body. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Potent funk, soured fruit, caramel syrup, biscuit and mild grain malts. Considerably funky and mildly sour. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Very bold funky and sour grain and caramel malts up front, with funk and tangy fruit, undertones of smoothed bourbon and whiskey with a reserved sweetness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, slick, mildly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is tangy, tart and sour over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) This is a very solid ale, very funky and excellent still with a few good years on it. Nearly puckering with tangy sourness, the bourbon and rye whiskey character is smoothed out enough to contribute positively to the balance of this ale. A very enjoyable vintage. 4

Shmaltz Brewing Company's
Funky Jewbelation

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. L: the beer pours pitch black with a tan foam collar. S: The nose is fruity with a dose of dried purnes but not much hop.T: There is vanilla and a bit of fruit, prunes, plums, with some bourbon, rye spiciness, vanilla, spice. There is a little tartness on the finish with a suspicion of funk. F: medium to medium low carbonation. The body is full. O: A big, rich beer that I look forward to every year in its different incarnations.

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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. 02/18/13 on the bottle.

A: Clear brown appearing almost black in the glass. Light tan head leaves spots of lacing on the glass. Too dark to see any visible carbonation.

S: Aroma of a sour, fruity lambic like beer with a dose of booze and malt. Bourbon and whiskey do not dominate but are certainly present. Rich fruitiness to this one.

T: Complex blend. Lots of sour qualities that really shine after getting a little age on it. Dark fruits add a lot of flavor. As with the aroma, the bourbon and whiskey are subdued.

M: Medium to full body with fairly crisp carbonation. Isn't too sticky and booze isn't overly hot.

Overall much more sour than a draft pour I had in April. Barrel flavors add more of an oak than bourbon or whiskey. Great tartness.

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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, bottled Feb 18, 2013. This year's version has a more balanced (55/45) ratio of bourbon and rye whiskey barrel treatments in its blend schedule.

This beer pours a very, very dark brown colour, with pervasive red cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, thickly foamy beige head, which leaves a bit of random sea spray lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of sour cherry and other indistinct orchard fruit, red wine vinegar, moderate barnhouse funk, subdued pale and caramel malts, astringent wood fiber, and fruity alcohol. The taste is rather sour fruity malt, semi-sweet cooking vinegar, lemon juice, a bit of fleshy dark fruit, woody, grainy whiskey barrel notes, an earthy yeastiness, and wet leafy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are duly present, and pervasive, but mostly just playfully frothy, the body a dense medium weight, and actually scorched-earth smooth under all that various acridity. It finishes off-dry, the sour acidity still cutting a broad swath across that big boozy barrel-tinted maltiness.

Like the previous incarnations of Funky Jewbelation, it just seems that the well-wrought sourness, funkiness, and woodiness are weirdly out of place in this brewer's heady strong ales. I'm unable to detail why, other than a certain dissociative sense I get while drinking this, like someone dumped a dry fruit lambic into my big-ass Shmaltz hop and malt monster. But I guess that's just me.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 2/18/2013. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with some reddish tints, and about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like tart dark fruit (cherries), vinegar, whiskey, wood, lemon peel and some blackberries. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some raisins, caramel, vanilla and a bit of chocolate. I think the tart fruitiness is dominant, but the whiskey flavor is noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has low/moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I wasn't expecting the tartness so it was a nice surprise. Definitely worth a try. $10.99 a bottle.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a very dark opaque brown, with a quickly fading one inch head that recedes to rings of lacing down the glass.

Smells include apple cider, grapes, cherries, caramel, and chocolate.

The taste is similar. Mind-boggingly complex- I uttered "Wow" out loud when I first tried it. Gonna try to pick this one apart- vanilla, bourbon, cherry, apple cider, lactic acid, chocolate, oak and other woody flavors. Just packed with flavor, with a nice alcoholic fruity acidity that lingers on the palate for a while.

Slightly boozy, but it adds to the overall experience. Tart, but creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable.

This one was really weird for me, but it worked well. Delicious stuff.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown with a half finger fine tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark lightly toasted malt, wood, cherry juice, wild yeast, mild citrus. Starts wth cherry, oak, light fruit juice, wild yeast funk and quickly develops a puckering wild sour cherry tartness, whoa. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Lots going on here, quite a different flavor than the the malty aroma, which may have reflected the original ale mixture used. I'm not a big sour fan and usually don't review them due to not having the taste for them, but this one is compelling to me, largely because it is relatively complex and the sourness sneaks up while sipping, but with plenty of flavor support and good barrel wood notes. Not enough to convert me to sours, but plenty to impress me and allow me to drink this with pleasure.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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3.64/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of MrHolden
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

2013 bomber poured into Finnish pub mug. When new, this beer was an awesome dark red color. Now three years later, it's a deep caramel brown and thick with a stubborn, centimeter thick khaki head. The aroma is still funky as hell but mellowed with notes of cherry, dark fruit, caramel, molasses, and booze. The flavor is a tart cherry smack up front, followed by strawberry, rich malt, a hint of caramel. It's not overwhelmingly fruity, but the aging has really brought the fruit out as the predominant palate. It has a slick, medium mouthfeel with light yet lively carbonation. The flavor is very unique and a bit too fruity for my tastes, but still interesting to try after so long in the cellar.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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