He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '13 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '13He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '13
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
15
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
12
For Trade:
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/18/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, light vanilla, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, dark malt, and moderate bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, light vanilla, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Nice amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, light vanilla, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding sour strong ale! All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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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3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of army01
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Drknight
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

i really didnt like this one, but maybe its just my palate. a strange blend of beers, aged partially in rye, partially in bourbon barrels. there is an obvious infection here, or bacterial presence, i suppose possibly intentional, but why? dark syrupy in color, i smell red fruit, orange zest, soy sauce, and dark malt. its sour and sweet, a mix ive never really enjoyed, but it smells more like an asian dish than a beer. the taste is odd too, sour up front, sweet on the back end, with the soy all the way though. the beer they call origin, a pomegranate brew, is very evident in the taste, tart and juicy, distinct as that beer way. the other flavor agent thats front and center is the rye barrel. course and granular, with a whiskey sting. the alcohol is robust, the sourness is there, but there is just way too much going on for this to be enjoyable for me. its a sloppy mess really, a jumble of a bunch of things that dont even work very well on their own. i really didnt care for this at all.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of tigerbeer90
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at dabaloons' tasting.

Batch No. 02. 1492 cases. Bottled 2/18/13.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, caramel, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a tasty sour presence, but I am not really getting any noticeable barrel aged qualities other than some wood.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of VincentFrey
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour / Appearance: Not much in the way of carb; some foam hangs around the edges but not much. Expected with the blend and the barrels and the 9.4%. Tan head. Pretty black and opaque, with some brown tinting around the edge of the glass when put in the light. Not the best look, but it's expected (especially when pouring six beers together).

Aroma: Definite funk. Some barnyard notes, probably a lighter brett strain, but also tart and sour notes. I guess with enough time in the barrels, the wild yeast and bacteria can still eat past the IBUs and alcohol content. Oak tannins and almost vinous characteristic round it out. No definite hop or malt, but the blend ensured that pretty handedly.

Taste: Wow, even with the nose, unexpected. Incredibly smooth drinker with a small lactic punch and cherry pie notes. Tannin presence persists, and with the low carb this drinks a bit like a port. Despite the whole thing being aged in barrels, there isn't much oak or such to talk about. If they were bugged or old barrels, this would make sense, and they have to be somewhat bugged to produce this level of funk.

Overall: A very nice beer that's nothing like what I expected. Pretty delicious and a great blend.

Bottom Line: Don't know if it's available outside the pack, but definitely worth seeking out. A really fun, interesting beer I was not expecting.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of ElijahRivera
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '13 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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