He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '14 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '14He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '14

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 03-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a neck label that clearly denotes that this is the third batch and that 1492 cases were produced, and that it was bottled on 2/18/2014. Given the rest of the label, I wasn't quite sure what to expect--a blended ale comprised of beers aged for various lengths of time in bourbon or rye (mostly rye) whiskey barrels. And there's that whole "funky" moniker, which would imply some kind of wild ale, but the label (and even the brewer's own description fails to mention anything about wild yeast inoculation. Served into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - So far nothing surprising. Pours a deep rustic brown color, like walnut tree bark. Slight hints of garnet and redwood show when held in front of the light, which also reveals a mostly translucent quality to the liquid. The body is topped by a finger of frothy not-for-long tan head that wastes no time in dissipating to a healthy ringlet and a nice film across the surface of the liquid. The lacing is pretty much nowhere to be found.

Smell - Well then. Here is my first hint that the "funky" label might be intended as a nod to some kind of wild yeast inclusion. It's not sour, but there is that acidic quality to the smell, with hints of red wine vinegar as well as that fruity kind of tartness that is different than lactobacillus-generated sourness. To be fair, one of the included beers is Origin, a beer with pomegranate, so I can't help but feel that is having an impact on the aroma. As it warms, I definitely get a little bit more of the barrel characteristics, with just fleeting glimpses of the bourbon, but the rye seems to peek wryly at me from the glass, imparting notes of vanilla, toffee and some spice beneath the tart fruitiness.

Taste - Here that tartness is more pronounced, but still not really into that gear that I would call "sour" with a big S. It's just a hint of the kind of tart you get by biting into a strawberry, or raspberry. Almost like the impression of tartness. The vanilla and toffee are again present, but I can't quite seem to recapture the strongest wafting of it, which is a pity. A part of me would love to see this one without the fruit tartness, just focusing on the sweeter profiles from the grain and barrels, but another part of me wants to see the sourness kicked up a notch so this is more of a bonafide sour beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation with a dry feel on the tongue and just the slightest pinch of tartness well after the finish is gone.

Overall, just a really odd, but good all the same, beer. My only major gripe is that I wish there was a little bit more ability for the sweeter barrel and grain aspects to shine through. The other part of me wishes the leash was taken off and that this beer was intentionally soured to create a crazy sour brown ale. The in between is just a little off to me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

Picked up because I like Shmaltz’s stuff quite a bit. And hey, I have a Jewish friend. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, bottled 2/18/14.

And we have a gusher! Popping the cork necessitates a towel, & there are just too many ways to go with that, so I’ll leave it lie. The pour is dead dark, with spare red around the edges, someplace between a stout & a porter. The head fades faster than a Kenau Reeves performance. The nose is an overhand smash of fruitiness, with lobs of tartness & wood tannins. Smells like a strange wine.

Funky Jewbelation 2014 charges me up. Seriously: a wildish beer where you can actually taste the barrel is about as common as getting an ogre ride. Barrels figure prominently here with a wide slash of whiskey/bourbon warming all the way down, backed by a prominent dose of fruity cherries (sans stem) that impart only a mild tartness. Sweet malts dance into the mid-palate, barrel staves provide dry humor, but closing the deal is that exquisite balance of barrel & wild. I could have taken this bomber into my tummy alone, & I don’t say that often about wildish stuff.

This shit might be my holy grail. Taste the barrel & the bugs? Fuck yeah. Why can’t more breweries figure this out? This is a beautiful beer, artfully done. Excellent.

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Photo of El_Farto_Magico
2.02/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Easily one of the worst beers I've ever had. I understand the appeal, and I highly recommend that everyone give a try so that they may taste what I can only describe as "butt flavor."

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jewbelation 2014 pours brilliant deep dark brown under a 1" finely bubbled light tan head that produces crisp lines of lace. A big prune and sherry palate joined by dark dried fruit flavors with traces of caramel and spice. It begins with a slightly sticky mild sweetness but dries towards balance with a mild bitterness on the finish with a hint of tartness especially as it warms. A big chewy, buxom beer with soft, slightly above average carbonation.

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Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle.
Pours thick and dark with an excellent head.

Aroma - fruity, funky and moderately strong. Hints of chocolate.
The flavor is fair complex, strong and more sweet than bitter.

Overall: funky, strong and interesting.

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Photo of Bladezone
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Apparently this is different enough to warrant a new entry - I'm too distracted right now to verify the delta from previous years' entries - I trust the original reviewer's assessment.

This beer pours a clear, very dark cherry cola tinted brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and slightly bubbly tan head, which leaves a few instances of burbling lava spout lace around the glass as it slowly blows off.

It smells of sharp Bourbon barrel woodiness - astringent wood fiber, sour fruity yeast, more red wine and apple cider tartness than yer typical Kentucky whiskey sweetness - a further acidic, almost metallic bacterial funkiness, particularly rye-borne, and none-too sweet malt notes, and even more, if understated white wine vinegar edginess. The taste is a better blend of the rye whiskey and fruity wine barrel effects - appreciable Bourbon malt and tart red vinous essences, but more level, I put forth. The funk from the purported wild yeast is duly ingrained, as well, with a further black fruitiness, gritty treacle, ethereal hints of coffee and Nordic licorice, and removed from the mainstage metallic alcohol.

The carbonation is steady and sturdy, in its challenging, over the top frothiness, the body a dense medium-full weight, and just too assailed on all fronts and flanks to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes on the far sweet side of off-dry, the whiskey and claret (or whatever) barrel, subdued malt, and other fruity characters shifting the sands as such.

Complex is one word that could be used to describe this little He'Brew science experiment, sure, though I'm more inclined to call it, well, busy. Too busy to focus on a few high points, the kind that keep you coming back for more. Instead, my tastebuds get overwhelmed, and not in a good way, tiring them, boring them, even to the point of questioning the meaning of L'Chaim in the first place.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent scarlet/chestnut with a pinky of tan head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Red wine/grape juice, some oakyness

T: Red wine, tartness& oakyness up front along with a little grape juice sweetness & dryness. More dryness/tartness, more grape juice & a little boozeyness sneaking in, a little oakyness too. Finishes dry, tart, oaky with grapeyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, warming

I enjoyed this, if you are looking for something funky or sour this ain't it, but tasty & fun enough for my liking. One of the most wine-like beers I've ever had. I never feel like these guys get enough love..

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Photo of mc4z
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Denzo
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Jaycase
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of trevorpost
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MDHopster
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

across the board good. Pours very black, tan head, lots of lacing. Aroma of fruit, vanilla, bourbon. Tartness of a Belgian triple with wonderful barrel aged bourbon and rye, the latter giving a nice bitter. Lots of citrus and fruit flavor, cherries perhaps adding to tartness. Initial velvet mouth feel rapidly changes to highly carbonated and tart bite. First time trying Funky, can't compare to prior versions.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

He'brew's Funky Jewbelation. A blend of 7 of their ales aged in 35% Bourbon barrels and 65% rye whiskey barrels. 9.4% ABV

A: Slightly under a finger of head. Very dark brown, with a slight hint of red. Golden brown in the dimple. Some slight lacing, but it doesn't stick. You can see a lot of fine carbonation dancing at the top of the glass as you tilt it around, and the lacing sparkles nicely. Not an effect I've noticed before...

S: Surprisingly tart from straight out of the bottle. It smells vaguely Flemish Red-ish! Tart cherry, tartaric acid, black grapes. I get a faint sense of darker malts and caramels. Slight oakiness. Just the faintest hints of Bourbon caramels and rye spiciness.

T/MF: Woah! Okay. The taste is almost completely a different experience. Barrel flavors dominate, but they seem to be in a perfect balance. Some medium rye with Bourbon-y caramels and oak, and more of that tartness that lights up the tip of the tongue. Very acidic, actually, but it's nicely balanced, so as not to overpower! I also get a sticky pomegranate juice flavor, but it's hidden.

Overall, a nice and unexpected experience! I'd be interested to know what beers were blended. I'll have to look it up!

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Edit: Barrel flavors come forward as the beer warms, and funky flavors recede.

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3.97/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of thedemise
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, bottled 02/18/2014, batch 03/case 1492. Served in a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Black with a full glass, but more of a cola brown with some ruby red highlights as the glass got less full. Thin tan ring with some small strands and occasional dots of persistent lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, rye whiskey aroma dominate, but not overpowering. There are some other smells under that bourbon barrel / whiskey smell. In fact, it's quite appealing - like a fine aged whiskey. Maybe just a hint of tart fruits....but I could be confusing that aroma I can't quite place with the taste of this beer.

Taste: With 7 different aged beers all blended together it's amazing to me that this beer has some distinct flavors, but it does. Definite whiskey/bourbon flavors, wood tannins, a tartness that mellows out a bit as the beer warms up (sour tart cherry), with a roasty finish that has hints of chocolate, coffee, and more whiskey notes.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, sticky, and light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer, but it grew on me with every sip. The initial pour when it was still cold was very tart, mouth puckeringly so, and I was worried I might not be able to finish it, but then more of the flavors came out and it was still a sour beer, but with enough other flavor to compensate for it. I think I would be in serious trouble to finish off a whole bottle myself (I shared this one with the Mrs.) but I handled my big Duvel glass pour and was glad to have it. I had paired this with Pizza and it didn't quite go. Not sure what type of food to pair this with. Something more substantial I think. Could go with a dessert though - the tartness might pair well with cheesecake or a fruit tart.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '14 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 128 ratings