He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2014) | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2014)He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2014)

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Style Dubbel Ale and Doppelbock European Style Lager brewed with California Merlot and New York Concord Grapes.

Added by BEERchitect on 04-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 61
Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz 2014 bottle served in a goblet.
Pours with a lightly hazed orange-brown body topped by a durable bone colored head that leaves fine lacing.
A dubious undertaking, this mix of grape juice and dubbel, but this exceeds expectations: Shmaltz has crafted a fine Belgian dubbel and flavored it with a moderate amount of grape juice. This is more evident in the flavor than i the aroma, but even there a subtle grape note mixes with the aroma of the base dubbel. Kudos for making this work.
Lively carbonation with a full body. Fairly well hidden alcohol. Mild+ bitterness.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", my review is unlikely as this is retired.
And I'm guessing that this is the ale I Had.
It is good to have fun with brewing... but let's not get too funny.

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Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 Edition: Pours reddish brown color with a creamy 1 finger light tan head that faded quickly and dissipated with fizzing, popping bubbles leaving good spotty lacing.

Smells of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, light cinnamon, honey, musty yeast, wet cardboard, light grains,a mix of mild spices and red wine or a boozy fruit punch. Aroma has Belgian sugary notes, some funk and timid spices and almost a barnyard smell that let's the fruit always come through. Hints of malt, but basically zero hops come through in the nose which covers the 8% ABV.

Tastes like it smells with dark fruit, caramel, musty yeast, wet cardboard, honey and herbal spices coming through first, followed by brown sugar, toasted grains, cinnamon, pepper, coriander, apple skin, red wine, bread crust and rotting red grapes like spiked fruit punch. The aftertaste has herbs, maple syrup, Belgian sugary notes and earthy barnyard notes to add a fair amount of complexities.

It's almost tart but stays mostly grainy with the malt dominating and no real hop zest coming through, but the brew does mask the ABV well. Mouthfeel is medium and almost chewy from the yeast floating in the bottom, with a thin feel that's on the watery side and a grainy sweetness which fades with yeast and mild funk. Overall it's kind of all over the place, but still interesting as it kept my attention since it changed so often with every sip.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Copied from RB) Aroma of caramel; appears amber, hazy; taste medium sourness, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, medium body with average carbonation. A lot going on in this beer, much of it may be lost on me, and I don’t care for the sour notes, but for $2 this bomber is certainly a bargain. I am wiling to get this one again at some other time.

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Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. L: Pours brilliant ruby tinted mahagony under a clingy 3” cream to light tan colored foam collar that is persistent and has a very fine bead. S: Brown bread, figs, earthiness, fruit, spicy malt. T: Figs and dates, brown sugar, grapes, bready malt, a touch sweet but not quite cloying. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: This beer shows creativity and has a lot of interesting flavors. The sweetness makes it difficult to drink a whole bottle but it might work shared with several people as an after dinner drink.

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Photo of 13Wilson13
1.56/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is bad. Don't drink it. I could go into all the complex fallacies that might be good by them selves, however mixed together it is a wonderfully horrid mixture. Imagine a high school cafeteria when a bunch of your friends dare you to eat the random food and condiments they could piece together. Bought for for $1.99 and didn't expect excellent beer was hoping it was a mislabel. Nope, just horrible beer. Man law states I will finish what I can't get my friends to "try this".

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter glass. This unique hybrid pours a cloudy orange/brown with a sold very light tan head of mixed bubbles that dissipates to a thick ring and fine layer of foam with spider lacing. Nose of rich Belgian candy sugar, earthy yeast notes, rich grapes and notes of figs, and fresh heavy dark bread. Flavors follow the nose with grapes interplaying with candy sugars and caramel malts. A dark bread note follows on the back like a rye raisin loaf flavor, followed by more gapes on the aftertaste. Bounces quickly between what it really is, very unique without having a severe identity crisis. Finishes lightly tart with notes of grapes, with a nice carbonated mouth feel that is very light finishing lightly dry. Very nice brew from some true pranksters of the written word. Keep up the solid work Shmaltz!


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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this evening on 4/15/15. Comes in a single '1 pint, 6 ounce' (22 ounce) bottle that was marked down half-price $4.00 in the discount bin at Hy-Vee about 3 weeks ago across the Missouri river in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

This "Belgian Style DUBBEL Ale and Doppelbock European Style Lager. Malt Beverage with Grape Juice Added" style brew pours a hazy deep mahogany in color with about a half-finger foamy off-white head. Some lacing was seen near the top of the brew when sipped, not all the way up the sides of the glass. Lots going on with the aroma as there is some dark fruits, roasted malt, burnt brown sugar and caramel. Even more going on with the taste as there is also some spice, yeast, pepper with a hint of nuts also. Lots going on and I am sure I missed a lot more! Very smooth and goes down easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste with this one. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a really tasty "Limited" (brewed once) brew that is brewed every year. Maybe a little different each time? Anyway, really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in spring 2014. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of apple, cherry, plum, red grape, caramel, honey, candi sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and solid complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, dark malt, and grape juice notes; with solid strength. Taste of apple, cherry, plum, red grape, caramel, honey, candi sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apple, cherry, plum, red grape, caramel, honey, candi sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and solid complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and grape juice flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Dubbel hybrid style. Good balance and solid complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and grape juice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of byronic
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours a murky brown with almost no head and no lacing. The aroma is quite interesting however it's a bit confusing as one minute it smells of a dubbel and the next it's unrecognizable. The taste is a bit of a blend between the two styles, neither of which shines. The finish is where the grapce juice is present and is a bit off putting.

For me the grape juice ruins this beer and possibly what could have been a great combination of styles.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer that I think may need more time to fully develop. For a beer listed as a dubbel, there is a harshness or bitterness that one does not usually find in that style. It is not the booze, but something else. Perhaps it would be better saying it lacks the sweet of both the styles it claims to be emulating, the dubbel and the dopplebock.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Brown body, cream colored head. Little to no lacing.

Aroma: Malts, brown sugar, spices, mint, alcohol.

Taste: Toasted malts, raisins, some mint, nuts.

Mouthfeel: Tangy.

Overall: Although flavorful and aromatic, there is just something about it that I do not like. Too tangy or minty perhaps. Probably the use of grapes.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Back to the grapey wine guest ingredient, I see (and still with heady Judaic historical references, natch!).

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and lazily bubbly beige head, which leaves some weak soap scum lace around parts of the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of doughy caramel malt, musty yeast, both sweet red (you were expecting maybe something else?) and white wine fruitiness, floral honey, the gritty, earthy dark fruit of previous versions apparently not washed out of the tanks, or something, and leafy, weedy, and mildly perfumed hops. The taste is strong caramel/toffee malt, grainy soaked toast, a bit of candy bar nougat, mixed wine must (a sort of rosé, I guess, then), vegetal maple sap, that last bit of cotton candy in your warming and melting childish hands, ethereal white pepper, and surprisingly bitter leafy, weedy, and floral hops, familiar as they are from the nose.

The bubbles are quite active in their inherently fizzy frothiness, the body a forceful medium-heavy weight, even for the style, and tacitly smooth - the variously soused fruity esters and embiggened hops sniping about. It finishes somewhat on the sweet side, the grapey wine doing a good Manischewitz impression if there ever was one, the caramel malt aiding and certainly abetting, even as the hops threaten to take further unguarded territory.

Not the most complex iteration of a dubbel, but I hardly think that's the point here. A decent base version of the style supports the latest indulgence of guest ingredients herein - so, grapes it is, baby! Ya know, the opposite, or at very least, begrudging working partner of the grain we so readily accept as the way it should be. Anyway, another weird, interesting, and eventually drinkable strong Belgian and points farther south influenced offering from this continually challenging bunch of meshuggah mensches.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 4/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, spices, caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of spices, licorice, brown sugar and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. There is some fruit flavor in the background as well. The alcohol heat is strong for the ABV. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty with good complexity, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good hybrid of styles, it’s a decent beer to sip on for a while if you’re in the mood for something different.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

He'brew's Rejewvenator, Dubbel Doppel. A Belgian-style Dubbel and Doppelbock blend, brewed with wine grape juice from both California and New York. 8% ABV.

A: Very clear reddish-brown. Yellow in the dimple. About half a finger's, lopsided head. Fades slowly to a thin ring.

S: I'm not getting a lot on the nose. A little deeper tree sap malt character. A slight grapiness, bordering on raisin.

T/MF: Huh. Light, deep-roasted coffee. Ash. More of that tree sap. Actually, I'd say tree bark, as well. They might have used too much hops for what they were going for (or atleast, what I imagined they were going for by reading the front label). No real sweetness, as one might expecting, given the styles and the grape addition. Not terrible; just, meh. Disappointing, since I know He'Brew can do better.

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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Caught somewhere between Belgian Dubbel and German Dopplebock- this schizophrenic ale is smack-dab in a match of tug and war- one sip seeming more dubbel and the next more dopple. Yet the uniqueness that is "American" plays out underneath with simplified taste and straight-forward sweetness.

It charismatic pour is bright and its body sheds its carbonation and reveals a deep crimson hue with tawny browns, copper and bronze colors tethering through. Building above is a dense and creamy tarnish head that outlasts the session and speckling the glass with random lace.

Fruit, malt and spice align on the nose with notions of hard candy, caramel and honey. Dark fruits of the fig, date and raisin family emerge, along with prominent apple and cherry. Taking on light cabernet vinous notes, its peppery balance is playfully tangy spicy.

Its lavish sweetness is cake-like with the sweetness and breadiness pulling together. Its pulled candy sweetness pulls ahead with confectioner's delight. With the dark, dried fruit flavors rising, those hard candy notions seem even stronger. Its biting hop bitterness slices through its sweetness at the same time as its peppercorn and vinous wine notes do- for a complex taste that keeps the taste buds guessing.

Sticky-sweet in body, the more savory tones that marry up to its bready structure collapses, leaving its candied sweetness to linger long in finish. Its tack clings to the mouth like cola and is only lessened by spicy alcohols, peppery yeast spices and light acidity.

I love the idea of a dubbel-dopple blend as this ale is Mr. Jekyll in one sip and Mr. Hyde the next. However, I'm missing the melanoidin-rich savoriness of Dopplebock and the steely malty-dry character of authentic Belgian Dubbels. But its experimentation plays out cleverly in taste and texture.

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He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2014) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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