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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)
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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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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, it is not supposed to be brewed anymore but I just bought it at the store and drank it.

Look: semi-clear brown color with two-inch frothy brown head.

Aroma: caramel, dark fruit, perhaps some grape juice

Taste: It's sweet malts, caramel, and dark fruits and grape juice (added), and its slightly tart. It's pretty good, perhaps a bit thin for a dubbel Belgian Ale, but it is tasty yet easy drinking.

Feel: medium carbonation and body

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a magnum bottle into a snifter. Not much head but good aroma, nice color. Taste is different with the grapes but pretty good. Easy drinking beer. Going back to see if I can get another one.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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 KindaFondaGoozah
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brauseboof
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobert84
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I wouldn't have guessed I could make it through this unlikely cross-cultural combo: a Belgian dubbel ale, a Bavarian Dopplebock lager, and grape juice, a mostly Mediterranean tradition. (Since the latter is also presumed to be dark, they perhaps had one thing in common.) At the point of purchase, some modest level of common sense should have stopped me from buying this beer. But apparently, common sense is rarely present when you need it. And in this particular case, it is a good thing. Because Rejewvenator is an enjoyable beer (and not just because it makes a good play on words.)

It actually Looks great, a full head that hangs around enough. Smell doesn't tell me what I'm getting, except malt.
Taste. Well, let's call Rejewvenator an acquired taste: one I bought, so I had to taste. But surprisingly, it holds together. The grapes add a sourness to the malt that actually works much better than anybody's guess. Feel is quite soft.

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", this deserves to be there. First, Schmaltz is making a diligent effort to brew for Jewish culture... known more for its mathematics than yeast. Schmaltz has a series for the high holy days in the autumn (called Jewbilation). And it has the Rejewvenator series for Passover, the spring holy days. These ales change their recipes slightly; both in the spirit of innovation but keep to the spirit of tradition. The ale I just Had is not the ale the "1001" reviewed (probably in 2010) because it varies every year based primarily on the fruit juice added. But let us recall that this a tradition resuscitated by Anchor's annual December beer of changing primarily the spicing. We are more alike than we think. If beer helps us remember that, power be to beer.

Aside from using larger print on their label (for us old folks), my other advice for Schmaltz is: it is good to have fun with brewing... but let's not get too funny. With all their play-on-words names, I had trouble taking them seriously. But this beer was interesting enough to change that for me. A creative piece.... that still can't believe ties together three traditions.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lynn
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ruzzal
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very underrated, not a particular style to be rated against, bt very good. Add it was a cheap sale, fantastic.

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Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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 bigleague
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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 +6.8%
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 -57.3%
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 Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +23.3%
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 MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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 silverking
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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