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: Belgian 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: 65 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by jkeefe1800:
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4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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 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 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 MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keene
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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 Hockey_Fan
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of user785335
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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 kkmiller76
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ruzzal
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
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 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 silverking
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 patrick802
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2014) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 65 ratings