He'Brew Genesis 10:10
Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
3.73 | pDev: 11.8%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
He'Brew Genesis 10:10He'Brew Genesis 10:10
Notes: A huge balance of specialty malts, pounds and pounds of American and European hops, brewed with a hint of luscious Pomegranate juice.
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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 111
Photo of udubdawg
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. didn't expect much but was happily surprised.

nice mix of toasty and caramel malts, a vague fruitiness, and ample alcohol. faint spicy hops. no solvent notes. Didn't even realize this had fruit in it; comes across as a 2-3 year old barleywine.

pours very clear, orange/copper, showing quite a bit of depth, some legs, and topped with low off-white head with very brief retention.

fairly rich, but surprisingly not muddled. Once again seems fresher than it is. this was left at room temperature the last 7 years; I only put it in the fridge a couple days ago. ample caramel. now that I know it has fruit I'm looking for it, and though I'm still not sure I could call it pomegranate there is a definite flavor there that doesn't quite seem hop-, yeast- or grist-derived. No real oxidation, just a smoothing of the malts. Some complexity here without being muddled. Really well in balance. Bitterness is firm, lingering slightly into the aftertaste. Medium level but not obtrusive. Finish is a bit sticky, warming, not hot, and decidedly malty.

fairly full body, some warming alcohol, medium low carbonation. again a bit sticky.

fruit is well integrated and doesn't scream fruit beer. Basically an aged English barleywine at this point, and the hops have held up amazingly well. would love a bit of a flowery/spicy fresh hop aroma on top of it.
Don't know if I had this one fresh or not, but age has treated it well. No real negative oxidation and only a faint hint of the kind of sherry I'd expect at this age. It remains clear and the flavors are distinct rather than a muddy/muddled overaged sample. Color me very pleasantly surprised. I'd have this again in a heartbeat. And since I'm sipping it a snifter at a time, I've got a ways to go.

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Photo of philbertk
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shmaltz Brewing Company--HE'BREW The Chosen Beer--Genesis 10:10--10th Anniversary Ale Brewed With Our Chosen Specialty Malts, Hops, Brewers Yeast And Pomegranate Juice--2006 22 oz. Bottle. 10.00% ABV. 50 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) ESB--Imperial? 4 @ $5.99 Each. Minimal thin light white lace head. Clear bright rich red color. Malty earthy floral toasted toffee hop front. Light sediment. Creamy mellow sweet cloying earthy doughy pomegranate toffee crusty rich smooth toasted body. Smooth mild hot hop spice end. Sampled 11/1/2008.

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Photo of JoePat
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer from a local liquor store that had them in a bin and the bomber were a dollar each. Now that I have looked it up I know why...it was brewed in 2006 and they still had a bunch so let se how it tastes 4 years later.
It pours a dirty brown very cloudy with a light tan head.
It smells very sweet and rich. Some spicy notes and very fuity.
The sweet fruity smell is over balanced in the taste with bitterness from hops. If there was any hop flavor in this beer it is long gone 4 years later as expected. Spicy flavor with some berry flavor for a very short time near the end.
This beer has a lot going on and is very over powering. The flavors are not melding very well at this age.

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Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SeaBass for this treat.

A: Poures a nice amber hue with a tall white head. Okay retention with some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of sweet malt, toffee, and caramel. Nice summer fruit stands out as well with apples leading the way.

T: Sweet malty goodness. Fresh red apples and toffee really stand out. Sweet caramel. A hint of tartness from the pomegranate.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Not too bad.

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Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

received as an extra from AdamB84, thanks!

06' vintage.

medium to dark amber pour, dipping my nose into the glass presents a nice smooth caramel aroma with a very slight fruit tone no hops are evident, classified as a fruit/veggie beer but this is a barlerywine for sure.

nicely melded caramel on the tongue that gives way to some fruit bitterness, I'm not sure I'd call it pomegranate but its enjoyable none the less.

carbonation is good, perhaps a touch under where I'd like it but at 10%abv this is very smooth and certainly doesn't detract from drinkability.

overall this is enjoyable, I wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, brewed in 2006,

From the label -

"Come my beloved, let us go to the fields. If the pomegranate trees are in flower, then I shall give you the gift of my Love." Song of Songs 7:12

A: Pours a light orange, with a full white head, long lasting, surprising for how old it is. Good lace as well.

S: Heavy on the malt, light notes of pomegranate, barleywine-esque, notes of must and soil. Great inviting smell of aged malt. The pomegranate certainly comes out as it warms.

T: Barleywine style toffee malt, the noticable earthy, rustic hop character melds beautifully with the mild pomegranate essence in the beer, giving a port-like quality. An elegant elixir, the flavours come together very well. The beer ends with a long, dry fruity hop aftertaste.

M: Smooth even with the chewy/resiny aspect of its barleywine character. Medium/full-bodied, very soft carbonation, off-dry, with a light and easy ethanol burn at the end.

D: A lovely beer at this stage, and I think it will continue to evolve though it is quite drinkable now. This is not a straight-up fruit beer where the fruit dominates. The pomegranate is really in the background, this beer is a barleywine at its core. I don't know why this lone single was sitting around by itself at Mr. Kegs, but I'm damn glad I picked it up.

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Photo of kinger
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I quickly opened my bible and turned to Genesis chapter 10 verse 10 and read aloud as my wife and I were curious....no relevance whatsoever, no problem as I understand the whole 10th anniversary thing. At least I am rewarded with a mighty fine barleywine, American style no doubt. Fruity sweet aroma, the mouth begins to pucker a bit as I sniff the glass. Amber pour with some dark copper and ruby red tints, minimal head that quickly vanishes and no lacing. Standard feel to this one, but the finish is very calm considering the style and high abv. Nice blended flavor, high octane with the malts starts out with a biscuit taste that leads to the sweet maltiness coupled with a fair share of hops and finally finishing with a refreshing dose of fruit flavor (from the pomegranate of course). That last part really makes this unique and very interesting in a really good way. Some yeastiness towards the end, extremely enjoyable...The chosen beer eh.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice ruby-orange color with off white head that left a slight sticky lacing.

S: citrusy pine aroma, a big maltiness, dark fruit and fresh dough.

T: The flavor was smooth and very clean with some fruitiness, sweet malt backing a good hop bitterness reminding me of Chinook with some sticky pine resin texture and pungent grapefruit notes. There was a slight alcohol warming in the finish from the 10%abv.

M: sticky in nature. light carbonation.

D: Good drinkability for a fruit beer. good enjoyment.

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Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a garnet tone; the head fails to persist but does splash a little lace from time to time

Smell: Rich caramel with an unusual cherry tone; since I have not smelled a pomegranite for a while, I think that is what I must be smelling; even after several years, I also smell some alcohol

Taste: Opens with the cherry/pomegranite flavors tangled up in caramel; a modest pithy orange bitterness joins up at mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors turn a bit harsh and lose the balance in the initial profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the harshness on the finish, it still drinks nicely and has an unusual character about it that makes it somewhat memorable

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Photo of Lupe
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour a slightly clouded deep amber with red hues, and is capped by a tight creamy tan head. Good retention and some lace left behind.

Aroma is similar to a Belgian dubbel - fruity esters and burnt sugar, with grassy hops and a hint of berry. Mild alcohol brings up the rear.

Tangy sweet-tart flavor of sugary malt and fruit. Lots of burnt caramel that gets too sugary. Pomegranate is noticeable but does not mesh well with the burnt malt. Alcohol is a little too assertive as well with booziness really coming through. Finishes dry and astringent. Interesting but just not working for me.

Full bodied and creamy, but way too cloying. Gets a little rough after a while. Didn't think the alcohol would be as much as an issue with some age on this beer, but I was wrong.

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Photo of danielharper
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange, almost brown body with a large-bubbled head that is only slightly off white. Head sticks around, leaves some lacing.

Smell: Very fruity, apples, oranges, lots of citrus. Makes me think of a weak orange juice. A bit of tart from the yeast, perhaps? Yes, definitely yeasty, a touch of hops. Invigorating, interesting, makes me want to know more...

Taste: The fruitiness is pronounced in the taste as well as the nose, but the oranges take a back seat to the apples. A touch of bite from the hops, a nicely warming sensation from the alcohol, and an overall sweet apply fruitiness that I like quite a bit, almost despite myself. Finishes dry but clean, leaves the palate wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness on the beer, chewy (presumably) due to suspended yeast in the bottle. Nice for style, enjoyable.

Drinkability: I am usually not at all a fan of fruit/vegetable beers, but this one is pretty stand out. I'd think of it more of a slightly citrusy IPA or DIPA as opposed to a regular fruit beer. Highly enjoyable, worth the trouble to seek out, although since it's not brewed anymore I guess I'll just have to content myself with this one bottle.

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Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for opening this aged bottle...
Appears an orange toned amber with a tiny, off white head that quickly fades into a mild collar. Splattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of malted grains, citrus, and juicy pomegranate juice.
Taste is of citrus, malt, and cocoa infused pomegranate with berries.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with alcohol in the background, leading to a thin finish.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy amber hue with a foamy, tan, two-finger head that left big sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pomegranate, grains/barley and malt. There were also sugary sweet aromas.

T - It was very malty and sweet. There was a noticeable alcohol flavor. The pomegranate tasted was understated.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was pretty good. By far the strongest fruit beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2006 Bottling; Sampled May 2008
This has been sitting at the back of my fridge for quite some time now, don't know why I never got to it but...

A vigorous pour produces a three finger thick, tan colored head that just rises above the rim of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a clear, rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear copper-amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is fruity with just a touch of a spice edge to it. Aromas of cherries, mahleb perhaps, berries, woody pepper and a touch of earthy spiciness. A touch of age is perhaps just noticeable, it really adds only a touch of Port-like aromas.

Smooth and creamy up front, but it quickly becomes a bit fizzy as it rolls across the tongue. It finishes with a hot alcohol note and a bit of astringency that is accentuated by the same. A berry-like fruitiness is found in towards the front and middle of this beer before the astringency and hot alcohol in the finish drown it out. A touch of toasty malt towards the finish almost seems to have a touch of roast character to it (but that might just be the alcohol influence again). This is probably more fruity than anything with flavors that remind me of cherries, currants and perhaps a touch of pomegranate (this last not nearly as distinct as one might expect). This is not super heavy bodied for a beer of this strength, but does have some heft to it.

I am surprised how present the alcohol is still, I would have figured after two years it would have mellowed out some. I am really disappointed in this beer, despite the fact that I held on to it for so long, it is worse than I expected. This could still age quite well for at least another couple years and may even improve.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz brown bottle,sent to me from Sudsdog. Poured into a flaired tuliup glass.

Cloudy deep amber with glowing ruby rede highlights.A 2" creamy tan head streams of tightly knitted ting bubbles surging all around the sides of the glass,lots of sediment/yeast particles at the bottom of the glass.

Fruity esters,perfumy,dry grassiness,the flaired tulip glass did the aromas justice.

An earthy/grassy first impression,with a tangy and tart fruitiness.Heavy burnt carmelly malt tastes always arising from the background.Finishes very dry,astrigent.

Very creamy mouthfeel with medium cloyingness.Turned rough as the beer warms with booziness reallt coming through. Left a dry wine-like aftertaste. Would have a better finish with the right food paring.

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Photo of leif86
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle.

Very thin off-white head that soon develops into sparse lacing atop a cloudy caramel colored brew. Sweet and fruity aroma almost like a jolly rancher, but nothing pungent and I certainly wouldn't be able to tell that it is made with pomegranates (had I not read the bottle first). The taste starts a little malty and grows increasingly hoppy as you start to notice the high alcohol content. My mouth is left rather sticky and with the lingering taste of hard candy.

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Photo of Drew966
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

He'Brew Genesis 10:10 pours a hazy mahogany color with an off white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. There is some fruit in the aroma and some caramel malt. This is a strong one, the alcohol is noticeable to me, but it's a pretty good beer. Caramel malt provides a strong backbone, and there is definitely a fruit flavor, which I would have to attribute to the pomegranate. Pretty good.

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

From notes taken at the Hop Devil Grill:
Pours a pretty deep amber to ruby color with a some white head that settles to a consistent foam. Quite attractive in the pint glass.
Scents are the potent barley wine variety coupled with sugary, Belgian type malts. Flavors are much like the scent leaning more towards a Belgian strong dark ale type thang. Dark fermented fruits, maybe it's the pomegranate piping up but I never pinned down that particular note.
Overall, this struck me as a good, tasty, high octane beer. A fitting 10th anniversary creation.

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Photo of Scoobydank
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:Nice light brown frothy head. Dark brown golden color
S: I am having trouble picking anything up. What I do pick up is a bit of brown sugar.
T:Light matly sweetness. With a very faint fruit taste on the back of my tounge. A bit bisquity as well
M:A very full no fizz feel at all. Syrupy almost
D:Very good. Fairly approachable for a beer that is 10% alcohol

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Photo of KFaulkner
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first He'Brew is crisp and delicious; a retired fruit beer that I picked up in Frederick, MD.

A heady beer that gives way to a nice glass lace after pour. The color isn't unusual, but a bit cloudy. Nice.

It smells pretty neutral; hoppy but sweet. Not particularly malty.

It tastes good; plain and simple, especially for a fruit infused beer. The pomegranate is subtle at best, even trying a beer that's obviously been aged for over a year. The hoppiness comes through more than anything but it's well balanced for a beer infused with fruit. I like this because it's more beer than pomegranate.

Mouthfeel is sweet and delicious and it is very, very, VERY drinkable for 10% ABV. Definitely not a session beer, but great for sipping and enjoying with a friend.

If you can find a 10th anniversary He'Brew, pick it up. Because I believe 11th Anniversary is already out.

Mazel toff!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a reddish brown with good carbonation. The head is great 2 fingers of lively tan foam that leaves good lace.

The smell is really good, very nice fruity aroma with lots of hops.

The taste is good, not bad for a fruit beer at all. lots of hops fore and aft. With mild tart red fruit and citrus. Quite enjoyable, indeed.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and great carbonation.

The drinkability is good, I really think these beers are a bit underrated and priced great for what you get.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice murky amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, some small islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, some fruits, and a nice touch of caramel. The taste is malty, some nice sweetness, some hops, slightly fruity, and some caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well for a brew this high. Full body. Very drinkable, I like this one alot. This brew is not a fruit beer at all, more of a American Strong Ale, kinda like a Stone Arrogant Bastard or a Laguinitas Old Gnarlywine. Overall this is very tasty and highly recommended.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with some rubyish hues. The thin head eventually becomes patchy.

The smell is citric - pomegranate, of course - with caramel backing and doughy yeast. Some pepper lets you know that there is an alcohol presence.

The taste of pomegranate adds to and complements the citric hoppiness. Caramelish graininess and alcohol balance the fruitiness well. The mixture results in a unique, smooth, silky bittersweet brew.

This is a nice one to sip on - interesting use of pomegranate that works well here.

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Photo of oakbluff
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a hazy chestnut. nose of sweet toffee and tangy fruit. Taste- sweet and syrupy. Woody tobacco like hops. Has a cough syrup taste from the fruit and same sort of thick viscous consistency. Not something I look for in a beer. Fairly hot to boot. This is a tough drink. Can't say that I enjoyed.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Brewed with pomegranate juice. Interesting...I like the fruit but have never tried it in a beer. Pours into my glass a dark amber almost bordering on brown with a half inch of light tan head sitting on top. Aromas start off with thick caramel / toffee malts alongside dense piney, herbal, citric hop resins. There's a certain sweetness to it. Somewhat fruity but I don't get any pomegranate specifically in the nose.

First sip brings a rich caramel, toffee malt upfront that has hints of baked bread. A touch of spiciness that moves into some pine and citrus hop flavors. The pomegranate juice makes an appearance on the way down here as well, adding a nice fruitiness tartness to the brew. It finishes rather dry and a bit astringent with lingering hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is rather big and chewy with medium carbonation. Goes down pretty easily. I'd probably place this as an American Strong Ale myself, not that it really matters! Overall, a pretty tasty brew with a nice twist. I haven't sampled many of the He'Brew beers but I will say I am glad I picked this one up.

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