He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Fig) | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Fig)He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Fig)

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Half doppelbock, half belgian style dubbel ale brewed with figs.

Added by jamie2dope on 04-28-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle - 2013 Limited Release

Hebrew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel filled my pint glass with a dark amber body that produced a 1-finger khaki colored head. The head was reduced to sporadic lacing. The nose was light, dominated by dark fruit and figs with brown sugar also present. The taste was of lightly toasted malts, figs and more brown sugar. Mouth feel is medium bodied, a little chewy and creamy/smooth.

Beeradvocate list this as an American Strong Ale, however, the label describes it as a Dubble-Dopple with figs added. After consuming I feel it would be more suited classified as a Dopplebock - just a layman's opinion.

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Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

About a medium brown with an orange-red hue deep within, Rejewvenator grows a nice, reasonably sized tan head that keeps itself up for almost as long as the bee remains in the glass, leaving behind mostly patchy lacing.
There's more doppel character than dubbel, likely because the stronger characteristics overcome those of the dubbel. The nose and flavor present malts with a touch of roast and molasses mingling with some dark fruits and the accompanying sweetness. For so much fig, it doesn't express itself as strongly as one might think, though it's certainly there. It's bready and a little tart as well. Belgian yeast adds a touch of character that, while overcome somewhat, do complement.
The mouthfeel is rich, thick, and robust, while also keeping an underlying crispness. Carbonation might be a little high, but only slightly.

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Photo of hopheadhoward
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What do you say about a beer with a name that is equal opportunity offensive? It is good, that's what.

I'm not starting with the color, as the first thing you notice is the raisin/date smell. (Or fig?) And perhaps a bit of alcohol. But, to speak in Biblical terms, I saw it, smelled it, tasted it, and it was good. This beer may not part the waters, but you will remember it!

Hard to define, but this is an interesting beer that won't bore you. This is classified as an "American Strong Ale" but I think that is a bad way to start the conversation. Not for beginners, but if you like Belgian and want to go a new direction. Try it.

Worth a taste.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(2008 release). Pours very hazy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, molasses, toast, bread, caramel, herbal, earth, toffee, nuttiness, and chocolate. Nice and pleasantly balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, raisin, fig, chocolate, toffee, nuttiness, earth, and herbal. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, toast, chocolate, toffee, earth, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; minimal cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice doppelbock/dubbel hybrid brew. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby colored body with a bit of tarnished brown creeping in. Slightly hazed body though no sediment noted. One and a half finger eggshell colored head set atop. The head diminishes rather quickly, scant lacing left behind. Good looking beer but not top tier.

The aroma is heavy on the fig and caramel. Deep rich caramelized sugar stops just short of burnt. Brighter raisiny and plumb aroma develops underneath. Soft spiciness is picked up underneath but the overall aroma is dominated with sweet caramel and fig.

The flavor is similar to what you would expect from the nose. The sweetness is a bit more subdued than what I imagined however. The caramel melds with a molasses flavor. The fig and fruit flavor is much darker and more integrated. I really enjoy the sweetness being held in check, makes the beer much more enjoyable and easy to drink.

Medium to full bodied beer, carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Very soft texture. The finish is on the longer side but fades sooner than you might imagine.

Tasty beer overall. I am not sure if this is one I would pick up again, it is more about my feeling about the style rather than the beer. Enjoyable and rather drinkable. Holding up well, worth a try if you can find it lying around.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into He'Brew pint glass. 2008 Bottle.

Appearance: A deep and dark brownish amber red with lots of rising bubbles. Decent one finger of tan head fades into a small thin patch. Lacing is very light.

Smell: A very fruity aroma. Dark fruits including figs, raisins, and prunes. Hints of brown sugar, molasses, sweet caramel malts, and a little bit of earthy hops. Smells somewhat like a glass of prune juice.

Taste: Like the smell, lots of dark fruit sweetness from some figs, raisins, and prunes. Also some caramel malts and hints molasses and brown sugar. Finishes with a very light hint of hop bitterness and a little booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. A little bit of alcohol heat lingers, but this is still pretty smooth.

Overall: This is a nice tasting beer if you like sweet dark fruits, which I do. This definitely tastes aged as there isn't much else going on besides the sweet dark fruits. Nice taste, but could be stronger and more complex. Tastes a lot more like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale than a American ale.

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Photo of jale
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber with a dime of tan head.

S: Roasted malt and a little sourness.

T: Light roasted malt and some alcohol heat. A hint of sweet figs. I still get some hop bitterness in the middle. Slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

O: Drinks fairly well for 3 years old.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Fig) | 650 ml. | 7.8% ABV | 2008 vintage

Brewer: Shmaltz Brewing Company (He'Brew)
Style: American Strong Ale
Glass: crystal mug

The color of figs. Yes.

Brown sugar malt, dark fruits.

It really does taste like a mash between an Abbey Dubbel and a Doppelbock. Lightly toasted malts, figs, brown sugar, and a little too much fusel on the palate.

Well bubbled, but otherwise drippy.

I have always liked the various Rejewvenators, even if they haven't been best in class. I feel about the same about Year of the Fig. It's good, but not particularly tasty or complex.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: 2008
Served: August 16, 2011

Price = $5.95 at The New Beer Distributors (NYC)

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Photo of brystmar
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: murky brown, moderate head with poor retention & lace. Gonna be honest here: it doesn't look delicious.

S: strong dark fruits, sweet malts, boozy. Smells like it's been aged. And yeah, TONS of fruit.

T: tons of figs and other dark fruits. Boozy in the middle, then sweetness with some boozy warmth to finsih things off.

M: medium-bodied and perfectly carbonated. Very easy to drink, especially as it warms.

O: this bottle's definitely been aged. Would like to try a fresh bottle again for comparison. Another solid brew from Shmaltz.

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Photo of katan
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint. Purchased today, but obviously not the youngest kid on the block. Thanks to the liquor store for aging it in your fridge, I guess.

A - Pours a deep amber, dark red color. Up to the light it almost turns blood bright red. Nice strong head formation, off white, breaks down to a film. Little lacing. Carbonation appears light.

S - A very light nose - no strong hops, yeasts, or even malts. There is a lightly fruity nose that is earthy at times - seems like figs. A fair guess I would think.

T - Starts off malty and sweet, 2 row and then lots of caramel and even a bit of cherry. Mid-stream the more fig like earthy sweetness comes in, which then hangs on throughout the finish. Hopping is almost non-detectable, and is very malt forward. Some alcohol is detected.

M - Sold beer body, stronger carbonation. Fairly balanced, albeit a hair abrasive at times. Some alcohol warmth. Finishes with some malty stickiness.

D -Moderate drinkability. Doesn't fit the bill of a session beer, the beers complexity overwhelmed my senses. ABV is up there, but workable.

I can say I've never had a beer with figs before, and probably won't again. I don't know if I'd seek it out, but I do think its a solid execution for what was intended.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a rich burgundy color that had a small off-white head. The head had okay retention, and left a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S - The smell was that of Figs and some malty sweetness. There were also notes of raisins, prune, and caramel.

T - The taste starts out sweet, but there is a little bit of hop presence to balance it out. This is also some roastiness, dark fruit notes, and some brown sugar. There is also a touch of alcohol present. The finish is pretty much the same, a caramel sweetness with some fruitiness and brown sugar.

M - The mouthfeel on this is good. It is medium bodied with good carbonation. It also goes down nice and smooth.

D - I think this is a very drinkable beer. It goes down smooth, and I never got bored with the flavor. It is a very interesting beer. I was excited to try this one, and it did not disappoint. I would definitely pick this one up again. Cheers.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty old, didn't notice before I got it home. Not sure how well it ages. Take this review with a grain of salt.

Dark dark purple brown color with weak head and no lacing. Not too much smell. Some malts (or should I say Shmaltz) and a bit of fruit flavor. It smells more like prune than anything, fig... I guess...

Tastes rather bland. There are malt flavours and some fruity sweetness. Any hops this beer had are long lost to time on the liquor store shelves... The beer tastes a bit confused, not sure what flavours to highlight.

Mouthfeel is as average as possible. Decent body, not much carbonation pretty lame. The drink-ability of this beer is just about average. I am really undecided. I really wish I would have had this a year or two ago instead of today.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, from somewhere in the NW of Montana. I got a message from a certain member of my family after that trip, informing me of a 'big brown bottle of beer, with Jewish sayings on the label', which she found under the seat of her car, months after the actual purchase. Now, at Thanksgiving, I give thanks that we are sharing it...

This beer pours a cloudy, dark brownish amber colour, with one finger of soapy, creamy beige head, which leaves a wall of thin lace around the glass as it abates. It smells of dark caramel, molasses, plum, and earthy hops. The taste is toffee, molasses, black fruit, Fig Newtons, and earthy, somewhat musty hops. The carbonation is on the light side, the body heavy, full, thick, and fruity. It finishes quite sweet, the bready, fruity malt overshadowing the latent hops.

A decent strong ale, with some obvious Belgian sweetness chacteristics, but it stops there. No yeastiness, no barnyard - this is American excess, all the way.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At best, this one comes across as an average Belgian style dubbel (although not a whole lotta doppel bock). Nice dark reddish color, with a little bit of head on top. Aromas of dark fruits, burnt caramel and brown sugar. A little chocolate on the palate, caramelized sugar, some spice and Belgian yeast. Not too figgy, and nothing special.

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Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear purplish-amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malt with a distinct crisp lager aroma. Also present are good amounts of syrupy brown sugar and dried figs.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet dark malts with good amounts of sugar-coated dried figs - that is they're sweeter without the hints of tanginess. The fruit flavors carry through to a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I liked this beer more than I thought I would - the fruit flavors aren't overdone and while the sweetness is on the brink it's not overdone either. Worth a shot, especially if you like figs.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured a deep dark brown into my tulip that had very little head and very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: can definitely get fig aromas along side some brown sugar, spice, malts, and hints of raisins.

T: the taste was of spices and brown sugar like the nose but I also got a little bit of syrupy fig flavor that fused well with the malt character.

M: meduim to full bodied beer with very little tingley carbobation to accomidate this flavorful beer.

D: Overall a good offering from shmaltz but would not be able to take a bomber down by myself cause it was a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of BreworFerment
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice reddish copper color. Good head that fades fast with not lacing. Chocolate and cherry on the nose as well as the palate. Not very carbonated which lends to a bit of a creamy mouth feel that enhances the milk chocolate notes of the taste. It sounds sweet and it does fall on the malty side but if it wasn't nearly 8% abv I would make it a session beer. It's good.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brownish red color, with a tan head. The head fades fast, leaving no lace.

This beer has a sweet malty aroma. I detect some bready aroma as well. A slight dark fruit aroma mixes in as well. The aroma is rather mild.

As with the aroma, the flavor is mild and underwhelming. Some bread and caramel malt flavors mix in with a slight fig like flavor. It has a slight medicinal flavor as well.

This beer is a little under carbonated. It leaves a caramel malt aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt make the best session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, and the flavor is not the best. It is decent though.

Overall: This beer is ok. Like more beers from this company, it is a little underwhelming. I just like a more distinctive beer.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with brighter brownish-orange highlights around the edge. Thin dirty white head that quickly fades to almost nothing.

S - Aroma of bready malts and just a hint of dark fruits. Fig is noticeable but does not stand out like you would expect in a beer touting how much fig was used.

T - Dark fruits and lightly spiced. Hints of dark bread as well. Fig is certainly noticeable in the taste. This really tastes like a Belgian spiced brown ale.

M/D - On the lighter side of medium bodied. A little too thin.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber while in Denver for GABF, cracked it today in honor of the holiday. Poured a dark amber, slightly cloudy. Small tan head that did not last, but persisted as a ring around my glass. Sweet malt aroma with a large dark fruit wollop. Sweet malt including caramel flavors, with complex dark fruit flavors, including fig. Finishes sweet, but just stops short of cloyingly sweety. Medium light body. Carbonation was ok. I was worried about this beer as it was on the store shelf, not refrigerated and dusty and I am pleasantly surprised. Overall I would say this is a good beer to share with friends.

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Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Semi-cloudy amber pour, cream colored head. Carbonation fairly lively in the glass and in the mouth. Aroma of malt and grains,some darker fruits. Tastes more of sweet than roast malts, raisin, some caramel/toffee and somewhat creamy. Finishes a little earthy, some hops, small bitterness. Very drinkable. For some reason I was suprised that this was pretty good.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - deep brown, some head, minimal retention

S - caramelized sugars, roasty malt, dark fruits

T - sweet but not syrupy or cloying; fig flavor is present but remains in the background, along with some more unexpected fruits (grapefruit?); alcohol is present throughout

M - smooth (in an oily way, not creamy), virtually no fizz, medium body, coats well

D - between the sweetness and the continual ABV reminder, its drinkability is merely average

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Photo of blaheath
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in color with light carbonation. Aromas of figs, prunes, and faint spice. Med/syrupy body with notes of figs, prunes, dates, slight oxidation, almost cloying sweetness, and a sweet average finish. Too sweet for my tastes at the moment but it should be interesting with some age.

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Photo of Shadman
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the names these guys attatch to their brews.

Let's call the color a deep, dark mahogany with a so so head and minimal lacing.

I get a lot of sweet bubble gum and dried fruit for aroma.

Nose = taste in this case. Loads of dried dates, that Belgain sugar candy, with just a hint of hop bitterness. Almost too sweet ad sticky. Booziness is masked decently by this sweetness however.

Mouthfeel was oh so slightly watery @ first, but moves into the medium range quite quickly.

Tasty, but just too sweet and syrupy for me to run out and purchase another couple.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter. Dark brown/black color with a tan head. Medium to heavy bodied and creamy. Smell is very sweet, Belgian-esque yeasts, and dark fruits. More of the same in the flavor, this reminds me of a dark Belgian ale with more hop profile. Figs are noticeable since I was looking for them, but not sure if I would've picked them out otherwise. Very drinkable. I'm enjoying this, a pretty good beer.

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He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Fig) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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