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)

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 115
Reviews by jale:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a ruby amber with a very creamy off-white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, figs, molasses, brown sugar and a little alcohol.

The flavor is some sugary caramel malts and strong fig fruitiness with some slight alcohol and a touch of a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery with sharp carbonation.

Overall, it's very one dimensional with sugary figs. Kind of ehhh for me, but could be awesome for a big fig fan.

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Photo of JakerLou
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber pours a clear mahogany body with an ample beige head that has some odd looking canary hued accents. Lacing is present, but not extravagant.

Aroma is malty toffee and molasses with a pronounced fruity note that smells like pureed blueberries. The figs emerge as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a full medium with low medium carbonation. Slightly chewy with some alcohol warming.

Taste is malty and fruity, exhibiting a molasses and Fig Newton dominance. Spicy hops add a nice bitterness. Alcohol is more apparent than I care for and becomes a distraction. I find this one to be more of a fruit infused strong ale than a doppelbock. Definitely a sipper.

I usually enjoy the Shmaltz brews quite a bit and give most of them high marks. I didn't like their pomegrante ale, however, and I don't care much more for this one. Perhaps, some age might tame the alcohol taste a bit.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of magictrokini
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I just don't know what to make of this one. Pours deep red, nearly purple-brown. No head. Dried fruit and malt in the nose. Cola and fig flavors are prevalent throughout, with some breathing room for caramel and alcohol. Worth a try, but that's it.

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Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -18%

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 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 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 wflaro
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a dark dense body with a red glow from the base of the glass. There is a super creamy light tan head with a strong swirl of carbonation running up the sides of the glass. The head last and last.

S- The big rich aroma of soft dark sugar has a nice monastery yeast smell to it with some fig hints and dark caramel notes in the finish.

T- The dry toasted notes of malt give way to a light cream flavor and a bitter fruit hint. There is a tap water flavor that comes through and then a bitter finish that turns vinous as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a great aroma and the taste was a real letdown. It was like a very dry double that was just to thin.

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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 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 asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Delirium Tremens tulip (slash goblet?).

Appearance: A nice amber color with mocha / amber lacing on the sides. Not the best head retention in the world, but the color's awesome for sure.

Smell: As it warms this almost reminds of me of a Belgian Strong Dark more than a fruit beer brewed with figs. The aroma is very malty and very fruity, mostly with strawberries, sour cherries, sweetbread, cookie dough, mild yet syrupy figs, and finally some peppery citrus hops.

Taste: A malt bomb? Kind of, I suppose, but it's so much more balanced than that. Yes, it's fruit fruit fruit, without, I suppose, being a "fruit beer." But there's TLC going on as far as I can tell, and there's a lot of great flavors coming through, mostly what carries through from the aroma. Sour cherries, strawberries, raspberry, figs, citrus from the hops, doughy and bready flavors, rind-like earthiness, powdered sugar, and plenty of nice balancing citrus hops for the initial semi-sweet finish. I do wonder what the cellar would do to this, how much the malt flavors would change after a good 3 or 4 years. But fresh, wow, such a good dessert beer I'd imagine, and I think I'll be buying more.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied while maintaining a good chewiness and soft velvety burst of carbonation. It melds the flavors really well.

Drinkability: He'Brew has officially become one of my favorite breweries. I'm surprised at some of the lower marks they get, yet the more limited edition beers, not to my surprised, have had higher reviews. Like Weyerbacher, I think they're a special brewery who's too under the radar. I first had this at the last World Beer Festival in Raleigh, before I saw it in stores, and loved even the small sample. It's not really breaking new ground, but it's extremely solid and drinkable, with a nice balance among all the malt flavors. And their labels are also awesome to look at. Another winner from He'Brew for me.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks a beaut, but not sure if I can aptly describe the color. It's a burgundy with rusty hues and even leans toward the mess of red-brownish-purple seen in prune juice. Head is an inch thick, quickly lessening to a quarter-inch which sticks around for the duration. Not much lace, but I'll give it high marks for the great color alone.

Big vinous smell overall, and specifically very sweet like the fruit concentrate it was brewed with (fig). Even though the fig concentrate character doesn't allow much else to come through, it's quite nice. Also recalls the smell of dates or prune juice. Alcohol stomps down the door upon warming, otherwise I'd give it an even higher mark.

While 7.8% isn't a whopper compared to most other strong ales, it's not very well-hidden in the flavor. The overall flavor impression is of date/fig liqueur, and though I've never had such a thing, it probably exists, and it probably resembles this. This is also due to its thickness, and while plenty of carbonation comes along too, it lays on the tongue pretty heavy, and leaves a stickiness behind after the sip. Other flavor impressions are dates, raisins, cola, grape, with an almost brackish finish. And there's that boozy presence again.

If there was a category for originality, this would score pretty high. I don't know of another beer to compare it to. But it seems a partially failed experiment. The balance is off, leaning too much toward the alcohol, and a close second place is the too-dominant fig concentrate. A big round malt base and a pinch more hops would've maybe made this big beer more palatable, but maybe that's asking too much magic from Schmaltz, considering everything else going on here. Usually their stuff is great to excellent, so this is mildly disappointing compared to their other 7%+ beers. Still, it's at least very interesting.

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Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generally clear auburn with a short collar of wheat colored suds.
The nose is sweetened with molasses, brown sugar, raisins, and- of course- figs. There are some grainy notes, and those are the only semblence of dryness. And they lose, badly.
Into the mouth, it's a confectionary tidal wave of caramel, raisin, brown sugar, and (especially, and not surprisingly) fig preserves. Toasty bits of grain are here and there, along with some darker anise traits. Some grapey, brandy-esque alcohol vapors creep up on the swallow.
Medium-full, stunted carbonation. Syrupy-slick-sticky in feel. It's cloying in part...or maybe in full, but it's not overwhelming.
It's a doppelbock-y, fig-accented malty-sweet bath. Not altogether bad, but if the sugary traits ceded to more depth and balance, this could be better. The fig addition keeps this oversweet and non-explicitly drowns out all the nuance.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Figs in the mash, an ale that not initially but after a whole emits a cuvee like aroma. It's a sipper, it's better with food. A brownish tinge.A tad of raisins and honey from the figs and malt. A unique one. Significant carbonation, medium plus mouthfeel with yeast.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter.

Liquid is between purple-taupe and liver with an energetic yet fleeting khaki head. A thin ring forms and leaves small retreating legs here and there. Very nearly but not quite opaque.

Raisins, bread, grape-nuts, and non-descript mellow-aged spirit in the nose. Fig only very slightly in evidence, after the beer begins to warm up a little. There is a slight aroma which I can only describe as finely aged carpet, a domestic scent, like visiting a relative's 30 year old home that is clean and well kept up, but was never renovated.

The taste is sweet malt, a hint of hops (just the slightest touch of bitterness to balance the sugars) though they are trounced by the other flavors. Brown sugar, dried apricots, burdock root, malt liquor...almost like Thomas Hardy mixed with Spaten Optimator? Figs are present, but more as an added complexity rather than an assertive central flavor. Just the ghost of diacetyl...very very low level. Finish is the same as the palate really. Malty, sweet, and fruity with a vanishingly small suggestion of brown butter.

Medium bodied, smooth, no astringency...not especially warming. Steady albeit low carbonation.

Lacks the funk that some old ales have from barrel ageing or yeast, and lacks the hop complexity that some barleywines have. Still, quite tasty and very drinkable concoction.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Ale Brewed with Fig Concentrate"

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.. The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, dark fruits and a hint of figs. The taste is very simillar to a dopplebock with loaded sweet malt, dark fruits and a very mild hop presence in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a nice body on the heavier side. Overall, Rejewvenator is another solid beer from Shmaltz that is recommended.

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Photo of kenito799
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Hazy dark brown brew, minimal head is raised, little lace.

Aroma is rich and fruity, bringing Belgian dubbel or even quad to mind. Winey, brown sugar, inviting.

Flavor is quite delicious, a rich beer, onbe to sip. Some raisiny, maybe figgy notes, candi sugar, nicely balanced by smooth bitterness in the finish. Drinking blind I would swear this was a well-made Belgian-style dubbel. Very nice effort.

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Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a pinky if tan head. Zero head retention & lacing, but a viscous look to this

S: Dark fruit (raisins), pineapple & honey, plus herbal hops up front; fruit takes over as this warms

T: Dark fruit, some booze, & yes figs up front. Fruittyness & herbal hops dominate as this warms, plus some booze on the edges. Finishes dry, oaky, with orange peels, figs, pineapple, vanilla & herbal hops, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & good balance

Drank pretty good, not one I'd want a lot of, but a nice change of pace & better than the pomegranate offering from a year or two ago. A beer on the edge of goodness

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Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby red with a small head that eventually settles to a thin cap. Moderate amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Smells rich of dark fruit and malt. Oddly just a hint of figs. A whiff of alcohol is also detected.

The flavor is very dopplebock in quality. Rich and fruity. Figs are only noticed in the aftertaste. The alcohol is well hiddened.

I think it is a tad overcarbonated. A bit harsh on the tongue that kills what otherwise would be a creamy texture.

A great tasting ale with just a touch of unusual flavor that comes from the figs. I would not drink a lot of this but it is worth a try.

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He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Fig) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 168 ratings