He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Date) 2009
Shmaltz Brewing Company

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American Strong Ale
3.81 | pDev: 11.81%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Date) 2009He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Date) 2009
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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown amber with a one finger light tan head that dissipated rapidly to a thin ring around the glass. Aroma of dark dried fruit, lots of sweet and caramel malt. Flavor presents a strong caramel malty backbone with nice date and dried fruit. Creamy medium body. I liked the date flavors in this beer and liked it the best of the series. I'd like to see this one brewed again.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up off the shelf for 5.29 at a local bottle shop.
Guess it's 3 years old now. Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep amber color with 2 fingers of dark tan head that is dissipating rather quickly and leaving no lacing on the glass.

S- Huge dark fruit aromas, very sweet smelling malt from the Doppelbock. Caramelized brown sugar. Some booziness.

T- Very sweet, caramelized, sugary figs take over here. It is tasty. Rich sweetness turns into a pleasant breadiness from the Doppelbock. Doppelbocks are "liquid bread" right? Interesting combination of flavors. Very rich and sweet.

M- Nice medium body, not too much carbonation here. A little on the low side. Nice warming feeling from the ABV.

O- Interesting. Glad I picked it up. It is very sweet. I think the Doppelbock is the major player here. Didn't get much of the Dubbel. Then again this beer sat on the shelf for 3 year before I purchased it. This is a sweet, rich, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating (some time in 2009 though). Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight lacing on the glass. Aromas of plum, fig, date, caramel, molasses, biscuit, toasted malt, nuttiness, light chocolate, clove, and yeast spices. Some nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of big prune, fig, caramel, molasses, toasted malt, biscuit, chocolate, nuttiness, clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, biscuit, chocolate, and light spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Very smooth to drink for 7.8%. Overall this is a very excellent brew from Shmaltz. Nice complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To all those who cellar's this beer... Suckers! I picked up this hella old bomber at my local House of 1,000 beers for 3 bucks. If it's as good as the reviews I may pick up another.

A - Omg some damn fine carbonation for a beer over 3 years old. A 1/4 inch of opaque colored head atop some dark hazy brown beer.

S - One of the better doppelbocks I have smelled. Really love the fig smell in this it really gives it a sweet deep dimension to the "dark fruit" side of the style. Can't wait to sip it!

T - Ow it's very sweet and balanced well with the caramel malts and hops. I can't believe how well this beer overtakes the 2010 grape in all aspects! Wow is this good/sweet and delicious!

M - For almost 8% it's damn smooth. Age has treated this one well giving it a balanced sweet/hop ratio.

Overall I will have to stop at the house tomorrow and pick up at least 3-4 more bottles. It drinks just as good as the pomegranate but with less bittering/drying aspects. Jealous of those who have the "year of the fig" 2008 that one must be amazing!

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

22 oz bottle. $5.29 from Beer Run. This has been sitting in the basement for a while-- its from sometime in 2009. Another accidentally cellared beer.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown but clears up pretty well over a half hour or so to a dark ruby-brown. Off white head lasts a few minutes. Little lacing.

Smell: Heavy malty goodness. Lots of dark fruit aromas (dates of course). Caramel is prominent, toast less so. Some nice Belgian-esque spicy notes.

Taste: As expected, big dark fruit flavors, dark toast, caramel syrup. Not so expected is the alcohol bitterness in the finish. It also has more phenolic spice in the flavor than the smell.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a great creamy mouthfeel and a pleasant stickiness.

Overall: This is an interesting combination of flavors. Its really more dopplebock like, and tastes like a weird, but good dopplebock. Dubbel character is mostly in the spiciness.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a tan colored head on top. The creamy head leaves a decent lacing on the glass and has a solid retention to it also. The smell of the beer was interesting, the malts were there along with some other rich earthy notes with a touch of additional sweetness. The taste of the beer really brings the Abbey Dubbel style out first, I wasn't able to really pick up on the Doppelbock much. The dates were quite nice also in the flavor. The mouthfeel was pretty thick which I found interesting, it was a heavy brew for sure. Overall I thought that this beer was quite interesting and I was glad I tried it.

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Photo of enfield249
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy leather color, almost like a muddy river. A little tan head, fades to just a ring.

S- Lots of dark fruit, dates, plums, slight brown sugar.

T- Plums, dates, slightly estery, a little spice, and a ever so slight vegetable flavor.

M- lots so sharp C02, cloying, and full.

O- a very interesting and complex strong ale.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit, I would normally say fig, but I guess it is dates. In the taste, dark fruit, dates, and grape like. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, small dark fruit in the aftertaste. Quite fruity, smooth and hides the alcohol, almost like a thin quad.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a tawny colored liquid that is capped by a couple of fingers of tan foam that leaves shards of lace behind

Smell: Caramel, brown bread and dates, with mocha undertones

Taste: Opens with caramel, brown bread and mocha flavors that are buttressed by the date juice; by mid-palate, the earthy hops kick in to keep the beer from being overly sweet; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a medium to full body and a moderate level of carbonation

Drinkability: Although there are doppelbock and dubbel elements here, this one leans in the doppelbock direction; love the date impact on the flavor profile

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter glass. Pours a ruddy tan, with a thin tan head that reduced to a ring around the glass and a wispy swirl in the center.

Has a yeasty, bready smell, with burnt toffee, brown sugar, and figs. Also has a fairly prominent alcohol smell.

Smoother tasting than it smell, with brown sugar, figs, and a slight bitter to end.

Mouth feel is medium, though it is a bit thin tasting.

I am again pleasantly surprised by the quality of Schmaltz' s brews. This is the third quality offering of their's I've had, and I intend to actively look for other beers of their's.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 17 Aug 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter.

Small light brown head. Moderate carbonation. Clear dark mahogany color. Molassess and dried fruit in the aroma. Starts with dates and molasses, some spice cake and dark malts. Somewhat syrupy. Finishes a bit toasty and nutty. Moderate ethanol. Medium body.

Seems more like a doppelbock than a dubbel.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with light tan head. Nose has a Pleasant musty quality with maybe some cocoa powder dust. Palate offers a bit of silky smooth bodied sweetness, general nuttiness, and a sweetie woody quality into the finish. Easy drinking and masks alcohol well.

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Photo of malty
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours into my Duvel chalice a handsomely clear dark amber/ruby color with a dense and creamy settled 2" light beige head. Lots of visible uprising carbonation on this baby for sure. A few specks and blurbs of lace scattered about.

The scent on this dobblebock quad is fantastically grapey. Lush, fragrant deep purple grapes and (obviously) smeared fig paste all over the place. Reminds me of those Smuckers 'Mixed Berry' single serve foil-topped jellies that you dollop on top of freshly toasted sourdough bread. I can almost hear the morning rush at the local diner already.

Erupting, dark figgy fruit bombardment all up in my face. The flavors are intense, but not heavy-handed. I'm going to let this warm-up for about 10 minutes...
Okay, I'm back. A woody spice emerges with a fresh clovey backdrop. The alcohol 'taste' is cloaked with a peppery element that taste more earthy than boozy, but it's a fine line that separates the two.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and full of fine, playful carbonation that pricks the tongue like no other. The finish is warm, spicy and very deep and dark (fruity).

Drinkabiity is good, although this offering is just a bit too sweet for me to indulge in.

Overall a very fine spicy, fruity warming elixir that's full of grapes and life. It does get a bit cloying, (now that I'm more than halfway through the bomber). Still, a very interesting and flavorful. A beer better (most likely) enjoyed shared with a friend.

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

"A man on a date wonders if he'll get lucky. The woman already knows."

--Monica Piper

Date brown with amber and orange highlights when backlit with late December sunshine. An attractive chunk of golden brown sugar colored foam does its job well enough, laying down scattered splotches of sudsy lace as it steadily shrinks.

Like all Rejewvenator ales, this 2009 version was brewed to be half doppelbock and half Belgian-style dubbel. It smells more like the latter (due to yeast esters), with a copious amount of date extract added. 400 gallons to be exact. It smells good and should taste good too.

Dates complement big brown beer very well. Besides, many Belgian ales, from BSDAs to dubbels, have date-like notes even without the fruit itself being added. Specifics include lightly toasted brown bread, dark caramel, sugared pecans, hints of vanilla bean, and... of course... dates. Sweet is favored over bitter, which it should be.

This is might tasty beer that is better off not having an ABV several points higher. It still has plenty of power and doesn't need to worry about masking 10.0%. Even though this bomber is at least 19 months old, it doesn't taste past its prime at all. It tastes like it's *in* its prime.

No complaints whatsoever about the mouthfeel. Sure, it could be a bigger, more creamy and slightly softer in the mouth, but those are nitpicks. Besides, things are improving along those very lines as the middle of the bomber is entered.

For some reason, Rejewvenator (Year Of The Date) 2009 is better than (Year Of the Fig) 2008. Both fruits are flavors that are welcome in beer of this style, but this particular ale is more well-designed and executed. It's definitely worth a look if you're lucky enough to see it on the shelves.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark amber color, that has pretty good clarity. It has a small off-white head that vanishes quickly, leaving just a bit of lacing.

S - It smells of caramel malts, dates, and toffee. I am also getting notes of brown sugar, molasses, and a bit of spiciness.

T - It has a lot of caramel sweetness, but not enough to be overpowering. I can definitely taste the dates, and I'm also getting notes of other dark fruits, roasted malts, some spiciness, chocolate, and brown sugar. There is some alcohol presence in the finish.

M - This has a medium body, that has a bit of a chewy quality to it. It has good carbonation, and goes down easy. It has a rich, sweet, and creamy feel.

D - The drinkability is good. I would have no problem drinking a few of these in a row. I really like this beer, and I would like to have it again.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$5.49 for a 22oz bottle @ Merchants. Brewed with 2-row specialty malt, Munich malt, 2 kinds of dark crystal, and caravienna. Hopped with Warrior, US Goldings, Mt. Hood, Cascade, and Amarillo. Half dopplebock, half Begian Dubbel. Fermented with Lager yeast, Trappist ale yeast, and Abbey Ale yeast. 7.8% ABV. 400lbs of date juice per batch.

Pours out to a clear very dark brown, forming a large soapy darkyellow head with excellent retention and one solid sheet of sticky lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Nice looking beer. The aroma is amazing with a bounty of dates up front, prunes, rum, resinous hops, big amber malts, and a really cool accent of bananas and phenols from the belgian yeasts. The mouthfeel is huge...rich, syrupy, sweet, with a dense body. Hard to believe this is ONLY 7.8% because it is so rich. The taste is essentially a recap of the aroma...huge malts, figs and prunes, bananas...this is an entire meal in a bottle. The finish is smooth and long with mild bitterness, some leather, and a big malty aftertaste. Burps are hoppy. No perceptible off-flavors or aromas.

This is just an exceptional brew, especially at $5.49/22 oz bottle. This really is the best of both a dopplebock and a belgian style dubbel (combined, it tastes like a HUGE Belgian Quad). You can taste the nuances of each style and the characteristics that define each beer. This beer is just amazing. I would gladly buy it again and horde up on it. I think this one will get even more interesting with time.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a *brilliant* deep garnet with a big, fluffy head that, unfortunately, dies far too quickly. If the head lasted this would be an amazing looking beer.

The aroma is OK - Belgian yeast and toffee. After a few seconds dates hit, which is very pleasant.

The taste is toffee, Belgian yeast character, caramel and maltiness - with dates underlying the whole. Nice and very complex. Pity there's so much alcohol present.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy - not thick but not not watery in the least. It's a little too boozy, though - the alcohol dries it a bit too quickly.

The drinkability suffers due to the alcohol as well, but it also suffers due to the wonderful richness and complexity - it's a little too much to try to do more than one of at a time.

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Photo of Pahn
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. From 2009, obviously.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch, very active and bubbly tan head that dissipates to absolutely nothing very quickly (the resulting liquid looks more like soda than beer). Pours a translucent but very dark ruby red, and leaves no lacing or foam on the surface of the beer.

Smell: From the bottle: The dark fruit and Belgian yeast of a standard Belgian dubbel. In the glass: the same, with a greater malt depth. The smell gradually and completely shifts to an entirely different aroma of dates, raisins, and smoke. The smell is strangely airy and effervescent. With warmth, some of the Belgian yeastiness returns, bringing with it smells of cake and bread, occasionally getting sickly sweet and bizarre.

The smell is often a bit of a headscratcher, but all told it smells pretty good.

Taste: Exactly like the smell; same changes, same problems, same strengths. Malty and smoky with lots of fig, cherry, raisin, and date notes. The finish is way too bitter, and reminds me why I disliked prunes and prune juice so much as a child.

This is a hard beer to score. I'm not sure if I'm on board with everything that's going on, and it's certainly not "consistently delicious"... more like, "usually good, occasionally great, more often bizarre, and the bitter finish is hard to get past." Aftertaste is generally no good. Yet, there's lots of dark fruit, lots of malt, and it really does taste like mixing a decent dopplebock with a good Belgian dubbel (and some bitter prune juice, whoops).

In the end, this beer is a C paper handed in by a genius student who did a lot of impressive extra credit. At one moment I'm impressed, at another I'm profoundly disappointed. I don't know what else to say. It's kind of a mess, but some of the sips are 4.5-5.0 caliber for taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but feels a bit too thin and watery at the same time. Sugary/chalky, with a distractingly bad, bitter finish. If the taste is dubious, the feel isn't helping matters.

Drinkability: I feel like I'm rolling the dice with every sip; will I get another barrage of cloying sweetness followed by an almost painful, bitter prune juice finish, or will I get an explosion of deliciously smoky dark fruit and malt? I'll keep trying with this bottle, but I'm not disappointed that this beer was only brewed once.

This beer is an experiment (dates + dopplebock + dubbel = ???). The results are kind of baffling. Sometimes it tastes like what dopplebock and dubbel lovers would hope for, other times it tastes like it was made by a kid getting loose in the kitchen and putting a bunch of random ingredients in a blender. It's like a joke that you don't get, but is still kind of funny. I don't know.

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Photo of jorg2619
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Year of the date is now a year old and I have opened my bottle.

The look of this beer and the color is a deep red with a light skim of a head that persists. The smell of this beer is a booze with a hint of yeast. I tasted dates, a hint of malt and again bready yeast. I have to say that the smoothness of this beer is center stage. While not a gulper Rejewvenator could be even at 7.8% abv. What a unique and interesting beer, I want more He'brew!!

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Photo of emmasdad
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really like the jewbelation series from Hebrew (especially at that price point), but this particular series has never done much for me. Pours kind of a hazy brown color, with a decent tan head. Some fruitiness on the nose, along with caramel and a little spice. Not a whole lot of Belgian character/flavor here, just some sweetness and a little stewed fruit. Nothing special.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky walnut brown with only a very thin tan head that leaves almost no lacing behind.

Very sweet aroma, at times almost vinous, but primarily reflecting sweet fruit and nuts, but also offering some generous yeast aromas.

The palate is similar with immediate malty sweetness including caramel, fruit, and nuts. The yeast aspects kick in more in the palate as well where I feel the crossroads of the caramel malt and nuts like a doppelbock meet the fruit and yeast aspects of the dubbel. There is even a faint sourness to this beer as it warms.

This brew is medium in body and carbonation, a bit drying, and almost coarse on the palate.

The catch all of American Strong Ale is fitting for this beer. I can appreciate the various aspects of the different styles that were being sought and I enjoyed the best of each.

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Photo of philbertk
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shmaltz Brewing Company--HE' BREW THE CHOSEN BEER Rejewvenator Harvest to Harvest Ale Brewed with All Natural Date Concentrate--Sacred Species No. 2--Year Of The Date Limited Release--Half Doppelbock, Half Belgian Style Dubbel--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV. 25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Doppelbock--Belgian. Big dense lacy off white head. Clear dark dense bright garnet ruby black cherry color. Rich dark fruit toasted date mild Belgian front. Mellow sweet chalky hint rich Lager smooth toasted dark Belgian subtle date tasty complex Bock body. Soft clean light Belgian spice & hop & EtOH heat end hints. Odd DoppelBelgBock? Sampled 7/2/2010. 2 @ $6.49 Each.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, 6.49 at Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Served mostly cold, poured into a chilled pint glass.

Dark brown brew reveals cherry highlights against a light. 1" of head tan settles to a thin stable layer that leaves great lacing. Smell is of dark dried fruits (raisin/fig/date), light molasses, caramel, banana, maybe some dark cherry, a faint lemon and grass hop far in the background. Taste is very similar, though it all comes together as tasting like cola. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, a bit sticky, with some soft carbonation to balance.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Hey Celery, How 'bout a Date?" asked the street-walker Carrot to a Celery stalk dressed in his Dress Blues as she held out a piece of fruit in one of Gary Larson's most memorable (to me) The Far Side cartoons.

The year of the Date! Jeremy laid some of this on me back in June (of '09), but it was bottled. The night seemed to find me on a fruit kick and so what better for a nightcap? It was served in a 10-ounce Belgian-style glass with the pour resulting in a thick, full finger of off-white head with great retention. Color was a deep ruby-red with NE-quality clarity. Nose was sweetish with a light smokiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a pronounced dark-fruit flavor of cherry and prune along with some citrus. Finish had an upfront sweetness, but I still tasted some acidic tart bitterness on the extreme finish. I could drink this more often.

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep amber color, minimal head that dissipates into a film. - 3.0/5.0

Smell - Sweet malt with some caramel. The dates are fruity and bold. - 4.0/5.0

Taste - Bready malt, sweetness that comes from a mix of the malt and the dates used in the beer. Definitely a dopplebock with the strong addition of the date. I wasn't sure if the dates would be overpowering, but they are very complementary to the style. - 4.0/5.0

Feel - Really enjoy the medium thickness of the beer, carbonation was good too. The brew felt hardy and substantial. 4.5/5.0

Drinkability - I'd have this one again. Tina enjoyed it too. It was an enjoyable use of the style, while adding a nice dimension with the addition of the dates. 4.0/5.0

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He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Date) 2009 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 114 ratings