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

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He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Date) 2009He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Date) 2009

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 90
Reviews by loving44:
Photo of loving44
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I always see Shmaltz beers in the store and instantly write them off as a gimmick beer. The name is just too goofy and silly and how could a brewery like that make serious beer? Well I'm glad I took a chance tonight because this is one tasty brew!

A: poured into a small tulip glass this beer forms a dense bubbly head that rises to a creamy peak and then slowly dissipates like sea-foam. The beer is deep ruby red/orange reminiscent of brandy. A finger's worth of head stuck with it for a few sips and then completely went away.

S: Dates up front, my mouth started watering as soon as the scent registered in my brain. Dark fruits throughout the nose, raisin, prune, but mainly sugary-sweet date.

T: Not as sweet as I would have expected which is a nice surprise. malt sweetness up front that surrounds the tongue and then a mellow dry bitterness. The beer finishes fairly dry in general. It's not a syrupy sweet mouth coating kind of beer. Crisp finish. Richness of a dopplebock with the crispness of a dubbel. Cool! As the beer warms the date sweetness becomes more pronounced.

M: fine carbonation keeps this from being syrupy, for a while and then dies down. Once it dies the beer is significantly sweeter.

D: I agree with other reviewers that a bomber is a bit much; this would be great in a Chimay sized bottle. It just gets too sweet

Overall I'm glad I tried this beer and I will give more beers from this brewery a try in the future. This one is a creative concept and totally worth trying.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Now this is an interesting brew,half doppelbock and half Belgian style dubbel infused with dates.I poured into a imperial nonic because I couldnt figure out the best glassware for this hybrid,deep amber with a tinge of russet was the color,a well defined almond colored head atop.A mix of Belgian yeast,date juice,and herbal hop in the nose.Belgian yeast and date juice dominate the flavors and when I say dominate man do I mean it,I like dates but that mixed with phenolic Belgian yeast flavors are a bit much for me.I wanted to really like this beer because its kinda "out there" but the flavors are to overpowering for me.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a purplish-brown color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts that have a decent biscuit-like aroma. Also present are dates of course, dusted with brown sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors similar to those found in a year-old IPA - sweet and somewhat spicy - kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of plums and dates. Midway through the sip the flavor sweetens even more and carry through to a smooth ending.

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

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without much problem but I'm not sure about another.

Overall, I thought this wasn't quite as alive as the Rejewvenator 8 nor was it as sticky sweet. Not one worth seeking out but worth a shot if it happens across your way.

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Photo of hughesm4
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first thing that I would like to say is that this is a very interesting brew. A friend and I split a bomber poured into a couple of pint glasses.

A. This one is a very deep red brown in color that looks purple when you hold it to a light.

S. The smell is the best. If it tasted as it smells I would be a happy man. Banana is the overpowering smell with a more alcholic smell as it warms

T. Not sure what to think on the taste. It has a heavy banana flavor with a dobbelbach taste. The more it warms the less I like it.

M. Not heavy on the carbonation but leaves a good comples taste.

D. Not the greatest. Didn't go down nearly as smooth as I would have hoped. Not a repeat drinker unless im in a very curious mood

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear wine-like ruddy brown colour, with a single finger of soapy ecru head, which leaves no lace as it falls away. It smells of cloves, banana essence, and yeast - very much Unibroue-esque. The taste is ripe dark fruit, candy sugar, some mild yeast, and soft herbal, earthy hops. The carbonation is average, the body full, round, and fruity, and the finish quite sweet and fruity to the end.

This was quite a familiar experience, given the similarity to a typical Unibroue offering, the only difference being the lower, and less noticeable alcohol warming. The purported palm date component doesn't seem any more evident than many other similar strong Belgian-style products.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Year of the date, 2009.

I was interested in this beer right away when I saw it was a blend of two favorite styles: dubbel and doppelbock. Lets see how successful this ended up.

Pours into a chalice with striking deep red mahogany color, great clarity, and towering head. Really nice beer to look at. Head sticks around awhile, settling slowly.

Aroma is rich and full of fruits and Belgian-esque yeast smells.

Flavor is a little unusual. So far, all signs were pointing towards dubbel but the taste has some roasty qualities that seem out of character. I get the dark fruits (figs, raisins, possibly dates) and there is a noticible nuttiness to it. Roasted malts don't fully get along with the other subtlties.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth with a nice gentle carbonation. Alcohol is noticible but not too distracting.

Overall it's a good beer and an interesting mariage of Belgian and German. I just feel the two styles are stronger when they stand alone.

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

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: A darker amber color, mildly hazy, not a lot of lacing, but some raindrops.

Smell: Huge sweetness, with some dark fruit, candied apples, caramel, big earthiness, a bit of black magic marker, some toffee, tree bark. A lot going on, but with some nuance this could be much better in the end.

Taste: A lot of earthiness and hops contend with the rest of the sweeter flavors of caramel, dark fruits, some toffee and mild coffee. A good amalgam of the two styles.

Mouthfeel: For a bigger beer, it's slightly on the heavier side, yes, but the carbonation does a good job keeping it creamy enough to not be cloying.

Drinkability: A solid offering from He'Brew. Always good price, always good quality. Beware, though, that this is a big brew, and it won't be for everyone. That said: it's a damn good offering for someone who likes the two styles of Doppelbock and Dubbel's mixed, because it's pretty much right on in that sense.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at a great price, Village Beer Merchant. Pours a rich Belgian looking dark body, somewhat dissipitating head. Aroma of date, yeast. Drink is rich though not thick. Very satisfying, with date flavour there and not overwhelming. Chocolate malt. Wonderful. Date was frequently used in ancient Israel beer, and this was a nice crossblend.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head snifter. Looking over the ingredients list, the recipe does not appear to have changed at all from the 2008 Rejewvenator (Year of the Fig) whatsoever, except for the use of date juice rather than figs. This remains an odd marriage of Doppelbock and Dubbel:

Color is somewhere between falu red and seal brown, with alizarin highlights which glows with excellent clarity - like a red garnet - under strong light. Sizable head which congeals into a solid finger of earth yellow foam. Solid retention and pasty lacing.

Aroma of stone fruit, toasted malt, and a touch of spiced bread. Pleasant albeit subdued. An odd dusty note flutters around the periphery, which reminds me of a vacuum bag.

The mix of yeasts, malt, and hops yields similar flavors to last year's offering (as expected), with sugar dominating the palate offset by a slight hop note. The three yeast strains seem to cancel each other out rather than coalesce. I was concerned this would be even sweeter than last year's offering, but the date actually seems to lend a chewy dryness not found in the '08 batch. It tastes like an additive though rather than an integral part of the ale. Finish suggests brown bread, brown sugar, and fennel.

Mouthfeel compliments the style very well - rich, chewy, perfectly carbonated, and slick without being syrupy. Alcohol is very sneaky. Some astringency but it helps tame the sweetness.

An interesting experiment, though not as drinkable as more balanced Strong Ales.

This beer lacks a certain coherency, a "mash-up" that doesn't quite know what it is trying to be; still, worth a try if you see it.

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

Jews is in da house bitches!!!

Clear, very deep chestnut/mahogany brown body with glowing chestnut/ruby highlights beneath a fluffy head of off-white. It's nice looking, but unfortunately the retention is only a little bit better than fair, and the lacing is limited.

The aroma, however, is better than the appearance. It's bright with a combination of dark-skinned fruits and some medium-caramel maltiness. It's clean and clear, and some grassy hops make an appearance as well. Unfortunately a little bit of alcohol slips in as well but chaaaa.... ?

In the mouth it's medium-full across the palate, and somewhat airy and pillowy-smooth as it warms.

The flavor reflects lots of dark fruit and caramel (scorched sugar even), and I'll guess, based on the label, that the fruitiness is coming from dates. I like it!!! I also get a little bit of clove, and some yeasty and/or hoppy - maybe even alcohol based - spiciness. There's a hint of cardamon, but I'm not suggesting it's a spiced beer, just that I taste that note. It's got a good, deep-caramel malt base to it, and the spice and fruit and firm bitterness round it out nicely.

Despite the strength, this actually holds together very well and offers a good bit of drinkability due to its balance and unique character. Worth trying. L'Chaim!

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Photo of Gmann
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby color with a small khaki colored head that quickly settles into nothingness, looks flat. The aroma is of red wine, dates, pepper, roasted meat and booze. The aroma is quite strong and has that nice dopplebock roasted meat characteristic. Kind of smells like a steak marinade. Nice brown sugar flavor with some dark fruit and noticable date presence. Light roasted malt/milk chocolate notes round out the flavor. As I got the dopplebock in the smell I get the dubbel in the taste. There is a touch of charred meat in the end so the dopplebock also comes into play in the taste. A very interesting combination of flavors that I think works and works well. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, finishes sweet; abv well hidden. This is a good beer, I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor profile. It is sweet yet balanced, good range of flavor.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Frosty80
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: pours light brown. sits a clear deep ruby

Smell: very strong maltiness typical of both the dubbel and dopplebock. dates dominate the bouqet. some melanoidins. very slight alcohol presence. fruity esters

Taste: full and complex maltiness with obvious date flavor. alcohol is apparent but not too strong. virtually no hop flavor and bitterness is very low. melanoidins and dark fruit esters apparent. finish is slightly dry and reflects the dates, melanoidins and some fruitiness

Mouthfeel: clean, medium body. moderate carbonation

Notes: wonderful combo of very similar styles. very malty with good alcohol. not sure im a huge fan of the dates but nevertheless a great beer and true to the styles

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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 blackie
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: piraat snifter, deep garnet-brown in color with a nice blanket left on the surface, nice retention

s: the nose really reflects the dubbel-doppel hybrid the beer is billed as, dark and fruity malts accented with a moderate brushing of estery yeasts - primarily with a banana taffy lean, dark breads coated in honey butter, the dates are obvious and give a perfect compliment to the malty base, aromas of date and nut rolls, papery hops provide some balance, smells great

m: soft, delicate carbonation pulls the creamy, medium bodied beer across the palate

t: almost a mirror image of the aroma, combines the estery yeast flavors of a dubbel with a carob/burnt caramel coated fruit side that suggests doppelbock - and the dark fruity malts they both share in common, date flavors blend in flawlessly, date-nut pastries, rich but balanced, cleans up reasonably well with lingering flavors of dates and other dark fruits simmered in butter

d: a lot of stylistic push-pull here, I found it more of a dubbel at first and then a doppel as it warmed, made for an interesting drink, the drinkability is just fine, a really nice beer that's easily sippable despite the relatively high abv

bomber from Whole Foods, Reston, VA

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle, a so called "Double Date Shmoppelbock" if you read the small print blurb on the side of the label.

Pours out a rich translucent dark brown in appearance, tall frothy and creamy light beige head with great retention and eventually settles to a thick foamy cap.

Rich bready malt up front on the nose, sweet dates and dark dried fruits, almost vinuous at times, brown sugar, almost a bit cloying molasses.

Sweet, mildly spicy and a bit boozy is my initial impression. Date bread is my 2nd impression. The finish is sweet and a bit spicy, some alcohol warmth, sticky and earthy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is fairly average, thin yet not watery, quite sticky much of the time as well, probably from the date sugars, it really sticks around along with the aftertaste.

This one doesn't really blow my skirt up, pretty one-dimensional, almost cloyingly sweet without much else beyond. Perhaps it'll age better, as I like the concept of brewing with dates (or figs with last year's version).

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly hazy orange-red sort of color with a medium sized thick head that takes time to fade and laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet dark fruits, dates and raisins, then some nice malty aromas. Smells very sweet and enticing.
T: Taste is not as sweet as the nose makes you think with a deep slightly bitter malty sweetness, caramelized malt yields to sweet date and raisin flavors followed by a slightly hoppy finish.
M: Very rich, medium bodied, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this was a very interesting beer to have. I like the way that dates were used as it is a less common ingredient. Well done Schmaltz!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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 david18
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting beer that tastes very good. Tastes a little stronger than the abv would indicate so it's a real sipper but has a great taste of dried fruit. Good carbonation, good appearance great mouthfeel. Not the best summer beer but a great winter warmer.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Half dopplebock half dubbel. This intrigued me so I had to purchase.

Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of head. Quite a beautiful color. The smell is very sweet yet somewhat indistinct in terms nameable scents. Some flowers and spices, alcohol heat, wax, and caramel I suppose.

The taste is a bit musty and waxy for my liking. Not really picking up much of the dubbel portion of the blend other than some spiciness, and the malt profile on the dopplebock portion is relatively average. Some sweetness and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is quite heavy with a carbonation prickle. This is an OK beer, one I would probably drink again if offered but definitely would not purchase a second time.

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Photo of jwc215
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. A thin off-white head descends to a vanishing swirl. Some initial lacing sticks, but soon vanishes.

The smell is pretty robust - malty - toffee and dates. Smells like a dobbelbock with dates. Noth sure I would have caught any dubbel character had it not been on the label. It's a pleasant, malty aroma.

Wish I could say I liked the taste as much as the aroma. It is malty sweet with some date. There is something of a dubbel touch, though I think it leans more towards the dobbelbock. There is a touch of sour mixed in and has a flinty dryness that balances the sweetness in the fiish, though some sweet stickiness sticks to the lips.

It is on the full side of medium-bodied.

An "interesting" sipper. Alcohol shows, despite a bit of aging (last year's release, but not sure when it was released exactly.) It is unique. Malty with a date character - as I said - "interesting".

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with a date beer. Poured from a bomber bottle into a 16 ounce mug.

There is a small head of about an inch which smooths to just cover the beer, which is dark amber in color.

Aroma is pleasantly mild and mostly dates.

Flavor is sweet, which is what I expect from dates. The date has a high content of dark sugar.

Mouthfeel is good. The sweetness lingers, as does a bit of alcohol.

Drinkability is not easy to nail down. Flavorwise I could sip this beer all evening, but after 30 minutes I am getting a full stomach.

As a date lover, this is a good beer. I am wanting more, but I am finding it difficult to to finish the bomber. If you are not used to the flavor and sweetness of dates, you will probably not enjoy this beer. For me, it brings back memories of eating fresh dates in Israel.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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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He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Date) 2009 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 114 ratings