He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Grape) 2010 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Grape) 2010He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Grape) 2010

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by glid02 on 05-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 96
Reviews by GRG1313:
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(Cleaning desk and found notebook of notes. This score is from 2011 and the notes reflect that the beer was very "grapey" and "fruity" in nose and flavor profile.)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"When the fox cannot reach the grapes he says they are not ripe."

--Greek proverb

Slightly more maraschino cherry red than persimmon orange when backlit with the rays of the rising sun. Three fingers of wheat colored foam was produced on the pour, features a bevy of slowly popping glassine bubbles, and does a wonderful job laying down sheets of finely dotted lace.

Maybe it's the starting chill and the still-thick disk of cream, but the nose is incredibly weak. Warming brings hints of toasted barley malt, Belgian yeastiness... and zero vinousness. Looks like the grapes are waiting to make their move on the palate.

Year Of The Grape 2010 is my least favorite of the Rejewvenator brews so far. Figs and dates marry very well with both doppelbocks and dubbels, since those two styles tend to have those flavor elements anyway. Concord grape juice is a less desirable flavor fit.

As in the first two members of the series, this 'Half Doppelbock, Half Belgian Style Dubbel' tastes most like the latter, thanks to Belgian yeast esters. Specifics include lightly toasted brown bread drizzled with caramel, a sprinkle of nonspecific spices, and a relatively subtle shot of grape juiciness. No real flavor hook hurts.

In the end, the all-important taste score is a tweener that I've decided to round up. The body/mouthfeel is big enough and is gently creamy enough to be pleasant. Can't call it a highlight, but it's one of this beer's better attributes.

After the two obvious choices (figs and dates), it looks like Shmaltz Brewing Company is going to have a tougher time finding appropriate feature fruits for the Rejewvenator series. I'd be perfectly happy if they stopped right now and turned the date-added offering into a regular release.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting beer I have to say.Poured into a .5 liter stein a deep mahogany brwon with some deep amber colored hue,a toasted almond colored fluffy head atop.Deep red grape aromas really jump out at ya during the pour wich is something I have never encountered before,sweetish alcohol and caramel as well.Cakey sweet flavors with the fruitiness being a little subdued wich I was relieved a little to see,sweet alcohol really comes in as well.Its big and sweet but its a pretty good "out of the box" beer,the grape adds something to this beer.

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Photo of warnerry
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a reddish brown with very little head. Not really any lacing to speak of.

S -- As advertised, smells like a dubbel/dopplebock mix. Candi sugar, raisin, a bit of rum, caramel and grape.

T -- Similar to smell. For me, the grape presence seems out of place. An undesirable top layer on what might have been a pretty good base beer.

M -- Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. Finishes somewhat earthy and dry.

O - Interesting, but not something I would come back to.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy light brown that looks slightly purplish and has a smallish off-white head that quickly diminishes to a dusting.

The aroma is sweet figgy caramel malts, candy sugar, sweet grape juice and wood.

The flavor is sweet grapes with some vinous alcohol and some off bitter notes (card-boardy). The fruitiness fades as it warms and figgy caramel malts become more pronounced. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, an interesting idea. It's a bit watery and I didn't care for the flavors much - it just wasn't too interesting.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is grapes with some toffee and sugar. The grapes are not that strong in the aroma but are present. The flavor is caramel and toffee malt with some sugar and a little bit of grapes. I really thought the grapes would be more prevalent but this is pretty much just a regular doppelbock with a little grape. Not that that is a bad thing, since I really like this style of beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of glid02
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta. Brewed with Concorde grape juice. I'm not sure why the previous entries are classified as American Strong Ales as I'm fairly certain these are brewed with lager yeast so I'm going with doppelbock.

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

Smells of sweet dark malts with large amounts of grape aromas - not quite as Concorde-grape as I was hoping but still with a good deal of the distinctive character. Also present are good amounts of brown sugar and whiffs of crisp lager yeast make their way in and out of things.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the grape flavors aren't as robust as the aroma intimates. Sweet caramel malt flavors buttressed by crisp lager yeast kick things off. Shortly thereafter earthy grape flavors make their way into things and carry through to a decidedly sweet ending.

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

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I almost bumped the drinkability up a notch however I had about 8 oz and I'm not sure any more would go down as easily. Still, a nice beer that I'm afraid many will compare to Welch's grape juice although I think the other flavors work themselves in there nicely.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750 ml poured into a w wine glass.

A: A light purplish brown with a light tan head, when held to the light the beer takes on a butterscotch color. It leaves spotty lacing.

S: Interesting to say the least: concord grape leaps out of the glass followed by bread and spice.

T: What a weird, yet good, beer. It has sweet malts, some fig, and grape interlaces throughout the beer, a bit of alcohol warms up the back of the throat. The finish is very mellow, a bit of alcohol and grape lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy.

D: It is smooth and blends its alcohol well.

Overall: I have been told before that the Rejewvenator series is very good, and this year the beer was to unusual to pass up. I was afraid that the concord grape would make the beer too sweet, but that was not the case. Yes, there are sweet malts, but it is balanced. It is worth a try.

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Photo of richkrull
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darker amber brown color with a very small beige head on it.

Smell is light sweet malts with a bit of grape aroma as well.

Taste is sweet caramel malts. I don't get much of a grape taste on this one. Slightly bitter finish with some alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. Went down pretty easy.

Overall I thought this beer was OK. I don't know that I'd try it again though with all the other stuff out there too explore. I certainly wouldn't mind drinking it thought if somebody else bought it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My grape harvest from Cali is in, crushed and de-stemmed, so it is time to crack this bomber - more than appropriate for the occasion.

This beer pours a clear dark reddish brown hue, with one finger of soapy off-white head, which settles to a thin cap, leaving nothing in the way of lace. It smells of soft yeast, sweet concord grape juice, and molasses. The taste is dark tangy fruit, more of that musty grape juice, a bit of demarara sugar, and some mildly spicy yeast. The big ABV is pretty well hidden, just a slight warming. The carbonation is on the low side, the body full, smooth, and fleshy. It finishes dry, in an almost tannic way, and fruity.

Hmmm. This tastes like what I would imagine the Belgians would come up with: yeasty, (red grape) fruity, sugary, and malty. Still, kind of weird, with the childhood grape juice flavours married to a strong Belgian ale. But that's the intent, so, nicely done, but not something to consider as anything more than a celebratory tipple.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours a dark copper with a small white head. Head reduces to a layer of small bubbles on the top. Little wisps of lacing form.

S: Lots of grape and also some apple. also get some sweet dates/figs and a little vanilla.

T: Taste like grape juice with a little bit of malt in it. A letdown based on the aroma, not really much going on.

M/D: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall, its just not great. It seems a bit watered down and I am not a huge grape juice fan to begin with.

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Photo of Snow81
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brownish amber color with a mercy haze

Head: Light brown with a nice frosty head

Smell: Concord grapes and subtle malts, more like grape jelly

Taste: Liquid grape jelly with hints of a caramel sweetness and a very little hop note

Weight: Light to medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Grapes with very little malts and hidden hops

If you ask me for another I would say, yes please

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Photo of cjgator3
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Half Dopplebock/Half Belgian Style Dubbel Ale Brewed with All-Natural Grape Juice

A- Pours a brownish copper color with a light tan head that quickly disappears. 

S- The aroma is sweet malt, dark fruits and hints of spices. The aroma has the maltiness of the dopplebock and the fruitiness of the dubbel. The grape juice is definitely evident in the aroma but it blends in so well you really have to concentrate to pick it out.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with sweet malt along with some spices and a yeasty finish. The grape juice is pretty well hidden in the taste as well. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I must admit I was hesitant when I read the description of this beer but it exceeded my expectations by far. This is a really tasty brew that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent ruby color with 1 finger of khaki colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grape juice, figs & other dark fruit, plus brown bread once warm

T: Follows the nose along with dryness, cherries, mineral hoppyness & burnt candi sugar up front. I also get a slight juicy fruit flavor as this warms, along with earthy funk, a bit of boozeyness & general winey type notes. Finishes fruitty, slightly dry with a bit of earthy bitterness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & good balance. Becomes fairly slick when warm

Drinks real easy, more dubbel than dopplebock IMO, but a fun offering that is easily the best beer with grapes I've had so far

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Photo of HalfFull
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a wine glass from a 22 oz. bottle, this Dubbel/Doppelbock hybrid pours a clear and deep ruby in color leaning toward amber. Half an inch of off white foam settles out to a surface cap in a couple minutes and drops off spots of lace.

Grape and caramel notes coexist with deeper malts and dark fruits more notable after a bit of agitation. Light earthen hops and with a hint of chocolate and clove spice as well. I'm not seeing much Dubbel notes as for yeast esters but just the dried fruit, yet they're no strangers to Doppelbocks either. And the carbonation isn't firm enough to keep the Belgian influences on the nose around long after a pour.

Flavor is vinous in nature and with a light bready texture. Concord grape juice appears briefly on the finish before deeper caramel malt notes tackle it and firm up the mouthfeel in doing so.

Still light in body for the style but certainly not thin. It seems as the the grape juice bolsters the alcohol and lends some character without leaving the usual thickness. Easy drinking as a result of the lack of apparent residual sugars and with a well hidden ABV. Body does become fuller with warming. Spends more time in the Doppel corner vs. Dubbel from my experience; a Dubbel on the nose with a swirl and a Doppel when still, and on the palate.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a massively dark red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grape, bread, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, grape, and bread. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I went into this one not really expecting too much and it definitely delivered. It was fairly good for the style, but definitely lacked complexity in my opinion. I know they said it was the year of the grape on this bottle, but maybe they should have tried something else??? If you like grapes in your brew this one is for you, but if not, I wouldn’t bother.

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Photo of bierguru
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A -
redish purple brown see through very thin head fades quick little to nonw carboantion

S -
big grape smell up front malty sweetness nd some spice

T -
grape again is right up front some roasted maltiness carmal and on the backend i get some rich dark fruit

M -
fairly little but not to where its water leaves some tingling on the cheeks and some drying on the tongue

D -
overall its a decent beer not one of my favs but worth trying

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy light chocolate brown color with about a finger of tan head that dissipates relatively fast leaving decent lacing on the sides of my SA perfect pint glass.

Smell - Right off the bat, it smells more like a dubbel than a doppelbock. There are sweet malts, caramel, slight grape, breadiness, and yeast.

Taste - Similar to the nose, however, there is just an odd grape flavor that saturates the overall flavor profile. It reminds me of Welches grape juice as a kid (the grape flavor). Sweet malts and caramel, cloves, brown sugar. However, overall, nothing that really stands out besides the odd grape flavor which does not mix well with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - One and I'm done, and also I will not buy again. Saw it at the store, thought it sounded interesting so I picked it up. Not what I was really expecting and nothing that stood out to me once drinking it. Meh.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 01/03/2011:

22 oz. bottle at 48 degrees into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours a murky deep brown color with reddish hues and a half-finger of head that does not last long.

S: Intense concord grape juice and not much else. Is this carbonated Manischewitz?

T: The taste is a little more dynamic; grape juice up front, light toffee, burnt caramel, and some vanilla-like bourbon notes.

M: The body is much thinner than I'd expected with a creamy feel and lightly sticky finish.

D: This is disappointing in that I expected the "half Doppelbock, half Dubbel" part to play more of a role but the concord grapes overrode most of those flavors.

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Photo of longbongsilver
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Wanted to try something different & saw this. I liked a couple others Shmaltz did & found the grape concept amusing, figured why not?

Can smell the grape a bit even before pouring. In the mug a slightly blurry orange-red, over an inch of dense head. The grape continues, plus a bit of something like honey (that was a shock).

Taste is a little boozier than would expect, and no real bitterness I can tell. Goes down more thin like the dubbel style than the doppelbock mentioned on the bottle. The grape actually suggests -- you guessed it -- wine.

It's definitely distinctive, I'll give them that much. It'd get annoying as a regular compared to their others IMO, but for what it is it works.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy copper color with about a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Some dark fruits like plum at first followed by a scent of grape juice. The grape juice is pretty overwhelming.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is some dark fruit up front and then the grape kicks in. It's pretty strong, but not overwhelmingly so. The finish is yeasty and slightly bitter.

M: Medium-light body with medium combination. Slightly oily characteristic.

D: For a very fruity beer, it's not too bad. The grape's a bit too strong for me, but it's not like some fruited beers that taste like they just mixed fruit juice with beer.

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Photo of theghost3
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, translucent ruby color with a 1/2-finger off-white head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is mainly fruit--red grapes and rasberry along with some yeast and caramel malts. The taste is very fruity--grape juice with some cherries along with wheat and sweet malts. Mouthfeel is carbonated; slightly acidic and light-bodied.

This is a drinkable beer, but you have to like grapes to really enjoy it. I liked it, but I couldn't figure out the style. I picked up some of the doppelbock qualities, but the Belgian elements came through as well.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was an unusual beer.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.82/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours medium golden-brown. sits a slightly hazy orange-brown

Smell: well balanced profile with lots going on. intially you get chocolate and obvious concord grape aromas. pick it apart to get that bready, caramely and dark fruit character of Dubbels along with a little additional sweetness from the dopplebock. grape presence is subtle - just enough to add character. really works well with this style of beer

Taste: aromas translate almost perfectly to flavors. chocolate, plums, raisins, bready yeast character, concord grape jelly, malt sweetness and caramel. finish is slightly dry with a tinge of bitterness and dried, dark fruit

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: thought that it would VERY grapey, but im blown away at how well the grapes work with this style of brew. very delicious and well made

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Photo of Erish
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bomber into a wine glass.

A: cloudy, cider-like color, creamy head quickly falls into a splotchy cap with decent lacing.

S: very bock-like, malty, raisin, the grapes linger in the background.

T: the vinous character explodes in the front, the middle is all bock, with sweet bread, raisin, cherry, and fruit yeast funk, the finish is very Belgian, off-dry, yeasty, with a nice lingering floral hop note.

M: medium weight, silky, good carbonation.

D: I will pick up more of this. Good stuff.

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He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Grape) 2010 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 127 ratings