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

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by glid02 on 05-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 atorres600
4.77/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i reallly liike this brew. You can almost smell the concord grapes as soon as you crack this open. If you dont mind the grape taste in this rich dark beer then you will like this. This is exceptinally smooth for a dark beer but quite different than what im used to drinking . i recommend it !!

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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 cooch69
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer a couple times. On draft and bottle.
This sample was from the bomber. It pours a light brown with some very deep orange amber overtones. There is a small head that settles into nice lacing.

This brew smells like grapes and a little apple. Almost like those grapple's they sell in cartons. There is a spicy yeasiness(cloves and cinnamon). And a warming alcohol.

Upon drinking the malt shows itself a little more than in the nose. It is semi-sweet, caramelly and a little figgy. The grape comes through in the end along with apples and pears.

This brew has a great amount of carbonation. Enough to make it very light and drinkable. But the beer is still medium-full bodied.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip from fridge temperature and enjoyed while allowing it to warm up.

Poured a deep date maroon with a short lived cream colored head. Hazy and not much lacing. Bubbles continuously rising from the apex of the glass. Aroma is quite interesting. Hugely malty with caramel and toffee, followed by lots of dark fruit of the plum and fig category. There's a lot going on here. A continuous brawl between a Belgian monk and a German monk. Neither side backs down until a random little girl hands both of them a glass of port wine, then at last, the grapey and vinous character comes out with a touch of alcoholic heat. Sugary sweet throughout and finishes thick with moderate carbonation. Could use just a touch more carbonation here, as it's a rather full bodied and almost sticky beer. However, it is quite tasty indeed and I will plan on buying this again if I see it around.

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Photo of Elimination
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to have something a little different so I got this baby

Look is a hazy dirty looking purple brown close to a homeade grape juice

Smell is grapes up front slight red wine a good amount of malt very sweet has a good amount of a classic bock taste with a word of Belgian funk

Taste is slight welchs grape juice malt sweetness tangy but finishes dry. Raisens figs and a bit of Carmel thrown in

Mouthfeel is very light despite abv and style dry finish but starts sweet and moist

Drink is good a pairing beer for sure, wish I could have a nice steak with this

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Photo of dwilson01
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass. A thin off white head tops it which dissipates quickly to a thin splotchy film maintained by moderate carbonation. The body is an amber-orange combination with a darker brown infusion. It reminds me of caramel with some fruit thrown in for good measure.

The scent is complex and layered, I definitely get hints of fruit in the forefront, a champagne and wine combination but quite subtle. This is coupled with the sweet smells I get from german weizenbocks, a dark brown sugar and caramel. It makes for a great combination, one that I cannot wait to try.

The "belgian style dubbel" definitely hits home in the flavor. It's got a nice light spiciness to it with a thicker malty backing. That malt is very sweet reminding me of a liquiefied brown sugar combined with a hint of cinnamon. The fruits that come out is very blended in that I cannot discern them from each other. I do get grapes for sure, some plum and fig as well but other than that it is the general sweet fruitiness I pick up.

The mouthfeel is a very background aspect to this brew in my opinion, I found the nose and flavors to be much more forefront. But to be fair when I sipped and thought only on the feel it is pretty solid. A light spicy carbonation in the fore followed by a rich malty thickness in the aft.

Definitely a sipping brew due the immense amount of flavors, it's one that keeps you guessing throughout the whole thing and by the end you'll have 10 or 15 different fruits written down that you tasted. I like the versatility, glad I went with it today and will be trying the other yearly brews from these guys to see what else they came up with.

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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 johnnieoz
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, paired with challah and tahini.

A: A beautiful, clear purple without any haze whatsoever. The off white head is minimal, receding quickly into a thin film that sits atop this amethyst brew.

S: Mostly grape at first, but the classic dubbel dark fruits kick in eventually.

T: This is where the beer begins to excel. Initial sweetness on the tongue never becomes cloying and the doppelbock meets dubbel begins to work its magic. The dubbel keeps it on the sweet side, while the doppelbock makes it just a little toasty.

M: Very smooth, medium bodied and dry in the aftertaste.

D: I'm glad Schmaltz kept the alcohol at a relatively reasonable 8.2 % abv, befitting the unique marriage of styles. It is a pleasure to sip.

As with the Jewbelations, Schmaltz continues to make freak show dark beers that delight this palate. Not for everyone I'm sure, but that's the beauty of beer.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a purple reddish brown color with a small tan/white head with a fair amount of lacing. Smells of sweet caramel malts, subtle concord grapes, figs, and a little chocolate. Tastes of great sweetness from the malts, bready goodness, yeast, chocolate, caramel, figs, dark fruit, some grape, and a little chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium with subtle carbonation. Drinks fairly easily.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the look to this beer. Deep burnt orange hue with a pretty hefty fluffy off-white head. Smells delicious like grapes, but not like grape flavor. It smells like grapefruit juice actually or some kind of wine. More like grapefruit juice though.

Tastes like wine mixed with grapefruit juice I think. Its definitely a unique beer. Definitely heavy on the grape juice. Leaves a somewhat bitter aftertaste thats pleasant like a doppelback. Alcohol is definitely present too and its warming, which is nice. Actually has a mouthfeel like wine thats slightly carbonated. The carbonation in this is mild but just enough to make it interesting without taking away from the heavier creamy mouthfeel.

Really unique beer that I'm glad I tried. I really wish I found this with the fig and the date versions. Good stuff.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very thick (I almost think the thickness of the beer is Shmaltz's trademark) deep brown, with flashes of wine-red coming through. Head is initially frothy and full, but dissipates to a very fine film. Lacing is sudsy, and not all that persistent. Body is as described: thick. Bubbles stay static for quite a while when tilted, before tiredly dragging themselves to the surface. Very decent look overall.

Nose is extremely sweet and deep. Sweet dates are dominant, with dollops of caramel and vanilla, with a slight hint of spice. Not as potent and robust as it could be, but all the characters are extremely rich. Yep... It's what I expected from the brew. Certainly something between a dubbel and a doppelbock.

Taste is similar, although lighter on the raw sweetness on the front. Front is dominated by a slight sultana bite, some acidity and a light phenolic note. Finish gets more of the rich dark fruit characters present on the nose. Certainly some date in the finish, and a slightly robust boozy bite. Nice.

Feel is chewy and rich; it matches nicely with all the sweet, dark characters on the palate.

Yeah, another nice beer from He'Brew. Plenty of sweetness and pleasant heaviness. And let's face it, that's what was advertised.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a 1 finger head. Really good retention. Decent lacing. Color is dark ruby brown.

S. Smell is dark fruit, molasses, caramel malt, had a grape smell to it. Smells like a fruity dubbel. Really a pretty interesting smell. Maybe a bit of sourness in the background.

T. Taste is good. Dark fruit, caramel malt, a bit of the grapes accentuate and enhance the flavor. I really like the taste of this. I think that there are a lot flavors going on, and they all work pretty well. I don't really taste a lot of doppelbock going on.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Little bit of a sweet aftertaste.

D. Very drinkable. I think that the Grape is definitely what sets this beer off. A good dubbel with a bit of doppelbock malt flavors would be good by itself, but the grape adds a little special touch.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very nice reddish brown that has excellent clarity. It has a 3-finger light tan head. The head left some good lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of concord grape juice up front. There are also notes of caramel malts, a bit of hops, spicy yeastiness, raisins, and some other dark fruits.

T - I'm getting the grapes right up front, just like in the nose. After the initial grape taste, I'm getting some toasted malts and some caramel sweetness. There is also a nice dark fruit presence. The finish is more of the concord grape taste, and a touch of booziness.

M - This has a medium body that is kind of on the lighter side. It has good carbonation, and a slight bitterness that sticks to the mouth a bit. This beer starts of moist and sweet and finishes dry.

D - The drinkability is good. This beer goes down quite smooth. The grape taste is good because it is not overbearing and doesn't make this come across tasting more like a wine. I think this is a good beer, and a great addition to the rejewvenator series. I can't wait to see what they are gonna do for 2011.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Grape) 2010 | 500 ml. | 8.2% ABV

Brewer: Shmaltz Brewing Company (He'Brew)
Style: Doppelbock
Glass: pint

Somewhere between burnt umber and cherry red. Frothy 1" head and drapes of lacing along the side of the glass.

Barley malt, brandy, fermenting grapes, brown sugar

Figs, barley malt, caramel, grape juice, and a touch of brown sugar. It's an odd mix, the grapes and the figs, but I like it.

A bit thin and watery. Otherwise, it has decent carbonation.

It's an odd brew, but I think the doppelbock + grapes combination actually works.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: June 19, 2011

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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 Brent
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A storm left me with no power and nothing else to do but have a beer - things could be worse. Pour was an intersting purple-tinged (at least it looked that way by the light of a flashlight). Lots of caramel and brown sugar in the flavor profile. I can't say that I was able to pick out a distinct grape flavor, but there was a certain lightness imparted to the mouthfeel. Solidly in the doppelbock camp, and I got little impression of the other half of the hybred Beligan aspect. Nice, but not fantastic.

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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 mactrail
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unique tangy ale with definite grape taste.

Beautiful ruby amber color with nice tracings of bubbles around the glass. Smells winey and definitely not typical beery. Acidic initial taste rather than the sweetness common with the Rejewvenator beers. Hops are restrained and not much in the way of aromatics. Balance with the malt comes from the woody tannin and tangy acid of the grapes. Aftertaste is more of bitter grape stems than of traditional hops.

Schmaltz has become one of my favorite breweries. They have a way of making intriguing and highly drinkable beers out of strange ingredients.

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

Pours a beautiful dark clear copper-mahogany with a substantial, if not long-lasting, pale tan head. Aroma is rich and malty with hints of hops and an undertone of red wine. Mouth-filling malty flavor has yeasty and grape hints as well as a bit of hoppy bitterness and a subtle barleywine-like nip. Texture is smooth with a nice little fizz that leaves behind a subtle tingle.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Burgundy, amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Complex and layered. Maybe reading the label beforehand is influencing the aroma but I can pick out dopplebock, grapes and belgian dubbel with each different sniff. Intense grape, little bit wine grape but more grape juice. Belgian candi sugar, sweet caramel malt and slight yeasty phenols.

T - Grape juice with dark fruits, candi sugar, yeasty phenols and sweet munich malt.

M - Medium body, medium to low carbonation with a lingering sweetness. Alcohol creates a slight sting.

D - Very unique beer. Not sure I could drink it on a regular basis but tasty and very interesting.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle for 4.99 from Beertopia in a Celebrator glass.

This shtick makes for some good brew. It's a medium brown color with quickly fading foam. The aroma is an interesting mix of malt and fruit. the taste is interesting and almost unique. The depth and maltiness of a dopplebock with the zest of a dubbel. There's some citrus and fig and a hint of grape. It's one of the smoothness I've ever had with the aftertaste having a bit of lemon-like sting.

This brewery seems gimmicky at first but (in this instance) can produce. Mazel tov

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn I had no idea this beer was around a year old. Still I picked it up for only $5.99

A - Damn for being old I still got a creamy mocha colored head height of an inch or more. Tons of carbonation bubbles too. Color is a nice dark shade of brown but clear and see-though.

S - Ow yeah I can smell the grape juice in the nose. Also the doppelbock notes of rum, caramel, and a bit of bread.

T - Huh the grape adds a great factor to the style making it taste a bit lighter than the typical offering at this ABV. Starts a bit tart then moves to a bit of rum soaked bread with a touch of raisins and a nice bitter finish. Malty and no hops which is expected for the style.

M - Warms my belly a bit but is pretty medium bodied on the palate.

Overall it is defiantly an experience to try this "one off" beer and even though I am not really in love with it I am glad I got to try it and appreciate the company doing something like this outside the box.

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