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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: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by glid02 on 05-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
1.96/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

ISO: Any He'Brew that is not horrendous. Does that exist?

I am not an expert on their stuff, but between He'Brew and Coney Island, they average from bad-to-worst in my book.

Also worth mentioning is their rep Darren from Georgia; this guy wrote to me feigning concern over a terrible experience that I had (along with most everyone at the 2010 Whole Foods Tampa cask event) regarding a horribly disgusting experimental brew: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/262/57345 -that was foisted upon us unsuspecting consumers. Apparently crocodile tears work for this guy, but I think that making unsolicited offers intended at rectification are foolhardy and vacant if not realized. Anyhow, I am willing to give Schmaltz a chance, despite all indications that I should not.

So, this brew:

A - It looks okay, brown and semi-translucent; it does not have a tremendous head or lace, but still looks decent.

S - Uh oh. Damn! Not another 'Uh oh!', is it? Yes, alas, it is. I'll cover this in the taste.

T - Just as with the nose, there is a fine line tread between two evils, the lesser of which is irrelevant; there is nasty, cheap, rotgut booze, and there is a terrible, nasty, cheap rotten vegetable and mushy pea flavor.

M - Uggghhh. How can I do this to my own gullet?

D - This is like if MD20/20 made a malt liquor, but totally cheaped out on it, with like, say, half the budget of Steel Reserve or Schlitz Bull Ice Reserve Special Draft Gold.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.19/5  rDev -40%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out of a bomber bottle into a four ounce tasting glass. Served cool.

A-dark amber body with an off white head. nice head retention.

S-grapey for sure

T-subdued hop flavor makes way for malty front and a grape flavor finish


D-not a great representation of the style. Kind of reminds me of Kool Aid.

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Photo of katybee
2.29/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've had some nice doppelbocks recently, and had my hopes up from this one's cute hype. But I was not impressed with this bitter brew! It was more complex than some of the reviews below describe, but nothing like what I expected.

Appeared light brown (definitely not purple!) and little if any tan head. Unimpressive.

Smelled slightly medicinal...of pressed grape rinds.

Perhaps along the lines of a Belgian sour, it had no sweetness or creaminess at all, definitely not like other doppelbocks I've had. More like a single, than a Belgian dubbel. Dry spoiled brown fruit...not Port!

Overall, I was not impressed... I've had "cheap" blueberry beer before, and I've tried Basil beer, and ones from sorghum and rice, not to mention sake, and they were all infinitely more drinkable than this higher priced...schmaltz!

This will put me off He'brew for a while...

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Photo of charlzm
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood CA on January 27, 2012.

Beer is a dark amber brown with ruby highlights. Very fine one-finger off-white to light tan head.

Not much aroma - some red grape. Tiny touch of musty malts.

Flavor is strong and none too pleasant. Tastes like Manischewitz Concord Grape wine with bitter wood accents blended with musty old malts. Kind of like sneaking some wine in a cellar. Not enjoyable!

Slightly dry on the finish, which goes a little way to ameliorating the frankly bad flavor.

It is safe to say I did not care for this beer at all, though I did manage to finish my glass.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
2.4/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this was aged 2 years, 22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Good look to start, Browish-red, with very little head, no retention, and very little lacing.

Nose: Grapes, Figs, dates, and candy sugar

Taste: Grapes and raisins at the beginning with a bit of malt and toast, then it just fades into a nasty grapey finish that is hard to overlook

Mouthfeel: Carbonation supporting a medium body, but it's impossible to shake the grape aftertaste, it carries over into the finish.

Overall: This started out nicely, but there was way too much grape and raisin- it was a drain pour for 4 out of 7 of us.

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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 route66pubs
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a dark amber / light brown with a thin, almost white head. Head is very thin, but retains well along the glass. No bubbles appear to have survived the pour at all.

Very slight roasted malt aroma, with just a hint of Welch's grape juice as well. Very, very little aroma at all.

Has a bit of a caramel maltiness initially, which gives way to a slightly fructose-like bitterness. Very bizarre indeed, but not unexpected from the folks at Shmaltz. However, that slight bit of burning bitterness is not all that welcome in this brew, and more sweet malts would be appreciated.

I hate to say it, but the bitterness combined with something akin to Pop Rocks really just does not work here. It could be so much more if it were much smoother and sweeter, but it is just simply not working on this.

For a unique, one-off beer, this can be fun. For an everyday drink, well, I'd rather have water. This is just not something that I am willing to drink at all regularly.

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Photo of n2185
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 Aiptasia
2.87/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 2/08/2011 from my superbowl 2011 mix and match selection. Love the name of the brewery and the beer, and the art on the bottle being a Jewish theme is fun.

A: Deep orange pekote tea color with the head dissipating rapidly. Micro-lacing on top fades fast.

S: Vanilla, fig and aged grape notes on the nose.

T: Toasted malts leave an umami flavor. Not super balanced, can taste the alcohol and the hops presence leaves it tasting astringent on the front and hopsy on the backend.

M: Light carbonation makes it a smooth drink, but other qualities leave the mouth a little stingy and a little bitter.

D: Drinkable for those that like Bocks. Not exactly my suds of choice but not terrible either. Would pair well with Unagi, beef, burgers.

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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 armock
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from BevMo in San Francisco, CA

A - Poured a rusty brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is mostly of sweet malt with grapes and Belgian yeast

T - I'm not really digging the train wreck of flavors the sweet malt and then the grapes with the Belgian yeast just do not work for me

M - This beer has a watery body with light carbonation to it

O - To me this beer just isn't worth it the blending of a Doppelbock with a Double doesn't taste good to me I like both on their own but not together pass this on by and grab something else

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep copper with a short-lived dense tan head. The nose is richly malty with notes of jew grape (Maneschewitz), toffee, caramel, and fig jam. Very little hop aroma, if any. The flavour is exactly what the aroma suggests. It is rich, full-bodied and gently carbonated, without feeling to slick. If not for the hint of clove spice, this is very similar to a good dunkle wiezen. The finish is mostly grape, sweet toffee. Too sweet and gimmicky for me. I wish Shmaltz would focus on just two He'Brew beers and make 'em really good instead of making a whole gimmicky line out of several types.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber/copper color with some white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of husk and acidic-ness with some sweetness.

Tastes like caramel grape juice.

Thinner mouthfeel, which is OK, but adds to the juice-not-beer quality.

This beer is dominated by the grape flavor and is, again, more like a grape drink that beer. There are hints of malt and some bitterness, but it does not meld well with the other grape flavors.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice mahogany color, shot through with bright red streaks. Aroma is mostly sour grapes, a little Belgian candi sugar and just a suggestion of hops. Very cabernet/merlot-like on the palate, with a sweet and ultimately very unsatisfying finish.

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Photo of froghop
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-clear dark copper-red with a very small beige head, and not much lacing.

smell of malt, burnt toffee, and fruit.

taste is a little thin, malt, caramel, grape, a few hops, and nuts, ends a little tart.

overall a little more fruity than a doppelbock, but an average brew.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: murky amber-brown body with a thin finger of tan foam atop. Looks pretty nice, actually; more like a dubbel than a doppelbock (the label claims this is a mixture of both).

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a little woodiness; on top of this is a burst of fresh grape. It's actually not bad, but it conjures a pretty strong reminiscence of grape jelly. Odd for a beer, but overall the effect is alright.

Taste: sweet, malty and fruity. Right off the bat is a grape jelly flavor with a drier, more bitter undertone. Finish is more on the dry, bitter and astringent side of the scale. Grape jellyness holds on for the ride, though. It's oddly compelling, but the jelliness is getting to me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. This beer is nice and creamy and feels pretty good.

Drinkability: this beer, while interesting, is not going to interest me past this bottle. The first burst of flavor is too, well, grapey, and the hard bitterness at the end is just not that pleasurable. Not an extremely drinkable 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 womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark amber color, maybe burnt orange, with a fluffy off-white head that settles down to a thin layer.

S: Sweet fruits on the nose, which does have some grape character, but not overly vinous. A definite malt and caramel note as well.

T: Semi-sweet and malty on the tongue without too much in terms of grape flavor. There is a bit of a fruit sweetness, but I can't tell if that's from the base beers (apparently a blend of doppelbock and dubbel). Overall, the flavor is on the bland side.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. There's a bit of a flat feel overall to the beer, though.

D: Really underwhelming. I've enjoyed several of the He'Brew beers, but I can't say this is one of them. Just not much going on in terms of flavors.

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Photo of blackc5
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep reddish mahogany with a small but lingering offwhite head. Moderate lacing.

S - Heavy caramel malts, yeast, and some grape fruitiness.

T - For me this one didn't really work. I actually found the addition of the grape to clash with the heavy malts of the two combined styles. Kind of like mixing some Grape Fanta with some root beer. Individually, I like them both, but together they detracted from each other rather than enhanced.

M - Medium to heavy in body, with a decently thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Nice overall feel on the tongue.

D - All things considered, I finished it easy enough. I do like both of the combined styles, but probably would have preferred this without the grapes actually OR perhaps it needed more grapes to really pull it off. As it was, the malt and spice flavors clashed with the grape addition.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$5.49 for a 22oz bottle. Brewed with 2-row specialty malt, Munich malt, 2 kinds of dark crystal, and CaraVienna. Hopped with Warrior, US Goldings, Cascade, Amarillo, and Mt. Hood. Fermented with Lager yeast, Trappist yeast, and Abbey ale yeast. Brewed with 600 gallons of Concord Grape juice as well. 8.2% ABV.

Pours out to a lightly hazy dark amber, forming a small light yellow head with poor retention and minimal lacing. The aroma is unique with definite grape up front, followed by the typical bananas and cloves of abbey and trappist yeasts. Dark fruits are there as well, as they should be with a dopplebock. Mouthfeel is moderately acidic with a medium body which is lightened from the addition of the grape juice. The finish is lightly dry. Taste opens with grape, then is quickly followed by dates and golden raisins, a moderate but very herbal bitterness, then a tobacco and grape aftertaste. Tart, but not sour.

Not really digging this beer. The year of the fig was so much better. Wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of david18
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a twelve ounce glass of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side. I hadn't realized that this beer changes every year and this explained why I wasn't familiar with this beer when I tried it.

The previous year is called the year of the date and that reminded me, actually, of this beer. It was definitely more grapey than datey. Color was very dark brown to a ruby reddish. Head was light in color, not too high, not too low. Aroma was that of dark fruit (i.e. dates) and the flavor was similar to the aroma. Overall this is a pretty good beer. Maybe a little too complex to seem like a doppelbock but pretty good anyway.

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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 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 Callaghan
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Ga. I took notes at the bar, but writing this up at home. It was classified as a Belgian Dark, at Taco Mac, and was poured in to a goblet.

A: Rusty brown, hazy and with 1/2 finger head. Seemed off white, maybe cream colored, but there was hardly any light in the place. It died pretty quickly, but left a thin film of head, with moderate lacing on the glass. 11oz. pour.

S: It hits the nose with sweetness. Grapes, obviously, and a bit of hops. No alcohol present. Dark fruits in the background. It has me curious about what it will taste like...

T: Immediately, I taste sweet concord grapes, and raisins. But, it fades to more bready tastes mixed with brown sugar and molasses. Malts on the back end as well. It all happens pretty quick. It reminded me a little of grape jelly on toast. Take it for what it's worth. Not too complex, and not what I would expect from a Belgian Dark, though I will admit the menu was a little misleading. My review is based on this being a blended beer.

M: Medium to light carbonation, but a very creamy feeling. Almost heavy body, probably from the grapes and sugar. It coated the inside of the glass with a rather thick layer of brew when swirled around. The sweetness isn't overpowering, but prevent me from drinking quickly. (which I guess is a good thing...)

O: I prefer a regular Belgian Dark, or a Strong Belgian Dark. If I was a introducing a wine drinker to beer, this one would do the trick, as it has so much grape personality. But, if I want that grape character, I'll just have me a Merlot.

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