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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 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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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of Concord grapes in the nose along with some notes of malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of raisins. There is a slight amount of sweetness with no apparent sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The bottle says this is half doppelbock and half dubbel but I don’t really see many similarities from either of these styles. It’s pretty easy to drink considering its strength.

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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 zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, tan, head of bubbly foam. It was short-lived and left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of grape, sweet malt and some boozy notes. It had some dried fruit aroma that are typical of a dubbel.

T - It had a strong grape flavor with some dried fruit flavor - like plum and raisin. Also, some malty sweetness with a boozy alcohol punch.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a sticky mouthfeel and an alcohol warmth.

D - This is an okay brew. I like the dubbel qualities but at times it was just too sweet and too much grape.

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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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Presents a darkened amber-brown body of modest clarity and a medium-sized, beige head with fairly decent staying power.

Smell: A scent of dark bread, liberally toasted, and served up alongside varying notes smelling of packed brown sugar, concentrated grape juice, and a drop of molasses.

Taste: Toasted bread spread over with dark brown sugar and crushed rock candy for a fairly sweet taste overall. Dark fruits along with a swig of Juicy Juice. Small hint of nutmeg spice. Minor bitterness, though it sustains until the drying, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: It's different and interesting to some degree, but the flabby sweetness throughout has me happy I'm only stuck to an eleven ounce goblet and not a twenty-two ounce bottle.

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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 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 TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

The blurb on the label intrigued me enough to give this beer a shot. It pours a lovely clear garnet-brown topped by a half-finger or so of off-white foam. The nose is as I expected after reading the label (get ready for a double colon): pretty much an exact cross between a dubbel and a doppelbock: notes of red grapes, white grapes, rye bread, biscuits, Belgian-y yeast, toffee, cloves, nutmeg, brown sugar, and a touch of citrus. Unfortunately, things go downhill from here. The aforementioned elements generally return, but they do not mix together as nicely, as peacefully, as in the smell. It all comes together in a semi-burnt, chalky, malty, browned-fruity melange of dullness. It's just not what theory says it could have been. The body is a sleek medium, with a light carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a nice experiment that sadly went a bit awry.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Rejewvenator, Harvest to Harvest Ale, L'Chaim!, HE'Brew, the Chosen Beer. Year of the Grape, Half doppelbock, half Belgian style dubbel, Ale Brewed with all natural grape juice. Schmaltz Brewing, Limited Release, Sacred Species No. 3"

And then a ton of "Schtick" on the side, as per usual.

Hazed, purplish coloration, slim head, soon gone.

Aroma: grape and plum aplenty. Sweet malt. Not too much else.

Tasting it: brisk carbonation, minor hops, medium bodied, sweet, and then a little bit of sour. Grape's here, of course, plum, raisin. Mmmm.

But I'm not getting the doppelbock, really, or the dubbel. Not much from the malty flavor, too much from the grape. This needs a lot to make it any more of anything. Quite lifeless, missing any real ...anything, really.
Did I get an old, bad bottle? Was this better before? It's rather unimpressive now.

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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 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 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 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 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 scruffwhor
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy copper and garnet mix. A little head of foam quickly dissipates to nothing. No bubbling noticed.

The aroma has soft viney notes, toasted malt and avery fruity yeast. There's also a dry "feel" to the smell. Maybe a little chalky aroma?

The taste has the toasted malt sweetness of a doppelbock, and the toasty sweetness of a dubbel. There is not much carbonation to help maintain or cleanse the palate of any flavors, given the style(s). Lots of nice sweetness, but lacking the jovial carbonation I would expect from a combination of these two particular styles. The yeast does help with the flavor profile, help showcase the dubbel over the doppelbock like malts.

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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 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 Pencible
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark cherry with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet caramel and honey wheat, with some slightly sour grapes and bready yeast.
T: It tasted like sour grapes and sweet caramel, with some honey wheat and bready yeast. The aftertaste was sweet and sour. More doppelbock than dubbel, but ultimately its own unique thing. Grape is a difficult flavor to integrate into that mix also, so I applaud the brewery's efforts.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation, which is not quite as full as I'd like.
D: This was a good beer, and certainly interesting to try. It was clean with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. It was enjoyable but not especially memorable or delicious. This didn't seem like a good candidate for aging, since that would most likely only fade the grapes that are meant to be highlighted.

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Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Loved its name, very funny.
Hazy brown color with a thin head with short retention.
Very nice aroma of grapes and dark fruits, Belgian yeast and some booze.
Very malty and fruity, flavor of bubbling red wine and prunes. Notes of brown sugar, molasses, toasted malts, and piney and floral hops. Medium dry aftertaste.
Full body with low carbonation.
As it states, it is really a half Doppelbock and half Dubbel. Interesting and fine beer, but it is hard to drink the full big bottle. But made me curious to try the new 2013 release with figs.

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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 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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He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Grape) 2010 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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