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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)

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Added by glid02 on 05-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 96
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 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 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 goblue3509
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish amber color with a one finger khaki colored head which gives way to some lacing down the glass. The aroma is of caramel malt and a slight bread malt along with dark fruits and a hint of grape. The taste is a standard doppelbock, a nice dark fruit taste over top of a caramel malt backbone at the mid to back end however, the flavor is cut with a white grape taste which is refreshing and really balances out and odd yet enjoyable flavor. The mouthfeel is low carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer, after a couple the novelty might wear off, but the grape flavor cutting through the dark fruits was very enjoyable, a great beer to try for a new take.

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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 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 aubuc1
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clearish brown/red with a foamy thinning light tan head.

Smell is bready malty, grapy, and a tinge of esthery yeast.

Taste is very dark bread with a grape juice quality. Finishes dry and yeasty.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. This is pretty drinkable, but not great.

an above average beer that is different than the norm.

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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 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 Vengeance526
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red brown color with a small tan head that quickly dissipated but left a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma starts off sweet with a lot of maltiness upfront then notes of raisin and dark cherries show up followed by a very subtle hint of grape juice.

The taste starts out with a caramel sweetness then transitions to the dubbel style with tastes of dark fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg and yeast. The grape taste is very light but can be sensed throughout.

Medium body with light to medium carbonation. I suppose this would qualify as unique, but not really amazing. Overall, it is an interesting blend of flavors and I can see where they are coming from calling this a doppelbock/dubbel hybrid. But what was enjoyable in small doses I think would get old in a hurry if I went out and got more. Good to split with a friend but I won't be stocking up on these.

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

appearance: Reddish brown with almost no head and no lacing. Lots of bubbles.
smell: The Dubbel part is up front here. Sour up front with the malty Dobblebock in the background. Interesting.
taste: Interesting again. Rich combo of sour and malt.
mouthfeel: medium with good carbonation.
drinkability: Pretty decent for a >8%.
Interesting beer. Glad I tried it, not particularly excited to stock up.

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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 atsprings
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a crisp dark copper with a thin light tan head that diminished to a ring and left almost no lacing on the glass. Aroma was dark malts and sweet fruits, not much there. The taste was an interesting kick of sweet grape juice in the initial that quickly gives way to sharp dried fruits. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with a bit too much carbonation. This is a unique beer to say the least, but I won't likely have it again.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with a medium-sized off-white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves behind a thick lace.

Smell: Grapes and rich,sweet malts but a fairly weak aroma overall.

Taste: An interesting sweet and tart grape flavor permeates all aspects of this beer, Other than that, it begins with sweet caramel malt and finishes with more sweet malt and a hint of bittersweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a somewhat watery, yet sticky, finish that has touches of warming alcohol. Actually, this is a bit watery overall but still not bad.

Drinkability: Is this a doppelbock? I certainly wouldn't say so- it's really more of a style all its own. Regardless, this is interesting and the grapes are not overdone, but still are strong and add something very nice to this beer. I'd like to have this again, but it's not something I would rush out to buy. I also applaud the brewery for the experimentation and obvious craftsmanship that went into this one.

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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 cbak999
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft at kickbacks in Jacksonvile. This is not a beer that I would normally drink but due to the limited availability I had to try it. Pours a dark brown with a tan head that slowly disipates. No lacing on the glass. Smells of grape and hops. Tastes like a brown ale wine or liquor....almost like a Belgian ale, but not as carbonated. I won't try this one again...but I can appreciate the work that went into this brew.

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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 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 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 gildobeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A decent beer, but I don't know about $6 for a 22 oz. Very easy to drink for a 8.2% beer. The combo of belgian and doppelbock, with grape juice works decently, but the strength is not better than the sum of its parts. Would get again, but not for $6.

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