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:
No notes at this time.

Added by glid02 on 05-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes.
2010 bottle of course, this was only made once to commemorate that year, with the theme of grapes in the brew.

Pours a sienna auburn color, very little head, no lacing, appears semi viscous during pour but upon swirling is revealed to not be as thick as first impression gave me...
In fact the body is creamy smooth and of only medium heft. I can swish it around in my mouth without feeling -coated- like I have been swigging cough syrup, and that's a good thing in my book. Could have used more carbonation / fizziness, however, so some points off for that.
Okay, so the bottle claims "Half Dopplebock, half Belgian-style Dubbel" so I was expecting at least a hint of Brett Funk in the nose or taste but I was sorely disappointed. Brett is completely absent. Instead, I get a huge showing of white grape juice in both the nose (primary smell is mostly white grape juice) and in the flavor, (but grapes are secondary to the malts in the taste)
I'm also missing any sort of hop presence here, and that is sad. In the end, I get much more of a Dopplebock than a Dubbel, because all of the fruity esters I receive are directly from the grape juice addition, not inherent from the native brew. Or perhaps there were some there at one time and they were simply overwhelmed, obscured by the grape juice.
The taste is complex, but also somewhat muddled and strange. I get sweet toffee, caramels, grapes, hazelnuts, and an aftertaste of faintly toasted cashews. Which is nutty enough for a brown ale!! Lots of style confusion going on here. There is already a hint of cardboard malt oxidation going on here, so I definitely would not recommend cellaring this one any longer. My gut feeling is that I may have missed the cellaring apex by several months by now, with the absence of hop character, flattening and muting of the malts, and overly-sweet grape character amplified. Some of the nutty notes seem to be starting to go buttery as well. Drink now, if its in your basement.

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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 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 OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a small tan head. In the aroma, grape, fig, raisin, and a touch of alcohol. In the taste, dark fruit, especially fig and raisin, kind of tastes like a quad and a lager mixed together. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry fading raisin flavor in the aftertaste. Quite fruity and very quad like, but thin and lager like too.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grapes....hummmm? OK, this thing is going to be one hell of a mix.
Pours dark copper/gold with no head even on a hard pour. Looks kind of lazy in the glass, clear, no legs, no fizz, no lace, nothing.
Smells of musky grapes, some kind of sweet malt in the background, cherries perhaps, a bit of caramel, very mild hops.
Taste is not at all like a Belgian dubbel and there are almost no spicy yeast notes. The doppelbock does come through though and the grapes play very well with it. The dubbel does come through a bit as it warms up and it really gets much better warm.
Finishes crisp and clean and leaves a lingering fruity note on the tongue and throat. Just a hint of carbonation livens it up enough to make it interesting. I can't really say it's well done for the style because it is a blend of styles but if you're looking for a crisp, fruity, refreshing beer then this is the ticket.

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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 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 thepeter
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was just as advertised, and I liked it! Pours a dark amber brown with a medium head that lasted a while before turning to foam. Smelled of sweet bread, and concentrated grape juice, this I liked. Maybe some spice adn brown sugar as well. Taste began like a dubbel with bready sweetness and finished like the doppelbock with a bit of a sharp boozey end to it. All throughout the drink you could taste the grape though and that made it an interesting and Unique beer. The palate was so soft, smooth and enjoyable a wonderful feel to it. Overall this was a great drinking experience. I may get it again, I may not but I will always remember it!

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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 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 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 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 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 DCon
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a Bomber of this ale from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO and poured into a Schlafly Tulip glass. Have always enjoyed trying He'Brew's strange and well marketing brands and here we go!

Appearance- Very bubbly 1/6 finger of head which went away quickly. Burgundy/Amber color, looks very thick.

Smell- Could smell grape notes but not as much as the malt. Also very evident this is a belgian dubbel style.

Taste- Tastes like a mix between white grape juice, cinnamon, and nut brown. Not sure if this is true to style or not... I am wondering if it could have used more flavor, the grape isn't as obvious as I thought it would be, drinking this with the gf.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated, medium bodied ale with sticky, yet sweet finish.

Drinkability- A easy beer to finish! I would easily and gladly drink one or two more of these bombers except like always, I am out here sampling from the thousands of beers brewed, not just sticking to the same beers.

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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 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 BeerManDan
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured was of a hazy dark amber with a reddish hue. Fair amount of light tan foam and very little lace on the side of the glass. The aroma of roasted malts, fruit, fig and caramel was evident in the aroma. The taste had a combination of grape, caramel and figs among other compontent that was evident in the flavor. The finish had a bitter/sweet feel on the palate. A fairly nice balanced brew, but not quit over the top on the palate. More sweet than bitter. The warmer the beer the more the complex flavor seems to be evident. That's why the 4 on the flavor.

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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 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 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 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 scubasteve04
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pour produced about 3/4 inch of off-white head to tan head, stuck around for a minute or two, then reduced itself to a thin haze over the top of the liquid and mild lace on the glass. The beer itself was a very murky, hazy, coppery brown.

S: Not what I expected. Almost smelled like a glass of wine, but slightly fruitier and a bit more effervescent. Lots of the concord grape juice mixed with some raisiny, prune-like aromas. I tried really hard to pick up some hop aroma...none.

T: Well, not exactly how I'd anticipate a doppelbock/dubbel hybrid to taste up front, but it does settle down after a second or two in the mouth to reveal a little bit of the banana like ester notes, malt sweetness, and hop bitterness after the very robust punch of grape juice flavor subsides. The grape flavor seems to become less substantial as the beer warms.

M: Nice. Smooth, but not watery. Rich, but not creamy. Not a whole lot of fizz.

D: The 8.2% abv is decently hidden, and though it is clearly a hefty brew, doesn't sit as heavy in the stomach as I had expected. I'll finish the bomber with no problem at all.

O: As indicated by my choice of words above, this beer really surprised me. I was not expecting such a rush of grape flavor, especially in the nose. Would I drink it again? Yes. Would I give this to a buddy and tell him/her it is a doppelbock? No. That being said, still an enjoyable beverage.

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

Notes from 01/03/2011:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of 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
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 127 ratings