He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2013)
Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Belgian Dubbel
3.7 | pDev: 11.62%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2013)He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2013)
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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Globe. 2013 Vintage.

At over two years old I didn't know what to expect, but this beer came through and impressed me with its sweetness and it's complexity.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"How better to celebrate the evolution of the year than with recipes inspired by generations of the original craft beer warriors, the monks! Top with a healthy dose of Scmaltz & witness the rebirth of Rejewvenator!" Brewed in the hybrid style of a Belgian Dubbel Ale and German Doppelbock Lager with date & fig concentrate added. Available as a limited release beer in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a caramel cream color over a dense and hazy moderate brown body. Retention is good and lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) Malt blends of biscuity and bready caramel, soft pale malts and a very mild graininess. Fermented tart fruit juices with a low sweetness. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Up front, acidity masks a bready, grainy, chewy blend of pale German malts, some chewy caramel malts and a bit of sharp grain. Fruit juices are fairly tart and funky throughout, and much of the residual sweetness has been fermented out but it drinks only moderately dry, finishing on a blend of earthy grain malt, tart but syrupy fruit juices and some creeping funk sourness. It's kind of messy at its current age, but I appreciate it in this particular stage as the funk bite has rounded out the flavor for the better. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is lightly chewy, moderately tart and acidic, and moderately chalky dry. Carbonation is moderate to high generating a medium frothiness and a brisk, full crispness. Body is medium/heavy for the style and medium/heavy overall. Balance is tart, acidic and funky sour over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no negative off characters. I am uncertain of whether the strong acidity and funk is a result of fermentation or infection, but I find it rather enjoyable and uncommon; nonetheless it really works for this beer. 3.75

(Overall) This was one very funky beer especially with about a year of age on it. While approaching this cautiously due to the use of concentrate figs and dates, I enjoyed the more tart, acidic and sour angle that these fruits generated against the more predictable malt and fruit sugar body. There's still the offsets through peeks of graininess and nips of alcohol, but this was one beer in which imbalance didn't necessarily make things worse. I could always go for a beer with a sour bite to it, and whether this was infected or not, it worked out nicely in the end. 3.75

Shmaltz Brewing Company's
He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel

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Photo of changdulla
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I stopped into a new liquor store and found this for $1.00. I picked one up and I am pleasantly surprised. This is a very drinkable beer. I'm going back tomorrow to pickup a couple of bottle to hand out to my friends.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 edition, opened one evening in December 2014 before enjoying an marathon of Always Sunny. Looking for something a little funky tonight, and this dubbel doppel comes close.A: Pours a brownish garnet or a reddish brown (I can't decide) into my trusty tulip. A slightly aggressive pour yields two fingers of delicate head, which still looks thin. The bubbles dissipate quickly, leaving a pool in the middle of the surface with almost no lacing left. S: Either something is wrong with me or the smell is pretty subtle. Alcohol, apricot, fig for sure. Maybe a bit of yeasty dubbel, some grape undertones. T: Not dubbel, not doppel. Burnt dates, more fig, some malt and a wine-like consistency I wasn't expecting. If someone handed me this a said it was a lambic variety I wouldn't bat an eye.
O: Easy to drink, great color. If only the alcohol smell wasn't so present in nose. Not bad, but not for someone expecting a dubbel.

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Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2013 limited release opened Dec 2014. Seems about right for Hannukah.

A - Beautiful looking beer. Deep pomegranate and chestnut body. Soft off-white foam head.

S - Sweet nose. Brown sugar, figs, raisins, prunes, Touch of cordial.

T - Apricot, burnt figs, raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, and caramel. Pleasantly sharp woody hop note through the center. Chocolate cherry liqueur finish.

M - Medium body with a drinkably light finish.

O - Surprisingly good. A year did this beer well.

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Photo of tonyf55
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle into an Innis & Gunn footed pockal glass. Aged for 1 year (purchased in Winter 2013, reviewing in Winter 2014)

Visual (4): A very nice dark copper/brownish hue with great clarity. Head settles into a half-finger off-white layer that is dense and creamy looking. Good carbonation bubbles in the body that aid in a lasting head. Really a great looking beer that would have benefited from a bigger, more robust head.

Aroma (4): A touch of booziness on the first sniff, complimented by aromas of dark fruits including the mentioned date and fig, but also plum and some raisin. Reminiscent of a subdued Belgian Dubbel - fruity and tart, but with a lightness compared to it's Belgian likeness (likely the cleanness of the lager yeast).

Taste (3.5): Sweet and tart - the initial sip gives a light fruit sweetness, but the overbearing finish is a strong, fruity tartness that lasts at the back of the mouth. The dominating sweet and overall tart flavours of the beer really do hide any indication of the higher ABV.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Carbonation is medium and leaves a fitting courseness on the pallet. It would be a good beer to pair with food, as it preps the pallet nicely. Tart, fruit flavours are complimented by the medium-light body and overall active carbonation.

Overall (3.5): The tart flavours dominate both the taste and the aroma, but are complimented by the mouthfeel. It seems the fruitness of the dubbel style comes through in the flavour, while the high clarity and crispness on the pallet shine from the lager yeast. A unique beer that is worthy trying, but not outstanding in it's own right.

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Photo of Hex92
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

When I opened it up and poured it into the glass I thought I was on to something special.....didn't happen. The initial smell was dubbel which I love. But just like the last beer I bought from these guys it tastes sour. I don't know if I have bought two bad beers but I think I'm done buying Schmaltz beers.

Very dissapointing.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have professed to being a fan of these nice Jewish folks' creations. My Hitler youth parents (the most brain washed generation of Germans) would freak out over the name, but they would never understand the taste either. This is a cool, interesting brew.

As soon as you open this you know it is special. The color is uniquely deep yet light brown. There is not much head and the bubbles just look weird. The aroma is foreboding, like a nasty Belgian.

The Belgian dubbel is overpowering in the taste too, but not like the aroma foretold - much less so. The melding of these two flavors works well, and it is somewhat milder than a dubbel, yet it makes no apologies. The aftertaste is similarly sweet and rich, but very pleasant.

It is alarming that there is a 2014 version and I just bought (and drank) a 2013. Is that good? Bad? I will mention it to the vendor and see if they have a 2014 to try too.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, early 2013 bottling. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a small fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, candi sugar, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast ester, fruit, and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, candi sugar, light nuttiness and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of yeast ester, fruit, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, lightly slick, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hybrid dubbel style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of yeast ester, fruit, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a burgundy color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of dry fruits with loads of residual sugars notes. Taste is a mix between molasses, dry fruits, some plums and raisins with load of caramel malt. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. Interesting but too sweet for its own good.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

He'Brew I just don't get them sometimes...2013 release contract brewed at Saratoga Springs, NY same as Mendocino, and some other contract breweries. This is a dubbel doppel hybrid of a dubbel and a doppelbock with fig and date concentrates added. Pours a deep ruby hue with light tan head fine even speckled lacing follows as the head dwindles. Aroma has a grainy character I get from most of the beers contracted at this brewery, however there's a generic fruitiness which has a bit of earthiness to it probably the fig and date concentrate. Sweet flavor as it warms more date/figs come out in the flavor, super sweet raisins, with bready/caramelized malts. Mouthfeel is a bit uneven a bit much carbonation and cloying sugars in between sips. Overall, this is just such a sweet beer it's hard to find balance.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark crimson-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, molasses, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice caramel and toffee aromas that make the smell slightly better than the taste in my opinion.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, 2013 edition, a strangely hard offering to come by around here, for some reason (taps his nose, i.e. the rep around these parts maybe not doing their job properly).

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruddy brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, caked beige head, which leaves some nice spooky pock-marked sea-cliff lace around the glass as it gently settles.

It smells of dark, somewhat musty citrus and melon fruit, bready caramel malt, sedate yeast, a hint of oily nuttiness, soft clove and black pepper spice, some darker fig and date fruit notes, and the slightest whiff of sidling alcohol. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, a wet sourdough breadiness, muddled clove/coriander spice, faltering Belgian yeast, watered down figs and dates, the suggestion of walking through a cooperage in rubber boots, and earthy, mildly perfumed hops.

The carbonation is pretty innocuous for the most part, the body an airy, yet sturdy medium weight, and quite genially smooth, with a mere suggestion of pithy, fruity creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the dates and figs coming round to bear, while the grainy caramel malt sits and quietly fumes.

A decent enough rendition of a Middle Eastern-tinged Belgian staple - this whole Jewish schtick taking itself to its logical conclusion within the Rejewvenator line, i.e. 'let's just add the two previous guest ingredients together for the next one!' Sigh. Anyway, this dubbel's attributes shine through well, I suppose, and the Holy Land approved fruitiness doesn't overdo or interfere all that much, so I have to say, in return, L'Chaim, and good job overall, your mama must indeed be proud. Now freaking send us some 17, #ifuknowwhutimean.

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle in the holiday pack into the 17th anniversary glass. May be a little biased because this is the beer that got me started with He'Brew

A- typical dark copper and clear

S- dark fruits...I guess figs and dates. Sweet smelling and malty. No alcohol smell

T- much like the smell would suggest, a sweeter and malty beer with fig and date notes throughout. There is a touch of alcohol at the end, but not overpowering.

M- a little thin but well carbonated

O-Like I said, this is the beer that got me started on He'Brew so I'm a bit partial, but I really enjoy this beer. Maybe not in multiples, but as something unique I think this is a very well done beer!

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Photo of Murrhey
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a goblet. Reviewed live.

A- Pours a three-finger khaki-colored head with large bubbles and active carbonation. Sticky, brown lacing atop the head, which recedes rapidly. Dark, slightly purplish walnut body with a tiny bit of clarity.

S- Interesting candi sugars, some juicy fruitiness and weird bitterness that doesn't seem like hops.

T- Fig, I guess. It's strange and bitter with a dark malt backbone.

M- Thick and wet at first, but finishes dry.

O- Mediocre at best. Utterly unappealing. Maybe would improve with aging, but I do not know.

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Photo of mactrail
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful coppery dark red color in the Weissbier bulb. A thin foam but lots of lacing and bubbles that swirl up with every sip. Whether you like these peculiar, malty concoctions or not, these guys know how to brew.

Not overly sweet but pervasively fruity. Distinctive flavor of dried fruit with a pleasant musty, woody taste, and a touch of walnuts. More of a dessert tipple with a slight bitter edge. Dark malt with a winey sensation.

I like this one cold and spritzy. I suppose I have liked some of the other Jewbelation beers more, but this would be a good candidate to take over from the sweet Manischewitz wine. I can imagine those Old Testament rogues brewing up something like this after raiding the orchards of the Canaanites. Suggested pairing: burnt offering.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bomber into a flute glass

pours a reddish/brown color with a good looking inch thick head. strong fruity aroma that you can smell the moment it hits the glass. very big. Taste doesnt quite live up to the aroma, but still, its very good. dates and figs are apparent, along with cloves and cinnamon. very bready as well. belgian yeast is apparent. a lot is going on with this one. medium bodied with medium carbonation. its a treat to drink, good as an after dinner beer.

overall very much liked this one. its sweet but not TOO sweet like in some bock beers. good balance and complexity.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber ruby red with very little bubbles. About two fingers of beige head that slowly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A sweet, juicy, and toasty dark aroma with some nice yeasty malt and fruit hints. Belgian yeast with some hints of funk, clove, and cinnamon spices. Toasted bready malts with big hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, nuts, and some chocolate and coffee roast. Also a slight hint of smoke. Sweet brown sugar and candied Belgian sugars. Big mix of fruit scents with hints of dark grapes, bananas, pear, and apple along with dark fruit hints of dates, raisin, figs, plum, and prune. Somewhat sweet smelling but balanced. Good smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a big bready and yeasty Belgian style taste with good notes of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast upfront with notes of funk and cinnamon and clove spicing. Deep toasted bready malts with a taste of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and nuts along with a little roast taste of chocolate, coffee, and a little smoke. Brown sugar sweetness and Belgian candied sugar. Juicy fruit notes of dark grapes, banana, pear, and apple. Dried dark fruit notes of figs, dates, raisin, plum, and prune. A pretty complex and good Belgian style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, fairly smooth and drying on the finish. A little alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the Rejewvenator. Good fruit esters and dark malt notes with a nice kick of spice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

more of a bock than a Belgian dubbel in my opinion, don't get much of that yeast or complexity, just a lot of malt and sweetness, and I really didn't care for this. it pours hazy caramel brown color with a milky off white head with decent lacing. the nose is brown sugar sweet and alcohol, simple and a little boring, if not overpowered by the sugar. the flavor is off for me, a touch stale, and way too sweet to taste anything interesting in the grain bill or in the yeast, this really needs to hops to get it moving. filling as well. creamy texture is its best feature, soft yet active carbonation, with some alcohol sting on the back end. honestly this is two straight letdowns from Hebrew, who is supposed to make some pretty exceptional beers right? well, I am really yet to stumble upon one. this isn't awful, but its a waste of time if you want something interesting.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a medium to dark reddish amber with half finger light tan head with great retention and light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, cola, Belgian yeast and spicing, interesting. Flavor of sweet bready malt, dates, other dark dried fruit, cinnamon, brown sugar, holiday and Belgian spicing. Medium bodied with good mouth feel from carbonation. A very unusual take on a dubbel, which is described on the bottle as being a "Belgian Style Dubbel Ale and Doppelbock European Lager". I'd buy that and add "winter warmer" for the spicing. The sweet bready malt is definitely reminiscent of a good doppelbock and the spicing has Belgian influences. The combination of cloves and cinnamon flavors leans towards holiday ales. Like a lot of He'brew ales, quite unusual and well done. I'm really glad to get figs and dates back. The "Rejewvenator Year Of the Fig" and "Year of the Date" each were really enjoyable. If you want to see other reviews of this beer, see recent reviews of "Rejewvenator Year of the Fig", since for some reason, this beer wasn't listed here until now and people reviewed under the closest beer (which was brewed only once, many years ago).

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He'Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel (2013) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 116 ratings