Tuesday, June 17, 2014

He'Brew Rejewvenator 2014


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1115) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2014
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date on the bottle, though it is a new release that I got directly from the brewery for $8 (0.36 per ounce).

Appearance: A beautiful shade of fruit punch red, though it appears purple from a distance. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly muted nose. Nothing off-putting, but aroma is a mild combination of doppelbock-style malty sweetness and hint of grape juice.

Taste: Shmaltz is a brewery known for experimentation, so it comes as no surprise that they would find a way to make a beer that’s a hybrid of a Belgian Dubbel and a German Doppelbock. And not only that, they added grape juice from both coasts to make it all the more eccentric. That’s exactly what He’Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel is and it’s an interesting beer to say the least. Reviewing it is a challenge since it’s quite difficult to describe the palette in any kind of relatable context.

The beer seems to take more to its doppelbock side as it has a familiar taste of confectionery sweetness often found in the great “-ator” brews from Germany. Caramel and candy apple are quite prominent right away, followed by a strong presence of grape. Considering the beer is literally brewed with grape juice, this comes as no surprise. It’s not wine-like at all, so there’s no dryness or tannins present. A slight bitterness on the backend with a slightly spicy/flowery flavor (the Belgian component I’m assuming). Overall, the taste is good and enjoyable, but isn’t mind-blowing (though the combination of flavors here is quite entertaining to the tongue).

Drinkability: For such a big beer, He’Brew Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel is remarkably easy drinking. The mouthfeel is fully flavored, but still gentle. The beer isn’t spastic or energetic, but rather calm, soft and smooth; which makes it easy to drink. At 8% ABV, there’s no alcohol presence at all. I had no trouble drinking an entire bottle myself. 
Grade: 7/10