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
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
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.