He’Brew Funky Jewbelation is an impressive accomplishment in brewing.
It’s a blend of seven beers that have been aged in two different types
of barrels. And on top of that, it’s soured, which makes it even more
amazing since souring a beer and making it not only drinkable, but
delicious, is quite difficult.
I poured a 22oz bottle into a Shmaltz snifter glass. It was bottled on 2/18/14 and cost $12.49 ($0.57 per ounce).
Appearance: Seemingly black but actually deep mahogany hue; translucent.
Pours to a small, tan, foamy head which retains well. Alcohol legs are
Smell: Classic sour scent of bacteria, but dark fruits (especially black currants) are noticeable.
Taste: To say there’s a lot going on with He’Brew Funky Jewbelation is
an understatement. There are seven beers in this brew and each imparts
its own unique flavor characteristics to the final product. Up front I
get sweet milk chocolate, coconut, toffee and caramel. Towards the
middle there’s dank, resiny hop flavor and mild bitterness. On the
finish there’s a strong sour/tart sensation coupled with the taste of
fruit juice and flavors of pomegranate and black currants. There’s a
tartness that lingers in the background from beginning to end, but it
never distracts from the main palette. It all adds up to an absolutely
delicious and consistently engaging brew as each swig has something
unique to it. I don’t get much in the way of barrel character, per se,
aside from a mild earthy/woody/vanilla flavor; but that’s okay since the
final product is so enjoyable.
Drinkability: Sours can be an acquired taste as their acidity takes some
getting used to. Since He’Brew Funky Jewbelation isn’t a traditional
sour, its edginess is much more approachable than a traditional European
offering. The mouthfeel is definitely thick, but not sticky and
viscous. A consistent crisp texture throughout with a pleasant tartness
in the aftertaste. The 9.4% ABV weight shows in the robustness and
complexity of the palette, but doesn’t account for boozy heat or a
sloppy weight. I would’ve had no problem drinking the entire bottle
myself (I split it with my girlfriend).