Sunday, November 16, 2014

He’Brew Funky Jewbelation (2014 edition)


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chad9976 (1238) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2014
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 noticeable.

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).