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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Brothers and sisters, I’m pissed! As one tends to do over beers, I’ve been talking smack with my longtime colleague and friend Brian Neville, brewmaster at St. Louis Missouri’s Cathedral Square Brewery, a disciple of Belgian-style creations. Collaboration perhaps Adam Louis birth Shmaltz Brewery? Like angel trumpets from heaven, he decreased the project shall be called, "The Immaculate Collaboration". He further proclaims we must do a monk-inspired version of our beloved Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA with Belgian yeast, naming it "St. Lenny’s." Mouth agape, I cry, "Dude, you bogarted my shtick!" That’s what friends are for, I guess - great minds drink alike - and for now, it isn’t my brewing (that’s Paul, Richie ad Mike), my art (Matt) or my punchlines (Brian) - but after nearly 17 years, it is in fact my own brewery (alone with the whole Shmaltz Brewing tribe). L’Chaim!

Please note this is the version brewed by Shmaltz (HeBrew), not the Cathedral Square version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SDalkoholic (2199) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle from Sprout’s: Aroma is bold with a heavy whiff of sweet malts combined with a fragrant yeast that suggest banana, clove, and a trace of green mint. Appeared a dark golden honey color and had a decent foam cap that left behind a trusty lacing down my pint glass. Flavor delivers a zesty tang of yeast while the malts taste bready. Bomber was $6.79 and it only made me love HeBrew beers even more than I already preach about their stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4394) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle: Pours slightly hazy copper-amber with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is woody, rye, fruity. Taste is strong rye malt, Belgian yeast, Alcohol and grapefruit-peel bitter. Very good rye presentation. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (5273) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2015
22oz bottle from my local Total Wine. Aroma was lots of dried fruits, sweet dates, raisins. Flavor was lots of boozy roasted malts, dates. I won’t say this is a boozy mess, but it was a lot of sweet sugars, light nutty notes and plenty of booze in this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuedmaster (285) - Vista, California, USA - JAN 19, 2015
22 oz. bomber from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours an orange/amber with a fat, billowing, off-white head that leaves lacing. Aroma of hard candy, rye, hay, bubblegum, dark bread, slight toffee...very complex. Taste is malt forward with plenty of hops to balance, Has a fruity character, the hops lend a citrus quality. Tastes more like an American amber ale/barley wine hybrid with rye, due to the high alpha hops used and the general mouthfeel, not as soft and rounded as a Belgian. Overall quite good and easy to drink for 10% abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2869) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2015
7 Jan 2015, bottle. pink/amber, almost clear - slightly darker than the cathedral version. nose is more rye up front, rich, big alcohol, grapefruit citrus. med body and moderately fizzy. sweet alcohol, rye malt, lots of alcohol. pretty good. not as sweet as the cathedral version and much more rye. i think i prefer this version. i like the sweetness of the cathedral version but i prefer the rye of the Hebrew version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (534) - CANADA - JAN 7, 2015
Pours clear medium amber with two fingers of light tan head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, excellent lacing. (5/5) Nose is caramel malt, light pine and citrus, some bubblegum and mixed boozy fruit. (7/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, moderately strong bitter, moderate sour. (8/10) Medium body, prickly to moderate sustained carbonation, off-dry smooth and bitter finish. (4/5) Quite interesting - lots of malt, but not to the point that it overwhelms. The hop bitterness and the rye sharpness come into play very quickly after the initial caramel sweetness, and though it’s not a hop bomb, there’s lots of it. Malt-forward, perhaps, but not malt-dominated.Tastes a little better than it smells, I’d say, with a nice rye note coming through in the finish. The higher carbonation works well here, too, and the high ABV is very well integrated. Sort of reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard, but a rye version. L’Chaim indeed! (16/20)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DW78715816 (79) - Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Pours a bright copper, aroma is of malt, citrus, hops, kind of a sweet smell. Initial taste is of an abbey Dubbel and finish is IPA. Best Hebrew I've tried so far. Pretty solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rubbishystuff (1909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2015 Part of the Hanukkah pack. Probably my favorite so far of the lot. Very malty but the hops come in and balance it a bit. A tad syrupy maybe. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jredmond (5815) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Sampled at THE FESTIVAL 2014 in LA with Linh and Scarlett. Pours an amber body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is maple, sugar, booze, nuts, almonds and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is thin and sugary with lots of malt flavor dominating, maple, caramel and nuts. Eh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3905) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bomber from Imbibe Wine. Nose is lightly piney and citrusy with a hint of bubblegum and golden raisins. Clear orange amber with a medium off white head. Flavor is lightly sweet and fruity; actually excellent!

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