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He’Brew Funky Jewbelation 2013

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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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The eighth member in Shmaltz Brewing’s Limited Engagement Barrel-Aged series, Funky Jewbelation features a blend of six ales and lagers from the Shmaltz beer lineup aged in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels, and hustles in at 9.4% alc. Funky Jewbelation is an expert mash-up of Jewbelation 15 (aged seven and ten months), Origin Pomegranate Strong Ale (aged 11 months), Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. (aged 12 months), Messiah Nut Brown Ale (aged 6 months), Coney Island Lager (aged 12 months), and Albino Python (aged 3 months). (Silver Medal Winner at the 2014 World Beer Cup)


1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
WheatKing (1306) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle from the holiday pack. Pours Very Dark Brown, not much head. Nose is lemon, sweet doppelbockesque malt (why isn’t there a red squiggly line under that?), toffee, grapefruit, sourness. Flavour is very sweet and very sour, leathery, palate is heavy, this was pretty disgusting to me. It may be getting more sour as it ages. The heaviness sweetness and sourness do not blend well.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle from Hebrew 2013 Super Jewbulation Holiday package. Pours thick and turbid dark blackish with almost no khaki head Nose is very tart and lactic, with notes of cherry, berry, and oaty lactose. Tastes much sweeter than every tart or oud bruin I have ever had, and too sweet to be considered a strong ale. I don’t do this much, but I;m summarily Sommeliering thia into the sour red category, albeit on the sweet side. It works for me in that regard, and has welll hidden alcohol, with a sweet tart fruit presence.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GSH1976 (213) - Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a small mocha colored head and minimal lacing. Funky is definitely the perfect adjective to describe this one. The aroma is sour apple/cherry from the brettanomyces and oak from the barrels. Taste is very tart and sour with subtle hints of sherry and bourbon. I hadn’t looked at any reviews prior to tasting this and was surprised at just how strong the sourness is. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Interesting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (5095) - Utah, USA - JAN 3, 2014
22oz bottle picked up at Bevmo in Fairfield
Pours dark brown with a medium sized tan head and good lacing. Aroma is sour up front then bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Flavors are roasted malts, whiskey, wood, vanilla, chocolate and molasses
Very nice and tasty. I sipped on this all night, I didn’t want it to end.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Funky, bizarre,weird, fantastic, complex, awful, disgusting you decide? Great great nose of sour lemon and cherry with nice sour barrel aroma. A big very dark sour. Tastes a little wild. I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2013
650ml bottle into a Samuel Adams glass; served cool. Aroma: Moderately sour. Mild chocolate. Definitely funky. Appearance: Opaque dark brown body with a creamy tan head. Not great lacing. Taste: Pretty sour stuff. Tart and sour. That’s all I’m getting. It’s good, just super super sour. Palate: Medium-full body, low carbonation. Long, sour finish. Overall: Pretty nice. I wasn’t expecting it to be this sour, but it was a nice surprise. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3398) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
12 oz bottle with a 22 oz label. Dark brown with a few flecks of froth. Nose is full on bretty funk verging on red wine vinegar. Juicy medium body with a tang. Taste is pomegranate, molasses, sherry, bourbon, grapes and wood. The sourness knits it all together but still too much to jive.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1381) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2013
22 ounce bottle, bottled on 2/18/2013. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with some reddish tints, and about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like tart dark fruit (cherries), vinegar, whiskey, wood, lemon peel and some blackberries. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some raisins, caramel, vanilla and a bit of chocolate. I think the tart fruitiness is dominant, but the whiskey flavor is noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and has low/moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I wasn’t expecting the tartness so it was a nice surprise. Definitely worth a try. $10.99 a bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
22 oz bottle from Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago, served in a stem glass. Pours deep chestnut with a small tan head that fades to a thin cover and leaves a trace of lace. On the nose, it is moderately sour with fruity notes, oak, molasses and caramel, along with Brettanomyces, vanilla, raisins and whiskey. The flavour is moderately sour, with funky Brettanomyces notes and sour fruits combined with oak, caramel, vanilla and whiskey barrel. It closes out with long, lingering notes of tart fruit, complex malts and whiskey barrel. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a smooth, milky texture and average carbonation. Overall, a nice funky variant of a great barrel-aged blend. 2013-11-22

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Draft served in a snifter at Heavy Riff. Pours a deep brown with amber edges and a small beige head. Abundant berry fruit in this one, along with plums, chocolate, figs, raisins, vanilla, caramel, oak, bourbon, and a bit of rye spice. Medium-full bodied, with a tart, funky, sweet mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. A little bit of umami character on the palate, too. Yet another complex, interesting, satisfying barrel aged beer from these guys.


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