RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Contract brewed for Shmaltz Brewing Company. Sacred Species No.1 YEAR OF THE FIG Jewish tradition celebrates 2 New years; The 1st calendar month in spring historically came after the barley harvest. The High Holidays in Fall mark the creation of the world. Harvest to harvest - the perfect bookends for deliciousness! Arise noble Rejewvenator, infused for ’08 with the sacred succulent Fig. O the history, O the shtick: Gen 3:7: "And their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked; they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons." Time to get cooking! "Professed Wrestlers and Champions were in times past fed with figs." -Pliny, Roman naturalist. Romulus, mythic founder of Rome, and his twin Remus were nursed by a wild she-wolf under a fig tree. In 1857, Queen Victoria commissioned an 18 inch plaster fig leaf to adorn her cast of Michelangelo’s David. "The statue that advertises its modesty with a fig leaf brings its modesty under suspicion." -Mark Twain. Buddha gained enlightenment meditating beneath a fig tree. Zechariah/Micah: "Nations shall beat their swords into plowshares...all will sit with his neighbor under his fig tree, with no one to be afraid." Fear not Shmaltzers - Grab your Newtons, rub your happy belly, strap on your fig leaf and your championship belt, abd prepare to blow your shofar... tis a new HE’BREW Beer season to rejoice. L’Chaim! Brewed for Schmalt Brewing Co.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours a ruby body with a thin off white head. Fruity malty esters, dates, plums, fig, dates, and cinnamon notes. Malty and chewy with a solid warming. Lighter fructose with a sweet warming. Wow, well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle:   Almost Ruby in color, clear, moderately sized light beige head, frothy, spotty lacing.   Bready nose, very slight dark pitted fruit.   Smells like a Dubbel of sorts.   Not as heavy, nor fruity as most Dubbels, but it does offer up some fig/date like flavors, as well as a mild breadiness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, not quite up there for most Dubbels, let alone Strong Ales.   Clean finish, figgy, a little bit of fruit skin as well.   Lingering breadiness.   Think of watered down Dubbel when drinking this.   Flavorful, enjoyable, but could stand to be a bit heavier.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Alphadelic (2221) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Tap @ The He’Brew Bash at the Blind Tiger NYC. I was fricking wasted by the end so some of these rates might be a bit odd. SMells like lettuce and cheese. Odd fruit. Sweet and slightly cringey. A very strange little number.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6172) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Bottle. "Year Of The Fig" Pours murky, ruby-tinged brown with a short, beige head. Aroma is dark fruits (figs and raisins), earthy notes, sweet malt, candied fruit, caramel, light chocolate and dusty cocoa. Taste is rather sweet with more dark fruit notes, caramel, chocolate, light cocoa, candy, light earthy notes and soft spice. Body is creamy and chewy with medium carbonation and an over medium to medium-full palate. Ends with more sweet malts, cocoa, dark chocolate, figs and raisins, light plum, spicy notes, light earth, and caramel. Very nice stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle 22fl.oz.
Light unclear dark amber color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, dark caramel, burnt caramel, fruity, light to moderate hoppy, light alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090913]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
19th July 2008. Brow beer brewed with fig juice. Not sweet at all .Toffee bitterness plus a hint of fig. Quite drinkable but was hoping for something more sumptuos.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamherbert (1526) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2009
The color is a deep, thick-looking cherry juice red. One finger of off-white head with a pinkish tinge. Thick with some pale light (but no shapes) passing through. The smell is notes of roasted malt; hints of burnt cherry. Strong alcohol aroma. Bitter, flowery hops are there but play the back rows. Like a sweetish bock or mild barleywine. The taste is just more dark cherry, but with very strong alcohol and roasted, but slightly sweet malt. Has the thick feel of juice, with a bitter alcohol-laden bite on the swallow. A good, not great beer. A bit too cherry sweet, but enough bitterness to make it palatable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dekeq (36) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2009
This brew produced a nice brown, almost Coke-like color to it. It had a nice, but short-lived head that left a nice ring around the top. It was very dark but some light got through which prevented me from giving this the "motor oil" rating. It had a very fruity, sweet aroma. There was a dash of hops in there as well and the overall scent actually reminded me of the Samuel Adams Double Bock - very pleasant. As evidenced by the smell, the taste followed suit with a fruity palate. It had some nicely flavored hops in it as well. It started a little bitter and mellowed out very quickly to end smooth. Although, there was a very quick flow of flavors and it wasn’t very lasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (2212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Pours a nice dark brown with subtle red tints throughout. One whiff of this brew brings thoughts of fruit, flowers, hops, and several malts. At first taste it is bitter, but it quickly fades into a nice fruity/earthy aftertaste. For some reason this Strong Ale reminds me of a weaker Belgian Dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Beer tasting at wine world. Wanted to like this but its just to sweet and boozy for me.

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