I walked into my favorite brew store looking for something exotic. “Seek and ye shall find” (Matthew 7:7), I found Shmaltz Brewing Co.’s “He’Brew Rejewvenator” 2009’s Year of the Date. It claims to be Half Doppelbock / Half Belgian Style Dubbel. This just sounded like an experience I did not want to miss out on. I purchased it in the form of a 1pt. 9oz. bottle and found the next best thing to a dimpled mug in my cupboard.
It poured a huge foamy off white two finger thick head. The color was a reddish amber. The aroma hit me as I was pouring. It was a pleasant smell of raisins, dates, prunes and spices. The smell filled the room, This is a great alternative to potpourri! There was even more going on in the flavors that this “Rejewvenator” brought to the table. I was able to pick out the dates, sweet raisins, molasses, cloves and some floral notes. The head did not stick around too long and there was little in the way of lacing. The Carbonation is light and smooth. In line with the intense aroma and flavors, the mouthfeel was incredibly full and smooth. There was a slight nuttiness in the hot 7.8% alcohol finish.
This was a great brew with a refreshing complexity, super malty and very little hops. This hybrid beer is supposed to be half Doppelbock and half Dubbel, although I think the Doppelbock half is the dominant half! If you are looking for something different and take to a break from the hoppier side of beer, the “Rejewvenator” will wake up your taste buds! Here’s to good Beers!