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Rejewvenator "Year of the Grape" by Shmaltz Brewing Company (He'Brew)
Doppelbock
8.20 % ABV


 
Review by everetends on 09/30/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2010
Picked this one up at Hop City because the RIPA on Rye was so fuggin good I figured this one deserved a shot. Served this one up in a tulip because it felt right.

A: It pours up a really nice brown. It is brown, like a good dubbel should be. Just a good, rich brown that says, "I am what I should be". Held to the light, a little bit of red comes through, but its mostly browns and tans. The pour got me a little over a finger of tan colored head and it had a crazy foam wave thing going on in the glass that was fun to watch. I am apparently easily amused after work. The head doesn't hold very well and any lace that sticks is very spotty.

S: Malty goodness is what I am getting as my first impression. Just a good amount of caramel and molasses. Behind that, I am picking up on a Belgian yeast and dark fruit character to this brew. This moves into the grapes. It just has a nice vinous and lightly sweet quality that comes from the Concord. It melds wonderfully into the Dubbel and Doppel characteristics.

T: Very nice. Has that wonderful Belgian yeast quality you want from a Dubbel. Just a good amount of yeast and those dark fruits. A little raisin, date, prune and some plum. This shifts into that malty goodness you want from the doppelbock. Just a good amount of caramel, brown sugar, and molassess from the malts. And mixing in with all of this is the Concord grape flavor. It is a little light because is melds so well with the other flavors, but the grape flavor is very distinguishable if you are looking for it. Things round out with just a light touch of funky goodness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Even with a medium carbonation, this beer keeps a rich feel to it but it stays light enough to be refreshing and highly drinkable. ABV is just a light warmth on the throat from time to time. Aftertaste is some malts and funky goodness.

OA: Dig it. It is what it claims to be. Its a doppelbock/dubbel with concord grape juice. It lives up to that claim very well. I guess my only gripe is that I would like to see the grape character come out a bit more and not blend in so well. With that said, it is quite impressive that they were able to get it to blend in as well as it does. Just a nice malty brew with damned good drinkability.

Served In: Tulip

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