The 2013 version of Rejewvenator is an annually produced limited release from Schmaltz Brewing – makers of the He’Brew label. For those of you who, like me, are not familiar with He’Brew, please check out the Schmaltz website. Clearly, they don’t take themselves seriously. But the beer, well, they take that VERY seriously, as evidenced by the long list of awards they have earned.
As a self-admitted Belgian Ale junkie, how could I possibly resist this beer? The label identifies it as an 8% ABV Dubbel Doppel, a combination of a Belgian dubbel ale and a doppelbock European lager. Stay tuned to future reviews for more on Belgian ales.
I picked up this 22 ounce bomber for about $7, which I consider to be a really good deal for a beer as enjoyable as this. As I poured Rejewvenator into a goblet, I saw a beautiful mahogany color and a creamy head that quickly dissipated, but hung around just long enough to get caught in my mustache. The beer certainly smells like a dubbel, with pleasant notes of fruit.
Rejewvenator has just the right amount of carbonation and doesn’t overpower you with bubbles. You can certainly taste the dates and figs used as adjuncts in the brewing process as well as the roasted malts. This year’s Rejewvenator starts off with just a hint of bitterness, but finishes sweet on the palate. And for my loyal readers who remember the old high school biology text that showed sweet taste receptors at the front of the tongue and bitter receptors at the back of the tongue, check this out.
Overall, this was a great beer and I would certainly purchase it again.