22oz bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. 2010 version, “The Year of the Grape”.
Very typical of the Rejewvenator series. Described on the label as half Doppelbock, half Dubbel!
A difficult to beer to classify but delicious and rich in malt just like the rest of the Rejewvenator series. The Shmaltz beers all seem to have a deep, richness about them both in terms of the color and the depth of flavor and this beer is absolutely no exception.
A nice, noisy pour with a very rich, reddish brown hue and a tea-colored head. The beer does not hold the head very well or create any lace, but based upon the ABV (8.2%) that’s not too much of an issue. As it warms there are more and more caramel malts with a lovely, light marzipan background – delicious. Burned, light brown sugar with a touch of molasses too. Wow!
The beer is very vinous indeed. A sharp, tart sweet and sour combo with plenty of fruit and some yeasty character. there’s a touch of bitterness in the back end and more grape character in the aftertaste. A little fortified wine character in there as well.
Extremely drinkable, very fruity, and incredibly moreish. A sweetness that is pleasing and combined with the Belgian yest notes this is a VERY intriguing beer. Tasty and delicious, I want more!