The good folks at Shmaltz Brewing Company have no shortage of good humor. Brewing under the “He’Brew” label, the company’s kosher beers play up Jewish stereotypes to a hilt, and they never apologize for it along the way.
The company’s latest experiment is Rejewvenator, a “half doppelbock, half Belgian style dubbel” which is brewed with dates, a sacred fruit in Jewish history and tradition. (He”Brew makes a version of this annually; last year it was made with figs.)
The good news is that you won’t taste a lot of date flavor in this brew, but it’s monstrously full of flavor. Coffee, rich cocoa, caramel, and intense bitterness are all hefty in this beer, which clocks in at 7.8 percent alcohol. It’s quite sweet for a beer of this depth, but there’s an aftertaste that’s a little bit off-putting. I am guessing that’s the dates talking.
Curious, to say the least.
B / $6 per 22-oz. bottle / shmaltz.com