He’Brew Miraculous Jewbelation Eighth Anniversary Ale – Shmaltz Brewing Co. (NY, USA)


He’Brew Miraculous Jewbelation 8th Anniversary Ale – Shmaltz Brewing Company – Brewed at Olde Saratoga Brewing, 8% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)

-I dug up an old Holiday Gift Pack from 2012! It includes 8 interesting beers, a rather simple commemorative glass, a box of cheap candles, and an empty bottle to boot!


on the front-left label:

8 is a miraculous number in Jewish life. Chanukah. Passover, and Sukkot span 8 days. 8 humans survived the deluge on Noah’s ark. Maimonides delineated 8 levels of tzedakah (charity). A bris (circumcision) comes on day 8. King Solomon completed the First Temple in the 8th month of the 8th year…. ‘Seinfeld’ ran 8 years. Dylan has 8 Grammys; Babs, 8 Golden Globes. Einstein couldn’t write until age 8. Freud, the eldest of 8 children, took 8 years to complete his medical degree. Mel Brooks stole a cap gun from Woolworths at age 8, and ‘ The Producers,’ won 8 Other Critic Circle Awards. Winona Ryder had 8 prescription medications in her purse when arrested for shoplifting. 2004 brings a most personal miracle: The 8th Anniversary of HE’BREW – The Chosen Beer! Miraculous Jewbelation celebrates all he dedicated souls with the thutzpah to rise up and to risk lighting those final precious drops of sacred oil. To the courageous and the curious, the clowns and the creators. To all the Tribe of Shmaltz… To Life! L’Chaim!”


  • Style: American Strong Ale
  • Taste: Dry roasted coffee sour molasses brown sugar caramel barley malt vanilla exhale
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $39 CAD (after 10% off) – 8 x 12 fl.oz. + glassware, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50, get a new bottle with more CO2

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours deep dark brown with a smallish dissipating head, ringed retetion w/ hazy layer, steady streams along the perimeter, suspended sediment.

Nose: thick liquid barley malts and other grains. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: thick viscosity, flat CO2

Mid-palate: dry roast, background coffee sour, (lvl-4-sweetness), molasses, brown sugar, thick liquid caramel barley malt

Finish: residual caramel malty sweet, roasted barley and vanilla exhale.

Summary: It drinks something like a sweeter dry Irish stout with a touch more coffee sourness and more complex roasted notes. Solid, but wished for more creaminess as it drank quite flat.