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Chateau Jiahu - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,305
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 90
Gots: 168 | FT: 0
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 06-15-2005

Let's travel back in time again for another Dogfish Head Ancient Ale (Midas Touch was our first foray and Theobroma our most recent). Our destination is 9,000 years ago, in Northern China! Preserved pottery jars found in the Neolithic villiage of Jiahu, in Henan province, have revealed that a mixed fermented beverage of rice, honey and fruit was being produced that long ago, right around the same time that barley beer and grape wine were beginning to be made in the Middle East!

Fast forward to 2005. Molecular archaeologist Dr. Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology calls on Dogfish Head to re-create another ancient beverage, and Chateau Jiahu is born.

In keeping with historic evidence, Dogfish brewers use brown rice syrup, orange blossom honey, muscat grape, barley malt and hawthorn berry. The wort is fermented for about a month with sake yeast until the beer is ready for packaging.

10 IBU
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4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of k47k
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of n2pux
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kingpthethird
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThaJokerWild
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nick4444
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of primster
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trickynicky
2.43/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm not a fan of anything to do with grapes, which is probably why I did not care for this. I am a fan of Dogfish Head, though, so this did nothing to change my opinion of their brewery.

Photo of Tbone2131
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gr0g
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Golden in color, high clarity. A good two fingers or so of foam fades somewhat quickly, leaving streaks of lacing. Malty, sweet, and yet vinous aroma. The characteristic sweet aroma of muscat grapes, not to mention honey, comes to the forefront. The honeyed sweetness plus floral notes gives this an overall aroma that's kind of a like a Maibock.

Sweet, fruity flavor profile. Just enough hop bitterness to keep the sugars from becoming overbearing. A touch of alcohol on the finish. Booziness is very well restrained for 10% ABV. Well carbonated with little to no prickliness.

Sweet and strong, not all that complex, but plenty satisfying. All in all, it's very similar to Midas Touch, just with a bigger, more robust flavor profile.

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3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of m_hall
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour from a 9.6 oz bottle into a tulip yields a clear amber-gold beer, topped by a fizzy soda-like two finger head that quickly falls to a faint film leaving light lacing.

Aroma is sweet, both malty and fruity, but with a vinous tang as well (unsurprising given the presence of grape juice.) There's a also an herbal mustiness present.

Flavor is unlike any beer I've had before... not surpising, given the background to this. Very sweet, almost cloying, but it never quite goes too far. There's a malt sweetness, but also a mead-like note from the honey as well. Lots of esters... Grape and pear are quite in evidence. The fruits in some ways remind me of some Belgian Ales I've had, but the other notes present would keep you from ever confusing this with any of those. Finish is sweet with a dry tartness at the very end. Despite this weighing in at a hefty 10% ABV, the alcohol presence is very well controlled. It's there, but not in an overbearing way.

Feel on the palate is a bit syrupy, but not obnoxiously "thick." Carbonation is fairly light.

A very adventurous, unusual brew from a company who aren't afraid to explore. It's something everyone should at least give a shot... while I don't see myself drinking this all the time, I could certainly see myself coming back to it in the future. DFH should be commended for this, a great example of looking back at history, but in a way that pushes craft brewing forwards.

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4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet without being cloying, I know it's cool to take a shit on DFH to up your "cred," but I won't bite. The intense hop aroma paired with big honey sweetness is awesome, and the taste follows suit, with added vinousness. Abv is hidden well. Peace.

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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

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Chateau Jiahu from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,305 ratings.