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Chateau Jiahu - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,225 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,225
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 78
Gots: 142 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: marburg on 06-15-2005)
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle bought and shared with a few others who normally drink only wine. Mark on bottle indicated that it had been bottled in 2009. Due to some of the reviews I read, I decided to just use wine glasses and it worked pretty well.

Poured a nice honey-amber yellow with a mild foam that dissipated pretty quickly. Not a lot of lacing. Lots of comments on the bottle art, which a Chinese native commented on as the character for "wine" was tattooed on the woman on the label.

Smell you get honey and grapes with something fruity in there. Not what you expect in a beer, but again keeping in mind the historical character of this brew (and the wine character) you're getting something like a carbonated beer here.

Taste - Really very interesting. I got grapes and fruits up front with honey and sweetness in the middle and a warming finish. It's not like any beer I've had before - not overpoweringly sweet like the 120 IPA I've had from Dogfish, but sweet with nicely balanced fruit and honey flavors; maybe a hint of malt.

Mouthfeel - just the right balance of carbonation and thickness. I'm going to say it felt like honey mixed into tea with mild carbonation which is the closest I can really describe it.

Drinkability - It was definitely a unique experience, but I can't see myself running out and drinking this all the time. Neat experience worth trying and for sharing with others, but I doubt I could finish a whole bottle myself over an evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 14:48:44 | More by damndirtyape
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Chateau Jiahu from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,225 ratings.