Chateau Jiahu - Dogfish Head Brewery
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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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