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Chateau Jiahu - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,229 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 78
Gots: 143 | FT: 3
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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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

not sure what style to judge this beer against, will record impressions....pours a cloudy dark yellow into a pint glass, small 1" white head but the beer itself is very carbonated, thick cords of carbonation rising off the glass bottom.

Adjunct-like nose, given the rice used this is not surprising. there is a hint of something flavorful or spicy in the background, I cannot put my finger on the name of the odor though. Familiar.

Once again, the taste is of adjuncts (rice I assume) and some other flavor, slightly sour and acidic. I have read the ingredient/process list and could not tell any of those distinct flavors apart, but then again there are a number of things on that list I have never had.

I am not enamoured of this beer, but presumably it is a one-off from DFH, and another example of considerable research and creativity in their beer mix.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 23:15:05 | More by dogfooddog
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Chateau Jiahu from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.