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Chateau Jiahu - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,277
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 87
Gots: 153 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of rebel1771
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazey golden color with coarse and quickly dissapating head.

A strong sweet honey aroma dominates the nose along with a strange peppery aroma. Those aromas fade into a sort of floral aroma.

Very sweet flavor right off the bat, honey and flowers dominate. There is a slight grainey flavor near the end. Once swallowed the alcohol content becomes apparent as it burns in your stomach.

This is one unique brew, I don't think I'll buy it again, but interesting none the less.

rebel1771, May 03, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml bottle of this while watching a good Hong Kong movie.

Appearance: Very hazy, pale golden - almost like a witbier or hefeweizen in color and haziness. In terms of head, very meager - little retention, no lacing.

Smell: Interesting for sure: sweet-smelling fruitiness, but not sickly at all. Better than expected aroma.

Taste: Also better than expected - much better than the Midas Touch, in my opinion. This one is vinous, with some spice and herb notes. Fruit. Very different kind of malt character. Not too sweet, despite the lack of hops.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, carbonation okay.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good for such a strange beer. The story is a plus, too.

hunteraw, May 01, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure what style of beer Im comparing this to for my rating, but basically my standards were set low for this "9000 year old" style, mostly since Im a big fan of hops... With that said, I was very impressed by this re-creation.

The color is really cool- can't remember another beer looking quite like this. A light cloudy orange with a tinge of brown. There is some decent foam and lacing.

Smells sugary for sure, but much more- honey and heather with grape and spice.

Sweet honey-like malt flavor with dryish grape/cider notes. Fairly balanced finish (there is a bittering finish) with some sweetness dominating.

This is not much unlike some Belgian brews being produced today.

BeerZack, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of Patrick999
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is pretty cool. I haven't the foggiest idea how to review this "beer," if we can even call it that, but here goes. I think white wine is perhaps the best frame of reference in which to review this, so I'll compare it to a dry chardonnay.

Poured it into a wine glass, and it looked more like champagne than beer. I'm not a big champagne fan at all, so this was a little worrisome. The head was a champagne-like fizz. How am I supposed to know what the standard for appearance was in 7000 B.C. in beverages of this type? I'll punt and and give an "average" rating for appearance.

Smell is quite nice. Smells like a chardonnay, but better, as there's a sweetness coming through that the dry chards usually don't exhibit. I smell some malted barley, but this is largely a wine-like smell.

Taste calls to mind a sweeter, less dry chard, as the smell would suggest. However, this blows most Chards I've had out of the water, and I'm actually a chardonnay fan. I'm a sucker for honey...put honey in anything and I'll slobber all over myself. Love that honey...I can definitely taste that component of this beverage. A lot like a Midas Touch, but this shouldn't come as a surprise. There's something else in there, though. Honey, chard grapes, light barley backbone...I notice a slight bitterness that can't possibly come from any hops. This must be the hawthorn fruit and/or crysanthemum flowers...again, I'll punt, because I haven't the slightest idea what these two things taste like. I'm pretty sure that's what I'm tasting, but I just can't describe it so well, since I have no frame of reference. Sake yeast? Yes, I do detect a note of sake. There's a lot of subtle stuff going on here. Bottom line...this is freakin' tasty.

Mouthfeel is a little thin after it sits for a couple minutes - this seems to lose its carbonation quickly, so drink up.

Drinkability is quite good. It goes down easily, as it is less harsh and dry than a white wine. DFH seems to specialize in these wine-like brews, to awesome effect...this is another one that has the potential to show wine drinkers exactly what "beer" can do. Pricey, yes, but you should try this at least once if you can find it.

Patrick999, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of SetarconeX
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really wish there were a scoring section for uniqueness, because this is about as unique as it gets. Deep cloudy yellow with lacing that refuses to die, despite being almost but not quite free of carbonation. Smells yeasty and lemony. Tastes like yeast and honey, not unlike mead that was incompletely fermented.

Honey-sweet enough to be flawlessly drinkable, but yeasty enough to not be cloying. You could seriously build a civilization around this beer. A must try.

SetarconeX, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of OStrungT
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly pale golden yellow color, with a decent sized off white colored head. The head fades sort of quickle, leaving very little lacing.

This beer has a strong flowery aroma. It smells of earthy yeasty muskness. It has a sweet honey aroma as well. It has a slight clovey aroma. Some citrus aroma is also present.

This beer tastes very complex. It has a flowery flavor. It tastes very sweet. It also has a slightly grainey taste that reminds me of a saison. I think that there are a lot of flavors, and they are all strong, and that makes this beer a little hard to drink.

This complex beer leaves a very sweet, flowery aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

I doubt this beer would make a great session beer. It has a very aggressive flavor that would become very hard to drink after a few. The alcohol content is a little high also.

Overall: Thanks go out to ggaughan for hooking me up with this beer. Thanks again for a great trade.

OStrungT, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy orange golden color with a small active head of small white bubbles. The head was gone really quickly. There were quite a few bubbles rising, but they don't stick to maintain the head.

Aroma: Now this is an interesting aroma. I am not quite sure how to pick all of this stuff out. I get a citrusy complexity that reminds me of mandarin oranges along with a raw bread crusts type of grainy impression. I also get a defined floral bouquet that is also hard to put my finger on...I can pick what seems like lavender, but different. I also get a sweet honeysuckle type aroma that is unusual, but blends.

Taste: Wow! This beer is something else...if you can call it beer. There is a truly defined sweetness that pretty much runs the show. The citrusy floral component that was in the nose seems to be what is balancing the sweetness. There is a subtle spiciness here that is also balancing the sweetness, but it is somewhat of a struggle. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation to balance the beer and make it lighter on the palate. There is a mild warming in the finish to allude to the beers strength, as well as a euphoria that seems to set in rather quickly.

Opinion: This is an interesting experiment. It comes across to me a bit like their Midas Touch in that it seems to be as much of a carbonated wine as a beer. The sweetness is a bit much in this beer, and the spices don’t balance it, but challenge it. I like the complexity of the flavors and how it is difficult to pick out any one thing in particular. This is a pretty good drink, but I can't imagine that I will be making a habit out of drinking this. I think that regarding these wine/beers, I like the Midas better. Still, keep it up, Sam!

SkeeterHawk, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved in a trade with JasonM.

Poured a hazy yellow much like a hefeweizen or an apple cider. Little head to speak of. Smells of grapes and honey, pears, perhaps of licorice as well. Taste is sweet, but not sweetened if that makes sense. Has a bit of rice flavor to it. Mouthfeel is nice and mellow, a bit dry, perhaps as a result of using the sake yeast. Overall, a nice and unusual brew. Definitely worth a try, but some others may be put off by the fact that it doesn't really taste like anything else I can think of. Quite different from the other DFH brews.

BigJTrucker, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chateau Jiahu pours a hazy golden color with a white head from a brown 25.6 ounce bottle. The aroma is dominated by grape. The taste is also of grapes, with a beery aftertaste. Definitely kind of an odd beer, worth a try if you like this sort of thing.

Drew966, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours with a cloudy, almost pinkish cast. It's not pink though, it is a bright sunlight straw color, with some faint reddish tones. The bubbles are weakly put together and appear watery. The lacing isn't much but there are a few strands here and there.

Aroma - at first this has a decidedly sweet, champagne aroma - winy, spritzy. As it settles down, though, some neutral grain aromas come through. No great essence, just a standard beery kind of smell.

Taste - plenty of grain and honey sweetness, enhanced by a low-key alcohol warming. Pretty much like malt liquor, only no corny taste. There is an interesting hop balance on the swallow, it arrests the sweetness fairly well without removing it. The finish is clean, slightly lemony, warm in the throat and wet to a point. Sort of like a ramped up summer ale.

Mouthfeel - fairly crisp, a slight buttery smoothness; light to medium body.

Drinkability - pricy but interesting. A good pick for a tasting of unique beers.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers where you had better not be expecting beer.
Pours a bright golden yellow with barely a head.
Aroma is very fresh fruity...softly fruity....and flowery.
Taste is beyond being able to specify. Most predominately would be tangerines and lemons. Slight bitter bite up front like a citrus bite but then lots of sweet fruits like oranges and tangerines...a little purple grape sweetness and some floral hints.
Leaves the mouth without leaving it sticky.
Fine carbonation and citrus bite make for a nice mouthfeel.
Aftertaste is mostly sweet with a mild alcohol burn settling into you tummy.
Very interesting.

IntriqKen, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Foxman
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy bright lemon yellow. A finger of loose white head dissembles promptly to frothy surface starlets. Slopes of lacing slide down the inside of the glass.

The aroma gives up a quick hint of caramel malt, but then is innundated with a sweet malestrom of grapes, raw honey, pear, peach, and crisp apple. Also apparent but equally muddled are floral and herbal notes, along with a vent of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the sweetness is again initially malt, and then moves to a more vinous grapiness, and shifts more towards a honey-based slick sugary character. The herb and spice camp is more represented here than the floral, and the fruits again crop up, this time with melon, peach, and even a light citrus touch of lemon. The alcohol is a bit muted, but still sinewy. The finish is actually surprisingly crisp and dry, with green apple and a general spicy bitterness lingering. The historical aspect aside, I found it pleasingly flavorful in spite at a stab toward cloying sweetness.

Medium bodied, the sweet core is slick and slippery, coating along with a friendly closing glow.

I'll admit, I'm always intrigued by the DFH archaeological endeavors, but they don't always translate to the current day. This time, though, the result is a brew that, if accurate, would seem to be as enjoyable today as it was way back when in China. The aroma was too busy, and I'd call it the only real off-note. And while the ABV is typically Dogfish-obvious, it's not so big that it limits unduly. I finished the one bottle willingly, and while a second might be pushing it, I'd drain another any time I found it in front of me. Hey, maybe they could market this in China and Sam could tap into the biggest potential beer market on the planet!

Foxman, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Gorgeous golden hue with seduction kicks when held to the light. A lot of sediment in this bottle had muddied the picture a bit. Head is fizzy, touch off white and fairly complacent.

S: White grapes, honey, copper, kiwi and ripe pear.

T: White grape juice, peach, melon and a splash of lemon juice start this out. Unique beverage we got going on here, tastes like a specialty drink you might order in a tropical bar somewhere. From the tropical fruit flavors comes vanilla, strong honey and a hint of molasses. Spicy floral notes tug at the tip of the tongue while earthy wafts cascade across the back. Finishes with sugar coated plums, honeysuckle and

M: Bubbles are tight and the body is thick. Its like a spritzer. Superb.

D: Delicious beer, but this beer is a lot like Disneyland; good place to visit but you don’t want to be there every day. Gets a bit cloying after a while but it comes with the territory. I salute Dogfish Head for unarchiving these recipes and I appreciate these beers.

Westsidethreat, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown, champagne bottle served in a nonic.
Bottled 08.29.2006.

Cloudy, burnt lemon-straw in color with noticeable, active carbonation. Fizzy, bright white head that partially evaporates from the rush of carbonation. Some thin and spotted lacing with a lack of strength.

Musty, dried malted wheat. Semi-sweet toasted biscuit with hints of buttery diacetyl and honey. Earthen floral hops: rosemary and chrysanthemum aided with pepper. Light notes of lemon and grapefruit.

Semi-sweet toasted malt with a slight honey creaminess prior to a piercing tartness. Grapefruit, lemon, cranberry, and sour grape give a light airiness with a citric quality. As the tartness recedes a robust floral, earthiness asserts itself: rose pedals, saffron. Stiff, malted wheat with a lingering lemon-infused tartness make up the aftertaste.

Light bodied; a champagne-like carbonation makes for an active mouthfeel. Well rounded in texture given the dynamic of flavors.

Certainly a unique concoction that defies the boundaries of style. Pleasant for the novelty, but not an ale that I'd go back to. Props to DFH for keeping the 8% abv almost completely hidden.

NEhophead, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of hammer09
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chateau Jiahu poured a light, cloudy amber with good head development despite what appeared to be lazy carbonation in the glass. Aroma was fruity and alcoholic with both sour and sweet notes, neither of which were overpowering. Pleasant smell overall, very similar to Dogfish Head's Midas Touch. Taste was sweet and somewhat wine-like. This beer has a very mellow fruitiness to it. Not what I would typically drink, but good. Mouthfeel is dry and smooth with well developed carbonation, despite my earlier visual observations. Moderate to high alcohol content lends to a warming sensation. Not bad for an herbed/spiced beer, although I prefer Midas Touch over this recipe.

hammer09, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bottled on date (8/06) laser printed on the neck. The label was really neat and featured a Chinese woman with a tatoo on her lower back - tasteful unlike most of the crap you see out there. It had a nice golden honey color with a bit of orange - slightly hazy. It had about half a finger of head and a ton of initial carb. Both settled down quickly. The smell was a strong fruity smell dominated by grapes. There was also a good spicy kick in there as well. The taste followed the smell with really good fruitiness and spices to offset the sweet. It's not what you normally expect in a beer and in my mind is closer to a sweet wine but I enjoyed it. The 750ml is too much for me. A 12oz bottle every couple years would be enough (or a big bottle to share with a group). Recommend trying because of the uniqueness and history. (3.5, RB, ML, O)

TexIndy, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of acrawf6
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a lively orangish amber, but with a white head that fizzles out like soda. I really like the color, but hate how the head disappeared within seconds.

Smell. Smells quite sweet. Lots of fruit aromas (peaches) and spices.

Taste. Very Sweet, and spiced. This one is one the verge of being cloying, but doesnt cross the threshold (for me). Fruit flavor i get are more peaches, but it is the honey flavor that seems to be dominating. Aftertaste is still sweet.

Mouthfeel. Full body. All the sugar leaves my lips a bit sticky. an interesting balance that i think works for this beer.

Overall, i think this is one worth trying for the sake of what it is. I the the high amount of sweetness gives it more uniqueness that i can see many people not liking. If i was not in the mood for something sweet, i probably would not have enjoyed it as much. So wait for your sugartooth to come before opening this one up.

acrawf6, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of Tbone
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow with minimal had and zero lacing.

The smell is fruity sweet, with both the grapes and flowers coming through.
Taste is more of the same, but with a subtle, almost saison-like spicy tartness in the finish. It is somewhat mead-like, but less sweet than most meads and with more body.
Not something I would keept on hand, but a novel taste experience worth trying.

Tbone, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color, opaque, slight carbonation, nil head.

Gorgeous aroma, abundant with fruit and flower, light and delicate, yet succulent. Sweetness surrounds the senses, but is well-grounded, and doesn't spoil anything.

Brisk sourness at the front, smack of grapefruit mingled with honey, drizzle of lemon with ...with the squeeze of a rainbow's nutsack.
A brew like this leads you to embrace absurdities, as it contains more than the mind can emcompass.

Light bodied, but so sui generis...

Delicious. An ephemeral blend, quite out-of-this-world, or too much into it, perhaps...lovely, lovely...gorgeous...

what more can I say? Beautiful.

feloniousmonk, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chateau Jiahu is unique. Only Dogfish Head would brew something as ballsy as this concoction.

The brew doesn't give off too much of a heavy aroma. What is present is honey and grapejuice, and that's pretty much it.

When poured this produces very little head, but has a neat medium bodied head of a very hazy and orangish peach appearance.

This tastes almost like a white wine with honey and carbonation, and finishes warmly from what I suppose is the sake strain of yeast used here.

Chateau Jiahu is the first malt beverage my wife could actually down a glass of. Calling this a beer is probably not right. It's more like a mead to me.

TheSarge, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of Morris729
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden peach color with orange highlights and a fluffy white head. Nose is quite floral with notes of honeysuckle, rose, and chrysanthemum along with a light fruitiness of ripe banana and champagne grapes as well as a bit of perfume. Taste begins with sweet tropical fruit and honey nectar along with flowery chrysanthemum followed and balanced by powdery yeast, a grape tartness, and peppery alcohol. Quite unique. Be sure not to have this beer too cold—near room temperature seems ideal.

Morris729, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of bradleyseven
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ON TAP - poured into a brandy snifter

Visual:
beer pours a deep orange-amber color, completely opaque, with about 1/2 inch of white head that quickly dissapated leaving no lacing at all

Smell:
lots of honey and orange zest with faint hits of grape

Taste:
light hints of barley; strong sense of orange, honey, and grapes; notes of granny smith apples; and light notes of Rennaisance spices. Little bit of alcohol burn cleans the throat on the way down, but there is a lingering of grapes and honey coating the tongue and inner cheeks.

Mouthfeel:
full bodied and practically syrupy, very minimal bite of carbonation, slightly chewy. as i already stated, there is a slight alchohol burn but some definate lingering of flavors in the mouth.

Drinkability:
This is a very complex "beer". The flavors do seem to play nicely together, but the big and sweet aspects of the beer, it is something that i could not drink every day. Nevertheless, it is an interesting drink, with good "after-dinner" potential and would probably present a great opportunity for conversation at a dinner party given the background story of this Dogfish Head oddity.

Cheers,
~E. Brad

bradleyseven, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.33/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Hazy brew with a straw to gold color and a very small head. There are flecks of lacing all over the thing.

S - A very strong vinious character, somewhere between a chardonnay and a reisling. A clear presentation of hawthorne fruit . . . of course I'm kidding since I have no clue what hawthorne fruit smell or tastes like (or even looks like). There is also a potent rice backing (actually this probably is also enhancing the chardonnay aroma. There are hints of some fruit with a lot of sugar and an unpleasant aroma flavor. Also a heather-esque herbal aroma. It has an alcohol smell typical of a white wine.

T - The most dominant flavor is rice, I know this flavor well for it is the flavor of a typical malt liquor - only concentrated. Next, I get a potent reisling and light malt sugars. The aftertaste is strangely herbal, almost like heather, along with a strong, slightly bitter rice aftertaste. Not great, but not awful

M - A bit thin and harsh like both a cheap chardonnay and malt liquor (I am thinking King Cobra here). Ther is a bit of drying to it as well.

D - This says it is fermented with Sake yeast, but I thought Sake was fermented with Aspergillus? Oh well. Honestly, I think this drinks like a crappy white wine. I am glad I didn't live in ancient China. Interesting . . . yes. Worth purchasing . . . no. It isn't worth trying, it seems like it is, but the flavor are not exotic, they are mundane, mix of cup of cheap reisling with a Colt 45 and you are pretty much on target. I definitely won't buy this again. The only way anyone should try it is if they buy it with some freinds.

mrasskicktastic, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8/28/06.

Pours a mildly hazy peach-golden color, with a blinding white head that lasts several good minutes before minimizing. Healthy bubbles too, abundant and quick, even some larger ones settling at the bottom that shoot up randomly. Interesting.

Aroma is honey, lemon, white grape, a slight bit of white pepper...attains an aged sort of dustiness, as if there's a veil over those and other aromas. I ain't just reading the bottle and dreaming, there's this interesting "distance" to the aroma. Earthy and subtle.

Abundant honey carries the flavor, with big peach, ginger, lemon and cinnamon characteristics. A maddeningly hard-to-describe pungency is delivered by what I'm guessing is that Sake yeast, and it's this non-sweet aspect of the flavor that offsets the fruity/herbal dominance elsewhere. Would like to see it come through even stronger, but it does creep up slowly during the sipping.

Mouthfeel is full and very sticky, heavier than your typical herbed/spiced beer. Has an almost mead-like consistency and complements the flavors well. But the stickiness hangs around longer than necessary. If you're drinking the entire bottle alone, a water by your side is highly recommended.

Definitely a sugary beer, but not cloying in a syrupy or alarmingly-sweet way. Also not the utterly incredible concoction we tend to expect from Dogfish Head. (those who dislike sweet beers might as well not even bother with it, considering the price.) It's a different sort of experience, and there's something to be said for that. When it comes to DFH's historical brews, Midas Touch is better, but this one is still worth the time and effort.

Metalmonk, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Duvel chalice, this pours a pale cloudy amber with a head that is initially large but fades quick. Fruity aroma (kinda mangoish) with a subtle, unidentifiable spiciness. Very sweet flavor with a lot of fruity esters and a little grapeskin tannicness. Spices are very subtle and don't do much to offset the sweetness. Alcohol flavor becomes apparent at the finish. Feels well-attenuated for the strength, with a medium body.

Somewhat interesting, but not enough to buy again.

allengarvin, Feb 01, 2007
Chateau Jiahu from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,277 ratings.