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Ta Henket - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 21.43%

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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
For this ambitious liquid time capsule, we used ingredients and traditions plucked from Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Ta Henket is brewed with an ancient form of wheat and loaves of hearth-baked bread, and it's flavored with chamomile, dom-palm fruit and Middle Eastern herbs. To ferment this earthy ancient ale, Sam and friends traveled to Cairo, set out baited petri dishes and captured a native Egyptian saccharomyces yeast strain.


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Photo of jeagleton

New York

4.09/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer--quite a bit, actually. But it's not your average beer.

I love the whole Ancient Ales line from Dogfish Head because I'm really interested in ancient cuisines.

This one is strange. it's thin and herbal. It's like an alcohol-infused carbonated tea with a turmeric-like spice suspended in it. It's not quite a beer which I like very much--but I also definitely knew what I was getting myself into when I picked up this bottle. I was expecting something a little chalky, a little herbal, and quite funky. I will remember it well but won't drink it more than once every couple of years I think.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 03:38:03 | More by jeagleton
Photo of lordofstarside


3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

25oz to a snifter because I have no idea what else to serve it in

Pours a vibrant gold with a finger of foam that dies down pretty quick. Strong carbonation stemming from the middle, moderate lacing. This beer's okay looking

Smells of slightly tart apples, floral earthy hops, honey, chamomile, herbal spices, cinnamon, and a sweet malty backbone. Everything comes together okay

Tastes of strong herbal and earthy spice, apple and other light fruits, floral chamomile, honey notes, and a pale wheaty malt

Feel is pretty light and wet, not much bitterness and as expected, not much alcohol present. Drinks easy

Overall a pretty interesting beer. Pretty neat of dog fish head to have an ancient beer line. It was good, but not $12 good

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 04:35:27 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of Cyrion


4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a hefe glass, since this is a lighter beer. Don't look at me like that. You'd do the same thang, fool.

Appearance: Aggressive pour yields a dull gold beer with plenty of carbonation on sides of glass. The white, 2" head has very small bubbles.

Smell: Honey, lots of honey. And some flowers, very delicate. Chamomile-like.

Taste: More honey, very tasty, as well as some floral and herbal notes. There's also a sweet corn taste, like Kellogg's Corn Pops.

Mouthfeel: Quite watery, as expected.

Overall: A very fun drink, despite the price of the bomber. Sweet, light, corny/wheaty. This will never be a regular drink for anyone, but it's an intriguing "candy tasting " beer that will make you smile. I haven't tried the other 'historical' brews from Dogfish Head, but I'm betting that this is among the most approachable of the lot. Thumbs up!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 01:43:51 | More by Cyrion
Photo of megahurts4


4.4/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head Ta Henket

Appearance: light amber, medium-large pillowy head, and good lacing.

Smell: spices, spices, and a touch of fruit.

Taste: chamomile, many spices, and a faint fruit that I've never had before.

Mouthfeel: medium and fairly smooth.

This is a unique brew. The flavors are plentiful and combine very well. This is something different, which is what Dogfish Head does best.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:05:51 | More by megahurts4
Photo of corby112


3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, musty aroma with a strong floral presence. Some grassy, barnyard funk with straw and hay along with flower petal, caraway seed and sweet caramel malt. I'm not familiar with most of the ingredients but the wild yeast and floral chamomile and farro notes stand out. Not much of a hop presence but there's some faint light fruit. Sweet pale malts underneath as well with some caramel, biscuit and apricot.

On the lighter end of medium body with a slightly tart,funky yeast presence that dominates the flavor. This was really strong in the nose and stands out here as well. Grassy and herbal with resinous hops, straw, damp hay and wild bugs followed by floral rose water, sweet malts, light fruit and booze. Somewhat dry, chalky and earthy with sunflower seed oil, caramel malt, toffee and biscuit toward the end of the palate. Some dark and light fruit esters and boozy sweetness as well but there's not much heat. I would have guessed higher than 4.5% but it's still pretty easy to drink. Decent complexity but some of the flavors clash with each other. Not the most flavorful beer but its an interesting experiment and they successfully captured the wild Egyptian yeast. I don't think that I would buy this beer again but I enjoyed drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 06:38:19 | More by corby112
Photo of Auraan


4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a semi-cloudy golden with a tiny bit of white head that dissipated quickly. Not quite as thick as some Egyptian beers are described in tomb finds, but I'll take it. Scents of fruit with a lot of sweetness and some apricot notes. A good scent, sweet and fruity. Flavor is light and crisp, slightly sweet, with light apricot and fig notes, and a backbone of grain and wheat cracker with some yeasty bread. The sweetness is balanced by the bready flavors and blends quite well. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Overall it's an excellent beer, and probably the best of the Ancient Ales I've tried.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 02:53:04 | More by Auraan
Photo of secondtooth


4.16/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-cloudy golden-amber, with an average head of off-white bubbles. Lace almost non-existent.

Aroma is nice -- I get some spice, and plenty of yeasty bread. There's also a slight hint of fruit in the mix, too, though the bread dominates. Very good.

Taste echoes the nose -- very bready with a tinge of exotic fruit. This is an easy-to-drink brew, well-balanced and a little sweet, but still very much a beer, and an exceptional one at that. If this were bottled in regular 6-packs, I'd buy more! A superb beer, proving that the ancient Egyptians apparently knew what they were doing.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 16:39:11 | More by secondtooth
Photo of MaineBrewing


3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - poured into tulip, nice sudsy two finger white head, golden body with slight haze. Didn't leave any lacing and appeared somewhat lifeless throughout.

S - smells a little skunky, slight sweetness, peppery yeast.

T - tast is a mild biscuity breadyness with a slightly spicey cinnamon finish. Beyond that it doesn't taste like much, it's not bad and has no off tastes, just is missing any real flavor. There is an absolute lack of bitterness, allowing the tiny presence of malt sweetnss to find its way to being too cloying.

M - the beer feels thick and has little carbonation.

O - as a history lesson this is cool, to think maybe this is what the Egyptians drank, but it's not what I drink or want to drink. Will pass on this in the future but was good to have it once just for the experience. That's pretty much why I love dogfish head, this was brewed to push envelope and provide an experience, not just to sell more beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 18:37:45 | More by MaineBrewing
Photo of ManekiNeko13

New York

3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. I may have a bad sample, but there's nothing special about this. Had been looking forward to the spices and herbs, but can't detect anything. Tastes like watered down standard issue American beer. Quite disappointing.

I'll probably try it again at some point when I can secure a fresh sample, maybe at the brewery itself.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 22:58:39 | More by ManekiNeko13
Photo of utopiajane

New York

2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The aromatic spices in this beer are likely at first to remind you of "feet." Then, bread and middle eastern cuisine. If you read the reviews no one really knew what this was supposed to taste like so I recommend trying it anyway. Pours a golden straw color and a nice thick head that doesn’t last very long. Mouthfeel is "syrupy." The more you drink the more you will notice the spices in the beer. No real hops taste in this and it has has low carbonation as well which makes it sweet in a weird way. The fruit ( whatever kind of fruit that was) is noticeable because the flavor of it seems to go very well with those spices. It’s the strangest beer I have had but I’m not sorry I bought it. The bottle is freaky cool.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 12:28:02 | More by utopiajane
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ever since the episode on Brewmasters aired a few years ago I've been wanting to try this.
Poured into a tulip a hazy golden color. Kind of a rough pour foams it up real nice. Leaves a thin white heading. Nice bubbling action.

Not too aromatic. Some bread,touch of chamomile. Almost no hop presence whatsoever.

Taste on the other hand is a whole new ball game. Slight fruit at first but quickly taken over by a nice sugary - cinnamon kick. Funky yeast gives it an extra edge. Chamomile is the star of the show always lingering in the background. All of the ingredients come into play here. Liking this alot.

Mouth is a little bit on the thicker side, not a watery feel. Lower carbonation but very refreshing. Alot like a wine, a smooth easy going brew.

A little surprised at such a low score here on BA. No it's not a hop bomb or R.I.S. but this was a delightful surprise. Well done !

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 14:42:36 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours cloudy amber with no head at all.

Smell is biscuits, camomile and a slight fruitiness.

The taste is exactly like the smell, biscuits and camomile.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a very unique beer, definately not one of my favourites but worth a try. Although I'm struggling to finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 00:50:40 | More by Dave1999
Photo of JMScowcroft


3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head Brewery - Ta Henket - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

Look - Pours hazy golden-orange with a full fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Smell - Subtle fruits and bready with definite chamomile. Spice throughout.

Taste - Light and fruity, chamomile on top. Crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Rests on the palate almost like a tea. Good drinkability but a bit sweet.

Overall - Interesting brew, not really my bag but unique as hell from my perspective. Worth a shot. Tastes as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 22:47:03 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

2.34/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at the Alehouse in Fairfax.

Served in a snifter... an overpriced one, I might add.

A: Poured a fairly bright orange with a slight chill haze. No head to speak of.

S: Nothing... absolutely nothing. Well, maybe a tinge of chamomile and some baked bread, but that is absolutely it.

T: Salty. Seriously, this is one of the first brews I've tasted in a long time where I feel comfortable using that descriptor. It honestly tasted like wallpaper paste, with some licorice (just a tinge), and some algae.

M: Got a mild prickle, but who the hell cares? No lacing.

O: I understand this was an historical brew, the earliest beer recipe even. However, it was to worst tasting beer I've have so far in 2013.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2013 05:22:46 | More by Chaney
Photo of brewskifan55


3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks for bringing this unique brew by, Jessie!

A: Clear light yellow with a half finger head that settles pretty fast. Light lacing.

S: Za'atar spices shine though. Bready, sweet.

T: Smooth, sweet. Earthy. Cinnamon, white pepper and corainder. More like a dessert wine. Light and refreshing.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. A dry finish.

O: A very unusual beer from DFH. Great for bringing to a bottle share. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 21:48:29 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of palma

New York

3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Aroma: smoke, tomato sauce, green onion, earthy.

Taste: sweet, cinnamon, prune, sugary, sweet creamed corn. A nice complex spicyness at the end. Good aftertaste. Sweet, a little nutty, cinnamon, nutmeg in the aftertaste. Complex.

A unique beer. Drinkable. Taste is nice. Aroma is a detriment. Get rid of that onion and smoke and you have an ok beer here.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 03:23:39 | More by palma
Photo of MRsojourner


2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and crystal clear with a light foamy 3' head
Cracker, and bready aroma with slight perfume & herbs
taste is of oranges with a herbal bite. a bit sweet with very low bitterness. more fruitiness comes out as it warms up.
an easy drinker with not much complexity. not bad not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 12:03:22 | More by MRsojourner
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into a tulip.

Pale gold with a huge white head, minimal retention or lace. Nose has sweet bready malt, herbal character, chamomile isn't distinct on the nose. Taste has more sweet grain, obscure fruit and herbal qualities that I'm struggling to pin down (as with all of the beers in this DFH series). Medium feel, medium high carbonation. Couldn't find much I enjoyed from this, a struggles to put back.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 19:54:48 | More by liamt07
Photo of rhoadsrage


4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a hint of hazy to the orange body with a fizzy white head that boils away and a sea of microbubbles remain.

S- The field corn aroma with some tart sumac seed aromas give way to a light earthy grain aroma and a hint of graham and sesame seed in the finish.

T- The fruity flavors have a slight nectarine note with a cherry quality from the doum fruit and a touch of sumac tartness in the finish. There is a clean crisp fizz in the finish. The mellow fruity tartness grows but is never really strong and a whole grain wheat hint comes through under the fruit aswell.

M- The light mouthfeel has an airy quality to it with no alcohol heat and no astringency noticed.

O- This is a well-blended crisp beer that has a touch of sweetness and lots of very interesting flavors. It was fun to try but it was a bit to much for such a big bottle. I just got a little tired of drinking it. Perhaps with the heat of the Sahara it might fit the bill.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 21:47:22 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Ryan011235


2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 12/16/12

Bottled in 2011

The color is a clear, amber/apple juice with dulled gold highlights. A swell of fizzy bubbles rises to two and a half fingers; however, the head falls away just as quickly. Minimal specks of lace.

I took one smell and thought, this smells familiar. I took a few more smells. Tuna.

I asked my fiance what she thought it smelled like. Chicken dinner.

After the head is gone, a few notes of camomile and pollen and mild herbs emerge. Regardless, I cannot help but reminisce about sitting at the bar at Bodega with their excellent, now departed, tuna melt in front of me, with notes of pilsner lingering about.

The taste is a lot of pollen and dry herbal notions with something akin to ginger and hints of honey. Toasty grains have a slightly damp grass bent. The finish has a tanginess like fermenting light fruits.

The light body is loose but well confined with fluffy carbonation. The mouthfeel here would be really good for an American pale lager or the like.

This is a peculiar beer and it grows a bit tiresome after not even half the bottle. Thankfully, the abv is reasonably low; if this were a boozy creation it's doubtful I could drink it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:51:12 | More by Ryan011235


3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head Ta Henket

Appearance: This Egyptian inspired Ancient Ale pours a brassy, slightly hazy golden yellow with a finger and a half of tightly bubbled, pure white head. Carbonation comes slowly and minimally off the bottom of the glass, rising up alongside sparse pieces of sediment. There is average lacing and no alcohol legs. This one looks quite a bit like its sister beer Midas Touch, albeit a bit darker. It is a nice looking beer, though not really anything special. Bonus points for the nice golden color.

Aroma: Lots of bready notes dominate with a backbone of melon, almost honeydew like smell. An unusual yeast smell comes through as well, and considering this yeast is unusual, this is completely expected. There is just a hint of sourness or tartness in the back of the smell. This is where DFH Ancient Ales usually stand apart, and that is definitely the case here. The only problem is it is kind of difficult to review based on smells that I am unsure what the actual components smell like. This beer is strong-smelling; the drinker can smell it immediately after popping the top, and it wafts out of the glass.

Taste: This is odd. Initially, it is almost difficult to choke down on the initial taste, especially having no idea what to expect. That first sip tastes like a strange assortment of bread, biscuits, and a touch of yeast and tartness. After the drinker’s mouth gets used to what is going on here, the beer tastes like buttery, honeyed biscuits with a slice of melon. The chamomile is prominent, almost to an uncomfortable level. Unique is the word for this beer, but that could be applied to most DFH beers.

Mouthfeel: The feel is much like the appearance of the beer in that it is exceedingly normal and average compared to the otherworldly aspects of the other two categories. The carbonation is medium, the feel is light and refreshing, and the finish, like many DFH beers, has an almost wine-like dry finish.

Overall: This was an admittedly difficult review. The Ancient Ales are a great program, even though this beer was probably just a bit too out there for me to purchase again (though I could see a weird hankering for it in the future). It is not a bad beer by any means, but a whole bottle is tough to do alone, even at a measly 4.5%, just due to the strong, strange flavor and aroma. This is definitely one to try if you have not had it and it is on the shelf, but there is no reason to seek it out.


Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 01:13:48 | More by THANAT0PSIS
Photo of Tusked_pinniped

4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured From Pint Bottle into large glass.

A- Light amber with a slightly frothy, short lived, off white head dissipating into a fine lace.

S- Herbal and slightly spicy with a bit of fruitiness.

T- A bit grainy and unimpressive at first, then a bit fruity with a very slight "wild" beer sourness but certainly not too much, Finishing of with a very pleasant herbal after taste.

M- Rather bubbly, but in a crisp refreshing way. Not to thin nor to thick for the style.

O- I really enjoyed this beer. Definitely looking forward to having it again especially in the warmer months. I wasn't sure what to expect and I almost didn't get it because it is on the pricey side but upon seeing the Arabic seasonings my interest was peaked I am glad I went for it! Well done in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 19:43:51 | More by Tusked_pinniped
Photo of scootny

New York

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely full head with a slow fade and decent lacing. Smell has a light breadiness with an unusual fruit component. Some almost lactic like sourness. Chamomile and other light spices as well and a very faint mint tea. Taste is light a crisp with a very mild bitterness. Sweet malt and bread, chamomile shows up here and the fruit I'm sure but not having eaten it I can't finger it. Feel is light crisp and refreshing with a high drinkability. A very good beer for what it is. As an attempt to recreate the Egyptian beer recipe this one scores

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 01:51:25 | More by scootny
Photo of jaasen64


3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

A- Pours a light very translucent golden with about a finger and half of white foamy head that fades fairly fast and leaves some light spotty lacing here and there. Decent amount of carbonation that is fairly consistent.

S- Aromas of honey, melon, green tea, and spices. Having never had the fruits that are in this it's hard to describe, however the fruits lend a melony smell that is mixed with a tea-like presence from the Middle Eastern spices. Not exactly my favorite mixture in the world, but in my opinion not that bad. A little bit above average aroma strength.

T- A little bit of a melony presence from the fruits however a little bit more subtle, some light sweet honey presence, a little bit bready, and a tea-like taste from the spices. Again not my favorite mixture of tastes, but not bad, and fairly interesting.

M- Light, slightly spritzy from the carbonation, easy to drink

O- This was an interesting brew. Definitely not my favorite DFH, but not my least favorite. Actually definitely preferred this a little bit more then the My Antonia I had right after. Fairly exotic and definitely unique, however like I said it's not my favorite blend of fruits and spices. It was easy to drink and I enjoyed trying it, but probably not something that I would pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 22:59:00 | More by jaasen64
Photo of socon67

New York

3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden pour with a white active foam. Visible carbonation in this one. Minimal lacing.

S - I do get some of the interesting yeast smell. There are notes of honey and some tea-like spices. While it seems a bit all over the place, I think for what they were going for this beer smells nice.

T - Just not finding it. Has a light grain flavor with some sweetness of honey and a bit of spice. It really comes off like tea, but not nearly as flavorful as Sahti. Some bready notes as well. I found this almost as if I drank a spiced pilsner.

M - Light feel and light bodied beer that has bubbly carbonation. Easy to drink and would be nice at a BBQ. Leavesa bit of spice on the palate.

O - Was hoping to really like this and was only midly enjoying it. Of the DFH ancient ales I'd put this below Chateau Jihau, Sahti, and Midas Touch. Just didn't find it too tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 01:48:13 | More by socon67
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Ta Henket from Dogfish Head Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.