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Ta Henket - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 48
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lstokes on 12-20-2010

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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Ratings: 726 | Reviews: 191
Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon un capping, I get punched in the face with some kind of lightly toasted grains. Almost light burnt toast. Very interesting. In the glass, the head was very fizzy and soda like. Fades very quickly leaving the bright, clear golden liquid uncovered quickly.

If i dont hold the glass up, the burnt toast punches you in the face. Upon investigation, I find the same aromas around. Soapy and spicy. Hints of chamomile.

Surprisingly, not as bad as I had pictured. theres some nice christmas spices lingering in the background. Chamomile isnt really noticeable. The bready characteristic is actually very nice. Something like cinnamon raison bread. I get a feeling similar to the body of Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Fills your mouth with its spices, then the spices fade leaving only the chewy malt behind. Also I get the odd feeling that they used saffron in there somewhere. I couldnt pin it down, and it took awhile to figure it out.

An overall sweetness rounds out a nice dessert beer. Would go very well with holiday spiced cakes and cookies.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color with hints of amber and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly died down and left lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: there are light aromas of spices and honey in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of wheat with notes of herbs and mushrooms along with hints of chamomile. There are also some hints of sourness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite the low alcohol content, this beer isn’t that easy to drink and takes a lot of getting accustomed to it before you can finish the bottle.

Photo of cheers55
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of rudzud
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

A - Poured a deep straw light amber with a half a first Ger white head that left a little halo and a nice white cloud.

S - Lots of wheat and grains with a fair amount of spice as well and maybe some fruit. There is some light herbal perfumey from the chamomile.

T - Taste is not that bad, slightly unique like the nose. Some weird bready fruit notes slightly sour with lots of herbal notes from chamomile.

M - Slightly too carbonated for my liking. Sharp on the tongue makes this seem very thin and watery.

O - Overall this was a swing and miss for me. Very underwhelmed by this beer had such high hopes only to have them dashed. Way not worth the price point.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bomber into my tulip.

A – Pours out a golden color, slightly cloudy. Stark white head of about one finger that settled down quickly.

S – Has just a bit off a Belgian like yeast smell, its not quite it but has those characteristics. Funky and barnyard.

T – Starts off with a light grainy wheat taste. Has some really odd spices that I just cannot identify. Definitely a little peppery and spicy in it. Has what I could call a floral quality as well. Not at all bitter. Trace sweetness.

M – Light bodied and light on the palate. Taste disappears as quickly as it comes. Good carbonation.

O – Odd. Not bad certainly, not great. It has an interesting taste structure that I can appreciate and find oddly tasty. I wouldn’t drink a bunch of it but I would not turn another down. Worth a try.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Clear honey colored with a nice billowy slightly off white head on the pour that recedes to a wispy topping.
smell: earthy and interesting, certainly different.
taste: again earthy with a whole grain bread like finish. Very tasty, light, crisp beer.
mouthfeel: Pretty dense and carbonated.
overall: Really dug this. Knowing the history augments the brew. I love that DFH delves into these ancient ales. From the DFH site:
"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."
That is some cool shit.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into wide mouthed Avec les Bons Voeux glass.

Pours w/short white head that fades very quickly over a slightly clouded orange/amber body w/decent amt of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are DIFFERERENT. Very salty. Like a soft pretzel with garden fresh herbs.

Strangest flavor I've experienced since the Darbiste. In fact, there may be some of that quality in here, along with burnt salty popcorn, chamomile, sage, and fish. Yep, strange.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style - light, decent level of carbonation, and leaving a slight film on the tongue.

Kudos to DFH for having the balls to put this into production.

Photo of Keyes88
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear/bubbly pale orange body, trace white

S: floral, yeast, mild spices, hint of wheat

T: honey, caramel, chamomile, malt,
grassy/veggie, mild yeast finish

M: med/light body, big carbonation,
mild oily mouth

O: Love Dogfish Head, but this beer
was just not my thing. I'm also
a History Teacher, so was rather intrigued.
Glad I tried it + thrilled that Sam took a chance.


Photo of ATPete
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nuzzorama
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a DFH signature pint.

Appearance - Golden yellow body with a fluffy white head. Not much retention and no lacing. Looks like I poured myself a Heineken.

Smell - Grainy and fruity. There's a strange aroma that I can only imagine is from whatever bizarre spice DFH used. Not really inviting.

Taste - More bland than good or bad. Instant fruitiness followed by a domination of grain flavors. The finish is the manifestation of the strange aroma and it lingers with an herbal quality.

Mouthfeel - Light, easy to drink, even if the flavors are strange. Like drinking a glass of water.

Overall - Uninspiring and dull. If this is an authentic representation of some ancient civilization's beer, then they drank boring beer.

Photo of koopa
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rab53
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin looking clear amber with a thick white head. This appears to be a well carbonated lighter ale.

What the hell. The beer smelled like a potent arm pit mixed with ass cheese on the side for the few first minutes... and didn't get much better smelling. By the time the head had fallen flat the smell was...at least tolerable.

The beer tastes like fresh cheese and herbs. After you get over the strangeness of this beer it becomes... a puzzle. There is a little sweetness from the dates that gives a dry wine characteristic, but it's subtle in comparison to the herbal blend and pungent sulfur.
The taste doesn't reflect nose, but it's still a hard swallow.

The beer makes my stomach cringe.
Nonetheless, it's light bodied and there is ample carbonation. The initial sip is a hard to swallow sharp Parmesan cheese, but the aftertaste is an interesting herbal blend. I'd say the mouthfeel is the most redeeming aspect of this beer.

Glad I tried it, but do not make this beer again because I think your "ready to try anything you make" fans will not purchase this beer more than once. Not for almost $14 a bottle.
However, keep up the creativity DFH!

Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of hdofu
2.06/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Normally I'm a nut when it comes to dogfish head's crazy concoctions... this beer is not one of their better experiments in recreating ancient ales. The beer port gold with a white head that dispenses quickly. Smell is like wheat and some muddled herbs, pretty boring. Taste starts out like an ok wheat ale that quickly turns into a guessing game trying to figure out what the heck that finish is. The mouthfeel makes it almost feel flat, not much buble, not much feel. Asside from some peculiar tastes that aren't great but aren't offensive either, it's a pretty meh beer. It wouldn't be horrible if it wernt 14 bucks. It actually may have been better warm.

Photo of Naugros
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #400

I read a bunch of the reviews prior to writing this, especially the bad ones. I'm usually panning DFH for some of their project beers and thinking that they shouldn't wasted their time, but not so with this one.

The pour shows the quality of the beer right off. Yeah, it's a little cloudy, but the honey amber color topped with a thick, nearly white head is pretty nice. I used the DFH goblet and managed to get the logo to vaguely appear in the head. Love that. It finally settles in to a film with a denser island in the center. No lacing to speak of.

You get aromas from this beer that you're not sued to, to be sure, but that's to be expected considering the ingredients. Very bready, almost sourdough, but nicely balanced with what the yeast brings to the table. Wildflowers, ginger, peaches and black pepper with a touch of honey.

The bread flavors intensify in the flavor, tasting for all the world like stoned wheat crackers with black pepper. Add some wildflower honey and a herbal presence that reminds me of tarragon or possibly oregano and hide some golden dates in there. Starts of a little sticky sweet on the lips but dries out nicely and lingers a bit with some peppery phenols. Otherwise, a very clean beer.

I had expected it to be an indescribable mess, but wanted to try it since (like a lot of others) saw the Brewmasters episode where they conceived this one. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really liked this and could see how someone would accept two gallons of this stuff as a day's wages for work on the pyramids.

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of ElCaholicRacer
4.37/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This my be the most bizarre brew I've ever tasted.
Poured in a DFH pint glass. Semi-clear golden color with copious amounts of carbonation and bubbles rising to the top. The smell is almost undiscribable. Aromas of fermented fruit, strange herbs, and perhaps chili peppers? The taste only somewhat reflects the smell. Extremely smooth, and at 4.5 ABV, very easy to drink. Strange, almost spoiled yeast taste that I have never encountered, but was pleasant to my Hefeweisen loving palate. I fully enjoyed it. There has been alot of bad reviews for this beer, but if one takes the time to disect each flavor, and takes into conscideration the effort in gathering of the ingredients, I think it can be a great drinking experience. DFH has done it again with the Ancient Brew series. Nice work Sam! Priced at $14.50 for a 750ml, it is inline with the other DFH special brews, which is steep, but the quality speaks for it self. This is the only DFH beer my wife has enjoyed. Prost!

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1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

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Ta Henket from Dogfish Head Brewery
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