Ta Henket - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 47
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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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.


(Beer added by: lstokes on 12-20-2010)
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Photo of hyoung41
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with a good friend of mine tonight as a nightcap from a long Christmas day. This was something I had been hoping to try since I saw the episode of brewmasters that was about this beer. The beer poured out as a much clearer than expected gold color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer was sweet and had some earthy spice notes on the nose. The taste of this was really interesting to me, I was very pleased with the pepper like flavors I kept getting with every sip. There is a subtle sweetness in there too which I liked. The mouthfeel was well carbonated and had a light body to it. Overall I thought that this beer was a very nice addition to ancient ales the DfH puts out. I have always found these to really spark my interest. I would drink it again for sure!

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With absolute Dogfish Head flavor, but yet nothing that has ever been tasted before- this experimental and avant garde ale is both familiar and foreign to the palate and the mind.

This ancient ale starts with a rusty copper and golden hue that carries a modest haze. A foamy haze seems airy and light while retaining and lacing excellently.

Strong and peculiar aromas remind me of the smokey sweetness of buckwheat honey with floral, spicy, and fruity sweetness. Raw and earthy herbs start to give me a glimpse into the fruity and spice additions that go into the brewed blend.

The raw and earthy sweetness of unpasturized honey and smokey buckwheat delivers in flavor as well as aroma. Tea-like herbs of chai, lemongrass, thyme, cinnamon, anise, and almond all play into the spicy and savory mix. Mild to moderate in intensity, the blance of sweet, spice, and fruit is seemingly easy to achieve for Dogfish Head brewers with this out-of-the-box ale.

Medium early on, but the richness of taste and moderate carbonation is quickly dismissed, in favor of a fleeting sweet feel and only a memory of spice and fruit as the finish delivers a dry and surprisingly light texture compared to the initial sweet taste and weighted warmth.

Comparisons to buckwheat meads come to mind because of the smoky sweet (nearly mesquite) character, but the beer holds back on the richer molasses-like flavor and feel of those meads. Instead a licorice note of fruit and spice accompanies the lighter-than-expected body from mid palate through medium fruity finish.

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1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

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2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of FrankyLikesIt
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of bbeane
4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter. Starts with a fizzy white head with weak retention and no lacing. Beer is golden in color with some fine sediment in it

S- Some bitterness along with some biscuit and fruity sweetness

T- Wasn't wild about it at first, but it's growing on me. The flavors that are present aren't overwhelming but are just right in that they mesh really well. The pale malt flavor is the most prominent flavor followed by some fruity sweetness and spices. I'm sure the chamomile is contributing though it's not really enough to pick out

M- Light bodied with light carbonation

O- Like I said before, I wasn't impressed at first but it finished well for me. In the end it reminds me alot of a Scottish gruit beer. Baffles me that they released it in December vs the spring or summer as it would be great to drink in warm weather


Photo of pburland23
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I remember watching the Brewmasters episode where Sam when to Cairo so I was excited to see this in bottles.

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into my Spatenbrau weizen glass. Pours a pretty dull light golden color. A touch cloudy. Explosive carbonation, created two fluffy fingers of eggshell head. Head retreated to a thin wispy layer. Decent lacing.

Smell is definitely wheat centric. There's some breadiness and malty sweetness as well. Also, a pretty noticeable herbal tea note. Overall, the smell isn't that impressive to me. Pretty pedestrian.

Taste: interesting, definitely a primitive tasting beer. Upfront, it's bread and not overly wheaty. A healthy dose of herbs comes in and that's where this beer goes off track for me. There's a black peppery aftertaste. It's earthy and there is a definite Middle Eastern spiciness at play here, but in my opinion they don't work in a beer. I have to give DFH credit for going out on a limb again, but the taste doesn't do it for me.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for DFH. The carbonation which starts off so strong is almost non-existent. Definitely drinkable but probably better suited for the summer rather than a few days before Christmas.

Overall, an interesting concept but not for me. The flavor just doesn't agree with my palette. Again, I have to give DFH credit for pushing the envelope with their Ancient Ales programs. However, every time I drink an ancient ale, I'm glad we've come so far with brewing and beer.

Photo of prg1976
1.1/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a medium amber color with a fizzy white head.

Uh, really? The smell....I don't know what they were going for, but it smells like a combination of sweaty feet and bad fish.

The taste is a pungent, bitterness.

I didn't have it in my mouth long enough to get anything from the mouthfeel.

Wow, just terrible. I actually took a few sips and it kept getting worse. I'm going to have nightmares about this one.

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3/5  rDev -11%

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1/5  rDev -70.3%

Photo of Krakistophales
2.05/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pours golden straw colored with a huge white head that recedes quickly

S: Smells like tuna, wheat, some weird spice, and just funk.

T: Butter, popcorn, wheat, some weird spice, hints of hops, a weird sort of herbal, leafy quality to the whole thing. Very unpleasant.

O: This is pretty terrible. Waste of 12 bucks.

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of smerrell
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I give DFH credit for boldly going where nobody else does. This is another fine example of a beer that I appreciate the experiment, but wouldn't want to drink it again.

The smell is unfamiliar - clean, slightly sweet, but not altogether pleasant.

The taste reminds me of rambutan fruit, although my wife says it reminds here a little of burnt toast, which I can also agree with.

The finish is practically immediate, as there is little discernible aftertaste. The head is slight, and hangs around the glass with decent lacing.
I recommend this one to people who are fans of the Ancient Ales series, and know what to expect in this type of adventurous beverage.

Photo of crossovert
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, nice label.

It pours a clear honeyish color with a fizzy white head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is odd. Definitely spicey in a north-African sort-of way there is some standard cinnamony smell, graham cracker. It is mildly fruity.

The flavor is floral and spicy. There is a hint of tanginess, it really tastes unlike any other beer.

I am not the biggest fan. A lot of unique flavors here.

Photo of mjaggers
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rlee1390
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, carbonated, with a two finger head.

S-Some malt and wheat. Interesting spices. An interesting smell.

T-Wheat and spices. An interesting assortment of spices. I would assume its from the local spices.

M-Light with some carbonation.

O-Not that good, but extremely interesting. Don't think I'd ever have it again but like everything DFH does it is an adventure.

Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DeutschesBier
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of ShanePB
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle just picked up over the weekend. Shared with my girlfriend and family, served in a DFH Signature glass.

A: Pale orange/yellow body with a small silky, frothy and creamy pure white head. Fairly clear minus the chill haze. What head was there did dissipate quickly and left some lifeless cling to the glass. Nothing spectacular or terrible.

S: Hmm, well that's interesting. Buttery popcorn, spicy yeast, honey, pollen and touches of floral hops. There's a sweetness here and a flavor I cannot put my finger on. It's probably the doum fruit and perhaps even the chamomile is contributing to the overall eccentric aromas I'm picking up.

T: Well, it follows the nose - there's still a buttery character up front on the palate with a sweetness that's pretty unrecognizable for comparison-sake. Again, I'll say it's the doum fruit, but towards mid-palate and to the back is a very wheaty element along with some spices, yeast and pepper. Really it's an odd, complex flavor but it's nothing I'm really falling in love with.

M: Highly active carbonation, very bubbly and smooth going across the palate. The sweetness lingers a bit but everything else is cut nicely.

I can certainly see where they were going with this. It was interesting to drink something based on an ancient recipe, something I like a lot about this series. Ta Henket, however, was probably my least favorite of all of them. It's not that it's necessarily a bad beer but it's nothing I'd buy another bottle of. Fun to try, but I don't need this one again.

Photo of dhartogs
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewpub, served in snifter. Nice bready aroma and golden cloudy color (I like unfiltered beers). There was a small head, but nothing to write homeabout.

Tasted was malty and a little bready, with a little hop preseence. I think they really naied what they were going for.

Overall, at 4.5% I think this packs a lot of flavor and is a nice session beer at the brewpub. At $12 bomber though it's a nice treat yet doesn't leave you banged up so you can have another. Just a solid beer and good addition to the Ancient Ale series.

Ta Henket from Dogfish Head Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.