Chateau Jiahu | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Chateau JiahuChateau Jiahu
BA SCORE
60.4%
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3.78 w/ 1,438 ratings
Chateau JiahuChateau Jiahu
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by marburg on 06-15-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,449
Reviews:
569
Ratings:
1,438
Liked:
869
Avg:
3.78/5
pDev:
13.76%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
229
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,438 |  Reviews: 569
Photo of KAP1356
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zkoehn
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this in a flight of 4 aged beers at dogfish head
Bottled 2013 drank 2017
Look - golden color
Smell - smells like mash
Taste - like I'm brewing beer and I try it before I add any hops but honey has been added
Feel - medium body and no real carbonation
Overall - I'd say this is like a beer from a long time ago. I wouldn't expect china, don't really taste the sake

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Photo of Blackop555
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold. Foamy, medium, white head lasts shortly.

Smells sweet fruit,, light fermented fruit, honey and caramel.

Tastes grape, Honey, citrus hints, light pepper and alcohol. Finish is semi sweet with a honey and fruit linger. Medium body and lighter bubbly carbonation.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From notes taken 04/12/17:

Honey-amber, a little orange in appearance, barely clear with swirly cloudiness and plenty of specs and chunks. Head is a delicate, off-white foam, film-forming but with otherwise lower retention. Smells at first like white grape juice and honey, which is two of the ingredients so no great surprise. Mellows a little to something a slightly more grassy and herbal, close even to citrus and coriander like a white ale. Maybe a few fumes from the booze in there as well. Palate is at once more well-rounded and all the more boozy for it. Dark honey, alcohol, vinous qualities ranging from fresh grape to artificial grape candy to dry and sweet wines or vermouth, semi citric/spicy notes from I have no idea what, and also some berry-like notes you might expect from something involving grapes and fermentation and then, in this particular case, aging (it was bottled in January or 2015, and I am enjoying it more than two later, although it has been almost exactly two years to the day since my actual purchase). Moderately dry and fairly clean finish as a result of the mouthfeel more so than the flavors. Overall, tastes about halfway between a Braggot (especially if it has fruit in addition to honey) and a Tripel, it’s quite good. Medium-bodied, extremely effervescent (very fine, somewhat sharp) but not at all overactive (it fizzled crisply when I cracked it open, but certainly didn’t explode), making for deceptively light drinking. The booze is a double-edged sword here. One the one hand, the heat of it serves to balance the otherwise light qualities of the mouthfeel, but then those qualities make for high drinkability so self-control is required. It feels more like a Tripel than a Braggot, I suppose, in spite of it’s relative closeness in design to the latter. Not as syrupy, but that could be the aging. I really love this beer. I’m sure I’m going to “overrate” it but I really do not care! Okay, I do, but it can’t be helped, I like what I like!

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Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle.
Pours with a hazy light copper body. Fine textured white head with good retention and excellent lacing.
A lot of effort and trouble went into making this beer which I was eager to try out of curiosity. To my surprise, it's a pleasant beer in every respect, with a particularly good mouthfeel. Lively, medium-high but soft carbonation. Refreshing, lightly spicy and fruity.
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Photo of BeccaH
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
1.95/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

**
04/17/2015
Bottle to tall glass. Aroma is very light. Grape, grasses, . Appearance, Golden clear color. White head. Taste; pilsner esque, with a funky aftertaste. Sour fruit. Staleness. A touch soapy ? Feel is vibrant, good balance. Overall , not so hot. Love the history lesson in a 9000 year old recipe, but we’ve come a long way since the Yellow River Basin tribes.

**

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Photo of Tyecko
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach122
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dag1991
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours - Golden yellow with decent white head good lacing.

Smell - Smell of fermented fruit, grapes, some orange and pineapple. Nice sweet fruity smell.

Taste - Nice grape, orange peel, mango. Similar to grape wine. Little warmth from the alcohol.

Feel - good carbonation little dry.

Overall - An ok beer, slightly sweet and boozy.

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Photo of madelf66
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puftdank
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Emersonio
4.93/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour: Bomber bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance: Light gold with white head. Aroma: Very musty. tannic like aromas. Flavor: Sweet. Malt forward palette. Spices show up in abundance. Light bite. Aftertaste: Malty and musty all the way. Overall: Very similar to Sake given the ingredients. I love the ancient ales series and Jiahu is one of my favorites. Its really cool how DF Head re-created these ancient recipes with Archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania. Loved it. Unique! Excellent: 5 out of 5.

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Photo of informaticsDoc
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zythophile
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 1/12/15
Palate Contaminants: a quality pizza an hour earlier

Yet another Ancient Ale. After having had a few, I have expectations of something good.

Appearance is slightly opaque gold with particulates. There's a fine head on it, but not much lacing.

Smell is nice and sweet, with honeysuckle and candied orange. There's some pineapple and strawberry scent in there, as well.

Taste is very smooth and moderately sweet. There's dried fruit like bananas, apples, and yellow raisins. And the honey carries over from the smell. There's also a bit of... almond, maybe? Some slight nutty flavor. It's as close to mead as I've had out of a brew. A good dessert beer.

Feel is moderately carbonated. Apparently, it's a 10% ABVer, but I'm not getting any alcohol until I'm into the aftertaste.

Maybe I'll end up with another bottle somewhere down the line.

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2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Chateau Jiahu from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 60.4% out of 100 with 1,438 ratings
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