Chateau Jiahu | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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

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570
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1,442
pDev:
13.76%
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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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Photo of AD17
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MrHolden
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Buffalochef
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JonSchwartz
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Growler Grlz in Durham. It's kind of.a sake / beer fusion, and I like sake, too.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was not a big fan of the Chateau Jiahu. It poured a copper color with slight haze and a thin white head that did not lace. The grape was present in the scent and very present in the taste.....very close to white grape juice. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was ok.

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Photo of Andonato
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of slipperysoup
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of strohme2
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of curtisjoseph
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of QuadBen
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CMIKEHUNT
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joemama76
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjdevel
4.86/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look:
Hazy and light gold color. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Dogfish Head Goblet. Only about a 1 finger head when poured. The head fades, but I was left with very interesting swirling bubble patterns and lacing.

Smell:
Smells of sweet and only slightly tart fruit. Has a nice hint of white wine. Some citrus/floral hops are faint, and there is a bit of caramel hints.

Taste:
There is a minimal hop bitterness right at the beginning. Then there are very interesting fruit notes that are unlike anything I have tasted in a beer before (may be the hawthorn fruit?). There are notes of white wine, apple, caramel, slightly toasted nuts, wood, and some herbs. Among all of the swirling flowery flavors, there is a nice sweetness throughout. The finish is sweet and there are yeasty/bread notes at the end.

Feel:
This is a fairly light beer but there definitely is a fuller mouth feel. Medium -> Full. It just goes down like a darker ale.... slightly thick and oily.

Overall:
I loved this one. There are so many beers out there to try and I rarely pick up another specialty beer like this (mainly because of cost) but I am looking forward to grabbing another one of these soon. I am a HUGE fan of Dogfish Head's brews and have never been disappointed. This one is at the top of my favorites list.

I am an off-centered person and I love their off-centered beers!

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Photo of Lynn
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Urk1127
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-hazy orangish gold.
-Yeast, rice, booze
-Honey, orange, alcohol, yeast, some cooked rice
-Heavy, boozy, low carbonation

-did not enjoy and had a huge amount of sediment

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Chateau Jiahu from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,442 ratings