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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,437
Reviews:
569
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.65%
 
 
Wants:
109
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227
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Photo of Hsolorz1
4.84/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Incredible reconstruction of a lost and ancient Chinese recipe. Light and fruity with a slight Asian twist. The honey, grapes, barley, Hawthorne, and chrysanthemum are blended and balanced by the Sake yeast culture. The resulting beer is liquid gold. Marvelous. Congratulations Dogfish!

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Photo of Jssteinman
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 303beer
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly yellow with a bubbly head that turns rocky. Leaves a nice amount of lacing. Has a sweet fruity taste. I have been waiting for it to change but it hasn't. A presence of grape.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of skrabbenhoft
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wheels2532
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dankabier1
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alostplot
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yancey82
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThierryBeer
4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible beer. Beautiful Amber color. Fairly light for a 10%er and easy to drink. Intriguing smell and tasty fruit and honey, but that said, doesn't over do anything with a smooth dry finish. Definitely pick this up if available around you.

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Photo of Scepter
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluehende
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lemmy187
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NumberNone
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RickS95
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A really clear pour. Peach in color, but again it's a very light color. There is a brilliantly white head up top, just under a finger thick, but it's got no legs. Subsequent swirls liven the head, now an off white color with better retention. Thinnest of lacing left behind.

The scent is pleasant and full of fruit. You pick up the grape juice and though I have no idea what hawthorn fruit smells or tastes like, I think it's noticeable as well. I couldn't pick up any hops presence or honey, but it's got a pilsner malt nose.

It's not a bad tasting beer, just nothing special. The honey and fruitiness are mostly evident, but so is that Pilsner malt taste and that ruins it for me. Reminds me of a macro too much to score high.

Macros have destroyed anything with pilsner malts in it and this beer falls into that category. I appreciate the sweet fruit and honey, but I can't get past the grainy, bitter pilsner feel to it. Not sure of the ABV in this, but there's an alcohol feel in the finish. Honestly, the beer starts off fairly nice, but it ends poorly.

Overall, it reminds me of most Dogfish Head beers...overrated and way over priced. I don't see the fascination with this brewer. I keep buying their offerings waiting for something I'll like, but it's few and far in between. This is no different.

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

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of npachl
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HattedClassic
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice looking residue around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a clear medium gold color that is fairly nice in its presentation.

The beer smell is very good. The beer has strong sweet honey notes and hawthorn fruit. Those notes work well against the grape juice backdrop. Also, there appears a bit and almost unnoticeable hint of hop bitterness that keeps the beer from being too sweet. In addition to those notes, the beer smell has a fruity note that comes from the sake yeast and a little bit of rice on the nose.

The taste has the same notes as the smell but not as awe-inspiring for some reason. The taste still has fruity notes from the yeast, and honey with hawthorn fruit notes among the back drop of grape juice. My guess is the slight alcohol note and the sake taste is throwing things off. However, it's still pretty good overall.

The mouthfeel is nice but a little thick. The beer has some carbonation to keep it from becoming thick and makes the beer a lot lighter than it would be normally.

Overall, a very unique beer and worth getting at least once. I like how the notes and ingredients are something that you don't see and the use of sake yeast to add more notes is cool.

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Photo of brett606
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chateau Jiahu from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,437 ratings.
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