T'ej | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
T'ej (pronounced Tedj) is a recreation of an Ethiopian Honey Wine. This drink has been made for centuries in Ehtiopia and is still very popular today. It is usually made at home by women and is served at many holiday occassions.

Our T'ej is brewed with pure Ethiopian Honey and uses ground Gesho Tree as the bittering componet.

It has a dry, wine-like character with hints of licorice and star anise.

Added by goodbyeohio on 09-19-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 7
Photo of ggaughan
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the DFH brewpub in Rehoboth Beach. What an interesting beer. It was poured into a snifter glass and had a bright, somewhat cloudy yellow look to it with no real head to speak of. The aroma was one of honey, wood tones with other fruit notes. Very similar in smell to Midas Touch but kicked up a bit. The taste is as the others have noted, very much like a mead and similar to Midas Touch but more complex with the added honey from Etheopia and tree bark. As the ABV is pretty high, it is not a beer you could sit down and drink all night but I did manage to have another 2 or so at the brewpub and the taste grew on me as I went and was feeling very good by the end of the last one.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Grey Lodge Pub with Sam himself in tow. This was a clear honey based mead that pours like it with a bit of froth over a light amber glow.

Brisk spiced herbal nose and honey abound.

First swigs: This is a mead alright! Darn it if JerseyDevil didn't beat me to it saying that it tastes quite like the impudent chardonay. Subdued ABV with nary a hint of awl-kee-hawl. Slightly warm in the finish and a bit sugary.

Last swigs: A curious drink for the curious drinker. Similar to Midas Touch with more spice and Earthy sharpness.

Beer is good. Happy interesting beering.

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Photo of Foxman
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a surprisingly clear and pale yellow, with virtually no head or carbonation to speak of. Still, it looked crisp and inviting.

The aroma carried a thick but only semisweet honey character backed subversively by a current of earthy wood notes, pleasantly fungal in tone.

Upon tasting, the honey came through with a vinous fruit spine, sweet but far from cloying. The alcohol poked through noisily along with a brief spate of tongue tingling sourness, followed by a rather smooth woodsy flow. The finish dried out and lingered shortly, as the alcohol cleared the slate. As this warmed, the elements blended wonderfully, almost making it a different beer altogether, rounding off any edges, supplying an almost meaty attitude, and making it a truly interesting treat.

Medium bodied, it has a genuine presence in the mouth that closes promptly.

Historical, ancestral, archaeological...whatever you label it, it's damned intriguing, and the way it evolves as it warms makes it all the more so. While it's not something I would make a staple, it is certainly a drink that a beer lover would want to try, if only to say you did. But, once you did, you'd find yourself raising your eyebrows more than once as you enjoyed it. If it comes your way, take the dive. It's worth drinking a sip of history.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75% honey. Gengo root. Interesting, to say the least.

Very much like a dry mead. Grape notes in the taste, behind the honey. Reminiscent of a good chardonay, but with carbonation.

I wasn't sure what the alcohol level was when I was drinking it, but I sure as heck felt it. Not horribly so, but I could tell it was strong.

So the most experimental brewery I know of continues to be experimental. Keep on keeping on.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

"made with pure ethiopian honey and ground gesho tree"

sampled on tap at the brewpub

pours a cloudy yellow with no head into a small snifter. looks like homemade lemonade. smells of light malts.. very hot on the nose and floral hints of violet. honey and wood chips add to the aroma. extremely overripe fruits.

fresh, champagney input with estery, tree-ripened mango nectar schnapps. sweet alcohol finish in a caramel vacuum. left with big fruit and honey, mind-numbing abv rollercoaster and not much else. mouthfeel combines the best of its light carbonation, smooth sipper qualities, and the texture you'd associate with a honey-based beverage. drinkable in one-glass terms but rough overall. would guess this around 14%. bottle this crazy brew and let me try some next year.

midas touch on steroids!

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T'ej from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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